City and State First Read City & State First Read - November 17, 2014 by City & State

City and State First Read
City and State First Read
City & State First Read - November 17, 2014
City & State




WEATHER: Snow in Western New York. Rain throughout the rest of the state. New York City, high 56; Albany, high 41; Buffalo, high 35.


HIGH STAKES: New York’s rent regulation laws are due to sunset on June 15 and the battle over whether to revise, expand or do away with them will likely be the defining showdown next year in Albany, City Limits executive editor and publisher Jarrett Murphy writes in his cover story for City & State:


GIANT TALENT: Tiki Barber, the all-time leading rusher for the New York Giants, spoke with City & State’s Jon Lentz about life after professional sports, the midterm elections and his latest business venture:



* On Monday, billionaire businessman Barry Diller and the Hudson River Park Trust are expected to announce the creation of a $130 million, 2.7-acre pier, public park and performance space near New York’s Meatpacking District, The Wall Street Journal reports:

* Just 18 percent of the state’s 10.8 million registered voters actually voted for Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who beat Republican Rob Astorino by 13 points and he only got 743,679 votes in New York City, compared to de Blasio’s 795,679 votes in 2013, the Daily News’ Ken Lovett reports:

* New York GOP Chairman Ed Cox predicted that New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, not Hillary Clinton, will be the Democratic nominee for president in 2016, the New York Post’s Fred Dicker reports:

* In his next term, state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli will examine the effectiveness of economic development programs and rates paid for state contractors, keep auditors monitoring the fiscal health of communities and bolster the fight against public corruption, the Associated Press reports:

* When the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s board members meet this week, they are expected to discuss proposals for a 4 percent increase in fares and tolls across the system’s trains, buses, tunnels and bridges, The New York Times reports:

* The board of trustees at the City University of New York is debating whether to sell millions of dollars in investments in fossil-fuel companies amid growing demands from students, faculty and lawmakers, the Journal writes:

* New statistics show New York City experienced the lowest crime rate in August, September and October since at least 1994 and the rate is down 7.9 percent for the last three months as compared to the same period last year, the Daily News reports:



* Gotham Gazette takes an in depth look at New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer’s first year in office, measuring his achievements and his public feud with de Blasio:



The teenage son of controversial mayoral aide Rachel Noerdlinger spent nearly 24 hours in jail after being busted in Washington Heights Friday night on a misdemeanor trespassing rap, the Post reports:

* The state should raise its cap to allow more charter schools, the state Board of Regents Chancellor Merryl Tisch said Sunday, running counter to the city administration’s position, the Daily News writes:

A controversial $95 million computer system that tracks and distributes student scores and other data is being abandoned by the city Education Department, the Daily News reports:

Senator Chuck Schumer said on Sunday he'd like to amend President Obama's $6 billion request for emergency funding to combat Ebola so that more of the money is spent in the U.S., particularly in New York City, Capital New York reports:

* A group of 10 contractors and one developer building affordable units across New York City owe $11.8 million this year to workers cheated out of wages they were supposed to get, the Daily News reports:


Have a tip or story idea about infrastructure and economic development? Email policy reporter Wilder Fleming at Wflemingatcityandstateny [dot] com



Working families are already overtaxed for almost everything we buy.  Yet the New York City Council is considering a bill that would make even our groceries more expensive by taxing grocery bags. Plastic bags are 100% recyclable, convenient and highly reused.  Taxing our grocery bags would have no meaningful impact on the environment, but a hugely negative impact on our wallets.  Tell the City Council not to over-tax working New Yorkers. Take action at




* Debating whether state lawmakers should receive a pay raise is something a commission should do—it should hold public hearings, draft a report, take comment and deliver final recommendations in 2016, the Times Union writes:

* New York’s minor-party system has been allowing entities like the Working Families Party to defraud voters for years and ending cross-endorsements would go a long way to clean up political corruption, the Post writes:

* The Public Service Commission should only approve the Time Warner Cable/Comcast merger if it benefits all New Yorkers by taking meaningful steps to achieve universal broadband in order to bridge our city's digital divide, New York City Councilman Benjamin Kallos writes in the Huffington Post:



Every public school deserves public funding for space. Yet, 127 public charters across New York State divert $118 million out of the classroom to pay rent in private facilities. Tuesday, 11/18 at 10:30 am at 1 Bowling Green, a classroom of students from across the 5 boroughs will be receiving a lesson in state funding to bring the message home: #BuildingEqualityNow.  The NYC Charter School Center and the Northeast Charter School Network invite you to join NY’s charter schools in calling for equal funding for ALL public schools.




40 UNDER 40 INTERVIEWS: City & State Editor-in-chief Morgan Pehme interviewed some of the 40 Under 40 New York City Rising Stars at our cocktail reception in October. We’ll be rolling them out all week, so stay tuned:

Alex Moore, communications director for Teamsters Joint Council 16:

Janna Pea, communications director for the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union:

Kamian Allen, senior director at The TASC Group: