First Read – February 19, 2014

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WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 2014   WEATHER: Rain downstate; snow upstate; chance for a rain/snow mix in western New York. New York City, high 44; Albany, high 36; Buffalo, high 40.   DE BLASIO’S BUDGET: PROGRESSIVE OR AGGRESSIVE? In presenting his preliminary budget last week, Mayor Bill de Blasio attempted to thread the needle between responsible budgeting and hammering home his progressive agenda, Nick Powell writes: http://bit.ly/1msMkLv   NEW THIS MORNING: * In a letter to Queens Library trustees, Queens Borough President… [More]

NYPD Promises More Transparency on TrafficStat

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As part of his continued push to increase transparency in the New York Police Department, Commissioner Bill Bratton announced on Tuesday that the department will open up TrafficStat to more city agencies. The reforms are aimed at meeting Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Vision Zero goal of zero traffic fatalities. TrafficStat was created in 1998 using the same model as CompStat, which tracks a wide range of crime statistics, including murder rates, shootings and rapes in a particular precinct, all of… [More]

First Read – February 18, 2014

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  WEATHER: Rain/snow mix downstate; snow across the rest of the state. New York City, high 40; Albany, high 32; Buffalo, high 30.   NEW THIS MORNING: * The president of the United Federation of Teachers is pushing for New York City to provide back pay in to its nearly 100,000 members, which some estimate could cost more than $3.2 billion, the Daily News reports: http://nydn.us/1fcVo1H * A source says some Working Families Party members seemed unreceptive last week to… [More]

First Read – February 17, 2014

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MONDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 2014   WEATHER: Sunny across the state. New York City, high 34; Albany, high 25; Buffalo, high 26.   NEW THIS MORNING: * The de Blasio administration struck its first labor contract settlement, making a deal with 200 environmental officers who will receive an average of more than $50,000 each in back pay, the Daily News writes: http://nydn.us/1dCd86w * At a church service that was part of the state Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic and Asian Legislative Caucus… [More]

Study Shows That Raising Minimum Wage Won’t Hurt State Economy

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Mayor Bill de Blasio’s appeal to Albany for home rule control over New York City setting its own minimum wage during his State of the City speech Monday has made significant waves, despite Gov. Andrew Cuomo all but shooting it down, by saying the proposal could cause “chaos” throughout the state. Despite Cuomo’s ambivalence, a group of elected officials, including City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, City Comptroller Scott Stringer and Public Advocate Letitia James will hold a rally at City Hall… [More]

First Read – February 14, 2014

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  WEATHER: Happy Valentine’s Day! Windy downstate; snow across the rest of the state. New York City, high 41; Albany, high 34; Buffalo, high 27.   WINNERS AND LOSERS: Mayor Bill de Blasio loves to tell the “Tale of Two Cities,” but this week its was the best of times for Gov. Andrew Cuomo, and the worst of times for New York City’s new mayor: http://bit.ly/LZCfVv   NEW THIS MORNING: * The federal government has agreed in principle to grant… [More]

First Read – February 13, 2014

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  WEATHER: Snow and sleet mix downstate; heavy snow upstate; mostly cloudy in western New York. New York City, high 33; Albany, high 27; Buffalo, high 29.   CITY & STATE TV: Donald Trump discusses his potential run for governor of New York and answers questions about what he would do if elected, including how he would approach the implementation of casino gambling, in an exclusive one-on-one interview with Morgan Pehme: http://bit.ly/1dKeOWM   ENDING THE BUDGET DANCE? The Bloomberg administration… [More]

First Read – February 12, 2014

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  WEATHER: Increasing clouds downstate; sunny across the rest of the state. New York City, high 29; Albany, high 25; Buffalo, high 25.   CITY & STATE TV: TV and radio host Geraldo Rivera discusses New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, the rise of Latino political power and the DREAM Act in an interview with Morgan Pehme: http://bit.ly/1ntyHXK   NEW THIS MORNING: * In releasing his preliminary budget, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio faces the task of… [More]

First Read – February 11, 2014

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WEATHER: Sunny across the state. New York City, high 26; Albany, high 22; Buffalo, high 12.   DE BLASIO STATE OF THE CITY MARKS SHIFT IN TONE FROM BLOOMBERG: Mayor Bill de Blasio’s inaugural State of the City speech stood in stark contrast to his predecessor’s first speech, striking the populist tone that Michael Bloomberg never mastered: http://bit.ly/1nrD7P0   THE LOVE ISSUE: City & State’s “Love Issue” features bachelors and bachelorettes looking for that special someone in the world of… [More]