Here And Now
Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in Albany with no appearances scheduled.
At 8:10 a.m., he’ll be a guest on WOR’s “The John Gambling Show,” which is being guest hosted today by Rep. Pete King. (The topic of Sandy aid is likely to come up). Listen to the live stream here.
Mayor Bloomberg will be in Washington, D.C.
At 9 a.m., he’ll participate in a panel discussion on shaping the future of urban transport at the 10th Annual Transforming Transportation Conference, World Bank Campus, Preston Auditorium, 1818 H Street NW between 18th and 19th Streets NW.
At 12:45 p.m, he’s speaking at the US Conference of Mayors winter meeting about gun control. Capital Hilton Hotel, Presidential Ballroom, 1001 16th Street NW between K and L Streets. (This is event is being live streamed here).
ESDC President and CEO Ken Adams delivers a version of Cuomo’s State of the State address at 8:30 a.m., Windows on the Lake, 235 Lake Shore Rd., Lake Ronkonkoma, Suffolk County.
ESDC Regional President Sam Hoyt does the SoS honors at 9:30 a.m. at the Wyoming County Chamber of Commerce, 6470 State Route 20A # 6, Perry.
At 10 a.m., the counting of remaining ballots in the 46th Senate District race takes place in Ulster County. (There’s also one ballot to open in Albany County, and one “found” ballot in limbo in Montgomery County).
At 10:30 a.m., NYC Housing Authority officials testify at an Assembly hearing about proposed legislation to increase oversight of the authority, including management of construction and renovation projects and disposal of assets; Assembly Hearing Room, room 1923, 250 Broadway.
At noon, Rep. Carolyn Maloney speaks to residents selected in a lottery to attend presidential inauguration ceremonies on Monday in Washington, during a reception at her district office; room 311, 1651 Third Ave.
Also at noon, NYC Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, Rep. Nydia Velazquez, Assemblyman Dick Gottfried, and NYC Councilmembers Gale Brewer, Julissa Ferreras and Andy King rally for paid sick days amid flu epidemic, City Hall steps, Manhattan.
Since there’s no “Here and Now” on Saturday, I’d like to point out that there will be a rally against the new gun control law, the NY SAFE Act, outside the state Capitol tomorrow from noon to 3 p.m.
Participants are being urged to be “orderly and respectful” so as not to give “fodder” to those who believe gun rights activists are crazy.
The Bloomberg administration and the UFT failed to reach an eleventh-hour teacher evaluation deal by the midnight deadline yesterday, and have lost millions of dollars in state aid for the city’s public schools as a result.
State Education Commissioner John King expressed disappointment in a statement released at 12:05 a.m., saying his office had tried unsuccessfully for several days to “get the City and UFT to ‘yes’.”
“More than 680 districts large and small from across the state, including the rest of the Big Five, were able to reach an agreement, but the City and UFT just couldn’t get there,” King said.
“Once again, the students will pay the price for this failure. Even though they missed the deadline, the City and UFT still have a legal obligation to continue to negotiate.”
“The state aid increase may be lost, but the students still deserve the benefits of a quality evaluation plan.”
New York City was the biggest district to miss the teacher evaluation deadline, but not the only one to do so. Hamburg in WNY appears to have forfeited $454,000 worth of aid after failing to submit a plan, while Buffalo got approved with hours to spare.
Democratic NYC mayoral hopeful Bill Thompson pledged not to raise taxes if he’s elected.
The NY Post welcomes the former MTA chairman to the field, saying: “Just by running, Joe Lhota has shaken up the race for City Hall. That can only be for the better.”
Upon entering the race, Lhota took a shot at the Democratic frontrunner, NYC Council Speaker Christine Quinn, saying: “You can’t confuse what the speaker does in controlling the legislative process as anything like what’s needed at the executive level.”
At least seven staffers in NYC Comptroller John Liu’s office have held fund-raisers or bundled donations for his mayoral campaign, raising a total of $14,695.
The Newtown, Conn. massacre appears to be profoundly swaying Americans’ views on guns, galvanizing the broadest support for stricter gun laws in about a decade, according to a New York Times/CBS News poll.
A new Siena poll found the majority of New Yorkers support the SAFE Act.
Good-government groups and newspapers are hoping legislators will amend the just-passed gun control law to make it harder for people to have information about their pistol permits kept private.
Lawmakers are expected to pass what is called a “chapter amendment” to the new gun law as soon as next week that would exempt active-duty cops from the magazine limit.
As the new law takes effect, Rochester Police Chief James Sheppard says the biggest misconception is that police will look for guns to confiscate.
Republican George Amedore’s lead in the tight 46th SD race shrunk to 35 votes after eight more ballots were opened in Greene County yesterday.
Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver says the Legislature would have to first decide where to put new casinos before lawmakers approve a constitutional amendment expanding Las Vegas-style table games.
Silver paid $35,000 from his $3.2 million campaign account to top-shelf Manhattan law firm Stroock, Stroock & Lavan last month as the JCOPE investigated his approval of a secret sex-harassment settlement.
At his inauguration lunch, the president will be seated in front of a painting of Niagara Falls – Maid of the Mist included – which was loaned for the occasion by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
The Jewish population in the New York area grew by 9 percent over the last decade, reversing a longstanding trend of decline, according to a new study.
The Cuomo administration has retained a private accounting firm to look into procurement practices used during Superstorm Sandy
It could be three years before the South Ferry subway station at the tip of lower Manhattan, heavily damaged in Sandy, is fully restored to service, according to MTA officials.
The MTA has demoted a high-ranking manager — and cut his salary in half — for allegedly taking home an agency generator after Sandy slammed the region.
An audit of National Grid’s spending launched after regulators discovered accounting problems at the utility several years ago found the utility inflated rates in New York by $44 million — a finding that National Grid says is “seriously flawed.”
Rep. Bill Owens has been appointed to the subcommittees on defense and homeland security as a member of the influential House Appropriations Committee.
NYC’s school bus strike has entered its third day.
The operator of a North Creek rafting company was acquitted of reckless endangerment in a case stemming from a 2010 incident when he reportedly allowed clients to navigate the Indian River on their own.
Lance Armstrong was light on details when he admitted doping during an much-anticipated (and hyped) interview with Oprah.
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