First Read - July 27, 2015

WEATHER: Sunny in Western New York, chance of showers and thunderstorms in the rest of the state. New York City, high 82; Albany, high 85; Buffalo, high 84. 



* Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s recent lobbying of New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito against de Blasio’s bill to cap Uber growth may have cultivated a new friendship, the Daily News’ Ken Lovett reports:

* Cuomo made a “major tactical blunder’’ last week by vowing to go all-out to win the state Senate seat left vacant by the conviction of Tom Libous on a corruption-related charge, a top Republican tells the Post’s Fred Dicker:

* New York Republican Rep. Chris Gibson hinted he may run for governor in 2018, when Cuomo is up for reelection, and said he would make opposition to gun control a core issue of his campaign, the Daily News reports:

* U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer pushed to step up federal funding for technology to stop drunken-driving-related deaths, a week after four women were killed in a Long Island crash authorities say was fueled by alcohol, The Wall Street Journal reports:

* The results of several dozen standardized tests taken by third graders at a sought-after public elementary school in Harlem have been invalidated amid allegations of testing improprieties by the school’s principal, The New York Times reports:

* New York City Council candidate Rebecca Lynch hired a registered sex offender—who is also a convicted crack dealer—to go door-to-door for her to collect the signatures she needs to run for office, the Post writes:

* After facing challenges, two new sections of the Brooklyn Bridge Park are set to open in August, one a floral meadow on Pier 6, the other a reminder of the area’s industrial past, the Times writes:



* The Times profiles how New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer has sought to build a broader reputation for himself as a self-described social justice advocate, within the confines of a staid role:



After 15 years of analysis and debate, Plan 2014’s approval has been mired in Washington gridlock for over a year, despite its broad bipartisan support. Plan 2014 will restore 64,000 acres of Lake Ontario and St. Lawrence River wetlands, reversing decades of damage with a modern water management system. Beaches will be restored; hunting, angling and tourism industries will improve; and clean hydropower production will increase. Tell Governor Cuomo to break the gridlock now:




* It is Cuomo’s responsibility to lead the way on maintaining the transportation systems—subways, buses, commuter rail lines and bridges and tunnels—that keep the New York City region in motion, the Daily News writes:

* The Journals’ L. Gordon Crovitz argues why de Blasio failed to curtail Uber, saying a tipping point is in sight where big-government politicians can no longer deprive consumers of new choice made possible by technology:

* The Empire Center for Public Policy’s Ken Girardin in the Post writes that gelled propane fracking in the Southern Tier could revive the hydrofracking debate and could generate more wealth for the area than a casino:

* The Cato Institute’s Walter Olson in the Post writes that state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has gained a place on the national stage with a series of high-profile settlements not limited to a city constituency:



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* Jeremy Travis, president of John Jay College of Criminal Justice, discusses Cuomo's executive order for a special prosecutor in cases of police killings of civilians and the national effort by police to regain the trust of the communities:



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HAPPY BIRTHDAY: To Joshua Goodman, a senior associate at SKDKnickerbocker … to John DeLibero, director of public relations at LendLease … to Assemblyman and New York City Council candidate Joe Borelli … to Matthew Daus, former transportation practice group chair at the law firm Windels Marx … and to Huma Abedin, personal aide to presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.


MOVING ON: Connie Ress has left the Department of Consumer Affairs as head of communications and marketing and is now at the Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment as associate commissioner of marketing and communications … Karina Cabreraof U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand's office has joined the White House as director of congressional outreach and recruitment in the Presidential Personnel Office.



NY Veterans and Military Special Issue!

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8:30 a.m. - The Fast Food Wage Board meets, Department of Labor, 75 Varick St., Manhattan, and connected via video conference to 290 Main St., Regional Office Conference Room, Buffalo, SEIU, and 1800 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Room 8045, Washington, D.C.

9:30 a.m. - SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher participates in a panel discussion moderated by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan on “Serving Students and Accelerating Innovation: A Vision for the Future of Higher Education,” University of Maryland Baltimore College, Performing Arts & Humanities Building, Proscenium Theatre, 1000 Hilltop Circle, Baltimore, Maryland.

9:45 a.m. - U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer joins AT&T and New York University to present prizes for the winning technologies in the “Connect Ability” Challenge, Federal Hall National Memorial, 26 Wall St., Manhattan.

9:45 a.m. - New York City Schools Chancellor Carmen Farina delivers remarks at GE Foundation’s 2015 Summer STEM Conference, 1700 Epcot Resorts Blvd., Lake Buena Vista, Florida.

10 a.m. - Schumer joins AT&T and New York University to present prizes for the winning technologies in the ‘Connect Ability’ Challenge, a competition aimed at driving awareness of technological solutions to help millions in the disabled community, Federal Hall National Memorial, 26 Wall St., Manhattan.

10:45 a.m. - New York City Public Advocate Letitia James speaks at a press conference with Rep. Steve Israel calling for review of security measures at reserve bases, 422 Weaver Ave., Bayside.

11 a.m. - State Sen. Martin Golden holds his 13th Annual Golf Outing fundraiser, Wiltwyck Golf Club, Kingston.

11 a.m. - The Capitol Pressroom features Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, Rep. Chris Gibson and John Kaehny, executive director of Reinvent Albany, WCNY.

12 p.m. - New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito host a press conference to make an announcement, American Museum of Natural History, Central Park West at 79th Street, Manhattan.

12 p.m. – Margaret Cunzio launches her candidacy for Westchester County legislator with Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino, state Sen. Terrence Murphy and others, Mt. Pleasant Town Hall, One Town Hall Plaza, Valhalla.

1:15 p.m. – State Sen. Terrence Murphy joins local officials to call for legislation to improve railroad grade crossing safety, gazebo next to the Katonah Train Station, 70 Katonah Ave., Katonah.

2:30 p.m. - Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Vice President Joe Biden make a major infrastructure announcement, Sheraton New York, Metropolitan Ballroom, 811 7th Avenue at 53rd Street, Manhattan.   

5:30 p.m. – The Contracts Committee of the Panel for Educational Policy holds a public meeting, Tweed Courthouse, 52 Chambers St., Manhattan.

6:30 p.m. - New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer attends The Martin Luther King Jr. Concert: Morris Day and the Time, Wingate Field, Brooklyn.

7 p.m. and 10 p.m. - Inside City Hall features an Americans with Disabilities Act panel, Randy Mastro, and consultants Suri Kasirer, Jonathan Greenspun, Jessica Proud, and Jon Reinish, Time Warner Cable News NY1.



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KICKER: “The governor’s prestige is going to be on the line in this election, where he picked one of his own cronies as the candidate without even consulting the people of the Senate district. That’s, of course, how Cuomo works. He’s got to control everything.” – New York GOP Chairman Ed Cox, on Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s support of a Democrat to replace Tom Libous’ empty state Senate seat, via the Post.