First Read - October 29, 2014

WEATHER: Showers across the state. New York City, high 68; Albany, high 63; Buffalo, high 54.


ROAD TO SOMOS: ICYMI, Rep. Nydia Velazquez calls on the conference to be a platform to address issues of gender wage discrimination, Latinas' political potential, and the economic disinvestment that has hindered Puerto Rico:



* A week before Election Day a Time Warner Cable News/Siena College poll found that Republican U.S. Rep. Chris Gibson continues to hold a commanding lead, 58-35, over Democrat Sean Eldridge:

* Former President Bill Clinton, who has been stumping for Democrats across the country, is expected to campaign for Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday at a rally in New York City, The Wall Street Journal reports:

* The end-of-the-year due date for the completion of the Health Department's report on the potential impacts of hydrofracking is not Cuomo’s deadline, instead acting Health Commissioner Howard Zucker was the one who determined the timeline, the Times Union reports:

* New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio steered at least one massive donation to an upstate Democratic committee that promptly funneled the money to two state Senate candidates—taking advantage of a huge loophole in campaign finance rules, the Daily News reports:

* The state's attorney general and comptroller have approved SUNY's plan to sell Long Island College Hospital to a Brooklyn real estate developer, the final step in a two-year long process to sell the Cobble Hill hospital, Capital New York writes:

* Law-enforcement sources said the city’s first Ebola patient initially lied to authorities about his travels around the city following his return from treating disease victims in Africa, the New York Post writes:

* Two years after Superstorm Sandy nearly 85,000 buildings worth a combined $129.1 billion are now located in flood zones across the five boroughs—up from 24,000 buildings with a value of $58.7 billion before the feds redrew the flood maps in 2013, the Daily News reports:

* A report by the John Jay College of Criminal Justice found that as crime in New York City reached historically low levels, the number of arrests for misdemeanor crimes skyrocketed, The New York Times writes:

* The city and state teacher unions blasted Cuomo Tuesday for referring to public schools as "one of the only remaining public monopolies,” the Daily News writes:

* Contending its members are in danger, the union that represents prison guards statewide launched a campaign to publicize what it describes as an increase in assaults by inmates in response to the most recent round of prison closures, the Times Union writes:

* The 10 State Police commands across the state have been ordered to send troopers to patrol major passenger rail stations in New York City as part of a new counterterrorism effort, the Times Union reports:



* As state Sen. Mark Grisanti, the two-term incumbent, wages an uphill effort to retain his seat on the Independence Party line following his defeat in the Republican primary, a nasty campaign of personal attacks has erupted, the Buffalo News writes:

* Gotham Gazette takes an in-depth look at Republican gubernatorial nominee Rob Astorino’s history with issues such as taxes and his political ideology, which Cuomo has knocked for being “ultra-conservative”:

* The technology sector has helped power a steady recovery in the job market since the Great Recession, a surge capped in September when the New York City unemployment rate recorded its largest percentage-point drop for a two-month period, the Journal reports:


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Honoring Senator Phil Boyle and Assemblyman Brian Kavanagh. This year, 50 state legislators came together urging the federal government to set strong carbon pollution standards for dirty power – a critical effort in the fight against climate change. Senator Boyle and Assemblyman Kavanagh built that support, laying the groundwork for advancing a statewide climate action in 2015. Learn more at




* City & State President Tom Allon argues in the Huffington Post that schools should move from the centuries-old practice from agrarian times and start later, as it is scientifically proven to be healthier and helps teens learn better:

* The Times Union editorial board proposes its recommendations for the ballot proposals up for a vote on Election Day:

* Tactics such as the Women’s Equality Party are hollow political ploys made by Cuomo to gain votes from women—and they have worked, the Daily News’ Bill Hammond writes:



HONOR THE INTENT OF THE LEGISLATION. Grant two casino licenses to Mohegan Sun and Montreign to: Create more than 3,000 jobs; Deliver $1.5 billion in new development;Revitalize Sullivan County’s once grand tourism industry; Provide a memorable and entertaining experience for the whole family including 2 casinos, 20 restaurants, shopping, outdoor sports, golf, spas and live entertainment. For more information visit




* Carmen Yulin Cruz Soto, the mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico, discusses the island’s economy, the trappings of power for politicians and what Americans can do to improve economic conditions in the commonwealth. 

Watch Part One here:

Watch Part Two here:


WHO’S HIRING: To advertise your employment opportunities in City & State First Read, or call 646-442-1662.  


Account Director-Vice President, The Marino Organization

Description: The Marino Organization, a NYC-based communications firm, seeks public relations professional with at least 5-10 years experience.  S/he will be responsible for day-to-day management of several high-profile accounts, including creation and implementation of strategic communications plans, and supervising staff members.  Proven track record of pitching and placement a must.

Further Info: Send resume and cover letter to or apply at:


Housing Analyst, NYC Independent Budget Office

Description: The NYC Independent Budget Office, a nonpartisan city agency, is seeking an experienced budget analyst for the housing portfolio, including responsibility for examining the programs and funding of the city’s housing and homeless agencies as well as broader housing and affordability issues. A successful candidate must be self-motivated, a critical and rigorous analyst  of public policy questions, able to write clearly about complex policies, and have advanced quantitative and policy analytic skills. Commitment to impartial examination of public policies and spending is essential. Experience with large datasets and SAS (or similar statistical software) is preferred. Salary:  $52,000-$65,000. EOE. Position may require two year city residency.

Please send resume and cover letter by November 7 to or fax to 212-442-0350.


Description: IPRO’s is currently looking for an individual to work closely with senior managers in the NYS Department of Health/Office of Health Insurance Programs to develop, implement, & evaluate Medicaid Redesign Team (MRT) initiatives, with an emphasis on behavioral health for children & adults.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: To view the full job description & apply, please visit:  


HEALTHCARE PROGRAM SPECIALIST, IPRO                                                             

Description: IPRO is currently looking for experienced Medicaid & Medicare benefits, products, services & policy specialist to work closely with the NYS Department of Health, Office of Health Insurance Programs based in Albany in implementing & evaluating health reform initiatives with a primary focus on the Fully Integrated Duals Advantage Program (FIDA).

Further Info: To view the full job description & apply, please visit:  


HAPPY BIRTHDAY: To Robert George, New York Post editorial writer … to Frank Carone, Brooklyn Democratic Party attorney … to Jill Guidera, Transportation Alternatives field organizing coordinator … to Annie Werner, New Kings Democrats member … to Assemblyman Mark Johns … and to Nick Powell, New York Giants reporter at


CONGRATULATIONS: To Nick Powell, New York Giants reporter at and former City & State City Hall bureau chief, on his marriage to Caitlin Beh-Forrest Saturday.



NY Infrastructure Print Issue Spotlight!

Ad Deadline is 11/13. Publish Date 11/17!

Government Roundtable: Tom Madison, Daniel Zarrilli, Sen. Joe Robach, Rep. Jerry Nadler. Featured Editorial: Gov. Cuomo’s Airport Plan; MTA Capital Budget Issues; Route 81 and other upstate infrastructure.  This edition also features a Guide to Buffalo Politics and Policy + NY-Canada Trade Report. For more information on how to advertise please contact or 212-894-5422.




7:10 a.m. - Republican candidate for lieutenant governor Chris Moss appears on First News in the Morning, WIBX 950 AM, listen here: 

9 a.m. - Green Party candidate for governor Howie Hawkins is a guest on Radio Woodstock, 100.1 FM, listen here, 

9 a.m. - New York City Councilman Mark Treyger, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams and representatives for Habitat for Humanity help rebuild a home in Coney Island damaged by Superstorm Sandy, 2924 Neptune Ave., Brooklyn.

9 a.m. - SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher delivers keynote address for SUNY’s 4th annual Critical Issues In Higher Education conference, The New York Times Center, 242 W. 41st St., Manhattan.

9 a.m. – U.S. Rep. Charles Rangel visits a food bank for New York City to promote healthy eating, 2759 Webster Ave., Bronx.

10 a.m. - NYSCOPBA holds press conference detailing a new report on unreported assaults, 102 Hackett Blvd., Albany.

10 a.m. - New York City Council Housing and Buildings Committee holds hearing on Intro 222 and Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer testifies, 250 Broadway, 16th Floor, Manhattan.

10 a.m. - U.S. Rep. Dan Maffei welcomes U.S. Rep. Joe Kennedy III to Central New York for a tour of Syracuse, Stone Throwers Monument, Tompkins St. and Milton Ave., Syracuse.

10 a.m. - New York City Council Consumer Affairs and Small Business Committee holds hearing on paid sick leave, BP Brewer testifies, 250 Broadway, 14th Floor, Manhattan.

10 a.m. – New York City Public Advocate Letitia James and New York City Councilman Ben Kallos hold a press conference regarding the Time Warner/Comcast merger, Steps of City Hall, Manhattan.

10: 15 a.m. – Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino is a guest on Live from the State Capitol with Fred Dicker.

10:30 a.m. - New York Medical College hosts ribbon cutting for new biotechnology incubator, 7 Dana Dr., Valhalla.

10:30 a.m. – New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio delivers remarks after assisting in rebuilding a home, 2924 Neptune Ave, Brooklyn.

10:30 a.m. - Hawkins is a guest on WGXC Radio, listen here:

10: 30 a.m. – Astorino tours businesses affected by Superstorm Sandy, 239 Beach 116th St., Rockaway Park.

10:30 a.m. - State Sen. David Carlucci reads spooky story to Head Start Students, West Street Child Care Learning Center, 96 N. Main St., Spring Valley.

10:30 a.m. – Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams tours NYCHA’s Gravesend houses, 2793 W. 33rd St, Coney Island.

11 a.m. – Capitol Pressroom features state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, former Assemblyman Ryan Karben, Republican candidate for attorney general John Cahill and Hofstra University’s Executive Dean at the National Center for Suburban Studies Larry Levy. Listen here:

11 a.m. - Gov. Andrew Cuomo highlights Superstorm Sandy recovery, 109 Fox Beach Ave., Staten Island.

11 a.m. - Moss greets voters with Onondaga County Sheriff candidate Gene Conway, Stella’s Diner, 110 Wolf St., Syracuse.

11 a.m. - Committee for Better Banks holds press conference, City Hall steps, Manhattan.

11 a.m. - Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. hosts his annual “DiVA Spa” for domestic violence awareness, The Bronx County Building, Veterans’ Memorial Hall, 851 Grand Concourse, Bronx.

11:30 a.m. – Adams tours Sea Gate, 3700 Surf Ave., Coney Island.

11:35 a.m. – The Geraldo Rivera Show features U.S. Rep. Michael Grimm, WABC.

12 p.m. – Astorino holds a press conference with Long Island residents on a newly published AARP study that shows 70 percent of baby boomers plan to leave Long Island when they retire, Nautical Mile, Woodcleft Ave., and Suffolk St., Freeport.

12 p.m. - Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor Kathy Hochul speaks at Cayuga Chamber of Commerce, 210 Osborne St. Annex, Auburn.

12 p.m. - State Sen. David Carlucci marks two-year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy by touring a gas station, Highland Sunoco, 197 S. Highland Ave., Ossining.

12 p.m. - Elected officials, healthcare workers and labor leaders rally for respect and quality care at Woodhull Medical Center, 760 Broadway, Brooklyn.

12 p.m. - NYCLASS and the Animal Defense Fund release records from NYPD detailing horse carriage accidents, City Hall steps, Manhattan.

12 p.m. – De Blasio holds a press conference, 664 Father Capodanno Blvd, Staten Island.

12 p.m. - Moss greets voters with state Comptroller candidate Bob Antonacci, Onondaga Senior Center, 4834 Velasko Rd., Syracuse.

12 p.m. - Elected officials and Habitat for Humanity volunteer to help rebuild a home in Coney Island that was damaged during Superstorm Sandy, 2924 Neptune Ave., Coney Island.

12:30 – Astorino will be a guest on Long Island News radio with John Gomez.

1 p.m. - New York City Council Transportation Committee holds hearing on Intro 216 and BP Brewer testifies, Council Chambers, City Hall, Manhattan.

1 p.m. - Moss tours North Star Orchards with Rep. Richard Hanna, 4741 State Rte. 233, Westmoreland.

1:30 p.m. - New York City Council Public Housing Chair Ritchie Torres holds ribbon-cutting ceremony to announce upgrades at Monterey Houses, 558 E. 181st St., Bronx.

2 p.m. – New York City Councilman Peter Koo and Judge Sang-Hyun Song address Francis Lewis High School, 58-20 Utopia Pkwy, Fresh Meadows.

3 p.m. - Hochul tours Eastman Business Park, 200 West Ridge Rd., Rochester.

3:30 p.m. - Hundreds of unionized construction workers to protest against unsafe worksite conditions, 111 West 57th St., Manhattan.

3:30 p.m. – State Sen. David Carlucci presents 100-year-old Rockland County resident Walter Hroncich with a certificate and an American Flag that was flown over the New York State Capitol Building to acknowledge Hroncich's service during World War II, 476 Christian Herald Rd., Valley Cottage.

4 p.m. - Brewer attends CITYarts ribbon cutting of new mural, 696 Amsterdam Ave., Manhattan.

4:30 p.m. – PA James attends “Carry that Weight” Day of Action, 2990 Broadway, Manhattan.

5 p.m. - Hawkins greets supporters, Swallow Coffee, 433 Warren St., Hudson.

5 p.m. – New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer delivers remarks at One Hundred Black Men MWBE Economic Empowerment Summit, Harlem Hospital, 506 Malcolm X Blvd, Manhattan.

5 p.m. – Astorino attends he Grand Opening of Kennedy's Restaurant after Superstorm Sandy, 406 Bayside, Breezy Point.

5:10 p.m. – The Ride Home with Pat Kiernan and Rita Cosby features former deputy mayor Joe Lhota, Republican candidate for state comptroller Bob Antonacci and Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr., WABC.

6 p.m. - Assemblywoman Deborah Glick hosts a panel discussion on the effects of hydraulic fracturing, The New School’s John L. Tishman Auditorium, University Center, Room U100, 63 5th Avenue, Manhattan.

6 p.m. - Moss delivers remarks at Otsego Republican Reception, Cooperstown Distillery, 11 Railroad Ave., Cooperstown.

6 p.m. - BP Diaz Jr. hosts health department medical experts for a town hall discussion on Understanding Ebola, The Bronx Museum of the Arts, 1040 Grand Concourse, Bronx.

6 p.m. – PA James attends the Vanguard Independent Democratic Association fall event, 195 Montague St., Brooklyn.

6:15 p.m. – New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer is the keynote speaker at the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce annual membership meeting and business trade show, 2911 W. 15th St., Coney Island.

6:30 p.m. - Hochul speaks at MCDC annual dinner, Rochester Riverside Convention Center, 123 E. Main St., Rochester.

6:30 p.m. - De Blasio delivers remarks at Citizens United for Research in Epilepsy, 450 29th St., Manhattan.

6:30 p.m. - Astorino attends the Sandy Service of Remembrance, Boardwalk at Midland, Staten Island.

7 p.m. and 10 p.m. - Inside City Hall features Bill Goldstein and Daniel Zarrilli on Superstorm Sandy recovery, and the Political Rundown with Gerson Borrero and Curtis Sliwa, Time Warner Cable News NY1. 

7 p.m. - Hawkins greets supporters, Arthur’s Market, 35 North Ferry St., Schenectady.

7:30 p.m. - BP Diaz Jr. is the featured speaker at the Bronx Chamber of Commerce’s first Builders’ Awards. Marina Del Rey, One Marina Drive, Bronx.

7:45 p.m. - Brewer speaks at LES Ready Superstorm Sandy anniversary event, La Plaza Cultural, 9th St. and Avenue C, Manhattan.

8 p.m. – Astorino is a guest on Fox Business Network with host Neil Cavuto.

8:15 p.m. – Astorino attends a Get Out the Vote Rally, American Legion Hall Post 390, Intersection of Greenwich St., Jerusalem and Marvin Ave., Hempstead.



Clear your calendar! City & State is hosting its #RoadtoSOMOS Kickoff Cocktail in San Juan, Puerto Rico on November 6th! For information about the cocktail and our SOMOS HUB at El Condado Hilton Plaza Hotel, visit



KICKER:  “I do a lot of business in the city. I saw the mayor at an event. He asked me for a favor and I wrote the check. ... I just wanted to show an indication I was willing to work with him.” – John Catsimatidis, failed 2013 mayoral candidate, via the Daily News