First Read – February 27, 2017

WEATHER: Sunny upstate and cloudy in New York City. New York City, high 53; Albany, high 52; Buffalo, high 44.



* City & State presents the 2017 New York City Power 100, with a number of notable changes near the top of this year’s list. Who’s No. 1? Click here for an early preview.

* With the release of our New York City Power 100 list, we want to hear from you. Take our quick poll to let us know what you think of who we ranked those in the top spots, including who you would have made No. 1.

* In the latest edition of his “Bochinche & Buzz” column, sources tell Gerson Borrero that Gov. Andrew Cuomo doesn’t really have to worry about President Donald Trump working to oust him in 2018: “Trump is going to come after (Eric) Schneiderman.



* With just over six months until the Democratic primary, no credible challenger to New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has emerged, even as he has mostly failed to win the support of white voters and is struggling with the homelessness problem, The New York Times writes.

* The owner of a movie and TV production services company, Broadway Stages, raised $167,000 for de Blasio’s causes out of fear that her business would be crippled, the Daily News writes.

* For the first time since January 2015, 60 percent of New Yorkers have a favorable view of Gov. Andrew Cuomo, and his job performance rating is now positive for the first time since July 2014, according to a statewide Siena College poll released today.

* Three members of the Central Park Five, who spent years in prison for the notorious rape of a jogger that they didn't commit, are calling on the state Legislature to enact reforms designed to keep innocent people from being incarcerated, the Daily News’ Kenneth Lovett writes.

* The state Board of Elections, at the urging of Chief Enforcement Officer Risa Sugarman, made five formal criminal referrals in 2016 to local district attorneys or the state Attorney General’s office, the Daily News writes.

* More news below …



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* Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas plans to introduce legislation that would make it a felony for anyone to report the immigration status of a crime victim or applicant for an order of protection to prevent them from coming forward, the Daily News writes.

* Cuomo appeared Sunday with Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano to tout a road improvement project, the first time they’ve been in public together since Mangano and his wife were charged with accepting gifts in return for government contracts, the New York Post writes.

* With about a month until a new state budget is due, a public education advocacy group seeking to dramatically boost school funding is set to unleash an attack video likening Cuomo to President Donald Trump, the Daily News writes.



* De Blasio’s administration fired the city official who approved the lifting of deed restrictions that allowed Rivington House, a Lower East Side nursing home, to be turned into luxury condos, The Wall Street Journal reports.

* U.S. Rep. Grace Meng and Assemblyman Michael Blake both won their bids for Democratic National Committee vice chairs and, with new Chairman Tom Perez, bring the number of New Yorkers in leadership ranks of the party to three, the Observer writes.

* New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer seemingly dismissed the idea of running for mayor in an interview, but offered strong criticisms of de Blasio's management style on the issues of homelessness and affordable housing, DNAinfo writes.



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* John William Schiffbauer, a former deputy communications director for the New York Republican State Committee, writes in Gotham Gazette that it is unlikely Cuomo will be able to make a successful bid for the presidency in 2020.

* The Post writes that de Blasio’s endless drive to win respect as a national progressive leader hit another banana peel Saturday with the defeat of his candidate to lead the Democratic National Committee.

* The Post writes that many of New York’s thousands of cold cases might be cracked by familial DNA searches, which use crime scene evidence to track suspects whose own genetic fingerprints aren’t in any databases.

* Bruce Schaller, the former deputy commissioner of traffic and planning at the New York City Department of Transportation, writes in the Daily News that ride-hailing services are fueling a cycle of increasing congestion and declining transit use.

* Newsday applauds the state Department of Environmental Conservation for ordering an engineering study focused on stopping the march of groundwater contamination toward Massapequa.



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* The Immigration Defense Project’s Marie Mark and Michael Velarde joined the New York Slant podcast to discuss President Donald Trump’s recent immigration orders and how they built on the policies put in place by former President Barack Obama.



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HAPPY BIRTHDAY: To Chelsea Clinton … and to Erie County GOP Chairman Nick Langworthy.


MOVING ON: Omar Khan, formerly the assistant trade representative for intergovernmental affairs and public engagement in the Executive Office of the President under President Barack Obama, is joining Mercury’s New York City office as a senior vice president. … Eugene Resnick starts as Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams’ new deputy communications director.


CONGRATULATIONS: To Tony Sclafani, senior vice president and chief communications officer at the Javits Center, and wife Silvana Sclafani, who welcomed new baby Stellina Amalia Sclafani into the world on Wednesday.


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

8 a.m. – New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito appears live on “PIX11 Morning News,” PIX 11.

8:30 a.m. – Assemblywoman Maritza Davila, New York City Councilman Antonio Reynoso, parents and advocates challenge the New York City Department of Education for giving public school classroom space to charter schools, School Building K111, 35 Starr St., Brooklyn.

9 a.m. – New York City Councilman Carlos Menchaca joins Sims Municipal Recycling workers in rally before City Council hearing on a potential strike at the facility, City Hall steps, Manhattan.

9:15 a.m. – New York City Public Advocate Letitia James delivers remarks at tenant demonstration, 80 New York Ave., Brooklyn.

9:30 a.m. – The New York City Council Subcommittee on Zoning and Franchises holds a public meeting, 250 Broadway, 16th floor committee room, Manhattan.

10 a.m. – The New York City Council Committee on Governmental Operations holds a public meeting 250 Broadway, 14th floor committee room, Manhattan.

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

10 a.m. – U.S. Rep. José E. Serrano, state Senator José M. Serrano host a Black History Month celebration honoring New York City Public Advocate Letitia James, Bronx District Attorney Darcel Clark and others, Hostos Community College, D Building/Savoy Manor Building multipurpose room, 120 E. 149th St, Bronx.

10 a.m. – State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, Assemblyman Ron Kim host workshop to combat Medicaid fraud against seniors and immigrants, Queens Library at Flushing Lower Level Auditorium, 41-17 Main St., Queens.

11 a.m. – The Assembly Committee on Health, Committee on Aging, Committee on Labor and Task Force on People with Disabilities holds a public hearing on the home care workforce, Legislative Office Building, Roosevelt Hearing Room C, Albany.

11 a.m. – The New York City Council Subcommittee on Landmarks, Public Siting and Maritime Uses holds a public meeting, 250 Broadway, 16th floor committee room, Manhattan.

11 a.m. – State Sen. Michael Gianaris, Assembly members Jeffrey Dinowitz, Robert Carroll, Carmen de la Rosa, Linda Rosenthal, Luis Sepulveda and other members of the Senate and Assembly join transit riders and advocates to demand that Cuomo restore $65 million in promised Metropolitan Transportation Authority funding to the budget, outside Times Square station entrance at corner of 40th Street and Seventh Avenue, Manhattan.

11:30 a.m. – U.S. Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, state Health Commissioner Howard Zucker announce legislation to determine the long-term health effects of PFOS and PFOA exposure in drinking water, St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital Newburgh Campus, 70 Dubois St., Newburgh.

1 p.m. – The New York City Council Committee on Rules, Privileges and Elections holds a public meeting, 250 Broadway, 14th floor committee room, Manhattan.

11 a.m. – Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance’s office announces $58 million in grants to fund 100 community organizations, The Door, 555 Broome St., Manhattan.

11 a.m. – Riders Alliance, Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz and others voice their opposition to the proposed state budget cut of $65 million to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, southeast corner of 40th Street and Seventh Avenue, Manhattan.

11 a.m. – State Sen. Daniel Squadron, the New York Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities, New York City Housing Authority and the New York City Office of Emergency Management hold a town hall on emergency preparedness for people with disabilities, Lillian Wald Senior Center, 12 Avenue D, Manhattan.

1 p.m. – The New York City Council Committee on Cultural Affairs, Libraries and International Intergroup Relations holds a public oversight hearing on the next steps in the cultural plan, Council Chambers, City Hall, Manhattan.

1 p.m. – Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul highlights New York’s investment in 3-D printing company Vader Systems, 385 Crosspoint Parkway, Suite 104, Getzville.

2 p.m. – Hochul delivers remarks during Erie Community College STEM Academic Center topping out ceremony, Erie Community College North Campus, 6205 Main St., Williamsville.

5:30 p.m. – Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer speaks at induction ceremony for New York Supreme Court Justice Andrea Masley, City Bar Association, 42 W. 44th St., Manhattan.

6 p.m. – Assemblywoman Rodneyse Bichotte delivers her State of the District address, Brooklyn College Student Center, Campus Road and East 27th Street, Brooklyn.

6 p.m. – Bronx Borough President Rubén Díaz Jr. hosts his monthly call-in show, “Ask the Borough President,” News 12 The Bronx.

6:30 p.m. – New York City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer honors Queens Library President Dennis Walcott and others at Black History Month celebration, Jacob Riis Neighborhood Settlement, 10-25 41st Ave., Queens.

6:30 p.m. – State Sen. David Carlucci hosts immigration "Know Your Rights" forum, Martin Luther King Multi-Purpose Center, 110 Bethune Blvd., Spring Valley.

6:45 p.m. – The Rev. Dennis Dillon releases The Economic State of Black New York, America and the Black World Report, Brooklyn Christian Center, 1061 Atlantic Ave., Brooklyn.

7 p.m. and 10 p.m. – “Road to City Hall” features New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and the Monday consultants corner, NY1.

7 p.m. – Public Advocate James hosts Lunar New Year celebration, P.S. 124, 40 Division St., Manhattan.

8 p.m. – Brewer speaks at Theater for the New City 14th annual Valentine Benefit, National Arts Club, 15 Gramercy Park S., Manhattan.

9 p.m. – Díaz appears on “BronxTalk,” hosted by Gary Axelbank, BronxNet.



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KICKER: “It’s not so much that the mayor is operating from a position of tremendous strength. It’s that he doesn’t have exploitable weaknesses of the sort that would allow a challenger to easily mount a credible campaign.” - David S. Birdsell, dean of the Baruch College School of Public Affairs, on Mayor Bill de Blasio’s re-election chances, via the Times.