Here And Now
Gov. Andrew Cuomo will be in Harlem to deliver his State of the State and budget messages. The City College of New York, Aaron Davis Hall, Convent Avenue, 11 a.m.
Senate co-leaders Dean Skelos and Jeff Klein make a joint appearance at the Crain’s breakfast. W. Marriott Essex House New York, Grand Salon, 160 Central Park South, Manhattan, 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.
At 9 a.m., members of The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey’s Board of Commissioners hold board and committee meetings; 15th floor, 225 Park Ave. South, Manhattan.
Today’s joint legislative budget hearing is on public protection. LOB, Hearing Room B, Albany, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. NYSCOPBA President Donn Rowe is scheduled to testify.
State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli will release a fiscal profile of the city of Gloversville at Gloversville City Hall, 3 East Frontage Rd., 10 a.m.
From 1:20 p.m. to 2 p.m., HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan and US Small Business Administration Administrator Karen G. Mills, discuss the Sandy Rebuilding Task Force and efforts to improve communication among government agencies concerning assistance for small businesses following disasters; Goodfella’s Pizza, 1718 Hylan Blvd., Staten Island.
Members of the NYC Districting Commission hold a public hearing about the commission’s revised proposals for redrawing voting districts; New York Law School, 186 W. Broadway, Manhattan, 6 p.m.
Federal officials plan to release the first installment – $5.4 billion – of a nearly $51 billion emergency aid package to help millions of victims of Hurricane Sandy in the Northeast.
The NYT calls Cuomo’s plan to spend as much as $400 million to buy out property owners whose homes were damaged by Sandy a “splendid idea” in “concept,” noting there are many details to be worked out.
Almost 4,000 New York and New Jersey households displaced by Sandy remain camped in hotel rooms, an effort costing public agencies tens of millions of dollars.
Mike Rebell, the attorney in the successful CFE case, filed a lawsuit challenging the state’s decision to withhold about $250 million from NYC due to the lack of a teacher evaluation deal. (NYC Councilman Robert Jackson, a plaintiff in the CFE case, is again a plaintiff in this case).
There was no response from Team Giuliani (or Joe Lhota, for that matter) to NYC Council Speaker Chris Quinn’s “I would’ve kicked his ass” comment.
The MTA, which will sock riders with fare hikes next month, handed four executives fat one-time pay raises totaling $253,000 last December – right before Lhota left to run for NYC mayor.
AG Eric Schneiderman called a sweeping indictment announced yesterday in Albany a “take down of one of the more violent criminal enterprises we’ve encountered in some time.”
After initially refusing to retract his comments, Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin apologized for comparing Cuomo to Hitler and Putin.
McLaughlin’s comments – however ill-conceived – were just one example of the cracks starting to emerge in the once solid relationship between Cuomo and the Senate Republicans.
Dr. Charles S. Hirsch, who has been NYC’s chief medical examiner since 1989 – in other words, during the Koch administration – is stepping down.
Saying that keeping nonviolent defendants behind bars because they don’t have money to post bond is a “travesty,” Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman called for a major overhaul of the state’s bail system.
According to Lippman, New York is one of only four states that did not allow judges to consider public safety when making a bail determination.
The Bloomberg administration insisted that there will never be a casino at the Willets Point area, where it hopes instead to develop new housing, shopping and entertainment venues.
Bill Phillips, president of the Northeast Charter Schools Network, makes a pitch for charters to be included in Cuomo’s pre-K initiative.
Obama’s chief speechwriter, Jon Favreau is leaving his job March 1, maybe to do some screenwriting, though he’ll be staying in the D.C. area.
Ontario County leaders took their first step to express their opposition over New York’s new gun law last night.
The former fund-raiser charged with scheming to funnel illegal campaign contributions to embattled NYC Comptroller John Liu has been sent to a mental ward, further delaying his trial.
A state audit recommended ways the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority could save $3.3 million.
Senate Republicans and business leaders called on Cuomo to jettison a utility tax from his state-budget proposal.
A state appellate court ruled that the home addresses of gun-permit holders and hate-crime victims must be redacted from databases released under the state’s Freedom of Information Law.
The ruling overturns a lower court decision in favor of the NYT, which initially sought the gun permit information in 2010.
Steve Thompson, the former Syracuse police chief, has asked Democrats to designate him as a candidate for the 2nd District Common Council this year.
The Batavia Downs Casino is beginning a new year with an unprecedented $25 million expansion and improvement project at a historic horse racing track that not long ago was facing oblivion.
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