Here And Now
Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in New York City with no public schedule.
At 12:30 p.m., Mayor Bloomberg joins NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and the 2014 Super Bowl Host Committee to announce plans for Super Bowl XLVIII. Blue Room, City Hall. Manhattan.
Members of Cuomo’s cabinet are fanning out across the state to deliver versions of his State of the State AND budget addresses. At noon, LG Bob Duffy will be at the Dulles State Office Building, 317 Washington Street, Watertown.
From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Senate Health Committee discusses local governmental access to death certificates, exempting police dogs from confinement and observation and other items, Room 124 CAP, the Capitol, 172 State St., Albany.
Down in D.C., Sen. John Kerry’s confirmation hearing by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on his nomination to replace Hillary Clinton as US Secretary of State starts at 10 a.m.
At 1:45 p.m., VP Joe Biden will participate in a live Google+ Hangout about the Administration’s efforts to reduce gun violence. The event is being streamed live here.
At 5:30 p.m., Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner, (who has been making some waves of late, see the links below), gives her State of the City address, Dr. Weeks School, 710 Hawley Ave., Syracuse.
The NYT chronicles Cuomo’s “by any means necessary” push on gun control, which included everything from cajoling lawmakers to straight out threats.
Down in D.C., Democratic lawmakers plan to formally reintroduce a bill today that would ban military-style assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines, the most ambitious — and politically risky — element of proposals unveiled by President Obama to limit gun violence.
Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner is fighting publicly with Cuomo over how to help fiscally distressed local governments like hers – despite the fact that she’s his hand-picked state Democratic Party co-chair.
Duffy fired back at Miner during a previously scheduled meeting with the Syracuse Post-Standard editorial board.
The NY Post’s Bob McManus was sorely disappointed by Cuomo’s 2013-14 budget, and also predicts: “Cuomo has never been one to brook dissent — so look for a detailed Miner recantation very soon. (Or her abrupt disappearance from New York’s political hierarchy.)”
Rochester Mayor Thomas Richards: “I’m working on balancing a budget without anything (from the state), and it’s going to hurt like hell.”
Cuomo’s budget calls for dramatically expanding the rapid-fire Quick Draw game, bringing it to as many as 780 new locations and letting people as young as 18 play.
The budget plan would prohibit the first three casinos from being built in New York City, Long Island or Westchester, Putnam and Rockland counties. It does not specifically state that none of the three casinos would be in Western New York, as Cuomo previously had suggested.
Most New York school districts will not see the 4 percent aid increase Cuomo talked about in his budget presentation. In fact, school aid amounts released yesterday show some will actually lose hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Business groups have largely praised Cuomo’s budget, but they have raised concerns over a handful of fees and fines that would either be extended or expanded.
State agency overtime jumped a hefty 11 percent in 2012, with five employees pocketing more than $100,000 in extra pay each.
In what may be the last partisan floor debate over redistricting for the next decade, state senators voted to reconfigure the panel charged with the once-a-decade process.
Twenty Democrats voted “no” – including new Sen. George Latimer, who voted “yes” last year as an assemblyman.
Cuomo wants Hurricane Sandy victims who live along the coast to consider rebuilding their homes on stilts or selling their houses to the state and relocating.
According to Nicole Gelinas’ calculations, $22 billion of the $30 billion in federal Sandy aid that Cuomo hopes to receive is already committed.
The minimum wage hike stands a better chance of getting passed this year than in 2012.
Three of the top Democratic candidates vying for NYC mayor – Bill Thompson, Comptroller John Liu and Public Advocate Bill de Blasio – sought to woo the powerful UFT by vowing to scuttle key elements of Bloomberg’s education agenda.
Of Bloomberg’s handling of the school bus strike and the teacher evaluation talks with the UFT, Michael Powell writes: “Twelve years in, he risks making purism his trademark.”
The NYPD is testing a new device it says can detect firearms concealed beneath layers of clothing, a high-tech crime-fighting tool seemingly torn from the pages of science fiction.
Sen. Chuck Schumer wants the Buffalo VA Medical Center to offer health testing not only to the veterans who may have been exposed to HIV, hepatitis B or hepatitis C, but also to their family members and caregivers.
State Sen. Cecilia Tkaczyk took her oath of office to formally join the Legislature, giving Democrats a morale boost in a session in which they hold the majority of seats but remain frozen out of power.
Current and former top executives of the New York Racing Association – including fired ex-CEO Charles Hayward and counsel Patrick Kehoe – are pressing NYRA’s new board to pay them hundreds of thousands of dollars to go away.
Jerry Goldfeder’s proposal to pay for publicly financed campaigns: Albany could set up a Democracy Trust Fund, to which individuals, corporations, nonprofits and unions would contribute.
Former Democratic Rep. Mike McMahon is considering a comeback bid in the Staten Island-based 11th CD, which would require challenging the man who unseated him in 2010, scandal-scarred GOP Rep. Michael Grimm.
Opponents of Bloomberg’s soda ban had their day in court.
The the N.A.A.C.P., which has close ties to big soft-drink companies, particularly Coca-Cola, filed an amicus brief in support of the industry’s battle against the soda ban.
Long Island College Hospital, a community hospital that has for years been losing patients and revenue in a gentrifying neighborhood of Brooklyn, could soon close.
Dana Milbank: “On Wednesday, Hillary Rodham Clinton finally had her chance to respond to critics, and the outgoing secretary of state served up a potent brew of righteous outrage.”
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