First Read Tonight – October 16, 2017
WEATHER: Partly cloudy with areas of frost in Albany and mostly clear in New York City and Buffalo. New York City, low 43; Albany, low 36; Buffalo, low 43.
FROM CITY & STATE:
* If Rep. Dan Donovan faces off against ex-con and ex-member of Congress Michael Grimm, it could mean Democrats have a chance to steal a House seat in Staten Island while the two Republicans split the vote, Gerson Borrero writes in his latest Bochinche & Buzz column.
* While many ideas have been proposed, there is no single solution to protect New York City from the next Superstorm Sandy. A multipronged approach to stabilizing current infrastructure and building new defenses is currently in the works, City & State reports.
* After a 6,000-person rally last Monday for better, affordable senior housing and public housing investments, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio should expand on his housing efforts and commit to a substantive relationship and dialogue, the Revs. Shaun Lee, Tyrone Stevenson and David K. Brawley write.
NEW THIS AFTERNOON:
* A federal jury convicted Ahmad Khan Rahimi, a New Jersey man who was drawn to online calls to jihad, of setting explosives in the Chelsea neighborhood during a two-day bombing campaign in and around New York City last year, The New York Times reports.
* New York schools are bracing for an influx of students from Puerto Rico who have been displaced by Hurricane Maria, and the state Board of Regents wants to certify teachers coming from the island to help instruct the youngest storm refugees, the Times Union reports.
* Gov. Andrew Cuomo issued an executive order and signed legislation designed to increase participation in the state’s organ donation program, ordering agencies work with nonprofits and health care providers to increase the number of registered donors, State of Politics reports.
* State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman filed an amicus curiae brief on Monday with a coalition of 15 attorneys general who oppose President Donald Trump’s plan to ban transgender individuals from military service, State of Politics reports.
* As MTA brass lobbies for extra money to fix the struggling New York City subway, a group of lawmakers is calling on the MTA to create a panel that would look into why costs on projects big and small are out of whack compared to other cities’ transit agencies, the Daily News reports.
* More news below …
Join the General Contractors Association of New York on October 18th at 8:00am at the Cornell Club for the upcoming Speaker Series on New York’s energy issues. The event features Keynote comments from Richard Kauffman, Chairman of Energy and Finance for New York, and a panel discussion with Kenneth Daly, President of National Grid, New York, and Stuart Nachmias, Vice President of Regulatory and Energy Policy at Con Ed. For more information and to register click here.
* With Washington rolling back requirements for employers to cover birth control on insurance plans, New York City Councilman Jumaane Williams says he will introduce a bill to prohibit discrimination based on reproductive health decisions, the Daily News reports.
* An open New York City Council seat on the East Side of Manhattan will test the politics of one of the borough’s few centrist areas, as Democrat Keith Powers faces Republican Rebecca Harary in a district that voted Joe Lhota for mayor in 2013, The Wall Street Journal reports.
* An irate Staten Island man called cops raging that he had military training and was about to kill anyone he can find at Gracie Mansion – prompting a massive police response to New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s home, the New York Post reports.
* A state constitutional amendment that would create a land bank for public development within the Adirondack State Park and the Catskills has received a bipartisan endorsement from former elected officials, including former Gov. George Pataki, State of Politics reports.
* Republican Jack Martins and Democrat Laura Curran, the major party candidates for Nassau County executive, squared off Monday in their only televised debate, with each pledging to root out corruption and improve the county’s lagging finances, Newsday reports.
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Join us on October 19th at the celebratory breakfast awards as we recognize the accomplishments of our great group of honorees. The event will be keynotes the Commissioner Robert Linn of the Mayor’s Office of Labor Relations and the thought leadership panel discussion will feature: Bob Hennelly, Reporter at, The Chief Leader; Jane Lauer Barker, Partner at Pitta LLP; Council Member I. Daneek Miller, Chair of the Committee on Labor; Jesse Campoamor, Senior Vice President at Capalino + Company and Joshua Freeman, Professor of History at The Murphy Institute. For more information and to RSVP, click here.
* President Donald Trump plans to formally interview Janet Yellen this week about potentially staying on as Federal Reserve chair, with the meeting coming as Trump nears a decision on filling the world’s most important central banking job, Politico reports.
* Trump insisted that Democrats will be blamed for the “Obamacare mess,” despite executive actions he took last week to undercut the law, while also expressing confidence that there will be a “long-term fix” for the law by March or April, Politico reports.
* Trump said military personnel assisting in Hurricane Maria recovery efforts “shouldn’t have to be” distributing food in Puerto Rico, again casting the U.S. territory’s challenges as partially self-inflicted, Politico reports.
* Trump thinks he will have appointed four Supreme Court justices by the end of his first term, replacing the late Antonin Scalia with Neil Gorsuch, plus expecting to replace Anthony Kennedy, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor, Axios reports.
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* Judging de Blasio’s record on health is difficult because addressing inequality in health care requires multiagency cooperation and the programs can take years to show results, but death rates for some of the leading causes have continued to go down, the Times writes.
* The Acacia Network, a South Bronx nonprofit, is coordinating fundraising and sending supplies to Puerto Rico, just one piece of New York’s vast official and unofficial response to Hurricane Maria that has tested and underscored the bonds of the city and the island, the Times writes.
* Five years after Superstorm Sandy, numbers tell part of Long Island’s story to recover, rebuild and rethink, like the 500 homeowners who sold their dwellings in a government buyout program or the $4.5 billion in federal money the state received for Sandy recovery, Newsday writes.
* Producer Harvey Weinstein moved quickly to keep a 2015 sexual assault investigation out of court, hiring top-shelf defense lawyers and publicists to undermine Ambra Battilana’s credibility, and then silencing her with a substantial payment after the criminal case was closed, the Times reports.
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7 p.m. and 10 p.m. – “Road to City Hall” features a debate for New York City public advocate, featuring incumbent Letitia James, a Democrat, and Republican candidate J.C. Polanco, NY1.
8 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. – “Capital Tonight” features Assemblyman Thomas Abinanti, state Sen. Patrick Gallivan and Assemblyman Michael Kearns, Spectrum News.
8:08 p.m. – The Yankees host the Houston Astros, FS1.
8:30 a.m. – City & State hosts its Front Page Roundtable Series: Technology event, bringing together over 200 technology experts and policy leaders responsible for technology, information, data, analytics, security and more, 1871 Broadway, Manhattan.
9 a.m. – The Manhattan Chamber of Commerce's Government Affairs Council meets with state Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan, 1120 Sixth Ave., Manhattan.
9:45 a.m. – The New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission holds a hearing, 1 Centre St., Manhattan.
10 a.m. – The New York City Board of Standards and Appeals holds a public hearing, 22 Reade St., Manhattan.
10 a.m. – Rep. Jose Serrano hosts an “Ask An Astronaut” event with NASA astronaut Lee Morin, Bronx Community College, Schwendler Auditorium, 2155 University Ave., Bronx.
10 a.m. – The New York City Council Committee on Finance meets, City Hall, Committee Room, Manhattan.
10:30 a.m. – The New York City Council Committee on Rules, Privileges and Elections meets, City Hall, Council Chambers, Manhattan.
11 a.m. – “The Capitol Pressroom” features Assemblyman Michael Kearns, state Sens. Patrick Gallivan and Brad Hoylman as well as Art Chang of the Sanctuary State Project and Toni Lasicki of the Association for Community Living of New York State, WCNY.
11 a.m. – Rep. Tom Suozzi meets with the National Association of Specialty Pharmacy’s executive director, Onco360, 225 Community Drive, Suite 100, Great Neck.
11:40 a.m. – The state Board of Regents holds an executive session during its two-day October meeting, 89 Washington Ave., Albany.
1 p.m. – Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. holds a public hearing, 851 Grand Concourse, Room 206, Bronx.
1 p.m. – Rep. Nita Lowey, along with local officials, visits the Haverstraw Firehouse to discuss her recent visit to Puerto Rico and to provide an update on relief and recovery efforts, 25 Fairmount Ave., Haverstraw.
1:30 p.m. – The New York City Council holds a stated meeting, City Hall, Council Chambers, Manhattan.
6 p.m. – The Manhattan Chamber of Commerce hosts a “Women of Influence” discussion with New York City Public Advocate Letitia James, 125 Park Ave., Manhattan.
6 p.m. – The New York Immigration Coalition celebrates its 30th anniversary by honoring former U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara and Unite Here’s General Vice President Maria Elena Durazo, 583 Park Ave., Manhattan.
6:30 p.m. – Rep. Claudia Tenney hosts a forum on the opioid and heroin crisis, Binghamton University Symposium Hall, 85 Murray Hill Road, Vestal.
6:30 p.m. – Rep. Nydia Velázquez hosts a resource forum to provide an update on the state of the federal disaster response in Puerto Rico, Mexico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and the Dominican Republic, featuring New York City Schools Chancellor Carmen Farina and others, 309 47th St., Brooklyn.
7 p.m. – NYC Votes hosts a debate for New York City comptroller candidates Michael Faulkner and incumbent Scott Stringer broadcast on NY1 and WNYC, CUNY TV Studios, 365 Fifth Ave., Manhattan.
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