Hochul to decide on Cuomo aides Today is Day 45 for Gov. Kathy Hochul, and that means the end of evaluation purgatory for the Andrew Cuomo legacy officials she inherited in August. Transitions are rough, but this one even more so because Cuomo’s resignation was accompanied by reports that top staff both replicated and enabled his behavior. Hochul had promised that in 45 days she would have made the decisions necessary to root out any individuals that would hinder her goals moving forward — which include commanding a transparent and nontoxic administration. Yesterday, at a New York City event she indicated she’s met her deadline. “I think you’ll find they’re pretty much gone,” she said, of the officials she vowed to ax because they were mentioned in the attorney general’s report detailing accounts of sexual harassment by the former governor. The peace-outs — voluntary or not — have already been happening on a rolling basis, notably with Health Commissioner Howard Zucker’s resignation last month and the swift announcement of his replacement, Mary Bassett. Among others, Department of Financial Services head Linda Lacewell, General Services chief RoAnn Destito and Inspector General Letizia Tagliafierro have also announced departures. While the sweep is supposed to be finalized today, the process is a continuing one. According to a statement from Hochul’s office, the folks who needed to leave are headed for the door, but some who are resigning from Cuomo-appointed board positions (the status of MTA board member Larry Schwartz, for example, is unclear) will stay on until the state Senate can confirm replacements. Sure to spark some controversy for anyone looking for a completely clean house, is that others, who have “demonstrated a commitment to the governor’s agenda” will be staying for the time being, including Cuomo’s budget wizard Robert Mujica. Not for nothing, it probably *would* be a real headache to find replacements for Mujica on more than two dozen state boards on which he is a member. IT’S THURSDAY. Got tips, suggestions or thoughts? Let us know ... By email: [email protected] and [email protected], or on Twitter: @erinmdurkin and @annagronewold WHERE’S KATHY? In New York City signing bills to fight the opioid crisis and later holding a virtual news conference against gun violence with neighboring execs Phil Murphy, Tom Wolf and Ned Lamont. She’ll also speak at the Association for Neighborhood & Housing Development's Community Development Conference. WHERE’S BILL? Holding a media availability. QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I understand that he has a lot of time on his hands. But I was hoping that time would be spent in introspection, frankly.” — Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins to "Capital Tonight" on Cuomo’s recent emails PROGRAMMING NOTE: New York Playbook will not publish on Monday, Oct. 11. We’ll be back on our normal schedule on Tuesday, Oct. 12. Please continue to follow POLITICO New York . WHAT CITY HALL'S READING “Less Than A Quarter Of NYC Public School Kids Have Opted In For COVID-19 Testing At School,” by Gothamist’s Sophia Chang: “Fewer than 200,000 unvaccinated students have consented to participate in the New York City public school system’s COVID-19 testing program, education officials revealed in a City Council hearing Wednesday. The 192,705 students in K-12th grades who have consented to be part of their schools’ weekly random testing this year are a fraction of the total eligible population. Epidemiologists say that a more accurate picture of COVID transmission is captured if all eligible students are tested. The school system has approximately 500,000 elementary-age students, all of whom would be unvaccinated since they’re under the age of 12, said Council Member Mark Treyger, chair of the Council’s education committee, during the hearing.” — “Teachers union chief says NYC is ‘hiding’ student in-person attendance,” by New York Post’s Selim Algar: “The head of the city teachers’ union on Thursday said the Department of Education is ‘hiding’ the number of students showing up to school to avoid political embarrassment. Speaking at a City Council hearing, United Federation of Teachers president Michael Mulgrew asserted that the DOE has the numbers but won’t publicize them. ‘They have an attendance figure for every day,’ Mulgrew said, adding that as many as 180,000 city kids may not have set foot in a classroom this year. ‘They know how many kids didn’t show up … They are hiding this.’ Three weeks into the school year, the DOE has yet to release enrollment data or the number of absentee kids.” “Want to Be a City Commissioner? It Helps to Be Friendly With the Mayor,” by The New York Times’ Dana Rubinstein: “Faced with half a dozen major vacancies during his eighth and final year in office, Mayor Bill de Blasio had what appeared to be a simple choice: promote an experienced hand from within, or persuade an outsider to sign on for what was likely to be a very temporary j . . . read the full article here.