First Read - June 12, 2014

WEATHER: Chance of rain again across the state. New York City, high 73; Albany, high 71; Buffalo, high 76.



* The fourth 13th congressional district Democratic primary debate was without the theatrics and racially-charged language of past face-offs as the three challengers focused on the issues and each other’s records, The New York Times writes:

* Hidden camera video showing state Sen. Malcolm Smith, an undercover FBI agent and a Rockland County developer discussing paying county Republican chairs for mayoral support for Smith was played at the senator’s trial, the Times reports:

* Following the New York City Council’s passage of a home rule message in support of lowering the speed limit on city streets, state Senate Co-Leader Jeff Klein said he would introduce an amended bill that would lower the speed limit to 25 mph on streets with two lanes or less, the Daily News reports:

* Members of the disabled community and other advocates calling for a vote on a program bill that would allow for advanced home health aides disrupted Assembly proceedings, the Times Union reports:

* The state Budget Division is expected to release a memo approving 2 percent raises, retroactive to the beginning of April, for management/confidential employees—a non-unionized category of state workers, the Times Union writes:

* A bill proposed in the New York City Council would provide low-income tenants facing eviction or foreclosure with the same free access to an attorney that criminals are eligible for, the Daily News writes:

* An amended version of a bill to protect Long Island watersheds from pollution is being pushed by a pair of Long Island lawmakers, who said it should be voted on early next week, Newsday reports:

* A lawyer says the same kind of evidence used in California to strike down teacher-protection statutes could be used to bring an end to New York’s tenure laws, the New York Post writes:



* Abortion-rights supporters are split on how to pass the Women’s Equality Act before the end of the legislative session, with one group calling for separate votes on the bills because the abortion plank won’t pass the Senate, while another wants the entire package voted on at once, The Wall Street Journal writes:


WORLD CUP PICK ’EM: The World Cup kicks off today. We want to hear from elected officials. Who do you think will take home the trophy? USA? Spain? Brazil? Email us your predictions at



Construction remains one of the deadliest jobs in New York.  So why are some groups talking about weakening common sense safety laws?  The Scaffold Safety Law protects New York’s workers by holding accountable those who are responsible for construction safety when life-saving safety rules are broken.  Find out the truth about the Scaffold Safety Law at




* The Daily News writes that based on Eva Moskowitz’s record of achievement, she should easily receive the state’s approval for 14 new charter schools, and a law will force the city to either provide public school building space or funding to pay rent on leased space:

* The Daily News writes that though he has proven to be friendly with New York City’s public employee unions, Mayor Bill de Blasio is right to push back against current calls for pension reforms for NYPD officers:

* The Post writes that when elected officials call entrance exams to New York City’s specialized high schools biased against black and Latino students, they’re really saying they don’t believe students can pass the tests:



REAL GENERAL LIABILITY INSURANCE REFORM IS POSSIBLE.  But opponents of the scaffold law, who have wasted yet another year on the same tired legislation to weaken safety standards, have to stop their fiddling and support the only real chance to move toward a resolution of this issue:  The Construction Insurance Transparency Act.  It’s time for business to say yes to protecting workers and reducing costs.  Join 25 organizations advocating for workers, minorities, immigrants and local communities.  SUPPORT A8745/S6700.




* A bill that would provide the New York City Council and general public with academic reporting on all co-located schools in New York City, passed during Wednesday's stated meeting, providing an important level of transparency as to how these schools perform. The bill, Int. 12-A, sponsored by Councilman Andy King of the Bronx, would improve transparency regarding the academic performance of schools that are co-located by the Department of Education by requiring the agency to report to the City Council and post on its website annually by August 30th certain information on all co-located schools based on the prior school year. This information will include demographics on English language learner status, special education status and the percentage of students eligible for free and reduced price lunch, as well as the reporting of information regarding student academic performance, including student scores received on state examinations. The bill would apply to both charter and non-charter schools that are co-located by the DOE. (To read more, click here:

* Hoping to demonstrate the kind of progress on Superstorm Sandy housing recovery not seen under the Build it Back program, the de Blasio administration released numbers showing that the city is inching its way toward the mayor's goal for construction starts. As of today, 61 construction starts have begun, and 254 reimbursement checks totaling roughly $4 million have been disbursed. That is more than ten times as many homes that have broken ground since the appointment of Amy Peterson as the director of the Housing Recovery Office in late March, when only six construction starts had happened and $100,000 in reimbursement checks were handed out. Additionally, 10,309 homes have had damage inspections, 4,808 people have had an "option review meeting," and 1,872 people have chosen an option. Another 328 people have had design consultations completed on their new homes. (To read more, click here:



Did you know that 82% of Airbnb travelers stay outside of midtown Manhattan? Airbnb travelers spend an average of $740 each time they stay in a New York City community. Those dollars add up, which is how Airbnb visits generated $768 million in economic activity in New York City last year alone. Come learn more about Airbnb, we’ve got a lot to share:



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Associate State Director- Advocacy, AARP

Salary: Commensurate with experience

Description: As the Associate State Director – Advocacy, you will work to ensure AARP is a powerful force in helping people turn their goals and dreams into real possibilities, strengthen communities and fight for the issues that matter most to families such as health, financial and retirement security. Responsibilities include- developing strategy, writing campaign plans, and managing grassroots advocacy efforts on multiple issues; creating and implement advocacy tactics with staff and volunteers; overseeing budgeting of multiple issue campaigns.

Further Info: To view full job description and to apply, click HERE


Service Integration Expert, The Coalition of Behavioral Health Agencies, Inc.

Description: The Service Integration Expert will report directly to the Chief Operating Officer of the Coalition. The Coalition of Behavioral Health Agencies seeks an individual knowledgeable about the major policy shifts in the behavioral health sector, i.e. Medicaid Redesign, the carve-in of all behavioral health clients into managed care, etc. The individual must possess a Master’s degree in public policy, public administration, social work or other allied field and be capable of providing on-site technical assistance and consultation to substance use agencies. NYS OASAS agency experience is preferred.  Excellent written, oral, networking and computer skills needed. Ability to work in a highly productive and fast paced environment with agency executives and leadership.

Further Info: To apply, email under the subject line “Service Integration Expert” a resume, cover letter and writing sample to:


Speechwriter Position at U.S. EPA, Region 2, based in NYC

The U.S. EPA’s Region 2 office in New York, New York, which covers New Jersey, New York, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and eight federally-recognized Indian Nations, is hiring a speechwriter. The speechwriter will research and draft speeches, talking points, articles, opinion pieces and letters to the editor for the Regional Administrator. Candidates must have strong writing and communications skills. The position also entails assisting with the development and implementation of communication strategies and supporting the web and social media team. The job is being offered at two different levels, which depend on a candidate’s level of experience, starting at either $54,035 or $65,377.

The job announcement is open until Monday, June 16, 2014. Candidates must apply through USA Jobs. For more information and to apply, visit


HAPPY BIRTHDAY: To Assemblywoman Barbara Clark … to Lilian Pascone, legislative and budget director for Councilman Mark Weprin … to Chalkbeat New York Managing Editor Philissa Cramer … to Assemblyman David Buchwald … and to Jerika Richardson, senior public affairs officer and director of new media for Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara.



In order to protect our healthy and abundant water resources that make New York famous action is needed to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species, which cause economic and environmental damage, costing communities millions each year.  A. 9616 Lifton/S. 7273 O’Mara requires boaters to drain boats and remove any visible vegetation before entering or exiting waterways.  This legislation should be passed this year to prevent the spread of dangerous invasive species.    Learn more at




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

9:30 a.m. - Councilman Robert Cornegy joins the City Council Education Committee at a rally to call for the passage of the Audible Alarms bill, Steps of City Hall, Manhattan.

10 a.m. - The City Council Education Committee convenes for a hearing on the Audible Alarms bill, City Council Chambers, Manhattan.

10 a.m. – The New York City Campaign Finance Board holds a public meeting, 100 Church Street, 12th Floor, CFB's Board Room, Manhattan.

10:10 a.m. - The Geraldo Rivera show features Rep. Peter King, WAMC 770AM.

10:15 a.m. - Assemblyman Brian Kavanagh and state Sen. Diane Savino call for the passage of legislation to raise the Disabilities Rent Increase Exemption income limit, LCA Room, State Capitol, Albany.

11 a.m. - Nevele Resort, Casino & Spa representatives including CEO Michael Treanor unveil the final design and program details for its New York State gaming license application, Government Center, 2 Elting Court, 5th floor, Ellenville.

11:30 a.m. - New York City Councilman Andy King holds a “Stop The Gun Violence” press conference with local students, residents and fellow Council Members Annabel Palma and Jumaane Williams, Baychester Avenue and Boston Road, Bronx.

12 p.m. - Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer delivers keynote speech at Fedcap graduation ceremony, Apollo Theater, 253 W. 125th St., Manhattan.

2 p.m. - Chemung County Sheriff Chris Moss hosts news conference on the SAFE-Act, Turnpike Lodge Guns & Gear, 2140 New York Route 5, Stanley.

3 p.m. - Moss tours Seneca County courthouse, 48 W. Williams St., Waterloo.

3 p.m. - Republican Attorney General candidate John Cahill meets with Chautauqua business leaders, Tanglewood Group Senior Living Home, 560 Fairmount Ave., Jamestown.

3:30 p.m. - Sen. David Carlucci, vice chair of the Senate’s Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Abuse, and parents ask the Assembly to pass heroin and opioid treatment legislation, Carlucci’s District Office, 95 S. Middletown Road, Rockland.

4 p.m. - Brewer hosts recognition ceremony for National History Day NYC student participants, 1 Centre St., 19th floor, Manhattan.

5 p.m. - The New York City Rent Guidelines Board holds a public hearing on proposed rent adjustments for renewal leases for apartments, lofts, hotels and other housing units subject to the Rent Stabilization Law of 1969 and the Emergency Tenant Protection Act of 1974, Repertory Theatre, Hostos Community College, 450 Grand Concourse, Bronx.

5:30 p.m. - Former gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino attends a cocktail reception and fundraiser for the Claudia Tenney for Congress campaign, Traditions at the Glen, 4101 Watson Blvd., Broome.

6 p.m. - Moss delivers keynote remarks at Wayne County Conservative Committee Dinner, Sodus Bay Golf Club, 7030 Bayview Dr., Sodus Point.

6 p.m. - Mayor Bill de Blasio hosts citywide Fatherhood Initiative BBQ, Gracie Mansion, 88th St. and East End Ave., Manhattan.

6 p.m. - Brewer speaks at Older Adults Technology Services fundraising reception, 127 W. 25th St., Manhattan.

6 p.m. - Assembly candidate Rodneyse Bichotte holds a fundraiser with guest speaker City Councilman Robert Cornegy, Woodland Restaurant, 242 Flatbush Ave., Brooklyn.

6 p.m. - State Senate candidate Terrence Murphy’s campaign hosts fundraiser with Senate Republican Leader Dean Skelos and state Sen. Greg Ball, The Mansion at Colonial Terrace, 199 Oregon Road, Cortlandt Manor.

6:30 p.m. - New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and Council members Brad Lander and Carlos Menchaca join labor leaders for a panel on the progressive movement in city politics moderated by Fordham’s Dr. Christina Greer, 1199SEIU Auditorium, 310 W. 43rd St. and 8th Ave., Manhattan.

6:30 p.m. - New York City Schools Chancellor Carmen Farina attends at town hall meeting of District 3’s Community Education Council, Joan of Arc Complex, 154 W. 93rd St., Manhattan.

6:30 p.m. - Mayor Bill de Blasio speaks at the Wildlife Conservation Society 2014 Gala as WCS honors former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Vice Chair of Clinton Foundation Chelsea Clinton and Diane Christensen of the WCS, Central Park Zoo, Fifth Avenue and 64th Street, Manhattan.

7 p.m. - New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer attends Robert TOIGO Foundation’s 25th anniversary celebration, Waldorf Astoria, 301 Park Ave., Manhattan.

7 p.m. and 10 p.m. - Inside City Hall airs, Time Warner Cable News NY1.

7:30 p.m. - New York City Public Advocate Letitia James attends the Ridgewood Democratic Club Annual Dinner, Riccardo’s by the Bridge, 2101 24th Ave., Queens.

8 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. - Capital Tonight features the Empire Center’s Tim Hoefer, Time Warner Cable News.


KICKER: “Have I ever raced one? I know I’m old, but that was not our mode of transportation when I was a kid. We had cars then.” – Rep. Charles Rangel during a televised 13th congressional district Democratic primary debate in response to a question about if candidates have ever ridden in a horse-drawn carriage, via The New York Times