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City and State First Read City & State First Read - October 7, 2014 by City & State

City & State First Read - October 7, 2014


* New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio called the aide, Rachel Noerdlinger, “a good public servant” and said she did not intend to deceive by failing to disclose her relationship, The New York Times reports: 

* Terry and Kim Pegula are expected to receive unanimous approval Wednesday from the NFL to become the official owners of the Bills during the league's annual fall meetings, WGRZ reports:

* Most of the money from this week’s expected $1.4 billion sale of the Buffalo will go into the Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation, to focus its spending on his hometown of Detroit and his football town, Buffalo—two of the poorest cities in the country, the Buffalo News writes:

* At Bowne Playground in Queens, de Blasio is expected to announce an ambitious initiative that would channel some $130 million into tattered parks and playgrounds in low-income neighborhoods across New York City, The New York Times reports:

* A bombshell lawsuit by its former executive director says the Civilian Complaint Review Board is in bed with the New York City Police Department and has been ignoring and covering up misconduct, the Daily News reports:

* The de Blasio administration is paying higher-than-market rent for two of the three Success Academy charter schools that it denied space to last winter, but then scrambled to house after criticism from charter supporters, The Wall Street Journal writes:

* The MTA suffered more than $200 million in unexpected losses scrambling to install high-tech surveillance equipment to protect subway riders from potential terror attacks after defense contractor Lockheed Martin failed to deliver, the New York Post reports:

* The New York City Council’s transportation committee voted to advance a bill to require businesses with 20 or more full-time employees in the city to offer federal commuter tax benefits for transit fare, the Journal reports:

* Only two in five New York State high-school students are ready for college-level work, according to College Board test results released early Tuesday, the Post writes:


* The Observer takes an in depth look at how New York City Public Advocate Letitia James has wielding the public advocate's bully pulpit and how she's differed from her predecessors:


Pace University will host the Summit on Resilience II on Monday, October 20. Key speakers include Patrick J. Foye, Executive Director, the Port Authority of NY and NJ, and Rockefeller Foundation’s Michael Berkowitz, President, 100 Resilient Cities. Discussions include what lessons were learned from Superstorm Sandy and strategies to build resilience through improved cooperation and communication among public and private organizations and the public. For more information and to register, visit



* With another lawmaker accused of filing tens of thousands of dollars in improper expense claims, the public is left to wonder why this system hasn’t been fixed, the Times Union writes:

* De Blasio’s continuing support of Noerdlinger and the Rev. Al Sharpton risks permanently damaging his relationship with the NYPD, Len Levitt writes in am New York:

* The state Legislature should pass a bill raising the minimum wage and indexing it to the Consumer Price Index, Assemblywoman Crystal Peoples-Stokes writes in the Buffalo News:


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* John Prato, consul general of Canada in New York, discusses the close ties between the state and our neighbors to the North and the opportunities to strengthen those ties, especially in Western New York:

* Philippe Couillard, Premier of Quebec, discussed the importance of balanced budgets, plans for foreign investment and the booming energy industry in a speech to the Foreign Policy Association last month:

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY: To Assemblyman-elect Charles Barron … to Corey Bearak, government and public affairs counselor … to Kat Stoeffel, New York City magazine reporter … to Greg Hanlon, Capital New York contributor … to former New York City mayoral candidate Joe Lhota … toJohanna Greenbaum, vice president of the Park Tower Group … and to Celeste Morris, president of MorrisAllsop Public Affairs.


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8:45 a.m. - AARP holds roundtable breakfast with Erie County community leaders to discuss Boomer Flight and impact of the 50+ on the local economy, Buffalo Hyatt Regency Hotel, 2 Fountain Plaza, Buffalo.

8:30 a.m. - Republican lieutenant governor candidate Chris Moss appears on WLEA 1480, listen here:

9 a.m. - Republican attorney general candidate John Cahill attends Clergy United Breakfast, Robert Ross Family Life Center, 172-17 Linden Blvd., Queens.

9 a.m. - New York City Councilman Andy King and other elected officials as well as members of local clergy introduce bill allowing defense attorneys greater access to evidence, steps of City Hall, Manhattan.

9:30 a.m. - Assemblyman David Buchwald hosts small business forum, White Plains Library, 100 Martine Ave., White Plains.

10 a.m. - Gov. Andrew Cuomo makes announcement at Global NY Summit, Jacob Javits Center, 655 W. 34th St., Manhattan.

10 a.m. - Community leaders denounce gun violence at NYCHA developments, 70 Bush St., Brooklyn.

10 a.m. - New York City Councilman Ben Kallos and other elected officials host senior citizen health fair, Lenox Hill Neighborhood House, 331 E. 70th St., Manhattan.

10 a.m. - Republican candidate for governor Astorino makes an important announcement outside the United Nations, Dag Hammarskjold Plaza, 47th St. and 1st Ave., Manhattan.

10:30 a.m. - Green Party candidate for governor Howie Hawkins and lieutenant governor candidate Brian Jones discuss their progressive agenda for full funding of public schools, 2013 E. Genesee St., Syracuse.

10:30 a.m. - Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis and state Conservative Party leaders urge people to vote yes on Proposal #2 on the ballot in November, 486 78th St., Brooklyn.

11 a.m. - New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio makes announcement about Community Park Initiative with New York City Councilman Peter Koo, Bowne Playground, 142-30 Barclay Ave., Queens.

11 a.m. - Moss tours Hudson Falls downtown businesses, 210 Main St., Hudson Falls.

11 a.m. - Rep. Paul Tonko, Skidmore College President Philip Glotzbach and Janet Joseph, Vice President for Technology and Strategic Planning, New York State Energy Research and Development Authority hold ribbon-cutting to celebrate completion of solar electric project, 100 Denton Rd., Greenfield Center.

11 a.m. - New York City Councilman Stephen Levin and Councilman Antonio Reynoso along with environmental advocates hold press conference calling for more equitable distribution of waste transfer stations, City Hall Steps, Manhattan.

11 a.m. - The Capitol Pressroom features state Sen. John DeFrancisco, Democratic state Sen. candidate Andrea Starzak, Rockey Moretti from TRIP and Republican comptroller candidate Bob Antonacci, WCNY, listen here:

11 a.m. - Lieutenant Governor Robert Duffy delivers remarks at 17th annual Fallen Firefighters memorial ceremony, Empire State Plaza, Albany.

11:30 a.m. - Comptroller Tom DiNapoli releases annual Wall Street report.

11:30 a.m.  - Astorino tours various Hispanic-owned businesses in Queens, Sabor Ecuatoriano Bakery, 40-42 82nd St., Queens.

11:30 a.m. - Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer speaks at the ceremony unveiling a Cultural Medallion at the former residence of Bella Abzug, 2 Fifth Ave., Manhattan.

12 p.m. - New York City Councilman Costa Constantinides and other elected officials call for a better deal from the Astoria Cove housing project, Steps of City Hall, Manhattan.

12:30 p.m. - Antonacci holds Town of Salina Senior Meeting, Town Hall, Liverpool.

1 p.m. - New York City Councilwoman Laurie Cumbo and Councilwoman Vanessa Gibson lead a press conference with elected officials announcing funding for initiatives to combat domestic violence, City Hall steps, Manhattan.

1 p.m. - Moss tours Cranesville Block Quarry, 774 Route 5s, Amsterdam.

1 p.m. - New York City Councilman Jumaane Williams joins a panel on Community Safety Act and police reform in New York City during Gun Violence Prevention and Solutions Forum, Jerry Sue Thornton Center at Cuyahoga Community College, 2500 E. 22nd St., Cleveland, OH.

1 p.m. – New York City Public Advocate Letitia James attends a stated hearing, New York City Council Chambers, City Hall, Manhattan.

1 p.m. - Brewer sponsors and attends a Senior Citizen/Disabled Rent Increase Exemption (SCRIE/DRIE) clinic to help those typically on fixed incomes qualify for the rent- freeze program expanded by Albany this year. Arc Senior Center, 4111 Broadway, Manhattan.

2 p.m. - Rep. Carolyn Maloney, Rep. Jerrold Nadler and Rep. Pete King join advocates and labor leaders to urge 9/11 cancer victims to register for Victim Compensation Fund, 7 World Trade Center, Manhattan.

2:30 p.m. - Lt. Gov. Duffy delivers remarks at Union College’s sexual assault and domestic violence awareness seminar, The Nott Memorial, 807 Union St., Schenectady.

3 p.m. - Moss greets employees at Remington Firearms Plant, 14 Hoefler Ave., Ilion.

3 p.m. - New York City Council Majority Leader Jimmy Van Bramer and other elected officials vote and hold rally for Justice for Jazz resolution, City Hall, Council Chambers, Manhattan.

4 p.m. - Alexis Grenell, Jef Pollock, Basil Smikle and Lincoln Mitchell hold panel discussion on Political Consulting and Running Elections, moderated by Prof. Robert Shapiro, Columbia University, Lerner Hall, Room 569, Manhattan.

4 p.m. - Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. and Bronx Community College hold reception and grand tour of the Hall of Fame for Great Americans, Gould Memorial Library Rotunda, Sedgwick Ave. and Hall of Fame Terrace, Bronx.

4 p.m. - Councilman Williams meets Cleveland State University Student Groups, including Latinos Unidos, Black Law Students Association, American Constitutions Society, Democratic Law Organization and others, Cleveland State University, 2121 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, OH.

6 p.m. - Astorino hosts Smithtown town hall meeting, Elks Lodge Smithtown, 120 Edgewood Ave., Smithtown. 

6 p.m. - New York City Economic Development President Kyle Kimball and others deliver remarks at Resiliency Innovations for a Stronger Economy (RISE) demo night, The New York Academy of Sciences, 7 World Trade Center, 250 Greenwich St., Manhattan.

7 p.m. - Lt. Gov. candidate Brian Jones holds Save our Public Schools talk, University United Methodist Church, 1085 East Genesee St., Syracuse.

7 p.m. and 10 p.m. - Inside City Hall features a panel on gentrification and the NY1 Wise Guys, Time Warner Cable News NY1.

8 p.m. - Astorino attends the Babylon GOP Reception, Unqua Corinthian Yacht Club, 31 Unqua Place, Amityville.

8 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. – Capital Tonight features: state Sen. Mike Gianaris and the Insiders, Time Warner Cable News.


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KICKER:  “This notion of ‘Let’s talk about people’s boyfriends, let’s talk about their children,’ it’s just going too far.” – Mayor Bill de Blasio, on the scandals surrounding Rachel Noerdlinger, via the Times

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