First Read – February 10, 2014

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WEATHER: Mostly sunny downstate; slight chance of snow across the rest of the state. New York City, high 30; Albany, high 26; Buffalo, high 19.


EARLY INNER CIRCLE DETAILS EMERGE: In an exclusive tidbit, City & State’s reveals the name of this year’s comedy venue, its date and how to get tickets:

LET GRANDFATHER GO: The New York City Council should repeal the grandfather clause that will allow certain members to serve a third term, City & State Editor Morgan Pehme writes:



* A state Board of Regents committee is set to release its evaluation of the Common Core standards and related testing, though it’s unknown if its recommendations will satisfy lawmakers and educators, the Journal News reports:

* State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is expected to outline a pair of bills that would make lenders responsible for homes soon after they are abandoned and double the number of land banks, The New York Times writes:

* The New York Power Authority contributed more than $20 million to the state general fund and is expected to help the state budget with another $5 million next year, as well as continue to give to various groups, the Times Union’s Jim Odato writes:

* State Conservative Party Chairman Mike Long says Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino will run for governor, he’ll back him as soon as he declares and Donald Trump isn’t serious about the race, the New York Post’s Fred Dicker writes:

* State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services Chair Jerome Hauer agreed with much of a critical report of the state’s handling of Superstorm Sandy, though he did not agree with criticisms of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s preparedness, Capital New York writes:

* Some new New York City charter schools are searching for private space after Mayor Bill de Blasio announced plans to bar them from using city-owned public-school buildings, the Post writes:

* While the Bronx District Attorney’s Office spent the bulk of its overtime money on interpreters and clerical workers last year, the city’s other district attorneys spent most of their overtime dollars on investigators, the Post reports:

* The state’s Catholic bishops are supporting the creation of a state DREAM Act, calling it one of the Catholic Conference’s top priorities this year, the Daily News’s Ken Lovett writes:

* New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer plans to urge investors to vote against a planned $50 billion buyback of Apple stocks, saying the plan hampers the company’s management, the Times reports:

* Last year’s campaign against Anthony Weiner for mayor has started a legal battle within the Local 372 union, which represents parent coordinators and other school employees, after a parent activist was hired as political director and later fired, the Post reports:



* Empire BlueCross BlueShield will provide cash worth three weeks of coverage to state health exchange customers who didn’t receive cards in time for January coverage or had other problems, the Times reports:

* The NYPD is considering using social media to poll residents about changes to the department, a move Commissioner Bill Bratton said could help the department break down opinions to the precinct level, the Journal writes:

* Gun owners say that state grants for shooting range improvements are not likely to improve the view of Cuomo held by gun owners, many of whom are still voicing their displeasure about the SAFE Act, the Buffalo News reports:

* State Republican Chair Ed Cox called on Orange County Republican Chair Robert Krahulik, now on a 60-day leave of absence, to step down amid allegations that he sent lewd photos to his ex-girlfriend’s friend, the Daily News writes:

* De Blasio spent nearly an hour with ex-members of the Russian band Pussy Riot – longer than he spent with Attorney General Eric Holder last month, Politicker reports:

* Shola Olatoye is now New York City Housing Authority chair as de Blasio declared a total reset of the Bloomberg administration’s approach to public housing, Politicker writes:



The propaganda opposing the scaffold law is blatantly wrong on law and economic facts.  If projects don’t have safety deficiencies then those responsible won’t have cases brought against them.  Period.  The debate should be about costs and this overdue analysis must start now. Insurers must open their books — the 10,000 plus members of the New York State Ironworkers District Council urge members of the State Senate and Assembly to sponsor the Construction Insurance Transparency Act.




* The Daily News writes that the JPMorgan Chase settlement funds won by state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman are too much for him to handle alone:

* The Daily News writes that 10 New York City Council members have kept their pledges to turn down stipends empowering the speaker to buy votes, though others are set to either donate their lulus to charity or pocket them:

* New York’s Scaffold Law impedes construction, and lawmakers have an opportunity to reform the law and create thousands of jobs, Alliance for Minority and Women Construction Businesses Co-Chairman Rev. Jacques DeGraff writes in the Post:

* New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s pick of Carl Weisbrod to lead the city’s planning commission is a good one and signifies that de Blasio has a larger foot in some parts of the real world than his rhetoric suggests, the Post’s Steve Cuozzo writes:

* The Times Union writes that lawmakers should consider if spending cuts have led to the rise in state overtime as the workforce has been cut and if that has hampered the ability of government to do its job:



* This afternoon state Sen. Greg Ball is stepping up his push to pass “Job For Heroes” legislation, which sets aside 5 percent of state contracts for businesses owned by disabled military veterans, with a lobbying day in Albany. Ball and others want to see the measure added to the state budget, and among those joining the lawmaker is Bill Nelson, a former HBO CEO, Vietnam veteran and board member of the local chapter of Vietnam Veterans of America. “The service-disabled veterans are the ones who raised their right hand, most of them after the 9/11 attack on New York and stepped forward and went into harm’s way, and many were wounded and injured … and one of the most important things for them to transition back to civilian life is actually to be able to get a job,” Nelson said. “Every Vietnam vet knows what it’s like to come back, and not only not have any support but not have any respect. The Vietnam Veterans of America’s founding principle is, never again will one generation of veterans abandon another.”



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


Assistant Attorney-in-Charge, New York Legal Assistance Group

Description: NYLAG seeks an experienced managing attorney who will have supervisory authority over all NYLAG legal divisions and report directly to the President & Attorney-in-Charge. This new, key leadership and decision-making position will supervise, maintain and strategically grow the agency’s legal programs for low-income New Yorkers.

To learn more, visit:, To apply, email cover letter and resume to


External Affairs Senior Communications Specialist, The Oneida Nation Enterprise, LLC. , Oneida, New York

Salary: Competitive compensation and excellent benefits package

Description: Will assist in developing and executing communications plans that align with the Oneida Indian Nation’s strategic initiatives and drive awareness, understanding and action in support of the Nation’s mission and public image. Bachelor’s Degree in Communications, Journalism or Public Relations and 5 to 7 years of experience in journalism, communications, media relations or public relations. A Master’s Degree is a plus.

More Information: To apply and view a complete description visit: Please attach a cover letter and email.


Communications Manager, Times Square Alliance

Salary: Commensurate with experience

The Times Square Alliance is seeking a smart, creative self-starter to join its Communications Department. The candidate must possess excellent writing and communications skills, experience in project management, digital strategy, content creation and media and public relations. The candidate will create, author, and coordinate key components of our communication vehicles reporting to the Director of Communications.

Further Info: Click here for full job description. Please email cover letter and resume to, Attn: HR – COM – Manager.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY: To state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli, who turns 60 … to Howie Beigelman, consultant at Strategic Communications … to lobbyist Mark Lazar … to Kate Cucco, chief of staff for Assemblyman Alec Brook-Krasny … and to Eric Kuo, of the government and public relations department at Joele Frank.


MOVING ON: Carl Weisbrod has been named chair of the New York City Planning Commission … at the New York City Housing Authority, Shola Olatoye was named chair and Cecil House general manager … Vicki Been was appointed commissioner of the city’s Department of Housing Preservation and Development … Gary Rodney was named president of the city’s Housing Development Corporation … and former New York Times editor Bill Keller has been named editor in chief of The Marshall Project.



Military Matters. The men and women who have dedicated themselves to serving our country make an incredible contribution in the workplace. AlliedBarton Security Services is proud to partner with military assistance programs to help put these heroes to work. Locally and nationally, through our partnerships with a number of military assistance groups, we are committed to hiring high quality employees. Learn more about military partnerships and how they can assist in your hiring efforts.




Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in Albany with no public schedule.

7:30 a.m. – New York City Councilmen Jumaane Williams and Chaim Deutsch, Assemblywomen Rhoda Jacobs and Helene Weinstein and others hold a press conference to alert commuters to changes to the B44 bus service, B44 stop at Avenue L and Nostrand Ave., Brooklyn.

8:15 p.m. – Rep. Nita Lowey visits students and teachers at Clarkstown North High School, 15 Congers Road, New City.

8:30 a.m. – NYPD Commissioner William Bratton and Piper Kerman, author of Orange is the New Black, speak a the Ninth Annual Harry Frank Guggenheim Symposium on Crime in American, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, 524 W. 59th St., Manhattan.

8:30 a.m. – New York City Public Advocate Letitia James attends the West Manhattan Chamber of Commerce’s first chamber breakfast of 2014, Isabella’s Restaurant, 359 Columbus Ave., Manhattan.

9:30 a.m. – The state Senate and Assembly hold a joint budget hearing on taxes, Legislative Office Building, Hearing room B, 181 State St., Albany.

10:30 a.m. – Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, Orange County Executive Steve Neuhaus and others tour the Orange County Emergency Center and highlight projects after Superstorm Sandy, Emergency Services Center, 22 Wells Farm Road, Goshen.

11 a.m. – State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli addresses the New York Conference Of Mayors 2014 Legislative Conference, Albany Hilton, Main Ballroom, 40 Lodge St., Albany.

11 a.m. – Brookfield Office Properties CEO Dennis Friedrich and REX architect Joshua Prince-Ramus host a briefing on the 450 W. 33rd St. renovation project, 450 W. 33rd St., Manhattan.

11 a.m. – The Capitol Pressroom features NYPIRG’s Laura Haight and EANY’s Conor Bambrick, attorney Ryan Karben, Sen. Dean Skelos, and the Brennan Center’s Larry Norden, WCNY.

12 p.m. – The state Senate Energy and Telecommunications Committee meets, Legislative Office Building, Room 711A, 181 State St., Albany.

12 p.m. – New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio delivers his State of the City address, LaGuardia Community College, Performing Arts Center, Main Stage, 47th Ave. and Van Dam St., Queens.

12 p.m. – Matthew Driscoll, president and CEO of the state Environmental Facilities Corporation, delivers a regional budget message, Dulles State Office Building, 1st Floor Conference Room, 317 Washington St., Watertown.

12:30 p.m. – The state Senate Insurance Committee meets, State Capitol, Room 124, Albany.

12:30 p.m. – State Sen. Greg Ball and other legislators hold Albany Jobs for Heroes Lobby Day, State Capitol, 4th floor Senate lobby, Albany.

12:30 p.m. – Legislators and organizational supporters of the Getting Our Money’s Worth campaign hold a press conference on economic development subsidy reform, Legislative Office Building, Room 130, 181 State St., Albany.

1 p.m. – The state Senate Elections Committee meets, Legislative Office Building, Room 813, 181 State St., Albany.

1 p.m. – The state Senate and Assembly hold a joint budget hearing on economic development, Legislative Office Building, Hearing Room B, 181 State St., Albany.

1:30 p.m. – The state Senate Corporations, Authorities and Commissions Committee meets, Legislative Office Building, Room 801, 181 State St., Albany.

2 p.m. – State Sen. Toby Ann Stavisky, Assemblymen Ed Braunstein and Ron Kim and Korean groups hold a press conference in support of a bill that would require new textbooks to identify the Sea of Japan as the East Sea, Legislative Office Building, Room 130, 181 State St., Albany.

3 p.m. – The state Senate convenes, State Capitol, Senate Chambers, Albany.

5:30 p.m. – The New York State Senate Republican Campaign Committee holds a fundraiser, The State Room, 142 State St., Albany.

6 p.m. – Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver holds a fundraiser, Hilton Albany, 40 Lodge St., Albany.

6 p.m. – State Sen. Andrea Stewart-Cousins holds a fundraiser, Taste, 45 Beaver St., Albany.

6:20 p.m. – New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer speaks at the Turtle Bay Association’s 30th Annual Love Thy Neighborhood Valentine Party, Pescatore, 955 2nd Ave., Manhattan.

8 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. – Capital Tonight features Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, state Education Commissioner John King, Regents Chancellor Merryl Tisch and congressional candidate Nan Hayworth, Time Warner Cable News.



ACCA, in partnership with Pace University, presents “Cybercrime in the World Today 2014: Emerging Threats” on Thursday, February 13, 2014. This free event will include a networking breakfast followed by a panel of industry leaders. David Szuchman, Executive Assistant District Attorney Chief of the Investigation Division Manhattan District Attorney’s Office, will updates from the District Attorney’s office and introduce the panel of experts from IBM, Citi, FBI and IFAC.  Please click here for more details and to RSVP.



KICKER: “I’ve got the financial backers to do it, and we’ll get the votes of the progressives in the city on the left, who are all angry with Andrew because he’s covering for the rich and opposing Mayor de Blasio. And I’ll get conservative votes upstate because I’m pro-Second Amendment.” – Comedian and activist Randy Credico on challenging Gov. Andrew Cuomo in the Democratic primary this year, via the Post.

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