Here And Now
Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in Albany with no public schedule.
At 7:30 a.m., Mayor Bloomberg will be a guest on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”
The annual “People’s State of the State” rally will take place at noon outside the State Street entrance of the state Capitol. Albany.
At noon, labor, religious and community leaders will rally to keep Downstate Medical Center a full service public hospital. The Well, LOB, Albany.
At 10 a.m. (approximately), former Bronx Councilman Larry Seabrook will be sentenced after being found guilty last July of nine counts of corruption. He faces up to 20 years in prison for year count. Judge Deborah Batts’ courtroom (24B), US District Court, 500 Pearl St., Manhattan.
At 1:30 p.m, Rep. Steve Israel calls on FEMA to make co-ops eligible for storm recovery grants, Glen Oaks Village, 70-33 260th St., Glen Oaks.
NYC Comptroller John Liu, who turns 46 today, is throwing himself a birthday fundraiser for his mayoral run. Jing fong restaurant, 20 Elizabeth St., Manhattan. 5:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Cuomo will announce in his State of the State tomorrow that every hospital in New York must adopt aggressive procedures for identifying sepsis in patients, including the use of a countdown clock to begin treatment within an hour of spotting it.
Whoopi Goldberg and John Legend attended Cuomo’s big birthday fundraiser at the Waldorf Astoria last night, according to brother Chris Cuomo’s tweet.
By late yesterday, the move to appropriate another $51 billion worth of federal disaster aid had the support of every House Democrat and every Republican House member from New York and New Jersey — leaving it just five votes short.
Bloomberg is reportedly approaching pretty much everybody who’s anybody – from former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell to Sen. Chuck Schumer – in hopes they’ll run to succeed him, a real blow to his supposed favored candidate, NYC Council Speaker Chris Quinn.
GOP mayoral candidate George McDonald filed a lawsuit to prevent NYC’s Campaign Finance Board from taking enforcement action against his campaign for accepting contributions in excess of city limits and a loan that is prohibited by city law.
Cuomo’s Moreland Act Commission recommended privatizing LIPA, an authority his former governor father created. Asked if he feels responsible for not trying to fix LIPA sooner, Cuomo said: “Absolutely not.”
Cuomo, with few specifics, said he will propose legislation to end what he says has been a system “skewed in favor of the utility companies.”
LIPA, in a statement, said it was reviewing the panel’s findings and pledged to “continue to cooperate with the State and the Moreland Commission to do what is in the best interest of Long Island’s ratepayers.”
Former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and her husband unveiled a new anti-gun violence initiative today – two years after she was shot in the head at an event with constituents in Tucson, Az. It includes a new website.
The NYT says a concerted crackdown on illegal gun trafficking is “notably missing” from the measures under consideration by VP Joe Biden’s gun control task force.
Assemblyman Brian Kavanagh, co-chairman of State Legislators Against Illegal Guns, is willing to consider legislation that would restrict public access to who has gun permits as part of sweeping new gun-control laws.
Cuomo spokesman Josh Vlasto insisted the Assembly Democrats are “open” to increasing penalties on illegal guns, which the Senate GOP has proposed as part of a gun control deal. He did not offer specifics.
The FBI is reportedly grilling Senate Democratic insiders about the rolls of former Minority Leader John Sampson, new IDC member Malcolm Smith, Sen. Eric Adams and former Sen. Carl Andrews in the Aqueduct-AEG mess.
The NY Post says Bloomberg needs to apologize to the NRA – not the UFT – for comparing the gun rights group to the teachers union.
The TU’s Jim Odato writes: “If it’s true that history is not made by people who follow the rules, Sen. Jeffrey D. Klein will be remembered at the state Capitol for a long time.”
The state Board of Elections, which is charged with making sure campaign finance reports by politicians are filed accurately and on time, hasn’t had a single investigator for almost a year due to budget cutbacks.
A spokesman for Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver said the lower house will pass a bill to bar welfare recipients from drawing their cash benefits at gin joints and strip clubs.
Rep. Chris Collins has won a rare honor for a first-term lawmaker: chairmanship of a House subcommittee. (The Small Business Committee’s Subcommittee on Healthcare and Technology, which will oversee the implementation of President Obama’s health care law and how it is affecting small businesses).
Putnam County District Attorney Adam Levy says he is opposed to releasing the names and addresses of licensed gun owners, which The Journal News is seeking.
The TU urged Cuomo to recognize the limitations of his property tax cap and “push the Legislature, harder than ever, to deliver meaningful mandate relief.”
A panel of appellate court judges could rule on opening the remaining ballots in the 46th SD race as early as today.
Sandy damaged or destroyed more than 95,000 buildings on Long Island and left behind 4.4 million cubic years of debris, according to FEMA statistics obtained by Newsday.
Sen. Schumer touted a measure under consideration by Congress that, for the first time, would make witness intimidation a federal offense with harsh punishments.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton spent more time on an airplane over the last four years than most average Americans spend doing anything except sleeping, working and watching TV.
In just his first two years in office, Buffalo Sen. Mark Grisanti raised the second highest amount of campaign cash of all the 212 legislators in the state Senate and Assembly.
The Log Cabin Republicans of New York have a new leadership team: Stephen Keblish, chair, Gerard Gershonowitz, vice chair.
RIP Richard Ben Cramer, iconic political reporter and Rochester native.
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