First Read - August 29, 2014

WEATHER: Sunny skies across the state. New York City, high 78; Albany, high 78; Buffalo, high 74.


WINNERS AND LOSERS: Fast food workers will be allowed to march in the Labor Day parade next week—a win for sure, but they didn't make the cut this week on our list. Neither did Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who many might have thought would be a shoo-in for the losers list for not receiving the New York Times’ endorsement. There was heated debate in the City & State newsroom this week... and here are the Winners and Losers we landed on:


EL CAMINO A SOMOS: Basándose en la fuerte respuesta positiva al trabajo de Gerson Borrero como colaborador de City & State desde que éste se unió a esta publicación en abril, City & State inicia una serie en varias plataformas noticiosas bajo la dirección editorial de Borrero titulada “The Road to SOMOS / El Camino a SOMOS”:



* New York State released an expanded version of the teacher and principal evaluations which showed 94 percent of teachers and 92 percent of principals rated in the top two tiers, prompting an outcry from critics who question the high marks, The New York Times writes:

* In the wake of growing criticism over conditions at Rikers Island, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio enacted legislation on Thursday to boost oversight of the use of solitary confinement at the jail, the Times reports:

* De Blasio defended his plan to scrap an admissions test as the sole criteria for entry into the city’s elite public high schools after alumni from the schools protested the changes, the Daily News reports:

* Miguel Martinez, a former New York City councilman convicted in a federal corruption case, agreed to forfeit his city pension until he pays back $106,000 that he stole, the Times reports:

* New York Police Commissioner William Bratton on Thursday strongly refuted claims by the sergeants' union president that the city is starting to resemble its crime-ridden past, The Wall Street Journal reports:

* Harlem Rep. Charles Rangel is facing outrage from the city’s elected gay leaders and advocacy groups for backing an anti-gay rights candidate, New York City Councilman Fernando Cabrera, for state senate, the New York Post writes:

* The New York City Police Department is shifting the positions of cops at the Brooklyn Bridge after recent high-profile security breaches there, the Post reports:

* The state Department of Environmental Conservation will once again test the air quality around the Peace Bridge to find out what’s in the emissions of thousands of cars and trucks lined up at U.S. inspection booths every day, the Buffalo News reports:

* An accountant in the New York City Comptroller’s Office admitted running a CPA business from her desk for nearly 16 years and agreed to pay a fine of nearly $14,000 in a settlement, the Post writes:

* A Brooklyn public school principal was hit with a $2,400 fine for regularly using three underlings as personal assistants, forcing them to do his shopping and bank trips and pick up booze for him at the liquor store, the Daily News reports:



40 Under 40: New York City Rising Stars nominations are now open. If you have a friend or colleague you think deserves recognition you have until September 12th to submit a nomination on their behalf:



The scientists at Indian Point have always protected the Hudson River’s ecosystem. Now, some people in Albany want to build a huge cooling tower there and shut down the plants in the summer — to protect fish eggs and larvae. What will this mean? More pollution, more expensive electricity, and risk of summertime blackouts. There’s a Smarter Solution, New York: Wedgewire Screens, a proven technology that already protects fish in the Hudson. Learn more at




* The process to evaluate the new nominees for a commissioner of the Board of Elections should be transparent and nominees must prove they are credible ballot-counters, the Daily News writes:

* New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer, a pre-K supporter, should be commended for doing his job and holding the mayor’s feet to the fire for not submitting more than 70 percent of its pre-K contracts, the Post writes:

* Al Sharpton’s calls to suspend due process for police officers suspected of misconduct are hypocritical because he insists misbehaving and incompetent teachers deserve union protections and due process, Michael Benjamin writes in the Post: 



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:




* New York City Department of Sanitation Commissioner Kathryn Garcia, state Sen. Kevin Parker and representatives from Con Edison and National Grid participated in City & State’s 4th annual On Energy Forum on Wednesday:

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Deputy Director of Communications, Manhattan District Attorney’s Office

Description:  The Manhattan Attorney's Office has an immediate opening for a Deputy Director in its Communications Unit. In this position, the Deputy Director will serve as a senior spokesperson for a 1,300-person prosecutor’s office, which fields 100,000 cases a year and is a national leader in criminal justice initiatives. Requirements: Management experience and 5 years related work experience.  

To view the full job description and apply, please visit:


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.

Further Info: Please send a resume and cover letter to:


Knowledge and Network Lead for Government Innovations, Bloomberg Philanthropies

Description: Bloomberg Philanthropies seeks a Knowledge and Network Lead for their Government Innovations programs, responsible for developing a new set of activities that strengthen the field of practice around government innovation. Includes efforts to support municipal innovators through professional network and skills-building initiatives, establish world class leadership development opportunities for mayors, develop resource/content strategies that enable effective ideas to spread broadly, promote knowledge and research that shapes public opinion. Experience with public sector, innovation, philanthropy, or issue campaigns.

Further Info- For a complete job description visit: To apply email resume and cover letter to Anne McCarthy at with subject line: Government Innovation.  


Vice President, Government and Community Relations, Brooklyn Public Library

Salary: Based on experience

Description: Brooklyn Public Library is seeking a highly skilled government relations professional to lead its intergovernmental, advocacy and community engagement efforts. The Vice President, Government and Community Relations will be tasked with developing and enhancing BPL’s relationships with elected officials, working with other community stakeholders, and increasing operating and capital budget support from government sources.

Further Info: To view the full job ad and/or to apply for this position, please go


HAPPY BIRTHDAY: To Anna Adams Sarthou, New York City-area manager for external affairs for AT&T … to Bob Rubin, former U.S. Treasury Secretary … to Sewell Chan, a deputy editor at The New York Times … and to Sal Albanese, former New York City mayoral candidate … on Saturday to former Assemblyman Jack McEneny … to Ivan Pereira, am New York staff reporter … to author Jennifer Pozner … to Rance Huff, chief of staff to New York City Councilman Jumaane Williams … and to Justine Almada, executive director at the HPV and Anal Cancer Foundation … on Sunday to Robin Levine, first deputy press secretary at the New York City Council … to Thomas Kaplan, reporter at The New York Times … to Gary Ginsburg, state Senate Democrats press secretary … and to Alison Fox, contributor at The Wall Street Journal.



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Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in the New York City area and Rhode Island with no public schedule.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio will be in the city and in Rhode Island with no public schedule.

9 a.m. - Democratic candidate for governor Zephyr Teachout and running mate Tim Wu continue Whistleblower tour, Time Warner Cable, 142 Schwenk Dr., Kingston.

9 a.m. - New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer talks about Checkbook NYC, the new online tool tracking the city's day-to-day spending, plus his duties as comptroller on "Eldridge & Co.", CUNY TV

11 a.m. - The Geraldo Rivera Show features former New York Gov. David Paterson, WABC 770AM.

11 a.m. - Teachout/Wu continue Whistleblower tour, SUNY New Paltz, Jacobson Faculty Tower, New Paltz.

11 a.m. - The Capitol Pressroom features City & State’s Ashley Hupfl discussing Winners and Losers, Rick Karlin from the Times Union and Nick Reisman from Time Warner Cable News and author and research scholar in Philosophy Adrian Kuzminski, WCNY. Listen here:

11 a.m. - Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams announces that Borough Hall will be lit in teal for ovarian cancer awareness month, 209 Joralemon St., Brooklyn. 

11:30 a.m. - Democratic lieutenant governor candidate Kathy Hochul visits the Town of Amherst Senior Center, 370 John James Audubon Pkwy, Amherst.

11:30 a.m. - State Sen. David Carlucci and state Sen. Bill Larkin announce funds to support study of the Hudson River, Stony Point Lighthouse, 44 Battlefield Rd., Stony Point.

12 p.m. - New York City Councilman Donovan Richards and friends of the Brookville Park host back to school event, Brookville Park, 149th Ave. between 232nd St. and 235th St., Queens.

12:15 p.m. - Hochul appears on Buffalo Common Council President and True Bethel Pastor Darius Pridgen’s radio show, WUFO 1080AM. Listen here:

1 p.m. - Teachout/Wu continue Whistleblower tour, City Hall, 255 Main St., White Plains.

2:45 p.m. - Teachout/Wu continue Whistleblower tour, New York Department of Taxation, 8002 Kew Gardens Rd., Queens.

4:30 p.m. - Teachout/Wu continue Whistleblower tour, LIPA building, 333 Earle Ovington Blvd., Uniondale.

5 p.m. - Hochul greets voters at Nick Tahou’s with Assembly Majority Leader Joe Morelle, 320 W. Main St., Rochester.

6 p.m. - NYS Comptroller Tom DiNapoli will march in the Rochester Labor Day Parade with Labor and local elected officials, Charlotte St. between Pitkin St. and Scio St., Rochester.

6:30 p.m. - Hochul marches in the Rochester Labor Day Parade, Charlotte St. between Pitkin St. and Scio St., Rochester.

7 p.m. and 10 p.m. - Inside City Hall features Zenaida Mendez, a tour of City Councilman Vincent Ignizio’s district and the Reporters Roundtable, Time Warner Cable News NY1.

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




KICKER: “"I'm sorry, one squeegee pest is not an invasion. I'm sorry … Times Square [is] not being over run by Elmos." – New York Police Commissioner William Bratton, denying claims that New York City is starting to resemble its crime-ridden past, via the Journal