First Read – May 26, 2017

WEATHER: Rain likely across the state. New York City, high 75; Albany, high 62; Buffalo, high 59.



* New York City Deputy Mayor Alicia Glen and Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul – two of the most powerful women in city and state government – addressed the audience at City & State’s State of NY Women forum Thursday.

* By passing Raise the Age legislation, the state is finally recognizing that age-appropriate consequences will play an important role in stemming the school-to-prison pipeline, writes Olinka Crusoe.

* Were special election victors Brian Benjamin or Christine Pellegrino the biggest winners this week? Did anyone have a worse week than Lorraine Cortés-Vázquez, Josh Mohrer or Jeff Klein and John Flanagan? Vote here!



* The city's next Correction Department commissioner could be Dan Pacholke, a former prison boss from Washington state who resigned after 3,000 inmates were mistakenly released, the Daily News reports.

* In the Bronx this week, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio sometimes had trouble getting out of his own way, living up to his reputation for being chronically late and not smoothly slipping into the smaller tasks that go with being mayor, Politico New York reports.

* Sinking Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s “Buy American” policy provision was such a priority for Canada that two of its provinces pooled money to hire Bolton-St. Johns, the well-known Albany lobbying firm managed by the father of Cuomo’s top aide, Melissa DeRosa, the Daily News writes.

* A scuffle broke out as protesters – including right-wing provocateurs Pam Geller and Milo Yiannopoulos, as well as Assemblyman Dov Hikind – rallied against a CUNY school for picking civil rights activist Linda Sarsour as its commencement speaker, the Daily News writes.

* Univision joins AT&T, Coca-Cola, Corona, Goya Foods and the New York Yankees in withdrawing from the National Puerto Rican Day Parade after organizers decided to honor FALN leader Oscar López Rivera, the New York Post reports.

* More news below …



By Andy Pallotta, President, New York State United Teachers
Charter school chains are rare in most parts of New York State.  So why do Republican state senators provide millions of dollars in state aid to the charter sector; money that could benefit their own local schools? Maybe it has something to do with the huge sums that pro-charter billionaires have lavished on Republican office-holders. Read more here.



* The Guardian Angels announced plans for a community-based approach across Brentwood, Central Islip and North Bay Shore to help “extract the cancer” that is the MS-13 gang plaguing the area, Newsday reports.

* The abrupt resignation of a New Jersey Republican as co-chair of the House's center-leaning Tuesday Group gives U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik a potentially louder megaphone for voicing concerns about Republicans' increasingly conservative tilt on Capitol Hill, the Times Union writes.

* The state agency which helps oversee student loan financing, approved the final regulations for the Excelsior Scholarship program, which will eventually provide free SUNY or CUNY tuition to families earning up to $125,000 per year, the Times Union writes.

* New York City mayoral candidate Bo Dietl can’t even vote for himself in the city’s September primary, after a judge found he failed to properly register for either major party, the Post writes.


Two out of three New York voters 50-plus expect to provide care for a loved one in the next five years.  How will we support them?  AARP members want to see New York City increase funding for caregiver services to meet their needs.  We need Mayor de Blasio to baseline funding for these programs in 2018.  Click to learn more about prioritizing support for caregivers and services to help New Yorkers age at home.





* Six weeks before Amtrak’s track work at New York Penn Station is set to start, Cuomo has waded into the mess and positioned himself as the fixer, but to pull off this rescue, he needs a strong follow-through, Newsday writes.

* Cuomo doesn’t merit all the blame for years of neglected maintenance now “coming home to roost” at New York Penn Station, but it shouldn’t have taken more than six years to get him to notice, the Post writes.

* Cuomo made a terrific pick when he selected Manhattan state Supreme Court Justice Rolando Acosta to be presiding justice of the First Department Appellate Division, overseeing Manhattan and Bronx cases, the Daily News writes.

* The Albany Police Department’s move to outfit officers with body cameras affirms its commitment to community relations at a time when some want to move in a less constructive direction, the Times Union writes.



Shockingly, New Yorkers have no right to clean drinking water and fresh air. Contamination in communities from Long Island to Hoosick Falls to Buffalo prove how desperately we need this right. EffectiveNY strongly supports a state Constitutional Amendment that would upgrade our environmental protections and safeguard our health. The Assembly has already passed this important amendment. Now it's up to the Senate. Tell your local Senator to support S5287, New York's Environmental Bill of Rights.




* U.S. Rep. Nydia Velázquez, who was born in Puerto Rico and now represents parts of Brooklyn, Manhattan and Queens, joined the New York Slant podcast to talk about the island’s future, whether statehood could fix its financial problems and why she’ll be marching in the National Puerto Rican Day Parade.



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HAPPY BIRTHDAY: Today, to Eric Wollman, former deputy director in the New York City Comptroller's Office Bureau of Asset Management … to New York City Councilwoman Margaret Chin … to Sean Crowley, partner at Davidoff Hutcher & Citron LLP … to Warren Schreiber, co-president of the Presidents Co-op & Condo Council and president of the Bay Terrace Community Alliance … to Adam Forman, associate policy director in the New York City Comptroller’s office … on Saturday, to Arthur “Jerry” Kremer, founder of Empire Government Strategies and former Assemblyman … to former New York City Councilman Lew Fidler … to Assemblywoman Michaelle Solages … to Lawrence Scherer, co-founder and partner of State & Broadway … and on Sunday, to Ian Siegel, senior project manager at Salmar Properties LLC … to Edward Ambrosino, attorney at Rivkin Radler LLP … to former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani … to Joe Bonilla, managing partner for Relentless Awareness … to former New York City Council candidate Deirdre Feerick … to Kristen Mucitelli-Heath, director of regional health initiatives at St Joseph's Hospital Health Center … to David Lobl, special assistant for community affairs in the Cuomo administration … and to Lisanne Altmann, major account executive at PSEG Long Island.


MOVING ON: At Citizen Action of New York, Jessica Wisneski has been named deputy director, Rosemary Rivera is now statewide director of organizing and training, and Charlie Albanetti has been appointed managing director.


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Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in Boston, Massachusetts, and Providence, Rhode Island, with no public schedule.

10 a.m. – New York City Councilman Ben Kallos and city Department of Sanitation Commissioner Kathryn Garcia unveil hundreds of new trash cans purchased with funds from Kallos, northeast corner of E. 86th Street and Second Avenue, Manhattan.

10 a.m. – The Brian Lehrer Show” features astrophysicist Neil DeGrasse Tyson and James Forman Jr., a law professor at Yale Law School, WNYC.

11 a.m. – New York City Deputy Mayor of Health and Human Services Herminia Palacio, Department of Social Services Commissioner Steven Banks, Assemblyman Marcos Crespo and others make an announce about ending the use of cluster apartments as shelters for the homeless, 1105 Morrison Ave., Bronx.

11:30 a.m. – New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and state Sen. Jeff Klein discuss the Senior Citizen Homeowner Exemption, Bronx House Weinberg, Neighborhood Senior Center, 990 Pelham Parkway S., Bronx.

12 p.m. – Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer and other elected officials attend the memorial ceremony for New York Court of Appeals Associate Judge Sheila Abdus-Salaam, Cathedral of St. John the Divine, 1047 Amsterdam Ave., Manhattan.

1 p.m.De Blasio, city Parks and Recreation Commissioner Mitchell Silver, Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, Bronx Borough President Rubén Díaz Jr. and local officials deliver remarks to celebrate the opening weekend of New York City’s beaches, Orchard Beach, Bronx.

1 p.m. – Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer speaks at a USA-Mali Charitable Association of New York event, Washington Square Park, Manhattan.

1:30 p.m. – State Sen. Marisol Alcántara, advocacy organizations and residents of Bridge Tower Apartments release a report highlighting Manhattan’s asthma epidemic, 260 Audubon Ave., Manhattan.

2 p.m. – U.S. Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, state Sen. Bill Larkin hold a flag ceremony for a 100-year-old World War II veteran, Chester Volunteer Fire Department, 81 Main St., Chester.

7 p.m. – Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul speaks at the reopening of the village of Hamburg playground, 107 Prospect Ave., Hamburg.

7:30 p.m.De Blasio delivers remarks, Riverdale Jewish Center, 3700 Independence Ave., Bronx.

7:30 p.m. – Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer speaks at the Theater for the New City’s Lower East Side Festival of the Arts, 155 First Ave., Manhattan.



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KICKER: "Business isn't bad. Except today, they had the streets blocked off for some reason." – Bronx bakery manager Charles Lalima, on de Blasio’s small business trip to Arthur Avenue in the Bronx, but the mayor didn’t take the hint, via Politico New York.