First Read – May 19, 2017

WEATHER: Mostly cloudy in Buffalo and mostly sunny with a slight chance of showers in New York City and Albany. New York City, high 91; Albany, high 76; Buffalo, high 58.



* Was anyone a bigger winner this week than Gov. Andrew Cuomo or New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio? Did anyone have a worse week than Rep. Chris Collins, Joseph Ponte or IDC Leader Jeff Klein and state Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan? Make your picks here!



* The state attorney general's office and a federal prosecutor are both looking into the payouts of thousands of dollars in questionable stipends to state senators who were identified in pay records as committee chairs when they weren't, the Daily News reports.

* Law enforcement officials said a man accused of steering his car onto the busy Times Square sidewalk and mowing down pedestrians for three blocks told police he was “hearing voices” and expected to die, The Associated Press reports.

* New York City’s homeless services agency, under a settlement reached this week, has agreed to do more to accommodate homeless people who are disabled, after a nonprofit counted just 32 accessible beds in a system that houses tens of thousands of people, The New York Times reports.

* More than 100 victims who were abused as children by priests of the Archdiocese of New York have settled their cases through a new sexual abuse survivor compensation fund, with some victims receiving settlements of $150,000 to $350,000, the Times reports.

* The developer who got a sweet deal from the city to build an Upper East Side apartment tower with half market-rate units and half affordable units is a big donor to New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, giving almost $40,000 since 2011, the Daily News reports.

* More news below …



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* With the state ticket scalping law set to expire on June 30, state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman wants any renewal to include what he says are consumer-friendly reforms like keeping ticket brokers from advertising tickets they don't yet own, the Daily News reports.

* A city plan to place a sanitation depot in a corner of East Harlem has local residents crying foul over what is their fair share of city services to shoulder and questioning how much the city should spend on its facilities, The Wall Street Journal reports.

* Supermarkets and large chain retailers in New York City like 7-Eleven and Whole Foods will soon be required to post calorie counts for prepared foods under an expansion of the city health code, the Journal reports.

* The NYPD Hispanic Society and the Rafael Ramos Foundation have pulled out of the Puerto Rican Day Parade after it was announced that former FALN member Oscar Lòpez Rivera will be honored with a National Freedom Hero award at the event, the New York Post reports.

* Nassau County Republicans nominated former state Sen. Jack Martins as their county executive candidate, cementing the party’s split from incumbent Edward Mangano, its longtime standard-bearer now facing corruption charges, Newsday reports.


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* Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s policies often harm state residents and taxpayers, but on the Indian Point nuclear power plant he may also be violating the law by not conducting a full environmental review prior to reaching a deal to close the plant, the Journal writes.

* De Blasio is mayor of a town that was targeted by the FALN then and by other terrorists now, a city that lost thousands on 9/11, and if he skipped the St. Patrick’s Day Parade when he thought it sent the wrong message, he ought to do the same for the Puerto Rican Day Parade, the Post writes.

* Thank goodness for those Times Square bollards, but what must follow yesterday’s violence is a speedy and serious evaluation by the police and transportation officials on how to buffer those spaces before tragedy repeats itself, the Daily News writes.

* The leaders of four political parties in Suffolk County have been scheming to deprive voters of their right to an honest election this fall, with deals, cross-endorsements and rigging every race, meaning the elections aren’t truly contested, Newsday writes.

* The CUNY Graduate School of Journalism’s work is more important than ever before, and a strong and robust Fourth Estate is more important now than ever before – because the very foundations of journalism are under attack, writes U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer in a speech adapted in The Buffalo News.



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* Republican candidate for New York City comptroller and former New York Jets defensive lineman Michel Faulkner joined the New York Slant podcast to share why he left the mayoral race and why he thinks he’s a better option than incumbent Scott Stringer.



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HAPPY BIRTHDAY: Yesterday, to Ian Magerkurth, director of government affairs and advocacy for the Alzheimer's Association … today, to Daniel Abramson, Brooklyn borough director for the New York City Mayor’s Community Affairs Unit … Taryn Duffy, director of public affairs for Empire City Casino … and to Jared Odessky, union organizer with United Auto Workers … on Saturday, to Maria Doulis, vice president at the Citizens Budget Commission … Jeff Friedman, regional political organizer at New York State United Teachers … Assemblywoman Ellen JaffeeEldon Johnson-Lowery, Youth-4-SVA organizer of the Stonewall Rebellion Veterans' Association … Anthony R. Jordan, district director for U.S. Rep. José Serrano … Vincent LeVien, director of external affairs for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn … Kate Mooney, deputy chief of staff for New York City Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley … former Gov. David Paterson … former Assemblyman Mark Alan Siegel … and to Norman Steisel, former first deputy mayor of New York City under David Dinkins … on Sunday to Tom Allon, president and publisher of City & State … Leslie Dubcek, counsel in New York state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman's office … Torrey A. Fishman … special counsel in the New York City Mayor’s Office of Appointments … Paul Newell, Democratic district leader for the 64th Assembly district and former Assembly candidate … Jenni Royer, former New York State Young Democrats officer … Eric Soufer, senior counsel for policy and communications director in New York state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman's office … Nick Spano, former state Senator and founder and owner of Empire Strategic Planning … and to Nick Suplina, special counsel and senior adviser in New York state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman's office.


MOVING ON: New York City Chief Digital Officer Sree Sreenivasan is leaving the de Blasio administration with his portfolio to be covered by Chief Technology Officer Miguel Gamiño.


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Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in New York City with no public schedule.

8 a.m. – Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer participates in day of action against diabetes by greeting commuters and handing out flyers in Harlem for her upcoming Diabetes Health Fair, 125th Street subway station, West 125th Street and St. Nicholas Avenue, Manhattan.

8:30 a.m. – New York City Department of Investigation Commissioner Mark Peters delivers the welcoming remarks at the 23rd Annual Citywide Seminar on Ethics in City Government, New York Law School, 185 West Broadway, Manhattan.

9 a.m. – The New York City Office of Chief Medical Examiner hosts New York City Missing Persons Day, Hirsch Center for Forensic Sciences, 421 E. 26th St., Manhattan.

10 a.m. – “The Brian Lehrer Show” features New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, New York Times transit reporter Emma G. Fitzsimmons and U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy of Connecticut, WNYC.

10 a.m. – New York City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer, District Council 37 and officials from New York City's three public library systems rally for increased capital and operating funding for libraries in the fiscal year 2018 city budget, City Hall steps, Manhattan.

10 a.m. – New York City Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez calls for safety upgrades along highly trafficked pedestrian corridors, Times Square, 45th Street and Broadway, Manhattan.

10 a.m. – Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul commemorates the Erie Canal bicentennial at kickoff ceremony, 1 Tugboat Alley, Waterford.

10 a.m. – New York City Councilman Barry Grodenchik, Assemblyman David Weprin, and P.S. 42 students commemorate President John F. Kennedy’s 100th birthday, JFK Circle, 68th Avenue and 218th Street, Queens.

10:30 a.m. – The New York City Minority and Woman-Owned Business Enterprise Program, the Mayor’s Office of Technology and Innovation and others host a forum for tech and software companies, Urban Tech Hub at Grand Central Tech, 335 Madison Ave., Manhattan.

10:30 a.m. – New York City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer and NYC Inspires rally for increased funding for arts and culture organizations in the city budget, City Hall steps, Manhattan.

11 a.m. – The New York City Council Committee on Cultural Affairs, Libraries and International Intergroup Relations, the Committee on Finance and Subcommittee on Libraries hold a joint executive budget hearing on the city’s public libraries, Council Chambers, City Hall, Manhattan.

11:30 a.m. – New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer delivers remarks at the New York State Nurses Association’s Public and Private Sector Patient Advocate Conference, The Roosevelt Hotel, 45 E. 45th St., Manhattan.

12 p.m.City & State and Bronx Borough President Rubén Díaz Jr. host the annual #not62 Bronx Week Health Day with a stickball challenge for elected officials and candidates, Joyce Kilmer Park, Grand Concourse and East 161st Street, Bronx.

12 p.m.De Blasio and New York City Public Advocate Letitia James tour the Rockaway Boardwalk, Beach 32nd Street at the Beach Boardwalk, Queens.

12:30 p.m. – The New York City Council Committee on Cultural Affairs, Libraries and International Intergroup Relations and the Committee on Finance hold a joint executive budget hearing on the city Department of Cultural Affairs, Council Chambers, City Hall, Manhattan.

12:30 p.m. – Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul makes Oneonta Downtown Revitalization Initiative announcements, Foothills Performing Arts Center, 24 Market St., Oneonta.

1 p.m. – New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer delivers remarks at Council of School Supervisors & Administrators’ Retiree Manhattan Regional Unit General Meeting, Manhattan Comprehensive Night and Day High School, 240 Second Ave., Manhattan.

1 p.m. – New York City Councilman Andy King announces the implementation of Jaden’s Law, providing New Yorkers with a brochure with information about stem cells and options for becoming a bone marrow or peripheral blood stem cell donor, City Hall steps, Manhattan.

1:30 p.m. – New York City first lady Chirlane McCray addresses the issue of substance use as part of the Weekend of Faith for Mental Health, Ibn Sina Community Center, 46-1 20th Ave., Queens.

1:30 p.m. – Public Advocate James delivers remarks at the Brooklyn Chinese-American Association Avenue U Senior and Community Center's 21st Anniversary Celebration, 2027 Emmons Ave., Brooklyn.

4 p.m. – New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer attends Communications Workers of America Local 1101 Rally and AT&T Workers Strike, outside AT&T, 82 Wall St., Manhattan.

4:15 p.m. – Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer speaks at P.S. 126’s 50th anniversary celebration, 80 Catherine St., Manhattan.

4:30 p.m. – Bronx Borough President Rubén Díaz Jr. hosts the Bronx Fathers Taking Action Committee Event ‘Tennis Night with Dad,” The Cary Leeds Center for Tennis and Learning, 1720 Crotona Ave., Bronx.

5 p.m. – Van Bramer attends a rally against violence at Queensbridge Houses with Build Queensbridge 696, 41st Avenue and 10th Street, Queens.

6 p.m. – U.S. Rep. Nydia Velazquez attends the P.S. 130M Parents Association Annual Banquet, 143 Baxter St., Manhattan.

7 p.m. – New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer delivers a keynote address at the Flushing Business Improvement District’s second annual gala, Sheraton LaGuardia East Hotel, Phoenix Ballroom, 135-20 39th Ave., Queens.



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KICKER: “It’s not normal out here. It really isn’t. So, I’ve gone through a couple of things – but nothing like this.” – Ken Bradix, Planet Hollywood bouncer, on Times Square, after helping subdue the man who drove his car onto the sidewalk killing one and injuring many, via the Post.