First Read Tonight – January 19, 2018

WEATHER: Mostly clear in New York City and mostly cloudy in Albany and Buffalo. New York City, low 32; Albany, low 24; Buffalo, low 30.


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* Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Fix New York City panel released its congestion pricing proposal for implementing tolls in Manhattan’s central business district. Here are the winners and losers if legislation based on the report is passed in Albany.

* In this week’s headlines, it was all about Cuomo: He rolled out his budget proposal, his state task force unveiled a congestion pricing plan and New York City Councilman Jumaane Williams announced a potential bid to replace Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul as the governor’s No. 2.



* New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio voiced a cautious openness to a new proposal that would charge drivers to enter a congested area of Manhattan – a change from his previously firm opposition to such an idea, The New York Times reports.

* Gov. Andrew Cuomo looked to reassure outer borough skeptics of his new congestion pricing proposal, repeatedly reminding viewers in an interview on NY1 that he is from Queens, State of Politics reports.

* Cuomo appeared unconcerned with a potential Democratic primary challenge from actress and advocate Cynthia Nixon, saying he’s ready to put his record before voters as he seeks a third term, State of Politics reports.

* A drastic rise in flu cases has hospitalized more than 1,600 New Yorkers in the past week alone, state health officials said, with new cases diagnosed in all 62 counties, The Associated Press reports.

* Some Elmont and Floral Park civic leaders are raising concerns over conflicts of interest that a development group led by the New York Islanders is paying a Manhattan consulting firm to conduct an environmental review of a site where the team wants to construct an arena, Newsday reports.

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Queens Borough President Melinda Katz delivers her 2018 State of the Borough address on Friday, January 26 at 10:00am at the Frank Sinatra School of the Arts High School in Astoria. RSVP at or call 718.286.2661.



* State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli released a report that rips the state Commission on Corrections for the job it is doing with its oversight of state jails, lockups and prisons, particularly on reviewing complaints from inmates, the Times Union reports.

* The federal government has added Monroe and Cayuga counties to the list of counties along the Lake Ontario and St. Lawrence River shoreline that are eligible for disaster assistance, State of Politics reports.

* State Sen. Brian Kavanagh and Assemblywoman Jo Anne Simon are sponsoring a bill that would take guns away from people found by a court likely to do serious harm to themselves or others, the Brooklyn Eagle reports.

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* The U.S. Senate is heading toward a showdown vote on Friday on legislation that would keep the government open past midnight, and Democrats appear ready to block it, gambling that a weakened President Donald Trump will have to offer concessions, the Times reports.

* The U.S. Supreme Court agreed to decide the legality of the latest version of Trump’s ban on travel to the U.S. by residents of six majority-Muslim countries, with arguments expected in April and a final ruling in June, The Associated Press reports.

* Federal prosecutors told a federal judge in New Jersey that they will seek a retrial of Democratic U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez, whose 11-week corruption trial ended in a hung jury in November, The Associated Press reports.



Join NYN Media for Nonprofit BoardCon on January 24th at the Museum of Jewish Heritage for a day of informational session on the collaboration between boards and staff. We will have executive leaders of New York’s nonprofits and board members engage in lively discussions ranging from: Responsibilities, Governance, Diversity, Recruitment and Retention and more. For more details and ticketing please click here.




* New York City pays about 200 people, many of them formerly homeless, to act as decoys during the city’s homeless count in order to determine the accuracy of the count and its margin of error, the Times reports.

* Resistance is growing in Brooklyn’s Sunset Park neighborhood to a city plan that would convert six hotels in the gentrifying neighborhood into housing for homeless people, The Village Voice reports, a fresh roadblock to efforts to expand the shelter system citywide.

* New York City’s recent municipal election saw more than $53 million in spending, with nearly $42 million in private funds raised by candidates and more than $17 million in public matching funds disbursed by the city Campaign Finance Board, Gotham Gazette reports.



Join City & State NY for the P3 Summit & Awards on January 31 at New York University for a day-long, dynamic program of candid discussion and thought-provoking presentations on the complexities of public-private partnerships and the ways to successfully execute and manage P3s. Hear from top leaders and experts like Patrick Foye, President of MTA and Robert Galvin, Chief Technology Officer of The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey. For more details on programming and tickets please click here.




7 p.m. and 10 p.m. – “Inside City Hall” airs, NY1.

8 p.m. and 11 p.m. – “Capital Tonight” airs, Spectrum News.



8 a.m. – Assemblyman Michael Blake gives remarks at the Young Democrats of America National Convention's opening breakfast, The City College of New York, North Academic Center, 1605 Amsterdam Ave., Manhattan.

11 a.m. – State Sens. Rich Funke, Pam Hemling and Joe Robach as well as Assemblymen Joseph Errigo and Mark Johns and the Firemen’s Association of the State of New York President Ken Pienkowski host an outreach session to discuss the 2018 FASNY legislative agenda, Penfield Fire Department Station No. 1, 1838 Penfield Road, Penfield.

11:30 a.m. – The Women’s March Alliance hosts the Women’s March on New York City 2018, West 71st Street and Central Park West to West 43rd Street and Sixth Avenue, Manhattan.

2 p.m. – New York City Councilman Jumaane Williams speaks to the Black Caucus of the Young Democrats of America, City College of New York, 160 Convent Ave., Room 5/108, Manhattan.



11:30 a.m. – Assemblyman David Weprin and New York City Councilman Barry Grodenchik host a press conference declaring their opposition to proposed tolls as part of the Fix New York City panel’s congestion pricing plan, Tramway Plaza, northwest corner of Second Avenue and East 59th Street, Manhattan.

12 p.m. – New York City Councilman Keith Powers is sworn into office, CUNY Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Ave., Manhattan.



8:30 a.m. – The MTA holds a series a committee hearings throughout the day, MTA boardroom, 2 Broadway, 20th floor, Manhattan.

9 a.m. – The state Board of Regents and its committees meet throughout the day, 89 Washington Ave., Albany.

10 a.m. – SUNY Chancellor Kristina Johnson delivers her first State of the University System address, Albany Capital Center, 55 Eagle St., Albany.

11 a.m. – “The Capitol Pressroom” features state Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan, WCNY.

12:30 p.m. – The SUNY board of trustees and its committees meet, SUNY Global Center, 116 E. 55th St., boardroom, Manhattan.

6 p.m. – Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams holds a public hearing on uniform land use review procedure, Brooklyn Borough Hall, courtroom, 209 Joralemon St., Brooklyn.

6:30 p.m. – New York City Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez hosts a budget forum, Isabella Nursing Home, 515 Audubon Ave., Manhattan.


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