First Read - July 22, 2014

WEATHER: Sunny skies in Western New York, with a chance of afternoon thunderstorms in the Capital Region. Mostly sunny downstate, New York City, high 87; Albany, high 89; Buffalo, high 83.



* Two people have filed legal objections to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Democratic challenger Zephyr Teachout’s ballot petitions and must lay out any specific errors with Teachout’s approximately 45,000 petitions in six days, Gannett Albany reports:

* School bus operators who need New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s help to retain lucrative city contracts contributed nearly $40,000 to a mayoral nonprofit—but took steps to hide the donations from public view, the New York Post writes:

* American Progressive Life & Health Insurance Company of New York failed to file a 2015 rate proposal and became the first company to withdraw from the state health exchange, Capital New York reports:

* Several casino bidders who say their proposed projects would help revitalize upstate communities are also seeking tens of millions of dollars in local property tax breaks, Capital New York writes:

* Demetre Daskalakis, who has taken HIV treatment into sex clubs and bathhouses, will become the new head of the New York City’s Bureau of HIV/AIDS Prevention in September, The New York Times writes:

* The League of Voluntary Hospitals and Homes and 1199 SEIU have reached a tentative deal on a new four-year contract which includes a 13 percent wage hike over the next four years, Capital New York reports:

* The Civilian Review Board recommended that the New York City Police Department pursue an administrative trial, which could lead to termination, in response to nine complaints by people who said police officers restrained them in a chokehold, the Times writes:

* De Blasio met with Cecile Kyenge, a Congolese-born doctor who faced death threats and racist slurs when she was selected last year to be Italy’s first minister charged with easing racial tensions, the Times writes:

* Nick Di Iorio, a Republican challenging veteran Democratic Rep. Carolyn Maloney, has been signed to star in a proposed reality show about candidates running in “unwinnable” races, the Daily News reports:



* The Times Union looks into the advantages and disadvantages of the $2 billion Smart Schools Bond Act of 2014 after a symposium on school technology attended by lobbyists, representatives of telecommunications and networking companies:


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* De Blasio and New York City Police Commissioner William Bratton already face a daunting job in repairing the department’s reputation in black and Latino neighborhoods; they can start by determining whether Eric Garner’s death was an accident or part of a larger problem, the Times writes:

* The SUNY College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering hosts a new cutting-edge consortium, furthering its prestige and influence, but a soured deal with Albany shows it has some things to learn about relationships, the Times Union writes:

* New York’s plan to shut down the Indian Point nuclear power plant is uneconomical and growing demand would only push electric costs higher, the Post writes:



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* It’s no surprise that attorney Kevin Stocker is taking on state Sen. Mark Grisanti in a Republican primary rematch this year. What is raising eyebrows is Stocker’s simultaneous challenge of the leading Democratic challenger for Grisanti’s seat, Marc Panepinto, for the Working Families Party line. (To read more, click here:


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HAPPY BIRTHDAY: To former assemblyman L. Dean Murray … to Doug Forand, founding partner at Red Horse Strategies … to Patrick Jenkins, president at Patrick Jenkins & Associates … to Cristina Diaz … and to Rabbi Joel Eisdorfer, special assistant to Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams and a State Police chaplain.


MOVING ON: Austin Shafran, former legislative director for the Working Families Party is joining Metropolitan Public Strategies … Christopher Collins, Vice Chair and Commissioner of the New York City Board of Standards and Appeals, will join Capalino+Company as Executive Vice President of its Land Use Group … and Jim Malatras, former SUNY vice chancellor for policy and chief of staff is joining the Cuomo administration as director of state operations.


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Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in New York City.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is vacationing in Capri, Italy with no public events.

10 a.m. - Republican candidate for governor Rob Astorino and Democratic candidate for governor Zephyr Teachout make joint announcement, Tweed Courthouse, 52 Chambers St., Manhattan.

10 a.m. - Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis joins Superstorm Sandy victims to call for the state Empire State Development Corporation to replace the money it spent on an advertising campaign to help victims, in front of DiSara Restaurant, 121 Roma Ave., Staten Island.

10 a.m. - The New York City Council Committee on Governmental Operations meets, 250 Broadway, 14th Floor, Manhattan.

10:30 a.m. - The New York City Council Subcommittee on Zoning and Franchises meets, Committee Room, City Hall, Manhattan.

10:30 a.m. - The New York City Council Committee on Rules, Privileges and Elections considers appointments to the Planning Commission and Landmarks Preservation Commission, Council Chambers, City Hall, Manhattan.

10:45 a.m. - Astorino is a guest on Live from the State Capitol with Fred Dicker, WGDJ. Listen here:

11 a.m. - Pledge 2 Protect and NYCHA FOR NYCHA hold a press conference criticizing proposals for the East 91st Street Marine Transfer Station, 419 E. 93rd St., Manhattan.

11 a.m. - The New York City Council Land Use Committee meets, Committee Room, City Hall, Manhattan.

11 a.m. – The Capitol Pressroom features NYPIRG’s Blair Horner and Farouk Abdullah, state Sen. George Latimer and Times Union reporter Brian Nearing, WCNY. Listen here:

11:30 a.m. - State Sen. David Carlucci joins Rockland County District Attorney Thomas Zugibe and others to call for legislation to be signed to ensure people who have had their image broadcasted without their consent will have a course of action, Clarkstown Police Station, 20 Maple Ave., New City.

11:30 a.m. - Members of the New York City Council’s Black, Latino & Asian Caucus and members of the New York State Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic and Asian Legislators Caucus hold joint press conference calling for a swift investigation into the death of Eric Garner, steps of City Hall, Manhattan.

1 p.m. - Astorino holds joint press conference with state comptroller Bob Antonocci and former congressman Bob Turner calling on Gov. Cuomo to return $37 million in Sandy relief funds spent on television ads, 175 Ocean Ave., Queens.

1 p.m. - The New York City Council Committee on Mental Health, Developmental Disability, Alcoholism, Substance Abuse and Disability Services discusses increasing the maximum income level qualifying for exemption from rent increases granted to certain persons with disabilities, 250 Broadway, 16th Floor, Manhattan.

1:15 p.m. - Labor leaders speak out against the state Department of Environmental Conservation’s plan to shut off electricity from Indian Point Energy Center, Colonial Terrace, 119 Oregon Rd., Cortlandt Manor.

2 p.m. - The New York City Council Immigration Committee discusses comprehensive immigration reform and issues of importance to African immigrants and the African Diaspora on the agenda for the 2014 U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit, 250 Broadway, 14th Floor, Manhattan.

2 p.m. and 7 p.m. - The state Department of Environmental Conservation holds public comment hearings on permanent forced outages at the Indian Point nuclear power plant, Colonial Terrace, 119 Oregon Road, Cortlandt Manor.

6:30 p.m. - Astorino attends a fundraiser for Hempstead Town Supervisor, Tropix on the Mile, 395 Woodcleft Ave., Freeport.

7 p.m. – New York City Public Advocate Letitia James holds her ninth “Talk to Tish” community session, 27240 Grand Central Parkway, Floral Park.

7 p.m. - DL21C holds its Annual Summer Bash, Suite 36, 16 W. 36th St., between Fifth and Sixth Avenues, Manhattan.

7 p.m. and 10 p.m. - Inside City Hall features a special panel on the death of Eric Garner and the NY1 Wise Guys, Time Warner Cable News NY1.

8 p.m. - New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer greets the crowd from the stage of Shakespeare in the Park, Delacorte Theater, 81 Central Park West, Manhattan.

8 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. - Capital Tonight features NYSAC Executive Director Stephen Acquario, Schenectady School Superintendent Larry Spring on his civil rights complaint and the Insiders, Time Warner Cable News.

8:15 p.m. - Astorino attends the Huntington Chamber of Commerce Networking Luau, Crab Meadow Beach, Waterside Ave., Northport.



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KICKER: “[The show would] feature two congressional candidates running in districts where their odds of winning are very low. Nick appears to fit this description: He is running as a Republican in New York City.” – Joseph Shippee, Nick Di Iorio’s campaign manager on his joining a reality TV show, via the Daily News.