First Read - October 26, 2016

WEATHER: Sunny across the state. New York City, high 51; Albany, high 46; Buffalo, high 44.



* Congressional candidate Zephyr Teachout is running as an outsider, while her opponent, Republican John Faso, is running on his experience in the district – but with polls tightening its still too close to tell who will prevail in this Hudson Valley district, City & State reports.

* Wall Street Journal City Hall reporter Mara Gay joins this week’s Slant Podcastto discuss the numerous problems, pitfalls and delays plaguing New York City’s “Build it Back” program for Hurricane Sandy survivors.



* Suspects in a federal bribery and corruption case, including former top aide to Gov. Andrew Cuomo Joe Percoco, postponed a court appearance this week because they are negotiating possible plea deals, according to court papers, the Daily News reports.

* Cuomo raised eyebrows at a fundraiser for state Senate Democrats in Manhattan on Tuesday by saying he would oppose fellow Democrats who aren’t on board with his socially progressive, fiscally conservative agenda, the Daily News reports.

* The New York City unemployment rate rose sharply in September, state Labor Department figures show, jumping up to 5.8 percent from 5.4, the largest one-month increase in the city unemployment rate since May 2009, The Wall Street Journal reports.

* The NYPD sergeant who fatally shot emotionally disturbed Bronx woman Deborah Danner last week may have been in a position where he could have retreated when she attacked him with a baseball bat, the Journal reports.

* The Justice Department replacing the team investigating the death of Eric Garner was the strongest signal yet that federal officials would seek an indictment, but it also pushed the long-stalled inquiry into uncharted legal waters, The New York Times reports.

* More news below …



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* Fantasy-sports websites FanDuel and DraftKings will each pay $6 million to resolve lawsuits with state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman over their advertising practices, resolving a year-long legal battle over the popular online games, the Journal reports.

* The number of people stuck on Rikers Island for more than a year has barely budged since New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio launched reforms in 2015, drawing criticism from the family of a man who killed himself after three years there, the Daily News reports.

* State investigators have questioned Al Schulkin, the Manhattan Democratic representative on the city’s Board of Elections who was caught on a secret video claiming de Blasio’s municipal ID program was contributing to “all kinds of fraud,” the Post reports.

* A bidder for the lucrative contract to run Loeb Boathouse in Central Park is suing the city for a do-over, claiming a well-connected businessman who made a $10,000 political donation linked to de Blasio walked away with the deal, the Daily News reports.

* The shelter population has continued to climb under New York City Social Services Commissioner Steven Banks as he faces criticism by those predictably opposed to plans for new shelters and by onetime colleagues whom he still courts as allies, the Times writes.



Thanks to the leadership of Governor Cuomo, and bill sponsors Assemblymember Linda Rosenthal and Senator Andrew Lanza, New York has one of the strongest laws in the nation to protect our supply of affordable housing from illegal short-term rentals on sites like Airbnb. Facing an affordability crisis, this law will give regulators a much needed tool to crack down on illegal short term rentals that decrease housing supply and drive up rent in our communities. Learn more:




* Rather than continue the false narrative of voter fraud in communities of color, the New York City Board of Elections should double its efforts to ensure that New Yorkers who can vote are supported in doing so, Steven Choi, Susan Lerner and Dick Dadey write.



City Councilwoman Helen Rosenthal joined NYN Media to talk about what she thinks should be done to improve city and state contracts with nonprofits, and Rebuilding Together NYC’s Kimberly George discusses the current state of Superstorm Sandy recovery.



* Justice is running behind in the Eric Garner case, the Times writes, concluding that there is an honest disagreement among the lawyers and investigators and that Attorney General Loretta Lynch chose the best way forward by assigning new ones, even if it’s messy.

* Lynch is right to give the Garner case what appears to be a final, fighting chance under a set of fresh prosecutorial eyes, and her ultimate decision must be based on a good-faith judgment of whether they can leap over a high legal bar, the Daily News writes.

* Lynch seems to be more interested in keeping Al Sharpton happy than in a genuinely impartial investigation, the Post writes, but actually the the Justice Department already did an impartial investigation without reaching the politically required conclusion.

* Uber and Lyft worked overtime to thwart reasonable legislation that would have granted them the means to operate upstate, showing a failure to grasp that other interests equally deserve a place at the table, Assemblyman Kevin Cahill writes in The Buffalo News.

The Daily News writes that gadfly Frank Morano isn’t just causing trouble by running candidates on the almost voterless Reform Party line, but he’s an incompetent pest after giving the wrong John Meringolo a ballot line by using the wrong middle initial.



Join New York Road Runners on Friday, November 4, for the annual Night of Champions! Guests will enjoy entertainment by City of the Sun and experience a fabulous menu designed by notable chefs including George Mendes and Elizabeth Falkner. The event is generously underwritten by the Rudin Family, helping to ensure that funds raised go directly to supporting NYRR’s youth and community programming, which serves more than 215,000 youth every year. To purchase tickets visit our event website or email




* Donald Trump’s campaign has scheduled no more big-money fundraising events to benefit the Republican Party, another sign his struggling campaign and a serious blow to the party’s get-out-the-vote operations as Election Day nears, The Washington Post reports.

* Republicans, on the verge of losing the Senate, are plowing a mammoth $25 million into six races in a last-ditch attempt to stop Trump from dragging the entire GOP down with him, Politico reports.

* Trump, desperate for a winning political issue in the final two weeks of the race, mounted a new offensive Tuesday, tying Hillary Clinton to sharp premium increases that will hit some Americans covered under the Affordable Care Act,The New York Times reports.

* Former Republican Secretary of State Colin Powell said on Tuesday that he will vote for Clinton, a high-profile snub of Trump, CNN reports.



Sharing for a Stronger New York

Home sharing has been a tradition in New York for generations. Today, Airbnb helps over 44,000 New York families makes ends meet. However, our laws have failed to keep pace with this innovative technology. That’s why Airbnb released “Sharing for a Stronger New York,” a comprehensive regulatory proposal that would protect affordable housing by targeting commercial operators and requiring hosts to register, have insurance, and pay lodging taxes to support tenant protection. Learn more.



HAPPY BIRTHDAY: to Robert Carroll, candidate for Assembly District 44 and attorney at Wolfson & Carroll … Ed Ott, lecturer at CUNY’s Joseph S. Murphy Institute for Worker Education and Labor Studies and former executive director of the New York City Central Labor Council … and to Jef Pollock, founding partner of Global Strategy Group.


MOVING ON: Former Chief Information Officer for the City and County of San Francisco Miguel A. Gamiño Jr. has been named New York City’s Chief Technology Officer … Ian Magerkurth, formerly vice president at the Driscoll Group, is now the director of government affairs and advocacy for the Alzheimer's Association, NYC Chapter … and press secretary to de BlasioKaren Hinton is joining Fenton Communications as managing director and chief strategic officer.




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Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in Erie County and Albany.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio will deliver remarks today at 32BJ SEIU’s district meeting. This event is closed press.

8 a.m. – Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance speaks about investments in public safety, crime prevention, and justice reform at the Citizens Budget Commission breakfast, Yale Club, 50 Vanderbilt Ave., Manhattan.

8:30 a.m. – The MTA board holds a Metro-North & LIRR Committee meeting, MTA Board Room, 2 Broadway, 20th floor, Manhattan.

9 a.m. – Hostos Community College’s Center for Bronx Nonprofits hosts “Building and Sustaining Communities,” a public conversion aimed at addressing the relationship between the public and law enforcement, Savoy Multipurpose Room, 120 E. 149th St., Bronx.

9 a.m. – Resist Spectra and other environmental groups participate in a statewide day of action demanding U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer stop the construction of a high pressure, fracked-gas pipeline, 780 Third Ave., Manhattan.

9:45 a.m. – Cuomo makes an announcement, Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Research Studies Center, Elm and Carlton Streets, Buffalo.

10 a.m. – The New York City Council Committee on Aging holds a meeting on providing legal counsel for senior citizens subject to eviction, ejectment or foreclosure proceedings, 250 Broadway, 16th floor Committee Room, Manhattan.

10 a.m. – The City Council Committee on Juvenile Justice tours The Ryer Limited Secure Placement, 2250 Ryer Ave., Bronx.

10 a.m. – The City Council Committee on Governmental Operations meets, Committee Room, City Hall, Manhattan.

10 a.m. – The City Council Committee on Consumer Affairs meets, Council Chambers, City Hall, Manhattan.

10 a.m. – The MTA board holds a NYCT & MTA Bus Committee meeting, MTA Board Room, 2 Broadway, 20th floor, Manhattan.

10:30 a.m. – Congressional district 19 candidates Zephyr Teachout and John Faso appear on “The Brian Lehrer Show” to discuss their campaigns, WNYC.

10:30 a.m. – De Blasio, New York City first lady Chirlane McCray and other officials host press conference to make an announcement regarding domestic violence, Manhattan Family Justice Center, 80 Centre St., 5th floor, Manhattan.

11 a.m. – Cuomo and Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul attend 43North finals qualifying round, The Atrium at Rich's, 1 Robert Rich Way, Buffalo.

11 a.m. – Rep. Nydia Velazquez and New York City Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña announce Magnet School Funding, The Rosa Parks School, P.S. 254, 84-40 101st St., Queens.

11 a.m. – New York City Council Members Rory Lancman, Laurie Cumbo and Dan Garodnick, and Assemblyman Ed Braunstein fight back against “Revenge Porn” during Domestic Violence Awareness Month, City Hall steps, Manhattan.

11 a.m. – “The Capitol Pressroom” features state Sen. Liz Krueger on the short-term rental statute, Rich Honen of Phillips Lytle LLP, and the League of Women Voters’ Jennifer Wilson and Legislative Director Barbara Bartoletti, WCNY.

11 a.m. – New York City Council members Jimmy Van Bramer, Costa Constantinides, Karen Koslowitz, and Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito hold event to announce and celebrate $5.2 million in City Council funding for Mount Sinai Queens, Mount Sinai Queens, 25-10 30th Ave., Queens.

11:30 a.m. – The MTA board holds a Bridge & Tunnel Committee meeting, MTA Board Room, 2 Broadway, 20th floor, Manhattan.

11:30 a.m. – AARP presents petitions to 23rd Congressional District candidates John Plumb and Tom Reed calling on each to commit to strengthening Social Security for the 21st Century, Chemung Street and East Tioga Avenue, and 46 Market St., Corning.

12 p.m. – The MTA board holds a Finance Committee meeting, MTA Board Room, 2 Broadway, 20th floor, Manhattan.

12:30 p.m. – New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer hosts press conference to release new investigation into child care services in the city’s homeless shelters., David M. Dinkins Municipal Building, 1 Centre St., 5th Floor South, Room 530, Manhattan.

1 p.m. – The City Council Committee on Higher Education holds an oversight hearing on CUNY Pathways, Committee Room, City Hall, Manhattan.

1 p.m. – the City Council Committee on Courts and Legal Services holds an oversight hearing evaluating the progression of Justice Reboot, 250 Broadway, Committee Room, 14th floor, Manhattan.

1:15 p.m. – The MTA board holds a CPOC Committee meeting, MTA Board Room, 2 Broadway, 20th floor, Manhattan.

2 p.m. – Velazquez speaks to Medgar Evers Minority Veteran Business Institute (MVBI) Veterans business event, Brooklyn Navy Yard, Building 92, 63 Flushing Ave., Brooklyn.

3 p.m. – The City Council Committee on General Welfare meets, 250 Broadway, Committee Room, 16th floor, Manhattan.

4:30 p.m. – The Bernie Sanders Network, Citizen Action of New York, PAUSE and Sierra Club protest against state Sen. George Amedore’s opposition to climate change legislation and fossil fuel industry donations, Legislative Office Building steps, 198 State St., Albany.

5 p.m. – Rep. Louise Slaughter holds a Get Out The Vote rally with Rep. John Lewis, a civil rights leader, Memorial AME Zion Church, Rochester.

5:30 p.m. – New York State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli hosts “A Salute to Italian Heritage and Culture: Celebrating 40 Years of Italian Culture in America,” Pace University, 163 William St., 18th floor, Manhattan.

6 p.m. – Van Bramer delivers remarks at Queens Library Foundation autumn gala, Melrose Ballroom, 36-08 33rd St., Queens.

6:30 p.m. – Mark-Viverito participates in live interview on “LatinoRebels with Julio Ricardo Varela,” Bronx Library Center, 310 E. Kingsbridge Road, Bronx.

6:30 p.m. – U.S. Rep. Grace Meng attends public meeting in which the National Park Service will discuss its Flushing Remonstrance study, Quaker Meeting House, 137-16 Northern Blvd., Queens.

7 p.m. – New York City Public Advocate Letitia James hosts “Talk to Tish” town hall, Hebrew Tabernacle, 551 Fort Washington Ave., Manhattan.

7 p.m. – Brewer participates in Municipal Art Society panel discussion on local retail and small business in Manhattan, 488 Madison Ave., 19th floor, Manhattan.

8 p.m. – Van Bramer delivers remarks at Urban Upbound’s 12th annual gala, City Winery, 155 Varick St., Manhattan.



TOMORROWCity & State’s State of NY Health forum presented by Heritage Network Provider will take place on October 27th at the New York Academy of Medicine. This forum will explore advances in healthcare treatment for at-risk communities, how government is embracing new technology to improve everything from basic health services to complex medical issues, and what New York City and state is doing to combat its biggest health risks, such as the Zika virus. Dr. Howard A. Zucker and Jackie Cornell will each deliver keynote remarks at this event. Come hear from our panel of experts including Senator Kemp HannonDr. Ram Raju, Letitia James, Senator Liz Krueger, and more. Last chance to RSVP - CLICK HERE!



KICKER: “I use the term ‘marriage.’ … It starts by compromise, right? You have two established households and you have to form one household. So somebody’s bedroom set has to go, and somebody’s living room couch has to go, and that can be a difficult negotiation.” -Gov. Andrew Cuomo, predicting a partnership between the state Senate Democrats and the IDC, via the Times Union.