First Read Tonight – May 25, 2017

WEATHER: Thunderstorms likely in New York City, rain in Albany and mostly cloudy in Buffalo. New York City, low 57; Albany, low 52; Buffalo, low 52.



* The Metropolitan Transportation Authority board approved a new version of its capital plan that increases financing for expansion projects that are priorities for Gov. Andrew Cuomo rather than focusing on improving subway service, The New York Times writes.

* Two lieutenants and one officer at the federal Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn have been charged with sexually abusing nine female inmates and repeatedly preying on prisoners they were supposed to be guarding, the Daily News writes.

* A day after state Sen. Simcha Felder called on Independent Democratic Conference Leader Jeff Klein to return to the mainline conference, the eight-member bloc responded with a letter challenging Felder on key policy issues, State of Politics reports.

* After State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli released a report saying New York City’s $3.7 billion surplus is at risk from cuts in federal funding, Empire State Development President and CEO Howard Zemsky used a Thursday board meeting to call DiNapoli’s auditors inept, the Times Union reports.

* New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito reasserted her support for the National Puerto Rican Day Parade honoring controversial FALN co-founder Oscar López Rivera as a National Freedom Hero, the Daily News writes.

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* Former New York City Mayor David Dinkins settled a hit-and-run lawsuit filed against him by a bicycle deliveryman who had requested a default judgment from the court after Dinkins rescheduled his deposition three times, the New York Post reports.

* In a televised town hall, Republican New York City mayoral candidate Nicole Malliotakis outlined her ideas on immigration policy, which would involve rallying New Yorkers to “put pressure” on Washington to institute reforms, the Observer writes.

* Suffolk County Police Commissioner Timothy Sini told U.S. lawmakers that scrutiny should be increased on new underage immigrants settling in Long Island, as communities battle rising violence from the transnational gang MS-13, The Wall Street Journal reports.

* The New York City Department of Health announced that half of all infants in the U.S. born with defects related to the Zika virus were born to women in New York City, with 32 affected infants being born since last spring, the Times writes.

* New York City Deputy Mayor Richard Buery announced that the city now has certified 5,000 minority- and women-owned business enterprises – an increase of 500 since September, the Observer writes.



Every New Yorker will see a rise in energy costs to pay for a backroom deal struck to give money to an out-of-state company. This deal, the biggest corporate bailout in New York’s history, hurts New Yorkers already struggling with the high cost of living, and companies trying to keep up in New York’s challenging business climate, and isn’t going to get us any closer to a truly green electrical grid. Learn more here.




* A federal appeals court rejected President Donald Trump’s request to reinstate his revised executive order on immigration, saying the president likely acted with improper motives when seeking to temporarily bar U.S. entry for travelers from six Muslim-majority countries, the Journal writes.

* Responding to a complaint by British Prime Minister Theresa May over disclosures of details from the Manchester bombing investigation, Trump condemned “leaks of sensitive information” and asked the U.S. Justice Department to find the leakers, the Times writes.

* Greg Gianforte, the Republican candidate in a highly contested special election for a U.S. House seat in Montana, was charged with misdemeanor assault for “body slamming” a journalist on the eve of the vote, the Times writes.

* According to an analysis by the Congressional Budget Office, roughly 23 million more people would be uninsured over the next decade if the Republicans’ Obamacare repeal bill becomes law, Politico writes.



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*There were 40 Republican representatives who voted for the American Health Care Act that also held shares valued at $23 million in health care companies and earned more than $2 million off those investments – with Rep. Chris Collins holding the most stock of any representative, the Daily Beast reports.

* A Democratic candidate’s landslide win in one of the most conservative Assembly districts downstate could be an omen that Trump's presidency will doom Republicans in New York’s suburbs, foreshadowing possible losses in local races this year and in 2018, writes Politico New York.



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5 p.m. and 6 p.m. – “MetroFocus” airs, WLIW21 (5 p.m.) and WNET Thirteen (6 p.m.).

7 p.m. and 10 p.m. – “Road to City Hall” airs, NY1.

8 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. – “Capital Tonight” features state Sen. Rich Funke on the flooding near Lake Ontario and Siena College pollster Steven Greenberg on Cuomo and Trump’s latest poll numbers, Spectrum News.



7:10 p.m. – The Mets host the San Diego Padres, SNY.



Still Serving: Honoring Veterans Improving New York. Nominations are now open for City & State’s annual “Still Serving” Award - recognizing the work of New York veterans and active service members who continue to serve their communities through public service, volunteerism, government, or civic engagement. Click here to nominate someone you know for their dedication in serving New York's communities!




1:30 p.m. – State Sen. Marisol Alcántara, advocacy organizations and residents of Bridge Tower Apartments release a report highlighting Manhattan’s asthma epidemic, 260 Audubon Ave., Manhattan.

2 p.m. – U.S. Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney and state Sen. Bill Larkin hold a flag ceremony for a 100-year-old World War II veteran, Chester Volunteer Fire Department, 81 Main St., Chester.


TOP TWEET: America First – even if it requires pushing and shoving your way to the front, apparently

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