7:44 am Dec. 3, 2012
Governor Andrew Cuomo heads to Washington today for the first time since becoming governor, to lobby federal lawmakers for hurricane recovery aid.
Cuomo skipped last week's Bloomberg-led visit trip to Washington and scoffed at the idea of going himself, suggesting it would only lead to stories about him and his reputed presidential plans, although that's apparently the sort of thing he can live with.
The New York Post cites an unnamed source saying Cuomo was always planning to go down there.
"When the Israeli government backs new settlements that the US govenrment explicitly opposes, I think this 'closest ally' shit falls apart."—Soul Khan
New York State and city officials defended the decision not to evacuate residents in nursing homes and adult homes located in flood zones. [Jennifer Preston, Sheri Fink an Michael Powell]
Bloomberg's "fancy-shmancy evaluation metrics and grading rubrics" don't inform parents about a school's "most important task," which is preparing students for life after school. [New York Post]
Republicans' new plan to stay in power: delay recount efforts so they can elect their own majority leader in January, then give away perks to disaffected Democrats and stay in power. [Fred Dicker]
Andrew Cuomo's decision to travel to Washington to lobby for federal aid was not an immediate one. [Azi Paybarah]
After Adolfo Carrion said leaving the Democratic Party and declaring his "independence" felt good, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn said, "I've been independent for a long time" and "I don't need any declarations." [Azi Paybarah]
Siena poll of of performance after Hurricane Sandy:
67-29: Governor Andrew Cuomo
61-37: President Barack Obama
55-38: Mayor Michael Blomberg
39-44: Con Ed
10 a.m. Rep. Charlie Rangel, Rep. Jerry Nadler, Rep. Carolyn Maloney and others will call for Congress to reject funding cuts to the National Institutes of Health, at Columbia University Medical Center, Hammer Health Sciences Center, Riverview Lounge, 4th Floor, at 701 West 168th Street, in Manhattan.
11 a.m. Mayor Michael Bloomberg thanks workers from the Department of Environmental Protection who have helped with Hurricane Sandy relief efforts, at 751 Mill Road, on Staten Island.
1 p.m. Rep. Maloney, Rangel, Nadler and Small Business Commissioner Rob Walsh discuss small business assistance for Hurricane Sandy victims, on the steps of City Hall.
1:45 p.m. Governor Andrew Cuomo, Senator Chuck Schumer and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand meet with Senator Daniel Inouye and Senator Thad Cochran, at Room SH-722 in the Hart Senate Office Building, in Washington.
3 p.m. Cuomo, Senator Chuck Schumer and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand meet with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, in Room S-221 of the U.S. Capitol Building, in Washington.
4 p.m. Cuomo, Rep. Peter King, Rep. Michael Grimm and Rep. Bob Turner meet with House Speaker John Boehner, in Room H-232 in the U.S. Capitol Building, in Washington.
4:30 p.m. Cuomo meets with House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, in Room H-204 in the U.S. Capitol Building, in Washington.
5 p.m. Cuomo and the New York State congressional delegation have a Q&A, in Room 202 of the Capital Visitor's Center, in Washington.
5:30 p.m. New York State
Senator Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has a birthday celebration, at Carmine's, at 20 West 44th Street, in Manhattan. 6 p.m. M.T.A. Chairman Joe Lhota is honored at the New York League of Conservation Voters annual gala, at the New York Yacht Club, at 37 West 44th Street, in Manhattan.
6:30 p.m. Council Speaker Christine Quinn, Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, Comptroller John Liu discuss crime issues at the Crime Commission's annual fund-raiser, on the 35th Floor of 320 Park Avenue, in Manhattan.
Contenders for 2016 are already meeting with big donors, but Andrew Cuomo is “thoroughly intimidated that someone will announce that he is being ‘active’ before Hillary decides," according to one donor. [Kenneth Vogel]
"She's running," an Obama biographer concludes after watching Clinton at an event in Washington which included "an expensive-looking" film that "was like an international endorsement four years in advance of the Iowa caucus and the New Hampshire primary." [David Remnick]
Senator Chuck Schumer urged Washington lawmakers not to delay sending federal hurricane relief. [Simone Weichselbaum and Douglas Feiden]
Some tax-the-rich solutions to avoiding the fiscal cliff would impact New York disproportionately. [E.J. McMahon]
President Obama isn't giving in so easy on negotiations this time. [Peter Baker]
It's "too late" for the kind of gun-control efforts Mayor Michael Bloomberg advocates to have a real impact on gun violence. [Jeffrey Goldberg]
"An administration source told The Post that the governor was always planning to go [lobby in Washington]." [Erik Kriss and Beth DeFalco]
The Washington Post welcomed Cuomo over the weekend with an editorial echoing his claims that New York needs to rethink its infrastructure. [Washington Post]
Headline: "Gov. Cuomo can put 25,000-plus people to work right now if he okays fracking." [Daily News]
Trash-talking about the Independent Democratic Conference members may make it harder for them to align with the Democratic conference. [Ken Lovett]
State Senator Diane Savino, a member of the IDC, plans to introduce a medical marijuana bill in January. [Tom Wrobleski]
Longer school class times are coming to New York. [AP]
M.T.A. fares are likely to rise, eventually, as a response to the storm. [New York Post]
Tolls went up at Port Authority bridges and tunnels. [Chuck Bennett]
2013 / City Hall
Rudy Giuliani said (again) that he wants M.T.A. chairman and former aide Joe Lhota to run for mayor. [Ken Lovett]
A proposal in Washington to lower the cap on mortgage-interest deductions would hurt New York City, since buying an apartment here is so expensive. [Sally Goldenberg]
CD-7 candidate Mark Levine kicked off his campaign with support from Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez and Public Advocate Bill de Blasio; rival Thomas Lopez-Pierre crashed the event. [Douglas Feiden and Bruce Diamond]
New York City Marathon organizers and their insurer have fought over finances since the race was canceled. [Matthew Futterman]
A fast-food worker says she she and others deserve to make $15 an hour. [Linda Archer]