Here And Now
Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in New York City.
At 11:15 a.m., he’ll join fellow elected officials and business and labor leaders at his NYC office to discuss the push for federal Sandy aid. 633 3rd Ave., 38th Floor Conference Room, Manhattan.
The Assembly is holding a hearing to examine possible statutory and regulatory changes to make the in-person voting process in New York more user friendly and the impact of implementing such changes on the state budget. Assembly Hearing Room 1923, 19th floor, 250 Broadway, Manhattan.
At 11:15 a.m,, NYC Comptroller John Liu and transportation advocates discuss the city’s contract for new taxi models referred to as the “Taxi of Tomorrow”. Room 1117, 11th floor, Municipal Building, 1 Centre St., Manhattan.
From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., the four Democratic 2013 NYC mayoral candidates address the New York City Employment and Training Coalition Summit: The Future of Workforce Development in NYC. St. Francis College, 180 Remsen St., Brooklyn Heights.
Ballot counting resumes this morning in four of the five counties in the 46th Senate District. Roughly 385 ballots will be opened in at the Montgomery County court house in Fonda as well as a site in Kingston, the Ulster County seat.
U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand will tour SUNY Upstate Medical University, CNY’s largest employer, at 10:30 a.m. Golisano Children’s Hospital entrance. 766 Irving Ave., Syracuse. (She’s also making stops in Rochester and Buffalo this afternoon).
The NYS School Boards Association is hosting a summit on “State Aid Superstorm: The GEA and State Aid in the Wake of Sandy,” from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Double Tree Inn, 455 South Broadway, Tarrytown.
ADDED: Federal and state investigators are examining the circumstances under which a former state assemblyman from Brooklyn, William F. Boyland Sr., was put on the payroll of a sprawling nonprofit organization founded by Albany’s Father Peter Young after Boyland, succeeded by his son, arranged a series of state grants for the organization.
After Sen. Steve Saland’s concession to Senator-elect Terry Gipson, Sen. Mark Grisanti is the lone Republican who voted “yes” on same-sex marriage last summer who will be returning to Albany in January.
With Gipson’s win in the bag, the Democrats officially won the majority in the Nov. 6 elections. Yet, thanks to the IDC and Senator-elect Simcha Felder, they still don’t control the chamber.
Gipson says his top priorities are: “Reducing the cost of living, changing the way we fund education and job creation.”
Bloomberg administration officials are refusing to give extra help to storm-battered New Yorkers who need food stamps, saying they’re trying to show Washington that they’re responsible with federal funds.
The New York Public Service Commission has approved requests from Consolidated Edison, Orange and Rockland Utilities, National Grid and New York State Electric and Gas to give credits for lost days of electric or gas service on customer bills.
The state is again trying to ban smoking in certain areas as parks and recreational facilities after its last attempt was thwarted by a smokers-rights group. (Subscription).
A Bronx woman once honored by Volvo as “America’s Greatest Hometown Hero” for her work with troubled teens, submitted $250,400 worth of “inappropriate or undocumented expenses” for her taxpayer-funded nonprofit, according to an audit by state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli.
Liu is expected to announce he won’t sign off on the Bloomberg administration’s contract with Nissan to provide New York City’s next generation of taxis.
There are roughly 30 bills on Cuomo’s desk, and one bill left to be signed or vetoed before the end of the year.
Campaign finance reform will be a significant focus of the 2013 legislative session.
As he pushes for rule changes that will force some non-profit groups to disclose more about their political spending, AG Eric Schneiderman is moving ahead with an inquiry into several groups that spent millions of dollars in New York in the most recent election cycle.
Salaries for teachers and administrators in New York increased slightly on average between the past two years, and there were more than 5,500 classroom positions cut, state records show.
Cuomo has approved the UAlbany’s SUNY 2020 grant proposal, freeing up an initial $35 million in funds to kick-start various large-scale projects at the campus, including a $165 million Emerging Technology and Entrepreneurship Complex intended to serve as a matchmaker between cutting-edge research and investment.
Read more: http://www.timesunion.com/local/article/UAlbany-grant-plan-gets-OK-4117333.php#ixzz2F1ifLsh1
Yeshiva University says it will review newly published claims that it had ignored accusations that teachers abused its high school’s students long ago.
Chris Collins will start his congressional career by serving on the House Agriculture and Small Business committees. (He did not request specific assignments – a rarity in the House).
As Newark Mayor Cory Booker mulls whether to seek higher office, a growing number of his current constituents complain that he has proved to be a better marketer than mayor.
Susan Rice explains in a WaPo OpEd why she withdrew her name from consideration to succeed Hillary Clinton as US secretary of state: “These are the issues that deserve our focus, not a controversy about me.”
In his first comments following the legalization of pot for recreational use in Colorado and Washington state, the president said it would “not make sense” for his administration to make busting people for violating the federal law in these states a top priority.
Top Obama advisor David Axelrod on the Clinton-for-president push: “I think the reality of a woman getting elected the president of the United States may be an even more powerful incentive in 2016.”
The publisher of Inside Chappaqua magazine (which happens to publish in the secretary of state’s adopted hometown) talked her way onto an 11-day, 10-country trip to Africa and Turkey with Clinton.
The NYT says it “seems clear” that the state’s policy for using solitary confinement in prisons “is inhumane and counterproductive, requiring clearer guidelines from the Legislature as to when isolation can and cannot be used.”
The DN continues its campaign against the Independence Party with an editorial chastising Bloomberg for his long-term – and lucrative on both sides – relationship with the organization.
Some security guards at John F. Kennedy International Airport have voted to go on strike Dec. 20 if their employer doesn’t respond to their concerns over issues including training and equipment.
The NY Post accuses Council Speaker Christine Quinn of pandering to the UFCW union, which just endorsed her 2013 mayoral bid – the first labor endorsement of the race.
With Quinn’s departure still far off in the future, her fellow Council members are already quietly jockeying for her speakership. (Subscription).
Bloomberg signed into law a bill that will crack down on the murky pricing practices in NYC’s pedicab industry, ending the mini-drama that began the day before when he delayed the signing after listening to complaints from a single opponent.
The state’s highest court gave a huge victory to ailing 9/11 first responders, making it easier for them to collect more generous pensions if they got cancer after working at Ground Zero.
The Rochester Democrat & Chronicle says the Thruway Authority is “ripe for consolidation” – an idea being pushed by Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb, among others.
State troopers in Rotterdam found a hand-drawn picture of Justin Bieber that is now being used as evidence in a multi-agency investigation into an alleged plot by two New Mexico men to assassinate the popular singer.
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