First Read - September 10, 2014

WEATHER: Mostly cloudy in Western New York and downstate. Mostly sunny in upstate. New York City, high 80; Albany, high 77; Buffalo, high 79.



IN DEFEAT, TEACHOUT AND WU SAY 'WE MADE HISTORY’: Gov. Andrew Cuomo and his running mate Kathy Hochul may have defeated Zephyr Teachout and Tim Wu in the Democratic primary, but Teachout promises the fight for more liberal policies is just beginning:


GRISANTI LOSS SURPRISE OF STATE SENATE RACES: There were a lot of close state Senate primaries on Tuesday night, but one big upset was in Western New York where state Sen. Mark Grisanti was defeated in a Republican primary by his conservative challenger,


KLEIN FENDS OFF KOPPELL AS IDC REMAINS INTACT: The New York state Senate Independent Democratic Conference, once thought to be in danger of falling apart, could go into the next legislative session more powerful than ever after its leader, Sen. Jeff Klein, handily defeated his Democratic primary opponent Oliver Koppell Tuesday night:


KENNEDY SAILS PAST GRANT: Two years ago, Erie County Legislature Minority Leader Betty Jean Grant fought state Senator Tim Kennedy to a standstill, losing by a hair’s breadth, but last night Kennedy left the result of their rematch in no doubt, winning by a significant margin:



* Brooklyn Sen. John Sampson, a former Democratic majority leader, easily defeated three challengers despite a looming trial on federal embezzlement charges, but state Sen. Malcolm Smith, also facing criminal charges, wasn't as lucky, the Daily News reports:

* Queens State Sen. Tony Avella declared victory tonight over former city comptroller John Liu, though the challenger refused to quit, and predicted as much as a week may pass before the all the votes are counted, the Observer reports:

* The Republican Governors Association issued a statement late Tuesday night with the headline “RGA Congratulates Rob Astorino on New York Gubernatorial Primary Victory,” except Astorino didn’t run against anyone in the primary, the Daily News writes:

* One of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's longest-serving senior aides, Mylan Denerstein, will leave her post on Friday for a job in the private sector, The Wall Street Journal reports:

* New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio named the city’s first Chief Technology Officer Tuesday, tapping tech executive Minerva Tantoco for the job, the Daily News reports:

* De Blasio does not have security clearance to get classified information from the feds—unlike his two predecessors—and he has never even bothered to apply for it, the New York Post writes:

 * Chokeholds are against NYPD policy and are at the center of the controversial death of a suspect on Staten Island, but de Blasio said Tuesday he’s opposed to making them a crime, the Post reports:

* New York City’s corrections commissioner detailed proposed overhauls to the problem-plagued Rikers Island jail complex, including a top-to-bottom review of the department's policies by a private consulting firm the Journal reports:

* State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said he had reached a $3.5 million settlement with G.H.I., the state’s largest health insurance company, after several consumers complained to his office that they were surprised by their medical bills, Capital New York writes:

* New York City is getting $25 million in federal transportation funding to support de Blasio’s Vision Zero quest to eliminate traffic fatalities and will fund 13 city Department of Transportation projects, the Daily News reports:

* A LGBT advocacy group that applied to march in the St. Patrick's Day Parade was turned away by the event's organizers because all of the spots have been filled, despite the announcement that the parade would for the first time allow gay groups to march, the Journal writes:

* New York City Councilman Rafael Espinal will announce his opposition to the de Blasio-backed ban on carriage horses on the steps of City Hall, the Daily News reports:

* Thomas Galante, Queens library's $392,000-a-year president and CEO, who has held the post since 2003, will see his fate decided by a new board of trustees on Thursday night, according to board sources, the Daily News’ Juan Gonzalez writes:

* Among the evening’s other winners in the Democratic primary were Latrice Walker, Rebecca Seawright, Michael Blake and Guillermo Linares, according to a roundup of results by the Times. Also, with 98 percent of precincts reporting, Bronx Assemblyman Victor Pichardo was trailing his opponent, Hector Ramirez, by 11 votes:



* New York City Councilman Ben Kallos is joining the likes of reddit, Vimeo, and Wordpress (to name just a few of the many) in participating in a worldwide “internet slowdown” to protest rules currently being proposed by the FCC that would create tiered internet speeds, Gotham Gazette reports:


GERSON BORRERO ON EXPANDED C&S COVERAGE OF LATINO POLITICS: Gerson Borrero explains City & State Media’s new multiplatform series entitled “The Road to SOMOS/El Camino a SOMOS” and previews the coverage leading up to the November retreat in San Juan, Puerto Rico:




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* The idealism professed by advocates of taxpayer-financed campaigns is opportunistic and tries to exploit public outrage over corruption to win support for an ideological agenda that won’t address the root of the problem, the Manhattan Institute’s Stephen Eide writes in the Post:

* Albany’s Joint Commission for Public Ethics needs to take action before the general election as it has languished without obvious action for nine months while both the state Attorney General and state Comptroller face ethics complaints, the Daily News writes:

* With ownership about to be transferred to Terry and Kim Pegula, the Buffalo Bills and its place in Buffalo seem secure and there could not have been a happier, more appropriate conclusion to the drama surrounding ownership, the Buffalo News writes:



Across all five boroughs of NYC, 197 public charter schools are educating close to 100,000 students this school year. We encourage community leaders to visit their local charter schools. If you would like to arrange a visit to a public charter school, please contact the New York City Charter School Center at 212-437-8331. Join us to make sure every family, regardless of language spoken or special learning needs, knows about the school choices available to them. Learn more at




BOOMSTATE: Watch City & State and AARP’s forum on the challenges facing baby boomers and why many of them say they are planning to flee New York State: 

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Associate for Top NYC-based Boutique Public Affairs Firm

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Description: NYC-based boutique lobbying and public relations firm seeks associate.  Candidate must have superior writing skills, knowledge of New York City politics and media skills.  Responsibilities include assisting in lobbying efforts on a wide range of issues, policy research and writing and pitching press releases.  Ideal candidate has 3-7 years experience in lobbying, government, media or public relations.

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Executive Director, Supportive Housing Network of New York

Description:  The Supportive Housing Network of New York -- a nonprofit membership organization representing more than 200 nonprofits that provide housing and services to vulnerable at-risk individuals and families -- seeks a dynamic executive director. The executive director (i) provides the organization with executive leadership and strategic vision, (ii) oversees the organization's financial management and fundraising activities, (iii) organizes and implements the organization's policy, advocacy and programs, and, (iv) manages the organization's administration and personnel.

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Policy Associate for Research and Data, Citizens’ Committee for Children of New York, Inc

Salary: Commensurate with experience. Competitive benefits package.

Description: CCC is seeking a full time Policy Associate for Research and Data to assist in data collection and statistical analysis and maintenance of Keeping Track Online Data.  Responsibilities include: conducting outreach to federal, state and city government agencies, universities and research and policy organizations to identify data sources; collecting and analyzing demographic and programmatic data; manipulating data to reduce complex info to some descriptive statistics.

Further Info: Please send resume, 3 references, a writing sample and a salary history to: Lorraine Tate, Executive Assistant


Policy Associate for Early Childhood Education and Education, Citizens’ Committee for Children of New York, Inc

Salary: Commensurate with experience. Competitive benefits package.

Description: Job responsibilities center on the three components of our work: fact-finding, community education and advocacy. This will include analytic work to evaluate the impact of early childhood education, education and after-school policies, budget allocations and legislation; testifying at city and state hearings; conducting community education events; meeting with elected and appointed government officials; participating in coalitions with colleagues; analyzing government data; and developing and administering quantitative and qualitative data collection instruments to develop findings and recommendations that seek to inform improvement of programs, policies, budgets, or laws.

Further Info: Please send resume, 3 references, a writing sample and a salary history to: Lorraine Tate, Executive Assistant


HAPPY BIRTHDAY: To Seth Andrews, Huffington Post Live producer … to Keith Kelly, New York Post media columnist … to Brian Paul, project manager at the office of Land Use at the New York City Council … to Kathleen Whynot, chief of staff to Assemblywoman Cathy Nolan … to Tom Tracy, Daily News crime reporter … to Hunter Walker, politics editor at Business Insider … and to Wall Street Journal reporter Mara Gay.


MOVING ON: Tara Martin, former director of communications for the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union is leaving to become senior communications manager for the New York State Nurses Association … and Karthik Ganapathy, former deputy managing director of field operations for Red Horse Strategies, is leaving to become the U.S. communications manager for



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Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in New York City and Erie County. 

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is in the city with no public events.

6:40 a.m. - City & State Editor-in-Chief Morgan Pehme is a guest on The Answer with Joe Piscopo, AM 970. Listen here:

9 a.m. – Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer participates in DEMOS and NYC Central Labor Council racial justice roundtable on hiring practices, 275 Seventh Avenue, Manhattan.

10 a.m. - New York City Councilman Donovan Richards and climate advocates rally for resolution on United Nations Climate Summit and address climate change, steps of City Hall, Manhattan.

10 a.m. - Ambassadors for hunger-relief join Food Bank President & CEO Margarette Purvis at a symbolic lighting ceremony at the Empire State Building where they will 'flip the switch' to turn the iconic tower orange (the color of hunger awareness), 350 Fifth Ave., Manhattan.

10:30 a.m. - New York City Fire Commissioner Daniel A. Nigro  will be swearing in The Executive Board of the Uniformed Fire Officers Association and Battalion Chief James Lemonda to succeed retiring President Captain Alexander Hagan at ceremony, Ricardo’s Restaurant, 2101 24th Ave., Queens.

11 a.m. - Lieutenant Gov. Robert Duffy attends funeral services for Rochester Police Officer Daryl Pierson, Blue Cross Arena, 100 Exchange Blvd., Rochester.

11 a.m. - Public Advocate Letitia James holds press conference to release report aimed at improving outcomes for 1,000 you that age out of foster care, New York City Council chambers, City Hall, Manhattan. 

11 a.m. - Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams announces the upcoming inaugural “SOURCE360 Expo,” a three-day hip-hop festival across multiple venues, 209 Joralemon St., Brooklyn.

11 a.m. - State Sen. David Carlucci joins village of Sloatsburg Mayor Carl Wright to announce funding to replace retaining wall on Orange Tpke., 40 Orange Tpke., Sloatsburg.

11 a.m. - The Capitol Pressroom features Republican Attorney General candidate John Cahill, State Sen. John DeFrancisco, State Sen. Michael Gianaris and political strategist Bruce Gyory, WCNY, listen here:

11 a.m. - Cahill attends breakfast with state Sen. Marty Golden, Bridgeview Diner, 3rd Ave., Brooklyn.

11 a.m. - Green Party candidate for governor Howie Hawkins holds press conference, Perseverance Park, Washington St. and South Salina St., Syracuse.

11:30 a.m. – Brewer tours Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center for Childhood Cancer Awareness Month event, 444 East 68th Street, Manhattan.

12 p.m. - New York city Council Chair of Consumer Affairs Rafael Espinal Jr., announces his position on the proposed ban of Central Park’s horse-drawn carriages, City Hall steps, Manhattan. 

12:45 p.m. - Cahill visits AMICO Senior Center, 1562 86th St., Brooklyn. 

1:30 p.m. – Brewer speaks at the Project Renewal for St. Nicholas House 10th anniversary, 646 St. Nicholas Ave., Manhattan.

2:30 p.m. – Brewer Attends Urban Assembly Gateway School for Technology new labs opening, 439 West 49th St., Manhattan.

6 p.m. – Brewer attends Manhattan Solid Waste Advisory Board monthly meeting, 1 Bryant Park, Manhattan.

6:30 p.m. - Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance hosts free basketball clinic with members of the WNBA, Manhattanville Community Center, 530 W. 133rd St., Manhattan.

7 p.m. – Brewer performs swearing-in at NYCHA’s Manhattan North District Council of Presidents meeting and installation ceremony, 1833 Lexington Ave., Manhattan.

7 p.m. - The East Side Democratic Club is holding its Judicial Forum, Church of Holy Trinity choir room, 341 E 87th St., Manhattan.



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KICKER: “I don't know what I'm gonna have for lunch tomorrow, ok?”– State Sen. Diane Savino, when asked what happens if the Democratic majority fails to hold the state Senate after November’s general election, via City & State.