First Read - July 28, 2014

WEATHER: Rain likely in upstate New York. Partly sunny in downstate. New York City, high 82; Albany, high 76; Buffalo, high 65.



* Members of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's now defunct Moreland Commission are fuming at the governor for blaming his administration's interference with their work on infighting and the panel's lack of knowledge about state government, the Daily News’ Ken Lovett writes:

* Embattled state Sen. John Sampson is now being accused by a chief rival and election lawyers of using questionable, if not illegal, practices to finance his re-election campaign, the New York Post reports:

* JCOPE investigators have sought information from former Assemblyman Dennis Gabryszack about a female employee who was paid hundreds of dollars, but co-workers do not recall ever seeing her in his Albany district office, the Times Union’s James Odato reports:

 * The much-hyped Campbell Brown-backed lawsuit challenging the state’s teacher tenure law will be filed in Albany on Monday, the Times Union reports:

* Bill Samuels, a Democratic fundraiser and frequent critic of Cuomo, is backing the governor for reelection, Capital New York reports:

* New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer said the city’s pension funds posted a record high 17.4 percent return over the last year—and the city will save billions as a result, the Daily News writes:

* The Department of Education is phasing out unhealthy lunch and breakfast items containing high levels of sodium and fat—which it promised to ban from school menus over a year ago, the Post writes:

* After months of financial uncertainty surrounding the program, city officials are nearing a final agreement that would expand a bike-sharing program in New York City, The New York Times writes:  

* Relying on fresh evidence from tests conducted by the state DEC, wildlife and conservation groups are trying to ban a class of poisons used to kill rats in New York City that has been indiscriminately killing wildlife in places like Central Park, the Times writes:



* As tenure protections for teachers come under scrutiny nationwide, a look at recent disciplinary cases shows termination attempts often ended with fines, The Wall Street Journal reports:

* The Journal profiles Tim Wu, the Columbia Law School professor who is seeking to challenge Kathy Hochul, Cuomo’s running mate, for the lieutenant governor position:

* New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s plan to restore and build 200,000 affordable housing units in 10 years in East New York in Brooklyn will be a template for building affordable housing elsewhere, Newsday writes:



* New York City Police Department Commissioner Bill Bratton said he would not be surprised if federal authorities opened an investigation into the death of Eric Garner, a man who was placed in a possible chokehold by cops, the Post writes:

* Democratic gubernatorial candidate Zephyr Teachout is calling for a $10 billion expansion of the state’s stock transfer tax, a state law requiring the periodic revaluation of real estate and a ban on corporate campaign contributions, the Journal News reports:

* Victims of the 9/11 attacks and their families are entitled to big tax breaks, but many are missing out because the IRS isn’t telling them about the benefit, the Daily News writes:

* A New York City push to establish free Wi-Fi hotspots in business districts across all five boroughs was knocked offline by the abrupt insolvency of the program’s contractor, the Post reports:

* Cuomo was facing an erosion of support from voters in public opinion polls for several months before his administration acknowledged wielding influence with an anticorruption panel that had been billed as independent, the Journal reports:



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* The tax credit the state paid to get “The Tonight Show” to continuing filming in New York is an example of corporate welfare and the state has embraced the position of wooing celebrities and “glamour” industries at the expense of small businesses and ordinary workers, the Post writes:

* An obvious way to encourage more talented educators is to compensate teachers for excellence, rather than solely for seniority and advanced degrees, Chris Fazio, a Queens high school teacher, writes in the Daily News:

* Cuomo’s manipulation of the Moreland Commission on Public Corruption did serious harm to the cause of good government that he himself championed, the Times Union writes:



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* Gerson Borrero interviews two of the founders of the Young Lords - Mickey Meléndez and Pablo Guzmán – to discuss the renaming of 111th St. in East Harlem Young Lords Way in honor of their movement:, and Nancy Ayala, a church elder who tells a different story about the occupation of the First Spanish Methodist Church:

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CONGRATULATIONS: To Samara Barend, Senior Vice President and Development Director for AECOM Capital, on the birth of her daughter Pia Josephine Devlin.




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Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in Erie County and New York City.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is the city with no public schedule.

9:30 a.m. - Richard Ravitch discusses U.S. and New York infrastructure challenges, “Bob Herbert’s OP-ED.TV,” CUNY TV.  

10 a.m. Gov. Andrew Cuomo makes an announcement, Harriman Hall at University at Buffalo South Campus, Buffalo.

10 a.m. - Republican candidate for governor Rob Astorino and his running mate Chris Moss kick-off statewide tour calling on Gov. Cuomo to answer questions about the Moreland Commission, 321 Main St., Boehlert Transportation Center, Utica.

10:30 a.m. - State Senate candidate Adam Haber is endorsed by NARAL Pro-Choice New York and other women’s groups, Great Neck Chamber of Commerce, 1 Middle Neck Rd., Great Neck.

11:30 a.m. - The Suffolk County Republican Committee holds its Annual Golf Invitational, Baiting Hollow Golf Club, 100 Club Drive, Baiting Hollow.

12 p.m. - Astorino and Moss hold press conference, Onondaga County GOP Headquarters, 321, W. Onondaga St., Syracuse.

12 p.m. - Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan holds press conference with representatives of the Food Pantries and partner organization KeyBank to announce details for a Citywide food drive initiative, Albany City Hall Rotunda, 24 Eagle St., Albany.

12:30 p.m. - Elected officials including Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, Rep. Grace Meng and Rep. Elliot Engel hold press conference with Jewish leaders to show support for Israel’s right to defend itself, Dag Hammarskjold Plaza, 1st Ave. and 47th St., Manhattan.

1 p.m. - New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer speaks at JCRC-NY community-wide rally for Israel, Dag Hammarskjold Plaza, 47th St. and 2nd Ave., Manhattan.

1:45 p.m. - Astorino and Moss hold press conference, Monroe County GOP headquarters, 300 State St., Rochester.

3:45 p.m - Astorino and Moss hold press conference, Erie County GOP headquarters, 715 Main St., Suite 102, Buffalo.

6 p.m. - Downtown Independent Democrats meet to endorse Zephyr Teachout for governor, 10 Bleecker St., Apt. 6-C, Manhattan.

7 p.m. - Stringer speaks at Martin Luther King Jr. concert series, Wingate Park, Winthrop St. and Kingston Ave., Brooklyn.

8 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. – Capital Tonight features U.S. Congressman Paul Tonko and Michael Seilback from the American Lung Association, Time Warner Cable News.



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KICKER: “I feel like an amateur in a professional’s game.” – Tim Wu, challenger to Kathy Hochul for lieutenant governor, via the Journal.