Here And Now
Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in New York City with no public schedule.
Community health center officials discuss their projected need for resources as part of Sandy recovery efforts. Grand Hyatt New York hotel, 109 E. 42nd St., Manhattan, 9 a.m.
At 10 a.m., State Education Commissioner John B. King, Jr. will testify before the US Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. Hart Senate Office Building, SH 216, Washington, DC.
At 11 a.m., GOP NYC mayoral candidate John Catsimatidis speaks out about the disruption of Number 7 subway service during the Lunar New Year celebration; Dutch Kills Park, Northern Boulevard and Queensboro Plaza North, Queens.
Environmental Facilities Corp. President and CEO Matt Driscoll delivers a version of Cuomo’s State of the State and budget addresses in Warren County. Glen Falls Rotary, Queensbury Hotel, 88 Ridge St., 12:15 p.m.
At 12:30 p.m., Brooklyn DA Charles “Joe” Hynes will formally announce his re-election campaign. Brooklyn Borough Hall.
At 1:30 p.m., Sen. Marty Golden and Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis hold a news conference to criticize Cuomo’s proposal to eliminate “spousal refusal” from state law. St. Nicholas Home, 437 Ovington Ave., Brooklyn.
SUNY Board of Trustees members will vote on whether the troubled Long Island College Hospital in Brooklyn should close. SUNY School of Optometry, 33 W. 42nd St., Manhattan. Meeting from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. (closed press), public hearing from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Rally of nurses and community members at 2:30 p.m.
Down in Washington, President Obama’s CIA Director nominee, John Brennan, will appear before the Senate Intelligence Committee this afternoon. Meanwhile, the Senate Armed Services Committee has delayed a vote on Defense Secretary nominee Chuck Hagel.
At 6 p.m., Manhattan BP Scott Stringer delivers his last State of the Borough address. (He’s a near sure thing for NYC comptroller this year). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Ave., Manhattan.
Senate Republican Leader Dean Skelos signaled his conference is open to raising the state’s minimum wage and creating a private fund to help the children of illegal immigrants pay for college.
Skelos and his co-leader, Sen. Jeff Klein, said the Legislature should have a voice in the process of siting casinos – a position Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver advocated last month.
Cuomo insisted he’s getting along just fine with Republicans in the Legislature.
New York City plans to spend its first $1 billion in federal Sandy disaster aid on loans and grants to homeowners and businesses affected by the storm and efforts to protect public housing and critical infrastructure in the future.
The Cuomo administration says nearly half of the $33 billion of federal aid will go for public transit, and energy and utility repairs and upgrades.
In his first comments on the controversy over an anti-Israel forum sponsored by Brooklyn College, Mayor Bloomberg lashed out at elected officials who’ve threatened to cut the college’s public funding if the event proceeds.
“If you want to go to a university where the government decides what kinds of subjects are fit for discussion, I suggest you apply to a school in North Korea,” Bloomberg said.
In an aggressive bid to increase contributions from major supporters, NYC Public Advocate Bill de Blasio has been taking contributions to pay off old campaign debts from donors who already maxed out to his mayoral campaign.
Lawrence O’Donnell sang Cuomo’s praises for his “political bravery” in pushing stricter gun control through the Legislature.
Researcher Adam Forman argues in favor of different gun control rules for rural, urban and suburban areas.
Brooklyn DA Hynes, who’s announcing his re-election campaign today, has been endorsed by former NYC Mayor David Dinkins – a big deal, since his challenger, Kenneth Thompson, is black.
Stringer isn’t running for mayor anymore, but he hopes to influence the race to succeed Bloomberg by hosting a mayoral forum dedicated to NYC’s burgeoning tech sector.
A contract negotiations dispute has erupted within PEF over staff attorneys wearing t-shirts that read “Unionism Begins at Home.”
NJ Gov. Chris Christie said the former White House doctor who suggested he’s too fat to be president should “shut up.”
Crime is up in Syracuse.
Medaille College administrator Sergio Rodriguez is the first Republican to run for mayor of Buffalo since 1961. He’s a long-shot challenger to the Democratic incumbent, Mayor Byron Brown.
The US Postal Service is likely to end Saturday mail delivery in August, though package delivery will continue.
Gloversville officials are looking to Walmart to save their city budget in the short term, but state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli says they’ve got long-term problems.
Dan Doctoroff, who has ALS in the family, is working with Bloomberg and a private equity director, David M. Rubenstein, to put together $25 million to support research to try to cure the rare and usually fatal degenerative neurological illness.
Speaker Silver OpEds in favor of the NYS Dream Act.
The Bloomberg administration is considering banning Styrofoam cups and containers – popular at thousands of delis and food carts across the city – as it prepares to roll out a major recycling announcement in the coming weeks.
The anti-hydrofracking group Elected Officials to Protect New York argues that the potential costs of dealing with a natural gas boom could be seen as an unfunded mandate on localities.
The Syracuse Post-Standard wishes the state had “driven a harder bargain” on the new driver’s licenses.
Rochester Mayor Tom Richards eschewed the usual bells and whistles with his campaign announcement, opting simply to tell reporters he’s running.
Nassau Democrats have asked AG Eric Schneiderman to conduct a criminal investigation into their allegations that County Executive Edward Mangano illegally collected and spent thousands of dollars in campaign donations.
Gatemouth reports that a Lena Dunham registered to vote in Brooklyn did not actually cast any votes in the 2012 elections – local or presidential. If it’s the same Lena Dunham, that’s significant largely because of this.
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