The Weekend That Was
President Obama was officially sworn in for his second term at a private ceremony at the White House today. Chief Justice John Roberts again administered the oath of office.
Obama will take the oath publicly on the Capitol steps tomorrow. His second inauguration is a lower-key affair than the historic first.
VP Joe Biden personally selected US Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor to administer his oath this morning. (The event was held early to accommodate Sotomayor’s schedule).
Obama cleared the way to let corporations give big money to his inauguration this year (a big switch from 2009). Trouble is, CEOs aren’t in a giving mood.
The inaugural committee is reportedly at least $10 million short of its $50 million fundraising goal.
Friends see subtle changes in the Obamas after four years in the public eye.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo was applauded at the National Action Network in Harlem for his swift passage of the new SAFE Act.
Cuomo spoke to Maureen Dowd about his gun control victory.
The success of the gun bill in the divided state Senate could be the sign of more deals to come.
The SAFE Act will be “tweaked” by the Legislature, in part because it was passed too quickly to catch errors the first time around. (Subscription).
Several state senators have launched on-line petitions against the act, including Kathy Marchione and Bill Larkin.
More than 11, 000 people have signed an on-line petition calling for the impeachment of Cuomo as a result of the new gun control law.
There’s also a class action lawsuit in the works – one of several legal challenges likely to be lodged against the SAFE Act.
Former President Bill Clinton warned fellow Democrats not to “patronize” the passions of gun rights advocates.
Rep. Bill Owens, who has an “A-plus” rating from the NRA, says he supports universal background checks, but not an assault weapons ban.
Cuomo delivers his executive budget this Tuesday. Newsday is anxious to see if his vision and his numbers “add up.”
The Daily News calls out state Commissioner John King for his role is establishing a teacher evaluation system the paper believes was flawed from the get-go.
NYC Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott said he blames UFT President Mike Mulgrew for the breakdown in evaluation talks last week.
Hamburg Central School Board members will discuss options for dealing with the loss of $450,000 in state aid due to their lack of an evaluation plan.
Frank Bruni hopes Cuomo and his live-in girlfriend, Sandra Lee, don’t feel forced to wed if the governor runs for president in 2016.
A number of Rep. Gregory Meeks’ friends are now in jail or under indictment, as prosecutors ramp up a federal probe into the Queens Democrat.
Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown has kept his promise to freeze property taxes, but has used $40 million in leftover surplus during the last three years, leaving just $12.2 million in unrestricted funds.
On top of rising expenses, state mandates and tight budgets, school districts are continuing to face yet another strain on their financial health — an increase in pension costs.
No new negotiations to end the NYC school bus driver strike were scheduled to be held over the MLK weekend as both sides wait for the feds to weigh in – perhaps as early as Tuesday.
Rick Brand notes former Nassau County Executive Tom Suozzi’s claim he won’t challenge the man who ousted him in 2009, Executive Ed Mangano, but suggests he could be convinced otherwise.
Long Island Bishop William Murphy is calling on state lawmakers to resist Cuomo’s push for a “reproductive-rights act.”
Michael Kink of Strong Economy for All and David Palmer of the Center for Working Families pen an op/ed in the Times Union calling for public financing of political campaigns statewide.
The father of “Karate Kid” actor Ralph Macchio wants to build a 3,500-foot-long zip line ride that would run from French Mountain to his tourist ranch in Lake George. It would be the first of its king in the Adirondack Park.
Alan Chartock was exhausted by Cuomo’s State of the State speech.
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