First Read Tonight – December 13, 2017

WEATHER: A chance for up to an inch of snow overnight in New York City, a chance of snow in Albany and one to two inches of snow in Buffalo. New York City, low 27; Albany, low 15; Buffalo, low 13.



* Congressional Republican leaders announced that they had reached a compromise between the House and Senate tax plans and state officials were quick to respond. Here’s a look at the reactions from New York lawmakers to the new GOP tax reform bill.

* Detective Scott Glick helps run the @NYPDnews Twitter account, a source of information during emergencies like this week’s pipe bomb attack, and sees the NYPD’s social media accounts as a way to reassure the public and combat misinformation, City & State reports.

* The most important question in front of the state Legislature’s racing and gambling committees this year will be decided in the U.S. Supreme Court, which could open the door for sports betting in New York and nationwide.



* Amid an FBI probe, Gov. Andrew Cuomo defended his practice of hiring staffers to work for the governor but have their salaries covered by another state agency, telling reporters “you know as much as I know,” Newsday reports.

* Cuomo said a female journalist did “a disservice to women” for asking what his administration was doing to confront sexual harassment in state government, instead asking reporters what they were doing to address harassment in their organizations, The Associated Press reports.

* The MTA has approved a $1.9 billion contract for the design and construction of a third track on the Long Island Rail Road’s Main Line from Floral Park to Hicksville, marking the culmination of decades of efforts to boost capacity, Newsday reports.

* U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer said he is “pursuing every legal path” in regard to the phony sexual harassment allegations made against him, after several media outlets were sent fraudulent documents, the Daily News reports.

* Cuomo will propose a bill as part of his Jan. 3 State of the State address that would require a person charged with misdemeanor or felony domestic violence to surrender all of their firearms to law enforcement, the Daily News reports.

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* The highly anticipated plan to mitigate the disruption caused by the looming L train shutdown includes a busway and bikeway across Manhattan streets, and increased service along subway lines near the L train, amNewYork reports.

* Cuomo signed a bill requiring judges to award attorney fees when a state or local government incorrectly blocks access to a public document, after vetoing a similar bill in 2015 over technical concerns, Gannett Albany reports.

* Cuomo announced about $750 million for pet projects in 10 regions of the state, hailing the seventh annual awards as a way to target economic development, Gannett Albany reports.

* Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano officially announced he’s running for the state Senate seat that will be vacated at the end of the month by Westchester County Executive-elect George Latimer, though the special election date has not yet been set, State of Politics reports.

* Influenza is prevalent across New York, state Health Commissioner Howard Zucker announced, setting off a requirement that health workers who have not been vaccinated against the flu wear masks in areas around patients, the Times Union writes.


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* House and Senate Republicans have reached an agreement, in principle, on a consensus tax reform bill, keeping the party on track for final votes next week with the aim of delivering a bill to President Donald Trump’s desk by Christmas, The New York Times reports.

* The Federal Reserve’s top policymaking body pulled the trigger on another interest rate hike, setting the stage for a series of increases next year as the economy continues its steady growth, Politico reports.

* Trump’s job approval rating dipped to a record low of 32 percent since taking office in January – and the most significant drop came from women, according to a new Monmouth University poll released Wednesday, the Daily News reports.



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* After 12 consequential years in the New York City Council in which he steered more than 60 pieces of legislation into law, Dan Garodnick is ready for a small, short break: finally watching “The Wire,” he said in an exit interview with Our Town.

* The Citizens’ Committee for Children of New York released a report that ranks communities based on the concentration of risk to a child’s well-being across New York City’s 59 community districts, with Hunts Point ranked as the highest risk and the Upper East Side as the lowest.

* The two terrorist attacks six weeks apart in New York City carried out by two recent immigrants were swiftly contained and the suspects arrested, but the political consequences instantly started reverberating, the Times reports.



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7 p.m and 10 p.m. – “Road to City Hall” airs, NY1.

8 p.m. and 11:30 pm – “Capital Tonight” airs, Spectrum News.



7 p.m. – The Rangers visit the Ottawa Senators, MSG.

7 p.m. – The Islanders host the Dallas Stars, MSG+.



9:30 a.m. – The board of trustees of the New York City Employees’ Retirement System meets, New York City Employees’ Retirement System, 335 Adams St., 22nd floor boardroom, Brooklyn.

10 a.m. – The New York City Campaign Finance Board meets, Joseph A. O’Hare S.J. Board Room, 12th floor, 100 Church St., Manhattan.

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

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

10:30 a.m. – The state Division of the Budget holds formal public hearings on the fiscal year 2019 executive budget, state Capitol, Room 124, Albany.

10:30 a.m. – The New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development joins Asian Americans for Equality and Enterprise Community Partners to preserve historic affordable building in Chinatown, 81 Madison St., Manhattan.

11 a.m. – The Assembly holds a public hearing on supports for foster parents and relative and nonrelative caretakers, Legislative Office Building, Roosevelt Hearing Room C, Albany.

11:30 a.m. – The Assembly holds a public hearing on oversight of the state fiscal year 2017-2018 state budget for New York State Homes and Community Renewal, 250 Broadway, Room 1923, Manhattan.

1 p.m. – The New York City Committee on Health and the Committee on Public Safety hold a joint oversight hearing on examining forensic science practices in the NYPD crime lab and office of chief medical examiner, City Hall, Committee Room, Manhattan.

1 p.m. – The New York City Subcommittee on Senior Centers and the Committee on Aging hold a joint oversight hearing on seniors’ access to nutritional and culturally competent congregate and home delivered meals, 250 Broadway, 14th floor committee room, Manhattan.

1 p.m. – The New York City Committee on Economic Development holds an oversight hearing on the economic impact of vacant storefronts, 250 Broadway, 16th floor committee room, Manhattan.

2:30 p.m. – Assemblyman Dan Quart, joined by anti-online harassment advocate Meaghan Barakett and exoneree advocate Jeffrey Deskovic, unveil a package of legislation to address cash bail reform, online harassment and re-entry services to those who were wrongfully convicted, 250 Broadway, 22nd floor, Manhattan.

5:30 p.m. – Progressive activist groups target Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s birthday fundraiser over failed policies benefiting his donors over New Yorkers, Cipriani Wall Street, 55 Wall St., Manhattan.

6 p.m. – The Bronx Democrats host their annual holiday party, 1125 Grand Concourse, Bronx.

6 p.m. – Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s 60th birthday party features Jon Bon Jovi and former President Bill Clinton, Cipriani Wall Street, 55 Wall St., Manhattan.

7 p.m. – New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio hosts a town hall meeting with City Councilman Carlos Menchaca for residents of the 38th Council District, 544 Seventh Ave., Brooklyn.

7 p.m. – A vigil marking the fifth anniversary of the Sandy Hook massacre and advocating for an end to gun violence nationwide with New York City Councilman Jumaane Williams, the New York Coalition to End Gun Violence and a coalition of dozens of other groups, Rutgers Presbyterian Church, 236 W. 73rd St., Manhattan.


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