Here And Now
Gov. Andrew Cuomo will be in St. Lawrence County to deliver his State of the State and budget messages at 11 a.m., Clarkson Alumni Gym, 8 Clarkson Ave., Potsdam.
It’s Tuesday, which means Lobby Day at the Capitol. Expect crowds, including several hundred parents heading to Albany from around the state to rally for more school choice and charter school pre-K.
At 10 a.m., the Senate Judiciary Committee will reconvene for a possible vote on Cuomo’s first Court of Appeals nominee, Jenny Rivera, whom they grilled yesterday. Room 124, Capitol.
There are two joint legislative budget committee hearings today. One on housing (9:30 a.m. to 12:30 a.m., LOB, Hearing Room B), the other on human services (same location, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.)
Assemblymen Steve Katz, Jim Tedisco, Steve McLaughlin, Tony Jordan and Sen. Greg Ball will propose the NYS Government Transparency Act, which would create a constitutional amendment that would place limits on the governor’s use of a message of necessity. LOB, Room 130 (LCA Room), Albany, 10:15 a.m.
At noon, Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman delivers his annual State of the Judiciary speech at the Court of Appeals in Albany. (Speech will be webcast here).
A pretrial hearing takes place today for NYC Comptroller’s John Liu’s former campaign treasurer and fundraiser. Judge Richard J. Sullivan presides; 500 Pearl Street; Courtroom: 21C, Manhattan.
At 1 p.m., NYC Public Advocate Bill de Blasio joins representatives of the organizations Common Sense Busing and Resources for Children with Special Needs and parents hold a news conference to call for continued negotiations to end the city school bus strike; steps, City Hall, Manhattan.
AG Eric Schneiderman announces legal action resulting from an undercover operation in his Capitol office (second floor) at 1:30 p.m.
At 7 p.m., 350.org President Bill McKibben discusses a new national campaign calling for colleges, government pension funds and religious organizations to stop investing in energy companies that market fossil fuels, Cooper Union’s Great Hall, The Foundation Building, 7 E. Seventh St., Manhattan.
Thousands gathered to pay a final farewell to former NYC Mayor Ed Koch, who was laid to rest yesterday.
Bill Hammond fondly recalls Koch’s final crusade, which he undertook in his 80s: Cleaning up Albany.
There will be no subway renaming or plaques to commemorate Koch, as Rep. Carolyn Maloney had hoped.
Four GOP members of New York’s congressional delegation – Reps. Chris Collins, Richard Hanna, Tom Reed and Chris Gibson – own guns. The other two Republicans and 21 Democrats don’t have firearms. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand and Rep. Nydia Velazquez “would not say either way.”
DEC Commissioner Joe Martens was grilled at a joint legislative budget committee hearing, and revealed the next fracking deadline – Feb. 27 – might be blown, depending on when DOH Commissioner Nirav Shah completes his public health review.
Long Island lawmakers met last night in Albany with a top aide to Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and financial consultants to hear the case for privatizing LIPA, the first in a series of briefings on the future of the troubled utility.
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has a mysterious new website. (Her old campaign sites link back to it).
Former President Clinton says his wife has undergone more medical tests but is “doing much better.”
If state officials are serious about jump-starting stalled road and infrastructure projects in WNY, they’re running out of time to do so.
The NY Post praises Cuomo for “parting the waters” with his plan to buy out property owners who don’t want to rebuild after Sandy.
The buyback program will extend to upstate residents affected by tropical storms Lee and Irene, state and federal officials said.
Officials in Nassau and Suffolk counties say there’s little interest in the buyback program on Long Island.
Niagara Falls officials welcomed Cuomo’s plan for a non-Indian casino in their community, but said it should be a large, “destination-style” gambling facility like those in Vegas.
The Mets’ owners want to roll the dice on building a Las Vegas-style casino next to Citi Field.
Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver recently suggested Willets Point as a location for a new casino. That wasn’t the first time someone proposed this idea.
The Tappan Zee Bridge has three years left in its current incarnation.
Brooklyn District Attorney hopeful Ken Thompson is among a handful of local pols who took campaign cash from a top private prison company official that was fined by state regulators. (He returned $5,000).
The GOP chairs in NYC can’t agree on a consensus candidate for mayor, and seem resigned to the fact that there will be a primary this fall.
NYC’s ongoing school bus strike has split drivers, with some being criticized for crossing picket lines to work.
Stop-and-frisk figures released by the NYPD for 2011 show that nearly 90 percent of those who were stopped for “reasonable suspicion” were black or Hispanic. Together, the two groups make up less than 53 percent of the city’s population.
Generally speaking, first responders oppose Cuomo’s binding arbitration cap plan, while mayors and other local officials support it.
With studies suggesting that long lines at the polls cost Democrats votes in 2012, party leaders began a push to make voting and voter registration easier, setting up a likely new conflict with Republicans.
During his State of the Judiciary address today, Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman will unveil a new initiative for how the state courts handle bail.
Former presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s oldest son, Tagg, has ruled out a run for an open US Senate seat in Massachusetts.
In his first bill since returning to Congress, Rep. Dan Maffei plans to introduce legislation today that would restore the 2 percent federal payroll tax cut that expired at the end of 2012.
Betty White, 2016. Bill Clinton’s on board.
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