First Read - July 29, 2016

WEATHER: Heavy rain followed by showers in New York City, a chance of showers in Albany, and mostly cloudy in Buffalo. New York City, high 82; Albany, high 83; Buffalo, high 82.



* The RNC gave Donald Trump a bump in the polls. Will the DNC give Hillary Clinton a similar bounce? Check out the latest Winners & Losers to see who came out of the DNC proceedings in Philly on the rise and who’s dropping behind.

* Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in an address to the Democratic National Convention that Hillary Clinton understands what he and his father, former Gov. Mario Cuomo, learned firsthand in their home state of New York – the value of empowering all Americans.



* In a strikingly impassioned speech, Cuomo addressed the Democratic National Convention, outlining the vision for America his father, the late former Gov. Mario Cuomo, described in his landmark speech to the 1984 convention, The New York Times writes.

* While there was plenty of talk about the 2016 race for the White House at the convention, there was ample speculation at late-night political parties about whether Mayor Bill de Blasio could be defeated next year, and who could do it, The Wall Street Journal writes.

* De Blasio’s less-than-desirable speaking slot at the convention may have had something to do with his slow uptake on endorsing his former boss, Hillary Clinton, but his sinking poll numbers also likely played a part, the Times writes.

* One day after he gave a non-prime time speech to the rafters at the convention, de Blasio was edged out of a planned speaking spot at a New York State Democrat breakfast in which his arch-enemy Cuomo held court, the Daily News reports.

* New Yorkers up and down the line have used this week’s convention to emphasize the importance of re-taking control of the state Senate in November, but Cuomo continues to keep quiet on the issue, Politico New York writes.

* More news below …



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* A Harlem nursing home is suing state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman for trying to block the sale of its building to the scandal-scarred developer at the heart of an explosive probe involving City Hall, the Post reports.

* Cuomo and Schneiderman, who have had a somewhat cool relationship with one another in the past, are joining forces in filing briefs against both the North Carolina and Texas over their laws and policies regarding transgender access to restrooms, the Times Union writes.

* A lawsuit filed on behalf of the disabled claims that Wi-Fi kiosks replacing pay phones throughout the city violate the federal American with Disabilities Act, as they lack audio cues and software for a blind person to use the devices independently, the Journal writes.

* Court papers filed by three Rochester-area Republicans raised questions about whether Steve Glickman, a 27-year-old Democrat who is running against state Sen. Richard Funke, meets residency requirements to run, the Democrat & Chronicle reports.

* Hot and dry conditions are taking a greater toll across much of the Southern Tier,  and the National Drought Mitigation Center now classifies all of Tioga, most of Chemung and about half of Broome counties as under a "severe" drought, Gannett reports.



MetroPlus Health Plan announced today a public awareness campaign recognizing the plan’s 500,000th member, Staten Island resident, Josephine Barroso. The campaign is an effort to connect New Yorkers in all five boroughs with the care they need. MetroPlus is a leader in providing affordable health insurance. “MetroPlus’ growth is an important component of NYC Health + Hospitals’ transformation plan,” said Dr. Ram Raju, President and CEO of NYC Health + Hospitals.




* Not only did de Blasio get saddled with a terrible speaking slot at the Democratic National Convention, he failed to make a convincing case for Hillary Clinton and was upstaged by his predecessor, Michael Bloomberg, Nick Powell writes.

* If Cuomo is serious about helping the homeless, he should follow through and insist that the state Senate and Assembly immediately sign the five-year funding plan he promised, New York City Councilman Stephen Levin and Assemblyman Andrew Hevesi write.



* The Washington Post’s Chris Cillizza calls Cuomo a “loser” from the final night at the DNC, arguing that he is “simply not the orator that his father was and his speech never reached the heights some had hoped for him.”

* With just over one quarter of New York voters turning out for elections in the fall of 2014, the state needs to take measures to make the process easier, the Times writes, offering a list of suggestions on moves they might make to boost participation.

* The Times’ Jim Dwyer compares the speeches given by Bloomberg and Rudy Giuliani delivered at the Democratic and Republican national conventions, saying that while Giuliani played into voters’ anxiety, Bloomberg aimed to ease worries.

* Citing concerns even from advocates, the Post writes that a plan to replace low-performing schools in New York City and the rest of the state with community schools, while laudable in some respects, will not improve the quality of education.

* A new jobs report from the state Department of Labor shows unemployment at a nine-year low for the Buffalo-Niagara region, as two consecutive months of unemployment below 5 percent shows promise for the rest of the year, The Buffalo News writes.



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* Declaring that the nation was at “a moment of reckoning” and urging voters to reject Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton became the first woman to formally accept a major party’s presidential nomination, the Times writes.

* Khizr Khan, the father of a Muslim soldier in the U.S. Army who was killed in action in Iraq in 2004, delivered a brutal repudiation of Trump, saying if it was up to Trump, their son “never would have been in America,” The Washington Post writes.

* Clinton’s first order of business after the convention is a bus trip through Pennsylvania and Ohio, the opening move in a strategy to defend her party’s grip on states President Barack Obama won and to brand her opponent as unfit to be president, the Journal writes.

* Democrats and Republicans, emerging from their conventions to square off in the general election, are speaking to Americas unrecognizable to each other in voices that sound like a political and ideological role reversal, The Washington Post reports.

* Trump and Bloomberg have had limited but cordial interactions as fellow billionaires in New York City, but the cordiality dissipated not long after Trump announced his run for president and hit a low with Bloomberg’s DNC speech, the Times reports.



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HAPPY BIRTHDAY: To Assemblyman Marcos Crespo … to Johanna Garcia, executive director for City College Partnerships … to Annalicia Finol, communications director for state Sen. Gustavo Rivera … to Sujean Lee, senior vice president of corporate affairs at Chobani … to Philip Kelly, New York State Department of State's director of human resources ... and to Dan Amira, writer at The Daily Show with Trevor Noah.


IN MEMORIAM: Gene Glaberman, president of the Chelsea Midtown Democrats, has died.



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Gov. Andrew Cuomo has not released a public schedule.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio delivers remarks at the closed-press Annual City Council Outing in the afternoon.

10:30 a.m. – De Blasio appears live on “The Brian Lehrer Show” and takes questions from listeners, WNYC.

11 a.m. - U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer visits Hickey Freeman in Rochester to make a major announcement about an upcoming event, 1155 N Clinton Ave., Rochester.

11 a.m. - Rye City Councilwoman and state Senate candidate Julie Killian joins congressional candidate Phil Oliva to raise concerns about a federal regulation regarding Common Core opt-out rates, Westchester County Center, 198 Central Ave., White Plains.

12 p.m. - Democratic state Senate candidate S.J. Jung holds a press conference to discuss the Board of Elections hearing next week regarding Sen. Stavisky’s petition signatures, Queens County Board of Elections, 118-35 Queens Blvd., Forest Hills.

1 p.m. - Schumer announces new legislation that would make nearly two dozen synthetic substances, including dangerous forms of fentanyl, illegal Schedule I drugs, Schuyler County Legislative Chamber, Schuyler County Courthouse, 105 9th St. #35, Watkins Glen.

1 p.m. - State Sen. Jeff Klein and state Sen. Diane Savino release an investigative report, “Protecting our Children: How Pokémon GO and Augmented Reality Games Expose Children to Sex Offenders,” 250 Broadway, 20th floor, Manhattan.

3:30 p.m. - Schumer reveals federal funding to be used to stop the spread of invasive species like Ash Borers in the Mohawk Valley, Rawlings Sporting Goods Co., Inc. 52 McKinley Ave. Dolgeville.

8 p.m. - New York City Public Advocate Letitia James delivers remarks at the New York City Correction Guardians Association annual scholarship awards dinner dance, Green Tree County Club, 538 Davenport Ave., New Rochelle.


KICKER: “Everyone I sit with or pass by casually brings up 2017. It seems like that’s on everyone’s lips.” - Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr., a potential challenger to de Blasio in 2017, talking about the buzz at the Democratic National Convention around who might be able to beat the mayor in next year’s election, via the Journal.