First Read – June 22, 2017
WEATHER: Sunny across the state, with afternoon thunderstorms possible in Buffalo. New York City, high 83; Albany, high 84; Buffalo, high 76.
FROM CITY & STATE:
* The state legislative session concluded Wednesday night, but the impasse over mayoral control of New York City schools was not resolved. Here are five takeaways from the end of session, including the possibility of a special session, last-minute confirmations and more.
* In an interview with BuzzFeed, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio claimed his work gets ignored and the corporate media follow a corporate agenda, but the mayor often controls the message and steers coverage on issues like affordable housing, Norman Oder writes.
NEW THIS MORNING:
* Joseph Lhota, who led the Metropolitan Transportation Authority under Gov. Andrew Cuomo before leaving for a failed New York City mayoral run in 2013, was chosen by the governor to return as chairman and confirmed by the state Senate late Wednesday, The New York Times reports.
* After his nomination by Cuomo last week, Paul Feinman was confirmed by the state Senate to serve on the state Court of Appeals, making him the first openly gay person to serve on the state’s highest court, the Times writes.
* The state legislative session ended without an agreement to extend mayoral control of New York City’s schools, which expires on June 30, and unless lawmakers return for a special session before the school year begins, a board will be appointed to run the schools, the New York Post writes.
* State lawmakers ended the legislative session without renewing county sales taxes and New York City’s personal income tax, which will expire in the fall if the state Legislature doesn’t return and pass extenders, the Post reports.
* The state Senate passed a bill proposed by Cuomo that would name the new Tappan Zee Bridge, currently under construction, after former Gov. Mario Cuomo, but the Assembly said the bill was introduced too quickly to be considered, Gannett Albany reports.
* More news below …
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* State legislators voted to more than double the number of speed cameras in New York City from 140 to 290, most in the vicinity of schools, and extend the program until 2022, the Post writes.
* The state Legislature passed a scaled-back version of Lavern’s Law that would start the window to bring cancer-related medical malpractice cases when an error is discovered by the patient, not when the mistake occurred, the Daily News reports.
* State lawmakers also passed an expansion of the film and tax credit for productions that take place in New York, focusing on women and minority writers and directors who earn less than $50,000 per episode, or $150,000 per season, the Times Union reports.
* After New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio put $386 million into his effort to fix chronically struggling schools, a new study found the test scores and graduation rates of these Renewal Schools were similar to comparable schools that didn’t get extra resources, The Wall Street Journal reports.
* Carl Paladino, an outspoken Republican who made racist remarks against Barack and Michelle Obama in December, will fight for his seat on the Buffalo Board of Education, which is trying to remove him at a hearing in Albany on Thursday, the Journal writes.
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* 9/11 responder Carlos Cardona is in jail and set to be deported after 31 years in the U.S., but after being pardoned by Cuomo for a decades-old crime, the feds and President Donald Trump must now relent in their push to remove him from the country, the Daily News writes.
* Bronx Borough President Rubén Díaz Jr. and Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams are trying to improve the city’s gifted and talented programs by aiming to prevent ZIP codes from defining the destinies of promising black and Hispanic students, the Post writes.
* Nassau County officials should vote to become the nation’s first suburb to allow ride-hailing services, slated to begin outside New York City on June 29, Newsday writes.
* New York City still lacks a coordinated housing and homelessness plan that makes full use of the considerable resources that government agencies, nonprofit advocates and service providers can offer if they work together, the three co-conveners of the Family Homelessness Task Force write.
Everyone agrees: New York’s hospitals and doctors deliver world-class patient care. But their out-of-control medical malpractice costs are by far the nation’s highest, and stark proof of a deeply flawed system. Let’s make sure Albany doesn’t make it worse. Join us in urging the New York State Legislature to reject any bills that would raise medical malpractice costs even higher and weaken the ability of doctors and hospitals to deliver high-quality care. www.nymedmalreform.com
* Amid the “Summer of Hell,” New York City’s subway system has seen an increase in problems, with no answer – or person to hold accountable – in sight. Second Ave. Sagas’ Ben Kabak joined the New York Slant podcast to discuss who’s to blame and what can be done.
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HAPPY BIRTHDAY: To Associated Press reporter Jill Colvin … to Daniel Feldman, professor at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice … to Barry Goldstein, legal services aide for New York City Councilwoman Karen Koslowitz … to Eva Grech, an aide to state Sen. Joseph Addabbo … to Daniel Johnson, chief of staff to New York City Councilman Andrew Cohen … to Jim Katocin, vice president of advertising at City & State New York … to Shawn Thompson, chief of staff for state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli … to Robin Verges, senior vice president at Rubenstein Associates … to Kathryn Wylde, president and CEO of the Partnership for New York City.
MOVING ON: Feniosky Peña-Mora has stepped down as commissioner of the New York City Department of Design and Construction … Dan Hocoy was appointed president of Erie Community College … John Quaintance was appointed president of SUNY Sullivan … Havidán Rodríguez was appointed president of the University at Albany, the first Hispanic president of a four-year college in SUNY history … SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher of was appointed chancellor emeritus ahead of her departure as chancellor on June 30.
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Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in Albany with no public schedule.
8 a.m. – City & State CSR hosts our Corporate-Community Partnerships breakfast awards ceremony celebrating community-minded individuals and companies, Baruch College, 55 Lexington Ave., 14th floor, Manhattan.
10 a.m. – The New York City Council Committees on Contracts and Economic Development meet, 250 Broadway, 16th floor committee room, Manhattan.
10 a.m. – Assemblywoman Rodneyse Bichotte and others host the Fifth Annual Senior Luncheon, St. Mark’s United Methodist Church, 2017 Beverly Road, Brooklyn.
10 a.m. – New York City Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez rallies with dozens of Black Car drivers to support legislation requiring a tipping option within its app and to celebrate Uber's announcement to implement this policy, City Hall steps, Manhattan.
10 a.m. – “The Brian Lehrer Show” features New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, WNYC.
10:45 a.m. – New York City Public Advocate Letitia James thanks volunteers at the annual CUNY/Daily News Citizenship Now event, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, 524 W. 59th St., Manhattan.
11 a.m. – The New York City Council Committee on Transportation meets, Council Chambers, City Hall, Manhattan.
11 a.m. – The Legal Aid Society and New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito hold a press conference calling on the state Office of Court Administration to take immediate action to stop U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement courthouse raids, City Hall steps, Manhattan.
11 a.m. – New York elected officials, unions, advocates, community organizations, grass-roots groups and impacted consumers hold a press conference to discuss the impact of the U.S. Senate’s health care bill, state Capitol, Albany.
11 a.m. – “The Capitol Pressroom” features Assemblywoman Patricia Fahy; state Sen. Fred Akshar; Alexis Pleus, the president of Truth Pharm; Stephanie Campbell, executive director of Friends of Recovery-New York; and Broome County Executive Jason Garnar, WCNY.
12 p.m. – State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announces the takedown of a violent drug trafficking ring that operated in The Capital Region, state Capitol, second floor, Attorney General’s Office, Albany.
12 p.m. – Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, members of the National Wildlife Federation and second grade students from P.S. 29 John M. Harrigan sign a nationwide pledge committing Brooklyn to help save the monarch butterfly, P.S. 29 John M. Harrigan, school garden, 425 Henry St., Cobble Hill.
2 p.m. – The New York City Council Committee on Juvenile Justice tours the South Bronx NeON, 198 E. 161st St., Bronx.
2 p.m. – New York City mayoral candidate Sal Albanese holds a press conference and walking tour past empty storefronts, 1231 Third Ave., Manhattan.
2 p.m. – New York City Councilman Daniel Dromm, city School Construction Authority President Lorraine Grillo and others hold a groundbreaking for Q398, a new elementary school and pre-K site, 69-01 34th Ave., Queens.
3 p.m. – Public Advocate James delivers remarks at a tax lien sale reform press conference, City Hall steps, Manhattan.
4 p.m. – New York City Department of Parks and Recreation unveils the recently restored Henry Ward Beecher Monument, Columbus Park, Cadman Plaza East and Johnson Street, Brooklyn.
4:30 p.m. – Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano, the Yonkers City Council and others kick off Gay Pride Week with a celebration, Yonkers City Hall Unity Fountain, 40 South Broadway, Yonkers.
5 p.m. – New York City Councilman Jumaane Williams attends an event where his deputy chief of staff, Farah Louis, is honored, The Grand Prospect Hall, 263 Prospect Ave., Brooklyn.
5:30 p.m. – New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer delivers remarks at the National Association of Securities Professionals Foundation New York Chapter’s Summertime in the City fundraiser, United Federation of Teachers, 52 Broadway, Manhattan.
6 p.m. – New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and first lady Chirlane McCray host the LGBT Pride Reception with remarks to follow, Gracie Mansion, 88th Street and East End Avenue, Manhattan.
6 p.m. – New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito hosts an initiative about digital bullying, Council Chambers, City Hall, Manhattan.
6 p.m. – The Justice for All Coalition hosts a community march and rally to protest development in western Queens, Jacob Riis Community Center, 10-25 41st Ave., Queens.
6 p.m. – State Sen. David Carlucci hosts a free training on how to administer Naloxone, a medication used to block the effects of an opioid overdose, Pearl River Library, 80 Franklin Ave., Pearl River.
7 p.m. – CBS 2 News, WCBS Radio 880, 1010 WINS, the Daily News, New York Immigration Coalition and Common Cause New York host one in a series of town halls ahead of the New York City mayoral election debates, Brooklyn Public Library, 10 Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn.
7 p.m. – New York City Councilman Jumaane Williams attends the Interfaith Coalition of Brooklyn’s Second Annual Interfaith Dinner, Our Lady of Refuge Church, 2020 Foster Ave, Brooklyn.
7:20 p.m. – Public Advocate James delivers remarks at the Save New York Summit, Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 3 W. 65th St., Manhattan.
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KICKER: “I know the MTA can do a lot better.” – Joseph Lhota, newly confirmed chairman of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, via the Times.