First Read Tonight – October 17, 2017

WEATHER: Clear in New York City and mostly clear in Albany and Buffalo. New York City, low 49; Albany, low 39; Buffalo, low 53.



* In a wide-ranging interview, former New York City Deputy Mayor Dan Doctoroff discussed his failed bid for the city to host the 2012 Olympics, criticism surrounding publicly funded stadiums and the lessons he’s learned along the way.



* General Motors plans to become the first company to test self-driving cars in New York City, deploying a fleet of self-driving Chevrolet Bolt electric cars early next year in a section of lower Manhattan that engineers are mapping, The Wall Street Journal reports.

* The New York City Sergeants Benevolent Association endorsed Republican Nicole Malliotakis as their candidate for mayor, with President Ed Mullins saying his group can’t forget that the mayor marched not far from Oscar Lopez Rivera in the National Puerto Rican Day Parade, the Daily News reports.

* New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio walked back on a promise he made on Twitter to remove a marker commemorating Philippe Pétain, a French general who was feted with a parade in New York City but went on to become a Nazi collaborator, the Daily News reports.

* Rep. Chris Collins expects to raise more than $400,000 during a fundraiser with Vice President Mike Pence in Buffalo on Tuesday, bolstering his substantial war chest for the upcoming challenge of being re-elected while under ethics scrutiny, The Buffalo News reports.

* Gov. Andrew Cuomo was also in Buffalo on Tuesday to decry the Trump administration’s tax proposals, saying that it amounted to “using New York as a piggy bank” by ending the deduction of state and local taxes, State of Politics reports.

* More news below …



Join the General Contractors Association of New York on October 18th at 8:00am at the Cornell Club for the upcoming Speaker Series on New York’s energy issues.  The event features Keynote comments from Richard Kauffman, Chairman of Energy and Finance for New York, and a panel discussion with Kenneth Daly, President of National Grid, New York, and Stuart Nachmias, Vice President of Regulatory and Energy Policy at Con Ed. For more information and to register click here.



* The state’s tax system is overly complex, inefficient and bad for business and only New Jersey has a worse system, but “New York has decidedly improved” under Cuomo, a study by the conservative-leaning Tax Foundation found, the Times Union reports.

* An investigation by state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman found nearly 1,500 red-light camera violations by school bus companies in Suffolk and Westchester counties and his office proposed stricter record keeping, reporting and driver evaluations, Newsday reports.

* An anti-scaffold group said the existing Scaffold Law will add between $180 million and $300 million in insurance costs to the $13 billion Gateway tunnel project between New York and New Jersey, calling it an “obsolete law that needs to be removed,” State of Politics reports.


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City & State is proud to announce the honorees for the CSR Awards honoring leaders in New York’s Labor and Law industries!

Join us on October 19th at the celebratory breakfast awards as we recognize the accomplishments of our great group of honorees. The event will be keynotes the Commissioner Robert Linn of the Mayor’s Office of Labor Relations and the thought leadership panel discussion will feature: Bob Hennelly, Reporter at, The Chief Leader; Jane Lauer Barker, Partner at Pitta LLP; Council Member I. Daneek Miller, Chair of the Committee on Labor; Jesse Campoamor, Senior Vice President at Capalino + Company and Joshua Freeman, Professor of History at The Murphy Institute. For more information and to RSVP, click here.




* Hours before it was set to take effect, a federal judge in Hawaii issued a nationwide order blocking, for now, President Donald Trump’s third attempt at a travel ban, which would have indefinitely stopped almost all travel to the U.S. from seven countries, The New York Times reports.

* A pair of leading Republican and Democratic senators reached an agreement to fund key federal health care subsidies that Trump ended last week – and the president expressed support for the plan – but it’s unclear if Senate GOP leaders will embrace the deal, The Washington Post reports.

* Trump said his drug czar nominee withdrew from consideration for the job after a Washington Post and “60 Minutes” investigation detailed how Rep. Tom Marino pushed legislation that weakened the Drug Enforcement Administration’s ability to go after drug distributors, The Washington Post reports.



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* Advocates for legalizing marijuana are pressing for a state referendum to convene a constitutional convention. Stymied in their efforts to get lawmakers and the governor to go along with their idea, the advocates see it a “singular opportunity,” The Buffalo News writes.

* A review of several dozen U.S. Supreme Court cases found false or wholly unsupported factual claims in the high court’s opinions, including seven errors in a modest sampling of opinions written from 2011 through 2015, ProPublica writes.

* A clean coal company with offices on Madison Avenue is bringing coal country to midtown Manhattan, Crain’s New York Business writes, working with the Trump administration and promising to make the president’s favorite fuel cleaner and more efficient.

* The answer to standing room-only subways is more standing room, the MTA believes, having removed some seats from some E trains in an attempt to solve crowding issues on the packed transit system by reducing “dwell time” on the platforms, the Times reports.



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7 p.m. and 10 p.m. – “Road to City Hall” features a debate for New York City comptroller, featuring incumbent Scott Stringer, a Democrat, and Republican candidate Michel Faulkner, NY1.

8 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. – “Capital Tonight” features Assemblywoman Nily Rozic, Toni Lasicki of the Association for Community Living and the political insiders, Spectrum News.



5:08 p.m. – The Yankees host the Houston Astros, FS1.



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.

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 city’s Education and Homeless Services’ departments have failed to adequately provide support and resources for homeless students, City Hall steps, 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.

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 gives 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.


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