In a big speech, Cuomo stresses the liberal things
In his third State of the State speech, Governor Andrew Cuomo stressed liberal goals and ideals: "an onslaught of proposals favored by the left wing of his party," as Danny Hakim put it.
Those goals included gun control, curbs on greenhouse-gas emmissions, a minimum-wage hike and a women's rights program.
The turn left could be seen, in part, as a bet by Cuomo that he can get more elements of a progressive agenda done with a bipartisan duo running the State Senate than he could when it was solely controlled by Republicans. As Blake Zeff writes, those breakaway Democrats will be under a lot of pressure to show they can now deliver on the promise of moving the Senate in a more liberal direction.
The speech could also reasonably be seen as an attempt by Cuomo to start shoring up his Democratic credentials, and mute liberal criticism, before the jockeying for 2016 starts.
"Somos uno" — Andrew Cuomo
Judges ordered 99 more ballots be opened in the closely watched State Senate race where Republican George Amedore is leading by only 37 votes. [Jimmy Vielkind]
"Cuomo sharply entered the national political debate — stage left." [New York Post]
Cuomo sounds like a presidential candidate. [Ken Lovett]
Aides said Cuomo will expand New York's definition of an assault weapon to match California's. [David Halbfinger and Thomas Kaplan]
Hillary Clinton said she's not retiring, "but certainly stepping off the very fast track for a little while." [Jennifer Epstein]
The White House didn't explicitly rule out the trillion-dollar coin strategy floated by Rep. Jerry Nadler. [Reid Pillifant]
Giuliani talked up Lhota's resume during an appearance on NY1. [Dana Rubinstein]
Cuomo followed Bloomberg's lead on guns, tech and housing. [Dana Rubinstein]
Cuomo announced a fraction of his casino plan. [Dana Rubinstein]
Cuomo wants early voting in the state. [Azi Paybarah]
A stop-and-frisk proponent fears a federal judge is about to weaken the policy. [Azi Pabyarah]
Some chairmanship changes at the City Council. [Azi Paybarah]
Huffington Post reporters are getting blogs. [Joe Pompeo]
"Governor Andrew M. Cuomo is in Albany."
9:30 a.m. Mayor Michael Bloomberg has a photo op with Frank Jensen, Lord Mayor of Copenhagen, at City Hall.
10 a.m. The campaigns of James Sanders Jr., Joseph Lazar and Steven Behar are expected to be represented at the meeting of the New York City Campaign Finance Board, at New York Law School, 185 West Broadway, in Manhattan.
10:30 a.m. Bloomberg speaks at the Centennial Celebration of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, at the Hiton New York, at 1335 Avenue of the Americas, in Manhattan.
11 a.m. Republican mayoral candidate George McDonald will formally kick-off his campaign in the Graybar Passage at Grand Central Terminal, in Manhattan.
11:30 a.m. Bloomberg speaks at the swearing-in ceremony of new NYPD recruits, at Queens College, 65-30 Kissena Boulevard, in Queens.
Noon. Bloomberg has a Q&A after making an announcement at Elmhurst Hospital Center, at 79-01 Broadway, in Queens.
6 p.m. City Council candidate Yetta Kurland has a fund-raiser at Townhouse Bar NYC, at 236 East 58th Street, in Manhattan.
6:30 p.m.Rep. Joe Crowley attends a birthday party fund-raiser for City Council candidate Costa Constantinides, at Central Lounge, 20-30 Steinway Street, in Queens.
7 p.m. City Council candidate Donovan Richards kicks off his campaign with a fund-raiser at Idlewild Terrace Inc., 157-13 Roackaway Boulevard, in Jamaica, Queens.
8:15 p.m. New York Police Department Commissioner Ray Kelly speaks with Stephen Adler, at 92Y, at Lexington and 92nd Street, in Manhattan.
On "The Road to City Hall" tonight: Steve Cohen, former Cuomo aide, and a panel discussion about Staten Island and 2013.
"It's all but done," said an unnamed source close to Adolfo Carrion Jr., about him getting the Independence Party nomination. [Jonathan Lemire]
The Bronx and Brooklyn Republican county leaders will push to give their party's nomination to Carrion, when the five Republican chairmen meet tonight. [Carl Campanile]
Embattled City Comptroller John Liu is sounding like a mayoral candidate. [David Seifman]
City Hall / City Council
The ferry "didn't slow down," said Joseph Bruno, commissioner of the city's Office of Emergency Management. [Ted Mann, Pervaiz Shallwani and Jennifer Weiss]
Former Rep. Anthony Weiner has a job at Concept Capital Markets. [Bill Sanderson]
Former governor David Paterson explained how he tried helping then-Democratic senate leader John Sampson with a controversial racino deal. [Carl Campanile]
Cuomo used the speech to "reposition" himself after two years in office. [Danny Hakim]
"He kicked off his presidential campaign," New York State Conservative Party Chairman Mike Long said, unhappily, about Cuomo. [Rick Karlin]
"Cuomo took a hard left turn…" [Tom Precious]
Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver doesn't see Cuomo shifting left. [Jessica Bakerman]
Cuomo doesn't want casinos in New York City. [Erik Kriss]
One editorial board cheers Cuomo's call for no new taxes, and raising the minimum wage but is waiting to hear how he'll pay for a new state campaign finance system. [Daily News]
Republican state senator James Seward said he was worried Cuomo's gun-control agenda would alienate a large gun manufacturer in Herkimer County, and risk the jobs there. [Jessica Bakerman]
Republican state senator Tom O'Mara of Elmira said he was "overall disappointed" with Cuomo's speech because it failed to address mandate relief. [Jon Campbell]
The IDC-GOP coalition "cannot afford to fail" in passing Cuomo's gun-control legislation. [Blake Zeff]
Albany's new odd couple, State Senators Dean Skelos and Jeff Klein, didn't applaud at the same parts of Cuomo's speech. [Michael Powell]
"The Legislature, notably Skelos’ Republicans, must get behind Cuomo’s proposals" on guns, or make them stronger. [Daily News]
Democratic Assemblyman Michael Cusick: "There is no reason why a private person needs an assault weapon." [Judy Randall]
The Rockland County legislature will vote on a resolution condemning the Journal News over its gun map, after the resolution passed the public safety committee 5-1. [Laura Incalcaterra]
Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney changed the county's website so property tax data can only be searched by address, not name, after a shot was fired near a deputy's house. [Rick Moriarty]
"[C]lose to half of the members of Fix the Debt’s board and steering committee have ties to companies that have engaged in lobbying on taxes and spending, often to preserve tax breaks and other special treatment." [Nicholas Confessore]
The White House and its allies are developing a strategy to shift public opinion on guns and provide cover for lawmakers who support new control laws. [Philip Rucker]
John Feinblatt, the point-man for Mayor Bloomberg's efforts, met with Joe Biden on Wednesday and said he had promised a “legislative plan that could be achieved and a plan for executive actions.” [Michael Shear]
But expectations are low. [Anna Palmer and Reid Epstein]
"I grew up in this hunting culture, but this is nuts," said Bill Clinton during a speech on tech. [Kelly Faircloth]
The U.S. secretary of labor, Hilda Solis, resigned. [Mark Landler and Steven Greenhouse]
A new debt-ceiling idea: What about issuing scrip? [Edward Kleinbard]
The Post's editor-in-chief sends his regards to outgoing opinion page editor Bob McManus. [New York Post]
A former Newsweek intern recalls a terrifying experience: "The editor pushed me down onto his huge white couch…His hands were on me…I couldn't push him off me." [Caroline Cooper]