8:55 am Aug. 17, 2012
It's odd, in retrospect, that it took until 2012 for New Yorkers to be able to register to vote online.
Governor Andrew Cuomo unveiled a new website yesterday which is connected to the state's Department of Motor Vehicles. It's intended to boost the state's lagging voter enrollment figures (less than 64 percent of eligible residents in New York are registered) and cut costs for the agency that handles the paperwork.
The New York City Board of Elections recently made changes to the way it operates, announcing that workers will use memory sticks to relay results on election night more quickly than was possible with a process that involved hand-tabulation.
Upgrading the process of registering voters, and counting their votes, has been slow across the country, with opportunities for manipulation and fraud perceived everywhere. But, as Cuomo and the NYCBOE are now hoping to demonstrate, there are secure ways to bring technology into elections.
"They all certainly have the ring of truth."—NY1 host Errol Louis on the anecdotes in Bridget Siegel's "Domestic Affairs," a reality-based novel about presidential campaigns.
10:30 a.m. Republican State Senator Greg Ball reveals what he says is a conflict of interest related to his Democratic challenger, Justin Wagner, at Wagner's campaign headquarters, 826 South St., in Peekskill.
11 a.m. Governor Andrew Cuomo makes an announcement about solar power in the Blue Room in the State Capitol in Albany.
5:45 p.m. NY-24 Democratic congressional candidate Dan Maffei attends the Wayne County Democratic Committee open house event at the group's headquarters, 229 East Main St. in Palmyra.
6 p.m. Republican Senate candidate Wendy Long speaks at the Livingston County G.O.P. dinner at the Genesee River Reception Center, 134 North Main St. in Mt. Morris.
7 p.m. Maffei marches in the Wayne County Fair Parade at the Wayne County Fairgrounds, on Jackson St. in Palmyra.
11 p.m. Rev. Al Sharpton will "Occupy the Corner" at 129th St. and 7th Ave. in Harlem.
"[S]ince March, in an entirely unprecedented manner, [Obama] has attacked Mitt Romney by name, sometimes rather vociferously." [John Podhoretz]
Romney probably won't take the Obama campaign on its offer of a compromise on his tax returns. [Steve Kornacki]
Four incumbent Democratic representatives from New York with tough re-election fights are skipping the Democratic National Convention: Tim Bishop, Kathy Hochul, Bill Owens and Louise Slaughter. [Thomas Kaplan]
Why isn't former NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton running for mayor, one editorial board asks? [New York Post]
A majority of black voters oppose the NYPD's stop-and-frisk policy while a majority of white voters support it, according to yesterday's Quinnipiac poll. [Sally Goldenberg]
The city's parks commissioner should meet the latest person hit by speeding cyclists, another editorial board suggests. [Daily News]
The problems at NYCHA are worse than originally thought. [Daily News]
NYCHA chairman John Rhea "tried to put the best face" on the $10 million report from Boston Consulting Group which recommended fundamental changes to the organization. [David Seifman]
Bloomberg defended the agency while Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer said more needed to be done. [Patrick McGeehan]
A horse with two passengers in its carriage got spooked by a car horn and made a break for it. [Helen Freund, Georgett Roberts and Jessica Simeone]
City Councilman James Vacca co-wrote an op-ed, saying, the "pedestrian must always come first. Even if he is in the bike path. Even if she is jaywalking. Even if he is crossing against the light." [Daily News]
The Post runs a column by Andrew Cuomo congratulating his Department of Financial Services for the settlement with Standard Chartered. [New York Post]
The $340 million from that settlement will go into the state's general fund and represents "more than a third of the $982 million budget gap" facing the state. [Jacob Gershman]
"The state ranks 47th in the nation in voter registration, with less than 64% of eligible residents registered, according to Cuomo administration officials." [Glenn Blain]
"16% of state educators failing the tests: report" [Yoav Gonen]
Tips for immigrants, from State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. [James Arkin]
Schneiderman helped review a deal with Verizon Wireless and other telecom companies that was approved by federa anti-trust regulators. [AP]