First Read Tonight – August 14, 2017
WEATHER: A chance of showers in New York City, mostly cloudy in Albany and partly cloudy in Buffalo. New York City, low 70; Albany, low 64; Buffalo, low 66.
FROM CITY & STATE:
* Some fellow Democrats are calling the timing of former state Sen. Daniel Squadron’s resignation a “blatant disgrace,” while longtime Manhattan Assemblyman Herman “Denny” Farrell Jr. will likely be joining the ranks of the recently retired, Gerson Borrero writes in this week’s Bochinche & Buzz column.
* With the New York City Campaign Finance Board and the New York City Board of Elections updating their list of who’s running and who’s bowed out of the New York City Council races, we take another look at the key 2017 City Council district primaries to watch.
NEW THIS AFTERNOON:
* President Donald Trump is scheduled to visit Trump Tower for the first time since his inauguration, landing at a Wall Street heliport at 8:45 p.m. Monday before riding up to his building on Fifth Avenue, where protests are expecting to converge, The New York Times reports.
* NYPD officers will be stopping and inspecting buses that travel down Fifth Avenue when Trump stays at his Manhattan home, and other vehicles will be checked at random, while law enforcement suggests drivers should avoid the area, the New York Post reports.
* After a weekend of violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed legislation that adds community centers to the list of public places where committing certain crimes, including making a false bomb threat, can result in stiffer penalties, the Times Union reports.
* Republican New York City mayoral candidate Nicole Malliotakis called the Ku Klux Klan and Nazis “disgusting,” but was slow to criticize Trump’s response to deadly demonstrations in Virginia and said she didn’t regret voting for him, the Daily News reports.
* State Sen. John DeFrancisco, the state Senate’s second-highest-ranking Republican, defended Trump’s handling of the tragic events in Virginia this weekend, blaming “many sides” for the violence and hatred, the Daily News reports.
* More news below …
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* A state law requiring the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to sell its land for fair market value will make it difficult to replace a Bronx mall proposal killed by New York City Councilman Andy King last week, Crain’s New York Business reports.
* New York City Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez, who is vying to become the next council speaker, is coming under fire from gay activists for endorsing state Sen. Ruben Diaz Sr. for an open Bronx council seat because Diaz opposes same-sex marriage, the Post reports.
* A hotel industry group is going after Airbnb by hiring a former NYPD officer to go undercover to look for illegal rentals on the popular vacation rental website and discover criminal activity it believes is caused by Airbnb users, the Post reports.
* Republican Assemblyman Marc Butler announced he won’t seek re-election to his upstate district covering parts of central New York and the Adirondacks that he’s served since 1995, but he will serve out his current term until the end of 2018, State of Politics reports.
* “Leaking” corpses of people killed by New York City subway trains are often brought to employee lunchrooms and other break areas inside stations, according to disgusted union officials and MTA employees, the Post reports.
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* President Donald Trump denounced the white supremacist groups whose rally in Virginia on Saturday turned deadly, criticizing “racist violence” in remarks that were much more direct in their condemnation than his initial, widely panned response, Politico reports.
* U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said that the “evil attack” in Charlottesville, Virginia, over the weekend meets the legal definition of an act of domestic terrorism, an early declaration in an investigation after a car plowed into a crowd of protesters, the Times writes.
* Robert Mueller, the special counsel who is investigating alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia during the 2016 presidential election, has been looking into Trump’s real estate dealings, including a stalled Trump Tower in the Republic of Georgia, The New Yorker reports.
* A taxi driver named Mehari Bokrezion died from a heart problem while parked in SoHo on Tuesday and went unnoticed for 18 hours, – just another example of how in this city of almost 8.6 million minding one’s own business is an art form, the Times writes.
* Geoffrey S. Berman, who worked in the U.S. Attorney’s office for the Southern District of New York in the early 1990s and has now emerged as the Trump administration’s chosen candidate to run it, is a serious man with a canny legal mind and a wry sense of humor, the Times writes.
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5 p.m. and 6 p.m. – “MetroFocus” features Rep. Jerrold Nadler, WLIW21 (5 p.m.) and WNET Thirteen (6 p.m.).
7 p.m. and 10 p.m. – “Road to City Hall” features state Senate Minority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins and the Monday Consultants Corner, NY1.
8 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. – “Capital Tonight” features state Senate Minority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins and Syracuse mayoral candidate Laura Lavine, Spectrum News.
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9:30 a.m. – Citi Bike is opening its new flagship operations facility in Gowanus with a ribbon-cutting alongside local transportation advocates, elected officials and Transport Workers Union members, 77 14th St., Brooklyn.
10 a.m. – The New York City Board of Standards and Appeals holds a public hearing, 22 Reade St., Manhattan.
10 a.m. – New York City Public Advocate Letitia James hosts a press conference announcing the banks that fund the Worst Landlords Watchlist, 101 Lincoln Road, Brooklyn.
11 a.m. – New York City Parks Brooklyn Borough Commissioner Martin Maher joins City Councilman Brad Lander and local community members to celebrate the groundbreaking of St. Mary’s Playground, Smith Street and Nelson Street, Brooklyn.
11 a.m. – “The Capitol Pressroom” features Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi; Susan Welber, staff attorney at the Legal Aid Society; Thomas Rumsey, vice president of external affairs at Competitive Power Ventures; and Circa Senior Producer Reed Dunlea, WCNY.
11 a.m. – In the wake of the white supremacist and Neo-Nazi rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, that led to the deaths of three people, Rev. Khader El-Yateem and local community activists will gather to demand that the Fort Hamilton Army Base rename General Lee Avenue and Stonewall Jackson Drive, 101st Street and Fort Hamilton Parkway, Brooklyn.
5 p.m. – MinKwon Center for Community Action, New York Immigration Coalition and Columbia County Sanctuary Movement mark the five-year anniversary since the start of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, Trump Tower, 52nd Street and Fifth Avenue, Manhattan.
7 p.m. – Rep. John Katko hosts a public forum focused on Wayne County’s vast agriculture economy, Community Room, Wayne County Public Safety Building, 7376 State Route 31, Lyons.
7 p.m. – State Sen. Brad Hoylman and Rep. Jerrold Nadler host an evening for constituents to learn how to take action to keep the Hudson River clean, Patagonia Meatpacking, 414 W. 14th St., Manhattan.
8 p.m. – New York City Councilman Jumaane Williams appears on “News with Ed Schultz” to discuss protests and violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, RT America.
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