First Read – January 31, 2017

WEATHER: Snow likely across the state. New York City, high 35; Albany, high 28; Buffalo, high 32.



* The ACLU is on the front lines of the President Donald Trump’s war on civil liberties, and New York Civil Liberties Union Executive Director Donna Lieberman joined the New York Slant podcast to talk about “the president of hate” and pushing back on the climate of fear.

* New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio reminded state lawmakers Monday that Trump’s policies could prove hostile to the five boroughs and urged them to empower the city to bolster its resources and fend for itself.

* Linda Sarsour and the Hispanic Federation’s José Calderón write that Trump’s xenophobic executive order won’t make our country safer nor will it fix our broken immigration system, it will only divide Americans further and embolden the resistance.



* Gov. Andrew Cuomo intends to try to capitalize on the torrent of fervor against President Donald Trump over the immigration ban and wants to be at the forefront of opposition in New York, The New York Times writes.

* New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said he’s looking forward to "setting the record straight" when he meets with U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara's office about the corruption probe into his administration, the Daily News writes.

* Speaking to state lawmakers, de Blasio insisted the “overwhelming majority” of cases investigated by the city’s Administration for Children’s Services are handled properly and he blamed the media for painting an unflattering picture of the agency, the Daily News writes.

* De Blasio said for the first time that he is open to expanding the list of 170 offenses that trigger city cooperation with federal immigration authorities to transfer undocumented immigrants who have committed crimes, the Post reports.

* Paul Massey Jr., a wealthy real estate sales executive and a Republican who wants to unseat de Blasio in November, is still an unknown quantity to voters, but he has revealed an ability to raise money, the Times reports.

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* Close allies to Cuomo have suggested that it's time for him to tamp down the hostilities with the state Legislature, particularly with those with other Democrats, writes Ken Lovett of the Daily News.

* Independent Democratic Conference Leader state Sen. Jeff Klein slammed the political and policy strategy of the mainline Democrats in the chamber, saying Senate Minority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins has failed to effectively advocate on key issues, State of Politics writes.

* Stewart-Cousins said yesterday that state Sen. Jose Peralta’s jump from her mainline conference to the IDC came out of the blue and was “very hurtful,” the Times Union reports.

* Three former law enforcement officers who are now state senators are the prime movers behind a proposal that would make attacks on uniformed personnel – such as police, firefighters, EMTs and corrections officers – a hate crime, the Times Union writes.

* Mothers Against Drunk Driving officials issued a statement criticizing de Blasio for comments he made to CNN suggesting that drunk driving was a minor offense, the Daily News writes.



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* Prosecutors are looking closely for ties between a private bus company founder’s $100,000 political gift and de Blasio’s $61 million grant to that firm, yet the city is set to hand it millions more, the Post writes.

* While de Blasio disclosed yesterday that ACS Commissioner Gladys Carrion would be gone by week’s end, by refusing to accept that the agency has any problems and blaming it all on “the media,” his head is still stuck deep in the sand, the Post writes.

* Cuomo’s proposal to require that sales tax be collected by online retailers is an acknowledgement of a new kind of marketplace and a shift in how money is changing hands, the Times Union writes.

* The Village Voice sardonically writes about Albany’s opposition to New York City’s imminent plastic bag tax, led by state Sen. Simcha Felder.



* As Thomas Prendergast serves his final day today as MTA chairman and CEO, it’s clear one person won’t replace him. “No!” said MTA Vice Chairman Fernando Ferrer, who will serve as acting chairman. “I’m happy to serve, happy to help, but I want a permanent chairman and CEO,” he told City & State at U.S. Rep. Adriano Espaillat’s inauguration on Sunday. Ferrer will serve on the search committee for a new chairman, along with Prendergast, former MTA Chairman and CEO Joe Lhota and four others. Lhota stepped down from the job in 2012 to run for New York City mayor, but has made it clear he does not want to return to the position. Splitting Prendergast’s old duties with Ferrer will be MTA veteran Ronnie Hakim, who was named interim executive director on Monday. She was most recently president of New York City Transit and is considered a leading contender for chairwoman and CEO. Hakim is not serving on the search committee. Will the committee choose from within the MTA, or consider others like Port Authority Executive Director Pat Foye or former U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx? Ferrer was noncommittal, only saying, “I want to see what’s out there.”



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* Index crime is down 35 percent in New York City schools, owing to a significant investment in school climate and mental health initiatives, as well as rethinking how resources are allocated, Lois Herrera of the New York City Office of Safety and Youth Development writes.



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Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in Albany with no public schedule.

The state Legislature is in session.

9:15 a.m. – The state Senate Committee on Racing, Gaming and Wagering meets, State Capitol, Room 124, Albany.

9:15 a.m. – New York City Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez announces the kickoff of Car Free NYC 2017, Pfizer Auditorium, NYU Tandon School of Engineering, 5 Metrotech Center, Brooklyn.

9:30 a.m. – New York City Councilmen Dan Garodnick and Ben Kallos, Rent Justice Coalition, and supporters hold rally in defense of rent freeze and testify in opposition to the Rent Stabilization Association’s lawsuit against the Rent Guidelines Board, state Supreme Court, 60 Centre St., Manhattan.

9:30 a.m. – The state Senate and Assembly hold a joint legislative public hearing on executive budget proposals considering public protection, Legislative Office Building, Hearing Room B, Albany.

9:30 a.m. – The state Senate Committee on Local Government meets, Legislative Office Building, Room 946A, Albany.

9:30 a.m. – The state Senate Committee on Cities meets, Legislative Office Building, Room 945, Albany.

9:30 a.m. – The New York City Council Committee on Housing and Buildings meets, Council Chambers, City Hall, Manhattan.

10 a.m. – “The Brian Lehrer Show” features state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, WNYC.

10:30 a.m. – The state Senate Committee on Commerce, Economic Development and Small Business meets, Legislative Office Building, Room 813, Albany.

10:45 a.m. – Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul delivers remarks at New York state Association of Counties Women's roundtable, The Desmond Hotel, 660 Albany Shaker Road, Albany.

11 a.m. – Vince Bradley, chairman, New York state Liquor Authority, delivers regional budget briefing, Kent Library, 17 Sybil's Crossing, Carmel.

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

11 a.m. – State Sens. George Amedore and Jesse Hamilton, and Assembly members Patricia Fahy, Andrew Hevesi and Linda Rosenthal, join nonprofits to call for state investment into human services, outside Senate Chambers, state Capitol, Albany.

11 a.m. – New York City Sanitation Commissioner Kathryn Garcia, City Councilman Antonio Reynoso and others give away free reusable bags to passersby to help residents prepare for the imminent plastic bag tax, Court Street and Montague Street, Brooklyn.

11 a.m. – “The Capitol Pressroom” features New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer, state Sen. Michael Gianaris and Assemblyman Ray Walter, WCNY.

11:30 a.m. – New York City Public Advocate Letitia James delivers remarks at the New York City Employment and Training Coalition's policy forum, “Advancing Advocacy Through Partnerships in Uncertain Times,” The CUNY Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Ave., Manhattan.

12 p.m. – Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer and members of the Building and Construction Trades Council of Greater New York rally to support construction safety legislation, Broadway and Murray St., Manhattan.

12:30 p.m. – New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio visits Rodman’s Neck Training Complex with NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill and discusses the city’s $275 million investment to upgrade the complex, NYPD Rodman's Neck Training Complex, One Rodman’s Neck Road, Bronx.

12:30 p.m. – The state Senate Committee on Investigations and Government Operations meets, Legislative Office Building, Room 816, Albany.

12:30 p.m. – The state Senate Committee on Corporations, Authorities and Commissions meets, Legislative Office Building, Room 610, Albany.

1 p.m. – Assemblywoman Rebecca Seawright speaks about emerging issues for the New York Assembly in 2017, Weill Cornell David Rogers Health Policy Colloquium, 1300 York Ave., Manhattan.

1 p.m. – The City Council Committee on Consumer Affairs holds a public meeting on authorizing a cure period for certain item pricing violations, 250 Broadway, 16th floor committee room, Manhattan.

1 p.m. – The City Council Committee on Sanitation and Solid Waste Management holds a public meeting, 250 Broadway, 14th floor committee room, Manhattan.

1:30 p.m. – The City Council Committee on Parks and Recreation holds a public meeting on the naming of 41 thoroughfares and public places, 250 Broadway, 16th floor committee room, Manhattan.

1:30 p.m. – Striking Momentive plant workers and supporters hold rally and address the press in Albany, LCA Press Room, Albany Legislative Office Building, Albany.

2 p.m. – The City Council Committee on Fire and Criminal Justice Services holds a public meeting on requiring the city fire department to report on the use and type of smoke detectors and smoke alarms in fire-related deaths, 250 Broadway, 14th floor committee room, Manhattan.

2 p.m. – Stringer, New York Immigration Coalition, Fiscal Policy Institute, elected officials and advocates unveil new legislation and analysis in favor of granting driver’s licenses to undocumented New Yorkers, Empire State Plaza, Meeting Room 7, Albany.

4 p.m. – New York City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer and parents from Hunters Point Community Middle School rally for a stop sign at the intersection of 5th Street and 51st Avenue, 5th Street and 51st Avenue, Queens.

6 p.m. – New York activists hold march and protest to U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer’s home to call for Schumer to resist President Donald Trump, Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn.

6 p.m. – Assemblyman Richard Gottfried speaks on The Women’s City Club of New York’s panel on the status of the New York Health Act, Mount Sinai Beth Israel/Phillips Ambulatory Care Center, 10 Union Square E., Manhattan.

6 p.m. – New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito hosts New York City Council’s “Let Freedom Ring-Commemorating Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.” celebration event, Council Chambers, City Hall, Manhattan.

6 p.m. – Bronx Borough President Rubén Díaz Jr. speaks at the Elements of Hip Hop Awards, Miami Lounge, 26 Bruckner Blvd., Bronx.

6:30 p.m.De Blasio appears live on the Dean Obeidallah Show, SiriusXM Radio channel 127.

7 p.m. – Long Island Clean Air Water and Soil holds a meeting to develop an action plan to address both local and national environmental concerns, St. Francis Episcopal Church, 1692 Bellmore Ave., North Bellmore.

7 p.m. – Cory Provost, Brooklyn district leader and former Hillary for America organizer, announces candidacy for New York City Council, Gallis Lounge, 834 Clarkson Ave., Brooklyn.

7 p.m. and 10 p.m. – “Road to City Hall” features the NY1 Wise Guys with Keith Wright, Al D’Amato and Ruth Messinger, NY1.

7:30 p.m. – Public Advocate James attends New York City Councilman Costa Constantinides' State of the District address, I.S. 126, 31-51 21st St., Queens.



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“In too many cases the media are suggesting a fact pattern that does not exist.” - Mayor Bill de Blasio defending the city’s Administration for Children’s Services against the media, via the Daily News.