First Read Tonight – September 19, 2017

WEATHER: Showers likely in New York City, a slight chance of showers in Albany and partly cloudy in Buffalo. New York City, low 68; Albany, low 64; Buffalo, low 63.



* Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis is ready to fight for her shot to become mayor of New York City, but if history is any indication, her residence may be the biggest obstacle she faces if she is to become the first mayor from Staten Island.



* New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and three members of Congress were arrested protesting outside Trump Tower on Tuesday for protections for young immigrants threatened by an order from President Donald Trump, the Daily News reports.

* New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration released its fourth annual Mayor’s Management Report, giving New Yorkers nearly a full four-year term’s worth of data about how the city is performing in the de Blasio era, Politico New York reports.

* The man driving the charter bus that collided with a New York City bus in Queens on Monday morning, killing three people and injuring 16, was fired from his job as an MTA bus driver in 2015 after getting into a car crash in Connecticut and fleeing the scene, The New York Times reports.

* After a lengthy debate, a majority of commissioners on the Joint Commission on Public Ethics, the state’s lobbying and ethics watchdog, again found on Tuesday that the New York Civil Liberties Union must disclose the donors to its state lobbying efforts, the Times Union reports.

* Attorneys general from 41 states across the country are working together on a comprehensive investigation into the opioid crisis, state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced, State of Politics reports.

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* Evan Davis, a former counsel to Gov. Mario Cuomo who had been pursuing legal action against the state Board of Elections over the placement of the state constitutional convention referendum, withdrew his suit following the board’s agreement to highlight the issue on the ballot, State of Politics reports.

* A study by Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration of New York’s colleges and universities found most schools are “significantly compliant” with the state’s law to protect students from sexual assault on campus, but many schools have concerns to address, State of Politics reports.

* An undercover NYPD officer mistakenly tackled James Blake “like an NFL linebacker” during a botched arrest two years ago that left the retired tennis pro shaken up and “embarrassed,” the athlete and prosecutors said at Officer James Frascatore’s administrative trial, the New York Post reports.

* A Staten Island EMS officer transferred from his stationhouse after a scandal erupted involving a noose and a racist, hate-filled letter targeting a black paramedic filed a lawsuit against the FDNY on Tuesday to stop the move, the Daily News reports.

* New York City will open a drop-in shelter in Jamaica, Queens, for LGBTQ youth as part of a $4.8 million initiative to expand services for gay and gender-noncomforming kids and teens, Patch reports.


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* President Donald Trump’s bellicose speech to the U.N. drew a series of good-versus-evil lines that forecast confrontations to come as he vowed to “totally destroy North Korea” if it threatened the U.S. and denounced the nuclear agreement with Iran, the Times reports.

* House Speaker Paul Ryan and the White House have informed U.S. Senate Republican leaders that they oppose a bipartisan plan to stabilize Obamacare that’s being written in the Senate, a clear bid to boost the Senate’s prospects of repealing the health care law, Politico reports.

* Trump’s nominee to be ambassador to Russia, Jon Huntsman Jr., was unequivocal in calling out Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election at a U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing, CQ Roll Call reports.



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* This was to be a year of celebration for New York’s booming gambling industry, with gleaming new casinos opening, but the reality has been far less glamorous, with underwhelming returns and evidence of industry cannibalization, the Times reports.

* There are 10 different projects – two in each borough – that could radically alter the way that New Yorkers get around, from the practical (ferry service from the Bronx) to the pie in the sky (aerial gondolas), Curbed New York reports.



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7 p.m. and 10 p.m. – “Road to City Hall” features the NY1 Wise Guys, NY1.

8 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. – “Capital Tonight” features Rep. John Faso and the political insiders, Spectrum News.



7:05 p.m. – The Yankees host the Minnesota Twins, YES.

7:10 p.m. – The Mets visit the Miami Marlins, SNY.



9 a.m. – Members of the Release Aging People in Prison campaign hold a rally in advance of the New York City Council’s hearing in support of The CARE Act, City Hall steps, Manhattan.

9 a.m. – Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. speaks at the ceremony renaming the Morris Heights Post Office for Dr. Roscoe Brown, 2024 Jerome Ave., Bronx.

9:30 a.m. – Department of Consumer Affairs Commissioner Lorelei Salas releases the State of Workers’ Rights report, followed by a roundtable discussion with advocacy groups, worker organizations and labor unions, City Hall, Manhattan.

10 a.m. – The New York City Council Committee on Juvenile Justice meets, 250 Broadway, 14th floor committee room, Manhattan.

10 a.m. – The New York City Council Committee on Aging meets, City Hall Committee Room, Manhattan.

10 a.m. – The New York City Council Committee on Education meets, City Hall Council Chambers, Manhattan.

10:30 a.m. – New York City independent mayoral candidate Bo Dietl holds a press conference with the Reform Party’s Curtis Sliwa and Frank Morano to discuss the campaign’s focus and real reform platform, outside City Hall, Manhattan.

11 a.m. – Toxics Targeting Inc. holds a news conference releasing photos of algal blooms threatening the sources of public drinking water for residents of Syracuse, Auburn, Rochester, Ithaca and other communities across New York, state Capitol, third floor, adjoining the Legislative Correspondents Association Press Room, Albany.

1 p.m. – The New York City Council Committee on Cultural Affairs, Libraries and International Intergroup Relations meets, City Hall, Council Chambers, Manhattan.

1 p.m. – The New York City Council Committee on Technology meets, 250 Broadway, 14th floor, Manhattan.

2 p.m. – The New York City Department of Transportation holds a public hearing, 55 Water St., ninth floor, Manhattan.

5:30 p.m. – The New York City Commission on Human Rights hosts a panel to highlight the work of public servants of Afro-Caribbean descent, featuring New York Commission on Human Rights Deputy Commissioner Brittny Saunders, state Sen. Roxanne Persaud and other city officials, Medgar Evers College’s Edison O. Jackson Auditorium, 1650 Bedford Ave., Brooklyn.

6:30 p.m. – City Limits hosts its 2017 Gala, Pier A Harbor House, 22 Battery Place, Manhattan.


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