First Read Tonight – September 22, 2017

WEATHER: Mostly cloudy in New York City, mostly clear in Albany and clear in Buffalo. New York City, low 66; Albany, low 56; Buffalo, low 64.



* New York officials were looking beyond the state’s borders with a sense of déjà vu this week, with Washington politicians making yet another attempt to pull the plug on Obamacare while yet another hurricane rampaged through the Caribbean.



* New York City’s sprawling municipal work force is driving more than it used to, logging 102 million miles in the last fiscal year, 25 percent more miles than in Mayor Bill de Blasio’s first year in office, with a 10 percent larger vehicle fleet, The New York Times reports.

* Businessman John Catsimatidis defended making a plane available to Gov. Andrew Cuomo for a trip to visit the storm-ravaged U.S. Virgin Islands, saying he wasn’t even aware that Cuomo signed a bill benefiting his business interests that same week, State of Politics reports.

* Flanked by prominent officials from Puerto Rico, a friendly labor leader and his youngest daughter, Cuomo set out Friday morning on an aid mission to Puerto Rico as it struggles to rebuild after Hurricane Maria devastated the island, Politico New York reports.

* De Blasio and Republican New York City mayoral nominee Nicole Malliotakis offered dueling appeals for New Yorkers to donate critical supplies to Caribbean islands recovering from Hurricane Maria, the Daily News reports.

* Malliotakis’ campaign said the Staten Island assemblywoman hit a vital fundraising mark that could provide her with a much-needed boost of $1.6 million in matching public funds to take on de Blasio, the New York Post reports.

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* Hillary Clinton gave a glowing review of de Blasio while appearing on “The Brian Lehrer Show” as part of her book tour, praising the mayor as a progressive influence on her presidential campaign, NY1 reports.

* Cuomo and the Seneca Nation, their relations souring by the day, can’t even agree on where an arbitration panel should meet to settle the casino payment dispute, with the government calling for New York City and the Senecas asking for Western New York, The Buffalo News reports.

* After a pair a construction workers plunged to their deaths, Assemblyman Francisco Moya is calling for passage of Carlos’ Law, which would stiffen criminal penalties against construction site managers who fail to follow safety protocols and cause serious injuries or deaths, the Daily News reports.

* Cuomo announced appointees to a 12-member Drinking Water Quality Council, formed in the wake of a series of industrial contamination problems upstate and in suburban communities over the past several years, State of Politics reports.

* The MTA has handed out 21,500 “Baby on Board” and “Please offer me a seat” buttons for straphangers who are pregnant, older, or have a disability, but according to button-wearers, they often don’t make a difference, the Times writes.


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* U.S. Sen. John McCain announced that he would oppose the latest Obamacare repeal measure, dealing a major blow to the legislation’s prospects of getting 50 votes on the Senate floor next week, Politico reports.

* In an expected but highly scrutinized decision, U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos scrubbed Obama-era guidance for how universities investigate sexual assaults on campus, saying they were unfair against those accused in assault cases, the Daily News reports.

* Federal investigators are reviewing U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price’s recent use of costly charter flights for official business to see if it complied with government regulations, The Associated Press reports.



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* As a college basketball player, New York City Councilman Robert Cornegy Jr. transferred schools when the going got tough, but now as he tries to become the next council speaker, Cornegy is sticking it out despite the long odds, The Undefeated writes.

* Success Academy Charter Schools CEO Eva Moskowitz’s new memoir offers an intimate look into perhaps the nation’s most high-profile education reformer, including her rivalry with de Blasio, The Atlantic writes.

* The Fund for Public Housing, a nonprofit that supplements the New York City Housing Authority’s finances and services, launched an online crowdfunding platform to allow NYCHA residents to source funds for local sustainability initiatives, Gotham Gazette reports.



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7 p.m. and 10 p.m. – “Road to City Hall” features Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr., Politico reporter Laura Nahmias, Daily News editorial board member Rob George, WNYC reporter Brigid Bergin and City & State opinion and features editor Nick Powell, NY1.

7:30 p.m. – “New York NOW” features Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner, WMHT.

8 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. – “Capital Tonight” airs, Spectrum News.



7:07 p.m. – The Yankees visit the Toronto Blue Jays, YES.

7:10 p.m. – The Mets host the Washington Nationals, SNY.



9 a.m. – Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer and BetaNYC unveil BoardStat, a new interactive data research and visualization tool, at their 311 Data Jam on this year’s National Day of Civic Hacking, 43 W. 23rd St., Manhattan.

9 a.m. – Assembly members Shelley B. Mayer, Alicia Hyndman and Gary Pretlow and state Senate Minority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins gather with sickle cell disease experts and advocates for a forum, Nepperhan Community Center, 342 Warburton Ave., Yonkers.

10 a.m. – “City Watch” features Assemblyman Michael Blake, Associated Medical Schools of New York’s Jo Wiederhorn, Center for Popular Democracy’s Jennifer Flynn, New York City Alliance Against Sexual Assault’s Teri Rosenberg and New York Public Interest Research Group Straphangers Campaign’s Jaqi Cohen, WBAI 99.5 FM.

12 p.m. – New York City Councilman Andrew Cohen and Assemblyman Mark Gjonaj present the Seventh Annual “Welcome to the Neighborhood Weekend Walk,” East 204th Street between Bainbridge Avenue and Decatur Avenue, Bronx.

12:30 p.m. – Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer joins newly elected President Adama Barrow of the Republic of Gambia to co-host a reception and town hall for Gambian nationals and members of the Gambian diaspora in North America, P.S. 154, The Harriet Tubman Learning Center, 250 W. 127th St., Manhattan.

1:30 p.m. – State Sen. Jeff Klein joins Assemblymen Michael Benedetto and Mark Gjonaj to host his seventh annual First Responder Appreciation Barbeque, Orchard Beach, Bronx.

2 p.m. – New York City Councilman Corey Johnson hosts a participatory budgeting kickoff event, the High Line at 14th Street, Manhattan.

2 p.m. – Assemblyman Felix W. Ortiz accepts Puerto Rico and Caribbean hurricane and Mexican earthquake relief donations, 4906 Fourth Ave., Brooklyn.



10:30 a.m. – “In Focus with Cheryl Wills” features Crystal Jadoonanan, a City University at New York student and DACA recipient; Queens College President Félix V. Matos Rodríguez; Clarissa Martínez-de-Castro, UnidosUS deputy vice president; and New York City Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez, NY1.

12 p.m. – State Sen. Terrence Murphy hosts a brunch event honoring New York state GOP Chairman Ed Cox and local GOP chairs, The Crabtree Kittle House, 11 Kittle Road, Chappaqua.

12 p.m. – The Trenk Family Foundation and Michael Trenk will host a fundraiser aboard the historic U.S. Navy vessel, Baylander IX-514, to benefit those affected by hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, West Harlem Pier at 125th Street, Manhattan.

1:30 p.m. – New York City Councilman Andy King is joined by local elected officials, union and community leaders at a press conference to announce the kick off of a Bronx relief drive for the people of the Caribbean islands devastated by the recent hurricanes, Crawford Memorial United Methodist Church, 3757 White Plains Road, Bronx.

8 p.m. – “State of the Union,” the DC 37 radio show hosted by Chris Policano, features AFSCME Local 983 worker Jose Molina and AFSCME Local 983 President Joe Puleo, WNYE.



8 a.m. – Catholic Charities Immigration Legal Services kicks off the DACA Day of Action to help eligible DACA recipients renew their applications before the Oct. 5 deadline, 80 Maiden Lane, Manhattan.

8:30 a.m. – The Metropolitan Transit Authority Board Metro-North Committee meets, MTA Board Room, 2 Broadway, 20th floor, Manhattan.

9 a.m. – New York City Councilman Rory Lancman and the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus tour P.S./M.S. 200, 70-10 164th St., Queens.

9:30 a.m. – The Metropolitan Transit Authority Board Long Island Rail Road Committee meets, MTA Board Room, 2 Broadway, 20th floor, Manhattan.

9:30 a.m. – The New York City Council Subcommittee on Zoning and Franchises meets, 250 Broadway, 16th floor committee room, Manhattan.

10 a.m. – New York City Councilman Brad Lander and Riders Alliance call on the city to integrate real-time bus arrival technology into its LinkNYC program, Seventh Avenue and Ninth Street, Brooklyn.

10:30 a.m. – The Metropolitan Transit Authority Board New York City Transit and MTA Bus Committee meets, MTA Board Room, 2 Broadway, 20th floor, Manhattan.

11 a.m. – The New York City Council Subcommittee on Landmarks, Public Siting and Maritime Uses meets, 250 Broadway, 16th floor committee room, Manhattan.

11 a.m. – Reps. Carolyn Maloney and Nydia Velazquez, New York City Councilman Corey Johnson and other elected officials gather to condemn the latest U.S. Senate bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act, City Hall steps, Manhattan.

12 p.m. – The Metropolitan Transit Authority Board Bridge and Tunnel Committee meets, MTA Board Room, 2 Broadway, 20th floor, Manhattan.

12:30 p.m. – The Metropolitan Transit Authority Board Finance Committee meets, MTA Board Room, 2 Broadway, 20th floor, Manhattan.

1 p.m. – The New York City Council Committee on Environmental Protection meets, City Hall Council Chambers, Manhattan.

1 p.m. – The New York City Council Subcommittee on Planning, Dispositions and Concessions meets, 250 Broadway, 16th floor committee room, Manhattan.

1:45 p.m. – The Metropolitan Transit Authority Board Capital Projects Oversight Committee meets, MTA Board Room, 2 Broadway, 20th floor, Manhattan.

2:45 p.m. – The Metropolitan Transit Authority Board Diversity Committee meets, MTA Board Room, 2 Broadway, 20th floor, Manhattan.

5:15 p.m. – The Greater New York Chamber of Commerce hosts the C3 International cocktail reception, The Union League Club, 38 E. 37th St., Manhattan.

5:30 p.m. – The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority hosts NextGen CleanTech, a startup showcase and pitch event, 7 World Trade Center, Manhattan.

6:30 p.m. – Citizens Union and New York Law School host “The New York State Constitutional Convention: Process and Possibilities” panel discussion, New York Law School, 185 W. Broadway, Manhattan.

7 p.m. – The Ernest Skinner Political Association and New York City Councilman Jumaane Williams host a forum to discuss the pros and cons of a possible state constitutional convention, Clarendon Road Church, 3304 Clarendon Road, Brooklyn.


TOP TWEET: another night of attempting to treat insomnia with the Power Broker audiobook

-Danielle Tcholakian @danielleiat