Briefing: De Blasio and Skelos prepare for a post-Bloomberg era

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CUOMO NO-SHOW — Governor skips Somos El Futuro Conference in San Juan — Capital's Jimmy Vielkind: An administration official said Gov. Andrew Cuomo will attend the spring conference of Latino lawmakers instead. This weekend's meeting was dominated by talk of who will become the next City Council speaker, a few whispers about the ongoing fate of Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, and celebrating mayor-elect Bill de Blasio. http://goo.gl/QNpX9q

Zack Fink says Cuomo's absence was a surprise, and organizers learned at 3 p.m.: “There is a deeper concern too, one that some people are uncomfortable talking about and that is a 'tale of two Democrats.' De Blasio and Cuomo are from the same party, but they represent very different wings. While the mayor-elect is promising to tax the rich to pay for services for the poor, Cuomo is traveling the state talking about the tax cuts he plans to deliver in this critical re-election year. This is technically Cuomo’s last fall Somos conference before he must stand for re-election. Many are surprised he would snub the Latino members by not showing up – particularly when he will be counting on their support in 2014.” http://goo.gl/lMzHWM

The Post's Fred Dicker writes that Rob Astorino is now “considering” a run against Cuomo: “Astorino, a Republican, paid a surprise visit to the all Democratic Somos El Futuro gathering of state politicians in Puerto Rico last week, delivering an address in fluent Spanish and impressing many who were there. Gov. Cuomo, by contrast, skipped the event, disappointing many and reinforcing his image as aloof from, and even contemptuous of, his fellow Democrats. Astorino’s visit wasn’t by accident. The Post has learned that he told several aides and key fund-raisers in recent weeks that if he won last week’s election by a comfortable margin, he would “seriously consider” challenging Cuomo next year.” http://goo.gl/yR4RCM

Or what about Ed Cox? “I think he could be a better gubernatorial candidate than a state party chair,” a top Republican consultant told the News' Ken Lovett. http://goo.gl/RNTttu

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REPUBLICANS WITHOUT BLOOMBERG'S MONEY — Party braces for life without it — Capital's Jimmy Vielkind: The billionaire mayor, whose term on New York's political stage will expire at the end of the year, has been a major benefactor of several local Republican fundraising committees, including the soft money “housekeeping” account that boost G.O.P. efforts to gain and maintain power in the State Senate. http://goo.gl/LEirJ8

NEW YORK CITY WITHOUT BLOOMBERG’S MONEY — New mayor should brace for life without it — BuzzFeed’s Ben Smith and James Arkin: “As a liberal Democrat, Bill De Blasio, takes power in January, his biggest challenge will not be keeping crime down or funding an ambitious expansion of early education. It will be dealing with the explosion of Bloomberg’s machine after the grease of money is gone and the gears start sticking.” http://goo.gl/gxy0ck

DE BLASIO AND CUOMO — News’ Ken Lovett: “Those close to both men believe the friendship between de Blasio and Cuomo is too strong to be torn apart. … De Blasio was there for him during each crisis, sources close to both men said. ‘They spoke all those times in the wilderness,” said one Cuomo insider. ‘He always sought out Bill’s advice.’” http://goo.gl/sd11QA

New York magazine’s Chris Smith: “Still, the biggest force in keeping the peace will be that both men have political incentives to function as partners. De Blasio wants to deliver on his campaign rhetoric about reshaping the city into a progressive capital; Cuomo wants to keep his left flank covered to roll up a big reelection margin in 2014—and just in case the chance to run for president in 2016 happens to arise.” http://goo.gl/rYR1Lz

CRIMINAL ACTIVITY — Moreland panel co-chair says there's a there there — WRVO's Gino Geruntino: "We have subpoena power and law enforcement power. If we discover criminality, and I can tell you without being tantalizing, I can tell you that we have, we will refer that to the appropriate prosecutorial agency,” said Onondaga County District Attorney Bill Fitzpatrick. http://goo.gl/jukLFv

More details on the interview, including Fitzpatrick's flip on public campaign finance — Post-Standard's Teri Weaver: http://goo.gl/Ec6rVJ

Even if the G.O.P. does pick up seats, Senate Republican Campaign Committee chair Cathy Young said, they want to work with the Independent Democrat Conference: “I expect that relationship to continue. It’s been very positive. As you know, we don’t agree on everything, but it’s been a very successful power-sharing agreement thus far, and I anticipate that it will continue.” http://goo.gl/A45XKN

PALADINO IN THE MIX — Buffalo developer talking up potential run as Conservative candidate — Buffalo News' Bob McCarthy: “Astorino has purposely avoided the conservative side of the party and hangs around with all the RINOs,” Paladino said, referring to Republicans-in-name-only. “That southern Hudson Valley is all RINO country. He’s going to have to make significant choices if he’s going to be a candidate.” http://goo.gl/1QQAcO

AUDITING SUNY CONTRACTS — Comptroller to audit SUNY hospital contract after president's resignation —Capital's Jessica Bakeman: The state comptroller's office plans to audit Upstate Medical Center's contracts with an outside vendor following allegations that its president, who resigned Thursday, was raking in $350,000 from private entities that do business with the hospital. “My auditors will examine whether SUNY Upstate’s use of this single source contract with MedBest is in violation of state law and identify if any abuse occurred,” Comptroller Tom DiNapoli said in a statement Friday. http://goo.gl/WMeGXl

DE BLASIO OUTDOES HIS FORMER BOSS — Times’ Michael Grynbaum: “Of all the records shattered by Mr. de Blasio’s landslide victory, perhaps the most remarkable is that virtually every vote cast by black New Yorkers — 96 percent — went his way. He captured a bigger portion of the black vote than David N. Dinkins in 1989 when he was elected New York City’s first black mayor with 91 percent of the black vote, according to exit polls. … black New Yorkers are now claiming Mr. de Blasio’s victory as their own.” http://goo.gl/LEcpQc

DE BLASIO to WSJ’s Sophia Hollander about the Dinkins Administration: “[I]t was abundantly clear to me that our eyes were bigger than our stomachs” and “We thought we could do more than we could do.” http://goo.gl/yckghS

DE BLASIO’S AGENDA — Saving Hospitals, Raising Taxes — Crain’s Andrew Hawkins: De Blasio’s biggest promises are also the hardest to achieve because it’s either not in the purview of the mayor (hospital funding) or requires support from Senate Republicans with whom he has little leverage (raise taxes on the rich). http://goo.gl/nyjlZl

TODAY: The state's political class will scatter at events big and small around the state to honor soldiers and sailors who served the country. Gov. Andrew Cuomo will be at the parade in New York City. Let us take a moment to say thank you for all those who served and are serving.

ON AIR TODAY: Public Advocate-elect Letitia James appears on NY1’s Road to City Hall, which will air from mayor-elect Bill de Blasio’s Transition Tent.

DISCUSSING DE BLASIO — Nov. 13 panel at St. Francis College in Brooklyn: Gotham’s Left Turn: New York Under Mayor De Blasio & The New City Council. Moderator: Fred Siegel; Panelists: Dan Cantor (Executive Director of the Working Families Party) Michael Powell (Times columnist), Nicole Gelinas (Senior Fellow at the Manhattan Institute), Josh Greenman (Opinion Editor and Editorial Writer, The New York Daily News) and Azi Paybarah (Capital New York Columnist)

ANTI-FRACKING FRACTURE? — State's anti-fracking groups haven't found consensus — Capital's Scott Waldman:The state's primary opponents of hydraulic fracturing agree that the practice is dangerous. But as became clear at a press conference at the Capitol last week, they differ somewhat on the question of what to do about it. http://goo.gl/phircx

TAPPAN ZEE — Cuomo kicks off bridge construction as debt is downgraded — Capital's Jimmy Vielkind: Moody's said it was moving authority bonds from A1 to A2 — its sixth highest rating — because “future financial performance will rely to a much greater extent on as yet undetermined toll increases to support the bridge construction costs and that failure to adopt sufficient rate increases within the expected time horizon would pressure financial metrics.” … News of the downgrade happened as Cuomo, a Democrat, signed the first pylon to go into the river bed,the Associated Press reported. "A new bridge for a new New York," Cuomo wrote, and later exclaimed that the progress was “phenomenal” and “a metaphor for the possibilities this state has." http://goo.gl/EwS9JK

ANTI-SEMITISM IN SCHOOLS — Cuomo orders probe after reports of harassment, intimidation — Capital's Jessica Bakeman: The governor on Friday said the state would investigate allegations of “disturbing” anti-Semitism at a Hudson Valley school district. The governor also pressed state Education Department Commissioner John King to find out: Did the state know about this, and if so, what was done about it? http://goo.gl/gMyaTd

“HAS TECH VALLEY PEAKED?” — Sunday A1 of Albany Times Union looks at Cuomo-pushed nano spread — Larry Rulison: With the NanoCollege breaking away from the University at Albany and expanding its outposts in every major city from here to Buffalo, some wonder if the momentum can be sustained. And Capital Region residents, many just starting to believe that "Tech Valley" is real, may be questioning whether the expansion will ultimately come at their expense. http://goo.gl/5Qvh1n

#UpstateAmerica: “The city of Jamestown has partnered with the Jamestown Renaissance Corporation and The Neighborhood Foundation from Chicago, for the installation of decorative boards on vacant commercial buildings.” http://goo.gl/u3LW1z