First Read – October 18, 2017

WEATHER: Sunny across the state. New York City, high 71; Albany, high 69; Buffalo, high 66.



* In the latest assessment of the social media buzz generated by each of the eight candidates, City & State and Global Strategy Group track Twitter metrics to see who’s trending in the New York City Council speaker’s race.

* With Puerto Rico still months away from restoring power to its nearly 3.5 million residents after the Hurricane Maria, New York Power Authority President Gil Quiniones joined the New York Slant podcast to explain what’s needed on the island and to assess the federal emergency response.



* New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said that he regrets how his administration has handled the homeless crisis, as shelter census numbers were topping 60,000 before he began rethinking his approach and broadening his outreach, the Daily News writes.

* New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer threw his support behind a push to close Rikers Island in three years, far faster than the decade de Blasio has proposed, during a debate with Republican challenger Michel Faulkner, the Daily News writes.

* Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie doubts lawmakers will have to convene a special session before the 2018 regular legislative session in January – unless there’s an unexpected cut in federal funding – despite Gov. Andrew Cuomo suggesting that one may be necessary,the Times Union reports.

* Vice President Mike Pence touted President Donald Trump’s tax plan and campaigned with Rep. Chris Collins during a visit to Erie County on Tuesday, but also plugged into local issues by offering condolences for the family of a police officer killed during a diving exercise, The Buffalo News reports.

* A federal judge in Brooklyn has told New York City to prepare for a court hearing regarding the prevalence of lying by NYPD officers and whether the department has done too little to discipline officers who testify falsely, The New York Times writes.

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* A civil suit against former Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara and his deputies was dismissed after a federal appeals court ruled that they were protected from personal lawsuits related to their job duties, The Wall Street Journal reports.

* The candidates for Rensselaer County executive, Republican Assemblyman Steven McLaughlin and Democrat Andrea Smyth, faced each other in a forum where they both defended their credentials and criticized the SAFE Act, the Times Union reports.

* The candidates for Nassau County executive, Democrat Laura Curran and Republican Jack Martins, both said during their second debate this week that they would reopen closed police precincts and push for more sales tax revenue to flow to villages if elected, Newsday writes.

* Although Cuomo announced with fanfare that General Motors would soon test self-driving cars on New York City streets, the de Blasio administration, which has a long-standing feud with the governor, seemed aggravated by the lack of communication in planning the proposal, Politico New York writes.

* After seven years and almost $1.8 billion in subsidies, Cuomo’s efforts to build a high-tech manufacturing base in upstate New York have finally started to come to fruition, as he cut the ribbon at Norsk Titanium’s new factory in Plattsburgh, Politico New York writes.


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* New York City Councilmen Ben Kallos and Dan Garodnick are pushing a constituent favor – a special zoning change to protect the river views of residents of Sutton Place, one of the wealthiest streets in Manhattan – and the rush for action is only about serving the desires of a few wealthy residents, the New York Post writes.

* De Blasio visited the Daily News editorial board carrying justifiable pride in having built a universal pre-K program and working with police to drive down crime to new record lows – and a healthy, if belated, sense of contrition for the disappointments of his first term, the Daily News writes.

* Twice now, the state Department of Health has failed to reveal that contractors for state grant recipients were connected to scandals surrounding the Cuomo administration, and the agency’s excuses only worsen the suspicions these lapses raise, the Times Union writes.

* Newsday endorsed Lawrence Zacarese for Suffolk County sheriff, saying that unlike his opponent, the Republican candidate is a “true political outsider” who will not be beholden to the county political machines.

* Medicaid payments to Erie County Medical Center are about to be hacked by two-thirds because Congress failed to renew a key portion of the program by Oct. 1, and in a just world, every congressman who ignored this issue would pay a high price, The Buffalo News writes.



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* Dan Doctoroff, the former deputy mayor for economic development and rebuilding under New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, joined the New York Slant podcast to discuss his new book and how the Bloomberg administration set the stage for de Blasio’s progressive achievements.



The Mayor bills himself as a progressive, but Latinos have been shortchanged in his administration. Read Eddie Borges in City & State on City Hall’s bias against hiring Latinos and promoting them to lead agencies. It’s time to put a Latino in City Hall. Meet Nicole Malliotakis. Paid for by Nicole for New York City.



HAPPY BIRTHDAY: To Cas Holloway, global head of technical operations at Bloomberg LP … New York City Public Advocate Letitia James … Politico reporter Annie Karni … and to Assemblyman James Skoufis.


MOVING ON: Sandy Myers, formerly director of government and external relations at Selfhelp Community Services, was promoted to vice president of external relations and communications.


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

8:30 a.m. – The Manhattan Chamber of Commerce hosts its chairman’s breakfast featuring National Urban League President and CEO Marc Morial, 76 Ninth Ave., Manhattan.

9 a.m. – Hundreds of charter school parents from Brooklyn join state Sen. Jesse Hamilton, New York City Councilman Robert Cornegy Jr. and other Brooklyn community leaders at a rally to celebrate the impact of charter schools on Brooklyn’s communities, Cadman Plaza, Brooklyn.

9:15 a.m. – Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul discusses women in leadership at Westchester Women’s agenda meeting, 78 North Broadway, White Plains.

10 a.m. – “The Brian Lehrer Show” features New York Times columnist Michelle Goldberg, Politico Pro senior health care reporter Jennifer Haberkorn, WNYC reporters Jessica Gould and Alexandra Starr, Real Deal reporter Will Parker, Wall Street Journal reporter Cezary Podkul and more, WNYC.

10 a.m. – The New York City Council Committee on Finance meets, City Hall, Committee Room, Manhattan.

10 a.m. – The New York City Department for the Aging holds a public hearing on its annual plan summary, Casa Boricua Senior Center, 910 E. 172nd St., Bronx.

11 a.m. – “The Capitol Pressroom” features Joseph Belluck of the SUNY Charter Schools Committee, Assemblywoman Helene Weinstein, Thomas Kucharski of Invest Buffalo Niagara, Matt Hurlbutt of Greater Rochester Enterprise and Larry Levy of Hofstra University, WCNY.

11 a.m. – New York City Public Advocate Letitia James hosts a press conference to discuss how the New York City Education and Homeless Services’ departments have failed to adequately provide support and resources for homeless students, City Hall steps, Manhattan.

11 a.m. – Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer testifies at a New York City Planning Commission public hearing, Spector Hall, 22 Reade St., Manhattan.

11:15 a.m. – Activists and legal organizations announce new legal requests for the NYPD and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s so-called “gang” databases, in response to the targeting of New Yorkers of color, One Police Plaza, Manhattan.

12 p.m. – Community Access and other mental health advocates call on the New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio to improve relations between the NYPD and the mental health community, City Hall steps, Manhattan.

12 p.m. – Westchester County executive candidate George Latimer announces his plan to cut wasteful duplication of services in Westchester County government, Yonkers Ludlow Sewage Treatment Plant, 1 Fernbrook St., Yonkers.

1 p.m. – The New York City Council Committee on Governmental Operations meets, City Hall, Committee Room, Manhattan.

2 p.m. – State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, and Brewer give remarks at state Sen. Liz Krueger’s Senior Resource Fair, Temple Emanu-El, 1 E. 65th St., Manhattan.

5 p.m. – The Bronx Young Democrats host a young professionals night fundraiser with New York City first lady Chirlane McCray, Gun Hill Brewery, 3227 Laconia Ave., Bronx.

5:30 p.m. – The New York City Voter Assistance Advisory Committee holds a public meeting, 100 Church St., Manhattan.

6 p.m. – New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio hosts a town hall meeting with residents of the 33rd City Council District, 180 Remsen St., Brooklyn.

6 p.m. – The Manhattan Chamber of Commerce hosts a “Women of Influence” discussion with Public Advocate James, 125 Park Ave., Manhattan.

6 p.m. – Metropolitan Transportation Authority Chairman Joe Lhota serves as the keynote speaker, and Hochul also speaks, at the annual meeting of the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, Gargiulo’s Restaurant, 2911 W. 15th St., Brooklyn.

6:15 p.m. – Brewer attends opening of Alvin Ailey’s Elaine Wynn & Family Education Wing, Joan Weill Center for Dance, 405 W. 55th St., Manhattan.

7 p.m. – Brewer attends Manhattanville Houses Tenant Association board installation, Manhattanville Houses Community Center, 530 W. 133rd St., Manhattan.

7 p.m. and 10 p.m. – “Road to City Hall” features author and NBC News journalist Katy Tur, NY1.


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KICKER: “It’s hard to comment in detail when DOT, which as you know oversees 6,000 miles of streets in the city, was not consulted on the timing, details or testing areas for this pilot.” – New York City Department of Transportation spokesman Scott Gastel, on Cuomo’s announcement of testing self-driving cars in the city, via Politico New York.