First Read – June 21, 2017

WEATHER: Mostly sunny with scattered afternoon thunderstorms in New York City, isolated thunderstorms in Albany and sunny in Buffalo. New York City, high 86; Albany, high 82; Buffalo, high 70.



* State Senate Republicans are tying mayoral control to raising New York City’s charter school cap, while Assembly Democrats want a two-year extension and the governor wants a three-year renewal, but has expressed pessimism – so what happens if there isn’t a compromise?

* As President Donald Trump was taking office, Gov. Andrew Cuomo vowed to “protect Roe v. Wade in the state of New York,” yet on the last day of Albany’s legislative session, the state Senate still hasn’t taken up a bill that could protect abortion rights for New Yorkers, writes Andrea Miller, president of the National Institute for Reproductive Health.

* Though the city and state have sparred over how to address New York City’s homelessness problem, advocates remain hopeful state legislators will pass bills and embrace partnerships that would chip away at the problem before the session ends.

* New York City’s subway system has seen an increase in problems across the board, 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 we can do.



* Former U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan joined New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio on a conference call to support extending mayoral control of city schools, but Duncan also said that charter schools could be expanded as part of a political compromise, the New York Post reports.

* State Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan confirmed that the Senate will not take up the Child Victims Act, which would extend the time for young victims of sexual abuse to bring a case against their abuser, before the end of the legislative session, the Times Union reports.

* Republican New York City mayoral candidate Paul Massey Jr. is proposing to reform the subway system with a G train loop through Manhattan using existing tracks, a plan that the Metropolitan Transportation Authority has previously said would increase train traffic, the Daily News writes.

* State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman filed a lawsuit against anti-abortion protesters that allegedly have tried to block the entrance to the Choices Women’s Medical Center in Queens, and have physically and verbally harassed patients, The Wall Street Journal writes.

* The state Senate and Assembly have unanimously approved $90 million in flood relief for residents and municipalities ravaged by Lake Ontario floods in a measure now awaiting the approval of Gov. Andrew Cuomo, The Buffalo News reports.

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* The New York City Civilian Complaint Review Board is set to announce that it will create a legal fellowship within the agency in the name of James Blake, a retired tennis star who was mistreated by a police officer two years ago, resolving Blake’s legal claim against the city, The New York Times reports.

* President Donald Trump earned at least $5 million last year through his stake in a Brooklyn apartment complex that has previously received federal funding and gets dismal inspection scores from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Daily News writes.

* Trump’s daughter-in-law Lara Trump and Florida Gov. Rick Scott addressed the state Republican Committee’s annual gala in Manhattan, using the occasion to laud the new president’s record despite swirling controversy, Newsday reports.

* The Bronx and Brooklyn borough presidents are demanding that de Blasio and the New York City Education Department take drastic steps to end the unequal access to gifted and talented classes and specialized high schools, the Daily News reports.

* State and New York City officials plan to relocate an East Harlem playground to accommodate the construction of a proposed mixed-income residential tower that would be one of the tallest buildings outside of midtown Manhattan, the Post writes.



NYC needs more high quality schools now! Charter schools are a proven and successful approach to this problem. There are 48,000 students on NYC charter waitlists – more students than are enrolled in Buffalo, the largest school district outside of NYC.  Despite this, Albany has imposed an arbitrary cap on charters and we are running out of new charters to open. Every neighborhood deserves access to a quality school.  Don’t cap NYC's future; lift the charter school cap! Watch Video>>




* Even conservative critics of de Blasio say that he, or any mayor, must have control of city schools for the sake of stability and efficacy, so the merits of tying mayoral control to charter schools are hard to discern, the Times writes.

* Subway delays have hit a crisis point, and it’s up to Cuomo, New York’s “infrastructure governor” to lead the way out by naming a permanent boss for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, among other solutions, the Post writes.

* State Sen. John Flanagan and his Senate Republicans will move not a finger to fix the statute of limitations on sex crimes against children, so for another year, thousands will suffer in silence with no chance for justice, the Daily News writes.

* State Sen. Kemp Hannon had the gall to throw a last-minute obstacle onto the tracks in an effort to stop one of the region’s most important projects, the proposed third track on the Long Island Rail Road’s main line, and his efforts must not succeed, Newsday writes.

* One thing the state Senate should do before the end of the legislative session is pass a critical piece of legislation that would eliminate the tip credit for car wash owners, which allows them to pay their workers a subminimum wage, Stuart Appelbaum, president of the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union, writes in the HuffPost.



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.




* New York City is famously liberal and proudly diverse, but its education system remains one of the most segregated in the country. NY1’s Errol Louis, who has written extensively about school segregation, joined the New York Slant podcast to discuss the issue.



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HAPPY BIRTHDAY: To Sarah Bangs, finance director for the state Senate Independent Democratic Conference … to Amedeo D’Angelo, New York City deputy comptroller for administration … to Leela de Kretser, managing editor at Thomson Reuters … to Erin DeSantis, New York assistant state director, National Federation of Independent Business … to Vincent Fields, scheduler for Assemblywoman Shelley Mayer … to Caitlin Grand, manager of marketing and communications for the Pace Path at Pace University … to Assemblyman William Magee … to Luke Pennig, senior analyst in the New York City Mayor’s Office … to Helen Reisler, former president of the Rotary Club of New York … to journalist Justin Rocket Silverman … to Catherine Tenuta, press associate at the New York City Department of Small Business Services.


MOVING ON: Angela Mazzarelli, an associate justice of the Appellate Division, First Department, has been appointed to the New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct … and George Russo was appointed to the New York Racing Association board of directors.


CONGRATULATIONS: To Kyle Czepiel and Jean Weinberg, New York City Housing Authority’s chief communication officer, on the birth of their third child, Jack Ginder Czepiel.


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The state Legislature is in session.

8 a.m. – New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration hosts the 11th Annual Procurement Fair, allowing minority and women-owned business enterprises to network with city agencies and other businesses, Bank of New York Mellon, 10th floor, 101 Barclay St., Manhattan.

9 a.m. – Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul highlights New York’s clean energy commitment at NY Solar+Storage Summit, John Jay College, Gerald Lynch Theater, 524 W. 59th St., Manhattan.

9:15 a.m. – New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña attend a pre-K stepping up ceremony followed by a media availability, The School of Journeys, Bishop Ford Site, 500 19th St., Room 129, Brooklyn.

10 a.m. – The MTA board holds a public meeting, MTA Board Room, 2 Broadway, 20th floor, Manhattan.

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

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

10 a.m. – Members of the de Blasio administration kick off a day of action with a press conference to promote tenant rights, Diversity Plaza, 37th Road between 74th Street and Broadway, Queens.

10 a.m. – “The Brian Lehrer Show” features Ben Max, executive editor of Gotham Gazette; Rosalind Helderman and Tom Hamburger, political reporters at The Washington Post; and Rod Dreher, senior editor at The American Conservative, WNYC.

10:15 a.m. – New York City first lady Chirlane McCray delivers remarks at the 11th Annual Citywide Procurement Fair, Bank of New York Mellon, 101 Barclay St., 16th floor, Manhattan.

11 a.m. – The state Senate is in session, Senate Chambers, state Capitol, Albany.

11 a.m. – The New York state Board of Regents Research Work Group meets, 1411 Broadway, Manhattan.

11 a.m. – New York City Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez, community leaders, business leaders and riders rally for a five borough Citi Bike, City Hall front steps, Manhattan.

11 a.m. – New York City Councilman Carlos Menchaca, Assemblyman Félix Ortiz and others join Rebuilding Together New York City to open a new headquarters and community center, 126 10th St. No. 1, Brooklyn.

11 a.m. – “The Capitol Pressroom” features state Sen. Michael Gianaris, state Sen. John Bonacic, New York State School Boards Association Executive Director Tim Kremer and its Deputy Executive Director and General Counsel Jay Worona, and Bruce Gyory, senior adviser at Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, WCNY.

12 p.m. – Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams and Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. release the findings of their Gifted and Talented Education Task Force, Tweed Courthouse, 52 Chambers St., Manhattan.

12 p.m. – New York City Public Advocate Letitia James, city Comptroller Scott Stringer and others deliver remarks at a rally to protest the deportation of Martin Martinez, 26 Federal Plaza, Manhattan.

12 p.m. – Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer attends the CUNY/Daily News Citizenship Now event, John Jay College, 524 W. 59th St., Manhattan.

12:45 p.m. – New York City mayoral candidate Paul Massey Jr. makes G Loop transportation project announcement, Macri Triangle Park, 475 Union Ave., Brooklyn.

1 p.m. – Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul breaks ground on Mud Creek Revitalization, a Long Island Regional Economic Development Council priority project, 613 Gazzola Drive, East Patchogue.

1 p.m. – Handmaids will be appearing in support of the Comprehensive Contraception Coverage Act (S3668 Bonacic, A1378 Cahill) and the Reproductive Health Act (S2796 Krueger, A1748 Glick), outside the state Senate lobby, third floor, state Capitol, Albany.

1 p.m. – New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and Councilmen Jumaane Williams and Fernando Cabrera honor 13 Cure Violence providers during the council's stated meeting, Council Chambers, City Hall, Manhattan.

1 p.m. – Former New York City Councilman Hiram Monserrate, members of the East Elmhurst Corona Alliance and housing and community activists unveil an updated redevelopment plan for Willets Point, 126th Street and Willets Point Boulevard, Queens.

1:30 p.m. – The New York City Council meets, Council Chambers, City Hall, Manhattan.

1:30 p.m. – New York City Councilman Rafael Espinal officially introduces legislation to repeal the cabaret law, Council Chambers, City Hall, Manhattan.

1:30 p.m. – The SUNY board of trustees holds an open formal meeting, The State University Plaza, 353 Broadway, Albany.

2:30 p.m. – The Rev. Al Sharpton and the family of Eric Garner will host a media availability following a meeting with officials from the Department of Justice, Brooklyn Marriott Hotel, 333 Adams St., Brooklyn.

3 p.m. – Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul delivers remarks at Dealertrack ribbon-cutting, 3400 New Hyde Park Road, New Hyde Park.

5 p.m. – Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer attends her office’s installment of Make Music New York, Carl Schurz Park, East End Avenue and 86th Street, Manhattan.

5:30 p.m. – The Village Voice Union leaflets the Voice Pride Awards Gala to inform attendees of issues with the paper’s current owner, Capitale NY, 130 Bowery, Manhattan.

5:30 p.m. – New York City mayoral candidate Sal Albanese holds a press conference, outside Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Lower East Side town hall meeting, Chinatown YMCA, 273 Bowery, Manhattan.

6 p.m. – The New York City Department of Education hosts a public meeting of the panel for educational policy, M.S. 131, 100 Hester St., Manhattan.

6 p.m. – Urban Land Institute of New York presents a panel on the evolution of zoning to achieve changing goals of a modern city, Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP, 1177 Sixth Ave., Manhattan.

6:15 p.m. – New York City mayoral candidate Paul Massey Jr. holds a press conference with and endorses Joe Concannon, a candidate for City Council, P.S. 191, 85-15 258th St., Queens.

6:30 p.m. – New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio participates in a town hall meeting with residents of lower Manhattan, Chinatown YMCA, 273 Bowery, Manhattan.

6:30 p.m. – New York City Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras-Copeland and the Legal Aid Society host a Know Your Rights forum with free legal advice, general immigration information and emergency planning, Plaza Del Sol, 3716 108th St., Queens.

6:30 p.m. – Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer attends a public hearing on the Sutton Place Text Amendment co-sponsored by her office and Community Board 6, Japan Society, auditorium, 333 E. 47th St., Manhattan.

7 p.m. – New York City mayoral candidate Paul Massey Jr. gives remarks at the Northeast Queens Republican Club’s annual summer barbecue, 202-12 Willets Point Blvd., Queens.

7 p.m. – Judith Enck, former U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 2 administrator, delivers remarks at the Save the Pine Bush dinner, Westminster Presbyterian Church, 85 Chestnut St., Albany.

7 p.m. and 10 p.m. – “Road to City Hall” features City & State Editor-at-Large Gerson Borrero and Curtis Sliwa on the weekly political rundown, NY1.

7:15 p.m. – Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul launches a call to action in support of Planned Parenthood at the Pink the Night Out Rally, Columbus Circle, Manhattan.

8 p.m. – SUNY Buffalo Law Fellow Jeff Wice discusses the state constitutional convention vote at the Staten Island Young Republicans meeting, Canlon's Restaurant, 1825 N. Railroad Ave., Staten Island.


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KICKER: “In politics there’s always some compromise. I hope there’s some compromise there.” – Former U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, on whether extending mayoral control of city schools should be tied to charter school expansion, via the Post.