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 a new operator for LICH that will guide the facility as it modernizes and continues its important mission of serving New Yorkers.” – Gov. Andrew Cuomo on the Long Island College Hospital.



* Gov. Andrew Cuomo, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and SUNY’s Carl McCall announced a settlement for Long Island College Hospital to keeps health care at the site but under a new operator, WABC reports:

* Cuomo defended his plan to provide college degree programs for prison inmates, which has been attacked by Republicans, arguing that it is fiscally responsible, State of Politics writes:

* Republican Rep. Chris Collins plans to introduce a bill to block federal dollars from being used to pay for the governor’s plan to educate prison inmates, State of Politics reports:

* De Blasio filled a large pothole in Queens and announced that the city has filled more than twice as many potholes around the city so far this year, the Daily News reports:

* New York City businesses with between five and 19 employees will get a six-month grace period to implement paid sick leave, Crain’s writes:

* Cuomo said he does not plan to reopen the gaming compact with the Seneca Nation of Indians to discuss the building of a Rochester-area casino, the Democrat & Chronicle reports:

* The state Court of Appeals ruled that police can lie during interrogations of murder suspects, but only up to a point so that a suspect is not denied due process, Newsday writes:

* One day after announcing he is running for Congress, Republican Matt Doheny received the state Independence Party’s backing, the Watertown Daily Times reports:

* A state agency froze Con Edison’s electric rates for two years and natural gas rates for three years in line with a compromise, although the supply portions of the bill will still vary, The Wall Street Journal writes:



Only 17% of New Yorkers agree with Cuomo’s position on abortion. Who’s the real extremist? Visit for more information.




Greg Ball ‏@ball4ny: @CaseySeiler @JimmyVielkind Slow news day guys? You should definitely have this breaking story nominated for a Pulitzer!

Casey Seiler ‏@CaseySeiler: @ball4ny OK on the public stoning — but only if you promise not to lift it from Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery.”

Mike Grynbaum ‏@grynbaum: orange is the new @deblasionyc 

Nick Reisman ‏@NickReisman: I bet he did.

Joseph Spector ‏@GannettAlbany: State education dept. announces “New York in Bloom” fundraiser benefiting the state museum. Not to be confused with inBloom



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* A rising number of registered Hispanic voters in Harlem is changing the political outlook in the historically African-American stronghold that Rep. Charles Rangel represents, the Daily News writes:

* If Cuomo wins the pre-K battle with de Blasio some education advocates worry that his plan will not be able to provide quality programs to enough children, Capital New York writes:

* New York City Education Commissioner Carmen Fariña said she regretted her “it’s a beautiful day” comment during a recent snowstorm and that she has struggled to adjust to her elevated public profile, Capital New York writes:

* The Cuomo administration still has some questions to answer about what they knew about the George Washington Bridge lane closures and when they knew it, Zack Fink writes on State of Politics:



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7 p.m. and 10 p.m. – Inside City Hall features Stringer, Diaz Jr., and Jonathan Allen, co-author of the book HRC, Time Warner Cable News NY1.

8 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. – Capital Tonight features Assemblyman Kieran Lalor, Time Warner Cable News.



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11 a.m. – The Capitol Pressroom features City & State’s Matthew Hamilton, the Daily News’s Ken Lovett and Newsday’s Mike Gormley, Ithaca Mayor Svante Myrick and Capital District YMCA Youth in Government Program Director Phil Lanoue, WCNY.

11 a.m. – Long Island Rail Road union leaders and federal, state and city elected officials gather to discuss strategies to avert a strike, Transport Workers Union Local 100 Headquarters, 195 Montague St., 3rd floor, Brooklyn.

5 p.m. – Local 372 holds “Holding It Together with Unity, Strength and Power,” a Black History Month event, DC 37 headquarters, 125 Barclay St., Manhattan.

6:30 p.m. – Immigrant community members meet with Rep. Steve King to discuss immigration reform, 1090 Suffolk Ave., Brentwood.

7 p.m. – State Sen. Ruben Diaz, Assemblymen Luis Sepulveda and Marcos Crespo, and New York City Councilwoman Annabel Palma host “The African-American Abrazo,” Maestro’s Caterers, 1703 Bronxdale Ave., Bronx.

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