Here And Now
The weather is making headlines this morning. High winds, black ice, flooding and power outages have been reported. Be careful out there.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in Albany with no public schedule.
Today’s joint legislative budget hearing will focus on transportation. LOB, Hearing Room B, Albany, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. (Note: These have been running very long).
Members of the governor’s cabinet continue to spread his budget and State of the State gospel.
NYPA President Gil Quiniones is at the Long Island Yacht Club, 95 E Shore Rd.,
Huntington, Long Island at 8 a.m.
Deputy Secretary for Human Rights Alphonso David is at the Queens Chamber of Commerce, 75-20 Astoria Blvd., Jackson Heights at 10 a.m.
Deputy Secretary of State for Local Government Dede Scozzafava is at Essex County College (Ticonderoga Campus), 11 Hawkeye Trail, Ticonderoga at 1 p.m.
At 10 a.m., 10 a.m. – Sen. Greg Ball, Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino and Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell call for comprehensive unfunded mandate relief, Yorktown Town Hall, 363 Underhill Ave., Yorktown Heights.
At 11:30 a.m., Sens. Daniel Squadron and Toby Ann Stavisky and Assemblyman Ron Kim, Rep. Grace Meng urge the creation of an Asian Lunar New Year school holiday. Outside P.S. 20, 143-20 Barclay Avenue, Flushing, Queens.
The Senate Bipartisan Task Force on Hurricane Sandy Recovery will meet with government leaders and business and nonprofit representatives to discuss storm damage and recovery efforts in Staten Island and Brooklyn. 250 Broadway, Manhattan, 2 p.m.
Today’s Q poll finds New Yorkers continue to overwhelmingly support raising the state’s hourly minimum wage, but remain sharply divided on fracking.
Nearly 1,500 state employees last year made more money than the governor’s $179,000. The top state earner was Antonio Alfonso, a SUNY Downstate Medical Center professor and Department of Surgery chairman who pulled in $1.06 million.
The governor warned the Bloomberg administration and the UFT that if they do not create a new teacher evaluation system quickly, he will move to impose one upon them. (The union welcomed the news; the city had no comment).
Cuomo vowed to sign a new law empowering the state Education Department to act as a binding arbitrator in the negotiations unless an agreement was reached “shortly.”
The NY Post is pleased the governor is “finally taking our advice.”
Cuomo’s job approval rating dropped 15 percentage points in the Q poll – mainly because of voters’ concerns about the new gun-control law.
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand and Illinois Republican Sen. Mark Kirk have introduced what they say is the first bipartisan bill in the new Congress to reduce gun violence.
The governor is considering privatizing the state-owned Long Island Power Authority by issuing bonds to pay off more than half its $7 billion in debt and selling its distribution and transmission system – separately – to the highest bidder.
After holding their first leaders meeting of 2013, Cuomo and the three legislative officials had resolved some issues on casino gambling – including (according to the governor) letting the gaming commission make the final decision on location.
But Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver said the casino-siting issue is “still evolving.”
Just over a month after putting the brakes on a plan to raise tolls, state Thruway Authority officials confirmed they will be laying off almost 8 percent of their workforce by April.
After ex-Sen. Shirley Huntley pleaded guilty to stealing $87,700 in public cash from a nonprofit she ran, a judge said he “may or may not” sentence her within the 18 to 24 months that federal guidelines recommend for her crimes.
The Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union endorsed NYC Council Speaker Chris Quinn for NYC mayor, with president Stu Appelbaum saying she’ll be the “first living wage mayor.”
The union went with Quinn even though she is close to Bloomberg, of whom Appelbaum has been quite critical.
Quinn feels bad for male politicians because of their limited fashion options. She also didn’t think her controversial NY magazine cover was sexist.
The MTA’s invitation for a farewell bash celebrating former chief-turned-mayoral hopeful Joe Lhota may have violated rules forbidding state agencies from campaigning, good-government advocates warned.
Sources familiar with the investigation into NYC Comptroller John Liu’s fundraising say the probe is all but complete, and so far there isn’t enough evidence to charge him with anything. Now the public with judge him.
Bloomberg is expected to pledge today that the Housing Authority’s scandalous backlog of 340,000 apartment repair orders will be history by year’s end.
AG Eric Schneiderman is awarding $743,000 in grants to 18 legal aid organizations that are trying to help thousands of homeowners impacted by Sandy navigate the insurance claim process and obtain other benefits available to disaster victims.
After leaving her post as secretary of state, Hillary Clinton hopes to try to have a “normal” life and undo “about 20 years of sleep deprivation.”
Sen. Chuck Schumer says federal officials are taking steps to make Greek yogurt more available for school lunches — a move that could mean more business for upstate producers and dairy farmers.
Moody’s downgraded Binghamton’s credit rating and warned it may take further negative steps in the near future, citing consistently late financial statements, a high debt burden and a diminishing tax base along with other fiscal health problems.
It appears LG Bob Duffy’s Rochester home is for sale.
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