First Read - March 4, 2014


WEATHER: Mostly cloudy in the eastern part of the state; afternoon snow possible in western New York. New York City, high 31; Albany, high 25; Buffalo, high 20.



* A Siena/Rutgers/Roanoke poll shows that Gov. Andrew Cuomo has a higher favorability rating in his own state (59 percent) than the governors of New Jersey and Virginia, although Gov. Chris Christie is the most well-known out of state:

* The New York City Council picked instant runoff voting as one of its 35 budget and legislative priorities in Albany, where Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito will join Mayor Bill de Blasio for a lobbying day today, The Wall Street Journal reports:

* The redevelopment of the old Domino Sugar factory in Brooklyn is set for approval after the developer agreed to reserve roughly 700 units for low- and moderate-income residents and increase the proportion of affordable two- and three-bedroom units, The New York Times reports:

* Forms to donate to the nonprofit One Brooklyn were distributed at a Borough Hall meet-and-greet Thursday by staff of Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, but the state Division of Corporations doesn’t have any records of the nonprofit existing, the New York Post writes:

* In their closing arguments, prosecutors and the defense attorney for Assemblyman William Boyland Jr. agreed that he solicited more than $250,000 from undercover federal agents, but they disagree on why he did it, the Journal writes:

* The first grants from a $19.5 million fund which is part of a Brooklyn oil spill settlement are set to be announced, with the projects funded poised to make lasting environmental improvements, the Times writes:

* Despite criticizing it during his campaign, de Blasio and his aides have concluded it will be too expensive to replace the open-air style office space at City Hall known as the Bullpen, the Daily News reports:

* Two state legislators are sponsoring bills that would allow Smithtown Supervisor Patrick Vecchio and Councilwoman Lynne Nowick to serve their four-year terms, rather than face an election this November, Newsday reports:

* Robert Addolorato, the new chief of investigations for the Moreland Commission, worked as an investigator for Cuomo while he was attorney general, then started work in the Inspector General’s office in 2011, the Times Union reports:

* The Seneca Nation purchased a 32-acre parcel of land outside Rochester, which the Seneca Gaming Corp. president and CEO called the first step in the process of possibly opening a new casino, the Buffalo News writes:

* Movie star Liam Neeson invited New York City officials, including de Blasio, to tour the city’s largest horse stable this Sunday, but so far only City Councilman Ben Kallos has agreed to attend, the Daily News writes:


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It’s a New Day in New York. We Stand With Mayor de Blasio for Real Community Benefits at Domino Sugar. Mayor de Blasio's progressive development vision includes real affordable housing and good jobs for our communities.  The proposed Domino Sugar rezoning is the first test of this vision.  Let’s join with the Mayor to make sure the Brooklyn Domino Sugar rezoning raises up our communities with real affordable housing and family-sustaining jobs.  Ironworkers Local 46




* The Daily News writes that while some don’t agree that charter school students should be lobbying in Albany on a school day, the traditional public education system falls short of what charter schools provide in terms of education:

* The Post writes that today’s charter school lobbying at the Capitol continues a noble fight and shines a light on the fact that New York City is making second-class citizens out of the mostly minority students the schools serve:

* The Post writes that in striking a deal with the developer of Brooklyn’s Domino Sugar factory, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is encouraging higher rents for market units to subsidize affordable units, widening the gap between the two classes of residents:

* The Times Union writes that if the governor wants to cut property taxes and Republicans want to alleviate the state’s mandates on local governments, then the state should pay for Medicaid:

* New York City lags behind not only Silicon Valley in terms of tech prowess, but it trails other places like San Diego, Houston and Dallas as tech power continues to center in the West, Chapman University fellow Joel Kotkin writes in the Daily News:



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* Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice has garnered the support of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. On Monday, Rice was named to the DCCC’s Red to Blue program, which offers financial, communications, grassroots and strategic support to candidates. Rice is running for the 4th Congressional District seat that Rep. Carolyn McCarthy will vacate at the end of the year. Also picked were Domenic Recchia for the 11th District and Martha Robertson for the 23rd District. In addition, the DCCC also tabbed a pair of New York races and candidates as part of its Emerging Races, which the committee identifies as candidates and districts that run smart campaigns and are becoming increasingly competitive. Aaron Woolf, a relatively unknown Democrat in his district, made the list for the 21st District. In the 19th District the DCCC named Sean Eldridge to the list.



TECHNOLOGY EVENT: City & State is excited to host On Technology, our 3rd annual conference on the uses of technology in politics, public policy and government in New York. Featured speakers include Jonathan Bowles of the Center for Urban Future, Reshma Saujani of Girls Who Code, as well as Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, Andrew Nicklin from New York State, Rashid Ferrod Davis of PTech and others! Email for more information on how to RSVP, speaking and sponsorship opportunities.




* New York City Councilman Mark Weprin discusses de Blasio’s goal of building or maintaining 200,000 units of affordable housing in an interview with City & State:


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HAPPY BIRTHDAY: To Assemblyman Sean Ryan … to Daily News Albany Bureau Chief Ken Lovett … to James Katz, senior adviser and special counsel to state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman … and to Capital Tonight’s Nick Reisman.


MOVING ON: Katie Goldstein has been named executive director of Tenants & Neighbors, succeeding Maggie Russell-Ciardi … and the New York City Housing Development Corporation board approved the appointment of Gary Rodney as president.


CONGRATULATIONS: City & State Art Director Guillaume Federighi and his fiancé, Li Yin, gave birth to a son, Teseo Federighi, yesterday evening.  


IN MEMORIAM: Former Daily News reporter Don Singleton died Sunday.



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Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in Albany with no public schedule. 

8 a.m. – Civic Builders hosts a panel discussion on facilities for public charter schools, The Harvard Club, 35 W. 44th St., Manhattan.

8:30 a.m. – New York City Public Advocate Letitia James attends the New York Historical Society Breakfast, 170 Central Park West, Manhattan.

9:30 a.m. – The Alliance for Children and Families President and CEO Susan Dreyfus delivers the keynote address at the LaSalle School’s Adverse Childhood Experiences, Trauma, and Response symposium, Page Hall, UAlbany Downtown Campus, Albany.

9:30 a.m. – The New York City Council Zoning and Franchises Subcommittee meets, 250 Broadway, Committee Room, 16th floor, Manhattan.

10 a.m. – The state Senate Investigations and Government Operations Committee meets, Legislative Office Building, Room 711A, 181 State St., Albany.

10 a.m. – State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli speaks at CWA Lobby Day, Emmanuel Baptist Church, 275 State St., Albany.

11 a.m. – The Capitol Pressroom features state Sen. Joe Robach, New York State Afterschool Network Executive Director Nora Niedzielski Eichner, the Farm Bureau’s Dean Norton and NYCOM’s Peter Baynes, WCNY.

11 a.m. – Tenants from Fifth Avenue Committee, Make the Road New York and others protest a forum for landlords on Coney Island development plans, Roosevelt Hotel, 45 E. 45th St., Manhattan.

11 a.m. – The New York Association of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Providers and state legislators hold an advocacy day press conference to call for the state to take action on the heroin and prescription drug problems, Legislative Office Building, Room 130, 181 State St., Albany.

11:15 a.m. – DiNapoli speaks at AFSCME Lobby Day, Empire State Plaza, Convention Center, Albany.

12 p.m. – New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio delivers remarks at a pre-K rally in Washington Armory, 195 Washington Ave., Albany.

12:15 p.m. – Charter school parents and advocates hold a rally, State Capitol steps, Albany.

12:30 p.m. – The state Senate Cities Committee meets, Legislative Office Building, Room 916, 181 State St., Albany.

1 p.m. – Senate Agriculture Committee Chair Patty Ritchie and members of the Senate Republican Conference hold a press conference on the future of the state’s family farms, State Capitol, Room 124, Albany.

1 p.m. – The state Senate Local Government Committee meets, State Capitol, Room 123, Albany.

2 p.m. – The New York Conference of Mayors, state Association of Towns, New York State Association of Counties and New York State School Boards Association hold a press conference to call on legislators to pass a budget that stabilizes property taxes, Legislative Office Building, LCA Press Room, Room 130, 181 State St., Albany.

2:30 p.m. – The Rogosin Institute offers tours of its new kidney disease treatment and research facility, The Maurice R. & Corrine P. Greenberg Center for Integrative Healthcare, 619 W. 54th St., Manhattan.

3 p.m. – The state Senate Racing, Gaming and Wagering Committee meets, State Capitol, Room 332, Albany.

3 p.m. – The state Senate convenes, State Capitol, Senate Chambers, Albany.

4 p.m. – The state Department of Transportation holds an open house on the High Speed Rail Empire Corridor, SUNY College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering, Nanofab South Building, 255 Fuller Road, Albany. Public hearing follows at 6 p.m.

5 p.m. – State Sen. Greg Ball holds a bull riding fundraiser, City Beer Hall, 42 Howard St., Albany.

6 p.m. – State Sen. Thomas Libous holds a fundraiser, University Club, 141 Washington Ave., Albany.

6 p.m. – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency holds a public information session on the cleanup of the Dewey Loeffel Landfill Superfund site, St. Mary’s of the Nativity Church, Parish Hall, 26 Church St., Nassau.

6 p.m. – New York City Public Advocate Letitia James attends the Brooklyn Museum’s Art and Civil Rights in the Sixties event, 200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn.

7 p.m. and 10 p.m. – Inside City Hall features Success Academy's Eva Moskowitz, the NY1 Wise Guys with Alfonse D'Amato, John Catsimatidis and C. Virginia Fields, and a panel on health disparities facing black women, Time Warner Cable News NY1.  

8 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. – Capital Tonight features Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, Charter Schools’ Bill Phillips and our Insiders, Bob and Steve, Time Warner Cable News.


KICKER: “If this is how Eric is starting out, the borough is really in trouble.” – An un-named business leader who attended a Thursday meet-and-greet at Brooklyn Borough Hall, on allegations that Borough President Eric Adams’ staff distributed fliers and application forms for a nonprofit that apparently doesn’t exist.