First Read - October 17, 2014

WEATHER: Showers in Western New York. Sunny in the rest of the state. New York City, high 72; Albany, high 71; Buffalo, high 62.


EDITOR’S NOTE: Breves de El Camino a SOMOS did not come out yesterday as usual because the series’ editor, City & State contributor Gerson Borrero, is serving as one of the pool reporters on Gov. Cuomo’s trip to the Dominican Republican and Puerto Rico today. The email will come out later today and Borrero will be filing additional posts throughout the day. and follow us on Twitter @cityandstateny for up-to-the-minute updates from Gov. Cuomo’s visit to Hispaniola along The Road to SOMOS.


WINNERS AND LOSERS: Gov. Cuomo had a big, important week—he finally signed the legislation making yogurt the official state snack! Oh … and he also released his memoir. Three weeks before Election Day voters and reporters (but, let’s be honest, probably mostly reporters) got to read Cuomo’s thoughts on his failed gubernatorial bid in 2002, being known as the “Prince of Darkness” by reporters while his father was in office, and that apparently the OnStar lady has an “angelic” voice. Now it’s time to put down the book and vote on this week’s Winners and Losers:



* Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino said he would limit the governor, attorney general, state comptroller and all state lawmakers to two four-year terms in office, The Wall Street Journal reports:

* After giving himself a two-week extension of the legal deadline, Gov. Andrew Cuomo is expected to announce his nominee for a slot on the state's Court of Appeals on Friday, the Times Union reports:

* According to a new report, even though the inmate population at Rikers Island has fallen to its lowest level in decades, the amount of money spent to run New York City jails soared to a record $1.1 billion in 2014, The New York Times writes:

* A conservative research group, the Tax Foundation, gave Cuomo its 2014 “outstanding achievement in state tax reform award” for slashing corporate taxes, the New York Post reports:

* The de Blasio administration filed its first lawsuit against apartments operating as illegal hotels through Airbnb, the Daily News writes:

* Astorino accused New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio Thursday of measuring success by “how many people are on welfare,” the Daily News reports:

* JPMorgan Chase is seeking significant financial subsidies from the city and state for a $6.5 billion corporate campus at Hudson Yards on the Far West Side, the Times reports:

* Despite an increasingly bitter campaign for the 19th Congressional District seat, Republican U.S. Rep. Chris Gibson and Democrat Sean Eldridge kept their attacks civil and on-message in a prime time debate Thursday, the Times Union writes:

* De Blasio on Thursday night skipped one of the year’s biggest gay-pride galas—where former New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn was being honored, the Post reports:



* U.S. Rep. Tom Reed and his Democratic opponent Martha Robertson of Dryden are the only financially competitive race for Congress in Western New York this year, the Buffalo News writes:


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Before the City Council allows them to build in Astoria Cove, shouldn't Alma Realty have to show they're a good neighbor? More than 1,200 open HPD violations in buildings owned or managed by Alma or entities associated with Alma across the city. Hiring a contractor at its Long Island City project whose principal has been sued for paying racially discriminatory tiered wages. Declining to increase the number of affordable housing units to serve working families in Astoria. Join us on Monday, October 20 at 9:30 am in City Hall for the Subcommittee on Zoning and Franchises' hearing on Astoria Cove.




* In dealing with Ebola, exaggerating the threat or creating an information vacuum can be as dangerous as a poor public health response, the Times Union writes:

* A landlord who turns a 20- or 30-unit rental building into a hotel using Airbnb should be shut down, but a single person who rents sparingly for supplemental cash should be able to use Airbnb, never mind that it’s illegal, the Daily News writes:

* The recent attacks on the New York City Police Department are doing little to confront police misconduct and fight crime in the city and a lot to deter future police officers, Thomas Reppetto, former president of the Citizens Crime Commission of New York City, writes in the Post:




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* Miss yesterday’s NY-Canada Summit in Buffalo? Watch the entire event here:


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


Director of Public Affairs, Gramercy Communications           

Description: Gramercy Communications, one of upstate New York’s most respected communications firms, is seeking a director for their busy and growing public affairs practice.  Successful applicant will demonstrate entrepreneurial attitude, and have extensive understanding of New York State politics and business issues.  

Further Info: Send resume and letter of interest to



Description: IPRO is currently looking for analytical professionals who enjoy working in a fast-paced, dynamic environment, to work closely with the NYS Department of Health on Medicaid Health Reform initiatives. These positions present a unique opportunity to participate in developing data collection systems & analyzing utilization patterns & health care outcomes for high-risk populations.


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PR Account Manager - Nicholas & Lence Communications

Description: Fast-paced and growing, Nicholas & Lence Communications is looking to increase its talent pool with a PR account manager with 2-5 years experience. The ideal employee will be an excellent writer who enjoys working directly with clients and media, developing and pitching stories and working in a collaborative environment. Must be motivated and dedicated, comfortable with technology and social media, and should have strong media contacts.


Further Info: Submit cover letter, resume, salary history, placements and media references


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).

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY: To author and reporter Jimmy Breslin … to John Connorton Jr., Delafield & Wood partner … to E.J. McMahon, Empire Center for Public Policy founder … to H. Carl McCall, SUNY Board of Trustees chairman … and to Elizabeth Kanter, founder of Elizabeth Kanter LLC … on Saturday, to Cas Holloway, deputy COO at Bloomberg LP … to AssemblymanJames Skoufis ... and to Annie Karni, Daily News reporter … on Sunday, to journalist Andy Humm … to Mary Ellen Odell, Putnam County Executive … to Richard Fife, political consultant … to Mike Schade, campaign director for Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families … and to Emily Anne Epstein, senior editor for the Sunday New York Post.



The General Contractors Association of New York on Thursday, November 6, at the Cornell Club will host a conversation on the MTA’s Five-Year Capital Plan and keeping its legacy of investment on track.  Featuring a keynote from MTA Chairman and CEO Tom Prendergast, panelists including Seth Pinsky, Carol Kellermann, Mitchell Moss and Marc Shaw will discuss ways to fully fund the Capital Plan and its importance to the region.  Click here for more information and to register.




Gov. Andrew Cuomo will travel in the Dominican Republic this morning with a press pool including Zack Fink of NY1, Erica Orden of The Wall Street Journal and Gerson Borrero of City & State.

8:15 a.m. - IBM Chief Information Security Officer Joanne L. Martin and others hold forum on recruiting more women into cybersecurity field, NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering, 6 MetroTech Center, Brooklyn.

9 a.m. - United University Professions’ 2014 Fall Delegate Assembly, The Desmond, 660 Albany Shaker Rd., Albany.

10 a.m. - U.S. Senator Charles Schumer will endorse state Sen. Ted O’Brien at a campaign rally, 1048 University Ave, Building 3 (Old Towner's Bicycle Shop), Rochester.

10 a.m. - State Sen. Greg Ball, Assemblywoman Sandy Galef and others hold press conference to announce renaming of bridge to honor disabled veterans, Char Steak House, 151 Bryant Pond Rd., Mahopec.

10:30 a.m. - Republican candidate for governor Rob Astorino greets seniors with state Sen. Ruben Diaz Sr., Grand Slam Banquet Hall, 478 E. Tremont Ave., Bronx.

10:35 a.m. - The Geraldo Rivera Show features Rep. Steve Israel and former NYPD Commissioner Bernie Kerik.

11 a.m. - The Capitol Pressroom features City & State’s Ashley Hupfl with Winners and Losers, the Reporter Roundtable, state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli and Assemblywoman Deborah Glick, WCNY, listen here:

11 a.m. - Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz officially opens new Help Point Intercoms at four Bronx subway stations, West 231st Street and Broadway, Bronx.

11 a.m. - Republican candidate for lieutenant governor Chris Moss makes a policy announcement regarding public safety, Broome County Courthouse Steps, 92 Court Street, Binghamton.

11 a.m. - New York City Councilman Jumaane Williams joins Buffalo Council Member Michael LoCurto, local elected officials and anti-gun violence advocates at a press conference to announce their participation in Williams’ National Network to Combat Gun Violence, Buffalo City Hall steps, 65 Niagara Square, Buffalo.

11:20 a.m. - Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer makes remarks at ribbon-cutting of new Time-Warner/YWCA Learning Lab, YWCA, 500 W. 56th Street (between 10th & 11th Avenues), Manhattan.

11:30 a.m. - Green Party candidate for governor Howie Hawkins holds press conference, Lafayette High School, 370 Lafayette Ave., Buffalo.

11:30 a.m. - Republican candidate for Attorney General John Cahill discusses plan to combat heroin addiction, 615 Erie Blvd. West, Syracuse.

12:10 p.m. - Cahill is a guest on Mayor Graham’s View radio show, WANT. Listen here:

12:30 p.m. - Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams presents a group of local veterans, including representatives of the United War Veterans Council, American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Vietnam Veterans of America, Marine Corps League, and student veterans from Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom, with a battle-scarred Brooklyn flag carried into the Persian Gulf War in honor of the veteran community, Brooklyn Borough Hall Rotunda, 209 Joralemon Street, Brooklyn.

1 p.m. - Lieutenant Governor Robert Duffy delivers remarks at University of Rochester College Town dedication, Mount Hope Ave. and Crittenden Blvd., Rochester.

1 p.m. – State Senator Tony Avella joins College Point residents at the College Point Corporate Park to call on New York City to take action against commercial businesses that have taken over the street and sidewalk, 124th Street at 28th Avenue, College Point, Queens.

2 p.m. - The State Senate’s Standing Committee on Health will hold a roundtable discussion, “Ebola: Is New York Ready?”, Senate Hearing Room, 19th floor, 250 Broadway, Manhattan. Webcast at

2 p.m. - Republican candidate for lieutenant governor Chris Moss makes a policy announcement regarding public safety, New York State Capitol, West Steps, State Street, Albany.

2 p.m. - WABC-TV tapes the first televised debate for New York’s 11th Congressional District between incumbent Republican Congressman Michael Grimm and Democratic challenger Domenic Recchia, streamed live at 7online. (Airs Sunday, October 19 at 11 a.m.)

2:15 p.m. - Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams promotes summer internships for young people at a meeting with students from Pathways In Technology Early College High School (P-TECH), will hear from high school seniors who completed internships this past summer and will also make an announcement regarding his office’s internship program, Brooklyn Borough Hall Community Room, 209 Joralemon Street, Brooklyn.

2:30 p.m. - Cahill discusses plan to combat heroin addiction, 317 Washington St., Watertown.

2:45 p.m. - Democratic lieutenant governor candidate Kathy Hochul tours North Union Street Project, 260 North Union St., Olean.

4 p.m. - New York City Economic Development Corporation and Community Solutions announce grand opening of Mother Gaston Boulevard Pops! (MGB Pops!), a pop-up marketplace in Brownsville, Brooklyn featuring food and retail from local entrepreneurs, 425 Mother Gaston Boulevard, Brownsville, Brooklyn.

4 p.m. - Hochul tours CutCo Manufacturing Facilities, 116 East State St., Olean.

4:15 p.m. - Gov. Andrew Cuomo meets with Puerto Rico Governor Alejandro García-Padilla at La Fortaleza (CLOSED PRESS).

5:00 p.m. - Joint press conference with Governor Andrew Cuomo and Gov. García Padilla, Hotel El Convento, 100 Calle del Cristo, San Juan, 00901, Puerto Rico.

5:15 p.m. - Hochul delivers speech at Cattaraugus County Jefferson Jackson Dinner, 2000 Constitution Ave., Olean.

6:30 p.m. - Republican candidate for lieutenant governor Chris Moss delivers keynote remarks at the Cortland Republican Dinner, Tinelli's Hathaway House, 3976 State Route 41, Solon.

6:30 p.m. - New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito attends MUNA Civic Engagement Banquet, Grand Prospect Hall, 263 Prospect Ave., Brooklyn.

7 p.m. and 10 p.m. - Inside City Hall features author and educator David Banks and the NY1 Reporters Roundtable, Time Warner Cable News NY1.

8 p.m. - Astorino delivers remarks at Smithtown Christian School Accelerate Banquet with former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, Crest Hollow Country Club, Woodbury.

8 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. - Capital Tonight features the Reporter Roundtable, Time Warner Cable News.




KICKER: “With term limits, you have a limited opportunity to steal but you have an incentive to steal quickly, on the other hand.” – Gerald Benjamin, dean at SUNY New Paltz, on Astorino’s call for term limits to combat corruption, via the Journal