First Read Tonight – January 16, 2018

WEATHER: A chance of rain that will change to snow in New York City, three to five inches of snow expected in Albany and light snow likely in Buffalo. New York City, low 35; Albany, low 26; Buffalo, low 12.



* Speaking to the state Legislature like a coach when his team’s outcome seems impossibly grim, Gov. Andrew Cuomo presented his $168.2 billion budget for fiscal year 2019 on Tuesday. Here are 5 major takeaways from the address.



* Gov. Andrew Cuomo is proposing to cover an estimated $4.4 billion budget deficit by trimming his projected aid to public schools, requiring big online sites like Amazon to collect sales tax, using $383 million of one-time settlements and restructuring spending on transportation, Politico New York reports.

* Cuomo’s $168.2 billion budget proposal unveiled Tuesday includes provisions to pass the Child Victims Act and create a commission to study the feasibility of legalizing marijuana in New York, the Daily News reports.

* The U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver’s bid to block his retrial on corruption charges, paving the way for a planned April 16 start to Silver’s new trial in Manhattan federal court, Newsday reports.

* New York voters, by a margin of 62 percent to 30 percent, have a favorable view of Cuomo, which comes as he faces a re-election year and a daunting budget season, a Siena College poll found, State of Politics reports.

* New York City created or preserved more than 24,500 affordable homes in 2017 – the largest number of affordable homes the city has built in any given year in nearly 30 years, according to Mayor Bill de Blasio, the Observer reports.

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* Secretary to the Governor Melissa DeRosa pre-emptively took aim at New York City Councilman Jumaane Williams in a radio interview, questioning his commitment to bedrock liberal issues, as he considers a run for lieutenant governor, State of Politics reports.

* State Senate Independent Democratic Conference leader Jeff Klein said he supports strengthening sexual harassment and misconduct policies in state government, as he faces an allegation that he forcibly kissed a then-staffer Erica Vladimer in 2015, State of Politics reports.

* Assemblyman Erik Dilan, a Brooklyn politician with ties to the legal industry, has introduced industry-friendly legislation to compete with a proposal that would limit interest rates on cash advances against lawsuit settlements, the New York Post reports.

* Political ads are banned in the New York City subway system, but the MTA is allowing a public service ad that features a smiling Cuomo surrounded by kids in an election year, which critics charge is a thinly veiled reward to the governor from his allies at 1199SEIU, the Post writes.

* A Brooklyn woman’s lawsuit against the state for using her photo in an ad promoting the rights of HIV-positive people can proceed – because society has yet to fully accept people living with the disease, an appeals court ruled, the Daily News reports.

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* Steve Bannon, the former White House chief strategist, was subpoenaed last week by special counsel Robert Mueller to testify before a grand jury as part of the investigation into possible links between President Donald Trump’s associates and Russia, The New York Times reports.

* The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee hearing was intended to be a discussion about border walls, but suddenly Kirstjen Nielsen, the secretary of homeland security, was being quizzed repeatedly about the vulgar word said to have been uttered by Trump in a recent meeting, the Times reports.

* A White House physician declared that Trump is in “excellent” overall health and that he performed “well” on a cognitive screening exam, while noting the commander in chief could benefit from a low-fat diet and additional exercise, Politico reports.



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* Cuomo writes in the Times that he is sending a bill to the state Legislature that will reform the criminal justice system by releasing misdemeanor and nonviolent offenders without bail, moving cases faster and passing discovery reform.

* Updating New York’s decades old law on abortion has been an unexpected challenge for women’s rights activists, and with the threat of Roe v. Wade being overturned, advocates are pushing for an updated law, amNewYork reports.

* To truly follow in the footsteps of Martin Luther King Jr. would mean New York City politicians would need to summon the courage to tackle the same issue King fought and died for – unraveling the city’s web of segregated neighborhoods and schools, Errol Louis writes in the Daily News.



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

8 p.m. and 11 p.m. – “Capital Tonight” features state Sen. Catharine Young and Oneida County District Attorney Scott McNamara, Spectrum News.



The state Legislature is in session.

9 a.m. – State Sen. Marisol Alcantara and Assemblywoman Catherine Nolan hold a press conference to ask for support for the Farmworker Fair Labor Practices Act, Legislative Office Building, Room 130, Albany.

9 a.m. – Former New York City Councilman Dan Garodnick endorses Assembly candidate Harvey Epstein, East 23rd Street and First Avenue, southeast corner, Manhattan..

10 a.m. – The New York City Planning Commission holds a public hearing, 22 Reade St., Manhattan.

10:30 a.m. – The New York City Design Commission holds a public meeting, City Hall, third floor, Conference Room, Manhattan.

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

11 a.m. – “The Capitol Pressroom” features state Sen. Joseph Griffo and Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi, WCNY.

11 a.m. – The New York State Thruway Authority releases details about their amnesty program as well as an action plan to improve awareness for cashless tolling billing at the Gov. Mario M. Cuomo Bridge, New NY Bridge Office, 303 South Broadway, Suite 413, Tarrytown.

12 p.m. – Members of the Hedge Clippers campaign, New York Communities for Change and The Center for Popular Democracy protest Blackstone, a company behind foreclosures in Puerto Rico, 345 Park Ave., Manhattan.

6 p.m. – New York City Councilmen Ydanis Rodriguez and Jumaane Williams are joined by Rep. Adriano Espaillat, New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer, New York City Public Advocate Letitia James, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer and Assemblywoman Carmen De La Rosa for a community rally in support of immigrants and human rights, Holyrood Episcopal Church, 715 W. 179th St., Manhattan.

6 p.m. – New York City Councilman Chaim Deutsch, the FDNY and the American Red Cross host a fire prevention and safety event, Trump Village West, 2928 W. 5th St., Community Room, Brooklyn.


TOP TWEET: Here is the full exchange (2-cameras) of Assemblyman Charles Barron interupting Governor Cuomo for the seocnd time in two two years.