First Read - July 8, 2014

WEATHER: Mostly cloudy with a chance of showers and thunderstorms in Western New York. Mostly sunny with a chance of rain and thunderstorms in the afternoon in the rest of the state. New York City, high 91; Albany, high 89; Buffalo, high 76.


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* Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino and Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s top aide Larry Schwartz have little-known, but potent bad blood between themselves that dates back to 2005, The Wall Street Journal reports:

* The Buffalo News explores reasons why Kathy Hochul, the former congresswoman chosen by Cuomo to be his lieutenant governor, has not been promoted publicly after accusations that Cuomo is deliberately silencing her:

* New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has created a campaign account for 2017 with the New York City Campaign Finance Board and has been quietly fundraising during the past few months, the Journal writes:

* With less than two weeks before a looming strike deadline, Cuomo said Monday that it’s up to the U.S. Congress, not the governor’s office, to head off a possible Long Island Rail Road strike, Capital New York reports:

* State Sen. Tony Avella’s challenger John Liu still owes the city more than $525,000 in campaign fines for illegally hanging campaign signs during his successful 2009 run for city Comptroller, the New York Post reports:

* Manny De Los Santos, who in May announced he was running for state Senate, changed his mind and announced he will be running for the 72nd Assembly District seat recently vacated by Gabriela Rosa, the Daily News writes:

* With just two days before petitions have to be filed, Brian Howard, a former Queensbury superintendent, is poised to officially challenge state Sen. Kathy Marchione for her 43rd District seat, the Times Union reports:

* A New York City Council member is calling for the site of a Ludlow Street parking garage to be transformed into affordable housing after it was left out of a plan to redevelop a swath of the Lower East Side, the Journal reports:

* This fall 62 New York City schools will try a range of new ideas, such as staggering start times and changing class sizes, under an initiative that lets them bend union rules and city regulations if enough teachers agree, the Journal writes: 

* The New York State Pavilion, a 1964 World’s Fair colossus that rests off an expressway in Queens, will receive nearly $6 million for restoration work under the new city budget the Times writes:



* Areas all over New York will be engaging in an ambitious experiment with the state’s expansion of pre-kindergarten, Capital Tonight writes:



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* The deal to fast track the Atlantic Yards affordable housing site will end more than 11 years of hostilities over how downtown Brooklyn will change, am New York writes:

* The New York public school system serves adults at the expense of kids and the recent lawsuit challenging teacher tenure is proof folks are becoming fed up with the way the school system protects bad teachers, the Post writes:

* New York City’s plan to reassign as many as 1,300 more officers to high-crime areas isn’t adding to the strength of the police force, it just moves them around and doesn’t help solve rising crime, Thomas Reppetto, former president of the Citizens Crime Commission of New York, City writes in the Post:




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* City & State contributor Gerson Borrero talks to Errol Louis, host of NY1's Inside City Hall, about Louis’s role as the director of urban reporting at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism:

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY: To Assemblywoman Addie Russell … to Assemblyman Phil Steck … to New York City Councilman Brad Lander … to Preston Niblack … to Andrew Gounardes, counsel to the Brooklyn borough president … to Sarah Figuereo-Rey, special projects coordinator at the New York City Housing Authority … to blogger Jax Russo … to writer Jessica Kaplan … to Jason Diamond, Flavorwire’s literary editor … to writer Jessica Campbell … to Maureen McCormack, lobbyist at Patricia Lynch Associates … to Joe Goldbloom, senior advisor to New York City Councilman I. Daneek Miller … and to City & State Managing Editor Michael Gareth Johnson.


MOVING ON: Ned Berke, editor and publisher of Sheepshead Bites, will become the news web site’s associate publisher and senior editor following its sale to Corner Media … and Jessica Alaimo, formerly a political reporter at Capital New York, is now press officer for Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren.


CONGRATULATIONS: To Rep. Dan Maffei and his wife, Abby Davidson Maffei, who on Thursday welcomed their first child, Maya Elizabeth Maffei … and to Karine Jean-Pierre, campaign manager for the ACLU's Reproductive Freedom Initiative, on the birth of her daughter, Soleil Maria.


IN MEMORIAM: Former Assemblyman Vincent Graber has died … and former New York City councilman Herbert Berman died on Sunday.



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Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in New York City with no public schedule.

10 a.m. - The 85th Annual League of United Latin American Citizens Convention opens with a press conference featuring LULAC President Margaret Moran and LULAC’s Brent Wilkes, the Hispanic Federation’s José Davila and National Hispanic Leadership Agenda’s Hector Sanchez on a collaborative mobilization and education campaign for the midterm elections, Morgan Room, Hilton Midtown, 1335 Avenue of the Americas, Manhattan.

10 a.m. - The Brian Lehrer Show features a Wall Street Journal reporter on teacher tenure in California and New York, New Jersey Senate President Steve Sweeney on pension contributions, and more, WNYC.

10:15 a.m. - Republican candidate for governor Rob Astorino is a guest on Live from the State Capitol with Fred Dicker, WGDJ Talk 1300AM, listen here:

11 a.m. - Astorino joins parents and education advocates to announce formation of new independent ballot line called “Stop Common Core,” LCA Pressroom, Room 130, LOB, Albany.  

11 a.m. - Rep. Grace Meng and immigration advocacy groups hold a press conference to urge young undocumented immigrants to enroll and reapply for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, in front of Newtown High School, 48-01 90th St., Queens.

11 a.m. - Lt. Gov. Robert Duffy delivers remarks at St. John Fisher College’s new science building groundbreaking ceremony, Skalny Science Center, 3690 East Ave., Rochester.

11 a.m. - The Capitol Pressroom features Region 2 EPA Administrator Judith Enck; Conor Bambrick of Environmental Advocates of New York; and UAlbany’s Dr. Barry Trachtenberg, attorney Ryan Karben and Chris McKenna of the Times Herald Record, WCNY.

11:35 a.m. – The Geraldo Rivera Show features state Assemblyman Richard Gottfried, WABC

12 p.m. - Hundreds of New Yorkers rally outside fundraiser for Gov. Andrew Cuomo calling for a ban on fracking, Plaza Hotel, 768 5th Ave., Manhattan.

12 p.m. - New York City Council Majority Leader Jimmy Van Bramer, Parks Commissioner Mitchell Silver, and other elected officials cut ribbon on newly constructed Queensbridge Seawall, Vernon Blvd. north of Queensborough Bridge, Queens.

12:15 p.m. - New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio makes announcement, Wagner Houses Community Center, 435 E. 120th St., Manhattan.

1 p.m. - NYCLASS demands that New York City revoke the license of a horse carriage industry spokesperson, 59th Street and 6th Avenue, Manhattan.

2:30 p.m.  - New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and Councilman Paul Vallone announce restoration of merit based scholarship program, City Hall steps, Manhattan.

4 p.m. – State Sen. Bill Perkins, New York City Council Education Chair Danny Dromm, former City Council Education Cahir Robert Jackson and NAACP Head Hazel Dukes hold a rally to protest money given to Charter Schools and the selling off of public school buildings, New York Public Library steps, Fifth Ave at 41st Street.

5:20 p.m – “The Ride Home” with Pat Kiernan and Rita Cosby features New York City Councilman Ritchie Torres, WABC.

6 p.m. - New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and Katherine Archuleta, the first Latina director of the Office of Personnel Management, preside at an opening LULAC reception/salute to the armed forces, Mercury Room, Hilton Midtown, 1335 Avenue of the Americas, Manhattan.

6 p.m. - Westchester County Executive and gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino attends a fundraiser, Saratoga National Golf Course, 458 Union Ave., Saratoga Springs.

6 p.m. - State Sens. Liz Krueger and Jose Serrano host fundraiser in support of Assembly candidate Rebecca Seawright, Liz Krueger’s home, Manhattan.

6:30 p.m. - Greater NYC for Change hosts “After Dasani: Shining Light on the Invisible,” a panel on New York City homelessness moderated by Ben Max, St. John's Lutheran Church, 81 Christopher St., Manhattan.

6:30 p.m. - De Blasio delivers remarks at LULAC National Convention opening reception, New York Hilton Midtown, 1335 Avenue of the Americas, Manhattan.

6:30 p.m. – Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer speaks at the Alliance for Downtown New York’s “Digital Roadmap” discussion on transportation, South Street Seaport, Fulton and Front streets, Manhattan.

7 p.m. - DL21C presents a Rising Star Series discussion with Kathleen Rice, Nassau County district attorney and Democratic candidate for Congress in New York’s 4th Congressional District, Eamonn's Bar and Grill, 9 E. 45th St., Manhattan.

7 p.m. and 10 p.m. - Inside City Hall features congressional candidate Dominic Recchia and the Wise Guys, Time Warner Cable News NY1.

8 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. - Capital Tonight features Assemblyman Kieran Lalor and Unshackle Upstate’s Brian Sampson, Time Warner Cable News.

8 p.m. - New York City Councilman Jumaane Williams appears on the O’Reilly Factor to discuss gun violence in New York City, FOX News.  

10 p.m. - Williams appears on CNN Newsroom to discuss gun violence, CNN.  



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KICKER: “Sometimes the best way to deal with a bully is to tease him, and anyone who has crossed paths with Larry Schwartz is cheering for us.” – Jessica Proud, spokeswoman for Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino, on Astorino’s relationship with Schwartz, via the Journal.