Last Read – February 28, 2014

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WINNERS AND LOSERS UPDATE: State Parks Commissioner Rose Harvey holds a slight lead over state Sen. Tony Avella for the winner of the week, while Rep. Charles Rangel is the runaway loser:


QUOTE OF THE DAY: “BuzzFeed and the New York Times portrayed the ask as if I walked into my local ice cream place one summer night and said, ‘Hey, I’ve got an idea — how about the kid behind the counter can be a hit man journalist.’ Gawker’s story Wednesday night said that I ‘randomly offered him the freelance assignment.’ That’s not what happened.” – New York Observer Publisher Ken Kurson in a response to criticism of a profile of state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.



* The New York Observer’s Ken Kurson responded to criticism of an Attorney General Eric Schneiderman profile with his email and text message interactions with a freelance writer who decided not to write the piece:

* Kerry Kennedy, who faced up to a year in jail, was found not guilty of charges related to her 2012 arrest for drugged driving in Westchester County, the Daily News writes:

* Top Senate Republicans Dean Skelos and Thomas Libous reacted coolly to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s proposed freeze property taxes, and both said they will consider tweaks during budget negotiations, Gannett Albany writes:

* Cuomo chose not to criticize New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio for his decision to reverse some charter school co-locations that were approved by the Bloomberg administration, Capital New York reports:

* Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino is expected to decide some time next week whether he will run for governor against Cuomo, NY1 reports:

* De Blasio took issue with the idea that he’s been slow in filling a large number of posts within his administration, saying there is “a fairly small number of agencies” left without heads, Politicker writes:

* State Sen. Tony Avella was met outside a Queens event by protesters carrying a sign reading “Tony the Traitor” and who gave him grief for joining the Senate Independent Democratic Conference, Politicker writes:

* Brooklyn Community Board 7 member Cesar Zuniga says he’s considering a primary challenge to Assemblyman Felix Ortiz after filing to run against the longtime Brooklyn politician, Politicker reports:



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.




Jimmy Vielkind ‏@JimmyVielkind: Bless you, Kerry Kennedy, for taking a stand for all of us who enjoy breakfasts of cappuccino, carrots and pills.

Capitol Confidential ‏@TUCapCon: DAP reveals that there’s a clue in his portrait that will be of significance to @fud31. (Is he depicted flipping the bird?)

Capitol Confidential ‏@TUCapCon: Capitol wag submits idea for Cuomo comic-book character — call him “Gov. Freeze.”

David W. Chen ‏@davidwchen: Wait, is that ice water coming out of his veins?

Sal Albanese ‏@SalAlbaneseNYC: @DNDailyPolitics It’s hysterical listening to CM criticize BOE You would never think THEY have oversight & funding responsibility for agency

Daniel Loeb ‏@DanielLoeb: @BilldeBlasio nice way to celebrate by kicking out primarily black kids from top performing Harlem Success Academy Schools #hypocrisy



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




* Steve Banks, de Blasio’s new Human Resources Administration commissioner, has a long history as a thorn in the side of many previous mayoral administrations as an advocate for the homeless, City & State’s Nick Powell writes:

* While there seems to be agreement in Albany that the foreclosure process should be a priority, how legislators propose to tackle the issue varies from camp to camp, City & State’s Matthew Hamilton reports:

* The New York City Independent Budget Office weighs the potential cost of settling the city’s expired municipal contracts, the biggest unknown in de Blasio’s preliminary budget:

* A state comptroller report shows that some New York City schools may be cutting corners with arts education required by state regulations, including that courses be taught by certified teachers:



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

Promote your organization’s education objectives and benefits to NY’s public officials in this strategic government relations communications venue. City & State magazine’s comprehensive special section will feature: Public Officials Q&A with John Flanagan, Merryl Tisch, John King, Carmen Farina and Meredith Bajgier (officials pending confirmation); Featured Editorial: Common Core | Universal Pre-K | Higher Education | Education Scorecard: Key Players, Issues and Stats.  The ad deadline is March 6.  For advertising information, please contact or call 212-284-9714.




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.

8 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. – Capital Tonight features Assemblyman Felix Ortiz, New York State Conference of Mayors and Municipal Officials Executive Director Peter Baynes and the Reporter Roundtable, Time Warner Cable News.



10 a.m. – Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer speaks at the Hewitt School’s and Green Schools Alliance’s Students Take On Plastic Bags conference, The Hewitt School, 45 E. 75th St., Manhattan.

10 a.m. – The Long Island Progressive Coalition, Alliance for Quality Education, CSEA, NYSUT and Strong Economy for All Coalition hold a State Budget Inequality Teach In, NYSUT Suffolk Regional Office, 150 Vanderbilt Motor Parkway, Hauppauge.

10 a.m. – State Sen. Greg Ball, Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney and former HBO CEO Bill Nelson hold a Hudson Valley Jobs for Heroes Roundtable, Carmel Town Hall, 60 McAlpin Ave., Mahopac.

11 a.m. – State Sen. Adriano Espaillat and state Sen. Gustavor Rivera hold Espaillat’s final announcement of his congressional campaign kickoff tour, Sammy’s Fashion, 2 W. Fordham Road #2, Bronx.

12 p.m. – Domenic Recchia kicks off his congressional campaign, 251 Bancroft Ave., Staten Island.



4 p.m. – Rep. Grace Meng kicks off her re-election campaign, Queens Borough Hall steps, Queens.



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