|NYSNYS NEWS WEEK IN REVIEW for August 16-22: Teachout-Cuomo primary set. Cuomo won't commit to debates. Another big bank settlement for NYS coffers.|
|CUOMO OPENS STATE FAIR: Gov. Andrew Cuomo carried on when his brief visit to open the State Fair in Syracuse coincided with a sudden downpour. He's seen here with Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney and his daughter Michaela -- Executive Chamber photo.|
NYSNYS NEWS WEEK IN REVIEW for August 16-22: Teachout-Cuomo primary set. Cuomo won't commit to debates. Another big bank settlement for NYS coffers.
By Kyle Hughes
ALBANY, N.Y. (August 22) – Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Zephyr Teachout and a third candidate will be on the primary ballot next month. Cuomo won't commit to debates with Rob Astorino. Standard Chartered bank settlement means more cash for the state. Plus, fundraisers and a look ahead to next week.
TEACHOUT CLEARED FOR PRIMARY
CUOMO MUM ON ASTORINO DEBATES
MONEY LAUNDERING SETTLEMENTS
A LOOK AHEAD
TEACHOUT CLEARED FOR PRIMARY
Fordham College law professor Zephyr Teachout won another court decision this week when the Appellate Division of State Supreme Court upheld a ruling permitting her to be on the September 9 Democratic primary ballot. Gov. Andrew Cuomo's campaign spokesman said the ruling would not be appealed.
That means Cuomo, Teachout and pro-marijuana standup comedian Randy Credico will all be on the September 9 primary ballot. Cuomo's running mate, former U.S. Rep. Kathy Hochul, is also facing a primary challenge from Columbia University law professor Tim Wu.
Cuomo had sought to kick Teachout off the ballot, contending she has not lived in New York enough to qualify to run for governor. Cuomo's legal challenge drew sharp criticism, since he has also launched a "Women's Equality Party" at the same time he was trying to destroy Teachout's candidacy.
Teachout has run a nearly invisible campaign and is considered a long shot to win. A Quinnipiac Poll out this week found 88 percent of respondents had never heard of her.
She entered the race after Cuomo snatched away the Working Families Party nomination that she was in line to get thanks to party members disaffected by Cuomo's support for tax cuts for the rich, and tax caps on school districts and local governments.
She has based her campaign on a withering critique of Cuomo's ethics and alliances with the real estate industry and other wealthy campaign donors. In "The Nation" magazine this week, she said Cuomo is "a symptom of what’s happening in politics and a very disturbing one, when politics loses its representative nature and it loses its leadership. He’s fundamentally, actually working for private power."
The dissension in Democratic ranks has prompted speculation that union activists may seek to teach Cuomo a lesson by orchestrating a stronger than expected vote for Teachout.
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CUOMO MUM ON ASTORINO DEBATES
Gov. Andrew Cuomo refused to say this week if he would debate any of his opponents, either in the September primary or in the November election.
"I'll leave it to the campaigns to work out if there should be debates (and) who should participate," Cuomo told reporters during a visit to the State Fair. "That's a campaign tactic that I will leave to the campaigns."
Cuomo is likely to have three ballot lines in November: the Democratic, the Working Families, and the Women's Equality parties. Time Warner Cable News has invited Cuomo to debate Teachout just days before the Democratic primary.
Cuomo is directing his own re-election campaign, with former Gov. David Paterson as the figurehead chairman of the state Democratic Party.
Republican Rob Astorino continued to attack Cuomo this week, calling him the "head of corruption" in New York state politics. His campaign also put out a sharply worded statement about the debates.
"The campaign of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo yesterday made it official: Mr. Cuomo does not plan to debate his chief Democratic primary opponent, respected Fordham University Professor Zephyr Teachout, before the September 9 primary, and the campaign of Republican candidate Rob Astorino today announced that it believes it knows why," the statement said.
"The Astorino campaign maintains that Mr. Cuomo’s criminal defense team is prohibiting the governor from debating either Professor Teachout in the Democratic Primary or County Executive Astorino in the general election. Mr. Cuomo is under federal investigation by the U.S. Attorney for possible obstruction of justice and other crimes for his role in the developing Moreland Commission Scandal."
" 'There are just two options here,' said Astorino spokeswoman Jessica Proud. 'Either the Governor is acting like a total jerk — and we refuse to believe he would do that — or his criminal defense lawyers have shut the debate option down. Under legal advice, Mr. Cuomo has already told the press that he’ll no longer answer questions about the Cuomogate scandal; apparently that extends to debates as well. I mean, what’s Mr. Cuomo going to say when confronted by Professor Teachout about his interference with Moreland: 'I’m sorry, but my criminal defense team advises that I not answer that question?' ' "
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MONEY LAUNDERING SETTLEMENTS
The state received another windfall this week with the announcement that Standard Chartered Bank, a British bank that operates in New York and throughout Asia, would pay a $300 million penalty for its "failures to remediate anti-money laundering compliance problems as required in the Bank's 2012 settlement with the New York State Department of Financial Services."
"SCB will suspend dollar clearing through its New York Branch for high-risk retail business clients at its SCB Hong Kong subsidiary; exit high-risk client relationships within certain business lines at its branches in the United Arab Emirates; not accept new dollar-clearing clients or accounts across its operations without prior approval from DFS; pay a $300 million penalty; as well as take other remedial steps," the Cuomo administration announced.
"If a bank fails to live up to its commitments, there should be consequences," DFS Superintendent Ben Lawsky said. "That is particularly true in an area as serious as anti-money-laundering compliance, which is vital to helping prevent terrorism and vile human rights abuses."
In 2013, DFS fined and sanctioned Deloitte Financial Advisory Services for its activities involving Standard Chartered and safeguards against money laundering. "Under the agreement, Deloitte agrees to a one-year, voluntary suspension from consulting work at financial institutions regulated by the New York State Department of Financial Services, will make a $10 million payment to the State of New York, and will implement a set of reforms designed to help address conflicts of interest in the consulting industry."
The latest settlement signaled an aggressive effort by Lawsky to make sure banks operating here are vigilant about money laundering. The issue has taken on urgency as part of the war on terrorism, since money from that includes ransom and other extortion payments is being laundered to finance the operation of fanatical Islamic jihad groups.
The day before the Standard Chartered announcement, Lawsky said PricewaterhouseCoopers Regulatory Advisory Services would pay a $26 million fine and face sanctions in another money laundering case. PwC "improperly altered an 'historical transaction review' report submitted to regulators on wire transfers that the Bank performed on behalf of sanctioned countries and entities," DFS said.
The report was "submitted to regulators regarding sanctions and anti-money laundering compliance at Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi," one of Japan's biggest banks.
In June, DFS announced an $8.9 billion settlement with a French bank, BNP Paribas for concealing "more than $190 billion in transactions between 2002 and 2012 for clients subject to U.S. sanctions, including Sudan, Iran, and Cuba."
"As a result of these violations, BNPP will pay $8.9 billion to federal and state authorities – including a $2.24 billion penalty to DFS – terminate senior executives, and suspend U.S. dollar clearing operations for one year at business lines on which the misconduct centered."
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• DIRE WARNING BY SKELOS: Senate co-leader Dean Skelos released an "open letter to New York" warning that disaster will befall the state if Democrats regain sole control of the upper house of the Legislature in the November elections. "All of the progress we’ve made can be undone in an instant if Senate Democrats, the radical Working Families Party, and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio take control of the State Senate next year. Allowing a small, radical faction of avowed leftists to run New York’s entire state government would have disastrous consequences. If Democrats are handed the keys to the Senate and New York State government is once again controlled by one party, brace yourself for MTA Payroll Tax 2. Get ready for new and higher Thruway tolls."
• REMINGTON LAYOFFS: Gov. Andrew Cuomo denied this week that passage of the SAFE Act gun control law had anything to do with downsizing at the Remington plant in Ilion. The company has been in Ilion sinc 1916 and is the oldest continually operating manufacturer in the U.S. It announced 105 layoffs this week as part of plans to move some production lines to Alabama. "They are consolidating operations from all across the country, from red states, from blue states," Cuomo told reporters at the State Fair in Syracuse. "I know we tend to think, 'we’re New York, it must be about us.' Sometimes it’s not about us." One of the SAFE Act's provisions outlawed a assault rifle style guns like the Bushmaster made at the Ilion plant. In February, Cuomo's press office declared "no Remington jobs are leaving NY."
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• Schoharie County GOP, 67th annual Chicken BBQ, with Rob Astorino, John Cahill, Bob Antonacci, Jim Seward, Pete Lopez and Chris Gibson, Gobbler's Know, Route 145, East Cobleskill, Sunday noon- 5 p.m., $20-$35, children under 12 free.
• Chris DAY, NY17 Nita Lowey GOP opponent, Margarita Mixer, Zapata Mexican Restaurant, 779 Route 340, Palisades, Tuesday 7 p.m. $120-$5,200
• Senator Neil BRESLIN, golf outing, Normanskill Country Club, Wednesday, $750
• Assembly member Kieran LALOR, campaign kickoff with lieutenant governor candidate Chris Moss, Blue Fountain, 826 Route 376, Hopewell Junction, Wednesday 6 p.m. $65-$2,500
• Barack OBAMA, Labor Day weekend BBQ with Barack. Democratic National Committee, no location given, $10-$2,500 contest raffle, with winners flown out for the event, Friday.
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A LOOK AHEAD
SARATOGA RACING -- TRAVERS STAKES: Saratoga's most anticipated race, the $1.25 million Travers, will return Saturday for its 145th running. It's a star studded day with three Grade 1 races, a $200,000 Guaranteed Pick 6 and a $1 million Guaranteed All Graded Stakes Pick 4 ending with the Travers. Gates open at 7 am and first post is 11:35 am
SHARPTON ERIC GARNER/NYPD MARCH:
• NAN’s Saturday Action Rally on August 23, 2014 will take place LIVE from: Mt. Sinai United Christian Church, 15 Pike Street, Staten Island, NY 10301 9:00am – 11:00am. Join us live from Mt. Sinai United Christian church! Tune in live via WLIB-1190 (AM) radio. Watch via live stream . We will go from the action rally to the “We will not go back” march for justice! Details on the march and how you can GET INTO THE ACTION NOW!
• Brian Jones, the Green Party candidate for Lt. Governor, will participate in the We Will Not Go Back March and Rally on Staten Island on Saturday August 23 to Demand Justice for Eric Garner and to call for an end to police brutality. Jones had previously attended the wake for Mr. Garner. The Green Party and Jones contingent will meet outside of the Staten Island Ferry St. George Terminal (Staten Island) at 10:30am, at the corner of Richmond Terrace and Borough Place.
HONORS FOR FALLEN SOLDIER: Council Member Jumaane D. Williams (D-Brooklyn) Deputy Leader and Chair of the Council's Housing and Buildings Committee, will host a ceremony a 10 a.m. in Brooklyn to co-name East 51st Street Between Beverly Road and Clarendon Road "Private First Class Errol Milliard Way," after Errol "Elijah" Milliard who was killed in combat in Afghanistan. He was 18-years-old. Pvt. Milliard, a Brooklyn native of Jamaican and Guyanese parentage, began active duty in the Army on October 2012 after graduating from Fort Leonard Wood in Missouri. That February, he was deployed as part of Operation Enduring Freedom, where he was assigned to the 595th Sapper Company, 2nd Engineer Battalion, and 36th Engineer Brigade. On a mission in Afghanistan with his unit on July 4, 2013, Pvt. Milliard was killed in combat. Milliard was posthumously promoted to Private First Class, and was awarded the Bronze Star medal, the Purple Heart, and the Good Conduct medal, among many others.
CHARTER SCHOOL OPENING DAY: Monday at 7:45 a.m. Assemblyman Marcos Crespo will join Families for Excellent Schools CEO Jeremiah Kittredge and Boys Prep Elementary School Founding Principal Peter Herzberg Monday morning to celebrate the “First Day of Charter School” in New York City and open Boys Prep, the first and only all-boys public charter elementary school in the Bronx, to 144 kindergarten and first grade students. Across New York City, dozens of charter schools with thousands of students are starting the school year weeks early to allow for increased instructional time – a proven factor in giving their students a better education than other schools serving comparable student cohorts. 1695 Seward Avenue Bronx, NY 10473
(Entrance on Seward Avenue) *Co-located with P.S. 107
DEC WEBINAR: The Department of Environmental Conservation holds a Webinar August 26, 2014 from 10 a.m. – noon on proposed changes to update and consolidate Petroleum Bulk Storage (PBS) and Chemical Bulk Storage (CBS) regulations. Due to the many issues addressed by these regulations, DEC is providing a 90-day public comment period for these proposed rule makings, which ends on Tuesday, November 4, 2014. Instructions on how to participate in this live webinar are available at: www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/92547.html
• Tom Durkin: Thursday at 7 p.m. in the Casino in Congress Park, the Saratoga Springs History Museum, in partnership with the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame, will present “A Conversation with Tom Durkin” as part of the Alfred Z. Solomon Charitable Trust Program Series. The event is free and open to the public. Michael Veitch, a member of the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame’s Board of Trustees and a Saratoga Springs History Museum Hall of Fame member, will interview Durkin. Durkin has served as the track announcer for the New York Racing Association since 1990. He is retiring after a 43-year race-calling career Aug. 31. Born in Chicago, Durkin studied theatre at St. Norbert College and began calling races at county fairs in Wisconsin in the summer of 1971. In 1975, he moved on to ply his trade at a string of small tracks including Cahokia Downs, Balmoral Race Course, Quad City Downs and Miles Park before landing the job at famed Hialeah Race Course in 1981. Three years later, he was hired as the announcer for the annual Breeders' Cup in 1984, a job he held until 2005, and gained further fame calling the Triple Crown for a decade beginning in 2001.
UDC MEETING: The Directors of the New York State Urban Development Corporation d/b/a Empire State Development meet on Wednesday, August 27, 2014, at 9:30 a.m. Empire State Development 633 Third Avenue – 37th Floor Conference Room, New York, New York 10017
HASSELL-THOMPSON CAMPAIGN: Senator Ruth Hassell-Thompson to appear and personally announce her candidacy for the 36th Senatorial District.Tuesday, August 26, 2014.10:30 AM. The Steps of Bronx Borough Hall. 851 Grand Concourse at 161rst Street, Bronx, New York 10451-2901
DSRIP SAFETY NET APPEAL: The second DSRIP safety net appeal process began August 12, 2014.This appeal process is for all Medicaid providers including physicians and pharmacies. More information and updated forms are posted on the DSRIP website. The DSRIP Safety Net Appeal form is due by 5:00pm, August 27, 2014. Late appeals will not be accepted. Please complete the form from our website in Microsoft Excel and attach it in an unsecured e-mail toBVAPR@health.state.ny.us. Please use “Appeal Facility Name – DSRIP Safety Net Appeal” as the subject line.
ANTI-GUN VIOLENCE MARCH: Senator James Sanders Jr. (D-Queens) holds a gun violence Day of Resistance March and Job Fair, Weduesday at 8:45 a.m. The march starts at Redfern Houses at Beach Channel Drive, Far Rockaway, and the job fair is at the Battalion Pentacostal Assembly Church, 454 Beach 67th St., Arverne.
DINAPOLI TROOPERS PBA EVENT: Thursday at the State Fair in Syracuse, Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli and the NYS State Troopers PBA union hold a breakfast reception, Holiday Inn. 441 Electronics Parkway, Liverpool, 9-11 a.m. Free admission. RSVP email@example.com
DOCCS PRISON AUCTION SALE: The AFL-CIO and labor unions hold a "massive labor work" Thursday to canvass western NY neighborhoods to support the re-election of Senator Tim Kennedy (D-Buffalo).
SOLAR PROGRAMS TRANSITION: Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that the state’s multiple solar programs are transitioning to the single, statewide NY-Sun Incentive Program. This effort is designed to support the State’s vibrant solar economy through the $1 billion NY-Sun initiative, which will significantly expand deployment of solar across the state, add more than 3,000 megawatts (MW) to the State’s solar capacity and ultimately transform New York’s solar market into a self-sustaining industry. The MW block system divides the state into three regions – Con Edison territory, Long Island and Upstate. Each region is assigned separate MW blocks and incentive levels for residential solar projects up to 25 kilowatts (kW) and small non-residential solar projects up to 200 kW. When the MW target for the first block in each sector (residential or small non-residential) within a region is reached, that block is closed and a new block for the sector is started with a new MW target and a lower incentive level. Once all of the blocks for a particular region and sector are filled, an incentive for that region and sector will no longer be offered. NYSERDA will work closely with PSEG Long Island, which will locally administer the program on Long Island, New York Power Authority staff and the photovoltaic industry during the transition, which will be complete by August 28, 2014.
ASIAN LONGHORN BEETLE SURVEY: Pool owners are invited to join in the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) third annual Asian longhorned beetle (ALB) Swimming Pool Survey now through August 29 in order to help keep watch for these exotic, invasive beetles before they cause serious damage to our forests and street trees. The Citizen Pool Survey takes place this time of year when ALBs are expected to become adults, emerge from the trees they are infesting and become active outside those trees. If any are found in the pool skimmer, send a photo to firstname.lastname@example.org and freeze the insect in a container until contacted by DEC staff.
MENTAL HEALTH CONFERENCE: The Bi-County Empowerment Conference is planned by and for people who use or have used mental health services.
Sponsored by the Nassau County Office Mental Health, Chemical Dependency and Developmental Disabilities Services and the Suffolk County Division of Community Mental Hygiene Services with support from The Empowerment Center. Friday 8:30 a.m. Register online to watch or call in to a teleconference 1-518-549-0500 Toll Free: 1-844-633-8697 Alternate Toll Free - (For callers not able to call the 844 Toll Free Number): 1-866-776-3553 Follow the instructions that you hear on the phone. Your Cisco Unified MeetingPlace meeting ID: 645 901 237
STATE FAIR OPENS: The State Fair runs through September 1 in Syracuse.
HEALTH DEPARTMENT MEETINGS: None scheduled.
MEETING WEBCAST SCHEDULE: State meetings scheduled for webcast this week include:
• 08/25/2014 Division of Budget - Public Authorities Control Board - 2 PM
• 08/26/2014 State Liquor Authority Full Board Meeting
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