Here And Now
Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in Albany with no public schedule.
Today is the deadline for teacher evaluation plans to be submitted and approved. A handful of districts – including the state’s largest, NYC – have yet to submit and risk losing millions in state education aid.
The US Conference of Mayors is holding its 81st annual winter meeting in D.C. At 1:30 p.m., VP Joe Biden, who headed Obama’s gun violence task force, will address attendees.
Members of Cuomo’s cabinet continue to deliver versions of his State of the State address at various locations across New York. There will be presentations today in Oswego, Corning, Hudson and Indian Lake.
Yoko Ono, Susan Sarandon, and Sean Lennon are traveling to Dimock, Pennsylvania on an anti-fracking tour, departing at 7:45 a.m. from the Film Center, 630 Ninth Ave., between 44th and 45th Streets, Manhattan.
At 8:30 a.m., NYC mayoral hopeful and former Comptroller Bill Thompson speaks at the ABNY breakfast. Mercury Ballroom, Hilton New York hotel, 1335 Sixth Ave., Manhattan.
IDC leader Jeff Klein will propose a statewide ban on DMAA, an ingredient used in sports nutritional supplements. 11 a.m., state Senate Hearing Room, 19th floor, 250 Broadway, Manhattan.
Also at 11 a.m., Rep. Steve Israel announces plan to prohibit 3-D printed high-capacity magazines along with plastic guns, Nassau County Police Department’s Second Precinct, 7700 Jericho Tpke., Woodbury.
At noon, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and NYC Councilwoman Margaret Chin call on the Bloomberg administration to extend waiver on property tax penalties for yellow-tagged buildings damaged by Sandy, The Paris Café, 119 South St., Manhattan.
At 1 p.m., the NYC Council Committee on Public Housing will hold an oversight hearing on NYCHA’s emergency planning procedures and management during and after the storm. Council Chambers, City Hall, Manhattan.
At 6 p.m., members of Cuomo’s Moreland Act Commission on Utility Storm Preparation and Response hold a public hearing. Challenge Preparatory Charter School, 710 Hartman Lane, Queens.
REBNY is holding its 117th annual banquet. Many elected officials, including Mayor Bloomberg, will be attending. 6:30 p.m., New York Hilton, 1335 Avenue of the Americas between West 53rd and West 54th Streets, Manhattan.
Rep. Dan Maffei is kicking off a listening tour on jobs and the economy in CNY.
The Empire State Pride Agenda, NY’s largest LGBT group, is poised to endorse NYC Council Speaker Christine Quinn for NYC mayor. If elected, she’ll be the first woman and first lesbian to lead the city.
New York City voters approve 75 -18 percent of the job NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly is doing, his highest approval rating ever, according to a new Q poll. Sixty-three percent say it would positively impact their vote if a mayoral candidate (like Quinn has done) promises to keep Kelly around.
In a DN OpEd, NYC mayoral hopeful Adolfo Carrion calls the UFT an “embarrassment” and blames the union for the lack of a teacher evaluation deal with the Bloomberg administration.
President Obama unveiled the most comprehensive federal gun-control plan in decades, but even some of his supporters tacitly acknowledged that major parts of what he is proposing are unlikely to make it into law.
Where members of Congress stand on guns, according to their NRA ratings.
The rate of pistol-permit applications in Dutchess County has increased by 55 percent in the past five years, while applications in Ulster County have fluctuated but have not appeared to show a particular trend.
Says the Syracuse Post-Standard: “(I)t’s regrettable that such a worthy end was achieved by such dubious means.”
New York’s new law limiting the number of bullets in semiautomatic rifle magazines won’t stop determined mass killers, firearms experts warn.
Mental Health advocates have some concerns over portions of New York’s new gun control laws.
The SAFE Act contains a provision that will provide more funding for school security, though a dollar amount is not yet known.
Several major casino companies said they probably won’t financially support an advocacy campaign for a public referendum on gambling in New York – a potential blow to Cuomo’s plan to expand casino gambling across the state.
New York’s highest court paved the way for the counting of 99 disputed ballots in the 46th Senate District race, the outcome of which could affect the complex balance of power in the chamber.
Noah Gotbaum’s stepmother, Betsy Gotbaum, a former NYC public advocate, has endorsed Sen. Daniel L. Squadron, not her stepson, in the Democratic primary for the post. Nothing personal, she says.
The Assembly Democratic majority threw its support behind a comprehensive bill that would make state financial aid available to illegal immigrants at colleges and universities.
The state fired a consultant who flagged some questionable expenditures related to Sandy relief.
LIPA pushed to authorize $1 million for advertising spending in the week following the superstorm, according to records from DiNapoli’s office.
AG Eric Schneiderman announced a statewide hotline to help homeowners in need find nearby foreclosure services.
NYPIRG’s Bill Mahoney says Cuomo’s big fundraising numbers “highlight some of the biggest problems in the system and serves as a good reminder for what needs to be fixed.”
The name of Cuomo’s biggest donor, real estate developer Leonard Litwin, doesn’t even appear in the governor’s campaign finance filing because he used the LLC loophole to contribute $500,000 over the past two years.
Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino has $2.2 million in the bank for his re-election race after raising more than $1 million in the last six months. This gives him a big head start over his Democratic opponents.
Peter Kiernan, onetime counsel to ex-Gov. David Paterson, has paid a $3,500 fine for violating a state law limiting the interactions between former employees of the governor’s office and the state government.
Sate and federal aid to towns and counties hasn’t kept pace with inflation over the last decade, according to a new report by Comptroller Tom DiNapoli.
Sen. Chuck Schumer reviews the inauguration lunch menu with Cindy Adams, who has “forgiven” him for OKing Chuck Hagel as defense secretary.
The Oneida Daily Dispatch, which has been publishing for 163 years, will convert to a three-day-a-week printing schedule starting Feb. 3.
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