First Read - July 2, 2014

WEATHER: Chance of thunderstorms in the morning than clearing in Western New York. Thunderstorms likely in the afternoon for the rest of the state. New York City, high 92; Albany, high 90; Buffalo, high 78.



* Despite New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s public calls for a rent freeze, one of his top aides was urging the board’s members to reject a freeze and approve a historically low increase instead, Crain’s New York reports:

* Former state Senate Republican Majority Leader Joseph Bruno wants the state to reimburse him $2.4 million in legal fees now he has been acquitted on corruption charges, the New York Post writes:

* Despite 17 prospective casino developers submitting applications for four upstate gaming licenses, a report from Moody’s Investors Service on the national gaming industry changed its previous “stable” outlook to “negative,” the Times Union writes:

* New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s supporters and political observers said he deserves credit for his progress on pre-K, but now hope he will turn his attention to other issues as he begins the second half of his first year as mayor, The Wall Street Journal reports:

* A report on the state of public education by New York City’s budget oversight agency found schools in the city are becoming more crowded and the number of students in temporary housing situations, including homeless shelters, has shot up, The New York Times writes:

* A new report shows Manhattan’s white-collar workers make more than double what its non-office workers do, there are proportionately fewer blacks and Hispanics than 20 years ago in the professional ranks and a persistent wage gap between men and women, the Journal reports: 

* New York City’s largest municipal labor union DC 37, which represents about 121,000 city workers, reached a tentative contract deal with the city late last night after the union has been without a contract since 2010, the Daily News reports:

* The French bank BNP Paribas pleaded guilty to federal and state criminal charges and will pay an $8.9 billion penalty, split between federal and state governments in the latest string of big settlements that have shored up the state’s fiscal position, the Times reports:

* New York City has assessed $105,075 in fines to campaigns in the 13th Congressional District for illegally posting signs on public property as they campaigned ahead of the June 24 primary, Capital New York reports:

* New York’s top court struck down a law that made cyberbullying a crime, in what had been viewed as a test case of recent state and local statutes that target online speech, the Journal writes:



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* Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s plan to reduce new H.I.V infections to 750 by 2020 is an obvious way to curry favor with gay voters during his reelection campaign, but political timing should not detract from the importance of the goal, the Times writes:

* Guns are being fired more often in New York City this year than last and a close look for the reason is all the more necessary because gunplay is an anomaly in a city where crime, including murder, continues to fall, the Daily News writes:

* When taxpayer dollars are steered to politically connected groups through a process that doesn’t even require a vote of the New York City Council, someone should cry foul, the Post writes:



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HAPPY BIRTHDAY: To Amanda Nasner, scheduler for New York City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer… to Andrew Rigie, executive director of the New York City Hospital Alliance … to Beka Economopoulos, Not an Alternative co-founder… and to writer Julieanne Smolinski … and belatedly, on Tuesday, to Stephen Hanse, vice president and counsel for the New York State Health Facilities Association and the New York State Center for Assisted Living.


MOVING ON: Danielle DeCerbo has left the New York City Council Land Use division and has joined the Department of City Planning as director of governmental affairs … Daniel Brandt, former executive director of Capstone Advisory Group, LLC, has joined the Community Preservation Corporation, Inc. as chief financial officer and executive vice president of risk management … Félix Matos Rodríguez was named president of Queens College … Paul Berger was appointed deputy commissioner of the State University Police … and Chapin Fay, former campaign manager for state Sen. Lee Zeldin, has joined Mercury as a vice president … Eve Zibel, a former White House producer at Fox News and former vice president at RLM Finsbury, has also joined Mercury as a vice president … veteran journalist Howard Schwach has begun an online, hyperlocal newspaper for Rockaway called …. Alexander Schnell, former chief of staff to Assemblyman Andrew Hevesi, has joined the New York City Department of Buildings as deputy press secretary, and will be replaced by Christopher Kaznowski … Working Families Party spokesman Khan Shoieb has joined Stu Loeser & Co. … and Judi  Kende, formerly of the Low Income Investment Fund, has joined Enterprise Community Partners, Inc. as vice president and New York market leader.



Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in New York City with no public schedule.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio speaks at the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee kick-off in Manhattan. (closed press)

7 a.m., 1 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. – Richard Kauffman, NYSERDA chair of energy and finance, is a guest on BrianLehrer.TV, CUNY TV.

9 a.m. - NYATEP hosts a conference entitled “Out of Work & Out of Time: Strategies to Serve the Long-Term Unemployed,” CUNY's John Jay College, 524 W. 59th St., Lecture Hall L.63, Manhattan.

10 a.m. - New York City Small Business Services Commissioner Maria Torres-Springer, Consumer Affairs Commissioner Julie Menin and Councilman Robert Cornegy celebrate the grand opening of Emeline’s, 373 Lewis Ave., Brooklyn.

10 a.m., 3 p.m. and 11 p.m. - NYPD Captain Daniel Sosnowik discusses crime in Brooklyn's Hasidic community, Criminal Justice Matters, CUNY TV.

10:30 a.m. - The Bronx delegation of the New York City Council hosts a press conference highlighting the benefits of this year’s budget, East Fordham Road and Grand Concourse, Bronx.

11 a.m. - State Sen. David Carlucci sponsors a flag raising ceremony with his Veterans Advisory Committee, Lions Park, 541 Western Highway, Blauvelt.

11 a.m. - Lt. Gov. Robert Duffy delivers remarks at a U.S. citizen naturalization swearing-in ceremony, New York Public Library, 5th Avenue at 42nd Street, Manhattan.

11 a.m. – Housing Alliance Against Downsizing joins elected officials to demand a moratorium against HPD’s new Section 8 downsizing guidelines, City Hall Plaza, Manhattan.

11:30 a.m. - Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney tours the Road Back Trauma Center, a new clinic that treats veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder, 2731 Ridge St., Middletown.

11:30 a.m. - Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams kicks off summer music series at Borough Hall Plaza featuring Grammy award-winning artist Shaggy, 209 Joralemon St., Brooklyn.

11:30 a.m. – New York City Councilman Ritchie Torres announces $600,000 to help reopen HHC North Central Bronx Hospital’s maternity unit, 3424 Kossuth Ave., Bronx.

12:30 p.m. – Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer attends Brotherhood/Sister Sol youth-run farmers market opening, West 143rd Street and Amsterdam Avenue, Manhattan.

1 p.m. - Cecily McMillan, an imprisoned Occupy Wall Street activist, holds a press conference after being released from Rikers Island, Rikers Island gates, Hazen Street and 19th Avenue, Queens.

2 p.m. – Brewer visits a VA Medical Center to discuss construction, 423 E. 23rd St., Manhattan.

6:30 p.m. - State Sen. Diane Savino hosts a "Pasta & Politics" fundraiser, Da Noi Restaurant, 138 Fingerboard Road, Staten Island.

7 p.m. – Gubernatorial candidate Zephyr Teachout and running mate Tim Wu attend Democracy for NYC's monthly Linkup, Bunga's Den, 137 W. 14th St., Manhattan.

7 p.m. and 10 p.m. - Inside City Hall discusses a new report from Columbia Law School's Center for Gender and Sexuality Law with Professor Katherine Franke and the Political Rundown with Curtis Sliwa and Gerson Borrero, Time Warner Cable News NY1.

7:30 p.m. – MetroFocus features New York City Councilman Robert Cornegy on gun violence and stop and frisk, Albany Public TV's Matt Ryan on the health of Lake George, and more, WLIW21.

8 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. - Capital Tonight features state Sen. Michael Gianaris and CSEA director of communication Stephen Madarasz, Time Warner Cable News.


KICKER: “This is the Big Brother banking environment, and in the Big Brother banking environment the fines keep coming and coming. I just hope my taxes go down.” – Michael Mayo, an analyst who covers the big banks at the brokerage firm CLSA, on the BNP Paribas guilty plea, via the Times.