First Read Tonight – April 21, 2017

WEATHER: Patchy fog in New York City, a chance of showers in Albany and scattered showers in Buffalo. New York City, low 54; Albany, low 46; Buffalo, low 39.



* This year’s Earth Day will have a different tone as President Donald Trump rolls back Obama-era environmental regulations, which has forced state officials in places like New York to redouble their environmental efforts.

* One of New York’s biggest energy debates became even bigger when Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced a deal this year to close the Indian Point nuclear power plant: How will the state generate enough replacement power for the downstate region?



* Gov. Andrew Cuomo called for an investigation into what he called an equipment failure by Con Edison that shut down New York City’s subway system on some lines during morning rush-hour service, The Wall Street Journal reports.

* The U.S. Justice Department sent letters to officials in New York City and other places that were singled out last year by the agency’s inspector general for regulations that interfere with federal immigration authorities, The New York Times reports.

* New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration brushed off the letter warning that the city could lose millions in federal funding and he accused Trump administration officials of relying on inaccurate data, Politico New York writes.

* Cuomo announced his line item vetoes in the 2017-18 state budget, striking 154 individual lines of spending from the plan that were old, already receive enough funding or were deemed to be unconstitutional, State of Politics reports.

* The effort to build a new train station in Buffalo has turned out to be the year’s most polarizing project, and is still dividing Western New York leaders despite reaching a decision to build the new station downtown, State of Politics reports.

* More news below …



AMSNY:  Thank you New York State Association of Black and Puerto Rican Legislators, and particularly Assembly Members Blake, People-Stokes, and Chair Perry for funding the creation of a new Medical School Scholarship program for students who are underrepresented in medicine.  Together, we will help close the diversity gap! Learn more here.



* De Blasio argued with some callers during his weekly WNYC segment on Friday, pushing back on criticism of his plans for new homeless shelters and his support for raising the price of cigarettes, the Daily News reports.

* Columbia University is spending $2.5 million on a sociological study of its students' sex lives, which began in 2015, as Columbia became a focus for sexual assault activism, Politico New York writes.

* Bill O’Reilly, the recently deposed Fox News host, has contributed a significant amount of money needed for the centennial of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in the Bronx, causing some unease among the community of immigrants, the Times writes.

* Buffalo Public Schools has had so much trouble finding bilingual teachers that its officials went to Puerto Rico to look for help, interviewing more than 60 certified teachers during a three-day recruiting trip to the island, the Journal reports.



Bill de Blasio is failing our city's students and their families:

30% of New York high school students don’t graduate. Of those who do, half aren’t taught the skills to go to college or get a job.

Paul Massey will make sure families have the choices they deserve. New York needs innovation with education grants, tax credits, scholarships and savings accounts. Families deserve to choose among the public, charter, private and parochial schools that work in their neighborhoods. Learn more.




* President Donald Trump said businesses and individuals will receive a "massive tax cut" under a tax reform package he plans to unveil next week, though he wouldn’t provide details, saying only that the tax cuts will be "bigger I believe than any tax cut ever," The Associated Press reports.

* Trump rejected a waiver to bypass U.S. sanctions against Russia from Exxon Mobil Corp. in an effort to resume its Black Sea oil venture with a Russian company tied to the Kremlin, the Journal writes.

* After a nearly two-year standoff, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration blocked shipments of thousands of illegal lethal execution drugs on their way to Texas and Arizona, setting up a potential legal battle between death penalty states and the Trump administration, Buzzfeed reports.



After surviving three tours in a war zone, Laurie’s son Christian was killed working on a New York City construction site. Over the past two years thirty-three construction workers have died in New York City. Laurie believes if construction workers received appropriate training, the rate of injuries and deaths would be much less. She is pleading with New York City legislators to pass Intro. 1447 because these deaths are preventable. Learn more here.




* “Citizen Jane: Battle for the City,” a new documentary about Jane Jacobs, the visionary urban theorist who foresaw the unhealthy partnerships that can arise between governments and big businesses, will be shown in close to 20 cities around the country, the Times writes.

* Phil Jackson fancies himself a flower child of the ’60s who is about peace, love, evolution and understanding, but when you look at his tenure as president of the New York Knicks, he looks less like Allen Ginsberg and more like Donald Trump, the Observer writes.

* Trump’s decision not to travel abroad reflects a combination of an election that focused on a return to "America First," but it also marks a new era in American relations with its allies and enemies alike, Buzzfeed writes.



What drives family homelessness in NYC? The Institute for Children, Poverty and Homelessness has released “On the Map: The Dynamics of Family Homelessness,” an in-depth data analysis of factors that impact family homelessness in NYC to inform policy makers, elected officials, educators, health care professionals, service providers, grant makers, community members. Data is presented by City Council district, community board. To obtain a free copy, go to or



5 p.m. and 6 p.m. – “MetroFocus” features Columbia University professor Lucius Riccio on fixing New York Penn Station and Aisha Asif of the Islamic Circle of North America on giving free tours to Syrian refugees, WLIW21 (5 p.m.) and WNET Thirteen (6 p.m.).

7 p.m. and 10 p.m. – “Road to City Hall” features the Friday reporters roundtable, NY1.

8 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. – “Capital Tonight” features Rep. Brian Higgins, retired professor David Borton on this weekend’s March for Science and the reporter roundtable, Spectrum News.



Next Stop… Brooklyn! On May 4th, City & State will bring together business professionals and government leaders to celebrate their borough. This year’s special borough issue will also profile 25 “Influentials.” Click here to see who made it on the list! Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams will deliver keynote remarks to kick off the reception! Join us at the Brooklyn Historical Society to mix and mingle with people from the borough and people who helped shape the borough. Click here to RSVP




7:05 p.m. – The Yankees visit the Pittsburgh Pirates, YES.

7:10 p.m. – The Mets host the Washington Nationals, MLB, PIX11.



10 a.m. – “City Watch” features New York City Environmental Justice Alliance’s Priya Mulgaonkar, Riverkeeper’s Paul Gallay, Environmental Advocates of New York’s Peter Iwanowicz, WBAI 99.5 FM.

10 a.m. – New York City Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez holds a press conference kicking off Car Free New York City Day, Flatiron Plaza, 23rd Street and Broadway, Manhattan.

11 a.m. – Bronx District Attorney Darcel Clark hosts a Bronx Child Safety Fair, commemorating Child Abuse Prevention Month, Mount Hope Community Center, 55 E. 175th St., Bronx.

11:30 a.m. – New York City Councilman Daniel Dromm kicks off the second Thai New Year Street Festival, Woodside Avenue between 75th and 77th Streets, Queens.

12 p.m. – State Sens. Liz Krueger and Brad Hoylman, New York City Council members Helen Rosenthal and Costa Constantinides, Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal, the Sierra Club and others attend Earth Day rally, Foley Square, 111 Worth St., Manhattan.

12 p.m. – New York City Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez and Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams visit the Montague Street Weekend Walk, Montague Street and Court Street, Brooklyn.

2 p.m. – New York City Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez, Assemblywoman Carmen De La Rosa, state Sen. Marisol Alcantara and others take part in Car Free Day activities and announce District 10 participatory budget process winners, 181st Street and St. Nicholas Avenue, Manhattan.

3 p.m. – New York City Councilwoman Rosie Mendez, the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation and others rally to stop new developments in the East Village, 11th Street and Broadway, Manhattan.



2 p.m. – State Sen. Daniel Squadron hosts his annual community convention to "Make the National Fight Local" with a keynote by criminal justice advocate Akeem Browder, Stuyvesant High School, 345 Chambers St., Manhattan.

8 p.m. – “State of the Union,” the DC 37 radio show features AFSCME Iowa Council 61 President Danny Homan on challenges facing public sector unions, WNYE, 91.5 FM.



9 a.m. – AARP launches a statewide series of free public document shredding events as part of “Operation: Stop Scams” to help New Yorkers fight identity theft and fraud, Sidney Albert Jewish Community Center, 340 Whitehall Road, Albany.

9 a.m. – New York City Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment Commissioner Julie Menin presents an economic impact study of the music industry at the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce Brooklyn Newsmakers event, Brooklyn Bowl, 61 Wythe Ave., Brooklyn.

10 a.m. – The New York City Council Committee on Education holds a public meeting and votes on expanding college savings plan materials in schools to include pre-K and to distributing college savings plan materials to parents or guardians with a child’s certificate of registration of birth, Council Chambers, City Hall, Manhattan.

11 a.m. – The #CLOSErikers campaign hosts a one-year anniversary rally, City Hall steps, Manhattan.

11 a.m. – Assemblyman Ron Kim announces new legislative measures aimed at increasing punishment for individuals who assault taxi drivers, Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., Queens.

11 a.m. – Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz, Fireman’s Association of the State of New York President Ken Pienkowski and others announce seventh annual RecruitNY statewide firefighter recruitment initiative to boost firefighter numbers, Doyle Hose Company No. 1, 2199 William St., Cheektowaga.

12 p.m. – State Sen. Terrence Murphy, Assemblyman Felix Ortiz and the Alliance Combating Distracted Driving host the 2017 Distracted Driving Awareness Lobby Day, Legislative Office Building, third floor, Albany.

1 p.m. – The New York City Council Committee on Technology holds an oversight hearing on the privacy of city data, 250 Broadway, 16th floor committee room, Manhattan.

1 p.m. – New York City Councilman Mathieu Eugene, the Haitian-American Council for Unity and Empowerment and others to urge the U.S. secretary of homeland security to renew Temporary Protected Status for Haiti, City Hall steps, Manhattan.

1 p.m. – New York City Councilman Corey Johnson and AARP launch a statewide series of free document shredding events as part of “Operation: Stop Scams” to help New Yorkers fight identity theft and fraud, 26th Street between 8th and 9th Avenues, Manhattan.

3 p.m. – The State University of New York board of trustees holds a public meeting, The State University Plaza, 353 Broadway, Large Courtroom, Albany.

4 p.m. – Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer hosts a symposium on "How to keep manufacturing in NYC: the Garment Center and beyond," High School of Fashion Industries, 225 W. 24th St., Manhattan.

6 p.m. – The Association for a Better New York hosts the Spirit of ABNY Awards honoring former MTA Chairman and CEO Tom Prendergast, New York City Transportation Commissioner Polly Trottenberg and others, The Rainbow Room, 30 Rockefeller Center, Manhattan.

6:30 p.m. – Rep. Lee Zeldin holds a fundraiser with National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Steve Stivers, The Kimberly Hotel, 145 E. 50th St., Manhattan.


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