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]

Last Read – February 18, 2014

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  CITY & STATE TV: Paul Fernandes, chief of staff for the Building and Construction Trades Council of Greater New York, discusses the Scaffold Law, the future of development in New York City and the growth in minority workers in an interview with Nick Powell: http://bit.ly/1fetKRQ   QUOTE OF THE DAY: “Our lives are literally in each other’s hands. Our children’s lives are in each other’s hands.” – New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio discussing his plan to lower… [More]

Last Read – February 14, 2014

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EDITOR’S NOTE: There will be no Last Read on Monday due to the President’s Day holiday. First Read will be sent out as usual, and Last Read will be back in your inbox on Tuesday.   CITY & STATE TV: Global Strategy Group President Jef Pollock discusses City & State’s Power 100 list, key congressional races in the state this year and the partnership between Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio in an interview with… [More]

Minority Caucus Chairs Back Education Commissioner John King

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State Education Commissioner Dr. John King A pair of minority caucus chairs in the state Legislature are standing behind state Education Commissioner John King at a time when his popularity is at a low point. Assemblyman Karim Camara and state Sen. Adriano Espaillat released a joint statement Friday in support of King, saying that they want to work with him on the Common Core standards, the inequality gap and other education issues. “While this has been an emotional debate with marked differences in public policy, there… [More]

Study Shows That Raising Minimum Wage Won’t Hurt State Economy

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Mayor Bill de Blasio’s appeal to Albany for home rule control over New York City setting its own minimum wage during his State of the City speech Monday has made significant waves, despite Gov. Andrew Cuomo all but shooting it down, by saying the proposal could cause “chaos” throughout the state. Despite Cuomo’s ambivalence, a group of elected officials, including City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, City Comptroller Scott Stringer and Public Advocate Letitia James will hold a rally at City Hall… [More]

Last Read – February 13, 2014

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  QUOTE OF THE DAY: “Unlike some cities, we don’t shut down in the face of adversity. I’m going to make decisions based on the information we have.” – New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio responding to criticism about schools staying open despite the snow, via the Post.   NEW THIS AFTERNOON: * New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña defended their decision to keep city schools open, with Fariña saying “it’s a beautiful… [More]

Last Read – February 12, 2014

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  QUOTE OF THE DAY: “If you find cost savings, there are a lot of creative and interesting things you can do in this world. But I not going to answer any specific question about ‘will we do this if we get that.’ That’s what the negotiation process is for.” – New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio discussing his preliminary budget, via Crain’s.   NEW THIS AFTERNOON: * New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio called for restored funding… [More]

Last Read – February 11, 2014

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  CITY & STATE TV: Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, who has seen her fair share of State of the City addresses, talks to Morgan Pehme about Mayor Bill de Blasio’s speech and the need for more humor in the annual address: http://bit.ly/1dhAi1K   QUOTE OF THE DAY: “The gauntlet’s been thrown in Albany. We will respond.” – New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio on the fight for universal pre-kindergarten, via Politicker.   NEW THIS AFTERNOON: * De Blasio… [More]

De Blasio’s State of the City Marks A Shift In Tone From Bloomberg Era

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As is the case with most mayors less than two months into their administration, Mayor Bill de Blasio did not have a laundry list of accomplishments to point to during his State of the City address on Monday. But unlike his predecessor Michael Bloomberg’s first State of the City, which covered a wide range of topics and laid the foundation for his twelve years in office, de Blasio eschewed a long-term blueprint in favor of addressing the urgency of leveling… [More]

Last Read – February 10, 2014

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  CITY & STATE TV: Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. discusses the potential primary challenge for Rep. Jose Serrano and City Councilman Ritchie Torres’ public break with Bronx lawmakers and back Melissa Mark-Viverito for speaker in an interview with Morgan Pehme: http://bit.ly/1lr2X6u   QUOTE OF THE DAY: “We’re fighting to give everyone a fair shot, so that city government doesn’t set its priorities by the needs of those at the very top while ignoring the struggle of those born… [More]