8:51 am Aug. 22, 2012
Today, Governor Andrew Cuomo will host a big meeting about policy in the Sheraton Hotel.
The event will allow the governor to solicit input and chew over substance with experts in a way that could be useful for governing New York.
It also puts the governor in a room with a bunch of national-level, Clinton-affiliated thinkers to mull nationally applicable challenges in a conspicuous way. (This event is open to the press.)
It's happening on the eve of the Democratic National Convention, which is an event that many Democratic politicians will use to boost their national profiles, as Cuomo once did, but where this year the governor isn't planning to do much more than have a cup of coffee.
When Jacob Gershman previewed the Sheraton event last month, he also noted that Cuomo has more campaign money in the bank than "than 40 other governors combined."
Cuomo has largely avoided traveling out the state and kept many of his public appearances in smaller media markets in rural parts of the state, explaining that he's bringing state government "to the people." Today's event brings a little bit of the action to him.
"Who’s suffering from City Hall’s biggest delusion: Mike Bloomberg or John Liu?"--a tabloid editorial page
8:45 a.m. Governor Andrew Cuomo attends the "New York State Democratic Committee, Center for American Progress Action Fund, and Third Way Policy Conference" at the Sheraton Hotel at 811 7th Ave. in Manhattan.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg has no public schedule.
So much for Mtt Romney's attempt to get Rep. Todd Akin to drop out of the Senate race following his remarks about rape and abortion. [Glenn Blain]
In Pennsylvania yesterday, Rep. Paul Ryan said, "Hey, I am a Catholic deer hunter. I am happy to be clinging to my guns and my religion." [S.A. Miller]
Bloomberg's spokeswoman Julie Wood: "If the controller had it his way, city government would function as a full-time employment agency for as many unionized workers as the taxpayers could fund." [Tina Moore]
A tabloid editorial page faults Bill de Blasio and other Democrats for rejecting support from StudentsFirstNY, noting that Obama supports many of the organization's policy goals. [Daily News]
Senator Chuck Schumer's spokesman said Guy Molinari's claim that Schumer is somehow behind the F.B.I. probe of Rep. Michael Grimm is "one of the silliest statements to come down the pike in some time and there is zero truth to it." [Tom Wrobleski]
The NYPD unit that spied on, or rather 'mapped', local Muslim businesses, restaurants and neighborhoods has not produced a single lead or criminal investigation, an NYPD official testified in court. [Wendy Ruderman]
The Times picks up WNYC's Ailsa Chang's story on why the Bronx D.A. declines more cases than any other district attorney in New York City. [Winnie Hu]
The Post does too, with this lede: "The cops cuff ’em, and the Bronx DA sets ’em free." [Chuck Bennett and Jamie Schram]
Al Sharpton believes the bias found in a Times poll of New Yorkers who say the NYPD favors white over black residents "is real." [Daily News]
A caller to the Staten Island Advance took credit for leaving bacon at New Dorp Beach field were Muslims were praying, explaining it wasn't a hate crime, but a case of throwing out meat that was going bad. [John Annese and Deborah Young]
The contractor responsible for the explosion at the Second Avenue Subway construction site yesterday was previously cited for having "excessive levels of silica, a deadly carcinogen" at the location, according to the Post. [Keviin Sheehan, Jennifer Fermino and Don Kaplan]
The fracking ad war is in place, even if the final rules for fracking are not. [Thomas Kaplan]
State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman's office accused two nonprofits linked to State Senator Ruben Diaz Sr. of stealing more than $500,000 in taxpayer funds. [Kevin Fasick and Carl Campanile]
More on Schneiderman's new charges from Albany. [James Odato]
"This outcome makes no sense in light of the original charges," writes an op-ed columnist in the Post, about the $340 million settlement between the state's financial services superintendent Ben Lawsky and Standard Chartered. [Nicole Gelinas]
The nonprofit once led by Assemblywoman Naomi Rivera's boyfriend went "belly up" and merged with another organization after he left and the group no longer was getting public funding. [Sally Goldenberg and David Seifman]
The state plans to sell a former minimum security prison, with bids starting at $390,000. [Erik Kriss]
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand says Todd Akin is a Romney-Ryan issue. [Reid Pillifant]
Metallica's manager donates heavily to Obama's cause. [Reid Pillifant]
Michael Bloomberg's send-off of Stu Loeser, Mr. "24/6." [Azi Paybarah and Reid Pillifant]
Despite the accusations, Assemblywoman Naomi Rivera lands a union endorsement. [Azi Paybarah]
As more bike lanes are created throughout the city, their popularity is holding steady. [Dana Rubinstein]
"Is Tina Brown serious about Newsweek anymore?" [Tom McGeveran]