First Read Tonight – July 19, 2017

WEATHER: A chance of thunderstorms in Buffalo and partly cloudy in New York City and Albany. New York City, low 76; Albany, low 68; Buffalo, low 66.



* One of the biggest challenges facing New York City is how to update its aging transportation system, and more importantly, how to pay for it. Bronx Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz has an idea, Brad Sylvester writes.

* A series of political scandals have been eroding public trust in Long Island government, which is why it’s no surprise that ethics reform has become a focal point in the race for Nassau County executive, Grace Segers writes.



* New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio proposed linking city funding for museums and arts groups to progress at increasing diversity among their employees and board members, putting pressure on elite cultural institutions led largely by white male executives, The New York Times writes.

* De Blasio suggested that Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s plan to spend hundreds of millions of dollars outfitting the region's bridges with multicolored LED lights should not be a priority, as the city faces crippling problems in its subway system, Politico New York writes.

* A new report blamed a faulty track for a July 6 train derailment at New York Penn Station in the same area where another derailment occurred earlier this year and where Amtrak is currently focusing its repairs, The Associated Press reports.

* New York City mayoral candidate Nicole Malliotakis submitted a Freedom of Information Law request for costs paid by the city for flights and lodging for de Blasio’s security detail, as well as any costs racked up by the mayor and his staff on 21 trips, the Daily News writes.

* Republican Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino, who ran for governor against Cuomo in 2014, said New York’s next governor should strip Mario Cuomo’s name from the Tappan Zee Bridge replacement, Politico New York reports.

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* Regulators adopted regulations for the state’s paid family leave program, which next year will allow employees to be eligible for up to eight weeks of paid leave at half of their weekly wage, and the program will be phased in over the next four years, State of Politics writes.

* Cuomo said he would direct the state’s Homes and Community Renewal agency to investigate landlords who discriminate against families with children as part of a larger probe into discriminatory landlord policies, the Times Union writes.

* Rep. Chris Collins blamed an extensive lobbying effort by the health care industry as the real culprit that sunk the chances of repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act, calling the opposition to health care reform efforts “fake news,” State of Politics reports.


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* The U.S. Supreme Court temporarily allowed President Donald Trump’s administration to enforce restrictions on the nation’s refugee program, but let stand a court order from Hawaii that grandparents and other relatives who want to travel to the U.S. to visit family must be admitted, the Times writes.

* For Trump, dealing in extremes as a candidate proved to extremely effective, when he warned voters about various problems using apocalyptic terms, but that style leaves him little negotiating room when things go awry in governing, as they did with health care, The Washington Post writes.

* With Trump’s promise to repeal and replace the ACA nearly dead, administration officials are scaling back ambitions to slash the corporate tax rate, seemingly in a more pragmatic approach as they try to secure a major legislative victory this year, the Times writes.



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* The pseudonymous writer Jeremiah Moss has used his blog, Vanishing New York, to chronicle the slow but devastating disappearance of old New York City in all of its gritty glory and with a new book, he’s ready to reveal what he’s discovered, the Village Voice writes.

* The popular image of a gig economy worker is of a millennial with little interest in traditional employment but older workers, who have left or been forced from regular jobs, are a huge part of the sector, City Limits reports.

* As the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development seeks places to offer developers to build affordable housing, several community gardens are fighting the city’s plan to get rid of their publicly owned garden lots, the Commercial Observer writes.



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7 p.m. and 10 p.m. – “Road to City Hall” features former U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Regional Administrator Holly Leicht, Staten Island Borough President James Oddo, Curtis Sliwa and City & State’s Gerson Borrero, NY1.

8 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. – “Capital Tonight” features Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal; Erin Cole, a Democrat challenging Rep. John Faso in New York’s 27th Congressional District; and Police Benevolent Association of New York State Executive Director Dan De Federicis, Spectrum News.



7:08 p.m. – The Mets host the St. Louis Cardinals, SNY.

7:30 p.m. – The New York City F.C. hosts the Toronto F.C., YES.



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8:30 a.m. – The Manhattan Borough Board holds a meeting, 1 Centre St., 19th floor S., Manhattan.

9:30 a.m. – The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey board of commissioners and its board committees meet, 4 World Trade Center, Manhattan.

9:30 a.m. – The Right to Counsel New York City Coalition and AARP will host a celebration of the passage of the Right to Counsel bill, featuring New York City Council members Mark Levine and Vanessa Gibson, New York County Lawyers’ Association, 14 Vesey St., Manhattan.

10 a.m. – New York City Councilman Mathieu Eugene, the New York Legal Assistance Group, the Legal Aid Society and Brooklyn Defender Services provide free legal services for Haitian temporary protected status re-registration, 900 Rogers Ave., Brooklyn.

10 a.m. – The New York City Council Committee on Health meets, Committee Room, City Hall, Manhattan.

10 a.m. – The New York City Council Committee on Finance meets, Council Chambers, City Hall, Manhattan.

10 a.m. – Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan and others recognize the generosity of Capitol Melts’ patrons who donated money, as well as Capitol Melts’ ownership who matched the donations, after a June 23 structure fire, 136 State St., Albany.

10:30 a.m. – Members of New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration host a press conference announcing an expansion of NYCitizenship, a public-private partnership providing legal help with citizenship applications and free financial counseling through the city’s three library systems, Central Library, 89-11 Merrick Blvd., Queens.

10:45 a.m. – The New York City Council Committee on Rules, Privileges and Elections continues its recessed meeting from July 13, Council Chambers, City Hall.

11 a.m. – “The Capitol Pressroom” features Patricia Campany of Catholic Charities of New York; Randall Hoak of AARP New York; Maria Alvarez of the New York Statewide Senior Action Council; and Mason Kaufman of Meals on Wheels of Syracuse, WCNY.

11 a.m. – New York City Department of Citywide Administrative Services Commissioner Lisette Camilo is joined by City Councilman I. Daneek Miller for a ribbon-cutting ceremony for grand opening of a computer-based training center, 118-35 Queens Blvd., Queens.

11 a.m. – Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams hosts his third annual One Brooklyn Health Fair, Brooklyn Borough Hall and Columbus Park, 209 Joralemon St., Brooklyn.

12:30 p.m. – A special presentation on how to effectively plan for automated vehicles in New York’s transportation system, New York Metropolitan Transportation Council, 25 Beaver St., Suite 201, Manhattan.

12:30 p.m. – New York City first lady Chirlane McCray, Queens Borough President Melinda Katz, city Health Commissioner Dr. Mary T. Bassett and city Administration for Children’s Services Commissioner David Hansell make an announcement about a new program designed to help Queens parents with new infants, 82-68 164th St., Queens.

1 p.m. – Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. and others work on the Latinos Unidos Community Garden with the help of student volunteers who are taking part in the Bronx Youth Corps, 427 E. 157th St., Bronx.

1 p.m. – The New York Civil Liberties Union presents oral arguments in the Albany County Supreme Court challenging the exclusion of farmworkers from the state labor law that protects employees who organize, Albany County Courthouse, 16 Eagle St., Albany.

1 p.m. – New York City Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez and the City Council honor the organizers of the Dominican Film Festival on the occasion of their sixth annual celebration, Council Chambers, City Hall, Manhattan.

1:30 p.m. – The New York City Council holds a stated meeting, Council Chambers, City Hall, Manhattan.

2 p.m. – The Municipal Housing Authority of Yonkers announces the launch of a $300 million, three-year plan to renovate more than 1,700 units of public housing, Dr. James O’Rourke Townhouses, 525-175 Shoreview Drive, Yonkers.

6 p.m. – The Bronx Democratic Party hosts its annual dinner, Marina Del Rey, 1 Marina Drive, Bronx.

6 p.m. – Civil rights groups and advocates hold a forum focused on criminal justice reform with Brooklyn district attorney candidates, St. Francis College, Founders Hall, 182 Remsen St., Brooklyn.

7 p.m. – New York City Councilman Jumaane Williams takes part in a dramatic reading of the Madness of Hercules hosted by Theater of War, Macedonia Baptist Church, 330 Beach 67th St., Brooklyn.


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