Here And Now
Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in Albany with no public schedule.
Presumably, he and legislative leaders will be continuing talks on outstanding non-budget issues – marijuana decriminalization, SAFE Act amendments etc. – not included in the conceptual $136 billion ($143 billion with federal aid) budget deal announced last night.
Bills containing budget language on which the governor and leaders have agreed are going to print and then will start the three-day aging period. Passage will begin ASAP and continue into the weekend.
The deal includes a three-year phase in of an increase in the minimum wage (to $9 an hour by the end of 2015), extending higher income taxes on millionaires and a $350 rebate check to families (with kids 18 aged and under) in 2014.
The announcement by Cuomo and the leaders in the Red Room last night did not include a lot of details – especially when it comes to education aid, the restoration of aid to the developmentally disabled and the phase-out of the 18-a utility assessment.
The budget won’t restore the $240-$260 million lost by NYC this year after it failed to meet the teacher evaluation deadline, but will give it more than $300 million than it would have received otherwise in 2013-14.
Cuomo has changed his tune on whether extending the millionaire’s tax is a tax hike.
Sen. Jeff Klein, head of the IDC and co-leader of the Senate, called the agreement the “most family-friendly” budget he’d seen in his career in Albany.
Also happening today…
The Rev. Al Sharpton, Grammy winner Tony Bennett, Sheriff & Newtown resident Darren Wagner and others will lead a rally in support of the SAFE Act and against gun violence in Harlem at 4:30 p.m.
VP Joe Biden will meet Bloomberg and families from Newtown at City Hall in Lower Manhattan at 11 a.m. The group will demand that Congress take action on commonsense gun reforms and pass legislation like background checks for all gun sales.
At noon, Biden delivers remarks at the 2013 Irish America Hall of Fame Luncheon. Grand Salon, JW Marriott Essex House New York hotel, 160 Central Park South, Manhattan.
From noon to 1 p.m., sate Comptroller Tom DiNapoli presents a keynote address during the “Transportation Infrastructure Summit;” conference center, New York Academy of Medicine, 1216 Fifth Ave., Manhattan.
At 6 p.m., Former Assemblyman Dan Feldman, former Rep. Liz Holtzman, the director of the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence’s Legal Action Center, Jonathan Lowy, Rep. Adam Schiff and city officials participate in a panel discussion on “Gun Violence: Who Should Pay?”; main lecture hall, room L.63, CUNY’s John Jay College of Criminal Justice, 524 W. 59th St., Manhattan.
At 7 p.m., prospective Democratic and Republican candidates for mayor participate in separate debates organized by the 92nd Street Y and The New York Observer; 1395 Lexington Ave., Manhattan.
After insisting New York needed to ban the sale of larger size bullet clips, Cuomo now says gun dealers still will be able to sell magazines that hold up to 10 bullets.
Cuomo and legislative leaders are negotiating language that would continue to allow the sale of magazines holding up to 10 rounds, but still forbid New Yorkers from loading more than 7 rounds into those magazines.
Despite all its flaws, Cuomo says the SAFE Act was not hastily passed.
Meanwhile, AG Eric Scheniderman is getting positive press for reaching a deal with gun show operators to close a tracking and sales loophole.
The NY Post front page deems NYC Council Speaker Christine Quinn “Judas” for her “plot” against the NYPD in the form of backing a new IG to oversee the department.
Quinn, who hopes to be NYC’s first openly gay mayor, faced a smattering of boos from LGBT groups last night for her resistance to paid-sick-days legislation — despite a generally enthusiastic reception to her candidacy.
The Bronx County GOP has endorsed Joseph Lhota for New York City mayor, dealing a significant blow to mayoral rival Adolfo Carrion Jr.’s chances of getting on the Republican ballot.
All four Republicans on the NYC Council backed Joe Lhota for mayor over John Catsimatidis, but the move is unlikely to untie the still divided GOP.
Only in New York, kiddies: Catsimatidis once owned the townhouse in which his rival, George McDonald, now lives.
With nine months left in his term, Bloomberg hopes to expand recycling in New York with a plan to station 1,000 new recycling receptacles across the city, including 30 big-bellied, solar-powered canisters in Times Square.
Benjamin M. Wassell, a Western New Yorker and Iraq War hero, pleaded not guilty to a charge of illegal weapon sales – the first violation under New York’s new SAFE Act.
A hot mic caught President Obama dissing Congress while on a trip to Israel.
Cuomo announced his administration has signed a memorandum of understanding with Israel that will expand technological and economic relations in nanotechnology, which involves manipulating matter on an atomic scale.
In a NYT OpEd, state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli calls for SEC Chair-in-waiting Mary Jo White to push forward a vital proposed rule on corporate disclosure the commission has been considering for over a year and a half.
GOP consultant John Haggerty is behind bars.
Bob McManus accuses Cuomo of being the governor of NYC and not the entire state – largely because he won’t approve fracking.
An official investigating the state’s disaster response found the gasoline shortage that crippled the New York City area after Sandy was made worse by poor communication among state, local and federal officials who weren’t trained for the crisis.
The TU suggests Assemblyman Steve Katz should reconsider his opposition to the legalization of marijuana for medical use.
The Poughkeepsie Journal: “The state has been rightly outed and then roundly criticized for bilking billions of dollars out of the Medicaid system for decades, a practice that both New York and federal officials now recognize must stop.”
Former Gov. David Paterson has joined mortgage lender Residential Home Funding Corp.’s White Plains office. He’ll be VP of the “Mortgages for Champions Division.”
No love for the Danes in the president’s NCAA bracket.
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