First Read - October 21, 2016
WEATHER: Drizzle downstate, a chance of rain in Albany and showers in Western New York. New York City, high 75; Albany, high 69; Buffalo, high 53.
FROM CITY & STATE:
* From the the presidential debate to a spat over the state’s pension fund to the ongoing Bridgegate trial, politicians are putting politics above the people – but there will always be Winners & Losers to put them in their place.
NEW THIS MORNING:
* Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano, his wife and Oyster Bay Town Supervisor John Venditto were arrested and charged with trading government contracts and favors for free vacations, a no-show job as a food taster and other bribes, The New York Times reports.
* Trial testimony and sources said New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie repeatedly called Gov. Andrew Cuomo as the Bridgegate scandal unfolded and complained New York officials were too aggressive in attempting to uncover what happened,The Wall Street Journal reports.
* Independent expenditure committees have spent $5.42 million in this year’s state Senate general elections and supported candidates from both major parties at similar rates, with education groups dominating the spending, Politico New York reports.
* Republican Rep. John Katko, who represents a district that elected a Democrat in 2008 and 2012, has increased his lead over his Democratic challenger Colleen Deacon to 23 points, according to a Time Warner Cable News/Siena College poll.
* A complaint filed by state GOP Chairman Ed Cox with the state Board of Elections focuses on Bob Master, of Communication Workers of America District 1, and calls for curbing the spending of an independent expenditure committee he runs, the Times Union reports.
* More news below …
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* The state Board of Elections received one of its periodic “cyber hygiene” reports last week to ensure its trove of voter registration data is secure from hackers, and officials said the site was secure, the Times Union reports.
* State Inspector General Catherine Leahy Scott released a report saying the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities was saddled with “systemic mismanagement” that failed to stop caregivers from stealing from the disabled,the Times Union reports.
* While acknowledging its failure to update New York City Council members on massive Sandy recovery overruns and meet repair deadlines, Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration said it failed and would do better, the Journal reports.
* De Blasio is the only top elected New York official who has declined to reimburse taxpayers for his personal and political use of vehicles, including a helicopter trip last month, the Post reports.
* Jeff Dupee, a point person for the de Blasio administration on animal issues, said City Hall supported a bill that would ban wild and exotic animal performances in the five boroughs, which could stop circus shows, the Daily News reports.
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NEW YORK SLANT:
* Donald Trump's outbursts have obscured the fact that his nativist populist messaging and fear-mongering could easily be co-opted by a savvier version of himself in future elections, Richard Brodsky writes.
* Former New York City Council Speaker and prominent Hillary Clinton surrogate Christine Quinn joins this week’s Slant Podcast to discuss the sexual assault allegations against Donald Trump and her take on solving the city’s homeless problem.
* Newsday writes that Mangano and Venditto should resign because they can’t fulfill their duties as they contend with federal charges of corruption, which Newsweek calls stunning “only in the pettiness of the gifts allegedly taken.”
* The Daily News writes that the complaint against Mangano contains “alleged crimes of abominable audacity” and urges Mangano and Venditto to resign and give the Long Island government a chance to clean itself up.
* The Times writes that following a NYPD sergeant fatally shooting Deborah Danner, New York City should send mental-health professionals with officers in responding to calls like the one police received about Danner and should complete related cop trainings.
* The Post writes that de Blasio and NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill moved “awfully fast” to fault a sergeant in the fatal shooting of a Bronx woman, and their duty isn’t to feed the media beast, but to wait until they have all the facts in hand.
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THE PRESIDENTIAL RACE:
* Attendees at the Al Smith dinner, a charity event where political speakers traditionally make lighthearted jokes, booed GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump when he bluntly criticized his Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton, the Daily News reports.
* For the first time Clinton emerged as the advocate for women whom many liberal women had been longing for with her answers to questions of abortion atWednesday night’s debate, the New York Times reports.
* At a rally on Thursday, Trump pledged that he would accept the results of the election only if he wins, doubling down on his refusal to say he’d participate in a peaceful transfer of power, the Daily News writes.
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8:30 a.m. - Lieutenant Gov. Kathy Hochul delivers remarks during Nassau Council of Chambers of Commerce awards breakfast, Crest Hollow Country Club, 8325 Jericho Turnpike, Woodbury.
9 a.m. - Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer speaks at the Silicon Harlem 3rd annual Next Gen Tech & Innovation conference, MIST Harlem, 46 W. 116th St., Manhattan.
9:30 a.m. - New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito speaks at the National Conversation on Women’s Rights and Gender Equality, National Archives, Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House, 1 Bowling Green, Manhattan.
10 a.m. - New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio appears live on WNYC. Listen here.
10 a.m. - New York City Councilman Eric Ulrich holds public demonstration to protest New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio's homeless policies, City Hall steps, Manhattan.
10 a.m. - The New York City Council Committee on Public Safety holds a public meeting, Council Chambers, City Hall, Manhattan.
10 a.m. - The New York City Council Committee on Immigration holds a public oversight hearing on coordinating multi-agency support for immigrant families, Committee Room, City Hall, Manhattan.
10 a.m. - New York state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli releases new report on state farm-to-school initiatives at the Gov. George Clinton Elementary School in Poughkeepsie, Gov. George Clinton Elementary School, 100 Montgomery St., Poughkeepsie.
11 a.m. - The #bFair2DirectCare coalition and supporters hold rally in front of the #bFair2DirectCare electronic billboard in Times Square to highlight the need for the state to cover the cost of paying direct service providers a living wage, Times Square, billboard on 7th Avenue and 47th Street, Manhattan.
11 a.m. - Rep. Nydia Velazquez, the Brooklyn Historical Society, the Brooklyn Heights Association, National Parks Service, Landmarks Preservation Commission and community members host event to celebrate fifty years of Brooklyn Heights’ designation as a National Historic Landmark and as New York City’s first Historic District, Brooklyn Historical Society, 128 Pierrepont St., Brooklyn.
11:15 a.m. - Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino endorses Julie Killian for the 37th state Senate seat, Killian’s Yonkers campaign headquarters, 1043 Yonkers Ave., Yonkers.
12 p.m - New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer delivers remarks at the Silicon Harlem 3rd annual Next Gen Tech & Innovation conference, MIST Harlem, 46 W. 116th St., Manhattan.
1 p.m. - NYS GOP Chairman Ed Cox and Erie County GOP Chair Nick Langworthy discuss final stretch of the 2016 election, 715 Main St., Suite 102, Buffalo.
1 p.m. - State Sen. Jesse Hamilton and supporters hold press conference for kickoff and tour of “the Campus,” the first technology and wellness hub at a public housing site in the United States, P.S. 298/Brownsville Collaborative Middle School, Auditorium, 85 Watkins St., Brooklyn.
6:30 p.m. - Mark-Viverito attends the Ali Forney Place at the Table Gala fundraiser, Capitale, 130 Bowery, Manhattan.
7 p.m. - Brewer speaks at Diwali Dinner hosted by the Consul General of India, Consulate General of India, 3 East 64th St., Manhattan
8 p.m. - Public Advocate Letitia James receives the Distinguished Public Service Award at the Mt. Sinai United Christian Church's 30th Pastoral Anniversary Banquet, Hilton Garden Inn, 1100 South Avenue, Staten Island.
7 p.m. – The Republican Assembly Campaign Committee holds a fundraiser, New York Wine & Culinary Center, 800 S. Main St., Canandaigua.
10 a.m. – Bertha Lewis, president of The Black Institute, and Doug Forand, senior partner at Red Horse Strategies, appear on Effective Radio with Bill Samuels, AM970.
2 p.m. - The Campaign for Alternatives to Isolated Confinement hold speak out to highlight those in solitary confinement and call on Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the state Legislature to pass the Humane Alternatives to Long Term (HALT) Solitary Confinement Act (A. 4401 / S. 2659), 10 Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn.
11 a.m. - The Coalition for Asthma-Free Housing, New York City Councilwoman Rosie Mendez and supporters hold a press conference to call for passage of the Asthma-Free Housing Act of 2016 (Intro 385B), 225 E. 14th St., Manhattan.
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KICKER: “It’s ridiculous, but I can’t say any more. I’m going to tell you this — going to continue to govern, going to go to work, America’s the greatest country in the world, and you’ll all have an opportunity to hear everything, and decide for yourselves.” - Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano on his arrest on federal corruption charges, via The New York Times.