Last Read – December 11, 2013

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LAST LOOK: Ignazio Marino, the mayor of Rome, Italy, discusses the challenges facing his city and what he hopes to learn from meeting with New York City leaders about healthcare, development and transportation in a video interview with Morgan Pehme and Alexis Grenell: http://bit.ly/18DAeGW   QUOTE OF THE DAY: “All this sort of stuff has been going on forever. Essentially, this is the same old infrastructure and pork barrel surrounded by an Academy Awards-style production.” – The Empire Center for… [More]

Last Read – December 6, 2013

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LAST LOOK: Mario Cilento, president of the New York State AFL-CIO, discusses the group’s new “Making NY Work” campaign, which aims to shift the Albany agenda from a focus on corporations and billionaires to a more grassroots economic development strategy, in a video interview with Nick Powell: http://bit.ly/1f4i7eZ      QUOTE OF THE DAY: ”Safety is our highest priority, and we must do everything we can to learn from this tragic crash and help prevent future derailments. While we assist the National Transportation Safety… [More]

Last Read – December 5, 2013

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LAST LOOK: Stephen Sigmund, Global Gateway Alliance’s executive director, touts the economic benefits of New York City’s three major airports and calls for changes ranging from NextGen technology to free wi-fi in a video interview with Jon Lentz: http://bit.ly/1iDTv1u   QUOTE OF THE DAY: “Over an extraordinary career, Bill Bratton has proven that you can fight crime effectively and bring police and community together. He’s focused on preventive strategies, proactive strategies, innovation and the use of the latest technology but… [More]

Last Read – December 4, 2013

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LAST LOOK: Steven M. Cohen, former secretary to Gov. Andrew Cuomo, discusses his latest column on the lack of public corruption prosecutions in New York’s Northern District and weighs in on the new Moreland Commission report in a video interview: http://bit.ly/1iAlE9I   QUOTE OF THE DAY: “The default reality in our City Hall will be, when it’s unclear who is making the decision on all the day to day matters of government, this is who we will turn to.” –… [More]

Last Read – December 3, 2013

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LAST LOOK:  Common Cause New York Executive Director Susan Lerner discusses the Moreland Commission to Investigate Public Corruption’s preliminary report, defends the push for public financing and calls for other reforms in a video interview with Jon Lentz: http://bit.ly/IKzkiI   QUOTE OF THE DAY: “Public finance is a policy-slash-political issue, so I wasn’t overly surprised. There are a lot of other elements of the report where there was no dissent and there was no division. … I believe there is… [More]

FIrst Read – December 3, 2013

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WEATHER: Clouds give way to sunny skies; flurries and ice upstate. New York City, high 51; Albany, high 44; Buffalo, high 39.   WILL NEW YORK REMAIN A GLOBAL CITY? Bill de Blasio’s victory matters to the rest of the world because he could move New York City inward, curtailing Bloomberg-era gains, writes Nicole Gelinas: http://bit.ly/1atFauy   NEW THIS MORNING: * Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Moreland Commission to Investigate Public Corruption issued a sharp critique of New York’s “pay to play”… [More]

Last Read – December 2, 2013

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LAST LOOK:  Richard Anderson, president of the New York Building Congress, discusses signs of growth in the construction industry, what he expects from Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio and why he wants the Midtown East re-zoning to move forward in a video interview with Jon Lentz: http://bit.ly/18VKx9V   QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I think it is going to be speed-related. It was a tricky turn on the system, but it is a turn that has been there for decades.” – Gov.… [More]

Last Read – November 27, 2013

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EDITOR’S NOTE: Last Read will not be delivered on Thursday and Friday this week due to the Thanksgiving holiday. We will be back in your inbox on Monday. Have a happy Thanksgiving!   LAST LOOK: In an excerpt from City & State’s “The Cost Of Doing Business” conference, panelists spar over the Scaffold Law and its impact on rising insurance rates and minority and women business owners: http://bit.ly/1eAUWsB   QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I think it’s a terrible mistake for… [More]

Last Read – November 26, 2013

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  LAST LOOK: Attorney General Eric Schneiderman discusses the recent JPMorgan Chase settlement and how he plans to spend the state’s $600 million share in a video interview: http://bit.ly/17RxkxT   QUOTE OF THE DAY: “The opinion is an important victory, not only for New York City’s homeless adults, but also for the principles of openness and accountability. The mayor cannot unilaterally impose policies that would have such significant impact without even notifying the public or receiving comments.” – New York… [More]

Last Read – November 25, 2013

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  LAST LOOK: Carlo Scissura, president of the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, discusses his decision not to seek the Brooklyn borough presidency, changes he has made at the Chamber, and the borough’s growing political clout in a video interview with Morgan Pehme: http://bit.ly/1fDQyMr   QUOTE OF THE DAY: “We had a conversation and Governor Christie said that it was not accurate, what was suggested in that column.” – Gov. Andrew Cuomo on reports that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is pushing… [More]