Here And Now
Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in Albany with no public schedule.
At noon, supporters of Democratic state Senate candidate Cecilia Tkaczyk will submit petitions to the appellate court, calling for all ballots in the 46th SD race to be counted.
At 11:45 a.m., NYC Comptroller John C. Liu will address the ongoing litigation surrounding the “Central Park Five” case. West Side of Duke Ellington Circle, 110th St. and 5th Ave., Harlem.
The House is scheduled to vote today on $9.7 billion in flood insurance for states ravaged by Superstorm Sandy.
The feds have reportedly launched a criminal probe of former state Senate Democratic Majority Leader John Sampson’s fundraising in connection with a larger investigation into Rep. Greg Meeks.
Former Bronx BP Adolfo Carrion’s stint in the Obama administration could prove problematic as he mulls a potential run for mayor of NYC. He reportedly clashed with the president’s senior advisor, Valerie Jarrett.
Ben Smith explains why the next president will likely be black, too. His take on Cuomo: “(A)t home with power, but personally and ideologically disliked within his party.”
Cuomo is skeptical about Republican House leaders’ promise to hold a vote today on Sandy aid, saying: “It’s simple for me: Show me the money.”
FEMA has warned the National Flood Insurance Program will run out of money next week if Congress doesn’t vote today to give it additional borrowing authority to pay out claims.
A 170-page preliminary (and not yet public) report from one of Cuomo’s post-Sandy panels includes a controversial proposal to add artificial islands to NYC’s harbor.
Two other panels say the state should create a strategic fuel reserve, require some gas stations to install generators and update its building codes to better prepare for the next severe weather event.
The governor will include disaster preparedness plans in his State of the State address next week.
Houses of worship were damaged in Sandy, too, but they’re constitutionally barred from receiving FEMA grants. Several Jewish organizations are trying to change that.
Bob McCarthy says the leaked public health assessment “adds yet another layer of controversy to the brouhaha over fracking” – something Cuomo surely does not need.
The decidedly pro-fracking NY Post says the assessment gives Cuomo the “perfect opportunity” to finally green light the controversial drilling process.
A mix of local drilling bans and some of the tightest drilling regulations in the country raise questions about whether the fracking could flourish in New York regardless of what Cuomo and the DEC decide.
Despite his high public profile, Democrats believe GOP Rep. Pete King is vulnerable, and he’s acknowledging that by trying to put some distance between himself and Republican leaders.
Newly-minted Rep. Chris Collins looks forward to a debt ceiling fight with the president, saying it’s “about the only leverage the Republicans have.”
An anonymous donor sailed to the aid of the South Street Seaport Museum with a $500,000 check to repair damage caused by Hurricane Sandy.
Local governments have largely resisted borrowing to cover rapidly rising pension costs, but many are finding they can’t do that anymore.
Newsday goes to bat for Long Island Assemblyman Bob Sweeney to replace ex-Assemblyman Ron Canestrari as majority leader, saying: “It’s time for a geographical wake-up call.”
Nick Confessore deems state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli’s Qualcomm lawsuit “a novel and potentially significant tactic in the running battle over corporate political spending in the post-Citizens United era.”
This does not bode well for Cuomo’s “New York is open for business” claim.
Chelsea Clinton raised her profile still further by acting as family spokeswoman while her mother was hospitalized with a blood clot in her head. But an ex-Clinton aide says she must demonstrate either Dad’s charisma or mom’s “policy chops” if she wants a political career.
Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner has sent invitations to her winter fund-raising ball, although she has not yet announced her intentions to run for a second term.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has raised more than $2.1 million for his re-election next year, nearly 10 times what the one Democratic candidate for governor has amassed thus far.
Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy announced the creation of a 15-member state commission to examine potential policy responses to the school massacre in Newtown.
Psychiatric health advocates called for better care and more public education about mental illness in the wake of recent shootings.
Former rivals Assemblyman Steve Katz and Sen. Greg Ball are vowing to press for a law that would make information contained in a pistol permit application confidential and not subject to the state’s open-record laws.
Chief Justice John Roberts will preside when Obama is sworn in later this month. (This was not a foregone conclusion).
New Yorkers gave nearly $378 million to candidates, parties and political-action committees in the 2012 election, the most of any state except California.
Rep. Richard Hanna’s camera-shy five-year-old son stole the show at his dad’s swearing-in ceremony.
San Antonio forward Stephen Jackson suffered a sprained ankle and didn’t return to the game after tripping over a waitress crouching in front of Bloomberg along the sideline during the Knicks’ 100-83 win last night over the Spurs at the Garden.
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