Monday, August 3, 2015

True News: 19 Shooting in Crookyn de Blasio Become the New Brooklyn Dodger

As Hip Brooklyn Returns to Crooklyn the Mayor Hides in Manhattan
Residents blame de Blasio for crime in ‘Crooklyn’ (NYP) Brooklyn residents said Sunday that they fear the return of the bad old days of “Crooklyn” — and placed the blame squarely on Mayor de Blasio — after a bloody weekend in which at least 19 people were shot in the borough. “This was never the best area, but it has gotten worse out here since this new mayor,” she said. “He seems out of touch.’’ Cops guarding de Blasio wouldn’t let reporters get near him at a parade in Queens, but a spokeswoman said Hizzoner “takes very seriously each incident and has directed NYPD to beef up its presence in these areas. “Overall crime is going down, but Mayor de Blasio will continue to be diligent about preventing crime and locking up criminals,” press secretary Karen Hinton added. Blasio 'left Crooklyn for Manhattan with his entourage of bodyguards and SUVs'...."
The surge in shootings is due to the hot weather, not lack of wariness of the police, eh? Bratton is a pol. 

Reports of 9 to 13 People Shot At Brooklyn Party . . .  20+ Shooting This Weekend?
Brooklyn: Stanley Ave & Crescent St. Mass Shooting in @NYPD75Pct U/D; Total of 13 people shot, 2 in serious cond. * CHAOS IN BROOKLYN13people shot, 2 in serious condition, after bullets ring out during wild houseparty (NYDN) * 'Everybody was laying down 'til the shooting stopped': 13 people shot, 2 in serious condition, after bullets ring out during wild Brooklyn house party (NYDN) * [CNN] 10 shot at Brooklynhouse party  * Police: Gunfire at Brooklyn Backyard Party Injures 9 (NYT) Police say gunfire broke out at a backyard party in Brooklyn overnight, injuring nine people. * 9 shot at Brooklyn backyardparty(ABC) * 'THERE WERE BODIES ON THE GROUND': Nine wounded, 2 in serious condition, in shootout at Brooklyn house party (NYDN) * NOW ON NEWS 4: Community leaders call for end to gunviolence after deadly weekend in NYC (WNBC) *   Bratton: We can't repeat the 1970's again (Fox) It was a weekend of gun violence that sadly; no one believes it will be the last. In East New York, 9 people were shot and wounded at a barbecue. And in the Bronx, 20 year-old Christian Garcia was ... Video of Shooter Surveillance video shows the moments gunfire erupted at a Brooklyn party. @MarksPIXhas the story at 10.   * "It's Crazy Out Here": Community Leaders,Activists Call for End to Gun Violence After Deadly Weekend in NYC (WNBC) *  Duo arraigned in Central Park mugging (NYP) * * Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams demanded $10 million from City Hall to fund “emergency” anti-gun violence initiatives following a weekend of deadly shootings, the Observer reports: 

Even After A Weekend of Shooting Chaso the Times Spins to Protect de Blasio
9 Injured in Shooting in Brooklyn (NYT) The violence came after a week of relative calm in New York in which shootings were sharply down in some precincts compared with the same period last year.
Increasing # of shootings show the PR foolishness of DEB & Bratton & some in press of touting meaningless short term crime stats

Crime wave grips Central Park (NYP)  The West Side man’s chokehold mugging was the 20th forcible robbery in the park so far this year. That’s twice as many as during the first seven months of 2014, when there were 10, according to statistics from the Central Park Precinct. * 1 dead, 7 injured after string of shootings in Brooklyn (NYP) * Brooklyn: 5 people shot in @NYPD75PctEMS requested on a rush. #Breaking * Brooklyn: Stanley Ave & Crescent St U/D Total of 9 people shot in @NYPD75Pct, at least 1 likely. Req additional EMS. Crime scene established
 Brooklyn: Stanley Ave & Crescent St. U/D; @NYPD75Pct reporting total of 10 people shot at a party. Active perp search. #Breaking * Brooklyn: N Oxford Walk & Park Ave. @NYPD88Pct reporting a male shot Requesting EMS on a rush. Crime scene being established. *  UPDATE ON MASS SHOOTING IN BROOKLYN: NYPD says ELEVEN PEOPLE just shot at a party on Stanley Ave & Hemlock St. At least is likely to die. * BROOKLYN MASS SHOOTING: - 11 people shot - 1 likely to die - At a party - Suspect at large - EMS declare Mass Casualty Incident * At least 10 people shot during house party in East New York(NYP)  * 1 killed, 2 injured in shooting  * Two people killed and 11 injured in three overnight shootingsin New York City * @CommissBratton says cops will be trained to deal with mentally ill to help solve homelessissue (NYDN)

 Was A Black Mayor Dinkins Treated Differently By the Press On Crime Than White Pols?
During the Dinkins administration a front-page headline in the New York Post had screamed: “Dave do something!”— a direct call to then mayor David Dinkins to get crime down fast. What Dinkins' did with the help of Albany was dramatically increase the size of the NYPD. As the number of NYPD increased during during the next 20 years crime when down to record levels.  With budget cuts this year the number of NYPD will be down to the level before the Dinkins and Giuliani increases.  We have a press and political system that allows mayor and future mayors to chose the issues that are covered in the media.  We know the mayor wants to go on Meet the Press to talk national issues, mayoral candidate Quinn wants gay marriage, Weiner will do anything to get himself a headline, Liu wants to drop audit bombs on the mayor contracts to win him points with unions while hiding in the comptroller office, Stringer wants to rebuild the infrastructure and deBlaiso will think of of angles to get in the paper.  But nobody want to talk about the growing crime problem and the press will not hold today's incumbents feet to the filed like that did former Mayor Dinkins

Is de Blasio Using His 2013 Campaign Account to Supplement Pay the Director of His One NY PAC?
What the NYP Left Out That The CFB Needs to Know and Investigate
Hilltop Public Solutions Bill Hyers works for de Blaiso campaign slush Fund One New York. Like de Blasio other lobbyists who works for One NY Berlin Rosen Hyers hides behind his public relations title and is not a registered lobbyits.  Bill Hyers also work for Airbnb along with registered lobbyists who helps fund the mayor's slush fund One NY.

de Blasio 365 24/7 Campaign 
de Blasio 2013 Pays His Campaign Consultant and the CFB Looks the Other Way
Campaign finance experts are puzzled as to why New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s 2013 campaign committee continues to pay for services from a public-relations firm more than a year after the election ended
De Blasio’s campaign committee still paying firm over a year later (NYP)  Mayor de Blasio’s 2013 campaign committee has continued to pay big bucks for services from a prominent public-relations firm more than a year after the mayoral race ended, records show. The New Yorkers for de Blasio committee earmarked $45,000 for the Brooklyn arm of DC-based Hilltop Public Solutions between January and July 2015 — including four months each of $10,000 in billings, according to state campaign filings. A spokesman for BerlinRosen, another consulting firm that helped manage de Blasio’s successful run for City Hall, declined to explain the nature of the public-relations work required of Hilltop 12 to 18 months after the election. “Hilltop is being paid for their work winding down the 2013 campaign committee, as required by campaign-finance rules,” said the spokesman, Dan Levitan. Even after the recent payouts, the committee still has $390,000 in its account. That money can’t be rolled over, can’t pay for services toward the upcoming 2017 campaign, and can’t go toward paying bonuses, according to campaign-finance rules. When the account closes, the balance will go to city coffers because it’s considered taxpayer money that was given to the campaign as matching public funds, according to Connor. He said the payments to Hilltop are worthy of “scrutiny,” but emphasized that only an audit could determine whether the new work falls within the guidelines of allowable spending. Nicholas Baldick, Hilltop’s founder and managing partner, raised money for the de Blasio campaign. A spokesman for the Campaign Finance Board declined to comment.

de Blasio Planing World War II Against Albany
With control of the state Senate up for grabs in the 2016 elections, a number of powerful unions have already been discussing ways they could jointly work to help Democrats in key races. Officials from 32BJ, Local 1199 of SEIU, the Hotel and Motel Trades Council, Communications Workers of America, and the labor friendly Citizens Action met last week to discuss potential Senate Democratic candidates. The powerful state teachers union was not represented at the meeting, but has been involved in the talks, sources said. Several insiders said the unions were brought together by Mayor de Blasio's political team. De Blasio, whose spokeswoman had no comment, was heavily invested in the unsuccessful effort in 2014 in trying to flip the Senate. One GOPer gleefully noted that the Dems that de Blasio helped back last year lost in all but one race. The GOP, which helped block much of de Blasio's agenda this past legislative session, plan to use the liberal mayor as an issue in upstate and Long Island races. By getting ready for Round 2, insiders say the mayor knows he is likely writing off a robust 2016 Albany agenda in hopes of the long-term benefits if he succeeds in helping the Democrats win the Senate. Noting how a Long Island Senate Democratic candidate in 2014 wound up being arrested, the union source said it would be "malpractice" not to start early in vetting potential candidates already out there or suggesting others who might make sense to back. But the source stressed it was too early to say just how much the unions as a group will get involved in the overall effort to flip the Senate. He noted there are Republicans some unions won't work against.  Others say 1199 and HTC won't go all-in without a sign off from Cuomo.

7 Future Albany Crooked Pols? 
The state Board of Elections enforcement unit has referred seven cases for potential criminal prosecution to district attorneys and state officials since the unit started nearly a year ago
State probe intopols lead to 7 criminal referrals (NYDN)  In more bad news for corrupt politicians, the new state Board of Elections enforcement unit has referred seven cases for potential criminal prosecution since it started work almost a year ago. Some were referred to local district attorneys and others to the state attorney general's office, said Board of Elections Chief Enforcement Officer Risa Sugarman. "We look at personal use (of campaign funds)," she said. "We take deep dives into the financial disclosure or the lack of financial disclosure and violations of election law." And there's more criminal referrals potentially coming. Sugarman indicated there are eight open cases her office is handling in which subpoenas have been issued. All told, Sugarman said since last September she has asked the four-member Board of Elections for permission to issue subpoenas in 19 cases. Two were rejected and 17 went forward, with Sugarman forced to twice cast a tie-breaking vote. The enforcement unit was created amid controversy as part of a 2014 ethics package approved by the Legislature only after Gov. Cuomo agreed to abruptly shut down his anti-corruption Moreland Commissionthat had been investigating state government corruption.

More Rapfogel Type Charitable Pork to Pols
Political donations by charitable groups draw ire, scrutiny (NYP)  Charitable donations that are supposed to aid the needy are ending up in the coffers of politicians — in violation of federal law, The Post has learned. Sources who work for charities said they feel pressured to give back. For example, the Community Resources Capital Foundation of Staten Island, a group that raises funds to serve the developmentally disabled, contributed $625 to the borough’s Conservative Party in April 2014. “We had to buy tickets,” development director Barbara Devaney said. “That’s the way it was presented to us.” Some not-for-profit groups have long had incestuous relationships with local political leaders. The landmark Apollo Theater Foundation in Harlem funneled $8,757.90 to the Manhattan Democratic Party last year, records show. Apollo is so connected to Harlem Democratic power brokers that its board of directors was once chaired by Rep. Charles Rangel. But the Harlem cultural charity claimed the funding was not a political donation. Even wealthy philanthropists dip into their charities for politics, among them The Price Family Foundation, which donated $8,000 to the state Republican Party last year.

Cuomo and the AG Stroking the DAs AG Investigating Mount Vernon 
Gov. Andrew Cuomo and state AG Eric Schneiderman secretly assured the state’s 62 district attorneys that they are competent to prosecute Eric Garner-type killings by police — even as they stripped them of their power to do so and publicly questioned their objectivity, Fred Dicker reports.  * Schneiderman’s Office To Investigate Death Of Mount Vernon Woman (YNN) * Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s office will use its special prosecutor status for the first time to investigate the death of Raynette Turner, a black woman who died in a Mount Vernon holding cell, State of Politicsreports:  *

True News 1st to Report LaGuardia Overhaul to Take Longer Experts Now Agree
True News Last Week: If the LIRR Link to Grand Central is A Learning Tool La Guardia Airport Will Not Open Until 2050
Experts: LaGuardia makeover will take longer than expected (NYP) The overhaul of LaGuardia Airport will likely take years longer than planned — and create a snarl of air traffic no matter what, experts told The Post. While Port Authority officials have insisted that there will be minimal disruptions during the five-year rebuild, urban planners say there are bound to be hiccups. “Construction always constricts movement,” said Rae Zimmerman, an urban planning professor at New York University. The project will also require cooperation among the Port Authority, Federal Aviation Administration, all the airlines at LaGuardia and others — creating many potential headaches. “It is going to be even harder when there are a lot of agencies involved,” noted Richard Barone, director of transportation programs at the Regional Plan Association. “It will affect the time it takes to get the project completed.”

Daily News Names A Bunch of Councilmembers Heros for Not Taking Lulus
Naming the names of NYC Councilmembers who do the right thing on lulus, and those who don't (NYDN Ed) Twice a year, the speaker doles out bonuses to members as rewards for obeisance. The Council justifies the payments, known as lulus, by calling them compensation for added committee duties that supplements the standard annual salary of $112,500. Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito decides who gets how much, placing her in the position of, in effect, legally buying votes. The practice is unknown in federal, state and local legislatures across the country — although it’s a way of life and graft in Albany. Eleven of the 51 members refuse the money on the principle that all lawmakers should be paid the same, as is the case in Congress for everyone from the least to the most senior. Here are the local heroes: Jimmy Van Bramer of Queens, who turns back $20,000 yearly; Brad Lander from Brooklyn and Dan Garodnick of Manhattan, who say no to $15,000 each; and Rory Lancman of Queens, Alan Maisel, Carlos Menchaca and Mark Treyger of Brooklyn, Andy Cohen of the Bronx, Ben Kallos, Mark Levine and Helen Rosenthal of Manhattan, all of whom relinquish $8,000. Despite having told this Editorial Board or the good-government group Citizens Union that lulus should be limited only to the top leadership, six members pocket the money: Corey Johnson and Ydanis Rodriguez of Manhattan, Daneek Miller, Danny Dromm and Paul Vallone of Queens and Vinny Gentile of Brooklyn. Seventeen supposed reformers take the money and claim without proof to donate it to charity: From Brooklyn, Robert Cornegy, David Greenfield, Antonio Reynoso, Darlene Mealy, Mathieu Eugene, Rafael Espinal, Chaim Deutsch and Inez Barron. From Queens, Costa Constantinides, Julissa Ferreras, Peter Koo, Karen Koslowitz and Eric Ulrich. From the Bronx, Fernando Cabrera and Ritchie Torres. From Staten Island, Debi Rose. From Manhattan, Inez Dickens. The rest of the Council makes no bones about grabbing the cash even as they cheapen their offices.
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City Hall Pressure On Teachers to Pass Students
Not to Education To Pass Them Along
Teacher explains why she passed student who ‘deserved’ to fail (NYP) Teacher explains why she passed student who ‘deserved’ to fail. “It was not an ideal situation,” McHale acknowledged to The Post at her Queens home. “If we don’t meet our academic goals, we are deemed failures as teachers. There is a tremendous amount of pressure on us as teachers.”

More DOE Grade Fixing
I don’t like receiving what I would call a handout, but that’s what happened. New York City gave me a ­diploma I didn’t deserve.
Student’s stunning plea: Why did NYC let me graduate high school? (NYP) Melissa Mejia, 18, was stunned and embarrassed when officials at William Cullen Bryant HS in Long Island City, Queens, told her she had met all the requirements to receive a diploma in June. She knew she hadn’t. Teachers say Melissa is just one of a number of students magically given credits for classes they failed in an effort by administrators to raise Bryant’s graduation rate. She told her story to The Post’s Susan Edelman. * Queens billionaire donates $8.5 million to open new charter schools (NYDN) * The New York City Department of Education plans to investigate whether roughly three dozen private yeshivas are providing an adequate education in secular subjects like English, math and science, The NewYork Times writes: * The Post writes that New York City Schools ChancellorCarmen Farina’s denial that credit recovery abuse shows the need for reform makes her just as complicit as teachers who stay silent in the schools:

NY1's Lobbyists and Clueless Young Journalists
On NY1 A Lot About More Homelessness But No Why . . .  What is Causing 20 Reversal?
No Fault Homelessness? The journalism roundtable on last night Inside City Hall need to explain more than there are more bums on the street, they need to explain why they have appeared.  Are they appearing because the cops are not moving them alone and they fell embolden?  Have the housing policies like 421-a, Airbnb and Vacancy Decontrol forced more New Yorkers onto the street?  Every journalism school teaches even young journalists to ask the who question. Is it part of these young Journalists Culture to To Find the Truth? Interesting . . New York City Starts Moving Tenants From ‘Three-Quarter’ Homes, but Others Are Left Behind (NYT) A task force has relocated more than 200 people from the overcrowded, unregulated dwellings, but the city still faces many challenges in resolving the problem.* NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton says the homelessness problem is worse in LA than in NYC.

Josh Dawsey of the Wall Street Journal “The Mayor’s Office has taken A Lot of Heat on the Homelessness. Some of the things have come home to roost as far as the political concerns.”

Errol Louis NY1's Host "Before the last bunch of stories, I have noticed it when from every day other day to every day (seeing Homeless). Then it when to almost every train that you see people who are in observes distress."

Jeff Mays from DNA Info “I Seen More Homeless" 
Emma Fitzsimmons from the New York Times “I See It My Self”

Jennifer Fermino of the New York Daily News Response to Louis Question on if She See More Homeless: Shakes her Head Yes “Yea 100%”
How Team de Blasio (Berlin Rosen) Tried to Blame Homelessness and the NYCHA Mess On Cuomo 
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NY1 Goes After the Connected Guy Who Hired Skelos' Son But Leaves Out Their Wiseguy Shadow Govt D'amato is His Lobbyists 
Skelos indictment points to medical malpractice firm (Capital) Last year, P.R.I. retained four firms to lobby the governor and his administration as well as both branches of the Legislature on a number of issues related to medical malpractice law. One of the company’s frequent lobbyists for the past half decade has been Brian R. Meara, the lobbyist widely reported to have acted as a cooperating witness in the federal indictment brought against former Assembly speaker Sheldon Silver. A call to Meara was not returned. The company has previously retained Nassau County power broker Joseph Margiotta, who died in 2008, as one of its lobbyists, as well as Park Strategies, the lobbying firm founded by former U.S. Republican Senator Al D’Amato. A spokeswoman for Park Strategies declined to comment.
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NY1's Fink Leaves Out What the Bonomo's Lobbyists D'Amato
Lobbyists Miller Works for D'Amato and Lobbyist McCaughey BF Is A Leader of the Manhattan Institute Whose Lobbyist is D'Amato
Man Believed atCenter of Skelos Indictments Has History of Campaign Donations (NY1) The man believed to be at the center of the latest indictment against former State Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos and his son, Adam, is a major political donor who has given to both parties for years. Zack Fink filed this report. In March, Businessman Anthony Bonomo gave $50,000 to Governor Andrew Cuomo's political committee. Just a few days later, Cuomo appointed him head of NYRA, the New York State Racing Association. Bonomo also was a heavy donor to then Senate Majority leader Dean Skelos, who, with his son Adam, was charged with corruption by the U.S. Attorney. Bonomo took a leave of absence from NYRA in June, after Skelos and his son were first indicted. "The big donors give to everyone," said Dick Dadey of Citizens Union. * NT1 the wise guys Koch, McCall and D'Amato all attack Barrett's article warning Cuomo on the lobbyist who control run AlbanyLobbyists Are Waiting For Andrew Cuomo Village Voice)  The wise guys all agreed that lobbyist are not the bad guys and not the problem in dyfunctional Albany.  What the moderator and the guys did not disclose is that each of the wise guys are lobbyist or in the case of Koch surrounded by lobbyist.  * NY1 Errol Louis discussed state budget negotiationswith the NY1 Wise Guys: former U.S. Senator Alfonse D'Amato, former Lieutenant Governor Betsy McCaughey, and former Assembly Speaker Mel Miller.

"They raise money for everyone and they give to everyone largely because they want to make sure that the issues they have before the government receive attention." Bonomo owns Physicians Recipricol Insurers, or PRI, a medical malpractice firm. GOP sources said it was PRI that hired Adam Skelos in a no-show job and it was Adam's behavior there that led to a new round of charges last week against both men. The two Skelos men pleaded not guilty Thursday.
Campaign Lobbyists Control A Secret Shadow Government

LLC Money From Bonomo is Not the Only Facts That Are Being Hidden in the NY1 Report
NY1 Ends the Story Attacking the GOP for Blocking LLC Campaign Finance Reform
"Today, in the state, if you want to give unlimited contributions and hide that fact, the LLC loophole lets you do it," said Daniel Squadron, State Senate. "Again and again we see the LLC loophole linked to the worst corruption allegations that come out of Albany."

Campaign Reform and Media Cover Up of Citizens United On Local 2013 Election

NY1's Shadow Govt Nexus Lobbyists Cover-Up
NY1's Consultant Corner Guy McKeon Long Island D'Amato Jointed At the Hip A Meara Panic 
Top Albanylobbyist Brian Meara is widely reported to have cooperated with Southern District United States Attorney Preet Bharara’s corruption case against Democratic ex-Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver. Now several of his firm’s clients’ have surfaced in an inquiry into Republican Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos and his son. Though Meara didn’t respond to requests for comment, a friend (McKeon) authorized to speak on his behalf said he has nothing to do with the Skelos investigation. * The D’Amato firm’s stable of prominent Republicans includes the son of Congressman Peter King (a potential formidable Cuomo opponent), the ex- Erie County executive Joel Giambra, and Fossella, whose career was undercut by the DUI-related revelations of a second, Washington-area, family. While D’Amato, who was once famously paid $500,000 for a single call to a state official, is not listed as a Cuomo donor. But his partners gave $9000, and D’Amato hosted a Cuomo fundraiser.

D’Amato has also long been closely tied to another lobbying firm, Mercury Public Affairs, and one of its principals, Michael McKeon, ran Cuomo’s outreach effort to Republicans.  Mel Miller, the former Democratic Assembly speaker, recently joined D’Amato’s firm as special counsel. Miller sold his firm, Bolton St. John’s, to the staff a couple of years ago. He’d already established a strong D’Amato relationship by recruiting Armand D’Amato, the senator’s brother, as Bolton’s general counsel years earlier. Armand left Bolton to join Park Strategies in 2004, and now the D’Amatos have returned the favor. Who cares that the Senate Ethics Committee found in 1991 that Al D’Amato had allowed his lobbyist brother to use his office stationery to solicit multimillion- dollar Navy contracts for a client? Who cares that Miller and Armand were convicted in unrelated federal trials in the 1990s, only to have their convictions overturned on appeal? In Albany, overturned convictions can be selling points. In the days immediately following Miller’s 1991 conviction and automatic expulsion from the assembly, he told reporters that he was moving on to a new phase in his life and didn’t expect to do jail time for stealing $300,000 from his law clients. “Maybe I’ll make some real money now,” the then 52-year-old Miller said. Having spent a lifetime watching other lobbyists at the Albany trough, Miller’s on-the-mark prediction hardly made him a prophet.

NY1 Has Not Done A Follow Up to Its Berlin Rosen Report 4 Months Ago

Why Not Follow Up to NY1's Investigative Report of Berlin Rosen?  JCOPE ruled months ago that Berlin Rosen is a lobbyists and must list their clients.  Where is the list? Who is Jonathan Rosen? Where they sending a message to Berlin Rosen for one of the lobbyists who appear on their show?  Where is the search for the truth that the last Washington Post Ben Bradley said was the job of the journalist?
The Most Powerful Man in Politics –Outside City Hall (NY1)

de Blasio Sends Flower$ to Bertha
de Blasio Turns Against Another Friend Bertha Lewis
De Blasioangers Bertha Lewis when aides refuse to let her attend City Hall roundtable(NYDN)  Mayor de Blasio has ticked off another friend. This time he’s angered longtime pal Bertha Lewis, a founding member of the Working Families Party, when his aides refused to let her attend a City Hall roundtable on her pet issue — the city’s use of minority and women-owned businesses. Lewis found out about the meeting Monday from another advocate and called up to see if she could send a representative from the Black Institute, the think tank she founded. She was shocked to learn she wasn’t on the invite list. Maya Wiley, the mayor’s counsel, who is working to boost the number of city contracts awarded to women and minorities, told her it would be “inappropriate” to come because the meeting was just for developers, according to Lewis. “That was her word,” said Lewis. “She said it was by ‘invitation only and it’s closed.’ I was like, ‘Are you serious?’” Undeterred, Lewis — whose relationship with the mayor goes back to the 1990s — sent a rep to the meeting, but he only got as far as the police desk. “Why is there such secrecy around such a public issue?” said Lewis. * De Blasio upset a longtime friend and ally, Bertha Lewis, a founding member of the Working Families Party, when his aides refused to let her attend a City Hall roundtable on her pet issue — the city’s use of minority and women-owned businesses.* De Blasio wants city agencies to adopt new measures to hire more minority- and women-owned businesses so the city can reach its goal of investing $16 billion in the businesses over the next decade, Capital NewYork reports: * City Reaches Compromise Over Waste Transfer Location on Upper East Side (WSJ) *City Reaches Compromise Over Waste Transfer Location on Upper East Side (NY1)

de Blasio Hours After Daily News Fight Story Approves A New Ramp For Bertha

Update A Quickie Makeup for Bertha And de Blasio who is A Lobbyist Against the Waste Transfer Station De Blasio moves controversial ramp at E. 91st Street (Capital) * New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration plans to move the entrance of an Upper East Side garbage facility one block north so as to avoid the Asphalt Green recreational complex, the Daily News reports:  * Mayor's ally being paid to fight him | Crain's New York ...Community organizer Bertha Lewis opposes de Blasio on UES waste-transfer station. * Bertha Lewis Sees Reflection; Shrieks (City Council Watch)  Bertha Lewis, the last CEO and “Chief Organizer” of ACORN before that group’s descent into ignominy, wrote last week that while New York State political corruption is unfortunate, the real problem in New York is MWBE fraud.  Companies seeking preferential government contracts put minorities or women forward in order to get bids or tax credits, says Lewis, but these “fronts” deprive real minority businesses of opportunities. The case Lewis cites involves Skanska, which in 2011 was fined because the construction giant gave $5.6 million to a minority-run business to pretend it was a subcontractor on the Dey Street entrance to the Fulton subway station.  The business, which was run by an Indian-American gentleman named Balu Kamat, was not capable of doing the work, though it did in fact get the money.  Skanska wound up doing the work itself.  In other countries they have different names for this sort of arrangement.  Balu Kamat pled guilty to fraud and served two years of probation, including six months under home confinement. * Mayor's ally being paid to fight him | Crain's New York ...Community organizer Bertha Lewis opposes de Blasio on UES waste-transfer station.  * With Ad, Neighbors Zero In on Bill de Blasio in Truck Ramp Dispute(NYT) The dispute centers on an unused garbage transfer station on the shore of the East River, which is set to be reopened soon, over residents’ objections. Bag lobby pays anti-fee advocate(Capital) Bertha Lewis, founder of the the Black Leadership Action Coalition and an outspoken opponent of a proposed plastic bag fee, is receiving payments from the pro-bag American Progressive Bag Alliance, the head of the group confirmed to reporters today. When asked how much BLAC was getting paid, Daniels said, "I really ... that's through an association, I don't know the number."  * City to Reroute Garbage Truck Ramp Planned on East Side (NYT) Following an aggressive campaign by activists, a new $30 million ramp will be built to avoid bisecting playgrounds.

de Blasio's ACORN Election Machine Falling Apart? 
ACORN sowed seeds for de Blasio (NYP) The leftist group ACORN has been plotting for more than a decade to install Bill de Blasio at City Hall, a Democratic Party source has told The Post. “Without exaggeration, ACORN’s long-range plan since 2001 was to elect de Blasio mayor,” said the Democratic insider. “De Blasio was a big ACORN project.” The Democratic mayoral candidate has marched in lock step with ACORN, now renamed New York Communities for Change, even before he took public office in 2001. The group backed de Blasio that year over Legal Aid Services director Steven Banks in a six-way Brooklyn City Council race, despite Banks’ reputation at the time as a one of the city’s leading champions of the poor and liberal causes. Eight years later, ACORN was back at de Blasio’s side and, with the union-financed Working Families Party, helped him become public advocate, a perch he used to become the Democratic nominee for mayor. A key cog in the de Blasio political machine is Bertha Lewis, the former ACORN head who also co-founded the Working Families Party. On primary election night earlier this month, when she stood on stage t next to de Blasio, Lewis made it clear ACORN’s work had paid off. “We’re baaaack. The right wing will have to deal with it,” she chuckled.
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Cranes $48.3 Million Jury Award
‘King of Cranes’ lawyer to jury: ‘He’s not good looking’ (NYP) b A jury awarded the families of two victims of a 2008 crane collapse accident in New York City more than $48.3 million for their economic losses and pain and suffering, the Times reports:   * One of the longest civil trials in New York City history ended when a jury found the owner of a crane company responsible for the deaths of two people killed when a tower crane collapsed in Manhattan seven years ago, awarding the families of the two victims more than $48.3 million for their economic losses and pain and suffering. * One of the longest civil trials in New York City history ended when a jury found the owner of a crane company responsible for the deaths of two people killed when a tower crane collapsed in Manhattan seven years ago, awarding the families of the two victims more than $48.3 million for their economic losses and pain and suffering.
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Health Care Costs Up Another Atack On City's Middle Class
New York health insurance rates will jump 7% in 2016: state (NYDN)
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Small Fines On City Businesses
 New Approach Means Fewer Fines for Small Business Owners (NY1) Small businesses owners are getting a reprieve from City Hall. The city announced Friday that the number of violations issued against small businesses has been cut by a third, and total fine revenue is down by half. * NYC Fines on Small Businesses Drop Sharply (WSJ)

5 Firms Picked to Grow Marijuana
5 firms selected to grow marijuana in New York (NYP) * Just whatthe doc ordered: Gov. Cuomo takes a correctly careful first step in allowingmedical marijuana (NYDN) * The Daily News writes that the state has taken anotherstep in the right direction with the selection of five companies to grow and distribute medical marijuana as part of Cuomo’s tightly controlled program: * Medical Marijuana Dispensary Plan in the South Bronx Stirs Anxiety and Hope (NYT) Residents and community leaders are asking whether it will provide an economic boost to the Hunts Point neighborhood or become a magnet for trouble.* The Hunts Point neighborhood is set to be one of the first places in the state to get a medical marijuana dispensary, creating both hope and anxiety in the long-troubled section of the city, The New York Timeswrites: 

2017 The Last Hurrah Before 2021 Creative vs Service Class Politics 
Yes the Creative Class vs Service Class Will Be the Battle in the 2021 or 2025 city elections 2017 the Last Hurrah 
According to a certain theorist, the new class struggle in NYC pits the creative class vs. the service class  (City Lab) The Uber lobbyists team won not the hands of the voters but by scaring weak council members and their speaker

The Progressive Mayor's Plan for Homeless Many Mentally Ill Move Them Out of Sight
These are the worst areas in NYC for ‘quality of life’ offenses (NYP) NYPD bosses have pinpointed the two dozen worst spots across the city for a “quality of life” crackdown on offenses like public drinking and urination, ­according to an internal document obtained by The Post. Targeted areas include places exposed by The Post — Tompkins Square and Washington Square parks and East 125th Street between Park and Lexington avenues. Broadway between West 68th and 72nd streets and a corner near the Coney Island beach are also on the list. One spot, at East 96th Street and the FDR Drive — which is targeted for a “homeless” problem — is a well-known hangout for a particularly aggressive beggar who has proven difficult to dislodge, one source said. Monday Update  NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton said policing can’t solve homelessness, but said between 5,000 and 10,000 cops will be trained to deal with the emotionally disturbed homeless population, the Daily News reports: * * A New York City taskforce has moved more than 200 people out of unregulated homes where many struggle with addiction, often called three-quarter houses, but others were left behind, the Times reports:
Bums set up camp outside NYC college (NYP) The glass facade of Cooper Union’s $111 million academic building offers a remarkable view — of a back alley packed with vagrants. “I have seen drug deals, public urination, defecation, masturbation in broad daylight in the Taras Shevchenko alley,” a Cooper Union faculty member told The Post. * Last Remaining Homeless Shelter in NoHo Pushed Out ForRetail: Report  (DAINFO) *  The Times’ Jim Dwyer writes that a rise in the number of people on the streets in need of mental health treatment is not surprising given that about 3,000 on a list of 20,000 eligible for a related housing program were served last year:

An East Village mom welcomed a crackdown at Tompkins Square Park, saying she avoids going there because the benches full of strung-out junkies are “not something any child should see.” “It can be scary. I hope they can make it better,” she added. * $30 Million Program to Help Low-Income New Yorkers Get Mental Health Care (NYT) Chirlane McCray, the wife of Mayor Bill de Blasio and the chairwoman of the fund that is heading the program, said one in four New Yorkers has a diagnosable mental health disorder. * Knife-wielding psychiatric patient stabs health worker in NYC office, eluding 11 security guards before being captured (NYDN)

The Homeless Plaza Hotel Fountain Spa
Exclusive: Photos Show Homeless Man Taking Bath In Columbus Circle Fountain (WCBS)  NYPD To Train More Officers On How To Better Deal With Emotionally Disturbed People * If a man takes a bath in a fountain, whose problem is it? (NYAM)

Silver and Skelos Trials Both Scheduled for November
This Month Both Sampson and Libous Convicted
Friday Disgraced ex-state Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos and his son Adam will stand trialon corruption raps in November – the same month that former state Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver’s graft trial is scheduled to begin. * The Skeloses pleaded not guilty to new bribery and extortion charges laid out in a recent superseding indictment. * Former Broome County Executive Barbara Fiala officially announced her campaign for the 52nd district state Senate seat formerly held by Tom Libous, who was found guilty of one count of lying to the FBI on July 22. “I’m here to announce the end of my retirement,” Fiala told her supporters. * Sen. John DeFrancisco was selected as the deputy majority leader of the state Senate, making him the second in command in the chamber. More here. Nassau County awarded a $200,000 no-bid consulting contract to former Republican state Sen. Michael Balboni without legislative approval, and has paid him more than $64,000 to date. * Senate Republicans Plan Push To Keep Libous Seat (YNN)
IDC GOP Senate Coalition and Skelos  Flanagan

After Scarborough Conviction for Voucher Corruption Albany Increase Funding
State legislators put in for $2.5 million in daily stipends for their trips to Albany this year, a 6 percent increase from the same period last year for the often criticized reimbursement program, GannettAlbany reports: 

NYP Does A Victory Lap for Catching Scarborough's Corruption in 2012 

Scarborough Pleads Guilty To Federal Charges(YNN) * New York State Assemblyman William Scarborough pleaded guilty to federal felony charges of wire fraud and theft, and is expected to plead guilty to additional state felony charges this afternoon, thePost-Standard reports:  Disgraced ex-Assemblyman William Scarborough of Queens faces at least a year in prison after pleading guilty to ripping off taxpayers and campaign donors. “This is a very good man who made some very bad choices,” Scarborough’s attorney E. Stewart Jones said.* Assemblyman pleads guilty to fraud and theft charges(NYP)
Post’s ‘tabloid hit job’ scores on Scarborough (NYP Ed) Told you so. Back in October 2012, The Post reported that Assemblyman William Scarborough was one of many legislators abusing their “per diems” — the $171-a-night in food and lodging reimbursement that lawmakers get for days they’re in Albany. In fact, The Post reported, legislators were collecting cash for time spent far from the capital. State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli’s probe found that Scarborough had collected $73,000-plus in per diems over three years.

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Scarborough Expected to Plea Guilty After Judge Rules Cell Records OK
For Whom the Phone Rings
Exclusive: Assemblyman William Scarborough expected to pleadguilty, b@Brendan_LyonsTU
Assemblyman to plead guilty to fraud, quit Albany: report(NYP)  Scarborough denounced The Post for conducting a “hit job” in 2012 for reporting he was in New York City on at least one day, March 17, 2011, when he claimed a $165 “‘per diem” expense payment for being in Albany. But in 10 days Scarborough will plead guilty in U.S. District Court in Binghamton to submitting $40,000 worth of fraudulent travel vouchers between January 2009 and December 2012, according to the newspaper.
The feds easily made the case against the 20-year legislator by scouring cellphone tower transmissions to determine Scarborough’s whereabouts – which his attorney had fought unsuccessfully as inadmissible in court.

Skelos And Son Plead Not Guilty To New Charges: Dean Skelos, the former Senate majority leader, and his son Ad... * Skelos And Son Plead Not Guilty To New Charges (YNN) * Despite Reformers’ Calls, A Special Ethics Session Seems Unlikely (YNN) *  Leader @SenatorSkelos, son pleadinnocence in new bribery charges. Trial set for Nov. 16 via @AP Former NYS Majority Leader @SenatorSkelos, son pleadinnocence in new bribery charges. Trial set for Nov. 16 via @AP* State Senate Majority John Flanagan appointed state Sen. John DeFrancisco as the Senate deputy majority leader after the post was vacated last week when the former deputy leader, Tom Libous, was convicted last week, Gannett Albany writes:   * Dean Skelos, Son
Plead Not Guilty to New Corruption Charges   

Even Prison Break BJ, Kill My Husband Joyce Gets A Pension in Albany's Corruption Culture
The Post writes that Joyce Mitchell, who helped two men break out of prison this summer, will receive her pension after she serves her sentence because Assembly Democrats reneged on a proposal to amend the state constitution: Flashback Bharara vows to hold Silver's hefty pension hostage |   * US Seeks Pensions of 4 Convicted of Corruption - The New Times ... *U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara Targets Corrupt Pols' Pensions ... * Bharara targeting pensions of convicted politicians - Newsday

Daily News Copies True News In Feds Putting Albany Pols in Jail
Unlike True News the DN Never Connects the Failure of JCOPE, DAs and AG To Stop the Albany Crime Wave

More JCOPE Control Shades of Moreland Control Four state Joint Commission on Public Ethics commissioners said the hiring of Kevin Gagan as chief of staff is “plainly invalid” and an example of the “incessant interference” JCOPE faces as it tries to fill its watchdog role, the Times Union reports: *  SHARKNADO ALBANY Starring Attorney General Loretta Lynch and US Attorney Preet Bharara  In a letter to the editor at the Times Union, four JCOPE commissioners write that Cuomo’s midnight appointment of State Police First Deputy Superintendent Kevin Gagan is invalid and foretells more bad news for the ethics commission:" * If JCOPE’s own commissioners don’t have faith in it,it’s hard to see how the public can."A watchdog bites itself  (TU) * A growing group of legislators and government watchdogs this year have questioned the independence of the state’s Joint Commission on Public Ethics. Now some of its own commissioners are, too.

Why Are NYC's DAs Not Indicting Pols?
Insiders describe it as an inherently “political animal” that can often have trouble indicting members of the party—which in New York City is the old Democratic Party leaders and the New Privatized Lobbyists Machine —that controls who serves in the local legal system. To some extent, every Democratic district attorney has close relationships with Democratic Party leadership. With the singular exception of then-Attorney General Andrew Cuomo’s takedown of Hevesi in a pension-fund scam, virtually all the New York anti-corruption action since 2006 has been undertaken by federal prosecutors and the FBI. Local DAs remain as quiet as the proverbial church mouse. And that’s especially true of Albany County DA David Soares, who by virtue of geography and the law is particularly well-positioned to pursue corruption.  Albany Corruption
Who Watchers the Watchman, Lobbyists, Grand Jury, AG - DAs Conflict of Interests 

Saturday True News Sharknado Corrupt Albany Sunday the Daily News Quotes Bharara That Albany is Corrupt 
Tuesday Update Shooting fish in the barrel: Federal prosecutors clean house in Albany with the conviction of two morecorrupt legislators (NYDN Ed)

Albany politicians are corrupt, Manhattan U.S. Attorney says (NYDN)  Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara has said there is a “certain percentage” of politicians in Albany who are corrupt, which is underscored by the more than two dozen officials elected in the state who have been arrested or convicted since 2008.  Bharara has taken the lead among all prosecutors by turning up the heat on Albany after Gov. Cuomo shut down the Moreland Commission, which was investigating a wide range of corruption cases. Add to that rotten core state Sen. Thomas Libous (R-Binghamton), who was found guilty of lying to FBI agents, and state Sen. John Sampson (D-Brooklyn), who was convicted of obstructing a federal investigation. Libous was the No. 2 Republican in the state Senate.  His longtime boss, state Sen. Dean Skelos, was the majority leader for six years before his indictment in May on corruption charges. Sampson once headed the Democratic Conference when the party was in the majority in the Senate. Bharara’s office recently won the conviction of former state Sen. Malcolm Smith (D-Queens), a one-time Senate president who was sentenced to seven years in prison last month, and the indictment of longtime Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver (D-Manhattan), both very high on the food chain of bottom feeders in the Albany trough. Silver has since resigned his leadership post, but continues to represent the Lower East Side. * Gregory Meeks wants to delay his financial-disclosure report again (NYP) * State senator removed for #corruption, butdon't expect big #ethicschanges:  on @StateOfPolitics

Hey de Blasio, put on your big-boy pants and act like our mayor (NYP) Asked why he wasn’t at the unveiling of the glitzy plan for La Guardia Airport with Gov. Cuomo, Vice President Joe Biden and other officials, the mayor offered a revealing response: He only goes to events where he’s invited to speak. OK, we get it. De Blasio’s war with Cuomo continues, and because the gov wouldn’t let him near the microphone, the mayor boycotted the event rather than fume in silence. I think we know what Yogi would advise in such situations: “Grow up!”* De Blasio has alienated every prominent New York Democrats and will struggle when he runs for reelection in 2017 and seeks a top Democrat to campaign with him, playwright Mike Vogel writes in amNewYork:  * Mayor Seems to Be Having Tough Time with NYers Who Helped Him Win City Hall (NY1)

No NYP Goodwin de Blasio Not Trapped In Left Ideological, He is Caught in An Hypocritical Swamp of Lies and Has No Management Skills 
Michael Goodwin: “In the middle of his second year, de Blasio has hit a wall. Trapped in a far-left ideological swamp, he can’t bring himself to put his duty to the city ahead of his narrow-minded petulance. He doesn’t even seem to be trying.”
1.  Homelessness is Increasing Affordable Housing is Decreasing As de Blasio Takes Money From Real Estate Developers and Their Lobbyists
2.  de Blasio Takes Money From Taxi Bosses and Loses Their Uber Battle
3.  UFT PAC and Lobbyists Help Elected de Blasio and He Cannot Stop Increase In Charter Schools
4.  de Blasio Needed NYCLASS Attack on the Mayor to Get Elected and He Cannot or Does Not Want to Ban the Hourse Carriages
5.  de Blasio Campaigned on Blasting Bloomberg NYCHA Polices and He Copies the Parking Lot Selloff and Cannot Do Any Better Fixing the Repairs
6.  de Blasio Campaign on Keeping LICH Hospital Open and It is Closed and A Hugh Development is Planned From A Developer who Contributed to His Campaign
7.  Shooting and Murder are Going Up
8. de Blasio Blasted Bloomberg Trips Mayor for 18 Months Jetting off to California, Iowa, New Mexico and Italy, Among Other Places
9  Fighting With the Council Speaker Who He Put Into Office and Needing Help From the Senate GOP Who He Worked Against to Continue Control the Schools
10. de Blasio Runs A Slush Fund PAC One NY Funded By Developers, Special Interests and Run By An Unregistered Lobbyists Berlin Rosen 
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NYPD's "Groucho" Bratton Spins Opposing Messages Daily Walks Back . . . I Might Stay Into Second Term 
Bratton walks back whether he would stay for second de Blasio term (NYP) “Those comments were really a spontaneous question, spontaneous answer; taken very much out of context,” he told reporters Wednesday following an event at police headquarters. “I didn’t say anything about not going into a second term,” he added. “I said in all likelihood I would not be here at the end of a second term if the mayor were elected to a second term.” * Bratton ready to ‘re-engineer’ the NYPD (NYP) * Keep up the quality-of-life crackdown, Commissioner Bratton (NYP Ed) * NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton unveiled a plan that aims to give commanders greater control over all cops assigned to their precincts, boost morale and improve community relations, the Post writes:  * Commissioner Bill Bratton unveiled his major “re-engineering” of the NYPD — a plan that aims to give commanders greater control over all cops assigned to their precincts, boost morale and improve community relations. * In turnaround, Bratton says he’s sticking (Capital) * The NYPD inspector general proposed changes to the state police’s body camera program, such as how often officers should be directed to turn on the cameras and for how long the video is kept, The New York Timesreports: *  IG Report: NYPD Body Cameras Should Record All Interactions(NY1) * In the first outside review of the NYPD’s use of body cameras, the inspector general overseeing the department recommended police use cameras more often, but work to limit exposing victims and witnesses. * IG Report: NYPD Body Cameras Should Record All Interactions * Stop Hiding Police Misconduct in New York (NYT Ed) An appeals court may get to put its weight behind a ruling that the public can be told about an officer’s past * Off-duty NYPD cop shot in Brooklyn during apparent carjacking: police sources (NYDN) * The state Legislature needs to bring New York’s disclosure laws in line with the 41 states that apply the same standard to all state employee misconduct records, including police officers, the Times writes:  * Editorial: NYPD body cameras are not ready for prime time (NYDN) * NYPD body camera program needs tweaks, community input (NYDN)* Philip Eure, the NYPD’s inspector general, and MarkPeters, commissioner of New York City’s department of investigation, write in the Daily News that the city’s body camera program needs to be tweaked before it is implemented:

One de Blasio Term Bratton . . . I Must Be Going 
Bratton says he's too old to serve second term: report (NYDN) Bratton is done when de Blasio’s first term ends (NYP) Police Commissioner Bill Bratton said on Thursday that he won’t be sticking around even if Mayor de Blasio wins another term in office. “I will not be commissioner for six-and-a-half years. That’s the reality of it. I’ll be 75 years old by that time,” he said at a City & State Newsmakers breakfast at The Empire State Building. * BRATTON BITES: The NYPD commissioner included U.S. Rep. Hakeem Jeffries and the Rev. Calvin Butts among advocates he said are sometimes intentionally confusing stop-and-frisks with quality-of-life policing: City & State reports:  * Mayor Bill deBlasio disagreed with NYPC Commissioner Bill Bratton’s claim that he would be too old to serve another six and a half years, noting that Pope Francis is working well into his 70s:

Appellate Rules Garner Case Grand Jury Evidence Should Remain Secret
Ruling That Denied Release of Grand Jury Evidence in Garner Case Is Upheld (NYT) A four-judge panel of the Appellate Division in Brooklyn ruled unanimously, citing the “very real or potential danger that disclosure might present” to the grand jury and witnesses. * Stop Hiding Police Misconduct in New York (NYT) An appeals court may get to put its weight behind a ruling that the public can be told about an officer’s past. *Eric Garner grand jury records kept secret by appeals court (NYP) * Grand Jury Clears Four New York Officers in Fatal 2014 Shooting of Robbery Suspect (NYT) The panel concluded that the police officers who killed Scott Kato, after he held up a Manhattan pharmacy, had reason to believe he was going to fire at them. The Buffalo News writes that Cuomo’s move to appointAttorney General Eric Schneiderman as a special prosecutor in the case of unarmed people killed by police is a reasonable reaction to a real problem: * AG Eric Schneiderman said investigators from his office have yet to determine whether they will intervene in Mount Vernon, where a mother of eight died in police custody earlier this week while awaiting arraignment. * Judges rule against disclosing Garner grand jury notes (Capital) * Schneiderman still reviewing Mount Vernon case (Capital)

Cuomo Ups Pressure On de Blasio to Help Fund the MTA
Thursday Cuomo: NYC should splurge on MTA (NYP) * Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the financial resources the state and New York City will devote to closing the $11 billion deficit in the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s capital plan will earn support from upstate lawmakers. * The governors of New York and New Jersey signaled that a deal to build new rail tunnels under the Hudson River would require billions of dollars from the federal government, which has called the plan one of the most important transportation projects in the country. * SEVENTH HELL! Added congestion on chronically crowded No. 7 train a worry should it link to LaGuardia Airport (NYDN)

Wednesday MTA chief demands $3.2B in letter to de Blasio (NYP)* Chief of Transportation Authority Must Wage a Political Battle for Funding (NYT) Thomas F. Prendergrast will be right in the middle of a fight over how to finance a capital plan for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, and how much New York City should contribute.* The head of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority sent Mayor Bill de Blasio a strongly worded letter urging him to finally give the $3.2 billion needed to close the agency’s capital budget deficit, the Postreports: * The New York Times profiles Metropolitan TransportationAuthority Chairman Tom Prendergast and outlines the challenges he faces in securing funding for his wide-ranging plan to define the region’s infrastructure for decades: * The head of the MTA sent de Blasio a strongly worded letter urging him to finally cough up the $3.2 billion needed to close the agency’s capital budget deficit.* Cuomo says he's going to make money for the MTA capital plan a "top priority." Says he has discussed it with de Blasio. * Cuomo Commits to MTA Capital Plan, Says de Blasio’s “a friend” (YNN) * MTA To De Blasio: Forget Congestion Pricing, Just Pull TheMoney Out Of Thin Air: When MTA Chairman Thomas… * Cuomo: M.T.A. plan can't wait for bridge tolls  (Capital) Cuomo and Christie Call on U.S. to Share Cost of Hudson Rail Tunnel Project (NYT)
The governors of New York and New Jersey, addressing a push to expand rail capacity under the Hudson River, put the onus on the federal government and Amtrak.

Does de Blasio Think the GOP Senate and House are Going to Give More Transit Funds to An MTA that Pays Station Announcers $200K A Year?
De Blasio, other city execs make plea for fed transit funds (NYDN) * LIRR station announcers are making $200K a year (NYP) * The Daily News edit board says it’s up to Cuomo to fully fund the city’s transportation needs.* New York City officials suggest they are open to increasing some funding for the MTA, with the proviso they have more control over how it is spent. * It is Cuomo’s responsibility to lead the way on maintaining the transportation systems—subways, buses, commuter rail lines and bridges and tunnels—that keep the New York City region in motion, the DailyNews writes: 

Congresswoman Grace Meng the First NY Rep to Come Out Against the Iran Deal
City rep slams Obama’s Iran deal (NYP)  Rep. Grace Meng of Queens broke with the Obama administration Wednesday, becoming the first New York Democrat to declare her opposition to the “flawed” Iran nuclear deal. The surprise rejection comes a day after Secretary of State John Kerry tried to sell Meng and her House Foreign Affairs Committee on the merits of the deal. “I don’t believe that it’s strong enough and can’t ­ensure that Iran won’t be able to ultimately have access to a nuclear weapon,” Meng told The Post. While several Jewish New York Democrats have raised concerns — including Reps. Steve Israel and Eliot Engel — they have yet to make the leap to outright rejection. Meng said she “didn’t feel pressure” from pro-Israel lobby­ists, but came to a personal conclusion.

de Blasio Has Made History by Supporting the Iran Deal and Becoming the First Mayor to Oppose Israel's Leaders 

de Blasio is making history by being the first mayor to oppose the leader of the state of Israel.  Since an Irish Mayor in the 40's William O'Dwyer worked with the Pre- Westies Gang of Hell’s Kitchen to deliver guns to Jews fighting to establish the state of Israel. To Mayor Koch who hand a letter to Carter criticizing the the presidents foreign policy towards Israel, which contributed to the re-election defeat to Ronald Reagan.  While no NYC newspaper has reported the mayor's reaction to the deal with Iran an newspaper in Israel did  N.Y.C. mayor praises Iran deal, applauds Obama's commitment to diplomatic solution (Haaretz)  While Mayor Bill de Blasio expresses strong support for historic nuclear agreement between Iran and world powers, New York Senator Chuck Schumer sounds more cautious note. By supporting the agreement de Blasio not only is the first mayor not to support Israel, he has turned his back on the people of Israel in their time of need.  When comparing de Blasio to Koch the changes are breathtaking. In a 2008 op-ed in Real Clear Politics, Koch detailed that he refused to campaign with Carter in 1980 because he felt he was hostile toward Israel. Koch wrote: “I was popular with the Jewish community and when I would not campaign for him unless he changed his position, he called me to his hotel in New York when attending a fundraiser and said, "You have done me more damage than any man in America." I felt proud then, and even more today, since we now know what a miserable president he was then and the miserable human being he is now as he prepares to meet with Hamas.”  In 1928 Emanuel Celler become the first Jewish Congressman from Brooklyn. The Celler seat state a Jewish seat for 80 years and it was eliminated in the 2012 redistricting. In the 1940s, Celler opposed both the isolationists and thFranklin D. Roosevelt administration by forcefully advocating that the United States relax immigration laws on an emergency basis to rescue those fleeing the Holocaust.  The papers of Congressman Celler include:  Files on Israel are the largest in the Subject File. Among the general topics covered are disturbances in Palestine in the 1920s and 1930s, Jewish immigration to Palestine, the establishment of the state of Israel, Celler's fund-raising efforts in behalf of the new state, and the development of the state of Israel. Included are correspondence and Celler's speeches on the subject. The file covers the years 1929 to 1956, but there is little information on the events leading to the invasion of Egypt in 1956.* Mayor de Blasio is demanding that feds let Puerto Rico declare bankruptcy. (NYO) * Rep. Grace Meng today became the first House Democrat from New York to break with her party’s national leadership and come out against the Obama administration-brokered trade deal with Iran. * Bill de Blasio: AIPAC Still Has ‘Open Door’ at City Hall (JP Updates) 

Pols Killing Existing Affordable Housing With 421-a and Airbnb While Protecting Rent Regulations Laws for Votes
421-a Approve By the Lawmakers and Airbnb Not Stopped By the Lawmakers Destroying Affordable Housing, Not Just Vacancy Decontrol
A group of 14 Democratic state lawmakers is urging Cuomo to strictly enforce the new rent regulation law to save tens of thousands of apartments from going into the free market over the next four years. * COMBATTING GENTRIFICATION: Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams writes in City & State describes four factors exacerbating the negative effects of gentrification, from landlord harassment of tenants to a fear of change: * Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he would likely steer clear of the talks to finalize the 421-a tax abatement, which, without an agreement reached by labor and real-estate developers, would expire, State of Politics reports: * Major chain of NYCthree-quarter houses in financial ruin (NYDN) A co-op on West 106th Street that was nursed back to life by tenants who took it over from a deadbeat landlord decades ago has slipped back into disrepair after board members began using it as their own personal piggy bank, according to a lawsuit filed by tenants. * Board of AffordableHousing Co-Op Accused of Using Building as Piggy Bank (DNAINFO) While the building piles on debt, the president, vice president and secretary/treasure have been collecting monthly salaries of $1,600, $1,000 and $650 respectively since 2006, court papers say. The lawsuit claims the board members improperly "stacked the corporation with shareholders who are related or associated with them," used co-op fund to renovate apartments of family and friends, and failed to maintain proper finance records, among other claims. *  Cuomo ‘Sure’ Labor And Developers Will Reach Deal On 421a (YNN)

de Blasio's Market Rate Affordable Housing
De Blasio admin is touting 'affordable' apartments forseveral hundred dollars more than market rate: (DNAINFO)  — Dozens of studios that rent for $1,900 a month and one-bedrooms that will fetch more than $2,000 a month are about to be up for grabs at a Lefferts Avenue building touted by the city as affordable housing. The city's Department of Housing Preservation and Development sent out a notice on Tuesday that it's now taking applications to fill 46 newly constructed apartments in the former condo building.

 Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams said during a City& State TV interview that he has not heard from the governor since sleeping in front of Cuomo’s office to draw attention to the 421-a tax abatement: * State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli’s office said an auditfound some applicants who were next in line for Mitchell-Lama apartments were skipped over for those farther down the waiting list:  *  Cuomo seems to be on a base-tending campaign, which involves meeting with unions and reminding them of his position on the 421-a property tax rebate debate earlier this year, Capital New York reports:  * New York City is entering what could be the biggest building boom in a generation, as work gets under way on hundreds of residential projects in neighborhoods across the city, The Wall Street Journalreports:  * New York City is entering what could be the biggest building boom in a generation, census figures show, as work gets under way on hundreds of residential projects in neighborhoods across the city. * Prospective tenants are cutting the line at two Mitchell-Lama developments, a new audit by state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli revealed. * Adams: Cuomo didn’t push hard enough on rent (Capital)

Talk About Pouring Oil On A Fire: Chinese $$$ Flooding NYC Real Estate Market

BIG APPLE OR BEIJING? Chinese investors are flooding New York City real estate market like never before (NYDN)So far this year, the Chinese have forked over more than $3.8 billion on Manhattan real estate, a more than threefold increase over what they spent in all of 2014, according to data from Real Capital Analytics. And outbound capital from China going into U.S. commercial real estate transactions topped $10 billion in 2014 for the first time, after 72% average annual increases since 2010, according to commercial brokerage CBRE. “Canadians used to be the No. 1 residential foreign buyers in the New York. Now, it’s the Chinese,” said real estate attorney Ross Moskowitz of Stroock & Stroock & Lavan. “We have seen some domestic buyers backing away from deals because they realize they’re going to be outbid.”A New York Cityhousing boom (CrainsNY) The latest census data reveal that 42,088 permits were issued to developers in the first six months of 2015, more than in any full year in five decades.
Foreign Ownership of NYC Real Estate is Increasing At

More Proof That Airbnb Is Killing Affordable Housing
Airbnb is taking up as much as 20 percent of vacancies in parts of Manhattan and Brooklyn, and the 20 most popular Airbnb neighborhoods have lost 10 percent of available housing, according to a study by affordable housing advocates
Airbnb taking up 1 out of 5 apartments in popular New York City zip codes: study (NYDN) Airbnb is gobbling up a huge chunk of apartments in some of the city’s hottest zip codes — snagging as much as 20% of vacancies in parts of Manhattan and Brooklyn, according to a new study by two affordable housing advocates. The East Village led the list with a whopping 28% of its units going as illegal hotel rooms on the popular home-sharing site, according to an analysis from New York Communities for Change and Real Affordability For All. The 20 most popular Airbnb neighborhoods — in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Long Island CityQueens — have lost 10% of their available housing units to Airbnb, according to the study. Airbnb has maintained that its users are overwhelmingly tenants looking to make a quick buck when out of town, but the study found that the average rental was available for 247 days a year, and rented 109 nights a year. That number would support criticism that huge numbers of shady landlords were using the website to convert rental units into illegal hotel rooms, exacerbating the city’s housing crisis to make a profit. *  Village Mitchell-Lama Owners Illegally Listed Units OnAirbnb: Audit (DNAINFO)

Airbnb Attacks Brooklyn Gentrification Neighborhoods Increasing Tenant Push out Taking Affordable House Apts Off the Market
Heat map of @AirbnbNYC listings 

Two Councilmen In Legal Trouble Have the Worst Attendance Records
2 NYC councilmen have worst attendance records on Council (NYDN) A Queens pol accused of corruption and a Bronx pol accused of sexual harassment have something in common besides legal trouble - the worst attendance records on the City Council. Indicted Councilman Ruben Wills (D-Queens) and Councilman Andy King (D-Bronx) each missed about a third of their required meetings, putting them in a tie for dead last in attendance on the 51-member body. King, who was hit with a claim this year charging he wrongfully fired a staffer after she spurned his sexual advances, skipped 29 of the 89 hearings he was supposed to go to, or 32.6%, according to attendance records obtained through the Freedom of Information Law. Wills missed 26 out of 111 committee and Council meetings during the fiscal year that ended in June - 32.4%. * A Queens pol accused of corruption (Ruben Wills) and a Bronx pol accused of sexual harassment (Andy King) have something in common besides legal trouble – the worst attendance records on the City Council.

15 Months After His Arrested Wills Still No Trial?
After Years Of Insider Knowing the Facts of Wills' Corruption, An Arrest  Indicted City Councilman Ruben Wills went to great lengths to avoid investigators’ questioning in past years, ignoring requests for meetings, using excuses about a sick family member and even storming out of a hearing with state prosecutors, DNAinfo reports: NYC Councilman Ruben Wills arrested(NYP)

Assembly Paying $256K to Lawyers Involving Lawmaker No Longer In Office
Assembly paying $256G for sexual harassment issues (NYDN) The Assembly over the past month paid out $256,000 to law firms working on sexual harassment-related issues involving lawmakers who are no longer in office, state Controller Thomas DiNapoli reported Tuesday. The Senate during that period paid another $381,000 to an outside law firm for legal fees related to the defense of former state Senate Majority Leader Joseph Bruno, who ultimately was acquitted of federal corruption charges.
Albany Hush Fund Cover Up, Press Containment Timeline
Vito Lopez Uses Government Funds to Run His Machine, Sexual Abuse
City Council 2014, Fake Progressives, Puppets

Problems for de Blasio Beyond Uber, Will He Mess Up So Bad He Won't Run Again?
Education  De Blasio, U.F.T. face test over staff in struggling schools (Capital) * NYC invalidates 3rd graders' test scores amid investigation  * @BilldeBlasio vs. Uber was a carbon copy of his fight w/ @MoskowitzEva. Including the outcome.(CNN)
Charter SchooGroups That Back Bloomberg’s Education Agenda Enjoy Success in Albany  (NYT)
A group that is devoted to continuing the education agenda of former Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg has become one of the most powerful forces in Albany by pouring millions into lobbying and adroitly exploiting rivalries in state politics.

MTA Cuomo, MTA pressure de Blasio to increase transit funding to $3.2B (NYDN) *Cuomo Wants MoreMoney From the City to Fund MTA Capital Plan (DNAINFO) * Cuomo’s Plan to Close M.T.A. Funding Gap Revives Familiar Debate (NYT)The governor’s update on a five-year capital plan for the state-run transportation agency raised once again questions about the proper scope of New York City’s role in its own transit destiny.*  The battle between New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and Gov. Andrew Cuomo has opened up two new fronts: MTA funding and Uber.
Homeless City Hall, NYPD ponder strategy as attacks by homeless increase  (Fox 5) As the city and police prepare to tackle homelessness, two recent violent attacks highlight the urgency to go after the issue as soon as possible.* CBS2 Demands Answers From Mayor On New York City's Homeless Crisis With a recent spike in violence by the homeless, the mayor has vowed to get more aggressive with aggressive street people. But why are there more people living on the streets? * E. Village residents blast NYPD guard tower: ‘Bums are still here’ (NYP) * NYPD’s Big Brother watch tower removed from East Village (NYP)
Law Suits  Legal payouts by New York City are forecast to spike 17.5 percent by the 2018-19 fiscal year, even as the de Blasio administration has pumped millions of dollars into a new war on so-called frivolous litigation, Newsday reports: 

True News Wags CapitalNY On Uber But Leaves Out Shadow Govt Lobbyists and Privatization of the Machine 
Uber lobbied hard in New York before cap fight, too (Capital) Uber has more than 250 lobbyists and 29 lobbying firms registered in state capitals, not including municipal lobbyists, Bloomberg reported. Capital reported last week that Uber hired an army of some of the city's best known political operatives and lobbyists to run their campaign against the proposed regulations, including former mayor Michael Bloomberg's campaign manager Bradley Tusk, former Bloomberg spokesman Stu Loeser, Hillary Clinton ad man Jimmy Siegel, Clinton super PAC pollster Jef Pollock and Democratic operative Neal Kwatra. The Albany-based firm Hill, Gosdeck & McGraw, which lobbied only state officials, received $30,000 from Uber, state records show. Well-known Democratic political operative Patrick Jenkins’s Queens-based firm, which has lobbied both city and state officials, has been paid $45,000 so far. CIty-based lobbyist James F. Capalino’s firm has been paid at least $90,000 this year to lobby city officials, and Kasirer Consulting, the lobbying firm run by Suri Kasirer, earned $45,000, the records show. McKenna, Long & Aldridge, another Albany-based firm hired to lobby both city and state officials, has so far earned $60,000. Uber’s in-house lobbyists have earned $7,139 according to the state records. State lobbying records also show Uber paid $13,690 to the Knickerbocker Group for “newspaper ads to raise awareness about Uber Driver partnerships in NYC” and paid the firm $66,763 for “Direct mail to raise awareness about Uber-Driver partnerships in NYC.” 

Both Cuomo and de Blasio Are Looking How to Get Some of Uber $$$

Uber's victory may be shortlived as de Blasio and Cuomo take aim (CrainsNY)  The mayor says a vehicle cap remains an option if Uber falls short of its promises, and the governor plans to discuss statewide regulations with the company.   Will the Uber Fight Haunt de Blasio in 2017? (NY Mag) 

Uber was able to deftly outflank de Blasio on his home turf, co-opting pieces of his message, splitting him from his normal Democratic allies, and drawing together an opposition constituency that could haunt de Blasio in 2017. To do so, Uber deployed a sophisticated, expensive political campaign waged by lobbyists and strategists trained in the regimes of Obama, Cuomo, and Bloomberg. That campaign worked in part because even though Uber the company is motivated by the pursuit of profit, not social justice, Uber the product has some genuinely progressive effects. So Uber went straight at the mayor’s minority base, drawing it into its vision of the modern New York. The company’s ad blitz highlighted how Uber’s drivers are mostly black and brown. It held a press conference at Sylvia’s, in Harlem, where the company basically accused the mayor of discriminating against minorities by daring to try to rein in its growth. It pushed data to reporters showing that Uber serves outer-borough neighborhoods that for years were shunned by yellow cabs. 

  ” The mayor is also realistic enough to know that if the Council had enacted the cap, Uber would have continued to hammer him, likely suing the city and trying to get Albany to step in on the company’s side. Crafting a compromise may yield better taxi policy, but it also avoids some political pain. For now, anyway. “Uber has a lot of the same consultants as the charter-school people,” a business leader who is sympathetic to de Blasio says. “To the mayor’s people, the possibility of that coalescing into an actual political opposition is a clear and present danger.”

Uber Shadow Govt Team of Lobbyist Was An Orgy With Ton of Money

The Uber Lobbyist Wolves That Kicked de Blasio Ass
Tuesday Update * Uber lobbied hard earlier this year, spending $359,089 on lobbying, ads and direct mail to advance its agenda in New York, a sum that excludes its recent campaign amid a fight over a proposed cap, Capital New York writes: 

Justin Kintz, Nicole Benincasa, David PlouffeRachel Holt, Josh Mohrer, Colin Tooze, Michael Allegretti, James F. Capalino & Associates, Inc., Patrick B. Jenkins & Associates, Kasirer Consulting LLC, McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP, FrancisJ. Sanzillo & Associates, Inc., Stu Loeser, Bradly Tusk, Jeff PollockJimmy s Siegel political ads, Neil Quattro * Was David Plouffe the Key to Uber’s Deal With New York City?(NY Mag) * Uber Consultant Rudy Giuliani Gives Uber A Big Thumbs UpOn Background Checks (TPM) * Was David Plouffe the key to Uber's deal with New York City (NY Mag) Education Shadow Govt Deep-pocketed groups backing education reform this year are taking advantage of loopholes in transparency laws to keep their donors anonymous.

From True News: Lobbyists Cutting Out the Public, Democracy and Controlling Elections 
The Lobbyists Privatization of the Tammany Hall Machine in NYC  
The Old Tammany Hall Machine was corrupt as corrupt as the lobbyists who have run today's New York's political system.  But the machine of the Boss Tweed era was far more responsive to voters and the communities that it served.  Terry Golway recent book explained how Tammany Hall depended on voter turnout for power.  To get votes the old machine offered services, provided jobs and protected the neighborhood where their votes came from. Tammany Hall governing style was responsible for creating New York's strong Neighborhoods of old. Tammany leader George Washington Plunkitt — the man who coined the phrase “honest graft” — met with constituents and lesser Tammany officials in his district several times a week to find out who was happy with Tammany’s services and who required some special attention. Today's lobbyist's controlled private machine gain power by getting electing candidates and feeding them with campaign contributions from their clients who are looking for city contracts or zoning changes, they never meet the voters.
The Old Tammany Hall Welcomed All the Voters New Lobbyists Private Tammany Hall Pushes the Public Out to Make Money
 Over the last few years the lobbyists started to make their way into the political system by offering party bosses campaign services and campaign funding which in the old Tammany days would have been done in the club house and by its members.  In the old days hundreds of people worked in the clubhouse to put our mailings.  Today a campaign consultant emails a mailing house with a flyer designed by his or her company and the mail goes out.  The entire social structure of the community helping the machine and in return the machine helping the community and it residences is gone.  The news lobbyists machine hang out is their beach houses or million dollar apartments and never meet anyone in the community they seek to elect someone in. The public who used to at least have a choice to elect their party leaders.  The permanent government picks the Tammany's lobbyists cutting out the public completely.


The New Private Lobbyists Tammany Hall is Even Less Transparent Than the Old Secret Party Boss System
There are very important campaign filing differences between de Sapio's Tammany Hall and today's lobbyists Tammany Hall.  Old Tammany and today's political party leaders were required to file their all their expenses and how much money their received. The new lobbyists Private Tammany Hall uses money from their lobbyists clients in campaigns which are not required to be filed with the Board of Elections.  They use the Data and Field model of charging their clients below costs, that the Working Families Party and others are under investigation for by the Staten Island DA's special prosecutor, and it is all legal for the new lobbyists political consultants.   The political party machines are quired to file any money they spend with other clubs or political leaders that is used to elect their candidates.  The new private lobbyists can hire other lobbyists or anyone else and is not required to file any financial report.  In the 2013 elections there were over 200 incidents of 8 lobbyists either working with other or against each other
. Albany is in Prosecutorial Receivership - of AG Lynch and US Attorney Bharara
Fighting Corruption in Albany, One Lawmaker at a Time (NYT)  Corruption is so deeply rooted in the culture of New York that it obviously takes an outsider to make a difference.  That role has, once again, fallen to Preet BhararaUnited States Attorney for New York’s Southern District. While state lawmakers this year did little more than tinker with ethics reform, Mr. Bharara has investigated, arrested and now convicted an astonishing lineup of key Albany players.  On Wednesday, he added State Senator Thomas Libous, a powerful upstate Republican, to his list. Mr. Libous was found guilty of lying to F.B.I. agents about trying to get a job for his son.* Fundraising among Albany politicians has hit a 12-year low, with lawmakers raising less in the first half of 2015 since 2003. * Patronage claims are a common thread in the latest series of corruption cases to involve state lawmakers.* New York State politicians raised less money in the first half of 2015 than in any year since 2003 during a session that included federal indictments against the Legislature's top two leaders, Capital New York writes:  * Writing for the Observer, a public relations specialistwho works for the taxi industry gives the insiders perspective on why yellow cabs and de Blasio are losing the battle against Uber and the e-hail industry: * The feud between Cuomo and de Blasio remains heated as last week opened a new front for their bickering—funding for the city's buses and subways, with insiders saying there is no end in sight to the fighting, Capital New York writes: *  Senate Minority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins shares Cuomo’s trepidation about a special legislative session to address ethics reform.* Even after two state senators were convicted of lying to the F.B.I., Cuomo said there's no need to call a special session of the state Legislature to address ethics reform, Capital New York writes: * Cuomo: Special Session For Ethics Won’t Do Anything (YNN)* Cuomo scoffed at calls for a special session on ethics, saying it would be costly and pointless to try to force lawmakers to clean up their act even though two more are guilty in federal corruption cases.

DNA NYPD Low Balls Crime Numbers
NYPD Crime Statistics Off by up to 229 Incidents a Month
NYPD CrimeStatistics Off by Up to 229 Incidents a Month, Data Show (DNAINFO) The NYPD's statistics released to the public about the number of murders, rapes, robberies, assaults and other major crimes are consistently off by as many as 229 incidents per month, DNAinfo New York has found. The revelation comes on the heels of 19 officers in The Bronx being disciplined for underreporting their numbers.

Murders Up 11% But Few Crimes Make the Papers?
New York City murders up 11% from 2014, overall crime down: police (NYDN) The NYPD launched its Summer All Out Initiative in June, a month earlier than last year, deploying more officers in high-crime areas of the city. * NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton’s announcement that he will retire in 2017 shows he still can’t keep his mouth shut about himself and he again believes he is more important than the mayor, Len Levitt writes in amNewYork: shootings were up about 8% last year over 2013 & this year they are up about 4% over 2014 so far despite flooding some areas with cops.  Six murders were reported this week, bringing the total for the year to 193—an increase of nearly 11 percent from the 174 murders reported at this time a year ago—according to crime statistics released by the New York Police Department on Monday. Four of this week’s six murders occurred in the ten precincts participating in the “Summer All Out” initiative, which sends officers to problem precincts to combat the seasonal uptick in violence. Thirty-three people were hit by gunfire this week, bringing the year’s total so far up to 761, slightly higher than the 740 reported during the same period a year ago.

Cuomo vs de Blasio Fighting Over the Speaker Where Do Her Lobbyists Friends Fix In . . .  Progressive?
Team de Blasio Good at Scamming the Campaign Finance System and A Weak Press Not Good At Politics

Thursday  The Times writes that Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s legacy may be the governor’s penchant for large-scale projects, such as the replacement for the Tappan Zee Bridge over the Hudson River and the overhaul of La Guardia airport:

Wednesday Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio spoke on the phone for the first time in weeks, which the mayor described as part of an “ongoing thing,” that has not produced a resolution, the Daily News reports:  * After weeks of silence, @BilldeBlasio & @NYGovCuomo now on speaking terms—butstill at odds over @MTA funding. * After nearly a month of studied silence, and careful avoidance of one another at parades and party functions, Cuomo and de Blasio revealed yesterday that they had finally spoken on the phone. The mayor offered a hint that their feud may not quite be over, saying: “I think it was an airing of concerns, and I wouldn’t say a resolution was reached.”

Tuesday De Blasio can’t stop praising City Council after Uber clash (NYP) * De Blasio: Don't compare spat w Council speaker to feud wGov. "Have you heard of the concept of apples and oranges?" (NYDN) * Mayor Bill de Blasio and Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito shared their mutual admiration at a news conference, after she had rebuked him for dropping a plan to cap Uber and failing to give the Council credit for negotiations, the Times reports:  * .@BilldeBlasio and @MMViverito move past fightover @Uber: (NYT) * -- Missing from airport announcement -- “Asked why, Mr. de Blasio said he thought it was an Association for a Better New York event, which he attends only ‘when I’m speaking.’ He said it did not mean he was not invited. ‘It means that an event like that is the kind of event that I go to when I am doing exactly what the governor will be doing — when I have something to announce.’
Andrew Cuomo may have new friend in NYC Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito (NYDN) Cuomo's lobbying last week of Mark-Viverito against the mayor's bill to cap Uber growth for a year raised eyebrows in many Democratic circles. The two have never been particularly close, but Cuomo may have seen an opening, particularly with the mayor out of the country at the time when talks were amping up to determine the fate of the Uber bill, city and state Democrats say.* After criticizing @BilldeBlasio@MMViverito sat down with theMayor to hash out their differences over @Uber deal * Is Cuomo out to 'out-progressive' critic de Blasio? | Newsday * Allies and critics of Mayor Bill de Blasio say he appeared unprepared for a public relations clash with Uber, and failed to emphasize some unflattering truths about the tech behemoth, the Observer writes: * The feud between Cuomo and de Blasio remains heated as last week opened a new front for their bickering—funding for the city's buses and subways, with insiders saying there is no end in sight to the fighting, Capital New York writes:  * Council Speaker's Attack on Mayor May Give Her Perception of Independence (NY1) * Council Speaker's Attack on Mayor May Give Her Perception of Independence * De Blasio and Mark-Viverito Move Past Fight Over Uber (NYT) The mayor and City Council speaker seem to have moved past their disagreement over the for-hire vehicle company.* Last week, El Diario ran a piece on the SBJSA and specificallyhighlighted CM Mendez, CM Rodriguez, CM del Carmen Arroyo (not on Twitter) and CM Espinal as being supporters and Speaker MMV, CM Reynoso, CM MEnchaca and CM Reynoso as non-supporters. * @BilldeBlasio was conspicuously absent from @NYGovCuomo’s LaGuardia announcement:   * Cuomo On Friendship And The ‘Soap Opera’ (YN)

The late Sid Zion’s observation that in Albany, it’s always two parties against the people
Prosecutors say common themes run through many of the political corruption cases: lack of transparency on a politician’s outside employment, nonprofits staffed by cronies and used as personal piggy banks, greed and above-the-law arrogance. During their federal trials in Brooklyn, ex-Brooklyn Assemblyman William Boyland Jr. drove to the courthouse with a suspended driver’s license, and Sampson parked his SUV in a no-parking zone protected by a placard in the window claiming he was on “official” state business. The feds in Manhattan and Brooklyn have aggressively investigated pols using techniques, like flipping co-conspirators, wiretaps, undercover agents and video surveillance, which have been employed effectively against organized crime. “The U.S. attorney in Manhattan generally believes Albany is corrupt and that the politicians are not acting in the public interest, so that’s the area where he is going to focus,” said lawyer Bradley Simon, a former federal prosecutor who represented ex-state Controller Alan Hevesi on corruption charges. Before Cuomo put the Moreland Commission out of business, then-Brooklyn U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch testified before the commission that the corruption cases have a corrosive effect on society and weaken the political system as well. “Those officials who are truly trying to do good are cast in the same light as those who are engaging in wrongdoing, rendering them less effective,” said Lynch, who is now the U.S. attorney general.

Cuomo's Education Commission Taking Steps to Put Troubled Schools Into Receivership
A principal’sprinciples: State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia charts the tough,necessary path for struggling public schools (NYDN Ed) Chancellor Carmen Fariña needs to follow MaryEllen Elia’s lead and use new authority to overhaul staff at more than 60 campuses where students are treading water or sinking. Consistent with important new state powers granted under Gov. Cuomo’s budget agreement this year, Elia announced that 144 underperforming schools across New York, including 62 in the city, will enter receivership.Fifty-five of those designated as “struggling” are on two-year clocks to show substantial progress in student achievement. Seven designated as “persistently struggling” have the clock compressed to just one year. * Before her death in April, a Harlemprincipal said she had forged test answers, the Dept. of Education said today: (NYT) * Harlem Principal Said She Forged Test Answers, Education Dept. Says(NYT) * Principal who committed suicide ‘forged’ student exams (NYP) * Queens Native Donates $8.5M to Success Charter Schools * Success Academy Charter Schools, the controversial and fast-growing network of sought-after charter schools, announced that it had received an $8.5 million gift to open new schools in New York City, the Times reports:   * Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s influence over city schools remains strong because those promoting his agenda have become a powerful force in Albany, the Times reports:

Common Core Test Scandal Leads to Principal Suicide 
DOE Covered Up the Focus of the School's Test Cheating After the Suicide Blames the Principal
Principal commits suicide amid Common Core test scandal (NYP) The principal of an innovative West Harlem public school killed herself the day after her students took the state Common Core exams — which were later tossed out because she cheated, The Post has learned. 17, police said. Jeanene Worrell-Breeden, 49, of Teachers College Community School, jumped in front of a B train in the 135th Street station on St. Nicholas Avenue on April. Parents were shocked and saddened to learn Worrell-Breeden died but were given no details at the time. It was rumored she was killed in a car crash. Parents were in for another shock in June. Superintendent Gale Reeves told them in a meeting that all the third-grade English exams had been “red-flagged” and “invalidated.”  “Principal Worrell-Breeden was the subject of allegations of testing improprieties,” spokeswoman Devora Kaye said. “An investigation substantiated these allegations, and we closed the investigation following her tragic passing.” Kaye would not say how Worrell-Breeden allegedly tampered with the tests. Parents grew frustrated. No one from the city Department of Education or the state Education Department, which administers the exams, answered questions. 

Who Was the Investigating Principal Worrell-Breeden Until Her Suicide?  Did the DOE Mishandle Its Investigation?  
They asked for help from politicians, including Assemblyman Keith Wright, whose staff also hit a wall. On Friday, the DOE blamed the dead principal. “was the subject of allegations of testing improprieties,” spokeswoman Devora Kaye said. “An investigation substantiated these allegations, and we closed the investigation following her tragic passing.” Worrell-Breeden got the job despite a scandal at her former school, PS 18 in The Bronx. In 2009, the special commissioner of investigation for city schools found she had clocked in for overtime pay while working out with a personal trainer three times a week in the school gym. Her time card “disappeared” after investigators visited the school. The probe found she altered her time card and coerced subordinates to say she had offered them hundreds of OT hours first — as required — before taking them herself.  * This tragedy should lead to independent probe of thisschool and entire NYC Ed system. Pols have to stop spinning. 

It is A Secret: Stringer Looking For Ways to Run for Mayor 
Comptroller Sees Financial Power as Tool to Advance Civil Rights (NYT) Scott M. Stringer, a Democrat, has made a concerted effort to advertise the inventive ways he has used his powers to promote social justice causes. New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer is using his staid role to build a broader coalitionof community leaders, business advocates and others as he considers a potential mayoral campaign.* The Times profiles how New York City Comptroller ScottStringer has sought to build a broader reputation for himself as a self-described social justice advocate, within the confines of a staid role:
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Boy Does NY Miss Real Journalists 
1993 Journalism Last Victory In NYC the NY Post
One of the most remarkable days in NY journalism: New York Post | Those were the days

True News Wags the NYP On the CFB Treatment of Everyman Mayoral Candidate Albanese
New York’s Kafka-esque campaign-finance laws (NYP Ed) Albanese joined the city’s matching-fund system when he ran for mayor in 2013. That guaranteed him $6 in public money for every $1 he raised in small contributions. Problem was, he couldn’t raise enough cash to qualify for matching funds. So he loaned his campaign $170,000 to stay afloat. Alas, he got less than 1 percent of the vote and couldn’t round up enough donations to pay himself back. So he just wrote off the loan. Oops: Under the campaign-finance law, a written-off loan counts as a contribution. And there’s a strict $14,850 limit on how much candidates can donate to themselves. Bottom line: Albanese technically made an excessive contribution, for which he’s now been hit with a $10,000 fine. Now, we understand the point of the rule, which is meant to keep pols from gaming the system by lending themselves a lot of money they have no intention of ever repaying. But the point of the law, according to the Campaign Finance Board, is to allow “a broader spectrum of candidates to run” by emphasizing grass-roots fund-raising. With the Albanese precedent, less-well-heeled candidates face a Catch-22: If their fundraising flounders, they’ll lose. And if they use their own funds to keep their campaign alive, they face big fines.* The Post suggests Franz Kafka could have written New York City’s campaign finance law after Sal Albanese found himself fined for writing off a loan he made to his campaign when he could not raise enough to pay it off

CFB Goes After Mayoral Candidate Albanese Who Would Not Take Lobbyists and Developers $$$ 
Sal Albanese faces penalty for loaning his own campaign money (NYP)  Mayoral candidate Sal Albanese joined the campaign-finance program in 2013, but couldn’t raise enough money to qualify for public matching funds. So he loaned his own campaign $170,000, and when contributions came up short he simply wrote off the loan. Now he faces a $10,000 fine by the Campaign Finance Board for exceeding the $14,850 contribution cap put on candidates to their own campaigns. That’s got Albanese both baffled and furious, since the reason he said he made the loan was because he didn’t have sufficient contributions. So how, he asked, could he be penalized for going over the contribution limit? “This is insane. This is bizarre. What do they want me to do — hold a fund-raiser to pay myself back?” asked Albanese, who is appealing the fine recommended by the board’s staff.* Reform Groups urge Senators to support @SenatorLeahy bill, the Stop SuperPAC-Candidate Coordination Act 

The CFB is Going After the Type of Candidate They Were Created To Help
I am a supporter of campaign finance reform but NYC system is a broken quagmire that allows lobbyists to bundle $ & fines me 10k * I wasn't allowed 2 participate in key debates disabling my campaign despite 1,000 contributors I received no matching $ & now a fine * I lent my campaign money to pay my staff & vendors because I had an obligation to do so & wanted out of insane campaign system.

Cit Bike Expands in Brooklyn Queens
Citi Bike riding into new neighborhoods in Brooklyn, Queens (NYDN) * Citi Bike to Begin Service in Queens and Expand in Brooklyn and Manhattan (NYT)  Starting in August, the bike-share program plans to install the first stations in Long Island City, Queens, and add 79 stations in Brooklyn.* Citi Bike will move into Queens this summer and then expand its bike-sharing system in Brooklyn as it aims to double its size over the next two years and increase its bike fleet from 6,000 to 12,000, the Times reports:  * Citi Bike Coming to LIC, Bed-Stuy, Greenpoint andWilliamsburg Next Month: The bike sharing program expects to… 

The Council Speaker Puppet Rebellion
Sunday Mark-Viverito, mayor meet to hash out Uber deal differences (NYDN) * Taxis warn of industrywide collapse  (CrainsNY) * The de Blasio administration’s feud with Uber was tainted from the start because it failed to recognize how passionate its supporters are and that a revamp of the entire taxi system’s regulatory framework is needed, the Times reports: 

Saturday City Council to de Blasio: ‘We are not the mayor’s pawn’ (NYP) * Mayor de Blasio just can’t seem to work with anyone (NYP) *  Uber Deal Strains Ties for de Blasio and Mark-Viverito (NYT) After Mayor Bill de Blasio backed away from his vow to halt the growth of the car-hailing service Uber, Melissa Mark-Viverito, the City Council speaker, delivered a searing rebuke to the mayor. * Council Speaker's Attack on Mayor May Give Her Perception of Independence (NY1) * It is unclear whether New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and Mayor Bill de Blasio’s disagreement over how Uber negotiations were handled is a momentary spat or a turning point, The New YorkTimes reports:    * Some New York City Council members said Mark-Viverito’s comments were important for illustrating that the legislative body is not a pawn of the de Blasio administration, and one source said it may signify a rift between the two, the Post reports: * after installing the speaker of his choice @BilldeBlasio gets a reminder it is not his @NYCCouncil * The making of Mark-Viverito’s Uber outburst (Capital)

Team de Blasio is So Bad They Cannot Hold Their Puppet Speaker In Line
Mark-Viverito: Uber cap is my call, not de Blasio’s (NYP) In a startling move, City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito on Thursday took swings at Mayor de Blasio — her longtime pal and ally — for portraying the council as a political pawn in his botched bid to put a cap on Uber. Administration officials abandoned the push, which required council approval, but still claimed victory aftersecuring Uber’s cooperation in a four-month study on traffic congestion. De Blasio on Thursday threatened to revisit the cap, which would cover all for-hire vehicles, by the end of the year. But Mark-Viverito insisted it was the council that had proposed and independently tabled the controversial cap — and that it’s the council that will decide whether and when to revisit it.  * Holman Jenkins Sr. writes in the Wall Street Journal thatUber’s ability to avoid unfavorable legislation in New York City is a triumph for pro-consumer principle, but also points to the political ineptitude of its detractors:

“I’m not going to allow anyone to attempt to save face at the expense of this council,” Mark-Viverito said in City Hall’s Red Room. “This council decides what we discuss, what debates we will have, what will be taken off the table, what will be on the table,” she added. “In him saying that the cap bill is [on] the table — it’s really not for him to decide.” * STEALING HER THUNDER: Mark-Viverito lashes out at de Blasio after he insists he won victory in Uber battle — without mentioning her key role in the drama (NYDN) Add City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito to the list of Mayor de Blasio’s former friends. The speaker, until now a close ally of the mayor, lashed out at him Thursday after he insisted he won a victory in his war with Uber — but never mentioned her key role in the drama while he was traveling back from Italy. “Let’s be clear — this had nothing to do with the mayor,” a visibly upset Mark-Viverito said in Spanish when asked about the Council’s decision Wednesday to drop a bill that would have capped Uber growth at 1%. “I’m not going to allow anyone to attempt to save face at expense of this Council,” she said. “This Council decides what bills will be discussed, what debates we will have, what will be taken off the table, what will be put on the table. No one else leads that discussion.”* After de Blasio struck a surprise deal to table a cap on Uber vehicles, mayoral allies, elected leaders and members of the taxi industry were left to make sense of the move, the Times writes:  * Newsday writes that New York Cityshould study all causes of congestion on Manhattan, not just those caused by e-hailing services like Uber and Lyft: * Uber rewrites the book on beating de Blasio (Capital)* De Blasio gets schooled on Uber by Cuomo, Mark-Viverito and... Kate Upton?: It’s no secret that Mayor Bill de…   * The multi-billion-dollar car-hail company Uber has essentially produced a guidebook for how to defeat de Blasio. * New Yorkmust not go back to the pre-Uber era  (CrainsNY) * De Blasio Faces Backlash From Council Speaker After Uber Deal (DNAINFO) A host on "CBS This Morning" asked de Blasio why he "caved" on a plan to cap the growth of Uber.* Albany vexes de Blasio again, this time on Uber cap(CrainsNY) Gov. Andrew Cuomo alluded to the state's interests on for-hire vehicles after receiving a memo from opponents of the city bill. * Some yellow cab drivers are making the switch to Uber as their earnings have dwindled since the e-hail service arrived in New York City, but questions about how the industry will impact traffic and quality of service remain, the Journal writes:

Like Magic the State Finds Billions in Its Budget -Puts the MTA Capital Plan Back on Track
State to fork over $8B to the MTA (NYP) The MTA said Thursday it had figured out how to trim more than $2 billion from its capital budget, and the state responded by agreeing to give the agency more than $8 billion to nearly close its spending gap. The MTA, which has been struggling to find ways to fill a $14.8 billion budget shortfall in its proposed five-year capital plan, unveiled a multipronged approach that includes streamlined design-and-build processes, public-private partnerships, and a shortening of its procurement process.* Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the state would pay billions of dollars to close the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s budget gap, but that New York City should contribute up to $3 billion, The New York Times reports:  * Cuomo Offers $8.3B, Largely Resolving MTA's CapitalProgram Crisis * Cuomo cuts the M.T.A. ‘fat,’ asks more from city (Capital) * De Blasio'sreply: "The M.T.A. is the state's domain."  (Capital) * Cuomo Offers $8.3B, Largely Resolving MTA's CapitalProgram Crisis * #MTA Sets Opening Date for 7 Train Extension: (NY1)
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Puppet Council Speaker Controlled By New Private Tammany Hall Shadow Govt
Top Speaker Lobbyist Pitta Bishop Puts A Man Inside Her Office
Council speaker puts connected lobbyist on payroll(CrainsNY) Melissa Mark-Viverito quietly handed a $130,000-a-year staff position to a lobbyist from the firm that helped propel her to the City Council speakership, payroll records show. In late March, Carlos Beato, who was a lobbyist at the firm Pitta Bishop Del Giorno & Giblin, joined the City Council payroll as a deputy general counsel. The move came not long after the lobbying shop—which has long served as Ms. Mark-Viverito’s campaign compliance consultant—quarterbacked her council speaker bid. The firm’s Jon Del Giorno set up an “appointments committee” for Ms. Mark-Viverito to vet applicants for the council staff. The firm lobbied Ms. Mark-Viverito as her speaker bid was ongoing, and has continued to do so since her ascension to the city's second-most powerful post. The close ties have drawn scrutiny and a call from the Daily News for Ms. Mark-Viverito to sever ties with the firm and its clients. In an unprecedented and clever move, the Pitta Bishop set up a 2017 campaign accountto facilitate Ms. Mark-Viverito’s speaker run. That allowed her to raise $100,000, with more than $20,000 coming from the lobbying firm’s clients. The good-government group Common Cause accused Ms. Mark-Viverito of exploiting loopholes in state election law. Pitta Bishop's clients also reportedly funded much of her $27,000 inauguration party. * NY lobbying grows another 4%, spent $109 M in first sixmonths of this year; now 32 lobbyists for every legislator 

Memo to NYP Political Director: David Seifman: MirRam Violated the City's Ethics Law

What the NYP left out was that MirRam that group that profited from the graft was illegally working on the the campaign to make Melissa Mark Viverito Speaker. The lines that the NYP did not copy from the CrainsNY piece was the most important to point out how MirRam acted illegally.  CrainsNY - "Last November, during the heart of the City Council speaker race, an employee of the MirRam group fielded a press request from Crain's on Ms. Mark-Viverito's behalf for an article about her past refusal to recite the Pledge of Allegiance. But on Wednesday, a spokeswoman for MirRam said any work done for Ms. Mark-Viverito was only related work for her 2013 City Council campaign, though it had ended weeks before the press request was fielded by MirRam. The firm was not paid to assist her speaker campaign."  Another lobbying firm close to Ms. Mark-Viverito, the Advance Group, landed in hot water for providing free consulting services during Ms. Mark-Viverito's speaker campaign.  * Melissa Mark-Viverito Paid MirRam $35,000 for Her Campaign *  Hispanic Federation gets biggest @NYCCouncil member item:$400K out of speaker's pot.  (Capital)The federation has ties to almost every Hispanic lawmaker in The Bronx, including Rivera, but primarily benefits two men: political strategist Luis Miranda, who co-founded it and once served as its president, and Roberto Ramirez, a former Bronx Democratic Party boss. The men run a private political consulting firm, the MirRam Group. It’s paid by the Hispanic Federation and is hired by politicians who steer taxpayer money to the nonprofit.Flashback Twi$ted web of political nonprofits in Bx.(NYP)

Speaker Hiding the Member Items and Legislation Hides Lobbyists Shadow Govt 
Council SpeakerMelissa Mark-Viverito’s secrets on money and legislation (NYDN) A new era of secrecy and subterfuge has descended on the City Council under Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito. She has failed to keep current an easily searchable database showing how Council members have divvied up slush funds totaling hundreds of millions of dollars. At the same time, Mark-Viverito refuses to release paperwork showing how she bottled up a home-rule message calling on the state Legislature to sweeten disability pension benefits for newly hired police and firefighters. By our reading of the Freedom of Information statute, Mark-Viverito is clearly violating the law regarding the public’s access to information — likely because releasing the information will show her dictatorial hand at work. Let’s take the issues one at a time, starting with the slush. The Council annually doles out hundreds of millions of dollars to favored non-profit groups in the form of “member items.” After five members were busted for filching cash or funding phony groups, former Speaker Chris Quinn created a searchable database detailing who got money and from which member. Now, several weeks after the new budget passed, the database still has last year’s numbers and names and, until we inquired, there was no information at all showing how the Council divided several hundred million dollars in capital funds. As for the disappearance of the pension measure, Mark-Viverito faces the justified wrath of Uniformed Firefighters Association President Steve Cassidy. While we oppose his plan as too costly, he’s right in saying Mark-Viverito snookered him. Backed by a veto-proof 37 colleagues, Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley asked the Council’s legislative staff to draft a home rule message to be sent to Albany. She was told another member had already put in the same request and that, per tradition, the work would be done for this unnamed legislator. Whoever it was never introduced the home rule measure in the Council, killing it. Rightly, Cassidy wants to know the identity of the assassin. Mark-Viverito refuses to release the name, preposterously claiming lawyer-client privilege. Follow her logic and almost nothing the Council does would be public. Just how Mark-Viverito would like it. 

City’s new budget allots $57M for ‘pork’ spending (NYP) * : * City Council reaches $21 million deal to keep community-based nonprofits in business (NYDN) New budget proves it really pays to be friends with Mark-Viverito (NYP)  A politically connected consulting firm that helped Melissa Mark-Viverito become City Council speaker scored big bucks for its clients in the city’s new budget, records show. The lobbying firm Pitta Bishop Del Giorno & Giblin was able to rake in at least $1.08 million in council discretionary funds for 14 nonprofit clients in fiscal year 2016 — including $780,000 directly funneled by Mark-Viverito, a Post analysis of city data shows. The Manhattan Democrat’s cozy relationship with the Staten Island-based lobbying firm includes once paying it more than $61,000 to help get her elected speaker in 2013. *  City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito directed her $16 million in discretionary funds toward a potpourri of progressive causes, but borough leaders say distribution is more even than in the past, City & State reports: 

Walking Dead Pols Campaign
‘Ghost committees’ continue to proliferate (Capital)  At least 55 campaign committees registered for politicians who are no longer in state or local office or actively campaigning have reported some activity in 2015, according to disclosure reports submitted to the state Board of Elections. These committees have more than $14.7 million in their campaign accounts, more than 15 percent of the total reported by every state and local politician. Many belong to former elected officials who are lobbyists, deceased or incarcerated. The practice of maintaining so-called "ghost committees" seems to be increasing. In 2012, former politicians had about $11 million in their campaign accounts. That year, theNew York Times editorial board criticized the continued existence of these campaign accounts. “After a state politician leaves office, it’s time to close up shop, including the campaign fund,” they wrote.

New Real Estate Disclosure of Shell Companies Buying Up Luxury Apts
New Disclosure Rules for Shell Companies in New York Luxury Real Estate Sales (NYT)  The changes, spurred in part by a recent investigation by The New York Times, will help remove a “veil of secrecy” in high-end sales, a city official said.
Summary: The Hidden Money Buying Up New York Real Estate(NYT)

Schneiderman Takes From LLC Loopholes That He Said Should Be Closed 
Eric Schneiderman benefits from campaign finance loophole that he opposes LLC loophole, which allows wealthy campaign donors to skirt contribution limits by creating an unlimited amount of subsidiaries that have substantially higher donation limits than regular businesses. “The so-called ‘LLC Loophole’ has made a mockery of the campaign finance rules enforced by the Board of Elections,” he wrote. * State Controller Thomas DiNapoli has never been known as a fund-raising powerhouse, but the $264,372 he received the past six months was particularly paltry. It was his lowest July filing since 2008, when he had taken over the scandal-scarred office just months earlier and did virtually no fund-raising. * State Sen. Marc Panepinto pressed state Workers Compensation Board officials to take action favored by his multi-million-dollar law firm, the Daily New writes:  (NYDN)  State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman raked in hundreds of thousands of dollars in donations over the past six months — through a loophole he has said should be closed. Since January, Schneiderman has received a combined $267,850 from more than 40 different limited-liability companies, his latest campaign disclosure filings show. Schneiderman also in April wrote a letter to the state Board of Elections calling on the body to close what is known as the  Shell Companies  Seeking to increase transparency in the luxury real estate market, the de Blasio administration has imposed new disclosure requirements on shell companies buying or selling property in New York City, The New York Times reports:   * Seeking to increase transparency in the luxury real estate market, the de Blasio administration has imposed new disclosure requirements on shell companies buying or selling property in New York City. * New rules will help remove a “veil of secrecy” surrounding New York luxury realestate sales    Wednesday  Bill Hammond in the Daily News writes Cuomo, who has called for the close of the LLC Loophole while benefitting from it by accepting large campaign contributions, needs to return the donations he received and call for a self-imposed moratorium:

Gentrification in Bed Stuy Pushes Out Tenants and Small Black Business
Update A bill to be introduced in New York City Council would ban commercial landlords from using physical intimidation or threats, denying repairs or cutting off heat and utilities to try to force the business to leave, the Daily News reports: 
Residents ProtestShuttering of Longtime Neighborhood Candy Store (DNAINFO)  BEDFORD-STUYVESANT — Community members and elected officials rallied on Friday in front of a longtime Brooklyn business, protesting the shuttering of Jimmy’s Candy Store under a new landlord.   The store that operated for more than 40 years at 406 Tompkins Ave. closed its doors in late May after its owners were evicted following a court ruling in favor of the building’s new deed holder.  

END OF A BOOZY ERA: Hogs & Heifers to close its iconic doors after 23 years (NYDN) * ICONIC NYC DAIRY RESTAURANT FACES UNCERTAIN FUTURE AFTERRECENT EAST VILLAGE EXPLOSION (Tablet) * FAILE Bring A Gentrification Game To The Brooklyn Museum (Gothamist) * Why are finance jobs leaving New York? Well that commercial rent taxplays a role. Here's a fix @ (CrainsNY) * One of the Last NYC Kosher Dairy Restaurants Is At Riskof Closing  * New DevelopmentCould Kill '60s-Era Market Diner In Hell's Kitchen  *Bed-Stuy Leads Brooklyn Home Sales as Prices Jump 21Percent, Report Says  * Biscotti Bakery Closing After Rent Hike, 'Mall-ization ofManhattan'(DNAINFO)

Daily News Says It Against Luxury 421-a But Says Nothing About the Gentrification Push Out the Tax Break Causes
Time to end a hugetax break for wealthy property owners (NYDN Ed) Tiny property taxes for the most luxurious of luxury condominiums. A bigger tax bill for rental buildings where the have-nots live. It’s a tale of two cities — told most offensively though the towering bauble for the ultrawealthy known as One57, where a top-floor residence recently sold for a record $100 million. Outrage properly greeted the Daily News’ revelation in 2013 that One57’s developer had secured from the state Legislature clearance to claim a property tax break known as 421-a. Savings to the wealthy residents: $9.4 million a year. Still worse, the city Independent Budget Office now calculates One57 got an additional $16 million property tax discount last year, thanks to a state law that places insanely low assessed values on the city’s priciest condos and co-ops.

Bharara Arrests of Silver and Skelos Shuts Down Litwin's Glenwood Campaign Funding for Albany
Filings show Glenwood no longer a major donor (Capital) Preet Bharara has made actual, tangible results in getting money out of NY politics * Glenwood Management, perennially the state’s largest campaign contributor, has drastically reduced its campaign donations in the wake of federal investigations in which company officials are reportedly embroiled, Capital New York reports:  * The Real Estate Board of New York spent $3 million opposing a prevailing wage provisionin the renewal of the 421a tax abatement.

Developers Tied to Skelos and Silver Cases Funded 421-a Lobbyists Effort
Developers tied to Skelos and Silver cases funded lobbying effort (TU) In the wake of two high-profile political corruption cases allegedly involving major New York City real estate developers, some of those same developers helped fund a $1.9 million Albany lobbying effort this year for a lucrative tax break. A lobbying disclosure filing provided Friday by the group Putting New Yorkers to Work, a nonprofit run by leadership of the real estate trade group the Real Estate Board of New York, reported the group taking in $200,000 in May from eight limited liability companies controlled by Glenwood Management.

That’s the Long Island luxury residential developer that played a supporting role in the federal corruption charges against ex-Democratic Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and former Republican Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos. Silver stepped down from his legislative leadership post in January and Skelos in May.  Glenwood’s donations to the lobbying group are listed as coming in on May 8 – four days after Skelos was arrested and charged.  Glenwood has long been the state’s biggest political donor, including to its three statewide Democrats – Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, and Comptroller Tom DiNapoli – but appears to have tamped down its campaign spending in light of the federal scrutiny. Last Wednesday, Cuomo reported no political donations from the company the past six months. The company did, however, make the $200,000 lobbying contribution, which was part of nearly $1.9 million in total spending by Putting New Yorkers To Work in May and June.

The spending went to television and radio ads, digital media, and polling. Charles Dorego, a top Glenwood official, was given a non-prosecution agreement in conjunction with his assistance in the Skelos case. In both the Silver and Skelos cases, the lawmakers are accused of concocting schemes in which Glenwood would enrich them, or their families, in exchange for favorable treatment on one or several of the key issues Glenwood has before the Legislature, from rent regulation to tax breaks for developers. Skelos allegedly threatened to stop helping the industry if he didn’t get its support. A developer that had a cameo role in the complaint against Skelos, Tishman Speyer, also gave $250,000 to the lobbying effort, the disclosure shows. According to the complaint against Skelos, Skelos’ son, Adam, who is also facing charges, sought title insurance work from the developer. Neither Glenwood Management nor Tishman Speyer has been charged with wrongdoing. Putting New Yorkers to Work was formed to push for the interests of big real estate and affordable housing developers in the battle over the extension of the 421-a tax abatement, which expired in June and gives lucrative tax breaks to developers in exchange for their building affordable housing. Of the $3.1 in contributions collected by Putting New Yorkers to Work, the biggest donor was the New York State Association for Affordable Housing, a trade association for affordable housing developers that gave $500,000. Many of New York City’s biggest developers gave, from the Durst Organization to The Related Companies. The group was aligned with New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, who has made building affordable housing a priority for his administration, but was at odds with a group funded by buildings trades unions, UP4NYC, that itself engaged in a well-funded push for a new prevailing wage mandate for construction workers at 421-a projects. * "Neither Glenwood Management nor Tishman Speyer hasbeen charged with wrongdoing". (TU)

The NYP Loves to Blow True News' Bubble
NYP Copies True News Bubble Mayor: the Homeless Edition 
Cops keep de Blasio in a bum-free bubble (NYP)  No wonder he doesn’t think there’s a problem. The police have been laboring to keep Mayor de Blasio in a bum-free bubble — clearing nuisance-causing vagrants from his view at Gracie Mansion and as he travels in the city.  On Wednesday, two hours before de Blasio was due to walk through Washington Square Park, cops arrived en masse to clear out the quality-of-life-ruining bums who drink from paper bags, sprawl on benches and pee in public.  “They had to clear all the homeless out before he got there,” for a Ramadan fast-breaking dinner at the NYU Islamic Center, said one law-enforcement source. “They didn’t want him to see the homeless people lying around, to see how the park usually is. They wanted it spotless for him,” the source added.

On May 22nd True News Introduced the Mayoral Bubble While de Blasio Used the Cops to Keep Protesters Away From A Boardwalk News Conference 
 Mayor Puts New Yorkers Who Want to Ask Questions Into Pens and Reads His Script in Front of the Political Class* -- AP’s “[O]n Friday in the Rockaways, unlike on Staten Island the day before, [de Blasio] largely heard cheers. That was in part due to the event's careful stagecraft, featuring tight security that kept would-be demonstrators nearly out of the mayor's line of sight. … the site of his press conference was tightly controlled by Department of Parks security and City Hall staffers, who took the unusual step of cordoning off potential disruptors to an area about 50 yards down the boardwalk.” * Channeling Orwell: Mayor de Blasio's "Free SpeechZone": (WCBS) * Bubble Mayor Homeless Plan Keep Them Out of His Sight and the Parks

Bubble Mayor No Town Hall de Blasio Spins and the NYC Press Defining Journalism Down

Today True News Adopts the Daily News 3Cs Journalism: Crime Comics and #$@#!
City Loses Case to Restrict Porn

A court gave a green light to what's left of New York City's red light district, turning aside the city's desire to further restrict its racy adult establishments by finding the new rules are unconstitutional, the Associated Press reports: * City loses court case to further restrict adult establishments (NYP)* A BOOTYFUL DAY! Miss Butt Brazil contestants revealed — SEE PHOTOS (NYDN)

421-a is Shortchanging Affordable Housing, Causes Corruption and Closes Small Business and PBlacks Out of Their Homes
421-a $905,000 an Affordable Apartment, City $190,000 Per Affordable Housing Apartments
City was shortchanged on affordable housing: report (NYP) The city was shortchanged on the number of affordable apartments created under the 421-a property-tax abatement that state lawmakers gave the developer of the luxury Midtown residential tower One57, according to a report issued Tuesday. The Independent Budget Office found that the $65.6 million in taxes forgiven to One57 over a decade could have produced roughly five times the 66 units created under the subsidy. Paying affordable-housing developers directly would have garnered the city as many as 367 units with the same amount of money, while a separate program that gives nonprofits tax breaks to operate low-rent housing could have yielded 320 units, the analysis found. The smaller number of affordable units actually created in The Bronx cost taxpayers $905,000 per apartment.

By contrast, direct funding to developers of low-income housing would have run the city $179,000 per unit, the IBO said. “The staggering cost and inefficiency of this program is precisely why the administration sought — and succeeded in — ending 421-a tax breaks for luxury condominiums,” said City Hall spokesman Wiley Norvell. “The practice was just indefensible.” At the city’s urging, Albany lawmakers made reforms to the 421-a program that the IBO said would create 13,000 more affordable apartments, but at an added cost of $3.3 billion. The reforms are set to go into effect in January, but only if the real estate industry can come to a deal on wages with the construction industry. Otherwise, the current 421-a program would be extended as is. * Some are interpreting the wording of the new rent law to actually make it more difficult for landlords to deregulate apartments when rent reaches the established threshold, much to the chagrin of those property owners. * A group of Brooklyn elected officials led by Borough President Eric Adams are set to meettonight to map out a plan to push for changes next year to the rent regulation law, though it’s highly unlikely the GOP-lead state Senate will revisit the issue. * The recently-revised 421-a tax break will cost New York City $3.3 billion over 10 years in foregone revenue, according to a new estimate from the city’s Independent Budget Office.* * Language in the new rent regulation laws may actually make it more difficult for landlords to deregulate apartments when rent reaches the established threshold, but landlords say they believe it to be a drafting error that Albany lawmakers need to fix, Gotham Gazette reports: *  Bed-Stuy is Focus of Concerns Over Fate of Community Gardens  (City Limits) The city has identified 181 small city-owned sites for potential affordable-housing development. Eighteen currently have community gardens on them. Ten of those gardens are in Bedford-Stuyvesant.* One57 is getting $66M in tax breaks for contributing $6M toaffordable housing in the Bronx: (Curbed) * * A recent report by the Independent Budget Office suggests that class-warriors have missed the real target by opposing 421-a tax abatement and should instead look at other breaks helping developers pay less in taxes, the Post writes:  * The Real Estate Board of New York spent $3 million opposing a prevailing wage provisionin the renewal of the 421a tax abatement.
 421-a Causing Rent Up Losing the Middle Class Also "Middle class families in NY are now looking forother states to live in due to the cost of living in the state..'' 
Foreign Ownership of NYC Real Estate and the Lobbyists Who Work for Them

Tax Break to Extell Costs NYC $65.6 Million
Tax break to Midtown luxury condo tower will cost NYC $65.6M in property taxes (NYDN) The city isn't getting much bang for its buck by awarding a huge tax break to a luxury condo tower in Midtown, the Independent Budget Office found. A tax break for One57 will cost the city $65.6 million in property taxes over 10 years, money that could have paid for 367 affordable apartments. Instead, under the deal with One57's developer, Extell Group, only 66 affordable units were built. That means taxpayers subsidized apartments at a rate of nearly $1 million per unit when affordable units on average cost $179,000 apiece. Hundreds protest tax breaks to New York City real estate developers in shadow of skyscraper for mega rich (NYDN)
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Albany July Finance Reports
State AG Eric Schneiderman plans to report $2.3 million in cash on hand in his campaign account, underscoring the Democrat’s efforts to prepare for a possible gubernatorial bid. Cuomo 2018 Has $12.7M In Cash (YNN) * Senate Repubs Report Solid Numbers (YNN) * Skelos Fundraising Slows After Arrest (YNN) * Astorino Cashes Out Gubernatorial Account * State campaign fundraising filings are strong for Republicans, with the GOP raising nearly $2 million this year so far and currently sitting on $1.2 million in cash on hand, State of Politics reports: * Assemblyman Keith Wright raised almost $150,000 in the race to replace Rep. Charles Rangel, with the help of prominent donors including Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver and the Teamsters Union, the Observer reports * Cuomo’s campaign account for 2018 is flush with nearly $12.7 million in cash, the Times Union reports: * Sen. Dean Skelos’s fundraising efforts slowed dramatically following his arrest on corruption charges, though he still has $2.4 million in cash on hand, according to a campaign finance filing with the state Board of Elections, State of Politics writes:  * Skelos fund-raising slowed after leadership ouster (Capital) Former majority leader reports $2.4 M. in cash on hand  * More From Cuomo’s Campaign Filing (YNN) * Allies of Dean and Adam Skelos have set up a “family defense fund” to help them pay their legal bills before their looming corruption trial. * Andrew Cuomo gets $5.2M in campaign donations in 6 months; has $12.7million on hand (NYDN) * Senate GOP gave disgraced Dean Skelos $50K following arrest (NYP) *  Cuomo pays $100K in legal fees, donates to Yankees, Plaza hotel (NYP) * Gov. Andrew Cuomo spent roughly $100,000 in campaign cash white-collar defense attorneys during federal prosecutor Preet Bharara’s probe into the closure of the Moreland Commission panel, the Post reports:  * New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito raised a whopping $289,160 over the past six months for her 2017 campaign, and spent just over $143,000, which left her with $144,442 in the bank, the Daily Newsreports:  * Gov. Andrew Cuomo took in $5.2 million in campaign donations the past six months andused $100,000 of it to pay legal fees. He also paid out nearly a quarter of a million dollars in 2014 campaign bonuses – including $120,000 that went to his campaign manager and longtime aide, Joseph Percoco. * The $5.2 million Cuomo raised is a lot of money, but it’s his smallest haul for the first half of a year since 2008, when he was state attorney general. * Cuomo had a number of prominent donors who lined up behind him. Some of them included Wall Street executives: Daniel S. Loeb, Philip A. Falcone and Ronald O. Perelman, who each cut a $25,000 check to the governor’s campaign. * Cuomo ended the six-month period with $12.7 million still on hand. AG Eric Schneiderman, who has been mentioned as a potential 2018 primary challenger against Cuomo in 2018, is expected to report having raised about $2 million in donations since January, leaving him with $2.3 million in his coffers.* Allies of former Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos have begun raising funds for his legal defense, establishing a website and sending out letters seeking contributions. * The state Senate Republican Campaign Committee shoveled $50,000 into the re-election coffers of its disgraced former leader just two weeks after he was busted on federal corruption charges. * NYC Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito raised a whopping $289,160 over the past six months for her 2017 campaign, dwarfing the anemic $17,350 that de Blasio raised over the same time period. * Low Poll Numbers? Cuomo Blames Albany ‘Writ Large’ (YNN) * Elected Officials Already Fundraising for Potential Future Campaigns (NY1)* As he fights federal corruption charges, former Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos has so far avoided paying for his attorneys with funds from his political campaign, Gannett Albany reports: * Not surprisingly, the recently elected legislative leaders in the Assembly and Senate have seen their campaign accounts swell. *  Senate Democrats are receiving political contributions from an unlikely source — hedge funders* Records show new state Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan and new Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie both saw big jumps in campaign contributions since they took their leadership posts, the Daily News reports:  * The recent campaign filings are a glaring example of how money in politics isn’t just about getting candidates elected, but about trying to influence them once they’re in office and it’s a reminder of how much New York needs campaign reform, the Times Union writes:

Lawsuit Against NYSBOE Support of LLCs
Lawmakers, government reform group sue New York's Board ofElections over LLC campaign donation loophole (NYDN) Lawmakers, government reform group sue New York's Board of Elections over LLC campaign donation loophole (NYDN) A government reform organization and a bipartisan group of current and former state lawmakers are suing the New York state Board of Elections in hopes of closing a legal loophole that allows businesses to give virtually unlimited amounts of campaign donations. The lawsuit, filed Tuesday in state Supreme Court in Albany, takes aim atlimited liability corporations, which under the current system have donation limits 30 times higher than the $5,000 annual maximum imposed on regular corporations. Because LLCs are treated as separate entities, corporations can give basically unlimited amounts to state candidates by creating as many LLCs as they want. The Brennan Center of Justice and others called on the Board of Elections toclose the loophole that was created by the board in 1996. Among those who brought the lawsuit are Assemblyman Brian Kavanagh (D-Manhattan), Sen. Liz Krueger (D-Manhattan), Sen. Daniel Squadron (D-Brooklyn), and Maureen Koetz, a Republican who in 2014 challenged Assemblyman Sheldon Silver, who was speaker at the time. SUNY New Paltz Professor Gerald Benjamin, a Republican, and former state Sen. John Dunne, a former deputy GOP majority leader, are also listed as plaintiffs. A liberal and conservative coalition filed suit against the State Board of Elections, seeking to overturn the LLC loophole that critics say unleashed a torrent of cash in New York politics, The New York Timesreports:  * An eclectic group of liberal and conservative interests and individuals filed suit against the State Board of Elections, seeking to overturn a two-decade-old decision that critics say has unleashed an unending torrent of money into New York politics.
Real Estate Developers, Tax Breakes and Politics, 421-a 
The Privatization of the Tammany Hall Machine

The Anti-Cuomo Team Campaign Reform
Unions and Progressives Go After LLC Which Fund Their Opponents Campaigns
A liberal activist group is debuting a new website meant to let the public track campaign contributions made by limited liability companies. The group, call Hedge Clippers, has identified nearly $134 million in contributions made by L.L.C.s to state-level political committees since 1999. The group’s website now contains a fully searchable database that allows users to browse or download the donations candidates have received from these companies. Union-backed group launches L.L.C.-tracking site (Capital) The Hedge Clippers group is backed by the Strong Economy for All Coalition, which is supported by unions such as the New York State United Teachers, 1199 SEIU, and the Communications Workers of America. Several of these unions are also major political donors.

There is A Reason the Goo Goo Does and the Brennan Center's Client Do Not Demand That Berlin Rosen Register As A Lobbyists

Berlin Rosen Works for the Good Government Brennan Center
Berlin Rosen Works for the.Good Government Brennan Center 

Will JCOPE Expose Berlin Rosen
A growing class of New York political consultants who enjoy close ties to elected officials but don’t register as lobbyists may well have to start doing so, in light of a proposed guidance issued by JCOPE. * The state Joint Commission on Public Ethics said consultants who take actions related to lobbying efforts must register as lobbyists, even if they do not directly ask officials to take action on bills,the Times Union reports:  * ALBANY’S TOP 10LOBBYISTS: City & State features the top 10 lobbying firms in Albany in 2014, including a summary of each and an introduction to their key players in Albany: * Queens state Sen. Tony Avella, who has been pushing a bill to require more disclosure by political consultants, is praising new guidelines from the Joint Commission on Public Ethics, the Times Union reports

The Loop-Hole Reforms That the Brennan Center is Calling For Would Help Berlin Rosen Clients
Does Berlin Rosen Lobby for the Brennan Center?
Brennan Center Urges BOE To Close LLC Loophole(YNN) The Brennan Center this week in a letter to the state Board of Elections urged commissioners to take action themselves on the so-called “LLC loophole.” The provision in the state’s campaign finance regulations allows individual donors to contribute unlimited amounts of money as long as they are funneled through limited liability corporations. Ending the practice — which Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s campaign used to its advantage in last year’s campaign — has been a perennial call from the state’s good government groups with title success. The loophole has been traced back to a 1996 ruling from the Board of Elections that the Brennan Center says can be reversed.

UPDATE Garner Chokehold DEAL $5.9 MILLION
Sunday Stand down, DAs: Gov. Cuomo and Attorney General EricSchneiderman are right to impose state AG investigation of police-involvedkillings of civilians (NYDN Ed) * City Hall slams 'misinformation' on proposed cap for Uber (NYDN) * Many of New York state’s 62 district attorneys have voiced their anger over Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s decision to put the attorney general in charge of cases in which police kill unarmed civilians, but they need to build a cooperative relationship, the DailyNews writes:   Monday While NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton has blamed slow hiring of African-American officers on the high percentage of criminal records in that community some without records continue to wait, the Times reports:
New York Cityhas reached a settlement with the family of Eric Garner for $5.9 million  (nyp) *  Eric Garner's family to accept $5.9 million wrongful deathsettlement  (SI Advance) * City reaches $5.9M settlement in Garner chokehold case (NYP) * The Garner settlement is the largest ever for a wrongful-death case against an NYPD officer. But it is the not the first time the city has reach an agreement in connection with a high-profile case. * NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio said the NYPD has come a “long way” since Garner’s killing.  * * New York City agreed to pay $5.9 million settlement to avoid a wrongful death suit brought by the family of Eric Garner, a Staten Island man who died after being put in a chokehold by a cop, The New York Times reports:    * Family Renews Calls for Civil Rights Charges a Year After Garner’s Death (NYT) Hundreds of people converged in front of the federal courthouse in Brooklyn to demand that federal civil rights charges be filed in the death of Eric Garner.

YOU CAN’T PAY FOR A LIFE’: Family of Eric Garner accepts $5.9M settlement for wrongful choking death at hands of cops, will continue ‘pursuit of justice’ (NYDN) * HAMILL: One year later, Eric Garner’s death still haunts Staten Island street — 'There’s a feeling here that there was no justice for Eric' (NYDN) * De Blasio to speak at memorial service for Eric Garner at Staten Island church near site of choking death (NYDN) * 'I THINK WE'VE COME A LONG WAY': De Blasio says progress in NYC has been made since Eric Garner's death (NYDN) *  A year after Garner’s death, the Staten Island community where he lived and died remains strained by tensions between officers and residents despite efforts to improve the situation, the Daily News’ Denis Hamill writes:  

Attorney for #EricGarner familysays 'Not enough focus' on other officers involved (Caoital) * Ed Mullins, president of the Sergeants BenevolentAssociation, blasted New York City’s record $5.9 million settlement with the family of police chokehold victim Eric Garner in a New York Post column:  *  Attorney for #EricGarner familysays 'Not enough focus' on other officers involved  * DAs seeking more clarity on special prosecutor role[Morning Memo]  * Eric Garner Did Not Die In Vain': de BlasioPushes Reconciliation at Memorial Event (NYO) * State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has authorized local prosecutors to open investigations when police officers kill unarmed civilians, but he has also prohibited them from giving immunity to any witnesses, the Associated Press reports: * Friends and Family Ask if Policing Has Changed Since Garner’s Death (NYT) A year after Eric Garner’s death, loved ones say more needs to be done while the city seeks to move forward.* A SOLEMN ANNIVERSARY: Eric Garner's death commemorated one year later by family - daughter releases dove with mourners, protesters (NYDN) * …(NYDN)

Wednesday Update Taxpayers’ response to Garner settlement: He ‘isn’t a martyr’ (NYP) * The facts that got lost in the $5.9 million Garner payout (NYP Ed) * In a rare trip outside state lines, Gov. Andrew Cuomo today will address the NAACP’s national convention in Philadelphia Wednesday about his recent appointment of a special prosecutor to investigate cases where police kill unarmed and other civilians. * Speaking at an interfaith church service last night marking the one-year anniversary of Eric Garner’s death, NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio said the incident has helped move the city forward and usher in significant changes within the NYPD. * De Blasio sought to create a balance in his remarks, saying “all lives matter,” “black lives matter” and “blue lives matter.” * Members of the Garner family say their $5.9 million settlement with the de Blasio administration, which the comptroller’s office described as the largest settlement in the history of the city over a killing by police officers, will not end their push for police reform.* Cuomo is expected to discuss his recent appointment of a special prosecutor to investigate cases where police kill unarmed suspects or civilians when addressing the NAACP’s national convention today, the Daily Newswrites:  * De Blasio spoke carefully about more police reforms at a memorial service for Eric Garner, who died a year ago from a police chokehold in Staten Island, which was also attended by New York City police officers, The New YorkTimes writes:  * Anger mounted Tuesday over the city’s decision to settle with the Garner family over his death that occurred following an arrest for selling loose cigarettes on Staten Island last summer, the Post writes:  * For DAs, More Clarity Needed On Special Prosecutor’s Role (YNN)  * Mayor Bill de Blasio avoided explaining why he included the statements “all lives matter” and “blue lives matter” alongside “black lives matter” during last night’s memorial service for Eric Garner, a black man killed by a cop, the Observer reports:  Friday City Comptroller’s Office Dispenses Few Answers but Writes Real Checks (NYY) In concluding, without explanation, that the Garner estate should be paid, Scott Stringer has extended the silence in a new direction.*  Sharpton, Citizen Action Back Schneiderman In DA Dispute (YNN

DA's Push Back At Schneiderman's Role As Special Police Shooting Investigator
  Thursday New York Attorney General Sets Guidelines for Inquires Into Police Killings (NYT) Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman has authorized local prosecutors to investigate cases in which police officers kill unarmed civilians. * The NYPD has made nearly 33 percent fewer arrests citywide so far this year for selling untaxed cigarettes, the crime Eric Garner was arrested for during the deadly confrontation on Staten Island last summer, theJournal writes:  * Huge amounts of money get thrown around after publicized tragedies, such as the recent Garner family settlement, and no one feels comfortable objecting and questioning whether the decision is fair, WilliamO’Reilly writes in am New York: * The NY Post questions NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer’s claim that the city’s $5.9 million settlement with the Garner family is fiscally responsible. * De Blasio said he’s looking forward, not backward, on police-community relations, refusing to analyze whether he changed his tone on cops in a speech he gave on Staten Island this week. He also ducked questions about whether he talks differently about police to his 17-year-old son Dante, and avoided saying whether he thought the police had changed since the death of Eric Garner. * The NYPD has made nearly 33 percent fewer arrests citywide so far this year for selling untaxed cigarettes – the crime Garner was suspected of during a deadly confrontation on Staten Island last summer. * Mayor: One Year After Death of Eric Garner, 'Summer All Out' a Success (NY1) * Schneiderman has authorized local prosecutors to open investigations when police officers kill unarmed civilians, but he has also prohibited them from giving immunity to any witnesses. * Basically, DAs argue their power should flow from voters, not from the AG * Here is Schneiderman's letter in response to DA'sconcerns *"logical inconsistency of superseding all 62 elected DAs..only to immediately designate them to perform crucial tasks.."DAs to Schneiderman.  * Schneiderman And DAs Trade Letters On Police Probe Authority (YNN) * Sharpton, Citizen Action Back Schneiderman In DA Dispute (YNN) * Eric Garner, who died after being put in a chokehold by a police officer one year ago today, was remembered by family, friends and advocates who held ceremonies and rallies calling for law enforcement reforms, The New York Times reports: *  Cuomo: DAs And AG ‘Have To Work It Out’ (YNN)

Bratton Orders Quality of Life Crackdown As Summonses Fall
Bratton orders crackdown with ‘quality of life’ summonses down (NYP)  Police Commissioner Bill Bratton has ordered a crackdown on “quality of life” offenses amid a surprising drop in the number of summonses issued for minor crimes, The Post has learned. Officials aren’t sure what’s behind the recent drop-off, but stats show tickets for public urination are way down, with only 6,799 through June 14, compared with 8,329 for the same 2014 period.

 Mayor declines to revisit advice to his son (Capital) ‘We are doing everything to move this city forward’ * Uber ad campaign targets de Blasio (Capital) * De Blasio avoids questions on whether he talksdifferently about NYPD to son Dante (NYDN)

Feds Con Ed Must Make Gas Lines Safer

 In the wake of the 2014 gas explosion in East Harlem, federal officials told New York City, state regulators and Con Edison that they must improve pipeline safety features by the end of September, Capital New Yorkreports: 

Wayne Barrett: de Blasio's Big Transactional Lies and Contradictions 
Barrett Exposes de Blasio's Real Political Agenda and Phoney Empty Immoral Soul

Muckraking investigative reporter Wayne Barrett unmasks Mayor Bill de Blasio's "transactional" hypocrisy
The transactional Bill deBlasio (Wayne Barrett, NYDN) “Transactionality is a trap,” preached de Blasio on NY1, contrasting himself with that denizen of the dark side, Andrew Cuomo, who, the mayor declared with wide-eyed sincerity, “deeply believes in the transactional model.” He acidly ascribed everything bad that happens in Albany to the governor — even though a man who knew them both well, Mario Cuomo, endorsed de Blasio in 2009 with the memorable words: “He’s a lot like Andrew.” de Blasio’s attack on transactional politics was itself a transaction, a favor for labor.  * WAYNE BARRETT in the News, “The transactional Bill deBlasio”: “Most of the water de Blasio carries for his backers these days flows from city reservoirs. He has awarded the richest labor contracts in city history, and support for his 2017 reelection bid from the union recipients of his public largesse may ward off any primary challenge. SEIU signed one of those contracts — valued, when combined with the nurses union, at $879 million. Hotel workers don’t have a city contract, but are pleased no doubt by the mayor’s enforcement war against hotel competitor Airbnb. ... “The progressives who hate Cuomo the most, including perhaps the mayor, hate him for his alliance with the Republican state senators. Yet they simultaneously expect him to milk it, as he has on marriage equality, gun control and other issues. They damn and cheer him in the same sentence, demanding more than he could ever extract from a Republican conference financed by real estate and other corporate interests, and controlled by an upstate majority with a downstate suburban face.” The end of the article notes that Barrett’s “wife is an adviser on nonprofit policy for Cuomo .”

de Blasio and NYT Enabler Support Silver's Transactional Politics After His Arrest
De Blasio’s greatest champion in the war with Cuomo has been the Times editorial page, which couldn’t even choose between Cuomo and an associate professor tied to the teachers unions in 2014. Remarkably, last week’s editorial actually declared that “everything” de Blasio said about Cuomo was “true.” The Times and the mayor haven’t always agreed on Albany matters The day in January when charges finally landed on Assembly Speaker Shelly Silver, the mayor praised the titan of Albany-style transactional politics throughout two championship decades as “a man of integrity” who made deals and stuck with them. De Blasio said Silver should remain speaker while the Times found it “incredible” that he might try to hang on to power. De Blasio’s top budget officials came to him from Silver, and he uses the same key political consulting firm as Silver, Berlin Rosen, which also represents HTC, the hospital workers, the teacher unions and their collective ballot line, the Working Families Party. . . Similarly, the day after the Times published a front-page expose of Heastie, de Blasio rushed to his defense. Though the paper found that Heastie made a windfall on the sale of a house his mother bought with embezzled funds, de Blasio volunteered that everything Heastie did “was appropriate.” He’d backed Heastie as Silver’s replacement, oblivious to what the governor wanted. (Imagine if Cuomo had intervened when de Blasio handpicked City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito.). In de Blasio’s eyes, Heastie must be another above-transactional-politics miracle, though he engineered a coup years ago to become the Democratic boss of the Bronx, where even street lights require tribute. The other county bosses, a fraternity of innocents no doubt, helped make Heastie speaker. . . As unforgiving as de Blasio was about Cuomo’s alleged unwillingness to use his “extraordinary influence over the Republican Senate” to secure a longer extension of mayoral control, he told NY1’s Errol Louis that he’d added 1,300 cops to the new budget, 300 more than Mark-Viverito had asked for, because the Council is “my partner in government” and he had to “weigh” their demands even though his contrary “views and concerns were well known.” Any such flexibility by Cuomo with his Senate partners, however, is craven, according to the mayor.

Re-election 2017 and the Unions
Most of the water de Blasio carries for his backers these days flows from city reservoirs. He has awarded the richest labor contracts in city history, and support for his 2017 reelection bid from the union recipients of his public largesse may ward off any primary challenge. SEIU signed one of those contracts — valued, when combined with the nurses union, at $879 million. Hotel workers don’t have a city contract, but are pleased no doubt by the mayor’s enforcement war against hotel competitor Airbnb. And de Blasio, whose chief of staff used to work for Wilhelm at HTC, backed a bill this year that banned the residential conversion of hotels for two years, an unprecedented restriction on property rights championed by the union. In another bow to a backer, de Blasio didn’t just deliver big bucks to the teachers union, he’s effectively surrendered the management of the schools to it, even letting it vet the parents chosen to sit on school committees. The mayor has a nonprofit that collects gobs of donations to support his policy initiatives, and the American Federation of Teachers is its biggest donor, giving $350,000 shortly before de Blasio announced the new teachers contract. SEIU contributed its own, equally timely, $250,000 to what’s called the Campaign for One New York — though it, too, may require a name change, to the Campaign for One New Yorker.

The UFT Enemies List is All About Cuomo
Union leaders are now the outrage machine of the state party, and anyone who isn’t an enemy of Cuomo’s might soon become an enemy of theirs. This is not to say that charters alone can explain de Blasio’s tantrum, or the union’s. Randi Weingarten, Karen Magee and Michael Mulgrew, the national, state and city leaders of the union, can’t tell the difference between Scott Walker and Andrew Cuomo, or between killing collective bargaining and championing nonprofit charter schools. . . .  The Anti-Cuomo team unyielding negotiating posture damaged the chance for extended mayoral control and even seemingly unrelated tenant protections.

A Fake Grassroots Movement to Support A Union Agenda 
Even while the union talks about backing a Republican who voted for U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan’s budget, it cross-fertilizes progressive resentments against Cuomo, fueling tenant and other fires as if its self-interest agenda is part of a broad grassroots movement. That’s the scorched-earth backdrop to de Blasio’s blast. This is his labor allies’ attempt to punish Democrats who won’t do business with them on their terms. * As Cuomo & de Blasio feud, 25K homeless children sufferin nightmarish NYC shelters.  (Albany Project) * Protest held at fund-raiser for @NYGovCuomo in #EastHampton
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Pete Hamill on the 1977 Blackout 

No Challenges to Queens and Bronx DAs
The long-serving Queens and Bronx district attorneys appear to have easy re-elections this fall, with no challengers submitting petitions this week for the September primary, but there are some competitive races, The Wall Street Journal reports:

No Reaction to City's GOP Bottom Feeders Bosses That Sold Line to Smith?
A GOP Congressional Delegation Who Abandoned Ideology for Member Items * A GOP Senate Controlled By Lobbyist D'amato and His Real Estate Friends
Ex-GOP boss Isaacs nixed Malcolm Smith bribe(NYP) Quid pro quos are OK — but he draws the line at ­being bribed. former Democratic state Sen. Malcolm Smith enough support to put him over the top to become the GOP’s mayoral candidate in 2013 — in exchange for being hired to provide legit legal work. But Isaacs had a quick change of heart during a Feb. 14, 2013, sit-down in a parked car in Manhattan with an undercover posing as a crooked developer when Isaacs realized the offer was really a $30,000 bribe. Isaacs, testifying at Smith’s White Plains federal corruption trial, told jurors he is a personal-injury lawyer and “bells went off” when he realized the job was for “real estate work.” “He was bribing me because he didn’t care what I was going to do,” said Isaacs, who soon after began working with the feds to nail Smith.  * GOP State Sen. Martin Golden deleted a joke about same sex marriage from his Facebook page, and the Bay Ridge Democrats have called on him to apologize for sharing “a crass joke,” the Observer reports

Cuomo Bullet Background Check Forgetaboutit
Tuesday  State Senator Michael Gianaris said the chamber’s Democrats may file a court case to try to block Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s deal with the GOP on a gun control measure, the Daily News reports:  * Tom King, president of the New York State Rifle and Pistol Association, said now that more info has come to life on the Safe Act deal, he believes it does little to lift restrictions on ammo sales, The AssociatedPress reports:   * Tom King, the head of New York’s National Rifle Association affiliate, reversed his initial position on the SAFE Act MOU between the Senate GOP and Gov. * Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie said Gov. Andrew Cuomo promised that a database tracking ammunition sales would be part of the SAFE Act even though an agreement with Sen. John Flanagan promised not to enact it, State of Politicsreports:

The PAC and Special Interests Take Over of the Campaigns Has Weaken the City's Neighborhoods
Lindsay, Wagner Breslin and Mailer Worked to Give More Power To the City's Neighborhoods
In the early 1970's, Mayor John Lindsay created additional entities in some districts whose responsibility it was to oversee the provision of City services. Each "Little City Hall" as they were called, was headed by a District Manager, a person appointed by the mayor. Lindsay wanted the city halls to give neighborhoods more control of the city's government.  How They Came Into Being What would eventually evolve into a system of Community Boards was the brainchild of Robert Wagner, Manhattan Borough President, in 1951. He designated twelve districts within Manhattan and established, for each, a Community Planning Council composed of fifteen to twenty members. The function of these Councils was to advise the Borough President on matters related to planning and the budget. In 1963 while Wagner was battling Tammany Halls shadow control of city government, he got the City Charter to establishment Community Planning Boards, as they were referred to, in all five boroughs of New York City. Eventually the term "Community Planning Board" was shortened to simply "Community Board". The role of the boards was still that of advisory boards to the Borough Presidents.

New Yorkers Have Been Cut Off and Powerless From Their Local Govt
The Govt Now Works for the Special Interests Against the People
According to indictments unsealed this week, Ms. Rahaman was right. It was all a ruse involving their landlord and two inspectors from the city’s Department of Housing Preservation and Development, prosecutors said, a small piece of a larger bribery and kickback investigation involving nearly four dozen city housing and buildings employees, property owners, managers and construction industry workers. The court documents describe in detail how building code violations and tenant complaints were dismissed for payoffs that were sometimes just a few hundred dollars. “Notably, many of the buildings at issue are located in areas of Brooklyn which are rapidly developing and gentrifying, resulting in an economic incentive for building owners to sell or refinance quickly to take advantage of the booming real estate market,” said a letter submitted to the court by the Manhattan district attorney, Cyrus R. Vance Jr.

Traffic Criminalizing Dead End 
TALK ABOUT A BLIND SPOT: Criminalizing drivers a dead-end road to street safety(NYDN Ed) * Nicole Gelinas writes in the Post that the de Blasioadministration’s proposed cap on black cars will not ease traffic caused by commuters opting out of a public transit system neglected by the mayor and the governor: 

NY Pols Cause Housing Segregation Never Blamed
NYT Never Asks How Much NY Pols Have Taken From Real Estate Who Create Housing Segregation

Needs A Criminal Probe
J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. is looking to move 2,150 jobs from New York City to Jersey City, the latest expansion of the financial institution across the Hudson River. * The Empire State ranked 46th among the states for its overall fiscal health, according to a study by George Mason University’s Mercatus Center. “With barely sufficient cash to cover short-term spending, New York’s fiscal position showed several areas of stress,” wrote study author Eileen Norcross.

Where Have You Gone Jane Jacobs? Developers Have Drive Out the Middle Class and Push the Poor Out of the Many Neighborhoods With No Push-Back
Jane Jacobs was well known for organizing grassroots efforts to protect existing neighborhoods from "slum clearance" – and particularly for her opposition to Robert Moses in his plans to overhaul her neighborhood, Greenwich Village. She was instrumental in the eventual cancellation of the Lower Manhattan Expressway, which would have passed directly throughSoHo and Little Italy, and was arrested in 1968 for inciting a crowd at a public hearing on the project. Jacobs chaired the Joint Committee to Stop the Lower Manhattan Expressway (a.k.a. Joint Emergency Committee to Close Washington Square to Traffic, and other names), which recruited such members as Margaret MeadEleanor RooseveltLewis MumfordCharles Abrams, and William H. Whyte.[24] Papers such as The New York Times were sympathetic to Moses, while the newly created Village Voice covered community rallies and advocated against the expressway.[39] The Committee succeeded in blocking the project. On June 25, 1958, the city closed Washington Square Park to traffic, and the Joint Committee held a ribbon tying (not cutting) ceremony.[40] Jacobs continued to fight the expressway when plans resurfaced in 1962, 1965, and 1968, and she became a local hero for her opposition to the project.[41] She was arrested by a plainclothes police officer on April 10, 1968, at a public hearing, during which the crowd had charged the stage and destroyed the stenographer's notes.[42] She was accused of inciting a riot, criminal mischief, and obstructing public administration – after months of trials conducted in New York City (to which Jacobs commuted from Toronto), her charge was reduced to disorderly conduct.[43][44]* Longtime residents of Sutton Place were shocked to learn that an adjacent luxury apartment development, first set to be 30 stories at most, will be 90 stories high, the Daily News writes:  * De Blasio planning process skips many community boards (Capital) * 'Gentrification Sale' at Uptown Diner Offers Single French Fry for $8.99 (DNAINFO)  The faux sale was part of a campaign to draw attention to local businesses that were recently evicted.  
* The de Blasio administration said it sought input from every corner of the city on its OneNYC plan, but many community board leaders said they were not consulted ahead of the plan’s release, Capital New York reports: 
More on Gentrification
Bubble Mayor No Town Hall de Blasio Spins and the NYC Press Defining Journalism Down 

The NYPD Bronx DA Ticket Fixing CoverUp
NYPD ticket-fixing only hurts drivers and lower-levelcops, but needs to be halted where it really starts: the top (NYDN) The Daily News’ Denis Hamill writes that former NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly and Bronx District Attorney Robert Johnson should be held accountable for their roles in a ticket quota scandal. As usual, it’s only low-level cops who get nailed. And the average cop is still forced to give tickets to meet what many inside and outside of the NYPD say is part of a quota system. The News reported that when the plaintiffs’ lawyer Elinor Sutton tried to get her hands on correspondence between Kelly and former NYPD Chief of Department Joe Esposito regarding summons activity over the past eight years, the city was unable to locate even one email or text. “It is simply not tenable that Commissioner Kelly and Chief Esposito — in the entire period of 2007 through the present — didn’t write or receive emails using terms related to the word ‘summons,’ ” Sutton writes in her filing in Manhattan Federal Court.

WFP Left and Real Estate & Their Lobbyists (damaged by Bharara) Only 2Actors Still Standing 

 The Post’s Fred Dicker writes that state Democrats are campaigning to move Gov. Andrew Cuomo to the left by threatening a primary in 2018, with Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner among the candidates being floated Cuomo pressured to move further left (NYP) Mayor de Blasio’s startling attack on Gov. Cuomo last week was the opening round in a new and coordinated effort to force Cuomo further to the political left — under threat of a primary challenge in 2018, senior Democrats have told The Post. “Round 2,” as some are calling it, begins later this year when de Blasio and other left-of-center Democrats and their union allies plan to challenge Cuomo to deliver on a bevy of longstanding “progressive’’ promises, including a higher minimum wage, the “Dream Act’’ for illegal immigrants, public financing of elections and — most significantly — the retaking of the state Senate by Democrats next year. NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio’s recent public criticism of Gov. Andrew Cuomo is part of a “new and coordinated effort” to get the governor to move further to the political left, according toFred Dicker. * Assembly Republicans remain on margins under Heastie (Capital) * Hochul: Cuomo-de Blasio Rift ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ (YNN) * The case for Cuomo's'transactional' model of politics (NYDN) NY1’s Errol Louis writes in the Daily News that while de Blasio should be lauded for criticizing Cuomo’s transactional politics, the mayor offers no better solution to deal with the longtime methods of business in Albany

No Wonder Teachout's Name Being Floated Against Congressman Jeffries
 Cuomo-de Blasio feud could spark primaries against them both (NYDN) The Daily News’ Ken Lovett writes that de Blasio, too, is being threatened with a primary in 2017 amid a war of words with Cuomo, with city Comptroller Scott Stringer and Rep. Hakeem Jeffries among the challengers floated. There is also talk by the same people of a Brooklyn BP candidate against Eric Adams. 

Gambling Bid Open 
Gambling Board Gets a Single Casino Proposal After Reopening Bidding (NYT)New York State’s consolation round of bidding for a casino license in the thinly populated Southern Tier, the impoverished region bordering Pennsylvania, got off to a lackluster start on Monday. * A Mission for Citi Bike: Recruiting More Female Cyclists (NYT) Women make up just under a third of the membership for the New York bike-share program, and persuading more to join is seen as vital to its success. * Women take about a quarter of all @CitiBikeNYC trips and make up just under a third of its members. (NYT)

Airbnb TV Commercial Help Fat Cats
An anti-Airbnb group is rolling out a new TV commercial that accuses the apartment-rental site of lining the pockets of greedy fat cats who use it to destroy affordable housing.

Board of Elections Hacks Vote Themselves A Pay Raise 
Attack of the Boardof Election hacks (NYDN Ed) Government officials often complain that low pay hurts their ability to attract good people to work for the public. True in some cases. Egregiously false in the case of a patronage-ridden swamp like the city Board of Elections. The Board asked the City Council and the mayor for more dough — ostensibly to run elections and not for raises. Elected leaders answered the prayer in the budget agreed to late Monday night. The next day, Board commissioners handed out goodies. At a public meeting, they entered into secret session — and came out two hours later. Then, over the course of two-and half minutes they rattled off $201,990 in raises. That’s roughly $80,000 a minute. The top Democrat and Republican in each borough office will now make up to $130,000 for chiefs and $125,000 for deputies and, in a laugh, they will no longer be eligible for merit pay. Nine central office bosses also got hikes, boosting their average salary to $150,000. The raises got rammed through two weeks after the very same commissioners refused to publicly list all job openings. That’s rich.  There is only one solution here: Abolish the Board of Elections and institute a professional nonpartisan civil service workforce.

Patronage Wins At Board of Elections
The Board ofElections fix remains in (NYDN Ed) Nine months ago, seeking appointment to the Board of Elections, Alan Schulkin, Bianka Perez and John Flateau swore under oath to the City Council that they supported the public listing of job openings — a change that would strike a death blow to patronage at the nepotism-infected agency. Last Tuesday, true to their pledge to Councilman Ben Kallos, the trio — serving as Democratic commissioners from Manhattan, the Bronx and Brooklyn — introduced a motion to post all employment vacancies at the Board. Patronage won. Voting no were Democrats Jose Miguel Araujo (Queens) and Maria Guastella (Staten Island) and Republicans Michael Michel (Queens) and Fred Umane (Manhattan). Bronx Republican Michael Rendino weirdly abstained and Republicans Ron Castorina (S.I.) and Simon Shamoun (Brooklyn) were absent.

True News Reported Weeks Before WSJ That Albany Arrests Have No Effect On The Way They Handle Real Estate
New York City real-estate developers continued to exert their power in the state capital this year, even after their industry was associated with a series of political scandals, the Journal reports:  * Brushing aside criticism from tenant activists and fellow Democrats, Cuomo called a deal to extend rent regulations “the best rent reform package in history,” the Daily News reports:  * NYSUT: Education Reform is “Far From Over”(YNN)

Last Weeks True News Wags the WSJ
Not Even Preet, Killing Moreland Can Stop 3 Men in A Room And Big Ugly
Noon - Heastie holds two-way chat with Cuomo * Schneiderman Knocks ‘Opaque’ Albany Process (YNN) * Tax Credit, For Now, Remains Standalone In Senate(YNN) * No Stop-Gap Measure For Rent Control, Senators Say (YNN) * De Blasio: Rent Law Expiration Would be Worse Than AnyRecent Natural Disaster  * De Blasio: Rent Law Expiration Would be WorseThan Any Recent Natural Disaster(NYO) * It’s a game of hurry-up-and-wait at the state Capitol as the midnight expiration deadline for the NYC rent laws looms. So far, we have seen neither hide nor hair of the governor, though he is indeed in Albany (according to his public schedule, released this morning), and legislative leaders have yet to reach a rent-related deal. * The Assembly has approved a two-day extension to buy a bit more negotiating time, while the Senate passed its eight-year extension measure, which the Assembly has rejected.
The Rockaways 
Cover Story: Eric Drooker’s “Rockaway Beach” - The New Yorker (New Yorker) This week's cover celebrates the longest urban beach in the United States.

Keeping Wall Street Jobs Strong
112 Rikers Island employees red-flagged for integrity issues, including gang affiliations, still working at prison — months after Correction Dept. was notified (NYDN) New York needs finance: A new report spotlights the importance of keeping the industry strong (NYDN Ed) In this city of two tales, attention must be paid to both. Seven years after the national financial meltdown, New York is fortunate to remain the headquarters of global finance. Now the question is: How to keep our No.1 job producer No. 1 in the world. Banking and Wall Street jobs, from chief executives down to entry-level clerks, are overwhelmingly held by residents of the five boroughs. They produce 62% of the city’s private-sector wages, accounting for more than a third of the city’s $700 billion economic activity, according to a study by the Partnership for New York City.* Citing a report, the Daily News writes that New York City must maintain its banking industry and Wall Street jobs by improving airports, Internet connections, high schools and the tax structure * Federal officials designated the South Brooklyn Marine Terminal in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, as part of America’s Marine Highway System, which will make it eligible for federal support, Crain’s reports:
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Trust de Blasio Closing the Parks to Traffic Will Have No Historic Effect on Traffic
Monday Update Veteran Assemblyman Keith Wright wants NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio to put the brakes on a plan to close most of Central Park to weekday car traffic, fearing it will creating traffic problems for his constituents in Harlem.

De Blasio plans to permanently close large portions of Central, Prospect Parks to weekday car traffic: sources (NYDN) * Sources: De Blasio to cut cars in Central and Prospect parks (Capital) * Sources: Mayor to Expand Car Ban in Central, Prospect Parks (NY1)* NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that he will close large parts of New York City’s two most celebrated parks to car traffic on weekdays. The closings in Central Park and Prospect Park, which pedestrian advocates have been seeking for decades, will banish cars from sections of the verdant thoroughfares that wind along the edges of both parks. * The car ban does not apply to the antique electric vehicles the mayor favors to replace horse-drawn carriages in these two parks. * Prospect Park's East Side Neighbors Fume Over Exclusion From Car Ban (DNAINFO)  NYC Parks Update  Majority of NYC parks forced to operate with part-time crews(NYP) More than three-quarters of all parks in New York City are operating without permanent maintenance workers and other staff, even in the busiest summer months


Another Brooklyn Terror Arrest
A fifth man has been charged in an alleged conspiracy by several Brooklyn men to provide material support to Islamic State, federal prosecutors announced. * Chief of @BrooklynDA "exoneration" unit is working for family of terror suspect killed by Boston police.  * HOMEGROWN TERROR SUSPECT: Queens college student busted by feds in alleged plot to set off bomb in New York City (NYDN) * Staten Island Man Arrested in Terror Probe (NY1)

Conspiracy to Go Around the City Charter Nonpartisan Elections 
Can you go around the city charter rule of nonpartisan elections?  How does the Boards Ryan know the date when the council candidates will resign?  Are the Councilman timing their departure to go around the electing law?
BOE: No Nonpartisan Special Elections for OpenCity Council Seats (NYO) These upcoming City Council races won’t be so special. A couple of soon-to-be-vacant districts in Staten Island and Queens will not host nonpartisan special elections as many expected because the two councilman don’t plan to resign by June 11. Instead, a general election will be held in November and a primary, depending on when the two councilmen officially resign, will be scheduled for September. “There will be no Council special based on the two vacancies,” said Michael Ryan, the executive director of the New York City Board of Elections. “It’ll be folded into the primary and the general.” Mr. Ryan added that if Staten Island Councilman Vincent Ignizio, who said he will resign sometime this summer to take a position in the nonprofit sector, steps down after July 2nd, the local county organizations will nominate candidates without an open primary. “If the vacancy occurs before July 2nd, there will be a normal petitioning process,” Mr. Ryan said.

Barron Thinking About Replacing Sampson Forcing Perry Into the Race

* Should a special election be called for the seat recently vacated by former Sen. John Sampson, Assemblywoman Roxanne Persaud is the top contender for the Democratic Party’s nomination, the Observer reports: 

Charles Barron Is Thinking About Becoming a State Senator (NYO) Does Charles Barron want an Albany upgrade? The Brooklyn assemblyman, a Democrat and self-identified Black Panther, is contemplating a bid to replace former State Senator John Sampson, who was forced from office following a conviction on federal corruption charges last week. Mr. Barron insisted he was waiting a few days to make a decision “out of respect” for Mr. Sampson’s family, but said his political organization, Operation P.O.W.E.R., urged him to get in the race last night. “We did not want to be like political sharks,” Mr. Barron told the Observer this morning. “The organization wanted me to consider running and I told them that I would, that I would make a definite decision either by the end of this week or by the very beginning of next week.” The special election to replace Mr. Sampson is likely to be held in November and Mr. Barron, a proud radical, is not being considered by the Brooklyn Democratic Party or the local county committeemen for the Democratic nomination. In the overwhelmingly Democratic district, the nomination could be tantamount to victory, but Mr. Barron said he would consider a third-party run.

Councilman Weprin Goes to Work for Cuomo Ignizio Leaves Also

The Working Families Party voted last week to endorse Rebecca Lynch, a former de Blasio staffer, for an open Queens Council seat–setting up another showdown between organized labor and the Queens Democratic establishment. * The Working Families Party endorsed Rebecca Lynch, a former de Blasio staffer, in the Democratic Primary for an open Queens seat, which may stack unions and progressives against the borough party, the Observer reports:

Gary Ackerman, a Democrat who represented eastern Queens and Nassau County in Washington, D.C., has endorsed ex-Assemblyman Barry Grodenick in the race to replace Councilman Mark Weprin.
Assemblyman David Weprin says he will not run for his brother Mark Weprin’s soon to be vacant New York City Council seat, ending days of speculation and hand-wringing among some Queens Democratic insiders, the Observer writes:  *  New York City Councilman Mark Weprin, a former assemblyman, is resigning from the Queens seat he has held since 2010 and taking a job as Cuomo’s deputy secretary of legislative affairs, the Daily News reports: * New York Citywill have it's third special election of the year  (NYO)* A field of Democrats is already emerging to replace Queens Councilman Mark Weprin, who suddenly announced today he is resigning his seat to take a position with the Cuomo administration. Weprin’s brother, Assemblyman David Weprin, is not among them. * Former Assemblyman and Deputy Queens Borough President Barry Grodenchik is running for @MarkWeprin's open council seat -high placedsource. * Contrary to initial reports, Assemblyman David Weprin is seriously considering running for his his old NYC Council seat, recently vacated by his brother, Mark Weprin, who used to hold david Weprin’s Assembly seat.*  Weprin, Ignizio Leaving City Council for Other Jobs (NY1)  * New York City Council Minority Leader Vincent Ignizio will resign from his seat this summer to work as chief executive officer of the still-forming Catholic Charities of Staten Island, the Staten Island Advancereports: * Assemblyman Joseph Borelli, who worked as Ignizio’s chief of staff, is weighing running to replace his former boss, and Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis could also be interested in the seat, the Observer reports:  *  Rebecca Lynch, a de Blasio administration official and former Democratic district leader,said today she is running for Queens Councilman Mark Weprin’s seat. * Rebecca Martin, a former de Blasio administration staffer running for an open Queens City Council seat vacated by Mark Weprin, has won the first labor endorsement of the race from the Teamsters Joint Council 16. * Mayor Sets Election Date to Fill Ignizio's Vacant Council Seat  (DNAINFO) The winner will serve until Dec. 31, 2016, according to the proclamation. * Alicia Hyndman, the favorite to replace scandal-tarred ex-Assemblyman William Scarborough, praised her predecessor and said she would only back permanent mayoral control if the mayor’s influence is reduced, theObserver reports

Council Candidate Hired Registered Sex Offender to Collect Signatures
City Council candidate hired registered sex offender to collect signatures (NYP) A City Council candidate who used to work for Mayor de Blasio hired a registered sex offender — who is also a convicted crack dealer— to go door-to-door for her to collect the signatures she needs to run for office, The Post has learned. Records show Richard Torres pleaded guilty in 2005 to committing a lewd act on a child in South Carolina — but that didn’t stop Rebecca Lynch from tapping him this June to visit the homes of unsuspecting Queens families to gather names for ballot petitions.  *The New York City Council Progressive Caucus endorsed Rebecca Lynch, while Teamsters Local 831 and various elected officials backed Barry Grodenchik in the primary to fill a vacated seat in Queens,the Observer reports: 

Staten Island DAs Race
Joan Illuzzi-Orbon, the prosecutor who handled the Etan Patz case, has resigned to run as a Republican for district attorney in Staten Island, a position also sought by former U.S. Democratic Rep. Michael McMahon, The New York Times reports:   * Joan Illuzzi, an assistant district attorney in the Manhattan DA’s office, known recently for being the prosecutor in the Etan Patz case, got the Republican Party’s nomination last night to run for Staten Island DA. * The Democrats have selected former congressman MichaelMcMahon to run for the open DA seat. The spot was previously held by Republican Dan Donovan, who became a congressman in a special election to replace Michael Grimm.”  * Patz Prosecutor Takes On Ex-Congressman in Staten Island District Attorney’s Race (NYT) Joan Illuzzi will run as a Republican against the former Representative Michael E. McMahon, a Democrat, setting the stage for a contest between a pair of unusually high-profile candidates. * Etan Patz Prosecutor to Run for District Attorney in Staten Island (DNAINFO) * Etan Patz's Family Backs NYC Trial Prosecutor for Staten Island DA (WSJ)
The family of Etan Patz on Friday endorsed the prosecutor who led the monthslong trial against the man accused of the child's 1979 killing in her bid to become Staten Island's next district attorney * NY1 Exclusive: Assistant DA Joan Illuzzi Discusses Etan Patz Trial, DA Race (NY1) * Staten Island district attorney candidate and former prosecutor Joan Illuzzi tried to sue the city for $5 million in two personal-injury suits, though as a public employee she was barred from collecting, the Post reports: *  Barring a last minute adjournment or an unlikely subsequent appeal, the federal prosecution of Michael Grimm will end on Friday when US District Court Judge Pamela Chen sentences the former congressman on his guilty plea to a single count of aiding and assisting in the preparation of a false and fraudulent tax return. * McMahon's Campaign Coffers More Than Double Illuzzi's in DA Race (DNAINF) Michael McMahon has raised more than $151,000 for the Staten Island District Attorney race. * Joan Illuzzi, who is running for Staten Island district attorney, has been accused of ethnic pandering because she plans to campaign using her Italian maiden name, rather than her hyphenated married name, theDaily News reports: 
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The Loss of Thousands of Mom and Pop Stores is Killing NYC's Traditional Route to the Middle Class

Why Are There SoMany Shuttered Storefronts in the West Village? (New Yorker) At the end of this month, the House of Cards & Curiosities, on Eighth Avenue, just south of Jane Street, in the West Village, will close its doors after more than twenty years in business. It was, admittedly, not a store whose economic logic was readily apparent. Along with artistic greeting cards, it sold things like small animal skeletons, stuffed piranhas (which were hanging from the ceiling), and tiny ceramic skulls. Nonetheless, it did good business for many years, or so its owner, James Waits, told me. Its closing leaves four shuttered storefronts on just one block. With their papered-up windows and fading paint, the failed businesses are a depressing sight in an otherwise vibrant neighborhood. Each represents a broken dream of one kind or another. --“Why are there so many shuttered storefronts in the West Village?” by Tim Wu for The New Yorker: “Abandoned storefronts have long been a hallmark of economic depression and high crime rates, but the West Village doesn’t have either of those. Instead, what it has are extremely high commercial rents, which cause an effect that is not dissimilar. “High-rent blight” happens when rising property values, usually understood as a sign of prosperity, start to inflict damage on the city economics that Jane Jacobs wrote about. In the West Village, rent spikes are nearly universally reported as the reason so many storefronts have closed over the past few years.” Columbia Law School professor Tim Wu writes in the New Yorker about the surge in shuttered shops in the West Village, arguing the trend is a consequence of rising commercial rents, which are inflicting damage on the city’s economy * The Post writes that raising the minimum wage for fast food workers will only lead more small businesses and restaurants to close their doors, as has happened in Seattle where the minimum wage is now $15 an hour:
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