Bloomberg, Cuomo and the trial of Hurricane Sandy

Briefing: Cuomo and Bloomberg. (Azi Paybarah )
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City and state leaders aren't taking any chances with Hurricane Sandy, which is shaping up to be the serious, damaging storm it was predicted to be.

The city ordered 370,000 residents in low-lying parts of the city to evacuate their homes; the M.T.A. has shut down subways and buses until further notice.

All eyes in New York are on Michael Bloomberg and, elsewhere, on Andrew Cuomo as they provide periodic updates and advisories. They'll be judged on how well they used the resources at their disposal to keep New Yorkers safe and, after the storm, to restore services to normal levels.

For all other officials, as Lisa Fleisher suggests, this might be a good time for an unflattering-news dump. 

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Bloomberg wants city employees — including non-essential ones — to report to work. [Sally Goldenberg]

Democratic state senator Joseph Addabbo Jr. — who voted for same-sex marriage after voting against it — said he would vote against it now if that's what a majority of his district wanted. [Ken Lovett]

The "fiscal cliff" could cost New York millions. [Daniel Beekman and Tina Moore]

Cuomo wants all state services to go digital. [Fred Dicker]

Polls

President Obama is up four in Ohio, 51-47, according to one Democratic-leaning pollster. [Public Policy Polling]

For the third straight day, Obama and Mitt Romney are within one point of each other in the Washington Post tracking poll. [Washington Post]

Events

9:30 a.m. Governor Andrew Cuomo, federal and city officials inspect surge mitigation infrastructure at the World Trade Center site in Manhattan.

11:30 a.m. Mayor Michael Bloomberg updates New Yorkers on city response to Hurricane Sandy, at the Office of Emergency Management, at 165 Cadman Plaza East, in Brooklyn. The event will be carried live here.

1 p.m. Cuomo deploys National Guard and inspects surge response resources and gives an update on conditions, at Jamaica Armory, at 93-05 168th Street, in Jamaica, Queens.

3 p.m. Cuomo deploys National Guard and gives an update on Hurricane Sandy, at Farmingdale Armed Forces Resources Center, at 25 Batting Place Road, in Farmingdale.

Hurricane Sandy

375,000 people have been told to evacuate. [CJ Sullivan, Kate Kowsh and Leonard Greene]

It's expected to be the worst storm since 1938. [Sally Goldenberg]

Time-lapse photos of the sky. [New York Times]

2012

Obama will have to balance the role of president and candidate, and the weather could disrupt both campaigns' ability to make a closing argument. [Peter Baker]

Obama canceled an appearance in Orlando. [Byron Tau]

A liberal group is using the storm to fund-raise, asking for help to buy a generator. [Zeke Miller]

Obama has run more ads, at better times, than Romney and his supporters, despite the expected influence of super PACs. [Jeremy Peters, Nicholas Confessore, and Sarah Cohen]

First there was Romnesia, now there's Romnopoly. [Maggie Haberman]

2013 / City Hall

Bus drivers are complaining about bike lanes in Brooklyn. [Jennifer Fermino]

New York University has a class where students are asked to think up a hypothetical terrorist attack. [Doug Auer and Kevin Sheehan]

Albany

Cuomo needs to provide mandate relief. [EJ McMahon]

Assemblyman Vito Lopez is likely to get re-elected. [Reuven Blau and Rachel Silberstein]

The Times backs Republicans who voted for same-sex marriage, and a bunch of Democrats, for State Senate. [New York Times]

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