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SPOTLIGHT: The Roundtable

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 Q: How will your past as a former union president inform your agenda as Labor Committee chair?  DM: My labor background will be invaluable to passing meaningful and effective legislation. … [T]o work together, we need to understand each other’s obligations and needs. [F]or unions and the city to work together requires openness to negotiation. I am intimately familiar with many sides of the debates that continue to live on and the ways in which the laws that we will… [More]

First Read – February 25, 2014

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  WEATHER: Slight chance across the state. New York City, high 33; Albany, high 25; Buffalo, high 19.   ARBITRATION: NYC LABOR CONTRACTS’ X-FACTOR: Adding to this uncertainty of the looming negotiations over expired municipal labor contracts in New York City is the possibility of arbitration, writes City & State’s Nick Powell: http://bit.ly/1eeBXpg COUNCIL MEMBER ITEM REFORM EASIER SAID THAN DONE: City Council members have been clamoring for member items reform for years, but an equitable, needs-based formula for discretionary funds… [More]

Last Read – February 24, 2014

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QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I don’t tell the NYPD how to do their work when it comes to protecting me—they’re the experts. I respect that. So, in any given moment, they may see something I don’t see. They may act in a way that isn’t immediately understandable to me. But they’re trained to handle things in a certain way.” – New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio addressing the controversy surrounding his detail speeding and running stop signs, via The… [More]

First Read – February 24, 2014

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  WEATHER: Breezy downstate; chance of snow upstate. New York City, high 34; Albany, high 30; Buffalo, high 22.   BEATING THE CLOCK: While Gov. Andrew Cuomo has touted his string of on-time budgets as a positive, some question whether an on-time budget is always a good thing, City & State’s Jon Lentz reports: http://bit.ly/1feI8W7 TO G OR NOT TO G: Chirlane McCray and the de Blasio children’s appearance in a promotional video for a peculiar cause is another example of… [More]

First Read – February 21, 2014

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  WEATHER: Unseasonably balmy with showers and thunderstorms. New York City, high 50; Albany, high 45; Buffalo, high 53.   WINNERS AND LOSERS: A mayor filling potholes. A governor who insists he isn’t running for president tweeting about past presidents on Presidents’ Day. A state senator accused of plagiarism. And a fury over educating prison inmates. This week felt like a tennis match–your head bobbing back and forth from story to story. And like any game, there were winners and losers: http://bit.ly/1mxQAcG… [More]

Winners and Losers, February 21, 2014

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  A mayor filling potholes. A reporter dodging buses. A governor who insists he isn’t running for president tweeting about past presidents on Presidents’ Day.  A state senator accused of plagiarism. And a fury over educating prison inmates. This was just one of those weeks in New York State where you felt like you were at a tennis match–your head bobbing back and forth from story to story. Like any game, there were winners and losers.   Blair Horner – When… [More]

Last Read – February 20, 2014

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QUOTE OF THE DAY: “Today’s agreement is a victory for all parties involved and paves the way for putting a long-term, sustainable health care facility in place for the residents of Brooklyn. We are in the midst of a health care transformation here in New York State, and the reality is that yesterday’s costly, inefficient models of delivering service are no longer viable options for tomorrow. Under the terms of today’s agreement, SUNY is reopening the solicitation process to find… [More]

First Read – February 20, 2014

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  WEATHER: Dry in Eastern New York, wet in WNY. New York City, high 48; Albany, high 44; Buffalo, high 43.   NEW THIS MORNING: * New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio told members of the Real Estate Board of New York that he has no problem with allowing super skyscrapers to be built in exchange for meeting his goal of 200,000 units of affordable housing, the Daily News writes: http://nydn.us/1mcL6As * De Blasio’s commitment to his pledge to… [More]

Last Read – February 19, 2014

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  CITY & STATE TV: Queens Borough President Melinda Katz discussed the recent scandal engulfing the Queens library system in a video interview with Nick Powell: http://bit.ly/1gifB4j   QUOTE OF THE DAY: “The central purpose of the meeting was for me to make clear how important it is for us to move on pre-K and after-school for the future of this city. I think nothing is more crucial in terms of our future workforce, the future of our economy—and by… [More]

First Read – February 19, 2014

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WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 2014   WEATHER: Rain downstate; snow upstate; chance for a rain/snow mix in western New York. New York City, high 44; Albany, high 36; Buffalo, high 40.   DE BLASIO’S BUDGET: PROGRESSIVE OR AGGRESSIVE? In presenting his preliminary budget last week, Mayor Bill de Blasio attempted to thread the needle between responsible budgeting and hammering home his progressive agenda, Nick Powell writes: http://bit.ly/1msMkLv   NEW THIS MORNING: * In a letter to Queens Library trustees, Queens Borough President… [More]