First Read 07/10/2019

July 10, 2019
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A report revealed that the Citi Bike network neglects many of New York City’s low-income neighborhoods and communities of color while giving priority to the most well-to-do parts of the city.
Hundreds of bicycle and street safety advocates took over Washington Square Park to bring attention to cyclist deaths, staging a “die-in” in honor of the 15 New Yorkers who have been killed while riding their bikes this year.
As the film industry grows in New York City, a group of investors, including actor Robert De Niro are buying a five-acre parcel in Astoria, Queens, with plans to build a sprawling production and film studio.
A recently released Rikers Island inmate who twice used a jailhouse phone to chat with de Blasio filed a lawsuit against New York City Department of Correction Commissioner Cynthia Brann – and then unsuccessfully tried to serve her in person.
Former Assemblyman Dov Hikind filed a lawsuit against Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez alleging she’s breaking the law by blocking him on Twitter – and he’s using a federal court ruling against President Donald Trump as legal ammunition.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio took NY1 to task for sidelining veteran anchor Roma Torre during Wednesday’s coverage of the U.S. women’s soccer victory parade amid an age and gender discrimination lawsuit against the network by Torre and four other women.
A group of retired state Department of Public Service employees are suggesting Gov. Andrew Cuomo has exercised inappropriate influence over the Public Service Commission – a body that, by law, is supposed to be independent of political forces.
Financier Jeffrey Epstein’s arrest has renewed scrutiny of how he was treated by Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr.’s office, which in 2011 asked a judge to reduce Epstein’s sex-offender status to the lowest possible classification.
The House will vote to renew the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund on Friday, after powerful testimony from first responders over the past month drew attention to the fund’s impending expiration date in 2020.
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New York City election officials said in court that the Democratic primary for Queens district attorney could take weeks to call because of an unprecedented manual recount of more than 91,000 votes.
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Mondaire Jones, a Spring Valley native who worked for President Barack Obama’s Justice Department and the Westchester County Law Department, is running from the left against longtime Rep. Nita Lowey in 2020.
U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer – who called on U.S. Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta to resign and said Trump should “answer” for his friendship with Epstein – accepted thousands of dollars in donations from the alleged pedophile throughout the 1990s.
Assemblywoman Yuh-Line Niou, a Democrat who represents parts of lower Manhattan, said she was harassed by several Statue of Liberty ticket hawkers as NYPD officers stood idly by and told her there was nothing they could do.
Queens Democratic Party Chairman Gregory Meeks called on Tiffany Cabán, the insurgent candidate in the Queens district attorney primary, to publicly disavow allegations that the city Board of Elections has improperly handled the vote count.
Prominent anti-vaxxer Robert F. Kennedy Jr. is filing a lawsuit in Albany County Supreme Court challenging a new state law barring parents from refusing to vaccinate their children on religious grounds.
Jacob Schwartz, a former employee in New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration, will spend up to three years behind bars after pleading guilty to possessing child porn.
A Queens woman who said she was sexually abused by Jeffrey Epstein when she was just 14 sued the multimillionaire, unveiling new descriptions of Epstein’s townhouse where federal prosecutors say he abused dozens of girls between 2002 and 2005.
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For the first time, undocumented immigrant students in New York can begin applying for state financial aid for college after the application stemming from the passage of the state DREAM Act went live earlier this month.
A federal appeals court ruling that found President Donald Trump’s blocking of people on Twitter is now the basis of two lawsuits accusing Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of blocking people because of their opposing political stances.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo used a ticker tape parade for the U.S. women’s soccer team to score a goal of his own, signing a pair of equal pay bills, including one forbidding businesses from inquiring about a potential employee’s salary history.
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Editorial Pages
Reviewing and signing a package of electoral reforms – especially the bill allowing affidavit ballots to count if the voter “substantially complied” with the law – is the best way to protect the interests of voters, in Queens and throughout the state.
Cuomo and legislative leaders just launched another commission meant to shield them from accountability, but rewriting the rules for the public financing of political campaigns is far too massive of a change to put in unelected hands.
Hoot and holler, New York, in salute of the World Cup soccer champions as they parade up Broadway’s Canyon of Heroes – but there also should be a parade for the veterans of the Afghanistan and Iraq wars.
Erie County Clerk Michael Kearns’ federal lawsuit is an appropriate way to settle the conflict over the law allowing undocumented immigrants to obtain driver’s licenses and his argument merits evaluation by the courts.
From City & State
National Politics
President Donald Trump has been violating the Constitution by blocking people from following his Twitter account because they criticized or mocked him, a federal appeals court ruled in a decision that could have broad First Amendment implications.
Ocasio-Cortez and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi are lately speaking at one another in a way that threatens party unity and underscores broader tensions reshaping the Democratic Party, possibly foreshadowing divisions to come.
Trump’s Fourth of July celebration cost the Washington, D.C., government $1.7 million, which has bankrupted a special fund used to protect the district from terrorist threats and to provide security at events.
U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris and Ocasio-Cortez are teaming up on legislation to make it easier for people with criminal records to obtain federal housing assistance.
A federal appeals court has unanimously thrown out a lawsuit accusing President Donald Trump of violating the Constitution by continuing to do business with foreign and state governments while serving as president.
In Depth
A team of New York City planners and consultants is two-thirds of the way through an 18-month master planning process for what could be a megadevelopment on Sunnyside Yard – a site six times the size of Hudson Yards.
Only the second national director in the Working Families Party’s two-decade existence, Maurice “Moe” Mitchell has arrived at a pivotal moment, with the party seeing nearly two-thirds of its 1,036 endorsed candidates win state and local offices in 2017.
Big technology companies are doubling down on New York City by adding millions of square feet in office space and creating thousands of new jobs, with few aftereffects from Amazon’s nixing of a Queens headquarters.
It’s hard to recall a newly elected freshman representative to Congress who has made a bigger impact than Ocasio-Cortez and since she took her seat in Congress, she became the hero of the left wing and a favored villain of Fox News.
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