Here And Now
Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in New York City with no public schedule. He’s taking a bit of a break from the public eye after a busy several days up in Albany.
But members of his cabinet continue to spread the Cuomo gospel, traveling the state to deliver (hopefully considerably scaled down) versions of his State of the State address. The schedule of their speeches is as follows:
9 a.m. ESDC Regional President Sam Hoyt, Robert Jackson Center, 305 E 4th St., Jamestown.
10 a.m. Environmental Facilities Corp. President and CEO Matt Driscoll, Lewis County Courthouse, 7760 N State St., Lowville. (Driscoll is doing double duty, delivering another version of his speech at 2 p.m. at Fulton City Hall, 141 S. First St.)
10:30 a.m. LG Bob Duffy, Genesee Community College, Conable Technology Building, Lecture Hall, Batavia.
11 a.m. DMV Commissioner Barbara Fiala, Chemung County Legislative Chambers
203 Lake St., Elmira.
11 a.m. OGS Commissioner RoAnn Destito, Fulton Montgomery Community College
2805 State Highway 67, Johnstown.
11 a.m. Thruway Authority Executive Director Tom Madison, Lally Mohawk Room
78 Washington Ave., Schenectady.
2 p.m. Parks Commissioner Rose Harvey, Marist College, 3399 North Rd., Poughkeepsie.
Also today, the Assembly is holding a hearing to discuss the finances and operations of the constantly cash-strapped MTA. 250 Broadway, Room 1923, 19th Floor, Manhattan.
Yoko Ono, Sean Lennon and members of their organization Artists Against Fracking are holding a press conference at noon at the Capitol in Albany to express their disappointment that Cuomo didn’t address the issue in his SoS.
They will also deliver comments to the DEC on the latest fracking regulations. Today is the final day in the 30-day comment period.
Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand and Chuck Schumer and Reps. Dan Maffei and Richard Hanna all have events scheduled in Central New York today.
President Obama and President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan are meeting at the White House.
The governor and legislative leaders are putting the finishing touches on a gun control package. Cuomo will get most of what he wants, with the potential exception of a reduction on the number of bullets permissible in detachable magazines.
The Obama administration is considering a $50 million plan to fund hundreds of police officers in public schools as part of a broad agenda against gun violence that is likely to include a ban on high-capacity ammunition clips and universal background checks.
More than 100 people in three different groups plan to stage protests outside the City Center during Saturday’s Saratoga Arms Fair.
Cuomo turned up the heat on the Senate Republicans to pass his Women’s Equality Act, meeting with female lawmakers and advocates the day after his SoS.
The NY Post was not impressed with the “heavily left-leaning, kitchen-sink agenda” Cuomo laid out in his SoS, or the “near-hysterical manner in which he pitched it.”
The governor insisted he has not tacked to the left, saying: “I am socially progressive and fiscally responsible. I believe that’s where most people in this state are.”
Former Assemblyman Michael Benjamin isn’t buying that. He thinks Cuomo is all about preparing for 2016.
Nicole Gelinas explains why it’s going to be tough for Cuomo to deliver on his promises for LIPA.
EMILY’s List is endorsing NYC Council Speaker Christine Quinn for mayor today. (She’s the lone woman candidate in the field, and would be NYC’s first female executive).
NYC’s five GOP chairs have agreed to disagree on a mayoral candidate – for the moment.
Previously undecided Staten Island GOP Chair Robert Scamardella says he’s leaning toward former MTA Chairman Joe Lhota, but isn’t ready to make a formal endorsement.
Democrat-turned-Republican and Doe Fund founder George McDonald formally launched his mayoral campaign.
At the request of Republican George Amedore, the state’s highest court told election officials to wait on counting 99 ballots in his state Senate race with Duanesburg Democrat Cecilia Tkacyzk.
A marathon Assembly hearing on fracking was dominated by opponents of the controversial natural gas drilling process.
North Country officials are excited by the governor’s proposal that the Adirondack Park play host to a state-sponsored rafting and paddling competition.
The NYC medical examiner’s office is undertaking an unusual review of more than 800 rape cases in which critical DNA evidence may have been mishandled or overlooked by a lab technician, resulting in incorrect reports being given to criminal investigators.
Some of the most common and most powerful prescription painkillers on the market will be restricted sharply in the emergency rooms at NYC’s 11 public hospitals.
Nassau County has plans for a roughly 5 million-square-foot biotech campus and has tapped two well-known developers – Bruce Ratner and Don Monti – to be consultants on the project.
Sen. Eric Adams has a divide-and-conquer strategy in the Brooklyn BP’s race. Also, he hired consultant Evan Thies.
Newly-minted Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney hired some staffers.
Rep. Hanna has been appointed chairman of the House Subcommittee on Contracting and Workforce, part of the larger Small Business Committee.
NYCOM’s Peter Banes, Unshackle’s Brian Sampson and NFIB’s Mike Durant haven’t given up pushing for mandate relief.
The mayor of Lake George is calling for a casino study in Warren County, just as Cuomo has proposed three initial non-Indian run casinos somewhere upstate.
Cuomo strongly suggested there will be no new casinos in Western New York, which should make the Indian tribes happy.
A New York woman was sentenced to more than two years in prison for mailing threatening letters to Bay State pols, including former Sen. Scott Brown.
Robert Redford is in talks to expand his famous Sundance Film Festival to Brooklyn.
Remembering “Hillary’s Cookies.”
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