8:20 am Nov. 27, 2012
Republican officials across the country are at the moment rationalizing their escape from a Grover Norquist anti-tax pledge they willingly signed, and which was apparently binding on them right up until their party got blown out in this year's election.
Andrew Cuomo, meanwhile, appears to be sticking to his own, self-imposed anti-tax pledge: he said again yesterday that he had no intention of raising taxes on New Yorkers to help the state cover repair costs and lost revenue from Hurricane Sandy. Storm or no, his tax philosophy hadn't changed, the governor said.
Of course it's possible that the federal government will come up with every penny of what the state is asking for in recovery money, and that taxes won't be necessary. But it's also worth noting that Cuomo has in the past, when necessary, found a way around his tax promises. It's all in the packaging.
"Why is NYC continuing to close, rather than fix pub schools" — @rWeingarten
Like Abraham Lincoln, Andrew Cuomo used questionable tactics to pass historic legislation to expand freedom and civil liberties. [Bill Hammond]
"Sandy didn’t create City Hall’s economic and budget problems; it only made them a little worse." [Nicole Gelinas]
Chris Christie, who filed paperwork to run for re-election yesterday, has a 77 percent approval rating. [Aaron Blake]
Now, Cuomo is open to traveling to Washington. [Azi Paybarah]
How to criticize Cuomo's role in the State Senate fight without criticizing Cuomo. [Reid Pillifant]
Bloomberg's federal aid request includes millions for uninsured private losses. [Dana Rubinstein]
DNAinfo.com is now in Chicago too. [Joe Pompeo]
Mayor Michael Bloomberg has no public events.
9 a.m. The National Domestic Workers Alliance will release a report called “Home Economics: The Invisible and Unregulated World of Domestic Work,” at Grand Central Terminal, at 15 Vanderbilt Avenue, in Manhattan.
10 a.m. Governor Andrew Cuomo and Lt. Governor Bob Duffy tour the Port of Rochester's Terminal Building, at 1000 North River Street, in Rochester.
Noon. Assemblyman Karim Camara, CouncilmenRobert Jackson and Fernando Cabrera and others speak out in support of Democrats taking the majority in the New York Sate Senate, on the steps of City Hall.
12:30 p.m. The City Council will vote on legislation to regulate pedicab fares and requiring taxi cabs to include audible payment technology, at the Red Room of City Hall.
12:30 p.m. Assemblywoman Margaret Markey and the producer of the documentary "Mea Maxima," Todd Wider, discuss needed changes to the state's sex abuse laws before screening the movie, at The Film Forum, at 209 West Houston Street, in Manhattan.
1 p.m. The Asian American Community Coalition on Redistricting and Democracy will discuss their concerns over the Council's proposed redistricting plan, on the steps of City Hall.
5 p.m. Councilman Danny Dromm has a birthday party fund-raiser, at The Beekman, at 15 Beekman Street, in Manhattan.
6:30 p.m. Public Advocate Bill de Blasio hosts a meeting for residents to learn about FEMA assistance, insurance coverage and unemployment benefits, at Roma View Catering Hall, at 160-05 Cross Bay Blvd., in Howard Beach, Queens.
6:30 p.m. Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott will speak at Educators 4 Excellence Event on Teacher Evaluations, at Baruch College — Newman Conference Center, at 55 Lexington Avenue, in Manhattan.
7 p.m. Council candidate Yetta Kurland has a fund-raiser at 135 East 61st Street, in Manhattan.
7:30 p.m. Assemblyman Rory Lancman speaks at the November meeting of the Daniel Patrick Moynihan Democratic Club, at the Israel Center for Conservative Judaism, at 167-11 73rd Avenue, in Hillcrest, Queens.
Democrats resist cuts to entitlement spending. [Robert Pear]
Obama has been calling congressional leaders. [Zachary Goldfarb]
Harry Reid said the filibuster is "not part of the Constitution" in a fight on the Senate floor. [Jennifer Steinhauer]
“It will shut down the Senate,” one Republican senator warns of the filibuster fight. [Manu Raju]
Kirsten Gillibrand is worried about the effects of the NHL lockout on downtown Buffalo. [AP]
A defense of Grover Norquist, with a caveat for Republicans living in Democratic-controlled Washington. [Wall Street Journal]
Hillary Clinton, Methodist. [Leslie Larson]
Cuomo revised upward his request for federal aid as Washington lawmakers try to rein in spending. [Andrew Grossman]
The governor said that economically, Hurricane Sandy was worse than Hurricane Katrina. [Ken Lovett, Erin Durkin, Christina Boyle and Corky Siemaszko]
An editorial board cheers his refusal to raise taxes. [New York Post]
A wish-list from the M.T.A. [Ted Mann]
2013 / City Hall
Bloomberg is seeking $9.8 billion in federal aid for hurricane relief. [Michael Howard Saul]
Councilwoman Melissa Mark-Viverito and Common Cause NY's Susan Lerner discuss problems with the proposed redistricting lines. [Inside City Hall]
"Only about 40% of students who graduated within four years were prepared for college." [Lisa Fleisher]
Mayoral candidate Tom Allon: "Identity politics helps." [Adam Dickter]
Chris Christie announced he's seeking re-election, putting pressure on Newark mayor Cory Booker to announce he's not running. [Heather Haddon]
A preview for the documentary Hating Breitbart. [Hulu]