7:55 am Sep. 10, 2012
Andrew Cuomo said he'd have a simple response, if the Joint Commission on Public Ethics didn't expand its investigation into the Assembly's handling of sexual harrassment allegations against Vito Lopez: He'd use his powers under the Moreland Act to conduct his own investigation.
Shortly afterward, attorney Ravi Batra, who was appointed to JCOPE by the Senate Democratic leadership, quit, suggesting that the pressure from one political leader (Cuomo) on JCOPE to exhibit independence from another (Silver) put the group's independence in jeopardy.
That may the least of it. As the AP's Michael Gormley smartly tweeted, "Now, Speaker Silver, Senate leader Skelos, Gov. Cuomo have all made public directives on how their independent JCOPE appointees should act."
JCOPE is meeting this morning in Albany.
"How do you accidentally pull a trigger?"--Sanford Rubenstein, a lawyer at a press conference with Reynaldo Cuevas' family.
"Governor Andrew M. Cuomo is in Albany."
10:30 a.m. The Joint Commission on Public Ethics will meet at 540 Broadway in Albany. The meeting can be seen live here.
11 a.m. Mayor Michael Bloomberg has a Q&A after making an announcement at 430 E. 67th St. in Manhattan.
11:30 a.m. City schools chancellor Dennis Walcott and other local officials break ground at an addition to P.S. 176 in Cambria Heights, at 120-45 235th St. in Queens.
12:30 p.m. Bloomberg and city parks commissioner Veronica White speak at a ribbon cutting event for Transmitter Park at Greenpoint Ave., past West St., in Brooklyn.
1 p.m. Former city comptroller and 2009 Democratic mayoral nominee Bill Thompson endorses State Senator Adriano Espaillat for re-election, on the steps of City Hall.
2 p.m. NY-24 Democratic congressional candidate Dan Maffei joins college students to discuss making college tuition more affordable at Oakland St. and Stadium Place near S.U.N.Y. College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse.
3 p.m. NY-06 Democratic congressional candidate Assemblywoman Grace Meng will get endorsed by the Patrolmen's Benevolent Association president Pat Lynch, City Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. and others, at 1 Police Plaza, in Manhattan.
7 p.m. Bloomberg speaks at a reception for German-American Friendship month at the German Consulate, 817 U.N. Plaza at First Ave. and 49th St. in Manhattan.
Unconventional photos of Obama and Biden. [Christopher Robbins]
Cancer is expected to be added to the list of diseases covered by the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act. [Michael Gartland]
Newark mayor Cory Booker's two requests to have the Democratic Governor's Association intervene in N.J. were reportedly rebuffed by D.G.A. head Martin O'Malley. [Josh Margolin]
Embattled assemblyman Vito Lopez may run for City Council. [David Seifman]
What it means when Cuomo threatens to use the Moreland Act. [James Odato]
"Aides to both Mr. Schneiderman and Mr. DiNapoli said that the top lawyers who were sent drafts by the Assembly either did not open them, did not fully read them or referred them to subordinates." [Danny Hakim and William Rashbaum]
Now, it appears the Assembly doesn't have to wait for a criminal conviction before ejecting Assemblyman Vito Lopez. [Ken Lovett]
During a rafting trip, Cuomo discussed Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver's leadership. [Fred Dicker]
Former City Council Speaker Peter Vallone Jr.'s lobbying firm got a $470,000 fine knocked down to $70,000 after hiring former Sttate Lobbying Commission head David Grandeu to argue their case. [David Seifman]
Assemblywoman Naomi Rivera's son GianCarlo Fred, who raps under the name "GC," has a lengthy history of working on the state and city payrolls. [Candice Giove]
Former Assembly ways and means staffer and State Senate candidate Monica Arias Miranda said Vito Lopez is the tip of the iceberg. [Fred Dicker]
Bloomberg and Cuomo's impasse over the museum at Ground Zero means it won't open on the 11th anniversary of the attacks, or the next one. [Charles Bagli]
"I'd like to start a stop-and-frisk policy in the home," said Rev. Sean Gardner of Harlem. [Sally Goldenberg]
The big-gulp ban, explained. [Casey Neistat]
A high school in the Bronx with a 95 percent graduation rate is accused of steering troubled students into an in-house "rubber room" or sending them home for minor disciplinary problems. [Yoav Gonen, Kate Kowsh and Kevin Fasick]
The city's Department of Finance is looking at a Greek Orthodox church in Jamaica, Queens that hasn't paid property taxes on a discount store. [Sally Goldenberg]
The Bronx D.A. Robert Johnson told Renaldo Cuevas' family he would conduct an independent investigation into the fatal police shooting of their son. A family spokesman and lawyer said the shooting was not accidental. [Joseph Goldstein]
Cuevas' mother collapsed during the press conference. [Reuven Fenton, Larry Celona and Bob Fredericks]
Ninety percent of the work assigned in 2011 by the public administrator in Queens went to Gerard Sweeney, of the politically connected law firm Sweeney, Gallor, Reich & Bolz. [Michael Gartland and Brad Hamilton]
A Harlem man who films police encounters said his arrest last December was retaliation by the NYPD. [Kia Gregory]