First Read - September 30, 2016

WEATHER: Showers downstate and a chance of showers across the rest of the state. New York City, high 61; Albany, high 62; Buffalo, high 64.

 

FROM CITY & STATE:

* Fred Dicker officially ended his Monday morning must-read column in the Post, but Gov. Andrew Cuomo can’t be calling any holidays after the week he’s had. Read on to see who are this week’s Winners & Losers.

 

NEW THIS MORNING:

* A New Jersey Transit commuter train plowed through the barrier at the end of the tracks and crashed into a wall at the Hoboken terminal Thursday morning, killing one person and injuring more than 100 others, The New York Times reports.

* Gov. Andrew Cuomo nixed a planned trip to Israel after the train crash, and appeared with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie in an effort to show they were working together closely in responding to the accident, the Times Union reports.

* State leaders have launched an investigation into the death of a 6 year-old Harlem boy name Zymere Perkins and said they would examine whether there was any wrongdoing on the part of the New York City child welfare agency that handled his case, the Post reports.

* The New York City Council hearing on how the de Blasio administration lifted deed restrictions on the Rivington House lasted six hours, but did not reveal many new details about an instance that has led to multiple investigations, the Times reports.

* The number of people sleeping in New York City shelters has increased by 18 percent since Mayor Bill de Blasio took office and reached nearly 60,000, raising questions about the effectiveness of current policies, The Wall Street Journal reports.

* More news below …

 

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* Former Ohio congressman Dennis Kucinich asked federal inspectors general to investigate New York’s permitting process for a Competitive Power Ventures power plant in Orange County after an executive was implicated in a federal complaint, the Times Union reports.

* State leaders set aside $19 billion in “non-specific funds” in the latest $155.6 billion budget, which the government watchdog group Citizens Union said could be a source for corruption, the New York Post reports.

* As negotiations over teachers’ expired contract unraveled, Buffalo Schools Superintendent Kriner Cash said he is not ruling out the possibility of a strike, but that the district would be ready if one occurs, The Buffalo News reports.

* Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos announced that he has switched his registration from Republican to Democrat and will seek the party’s nomination for county executive next year, Newsday reports.

* Census Bureau data shows New York family income rose 5.2 percent and the poverty rate fell by 1.2 percent in 2015, which is the largest one-year drop in the poverty rate since 1968, the Times Union reports.

 

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NEW YORK SLANT:

* If the White House cannot compel short-term rental sites like Airbnb to abide by local laws, New York City will continue to hemorrhage housing, no matter what zoning policies are enacted locally, City Councilwoman Helen Rosenthal writes.

 

EDITORIAL PAGES:

* After New York City First Deputy Mayor Tony Shorris told those investigating a land use snafu that he couldn’t recall the details, the Post asks why someone with a weak memory is “in charge” of many city agencies.

* The Daily News writes that Shorris has played New Yorkers for fools, possibly including the mayor, and it’s become more and more clear that that he’s attempting to dodge accountability for enabling a developer to make a bonanza on city-owned real estate.

* The Times Union writes that the state Canal Corporation may never be a big money maker, but that doesn’t make it a liability and, with stability and leadership, it can be an enormous asset for the state and its economy.

* The Buffalo News writes that officials should view rain damage to the Exchange Street train station as more than an inconvenience, and seize the opportunity to create a station “worthy of a city on the rebound.”

 

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Eva’s Empty Seats: The Missing Children of Success Academy

By Michael Mulgrew, President, The United Federation Of Teachers

If Eva Moskowitz addresses a charter school rally in Prospect Park this Wednesday, she will no doubt complain that the city is not providing more seats for her charter schools.

She will probably neglect to mention an awkward truth – Success Academy charter schools have plenty of vacant seats because more than 800 children have disappeared from Success' rosters and have never been replaced.

Who were these children?  Why did they leave?  Where did they go?

Read more here.

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THE PRESIDENTIAL RACE:

* The State Department has agreed to release an additional 1,850 pages of emails recovered by the Federal Bureau of Investigation from former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s private server before Election Day, the Journal writes.

* Donald Trump’s charitable foundation, sustained for years by donors outside his family, never obtained certification that New York requires before charities can solicit money from the public, according to the state attorney general, The Washington Post reports.

* With Clinton enjoying a strong lead in New York, here old friends in organized labor in the state are dispatching members and retirees to nearby states that are in play, The Buffalo News writes.

* Although USA Today has never endorsed a candidate in a presidential election, its editorial board decided to “disendorse” Trump, saying he “is, by unanimous consensus of the Editorial Board, unfit for the presidency,” Politico reports.

 

HEARD AROUND TOWN:

* In the wake of the suicide of Assemblyman Bill Nojay, who faced fraud charges, lawmakers say they are unlikely to provide additional services for lawmakers in similar circumstances. Currently, all state employees – including lawmakers – have access to the state’s Employee Assistance Program. The program provides confidential assessment and referral services to state employees, family members and retirees. Assembly Mental Health Committee Chairwoman Aileen Gunther said that most counties also have mobile mental health units. “I think those pieces are in place and I think we’re all employees of New York state deserving the same level of care and I think that level of care, we have a lot of trust in all of our employees, so I would think that should be the procedure we should all follow,” she said. Assemblyman Luis Sepulveda, who lost his mother to suicide, said there is a public perception problem, too. “There should be some kind of support group or counseling available to those who think they may need it,” he said. “The problem is to the general public, they would say, ‘Well, the guy committed a crime, why should we be providing additional services to them?’”

 

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY: Today, to Assemblyman Walter Mosley … to Politico New York reporter Sally Goldenberg … to Gert-Jan de Graaff, president and CEO of JFKIAT … to Debby Girgenti, Albany office director for Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel … to Wilfredo Florentino, project manager of loans and grants at Empire State Development … to Lillian Rodriguez Lopez, vice president of sustainability and stakeholder relations at The Coca-Cola Company … to educational consultant Marilu Ramirez … to Lucille Songhai, director of community affairs for Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer … to Michael O’Brien, special advisor to state Sen. Diane Savino … and to Mackenzie Dancho, a staff analyst at the New York City Department of Correction  …  on Saturday, to U.S. Rep. Grace Meng … to Seth Bornstein, executive director of the Queens Economic Development Corporation … and to Jason Fromberg, communications and social media specialist for The Black Car Fund … and on Sunday, to Bloomberg Business editor Lisa Fleisher … to Vincent Ignizio, CEO of Catholic Charities of Staten Island … to Jody Avirgan, FiveThirtyEight podcast host and producer … David Aronov, community liaison for New York City Councilwoman Karen Koslowitz … to New York State Republican Party Chairman Ed Cox … and to Tara Todras-Whitehill, co-founder of Vignette Interactive.

 

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TODAY’S SKED:

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in New York City with no public schedule.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is attending the U.S. Conference of Mayors 2016 Fall Leadership Meeting in Oklahoma City. He returns to New York City in the evening.

7:50 a.m. – Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul delivers opening remarks at American Planning Association Conference, Hyatt Regency, Grand Ballroom B, 2 Fountain Plaza, Buffalo.

8 a.m. – Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer speaks at the New York Building Congress Construction Industry Breakfast Forum, New York Hilton, Trianon Ballroom, 1335 Avenue of the Americas, Manhattan.

10 a.m. - The New York City Council Committee on Small Business and Subcommittee on Zoning and Franchises hold a joint oversight hearing on zoning and incentives for promoting retail diversity and preserving neighborhood character, with Brewer testifying around 11 a.m., Council Chambers, City Hall, Manhattan.

10 a.m. - President and CEO of WIN Christine Quinn celebrates the topping-off of the largest supportive housing facility on the East Coast, 91 Junius St., Brooklyn.

11 a.m. – Orange County Executive Steven M. Neuhaus delivers the annual county budget address, Graham Skea Lodge at Thomas Bull Memorial Park, 211 Route 416, Montgomery.

11 a.m. – “The Capitol Pressroom” features City & State’s Ashley Hupfl with Winners & Losers, Politico New York’s Bill Mahoney,  Pramilla Malick of Protect Orange County on the CPV power plant, and state constitutional experts Peter Galie of Canisius College and Christopher Bopst of Sam-Son Logistics, Inc, on pensions, WCNY.

12 p.m. – New York City Public Advocate Letitia James appears live with Rosie Perez on the “Say it with Sixto Ramos Show,” www.luisnetwork.com/show/say-it-sixto-ramos/

1 p.m. - The City Council Committee on Veterans holds a meeting on the creation of a veterans resource guide, Committee Room, City Hall, Manhattan

1 p.m. - Rep. Carolyn Maloney, New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer, Public Advocate James, state Sen. Brad Hoylman, Assemblyman Richard Gottfried, Councilman Corey Johnson, Brewer and others attend ceremony recognizing Jane Schreibman, who notified authorities of the second bomb in Chelsea, John E. Reeves Great Hall, Fashion Institute of Technology, 227 W. 27th St., Manhattan

1 p.m.- New York City Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez and the Parks Department hold a community ice skating demonstration, High Bridge Park, 173rd Street and Amsterdam Avenue, Manhattan.

4 p.m. – Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan and Department of Recreation Commissioner Jonathan Jones announce daily roller skating hours at Swinburne Skating Rink this fall, Swinburne Park, 810 Clinton Ave., Albany.

6 p.m. - State Sen. Adriano Espaillat and others attend and The Black Institute and the New York City Council Black, Latino and Asian caucus host a forum on access to credit and capital for M/WBE’s, RWDSU, 370 Seventh Ave., Manhattan.

6 p.m. - Rep. Nydia Velazquez attends OCA-NY-Asian Pacific American Advocates, NY Chapter-NY, 40th Anniversary Community Service & Leadership Awards Gala, Joy Luck Palace Restaurant, 98 Mott St., Manhattan.

6:30 p.m. – New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito attends a screening of “Queen of Ireland,” Glucksman Ireland House, 1 Washington Mews, Manhattan.

6:45 p.m. – Public Advocate James delivers remarks at UPROSE's 50th anniversary celebration, BRIC Ballroom, 647 Fulton St., Brooklyn.  

7 p.m. and 10 p.m. – “Inside City Hall” features director Marc Levin of “Class Divide” and The Friday Reporters Roundtable with Harry Siegel of The Daily Beast and Ben Max of Gotham Gazette, Time Warner Cable News NY1.

7:30 p.m. – Mark-Viverito attends Health and Hospitals Hispanic Heritage Celebration, Lincoln Medical Center, 234 E. 149th St., Bronx.

8:15 p.m. – Public Advocate James delivers remarks at the Bronx Columbus Day Parade Annual Dinner Dance, Maestro's Caterers, 1703 Bronxdale Ave., Bronx.

 

SATURDAY’S SKED:

10 a.m. – City Watch features City Councilman Mark Levine on right to counsel legislation, Reporter Neil deMause on his new book “The Brooklyn Wars,” and Bill Ayers on his new book “Demand the Impossible!” WBAI 99.5 FM and www.wbai.org/playernew.html.

1 p.m. - New York City Councilman Andy King kicks off Breast Cancer Awareness month, Mall at Bay Plaza, 200 Baychester Ave., Bronx.,

4 p.m. - Rep. Nydia Velazquez attends New York Restoration Project LDC Community Garden ribbon cutting, 900 Broadway, Brooklyn.

 

SUNDAY’S SKED:

10 a.m. – Assemblywoman Nily Rozic, City Councilman Barry Grodenchik and the New York City Department of Transportation host a free bike helmet fitting and distribution, P.S. 46 Alley Pond School, 64-45 218th St., Queens.

10 a.m. - "Effective Radio with Bill Samuels" features New York Nurses Association Executive Director Jill Furillo and Alliance for Quality Education Advocacy Director Zakiyah Ansari, AM970.

2 p.m. - Rep. Nydia Velazquez attends commemoration of 5th Anniversary of Pvt. Danny Chen's death, P.S. 130, 143 Baxter St., Manhattan.

 

MONDAY’S SKED:

10 a.m. - "Effective Radio with Bill Samuels" features New York Nurses Association Executive Director Jill Furillo and Alliance for Quality Education Advocacy Director Zakiyah Ansari, WVOX 1460.

 

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KICKER: "Since an abundance of evidence has been produced that the New York State regulatory process has been corrupted in this specific case, it is incumbent upon the EPA's IG to defend the public interest and to direct the US EPA to rescind all air and water permits, to review all permits issued by the state pursuant to federal law, to seek full engagement of the affected public and to otherwise retain full jurisdiction over a major energy project with profound environmental implications.” - Former Ohio Congressman Dennis Kucinich wrote in one of his letters urging federal agencies to investigate New York’s permitting process for Competitive Power Ventures, which is attempting to complete a power plant in Orange County, via the Times Union.