First Read - October 23, 2014

WEATHER: Sunny skies in Western New York. Rain throughout the rest of the state. New York City, high 58; Albany, high 52; Buffalo, high 57.


FIVE TAKEAWAYS: City & State’s managing editor Michael Johnson weighs in with five takeaways from last night’s gubernatorial debate:


THE SHOW OUTSIDE THE SHOW: While last night’s debate raged inside the studio of Buffalo’s public television station, City & State’s Chris Thompson talked with activists who had come to the debate to be heard and revelers who had come to enjoy themselves:



 * A Newsday/News 12 Long Island/Siena College poll found Democrat Kathleen Rice leads Republican Bruce Blakeman by 10 points, 52-42 percent, down from leading 55-37 percent five weeks ago:

* The New York Times Editorial Board endorsed both Democratic incumbents in two of the statewide races, state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli:

* Seven of the 15 new superintendents appointed by New York City Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña led schools that were rated below average, the New York Post reports:

* Rankings by CQ Roll Call, a congressional publication, place just two New York-area members in the top 50 richest members of Congress, based on financial disclosure forms covering 2013, the Daily News writes:

* New York State will conduct a compliance review of school districts’ enrollment procedures in an effort to eliminate barriers to schooling for undocumented immigrant children, the Times writes:

* While most state candidates are arguing about the usual topics—the Legislature’s inability to get things done, corruption and taxes—the race for the 111th Assembly District seat has taken a surprising twist, the Times Union reports:

* Former President Bill Clinton made a second campaign stop in four years for an imperiled Long Island congressman, Tim Bishop, to offset what is expected to be a dismal midterm turnout in New York, the New York Observer reports:

* Parents at one Brooklyn day-care site say their 3-year-olds were unceremoniously dumped to make room for the mayor’s preferred, high-paying pre-kindergarten programs, the Post writes:

* New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced he would appoint Fidel del Valle commissioner and chief judge of the Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings, an obscure yet important agency that oversees administrative hearings, Capital New York reports:


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Doctors in New York City’s public hospital system (HHC) are on the frontline fighting to keep our communities safe and healthy. But HHC and its affiliates, Mt. Sinai, NYU, and PAGNY, are ignoring our concerns at a time when communities need a unified public healthcare system. Join Doctors Council SEIU doctors, community members, and elected leaders for a rally at noon on Wednesday, October 29, at Woodhull Hospital in Brooklyn to demand respect for doctors and patients.




* Making the Assembly work better for Long Island is not just about party clout, it's also about personalities and relationships and trust, the only way to work across the aisle and in the aisle, Newsday writes:

* Despite the recent polls, anger in upstate New York over the SAFE Act and lingering questions that remain from the disbanding of the Moreland Commission make it possible for Astorino to win, the Post’s Seth Lipsky writes:

* Whether or not we renew and strengthen the rent laws governing over 1 million apartments in New York will be a defining test of our values and commitment to affordable housing, state Sen. Adriano Espaillat, New York City Public Advocate Letitia James and The Alliance for Tenant Power write in the Daily News:



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* City & State Editor-in-Chief Morgan Pehme teamed up with Fordham Prof. Christina Greer to host a debate on ballot proposition one, an amendment to the constitutions redistricting laws, featuring differing opinions from good government groups Citizens Union and Common Cause New York:



* Two major Service Employees International Union affiliates, 32BJ and 1199, on Wednesday endorsed state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman for reelection. The organized labor groups, which represent more than half a million workers, cited the incumbent’s record of protecting workers’ rights. (To read more, click here: )


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HAPPY BIRTHDAY: To Ken Kurson, New York Observer editor … to Chelsea Connor, director of communications at MirRam Group … to Nicole Bode, deputy editor at DNAinfo … and to Serena Solomon, DNAinfo reporter.


MOVING ON: Paul Napoli has been named Vice President of Power Markets for PSEG Long Island … Sergey Kadinsky leaving his job as community liaison to Council Member Karen Koslowitz and joining the Parks Department's Government Relations office as an analyst … Devin Maroney is leaving the New York Hotel Trades Council to study insight meditation and will be replaced by John Tritt as Deputy Political Director.



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Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in New York City.

7:10 a.m. - Republican lieutenant governor candidate Chris Moss appears on The Morning Newswatch, WHCU 870 AM, listen here:  

8:30 a.m. - Crain’s New York hosts “Made In New York” event featuring unique food and beverage from state businesses, Fashion Institute of Technology, 28th St. and 7th Ave., Manhattan.

9 a.m. - New York City Council members Mark Levine and Ydanis Rodriguez join advocates for the visually impaired for an exhibition where councilmen will be blindfolded to understand importance of pedestrian safety tools, Lobby of 250 Broadway, Manhattan.

9 a.m. - Republican candidate for Attorney General John Cahill is a guest on WCSS AM 1490, listen here:  

9 a.m. - New York City Public Advocate Letitia James attends TWU Local 100 breakfast in honor of Rep. Charles Rangel, 328 Malcolm X Blvd., Manhattan.

10 a.m. - New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio makes announcement with NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton and Manhattan DA Cyrus Vance, One Exchange Plaza, 55 Broadway, 28th Floor, Manhattan.

10 a.m. - New York City Council Committee on Governmental Operations holds oversight hearing on Intro 356 looking at agency-based voter registration, Committee Room, City Hall, Manhattan.

10:30 a.m. - Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton joins Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Democratic lieutenant governor candidate Kathy Hochul at “Women for Cuomo” event, other elected officials in attendance include Public Advocate James, Grand Hyatt, 109 E. 42nd St., Manhattan.

10:30 a.m. - Rep. Nita Lowey, State Sen. David Carlucci and Assemblywoman Sandy Galef attend Westchester Senior Fair, 95 Broadway, Ossining.

10:30 a.m. - Cahill discusses returning autonomy to city of Yonkers, Van der Donck Park, Yonkers. (rain location, Yonkers Public Library across the street)

10:30 a.m. - The Geraldo Rivera Show features Republican candidate for governor Rob Astorino and Former NYPD Commissioner Bernie Kerik, WABC, listen  

11 a.m. - Rep. Nydia Velázquez meets with local business owners to unveil a new Government Accountability Office report evaluating federal programs response to Hurricane Sandy, The Red Hook Winery, Pier 41, 175 Van Dyke St., Brooklyn.

11 a.m. - Anti-hunger advocates team up with elected officials and labor leaders to call on Mayor Bill de Blasio to deliver on campaign promise to serve breakfast during school day, steps of City Hall, Manhattan.

11 a.m. - The Capitol Pressroom features State Senate Co-Majority Leader Dean Skelos, Fred Kowal from United University Professions, a roundtable on last night’s gubernatorial debate, and Marcia Bystryn, Executive Director of the New York League of Conservation Voters, WCNY, listen here:  

11 a.m. - Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner and Assemblyman Bill Magnarelli announce funding for Magnarelli Community Center and Grant Middle School athletic fields, 2300 Grant Blvd., Syracuse.

11:30 a.m. - Astorino is a guest on the John Gambling Show, AM 970, listen here:  

11:30 a.m. - New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer, New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, Public Advocate James and others attend Eleanor’s Legacy Fall Luncheon, Grand Hyatt New York, 109 E. 42nd St., Manhattan.

12 p.m. - The People’s Budget Coalition for Public Health holds press conference with New York City Councilman Corey Johnson, labor leaders and advocates, to discuss roll out of the Affordable Care Act, steps of City Hall, Manhattan.

12 p.m. - Astorino holds post-debate press conference, LCA Room, 3rd Floor, State Capitol, Albany.

12 p.m. - Lieutenant Governor Robert Duffy delivers keynote address at Genesis Group’s 14th annual meeting and luncheon, Daniele’s Banquet Specialists, 8360 Seneca Tpke, New Hartford.

12 p.m. - Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. joins representatives from Barnes and Nobles and Prestige Properties for major announcement, Bay Plaza Shopping Center, 290 Baychester Ave., Bronx.

12 p.m. - Moss appears on Talking Back with Shannon Joy, WYSL 1040 AM, listen here:  

1 p.m. - Opponents of horse-drawn carriages protest in front of City Council office Building, 250 Broadway, Manhattan.

1 p.m. - Speaker Mark-Viverito delivers opening remarks at Health Committee Oversight Hearing on Affordable Care Act and Councilman Corey Johnson chairs hearing, Council Chambers, City Hall, Manhattan.

1:30 p.m. - Howie Hawkins and supporters speak about progressive support and receive endorsements from Democratic clubs, LCA Pressroom, LOB Room 130, Albany.

2 p.m. - New York City Councilman Matthieu Eugene holds press conference to announce the implementation of Haitian Family Reunification Parole Program, steps of City Hall, Manhattan.

2:45 p.m. - Moss holds press conference with other County Sheriff’s Government Plaza, 38 Hawley St., Binghamton.

3 p.m. - Stringer and Vance attend State Sen. Liz Krueger’s 8th annual Senior Resource Fair, Temple Emanu-el, 1 E. 65th St., Manhattan.

5 p.m. - Astorino is a guest on WBEN with host Tom Bauerle, listen here:  

5:20 p.m. - The Ride Home with Pat Kiernan and Rita Cosby features Green Party candidate for governor Howie Hawkins, and Rep. Tim Bishop, WABC, listen  

5:30 p.m. - Astorino delivers remarks at the Herkimer GOP annual dinner, Francesca’s Restaurant, 144 E. Main St., Ilion.

6 p.m. - Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce holds “Building a Successful Construction Business” event, 26 Court St., Suite 701, Brooklyn.

6:15 p.m. - Public Advocate James attends re-opening of Peninsula Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, 5015 Beach Channel Dr., Queens.

6:30 p.m. - Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson holds town hall summit, Liberation Diploma Plus High School, 2865 W. 19th St., Brooklyn.

6:30 p.m. - The Ladies of Women In Network host a panel discussion on role of media and its impact on political campaigns, moderated by former New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, Roosevelt Initiative, 5th Floor, 51st St. and Lexington Ave., Manhattan.

7 p.m. - Mark-Viverito speaks at The Beauty of Survival Violence Intervention Program annual cocktail benefit, The Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Ave., Manhattan.

7 p.m. and 10 p.m. - Inside City Hall features a panel on the art of debate prep, New York City Councilman Steve Levin and Josh Wachs on breakfast in school classrooms, Time Warner Cable News NY1.

7:20 p.m. - Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer serves as a special guest presenter at Andrew Glover Youth Program's 2nd Chance Awards Dinner & Auction, 583 Park Ave., Manhattan.

7:30 p.m. - Cahill and Moss deliver remarks at Rockaway Republican Dinner, Belle Harbor Yacht Club, 533 Beach 126th St., Queens.

7:30 p.m. - Separating fact, fiction, gossip and spin in politics: a panel discussion moderated by Paul Brown, Brooklyn College journalism professor, and featuring Jonathan Lentz, Albany bureau chief for City & State magazine, Erik Engquist, assistant managing editor at Crain's NY Business, and Azi Paybarah, senior reporter at Capital New York, Carmine Carro Community Center, Marine Park, Fillmore Ave., bet. Madison Pl. & Marine Pkwy, Brooklyn.

8 p.m. - Mark-Viverito speaks at Unique People Services Annual Gala, Riverside Church, Riverside Dr. and W. 120th St., Manhattan.

8 p.m. - Hochul speaks at Richmond County Democratic Gala, Excelsior Grand, 2380 Hylan Blvd., Staten Island.

8 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. – Capital Tonight features Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz, Time Warner Cable News.



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KICKER:  “He is a great congressman in the old-fashioned sense of the word.” – Former President Bill Clinton, speaking of U.S. Rep. Tim Bishop, via the Observer