First Read - October 24, 2014

WEATHER: Sunny in Western New York. Chance of rain in upstate and partly sunny in downstate. New York City, high 65; Albany, high 57; Buffalo, high 55.


WINNERS AND LOSERS: As the title of his book suggests, all things might be possible for Gov. Andrew Cuomo, but apparently getting anyone to actually buy his campaign-year propoganda memoir is among the least probable of those possibilities. Let's hope that staving off an Ebola outbreak is on the opposite side of the possible spectrum for the governor, or else we'll all end up losers. But rather than contemplating that nightmare scenario this tense morning, allow us to distract you for a few minutes with the comfort of your Winners and Losers of the Week:


CITY & STATE TV: Dr. Ralph da Costa Nunez, president and CEO of the Institute for Children, Poverty and Homelessness, discusses a new report detailing homelessness throughout the city:



* A doctor who returned from treating patients in Africa, became the first person in New York City diagnosed with Ebola Thursday, and was rushed to Bellevue Hospital Center and placed in isolation, The New York Times reports:

* New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and Gov. Andrew Cuomo addressed the Ebola diagnosis at a Thursday evening press conference, with de Blasio reassuring residents there was no reason to be alarmed, in a video posted by the Times:

* New York City’s first Ebola case poses logistical challenges of tracing the patient’s potential contacts in a city of more than 8 million with a sprawling mass transit system and large number of commuters, the Times writes:

* The Ebola case puts the spotlight on Bellevue, the marquee city trauma center where staff members have been training for two and a half months to handle such cases, The Wall Street Journal writes:

* The New York City Police Department will equip every officer with smartphones and many police cars with tablet computers in a modernization effort called NYPD Mobility Initiative, the Times reports:

* State Sen. John Sampson, the indicted lawmaker who won his Democratic primary this fall, returned to court to try to dismiss two of the 10 counts he faces, the Times writes:

* The Federal Small Business Administration missed its own goals for processing loan applications from New York and other areas ravaged by Hurricane Sandy, a congressional watchdog agency found, the Daily News writes:

* According to people familiar with the date, nine years after ground was broken on North America’s tallest building, One World Trade Center is set to open its doors Nov. 3 to publisher Condé Nast, its principal tenant, the Journal reports:

* A Newsday/News 12 Long Island/Siena College poll found incumbent Republican State Senator Jack Martins leads Democratic challenger Adam Haber 52-37 percent, down from a 56-31 percent lead three weeks ago:

* Antipoverty advocates who want to bring free breakfast into New York City classrooms gained powerful support from teachers unions and others Thursday, who called on de Blasio to make good on his campaign promise to implement the program, the Journal reports:

* In the coming months, bus shelter advertisements in the Big Apple will be touting Buffalo’s arts and culture, architecture and other virtues and at the same time, bus shelter and billboard ads in the Queen City will be touting New York City’s assets, the Buffalo News writes:



* Hillary Clinton’s appearance at a Gov. Andrew Cuomo campaign event was the latest chapter in the drama of the Clintons and the Cuomos that goes back more than two decades, The Times writes:

* Gotham Gazette’s continuing series that looks into Cuomo’s first term focuses on the environment:


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Doctors in New York City’s public hospital system (HHC) are on the frontline fighting to keep our communities safe and healthy. But HHC and its affiliates, Mt. Sinai, NYU, and PAGNY, are ignoring our concerns at a time when communities need a unified public healthcare system. Join Doctors Council SEIU doctors, community members, and elected leaders for a rally at noon on Wednesday, October 29, at Woodhull Hospital in Brooklyn to demand respect for doctors and patients.




* Astorino's question to Cuomo asking if he or his staff had been subpoenaed in connection with the shuttered Moreland Commission was fair, and the governor had no one to blame but himself for it, the Post writes:

* With cash from Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance, NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton is taking a leap forward by equipping officers and patrol cars with cellphones and tablet computers, the Daily News writes:

* Our public school system shouldn't lower the bar for admission to its best high schools, instead it should move to close the achievement gap by improving the quality of the education in schools serving African-American and Latino children, Brooklyn Tech Alumni Foundation's Larry Cary writes in am New York:



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* Allison Sesso, executive director of the Human Services Council, and Bobby Watts, executive director of Care for the Homeless, discuss a new statewide campaign to advocate for Albany to restore $354 million to the nonprofit human services sector in next year's budget:


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HAPPY BIRTHDAY: Today, to Eddie Bautista, executive director for the New York City Environmental Justice Alliance … to U.S. Rep. Jose Serrano … to Tony Sclafani, senior vice president/chief communications officer at Jacob K. Javits Convention Center of New York … to Dennis Tompkins, director of communications at the state Department of Education … to former New York City Councilman Joel Rivera … to New York City Councilwoman Helen Rosenthal … and to Brian Switzer, director of operations at New York City Taxi & Limousine Commission …on Saturday, to Alexis Swerdloff, strategist editor at New York magazine … to Joel Klein, former New York City Schools chancellor … and on Sunday, to Ed Ott, Murphy Institute lecturer at CUNY … to Jef Pollock, founding partner of Global Strategy Group … and to attorney Robert Carroll.


MOVING ON:  Maggie Russell-Brown has joined the New York City Musicians’ Union as organizing director.



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New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is in New York City with no public schedule.

6 a.m. - New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito calls into Primera Edicion to discuss New York City's Ebola preparedness, Telemundo Channel 47.

7 a.m. - Governor Andrew Cuomo will be a guest on the Today Show, NBC.

7 a.m. - Mark-Viverito appears live on Cafe CNN, CNN en Español.

7:15 a.m. - Republican candidate for lieutenant governor Chris Moss greets voters, Archer Avenue and Parsons Boulevard, Queens.

7:20 a.m. - Republican candidate for governor Rob Astorino is a guest on WIBX 950, listen here: 

7:30 a.m. - Cuomo will be a guest on New Day, CNN.

7:45 a.m. - Astorino is a guest on WENY, listen here: 

8 a.m. – Cuomo will be a guest on CBS This Morning, CBS.

8 a.m. - Astorino is a guest on WUTQ 100.7 FM, listen here: 

8 a.m. to 1 p.m. - EmblemHealth, Empire BlueCross BlueShield and Labor Press hold 21st annual health and benefits expo, Grand Hyatt Hotel, 109 E. 42nd St., Manhattan.

8:30 a.m. - Astorino is a guest on WACK/WUUF, listen here: 

9 a.m. - State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli hold a GOTV rally, American Legion, 730 Willis Ave., Williston Park.

9 a.m. - New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer hosts Polish Heritage Breakfast, Polish & Slavic Center, 177 Kent St., Brooklyn.

9 a.m. - Moss is a guest on WUTQ 100.7 FM, listen here: 

9 a.m. - Astorino attends 119th annual NYS Empire Missionary Baptist Convention, Holiday Inn, 439 Electronics Parkway, Liverpool.

9 a.m. - New York City Councilman Donovan Richards and others attend ribbon cutting for newly completed gym at Cornerstone Community Center, 426 Beach 40th St., Queens.

9:45 a.m. - Rep. Jerrold Nadler, state Sen. Brad Hoylman, New York City Public Advocate Letitia James, New York City Councilman Corey Johnson and other elected officials join representatives from Walgreens, Duane Reade, Mt. Sinai Hospital and the Gay Men’s Health Crisis for ribbon cutting of new pharmacy specializing in HIV prevention and Health education, 224 W. 29th St., Manhattan.

10:20 a.m. - Moss is a guest on Live from the State Capitol with Fred Dicker, Talk 1300AM, listen here: 

10:30 a.m. - Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams joins elected officials to respond to report of first Ebola patient in New York City, Berry Street and N. 14th Street, Brooklyn.

11 a.m. - Adams demonstrates AT&T’s texting while driving simulator, Columbus Park, Brooklyn.

11 a.m. - State Senate candidate Justin Wagner receives endorsement from New York League of Conservation Voters, Charles Point Pier Park, Peekskill.

11 a.m. Capitol Pressroom features City & State’s Ashley Hupfl for this week’s winners and losers, WCNY. Listen here:

11:30 a.m. - Schneiderman and DiNapoli hold a GOTV rally, 595 West Hartsdale Ave., White Plains.

12 p.m. - Democratic lieutenant governor candidate Kathy Hochul attends Ibero American Action League Annual Luncheon, Hyatt Regency Rochester, 125 E Main St., Rochester.

12 p.m. - Adams pays tribute to firefighter and EMT who saved the life of stabbing victim Hershi Pfeiffer, 209 Joralemon St., Brooklyn.

12:30 p.m. - New York State Assembly Health Committee Chair Richard Gottfried delivers a keynote address at a luncheon of the New York State Bar Association Health Law Section on the New York Health single-payer bill and other aspects of health care policy in New York State, New York State Bar Association, 1 Elk St., Albany.

12:30 p.m. - New York City Councilman Mark Weprin attends the Queensboro Council for Social Welfare's 92nd Annual Networking Exhibit, Terrace on the Park, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens.

12:30 p.m. - New York City Councilman Jumaane Williams delivers the Osborne Association’s keynote graduation speech, 809 Westchester Ave, Bronx.

1 p.m. - New York City Council Majority Leader Jimmy Van Bramer is joined by others to unveil new public plaza on Queens Boulevard, Lowery Plaza, 40th Street and Queens Boulevard, Queens.

1:30 p.m. - Astorino holds press conference to discuss empowerment and opportunity plan with Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks, Highland Bowl Amphitheater, South Avenue, Rochester.

2 p.m.—Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. serves as a panelist at the 2014 Municipal Arts Societies Summit for New York City entitled "Growth In the Boroughs", The Times Center, 242 West 41st St., Manhattan.

2 p.m. - Weprin attends a Diwali Celebration hosted by BAPS Swaminarayan Mandir, 43-38 Bowne St., Queens.

3 p.m. - Schneiderman and DiNapoli hold GOTV rally, 15 Stone Castle Road, Rock Tavern.

4 p.m. - Mark-Viverito hosts “Follow Me Friday” Meeting with East Harlem Residents, 125th Street Library, 224 East 125th St., Manhattan.

4:30 p.m. - Former President Bill Clinton headlines “Strengthening the Middle Class” rally in support of Rep. Dan Maffei, Syracuse Landmark Aviation Hangar #113, 113 Tuskegee Road, Syracuse.

5 p.m. - DiNapoli joins local elected officials, labor and county leader at a GOTV rally, New Paltz Community Center, 3 Veterans Drive, New Paltz.

5:10 p.m. - The Ride Home with Pat Kiernan and Rita Cosby features Rep. Michael Grimm and former City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, WABC, listen here: 

6:30 p.m. - Astorino attends Orleans County GOP Fall Dinner, Hickory Ridge Country Club, 15861 Lynch Road, Holley.

6:30 p.m. - CivicMakers holds a “Building a Better Democracy with Technology” event featuring New York City Councilman Ben Kallos and others, 500 7th Ave., 17A, Manhattan.

7 p.m. – PA James attends the Met Council on Housing Gala, 25 W 18th St, Manhattan.

7 p.m. - Borough President Diaz Jr. is honored at the Emerald Isle Immigration Centers Gala Event, Astoria Manor, 25-22 Astoria Blvd., Queens.

7 p.m. and 10 p.m. - Inside City Hall features panel of supporters of mayoral aide Rachel Noerdlinger and the Reporters Roundtable, Time Warner Cable News NY1.

7:30 p.m. - Moss delivers remarks at Lynbrook Republican Gala, Lynbrook VFW Hall, 235 Merrick Road, Lynbrook.

7:30 p.m. - Mark-Viverito Speaks at “Celebrating Our Children” Dominican Women’s Development Center 26thAnniversary Gala, 1703 Bronxdale Ave., Bronx.

8 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. - Capital Tonight features the Reporter Roundtable, Time Warner Cable News.

8:45 p.m. - Borough President Diaz Jr. is the featured speaker at the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists Scholarship Dinner Dance, Eastwood Manor, 3371 Eastchester Road, Bronx.



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KICKER:  “By your reasoning, a referee who does that could never be prosecuted.” – Judge Dora L. Irizarry, on state Sen. John Sampson’s argument to dismiss two of his indictments, via the Times.