Here And Now
Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in New York City with no public schedule.
Back in Albany, members of Cuomo’s cabinet are hard at work.
At 11 a.m., administration officials will discuss the new “Open Budget” website Cuomo unveiled yesterday along with his 2013-2014 spending plan. Blue Room (Room 250), 3rd floor, state Capitol.
At 1 p.m., Secretary to the Governor Larry Schwartz, Deputy Secretary for Economic Development Leecia Eve, and Deputy Secretary for Civil Rights Alphonso David will discuss development initiatives in the executive budget with business leaders. Blue Room.
Also, top administration officials will continue to spread the good news about Cuomo’s State of the State address, delivering versions in the Southern Tier and on Long Island. LG Bob Duffy speaks at the Town of Cicero Town Hall, 8236 Brewerton Rd., at 4:30 p.m.
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is making her long-awaited testimony on Capitol Hill about the Benghazi terrorist attacks.
She’ll make 9 a.m. appearance before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and has a 2 p.m. appointment before the House Foreign Affairs Committee. Both are public.
NYC Comptroller John Liu will join with elected officials, good government groups and technology advocates to unveil his “Checkbook NYC 2.0” online transparency website. 10:30 a.m., 1 Centre St., 5th Floor Boardroom, Manhattan.
At 11:30 a.m., the Business Council of New York State hosts New York Technology Roundtable on state contract procurement, Hotel Albany, 40 Lodge St., Albany.
Sens. Tony Avella joins Sen. Cecilia Tkaczyk, other Democratic colleagues and activists to call for banning hydrofracking. 1 p.m., LCA Room, LOB, Albany.
Senate GOP Leader Dean Skelos holds a fund-raiser at 5:30 p.m. at the Fort Orange Club, 110 Washington Ave., Albany. (Apparently, session, which starts at 3 p.m., will be short).
Cuomo’s Moreland Act Commission on utilities’ storm response is holding a hearing in Staten Island. (This was rescheduled to take the place of a hearing that had to be cancelled due to bad weather). 6 p.m., Bernikow/Mid-Island Jewish Community Center of Staten Island, 1466 Manor Rd.
The NYC Districting Commission holds a meeting. 6 p.m., Third Floor, Faculty Dining Room, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, 860 11th Ave., Manhattan.
You can read Cuomo’s $142.6 billion budget here.
Federal spending – for Obamacare implementation and Sandy relief – pushed Cuomo’s final budget number up. The state spending portion would increase just 1.6 percent under his plan.
As promised, there are no new taxes or tax increases in Cuomo’s budget, but there are revenue “extensions” of existing levies set to expire.
“He wants to loosen the purse strings a little bit,” said CBC’s Elizabeth Lynam. “It isn’t like anyone is going to say he let the train run off the tracks, but he has some things he wants to spend money on and he is going to do it.”
The DMV also is being instructed to make information on a driver’s record more easily available, so prosecutors and judges will know if a previous speeding ticket had become a stopping, standing or parking conviction.
Many details were left unspecified in Cuomo’s budget, to be negotiated with the state Legislature in the coming months.
Cuomo appears to have turned that $1 billion economic development funding for Buffalo from a five-year plan to a 10-year plan.
Ouch. Cuomo’s hand-picked state Democratic Party co-chair, Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner, was critical of his plan – especially when it comes to assistance (or lack thereof) for fiscally distressed cities like hers.
“Today, I have more questions than answers,” she said.
Senate GOP Leader Dean Skelos said: “I think it’s a good blueprint, and I don’t see any reason why we can’t have an on-time budget.” (He wouldn’t commit on the minimum wage hike, though).
Cuomo’s plan would increase education spending by $889 million — or about 4.4 percent — to a total of $21.1 billion.
The NY Post was unimpressed: “Gov. Cuomo seemed to be channeling President Obama — emphasizing the role of government in solving problems — as he presented his $137 billion budget plan yesterday. You’d almost think the 2016 presidential race had already begun.”
The TU calls Cuomo’s budget proposal “a mix of good and not so good.”
The Archdiocese of New York will close 22 elementary schools and two high schools throughout its jurisdiction, which includes Manhattan, the Bronx, Staten Island and seven other counties.
Mayor Bloomberg added fuel to the fire growing around the city’s failed teacher evaluation deal by ripping a union proposal as a “fraud and a hoax.”
A Manhattan federal judge temporarily reversed a decision she made earlier this month banning NYPD officers from making “unlawful trespass stops” (in other words, stop-and-frisks) outside some private buildings in the Bronx.
As she seeks to put some distance between herself and the man whose job she’s seeking, NYC Council Speaker Christine Quinn is setting up for another showdown with Bloomberg – this time over a bill that would bar employers from discriminating against the unemployed.
Quinn spent inauguration weekend in Washington, D.C. courting female elected officials and business leaders as she ramps up her expected run for mayor. Her Democratic rival, NYC Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, was also in town.
The NYT backs Bloomberg in the ongoing school bus strike.
The unemployment rate rose last month in upstate New York to 8.4 percent, (it was 7.9 percent in December 2011), and held steady in the New York City metropolitan area compared to a year earlier.
A college student who was one of nine bystanders inadvertently shot and wounded by the police outside the Empire State Building in August became the first one to file suit against the city.
Former Rep. Ann Marie Buerkle will make her first public speech since leaving Congress when she attends the annual convention Sunday of the state Conservative Party.
Southern lawmakers shot back at Rep. Charles Rangel’s argument that the region must “overcome” its culture before it can tighten gun laws nationwide.
A judge dismissed a lawsuit filed by Frank C. Max Jr. and two other Democratic leaders against the Erie County Democratic elections commissioner and other party officials. The judge ruled they missed the deadline for filing suit.
NRA President Wayne LaPierre has re-emerged, issuing a blistering retort to Obama’s inaugural address, in which he accused the president of name calling and limiting American freedoms.
Politically speaking, the president has perhaps a year to accomplish his remaining goals. (In other words, before lame duck status takes hold).
Obama led a conga line, took part in a “Gangnam Style” dance-off with Usher, and even did the electric slide at his celebrity-packed inauguration bash at the White House.
More details on the first lady’s inauguration day eye roll “heard” ’round the world.
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