Yes, there was a brushfire just north of New York City that broke out yesterday, on Clausland Mountain in the town of Orangeburg, Rockland County. No one was hurt, no homes were damaged and officials say the fire is now under control. “This mountain has not burned in 35 years,” said a local fire chief, while Sheriff Louis Falco added “We know where it started, but we don’t know how it started.” (Photo: Peter Carr / The Journal News)
Fall. Rockland County.
It looks as though the “super PAC” era is coming to New York.
A federal appeals court on Thursday ruled that a conservative group supporting Joseph J. Lhota, the Republican nominee for mayor of New York City, can immediately begin accepting contributions of any size because New York State’s limit on donations to independent political committees is probably unconstitutional.
The ruling, 12 days before the mayoral election, is not likely to change the dynamics of the race, given the wide lead of the Democratic candidate, Bill de Blasio, and a presumed reluctance by many potential big donors to donate to an underdog candidate this late in the game.
But an end to limits on contributions to independent political groups could have a much bigger impact next year, when voters will decide whether to re-elect Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, a Democrat, and will determine which party controls the State Senate — a long-running battle in which independent spending could make a significant difference.
“This could usher in an era where super PACs call the shots in campaigns all over the state, not just in the city,” said David Donnelly, the executive director of the Public Campaign Action Fund, which advocates public financing of elections.
Hey, the first three Emmy winners tonight have a New York connection (Merritt Wever, graduate of LaGuardia Arts High School; Tina Fey, best comedy writing for 30 Rock, shot in Queens, NY; and Tony Hale, born in West Point).
If the State of New York is offering a tax credit to a TV show that, according to the New York Daily News, will be “available for the producers of ‘a talk or variety program that filmed at least five seasons outside the state prior to its first relocated season in New York,’ and has episodes that ‘must be filmed before a studio audience’ of at least 200 people’ and has ‘an annual production budget of at least $30 million or incur at least $10 million a year in capital expenses’
New York’s restaurant workers (musically) ask Albany legislators to raise the minimum wage.
NO HUDDLED MASSES A police officer makes his rounds at the Statue of Liberty National Monument in New York Harbor. The island suffered major damage during Superstorm Sandy and has remained closed to the public. (Photo: John Makely / NBC News)
Rockland County, NY.
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and lawmakers agreed on Monday to a broad package of changes to gun laws that would expand the state’s ban on assault weapons and would include new measures to keep guns away from the mentally ill.
The state Senate, controlled by a coalition of Republicans and a handful of Democrats, approved the legislative package around 11 p.m. by a vote of 43 to 18. The Assembly, controlled by Democrats, has been strongly supportive of gun control. It planned to vote on the measure on Tuesday.
Approval of the legislation would make New York the first state to act in response to the mass shooting at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn., last month.
Mr. Cuomo had pressed lawmakers to act quickly in response to Newtown, saying, “the people of this state are crying out for help.” And the Legislature acted with unusual haste: Monday was the first full day of this year’s legislative session.“We don’t need another tragedy to point out the problems in the system,” Mr. Cuomo, a Democrat, said at a news conference just before 9 p.m. “Enough people have lost their lives,” he added. “Let’s act.”