First Read – February 28, 2014

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WEATHER: Sunny across the state. New York City, high 19; Albany, high 18; Buffalo, high 10.


WINNERS AND LOSERS: Everyone was a bit jumpy this week: Sen. Tony Avella jumped to the IDC, Sen. Adriano jumped back into a congressional race and Donald Trump’s son-in-law jumped all over Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. But where will they land on our weekly list?



*New York City Council members are urging the de Blasio administration to finish a proposal for rental assistance for the homeless and to improve services for children living in shelters, the New York Times reports:

* The developer of a proposed $1.5 billion redevelopment of the Brooklyn Domino Sugar factory is running into issues with the de Blasio administration, which wants him to add additional affordable housing units in exchange for the required zoning changes, the Times writes:

* New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio introduced a set of seven principles that he said will improve police officers’ sensitivity when they interact with people, especially in stop-and-frisk situations, The Wall Street Journal reports:

* Albany has quietly become a hub for crude oil, and that has left some residents and elected officials concerned about what happens if there is a spill or train derailment, the Times writes:

* NYCHA is spending $3 million each month for temporary boilers at housing developments affected by Hurricane Sandy, and the agency doesn’t plan to replace them until 2016, the Daily News writes:

* Though de Blasio and City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito won’t march in the St. Patrick’s Day parade, NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton will still join revelers in the annual march, the Daily News writes:

* Despite recent budget deficits, Suffolk County legislators have signed off on boosts in pay for sergeants and detectives, who are already among the highest paid police officers in the nation, the New York Post reports:

* Long Island residents affected by Superstorm Sandy urged Cuomo administration officials to improve sewage systems that they say cause environmental damage and negatively affect economic growth, Newsday writes:

* In her response to a lawsuit, Queens Borough President Melinda Katz admitted to having an intimate relationship with Guardian Angels founder Curtis Sliwa but said Sliwa’s wife knew all along, so the lawsuit should be tossed, the Post reports:

* Months after being elected, de Blasio and family have yet to move into Gracie Mansion, and while the mayor blamed winter weather for leaving them little time to deal with a move, experts say it could be done quickly, the Daily News reports:



Come to the first-ever Bronx Charter School Fair! Saturday, March 15, 10am – 3pm at Family Life Academy Charter School, 14 West 170th St., Bronx, NY. Free and open to the public, parents are invited to learn about their public school options and meet with school representatives. The Charter Center will have a computer station set up where parents can access our Common Online Application and apply on the spot. Over 40 Bronx charter schools will be represented; parents are invited to come and learn about their public school choices! QUESTIONS? Call 212-437-8300




* The Daily News writes that the hammer unfairly fell on three charter schools looking to co-locate in public school buildings, leaving uncertainty about the other 19 charter plans approved last fall:

* The Daily News writes that New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio should stay in Brooklyn for now and focus on other tasks like filling out the rest of his cabinet:

* The state can’t afford to stop the implementation of the Common Core standards because students need to be college and career ready without the need for remediation, New York Urban League President and CEO Arva Rice writes in the Daily News:

* The Post writes that New York state should allow carmaker Tesla Motors to sell its vehicles at mall kiosks, which would be banned by a bill currently proposed in the Legislature:



New York State Needs to Act Now on the Dream Act: The Teamsters Joint Council 16 believes everyone has the right to an education.  New York needs skilled workers to tackle the challenges of an evolving job market, we cannot afford to discriminate between who gets an opportunity at a higher education.  The New York State DREAM Act puts DREAMers on a level playing field, which is what every student deserves.



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Executive Director, NYC Carpenters Labor Management Corporation

The NYC Carpenters Labor Management Corporation seeks a leader to develop and implement complex strategies to increase the market share of NYC construction work performed by unionized contractors. Candidate must have 12+ years experience with NYC construction, development, real estate, or government, plus high-level management and communication skills.

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Government and Public Affairs Position for Major NYC Construction Trade Association

Salary: Competitive compensation and benefits package

Description: NYC Construction Association seeks Chief of Staff to the President and CEO. Responsibilities include development and implementation of association’s legislative and public policy agenda for NYC and NYS. Will provide support to association committees, communications program and special events. Qualifications include excellent written and oral communications skills. Must be hands on and comfortable in a team-oriented environment.

For More Information: Send cover letter, resume and sample of writing ability to


Government Relations Associate

Salary: Commensurate with experience.

Description: Prominent NYC Government Relations firm is looking to hire an energetic, smart, hard-working government relations associate to support a team of senior public affairs professionals – some experience working in NYC government/politics strongly preferred. Responsibilities include: Developing professional working relationships with city government officials and staff; Managing compliance requirements with the NYS Public Integrity Commission and the New York City Clerk’s lobbying bureau; Researching and writing strategic memos, briefing papers and policy background research memos;

Further Info: Please email resumes to:


HAPPY BIRTHDAY: Today, to New York City Councilwoman Rosie Mendez … to Nancy Conde, chief of staff to state Sen. Jose Peralta … to Kelly Cummings, communications director for state Sen. Dean Skelos … and to Millennial Strategies Partner Jeff Guillot … on Saturday, to Manhattan Democratic District Leader John Scott … to New York City Councilman Rory Lancman … to New York City Campaign Finance Board Director of Candidate Services Dan Cho … and to former New York City Council candidate Selvena Brooks … and on Sunday, to Hempstead Village Mayor Wayne Hall … to Assemblyman Alec Brook-Krasny … to publisher Ed Weintrob … to The Atlantic Wire’s Jen Doll … and to NY1 news assistant Mark Kottler … and special birthday wishes to Assemblywoman Jane Corwin and Queens Community Board 6 member Jonathan Silverman, whose leap year Feb. 29 birthdays are left off the calendar this year.


MOVING ON: NY1’s Tim Farrell has been promoted to senior producer of Inside City Hall … Joe Brown is now the Long Island regional director for the state Department of Transportation … Kathleen Preston, formerly a vice president at New York Presbyterian Hospital, is joining the New York Health Plan Association as vice president of government programs … and Zoe Tobin is leaving her position as a press officer for the New York City Council.



New York State AFL-CIO President Mario Cilento writes about common sense reforms the state should enact to ensure that state and local government economic development programs are investments in the creation of good jobs, not simply corporate welfare giveaways.




Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in New York City with no public schedule.

8:30 a.m. – The Vera Institute of Justice presents “Advancing Justice in a Multicultural City,” a discussion with Marco Carrión, commissioner of New York City’s Community Affairs Unit, and others, 233 Broadway, 12th floor, Manhattan.

9:30 a.m. – New York City Councilman Daniel Dromm and state Sen. Jose Peralta call on Starbucks to clean up their garbage, in front of Starbucks, 37th Avenue and 79th Street, Queens.

9:30 a.m. – The Mass Transit Task Force for the New NY Bridge meets, Tarrytown Senior Center, 240 W. Main St., Tarrytown.

10 a.m. – New York City Council Members Jimmy Van Bramer and Jumaane Williams hold a hearing to commemorate New York’s first slave trade, Council Chambers, City Hall, Manhattan.

10 a.m. – The New York City Council Mental Health, General Welfare and Juvenile Justices Committees hold a joint oversight hearing on pre- and post-release mental health services for detained and placed youth, Committee Room, City Hall, Manhattan.

10 a.m. – The Bran Lehrer Show includes an interview with WNYC’s Janet Babin on the latest housing issues in the city, including a property tax lawsuit, affordable housing, building height and loft laws, WNYC.

10 a.m. – Assemblyman Felix Ortiz meets with Utica Mayor Robert Palmieri, Utica City Hall, 1 Kennedy Plaza, Utica.

10:15 a.m. – State Sen. Tony Avella presents a state Senate resolution to Public School 221, which was recognized as a National Blue Ribbon School, P.S. 221, 57-40 Marathon Parkway, Queens.

10:30 a.m. – The New York State Assembly Education Committee Chair Catherine Nolan holds a hearing on the storage of student information by school districts and the State Education Department to third-party vendors, Assembly Hearing Room, Room 1923, 19th Floor, 250 Broadway, Manhattan.

11 a.m. – New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio delivers remarks at the NYPD promotion ceremony, 1 Police Plaza, Madison Street, Manhattan.

11 a.m. – The Capitol Pressroom features City & State’s Jon Lentz, American Cancer Society Advocacy Director Michael Burgess, Nature Conservancy Chief of Government Relations for New York State Jessica Ottney Mahar, the Adirondack Council’s John Sheehan and Richard Bader, chair of the New York State Bar Association’s Law, Youth, and Citizenship Committee, WCNY.

11 a.m. – State Sen. Jeff Klein and school officials announce a $100,000 direct aid grant that will fund the 1:1 Technology Initiative, Office of the Superintendent of Pelham Public Schools, 18 Franklin Place, Pelham.

11 a.m. – The Alliance for Quality Education, Campaign for Fiscal Equity and others visit the Copiague School District on a one-week “Fact-Finding Tour” of school funding, Copiague School District Central Offices, 2650 Great Neck Road, Copiague.

11:30 a.m. – State Sen. Adriano Espaillat and New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito hold a press availability as he campaigns for Congress, Covelo Senior Center, 312 E. 109th St., Manhattan.

12 p.m. – Students, elected officials, labor groups and advocates gather to call on the state Senate to bring the New York DREAM Act to a vote, Buffalo State College, Campbell Student Union Lower Lobby, 1300 Elmwood Ave., Buffalo.

12 p.m. – Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis joins former mayoral candidate John Catsimatidis to discuss philanthropy and announce contributions towards the Staten Island Zoo, New Dorp High School, 465 New Dorp Lane, Staten Island.

12 p.m. – State Sen. Cecilia Tkaczyk, Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara and the American Red Cross of Northeastern New York host a community resiliency forum with Montgomery County Executive Matt Ossenfort and others, Fulton Montgomery BOCES, 2755 New York 67, Johnstown.

12:15 p.m. – De Blasio makes an announcement, Blue Room, City Hall, Manhattan.

1 p.m. – The New York City Council Housing and Buildings Committee holds an oversight hearing on vacant properties in the city, Council Chambers, City Hall, Manhattan.

1 p.m. – The New York City Council Governmental Operations and Oversight and Investigations committees hold a joint oversight hearing on a recent report of the Department of Investigation on the Board of Elections, Committee Room, City Hall, Manhattan.

1 pm. – The New York City Council Environmental Protection Committee holds an oversight hearing on air quality impacts in environmental justice communities, 250 Broadway, 16th floor, Manhattan.

1 p.m. – State Sen. Tony Avella joins Willets Point tenant businesses to urge New York City to come to an agreement on relocation costs, District Office, 38-50 Bell Blvd., Suite C, Queens.

2 p.m. – Ortiz meets with Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner and surveys the site of a water main break behind City Hall, Syracuse City Hall, 233 E. Washington St., Syracuse.

5:30 p.m. – New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer, Public Advocate Letitia James, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams and Brooklyn District Attorney Kenneth Thompson attend District Council 37’s Black History Month Finale, District Council 37, 125 Barclay St., Manhattan.

6 p.m. – Rep. Charles Rangel hosts “A Conversation About Black History,” Adam Clayton Powell Jr. State Office Building, 163 W. 125th St., 8th Floor, Manhattan.

6:30 p.m. – DL21C screens the documentary “Inside Buffalo” on African American soldiers in World War II, with Rangel participating a post-screening discussion, National Black Theatre, 2031 5th Ave., Manhattan.

7 p.m. and 10 p.m. – Inside City Hall features congressional candidate Domenic Recchia, students from this year’s Jack Newfield course at Hunter College and the Reporters Roundtable, Time Warner Cable News NY1.



ANNOUNCEMENT: City & State is excited to host On Technology, our 3rd annual conference on the uses of technology in politics, public policy and government in New York. Featured speakers include Jonathan Bowles of the Center for Urban Future, Reshma Saujani of Girls Who Code, as well as Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, Andrew Nicklin from New York State, Rashid Ferrod Davis of P-Tech and others! Email for more information on how to RSVP, speaking and sponsorship opportunities.



KICKER: “The safety regime has to catch up with the reality that there are now hundreds of cars everyone admits could be dangerous if there is a derailment that are hurtling through heavily populated areas of New York State.” – Sen. Charles Schumer on train cars containing oil that travel through upstate, including densely populated cities like Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse, Utica and Albany, via The New York Times.

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