First Read - July 27, 2016

WEATHER: Sunny across the state. New York City, high 92; Albany, high 89; Buffalo, high 82.



* Both Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio are using their public appearances at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia to stake a claim as the state’s leading progressive leader as the party shifts to the left.

* At a Philadelphia private club, members of the New York and Pennsylvania Democratic delegations watched a panel of judges eat their way through the cities’ most iconic food dishes to determine which city would earn culinary bragging rights until the 2020 DNC, City & State PA reports.

* Bill Bratton’s revelation that he won’t be staying on as NYPD commissioner beyond 2017 echoes his announced departure from the Giuliani administration, but this time the politically vulnerable de Blasio is stuck with him, NYPD Confidential’s Len Levitt writes.

* While de Blasio was in Philadelphia attending the DNC, his administration announced that the city had started the process of building and preserving the second most affordable housing units in New York City history, City & State reports.



* De Blasio has attended many events at the Democratic National Convention, where he is trying to find his footing after struggling to position himself as a national leader of the left wing of the Democratic Party, The Wall Street Journal reports.

* At the DNC, Cuomo spent his first day contending with pockets of the party where he is less popular, with some of Sen. Bernie Sanders’ delegates saying they’d like to see Attorney General Eric Schneiderman run against Cuomo, the Journal reports.

* State University of New York officials confirmed they received a subpoena related to federal prosecutors’ investigation into de Blasio’s involvement in the sale of Long Island College Hospital in Brooklyn, the Daily News reports.

* After the New York City Department of Investigation informed the city’s corporation counsel that it would sue him to gain access to de Blasio’s computer and documents, the requests were granted, and the DOI released evidence that the administration deliberately covered up information regarding its handling of a deed restriction, the Daily News reports.

* Assemblyman Robin Schimminger said his chamber’s oversight panel will hold a hearing next week to press the Cuomo administration’s economic development agency for information about Start-Up New York, the Buffalo Billion and other job creation efforts, the Buffalo News reports.

* More news below …



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* Schneiderman is refusing to comply with a congressional subpoena seeking records about his investigation into whether ExxonMobil misled investors about climate change, The Associated Press reports.

* A state commission assigned to review pay schedules for state legislators and other officials mulled increasing lawmakers pay from $79,500 to $116,900 annually during a meeting Tuesday, the Times Union reports.

* De Blasio’s administration announced it was ahead of schedule and under-budget in meeting its affordable housing creation goals, but some advocates say the city’s work won’t meet increasing demand, The New York Times reports..

* U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara’s office said a recent Supreme Court decision is irrelevant to the case involving convicted former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and that he should not remain free while he appeals his case, the Times Union reports.

* New York City officials announced changes to J’Ouvert, a predawn street festival that precedes the West Indian American Day Parade, which includes using many more floodlights than usual and doubling the number of officers around, the Times reports.



MetroPlus Health Plan announced today a public awareness campaign recognizing the plan’s 500,000th member, Staten Island resident, Josephine Barroso. The campaign is an effort to connect New Yorkers in all five boroughs with the care they need. MetroPlus is a leader in providing affordable health insurance. “MetroPlus’ growth is an important component of NYC Health + Hospitals’ transformation plan,” said Dr. Ram Raju, President and CEO of NYC Health + Hospitals.




* John LoCicero, longtime friend and aide to former New York City Mayor Ed Koch, joins this week’s episode of The Slant Podcast to share some behind-the-scenes stories from the Koch administration and give some advice for de Blasio.



* The Times writes that in New Jersey and Westchester, affluent towns are resisting complying with fair housing laws that prohibit the exclusion of housing for low and moderate-income families, and these defiant towns should be sued.

* The schedule for the Democratic National Convention suggests that Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton may be ashamed of New York’s endless corruption scandals, the Post writes.

* De Blasio’s former press secretary Karen Hinton writes in the Daily News that liberals should not back away from advocacy nonprofits and superPACs because conservatives won’t stop using them.

* The Post writes that the MTA made the right call in deciding to shut down the L train’s Manhattan-Brooklyn tunnel for 18 months because fixing damage from Hurricane Sandy isn’t optional.

* The Daily News writes that New York City’s Investigation chief Mark Peters empowered his staff to vindicate the agency’s authority and stand up for public interest while cracking the de Blasio administration’s stonewall into a probe of how the city helped a developer profit off of a property after deed restrictions were lifted.

* There are entirely predictable bottlenecks on the passages from Canada to Western New York and government officials must do a better job of planning for this, rather than blaming it on union contracts, the Buffalo News writes.



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* A divided Democratic convention formally nominated Hillary Clinton for president on Tuesday, making history as the first major political party to choose a woman as its standard-bearer, The New York Times reports.

* In his turn on the Democratic National Convention stage Tuesday night, former president Bill Clinton gave a deeply personal and in-depth account of his wife, newly-minted Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, NBC News reports.

* A fragile détente binding the dueling wings of the Democratic Party held together on Tuesday, quieting many unhappy supporters of Bernie Sanders and allowing Clinton’s team to tamp down the most visible signs of upheaval at the DNC, the Journal reports.



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IN MEMORIAM: Michael Kane, who worked for Assembly Democrats since 1986 and was a key player in their campaign arm, died Sunday night at an Albany hospital.


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Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in Philadelphia.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is in Philadelphia.

8 a.m. - De Blasio participates in Politico Breakfast with Mike Allen and Jake Sherman panel discussion, Two Commerce Square, 2001 Market Street, Philadelphia.

8:30 a.m. - Cuomo delivers remarks at New York state Delegation Breakfast, Loews Hotel, Regency Ballroom, Floor 2M, 1200 Market St., Philadelphia.

9:10 a.m. - State Sen. David Carlucci is joined by East Ramapo Superintendent, Dr. Deborah Wortham and Strong East Ramapo Co-Founder, Dr. Andrew Mandel on Carlucci’s show “The Albany Report,” WRCR AM 1700.

10 a.m. - The MTA board meets, MTA Board Room, 2 Broadway, 20th Floor, Manhattan.

11 a.m. - “The Capitol Pressroom” features Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi, Assemblyman Richard Gottfried, The Empire Center’s Bill Hammond, and Manatt, Phelps & Phillips’ Bruce Gyory.

11 a.m. - Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney appears on “The Brian Lehrer Show,” WNYC.

11 a.m. - New York City Councilman Andy King holds press conference with a parent of a missing child and provide an update on missing children in the city, Bronx Borough Command 41st Precinct, 1035 Longwood Ave., Bronx.

11 a.m. - New York City first lady Chirlane McCray participates in a Mayors Against Discrimination forum, Philadelphia Mayor’s City Hall, 1401 John F. Kennedy Blvd., Philadelphia.

12:15 p.m. - De Blasio and McCray appear live on MSNBC.

2 p.m. - De Blasio delivers remarks at Democratic National Committee Labor Council panel discussion, Pennsylvania Convention Center - 118 ABC, 1101 Arch Street, Philadelphia.

3:20 p.m. - Cuomo delivers remarks at DNC Labor Caucus meeting, The Pennsylvania Convention Center, 1101 Arch St., Room 120AB, Philadelphia.

4:30 p.m. - De Blasio delivers remarks at the Democratic National Convention, Wells Fargo Center, 3601 S. Broad St., Philadelphia.

6 p.m. - The New York City Department of Education Panel for Educational Policy meets, M.S. 131, 100 Hester St., Manhattan.

8 p.m. - Cuomo, De Blasio and McCray attend the Democratic National Convention, Wells Fargo Center, 3601 S. Broad St., Philadelphia.


KICKER: “His profile hasn’t really come up here. I don’t really know why. Maybe it’s because the governor is here.” - Rep. Charles Rangel on New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s public visibility at the Democratic National Convention, via The Wall Street Journal.