Last Read – February 26, 2014

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CITY & STATE TV: Piero Fassino, mayor of Turin, Italy, discusses the city’s changes, his efforts to build relationships with U.S. colleges and universities and Italy’s progressive movement in an interview with Morgan Pehme:


QUOTE OF THE DAY: “You know, in any legislative body when you’re in the minority it is frustrating. So being as part of the majority without sacrificing one iota of my philosophical Democratic values, is important.” – State Sen. Tony Avella on his decision to join the Independent Democratic Conference, via State of Politics.



* State Sen. Tony Avella said that being in the minority has been “frustrating,” in his first comments since news broke that he is joining the Independent Democratic Conference, State of Politics writes:

* State Senate Independent Democratic Conference Leader Jeff Klein said that negotiations are underway to give Avella a committee chairmanship, the Daily News reports:

* Gov. Andrew Cuomo called the decision by Avella to join the IDC part of the “political silly season” that he has no desire to be part of, given the looming budget deadline, State of Politics writes:

* Cuomo said that his superhero power is “superior intellect” when announcing a deal with Walt Disney to produce a new comic book show in New York City, Gannett Albany writes:

* The New York City Council approved an expanded paid-sick leave bill but some members expressed concerns about the impact it would have on small businesses, Crain’s writes:

* A New York City taxi medallion was auctioned off for a record $965,000, one of 168 put on the auction block, as the value of the right to drive a yellow cab continues to rise, the Post reports:

* Kerry Kennedy testified in court in her drugged driving case, claiming that she accidently took a sleeping aid instead of her thyroid medication, the Wall Street Journal reports:



The NYC Charter School Center thanks Speaker Silver and Governor Cuomo for their support of the NY DREAM Act. NYC’s 70,000 charter school students are as diverse as the city itself. No hardworking student should be denied the opportunity to fulfill their potential and make meaningful contributions to society because of their immigration status. On behalf of these students, we hope to see the NY DREAM ACT passed into law this session. Learn more about charter schools at




Nick Reisman ‏@NickReisman: George, Jerry, Kramer and Elaine get together for a laugh at Monk’s

Joseph Spector ‏@GannettAlbany: Sen. Ruben Diaz spending time with IDC member Diane Savino. Plot thickens?

Jimmy Vielkind‏@JimmyVielkind: Sen. @tonyavella‘s chair has been moved inside the IDC. #nysenate

Bill de Blasio ‏@BilldeBlasio: Thanks to @NYCCouncil and @MMViverito, 500,000 more New Yorkers will soon have the dignity and security that come with #paidsickdays.



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.




* So far the “ability to communicate” has not proven to be one of de Blasio’s strong suits, with one former reporter suggesting that the mayor goes out of his way to alienate those covering him, Capital New York writes:

* Avella’s decision to join the IDC has upset many Queens Democrats who worked hard to get him elected in 2010, and talk of a primary challenge against him is already heating up, State of Politics reports:

* The New York City Education Department failed to use proper safeguards when awarding a multi-million dollar milk distribution contract, according to the city comptroller:

* Deficient roads and bridges and congestion cost drivers in New York more than $2,000 a year in added costs on average, or more than $20 billion in total, according to the National Transportation Research Group:



Join City & State tomorrow for our 4th annual State of our City forum TOMORROW:

8:45am — Transportation Panel

10:00am — Healthcare Panel

11:00am — Development and Real Estate

There is very limited space available! Email Dawn Rubino at for last minute RSVPs.




7 p.m. and 10 p.m. – Inside City Hall features New York City Transportation Commissioner Polly Trottenberg and the Political Rundown with Curtis Sliwa and Gerson Borrero, Time Warner Cable News NY1.

8 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. – Capital Tonight features Tom Ferguson, Mike Kink and Fred Kowal, Time Warner Cable News.

9 p.m. – “Eldridge & Co.” features Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, CUNY TV.

9:30 p.m. – “City Talk” with Doug Muzzio features Richard Ravitch on the MTA, CUNY TV.



EDUCATION: City & State’s Upcoming March 10 Issue Spotlight

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8 a.m.–12 p.m. – City & State and Baruch School of Public Affairs host a “State of our City” forum with discussions on transportation, healthcare and development, 151 E. 25th St., 7th Floor, Manhattan.

9 a.m.–1 p.m. – New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and Assemblyman Richard Gottfried attend a Labor Press Union Healthcare Summit, New York City District Council of Carpenters, 10th floor conference center, 395 Hudson St., Manhattan.

8:30 a.m. – New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer speaks at a New York Building Congress forum, Hilton New York, 1335 Avenue of the Americas, Manhattan.

9 a.m.–4:30 p.m. – Fordham Law School holds its Smart Law for Smart Cities: Regulation, Technology, and the Future of Cities symposium, Fordham Law School, McNally Amphitheatre, 140 W. 62nd St., Manhattan. Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer speaks on a public sector panel at 3:30 p.m.

10 a.m. – The Brian Lehrer Show includes interviews with New York State Working Families Party Director Bill Lipton, and journalists Nushin Rashidian and Alyson Martin on the legalization of marijuana, WNYC.

11 a.m. – The Capitol Pressroom features Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, Chris Stockton of the Williams Companies on the Constitution Pipeline, activist Anne Mari Garti with Stop the Pipeline, Stanhope Partners’ Bob Bellafiore and Siena’s Steve Greenberg, WCNY.

11 a.m. – AARP members from the Utica area urge area state lawmakers to include an independent utility consumer advocate and additional assistance for family caregivers in the state budget, Utica State Office Building, 207 Genesee St., Utica.



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