First Read - July 1, 2014

WEATHER: Rain in Western New York Mostly sunny in the rest of the state. New York City, high 88; Albany, high 91; Buffalo, high 86.


SERVING THOSE WHO SERVED: While New York's veterans' programs lead the pack, untangling a web of services becomes the challenge:

GIVING BACK:  Actor Gary Sinise talks with City & State about his efforts to help disabled veterans and support America’s armed formed:



* The state’s highest court ruled that New York City didn’t have to make added pension contributions for its most recently hired cops and firefighters, saving taxpayers about $500 million over 10 years, city officials estimated, the New York Post reports:

* A fundraising firm that campaigns on behalf of veterans reached an agreement with state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman to pay nearly $10 million after it allegedly retained more than 90 percent of the money it raised, The Wall Street Journal reports:

* New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and the Sanitation Department warned against a proposal to loosen alternate-side parking rules, saying it will lead to dirtier streets, the Daily News reports:

* Members of the state’s Financial Restructuring Board agreed to give out more than $500,000 in grants to the three communities that sought its help—if leaders in those cities, towns and villages agree to carry out the board’s recommendations, the Times Union reports:

* A federal agent who went undercover in the bribery case of state Sen. Malcolm Smith testified at the trial of Smith’s co-defendant and former New York City Councilman Dan Halloran and said Halloran is “very guilty,” the Post reports:

* A new analysis shows Buffalo has the most stable housing market in the nation over the last 35 years, with virtually no chance of loss for homeowners overall during that time, the Buffalo News reports:

* Following a NYPIRG report which found that state Sen. John Sampson, who is also facing embezzlement charges, only spoke one word on the Senate floor this year, his opponent Dell Smitherson is calling for his resignation, the Post writes:

* After a bloody weekend in New York City where more than 20 people were shot, City Councilman Jumaane Williams on Monday announced the launch of a nationwide organization made up of local elected officials to fight gun violence:

* According to new Census Bureau estimates, New York City recorded the third consecutive gain in its non-Hispanic white population, a step toward racial equilibrium after decades of “white flight,” The New York Times reports: 

* A study showed Manhattan’s apartment inventory is up after a two-year shortage, but the average price for a Manhattan apartment rose 20 percent to more than $1.6 million, the Times writes:



* The campaign between Rep. Charles Rangel and state Sen. Adriano Espiallat demonstrated Harlem is a community in flux: gentrifying, but with pockets of persistent poverty as well, the Times writes:



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* Tapping a fund meant for clean water projects to help build a bridge is a questionable use of the money and a bad precedent, the Times Union writes:

* The NYPD crunching numbers to see if there is a connection between the rise in shootings and the drop in use of stop-and-frisk is a step in the right direction since shootings are up 10 percent from last year, the Post writes:

* The Supreme Court’s ruling that excused certain workers from having to contribute any fees to the unions that represent them was not a deathblow to unions but there was ominous antipathy toward collective bargaining, the Times writes:



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* Check out interviews with some of this year's Albany 40 under 40 Rising Stars, including Saima Anjam of Environmental Advocates of New York and Nora Niedzielski-Eichner of the New York State Afterschool Network:

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY: Tostate Senate candidate Gary Carsel … to Mitchell Partnow, chief of staff to New York City Councilman Mark Treyger … and to former state senator and Alzheimer's Foundation of America CEO Charles Fuschillo, Jr.   



8:30 a.m. - Assembly candidate Pete Sikora kicks off campaign with state Sen. Daniel Squadron and New York City Councilmembers Brad Lander and Steve Levin, Bergen Street subway stop, corner of Bergen St. and Smith St., Brooklyn.

9:30 a.m. - Republican Lt. Gov. candidate Christopher Moss speaks at American Legion Boys State Conference, Morrisville State College, Morrisville.

10 a.m. - City Council Chair Ydanis Rodriguez joins state Sen. Adriano Espaillat to unveil the new route modification of the M100 bus, Dyckman Street and Nagle Avenue, Manhattan.

10 a.m. - Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams welcomes back B37 bus service, corner of 3rd Ave. and Senator St., Bay Ridge, Brooklyn.

10:30 a.m. - The New York City Independent Budget Office digitally releases it’s third annual report with facts and statistics related to the city’s public schools,

11 a.m. - Capitol Pressroom features Regents Chancellor Merryl Tisch, Stephen Madarasz, director of communications at CSEA, and Karl Sleight, a partner at Harris Beach, PLLC, or on your local public radio station.

11:20 a.m. New York City Councilman Jumaane Williams is a guest on WABC with Geraldo Rivera.

11:30 a.m. - Republican candidate for Attorney General John Cahill holds press conference to discuss the Education Tax Credit, St. Joseph’s Parochial School, 139 St. Mary’s Ave., Staten Island.

11:30 a.m. - Moss meets with local leaders at Cortlandville Town Hall, 3577 Terrace Rd., Cortland.

12 p.m. - New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer make announcement, Bronx Museum of the Arts, 1040 Grand Concourse, Bronx.

3:30 p.m. De Blasio holds hearings and signs Intro 12-A and Intro-389, Blue Room, City Hall, Manhattan.

3:30 p.m. - Moss holds meet and greet with Tioga County voters, Parkview Restaurant, 145 Front St., Owego.

5 p.m. - 41st Senate District candidate Sue Serino hosts "Serino4NY" fundraiser, 4290 Albany Post Road, Hyde Park.

6 p.m. - De Blasio hosts Department of Education Valedictorian and Salutatorian BBQ, Gracie Mansion, 88th St. and East End Ave., Manhattan.


KICKER: “These reports prove something that Brooklynites have known all along—John Sampson has been AWOL for years and failing to meet the basic requirements of his job.” – Former union worker and primary opponent Dell Smitherman, on a report that found state Sen. John Sampson only said one word on the Senate floor via the Post.