Here And Now (UPDATED)
Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in the North Country with no public schedule. (He had said prior to the Christmas holiday that he would likely take a skiing vacation with his three kids).
At 10 a.m., Sen. Chuck Schumer, state Sen. Liz Krueger joins NYU officials to announce the reopening of the main clinical facility Tisch Hospital and a return of nearly all services to the medical center after damage sustained during Hurricane Sandy. 550 First Ave., Manhattan.
Senator-elect Kathy Marchione will be sworn in at 4 p.m. in the Senate chamber, third floor, state Capitol, Albany. (NOTE: I mistakenly listed this event in yesterday’s “Here and Now”…so sorry). UPDATE: And now this has been postponed until tomorrow due to bad weather.
Another swearing-in ceremony that I also mistakenly said was occurring yesterday IS IN FACT taking place today in spite of the snow. (Ceremonial Courtroom at Old County Hall, 92 Franklin St., Buffalo).
The event is for Erie County Comptroller-elect Stefan Mychajliw, who sent out an email this morning that read:
“Please be careful on the highways and byways. For the most part roads are clear, although my car got stuck in the middle of my Kaisertown street. Thankfully we live in the City of Good Neighbors. Some friends helped push me out. We are still on for this morning at 10. It’s Buffalo. It snows. We deal with it. Thank you.”
The NYC Independent Budget Office will release its annual fiscal outlook report, providing a look at some of the key economic and budget issues facing the city in the start of an election year.
A winter storm warning remains in effect until 7 p.m. in the Capital Region.
The storm has cut a wide swath through several states over the past few days.
It’s the first real blast of snow for Buffalo since December 2010.
At least six people had died as of late Wednesday as a result of hazardous conditions brought on by the storm, according to the AP.
Cuomo and legislative leaders appear unlikely to reach an agreement on new, tougher gun laws before the year’s end. (The big storm did not help matters).
New state stats show that firearms were responsible for more than 58 percent of the murders statewide last year, but the biggest problem was handguns.
NYC Comptroller John Liu and newly-minted Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins have both signed the Daily News’ petition backing an assault weapons ban.
GOP Rep. Tom Reed said he would consider an assault weapons ban if that were part of a broader debate on gun control that includes mental illness and cultural issues.
By 5:30 p.m. yesterday, 605 people had signed an online petition urging board directors of Saratoga Springs City Center to cancel an annual gun show the facility is scheduled to host on Jan. 11-13.
Bernard Lusk, president of the Empire State Arms Collectors Association, said that despite recent shooting tragedies in Webster and Newtown, he doesn’t expect much to change at his group’s gun show in Gates Jan. 5 and 6.
NBC was told by the Washington police that it was “not permissible” to show a high-capacity gun magazine on air before Sunday’s “Meet the Press,” but host David Gregory did it anyway.
The Syracuse Post-Standard endorses Tompkins County’s upcoming gun buyback program.
Some of the police officers who responded to the Sandy Hook shooting are so traumatized they haven’t been working, but they have to use sick time and could soon be at risk of going without a paycheck.
Experts say the odds of securing mental health treatment in a crisis have worsened significantly since Hurricane Sandy.
Donald Trump and state parks officials have killed the developer’s proposed and controversial $24-million Jones Beach catering hall-restaurant because of extensive damage to the park from Sandy.
Billionaire Mayor Bloomberg has reportedly told people he won’t dump any of his fortune into the 2013 race to succeed him, due to concern that the move could backfire and hurt his preferred candidate, NYC Council Speaker Christine Quinn.
The MTA is challenging the NYC Buildings Department on 12 billboard restrictions in the Bronx and Queens, and next month, that challenge is expected to be adjudicated by the city’s Board of Standards and Appeals.
Cecilia Tkaczyk’s attorneys contend a series of “hypertechnical mistakes” by voters led to the invalidation of hundreds of ballots in the 46th Senate District race.
The TU criticizes Cuomo’s veto of a bill that would have taken unclaimed bottle deposits and put them into an ever-shrinking fund to pay for environmental initiatives.
The number of lawsuits against the NYPD jumped by 10 percent in the 2011 fiscal year, with cases involving alleged misconduct leading the way, according to a report by Liu’s office.
When completed in 2018, the new Tappan Zee Bridge will be the widest bridge on the planet and one of the longest cable-stayed spans in the nation — in addition to its one-of-a-kind look. Its construction will also be the largest bridge project in New York history.
According to its tax records, the World Trade Center Foundation’s labor costs at the National September 11 Memorial & Museum rose 58 percent in 2011.
The two Rochester-area firefighters injured in a shooting earlier this week issued a public statement.
Nearly all the major players in the fiscal cliff negotiations are starting to agree on one thing: A deal is virtually impossible before the New Year.
The ailing 88-year-old former President George H.W. Bush has suffered a “series of setbacks,” and is now in intensive care in a Texas hospital.
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