First Read Tonight – October 18, 2017
WEATHER: Mostly clear in New York City, with clear skies in Albany and Buffalo. New York City, low 54; Albany, low 46; Buffalo, low 54.
FROM CITY & STATE:
* The New York City Council passed a law in 2013 that banned Styrofoam food containers, but the plastics industry snuck loopholes into the final version, which has enabled them to fight and delay implementation, New York City Councilmen Brad Lander and Antonio Reynoso write.
* In interviews with Jeffrey Nordhaus of the Empire State Development and Assemblyman Steve Englebright, they talk about technology, the environment, the development the state’s infrastructure and priorities heading into a new legislative session.
NEW THIS AFTERNOON:
* New York City public schools are woefully unprepared to meet the needs of an exploding population of homeless students and kids are suffering because of it, New York City Public Advocate Letitia James said at a City Hall press conference, the Daily News reports.
* U.S. Sen Charles Schumer said rural internet users are about to get shortchanged in an “ill-conceived plan” by the Federal Communications Commission to potentially lower the minimum speed that defines broadband internet, the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle reports.
* State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman backed a lawsuit by a coalition of 19 state attorneys general to preserve Obamacare subsidies, which are aimed at keeping health insurance affordable, that President Donald Trump wants to end, State of Politics reports.
* Secretary to the Governor Melissa DeRosa said that in the wake of sexual harassment and assault allegations against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein a “societal course correction” is needed and she recounted instances of sexism that she has encountered, the Times Union reports.
* A grand jury is convening in Brooklyn to hear evidence in the case against NYPD detectives Richard Hall and Eddie Martins, who were accused of having sex with a teenage woman who was a drug suspect, the New York Post reports.
* More news below …
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* Reform party candidate Brian Cunningham, who is challenging longtime New York City Councilman Mathieu Eugene, received a powerful endorsement from the Working Families Party, after Eugene bested him in the Democratic primary, DNAinfo reports.
* County governments could save a combined $208 million in 2018 with the shared services proposals that were unveiled this week in Albany, with the highest savings for the first year going to Broome, Suffolk, Dutchess and Nassau counties, State of Politics reports.
* Paul Feinman was sworn in on Wednesday as the newest judge on the state Court of Appeals, making him the first openly gay man to serve on the state’s highest court, State of Politics reports.
* Democrat Steven Brisee has dropped out of the race to challenge Rep. John Faso in the 19th Congressional District seat, saying that he was unable to learn the social skills needed to run for office, but he was also arrested last month on a felony grand larceny charge, the Times Union reports.
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* The mother of a U.S. soldier killed in an ambush in Africa said President Donald Trump “did disrespect my son and my daughter and also me and my husband,” during a telephone call where he was offering his condolences, The Washington Post reports.
* A lawsuit alleging Trump’s family businesses unlawfully accepted money from foreign officials is based on “speculative fears” and should be tossed, his lawyers argued in a Manhattan federal court, the Daily News reports.
* Trump qualified his endorsement of a bipartisan U.S. Senate proposal to stabilize health insurance markets, even as the chief architect of the deal predicted that it would become law before the end of the year, The New York Times reports.
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* A secret sisterhood that some call a cult, Nxivm, is based in Albany with chapters across the country, Canada and Mexico, the Times writes, but now scores of members are leaving amid reports of deeply disturbing practices like branding.
* It’s possible that as few as one in every 275 New York City voters tuned in to this week’s televised debates for the offices of public advocate and comptroller, but Ben Max of Gotham Gazette and City Limits’ Jarrett Murphy speak with WNYC’s Brigid Bergin to unpack the takeaways in this City Limits podcast.
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7 p.m. and 10 p.m. – “Road to City Hall” features author and NBC News reporter Katy Tur, NY1.
8 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. – “Capital Tonight” features state Sen. Joe Robach and The Education Trust-New York’s Ian Rosenblum, Spectrum News.
5:08 p.m. – The Yankees host the Houston Astros, FS1.
7 p.m. – The Nets visit the Indiana Pacers, YES.
8 a.m. – City & State CSR hosts its Labor and Law breakfast awards ceremony, celebrating individuals and organizations in New York that use their time, skills, and other resources to promote respect for human rights, good governance and transparency, Baruch College, 55 Lexington Ave., Manhattan.
8:30 a.m. – The Manhattan borough board holds its October meeting, 1 Centre St., 19th floor South, Manhattan.
8:30 a.m. – Fidel F. Del Valle, commissioner of the New York City Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings, and the Bronx Chamber of Commerce host a free breakfast forum for small businesses, Residence Inn by Marriott at Hutch Metro Center Atrium, 1776 Eastchester Road, Bronx.
10 a.m. – The New York City Department for the Aging holds a public hearing on its annual plan summary, Diana Jones Senior Center, 9 Noll St., Brooklyn.
10 a.m. – The New York City Council Committees on Immigration and Housing and Buildings meet, City Hall, Council Chambers, Manhattan.
10:30 a.m. – Queens Borough President Melinda Katz holds a public hearing, Borough President’s Conference Room, 120-55 Queens Blvd., Queens.
11 a.m. – The Buffalo Erie Niagara Land Improvement Corp.’s board of directors holds its monthly meeting, The Brisbane Building, 403 Main St., fifth floor conference room, Buffalo.
1 p.m. – The New York City Council Committees on Transportation, Waterfronts and Economic Development meet, City Hall, Council Chambers, Manhattan.
4 p.m. – New York City Public Advocate Letitia James, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and others call for the Mayoral Advisory Commission on City Art, Monuments, and Markers to remove the Central Park statue honoring Dr. J. Marion Sims, East 103rd Street and Fifth Avenue, Manhattan.
4:30 p.m. – Judith Enck and Curt Spalding, former Region 2 administrators of the Environmental Protection Agency, attend a panel on climate change, University at Albany Downtown Campus, Milne Hall, 135 Western Ave., Room 200, Albany.
6 p.m. – The Liberty Democrats Association honors state Sen. Jamaal Bailey at their 11th Annual Awards Dinner, 1703 Bronxdale Ave., Bronx.
7 p.m. – Rep. Thomas Suozzi holds a town hall meeting, Suffolk Y Jewish Community Center, 74 Hauppauge Road, Commack.
7:30 p.m. – The North & Central Merrick Civic Association and the South Merrick Community Civic Association host a forum on the state constitutional convention with Long Island Federation of Labor Political Director Ryan Stanton, North Merrick Public Library, 1691 Meadowbrook Road, North Merrick.
7:30 p.m. – New York City mayoral candidates Nicole Malliotakis and Sal Albanese as well as New York City Councilman Jumaane Williams participate in a meeting hosted by the Madison-Marine-Homecrest Civic Association, Fillmore Avenue and Marine Parkway, Brooklyn.
TOP TWEET: The time @NYCMayor (John Lindsay) grabbed a random reporter and kissed her on the lips. @wcbs880’s Irene Cornell is still on the job today.