First Read

Latest News
The Manhattan district attorney’s office is preparing state criminal charges against Paul Manafort, President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman, in an effort to ensure he will still face prison time even if the president pardons him for his federal crimes.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo called the defeat of the Amazon deal “the greatest tragedy I have seen since I’ve been in politics” and blamed his fellow Democrats in the state Senate, who he said would “pay a price” at the ballot box.
Slot Number: 
Protesters who supposedly gathered to express outrage after Amazon dropped plans for a Queens headquarters included mercenary activists paid to turn up, according to video and some participants.
Slot Number: 
An inmate at Rikers Island Jail called into New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s weekly radio appearance on WNYC to ask the mayor about the legal minimum standards for inmates at Rikers.
De Blasio is refusing to place any blame for the imploded Amazon deal on Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a fierce opponent, and would not comment on if the freshman congresswoman influenced local politicians’ opposition.
Cuomo in a statement said the New York Department of State and the Department of Financial Services would review Facebook’s collection of data by users who provide information to third party apps on smartphones.
State Sen. Michael Gianaris and Assemblyman Brian Barnwell announced legislation that would stop landlords from raising regulated rents to pay for major capital improvements, such as the replacement of boilers, roofs and windows.
Metro-North Railroad failed to keep tabs on a contractor's efforts to help homeless people who hang out at its stations and find them alternative shelter and support services, according to an audit from state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli.
The Niagara County Legislature approved an agreement with Airbnb this week in which the vacation home rental company agreed to collect the 4 percent county "bed tax" from its hosts and pass it on to the county.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio – who has not ruled out a run for president in 2020 – will visit Iowa this weekend, the home of the first presidential caucus, to speak to the Asian & Latino Coalition in Des Moines.
Slot Number: 
June Bunch, an 81-year-old community activist, has been named the interim chairwoman of the Queens Democratic Party and will assume the post immediately, following the resignation of former Rep. Joseph Crowley.
Slot Number: 
Frederick Douglass Houses Tenant Association President Carmen Quiñones met President Donald Trump briefly in the Oval Office – the climax of a whirlwind week during which she hosted Lynne Patton, from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority launched an investigation after a wooden beam fell from an elevated subway track in Queens, impaling the passenger side of a moving car.
A judge has granted New York City’s motion to block ousted Department of Investigation Commissioner Mark Peters from testifying in a civil case involving the New York City Housing Authority lead paint debacle.
New York City schools Chancellor Richard Carranza bashed the controversial gifted and talented program at a meeting this month, saying it accepts too many kids, but cited inaccurate numbers when making his point.
A bump in membership at New York State United Teachers and the Civil Service Employees Association suggests the unions were able to largely retain their membership and convince some nonmembers and new hires to join, even after the Janus decision.
A proposal to change the building aid part of the state education funding package, which reimburses schools for construction and renovation projects, could be particularly costly to some wealthy suburban districts.
New York City public advocate candidate Eric Ulrich has been courting the Orthodox Jewish vote, but has struggled to unite the community’s Hasidic and non-Hasidic branches, exposing deep strategic rifts.
U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer said he will lobby for federal dollars to help Long Island MacArthur Airport finance a new concourse and other upgrades, which he said could help alleviate crowds at the busy airports serving the New York metropolitan area.
New York City public advocate candidate Nomiki Konst identifies as a democratic socialist and is depicted as a millennial women finding her voice, but for someone campaigning for a job to keep fellow city leaders honest, her own personal history is hard to pin down.
Editorial Pages
The best New York City public advocate candidate to hold de Blasio accountable and press for reforms is Jumaane Williams, a veteran city councilman with a record of accomplishment and a steadfast willingness to stand up to powerful interests.
The purpose of the Public Authorities Control Board must be codified in unequivocal legislative language that gives it the right to render judgment on a project’s underlying financials and nothing more to prevent it from being used to serve political ends.
If you have money in a New York City pension fund, you might want to start worrying – because Comptroller Scott Stringer, the guy who’s supposed to be watching them, is so busy playing politics that his office can’t even get its numbers right.
A lot is riding on the 2020 census, which makes it all the more puzzling that New York’s efforts to ensure every resident of the state is counted don’t match the urgency of the situation.
From City & State
In Depth
The debate around whether unions should take an adversarial role against anti-union companies or cooperate with those employers to make inroads has been on display with discussions around Uber, Airbnb and Amazon.
Slot Number: 
Although the Amazon’s deal to build a campus in Queens fell apart, New York City is still increasingly a magnet for coders and companies, and the story of tech’s ascent in New York stretches back nearly two decades.
The plight of New York City Public Housing Authority residents is well-documented, but few realize that nestled within those buildings are about 100 child care centers that serve infants and toddlers even while critically needed repairs stack up.
The recriminations over the Amazon pullout have been as bitterly tribal as the debate over the project itself, but when it comes to the political arithmetic underlying this Amazon debate, there are five factors and three tests worth exploring.
When Amazon announced that it would be cancelling plans to build a headquarters in Long Island City, among the many groups claiming victory were immigration activists due to the company’s support of government agencies that round up and deport immigrants.
National Politics
The Trump administration took aim at Planned Parenthood, issuing a rule barring groups that provide abortions or abortion referrals from participating in the $286 million federal family planning program.
The House plans to vote Tuesday on legislation to formally block President Donald Trump’s attempt to circumvent Congress to fund his border wall, which is expected to easily pass the chamber and poses an uncomfortable test of loyalty for Senate Republicans.
When President Donald Trump meets North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong Un, next week, his advisers hope to hammer out a road map for ridding the state of its nuclear weapons, but Trump appears more tantalized by declaring an end to the war on the Korean Peninsula.
A federal judge slapped a gag order on longtime Donald Trump associate Roger Stone just days after he posted a threatening message about the judge on social media, telling him he can no longer talk about the special counsel investigation.