First Read Tonight – June 27, 2017

WEATHER: Mostly clear in New York City and a chance of showers in Albany and Buffalo. New York City, low 61; Albany, low 53; Buffalo, low 56.



* Last week, Gov. Andrew Cuomo sent a press release to “advance legislation to give the state control of the MTA board,” despite it being widely understood that he already controlled the board. We decided to help him out and annotated his press release.



* Two cars of a crowded subway train veered off the tracks and crashed into a wall in northern Manhattan, injuring dozens of people and causing panic as riders evacuated and made their way through an underground tunnel to the nearest station, The New York Times reports.

* Gov. Andrew Cuomo has called a special session of the state Legislature, beginning 1 p.m. Wednesday, to address an extension of mayoral control of New York City’s schools and “such other subjects as I may recommend,” the Times Union reports.

* With lawmakers returning for a special session, state Sen. Michael Gianaris wants both chambers to consider increased subway funding, proposing a temporary three-year surcharge on taxpayers in the MTA region who make more than $1 million a year and on New York City motel and hotel taxes, State of Politics reports.

* While state lawmakers worked overtime to reach a deal to extend mayoral control of New York City public schools and two days before the end of the school year, city Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña flew to Spain for what she called a family commitment, the Daily News writes.

* State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said he may sue the federal government to block the implementation of portions of Republican health care legislation that President Donald Trump has urged lawmakers in Washington to pass this week, Politico New York reports.

* More news below …



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* The stock value of the Australian biotech firm Rep. Chris Collins championed to fellow lawmakers plummeted Tuesday, costing the New York Republican $17 million as investigators continue probing his relationship with the firm, Politico reports.

* The admission of the racist treatment of employees of color in the New York City Department of Transportation has prompted labor leaders to call on Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration to take a closer look at how it is handling race in the workplace, the Chief-Leader reports.

* A coalition of business organizations called on Cuomo to rescind an executive order mandating the collection of salary information for state contractors as a means of ensuring pay equity, questioning whether there was any authority to issue it, State of Politics reports.



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* U.S. Senate Republicans have delayed their plans to vote on their health care bill before the July 4th holiday, amid strong resistance from moderate and conservative Republicans to even beginning debate on the GOP bill, Politico reports.

* A framed Time Magazine with a photograph of Donald Trump on the cover that hangs in at least four of his golf clubs from South Florida to Scotland is actually a fake, The Washington Post reports.

* Christopher Wray, who famously defended New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie in the Bridgegate scandal, has been officially nominated for FBI director nearly three weeks after Trump announced the pick in a tweet, the Daily News reports.



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* Cuomo’s political brand is based on old-school competence, but he literally can't keep the trains running on time, so, presiding over a subway system that's become a total nightmare, Cuomo is hoping his constituents think it's someone else's fault, Vice writes.

* In New York, Uber has maintained partnerships with a small network of third parties that operate in the underbelly of New York’s auto financing market without much scrutiny, often leaving vulnerable drivers with bad deals, Quartz reports.

* When the New York Yankees created the New Yankee Stadium Community Benefits Fund in 2006, it was supposed to funnel $40 million in grants to Bronx community organizations, but it has instead sent that money to other, wealthier parts of the Bronx that were not affected by the new stadium construction, the Times reports.



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5 p.m. and 6 p.m. – “MetroFocus” features Republican New York City mayoral candidate Nicole Malliotakis, WLIW21 (5 p.m.) and WNET Thirteen (6 p.m.).

7 p.m. and 10 p.m. – “Road to City Hall” features former Lt. Gov. Dick Ravitch, the Wise Guys with former U.S. Sen. Alfonse D’Amato, former Rep. Charles Rangel, former Assemblyman Keith Wright, Win President and CEO Christine Quinn and New York City Councilman Stephen Levin, NY1.

8 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. – “Capital Tonight” features Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul, Police Benevolent Association of New York State President Tom Mungeer, Dick Dadey and Art Chang of Citizens Union, and Brandon West from the New Kings Democrats, Spectrum News.



7:10 p.m. – The Mets visit the Miami Marlins, SNY.

8:10 p.m. – The Yankees visit the Chicago White Sox, YES.



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8 a.m. – Crain’s New York Business hosts a business breakfast forum featuring a debate between New York City Republican mayoral candidates Nicole Malliotakis and Paul Massey Jr., The Yale Club of New York, 50 Vanderbilt Ave., Manhattan.

8:30 a.m. – New York City Councilman Andy King speaks at the Equality Charter School Commencement Ceremony, Dreiser Loop Auditorium, 177 Dreiser Loop, Co-op City, Bronx.

9 a.m. – State Sen. James Sanders Jr. hosts a Community Development Day to inform individuals and businesses about grant writing and becoming certified as a minority- and women-owned business enterprise, Richie Rich Palace, 110-19 Atlantic Ave., Queens.

9 a.m. – The John Jay College of Criminal Justice’s Prisoner Reentry Institute hosts a launch event for the release of their report that documents the results of service projects designed and carried out by justice-involved young adults, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, Room 9.64, 524 W. 59th St., Manhattan.

9:30 a.m. – The New York City Council Audit Committee holds a public meeting, 1 Centre St., Manhattan.

9:45 a.m. – Former U.S. Rep. Dennis Kucinich, professors and other activists hold a press conference to push for emergency state intervention into the 650-megawatt Competitive Power Ventures Valley Energy Center, Legislative Office Building, Room 130, Albany.

10 a.m. – Transport Workers Union Local 100 hosts a labor breakfast and discussion on earned sick time legislation in the Westchester County legislature, Castle Royale, 92 Waverly St., Yonkers.

11 a.m. – New York City Parks and Recreation Commissioner Mitchell Silver joins New York City Councilman Costa Constantinides and local kids to celebrate the start of the outdoor pool season, Astoria Pool, 19th Street and 23rd Drive, Queens.

11 a.m. – Environmental activists launch the Campaign to Save the EPA, urging members of Congress to reject President Donald Trump’s changes to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, LCA Pressroom 130, Legislative Office Building, Albany.

11:30 a.m. – The New York City Council Committee on Waterfronts conducts a tour examining waterfront issues on Staten Island, Staten Island Museum, 75 Stuyvesant Place, Staten Island.

12 p.m. – Local environmentalists rally to urge lawmakers to oppose new oil and gas infrastructure, hold the industry accountable and make companies clean up oil and gas spills, City Hall steps, Manhattan.

1 p.m. – Bronx Borough President Rubén Díaz Jr. delivers keynote address at the Bronx Community High School 2017 Graduation Ceremony, Minisink Townhouse, 646 Malcolm X Blvd., Manhattan.

2 p.m. – New York City Department of Consumer Affairs holds a public meeting, 42 Broadway, Manhattan.

2:30 p.m. – Local environmentalists rally to urge lawmakers to oppose new oil and gas infrastructure, hold the industry accountable and make companies clean up oil and gas spills, West Capitol Park, State Street, Albany.

5 p.m. – New York City Councilman James Vacca delivers the keynote address at the Lehman High School graduation, 3000 East Tremont Ave., Bronx.

5:30 p.m. – The New York City Voter Assistance Advisory Committee meets, Joseph A. O’Hare S.J. Board Room, 12th floor, Campaign Finance Board office, 100 Church St., Manhattan.

5:30 p.m. – State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli hosts a farewell reception to honor Consul General of Ireland Barbara Jones, Roosevelt House, Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute at Hunter College, 47-49 E. 65th St., Manhattan.

6 p.m. – Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie holds a campaign fundraiser for his 2018 re-election campaign, El Toro Blanco, 257 Sixth Ave., Manhattan.

6 p.m. – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency holds a public meeting to discuss its second review of the cleanup of PCB-contaminated sediment in the upper Hudson River, Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel, Terrace Ballroom, 40 Civic Center Plaza, Poughkeepsie.

6 p.m. – New York City Councilman Jumaane Williams, state Sen. Kevin Parker, Assemblywoman Helene Weinstein and the Christopher Rose Community Empowerment Campaign sponsor the Last Day of School: Movie Night in the Park, Amersfort Park, Avenue I between E. 38th Street and E. 39th Street, Brooklyn.

6 p.m. – New York City Public Advocate Leticia James, Manhattan Deputy Borough President Aldrin Bonilla and others hold town hall meeting on the epidemic of mold infestations in New York City, Taino Towers Gym, 240 E. 123 St., Manhattan.

7 p.m. – State Sen. Leroy Comrie and the New York City Department of Environmental Protection host a public hearing about groundwater in the community, Robert Ross Johnson Family Life Center, 172-17 Linden Blvd., St. Albans.

7 p.m. – CBS 2 News, WCBS Radio 880, 1010 WINS, the Daily News, New York Immigration Coalition and Common Cause New York host one in a series of town halls ahead of the New York City mayoral election debates, Schomburg Center, Langston Hughes Auditorium, 515 Malcolm X Blvd., Manhattan.

7 p.m. – “Effective Radio with Bill Samuels” continues its special 12-part series on the state constitutional convention vote, with a focus on marijuana legalization and substance abuse treatment reform, AM970.

7:30 p.m. – The New York Immigration Coalition hosts an evening of conversation around Trump's ban on entrants from six majority-Muslim countries, including a short film and a panel discussion, Peter Jay Sharp Building, Brooklyn Academy of Music Rose Cinemas, 30 Lafayette Ave., Brooklyn.

7:30 p.m. – New York City Councilman Jumaane Williams attends the 70th Precinct Community Council meeting, 175 Lawrence Ave., Brooklyn.

8 p.m. – New York City Councilman Jumaane Williams attends the 63rd Precinct Community Council meeting, 2335 Bergen Ave., Brooklyn.


TOP TWEET: If everyone in New York promises that we won't give Bill de Blasio credit for it, maybe Gov. Cuomo will step up on fixing the subway.

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