8:19 am Jul. 10, 2012
Governor Andrew Cuomo said he has a "role to play" in raising public awareness about the need for the state to pass public financing of elections.
The announcement comes as unlimited sums of money have poured into the presidential race, and after Cuomo himself has benefited from loosely restricted contributions and expenditures from supportive parties and individuals.
During the 2010 campaign, Cuomo said he wanted contribution limits to campaigns lowered, but declined to go into the details, saying he didn't want to negotiate in the press.
One question about the governor's new commitment to campaign finance reform is how it will impact his close relationship with the super PAC-like Committee to Save New York, a pro-business, pro-Cuomo group that is the largest lobbying organization in the state. In his new "role," will Cuomo lead by example?
In Other News
State Senator David Storobin was at a charity golf outing in Brooklyn yesterday, hitting balls while the hosts, a group of Orthodox Jews, stood and prayed. This video is from an attendee.
Also: It's Bill Thompson's and Jeff Klein's birthday.
Andrew Cuomo is in Albany and New York City and has no public schedule.
9:30 a.m. Councilwoman Gale Brewer kicks off the inaugural Greenhouse to Goddard lettuce harvest at Goddard Riverside Senior Center, 154 West 93rd Street, Manhattan.
11 a.m. Brewer unveils a Council-funded healthy living bus shelter ad at the launch of the Harvest Home Summer Campaign, Play Street, at West Harlem Market at 137th Street and Broadway in Manhattan.
12 noon. Fracking critics denounce "DEC collusion with gas and oil companies" on the steps of City Hall.
12:30 p.m. Michael Bloomberg and transportation commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan announce a "slow zone" to reduce vehicular traffic, at 39th Avenue and 99th Street on Roosevelt Island.
1 p.m. The new NY Education Reform Commission meets in Meeting Room 6, at the Empire Plaza in Albany.
6 p.m. Brewer welcomes the audience for the Mambo Legends Orchestra at the Lincoln Center's Midsummer Night Swing at Damrosch Park in Lincoln Center in Manhattan.
6:30 p.m. Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis has a "Mid-Summer Classic" fund-raiser at Jimmy Max, 280 Watchogue Road on Staten Island. [Facebook]
7 p.m. Dan Squadron has a "Bowling with Squadron" fund-raiser at Brooklyn Bowl, 61 Wythe Avenue in Brooklyn. [Facebook]
Some New York congressional races may give voters a deja vu feeling. [Associated Press]
In response to Obama saying he cut taxes, a Post columnist says: "Those cuts are a blend of one-time subsidies, credits here and there, shifts in college-loan programs, and piecemeal temporary policy like a cut in the payroll tax in 2011 and 2012 that can’t be continued if we’re even going to try to keep pretending that Social Security and Medicare are paying for themselves." [John Podhoretz]
Sign outside Romney's South Hampton fund-raiser at David Koch's home: "Your $50,000 ticket = My Yearly Salary" [Remy McFadden]
"Altschuler said if Bishop genuinely believed congressional pay raises were wrong, he should not take them." [Randy2012]
Adriano Espaillat said he's "strengthened" after running against Charlie Rangel, and Mark Levine prepares to get out of the race for Espaillat's Senate seat. [David Chen]
Espaillat is "a leading contender for the seat whenever the 82-year-old Mr. Rangel retires." [Alexander Heffner and Andrew Grossman]
Espaillat "secretly authorized district leaders to start the petitioning process right after the congressional primary on June 26." [David Seifman]
Espaillat has to file petitions on Thursday if he wants to run for his old seat. [Jill Colvin and Carla Zanoni]
A Post report takes issue with Mayor Michael Bloomberg's description of the recent crime spike as an "aberration." [Larry Celona, Jamie Schram and Dan Mangan]
U.F.T. president Michael Mulgrew is wrongly blocking the mayor's plan to restructure 24 failing schools, an editorial says. [Daily News]
The "microunits" Bloomberg is pushing are "slightly larger than a dorm room and half the size of a subway car." [Sally Goldenberg]
The mayor supports creating a pedestrian plaza around Grand Central Terminal. [Jennifer Fermino and Sally Goldenberg]
Cost overruns at the Times Square pedestrian plaza could be a problem for the next mayor if the Grand Central Plaza comes to fruition. [Steve Cuozzo]
Bloomberg is valiantly fighting to give cab drivers a raise. [Michael Powell]
Taxi fares are set to go up. [Matt Flegenheimer]
The fare increase should help drivers offset their costs. [Daily News]
Governor Andrew Cuomo said he thinks he has "a role to play" in raising public awareness about the need for public financing of campaigns. [Erik Kriss]
Cuomo's plan to rebuild the Tappan Zee Bridge comes with extra costs, thanks to some arcane New York laws. [Bill Hammond]
State Senate Democratic Leader John Sampson defends the business relationship he has with attorney Ravi Batra, whom he picked to sit on the new board overseeing ethics issues for state lawmakers. [Erik Kriss]
A Cuomo appointee is leaving the New York Power Authority after "only about a year" on the job. [Joseph Spector]
Cuomo needs to "look closer" at the recent crime spike in New York City and the policies that led to it. [New York Post]
Senator Chuck Schumer said he would have "ruled differently" from Appellate judge Nelson Roman, who Schumer nominated to the federal bench, in a recent stop-and-frisk case. [Glenn Blain]
If Roman doesn't get nominated to the federal bench, and stays where he currently is, he'll be able to have a greater impact on New York policies. "Too bad for us." [Daily News]
The City Council's public safety chairman, Peter Vallone Jr., wants more police officers. [New York Post]
"An embarrassed Brooklyn prosecutor apologized yesterday after pictures surfaced online of him posing in blackface." [Jose Martinez and Bob Fredericks]