Here And Now
Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in Albany with no public schedule.
LG Bob Duffy is in Buffalo. At 8:45 a.m. he’ll discuss the administration’s regional economic development councils at the Accelerate Upstate 2.0 conference. Buffalo Niagara Convention Center, Convention Center Plaza.
At 8 a.m., Crain’s is holding a panel discussion on Midtown East Rezoning and its impact on the NYC economy. The Yale Club, 50 Vanderbilt Ave., Manhattan.
The NYC Campaign Finance Board meets at 10 a.m. at New York Law School at 185 West Broadway, (in the auditorium), Manhattan.
JCOPE is meeting at 10:30 a.m. in Albany.
Also at 10:30 a.m., IDC leader Jeff Klein will be joined by fellow senators (Democrats and Republicans) along with business leaders to propose a $10,000 tax credit benefit for all employers who hire an unemployed post-9/11 war veteran for a full-time job. Room 124, the Capitol.
Today’s joint legislative budget hearing is on elementary and secondary education. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., LOB, Hearing Room B, Albany. (Among those testifying: SED Commissioner John King, NYC Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott, UFT President Michael Mulgrew, NYSUT, NYSSBA, and representatives of Buffalo and Rochester).
New Yorkers with psychiatric disabilities, mental health providers and advocates from across the state will march on/rally at the Capitol to protest “alarming” public policies and depictions of their communities since Newtown. 10 a.m. to noon, forum at The Egg; 1 p.m. to 1:30 p.m., rally in West Capitol Park, Albany.
At 11 a.m., state Health Commissioner Nirav Shah makes an announcement regarding reforms to fight sepsis, State Capitol, Blue Room (Room 250), Albany.
Also at 11 a.m., there’s a march, rally and “interfaith prayer service” (at the Million Dollar Staircase) to support the minimum wage increase. Capitol, Albany.
AG Eric Schneiderman is holding a hearing in Albany on his proposed donor disclosure regulations for 501(c)4s. LOB, Hearing Room C, 11 a.m.
Mayor Bloomberg will present his final budget after 11 years in office with spending choices limited by billions of dollars tied up in disputes over state aid, taxi revenue and labor contracts. Noon, Blue Room, City Hall, Manhattan.
Democrat-turned-Republican supermarket/oil mogul John Catsimatidis will formally announce his mayoral candidacy. 2:15 p.m., City Hall steps, Manhattan.
President Obama is traveling to Las Vegas, where he’s expected to give a speech at about 3 p.m. that embraces an ambitious immigration reform plan proposed by a bipartisan group of US senators.
From 12:15 p.m. to 1:45 p.m., retired astronaut Mark Kelly, who co-founded the gun control advocacy group Americans for Responsible Solutions with his wife, former Rep. Gabby Giffords, speaks at an event hosted by The Common Good. (Location TBA).
At 6 p.m., the Moreland Commission on Utility Storm Preparation and Response is holding a hearing to solicit comments from the public in Ulster, Orange, Dutchess and Sullivan counties. SUNY New Paltz, Student Union Building, Multi-Purpose Room, 2nd Floor, 1 Hawk Dr.
Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano told legislative leaders New York cities are “now at the forefront of a national crisis.” He was one of a list of local leaders to plead for state assistance.
A testy Bloomberg urged lawmakers not to hold school funding hostage to union “obstructionism” on teacher evaluations.
Bloomberg called on the Legislature to restore the cash the city lost as a result of its failed teacher evaluation talks with the UFT, saying without the money 2,500 teachers would be lost and “calamitous” cuts would take place.
Congress gave final approval to an emergency aid package of nearly $51 billion to help millions of victims of Hurricane Sandy, ending the legislation’s long and complicated odyssey.
New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms released a memorandum of opposition to the Reproductive Health Act (contained in Cuomo’s Women’s Equality Act), which it has deemed the “Late-term Abortion Act.”
Speaking at the state Conservative Party’s political action conference, Senate GOP Leader Dean Skelos pledged the chamber “would not pass partial birth abortion expansion legislation in 2013,” according to NYCF.
The Cuomo administration is set to soon release long-awaited housing regulations it says will help slow down the deregulation of apartments.
Hunter Walker follows NYC Public Advocate Bill de Blasio’s marathon first day on the campaign trail as an official mayoral contender.
Some observers are making fun of NYC Council Speaker Christine Quinn’s NY mag cover shot, saying she looks like a vampire.
GOP mayoral hopeful Joe Lhota distanced himself from his Democratic opponents by backing the closing of failing schools and endorsing the expansion of charter schools.
Sen. John Bonacic said he expects groups to spend “heavy money” fighting Cuomo’s plan to expand casino gaming in the state and potentially bring casinos to the Catskills. (Subscription).
The FBI has named a new agent in charge of its Albany Division responsible for investigations in northern New York and Vermont: Andrew Vale, most recently special assistant to the deputy director at FBI Headquarters in D.C.
Following Sandy, New York City lawmakers are looking to crack down on criminals who exploit disasters to enrich themselves through frauds, burglary or other schemes.
More opposition to Cuomo’s proposed pension smoothing plan.
EJ McMahon (surprisingly) sides with the state’s largest public employees union against the smoothing plan, which he calls a “threat to pension solvency.”
In a meeting with the TU editorial board, Cuomo said he will hold firm against requests for increased aid by several upstate cities, whose mayors pleaded their case the same day at a legislative budget hearing.
Meet the legislative class of 2013: 23 new Assembly members and nine new senators.
After a spate of subway track deaths, the MTA is exploring the installation of safety doors. The estimated cost: $1 billion.
The state is refusing to release a “fatality report” that could shed light on how child-protection workers handled the case of a 10-year-old Buffalo boy who was bludgeoned to death by his stepfather April 17, 2012, a year after the boy called 911 to report he was being abused.
Hillary Clinton’s answer to the 2016 question has changed over time, evolving from a flat-out denial to evasion.
The U.S. Department of Education will investigate a claim that the Bloomberg administration’s plan to close 26 low-performing public schools this year discriminates against minority and special-education students.
“One look, and your life was absolutely changed,” said one of the first police officers to respond to the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. Law enforcement officials are still trying to recover from the massacre.
The number of local homes and businesses within flood zones appears likely to double, with 35,000 new structures in or near New York City added to advisory maps released by FEMA.
Cuomo’s former top aide Steve Cohen writes in a TU OpEd about how passage of the SAFE NY Act made his miss public service.
Former NYC Mayor Ed Koch, 88, is back in the hospital. Said his spokesman: “He didn’t go to work today, which for him is well out of the norm. He was obviously, in his conversation with me, struggling to talk.”
After being re-elected two months ago, GOP Rep. Michael Grimm is now facing two potential Democratic challengers in 2014: Former Rep. Michael McMahon and NYC Councilman Domenic Recchie.
The Boy Scouts of America may soon give sponsors of troops the authority to decide whether to accept gays as Scouts and leaders – a potentially dramatic retreat from an exclusionary nationwide policy that has provoked relentless protests.
Cuomo’s brother, Chris, is reportedly defecting from ABC News to CNN, where he will co-host a new morning show with Erin Burnett.
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