First Read Tonight – July 20, 2017

WEATHER: Heavy rain and thunderstorms possible in New York City, a chance of thunderstorms in Albany and mostly cloudy in Buffalo. New York City, low 76; Albany, low 65; Buffalo, low 67.



* With the U.S. Senate failing to pass its health care bill, we interviewed Rep. John Faso to ask how he plans to move forward with the Faso-Collins amendment that would shift Medicaid costs for counties outside of New York City to the state.

* We take a closer look at the five issues Long Island leaders are tackling right now, including high property taxes, the future of wind energy, a third set of tracks on the Long Island Rail Road, MS-13 gang violence and ethics reform.



* The New York City Council is poised to pass a bill that will require the NYPD to release annual reports on how much they seize from New Yorkers during stops and arrests and through the use of civil asset forfeiture, Gothamist writes.

* The feud between New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and Gov. Andrew Cuomo flared up again as both gave remarks at a ribbon-cutting for the opening of a new health care facility in downtown Brooklyn, but managed to avoid each other completely, the Daily News writes.

* Elon Musk tweeted that he has received “verbal government approval” to build an underground hyperloop between New York City and Washington, D.C., which would take just under 30 minutes to travel between the two cities, the Daily News writes.

* NYPD Officer James Frascatore, who is accused of using excessive force against retired tennis star James Blake, has turned down a plea deal that would have kept him on the job and only cost him a few vacation days, instead opting for an administrative trial, the New York Post writes.

* Former Attorney General Eric Holder’s scheduled Friday meeting with the Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic and Asian Legislative Caucus has drawn the ire of the New York Hotel and Motel Trades Council, due to Holder’s work with vacation rental website Airbnb, State of Politics writes.

* More news below …



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* New York Sens. Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand are among 43 U.S. Senators who have co-sponsored the Israel Anti-Boycott Act, a bill that the ACLU condemns as “antithetical to free speech protections,” The Intercept writes.

* The first and second sections of the casing for the Gateway rail tunnel are complete and a third is fully designed, but the entire project still needs funding to be completed in 2026 – and that estimate is predicated on Congress funding the project quickly, The New York Times writes.

* A new bill, introduced by New York City Councilman Rafael Espinal and Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, calls for a comprehensive urban agriculture plan with updated zoning and building codes to address the city’s growing urban agriculture system, The Wall Street Journal writes.


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* President Donald Trump said that he never would have appointed U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions had he known that Sessions would recuse himself from overseeing the Russia investigation, but Sessions vowed to continue to serve “as long as that is appropriate,” the Times writes.

* Robert Mueller, the U.S. special counsel investigating possible ties between the Trump campaign and Russia in last year’s election, is examining a broad range of transactions involving Trump’s businesses as well as those of his associates, Bloomberg writes.

* The U.S. Treasury Department imposed a $2 million fine on Exxon Mobil Corp. for what it called a “reckless disregard” of U.S. sanctions on Russia while current U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was the oil giant’s chief executive, The Wall Street Journal writes.



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* The problem of homelessness in New York City now includes more able-bodied people who sometimes have jobs and shun the overcrowded shelters, and the city is expanding its services to help those who recently began living on the street, the Times writes.

* U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has signaled that it will use prostitution diversion courts as a way to track immigrants, posing a threat to victims of sex trafficking who can be released from criminal court into the agency's custody, the Village Voice writes.



City & State and NYN Media is proud to recognize the work of NY organizations and individuals who serve the LGBTQ community through public service, volunteerism, government, or civic engagement. Click here to see who are the honorees! Senator Daniel Squadron, sponsor of the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act, and Christine Marinoni, Senior Advisor for Community Partnerships from the Office Deputy Mayor Buery, make remarks at the event. Join us on July 26th at Manhattan Penthouse for the PRIDE Awards breakfast ceremony. Register now for free!




7 p.m. and 10 p.m. – “Road to City Hall” features New York City mayoral candidate Bo Dietl, Queens Borough President Melinda Katz, New York City Council members Mark Levine and Vanessa Gibson, NY1.

8 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. – “Capital Tonight” features Oneida County District Attorney Scott McNamara, Caroline Harris from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and Siena College’s Steven Greenberg, Spectrum News.



10:10 p.m. – The Yankees visit the Seattle Mariners, YES.



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10:30 a.m. – New York City Parks Department’s Manhattan Borough Commissioner William Castro joins City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, City Councilman Ben Kallos and Rep. Carolyn Maloney to break ground on the East River Esplanade sea wall reconstruction, East River Esplanade, East 88th Street Manhattan.


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