First Read Tonight – January 20, 2017

WEATHER: A chance of rain across the state. New York City, low 42; Albany, low 37; Buffalo, low 41.



* U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer assured Americans, “I know that our best days are yet to come,” before President Donald Trump took his oath of office, addressing people with concerns about the incoming administration, the Times Union writes.

* Police arrested seven protesters – including New York City Councilman Jumaane Williams and his mother – as they blocked traffic outside Trump Tower in Midtown Manhattan as Trump was sworn into office, the Daily News reports.

* Gov. Andrew Cuomo's proposal to allow movie theaters to serve alcohol wouldn't limit them to just beer and wine, despite the governor saying otherwise, though the state Liquor Authority could later limit theaters through regulations, Gannett Albany reports.

* State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli reported New York’s tax collections dropped in the first three quarters of the fiscal year by $1.2 billion and are $29.9 million lower than projections made in the middle of the year, State of Politics reports.

* Continuing their contentious relationship, Mayor Bill de Blasio said there are “real questions” about whether the state budget shifts millions in costs to the city – and even that some of the budget maneuvers might be “covert” actions by Cuomo, the Post writes.



Trump Administration’s Education Secretary – A Threat to New York City Children

By Michael Mulgrew, President, United Federation of Teachers

Betsy DeVos, President-elect Donald Trump’s choice for Education Secretary, has a track record of seeking to privatize education, and has shown little interest in strengthening neighborhood public schools. Hundreds of thousands of New York City students will suffer if DeVos makes good on Trump’s campaign pledge to pull billions of federal dollars away from public schools to pay for private vouchers. Read more here.




* Donald Trump was inaugurated as the 45th president of the United States, ushering in a new, more unpredictable era in which he vowed to shatter the established order and restore American greatness, The New York Times reports.

* Black-clad activists smashed store windows and blocked traffic in Washington, D.C., during Trump's inauguration and fought with police in riot gear who responded with tear gas and stun grenades, Reuters writes.

* Across New York, individuals and groups concerned about the Trump administration have donated their time, talent and passion to support the Women’s March on Washington and other events taking place around the country, the Times reports.



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* An attempt by lawmakers in Albany to prevent the New York City Council from imposing a fee on plastic and paper bags has reignited a debate over home rule and state government interference, Gotham Gazette writes.

* The New Yorker examines the cost of the Second Avenue subway so far and how much it will cost in the future, comparing the infrastructure project to other developed countries that have done similar projects at much lower costs.



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5 p.m. and 6 p.m. – “MetroFocus” features Women’s March on NYC organizer Katherine Siemionko, political analyst Ellis Henican, Republican strategist John Burnett and professor Richard Shenkman, WLIW21 (5 p.m.) and WNET Thirteen (6 p.m.).

7 p.m. and 10 p.m. – “Road to City Hall” features FiveThirtyEight’s Clare Malone, Maria Hinojosa of NPR, political strategists Rebecca Katz and Bill O'Reilly, Azi Paybarah of Politico New York, Jeff Mays of DNAinfo, David Goodman of The New York Times, and Brigid Bergin of WNYC Radio, NY1.

7:30 p.m. – “New York NOW” airs, WMHT.

8 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. – “Capital Tonight” features a full recap of the presidential inauguration with reaction from the reporter roundtable; Michael Burgess, former director of the state Office of Aging with aging advocate Eliot Easton, and Ron Deutsch of the Fiscal Policy Institute, Spectrum News.



7 p.m. – The Buffalo Sabres host the Detroit Red Wings. (MSGB)

8 p.m. – The Nets visit the New Orleans Pelicans. (YES)



State of NY Finance Forum featuring NYC Comptroller Scott M. Stringer - a comprehensive half day forum covering New York’s major financial topics. There will be panels on New York’s financial sustainability and cost management, modernizing the government financial system, and understanding finances in Health Care and Infrastructure. Our distinguished panelists include Seb Formoso, NYC Department of Finance, Ronnie Lowenstein, New York City Independent Budget Office, and Nathan Toth, New York City Council’s Finance Division. Register for the State of NY Finance forum on February 21st from 8:00am to 12:40pm at The New York Academy of Medicine. CLICK HERE




10:30 a.m.The Women's March on New York City begins with a rally and speakers, including state Sen. Liz Krueger; Bertha Lewis, founder and president of The Black Institute; Sue Doster, co-president of InterPride; and others, One Dag Hammarskjold Plaza, 885 Second Ave., Manhattan.

4 p.m. – Citizen Action and other community groups kick off a ‘‘100 Days of Resistance” campaign with a march to West Capitol Park, 155 Washington Ave., Albany.



12:45 p.m. – New York City Councilman Ben Kallos delivers his State of the District address with Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, state Sen. Liz Krueger and Assemblywoman Rebecca Seawright attending, Memorial Sloan Kettering, Rockefeller Research Labs Auditorium, 430 E. 67th St., Manhattan.

1:30 pm – Assemblywoman Stacey Pheffer Amato is sworn in by her mother, Queens County Clerk Audrey Pheffer, with U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer and U.S. Rep. Joe Crowley in attendance, P.S. 232Q, 153-23 83rd St., Queens.

2 p.m. – Assemblyman Michael Blake delivers his second state of the district address, 1870 Crotona Ave., Bronx.

5 p.m. – Balcony’s “Common Ground Radio” features New York City Public Advocate Letitia James, The Chief’s Richard Steier and AFL-CIO’s Gene Carroll, WOR 710 AM.

8 p.m. – "State of the Union," the DC 37 radio show hosted by Chris Policano features CUNY history professor and noted labor historian Joshua Freeman on unions’ challenges during Trump presidency, WNYE, 91.5 FM.



The New York state Legislature is in session.

8:30 a.m. – The MTA’s Metro-North Committee holds a public meeting, MTA Board Room, 2 Broadway, 20th floor, Manhattan.

9:30 a.m. – The MTA’s LIRR Committee holds a public meeting, MTA Board Room, 2 Broadway, 20th floor, Manhattan.

10 a.m. – State University of New York Chancellor Nancy Zimpher delivers her annual State of the University Address, Lewis A. Swyer Theatre at The Egg, Empire State Plaza, Albany.

10:30 a.m. – The MTA’s New York City Transit and MTA Bus Committee holds a public meeting, MTA Board Room, 2 Broadway, 20th floor, Manhattan.

11 a.m. – The Assembly Committee on Local Governments and Committee on Cities hold a joint budget oversight hearing, Roosevelt Hearing Room C, Legislative Office Building, Albany.

11 a.m. – The Thruway Authority holds a board meeting, Thruway Authority Headquarters, 200 Southern Blvd., Albany.

12 p.m. – The MTA’s Bridge & Tunnel Committee holds a public meeting, MTA Board Room, 2 Broadway, 20th floor, Manhattan.

1 p.m. – The New York City Council Committee on Governmental Operations and Committee on Contracts holds a joint oversight hearing on DCAS’ solar power purchase agreement, 250 Broadway, 16th floor committee room, Manhattan.

1 p.m. – The City Council Committee on Environmental Protection holds a public hearing on flood mitigation in southeast Queens, 250 Broadway, 14th floor committee room, Manhattan.

12:30 p.m. – The MTA’s Finance Committee holds a public meeting, MTA Board Room, 2 Broadway, 20th floor, Manhattan.

1 p.m. – State Sen. Diane Savino and Assembly members Amy Paulin and Richard Gottfried announce reintroduction of Medical Aid in Dying Act, outside of Senate Lobby, state Capitol, Albany.

1:45 p.m. – The MTA’s CPOC Committee holds a public meeting, MTA Board Room, 2 Broadway, 20th floor, Manhattan.

2:45 p.m. – The MTA’s Audit Committee holds a public meeting, MTA Board Room, 2 Broadway, 20th floor, Manhattan.

3 p.m. – The state Senate is in session, Senate Chambers, state Capitol, Albany.

3 p.m. – New York City Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez celebrates the Big Brothers Big Sisters National Mentoring Month and launches the 2017 citywide campaign to recruit more volunteer mentors, The Morris-Jumel Mansion, 65 Jumel Terrace, Manhattan.

5 p.m. – The Campaign for Alternatives to Isolated Confinement calls on Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the state Legislature to pass the Humane Alternatives to Long Term Solitary Confinement Act, 101 E. Green St., Ithaca.

6 p.m. – The Campaign for Alternatives to Isolated Confinement calls on Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the state Legislature to pass the Humane Alternatives to Long Term Solitary Confinement Act, Pacific Street and Flatbush Avenue, Brooklyn.

6:30 p.m. – The Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Shelter Rock holds vigil for New Yorkers in solitary confinement and hosts an opening of "Behind These Prison Walls," an exhibit by photographer and former New York City Correction Officer Lorenzo Steele, Jr., UUCSR, 48 Shelter Rock Road, Manhasset.



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