First Read - October 21, 2014

WEATHER: Showers throughout the state. New York City, high 68; Albany, high 59; Buffalo, high 55.


ON DIVERSITY: City & State hosts its annual forum highlighting the economic opportunities for minority/women-owned business featuring New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer, New York State Chief Diversity Officer Mecca Santana and Maya Wiley, counsel to Mayor de Blasio. Watch live stream here starting around 9AM


REDISTRICTING RUMBLE: Citizens Union’s Dick Dadey and Common Cause New York’s Susan Lerner face off in a debate tomorrow from 6:30-7:30 p.m. over Proposition 1, which would change the state’s redistricting process, hosted by City & State and co-moderated by Fordham Professor Dr. Christina Greer and C&S Editor-in-Chief Morgan Pehme. To attend the debate at Fordham University’s Lincoln Center campus, 113 W. 60th St., Room 902, RSVP to



* Calling him a “strong governor” the New York Times Editorial Board endorsed Andrew Cuomo for reelection and urged him to use his political powers to clean up New York State government:

* New York City Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña, who has been blasted in recent weeks for failing to roll out a program for citywide school improvement, swapped 15 of 42 city school superintendents, or nearly 36%, in her biggest personnel shakeup since taking office, the Daily News reports:

* A former Rikers Island inmate is preparing to sue the city alleging he was beaten and sexually assaulted by a corrections officer while he was handcuffed to a hospital bed, the Daily News writes:

* The beating death of 3-year-old Jeida Torres allegedly by her stepfather in a homeless shelter has shed light onto the growing numbers of homeless families in city shelters, prompting New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio to vow an investigation into the conditions, the Wall Street Journal writes:

* Mayor de Blasio set a goal of construction starting on 1,000 homes damaged by Hurricane Sandy by the end of the year, while also pledging that 1,500 homeowners would receive reimbursement checks as part of the Build it Back program, the Daily News reports:

* The New York City Council slammed the 1,700 unit development plan for the Queens waterfront known as Astoria Cove as lacking details on unionized labor and unaffordable to many residents, the Post reports:

* Legislation passed in 2000 by the New York City Council mandates that 18 agencies give voter registration forms to visitors, but the Center for Popular Democracy found that 84% of those visitors were never offered a chance to register, the Daily News reports:

* Former Mayor Rudy Giuliani joined a rally at Lincoln Center protesting the Metropolitan Opera’s performance of “The Death of Klinghoffer”, telling reporters the piece “supports terrorism,” the Wall Street Journal writes:



* With an interactive map, the Gotham Gazette breaks down where the money will go if voters support Proposition 3, a Smart Schools Bond Act, on the November ballot:


JILLS CONTROVERSY: City & State columnist Alexis Grenell will discuss her recent column about the ongoing fight by the Buffalo Bills cheerleaders to get paid on this morning’s Capitol Pressroom. Read her article here: She will be joined by Buffalo News columnist Denise Jewell Gee who recently penned a piece urging women to speak up for equal pay. Read here:



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.




* Long Island voters should be “very afraid” of a Democratic takeover of the state Senate, Newsday’s Editorial Board writes, suggesting that the suburbs would be left with virtually no voice:

* Gov. Cuomo appears to be winning his battle with New York progressives by positioning himself as an indispensable centrist who balances the left and right extremes as he defines them, Harry Siegel writes in the Daily News:

* The New York Post applauds Republican Attorney General candidate John Cahill for his criticism of incumbent AG Eric Schneiderman’s confrontational approach to Airbnb as counterproductive, adding that the state should examine the laws Airbnb is accused of violating to see if they still serve the public’s interest:

* If Gov. Cuomo wanted to demonstrate that he was above making judicial picks based on politic labels he would have given Judge Graffeo another term instead of nominating Justice Stein, the Post writes:

* The Daily News praises the education reforms championed by Regents Chancellor Merryl Tisch and State Education Commissioner John King as a necessary evolution to prepare students for a changing economy:




HONOR THE INTENT OF THE LEGISLATION. Grant two casino licenses to Mohegan Sun and Montreign to: Create more than 3,000 jobs; Deliver $1.5 billion in new development; Revitalize Sullivan County’s once grand tourism industry; Provide a memorable and entertaining experience for the whole family including 2 casinos, 20 restaurants, shopping, outdoor sports, golf, spas and live entertainment. For more information click here.




* Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster discusses the relationship with his Canadian counterpart, the need for more economic development and how border wait-times hinder trade in Western New York:


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Description: IPRO is currently looking for analytical professionals who enjoy working in a fast-paced, dynamic environment, to work closely with the NYS Department of Health on Medicaid Health Reform initiatives. These positions present a unique opportunity to participate in developing data collection systems & analyzing utilization patterns & health care outcomes for high-risk populations.

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Description: IPRO’s is currently looking for an individual to work closely with senior managers in the NYS Department of Health/Office of Health Insurance Programs to develop, implement, & evaluate Medicaid Redesign Team (MRT) initiatives, with an emphasis on behavioral health for children & adults.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY:  To State Senator Mark Grisanti … to James Tallon, president of the United Hospital Fund … to Michael Casertano, former Senior Legislative Representative to Mayor Bloomberg ... to Debra-Ellen Glickstein, former NYCHA Vice President … and to Katherine Nadeau, policy director for Environmental Advocates of New York.


IN MEMORIAM: Fashion Designer Oscar de la Renta, often regarded as an unofficial ambassador to the Dominican Republic, has died at the age of 82.



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Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in New York City.

7:30 a.m. - State Senate candidate Jamie Kemmerer and New York City Councilman Vincent Gentile greet commuters, 95th Street R subway station, Brooklyn.

8 a.m. - City & State hosts its annual On Diversity Forum looking at the social and economic advantages of promoting diversity in the public and private sector, featuring New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer, state Deputy Secretary for Civil Rights Alphonso David, Counsel to Mayor de Blasio Maya Wiley, state Chief Diversity Officer Mecca Santana and city Department of Design and Construction Commissioner Feniosky Pena-Mora, BNY Mellon, 101 Barclay St., Manhattan.

8 a.m. - Stringer, Assemblyman Daniel O’Donnell and New York City Councilmembers Helen Rosenthal and Mark Levine rally with parents to call for legislation to protect school children from serious harms of construction projects, P.S. 163 main entrance, 163 W. 97th St., Manhattan.

8 a.m. – Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance, Jr. hosts all-day summit of Prosecutors Against Gun Violence, a national coalition focused on gun violence prevention with media availability at 1 p.m., Atlanta Marriott Marquis, 265 Peachtree Center Ave., Atlanta, Ga.

9:15 a.m. - New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio delivers remarks at Urban Land Institute’s General Session, Hall E, Javits Center, 655 W. 34th St., Manhattan.

9:30 a.m - Democratic lieutenant governor candidate Kathy Hochul joins female students at LeMoyne College, Syracuse University and other colleges for a Q&A on raising awareness of sexual assault on college campuses, LeMoyne College, 1419 Salt Springs Road, Syracuse.

10 a.m. - Cuomo and de Blasio address the GNYHA/1199SEIU Healthcare Education Project and the Partnership for Quality Care Ebola Education, Javits Center North, West 39th Street and 11th Avenue, Manhattan.

10 a.m. - New York City Councilman Donovan Richards and transportation advocates hold press conference to call for bus rapid transit in Queens, steps of City Hall, Manhattan.

10 a.m. - New York City Council Committee on Transportation meets, 250 Broadway, 14th Floor, Manhattan.  

10 a.m. - New York City Council Committee on Cultural Affairs meets, 250 Broadway, 16th Floor, Manhattan.

10 a.m. - The Brian Lehrer Show includes WNYC’s Andrea Bernstein on ads paid for out of New York State Democratic Committee “housekeeping account,” the Times’ Steven Greenhouse on organized labor, and more, WNYC.

10 a.m. - Environment New York releases report on how Clean Water Act has protected Hudson River, Ossining Boat & Canoe Club, 1 Westerly Road, Ossining.

10:20 a.m. - The Geraldo Rivera Radio Show features former Gov. David Paterson and Rep. Eliot Engel, WABC.

10:30 a.m. - Assembly members Sandy Galef, Amy Paulin and David Buchwald and former assemblyman Richard Brodsky hold forum to call for passage of constitutional amendments 1 and 2 on election day, White Plains Public Library, 100 Martine Ave., White Plains.

10:32 a.m. - Westchester County Executive and gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino is a guest on Live from the State Capitol with host Fred Dicker, Talk 1300.

11 a.m. - Astorino unveils the Astorino/Moss Empowerment Plan with state Sen. Ruben Diaz, in front of Lincoln Hospital, E. 149th Street and Morris Avenue, Bronx.

11 a.m. - The Capitol Pressroom features City & State columnist Alexis Grenell and Denise Gee from the Buffalo News, WCNY, listen here:

11 a.m. - Republican candidate for comptroller Bob Antonacci is a guest on Gomez at TX99, Syracuse. Listen here:

11 a.m. - Green Party candidate for governor Howie Hawkins discusses a report on involvement by the Cuomo administration in a hydrofracking study, 2013 E. Genesee St., Syracuse.

11 a.m. - Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz joins Erie County Health Commissioner Dr. Gale Burstein and others to discuss county preparations and readiness for the Ebola virus, 16th floor conference room, Edward A. Rath county office building, 95 Franklin St., Buffalo.

11 a.m. - The New York City Council on Land Use meets, Committee Room, City Hall, Manhattan.

11 a.m. - The Assembly committees on Children and Families and Oversight, Analysis and Investigation hold a hearing to examine practices of statewide central register for child abuse, Room 711-A, LOB, Albany.

11 a.m. - Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer participates in Fresh Food for Seniors program, Central Harlem Senior Center, 34 W. 134th St., Manhattan.

11:30 a.m. - Republican state attorney general candidate John Cahill discusses his plan to battle the epidemic of heroin addiction in New York, outside the Robert Abrams Building for Law and Justice, Albany.

12 p.m. - Lt. Gov. Robert Duffy speaks at Buffalo State College’s inauguration ceremony for President Katherine Conway-Turner, Rockwell Hall, Buffalo State College, 1300 Elmwood Ave., Buffalo.

12 p.m. - Brewer speaks at “Making Books Sing” renaming launch event, Vineyard Theater, 108 E. 15th St., Manhattan.

1 p.m. - New York City Council on Community Development meets, Committee Room, City Hall, Manhattan.

1 p.m. - New York City Council on Waterfronts meets, 250 Broadway, 14th Floor, Manhattan.

1:30 p.m. - U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer endorses state Sen. Cecilia Tkaczyk along with local officials including Rep. Paul Tonko, Rotterdam Public Library, 1100 N. Westcott Rd., Schenectady.

1:30 p.m. - Hochul joins a discussion with Brockport College students after a screening of "Brave Miss World,” Center for Select Respect, The College at Brockport, SUNY, 350 New Campus Drive, Brockport.

1:30 p.m. - Cahill discusses his plan to battle the epidemic of heroin addiction in New York, with Dutchess County Legislator Rob Rolison, City Hall, Civic Center Plaza and Mill Street, Poughkeepsie.

2 p.m. - Mt. Vernon Mayor, Ernest Davis, state Sen. Ruth Hassell-Thompson and Assemblyman Gary Pretlow join Westchester County AIDS advocates to demand expansion of life-saving benefits to end AIDS in New York, Mt. Vernon City Hall, 1 Roosevelt Square N., Mt. Vernon.

3 p.m. - The New York Power Authority and the Colleges of Nanoscale Science and Engineering hold joint news conference to launch state’s first energy management network operations center, 255 Fuller Rd., Albany.

3:45 p.m. - New York City Councilman Daniel Dromm holds a press conference to announce increased garbage removal with expanded Doe Fund services, 76th Street and Broadway, Queens.

4 p.m. - Chemung County Sheriff and Republican candidate for lieutenant governor Chris Moss is a guest on the Tom Bauerle Show, WBEN 930 AM Buffalo.

4 p.m - New York City Councilman Andy King joins school officials and parents to announce implementation of new program, outside John Philip Sousa Middle School, 3750 Baychester Ave., Bronx.

5:20 p.m. - The Ride Home with Pat Kiernan and Rita Cosby features Rep. Michael Grimm, WABC.

6 p.m. - New York City Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez hosts second neighborhood assembly on participatory budgeting, Ft. Washington Library, 535 W. 179th St., Manhattan.

6:30 p.m. - Antonacci attends Clay Committee Meeting, Syracuse.

6:30 p.m. - City & State hosts a debate between Common Cause NY’s Susan Lerner and Citizens Union’s Dick Dadey on Ballot Proposal 1 regarding a constitutional amendment to change redistricting in New York State, moderated by Editor-in-chief Morgan Pehme and Fordham Prof. Christina Greer, Fordham University Lincoln Center Campus, Room 902, 113 W. 60th St., Manhattan.

7 p.m. - De Blasio speaks at Community Service Society’s Step Up New York Reception, Edison Ballroom, 240 W. 47th St., Manhattan.

7 p.m. and 10 p.m. - Inside City Hall features Medgar Evers College President Rudy Crew, and the NY1 Wise Guys, Time Warner Cable News NY1.

7 p.m. - Moss delivers remarks at the Seneca County Federation of Sportsmen's Clubs, Rumseyville Sportsmen's Club, 32 Ridge St., Seneca Falls.

7:45 p.m. - New York City First Lady Chirlane McCray delivers remarks at the NY Dance and Performance Awards, The Apollo Theater, 253 W. 125th St., Manhattan.

8 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. - Capital Tonight features Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin, Time Warner Cable News.



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KICKER:  “The fact that Klinghoffer grapples with the complexities of an unconscionable real-life act of violence does not mean it should not be performed,” a spokesman for the Metropolitan Opera via The Wall Street Journal.