First Read Tonight – October 19, 2017

WEATHER: Clear in New York City and mostly clear in Albany and Buffalo. New York City, low 56; Albany, low 49; Buffalo, low 49.



* Adult home care providers are urging Gov. Andrew Cuomo to sign a bill that would increase subsidies for those who house and care for seniors and adults with disabilities, but advocates say any subsidy boost should be tied to additional oversight measures, New York Nonprofit Media reports.

* A recent trip to Puerto Rico shined a light on how New Yorkers volunteering in the Hurricane Maria recovery efforts are helping uplift our brothers and sisters on the island, even amid chaos in Washington, New York City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer writes.



* A spokesman for Gov. Andrew Cuomo said state officials plan to review why regulators and others did not act after women involved with secretive group Nxivm reported that they had been branded with a cauterizing device or traumatized during an “experiment,” The New York Times reports.

* Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner ruled out a run for Congress on Thursday, after the term-limited Democrat had been considering a challenge to Rep. John Katko, but Miner has also been mentioned as a possible candidate for governor next year, the Times Union reports.

* The fire alarm system for New York City’s Second Avenue subway line has been offline since May 14, and the MTA has contracted fire safety professionals to act as a so-called 24-hour fire watch until the problem can be fixed, Politico New York reports.

* More than 21,000 young immigrants, many brought to the country illegally as children, did not submit their Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals status renewal applications before the Oct. 5 deadline set by President Donald Trump, the Daily News reports.

* A Harlem supportive housing project proposed by the Center for Urban Community Services is getting $7.7 million from the state to help build a 12-story, 117-unit building that will include 70 apartments for formerly homeless single adults and families, the Daily News reports.

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* Gov. Andrew Cuomo sent a letter to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, trying to woo Amazon with incentives for the tech titan to set up its second headquarters in the state, State of Politics reports. And a top state official defended not disclosing the tax breaks it’s offering to Amazon, Gannett Albany reports.

* State Sen. John DeFrancisco has hired HillEast Group, a Washington D.C. campaign consulting firm, as he explores the possibility of running for governor next year. The firm was founded by Brad Gentile, who worked as Katko’s chief of staff, the Syracuse Post-Standard reports.

* Local governments are losing out on revenue from water bills due to incorrect billing or inaccurate meters, an audit by state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli found, and the lost revenue was also blamed on broken pipes and water leaks, State of Politics reports.

* New York City Republican mayoral nominee Nicole Malliotakis said she finds it “unconscionable” that de Blasio won’t root for the Yankees, adding, “I believe that you’ll have two underdogs winning this year – the New York Yankees and Nicole Malliotakis,” the Daily News reports.


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Join us on October 19th at the celebratory breakfast awards as we recognize the accomplishments of our great group of honorees. The event will be keynoted by Commissioner Robert Linn of the Mayor’s Office of Labor Relations and the thought leadership panel discussion will feature: Bob Hennelly, Reporter at, The Chief Leader; Jane Lauer Barker, Partner at Pitta LLP; Senator Marisol Alcantara, Chair of the Senate Labor Committee; Jesse Campoamor, Senior Vice President at Capalino + Company and Joshua Freeman, Professor of History at The Murphy Institute. For more information and to RSVP, click here.




* Former President George W. Bush offered an unmistakable denunciation of President Donald Trump’s worldview on Thursday without mentioning the president by name, urging citizens to oppose threats to American democracy, “Bigotry in any form is blasphemy against the American creed,” Politico reports.

* U.S. Sen. John McCain and two Democratic senators will try to force Facebook, Google and other companies to disclose who is purchasing online political advertising, after revelations that Russian-linked operatives bought deceptive ads before the 2016 presidential election, the Times reports.

* Meeting with Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló at the White House, Trump said Puerto Rico faced a situation “worse than Katrina,” as he explained why he was rating his administration’s response to the hurricane as “a 10” out of 10, CNN reports.



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* Over the past decade, Long Island’s blacks, Hispanics and other minorities were far more likely than whites to be arrested and wind up behind bars for a group of crimes that experts say are the suburban equivalent of stop-and-frisk charges, according to part 1 and part 2 of a Newsday investigation.

* During nearly seven years in the Assembly, New York City Republican mayoral nominee Nicole Malliotakis earned a reputation for embracing unpopular stances in the Democrat-controlled chamber, the Times writes.

* As murder rates hover at historic lows, New York City police are looking to emerging technologies like phenotyping – using DNA to sketch what victims looked like – to help solve old cases, but some call it science fiction, the Times writes.

* New York City Council districts vary widely in the share of people who are active registered voters in each district – ranging from one voter per 1.37 people in Inwood to one voter per 3.17 people in Elmhurst/Jackson Heights, City Limits writes.



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7 p.m. and 10 p.m. – “Road to City Hall” airs, NY1.

8 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. – “Capital Tonight” features Oneida County District Attorney Scott McNamara, Upstate Jobs Party founder Martin Babinec and a recap of Thursday’s Assembly hearing on smart schools, Spectrum News.



7 p.m. – The Rangers host the Islanders, MSG.

8 p.m. – The Knicks visit the Oklahoma City Thunder, TNT.



8 a.m. – Assemblywoman Nily Rozic, New York City Councilman Barry Grodenchik and other local officials participate in a community outreach effort in recognition of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, 188th Street and Eastbound Horace Harding Expressway, Queens.

10 a.m. – New York City Councilman I. Daneek Miller, New York City Department of Transportation Commissioner Polly Trottenberg and state Sen. Leroy Comrie announce the completion of the Jamaica Avenue street resurfacing project, southeast corner of 175th St. and Jamaica Ave., Queens.

10 a.m. – Buzzfeed News’ “AM to DM” features New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio,

12 p.m. – State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli speaks at North Country Chamber of Commerce lunch and releases an economic profile of the region, Holiday Inn, 412 State Route 3, Plattsburgh.

7 p.m. – The Italian American Labor Council hosts its 76th Anniversary Four Freedoms Dinner Dance, featuring state Department of Labor Commissioner Roberta Reardon and Assemblyman Peter Abbate Jr., 55 Northern Blvd., Great Neck.


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