Roundup: Prisons Closing and Hydro Fracking

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Surrounded by Republicans, Governor Cuomo held a public signing of his tax cap legislation in Westchester. (via

Prisons: Two of seven facilities set to close are in NYC. [AP]

Prisons: 500 jobs at risk in Oneida. [Jon Maurer / Rome Observer]

Prisons: North Country spared from closures. [Jon Alexander / Post Star]

Fracking: “The Cuomo administration is seeking to lift what has been, in effect, a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing.” [Danny Hakim and Nick Confessore / New York Times]

Headline: “DEC confirms franking ban to end.” [Jon Campbell / Ithaca Journal]

Fracking: DEC spox says “no permits may be issued until the public comments are reviewed and considered and the final Supplement Generic Environmental Impact Statement is released.” [Rick Karlin / Times Union]

Fracking: Silver softens his tone. [Liz Benjamin / Capital Tonight]

Unions: Cuomo leans on PEF. [Liz Benjamin / Capital Tonight]

Marriage: Grisanti, still supportive. [Glenn Blain / Daily News]

Staffing Cuomo: Hoyt says “I can hardly imagine a better moment to make this transition.” [Celeste Katz / Daily News]

9/11 Memorial: $3 million short. [Jennifer Fermino / NY Post]

Cops: Police accused of starting fight at album release party for Smif-N-Wesson and Pete Rock. [Zach Crizer / NY Post]

Cops: More frisks, less fuss. [Graham Rayman / Village Voice]

Jobs: Bloomberg as treasury secretary, says Roger Stone. [Twitter]


Adriano Espaillat Hosts a House Party for Scott Stringer

stringer espaillat e1309534859203 Adriano Espaillat Hosts a House Party for Scott StringerState Senator Adriano Espaillat sent an email to supporters this afternoon, inviting them to a fundraiser tonight to benefit Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer.

The fundraiser, which promises both cocktails and conversation, will be at his Espaillat’s home on Park Terrace West, at the very northern tip of the borough, way up near 218th Street. The email notes that Stringer was born and raised in the neighborhood, and served as a community board member and district leader. Continue reading “Adriano Espaillat Hosts a House Party for Scott Stringer”

Report: Hydrofracking Moratorium to be Lifted in New York State [Updated]

New York State will reportedly lift its moratorium on hydrofracking the controversial drilling procedure environmentalists say could pollute the water supply, but advocates say is safe and could be an economic boom for the struggling upstate economy.

A spokesman for Cuomo said the report is premature and speculative.

A spokesperson for the state’s environmental agency did not immediately have a comment on lifting of the moratorium, first reported by The New York Times in a breaking news alert on their homepage.

The lifting of the moratorium by the state would be the first major position Governor Cuomo has taken on the controversial issue since taking office in January.

One environmental activist who has opposed hydrofracking is actor Mark Ruffalo, who said at a party on Tuesday “I’d like to see it banned in New York State altogether.”

Ruffalo was speaking to the Observer during a party celebrating the passage of same-sex marriage. At the event, Ruffalo said Cuomo reached out to him months ago to discuss energy issues.

“If Cuomo knew he had cover from New York City’s financial elite, for hydrofracking,” said Ruffalo, “then he would be much more bullish on the issue. He’s sort of playing the fence right now.”

Update: The state’s environmental agency will have an event tomorrow in Albany discussing the procedure for evaluating hydrofracking, which will include a lengthy period for accepting public comments. The agency has said no permits for hydrofracking will be issued until the review period is concluded.

Cuomo and the Religious Exemption

Gay City News‘ Paul Schindler interviews the governor:

Separate from the interview with Cuomo, the governor’s office declined to respond to hypothetical questions about the exemptions language (which will also be explored in greater detail in next week’s issue), but [Donna] Lieberman [of the NYCLU] said she saw nothing there that would not pass “constitutional scrutiny.” As a result, she said, the NYCLU has no concerns about the bill’s “non-severability” language that would invalidate the entire law if any part were struck down in court.

“There is no reason to look back,” Lieberman said. “This is a victory for us.”

In his response to questions about the exemptions issue, Cuomo added, “I will say, gratuitously, that it’s a trap for the gay community. There is no reason for the gay community to alienate the religious community.”

Obama 'A Dick' Says Mark Halperin, Who Quickly Apologizes [Video]

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Mark Halperin on Morning Joe (via The Atlantic)

After wondering if Morning Joe was on a 7-second time delay, Time’s Mark Halperin dropped the d-word when describing President Obama’s debt speech yesterday. Somehow the show that has already seen some on-air cursing, let it get through.

Halperin quickly apologized.

[h/t Erik Hayden]

Update: MSNBC has Halperin “suspended indefinitely” reports Michael Calderone.

Continue reading “Obama 'A Dick' Says Mark Halperin, Who Quickly Apologizes [Video]”

Morning Read: Cuomo as Picasso

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Jim Alesi and Michael Bloomberg, outside Gracie Mansion. (photo credit: azi paybarah / observer)

Religion:  “Lay Catholics who look at the governor may become confused about what it means to be a Catholic.” [Ronald Rychlak / Washington Post]

Balance: “Purism on the equality front sometimes comes at the expense of clients in need.” [Walter Olson / WSJ]

Fighting: Same-sex marriage opponent sees 2012 battleground states pivotal in the fight. [Maggie Gallagher / WSJ]

Alliance: “[A]s our nominee, the governor was due our support – or at least our non-opposition – in his first session,” said WFP exec dir. [Adam LIsberg / City Hall News]

Praise: “Working with Gov. Cuomo is like taking a painting class from Picasso,” said Lt. Gov Duffy. [Jimmy Veilkind / Times Union]

Support: Bloomberg praises Alesi. [Joseph Spector / Democrat and Chronicle]

July 4: Matilda recalls babysitting kids as Andrew raised money in Texas in 2001. [Cindy Adams / NY Post]

Vito Lopez: His social service group can’t immediately collect money because Schneiderman says they don’t have proper paperwork. [Erin Einhorn / Daily News]

Manhattan DA: Head of sex crimes unit leaving “as the office handles one of its biggest sex-crime prosecutions ever.” [John Eligon / New York Times]

Budget: Fees in NYC going up. [Sally Goldenberg / NY Post]

Jobs: Chip manufacturer demanding incentives from Cuomo; 1,600-job project hinges on deal, due today. [James Odato / Times Union]

Layoffs: 451 notices being sent today to state workers. Could be “rescinded” if unions strike deal with governor. [Rick Karlin / Times Union]

Tax Cap: Cuomo signs bill in Westchester, county with highest taxes. [Joseph Spector / Democrat and Chronicle]

Budget: Gap closed this year is same size as money Bloomberg wants back from CityTime contractor. [Bob Hennelly / WNYC]

Lawsuit: NYC considers suing SAIC over flawed CityTime oversight. [Michael Saul / WSJ]

And players in the Gay Softball World Series accused of being straight. “This is the Gay World Series, not the Bisexual World Series.” [Greg Bishop / New York Times]

Roundup: Bloomberg's Budget Passes, Maffei and Johnson Get Jobs [video]

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Russell Simmons, Sean Avery and Brian Ellner at HRC's party celebrating the passage of same-sex marriage. (photo credit: azi paybarah / observer)

NYC Budget: $66 billion; passed 49-1. [NY1]

NYC Budget: “reduce the number of public school teachers, lay off workers and cut back on caseworkers for the homebound elderly.” [CBS]

NYC Budget: “restores some funding cuts to schools, libraries and social programs as federal and state aid decline and employee salary and benefit obligations rise.” [Henry Goldman / Bloomberg]

Meetings: Quinn, Recchia, Fidler and others met with Yeshiva Leaders. [Yeshiva World News]

Corruption: “The city is taking control of a scandal-plagued payroll project away from outside consultants.” [Ilya Marritz / WNYC]

Employment: More on Craig Johnson going to Bloomberg LP. [Nick Reisman / Capital Tonight]

Employment: Maffei to a lobbying firm and, seemingly, against a 2012 rematch.

Judges: Keith Wrights makes a few. [Celeste Katz / Daily News]

Media: “And then there’s the talk and opinion shows which no one ever pretends are news and factual” says a former Fox employee of his old network. [Keach Hagey / Politico]

Weddings: So far, nobody has asked Sharpton to officiate their gay wedding. [Twitter]