Here And Now
Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in Albany and New York City.
At 11 a.m., he receives a preliminary report from the Moreland Act Commission he created to investigate New York utilities’ response to Superstorm Sandy. Red Room. Capitol.
At 6:30 p.m., Cuomo will host his 55th birthday fundraiser at the Waldorf Astoria. (Tickets range from $1,500 to $50,000). The event was rescheduled form Dec. 6 due to the ongoing response to Superstorm Sandy. It’s coming four days before the state Board of Elections’ Jan. 11 finance filing deadline.
At 9:30 a.m., State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli hosts a breakfast discussion of fiscal challenges facing state and local governments, 15th Floor, 110 State St., Albany.
Sen. Liz Krueger and New Roosevelt Initiative founder Bill Samuels will discuss their proposal to fully fund a public campaign finance system without using taxpayer dollars and the importance of campaign finance reform as a key issue for Cuomo. 10:30 a.m., LCA hallway. Third Floor. Capitol. Albany.
Also at 11 a.m., members of the Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic & Asian Legislative Caucus will join labor, community and religious leaders in discussing their 2013 priorities, including community grants, education, gun control, immigration and minimum wage. 281 Park Ave. South, Manhattan.
At 11:30 a.m., NYPIRG and the League of Women Voters will present the findings of a comprehensive analysis of fundraising in the recently-completed legislative elections. LCA Room, LOB 130, Albany.
Parents, community leaders, and elected officials will join the UFT in protesting Mayor Bloomberg’s comparison of the NYC teacher’s union to the NRA. 2 p.m. City Hall steps. Manhattan.
From 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., members of the NYC Districting Commission open a third round of public hearings scheduled in each borough through Tuesday, Jan. 15, after withdrawing their previous proposal to City Council. Auditorium, Hunter College, 69th Street entrance, 695 Park Ave., Manhattan.
Supporters of Democratic state Senate candidate Cecilia Tkaczyk and “disenfranchised voters” will rally outside an appellate court hearing, calling for all votes in the 46th Sd race to be counted. 10:30 a.m., West Lobby, Justice Building, Albany.
Cuomo is prepared to launch a major public-relations assault on Senate Republicans with assistance from members of national and state anti-gun groups is they refuse to cooperate with his push for stricter gun control laws.
President Barack Obama will nominate his top counterterrorism advisor, John Brennan, as his next director of the Central Intelligence Agency.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will return to work today for the first time since she was sidelined by illness, a concussion and a blood clot, according to a schedule released by the State Department.
The backlash against The Journal News for publishing gun owners’ information on-line has gotten out of control. Some reporters received notes saying they would be shot on the way to their cars.
NYC is preparing for a bus driver’s strike this week, but the president of Local 1181 of the Amalgamated Transit Union says that’s “the last card we want to play.”
Fred Dicker says Cuomo will pledge not to raise taxes in his Wednesday State of the State address, despite a budget deficit of $1 billion-plus.
He’ll also call for abolishing LIPA, raising the minimum wage, tougher gun control laws, improving the state’s storm response, establishing a public campaign financing system and more.
Anti-fracking advocates plan to rally (again) outside Cuomo’s speech.
The anti-fracking movie “Promised Land” is a hot ticket for environmentalists, but didn’t fare so well in Oneonta, one place where debate over the controversial drilling technique has raged.
AG Eric Schneiderman is the keeper of the liberal flame as Cuomo tacks to the middle – a balance that’s becoming increasingly difficult for him to maintain without antagonizing the governor.
So far, there’s no sign Bloomberg has any regrets – or will apologize for – his comments likening the UFT to the NRA.
AFT President Randi Weingarten wrote a letter to Bloomberg, noting two of the teachers killed in Newtown were members of her union. She praised his “great work” on gun control, but said he owes the UFT an apology “for making such incendiary and insensitive remarks.”
There has been no progress on the teacher evaluation talks between the UFT and Bloomberg, with some $450 million worth of state funding ($200 million in grants, $250 million in aid) at stake.
NYS2100, one of four commissions established by Cuomo after Sandy, is recommending a slew of changes to prepare for the next big storm – including everything from barriers with moveable gates to building dunes, wetlands and oyster reefs prevalent along NY’s coastline in the 1800s.
Vowing to dispel the notion that he lacks the fire in the belly to run for NYC mayor a second time, Bill Thompson is working part-time at his Wall Street job to focus on his campaign. He has 10 fundraisers planned for this week.
Former Senate Minority Leader John Sampson’s top aide Paul Rivera has resigned, but the move reportedly has nothing to do with the FBI’s interest in his boss.
Frank Mauro, the longtime executive director of the labor-backed Fiscal Policy Institute, is set to retire at the end of this year’s legislative session.
Obama has signed into law a $9.7 billion bill to pay flood insurance claims from Superstorm Sandy.
The operators of the state’s nine race-track virtual casinos will unveil today a statewide ad campaign in hopes of boosting their chances of upgrading to full-blown gambling halls with table games.
New Senate Minority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins had a “pleasant” chat with Majority Leader Dean Skelos, but he declined to share with her the details of his power-sharing agreement with IDC head Jeff Klein.
The Senate will not gavel into session tomorrow as originally planned, delaying formal action on the new rules.
The divided Senate could be good for Cuomo. (Subscription required).
The Assembly Democrats have blocked welfare-reform legislation that would end “sinful spending” by preventing people receiving government benefits from withdrawing taxpayer-funded cash at strip clubs and bars.
In an interview ahead of his State of the State address tomorrow, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said rebuilding in the wake of superstorm Sandy would be his primary focus this year as he faces re-election.
Newsday gives Cuomo’s education reform panel an “incomplete” for its first report.
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