First Read - July 9, 2014

WEATHER: Mostly sunny with a chance of thunderstorms throughout the day all across the state. New York City, high 89; Albany, high 89; Buffalo, high 73.


CLAIMS 2.0: City Comptroller Scott Stringer announced the launch of ClaimStat, an interactive web portal that analyzes the various personal claims against the city, with the aim of reforming agency practices and increasing efficiency, City & State reports:


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* New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo holds a commanding 35-point lead over his Republican challenger in this fall’s general election, according to a new poll, The Wall Street Journal reports:

* Despite recent efforts to win back progressives, Cuomo continues to have troubles as New York City-based LGBTQ political clubs debate whether to endorse Cuomo or Democratic challenger Zephyr Teachout, Gotham Gazette reports:

* In response to a report that detailed how the mayor’s scheduler arranged a weekend visit to Columbia University for his son, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said that was standard procedure for city mayors, Capital New York reports:

* Last week, Republican attorney general candidate John Cahill voiced his support of Common Core academic standards, but on Tuesday his campaign indicated he would run on the ballot line “Stop Common Core,” Capital New York writes:

* Queens Councilman Ruben Wills, who is facing fraud and larceny charges, wants Attorney General Eric Schneiderman removed from the case, arguing Schneiderman is prejudiced against him, Crain’s New York writes:

* As many as 100 top-level administrators have left the state Department of Education since January amid low morale due to mismanagement, the New York Post reports:

* Struggling Brooklyn hospitals will receive more than $100 million in federal funding as part of a recently approved $8 billion Medicaid waiver, Capital New York reports:

* A new audit by New York City Comptroller Scott Stinger found one-third of the city’s public school buildings were overcrowded during 2012, yet school officials produced no clear plan to deal with the problem, Daily News’ Juan Gonzalez reports:



* Time Warner Cable News tours New York City Hall’s renovations, a project that was started by the Bloomberg administration and has more than doubled in cost:

* Casino license bidders are marketing their projects aggressively to the state, touting the power to retain young people, transform regions and set economic models upside down, the Times Union reports:



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* If the Long Island Rail Road’s unions plan is to strike thinking Washington will come to their rescue, they’re banking on a delusional strategy, Newsday writes:

* Vergara v. California, the teacher tenure lawsuit in California, provides a legal road map to better public schools for the rest of the states, Joshua Lipshutz, one of the attorneys in Vergara v. California, writes in the Wall Street Journal:

* The latest state Legislature indictment of Sen. Thomas Libous emphasizes the desperate need to clean up Albany’s culture of corruption, the Buffalo News writes:




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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:

* You can now follow us on Twitter for the latest videos— @CityAndStateTV


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

Director of Government Relations and External Affairs

Description: NYC Higher Ed Institution seeks Director of Government Relations and External Affairs.  Responsibilities include community outreach to enhance awareness and appreciation for University mission, creating effective partnerships with business, community, and civic groups and local, state, and federal government officials. Min 8 yrs. Exp. in Government Affairs, Min. BA required.
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Public Affairs Manager, Oneida Nation Enterprises LLC, Oneida NY

Description: Assists with the administration and coordination of the Oneida Indian Nation’s media relations and political affairs operations.  This position plays a key leadership role in fulfilling the department’s mission to promote the Oneida Indian Nation’s image and protect its interests.

Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism, Political Science, or Public Relations; 8 to 10 years of experience in a journalistic, public relations or political operation with previous management experience. A Master’s Degree a plus, competitive compensation and excellent benefits package.

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Assistant Scheduler/Administrative Assistant for Constantinople & Vallone Consulting LLC

Salary- Commensurate with experience

Description: Constantinople & Vallone Consulting LLC is seeking a detail oriented assistant scheduler and administrative assistant.  Responsibilities include handling outgoing and incoming schedule requests, assisting with logistics for local and regional travel, and administrative office duties as assigned.  Excellent organizational, prioritization, time management, communication and computer skills required.  Proficiency in excel and google calendar required.  Previous scheduling and political experience a plus.  

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY: To Evan Feldman, activist and researcher … and to communications consultant Mia Goldberg.


MOVING ON: Vito R. Pitta has been promoted from associate to member of the government relations firm Pitta Bishop Del Giorno & Giblin, LLC …Chris Coffey was elected to the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy’s board of directors, and will continue as a consultant at Tusk Strategies … and Jim McFadden is leaving his position as communications director for Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas in order to start law school at GWU in Washington, D.C., and will be replaced by Robert Hart.


New York Conference on Water

Wednesday, July 16 – 8:15 am to 12:15 pm

Fordham University - Columbus Ave. & W. 60th St. - 12th Fl

The Conference will explore what New Yorkers can do to protect this precious resource, and how water presents the city with opportunities, such as transportation, and risks, such as rising sea levels. It will also assess how water defines New York as a great international port and a nexus for immigrants and travelers worldwide. Panelists include:

Emily Lloyd – NYC DEP Commissioner

Frederick A. O. Schwarz - Chairman Emeritus, NRDC

Helena Durst - President, New York City Water Taxi; VP, The Durst Organization

Paul Gallay - Hudson Riverkeeper

To register visit (event discount code: water14) 




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

10 a.m. - The New York City Civilian Complaint Review Board holds its regularly scheduled monthly public board meeting, 100 Church St., 10th Floor Board Room, Manhattan, and

10 a.m. – Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer speaks at Times Square Alliance’s Midtown conditions meeting, 1535 Broadway, Manhattan.

10 a.m. - The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) hosts the National Urban League’s Marc Morial, Katherine Archuleta, the first Hispanic director of the Office of Personnel Management, and others discussing diversity in the federal workplace, Morgan Room, Hilton Midtown, 1335 Avenue of the Americas, Manhattan.

11 a.m. - Department of Homeland Security Deputy Secretary Alejandro Mayorka officiates in a swearing-in citizenship ceremony welcoming 75 new immigrants, Gramercy Room, Hilton Midtown, 1335 Avenue of the Americas, Manhattan.

12 p.m. - Ralph de la Vega, president of AT&T Mobility, gives the keynote at a LULAC Partnership Luncheon, Grand Ballroom, Hilton Midtown, 1335 Avenue of the Americas, Manhattan.

11 a.m. – Assemblyman Karim Camara, state Sen. Daniel Squadron and dozens of elected officials and advocates join the New Yorkers for Public Health & Safety to introduce the Fairness and Equity Act and call for comprehensive reform to address racially biased marijuana arrests, City Hall steps, Manhattan.   

11 a.m. – Brewer attends the Lenox Hill HealthPlex dedication of the new Phyllis and William Mack Pavilion, 30 Seventh Ave., Manhattan.

11 a.m. - Green Party gubernatorial nominee Howie Hawkins holds a press conference to discuss political corruption and hydrofracking, Surrogate Court County Courthouse lawn, 92 Court St., Binghamton.

11:06 a.m. – The Geraldo Rivera Radio Show features Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino, WABC.

11:30 a.m. - State Sen. Jeff Klein joins elected officials, the Bronx Chamber of Commerce and others to announce Bronx H.I.R.E. (Help Identify Real Employment), Building 9 Community Room at the Amalgamated Houses, Gale Place off of Orloff Avenue, Bronx.

12 p.m. - Low wage tipped workers, faith leaders and advocates hold a press conference to call on Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Wage Board to eliminate New York’s tipped sub-minimum wage, Room 130, Legislative Office Building, Albany.

1 p.m. – New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio speaks at the NYPD swearing-in ceremony, Colden Auditorium, Queens College, 65-30 Kissena Blvd., Queens.

2 p.m. – De Blasio speaks at the 2014 NYC Service Summit, Roosevelt House, Hunter College, 47-49 East 65th St., Manhattan.

3 p.m. – Republican lieutenant governor candidate and Chemung County Sheriff Chris Moss tours and talks about the challenges of doing business in New York State at local manufacturer Sportsfield Specialties, 41155 State Highway 10, Delhi.

3:30 p.m. – De Blasio holds a public hearing on Intro 253-A, in relation to the creation of a New York City identity card program, and Intro 388, in relation to naming 63 thoroughfares and public places, Council Chambers, City Hall, Manhattan.

4 p.m. – Moss meets with local elected officials to listen to their concerns about New York State government, Delhi.

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

5:30 p.m. – Moss visits Big Dog Arms Sporting Goods Store to discuss the SAFE Act, 49-B Stewart Ave., Roscoe.

5:30 p.m. - State Sen. Timothy Kennedy holds an “Evening on the Waterfront” fundraiser aboard the USS Little Rock, Buffalo & Erie County Naval & Military Park, 1 Naval Park Cove, Buffalo.  

5:50 p.m. – Lt. Gov. Robert Duffy speaks at Medved Running & Walking Outfitters’ 30th Anniversary Celebration, 3400 Monroe Ave., Rochester.

6 p.m. - Former Gov. George Pataki joins Republican attorney general candidate John Cahill for a private fundraising event, Riverfront Bar & Grill, 51 Erie Blvd., Albany.

7 p.m. - Caesars New York hosts a vendor forum to encourage local business partnerships, Falkirk Estate and Country Club, 206 Smith Clove Road, Central Valley.

7 p.m. – Inside City Hall features New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams and The Political Rundown, Time Warner Cable News NY1.

7:30 p.m. – Moss attends and speaks at the Sullivan County Sportsmen's Federation, Kauneonga Lake Firehouse, Route 55, Kauneonga Lake.

7:30 p.m. - MetroFocus features former NBC Universal chairman Bob Wright and his wife, Suzanne, founders of New York-based Autism Speaks; Rockefeller Foundation President Judith Rodin on Bus Rapid Transit; and more, WLIW21.

7:30 p.m. – Stringer and Public Advocate Letitia James speak at the Muslim Democratic Club of New York’s 2nd Annual Ramadan Iftar, Turkuaz Restaurant, 2637 Broadway, Manhattan.

8 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. – Capital Tonight features former Governor George Pataki and Green Party Lieutenant Governor Brian Jones, Time Warner Cable News



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KICKER: “You could almost not blame kids for cheating. What are they supposed to do when they’re sitting in each other’s laps?” – Arthur Goldstein, teacher at PS 234 in Tribeca, on overcrowding in public schools, via the Daily News.