First Read - August 28, 2015

WEATHER: Sunny across the state. New York City, high 80; Albany, 79; Buffalo, high 73.


BMHA KEEPING FINANCES SECRET: The Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority may be struggling with its finances, but the taxpayer-funded entity is not sharing any details, City & State’s Justin Sondel reports:

WINNERS & LOSERS: The Great New York State Fair is in full swing, so you may not have noticed that Lower Manhattan held its own Summer Fair this week with costumed characters (engaged in a "turf war" in Battery Park) and a roller coaster (the stock market). If we could, we'd deep fry the winners and losers list and serve it on a stick, but, alas, you have to settle for clicking this link:


* U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara announced his office would coordinate and work with the Dutchess County district attorney’s to investigate the death of an inmate at the Fishkill Correctional Facility, The New York Times reports:

* Forty-five charter schools filed appeals with the state after being denied the ability to co-locate campuses in traditional New York City public schools and 44 of them received rulings in their favor, the Post reports:

* The MTA announced plans to open a No. 7 train subway station on Manhattan’s far West Side Sept. 13, which will mark the first new subway station in more than a quarter century, The Wall Street Journal reports:

* A report by the New York City comptroller’s office found personal injury and tort claims filed against the NYPD reached a new high of 9,448 cases last year, but the comptroller said a decline is now apparent, the Times reports:

* A New York City attorney filed court papers seeking to unseal 850,000 dismissed summonses in a closely watched class action lawsuit alleging the NYPD operates on a quota system, the Daily News reports:

* The New York City Campaign for Fair Latino Representation, a coalition of leaders lobbying the Mayor Bill de Blasio to hire more Latinos, said it is frustrated by the de Blasio’s lack of movement, the Times reports:

* Assemblyman Matthew Titone introduced a bill hat would ban single-serving sales of sugary sodas 16-ounces or larger for minors and a companion bill that would require all food and beverages to be sold with warning labels, the Post reports:

* Good government groups praised a court case challenging the LLC loophole by the state’s elections watchdog, Risa Sugarman, whose independence from the governor has previously been questioned, the Times Union reports:

* Business owners in Willets Point, a hub of body shops, salvage lots and car repair warehouses near Citi Feld, believe regardless of uncertainty for one development plan, one will eventually take hold, the Times reports:


* New York City is accepting bids from tech companies looking to sell up to 5,000 body cameras to equip 1,000 police officers, which will make its body camera pilot program the biggest in the country, NY1 reports:

* De Blasio has also struggled to find balance when it comes to transportation issues, finding some success with Vision Zero, struggling with Uber and now wading into Time Square’s setup, the Journal reports:


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* The Times Union writes that General Electric Co.’s dumped PCBs into the Champlain Canal for decades and any negotiations on it reopening headquarters in the state should involve discussions about dredging:

* The Buffalo News writes that Joseph Mascia’s suspension from his post as Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority’s tenant commissioner is appropriate, but his removal will only help if another critic assumes his position:

* The Daily News writes that it is time for politicians to stop passing the buck on fixing NYCHA’s buildings and the mayor and governor must work together to replace time- and weather-worn roofs:

* New York City Schools Chancellor Carmen Farina and AT&T New York President Marissa Shorenstein write in the Daily News about working to improve girls’ access to STEM education via two initiatives:

* The Post writes that New York City does next to nothing to try to find employees or their relatives that it owes money and will not publish a list of such people due to “privacy” concerns:

* State Sen. Daniel Squadron writes in the Downtown Express that New York City should assume governance of Battery Park City and commit to appointing more local residents to its board:


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* The Campaign for Fair Latino Representation’s Javier Nieves says his organization is bypassing the mayor and instead meeting with agency commissioners to discuss underrepresentation of Latinos in the administration:


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HAPPY BIRTHDAY: To Erik Engquist, Assistant managing editor at Crain's New York Business … to Kay Sarlin, Executive Vice President of Public Affairs & Strategic Initiatives at Empire State Development … to former assembly candidate Mark Lieberman … to Natalia Salgado, director of advocacy for Attorney General Eric Schneiderman … and to Merryl Tisch, Chancellor of the New York State Board of Regents

MOVING ON: Matthew D. Shuffler has joined the Office of Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr, where he will serve as a special assistant in the Department of External Affairs. He previously served as chief of staff to Assembly Member Marcos Crespo.


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Gov. Andrew Cuomo has no public schedule as he continues to spend time with his family.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio will depart Connecticut and return to New York City. He has no public events scheduled.

8:15 a.m. - New York Law School hosts CityLaw Breakfast featuring Carl Weisbrod, chairman of the New York City Planning Commission, 185 West Broadway at Leonard St., Manhattan.

9 a.m. - Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie joins Assembly Majority Leader Joseph Morelle for briefing on Rochester-Monroe anti-poverty initiative, United Way of Greater Rochester, 75 College Ave., Rochester.

10 a.m. - The Brian Lehrer Show features political activist and former presidential candidate Ralph Nader, WNYC

10:10 a.m. - State Sen. David Carlucci hosts monthly radio show the “Albany Report”, WRCR 1700AM Radio.

11 a.m. - The Uniformed Fire Officers Association endorses Michael McMahon for Staten Island District Attorney, Rescue Co. No. 5, 1850 Clove Road, Staten Island.

11 a.m. - The Capitol Pressroom features City & State’s Ashley Hupfl, Daily News reporter Bill Hammond, Scott Waldman, from Politico New York, Karl Sleight, a partner at Harris Beach, and Aaron Price, a documentarian and secessionist activist, WCNY, listen here:

11 a.m. - Washington Heights native and professional tennis player Victor Estrella Burgos celebrates his birthday and hosts a clinic with the Washington Heights Tennis Association, City Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez and state Sen. Adriano Espaillat, Inwood Hill Tennis courts, Isham Street and Seaman Avenue, Manhattan.

12 p.m. - Heastie joins members of the Assembly at the Great New York State Fair, 581 State Fair Blvd., Syracuse.

12:45 p.m. - Heastie tours SUNY Exhibit with Chancellor Nancy Zimpher, New York State Fairgrounds, Science & Industry building, 581 State Fair Blvd., Syracuse.

1:15 p.m. - Heastie tours Taste of New York exhibit at State Fair, 581 State Fair Blvd., Syracuse.

1:30 p.m. - State Sen. Tony Avella holds press conference to announce funding for upgrades to MacNeil Park, College Place and Poppenhusen Ave., College Point, Queens.

2 p.m. - Heastie visits Veterans & 9/11 Memorials at State Fair, 581 State Fair Blvd., Syracuse.

2:30 p.m. - Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams commemorates the 150th anniversary of the Civil War by honoring reenactors, Brooklyn Borough Hall, rotunda, 209 Joralemon St., Brooklyn.

4 p.m. - Assemblyman Keith WRight and Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer host a goodwill drive for victims of a fire, 3333 Broadway, Tower A, Community Room, Manhattan.

5 p.m. - New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito hosts “follow me Friday” at Calientito Restaurant, 141 Lincoln Ave., the Bronx.

6:30 p.m - Rep. Chris Gibson attends 4th annual MudFest, Prattsville Town Green, Prattsville.

7 p.m. and 10 p.m. - Inside City Hall features Reporters Roundtable and a panel on the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, Time Warner Cable News NY1.

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


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KICKER: “If you want your child to have that ­obscene amount of soft drink, you can buy it for your child and, yes, you can still send your child to the store for the 2-liter ­bottle. Think of it like G-rated movies and ­R-rated movies. Your kids can still have it, but we’re saying it might not be ­appropriate.” – Assemblyman Matthew Titone on his proposed ban of sugary drink sales to minors, via the Post.