Last Read – February 24, 2014

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QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I don’t tell the NYPD how to do their work when it comes to protecting me—they’re the experts. I respect that. So, in any given moment, they may see something I don’t see. They may act in a way that isn’t immediately understandable to me. But they’re trained to handle things in a certain way.” – New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio addressing the controversy surrounding his detail speeding and running stop signs, via The Wall Street Journal.



* Responding to a report that his police-driven SUV was speeding, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said everyone needs to respect the law, but would not second guess his security detail, The Wall Street Journal writes:

* De Blasio exchanged friendly words with NBC weatherman Al Roker, who earlier this month blasted the mayor for not closing schools during a snowstorm, the Daily News writes:

* Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that IBM will bring 500 jobs to a new state-owned technology center in Buffalo while also joining a $100 million New York Genomic Medicine Center in Manhattan, the Buffalo News writes:

* The drugged driving trial of Kerry Kennedy began with her attorney talking about her family history and her background, which the judge noted “isn’t evidence,” the Post writes:

* The technology company inBloom, which is at the center of a controversy over its state contract to store student data, will testify before an Assembly hearing on Friday, Gannett Albany reports:

* The animal rights group NYCLASS, under scrutiny for spending money to support candidates through the Advance Group, has moved out of the office building it shared with the Advance Group, Crain’s reports:

* Donald Trump will headline an Onondaga County GOP fundraiser next month as he continues to consider running for governor of New York, State of Politics writes:

* Democratic activist Nick Rizzo is running for district leader in the Williamsburg seat that has seen several hotly contested races in recent years, Politicker writes:



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Nicole Gelinas ‏@nicolegelinas: Even the billionaire media-mogul mayor couldn’t control what press focused on. de B should pick another battle …

Rory Lancman ‏@RoryLancman: I think @Slerner212 just called @NYCCouncil the weakest in the country. #ouch #rulesreform

Eric Schneiderman ‏@AGSchneiderman: ICYMI Jason Collins made history in #Brooklyn last night as 1st openly gay #NBA player. #NY‘s lucky to have him:  @WSJ

Ben Max ‏@TweetBenMax: .@NYCGreenfield: contrary to the rumors @JumaaneWilliams has been propagating on twitter, my new son’s name will not be Jumaane Greenfield



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* New York State has taken 287 legislative actions regarding ethics bills since 2010, behind only New Jersey and Illinois, but outsiders still view the capitol as a cesspool of corruption, Gannett Albany’s Joe Spector writes:

* In its final weeks the Bloomberg administration approved the large rezoning of Ozone Park, which could have a dramatic impact on the Queens neighborhood, Capital New York writes:

* The state budget continues efforts to control costs, but details are lacking on spending changes that are needed to balance the budget in coming years, according to State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli:

* The state estate tax will impact more middle-class households, small business owners and farmers while giving the wealthiest residents more incentive to leave, according to the Empire Center’s E.J. McMahon:



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7 p.m. and 10 p.m. – Inside City Hall features former state comptroller H. Carl McCall, Queens Borough President Melinda Katz and the Consultants Corner, Time Warner Cable News NY1.

8 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. – Capital Tonight features the Empire Center’s E.J. McMahon, NFIB New York Director Mike Durant, New York State of Health’s Donna Frescatore and Syracuse University professor David Rubin, Time Warner Cable News.



10 a.m. – The New York City Council Economic Development Committee holds an oversight hearing on “Revitalization in Flatbush: the Loew’s Kings Theater,” City Hall, Committee Room, Manhattan.

10 a.m. – The New York City Council Higher Education Committee holds an oversight hearing on CUNY’s Pathways program, 250 Broadway, Hearing Room, 16th floor, Manhattan.

10 a.m. – The New York City Council Civil Service and Labor Committee meets, 250 Broadway Committee Room, 16th floor, Manhattan.

11 a.m. – The Capitol Pressroom features Effective New York founder Bill Samuels, Siena’s Steve Greenberg, Conference of Big 5 School Districts Deputy Director Jennifer Pyle and New York State Afterschool Network Executive Director Nora Niedzielski-Eichner, WCNY.

1 p.m. – The New York City Council Immigration Committee holds an oversight hearing to examine models for providing legal services for immigrants in deportation proceedings, City Hall, Committee Room, Manhattan.

1 p.m. – The New York City Council Parks and Recreation Committee holds an oversight hearing to examine the Park Department’s tree maintenance practices, 250 Broadway, Committee Room, 16th floor, Manhattan.

1 p.m. – The New York City Council Education Committee holds an oversight hearing on the treatment of LGBT students, family and staff in the city’s public school system, City Hall, Council Chambers, Manhattan.

1 p.m. – The New York City Council Youth Services Committee holds an oversight hearing on the Summer Youth Employment Program, 250 Broadway, Hearing Room, 16th floor, Manhattan.

2 p.m. – State Sen. Greg Ball and state Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services Commissioner Jerome Hauer host a Homeland Security and Emergency Response Roundtable, Paladin Center Tactical Training Facility, 39 Seminary Hill Road, Carmel.



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