First Read - January 28, 2015

WEATHER: Sunny downstate and in Western New York, and clear skies in Albany. New York City, high 26; Albany, high 24; Buffalo, high 21.


SPEAKER NO MORE: Sheldon Silver will no longer be Assembly speaker as of Monday, with Assembly Majority Leader Joseph Morelle then set to serve as interim speaker until a Feb. 10 vote, City & State reports:



* Morelle may have a head start in the race to replace Silver, but he could face several downstate rivals, including Carl Heastie, Joseph Lentol, Catherine Nolan and Keith Wright, The New York Times writes:  

* New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said he still supported Silver as Assembly speaker and denied his staff was pushing any replacement in Albany, but he said any new leader should be from the city, the Daily News says:  

* Economists say that virtually shutting down the entire New York City metropolitan for the recent blizzard was costly, but should not have a lasting effect on the region, the Times reports:

* Kathryn Garcia faced her first big test as New York City sanitation commissioner during the snowstorm, but her predecessor, John Doherty, gave her a digital pep talk ahead of the flurries, the Times says:

* MTA Chairman Tom Prendergast defended the decision to shut down the subway system while the commuter advocacy group The Straphangers Campaign called for a review of its storm response, The Wall Street Journal reports:

* After less snow fell than predicted, Gov. Andrew Cuomo reiterated plans for a state-run weather detection system that he said will be more accurate, to be funded by Hurricane Sandy relief money, the Daily News reports: 

* New York City is moving dozens of Brooklyn inmates to Rikers Island to reduce correction officer overtime and other expenses, even though it moves them farther from courts, lawyers and family, the Daily News reports:

* U.S. attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch will present herself as an apolitical career prosecutor when she goes before a Republican-controlled Senate Judiciary Committee Wednesday, the Times says:



* The bribery case against Silver raises questions about whether he pulled his punches in 2011 negotiations on rent regulations at the expense of New Yorkers in rent stabilized apartments, ProPublica’s Justin Elliott:


City & State Reports is now officially accepting nominees for its inaugural March 31, 2015 awards ceremony to honor outstanding professionals from New York's Real Estate & Construction Sector. The breakfast event will also feature a "Thought Leadership" panel discussion on Corporate Social Responsibility. Nominate here: For information contact  



The General Contractors Association of New York on Friday February 6th at the Yale Club will host a conversation on the NYS Department of Transportation’s Next Five-Year Capital Plan to be unveiled later this month.  Featuring a keynote from State DOT Commissioner Joan McDonald, panelists including City Council Member Dan GarodnickAAA New York’s John Cortlett,NYU’s Mitchell Moss, and Delta Airlines Executive Gail Grimmett will analyze the program and offer both short- and long-term implications for our region.  Click here to register and purchase tickets.




* The Post says “good riddance” to Silver, but writes that Albany officials responded as if they were in a “banana republic” by letting him maintain his position for a week following his arrest:

* The Daily News writes that Cuomo was wrong to give de Blasio only half an hour’s notice before publicly announcing the subways would shut down ahead of the blizzard:

 * The Post calls the transit shutdown “scandalous” and notes that the underground subway system was built in response to the blizzard of 1888 and has since served as a lifeblood during inclement weather:

* Cuomo and Blasio heard the same forecasts as everyone else and braced for the worst, which is better than hoping for the best, the Times’ Frank Bruni writes:

* New York City discovered that a scary forecast can act as kryptonite for the transit system that has “superpowered” the boroughs through heavy storms, the Times’ Jim Dwyer writes:



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CITY & STATE TV:                 

* Buffalo Assemblywoman Crystal Peoples-Stokes, chair of the New York State Conference of Black and Puerto Rican of Legislators, discusses the upcoming 44th Annual Legislative Conference, featuring keynote speaker Danny Glover:

* EffectiveNY’s Bill Samuels led a discussion on out-of-the-box solutions and ideas for struggling localities with a panel including former Lt. Gov. Dick Ravitch, Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner, the Empire Center's E.J. McMahon and Dr. Mildred E. Warner from Cornell University:  



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HAPPY BIRTHDAY: To Jerry Skurnik, partner in Prime New York … and to NYCLASS Executive Director Allie Feldman.


MOVING ON: John Gupta, vice president for strategic ventures at North Shore-LIJ Health System, will be the CEO of Brooklyn Hospital Center… and Mike Julian, the NYPD’s deputy commissioner of training, was named deputy commissioner of personnel for the police force.



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Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in New York City with no public schedule.

Mayor Bill de Blasio will give brief remarks to a press pool before meeting with Israeli President Reuven Rivlin sometime after 9:30 a.m., Manhattan.

8:45 a.m. – De Blasio appears live with Al Roker, NBC’s Today Show, Today Show Plaza, 48th Street between 5th and 6th avenues, Manhattan.

9:30 a.m. – The state Legislature holds a joint hearing on environmental conservation spending in the executive budget, Hearing Room B, Legislative Office Building, Albany.

10 a.m. - The New York State Senate Codes, Civil Service and Pension, Investigations and Government Operations and Crime Victims, Crime and Correction committees hold a joint public hearing to examine police safety and public protection in New York City, Senate Hearing Room, 250 Broadway, 19th Floor, Manhattan.

10 a.m. - The Brian Lehrer Show features David Sanger, chief Washington correspondent for the Times and WNYC contributor, and Azi Paybarah, reporter for Capital New York, WNYC.

10 a.m. – The Geraldo Rivera Show features Assemblywoman Amy Paulin and New York Post columnist Fred Dicker, WABC.

10 a.m. – New York City Public Advocate Letitia James joins attorneys and advocates to discuss legal efforts to unseal the grand jury proceedings related to the death of Eric Garner in July, Legal Services NYC, 40 Worth St., 6th floor, Manhattan.

11 a.m. - The Capitol Pressroom features the Green Party's Howie Hawkins, Superintendent Larry Spring of Schenectady and Dr. Rick Timbs, executive director of the Statewide School Finance Consortium, and Bruce Gyory of Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, WCNY.

11:15 a.m. - Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer attends Carnegie Hall 2015-2016 season announcement, Carnegie Hall Resnick Education Wing, 881 7th Ave., Manhattan.

11:45 a.m. – New York City First Lady Chirlane McCray delivers remarks at the From Punishment to Public Health (P2PH) 2015 Conference, Brooklyn Borough Hall, Brooklyn.

11:45 a.m. - Sam Hoyt, regional president of Empire State Development, delivers Cuomo’s regional 2015 opportunity agenda, West Seneca Senior Center, 4620 Seneca St., West Seneca.

12 p.m. - Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul attends Southern Tier Regional Economic Development Council Meeting, Binghamton University, Innovative Technologies Complex, Room 2008, 4400 Vestal Parkway East, Binghamton.

2 p.m. - Brooklyn District Attorney Kenneth Thompson is the keynote speaker at the New York State Bar Association’s Presidential Summit 2015 “Wrongful Conviction Program”, New York Hilton Midtown, 1335 Avenue of the Americas, Grand Ballroom West, 3rd floor, Manhattan.

3 p.m. – New York Secretary of State Cesar Perales delivers Cuomo’s regional 2015 opportunity agenda, Centro Civico of Amsterdam, 143 E. Main St., Amsterdam.

5 p.m. - The Ride Home with Pat Kiernan and Rita Cosby features Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr., WABC.

6 p.m. -  Former White House counsel Robert Bauer, New York City Board of Elections Executive Director Michael Ryan and Pew Charitable Trusts’ David Becker participate in a forum on election reform in the digital age, New York Law School, 185 West Broadway, 2nd floor, Manhattan.  

6 p.m. - New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer attends the Downtown Alliance 20th Anniversary Celebration, Cipriani, 25 Broadway, Manhattan.

6 p.m. - Brewer attends TWU Local 100 Widows & Orphans Fund reception, Gotham Hall, 1356 Broadway, Manhattan.

6:30 p.m. - The New York City Bar Association holds a panel on the future of marijuana legislation in the city, 42 W. 44th St., Manhattan.

7 p.m. - Stringer delivers opening remarks at “Brooklyn for Sale: The Price of Gentrification” Community Town Hall, BRIC House Ballroom, 647 Fulton St., Brooklyn, watch online:

7 p.m. - Brewer attends the Alliance for Downtown 20th Anniversary Celebration, Cipriani, 25 Broadway, Manhattan.

7 p.m. - Brooklyn District Attorney Kenneth Thompson attends the Boulevard Houses Tenant Association Meeting, Community Room, 726 Stanley Ave., East New York, Brooklyn.

7 p.m. and 10 p.m. - Inside City Hall features Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner, and the Political Rundown with Curtis Sliwa and Gerson Borrero, Time Warner Cable News NY1.



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KICKER: “Democracy’s a bitch.” – Assemblyman Keith Wright on negotiations over the Assembly speakership, via the Daily News.