Last Read – February 27, 2014

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CITY & STATE TV: New York City Public Advocate Letitia James, Councilmen Ydanis Rodriquez, Jumaane Williams and Mark Weprin and Assemblyman Richard Gottfried participated in City & State’s State of Our City forum on transportation, healthcare and real estate development. Watch it here:

EXPANDING THE N LINE: The Global Gateway Alliance, a coalition of business and labor interests working to improve New York City’s airports, called for the expansion of the N Line to LaGuardia Airport:


QUOTE OF THE DAY: “We need a champion in Washington that will be able to bring this whole district together.” – State Sen. Adriano Espaillat announcing his challenge of longtime incumbent Rep. Charles Rangel, via Politicker.



* State Sen. Adriano Espaillat officially announced his bid for Congress, which puts him in rematch against incumbent Rep. Charles Rangel, saying he is “very optimistic” he will win this time, Politicker reports:

* New York City’s Education Department will reverse nine of the 45 school co-locations approved under the Bloomberg administration, including three of Eva Moskowitz’s Success Academies, Capital New York reports:

* State Sen. Tony Avella, now part of the Independent Democratic Conference, will become chair of the Social Services Committee, while IDC state Sen. David Valesky will chair the Aging Committee, the Times Union reports:

* Nassau County Democratic Party Chairman Jay Jacobs said he would not pick a favorite for the seat of retiring Rep. Carolyn McCarthy and urged party members to back the strongest contender, State of Politics reports:

* Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino released a web video calling for the state to greenlight hydrofracking, saying Gov. Andrew Cuomo committed a “dereliction of duty” by not allowing it, State of Politics reports:

* State Senate Republican Leader Dean Skelos said he believes Astorino will be the Republican nominee for governor and that he thinks he will be a good candidate, Gannett Albany writes:

* Someone is polling to gauge former New York City councilman Oliver Koppell’s support if he were to challenge IDC Leader Jeff Klein in a primary, State of Politics reports:

* A doctor testified in the drugged driving case against Kerry Kennedy that people under the influence of Ambien may not recognize their impaired state, the New York Times writes:



ANNOUCEMENT: 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.




Ben Akselrod ‏@were1community: A tale of two cities: Worst: Cop shot – Best: NYer’s coming to his aid. That’s what NY is all about. Wishes for a speedy recovery.

Jill Colvin ‏@colvinj: Mark Levine just went from English to Spanish to Hebrew.

Jon Campbell ‏@JonCampbellGAN: The Senate interactions right now are a master class in showing mock respect. Bravo.

Ben Max ‏@TweetBenMax: .@nickpowellbkny asks @DickGottfried: how do we enact & properly regulate medicinal marijuana? DG: fair regs from seed to sale important.



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.




* Rep. Charles Rangel is fighting for his political life in a three-way primary as demographics continue to shift in the Harlem district that he has represented for 44 years, the Wall Street Journal’s Mara Gay reports:

* Local sales tax collections in the state are up $739 million in 2013, a 5.2 percent increase from 2012, outpacing short- and long-term growth rates, according to a report by state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli:

* The Citizens Budget Commission released the 66th edition of its five-year pocket summary of the New York City and New York State breaking down revenues and expenditures through fiscal year 2013-14:

* With New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio pushing for 200,000 new affordable housing units, how the city will get there is a matter of solving a set of interwoven problems, writes City & State’s Matthew Hamilton:



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

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7 p.m. and 10 p.m. – Inside City Hall features a debate on raising the city’s minimum wage plus interviews with Bruce Gyory, Clyde Haberman and Tom Robbins, Time Warner Cable News NY1.

8 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. – Capital Tonight features Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz, State Sen. Joe Robach and SUNY Adirondack ecology professor Tim Sherbatosky, Time Warner Cable News.



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.

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. – 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.

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

1 p.m. – 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.



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