Last Read – February 7, 2014

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  CITY & STATE TV:  Beth Finkel, AARP New York’s state director, raises concerns about Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s budget and the failure to create a utility watchdog in an interview with Jon Lentz:   QUOTE OF THE DAY: “It’s going to be a very different approach to city planning: someone who is able both to bring forth a philosophy that we had effectively, but also understood the agency as it had been, given the fact that he had the… [More]

Last Read – February 6, 2014

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CITY & STATE TV: Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin discusses the Republican party’s chances in 2014 elections, education reform and the NY SAFE Act in an interview with Matthew Hamilton:   QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I just want to say very clearly: The story in the New York Times today was patently inaccurate. I have immense respect for John Doherty. I asked John Doherty to stay on to help this city. I think it was a selfless act on his part … He… [More]

Díaz, Palma Critical Of Rep. Jose Serrano; Primary Challenge Possible [UPDATED]

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Bronx Rep. Jose Serrano has served in the House of Representatives for nearly 25 years without so much as a threat to his incumbency, with his lowest vote percentage being 64 percent in 1992. However, several Bronx political sources say that there is a groundswell of opposition forming against Serrano, with several names being floated as potential primary challengers for Serrano in this year’s election, including state Senator Rev. Rubén Díaz, City Councilwoman Annabel Palma, and Assemblyman Marcos Crespo. Reached… [More]

Last Read – February 5, 2014

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  CITY & STATE TV: Assemblyman Mickey Kearns discusses the culture of sexual harassment in the chamber, his push to pass two foreclosure bills and the prospects for the Buffalo Bills next year in an interview with Matthew Hamilton:   QUOTE OF THE DAY: “We are witnessing tractor trailers forced onto back roads and emergency personnel like doctors and nurses unable to get to their jobs. New Yorkers can smartly handle snow without completely shutting down a major thoroughfare… [More]

Last Read – February 4, 2014

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  QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I simply disagree with the organizers of that parade in their exclusion of some individuals in this city.” – New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio on his decision to boycott the St. Patrick’s Day Parade, via the Wall Street Journal.   NEW THIS AFTERNOON: * Mayor Bill de Blasio will boycott New York City’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade because gay groups are not allowed to march with signs, but he won’t stop city employees… [More]

New York City Council Approves De Blasio Ally as DOI Commissioner

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The New York City Council voted 48-2, with one abstention, to approve Mark Peters’ appointment as commissioner of the Department of Investigation during Tuesday’s stated meeting, despite the initial reservations of some Council members that his’ relationship with Mayor Bill de Blasio may be a conflict of interest. Peters previously served as treasurer for de Blasio’s mayoral campaign. Peters was unanimously approved by the Council’s Rules Committee in the morning, with only Councilman Jumaane Williams abstaining. Williams was one of… [More]

De Blasio Pre-K Push Mirrors Dinkins Era Negotiation [CORRECTED]

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Last week New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio traveled to Albany to make the case for his universal preschool program in front of the state Assembly Ways and Means and the Senate Finance committees. De Blasio, who campaigned on providing full-day preschool for all four year olds, as well as after school programs for every middle school student, has ramped up his campaign for the effort, which would be paid for through a temporary tax hike on the city’s… [More]

Last Read – February 3, 2014

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QUOTE OF THE DAY: “Do it on your own cell phone and do it on your own time.” – State Sen. John Sampson, advising a staffer to help a liquor store that the lawmaker had a secret stake in, via Politicker.   CITY & STATE TV: Jason Pizer, president and CEO of Trinity Real Estate, discusses the Hudson Square rezoning, affordable housing and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s remarks that he wants a “fundamental reset” of the relationship between… [More]

Patrolmen’s Union Not Giving Up Fight Despite Stop-And-Frisk Ruling

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Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Thursday the city will move to drop the appeal in the historic stop-and-frisk case. The Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association, which has fought changes in stop-and-frisk, said it will continue to explore legal avenues to protect their members from the remedies suggested in the court ruling. “We continue to have serious concerns about how these remedies will impact our members and the ability to do their jobs,”said PBA Patrick Lynch. “Our goal is to continue to… [More]

Ravitch Likes Pre-K Focus, Not the Politics

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Expanded pre-kindergarten in New York has the support of Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, although a great deal of the attention has been paid to the the differences between the governor’s proposal to use state money to phase in programs and de Blasio’s push to fund them locally by raising taxes on the wealthy. Richard Ravitch, the former lieutenant governor and co-chair of the State Budget Crisis Task Force, said that he is delighted by the backing… [More]