Here And Now
Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in Albany with no public schedule.
At 10 a.m., NYC Comptroller John Liu delivers his State of the City address. John Jay College of Criminal Justice, Gerald W. Lynch Theater, 524 W. 59th St., Manhattan.
The Assembly Committee on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse holds a hearing on programs for prevention and treatment of problem gambling. 11 a.m., Assembly Hearing Room, Room 1923, 19th Floor, 250 Broadway, Manhattan.
At 2 p.m., a coalition of state legislators will be joined by advocates and victims to present a letter to their leaders urging them to pass their plan to reduce gun violence. City Hall steps, Lower Manhattan.
Cuomo’s Moreland Act Commission will hold a public hearing on LIPA and National Grid. Touro College, Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center, Multipurpose room, 225 Eastview Drive, Central Islip 11722. 6 p.m. Note: No public testimony will be taken at this hearing.
reconfigured NYRA Board State racing and wagering boardwill meet at 2 p.m. in the authority’s executive offices in Schenectady.
Cuomo and legislative leaders are quietly negotiating a package of tough new gun laws that they hope can be voted on within days. At the center of the talks is a proposal to expand the state assault weapons ban to include all firearms with clips of more than seven bullets.
In Washington, leading House Republicans responded to President Obama’s gun control pledge by restating their firm opposition to new limits on guns or ammunition, setting up a potentially bitter battle over the Second Amendment soon after the inauguration.
Outgoing Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown is the first GOP senator to endorse a renewed assault weapons ban.
Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver OpEds in favor of a minimum wage hike bill with indexing, which he says will continue to be his conference’s “top priority” in 2013.
Cuomo commissioned a William Jennings Bryan-esque poster – with himself as Bryan – as a year-end gift to donors and staffers.
Hollywood superagent Ari Emanuel (brother of Chicago Mayor/former White House CoS Rahm Emanuel) is contributing to Mayor Bloomberg’s Mayors Against Illegal Guns.
Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy, who has been thrust into the role of consoler-in-chief since the Sandy Hook tragedy: “I think there is a sense, fed by the media, that I am this unfeeling automaton that just comes to work every day and goes to work without feeling. I reflect on what I do before, during and after I do it.”
NYC Council Speaker Chris Quinn plans to amend a proposed change to campaign finance laws that spurred concerns about a flood of unregulated spending by unions and advocacy groups in New York City’s coming elections.
New York hasn’t said yes to fracking but the industry already supports more than 44,000 jobs in the Empire State, according to a report commissioned by the US Chamber of Commerce.
Western New York was not among the big winners among the state’s 10 regions in the competition for the top funding prizes from a $738 million state economic development program. But it did come away with $52.8 million in new cash and tax incentive funding.
For the second consecutive year, the Capital Region did not win $25 million in state funding that was allocated competitively to five of the 10 regions. It received the smallest amount of money of any region for its $204 million, 255-project wish list.
The North Country did well, too.
Eliot Spitzer on his Current TV gig: “Nobody’s watching, but I’m having a great time…I am really enjoying myself. It’s like having a cocktail party with friends every night.”
Republicans in the US Senate, seeking to substantially trim a Hurricane Sandy aid package being sought by Democrats, are planning to unveil a $23.8 billion emergency spending plan to finance the recovery efforts of states devastated by the storm.
Gaming out soon-to-be-ex-MTA Chief Joe Lhota’s chances in the 2013 NYC mayor’s race.
Lhota has the NY Post’s support (for the moment).
The Rockefeller Foundation will award the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce a $100,000 grant to come up with ways to compel the NYC mayoral candidates to pay more attention to business issues.
For the first time in more than a decade, transit planners are envisioning the day when commuters may board Metro Rail downtown and ride it all the way to the University at Buffalo’s North Campus – or beyond. The NFTA next year will spend $1.6 million to determine the best way of enhancing public transit in the fast-growing Amherst area.
The MTA approved another round of bus and subway fare hikes.
Nicole Gelinas praises Cuomo for presenting a Tappan Zee Bridge plan that’s less expensive than originally predicted, but notes it’s still uncertain how he’ll pay for the project.
A Montgomery County judge has certified Republican Assemblyman George Amedore as the winner in the 46th State Senate District, saying he bested Democrat Cecilia Tkaczyk by 37 votes. The Democrats plan to appeal this decision.
Organizers of the New York City Marathon have reached a multimillion-dollar insurance settlement for the cancellation of last month’s race.
The Empire State Stem Cell Board has recommended the state award a $12.1 million grant to Upstate, the University of Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences and the University of Rochester Medical Center to collaborate on research that could lead to a new treatment for MS.
The Democrat and Chronicle supports AG Eric Schneiderman’s donor disclosure plan for 501(c)4s.
After taking a hiatus from leading Monroe County’s communications department to manage County Executive Maggie Brooks’ failed congressional campaign, former county spokesman Noah Lebowitz has rejoined the county as a top aide to Brooks.
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