Last Read – February 28, 2014

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  WINNERS AND LOSERS UPDATE: State Parks Commissioner Rose Harvey holds a slight lead over state Sen. Tony Avella for the winner of the week, while Rep. Charles Rangel is the runaway loser: http://goo.gl/vOZIWA   QUOTE OF THE DAY: “BuzzFeed and the New York Times portrayed the ask as if I walked into my local ice cream place one summer night and said, ‘Hey, I’ve got an idea — how about the kid behind the counter can be a hit man journalist.’… [More]

Last Read – February 27, 2014

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  CITY & STATE TV: New York City Public Advocate Letitia James, Councilmen Ydanis Rodriquez, Jumaane Williams and Mark Weprin and Assemblyman Richard Gottfried participated in City & State’s State of Our City forum on transportation, healthcare and real estate development. Watch it here: http://goo.gl/PNmvc8 EXPANDING THE N LINE: The Global Gateway Alliance, a coalition of business and labor interests working to improve New York City’s airports, called for the expansion of the N Line to LaGuardia Airport: http://goo.gl/FKua21  … [More]

IT Execs Back Cuomo’s Funding for Statewide Health Records System

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s proposal in his executive budget to spend $65 million on a statewide health information network is garnering support, unsurprisingly, from a number of local health IT companies. In a letter to the governor today, 33 executives and investors offered their backing for the Statewide Health Information Network of New York, or SHIN-NY, which would connect 10 regional hubs that already share patients’ electronic health records. “By funding the SHIN-NY, New York has the opportunity to lead the… [More]

First Read – February 27, 2014

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  WEATHER: Scattered snow showers. New York City, high 33; Albany, high 25; Buffalo, high 15.   STATE OF OUR CITY: New York City Public Advocate Letitia James, Council members Ydanis Rodriguez and Jumaane Williams and Assemblyman Richard Gottfried speak at City & State’s morning conference on the direction of New York City. Starting at 8:45 a.m. today, watch it live here: http://goo.gl/1spTui THE DAYS OF “HONEST GRAFT”: Terry Golway, the author of a new book on Tammany Hall, discusses… [More]

Last Read – February 26, 2014

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  CITY & STATE TV: Piero Fassino, mayor of Turin, Italy, discusses the city’s changes, his efforts to build relationships with U.S. colleges and universities and Italy’s progressive movement in an interview with Morgan Pehme: http://goo.gl/Dp4SkX   QUOTE OF THE DAY: “You know, in any legislative body when you’re in the minority it is frustrating. So being as part of the majority without sacrificing one iota of my philosophical Democratic values, is important.” – State Sen. Tony Avella on his… [More]

Is Observer Piece Hitting Schneiderman Trump’s Revenge?

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Is Donald Trump about to make good on his threat to “get even” with Attorney General Eric Schneiderman? The New York Observer will publish a lengthy profile of Schneiderman tomorrow that sources say will serve as payback for the lawsuit the attorney general filed against Trump University. Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, is the publisher of the Observer. “It’s been clear for months that Donald Trump ordered up a hit piece in his son-in-law’s newspaper to retaliate against Schneiderman for bringing a… [More]

Council Member Item Reform Easier Said Than Done

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For years, Council members have cried foul at the discretionary funding process. They argued the funding was used as a reward by the Speaker, leaving those that disagree without adequate money for their district.   “When Council members are afraid to vote their conscience or advocate for their constituents because they fear the funding to their district will be cut, the rules in the Council are not working,” said Councilman Brad Lander at City Hall on Monday. With a new… [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 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]

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]