First Read - June 24, 2016

WEATHER: Sunny skies across the state. New York City, high 80; Albany, high 83; Buffalo, high 82.



* In their long-running feud, Gov. Andrew Cuomo tends to get the better of Mayor Bill de Blasio. But not in this week’s Winners & Losers! Only one of the two men landed on our list this week. Check it out to see who else did or didn’t make the cut.

* The U.S. Supreme Court’s deadlock over President Obama’s executive orders on immigration reform was a major setback for millions of immigrant families, but the fight will continue regardless of who wins the presidency, SEIU 32BJ President Hector Figueroa writes.



* A year after launching a blistering attack on Cuomo that brought their feud to new heights, de Blasio said he stands by every word - and doubled down on accusing Cuomo of disrespecting the city in this year’s legislative session, the Daily News reports.

* Plans for heightened security at New York City’s lesbian, gay, transgender and bisexual pride parade on Sunday have highlighted a rift between the police and some in the gay community over the very definition of “security,” The New York Times writes.

* De Blasio said he disagreed with a report that challenges “broken windows” policing, highlighting the fine line he has tried to walk between his popular police commissioner and a political base that elected him to reform the NYPD, The Wall Street Journal writes.

* De Blasio said he “absolutely” supports a federal monitor to oversee the “broken” New York City Board of Elections in the upcoming congressional primaries and wishes he could “tear down” the board and start over, the Daily News writes.

* Although an exhaustive report singled out 20 uniformed and civilian employees whose laziness, incompetence and dereliction of duty enabled the Dannemora prison break, there have been few, if any, serious consequences for 18 of those employees, the Times reports.

* More news below …



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* After a series of corruption arrests and scandals, New York City Police Commissioner Bill Bratton defended the practice of giving out pensions to scandal-scarred NYPD officers and insisted it would be unfair to their families to take them away, the Post reports.

* The New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission, concerned about driver fatigue, wants a bigger say in how long and how often breaks should be, and drivers turned out by the dozens at its monthly meeting to denounce the proposed rules, the Times writes.

* The Erie County legislature voted narrowly to double legislators’ terms of office from two years to four years, starting with next year’s elections, but they must abide by a new redistricting process that would redraw the lines by 2021, The Buffalo News reports.

* A historical analysis of state constitutional conventions shows that the costly process of allowing citizens to gather to modify the state Constitution is of little value to the public and is little more than a “carbon copy of a typical legislative session,” the Times Union reports.

* A state judge found that Philip Pidot has enough signatures to qualify for a congressional primary against state Sen. Jack Martins, but will not issue a formal decision until Friday on the fate of a primary, which would be held Tuesday or at a later date, Newsday reports.



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* Frank Morano explains the idea behind the Reform Party’s write-in primary election next Tuesday in New York state.



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* State lawmakers’ decision to pass a bill to transfer the costs of providing a lawyer to every person charged with a crime back to the state from the county level is a sign that even states with the worst records on this issue can change course, the Times writes.

* De Blasio’s recently departed press secretary Karen Hinton in the Daily News offers advice to the mayor about how to survive his love-hate relationship with the news media and emerge stronger by adjusting to new media without forgetting lessons from the old.

* Whether legal or not, de Blasio’s garbage bag episode illustrates the collapse of defenses built up in the city against “pay to play” practices in which people gave campaign contributions to gain access to or favors from powerful officials, the Times’ Jim Dwyer writes.

* The NYPD inspector general’s report that claims the “broken windows” style of policing does not work only serves de Blasio’s political agenda, as decreases in crime in New York City since the 1990s prove the controversial policing style works, the Post writes.

* Buffalo school officials are facing a delicate but important balancing act that requires them to attract more minority students to City Honors School without lowering the standards that make the criteria-based school so attractive, The Buffalo News writes.



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* Donald Trump's campaign announced he has forgiven more than $50 million in loans he made to his presidential bid, converting them into contributions in an effort to reassure GOP donors that he is personally invested in the effort, The Washington Post reports.

* Hillary Clinton failed to turn over a copy of a key message involving problems caused by her use of a private homebrew email server, making it unclear what other work-related emails may have been deleted, The Associated Press reports.

* Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine is emerging as the leading candidate atop Hillary Clinton’s vice presidential short list, while U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren and HUD Secretary Julian Castro are also to prospects, Democratic allies and operatives close to the campaign tell Politico.

* In an address in New York City titled "Where We Go From Here," Bernie Sanders didn’t mention Clinton but said a convention platform fight was against the political establishment and urged backers to continue his “political revolution,” Politico reports.

* An ongoing dispute over public space at Trump Tower took another turn when New York City officials fined Donald Trump $10,000 after his representatives failed to show up at a hearing to explain why a bench remained missing, the Journal reports.



* Days after federal prosecutors arrested three NYPD commanders on corruption charges, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio stressed the investigations centered on activity and allegations that pre-dated his mayoralty and Police Commissioner William Bratton’s command. During an unrelated press conference Thursday, De Blasio noted the NYPD’s Internal Affairs Unit began examining the alleged misbehavior before the FBI got involved. Read the full post here.

* With just a few days to go until a decisive primary vote, New York City Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras-Copeland has endorsed congressional candidate Adriano Espaillat in his bid to succeed retiring Rep. Charles Rangel. Ferreras-Copeland, the chairwoman of the City Council’s influential Finance Committee, touted the state senator’s position on child care. Read the full post here.



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HAPPY BIRTHDAY: Today, to former Gov. George Pataki … to Louis Coletti, president of the Building Trades Employers' Association … to Hope Cohen, COO at the Battery Conservancy … to Charmian Neary … to Tamra Lhota, fundraiser and wife of former mayoral candidate Joe Lhota … to WNYC reporter Kathleen Horan … to Alejandra Soto, freelance reporter for Univision 41 … and to Josh Levin, director of business development for Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams … on Saturday, to Jon Del Giorno, partner at Pitta Bishop DelGiorno & Giblin LLC … to Paige Cowett, producer for the Brian Lehrer show on WNYC … to Zeeshan Ott, deputy chief of staff and director of communications for state Sen. Daniel Squadron … to New York Post reporter Reuven Fenton … to Genia Gould, WG News + Arts publisher … to former New York City Councilwoman June Eisland … and to Ilyssa Meyer, public policy analyst at Etsy … and on Sunday, to James McClelland, advisor to Sen. Martin Golden … and to state Sen. Toby Stavisky.


MOVING ON: Cate Contino Cowit, coordinator of NYPIRG’s straphangers campaign, has resigned to join the MTA as an assistant director for government and community relations in July.



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

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio travels to Indianapolis to attend the 84th annual U.S. Conference of Mayors. In the evening, de Blasio attends the Palladium and Village Green, Carmel opening reception. This event is closed press.

9 a.m. - Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer speaks at PS/MS 50 graduation, 433 E. 100th St., Manhattan.

9 a.m. - New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer delivers remarks at P.S. 3 Charrette 5th grade graduation ceremony, P.S. 3 Charrette, 490 Hudson St., Manhattan.

9 a.m. - CUNY Chancellor James Milliken receives Education Update’s Distinguished Leader in Education Award presented by Luis Miranda, Jr., Harvard Club. 35 W. 44th St., Manhattan.

9:30 a.m. - Stringer delivers remarks at P.S. 41 Greenwich Village 5th grade graduation ceremony, P.S. 41 Greenwich Village, 116 W. 11th St., Manhattan.

10 a.m. - Brewer attends press conference with Cuomo and Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce, Sylvia’s, 328 Malcolm X Blvd., Manhattan.

10 a.m. - New York City Public Advocate Letitia James delivers remarks at the Fannie Lou Hamer Middle School graduation, Fannie Lou Hamer Middle School, 1001 Jennings St., Bronx.

10:25 a.m. - “The Brian Lehrer Show” features Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance, state Sen. Adriano Espaillat, Assemblyman Keith Wright, former Assemblyman Adam Clayton Powell IV, Suzan Johnson Cook, minister and former Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom, Clyde Williams, Assemblyman Guillermo Linares, Mike Gallagher, and Sam Sloan, WNYC.

10:30 a.m. - Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand speaks at a special executive forum at the Long Island Association, LIA headquarters, 300 Broadhollow Road, Suite 110W, Melville.

10:30 a.m. - Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul highlights Cuomo’s commitment to NY-Cuba relations during Harlem/Havana Music & Cultural Festival announcement, Sylvia’s Also, 318 Malcolm X Blvd., Manhattan.

11 a.m. - Brewer speaks at Manhattan Hunter Science High School graduation, Hunter College Kaye Playhouse, East 68th Street between Park and Lexington Avenues, Manhattan.

11 a.m. - Advocates for people with developmental disabilities and elected officials highlight the “300 Days to Better Pay” campaign and call for state funding increase for wages for underpaid staff, Nassau County Supreme Court Building, 100 Supreme Court Drive, Mineola.

11 a.m. - “The Capitol Pressroom” features City & State’s Ashley Hupfl with the week’s Winners and Losers, the Daily News’ Ken Lovett, New York Power Authority’s Gil Quiniones on energy upgrades, the New York State School Boards Association’s Timothy Kremer, and the New York Housing Conference’s Rachel Fee, WCNY.

12 p.m. - De Blasio receives award at Mayors Climate Protection Awards luncheon, JW Marriott, Ballroom 5/6, 3rd Floor, 10 South West St., Indianapolis.

12 p.m. - Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams holds ceremony to wrap Brooklyn Borough Hall in a rainbow ribbon, Brooklyn Borough Hall, 209 Joralemon St., Brooklyn.

1 p.m. - Public Advocate James delivers remarks at the Wadleigh Second School for the Performing Visual Arts graduation, Wadleigh Secondary School for the Performing Arts, 215 W. 114th St., Manhattan.

2 p.m. - Brewer speaks at Urban Assembly Gateway School for Technology graduation, New World Stages, West 50th Street between Eighth and Ninth Avenues, Manhattan.

2:30 p.m. - Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney joins the ACLU, The Bronx Defenders, Brooklyn Defender Services, and Richard Rosario to announce major federal legislation to fix indigent defense system, Bronx Criminal Courthouse, 215 E. 161st St., Brox.

2:30 p.m. - De Blasio chairs Cities of Opportunity task force meeting, JW Marriott, Grand Ballroom 7, 3rd floor, 10 S. West St., Indianapolis.

2:30 p.m. - Sen. Charles E. Schumer, the de Blasio administration, and NYCHA Chair and CEO Shola Olatoye break ground on $67 million reconstruction project at the Ocean Bay-Oceanside development funded by FEMA, NYCHA’s Ocean Bay Apartments, outdoors, between 353 Beach 54th St. and 363 Beach 54th St., Queens.

3:30 p.m. - Claudia Tenney, candidate for Congress in the 22nd District of New York, holds a press conference to announce an endorsement, Tenney’s campaign office, 1115 Upper Front St., Binghamton.

4 p.m. - Reps. Joe Crowley, Gregory Meeks, Carolyn Maloney, Charles Rangel, Hakeem Jeffries, Nydia Velázquez, Eliot Engel, and gun safety advocates hold rally continuing the cry for Congressional action on gun legislation that began yesterday when House Democrats staged sit-in, City Hall steps, Manhattan.

4 p.m. - Public Advocate James delivers remarks at the Fort Hamilton High School graduation, Brooklyn College, Whitman Theater, 2900 Bedford Ave., Brooklyn.

6:30 p.m. - Public Advocate James attends SSEU Local 371's Caribbean heritage celebration, DC37, 125 Barclay St., Manhattan.

7 p.m. and 10 p.m. - “Inside City Hall” features New York City Health Commissioner Dr. Mary Basset and the Reporters Roundtable featuring Josh Dawsey of The Wall Street Journal, Ben Max of Gotham Gazette, Jen Fermino of the New York Daily News, and Brigid Bergin of WNYC, Time Warner Cable News NY1.



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KICKER: “I think the governor should think very carefully about the fact that this city represents 43% of the population of the state, and is worthy of respect. He should respect this city. He should not try to undermine the efforts of this city.” - Mayor Bill de Blasio, via the Daily News.