First Read - October 22, 2014

WEATHER: Chance of rain throughout the state. New York City, high 58; Albany, high 53; Buffalo, high 50.


NYS NOW TO ENDORSE CUOMO: Sources tell City & State that the National Organization for Women New York State Chapter’s PAC is going to endorse Gov. Cuomo for reelection after supporting Zephyr Teachout against him in the Democratic primary:


AS CITY TRAILS STATE, STRINGER SEIZES MWBE ISSUE: New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer said that government contracting opportunities for minority- and women-owned businesses was an income inequality issue, stealing a page from Mayor Bill de Blasio, City & State reports:



* A new Siena College poll found all three incumbent Democratic statewide officials hold at least 20-point leads over their Republican opponents, with Gov. Andrew Cuomo leading Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino by 21 points:

* Gov. Andrew Cuomo agreed to settle a class-action lawsuit that accused New York State of failing to provide adequate legal defense for the poor in several counties, The New York Times reports:

* U.S. Rep. Michael Grimm, who is facing federal fraud charges as he seeks re-election, has had his trial postponed until Feb. 2, the Times reports:

* Union and development team officials said the developers of a proposed casino in Johnson City became the last of 16 bidders for a gaming license to secure a labor peace agreement, the Times Union writes:

* A leading civil liberties group and the state reached a last-minute agreement in a 7-year-old lawsuit over legal representation for the poor in parts of upstate New York, including Washington County, the Times Union reports:

* The Bronx district attorney is investigating claims of voter fraud in a hotly contested Democratic primary for the Assembly that was decided by two votes, the New York Post writes:

* New York City Councilman Ben Kallos will introduce legislation to allow would-be city voters to register online, the Daily News writes:

* The Capital Region has its first tax-free business under the START-UP NY initiative: plans to greatly expand its current Rensselaer County operation by moving into space at 418 Broadway in downtown Albany, the Times Union reports:

* In the aftermath of former Queens library boss Tom Galante’s spending spree, new city Council bills would require public annual reports detailing all library capital spending and construction contracts to be posted online, the Daily News writes:

* Developer Carl Paladino, who joined the Buffalo School Board more than a year ago, has interests in six different charter schools in Buffalo and, undeniably, makes money on them, the Buffalo News reports:




* Gotham Gazette looks at the attorney generals race and how state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and Republican challenger John Cahill have pursued women voters:

* Cuomo has consistently touted his economic success with Buffalo while campaigning, a topic that has bordered on an obsession for Cuomo since he took office in 2011, the Times writes:


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Doctors in New York City’s public hospital system (HHC) are on the frontline fighting to keep our communities safe and healthy. But HHC and its affiliates, Mt. Sinai, NYU, and PAGNY, are ignoring our concerns at a time when communities need a unified public healthcare system. Join Doctors Council SEIU doctors, community members, and elected leaders for a rally at noon on Wednesday, October 29, at Woodhull Hospital in Brooklyn to demand respect for doctors and patients.




* Whoever is elected, and whichever party rules, our representatives must fight unabashedly for Long Island and they'll need to battle for our water and environment, schools, economic development and infrastructure, Newsday writes:

* De Blasio has pushed for expanding access and improving quality of pre-K programs, but we still need to help parents, administrators and policy makers see that classrooms that pulse with meaningful play are our smartest investments, Bank Street College’s Shael Polakow-Suransky and Nancy Nager write in the Times:

* Nothing prevents the governor from going beyond the recent UCLA settlement, speeding up history and finally establishing a well-funded, well-organized system of indigent defense as part of his next budget, the Daily News’ Bill Hammond writes:



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* Missed City & State’s On Diversity event yesterday? Watch a video of this marquee MWBE discussion in its entirety at

* City & State Editor-in-Chief teamed up with Fordham Prof. Christina Greer to host a debate on ballot Proposition 1, an amendment to the state constitution’s redistricting laws, featuring opposing opinions from good government groups Citizens Union and Common Cause New York:

* Last week, City & State hosted a New York – Canada summit discussing border issues, opportunities for increased economic growth and much more. Watch panel discussions from the event here:


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HAPPY BIRTHDAY: To Maria Roman, former special assistant to George Pataki … toRachel Amar, director of special projects for the New York City Department of Sanitation … to Jonathan Prince, global head of communications and public policy at Spotify … to Kathleen Daniels, former New York City Council candidate … to Ross Barkan, New York Observer reporter … and to Katherine Nadeau, policy director at Environmental Advocates of New York


IN MEMORIAM: Legendary Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee died on Tuesday.



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Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in the New York City area and Erie County. 

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is in New York City with no public schedule.

7:25 a.m. - State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli will be a guest on Joe Piscopo in the AM, AM 970, listen here: 

8:05 a.m. - Republican lieutenant governor candidate Chris Moss appears on Good Morning Westchester, WVOX 1460 AM, listen here: 

9 a.m. - AARP joins New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and other city business and community leaders to talk solutions for making the city more affordable and livable, and stopping “Boomer Flight,” East Side Marriott, 525 Lexington Ave., Manhattan.

9 a.m. - New York City Councilman Andy King holds news conference to announce a bill to be introduced that afternoon in Stated that will influence thousands of New York City public school and charter school students by helping to deter bullying, steps of City Hall, Manhattan.

10 a.m. - New York City Councilman Jumaane Williams joins housing organizations to announce $3 million for city housing initiatives, steps of City Hall, Manhattan.

10 a.m. - New York City EDC President Kyle Kimball, Rep. Eliot Engel, state Sen. Gustavo Rivera, Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz, New York City Councilman Andrew Cohen and others attend grand opening of Broadway Plaza, 5532 Broadway, Bronx.

10:20 a.m. – The Geraldo Rivera Show features Peter Hotez, dean at the National School of Tropical Medicine, WABC.

11 a.m. – New York City Public Advocate Letitia James attends a street co-naming ceremony, 5602 6th Ave., Brooklyn.

11 a.m. - Moss delivers remarks at NYS Sheriff’s Association Executive Assistants Graduation ceremony, Gideon Putnam Resort, 2 Gideon Putnam Rd., Saratoga Springs.

11 a.m. - New York State Senate Standing Committee on Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities holds hearing to examine services available to individuals and families dealing with a mental illness, Rockland Community College, 145 College Rd., Room 3214, Suffern.

11 a.m. - Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz and U.S. EPA Senior Policy Advisor Matthew Bogoshian announce grant that will assist the WNY Sustainable Business Roundtable, GM Powertrain, 2295 River Rd., Buffalo

11 a.m. - The Capitol Pressroom features U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York Preet Bharara, Siena Pollster Steve Greenberg, NYCLU’s Corey Stoughton and NYS Defenders Association’s Jonathan Gradess, and Bruce Gyory, WCNY, listen

11:15 a.m. - Republican candidate for Attorney General John Cahill is a guest on Creativity and Technology for Business and Life with Joe Dans, AM 1110, listen here: 

11:30 a.m. – New York City Council members Lander, Barron, Torres and Dromm join school leaders and advocates for rally in support of City Council bills supporting diversity, steps of City Hall, Manhattan.

11:30 a.m. - New York City Council’s Women’s Caucus co-chaired by Darlene Mealy and Elizabeth Crowley host roundtable discussion on MWBE city contracting, 250 Broadway, 16th floor, Manhattan.

11:45 a.m. - New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer visits constituents, Casa Boricua Senior Center, 910 E. 172nd St., Bronx.

12 p.m. - PA James attends a UAW press conference on graduate contract negotiations, 1 Centre St., Manhattan.

12:15 p.m. - Stringer visits constituents at Twin Parks East Senior Center, 2070 Clinton Ave., Bronx.

12:30 p.m. - New York State Nurses Association holds endorsement announcement of Long Island candidates, 111 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., White Plains.

1 p.m. - PA James attends a stated New York City Council meeting, Council Chambers, City Hall, Manhattan.

1 p.m. - Republican candidate for governor Rob Astorino holds press conference to unveil empowerment and opportunity plan, Buffalo Central Terminal, 495 Paderewski Drive, Buffalo.

1 p.m. - City Councilman Mark Levine will be joined by family of comedian George Carlin for the unveiling of George Carlin Way, West 121st St. and Amsterdam Ave., Manhattan.

1 p.m. - Newly registered Political Action Committee, New York NEXT, announces launch of coordinated campaign to support congressional candidate Domenic Recchia, steps of City Hall, Manhattan.

3:30 p.m. - Stringer tours 161st Street Business Improvement District, 158th St. and River Ave., Bronx.

4:30 p.m. - DiNapoli will be on The Ride Home with Pat Kiernan and Rita Cosby,  WABC 770, listen here: 

6:30 p.m. - AARP holds member-only candidate forum with New York Congressional District 1 candidates Tim Bishop and Lee Zeldin, Island 16 Cinema Delux, 185 Morris Ave., Holtsville.

7 p.m. - Moss delivers keynote remarks at Sullivan Republican Dinner, The Club House at Villa Roma, 340 Villa Roma Rd., Callicoon.

7 p.m. and 10 p.m. - Inside City Hall features Rep. Carolyn Maloney, a discussion on resiliency and recovery with New York City Councilman Mark Treyger and Michael Berkowitz and the Political Rundown with Gerson Borrero and Curtis Sliwa, Time Warner Cable News NY1.

8 p.m. - Candidates for governor Andrew Cuomo, Rob Astorino, Howie Hawkins and Michael McDermott hold televised debate, WNED Studios, 140 Lower Terrace, Buffalo. Watch the debate on WNED-TV and WBFO-FM, WNET New York City, WMHT Albany, WSKG Binghamton, WCNY Syracuse, WPBS Watertown, WXXI Rochester, MLPBS Plattsburgh.

8 p.m. - Stringer accepts award at League of United Latin American Citizens Queens Council Benefit Concert, Carnegie Hall, 881 7th Ave., Manhattan.



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KICKER:  “The defendant has essentially claimed that he was singled out for prosecution because he is a Republican congressman.” – Judge Pamela Chen, on a bid by Grimm’s lawyers to force prosecutors to turn over evidence based on a claim of selective prosecution, via the Times.