FIRST READ TONIGHT – APRIL 24, 2017

WEATHER: Chance of rain overnight across the state. New York City, low 50; Albany, low 46; Buffalo, low 45.

 

FROM CITY & STATE:

* In the latest Bochinche & Buzz, Gerson Borrero breaks down the seriousness of Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis’ mayoral pitch, looks into Melissa Mark-Viverito’s line of defense and notes that disgraced politicos Larry Seabrook and Hiram Monserrate are back, again.

 

NEW THIS AFTERNOON:

* Seeking to double down on his effort to expand early childhood education, for which he has been widely praised, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a plan to offer free, full-day prekindergarten to 3-year-olds, The New York Times reports.

* Kristina Johnson, an engineer and academic who helped develop technology for 3-D imaging and served as a federal energy undersecretary, was unanimously named the 13th chancellor of the State University of New York, Newsday writes.

* Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan backed an executive order affirming the city’s police department will not question individuals on their immigration or citizenship status unless necessary to an investigation, State of Politics writes.

* Acting Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez hired two immigration attorneys to protect non-citizen, low-level offenders from deportation, train all staff on immigrant issues and advise on plea bargains for misdemeanors and sentencing recommendations, the Daily News reports.

* Green groups and business interests both view Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s recent decisions on natural gas infrastructure like pipelines as inconsistent and problematic, albeit for different reasons, Politico New York writes.

* More news below …

 

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* Thomas Lopez-Pierre, a Democrat running for New York City Council on a platform of opposing “greedy Jewish landlords,” is participating in a court-ordered anger management program for violating an order of protection taken out by his ex-wife, The Observer reports.

* Despite being named as a possible opponent to Democratic incumbent Eric Schneiderman, Republican Rep. John Katko’s office announced he will run for re-election and not state attorney general, State of Politics writes.

* Erie County Legislator Betty Jean Grant, who represents the East Side of Buffalo, which was excluded from the state’s Buffalo Billion program, officially announced she will challenge mayor Byron Brown in the Democratic primary, the Buffalo News reports.

* Members of the state Gaming Commission approved an increase for Mega Millions tickets, from $1 to $2, marking an end to $1 state Lottery games when the new price goes into effect in October, the Times Union reports.

* Joaquín Guzmán Loera, the Mexican drug lord known as El Chapo, has been protesting his conditions of confinement in the prison at 10 South in Manhattan, and has taken up an unlikely role as an advocate for prison reform, the Times reports.

 

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TOMORROW! City & State CSR: Sustainability & Environmental Impact Award. Join us for a celebratory breakfast at The New School to recognize the honorees. These exceptional corporate citizens create positive environmental impact and promote sustainability initiatives for their organizations. Kathryn Garcia, Commissioner of the NYC Department of Sanitation, Vincent Sapienza, Acting Commissioner of the NYC Department of Environmental Protection, and Mark Chambers, Director of Mayor’s Office of Sustainability will participate on a panel about innovative CSR initiatives for sustainability and the environment. Last Chance! Click here to RSVP

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TRUMP ADMINISTRATION:

* President Donald Trump has ordered White House aides to accelerate and prioritize their efforts to draft a tax plan slashing the corporate tax rate to 15 percent, according to people familiar with the directive, The Wall Street Journal reports.

* The White House has singled out small areas along the southern U.S. border to begin building pieces of President Trump's desired wall along "high priority" sections of the border in Texas, Arizona and California, the Daily News writes.

* Chinese President Xi Jinping called for restraint when dealing with North Korea during a phone call with President Trump as Japan conducted joint military drills with US naval forces off the Korean peninsula, the Post writes.

 

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IN DEPTH:

* When the Justice Department accused New York City of being “soft on crime” last week, Mayor Bill de Blasio called it an insult. But in political terms, for a mayor seeking re-election as a progressive defined by his defiance of President Trump, the swipe from the federal government was more like a gift, the Times writes.

* In Albany, Rotterdam and Troy, developers are repurposing early 20th century school buildings as livable spaces, offering unique amenities for tenants, and a respite from a large commercial construction site for local residents, the Times Union writes.

* After two recent train derailments, Amtrak is unsure whether it’s at the cusp of a new era of investment as it pushes to build a new tunnel between New York and New Jersey, or a deterioration in service to levels that could damage the economy in the corridor between Washington and Boston, the Times writes.

 

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THIS THURSDAY! Register for the On Health Care forum on April 27th at the Columbia University Faculty House. Hear from Dr. Oz, Host of The Dr. Oz Show, Assemblyman Richard Gottfried, State Assembly Health Committee Chairman, Senator Kemp Hannon, Senate Health Committee Chairman, Senator Fred Akshar, Co-Chair, Senate Heroin Task Force, and more. Explore the future of New York health care, how New York can address epidemics, and the collaboration across government sectors for public well-being. Click here to register!

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TONIGHT’S SHOWS:

5 p.m. and 6 p.m. – “MetroFocus” airs, WLIW21 (5 p.m.) and WNET Thirteen (6 p.m.).

7 p.m. and 10 p.m. – “Road to City Hall” features New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, NY1.

8 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. – “Capital Tonight” features a conversation about the new SUNY chancellor, Assemblyman Angelo Morinello and Siena pollster Steve Greenberg, Spectrum News.

 

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TONIGHT’S GAMES:

No local games

 

TOMORROW’S SKED:

The state Legislature is in session.

8 a.m. – City & State CSR hosts the Corporate Social Responsibility Awards for Sustainability and Environmental Impact, with a panel featuring New York City Sanitation Commissioner Kathryn Garcia and others, The New School, Theresa Lang Student Center, 55 W. 13th St., Manhattan.

8:30 a.m. – New York City Council Members Rafael Espinal and Stephen Levin announce a resolution regarding an electric bus fleet during the L train shutdown. L Train subway station, North 7th Street and Driggs, Brooklyn.

9 a.m. – New York City Councilman Andy King hosts a press conference regarding his legislation that would raise the maximum age to join the FDNY to 36, from the current 29, City Hall steps, Manhattan.

9 a.m. – AARP, joined by Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn, holds a free document shredding event as part of “Operation: Stop Scams” to help New Yorkers fight identity theft and fraud, Grapevine Banquet Facility, 333 Dick Rd., Depew.

9:30 a.m. – The state Senate Committee on Racing, Gaming and Wagering holds a public meeting, state Capitol, room 123, Albany.

9:30 a.m. – The state Senate Committee on Local Government holds a public meeting, Legislative Office Building, room 946A, Albany.

10 a.m. – The state Senate Committee on Education holds a public meeting, Legislative Office Building, room 810, Albany.

10 a.m – The state Senate Committee on Consumer Protection holds a public meeting, Legislative Office Building, room 510, Albany.

10 a.m. – The New York City Council Committee on Finance holds a public meeting, Committee Room, City Hall, Manhattan.

10 a.m. – State Sen. Cathy Marchione and Assemblywoman Carrie Woerner celebrate the legislature’s passage of resolutions honoring the 40th anniversary of Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival, state Capitol, Million Dollar Staircase, third floor, Albany.

10 a.m. – “The Brian Lehrer Show” features former Republican presidential candidate and Ohio Gov. John Kasich, WNYC.

11 a.m. – The state Senate Committee on Finance holds a public meeting, state Capitol, room 124, Albany.

11 a.m. – New York City HPD Commissioner Maria Torres-Springer, former Rep. Floyd Flake, state Sen. James Sanders, Queens Borough President Melinda Katz and others attend the groundbreaking for The Crossing at Jamaica Station, 148-10 Archer Ave., Queens.

11 a.m. – City Council Members Antonio Reynoso and Ritchie Torres with Communities United for Police Reform and others call for end to broken windows policing and passage of Right to Know Act, City Hall steps, Manhattan.

11:30 a.m. – The state Senate Committee on the Judiciary holds a public meeting, state Capitol, room 123, Albany.

12 p.m. – The state Senate Committee on Health holds a public meeting and votes on the “Rivington Act” requiring a more public and transparent process when nursing homes are threatened, state Capitol, room 124, Albany.

12 p.m. – State Sen. Brad Hoylman and Assemblywoman Amy Paulin call for passage of the Child-Parent Security Act and immediate release of the Task Force on Life and the Law report on surrogacy, Legislative Office Building, LCA Press Room 130, Albany.

12:30 p.m. – The state Senate Committee on Higher Education holds a public meeting, Legislative Office Building, room 807, Albany.

1 p.m. – New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer, Public Advocate Tish James, City Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez, and other members of the Fair Fares coalition call on de Blasio to include funding for half-priced MetroCards in the city budget, City Hall steps, Manhattan.

1 p.m. – New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer present a proclamation to Girl Scout Troop 6000 to honor their unique status as the first troop exclusively for homeless girls, Council Chambers, City Hall, Manhattan.

1 p.m. – The state Senate Committee on Investigations and Government Operations holds a public meeting and votes on the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act, or GENDA, Legislative Office Building, room 816, Albany.

1:30 p.m. – The New York City Council holds a stated meeting, Council Chambers, City Hall, Manhattan.

2 p.m. – Tax Equity Now New York (TENNY) with former Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman, NAACP New York President Hazel Dukes, Black Institute President Bertha Lewis, and others launch a campaign to fix New York City’s property tax system, City Hall steps, Manhattan.

2 p.m. – NYSNA nurses as they March and Rally to advocate for Safe Staffing, Single Payer Healthcare and a better working environment, West Capitol Park, South Swan Street and State Street, Albany.

3 p.m. – The state Senate Committee on Codes holds a public meeting, state Capitol, room 124, Albany.

3 p.m. – The state Senate is in session, Senate Chambers, state Capitol, Albany.

4 p.m. – Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer hosts a panel on"The Future of Biking in NYC,” Office of the Manhattan Borough President, 1 Centre St., 19th Floor, Manhattan.

7 p.m. – New York City first lady Chirlane McCray, Deputy Mayor Richard Buery, Deputy Mayor Dr. Herminia Palacio and City Councilwoman Vanessa Gibson will host the first of five Community Conversations to discuss the impact of ThriveNYC, Latino Pastoral Action Center, 14 W. 170th St. Bronx.

7 p.m. – The New York City Rent Guidelines Board holds a public meeting with a preliminary vote to set renewal-lease adjustments for rent stabilized apartments, lofts, and hotels in New York City , The Great Hall at Cooper Union, 7 E. 7th St., Manhattan.

7 p.m. – The New York City Dept. of Transportation presents the preliminary location for the Citibike expansion project, Brooklyn Community Board No. 8, Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation, 727 Classon Ave., Brooklyn.

 

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