First Read - November 24, 2014

WEATHER: Rain throughout the state. New York City, high 70; Albany, high 66; Buffalo, high 57.


CUOMO AND CHRISTIE, PARTNERS IN POWER: The partnership between Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Gov. Chris Christie is a fascinating case study in the transcendence of political ideology for the sake of personal expediency, NY1’s Zack Fink writes in his cover story for the new issue of City & State:


WHEN PASSION MEETS REALITY: Two-time Academy Award nominee Marshall Curry, who made the documentaries Point and Shoot, If a Tree Falls and Street Fight, which chronicled Cory Booker’s first run for mayor of Newark, discussed the intended impact of his films and whether he thinks Booker has changed since he followed him on the campaign trail:



* U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara’s investigations could hurt the chances of a legislative pay raise agreement between the governor and legislative leaders, the Daily News’ Ken Lovett reports:

* Despite Mayor de Blasio’s promise last week of 'affordable access to broadband for all New Yorkers,' the city’s free public Wi-Fi kiosks will rely on advertising, meaning wealthier neighborhoods will get speedier service, the Daily News writes:

* Over the last five-and-a-half years, New York City Department of Correction officers and bosses mistakenly released at least 23 inmates in separate mistakes—and one of them remains on the lam, the Daily News reports:

* Federal and state environmental officials say grants of more than $1.3 million have been awarded to local government and community groups in Connecticut and New York to improve the health of Long Island Sound, the Associated Press reports:

* New York City’s 5,000 school cleaners and handy men reached a nine-year $211.1 million contract this week, which includes a $1,000 bonus and 18 percent raises, the New York Post reports:

* Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed on Friday a bill that will permit the sale and possession of sparklers and novelty devices (caps for toy guns, snappers, party poppers, etc.) except in New York City, the Times Union writes:

* Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams said Sunday that he wants the penalty for possessing an illegal loaded firearm to be upgraded to criminal possession of a weapon in the first degree, if the weapon is in the presence of a minor, The Wall Street Journal reports:



* Ever since Cuomo and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie drew criticism from medical groups and the Obama administration over Ebola quarantines, there has been a notable absence of new Ebola quarantines at New York area airports, The New York Times writes:

* Members of the New York City Council, who are the front lines of constituent services, have not been actively using New York City’s Open Data Portal, which is extremely useful for solving civic problems, the Gotham Gazette reports:



* Cuomo criticized the National Weather Service over the weekend, saying it failed to predict the heavy snow bands that remained stationary and blasted South Buffalo with heavy snowfall, WGRZ reports:

* As snowplows and trucks continue to clear streets around the greater Buffalo area after a historic snowstorm, Cuomo announced preparations are being made for the area’s next big challenge: flooding, the Journal writes:

* State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman began legal action against businesses accused of price gouging to take advantage of people’s desperation during this past week’s snowstorm, the Buffalo News reports:

* After a two-month delay, Cuomo will announce the distribution of the state’s annual economic development funding on Dec. 10 in Albany, the Steuben Courier Advocate writes:

* The New York City Department of Education told principals it plans this year to enroll 2,350 migrant children from Central America who crossed into the U.S. unaccompanied, with many more to come, the Post reports:


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* A multibillion-dollar windfall offers New York a way to do a lot of good and the state’s failing infrastructure should be the top priority, the Times Union writes:

* The New York City bag tax, which would impose a 10-cent fee on paper and plastic grocery bags, is a regressive tax upon the poor and working class and should be rejected by the New York City Council, the Post writes:

* De Blasio’s long-awaited plan to boost the city’s high-tech and middle-class jobs is a step in the right direction, but falls flat from his campaign promises and he has much more work to do, the Daily News writes:



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40 UNDER 40 INTERVIEWS: City & State Editor-in-chief Morgan Pehme interviewed some of the 40 Under 40 New York City Rising Stars at our cocktail reception in October. We’ll be rolling them out all week, so stay tuned:

Wiley Norvell, deputy press secretary to New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio:

Yuridia Peña, communications specialist at 32BJ SEIU:

Anthony Thomas, political and legislative director at the New York City Central Labor Council:



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

Policy Associate for Food and Income Security, Citizens’ Committee for Children of New York, Inc.

Salary: Commensurate with experience. Competitive benefit package

Description: Job responsibilities center on the three components of our work: fact-finding, community education and advocacy. This will include analytic work to evaluate the impact of polices, budgets and legislation on children; testifying at city and state legislative hearings; meeting with elected and appointed government officials; participating in coalitions with colleagues; and developing and administering survey instruments that ultimately lead to the development of findings and recommendations. Key areas of focus in this portfolio include: school meals; summer meals; options to bring healthy affordable food into communities; asset development; child savings accounts; and access to public benefits such as public assistance, WIC and SNAP/food stamps.

Further Info: Please send a resume, three references, a writing sample and salary history to Lorraine Tate,


Manager, Benchmark Polling Center (NYSUT)

Description: Polling Center Manager with knowledge and experience to effectively utilize analytical skills, collect data, draw valid conclusions and convey technical information to a non-technical audience. Must have a demonstrated ability to draft polls, develop and implement process enhancements including technology and software. Present the services provided to outside organizations.

Further Info: Email for job posting or to apply


External Affairs + Digital Media Coordinator

Description: Large transportation trade association seeks an External Affairs Coordinator and Digital Media Manager. Responsibilities include developing partnership opportunities, working with key constituencies, communicating with the public affairs team, and creating and maintaining web and social media content. The ideal candidate has 3-7 years of experience. Proficiency in digital media outreach is a must.

Further Info: To apply, please email with resume and cover letter.


Regional Political Organizers (7 positions statewide), NYSUT

Description:  Responsible for mobilizing and engaging NYSUT’s members and locals around NYSUT’s Legislative and Political Action objectives.  Organize and track member voter registration and turnout in campaigns. Engage members around PAC fundraising. Candidates must possess a proven background in union organizing, progressive politics and/or political campaigns with an emphasis on organizing.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY: To Darcy Stacom, vice chairman and head of investment properties group for CBRE’s New York City office … to New York Post reporter Rich Calder … to Charise Lawrence, director of Brooklyn community outreach at the New York City Department for the Aging … to Assemblyman Bill Nojay … to Ryan Naples, government relations and public affairs associate at Bevan Mosca Giuditta & Zarillo, P.C. … and to Regine Roy, constituent affairs director for state Sen. Kevin Parker.


MOVING ON: Donald Douglas Miller, dean of faculty of medicine and dentistry as well as chair of health sciences at the University of Alberta, was named dean of the School of Medicine at New York Medical College in Valhalla … Carmelyn Malalis was appointed as chair of New York City’s Commission on Human Rights … and Michael Julian was appointed the New York City Police Department’s commissioner of training.



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New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio hosts a closed meeting at City Hall with local elected officials and community members as part of an effort to build support for the 2016 Democratic National Convention bid.

8 a.m. - New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and New York City Public Advocate Letitia James joins Hunter College President Jennifer Raab, Margarette Purvis of Food Bank For New York City and others at a legislative breakfast to release a report on the state of hunger and the emergency food network in the city a year after cuts to SNAP, Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute at Hunter College, 47-49 E. 65th St., Manhattan.

10 a.m. - The New York City Council Transportation Committee meets to discuss increasing the number of accessible pedestrian signals, Committee Room, City Hall, Manhattan.

10 a.m. - The New York City Council Health Committee considers several bills relating to pet shops, Committee Room, 16th Floor, 250 Broadway, Manhattan.

10 a.m. – The Geraldo Rivera Show features Rep. Steve King of Iowa and New York City Councilman Jumaane Williams, WABC.

10 a.m. - The Brian Lehrer Show features a discussion of the racial divide in de Blasio's approval rating, and more, WNYC.

10 a.m. - Rep. Gregory Meeks, Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder and others announce FEMA clawback legislation to help Superstorm Sandy victims who were asked to return federal aid, Belle Harbor Manor, 209 Beach 125th St., Queens.

10:30 a.m. - Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer testifies at a CFB hearing on political contributions by text, Campaign Finance Board Offices, 100 Church St., 12th Floor, Manhattan.

11 a.m. - The Capitol Pressroom airs a best-of show, WCNY.

11 a.m. - The New York City Council General Welfare Committee holds an oversight hearing on hunger in New York City and considers legislation on homeless services, Committee Room, 14th Floor, 250 Broadway, Manhattan.

11 a.m. - Rep. Paul Tonko joins faith groups, low-income residents and anti-hunger groups at the annual Thanksgiving Action Against Hunger to call for food to be treated as a human right, Emmanuel Baptist Church, 275 State St., Albany.

11:30 a.m. - Rep. Nita Lowey joins state Sen. David Carlucci and others at Meals on Wheels Programs & Services of Rockland to highlight the impact of federal funding on senior nutrition, Clarkstown-Pearl River Senior Center, 121 West Nyack Road, Nanuet.

12 p.m. - Civil rights and housing groups from Westchester County hold a news conference to announce their opposition to plans by the MTA to sell public land for luxury apartments at the Harrison, N.Y., train station, Grand Central Terminal, Vanderbilt entrance, Manhattan.

1 p.m. - Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance convenes a roundtable with law enforcement partners to discuss a new grand jury report on fraud related to minority and women business enterprises, 80 Centre St., 5th Floor Conference Room, Room 503, Manhattan.

1 p.m. - The New York City Council Governmental Operations Committee considers voter registration legislation, Committee Room, 16th Floor, 250 Broadway, Manhattan.

1 p.m. - The New York City Council Committee on Cultural Affairs, Libraries and International Intergroup Relations considers recognizing and commemorating Jan. 13 as Korean American Day in the city, Committee Room, City Hall, Manhattan.

1 p.m. - Rep. Charles Rangel joins New York City Councilwoman Inez Dickens and the Martin Luther King. Jr. Democrat Club at the Annual Turkey Giveaway, W. 126th St. and Broadway, Manhattan.

2 p.m. - Rep. Michael Grimm and former mayoral candidate Erick Salgado distribute Thanksgiving turkeys to the needy in front of the burned out Church Jovenes Cristoanos, 144 Bennett St., Staten Island.  

5 p.m. - The Ride Home with Pat Kiernan and Rita Cosby feature New York magazine reporter Alex Yablon, WABC.

6:30 p.m. - The Riders Alliance holds its annual gala, M1-5 Lounge, 52 Walker St., Manhattan.

7 p.m. and 10 p.m. - Inside City Hall airs, Time Warner Cable News NY1.

8 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. - Capital Tonight airs, Time Warner Cable News.



VOTING & CIVIL RIGHTS: A Secular, Labor and Religious Discussion - Looking Ahead to 2016

The Latino Leadership Institute has invited Reverend William Barber, North Carolina founder MoralMonday, Craig Becker, General Counsel (AFLCIO), Juan Cartagena, President, Latino Justice, Jerry Goldfeder, Esq., Rev. Gabriel Salguero, and Ana Oliveira, President, NY Women Foundation to discuss important issues related to the recent US Supreme Court decisions that have dramatically debilitated the fundamental rights of individuals in the areas of voting, labor and civil rights. When: December 11th at 6 PM at Union Theological Seminary. RSVP to this FREE event here:  



KICKER: “When a largely anonymous, in-the-shadows aide sells 10,000 more copies of her book than a governor who wants to run for president, we know that all things really are possible.” – A government insider, via the Daily News