First Read - May 1, 2015

WEATHER: Mostly sunny in Western New York. Cloudy in the Capital Region and a slight chance of showers in New York City. New York City, high 60; Albany, high 66; Buffalo, high 67.  


WINNERS & LOSERS: Next week there are two special elections in New York City, but in the meantime, we have our own ballot of winners and losers—and everyone is allowed to vote:

FIRST READ ON THE WEEKEND: City & State is excited to announce the expansion of First Read to the weekend, bringing you the latest news, opinions, and a selection of the week's top audio and visual interviews:



* Mayor Bill de Blasio offered a spirited defense of law enforcement, brushing off concerns that Freddie Gray demonstrators were mistreated even as he insisted on his own commitment to reform, The New York Times reports:

* A National Action Network official said Rev. Al Sharpton met with de Blasio to criticize the allegedly heavy-handed response to protests and said the mayor “submitted” to getting answers, the Observer reports:

* Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he has “no reason to second guess” the NYPD following the arrests of more than 140 anti-police brutality protesters and offered a full-throated defense of the police, the Observer writes:

* Police Commissioner William Bratton said he is “doubling down” on his defense of the NYPD’s quality-of-life policing, but he is open to easing consequences for first-time offenders, The Wall Street Journal reports:

* James Weimer Jr., the school board majority’s choice for superintendent of the Buffalo Public Schools, backed away from the job after a contentious public meeting Wednesday, The Buffalo News reports:

* Former state Sen. Mark Grisanti was nominated by Cuomo for a State Court of Claims judgeship, one of 14 nominees who will be considered by a state Senate committee on Tuesday in Albany, The Buffalo News writes:

* In a step toward transforming East New York, Brooklyn, de Blasio will announce the start of a public review process that will set the stage for the neighborhood to be redeveloped by early 2016, the Daily News writes:

*  The Independent Budget Office estimates a New York City Council bill that proposes giving restaurant-style letter grades to city nail salons would cost the city as much as $7.2 million annually, the Daily News reports:

* Port Authority officials made their most confident predictions yet that the long-delayed overhaul of an aging terminal at La Guardia Airport would take a key step forward within the month, the Journal writes:

* An Inspector General’s audit found that MTA contractors could easily fabricate their use of women and minority-owned subcontracting companies because agency higher-ups failed to provide any oversight, the Post reports:



A Message from High Achievement New York: Teacher Pat Sprinkle, New York Urban League President Arva Rice, parents Katherine Marrow and Basilio Areizaga are each supporting the 1 million children across New York State taking the English Language Arts and Math assessments aligned to higher standards. The tests make up less than one percent of a student's time in school each year. Listen to why they believe these assessments will provide a better future for every child in New York, no matter where they come from. Click here to listen.  




* The Public Service Commission’s failure to conduct a comprehensive review of overlapping cable, wireless, land line and “fiber-to-the-premises” technologies is inexcusable and a public disservice, the Times Union writes:

* Manhattan Institute fellow Steve Malanga in the Post writes how the state government’s predictable efforts at state-sponsored capitalism have chronically produced underwhelming results in upstate New York:

* The Daily News writes that Bratton has proved that “broken windows” policing has reduced all crime and critics who would repeal it would end what is probably the most effective innovation in the history of policing:



Moments of silence and reflection are the order of the day all over the United States including here in New York State as we recognize Workers’ Memorial Day. As we pause to remember and pay tribute to those who have lost their lives on the job or who have been injured or made sick, let’s ensure workplace safety remains a priority now and into the future for all working men and women.




* Judi Kende, vice president and New York market leader for Enterprise Community Partners, discusses the green housing initiatives in the city, what she'd like to see in the updated PlaNYC program, and the future of NYCHA: 



WHO’S HIRING: To advertise your employment opportunities in City & State First Read, or call 646-442-1662.  

Communications Specialist – Long Island Region, CSEA

Starting salary $53,481

Description:  New York’s leading union, is seeking resumes for a Communications Specialist based in our Long Island Region office in Commack, NY. The multi-faceted position works with the staff and leadership of the union to advance strategic communication objectives with various audiences, including the membership, news media, public policy makers and the general public.

Further Info: To view the full job description and apply, please visit:

Press Secretary, New York City Department of Small Business Services

Description: The New York City Department of Small Business Services (SBS), a dynamic and client-centered agency, seeks a Press Secretary who will ensure that the agency’s objectives and achievements are communicated efficiently and effectively to the media. The Press Secretary will represent SBS and key messages to the media, and work with senior leadership across the agency to proactively achieve positive press coverage of Agency activity. Journalism or public relations background in NYC is preferred.

Further Info: For more information and to apply, go  and search for Job ID: 187143. Or email a resume and cover letter to,subject line Press Secretary.


Senior Auditor, NYC Business Integrity Commission

The Business Integrity Commission (“BIC”) has oversight of the private carting industry, wholesalers and businesses operating in the designated public wholesale markets, and shipboard gambling.  The BIC seeks a Senior Auditor to conduct in-depth forensic examination and analysis of complex and sophisticated financial records and recordkeeping systems.

Further Info: To view the full job description and apply, please visit:


Environmental Analyst, The NYC Independent Budget Office

Description: Seeking an experienced budget and policy analyst for its environmental portfolio, including responsibility for examining the programs and funding of the city’s departments of Parks and Recreation, Sanitation, and Environmental Protection, as well as broader environmental and sustainability issues. A successful candidate must be self-motivated, a critical and rigorous analyst  of public policy questions, able to write clearly about complex policies, and have advanced quantitative and policy analytic skills. Commitment to impartial examination of public policies and spending is essential. Experience with large datasets and SAS (or similar statistical software) is preferred. Salary range $52,000-$65,000, depending upon experience.

Further Info: Send cover letter and resume by May 8, 2015to: or fax to 212-442-0350. No phone calls, please.



HAPPY BIRTHDAY: Today, to New York Civic co-founder and President Henry Stern … to redistricting and election law attorney Jeff Wice … to Queens Community Board 7 District Manager Marilyn Bitterman … and to Comy Lewis, deputy chief of staff to New York City Councilman Andy King … on Saturday, to Assemblyman David Weprin … to former U.S. Rep. Bob Turner … to Assemblyman Ron Kim … toArielle Goren, former Cuomo administration speechwriter … and to Amanda Konstam, chief of staff to the president of Michael Bloomberg’s political coalitions … and on Sunday, to developer Frank Sciame … to Assemblyman Michael Kearns … and to philanthropist and political activist David Koch.


MOVING ON: Aja Worthy-Davis has been appointed deputy press secretary at the New York City Housing Authority.



Thanks to the New York City Council, The Doe Fund's "men in blue" clean over 170 miles of streets and sidewalks, every day. But that's only the beginning of their journey. See how they've broken the cycles of homelessness and incarceration for themselves and their families: video




Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in New York City.

Mayor Bill de Blasio is in Albany for a closed press meeting on rent regulations.

8 a.m. - Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul delivers remarks at Erie Community College’s Annual Advisory Council Partner and Community Appreciation Breakfast, Erie Community College, North Campus, Spring Student Center Café, 6205 Main St., Williamsville.

8:15 a.m. - CityLaw holds a breakfast with a talk featuring Corporation Counsels who served during the past two decades, New York Law School, 185 West Broadway, Manhattan.

 9:30 a.m. - Hochul delivers remarks at Western New York Network for Women Leaders in Higher Education Annual Conference, University at Buffalo Center for Tomorrow, North Campus, Amherst.

9:15 a.m. - New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer addresses the Comptroller’s annual Investment Managers Conference, United Federation of Teachers, 52 Broadway, Manhattan.

9:30 a.m. - New York City Public Advocate Letitia James holds a press conference regarding the regulation of nail salons in New York City, City Hall steps, Manhattan.

10 a.m. – The New York City Committee on Health meets jointly with the Committee on Consumer Affairs, Council Chambers, City Hall, Manhattan.

10 a.m. – The New York City Council Committee on Immigration meets to hold oversight hearing on implementation of IDNYC, 250 Broadway, 14th Floor, Manhattan.

10 a.m. - The Brian Lehrer Show features Sean Basinski, director of the Street Vendor Project of the Urban Justice Center, WNYC.

11 a.m. - State Sen. Jeff Klein, New York City Department of Transportation Commissioner Polly Trottenberg, Assemblyman Michael Benedetto and New York City Councilman James Vacca announce a preliminary design study to reduce congestion at the Hutchinson Metro Center, Tower 1, 1250 Waters Place, Bronx.

11 a.m. - The Capitol Pressroom features City & State’s Ashley Hupfl, Scott Waldman on energy issues, Rabbi Adam Baldachin of the Montebello Jewish Center, Assemblyman Robin Schimminger, and North Country Public Radio reporter David Sommerstein, WCNY, listen  

11:30 a.m. - Stringer attends attends Daily News/CUNY, Citizenship NOW call in center at Guttman Community College, 50 W. 40th St., Manhattan.

1 p.m. - Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer speaks at NYC Geospatial Information Systems and Mapping Organization 25th anniversary event, South Court Auditorium, Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, New York Public Library, Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street, Manhattan.

5 p.m. - The Coalition for Real Jobs, Real Wages, and Real Rights holds an evening of action for workers’ rights and immigrants’ rights, 60th Street and Park, Manhattan.

5:30 p.m. - New York City First Lady Chirlane McCray delivers remarks at Gracie Mansion Spring Kick-Off, Gracie Mansion, 88th Street and East End Avenue, Manhattan.

6 p.m. - New York City Councilman Jumaane Williams and Assemblywoman Rodneyse Bichotte are joined by Councilman Robert Cornegy for the Know Your Rights Town Hall with Flatbush Tenant Coalition and Cortelyou Cares, Cortelyou Road Church of God, 1085 Flatbush Ave., Brooklyn.

6:30 p.m. - Brewer attends NYC LAB Middle and High School Auction, MOTIVO, 915 Broadway, Manhattan.

7 p.m. - Brewer attends Animal Care and Control of NYC 8th Annual Spring Fling, National Arts Club, 15 Gramercy Park South, Manhattan.

7:30 - Brewer attends East Side Middle School fundraiser, East Side Middle School, 331 East 91st St., Manhattan. 

7:30 p.m. - New York New features state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and the reporters roundtable, WMHT.

8 p.m. - The New York Nepalese Football Club Adhikaar hold a vigil for their earthquake-ravaged homeland, Times Square, Pedestrian Plaza between 46th and 47th streets, Manhattan.



General Manager, Motivate Co. (Parent of Citibike)

Description: The General Manager is responsible for overseeing and improving all aspects of Motivate's bike share system’s ongoing operations and will report to the VP of Operations. This position will be responsible for membership and corporate sales, customer service, interaction with vendors and clients, managing budget to control costs, forecasting revenues, and ensuring system viability. Bachelor’s degree (MBA a plus) with 10+ experience is desired.
For further info and to apply for this position visit:




KICKER: “If you guys want to sensationalize, if you think that’s your contribution to society, feel free.” – Mayor Bill de Blasio, to reporters about the notion that the police in Union Square had been too aggressive with protesters, via the Times.