Here And Now
Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in Albany with no public schedule.
The GOP NYC mayoral hopefuls will face off in a debate at 8:30 a.m. hosted by Crain’s New York Business at The Roosevelt Hotel New York, 45 East 45th St., Manhattan.
At 9:30 a.m., Sen. Tom O’Mara and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano will call on the governor and DOT to allocate greater state funding directly to municipalities for infrastructure improvement. LOB, Room 130, Albany.
Assemblywoman Catherine Nolan and Sen. Kevin Parker join Alliance for Quality Education to lay out expectations for education funding in the state budget, 10 a.m., Third Floor Landing, the Capitol, Albany.
At 10:30 a.m., Speaker Sheldon Silver and the Assembly Democrats announce their plans to pass a fracking ban that lasts until May 15th, 2015. Speaker’s Conference Room (342), state Capitol, Albany.
The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network will hold a press conference on the impact of Cuomo’s budget and the sequester on cancer-fighting programs, 11 a.m., LCA Room 130, LOB, Albany.
Sen. David Carlucci and Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther rally to restore funds cut from services for the developmentally disabled at noon, Hearing Room A, Second Floor, Legislative Office Building 181 State St., Albany.
At 12:30 p.m., AG Eric Schneiderman discusses homeowner assistance programs, Nassau County Regional Office, Suite 240, 200 Old County Road, Mineola.
Cuomo’s Moreland Commission on Utility Storm Preparation and Response is holding a hearing to solicit comments from the public in the Capital Region, 6 p.m., UAlbany, Hall of Fame Room, SEFCU Arena, 1400 Washington Ave., Albany.
The Assembly passed a one-house bill to raise the minimum wage that was more of a political statement than anything else, since it’s DOA in the Senate. (Senate GOP Leader Dean Skelos called the measure “counterproductive”).
Today, the Assembly Democrats are expected to pass a two-year hydrofracking moratorium – the second time in two years that the chamber has sought to block the controversial drilling practice. The bill specifically would prohibit the state from issuing permits to drill in the Utica and Marcellus.
The IDC put forth a proposal yesterday that would ban fracking until three key public health impact studies are complete.
A Food & Water Watch organizer and Citizen Action official write: “Democrats across the country are watching to see what Cuomo will do. By rejecting fracking in New York, Cuomo would be seen as an undaunted progressive leader, distinguishing himself from many Democrats who submit to the whims of the oil and gas industry.”
Three weeks after it was given results of an investigation into how sexual harassment allegations against Assemblyman Vito Lopez were handled, members of the chamber’s Ethics Committee spent two hours in a closed-door meeting yesterday.
Mayor Bloomberg blamed the state and advocates for the poor for a disturbing rise in people sleeping at New York City homeless shelters, saying Albany killed a rent subsidy that helped pay for permanent homes.
Bloomberg has already cracked down on smoking, junk food, trans fats, salt and super-sized drinks. Now he’s warning about the dangers of listening to loud music with ear buds.
A Manhattan judge ordered NYC to not make $260 million in schools cuts until he rules on whether Albany lawmakers had the right to withhold the money in the first place.
The NYC Board of Elections approved a contingency plan for a potential mayoral runoff election.
A furious fourth-quarter rally mounted by New York State officials – including a top Cuomo aide – has fallen short in keeping Kevin Costner’s film “Draft Day” in Buffalo.
Buffalo-area Sen. Patrick Gallivan says the state’s tax break program for the film industry isn’t doing enough to assist upstate.
The state has made 2,500 arrests since in 2010 — including two people on the terrorism watch list — by scanning drivers’ photos through cutting-edge facial recognition technology.
The state’s public authorities now owe $244 billion – including $58 billion worth of bonds issued on behalf of the government, according to Comptroller Tom DiNapoli.
Celebrity tailor Mohanbhai Ramchandani, who made suits for former NYC Mayors Ed Koch and Rudy Giuliani, brought in $28 million over the past decade, but reported only $5.6 million on tax returns. He pleaded guilty to tax evasion.
As Bronx BP, NYC mayoral hopeful Adolfo Carrion created a political fund that regularly made large cash disbursements in apparent violation of state election law.
Billionaire GOP mayoral hopeful John Catsimatidis is paying for 10 performances of Tony Lo Bianco’s acclaimed one-man show about former Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia — and giving away the tickets for free.
The TU editorializes against the legalization of MMA in New York, saying the state “can continue to insist upon safer and more civilized forms of sports and entertainment.”
After two years of chaotic fiscal clashes, Congress today will begin a more orderly process to get the nation’s finances in order – or at least to keep the government open.
Michael Goodwin praises Bloomberg for a public service campaign tackling the controversial problem of out-of-wedlock teen pregnancies.
The Nassau County Legislature approved new district lines that are expected to keep Republicans in control of the 19-member body.
The Syracuse Post-Standard gives GOP Rep. Richard Hanna props for trying to chart a “middle course” in his right-leaning conference.
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