Cuomo’s budget meets Cuomo’s wish list
Andrew Cuomo described himself earlier in his governorship as a progressive who's broke. Financial circumstances may not have changed but political circumstances have, and now the governor is proposing a number of popular initiatives that will require additional spending.
Tom Precious of the Buffalo News speculates on how Cuomo can pay for some of his big-ticket items without raising taxes: the means include spreading investments out over a number of years, cutting the size of some state agencies, and shifting some costs.
State Senator Liz Krueger and Democratic fund-raiser Bill Samuels floated the idea of using gambling proceeds to pay for public financing of elections. Usually gambling and lottery proceeds go toward education, and Cuomo has already proposed lengthening the school day and school year.
"So, the populace somehow thinks that the concept of Ray Kelly as a public figure is completely divorced from the leadership at the agency he helms?" — brianvan
President Obama missed a chance at unifying the country and instead called for more government action, says an anti-Obama editorial board. [Wall Street Journal]
"If New Yorkers need another good reason to support a major cleanup of their state’s scandalously lax campaign finance laws, they need only look at the latest filing from Gov. Andrew Cuomo." [New York Times]
Among the state senators who are spending more than their $40,000 annual allotment on rent are Democrats Jeff Klein and Malcolm Smith, members of the Independent Democratic Conference. [Carl Campanile and Erik Kriss]
Cuomo will have to get creative today to explain how he will pay for the ideas he proposed in his State of the State speech. [Tom Precious]
A chapter closes on Hillary Clinton's career. [Ken Lovett]
Maureen Dowd likes Andrew Cuomo on guns. [Reid Pillifant]
Reactions to the inauguration, via Twitter. [Azi Paybarah]
More news about buyouts at the Times. [Joe Pompeo]
10 a.m. City Council Speaker Christine Quinn and others attend Queens Borough President Helen Marshall's State of the Borough speech, at the Colden Auditorium at Queens College, 6530 Kissena Boulevard, in Queens.
11 a.m. Mayor Michael Bloomberg has a Q&A after making an announcement at the Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Avenue, in Manhattan.
11:30 a.m. Queens makes an announcement about legislation to protect unemployed job seekers from discrimination, in the Red Room at City Hall.
Noon. City Council candidate Zead Ramadan has a campaign kick-off announcement, at 165th Street and Broadway, in Manhattan.
2 p.m. Governor Andrew Cuomo delivers his 2013-2014 budget address, at the Hart Theatre, in the Egg Center for Performing Arts, in Albany. It'll stream live here. Closed captions here and in Spanish here.
On "The Road to City Hall" tonight: NY1 Wiseguys, and state budget director Robert Megna.
The tech sector wants to influence the upcoming city elections. [Anjali Athavaley and Richard Morgan]
How the mayoral candidates celebrated Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day and the inauguration. [Celeste Katz and Erin Durkin]
Joe Lhota and George McDonald back Bloomberg on the bus driver's strike. [Carl Campanile]
A former state legislator predicts Eliot Spitzer makes a run for mayor, and Cuomo approves fracking. [Michael Benjamin]
A newspaper finds a Godfather reference in a John Liu story. [Bruce Golding]
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Mayor Michael Bloomberg will unveil the winner of the micro-unit housing contest. [Erin Durkin]
There was a "One Million Moms for Gun Control" march across the Brookyn Bridge yesterday. [Sarah Maslin Nir]
Quinn's analogy to Zappos only works if pubic school parents have charter school options. [Naomi Schaefer Riley]
"Cuomo and the Legislature caved to local officials" by not expanding Kendra's Law. [Daily News]
Cuomo needs to offer local governments mandate relief, or his property-tax cap won't be fully realized. [Bill Hammond]
Cuomo's budget will be a mixture of progressive plans and austerity. [Jon Campbell]
The Steuben County Sheriff's Department criticized Cuomo's new gun law. [Joseph Spector]
A bill signed by Cuomo could prevent 4,000 to 6,000 mentally ill patients in hospitals from being discharged to privately run adult homes. [Chuck Bennett]
New York State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli unloaded stock in a gun manufacturer whose value has since risen 15 percent. [New York Post]
How Cecilia Tkaczyk spent her time during a prolonged State Senate recount. [Jimmy Vielkind]
More infighting among Buffalo Democrats, featuring Erie County Democratic chairman Jeremy Zellner and Cheektowaga Chairman Frank Max Jr. [Robert McCarthy]
"This was Barack Obama without apology." [David Remnick]
"But gun control, immigration reform and deficit reduction each got only a passing mention." [Reid Epstein]
Chuck Schumer had tea with Obama in the morning. [Dan Friedman]
Obama didn't talk much about the economy, or extend an olive branch to Republicans. [Daily News]
Republicans are planning to pass the debt-ceiling extension tomorrow. [Jake Sherman]