First Read - September 8, 2014

WEATHER: Sunny with a chance of morning showers downstate. New York City, high 80; Albany, high 76; Buffalo, high 76.


GUBERNATORIAL DEBATE: Gubernatorial candidates Zephyr Teachout and Rob Astorino joined PIX11 News Closeup this week for a debate co-sponsored by PIX11 and City & State and moderated by Marvin Scott, City & State Albany Bureau Chief Jon Lentz and Fordham Professor Christina Greer:


BOOMSTATE: AARP is releasing a new report showing baby boomers are planning to flee New York and detailing the cost to the state of this exodus. You can watch the livestream of City & State and AARP’s forum, which features Comptroller Tom DiNapoli and a number of other distinguished speakers, starting at 8 a.m. this morning: 



* While Democratic gubernatorial candidate Zephyr Teachout has generated voter enthusiasm through public appearances, supporters of Gov. Andrew Cuomo are counting on more traditional strategies to turn out primary election voters, The Wall Street Journal writes:

* New York City Police Commissioner William Bratton will face two hours of questioning from the City Council over his plans to retrain New York’s police force in response to the death of Eric Garner, The New York Times reports:

* An Associated Press study of police departments nationwide, based on 2007 census data and federal figures for police diversity, found that the NYPD’s racial makeup is growing closer to that of New York City as a whole, the New York Post writes:

* The de Blasio administration is looking to take control of rent regulation laws from Albany should Democrats take over the Senate this fall, with the repeal of the 1971 Urstadt Law on the top of his wish list, the Daily News reports:

* Party insiders allege that Cuomo and Mayor de Blasio have used threats and intimidation in recent days to block prominent Democrats from endorsing Teachout and her lieutenant governor running mate Tim Wu, the Post’s Fred Dicker writes:

* Assembly Majority Leader Joseph Morelle demanded an apology from Republican leaders for having a private detective bug the car of Democratic Assemblyman Edward Hennessey and wants to know who else is under surveillance, the Daily News’ Ken Lovett writes:

* Cuomo came to the defense of state Sen. Jeff Klein at a rally on Sunday in the Bronx, presenting Klein as a critical partner in state government, in the wake of Klein disbanding his independent Democratic coalition with Republicans to lead the Senate, the Times writes:

* After years of tension between Cuomo and Erie County Democratic Party Chairman Jeremy Zellner and his predecessor Leonard Lenihan, all parties are putting aside their differences for a scheduled rally today, The Buffalo News reports:

* A report released by New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer found that the living conditions at New York City Housing Authority apartments have grown significantly worse over the last decade, City & State writes:

* New York City homeless advocates slammed de Blasio for keeping pace with former mayor Michael Bloomberg in removing homeless people from the city, with 1,412 sent packing since taking office in January, the Post reports:

* The state Legislature, at the behest of the state’s chief judge Jonathan Lippman, decided the state needed 25 more family court jurists on the bench because of a drastic increase in workload, leading to the new judges being on the ballot this fall, the Albany Times Union writes:



* Cuomo took a rare trip out on the campaign trail Saturday, making stops at the Labor Day parade in Manhattan and then out to Queens to issue an endorsement. Teachout, his main opponent in next Tuesday's Democratic primary, also marched in the paradeState of Politics reports:

* Former Republican gubernatorial nominee Carl Paladino endorsed Astorino at a string of rallies this weekend, culminating in a flag-waving affair at a park outside the state Capitol, Capital New York reports:

* Cuomo said his comments on debates not necessarily being essential to democracy were “obviously a joke,” adding: “(M)y joke was I have been in some debates with some real characters,” State of Politics writes:

* Former New York City Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly, who presided over a dramatic drop in crime rates during a long and sometimes controversial tenure as head of the country’s largest force, has a book deal, the Journal reports:

* Wu flunked a quiz about Western New York issues given to him by The Buffalo News, including a question about the “garbage plate,” Rochester’s everything-but-the-statins mess of a signature dish, the Buffalo News 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:



The scientists at Indian Point work every day to protect the Hudson, and in our years of operation the river has returned to health. Now the New York Department of Environmental Conservation is recommending forced outages at Indian Point to protect fish eggs and larvae. These outages would increase the risk of blackouts, and mean more expensive power and increased pollution. Thankfully, there's a Smarter Solution. Learn more




* Newsday’s Dan Janison writes that political observers see the upcoming primary election as testing the degree and motivation of anti-Cuomo sentiment from Democrats:

* The Daily News writes that “you can’t be interested” in voting for lieutenant governor candidate Tim Wu because “you don’t know Wu. You have never heard of Wu.”

* In the Post, Howard Husock, vice president for policy research at the Manhattan Institute, points out numerous flaws in de Blasio’s affordable housing plan, including a lack of accurate data:



The de Blasio administration has clearly made education the cornerstone of its policy agenda—both securing universal pre-k funding to increased investment for afterschool programs. The Institute for Children, Poverty, and Homelessness is looking beyond the general impact of this commendable agenda and focusing on how the needs of homeless students are addressed.“A Tale of Two Students: Homelessness in New York City Public Schools,” can be found here:




* Jay Hershenson, CUNY senior vice chancellor for university relations, discusses CUNY's role in implementing universal prekindergarten in New York City and initiatives CUNY is implementing to help provide higher education to more city residents: 

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Director of Communications & External Affairs, Times Square Alliance

Description: The Director of Communications & External Affairs is responsible for shaping and implementing communications for Times Square. The Director oversees graphic design, digital, social media, internal & external communications, crisis communications, marketing and strategic PR for major programming initiatives such as Times Square Arts, New Year's Eve, Summer Solstice & Taste of Times Square. The Director is also responsible for developing the strategic External Affairs program, driving the Alliance’s public policy and government affairs agenda.

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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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Public Relations Specialist, Geto de Milly

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY: To Valarie Babb, director of development at Harlem Link Charter School … and to Matthew Schneid, associate at Cole, Schotz, Forman & Leonard Cole, Schotz, Forman & Leonard.


CONGRATULATIONS: To City & State columnist Michael Benjamin, who wed professional fitness trainer Susie Wong on Saturday, in a ceremony officiated by Assemblyman Karim Camara.


MOVING ON: Michael Cinquanti is leaving Cordo & Co. to join the Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters as director of policy and planning … the New York City Comptroller’s Office’s press officer Nicole Turso is leaving to become the public information officer for the Office of the Inspector General of the New York City Police Department … and Jacqueline Baillargeon, the director of the Open Society Foundations’ Gideon Project is leaving to join the Vera Institute to become director of the Guardianship Project.



City & State and AARP New York host #BoomState - Why Boomers are fleeing New York and what's it costing us? How keeping Boomers in New York could be the Empire State’s economic savior. Featuring New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli as keynote, as well as other top officials and experts. Where: Penthouse at Taste Albany | When: September 8th, 8:00am. For more info: or




7:30 a.m. - Democratic candidate for governor Zephyr Teachout appears on Good Day NY, Fox 5.

8 a.m. - City & State and AARP hold its “Boomtown” forum to discuss the economic impact of the baby boomer population in New York, Taste Restaurant, 45 Beaver St., Albany.

8:15 a.m. - Teachout appears on Radio Woodstock with Jimmy Buff, listen here:

9 a.m. - The Board of Trustees of the State University of New York holds the first day of a two-day meeting, 353 Broadway, Albany.

10 a.m. - Teachout appears on Live from the State Capitol! with Fred Dicker, Talk 1300. Listen here:

10 a.m. - New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio delivers remarks to the Taxi and Limousine Commission, Borough of Manhattan Community College, 199 Chambers St., Manhattan.

11 a.m. - Republican Attorney General candidate John Cahill holds press conference alleging a scandal in opponent Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s office, entrance to Justice Building, Empire State Plaza, State Street, Albany.

11:15 a.m. - De Blasio participates in a press conference with members of New York’s congressional delegation, World Trade Center Outdoor Plaza, 250 Greenwich St., Manhattan.

11:30 a.m. - New York City Councilman Mark Weprin and the Doe Fund’s George McDonald announce funding to provide additional sanitation services at several locations in Eastern Queens, road median at Hillside Avenue, east side of Springfield Boulevard, Queens.

12 p.m. - First Lady Chirlane McCray speaks at Essence Street Style Block Party, DUMBO Archway, Anchorage Place and Water St., Brooklyn.

12:30 p.m. - Teachout and Wu roll out tech policy, 632 Broadway, 9th floor, Manhattan.

1 p.m. - New York City Council Member Andy King and the Times Square Alliance are joined by elected officials, city agency representatives and local businesses to announce new costumed individuals legislation that will be introduced, Duffy Square, 46th Street and Broadway, Manhattan.

1 p.m. - Rep. Carolyn Maloney, New York City Council members Laurie Cumbo and Ben Kallos, former congresswoman Elizabeth Holtzman and others hold press conference supporting the building of a National Women’s History Museum, City Hall steps, Manhattan.

1:30 p.m. - Gov. Cuomo and Democratic lieutenant governor candidate Kathy Hochul attend GOTV rally, New York Hotel Trades Council, 305 W. 44th St. and 8th Ave., Manhattan.

2 p.m. - Cahill holds press conference, 207 Genesee St., Room 508, Utica.

2 p.m. - Teachout appears on Radio Soleil d’Haiti. Listen here:

2 p.m. - Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr., State Senator Gustavo Rivera and Assembly Member Victor Pichardo greet parents outside of P.S. 33, 2424 Jerome Ave., Bronx.

4 p.m. - Cahill holds press conference, 615 Erie Blvd. West, Suite 102, Syracuse.

5 p.m. - Cuomo and Hochul attend GOTV rally, IBEW, Local 41, 3546 California Rd., Orchard Park.

5 p.m. - Ruben Diaz Jr. joins Assembly candidates Latoya Joyner and Marsha Michael to greet voters at the 161st Street/Yankee Stadium subway station, East 161st St. and River Ave., Bronx. 

5 p.m. - First Lady McCray attends Diane von Furstenberg’s Fashion Show, Spring Studio, 50 Varick St., Manhattan.

5:30 p.m. - State Sen. Lee Zeldin holds his kick-off campaign rally for Congress, 31 Horseblock Rd., Centereach.

6:30 p.m. - Teachout and Wu host rally and phone banking, 14th St. between Union Square West and Union Square East, Manhattan.

7 p.m. and 10 p.m. - Inside City Hall features New York City Board of Elections Executive Director Michael Ryan, Notre Dame President Rev. John Jenkins, and the Consultants Corner, Time Warner Cable News NY1.



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KICKER: “People say, 'Well, I don't have any experience but I think I can be lieutenant governor.' I don't have any experience but I think I can be a heart surgeon. Anyone here want to be my first patient?”– Gov. Andrew Cuomo, alluding to the inexperience of his primary opponent Zephyr Teachout and lieutenant governor candidate Tim Wu, via The Wall Street Journal.