First Read - July 24, 2014

WEATHER: Clouds will dissipate to become mostly sunny in Western New York. Mostly sunny in the rest of the state with a chance of showers downstate. New York City, high 83; Albany, high 80; Buffalo, high 72.


NETWORKING TO END GUN VIOLENCE: In an op-ed for City & State, New York City Councilman Jumaane Williams explains why he launched the National Network to Combat Gun Violence and what the new organization aims to accomplish:



* U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara appeared on PBS’ “Charlie Rose” and said his office will succeed in cleaning up corruption in Albany where the Moreland Commission failed “because if other people aren’t going to do it, then we’re going to do it,” Gannett Albany reports:

* The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey approved $90 million in upgrades to its moldering Midtown Manhattan bus terminal, calling it “functionally obsolete” in its current form, The New York Times writes:

* State Education Commissioner John King said he wants to help schools get a jump on the upcoming academic year by releasing in early August the detailed breakdowns of this year’s Common Core English and math exams for grades 3-8, the Times Union writes:

* Eight members of the Queens Library board of trustees were dismissed by New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and the borough president, Melinda Katz after they voted in April against firing Thomas Galante, director of the Queens library system, the Times reports:

* The state is launching a campaign to collect coordinated data on residents’ sexual orientation as part of a comprehensive effort to improve health and human services for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender New Yorkers, the first such statewide effort in the country, Capital New York writes:

* The Obama administration today proposed phasing out in the next two years the outdated and explosion-prone rail tank cars that carry volatile crude oil through New York, the Buffalo News writes:

* Albany County Executive Dan McCoy has proposed a law that legislators are expected to soon approve that would fine and criminally charge oil train officials who don’t report spills within 30 minutes, Capital New York reports:

* Citi Bike and its operator stand to get tens of millions of dollars to expand New York’s popular bicycle-sharing program in a deal that could close within a week, The Wall Street Journal reports:

* A top de Blasio administration lawyer infuriated cops by tweeting about how the city failed NYPD chokehold victim Eric Garner—even as the investigation into his death remains open, the New York Post writes:

*The de Blasio administration has asked some of the city’s most prominent cultural institutions to offer benefits, like memberships or discounted tickets, to incentivize New Yorkers to sign up for the city’s new municipal IDs when they debut next year, the Times reports:



* While the state Gaming Commission focuses on siting four new upstate casinos, investors in new harness track and video lottery terminal parlors are targeting the North Country, the Times Union writes:



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* It is up to the voters to decide whether to go on endorsing business as usual and as the indictments and embarrassments continue, New Yorkers will have to decide if their representatives are politicians they can trust—including Cuomo, the Times writes:

* A top de Blasio lawyer’s tweet about Eric Garner’s death which said he “deserved better” raises questions about the de Blasio administration’s objectivity when they’ve promised to conduct a “full and thorough investigation,” the Post writes:

* The newly reconstituted Queens Library board must invite city Comptroller Scott Stringer in for a complete examination of the library’s books — and build a case to support firing Galante for cause in order to avoid paying him that obscene $2 million, the Daily News writes:



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* Standing in front of New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman's office, the Republican nominee for AG, John Cahill, blasted Schneiderman, his Democratic opponent, for failing to protect the independence of the Moreland Commission:

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY: To Adam Clark Estes, senior writer at Gizmodo … to Barbara Morgan, vice president at SKDKnickerbocker … to Erica Pelletreau, strategic communications at Ford Foundation … and to Scott Melvin, former president of the Gay and Lesbian Independent Democrats.


MOVING ON: Jennifer Blatus, formerly of the Bronx Tourism Council, is joining City Councilman Andrew Cohen’s staff as his press liaison. 



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Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in Albany with no public schedule.

New York City Mayor BIll de Blasio vacations with his family in Italy.

9:30 a.m. - State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli addresses the Long Island Association of Firemen's Benevolent Association Meeting, Great Neck Viligant Fire Dept., 83 Cuttermill Road, Great Neck.

10 a.m. - DiNapoli releases a fiscal profile looking at the financial and demographic trends in the city of Glens Falls and joins Glens Falls Mayor Jack Diamond to discuss the report, Glens Falls City Hall, 42 Ridge St., Glens Falls.

10 a.m. - The New York City Council Finance Committee considers several items, including a resolution approving changes in designation of certain organizations to receive funding in the expense budget, Committee Room, City Hall, Manhattan.

10:15 a.m. - Republican candidate for governor Rob Astorino is a guest on Live from the State Capitol with Fred Dicker, Talk1300. Listen at  

10:30 a.m. - New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer hosts press conference on audit of NYCHA, Raymond V. Ingersoll Houses, 120 Navy Walk, Brooklyn.

10:30 a.m. - Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams launches the “Brooklyn-Japan Youth Baseball Exchange,” Brooklyn Borough Hall steps, 209 Joralemon St., Brooklyn.

10:30 a.m. - The New York City Council Committee on Mental Health, Developmental Disability, Alcoholism, Substance Abuse and Disability Services considers increasing the maximum income level qualifying for exemption from rent increases granted to certain persons with disabilities, Committee Room, City Hall, Manhattan.

10:30 a.m. - The New York City Council Committee on Rules, Privileges and Elections considers several Planning Commission appointments, Council Chambers, City Hall, Manhattan.

11 a.m. - The Capitol Pressroom features Zephyr Teachout on the Moreland Commission, the Albany Times Union’s Casey Seiler, and Stacey Thayer of the Wellness Center at the Sage Colleges and Joanne Zannoni of the New York State Coalition Against Sexual Assault, WCNY.  

11 a.m. - State Sen. Tony Avella calls on the State Department of Environmental Conservation to allow Al Risi to keep a newly constructed seawall that left several waterfront properties unscathed after Hurricane Sandy, 154-43 Riverside Drive, Queens.

11:20 a.m. - Astorino is a guest on The Answer with John Gambling, AM970. Listen here:

12 p.m. - Assemblyman Brian Kavanagh and New York City Councilwoman Helen Rosenthal hold press conference to discuss new legislation expanding the Disability Rent Increase Exemption (DRIE) program, steps of City Hall, Manhattan.

12 p.m. - Adams shows off his cooking skills as a part of a healthy cooking demonstration with Brooklyn chefs to “Cut the Salt, Brooklyn!”, outside Brooklyn Borough Hall, 209 Joralemon St., Brooklyn.

12:05 p.m. – This ‘n That with Denise Ward will feature GOP candidate for the 37th District state Senate seat Joseph Dillon, WVOX.

12:30 p.m. – New York City Public Advocate Letitia James holds a press conference on the city Council Audible Alarm Bill, steps of City Hall, Manhattan.

1 p.m. - Astorino is a guest on WXXI with Evan Dawson.

1 p.m. - New York City Councilwoman Debi Rose calls for comprehensive immigration reform and issues of importance to African immigrants and the African diaspora to be included on the meeting agenda for the 2014 U.S.-Africa Leaders’ Summit, City Hall steps, Manhattan.

1:30 p.m. - The New York City Council holds its Stated Meeting, Council Chambers, City Hall, Manhattan.

4 p.m. - New York City Councilman Dan Garodnick attends Assembly candidate Rebecca Seawright’s opening of her campaign headquarters, 198 E. 76th St., Manhattan.

6 p.m. - Human Services News and Views features Nisha Agarwal, New York City commissioner of Immigrant Affairs, WVOX, 1460AM.

7 p.m. and 10 p.m. - Inside City Hall features Rep. Eliot Engel and a special panel on casinos coming to the state, Time Warner Cable News NY1.

8 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. - Capital Tonight features acting director of the New York State Fair Troy Waffner, Time Warner Cable News.

8:30 p.m. - MetroFocus features Maria Torres-Springer, Bill Keller and Terry Golway, THIRTEEN.



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KICKER: “Our interest above all other interests is to make sure that the job is getting done, because we are the people who do our jobs.” – U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara, on investigating public corruption in New York, via Gannett Albany.