Here And Now
Gov. Andrew Cuomo remains in the North Country with no public schedule.
At 9 a.m., after his weekly guest appearance on John Gambling’s WOR radio show (8 a.m.), Mayor Bloomberg hosts the Annual Interfaith Breakfast, New York Public Library, Celeste Bartos Forum, 42nd Street and Fifth Avenue, Manhattan.
Also at 9 a.m., soon-to-be former MTA CEO Joseph Lhota announces improvements to service-related information for subway riders, releasing the “Subway Time app“, Grand Central Terminal, main concourse information booth, Manhattan.
The Hunger Action Network of NYS will release a statewide survey of 560 emergency food programs, 10:30 a.m., LCA Press room, LOB, Albany.
At 11 a.m., Bloomberg and NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly announce 2012 has indeed set an all-time record for the lowest number of murders in the city. NYPD graduation ceremony, Barclays Center
620 Atlantic Ave., Brooklyn.
The Healthcare is a Human Right Coalition will rally against proposed cuts to Medicaid, Medicare and Social Security. Noon, Albany Medical Center entrance, 45 New Scotland Ave.
President Obama meets with the leaders of Congress – majority and minority alike – in the Oval Office at 3 p.m., Washington.
Senator-elect Kathy Marchione’s swearing-in ceremony, rescheduled from yesterday due to bad weather, will be held at 4 p.m. in the Senate chamber. Third floor, state Capitol, Albany. (State Supreme Court Justice Ann Crowell will do the honors).
Also at 4 p.m. in the Assembly chamber, Rep. Paul Tonko; Sen. Neil Breslin and Assemblymembers-elect Patricia Fahy; John T. McDonald III; Angelo L. Santabarbara; and Phillip G. Steck will take their oaths of office.
A redistricting plan for Oswego County’s 25 legislative districts is scheduled to be voted on at 2 p.m., but an alternative plan will also be submitted, which could complicate things.
Calling hours begin today for the two firefighters killed during the Christmas Eve ambush in Webster.
The NYC Department of Education claims the UFT has refused to sign a long-awaited agreement on a new teacher-evaluation system unless it gets a guarantee of wage increases in the next contract.
Former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani and his top deputy, Anthony Carbonetti, have been reaching out to GOP leaders to talk up Lhota’s potential 2013 mayoral run.
The next mayor of NYC is facing a multibillion-dollar bill for retroactive pay hikes because the entire city-labor force has been working for more than two years under expired contracts, the Independent Budget Office warned.
Mayoral hopeful Bill Thompson used the IBO report to slam both his 2013 opponent NYC Council Speaker Chris Quinn and her “partner” Bloomberg.
Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver introduced bills that would allow New Yorkers to vote up to two weeks before Election Day and force greater disclosure of independent expenditures in elections.
Silver also said he expects an early deal next year on gun control. He and the governor are “functionally in the same place”, but the Senate GOP has yet to agree.
Assemblymen Joseph Morelle, of Monroe County, and Robert Sweeney, of Suffolk County, are in the running to replace retiring Assemblyman Ron Canestrari are majority leader, Silver said.
New York state has spent nearly $6 million over the past three years on subsidies for Remington Arms Co. in Ilion, and elected officials are continuing to support the company despite the recent spate of shooting tragedies.
The NYT opines: “New legislation proposed by Senator Dianne Feinstein in response to the Newtown, Conn., murders would provide a far more effective ban on military-style assault weapons than the loophole-riddled law that lapsed in 2004.”
US senators are united in their dismay over being back at work in Washington in the absence of a fiscal cliff deal.
Assemblyman Vito Lopez is still facing criminal and ethics investigations in a sexual harassment scandal but still held his annual (adults only) holiday party in Brooklyn.
The borough presidents of Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island and the Bronx all signed the News’ petition Thursday in the wake of the Newtown, Conn., massacre.
AG Eric Schneiderman released a list of his office’s accomplishments in 2012.
US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is expected to return to work next week, almost three weeks after being sidelined by a concussion.
Homeowners, small businesses and local governments hit by Hurricane Sandy will be stuck in a “nightmare of inaction and limbo that is completely unacceptable” until lawmakers approve a full $60.4 billion Sandy supplemental aid package, said HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan.
Though the Senate delayed action on the emergency aid for Sandy victims Thursday, Majority Leader Harry Reid said he expects “as many as 20 votes the next few days” en route to final passage.
The final vote is likely to come today.
Here come the Sandy-related lawsuits.
The EPA has said Sandy didn’t cause significant problems at any of the 247 Superfund toxic waste sites it’s monitoring in New York and New Jersey. But that assessment was based on visual inspections, not actual testing.
NYU Langone Medical Center opened its doors to surgical patients yesterday – almost two months after Sandy overflowed the banks of the East River and forced the evacuation of hundreds of patients.
Sandy cost New York State 29,100 private jobs, while New Jersey lost 8,100.
Nevertheless, officials say New York’s unemployment rate dropped to 7.9 percent in November from 8.3 percent a month earlier.
The pace of job growth in NYC is expected to slow in 2013.
The state’s Committee on Open Government wants local and state governments to more proactively post records and information on their websites, limiting the need for Freedom of Information requests.
William Spengler Jr, the man who ambushed firefighters in western New York before fatally shooting himself was not shy about discussing his role in a previous killing of his grandmother.
After wooing Jake Tapper from ABC to CNN, Jeff Zucker might now have his eye on Cuomo’s brother, Chris, who co-hosts “20/20.”
The New York Racing Association will continue online video streaming of New York thoroughbred and harness races through 2013.
Retiring Rep. Maurice “Mo” Hinchey is saying his final goodbyes.
Republicans want Cuomo to tap Halfmoon Councilman Craig Hayner to replace Marchione as Saratoga County clerk.
Whoopi Goldberg, Rachel Roy, Deepak Chopra and Donna Karan all attended a Dec. 18 private fund-raiser for 2013 NYC public advocate candidate Reshma Saujani.
Retired Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf is dead at the age of 78.
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