Cuomo, pushed, pushes for more transparency

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After New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced his latest push, to get nonprofits to disclose their corporate spending, Governor Andrew Cuomo said in a radio interview that he was seeking to do much the same thing.

It could be a useful issue for Cuomo, whose record on good-government reform has been mixed. It hasn't mattered much, as Cuomo's steadily high approval ratings attest.

But campaign finance and transparency in general are matters of particular importance to liberal editorial boards, and in fact to many members of the same progressive commentariat that's been criticizing the governor for siding with Republicans against his own party in the State Senate, and vowing consequences for 2016

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"Albany is a company town ... information is shared on weekends in supermarkets and churches."  — Michael Benjamin

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Governor Andrew Cuomo will push the boundaries on disclosure. [Jon Campbell]

It's been a bumpy few weeks for City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, who is still the leading candidate for Democratic mayoral nomination. [Michael Grynbaum]

Republican county leaders fear they may have a primary on their hands for the 2013 mayoral nomination. [Celeste Katz]

A Post columnist who writes sensationalistically about gay and lesbian issues and wrote critically about Bill de Blasio's successful marriage says he "purposely misrepresented" her work to garner attention for himself. [Andrea Peyser]

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Taxi and Limousine Commissioner David Yassky endorsed a one-year pilot program for taxi apps. [Dana Rubinstein]

Mayor Michael Bloomberg joined a debt-reduction group founded by Alan Simpson and Erskine Bowles. [Reid Pillifant]

Former councilman Sal Albanese will run for mayor, perhaps making things more complicated for Public Advocate Bill de Blasio. [Azi Paybarah]

Cuomo, who knows how to create wiggle room, says again that his support of the State Senate's coalition government is conditional. [Dana Rubinstein]

State Senator Ruben Diaz Sr. said he won't be the "token Hispanic" for the Republican-Independent Democratic group. [Azi Paybarah]

De Blasio hired reporter Roberto Perez. [Azi Paybarah]

With more "about-to-die photography" on the front page yesterday, the Post outdid the News. [Tom McGeveran]

Events

"Governor Andrew M. Cuomo is in New York City."

9 a.m. U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan, New York City Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott and U.F.T. President Michael Mulgrew participate in a roundtable discussion, at New Dorp High School, at 465 New Dorp Lane, on Staten Island.

9:45 a.m. City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, Councilwoman Melissa Mark-Viverito, State Senator Gustavo Rivera, 32BJ SEIU president Hectr Figueroa, Make the Road New York and others announce support for legislation limiting New York City's participation in the federal Secure Communities program, on the steps of City Hall.

10 a.m. The New York City Campaign Finance Board holds their regularly scheduled meeting, where representatives from Melinda Katz, Fernando Cabrera, and other 2009 campaigns, are expected to appear, at New York Law School, at 185 West Broadway, in Manhattan.

10:30 a.m. Duncan, Walcott and Mulgrew tour P.S. 38, at 421 Lincoln Avenue, on Staten Island.

11:15 a.m. Mayor Michael Bloomberg has a Q&A after opening Pier 5 at Brooklyn Bridge Park, by Furman and Joralemon Streets, in Brooklyn.

1:15 p.m. Former president Bill Clinton, U.S. Housing Secretary Shaun Donovan, A.F.T. president Randi Weingarten, Mulgrew and City Comptroller John Liu announce plans to use the teacher's investments to help fund infrastructure projects to help with Hurricane Sandy relief efforts, at Clinton's office, at 55 West 125th Street, in Manhattan.

5:30 p.m. Bloomberg speaks at the Law Department's award ceremony, at the Surrogate Courthouse, at 31 Chambers Street, in Manhattan.

6:30 p.m. Bloomberg speaks at the re-opening Gargiulo's Restaurant and the Alliance for Coney Island's 2012 Winter Celebration, at 2911 West 15th Street, in Brooklyn.

6:30 p.m. Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez has a fund-raiser, at Umbrella Lounge, at 440 West 202 Street, in Manhattan.

On "Inside City Hall" tonight: State Senator Jeff Kleiin of the Independent Democratic Conference and John Catsimatidis, a Republican candidate for mayor.

Washington

Joe Biden has been relegated to the sidelines while President Obama negotiates a deal on the fiscal cliff. [Reid Epstein and Carrie Budoff Brown]

John Boehner is trying to weather criticism from conservative members, and might be postponing a fiscal-cliff deal until after he's re-elected speaker on Jan. 3. [Jonathan Weisman]

"We’re seeing a creation of a new version of hard-ass Hillary that will not undo the aggression that people will inevitably express but will complicate it.” [Ann Friedman]

She'd even win Kentucky, said a new poll. [James Carroll]

Joe Lieberman gave his goodbye speech on the Senate floor. [Raymond Hernandez]

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"Gov. Cuomo's honeymoon with state Senate Republicans is on the rocks." [Erik Kriss]

Cuomo is trying to outdo Schneiderman in terms of requiring public disclosure of campaign spending. [Nicholas Confessore and Thomas Kaplan]

Schneiderman has proposed legislation requiring nonprofits to disclose their campaign spending. [Teri Weaver]

More on Schneiderman's efforts. [Paul Blumenthal]

Headline: "$1M to Study NY Wines" [Joseph Spector]

Sandra Lee reportedly stormed out of a restaurant after overhearing some unflattering remarks. [Page Six]

State Senator Jeff Klein will donate campaign money he received from tainted donors. [Erik Kriss]

Dysfunction with the Democrats in the State Senate began for real when David Paterson took over. [Michael Benjamin]

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Bloomberg, as a pedicab driver. [New York Post]

The New York City Council will seek to limit deportations of residents here. [Kirk Semple]

Peter Vallone Jr., goes boroughwide. [Jeanmairie Evelly]

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Headline: "The bike-lane cancer." [Steve Cuozzo]

Technology to prevent cabs from over-charging is coming soon. [Sally Goldenberg]

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CORRECTION: An earlier version of this item incorrectly referred to the office held by Eric Schneiderman.