First Read - October 28, 2014

WEATHER: Chance of showers in Western New York. Mostly sunny around the rest of the state. New York City, high 73; Albany, high 71; Buffalo, high 72.


ALAN HEVESI RETURNS: The former state comptroller talked about money in politics, redistricting reform and his abrupt retirement, but declined to discuss the scandals that prompted him to leave public life:


ROAD TO SOMOS: ICYMI, state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman explains how working with Assemblyman Felix Ortiz and other leaders he is aiming to expand the reach of SOMOS to individuals across the state, who are unable to attend either of the organization’s annual conferences:



* A WWNY-7 News/Siena College Poll found Republican Elise Stefanik has expanded her lead over Democrat Aaron Woolf to 18 points in the race to succeed Rep. Bill Owens, with the support of 50 percent of likely voters:

* A Newsday/News 12 Long Island/Siena College poll found Republican Tom Croci leads Democrat Adrienne Esposito by 59-34 percent in the State Senate race to replace Republican congressional candidate Lee Zeldin:

* The federal government announced Ebola treatment guidelines that stopped short of tough measures in New York and New Jersey, while the Pentagon appeared to be setting its own course, The New York Times reports:

* A 5-year-old Bronx boy hospitalized with Ebola symptoms tested negative for the deadly diseaseMonday, the Daily News writes:

* The law professor Zephyr Teachout, who ran against Gov. Andrew Cuomo in the Democratic primary and netted a surprisingly high 34 percent of the vote, said she would not back any candidate in the general election, the New York Observer reports:

* With a week to go until Election Day, Cuomo’s full-throated support of the bond act—Proposal 3 on the ballot—contrasts with his activism for a much-discussed redistricting proposal that will appear in the first position, the Times Union writes:

* The highest-ranking uniformed official at the city Department of Correction resigned under pressure on Monday amid a furor over allegations that he downplayed juvenile violence in the prison system, the New York Post reports:

* The U.S. attorney’s office is suing New York CIty and a contractor for defrauding Medicaid by using a computerized billing scam that raked in millions in improper reimbursements, the Post writes:

* In the wake of a string of commuter rail mishaps, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority said it is hiring David Mayer, a top National Transportation Safety Board official, as its new chief safety officer, The Wall Street Journal writes:

* The New York City Police Department said it will use discretion when enforcing the new 25-mph speed limit that de Blasio signed into law on Monday as part of his Vision Zero plan to end traffic deaths, the Post reports:

* An Assembly hearing officer upheld sexual harassment charges against Manhattan Assemblyman Micah Kellner, the Daily News reports:



* With a spotlight trained on City Hall, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, known more for flights of rhetoric than feats of management, has seized on a largely unfamiliar role: the coolheaded executive, the Times writes:

* Housing activists and community-development experts have charged that de Blasio’s goal to build or preserve 200,000 units of affordable housing over the next decade misses a crucial goal of improving the quality of life in some of the city’s poorest neighborhoods, the Journal reports:


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Senator Kathy Marchione earns the 2014 EPL Oil Slick! In 2014, in New York State, we should not still have to bestow this dubious honor. But when a legislator advances a reckless agenda that would place thousands of public health protections on the chopping block we have no choice. Learn more about Senator Marchione’s reckless public health and environmental record




* New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Cuomo fed panic by imposing a new policy of mandatory quarantines for all healthcare workers returning from the Ebola-stricken countries of West Africa, the Times writes:

* In pushing through a cap on property-tax levies, Cuomo achieved one of the most significant fiscal reforms in New York history, but it needs to be permanent to make a permanent difference, Empire Center for Public Policy’s E.J. McMahon writes in the Post:

* The New York Post editorial board endorsed Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino for governor:

* The Times Union editorial board endorsed the incumbent Democrat Tom DiNapoli in the race for state Comptroller:



Honor the INTENT OF THE LEGISLATION, and heed the September 14, 2014 words of Assemblyman Gary Pretlow: “What the GOVERNOR wants to do... is to have areas... that are not doing so well... be UPLIFTED... we were always leaning toward places like SULLIVAN COUNTY.” (September 14, 2014). Renowned, recognized and ready to go! For more information, please visit  




* Carmen Yulin Cruz Soto, the mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico, discusses the island’s economy, the trappings of power for politicians and what Americans can do to improve economic conditions in the commonwealth.

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WHO’S HIRING: To advertise your employment opportunities in City & State First Read, or call 646-442-1662.


Account Director-Vice President, The Marino Organization

Description: The Marino Organization, a NYC-based communications firm, seeks public relations professional with at least 5-10 years experience.  S/he will be responsible for day-to-day management of several high-profile accounts, including creation and implementation of strategic communications plans, and supervising staff members.  Proven track record of pitching and placement a must.

Further Info: Send resume and cover letter to or apply at:


Housing Analyst, NYC Independent Budget Office

Description: The NYC Independent Budget Office, a nonpartisan city agency, is seeking an experienced budget analyst for the housing portfolio, including responsibility for examining the programs and funding of the city’s housing and homeless agencies as well as broader housing and affordability issues. A successful candidate must be self-motivated, a critical and rigorous analyst  of public policy questions, able to write clearly about complex policies, and have advanced quantitative and policy analytic skills. Commitment to impartial examination of public policies and spending is essential. Experience with large datasets and SAS (or similar statistical software) is preferred. Salary:  $52,000-$65,000. EOE. Position may require two year city residency.

Please send resume and cover letter by November 7 to or fax to212-442-0350.


Description: IPRO’s is currently looking for an individual to work closely with senior managers in the NYS Department of Health/Office of Health Insurance Programs to develop, implement, & evaluate Medicaid Redesign Team (MRT) initiatives, with an emphasis on behavioral health for children & adults.

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HEALTHCARE PROGRAM SPECIALIST, IPRO                                                             

Description: IPRO is currently looking for experienced Medicaid & Medicare benefits, products, services & policy specialist to work closely with the NYS Department of Health, Office of Health Insurance Programs based in Albany in implementing & evaluating health reform initiatives with a primary focus on the Fully Integrated Duals Advantage Program (FIDA).

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY: To Penny Ringel, senior community liaison to the New York City Mayor’s Office … to Ronald Richter, NYC Administration for Children’s Services commissioner … toJames Featherstonhaugh, president of the New York Gaming Association … to Bill Henning, labor activist and president of the board of the Working Theater … and to Marathon Strategies’Alix Anfang.



NY Infrastructure Print Issue Spotlight!

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Government Roundtable: Tom Madison, Daniel Zarrilli, Sen. Joe Robach, Rep. Jerry Nadler.Featured Editorial: Gov. Cuomo’s Airport Plan; MTA Capital Budget Issues; Route 81 and other upstate infrastructure.  This edition also features a Guide to Buffalo Politics and Policy + NY-Canada Trade Report. For more information on how to advertise please or 212-894-5422.




7:15 a.m. - Republican candidate for governor Rob Astorino is a guest on WPIX Morning News, watch here: 

8:30 a.m. - Citizens Crime Commission presents findings of study on misdemeanor arrests in New York City over past 30 years, Mutual of America, 320 Park Ave., 35th Floor, Manhattan.

8:30 a.m. - Republican candidate for Attorney General John Cahill is a guest on Frankly Speaking with Frank Acomb, Newstalk 1230 AM WENY, listen here: 

9:30 a.m. - Astorino holds press conference to discuss Gov. Cuomo’s record on Superstorm Sandy relief, 26 Federal Plaza, #1337, Manhattan.

9:45 a.m. - Republican candidate for lieutenant governor Chris Moss joins Erie County Comptroller Stefan Michajliw to tour Acadia Site Contracting’s Brighton Road Reconstruction Project, Niagara Falls Blvd. and Brighton Rd., Amherst.

10:30 a.m. - Cahill is endorsed by Westchester Policeman’s Benevolent Association, Van Der Donck Park, Dock St., Yonkers.

11 a.m. - Moss and Michajliw tour Response to Love Center soup kitchen, 325 Walden Ave., Buffalo.

11 a.m. - The Capital Pressroom features Siena Pollster Steve Greenberg, Columbia Law Professor Tim Wu, New York State Correctional Officers and Police Benevolent Association Director of Public Relations Jimmy Miller, and Yevgeniy Feyman from the Manhattan Institute, WCNY, listen here: 

11:30 a.m. - State Sen. Tony Avella joins community leaders to call on DOT to implement new traffic patterns in downtown Flushing to reduce congestion and increase pedestrian safety, Municipal Parking Field, 39-37 138th St., Queens.

11:30am – Manhattan DA Cyrus Vance, Jr. speaks at the Chinese-American Planning Council Open Door Senior Center 42nd Anniversary Celebration; 168 Grand St. Manhattan.

12 p.m. – New York City Public Advocate Letitia James and Brooklyn District Attorney Kenneth Thompson hold a press conference addressing violence, 272 Knickerbocker Ave., Brooklyn.

12 p.m. - Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer is honored by National Council of Jewish Women, NY Section, at a luncheon at the Harmonie Club, 4 East 60th St., Manhattan.

12:15 p.m. - Moss greets voters at Dog-E-Style hot dogs, 128 Genesee St., Buffalo.

12:30 p.m. - New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio holds media availability with FDNY members involved in transfer of Ebola patient Dr. Spencer, 1918 First Ave., Manhattan.

12:30 p.m. - Leaders from NYSCOPBA release report detailing assaults in state prisons, Attica Correctional Facility, 639 Exchange St., Attica.

12:30 p.m. - Democratic lieutenant governor candidate Kathy Hochul delivers remarks at rally hosted by Broome County Democratic Committee, Sons of Italy Lodge Order 487, 62 Carroll St., Binghamton.

1 p.m. - New York City Council committee on Sanitation meets, Committee Room, City Hall, Manhattan.

1 p.m. - New York City Council subcommittee on Non-Public schools and committee on Education meets, Council Chambers, City Hall, Manhattan.

1:30 p.m. - New York City Council committee on Consumer Affairs meets, 250 Broadway, Committee Room, 14th Floor, Manhattan.

2:30 p.m. - Hochul tours Byrne Dairy Farm, Finger Lakes East Business Park, 1710 Rte. 13, Cortland.

3 p.m. - Moss appears on The Tom Bauerle Show, WBEN 930 AM, listen here: 

4 p.m. - Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner and New York Secretary of State Cesar Perales open new outdoor classroom in Kirk Park, Kirk Ave. and Kirk Park Dr., Syracuse.

4:30 p.m. - Moss joins Erie County Sheriff Tim Howard at Gigi’s Restaurant, 257 E. Ferry St., Buffalo.

5 p.m. - De Blasio family hosts Gracie Mansion’s Halloween Open House, 88th St. and East End Ave., Manhattan.

5 p.m.- Hochul delivers remarks at rally hosted by Oneida County Democratic Committee, Italian Heritage Club of the Mohawk Valley, 644 Bleecker St., Utica.

5:20 p.m. - The Ride Home with Pat Kiernan and Rita Cosby features congressional candidate Lee Zeldin, WABC, listen here: 

6 p.m. - New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer delivers remarks at Bronx Community Board 4’s monthly meeting, Bronx Museum of Arts, 1040 Grand Concourse, Bronx.

6 p.m. - New York City Councilman Jumaane Williams cohosts Business Corridor Forum, Flatbush YMCA, 1401 Flatbush Ave., Brooklyn.

6 p.m. - Brewer receives 2014 NYCETC Kathleen Masters Leadership Award for leadership on workforce issues by the New York City Employment and Training Coalition. Local 32BJ Auditorium, 25 West 18th St., Manhattan.

6:30 p.m. – PA James attends “Know Your Rights” Goldfarb tenant meeting, 990 Pelham Pkwy S, Bronx.

7 p.m. - Stringer delivers remarks at Co-op City Presidents Tenants Association meeting, 177 Dreiser Loop, Bronx.

7 p.m. - Inside City Hall features a live debate between Rep. Michael Grimm and challenger Domenic Recchia, The College of Staten Island, Time Warner Cable News NY1.

8 p.m. - Stringer attends Throgs Neck Homeowners Association meeting, Villa Barone Manor, 737 Throgs Neck Expressway, Bronx.

8 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. – Capital Tonight features Siena Pollster Steve Greenberg and the Insiders, Time Warner Cable News.



Clear your calendar! City & State is hosting its #RoadtoSOMOS Kickoff Cocktail in San Juan, Puerto Rico on November 6th! For information about the cocktail and our SOMOS HUB at El Condado Hilton Plaza Hotel, visit



KICKER:  “I think they had to do this. Correction is out of control, and this guy [Clemons] had some warts on him.” – An anonymous source, on the city Department of Corrections Chief William Clemons’ resignation, via the Post