Here And Now
Gov. Andrew Cuomo is on the road delivering versions of his State of the State and budget addresses.
That means he’ll be missing the dueling pro and anti-gun control rallies occurring at the state Capitol today, not to mention all the other special interest groups gathered for the traditional Tuesday lobby day.
At 11 a.m., the governor will be at Marist College, Nelly Goletti Theater (3rd Floor of the Rotunda/Student Center), 3399 North Rd., Poughkeepsie.
At 1 p.m, he’ll be at the Pascack Community Center, 87 New Clarkstown Road, Nanuet, Rockland County.
From 6:45 a.m. to 7 a.m., Supporters of One Million Moms for Gun Control board will board buses in NYC at Grand Central Terminal to travel to Albany for a noon news conference in support of the SAFE Act.
Anti-SAFE Act activists – including Carl Paladino and former Rep. Ann Marie Buerkle – will rally outside the Capitol from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
There are two joint legislative budget hearings today. One will focus on taxes from 9:30 to 12:30 p.m., LOB, Hearing Room B. The other will focus on economic development, same location, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver holds a news conference on the NYS DREAM Act legislation, Room 342 (speaker’s conference room), Third Floor, state Capitol, Albany, 11:30 a.m.
JCOPE meets at 12:30 p.m., 540 Broadway, Albany. Because of the webcast debacle at the last meeting, no portion of this get-together will be streamed on-line.
At 2 p.m., the IDC, two Democratic senators – Eric Adams and Adriano Espaillat – and union leaders release a new report outlining the benefits of raising the minimum wage. Room 123, state Capitol, Albany.
Members of Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic and Asian legislative caucus will also make a push for a minimum wage hike. Room 130, LOB, Albany, 10:30 a.m.
At 11:30 a.m. (not 2 p.m. as originally stated), anti-fracking advocates will gather outside Cuomo’s CNY office (333. East Washington St., Syracuse) to denounce a “rumored” proposal for a fracking test project with up to 40 wells.
President Obama delivers the State of the Union address at 9 p.m.
Florida Sen. Marco Rubio delivers the GOP response directly after the president speaks. (The DNC is already pre-emptively blasting him).
It’s highly unlikely Cardinal Timothy Dolan will be selected to be the next pope. But New Yorkers are rooting for him anyway.
Dolan said he was “startled” by Pope Benedict XVI’s abrupt resignation announcement, and “anxious” to find out more.
Cardinal Peter Kodwo Appiah Turkson, who completed his seminary work on the banks of the Hudson River in Rensselaer in the 1970s and most recently visited Albany in May, is listed by experts as one of the handful of most likely successors to Benedict.
While he insists lawmakers can have no role in final siting decisions, Cuomo says he’s open to allowing a casino in New York City or on Long Island if the state approves a new round of up to seven gambling halls.
In her final State of the City speech, NYC Council Speaker/mayoral hopeful Chris Quinn proposed spending $365 million a year and racking up an additional $1.5 billion in debt to pay for a slew of new social programs.
Quinn is trying to position herself as a champion of the middle class to inoculate herself against her rivals claims that she and her key ally – Bloomberg – are to blame for the growth of income inequality in NYC.
SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher urged lawmakers to fund a series of budget items totaling up to $450 million more than what Cuomo provided in his proposed budget last month.
Cancer research is at serious risk if Obama and Congress fail to prevent steep automatic cuts in federal spending scheduled to kick in March 1, Buffalo officials warned.
Just in time for Obama’s State of the Union, Korea conducted its third nuclear test.
A wounded Army vet from Oswego County will attend the State of the Union as Rep. Dan Maffei’s guest.
The next fracking deadline is tomorrow.
Anti-fracking activists called for Albany DA David Soares to look into a possible conflict of interest for Cuomo’s top aide, Larry Schwartz, who is an apparent investor in energy companies.
Former AG Dennis Vacco gets in on the fracking debate.
Cuomo’s response to an anti-fracking ad running today in a newspaper in Iowa – a key presidential contest state: “I’m not going to read it because I’m not going to be in Des Moines.”
Dueling fracking filmmakers visited the state Capitol yesterday.
Robert Hammond, the executive director of Friends of the High Line will step down at the end of the year.
The NYT calls for the Legislature to move this year’s NYC primaries to June in order to give the city Board of Elections more time to prepare for a potential runoff.
Investigators are reportedly cranking up their criminal probe of Queens Councilman Ruben Wills following the conviction of his mentor, ex-state Sen. Shirley Huntley, in a mushrooming scandal involving the theft of taxpayer funds from nonprofit groups.
Sen. Eric Adams, a former NYPD officer, has received the endorsements of the NYC Corrections Officers’ Association and the Assistant Deputy Wardens/Deputy Wardens Association for his Brooklyn BP campaign.
Democrats in the Monroe County Legislature introduced legislation to ban concealed weapons in county office buildings and leased space.
Bloomberg, in the midst of a long-running campaign to change the eating habits of New Yorkers and consumers across the country, declared a victory against salt yesterday, as 21 companies – from Kraft and Goya to FreshDirect – said they had met the first stage in reductions in salt content in foods.
State legislative leaders said they are prepared to pass a bill to strengthen the state’s rape laws.
New York’s mayors were challenged by LG Bob Duffy to gather rafting teams, come to the Adirondacks and race down the rapids of the upper Hudson River.
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