New York CIty Council Member Ben Kallos

New York Daily News Wake-Up Call: 'Devastating' Sandy Rubenstein info, watching the NYPD watchdogs, and don't call him Sir Mike by Celeste Katz

Wake-Up Call: 'Devastating' Sandy Rubenstein info, watching the NYPD watchdogs, and don't call him Sir Mike

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Civilian Complaint Review Board Chairman Richard Emery and former Executive Director Tracy Catapano-Fox.SUSAN WATTS/NEW YORK DAILY NEWSCivilian Complaint Review Board Chairman Richard Emery and former Executive Director Tracy Catapano-Fox.

The police watchdog needs its own watchdog — the Civilian Complaint Review Board is in bed with the NYPD and has been ignoring and covering up misconduct, a bombshell lawsuit by its former executive director says. In papers filed Monday in Manhattan Federal Court, Tracey Catapano-Fox says the board improperly fired her after she sounded the alarm on board chair Richard Emery's "decision to collude" with the NYPD, and to turn a blind eye to rampant sexual harassment within the CCRB itself.

Lawyers for the woman who accused Sanford Rubenstein of rape said they have “devastating” information against the high-powered lawyer and blamed him for “trying to demonize” the alleged victim. “There’s a lot of new information that will be devastating to Mr. Rubenstein,” said lawyer Keith White, who added they are confident he will be indicted. “We want to give the district attorney a chance to take this information and do the right thing. . . . We expected the district attorney to do the right thing.”

For Mayor de Blasio, a public official’s loved ones are entitled to privacy — unless they are needed for campaigning. The mayor, who prominently featured his family in ads while running last year, criticized the press Monday for “going too far” in reporting on the private life of a top City Hall aide. Rachel Noerdlinger, chief of staff to New York’s First Lady Chirlane McCray, has been under fire following a report she is dating an ex-con who did time for manslaughter and has called police officers “pigs.”

Billionaire. Corporate titan. Mayor. And now, Honorary Knight of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire. Michael Bloomberg added yet another title to his list of honorifics on Monday when Queen Elizabeth made him an honorary knight. But don’t call him “Sir Mike.” Only Brits who are knighted get to use that title. Her majesty bestowed the honor on Bloomberg as a reward for his global philanthropy and his close ties to Britain in business and as mayor of New York City.

More powerful than a president, more influential than a mayor, it's... Preet Bharara. Worth Magazine put the crusading United States attorney at the pinnacle of its "100 Most Powerful People in Finance" list, two slots ahead of even President Obama. Bharara outranked Xi Jinping, president of China (#4), German Chancellor Angela Merkel (#5), and Britain's David Cameron (#7).

State Senate Republican Leader Dean Skelos.SETH WENIG/APState Senate Republican Leader Dean Skelos.

A Democratic takeover of the state Senate, which once seemed likely, is now far from a sure thing. Polls recently released by Siena College show GOP candidates leading comfortably in five in-play districts — including two in which Dems are the incumbents. “Four weeks out, I think it’s fair to say: Advantage Republicans,” said pollster Steven Greenberg.

SOP: "Meanwhile, don’t expect Governor Andrew Cuomo to be able to help much, at least when it comes to traditional public campaigning. 'I don’t think Andrew Cuomo is the asset in some upstate Senate districts that he would be in some downstate Senate [districts],' [Greenberg] said."

Cap NY: "To people embroiled in the debate over natural gas hydrofracking, Monday's revelation that the Cuomo administration edited and delated a federal geological study on fracking was further evidence of the administration putting politics before science."

Councillman Ben Kallos (D-Manhattan).JEFFERSON SIEGEL/NEW YORK DAILY NEWSCouncillman Ben Kallos (D-Manhattan).

Fifteen more city agencies will be required to distribute voter registration forms under a bill to be introduced in the City Council Tuesday. The bill sponsored by Councilman Ben Kallos (D-Manhattan) will require agencies like the NYPD, FDNY, the Human Resources Administration, which handles welfare benefits, and the Department for the Aging, which runs senior centers, to have the forms on hand at offices where they interact with the public.

Transgender New Yorkers would be able to change the gender listed on their birth certificate without proving they have had sex-reassignment surgery under a proposed overhaul to be introduced Tuesday. Councilman Corey Johnson (D-Manhattan) will introduce legislation to strip the surgery requirement from the city rules - and also remove any requirement to prove other medical treatment, such as hormone therapy.

WSJ: "The City Council’s transportation committee voted to advance a bill to require businesses with 20 or more full-time employees in New York City to offer federal commuter tax benefits for transit fare."

NYO: "Letitia James [is] still carving out an identity nine months into her tenure as the first public advocate to serve with a mayor belonging to the same political party."

Newsday: "Some of the unaccompanied minors who arrived in the United States this year and now attend Central Islip schools got a visit Monday from Rep. Peter King, who vowed again to press for federal funding to help schools with the added expense of the extra students."


Even with a fare hike that’s expected next year, the MTA will lack half the cash it needs for its $32 billion five-year capital plan. “There remains a significant funding gap,” the agency’s Stephanie DeLisle said at a City Council hearing Monday. An anticipated 4% fare hike won’t change that picture because the MTA is already counting that money in the $16.9 billion it has lined up, she said.

A new bill aims to snuff out the sale of flavored e-cigarettes in the city. The vapor-based smokes are popular in flavors like green apple, vanilla and cherry. Councilman Costa Constantinides (D-Queens) will introduce legislation Tuesday to ban the fruity flavors, saying they entice kids to start puffing on the devices. “These flavors are direct marketing to children,” Constantinides said. “They appeal to children, and we’re taking them out of that market.”


Wedding bells for same-sex couples will soon ring out in 11 more states — many of them deeply conservative. And, many legal experts said, it’s likely just a matter of time before same-sex marriages will be legal across America, after the Supreme Court on Monday let stand several lower-court decisions allowing gay weddings. In effect, the Supreme Court made history by doing nothing. The justices declined to hear challenges by five states to appellate court rulings upholding the right to same-sex marriage.

WaPo: "President Obama said Monday the U.S. government would increase passenger screenings in the United States and Africa to detect the Ebola virus, even as he resisted calls to impose a ban on those traveling from the three countries most affected by the outbreak."

Herman Cain is back: The former Republican presidential candidate launched on Monday a subscription-based online television network bearing his own name, giving fans the opportunity to hear his Georgia-tinged accent all hours of the day.The site follows that of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, who created a similar venture in July called

AP: "Isamu Akasaki and Hiroshi Amano of Japan and U.S. scientist Shuji Nakamura won the Nobel Prize in physics on Tuesday for the invention of blue light-emitting diodes — a new energy efficient and environment-friendly light source."

A Bob Eckstein cartoon:

Leaders' Lineup:

President Obama is in Washington, New York, and Connecticut

10:00 AM: Receives the Presidential Daily Briefing, Oval Office

1:40 PM: Arrives New York, John F. Kennedy International Airport

2:25 PM: Attends a DNC Roundtable, Private Residence

4:10 PM: Attends a DNC event, White Street Restaurant

6:40 PM: Delivers remarks and takes questions at a DSCC event, Private Residence, Greenwich, Conn.

8:05 PM: Departs New York

Gov. Cuomo is in New York City

10:00 AM: Attends Global NY Summit, Makes Announcement, Jacob Javits Center, Manhattan

Mayor de Blasio is in New York City

11:00 AM: Hosts Press Conference to Make Announcement, Bowne Playground, 142-30 Barclay Avenue, Queens

Tuning In:

"The Joe Piscopo Show," AM 970, 6 a.m.: Rep. Peter King, Chairman of the Homeland Security Subcommittee on Counterintelligence & Terrorism; Chris Brubeck, Grammy-nominated composer; John Stossel, host of “Stossel” on Fox Business; Judge Andrew Napolitano, senior judicial analyst for Fox News Channel.

"The Brian Lehrer Show,” WNYC 93.9 FM, 10 a.m.: "25 years in 25 days continues with the OJ Simpson trial in 1995, the re-launch of Schoolbook; Bob Herbert on inequality and the benefits of getting fit through running as we age."

"Inside City Hall," NY1, 7 p.m.: A panel on gentrification and development in central Brooklyn; The NY1 Wise Guys.

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