First Read - September 1, 2014

WEATHER: Happy Labor Day! Mostly sunny in Western New York. Chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon in the rest of the state. New York City, high 87; Albany, high 85; Buffalo, high 79.



* Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s political operatives are eyeing a “painful scenario’’ to dump Kathy Hochul as his running mate amid growing signs that for another candidate for lieutenant governor, Tim Wu, is gaining momentum, the Post’s Fred Dicker writes:

* Former Gov. David Paterson slammed Wu, the lieutenant governor candidate, saying the insurgent liberal Democrat is treating the position “like it’s a joke instead of a real job,” the Daily News’ Ken Lovett reports:

* A new state Board of Elections enforcement unit created as part of the deal to shut down Cuomo's anti-corruption commission is set to begin work on Tuesday, the Daily News reports:

* A new study suggests that the proportion of working-age New York City residents who were members of unions rebounded in the last 18 months to nearly one in four, The New York Times reports:

* Capital Region leaders hoping to reap fiscal rewards from gambling should be rooting for the Hard Rock casino project in Rensselaer, if anticipated gross revenues are considered, The Times Union’s James Odato writes:

* New York Police Department cops are taking a hands-off approach in the Staten Island precinct where Eric Garner was killed in a police chokehold, citing an order not to “agitate” the community, the Post reports:

* The state's late arrival at the betting table is forcing casino developers to think smaller, with bidders pushing more modest facilities designed to appeal to a local customer base within a few hours' drive, the Associated Press reports:



* The Times endorsed two Democratic primary challengers for state Senate seats: Oliver Koppell, who is running against IDC Leader Jeff Klein and John Liu, who is running against IDC member Tony Avella:

* Cuomo insiders are looking at Teachout getting a quarter or even a third of the primary vote, but a Cuomo campaign official said he won’t be spending big money on a get-out-the-vote operation, the Buffalo News writes:

* Paterson says U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand was not his first choice to replace Hillary Rodham Clinton in the Senate after Clinton was confirmed as secretary of state, the Poughkeepsie Journal reports:  

* Brooklyn—a long with backing of deep-pocketed New Yorkers—should be a “slight favorite” to land the 2016 Democratic National Convention, former party chief Ed Rendell said, the Post writes:

* Teachout appeared at the Long Island College Hospital site on Saturday to condemn Cuomo’s lack of support to keep the facility a full-service hospital, Capital New York reports:


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* Western New York’s long history of a depressed economy is finally turning around with Cuomo’s “Buffalo Billion” and new manufacturing plants planned, the Buffalo News writes:

* It’s no surprise the National Organization for Women has endorsed Teachout in the gubernatorial race, as the new Women’s Equality Party is just a creature of the governor’s reelection campaign, the Post writes:

* When union members march in today’s Labor Day Parade, they will have much to celebrate: unions have long improved conditions, pay and benefits for U.S. workers, and labor issues are increasingly prominent, the Daily News writes:



The de Blasio administration has clearly made education the cornerstone of its policy agenda—both securing universal pre-k funding to increased investment for afterschool programs. The Institute for Children, Poverty, and Homelessness is looking beyond the general impact of this commendable agenda and focusing on how the needs of homeless students are addressed. “A Tale of Two Students: Homelessness in New York City Public Schools,” can be found here:




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9 a.m. - Multiple elected officials attend the West Indian American Day Carnival Parade breakfast and then march in the parade, Lincoln Terrace Park, Brooklyn.

11 a.m. - The Capitol Pressroom features Tim Kremer from the NYSSBA, Green Party candidate for governor Howie Hawkins and Prof. Richard McGowan on casino gambling, WCNY, listen here:



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KICKER: “New York needs a lieutenant governor who is actually qualified, ready to be governor and wants to help lead the state forward." – Former Gov. David Paterson on Tim Wu, via the Daily News.