First Read 08/14/2019

August 14, 2019
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Dozens of delegates for the Queens GOP’s judicial convention will gather in Glendale to nominate candidates for six state Supreme Court vacancies, but the party is defying convention by banning the public and the press.
A bill that New York City Councilwoman Carlina Rivera plans to introduce would seek to create a new office to receive and report on complaints against health care facilities and providers.
The New York City branch of the Democratic Socialists of America presented its members with a strategy last year to gain entry into some of the city’s most powerful labor organizations and ensure they are adhering to its “militant” principles.
A coalition of police reform advocates is demanding that the New York City Police Department fire Officer Daniel Pantaleo for the chokehold death of Eric Garner, and that it discipline all the officers involved in the case.
After 36 years in the military, Republican Anthony German is planning to file paperwork to run next year against Democratic Rep. Antonio Delgado in the 19th Congressional District, asserting Delgado isn’t representing the “values of the district.”
The NYPD Sergeants Benevolent Association union urged members to “pay close attention to every word” of an overtly racist video it shared over the weekend – in which a narrator bemoans “Section 8 scam artists and welfare queens” – before quickly deleting it.
New York City faces a growing threat from out-of-towner white supremacists taking their hateful agendas to the city through online message boards, xenophobic posters plastered in immigrant neighborhoods, even at public rallies in Manhattan.
New York’s long-awaited Child Victims Act went into effect at midnight, prompting an immediate flood of electronically filed state Supreme Court lawsuits, the majority of which targeted Roman Catholic dioceses across the state.
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The two staff members who were guarding the jail unit where Jeffrey Epstein apparently killed himself fell asleep and failed to check on him for about three hours, then falsified records to cover up their mistake.
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New York City has spent at least $8.8 million on cheap toilet paper since June 2013 – and the costs are piling up under de Blasio, with $1.58 million wasted on toilet paper last fiscal year alone.
For the first time in nearly a quarter-century, New York Public Radio has a new leader, with the nonprofit group announcing that its new chief executive would be Goli Sheikholeslami.
Assemblyman Erik Martin Dilan is poised to face his first primary challenge since winning the office in 2014 from Democratic Socialist of America member Boris Santos, chief of staff to state Sen. Julia Salazar, who defeated Dilan’s father in 2018.
The New York City Council passed a measure that will force the owners of buildings under a vacate order to pay for their tenants’ stays at hotels, motels or other forms of short-term shelter.
In an ongoing legal battle, an attorney for the state told a judge that New York’s new law to abolish the religious exemption from vaccination requirements is supported by 100 years’ worth of state and federal court decisions.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio offered a plum appointment to one of the investigators looking into his administration’s management of the New York City Housing Authority, but the nominee withdrew her name after conflict of interest concerns were raised.
Thousands of New Yorkers who were molested or sexually abused as children have been waiting for years – in many cases, for decades – for their day in court, and that day has arrived with about 385 claims filed by noon.
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Rep. Nydia Velázquez joined the growing number of officials calling for an investigation into the apparent suicide of Jeffrey Epstein in the federal Metropolitan Correctional Center in Manhattan.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced plans to introduce legislation meant to combat domestic terrorism in New York amid a renewed focus on hate crimes in the state and around the country.
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Editorial Pages
The door to justice for survivors of childhood sexual abuse opened a minute after midnight with the first electronic filings in state courts of what will be surely thousands of civil lawsuits seeking financial recompense for the torture endured at the hands of adults.
Whether the recent spate of NYPD suicides have personal origins, or stem from what officers see and experience professionally, it’s not surprising that they might need help, but it might not be easy for our toughest men and women to seek help themselves.
From City & State
National Politics
A Washington Post analysis of more than a century of National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration temperature data across the Lower 48 states has found that major areas are nearing or have already crossed the 2 degrees Celsius mark considered catastrophic for climate change..
President Donald Trump unexpectedly put off new tariffs on many Chinese goods until after the start of the Christmas shopping season, acknowledging the effect that his protracted trade war with Beijing could have on Americans.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi referred to U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell as “Moscow Mitch” during a political speech in Illinois as she chided the Kentucky Republican for blocking an array of legislation passed by her chamber this year.
Wall Street hoisted another hurricane warning on the economy, this time from the bond market, as fears continues to rise that a recession could arrive by next year, potentially crashing into President Donald Trump’s attempt to win a second term.
It would be historically inaccurate to reduce the contributions of black people to the vast material wealth created by their bondage – black Americans have also been, and continue to be, foundational to the idea of American freedom.
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In Depth
State-regulated health premiums for 2020 are rising faster than the medical inflation rate for the sixth year in a row, yet the officials insist they have saved consumers money because average premiums are lower than what insurers originally requested.
As climate change becomes a central focus of the 2020 Democratic presidential primary, de Blasio has often repeated the claim that the city has pulled $5 billion out of fossil fuel holdings from its pension fund, but the city has not divested any pension money yet.
Data on New York City’s evictions has been made public recently, but there has been little attention paid to the role that the city’s largest landlord, NYCHA, plays in contributing to evictions.
As New York City grapples with its constant demand for public spaces, some residents are objecting to restrictive and exclusionary designs and policies that they say reflect an increasingly hostile city.