Friday, August 28, 2015

True News: Bagdad Bill Says Pay Not Attention to Increase Homelessness, Murders, No Repairs at NYCHA and A Closed Hospital

The Mayor and Trump Hae Latino Problem 
For Some New York Latinos, Enthusiasm for de Blasio Gives Way to Frustration (NYT) A citywide coalition of Latino leaders has been organizing demonstrations and lobbying the mayor to hire more Hispanics and Latinos in his administration. The New York City Campaign for Fair Latino Representation, a coalition of leaders lobbying the Mayor Bill de Blasio to hire more Latinos, said it is frustrated by the de Blasio’s lack of movement

Vision Zero Speed Bumps
Since de Blasio took office, traffic deaths have dropped, bus service has expanded outside of Manhattan and there are more bicycle lanes. Yet drivers complain about more speeding tickets, residents grumble about increasingly crowded subway trains and many advocates are beginning to question the administration’s commitment to delivering on its Vision Zero initiative to reduce traffic deaths.

Team de Blasio Blames Bloomberg for Homeless Increase
NYP Keeps Pushing the Giuliani Homeless Pee Story
Homeless man back to ranting and peeing on Giuliani’s (NYT) * Editorial: Let the sunlight in on NYCHA's roof repairs (NYDN Ed) The vagrant whose public urination and late-night ranting prompted Mayor Rudy Giuliani to file a complaint with police was back on the former mayor’s block this week — and not in a good mood over his recent notoriety.
BEGS TO DIFFER: De Blasio administration blames former Mayor Bloomberg for growing number of homeless New Yorkers (NYDN) The de Blasio administration, which has been under fire for the growing number of homeless New Yorkers, is pushing back and blaming former Mayor Michael Bloomberg. One of Mayor de Blasio’s top aides took to Twitter Tuesday to point out the city’s shelter population exploded under Bloomberg. “Who was mayor during time when NYC homeless numbered 25,000 in 2002 and jumped to 53,000 by 2013. Not @BilldeBlasio,” press secretary Karen Hinton tweeted. Her comment came hours after MSNBC host Joe Scarborough ripped de Blasio on air for 10 minutes, saying his “misguided liberalism” is contributing to the homelessness crisis. “There are a lot of liberal New Yorkers that are sick and tired of this happening with de Blasio,” Scarborough, a former Republican congressman from Florida who lives in New CanaanConn., ranted. “He can run a social experiment somewhere else, he can go to Philadelphia if he wants to run it.”* Scarborough slams Bill deBlasio for NYC's homelessness problem.

Poor Audits and Results In NYCHA Repairs
Agency assigned to track use of $100 million for NYCHA repairs is 'weak' and 'lacking,' audit finds (NYDN) The state agency tasked with saying how NYCHA will get to use $100 million set aside for repairs has had past problems tracking money sent to the troubled authority, an audit charges. State Controller Thomas DiNapoli found the state Division of Housing & Community Renewal’s recent oversight of NYCHA repair money was “weak” and “lacking.” Auditors found the housing division signed off on $6.8 million for a NYCHA contractor with little documentation and lost track of which NYCHA projects were actually complete. * The Daily News writes that it is time for politicians tostop passing the buck on fixing NYCHA’s buildings and the mayor and governor must work together to replace time- and weather-worn roofs: 

Bagdad Bill Says Pay No Attention to the Press
Bill de Blasio Claims People ‘Not Buying the Hype’ of His Bad Press (NYO) Mayor Bill de Blasio said in a radio interview today that he agreed that wealthy interests are driving negative news coverage of his administration, but argued New Yorkers would not allow that to impact their vote come 2017. Speaking to host Ebro Darden on Hot 97 Radio this morning, Mr. de Blasio said he concurred with Mr. Darden’s assessment that “there are people with a lot of money that don’t want to see you get re-elected because you’re for the common man.” The mayor touted his universal prekindergarten program, afterschool programs for junior high school students, affordable housing construction, reduced stops and frisks by police and the lower overall crime rate—despite a summer spike in gang violence. “I think you’re right, that there is always misinformation,” Mr. de Blasio said, adding that he was not worried about headlines trumpeting everything from increased shootings to rampant homelessness to nearly-naked women in Times Square affecting his re-election chances. “I think the people are smart. I don’t think they’re buying the hype. I think if they see things changing in their own lives, that’s how you are polled.”* In a radio interview on Hot 97, de Blasio said he agreed with the idea that wealthy interests are driving negative news coverage of his administration, but argued New Yorkers were “not buying the hype,” the Observerwrites:

Thursday Update This man decided he wanted to go nude in Times Square too (NYP) * De Blasio, Bratton admit Ray Kelly was right on Times Square (NYP Ed) * The NYPD will double the number of officers who patrol Times Square in the wake of calls from NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio to curb the proliferation of costumed characters, topless women and other panhandlers who seek tips from tourists there. * De Blasio created a second panel, (more like a “subgroup” of his original task force, a spokesman said), to focus on areas beyond Times Square – from Coney Island to the Battery in lower Manhattan and other parts of the city where the panhandlers have been seen soliciting tips. * Mayor Bill de Blasio created a second panel of officials and tourism industry representatives to address panhandling by costumed characters and topless women beyond Times Square, The Wall Street Journal reports: * Disney, Marvel want no part of Times Square mess, Bratton says (NYP) Friday De Blasio has also struggled to find balance when it comes to transportation issues, finding some success with Vision Zero, struggling with Uber and now wading into Time Square’s setup, the Journal reports: * FIGHT THESE VILLAINS YOURSELF! Disney and Marvel 'want no part' of NYPD's battle against Times Square costume characters (NYDN) * NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton said the department got the cold shoulder from Disney and Marvel when they tried to enlist them in the fight against the costumed characters preying on tourists in Times Square. “They want no part of it,” Bratton said.

Scarborough slams Bill deBlasio for NYC's homelessness problem. (Huff Post)* * The NYPD is forming a new unit to patrol Times Square and address quality-of-life issues amid growing concern over the chaotic jumble of costumed characters and topless women in itspedestrian plazas, The New York Times reports: * Rep. Carolyn Maloney, a member of New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s task force to combat toplessness in Times Square, said that whatever rules the panel comes up with should apply equally to performers of both sexes, the Observer writes: * Rep. Carolyn Maloney, a member of NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio’s task force to combat toplessness in Times Square, said that whatever rules the panel comes up with should apply equally to the body-painted female “desnudas” and to the Naked Cowboy, who has performed nearly nude in the area for years.*  New York Police Dept. Creates Unit to Monitor Times Square Issues (NYP) The officers in the new unit will address quality-of-life concerns amid rising complaints over the costumed characters and topless women in the area’s pedestrian plazas. * NYPD 'MASK' FORCE: New police unit to battle costumed workers and nearly nude buskers who prey on tourists in Times Sq. (NYDN) * Group to Examine Costumed Characters' Spread Beyond Times Square (NY1)

The Time Square Cartoon Army On the Move . . .  What is Next Topless At the Met?
Annoying costumed characters who prey on NYC tourists spread to Coney Island, the Battery — getting into brawls with others over turf (NYDN) * The costumed characters who panhandle at Times Square have begun plying their trade in Battery Park and become involved in turf wards with Statue of Liberty characters,

Where is the High Crime Neighborhood Task Force?
Residents in high-crime neighborhoods want to know why Mayorde Blasio isn't creating task forces for their safety. (DNAINFO)  Uptown residents say they are frustrated by the city's sudden crackdown on painted women in Times Square — while they're still begging for City Hall help to clean up chronic homelessness, drug use and crime in their neighborhood. “A couple of people see boobs in their face and they lose their mind,” said Tracey Greene, a member of the Harlem Neighborhood Block Association.

de Blasio Aide Bid to Land DNC on the Taxpayer's Tit
Taxpayers paid for de Blasio aide’s bid to land DNC (NYP) City taxpayers picked up part of the salary of Mayor de Blasio’s chief of staff when she left the government payroll last year to lure the Democratic National Convention to Brooklyn, according to city records. The financial-disclosure forms filed by Laura Santucci show she received between $100,000 and $250,000 from the city’s tourism arm — NYC & Company — as director of the city’s DNC bid from November 2014 to April 2015. NYC & Company gets roughly one-third of its revenue from city coffers, so taxpayers funded a portion of Santucci’s convention-coaxing work.

Women's Party
At the height of his re-election campaign last year, Governor Andrew Cuomo helped create the statewide Women's Equality Party to try and give him a political boost last November. Critics say that not much has been done since then to build the party or even promote its existence, however. Supporters now claim the party will play a critical role in upcoming elections. 08:14 PM

State BOE Files Lawsuit Against LLC Donations
LLCs Are the Money Pump That Led to the Silver and Skelos Arrests
State elections watchdog files lawsuit against 'LLC loophole' (TU)  LLCs skirt donation limit, candidate knew, still took money, filing contends. The civil lawsuit, filed in Albany County Supreme Court on July 2, pits Risa Sugarman, the chief enforcement counsel for the state Board of Elections, against the campaign of Shirley Patterson, a little-known candidate who ran unsuccessfully for a Brooklyn state Assembly seat in a May special election.* The Times Union writes that state officials should revisitthe law governing the Joint Commission on Public Ethics to remove any unnecessary “muzzles” and the body should revise rules to improve transparency:  More 421-a Corruption Nearly 200 Buildings in New York City Flouted Tax Rules, Officials Say(NYT) The developers received discounts on property taxes under a state program known as 421-a, which is meant to spur construction. * New York City office construction at 25-year high (PoliticoNY) 9.7M square feet of new space to be built in Manhattan* Man accused of fleeing securities fraud suit is top GOP donor (PoliticoNY) He gave $100,000 weeks after settling with the SEC for almost $6 million * The state’s top elections watchdog quietly filed a lawsuit last month that could set a precedent curbing candidates’ ability to accept coordinated donations through the so-called “LLC loophole.” The civil suit pits Risa Sugarman, the chief enforcement counsel for the state Board of Elections, against the campaign of Shirley Patterson, a little-known candidate who ran unsuccessfully for a Brooklyn state Assembly seat in a May special election. * Board of Elections sues over contribution limit loophole (NYP) * Good government groups praised a court case challenging the LLC loophole by the state’s elections watchdog, Risa Sugarman, whose independence from the governor has previously been questioned, the Times Unionreports: 

NYP Gossip Page 6 Reports Bronx Boss Will Use the Election Law to Replace DA
No Democracy New York Only the NYP is Upset the Public Blocked From Voting for the Bronx DA?
Sources say the Bronx Democratic Party plans to offerBronx District Attorney Robert Johnson a judgeship after he resigns and clear the way for Judge Darcel Clark to replace him, the Post reports: * The Post writes that the Bronxcould use some of the sunshine Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie pledged to bring to the capitol, particularly now that long-time DA Robert Johnson may be replaced by a party loyalist: A Bronx coup: end-running democracy to replace a DA (NYP)  As The Post’s Richard Johnson reported Tuesday, Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie hasput together a scheme to place Bronx DA Robert Johnson on the state Supreme Court bench and replace him with a political loyalist — Darcel Clark, now an Appellate Division judge. * Judge Clark is an Arroyo enabler. A Bronxcoup: end-running democracy to replace a DA (NYP)

DiNapoli Who Rejected Public Funding is Not For It?

UFT and State File Lawsuit Against Teacher Tenure 
Teachers union bids to have anti-tenure suit thrown out (NYP) The teachers union and state officials argued Tuesday that a lawsuit challenging New York’s tenure policy should be tossed because Gov. Cuomo and the Legislature approved a new law tightening teacher accountability. “We live in a different world ­today than when this action was filed,” said Assistant State Attorney General Steven Banks. Cuomo and lawmakers approved in April a tougher tenure law that more closely links teacher job ratings to the test scores of their students. The new law also awards tenure after four years instead of three. * WHOSE EDUCATION: Inequality in education is widening under Mayor Bill de Blasio, whose policies are failing black and Hispanic students, writes Della Brave in City & State: * Judge hears oral arguments to dismiss teacher tenure case (PoliticoNY) *   NYC’s charter schools to house a staggering 95,000 students (NYP) About 95,000 kids will attend 207 New York City charter schools this fall, more than in many other large US cities, officials said Wednesday.* The New York City Charter School Center said about 95,000 students will attend classes in city charter schools this fall, but another 42,600 pupils remain on waiting lists for charter schools, the Post reports:  De Blasio caught trying to cheat charters of school space (NYP)  The de Blasio administration violated state law by refusing to guarantee space to new and expanding charter schools — leading the schools to file appeals that they won in almost every single case, records show. Forty-five charters filed appeals with the state after being turned down for “co-location” space in city-owned buildings. In 44 of the 45 cases, the state education commissioner ruled in their favor, a Post review revealed. *   Late 111 times, teacher keeps his job: It’s never about the kids (NYP) * Forty-five charter schools filed appeals with the state after being denied the ability to co-locate campuses in traditional New York City public schools and 44 of them received rulings in their favor, the Post reports: * A lawsuit that could result in nearly $5 billion in funding for New York State schools is one step closer to conclusion, with the two sides agreeing to streamline the process and avoid going to trial.

Cuomo de Blasio War Final Battle Constitutional Convention?
Former U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner writes in the Times that aconstitutional convention may be the only way to give New York City more say over its governance and mend the mayor’s and governor’s relationship: *  The Times Union writes that the state Legislatureshould support efforts to amend the U.S. constitution and reverse impacts of the Citizens United decision that lifted political spending limits for groups and corporations: 

Tammany Hall Bill Like Boss Tweed Fights Progress Because of Payoffs From Owners of Outdated Services
Subways Were Delayed Because Boss Tweed Was Paid Off By Horse Bus Owners 
Taxi Bosses Gave $550,000 to de Blasio's 2013 campaign

Bill de Blasio’s Uber obsession is a black mark on ‘progressivism’ (NYP ed) Mayor de Blasio just can’t quit attacking progress — no matter how lame his arguments get. Consider his latest slams at Uber, the app-based car service that (finally) offers New Yorkers an alternative to yellow cabs. Last week, de Blasio blasted the company for not charging the 50-cent MTA tax for cab rides — as if any business anywhere collects a tax it doesn’t have to. Anyway, Uber noted it “generates far more​ tax revenue” than taxis — thanks to sales tax averaging about $2 a ride. But the details don’t matter. The real point of de Blasio’s gripe was to renew his efforts to choke off competition to the yellow-cab industry — which, uh, gave $550,000 to his 2013 campaign.

Will GOP Back A Democrat for Mayor
GOP so desperate to get rid of de Blasio it will back a Democrat (NYP) GOP leaders searching for a challenger to topple Mayor de Blasio in 2017 are so excited that Democratic charter-school champion Eva Moskowitz is weighing a run that they’re open to letting her enter the race as a Republican. “I would be very excited about Eva running for mayor. Education is a top priority for the next mayor and Eva is eminently qualified to do that. She’s outstanding,” Adele Malpass, chair of the Manhattan Republican Party, said Monday. Malpass said wealthy backers of charters are prepared to bankroll a Moskowitz campaign.* NYC GOP leaders searching for a challenger to topple de Blasio in 2017 are so excitedthat Democratic charter-school champion Eva Moskowitz is weighing a run that they’re open to letting her enter the race as a Republican.* Although some New York City and state Republican leaderswere open to Success Academy CEO Eva Moskowitz, a Democrat, running on their line against Mayor Bill de Blasio in 2017, other top Republicans were more hesitant, * Although de Blasio says he wants to influence the 2016 U.S. presidential race, he may actually be hurting Democrats as more and more Republican candidates focus on him as a symbol of inept liberalism, Bloomberg Politics writes: * * Although de Blasio carried the South Bronx in 2013, some residents now have mixed feelings on the mayor and believe the borough is headed in the wrong direction, despite some indicators to the contrary, TheWall Street Journal reports
Dick Grasso kinda announces he's running for NYC mayor against comrade @BilldeBlasio

Louis's Rube Goldberg de Blasio's Re-Election Route to Victory
Errol Louis writes in the Daily News that murmurs about deBlasio being a one-term mayor are wishful thinking, and that the mayor will face more serious problems if he doesn’t decrease income inequality:  A more serious problem will emerge if de Blasio doesn’t move the needle on income inequality. In recent history, only three sitting New York mayors have been voted out of office — Abe Beame, Ed Koch and David Dinkins — and each man’s fate was sealed when he failed to keep his central promise to voters. Beame, who served as city budget director and two terms as controller before being elected mayor, campaigned on the slogan, “He Knows the Buck” — and therefore could not escape the wrath of voters when, on his watch, years of reckless borrowing, unchecked spending and bad accounting practices caused a near-bankruptcy of the government in 1975. A crowded field of challengers came after Beame, including Ed Koch, the eventual winner. That simplified thumbnail sketch of recent history is known to de Blasio, which is why he stays focused on his main promises from the 2013 campaign: providing universal pre-K, ending the widespread use of stop-and-frisk policing, building or saving 200,000 units of affordable housing — and, above all, helping to close the income gap between rich and poor.* New York Republican Committee Chairman Ed Cox mocked Cuomo and de Blasio for their squabble over topless performers in Times Square, saying the two are “like two scorpions in a bottle,” State of Politics reports

Will Wall Street Crash NYC?
The Daily News writes that Wall Street’s slump raisesquestions about the city’s and state’s ability to weather a fiscal “superstorm” and neither is as prepared as it ought to be:

We Are Still Paying for Lawyers for the Assembly to Protect Them From Moreland
Comptroller approves another $27K for MorelandCommission-related expenses  * What Happens When You Call The Moreland Commission’s Tip Line (YNN)  It still works! Well, sort of. The defunct anti-corruption panel was shut down in April 2014 following an agreement on ethics and campaign finance reform measures in the state budget. But the commission’s impact lingers like Albany’s very own phantom menace.

Rudy Reconnects to the Homeless
Rudy Giuliani reports homeless man near Manhattan home (NYDN) * Not on my watch! Giuliani reports defecating homeless man to cops (NYP) Former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani got so fed up with a homeless man who was using his Upper East Side block as a bathroom that he personally filed a complaint with cops.

Stolen City Bikes
The NYPD says 476 Citi Bikes have been stolen so far this year, compared with 300 in all of last year, although the company that runs the bike-share network says most are returned or found within 24 hours, NY1reports: 

Bratton Made $48K From NYPD Contractor In 2014
Stop and Frisk ID Cards
Bratton made at least $48K from NYPD contractor in 2014 (NYDN)  NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton pocketed at least $48,000 last year from a company with a $3 million contract to help cops detect gunfire in high-crime areas of Brooklyn and The Bronx, according to official city records made public Thursday. Bratton received the money for unspecified “services rendered” to ShotSpotter Inc., which markets computerized audio technology that’s currently being tested through a two-year pilot program announced in March. Bratton joined the board of directors of the firm’s privately held parent company, SST Inc., in April 2013, before getting tapped by Mayor de Blasio for his second stint as the Big Apple’s top cop, starting last year. *  Stop-and-frisks by the NYPD likely reduce criminal activity in high-crime hot spots but other policing strategies may have the same or stronger impact, according to a new statistical study by a prominent criminologist.* In New York, Testing Grounds for Community Policing (NYT) The 101st Precinct in Far Rockaway, a low-income neighborhood wary of the police, has seen halting progress as the department seeks to reshape everyday interactions between officers and residents.* Some “minor achievements” are evident in the NYPD’s community policing pilot program in Far Rockaway, but many residents remain suspicious of officers as they log community visits, the Times reports:  *Police to start handing out ‘info cards’ after frisking suspects (NYP) Starting Sept. 21, cops must begin handing out “information cards” after frisking suspects who aren’t actually arrested, according to court papers filed on Monday. The cards must explain why the stop was made and provide the officer’s name, rank and shield number. The handout mandate is one of several reforms that have been approved by a federal judge. * Reforms recommended by a federal monitor of the NYPD include instructing officers to hand out information cards after frisking suspects who are not arrested, the Post reports:  *Starting Sept. 21, NYPD officers must begin handing out “information cards” after frisking suspects who aren’t actually arrested, according to court papers filed yesterday.* Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association President Pat Lynch said requiring officers to provide receipts to people they stop but don’t arrest will invite complaints against the NYPD and make officers less aggressive, the Daily News writes: 

NYC appealing order to release records for cop in Eric Garner case (NYP) * Record Number of Claims Filed Against New York Police a Year Ago, Report Says (NYT)  The city comptroller’s office also found that preliminary data for the most recent fiscal year indicated an 11 percent decrease in personal-injury and other tort claims.* A report by the New York City comptroller’s office found personal injury and tort claims filed against the NYPD reached a new high of 9,448 cases last year, but the comptroller said a decline is now apparent, theTimes reports:  * A New York City attorney filed court papers seeking to unseal 850,000 dismissed summonses in a closely watched class action lawsuit alleging the NYPD operates on a quota system, the Daily News reports:   * New York City is accepting bids from tech companies looking to sell up to 5,000 body cameras to equip 1,000 police officers, which will make its body camera pilot program the biggest in the country, NY1 reports: * NYPD hostage negotiation chief who was basis for 'Talking of Pelham 123' character retires after 33 years of respect, saving ‘untold lives’ (NYDN) * New York City wants judge to unseal 850G dismissed summonses in NYPD quota system suit (NYDN) * New York City paid $550M for lawsuits in 2014; NYPD was target of most claims (NYDN) * The de Blasio administation wants a judge to unseal 850,000 dismissed summonses in a closely watched class action suit alleging a quota system within the NYPD. * The city is appealing a Manhattan judge’s order to release the disciplinary records for Daniel Pantaleo, the police officer cleared of criminal charges in the chokehold death of Eric Garner – arguing that the order conflicts with established civil rights laws.

The Future of 421-a
Two powerful trade organizations that control the fate of a controversial property-tax exemption known as 421-a will begin determining the program’s future as soon as late September.

A Tale of Two School Systems
Schools for scandal:The city's school system is actually two systems, offering dramaticallydifferent quality to different students (NYDN)  The nation’s largest school district is effectively two separate systems — one for Asians and relatively well-to-do white children, the other for mostly low-income black and Hispanic children. The study, from the pro-charter education reform organization Families for Excellent Schools, crunches numbers and finds 141 campuses at the elementary, middle and high school level, serving about 116,000 students, where at least 60% of kids meet state standards — and just 45% of students hail from low-income families. Meantime, there are 850 schools, serving nearly half a million kids — nine out of 10 of whom are black or Hispanic, and 89% of whom are low-income — where 30% or fewer students meet academic standards.

Public Housing Damage Control
NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio defended his plans to build market rate housing on land owned by the NYCHA, saying his administration’s proposal is markedly different from one advanced by his predecessor that failed to gain traction amid criticism from public housing residents. *  The mayor launched a $300 million project to replace crumbling roofs at NYCHA developments – aiming to get to the root of rampant problems with leaks and mold.

Times Square Bill Leading From Behind
Times Square test exposes Bill de Blasio’s core pessimism (NYP) Funny how it took a silly-season crisis to expose what a pessimist Bill de Blasio is. And how defeatist he is about what city government can really accomplish. Sorely buffeted by the jiggle-jill chaos in Times Square, the mayor ducks direct action and resorts to the last refuge of the bereft politician: He appoints a task force. It’s due to report by Oct. 1 — by which time autumn temperatures will have chased the naked ladies, and New York’s whack-a-mole media will have discovered new distractions. As existential crises go, this one lacks oomph, except that once again events are calling into serious question de Blasio’s capacity to lead New York* The number of traffic crashes with injuries in Times Square dropped 14 percent over the past 5 years, which may bolster arguments against ripping up a pedestrian plaza to prevent panhandling, The Wall Street Journal reports: * Pataki paints de Blasio as boob for Times Square toplessness (NYDN) * Gale Brewer blasts idea of tearing up Times Square plazas (NYDN)

Insider Hiring PACs and Hilltop
The smell’s still growing from the mayor’s insider hire (NYP) The Stephanie Yazgi saga keeps growing worse as new facts emerge to undermine the de Blasio team’s official story. City Hall gave Yazgi a $150,000 taxpayer-funded “immigration strategist” position. The hire raised two red flags: ­ 1) The opening was never publicly announced, and 2) Yazgi is the romantic partner of key mayoral staffer Emma Wolfe. But as The Post reported Sunday, Yazgi was doing de Blasio’s work in a privately paid job before going on the city payroll. Yazgi worked for Hilltop Consulting — which was pulling in $103,000 from de Blasio’s political action committee, the Campaign For One New York. In that job, she helped manage his universal pre-K push. This news contradicts a central administration claim about the Yazgi hire — that City Hall had to put her on the public payroll because private funding fell through. In fact, the mayor’s PAC had at least $1 million on hand to keep paying her, directly or via Hilltop. Yet de Blasio & Co. decided taxpayers should pick up the tab instead.  Her duties have far more to do with the mayor’s fantasies of leading a countrywide movement than with the city’s needs: She’s networking to push immigration reform and (in a wrinkle only disclosed weeks after her hire) on de Blasio’s pet national issue, income equality.

Law Department Online Challenge
De Blasio’s legal department pressured to file cases online (NYP) A councilman is demanding Mayor de Blasio’s legal department investigate how it can save taxpayers millions of dollars filing cases online. Manhattan Democrat Ben Kallos wrote to the city’s Law...

Every Day Times Square Boob Circus Goes On Leadership in Being Sucked Out of the Mayor
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, who promised to run the most transparent administration in city history, has taken steps to have his office review any public records request of any city agency that could “reflect directly on the mayor,” The Associated Press reports: * Cuomo in a NY1 interview pledged to crack down on topless female performers in Times Square, calling their actions “illegal” and a potential return to the “bad old days” in New York CityState of Politicsreports: * 69-year-old tries to start topless ‘movement’ in Times Square (NYP) * Don't like the what's happened to Times Square? Blame Bloomberg for making the tourist pit part of hisdivine plan for NYC (NYDN) * New York State cops descend upon Times Square in attempt to crackdown on naked painted panhandlers (NYDN) * De Blasio needs to remake Times Square (NYDN)  * The Times writes that Times Square is not returning to itsold ways, that de Blasio’s enemies have been predicting New York’s downfall since before he took office, and that leaders should not be feeding the false narrative by panicking over some crudeness: * The painted ladies of Times Square and the hustle is so elemental to the texture of New York City that complaining about it is like being exasperated that there is too much sand at the beach, the Times’ GinaBellafante writes: Seeking Equality, Not Tips, Topless Marchers Draw a Crowd in Manhattan (NYT) The semi-clad marchers, who were vastly outnumbered by spectators, were not panhandlers, but were advocating the right of all women to go bare-chested if they chose.*Manhattan Beep Calls Plan to Tear Up TimesSquare Pedestrian Plaza ‘Preposterous (NYO)* Times Square Business Leader: Panhandling, Not Toplessness,Is the Real Problem (NYO)  * Topless women show de Blasio, Bratton who the real boobs are (NYP)

LADIES FIRST, PLEASE: De Blasio and Bratton should start with immediately doable steps to rein in Times Square circus (NYDN)* A few dozen women and men marched topless in Midtown Manhattan Sunday to exercise their right to be bare chested, which comes from a 1992 Court of Appeals decision, and the march shocked many, the Times reports:  * * The Daily News writes that de Blasio is not spearheadingthoughtful urban planning in his approach to preventing topless women from posing for tips in Times Square*Over 300 topless protesters bashed de Blasio’s effort to banish the bare-breasted painted ladies of Times Square during a march yesterday. * The group of women participated in the annual Topless Parade from Columbus Circle to Bryant Park, while some men took pictures and video. * The parade was among dozens of such events staged in about 60 cities on the worldwide GoTopless Day.*The open-air malls in de Blasio’s New York may be filled with an unusual number of aggressive performers — heavily or barely costumed — but he is not the first mayor to wrestle with the consequences of turning streets into pedestrian spaces. * The NYT editorializes: Times Square is not going to hell, or anywhere near hell’s vicinity. Mr. de Blasio’s enemies have been predicting New York’s downfall since before the mayor took office. He should not be feeding their false narrative by panicking over some localized crudeness.”*  
Hundreds of Nassau County contracts worth a total of nearly $10 million have been awarded in recent years at amounts just dollars below the threshold for legislative approval. Many of the pacts went to politically connected companies without competitive bidding – and were never openly discussed, debated or voted on, a Newsday investigation found.* Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer called the idea of destroying the Times Square plaza “preposterous,” even as hand-wringing continues over the growth of topless women and costumed characters panhandling in the crossroads of the world.

The Same Business Leaders Who Backed Quinn Now Target de Blasio
Business bosses have early talks on targeting Bill de Blasio’s reelection bid (NYP) Business bosses have early talks on targeting Bill de Blasio’s reelection bid (NYP) Business bigwigs — some with ties to Gov. Cuomo — have begun discussing the possibility of bankrolling an early effort to go after Mayor de Blasio in hopes of further weakening him in advance of the 2017 elections, sources say. Home Depot founder Ken Langone, who once headed a “Republicans for Cuomo” effort, had private preliminary discussions last week about the idea of putting together a group to help raise money and coordinate a public campaign designed to chip away at the mayor, sources said.* Business bigwigs — some with ties to Gov. Andrew Cuomo — have reportedly begundiscussing the possibility of bankrolling an early effort to go after NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio in hopes of further weakening him in advance of the 2017 elections.

2017 Bring It On de Blasio: Many  Interesting in Bring It to Him
Dan Janison: “(T)ry this one on for size: Cuomo for New York City mayor in 2017.” * Bill de Blasio’s Message to His PotentialPrimary Foes: Bring It On (NYO) * De Blasio doesn’t think much of his former 2013 campaign donor and supposed pal Don Peebles, who is mulling a run against him in 2017. “Interesting way to be a friend,” the mayor said of the wealthy black business leader.* One of Bill de Blasio's allies may try to take him down Business Insider Australia *Bratton pocketed at least $48,000 last year from a company with a $3 million contract to help cops detect gunfire in high-crime areas of Brooklyn and The Bronx.

 Hakeem Jeffries for Mayor? (YNN) * Moskowitz Won’t Rule Out Run For Mayor(YNN) *  Success Academy founder and C.E.O. says she is interested in running for mayor, and that she will “let everyone know” when she decides whether to run against de Blasio in 2017. * Eva Moskowitz mulls bid against de Blasio in 2017 (NYP) * Rivals lining up to challenge Mayor de Blasio in 2017 (NYDN)* SOMEONE BETTER': Business bosses have early talks on targeting Mayor de Blasio’s reelection bid in effort to weaken him in 2017, give challenger an advantage (NYDN)

de Blasio Still After Uber
Uber pushes back on de Blasio's remark that app should 'pay appropriate taxes' — insists its cars pay four times what yellow cabs do to aid MTA(NYDN)In a letter addressed to de Blasio, Uber responds to the mayor’s claim that it does not pay enough in taxes and contends, on average, it sends more per ride to mass transit than traditional taxis * Why Uber is to blame for yellow cabs clogging street parking (NYP) * Rise of Uber costing MTA dearly (NYP) The surge in Uber ridership has cost the MTA $1 million — since only metered cabs collect the agency-dedicated 50 cent surcharge, according to a new study. The MTA’s cut fell from $88 million in 2011 to $87 million in 2015, according to the Citizen Budget Commission, which released the study on Wednesday morning. The organization recommended that the state direct taxes collected from Uber and other for-hire cars specifically to the MTA to cover the agency’s shortfall. * Sales tax from Uber could help fix MTA budget gap, commission says (NYDN) * Yellow cabs vs. Uber: Tale of the tax tape (NYDN)

de Blasio's Not So Secret War Against the GOP State Senate
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s team may be trying again to wrest control of the state Senate from the GOP, as evidenced by a campaign operative filing freedom of information law requests, the Post’s Fred Dicker reports:  Mayor de Blasio, who was punished by the GOP in this year’s legislative session for his effort last year to end Republican control of the Senate, may be at it again. Binghamton Republicans say Nolan Wanecke of Brooklyn, once a campaign operative for de Blasio’s re-election committee, filed six Freedom of Information requests for information regarding Broome County Undersheriff Fred Akshar. Akshar is the GOP candidate in the special November Senate election to fill the seat left vacant by the felony conviction last month of Tom Libous (R-Binghamton). “It’s clear to me that we have liberal New York City interests trying to play a role in what happens in the future in the Southern Tier, but people here don’t want someone with a de Blasio/Cuomo agenda dictating their future to them,” said Broome County GOP Chairman Bijoy Datta. But De Blasio campaign committee spokesman Jonathan Rosen said Wanecke no longer works for the mayor.* Binghamton Republicans say Nolan Wanecke of Brooklyn, once a campaign operative for de Blasio’s re-election committee, filed six Freedom of Information requests for information regarding Broome County Undersheriff Fred Akshar.

NYP Dicker Says Buzz Skelos Going to Rat
There’s widespread speculation in GOP circles that former Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos and his son, Adam, facing trial in November on corruption-related charges, are seeking a plea bargain with US Attorney Preet Bharara. “Bharara has a much stronger case against Dean and Adam than he did against Libous and his son, and if he’s smart, he’s already had his lawyers talk to Bharara about a plea deal,” said a prominent Republican with ties to Skelos. Libous and his son Matthew were convicted this year on charges stemming from the elder Libous’ having used his influence to gain a high-paying job for his son at a Westchester law firm. Last week, Adam Skelos’ wife, Ann Marie, was arrested on two local misdemeanor charges in connection with a dispute with her nephew.* Nearly $10 million in Nassau County contracts have been awarded in recent years at amounts just below the threshold for legislative approval and many went to politically connected companies,Newsday reports:

Progressive Mayor Controls Media and Information Delivers Transparent Times Square
De Blasio reviewing public records requests for all NYC agencies in bid to control information: report (NYDN) Mayor de Blasio, who promised to run the most transparent administration in city history, has taken steps to have his office review any public records request of any city agency that could "reflect directly on the mayor." That broad mandate, outlined in a May 5 email obtained by The Associated Press, could give de Blasio's office control over virtually all newsworthy Freedom of Information Law requests from journalists, watchdog groups or members of the public. Although the ramifications of the policy are not yet clear, transparency advocates fear such control could lead to prolonged delays in responding to records requests, a criticism both President Barack Obama and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo faced when they instituted similar policies. "The concern from a transparency perspective will be if City Hall orders the delay or partial release or in any way impedes anything but a full and robust response," said John Kaehny, director of the nonprofit Reinvent Albany and a co-chair of the New York City Transparency Working Group.

Progressive Mayor Talks AboutTransparentcy He Just Does Not Practice it
The open-government lessons that de Blasio somehow forgot (NYP Ed) Whenever an elected official vows to deliver “the most transparent administration in history,” bet you’ll get the opposite. Mayor de Blasio’s office has ordered city agencies to forward all Freedom of Information Law requests to his lawyers so they can check for anything that might “reflect directly on the mayor.” The lawyers must then flag FOIL requests that City Hall itself should examine “due to their level of attention, sensitivity or controversy.” The mayor on Wednesday insisted — with a straight face — that this is all only meant “to speed up and streamline the FOIL process.” No political vetting here! Mind you, this is the very thing Public Advocate Bill de Blasio denounced in 2013 — when he demanded that “we have to start holding government accountable when it refuses to turn over public records to citizens and taxpayers.” Back then, de Blasio handed out transparency grades to every city agency and flunked two of them — including the NYPD — for failing to “obey the law.” 

Maybe Mayor de Blasio should re-read his own report — and start listening to whatPublic Advocate de Blasio had to say. Of course, stonewalling has been standard operating procedure at City Hall from the moment this mayor was sworn in — an event from which he tried to ban the press. He’s hardly the only hypocrite. President Obama and Gov. Cuomo both promised an unprecedented openness, yet have delivered anything but. Liberal pols talk a good game about transparency, but everything quickly turns opaque when it comes to protecting themselves.*  
* Good government groups and legislators say that an Assembly working group tasked with reforming the chamber's rules to increase transparency and participation has operated in secret and rebuffed outside offers of help, Gotham Gazette reports:

Red Horse Lobbyist Consultants Who Got Away With Scamming the CFB in 2013 Caught In Petition Fraud in 2015 
Candidate for StatenIsland DA says opponent collected fraud campaign signatures (WPIX) Joan Illuzzi is running as a Republican for Staten Island District Attorney. Mike McMahon is running as a Democrat and Independent for the same office. Both submitted approximately 4,000 signed petitions to have their names listed on the ballot, but Illuzzi’s campaign has questioned the accuracy of several of the signatures submitted by McMahon’s camp. McMahon’s campaign manager Ashleigh Owens released a statement to PIX 11 Tuesday that read in part, “Mike and our campaign unfortunately appear to have been victimized by a small group of individuals from Red Horse Strategies.”  Red Horse Strategies is a firm of political consultants. They were hired to collect petition signatures. Staten Island Acting District Attorney Daniel Master requested a special prosecutor look further into the allegations. McMahon didn't orchestrate or collect the forged signatures himself. He didn't sign off on them. He paid Red Horse Strategies to collect signatures for his Independence Party petitions. The Staten Island Democratic Party paid for the firm to collect signatures on Democratic petitions. 

 Fraudulent signatures were discovered on ballot petitions for McMahon, which included names of the deceased. The signatures were collected by a Democratic consulting group, Red Horse Strategies. * The Illuzzi camp asked the D.A.'s office to look into fraud allegations, considering criminal charges.* Special prosecutor requested for DA race fraud case

The FollowingThe Following Were Red Horse Clients and Supported By A UFT PAC That Redhorse Also Worked for
The CFB Fined the Advance Group for Working for Two Council Candidate and the NYCLASS PAC.  The CFB Has Ignored Advances, Red Horse and Berlin Rosen Working for Both candidates and the UFT PAC United for the Future Which Funded the Candidates the Consultants Worked For
The UFT paid $252,233 to campaign consultant Red Horse Strategies to Help Run There PAC United for the Future Which Funded The Following City Council Candidates
Councilman James Vacca 
Councilwoman Annabel Palma 
Councilman Daneek Miller  
Councilman Richard Donovan  
Councilman Antonio Reynoso   
Councilman Richard Torres  
UFT Illegal PAC United for the Future
The UFT Coup d'é·tat Of NYC Election System and Democracy

The CFB Fines the NYCLASS Consultant PAC Conflict of Interests But Ignores the More Powerful ful UFT Consultant PAC Conflict of Interests
Last April, the CFB hit Ms. Cumbo and Mr. Levine’s campaigns  with $7,868 and $8,686 in fines respectively for accepting improper campaign contributions from NYCLASS. Both candidates were clients of the Advance Group* Anti-horse carriage group to settle campaign finance charge New York Daily NewsIn May, however, the board ruled that the spending could not be considered independent because Levine, Cumbo and NYCLASS shared the same political consultant, the Advance Group. The board said the spending had to be considered an “in-kind contribution” — and as such, it violated two Campaign Finance Board rules.* It was apparent enough for just looking at press releases. Meanwhile, NYCLASS and Advance shared same small office for months*

Red Horse and Other Consultant Lobbyists Compromise Local Prosecutors By Getting Them Elected or Unelected
Manhattan DA Vance Consultant Red Horse Broke the Law Along With Advance Working for the UFT PACs United for the Future that did mailings for the same  Council Clients that both firms represented  
Political consultant Red Horse worked for Brooklyn DA Thompson campaign along with Berlin Rosen.  Both Red Horse and Advance Group worked for the UFT's PAC United for the Future (the UFT attempted to covering up Advance involvement by paying them through a fake company) Red Horse worked for Manhattan DA. Red Horse worked for Brooklyn BP Adams, Bronx BP Diaz and PA James. Red Horse worked for Manhattan DA Cy Vance. Red Horse worked for Pitta Bishop for Brooklyn BP Adams. Red Horse worked with George Arzt in the Queens BP campaign.
Political consultant Red Horse worked for Brooklyn DA Thompson campaign along with Berlin Rosen.  Both Red Horse and Advance Group worked for the UFT's PAC United for the Future (the UFT attempted to covering up Advance involvement by paying them through a fake company) Red Horse worked for Manhattan DA. Red Horse worked for Brooklyn BP Adams, Bronx BP Diaz and PA James. Red Horse worked for Manhattan DA Cy Vance. Red Horse worked for Pitta Bishop for Brooklyn BP Adams. Red Horse worked with George Arzt in the Queens BP campaign. Berlin Rosen not only help elected Schneiderman to his AG position, both it partners worked for him when he was state senator. * Preet Bharara has become well-known in New York for prosecuting the state’s top political players. This month, the Manhattan U.S. attorney might be better known as the hottest ticket in town when it comes to law-school commencement speakers.
Who Watchers the Watchman, Lobbyists, Grand Jury, AG - DAs Conflict of Interests With NYPD and Elected Officials

Conflict of Interests Board and CFB Are A Real Tail of Two City's 
Both the CFB and Conflict of Interests Board Look the Other Way for the Political Connected as They Pound on the Small Guy Albanese
The city watchdog that only barks at little pups (NYP) Mayor de Blasio’s hiring of Stephanie Yazgi — the romantic partner of one of his key political aides — to a plum $150,000 job as national coordinator on immigration reform is bad enough. Worse is how a city “ethics watchdog” signed off on the move. The hire — for a job that was never publicly advertised — screamed of rank insider favoritism from the start, as other city Democrats have acknowledged. Yet the Conflicts of Interest Board blessed it.  A few years back, Deputy Mayor Patricia Harris took over the Bloomberg Foundation, overseeing the billionaire mayor’s overlapping personal and political interests. The board saw nothing wrong. The board also blessed the City Council’s end-run around the term-limits law — letting council members and Mike Bloomberg run for extra terms the people had twice voted to prohibit. Conversely, for some time, the Conflicts of Interest Board has hammered low-level folks.

Who are the Shadow Govt and Campaign Lobbyists and Donors Protectors, In NYC Media and Progressives?
In January, it fined a deputy to Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. $3,500 for participating in a robo-call for Diaz’s 2013 re-election — in which she mentioned her official title. Last September, the board dinged a longtime Department of Health employee $3,000 for engaging in personal research and writing on department time and city equipment. In 2009, it fined a Human Resources Administration lawyer $1,500 for using her city-issued LexisNexis password to look up a few law-school classmates. Maybe the board did right in those cases. But how then to justify the double standard exposed by the rubber-stamping of the Yazgi hire? It’s enough to make you wonder if there are two New Yorks or something.

True News Reported Last Month That Team de Blasio Used NYCLASS To Scam Election Law

And it is Being Cover-Up By the Media . . . 
City Council Stands in Way of Carriage Horse Ban, de Blasio Tells Activists (NYT) Mayor Bill de Blasio, who promised during his campaign to end the Central Park carriage industry, said during a radio interview that advocates should use their energy to solidify votes in the Council. * De Blasio all but admits defeat in quest to ban carriage horses (NYP) * OPLESS TASK FORCE: ‘Aggressive’ man connected to near-nude women at Times Square arrested as de Blasio orders panel to find legal way to ban topless ladies (NYDN) * In a 40-minute interview with WNYC, de Blasio discussed the inaction on a Central Park horse carriage ban, the “vision” city officials are crafting for Uber and the effects of affordable housing and gentrification:  * De Blasio signaled in a WNYC interview that he has given up on driving carriage horses out of New York City, a move that would have been largely unpopular and destroyed jobs in the process, the Daily News writes:   Flashback EXCLUSIVE: FBIinvestigating donations to NYCLASS from men close to Mayor de Blasio that mayhave been used toward anti-Christine Quinn campaigners (NYDN May 4th, 2014) Two men with strong ties to Mayor de Blasio donated cash to the NYCLASS animal rights group leading the crusade to ban carriage horses. The animal rights group then donated identical amounts to anti-Christine Quinn campaigners. The transactions are now under FBI investigation. The Daily News Forgot About the NYCLASS Investigation in Today Editorial  Bill’s horse senseas the Central Park carriages will remain (NYDN Ed) * ‘TAKEN’ FOR A RIDE: Liam Neeson says Mayor de Blasio should give up for good on banning Central Park horse carriages (NYDN) * BILL'S HORSE SENSE: Mayor rightly recognizes his misbegotten bid to ban carriage horses is kaput (NYDN Ed)

What True News Reporter Months Ago and NYT Ignored
Election Fraud is No Longer Limited to Ballot Stuffing at the Polls
The NYCLASS PAC Caper to Steal the 2013 Mayoral Election is Now Being Put to Sleep
NYCLASS which was used to destroy mayoral front runner Speaker Quinn race for mayor by forces close to de Blasio is now being sabotage from within to please the unions and other special interests who want to keep carriages rolling in the park.  It is not the voters who were behind the horse carriage ban, 70% of New Yorkers support the horses.  It was the money the NYCLASS PAC made available during the campaign that was the goal of the de Blasio conspiracy team.  NYCLASS PAC spent more than $1 million to help defeat Christine Quinn, who was then de Blasio’s main opponent and did not support the horse carriage ban. As a councilman and public advocate de Blasio supported horse carriages.  As a candidate for mayor, de Blasio switched positions and embraced NYCLASS’ call to banish the carriage horses from Central Park and city streets. de Blasio made his pledge to support the horse carriage ban in March of 2013, the next month the attacks on Quinn started. In the year and a half that de Blasio has been mayor there have been many promise to ban the horse carriages but no bill in the council to make the campaign promise real. During the 2013 campaign NYCLASS hired campaign consultant lobbyists Scott Levinson who runs the Advance Group. Before the NYCLASS campaign Levinson worked with  Bertha Lewis, co-founder of the New York chapter of the Working Families Party, and the former head of ACORN in a tangled web of political cover-ups disguises as activism.  It was during de Blasio run for public advocate that the WFP created Data and Field to help the candidates they endorsed.  During the 2009 campaign the CFB declared Data and Field connected to the WFP in violation of the city's campaign finance laws.  In 2010 the U.S. Supreme Court held that the First Amendment prohibited the government from restricting independent political expenditures by a nonprofit corporation.  In 2013 Levinson was named the consultant for NYCLASS which is credited with taking out Quinn. The NYCLASS PAC was financed by true believer and team de Blasio. * As the Media Write About Not Enough Council Votes to Ban Horse Carriages TRUE NEWS Investigates How NYCLASS Was Hijacked To Fix the Outcome of the 2013 Mayoral Election

Team de Blasio Poured $$$ Into NYCLASS to Kill Quinn
In 2014 the Daily News repored that the FBI was investigating donations to NYCLASS from men closeto Mayor de Blasio that may have been used toward anti-Christine Quinncampaigners  On May 21, lawyer Jay Eisenhofer gave $50,000 to NYCLASS, the animal rights group leading the crusade to ban carriage horses. Ten days later, on May 31, NYCLASS gave an equal amount — $50,000, to the anti-Quinn group. On June 1, NYCLASS received another large donation, this time for $175,000. It came from UNITE HERE! — a labor union headed by John Wilhelm. Two days after that, on June 3, NYCLASS sent the same amount, $175,000, to the anti-Quinn campaign. The issue? Both Wilhelm and Eisenhofer have long-standing ties to Bill de Blasio, one of Quinn’s Democratic rivals in the mayoral campaign. Wilhelm is de Blasio’s cousin — and a prolific fund-raiser for him. Wilhelm raised $6,950 for de Blasio’s 2009 race for public advocate and $80,000 for de Blasio’s successful campaign for mayor.

This Week in de Blasio Leadership
1. He's giving up on banning horse carriages.
2. He's removing pedestrian plazas in Times Square to prevent bad behavior (but the one on Northern Blvd is still apparently a go).
3. He's sending Willets Point back to the drawing board. (Which is kinda interesting, because as public advocate, he thought the plan was just fine.) * Editorial: Bill bets the junkyard at Willets Point (NYDN Ed)
Bill de Blasio is noEd Koch, declares former Democratic co-chairman with Cuomo ties (NYDN Ed)  A former state Democratic co-chairman with ties to Gov. Cuomo says Mayor de Blasio is no Ed Koch — and he’s not even on par with one-termer David Dinkins. In a letter to the Daily News, John Sullivan characterized the mayor as someone who has yet to find his footing.

Prosecutors Ask for 24 Years for Boyland 
Prosecutors are urging a federal judge to throw the book at ex-Brooklyn Assemblyman William Boyland Jr. when he is sentenced next month for soliciting bribes. Corrupt Brooklyn pol deserves 24 yrs in jail for "placing his own financial interests above" his constituents

In de Blasio's NY Some are More Equal Than Others
The Real Tale of Two Cities is About Insider Privilege 
Favors for de Blasio cronies is the real ‘tale of two New Yorks’ (NYP) It sure pays to have friends in high places. Just ask Roberta Kaplan. In January 2014 — weeks after Mayor de Blasio took office — a water-main break knocked out utilities in her upscale Greenwich Village building. Kaplan — who gave the maximum $4,950 to the de Blasio mayoral campaign — wrote City Hall. And she cc’d the founder of the firm BerlinRosen — which worked for the campaign and now runs the mayor’s pocket nonprofit, the Campaign for One New York. Hours later, a mayoral aide responded that city agencies had been dispatched. Inspectors showed up the next day — an unusually rapid response: The service interruptions were at first deemed a “priority B,” which typically means no action for weeks. campaign adviser, was pulled over for a traffic violation — just weeks after the Kaplan episode. Since Findlayter was driving with a suspended license and two outstanding warrants, he was arrested. Late that night, the mayor reached out to the NYPD to ask about the arrest. A couple intra-department calls later and — voila! — Findlayter was sprung. De Blasio called his actions “appropriate.” This month, The Post reported on the curious hiring of Stephanie Yazgi, romantic partner of mayoral aide Emma Wolfe, to a $150,000 made-up job that was never advertised publically. Connected friends (and friends of friends) of Bill de Blasio can clearly expect to get special treatment. Sure, that’s always been a part of politics. But it’s odd to see with Mr. Tale of Two New Yorks running things.

Saturday NYT Times Square Overreaction 
Shirtless Bodies in Pointless Times Square War (NYT Ed) Topless women aren’t terrorizing the uncomfortably overcrowded Crossroads of the World. Mayor Bill de Blasio’s emergency task force is an overreaction. * Mayor Sets Up Task Force to Deal With Topless Women, Costumed Characters in Times Square (NY1) * Times Square businesses propose ‘zoning’ costumed pests (NYP) * The business fears behind the sudden Times Square furor (NYP Ed) Times Square’s bankers, lawyers, accountants and media executives are appalled by the scene and the companies for which they work are more than willing to entertain offers elsewhere.* LADIES FIRST, PLEASE: De Blasio and Bratton should start with immediately doable steps to rein in Times Square circus (NYDN)* Mayor Bill de Blasio’s position against the topless female panhandlers in Times Square has left some politicians, including some allies, scratching their heads, with some labeling his approach as sexist, The Wall Street Journal reports:  * An alternate plan gained steam to pen in the costumed characters in Times Square, instead of ripping out pedestrian plazas as the mayor and police commissioner suggested earlier this week, the Post writes: 

Advance Copy of de Blasio Redesign of Times Square
Mayor Bill de Blasio floated the idea of getting rid of the pedestrian plazas in Times Square in order to rid the area of the topless painted ladies and costumed characters who harass tourists for tips, the Daily News reports:  * De Blasio Open to Ending Times Square Pedestrian Plaza toFight Off Naked Women(NYO) * NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton wants to eliminate pedestrian plazas established by former Mayor Mike Bloomberg in Times Square in hopes of improving quality-of-life policing problems, and has discussed that idea with de Blasio. *Roberts Moses, c. 1941: "If we don't run this expressway through Soho, its streets will eventually fill with tourists – and then, Desnudas!" * Topless in Times Square: A Legal View (NYT) * Mayor de Blasio Raises Prospect of Removing Times Square Pedestrian Plazas (NYT) The area has come under scrutiny, with some New Yorkers complaining about the proliferation of performers who are said to be accosting pedestrians for tips.* De Blasio's proposal to destroy pedestrian Times Square is the opposite of progressive: (NY Mag)

Bratton’s plan to save Times Square from Elmo: Rip up pedestrian plazas! (NYP) * 'DIG THE WHOLE DAMN THING UP': De Blasio suggests eliminating Times Square plaza to kick out topless ladies, costumed characters who harass tourists for tips (NYDN) * 'MANAGER' GOES TO COURT: Handler for topless Times Square gals appears in court on trespassing warrant — leaving tourist area nearly devoid of near-nude women (NYDN) *  Times Square plazas add much-needed open space (NYDN) * @BilldeBlasio suggestion to remove Times Square pedestrianplaza draws swift backlash  (AP) *Topless in Times Square: Alegal view (NYT) * One of the desnudas – women who stroll topless in Times Square, attracting hoots and cheers from tourists and posing for photos in exchange for a tip – explains why she’s doing the job, and insists that she loves it. * Whatever action the de Blasio administration takes to control the women, it will face legal challenges at every turn. Civil rights lawyers argue the women are bare-breasted panhandlers, and so they are protected, first by two state high-court rulings that made it legal to go topless and to panhandle, and then by the free-speech clauses in the state and federal constitutions. * New York City Councilman Corey Johnson and Dan Garodnick are proposing that special commercial zones be created for Times Square where painted women and street characters could perform, Crain’s reports: Transit advocates, urban planners and elected officials reacted with shock over a proposal,floated by de Blasio and NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton, to remove pedestrian plazas at Times Square. * NYC Councilman Dan Garodnick, whose district includes parts of Times Squarewrites: “Yes, we need to take direct aim at aggressive panhandling in all of its forms but we shouldn’t throw the baby out with the bath water.”* Cuomo: Ending Times Square Plazas ‘Problematic’ (YNN) * Bronx state Sen. Ruben Diaz said he plans to introduce legislation outlawing toplessness for men and women as a way to prevent shirtless women from seeking tips in Times Square, the Observer reports:  * * Some legal experts said one court ruling on a topless ban in an upstate park may give New York City the ability to arrest the so-called desnudas in Times Square if they are engaged in a business, the Times reports: * De Blasio’s Proposal to Destroy Pedestrian Times Square Isthe Opposite of Progressive  (NY Mag) * Times Square Painted Ladies Take a Pause (NYT) One day after Mayor Bill de Blasio said he would look at curbing the presence of naked women with body paint who pose for photos for tips, few of the painted ladies could be found. * TORN OVER TOPLESS PLAZA: Times Square vendors have mixed emotions about tearing up area for street traffic, but don't wanna be punished over a few boobs (NYDN)

Cuomo vs de Blasio War Expands to Times Square 
Cuomo Moves On de Blasio's Times Square Tit Party

 Cuomo in a NY1 interview pledged to crack down on topless female performers in Times Square, calling their actions “illegal” and a potential return to the “bad old days” in New York CityState of Politicsreports: *  Gov. Cuomo says he'll close topless shows in Times Square (Newsday) * NYC searches for ways to ban Times Square topless ladies(NYDN) * Mayor Bill de Blasio convened a special task force, which includes City Planning Commission Chair Carl Weisbrod and Deputy Mayor Alicia Glen, to find a legal way to ban topless performers from Times Square, the Daily News writes: 

What Do You Do When You Realize You Can't Handle the Job and Even the Press Can't Cover Your Ass - Zen Out in Park Slope
After Friction, Renewed Zen for de Blasio (NYT) Since weathering poor approval ratings and attacks on a range of issues, Mayor Bill de Blasio has adopted a subtle shift in tone, perhaps heeding the worries of advisers.* De Blasio insists exercise helps him be an effective leader (NYDN) * Mayor spars with radio listeners over Uber, rent andcarriage horses (CrainNY)  Mayor Bill de Blasio sought to highlight his accomplishments on the Brian Lehrer radio show, amid growing frustration with his administration and falling poll numbers.The NY Times Goes Zen to Protect Their Mayor Under Attack* The Daily News’ Josh Greenman writes that de Blasio has made some major changes, but he needs to fix his sometimes clumsy stagecraft and embrace the no-nonsense persistence New Yorkers want to see in their mayor: * The Post’s Bob McManus argues that when it comes to his work, de Blasio is “a bit of a dope” who calls for transformative ideas but can never implement any of them into reality:

If Comic Louis C.K. Would Talk to One of the Many New Homeless On the City Streets
Media Invents An ASSHOLE Comic As de Blasio Savior
Louis C.K. Defends Bill de Blasio on the Radio. Maybe. (NYT) A man who called into Brian Lehrer’s talk show on WNYC on Tuesday sounded familiar to many listeners, who thought he could have been the popular comedian. * Did Louis CK call in to defend Mayor de Blasio on WNYC? (NYDN)

Shameless Pols Who Are Responsible for Increased Homeless Slam Cops Union Photo Campain 
NYC pols blast cop union's photo campaign for 'shaming'homeless people (NYDN) “That’s just wrong. It’s tacky,” said Councilwoman Helen Rosenthal (D-Manhattan), who joined other pols and activists on the City Hall steps Tuesday. “Being poor is not a crime. Being homeless in New York City is not a crime,” said Councilman Steve Levin (D-Brooklyn), chair of the general welfare committee. “The public shaming of people that are homeless in New York City, that have fallen on hard times, that are sleeping on our streets, sleeping in our shelter system, trying to get their feet on the ground — that has to stop.” SBA president Ed Mullins defended the campaign — saying it’s supposed to shame politicians into action on the homelessness problem, not shame the homeless themselves. 2017 Bill de Blasio’s Message to His PotentialPrimary Foes: Bring It On (NYO)

Daily News' Gonzalez: Elites Trying to Dump Mayor 
Elites could be crying out 'chaos' in NYC to get de Blasioout of office: @juangon68  Is this city descending into chaos, or are Mayor de Blasio’s critics using small spikes in crime to whip up the public against him? If you believe the blaring headlines, shootings are climbing, the homeless are taking over, drug use has suddenly escalated, and Times Square is hurtling back to its X-rated past. Even Curtis Sliwa has returned with his Guardian Angels show.This is all part of a storyline concocted by powerful people in this town who are bent on turning de Blasio into a one-term mayor.

Former Backer Turns On Mayor
Wall Street Turns Against de Blasio
“He’s anti-business, he’s anti-wealth, he’s anti-accomplishment. His performance has not been up to par. He’s failed.”
Top de Blasio backer considers 2017 run against ‘anti-business, anti-cop socialist’ (NYP) One of the nation’s wealthiest black business leaders is considering mounting a self-financed campaign to topple Mayor de Blasio in 2017 — saying he has lost faith in the candidate he once supported. “I’m giving serious thought to running for mayor of New York City . . . I was a political supporter of Bill de Blasio,” real estate mogul Don Peebles told The Post on Tuesday. Peebles and wife Katrina contributed $9,675 to de Blasio’s 2013 campaign and inaugural committees, records show. But during an extensive interview, the lifelong Democrat — who is reportedly worth $700 million — delivered a withering attack on the mayor’s handling of taxes, charter schools, stewardship of the NYPD and chilly relations with Gov. Cuomo. He slammed de Blasio on numerous fronts, from his management skills to his chat with his son, Dante, about how to act if approached by cops. While he resides in Boca Raton, Fla., Peebles owns homes in downtown Manhattan and is buying a place on the Upper West Side. He also has company offices in Midtown and owns a home in Bridgehampton, LI.Peebles is well-known in New York’s political and business circles. He served on President Obama’s national finance committee and has raised money for Bill Clinton and other politicians. * The narrative that the New York City media is portraying of violence and vagrancy returning to the high levels of the 1980s and 1990s ignores inconvenient facts and basic history, the Daily News’ Juan Gonzalez writes:  * Gonzalez: Elites may be crying 'chaos' to get de Blasio out (NYDN) Thursday People beg Peebles: Please run against de Blasio! (NYP)* An ex-supporter calls out Mayor de Blasio’s failures (NYP Ed) * A “local Democratic insider” tells Business Insider that Public Advocate Letitia James is considering challenging New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio in the 2017 Democratic mayoral primary:* * The list of Democrats mulling a challenge against de Blasio in 2017 has grown in the wake of criticism, but the mayor in a rare move had a message for all of them during a press conference—bring it on, theObserver writes:  Friday  Peebles and de Blasio definitely aren’t friends anymore (NYP) “Interesting way to be a friend,” de Blasio said Thursday of the wealthy black business leader, during an unrelated press conference in Beach Channel, Queens. Asked how he would respond to Peebles’ claims that he is anti-business and anti-wealth, he replied tersely, ‘He’s wrong.”
A LICH Hospital Connection LICH ER stays open as deal with Peebles a ‘whisper away’ (Brooklyn Daily Eagle) Attorneys from community groups, SUNY and developer Peebles Corp., the frontrunner to buy Long Island College Hospital (LICH), asked state Supreme Court Justice Johnny Lee Baynes on Wednesday for one more day to resolve a snag in a deal that would keep an free-standing emergency department open on the Cobble Hill site, along with primary and urgent care. Developer Peebles plans a mixed use development on the LICH campus, and has partnered with Maimonides Medical Center, North Shore-LIJ, and ProHEALTH to deliver health-related services. * SUNY ends talks with Peebles to buy LICH; Fortis next up(Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

de Blasio Loved Way City Handled Legionnaires Outbreak
 De Blasio actaully loved how city handled Legionnaires’ outbreak (NYP) Mayor de Blasio on Tuesday hailed his administration’s “unprecedented response” for containing a weeks-long Legionnaires’ disease outbreak in The Bronx, despite criticism from political rivals.  The bill came a day after Gov. Cuomo, who marshaled state resources during the outbreak, signed an emergency declaration putting in place similar rules and remedies statewide. De Blasio insisted the two sets of rules were “complementary” and not competitive, even though state rules would supersede the city’s where they differ.“They were obviously built together,” said de Blasio, who credited the state for its work despite months of tension with Cuomo. The death toll remained at 12, while the number of people infected in the South Bronx inched up to 127, officials said. * De Blasio signs Legionnaires law, sends FDNY to check roofs (NYDN) * Legionnaires outbreak started at the Bronx Opera House Hotel (NYP) * Health Commissioner Says Legionnaires' Outbreak in South Bronx Is Over (NY1)

The Daily News Uses the Tit Party In Times Square to Sell Papers 
Then Tell the City To Stop It? Give Us A Break

. Former Senator Lachman Author of Three Men in A Room Tells Us Why Albany is Still Corrupt
Political corruptionin the 
NewYork State Legislature: 
Will It ever end? (SI Advance)  Some call it the most dysfunctional in the nation. There is a complete lack of transparency: no one except for the speaker of the Assembly, the majority leader of the state Senate, and their senior staffs know what is going on. The two leaders decide which bills are permitted to go through the Legislature. They negotiate legislation and the budget with one another and with the governor. During my five terms in the state Senate, I do not recall any bill that passed both houses of the Legislature without the support of the speaker of the Assembly and the majority leader of the Senate, who most of the time happened to be of opposite parties. Even though the U.S. Congress has been criticized for corruption, it does not compare to the New York State Legislature, in part because power is not as concentrated. Speakers of the House and majority leaders of the Senate must be responsive to members of their own party conference and often do not get their way on leadership appointments and legislative actions. Consider the trouble that Senator Ted Cruz raised for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell when he publicly called him both in and out of the Senate "a liar." That would never happen in the New York State Legislature. * Good government groups and legislators say that an Assembly working group tasked with reforming the chamber's rules to increase transparency and participation has operated in secret, been slow to move and rebuffed outside offers of help, Gotham Gazette reports: 

DOE Fake Probers Continue the Cover-Up of Grade Fixing 
As DOE Own Investigators Found Fariña Wrongly Suspended A Therapists for Fund-Raising for A Project of a 13 Year Old Student With Cerebral Palsy

fixing probers (NYP) Special Schools Investigator Richard Condon issued a blistering report Monday questioning the competency of the Department of Education’s in-house investigative squad — the same unit looking into allegations of test-rigging uncovered by The Post. In a scathing 19-page letter to Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña, Condon concluded that DOE investigator Wei Liu conducted a shoddy conflicts-of-interest probe of Debra Fisher, a veteran therapist at the Manhattan School for Children, which serves special-needs kids. Even more troubling, Condon said, was that Liu’s bosses at the DOE Office of Special Investigations provided almost no supervision and simply rubber-stamped his findings.  Top brass admitted they did little more in some instances than look for grammatical errors in Liu’s reports. “The findings of an investigation which recommends the termination of someone’s employment should be subjected to an oversight and review process that includes more than checking for grammar and punctuation,” Condon wrote.*  The New York City Department of Investigation said that there were major flaws in a city Department of Education inquiry that led to the suspension of a public school therapist, The New York Times’ Jim Dwyerwrites:  Wednesday Public Advocate Letitia James is expected to file suit against the New York City Department of Education today over allegations of excessive heat on school buses that transport disabled children, Politico New York writes:   * The Post writes that new test scores show Success Academy is the best public school system in the state and that de Blasio should stop fighting with the charter school network: * Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie didn’t close the door to yet another revision of the state’s teacher evaluation law, though nothing is in the works after lawmakers agreed to link test scores to evaluations earlier this year, State of Politics writes: * Heastie: Test Scores Show ‘We Still Have Work To Do’ (YNN) * Speaking in New Hampshire, Republican presidential candidate and former Florida governor Jeb Bush criticized de Blasio’s universal pre-kindergarten program, accusing the mayor of creating the program to appease teachers’ unions. Thursday  In an interview with the Observer, New York City Schools Chancellor Carmen Farina discussed state Sen. John Flanagan’s criticism of her, her problems with standardized testing and how long she plans to stay on:* * Cuomo also said schools with high rates of students opting out of standardized tests shouldn’t be penalized through a withholding of federal funds and refused to criticize parents for having their children skip the tests, State of Politicswrites:  * * Chalkbeat created a database of the more than 160 New York City schools that had significant opt-out rates for the 2015 state tests after more than 7,900 students spread across all five boroughs refused to take them: * * Our Town found outstanding health-code violations, some of them severe, at universal pre-K sites across Manhattan, only days after City Hall put out a press release saying that all of the early education centers were good to go: * New York Schools With Many Students Who Skipped Tests Won’t Lose Money (NYT)education officials ended months of uncertainty over how they would respond to a growing movement against standardized exams.State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia, sharply criticized the growing test-boycott movement, saying its supporters do not understand the need for Common Core test data in measuring students’ progress and shining a light on areas in need of improvement.* The education reform group StudentsFirstNY studied exam results for NYC kids in grades three through eight and found dozens of schools targeted for improvement still failed to meet city averages. Sunday Teacher waits 4 years in rubber room before guilty ruling (NYP)*  Fariña keeps school meetings private, despite judge’s ruling (NYP)

NYP Uses NY Observer Interview with Farina to Hit Her As Anti-Student
Friday Carmen Fariña admits students aren’t a priority (NYP Ed) Carmen Fariña just confessed her true priorities — and seeing that the city’s children learn what they need to doesn’t even make the schools chancellor’s list. In an interview with the New York Observer, Fariña says, “To me the most important thing is, what do my constituents think of my work? Are teachers happy? Are principals happy? Are parents happy?” Teachers first, principals second — then come parents. And she thinks of them all as her constituents — as if she were elected to look after their interests. Sorry, Madam Chancellor: It’s not about the adults at all. You’re supposed to put thekids’ needs above all else. * State education commissioner slams teachers that encourage kids to sit out of tests (NYDN) * School districts will not be penalized by the federal government for having large numbers of students refuse to sit for the state standardized tests this year, education officials said, ending months of uncertainty over how they would respond to a growing antitesting movement.  * School districts will not be penalized financially for having large numbers of students refuse to take state standardized tests this year, according to state Regents Chancellor Merryl Tisch, The New York Timeswrites * The education reform group StudentsFirstNY found that New York kids in grades three through eight at dozens of schools targeted for improvement failed to meet city averages on their 2015 test scores, the Daily News writes: * Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie is taking the common sense approach, unlike Cuomo, that the Indian Point nuclear facility cannot be shut down because of how much New York City relies on its power, the Post writes:  * The Post argues that New York City Schools Chancellor Carmen Farina is placing teachers’ and principals’ needs above parents after a recent interview with the Observer: * New York City Special Schools Investigator Richard Condon’s recent uncoverings show that he must be given more power to investigate the failings occurring in the city’s schools system, the Postwrites

 They done her wrong(NYDN Ed)  The city’s Special Commissioner of Investigation for the schools has found what readers of this page knew to be obvious: That the Department of Education subjected occupational therapist Debra Fisher to gross injustice with a 30-day suspension after she put together fund-raising for a project by a 13-year-old student with cerebral palsy at PS 333. Though Fisher had gone above and beyond with permission of her principal, Chancellor Carmen Fariña upheld the idiotic suspension. Prober Richard Condon found that DOE investigator Wei Liu asked leading questions, reported inaccurate answers and “made statements which were not supported by evidence.” Incredibly, Condon found that a DOE lawyer reviewed Liu’s work only for its “grammar, spelling, punctuation and stylistic errors.”What a sham, and shame, that in a system where real wrongdoing goes unpunished, Fisher needed a special probe to clear her name. An apology from Fariña is in order. * With data showing relatively stagnant levels of student proficiency on Common Core-aligned tests and concerns over the teacher evaluation system rising, Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie has a more holistic view of the state’s education woes. Speaking to the TU’s editorial board, the speaker said it’s time to look at students’ lives both inside and outside the classroom. * Special Schools Investigator Richard Condon issued a blistering report questioning the competency of the NYC Department of Education’s in-house investigative squad.* Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie said the burgeoning movement to opt out students from state-administered tests shows “frustration” with the state’s system of assessing students and evaluating teachers.

Mayor de Blasio’s war on the best public schools in New York (NYP) The Empire State’s top public-school system is no longer in Scarsdale or any other suburb; it’s right here in New York City — the Success Academy Charter Schools network. With 11,000 students in schools across four boroughs, Success is a system in its own right. And it romped in the latest state exams: 93 percent of Success scholars passed the math test, against 35 percent for the city as a whole and 75 percent for Scarsdale. In English, 68 percent of Success kids passed, vs. 30 percent citywide and 64 percent for Scarsdale. That’s why the unions and their ally, Mayor de Blasio, are at war with the charter network. Funny, that: For all the mayor’s talk of inequality, Success Academy is doing more to raise up the city’s disadvantaged than the entire de Blasio administration.

Just 1% of the Grade Fixing Coplaints Have Been Investigated

‘Quotas’ at city schools pressure teachers to pass failing students (NYP) A city agency that investigates school employee misconduct probed only about 1 % * Just 6,000 high school students gained course credits through the controversial tactic of credit recovery in the 2013-14 school year, out of around 330,000 total students enrolled in those grades, the Daily Newsreports: 

City investigated just 3 — of 300 — school misconduct complaints (NYP) percent of the hundreds of cheating allegations it received. A city agency that investigates school employee misconduct has probed only about 1.  The office of the special commissioner of investigation for city schools, Richard Condon, conducted three probes into alleged test tampering and grade changing — out of about 300 complaints — in 2014.  Instead of probing the allegations of academic fraud, the SCI passed most along to the city Department of Education’s investigative unit, the Office of Special Investigations. The SCI operates under the city Department of Investigation and is independent of the DOE. The SCI’s probers, many of whom are retired NYPD detectives, seem better equipped to get to the bottom of fraud than those at the OSI, who are more likely to be lawyers, experts said. “It feels like a police inquiry” when the SCI is involved, said ColumbiaUniversity education professor Eric Nadelstern.

 Teachers say they feel pressure to meet city’s ‘pass quota’(NYP) City teachers say that they are expected to pass a quota of students, and that the pressure gives rise to academic shortcuts and diplomas for the undeserving. Considering how little learning may be going on, a common term for a teacher’s pass rate is ironic — “scholarship.”Near the end of last school year, a Flushing HS teacher was given a list of 10 students failing her class. The assistant principal told her to come up with a “plan” to pass teens who hadn’t done any work. * Don’t play dumb: Fariña’s witnessed cheating in city schools for years (NYP) For example, in the early years of the Bloomberg administration, Fariña served as a Brooklyn superintendent when a Regents cheating scandal erupted right under her nose at the Cobble Hill High School for American Studies. A few years later, Fariña was deputy chancellor for teaching and learning when PS 33, a poor elementary school in the South Bronx, seemed to have hit the jackpot on the state’s reading test. More than 83% of the school’s fourth-graders scored at or above proficiency (or grade level), up from 43% the previous year. The school’s miraculous test results were just 4 percentage points below the average for the richest suburban districts in the state. But as I and The Post’s Yoav Gonen reported at the time, there was actually no education miracle at the school. It was just another case of test tampering which went unpunished because of a bungled investigation by the Department of Education. * City Says It Is Containing Legionnaires' Disease Outbreak (NY1) * State Sen. Rubén Díaz tells City & State’s GersonBorrero that if New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio had done his job, then Gov. Andrew Cuomo wouldn’t have had to step in to help the Bronx battle the Legionnaires’ outbreak:

Grand Jury
Barron Proposing Grand Jury Ban (YNN) “There’s no sense in having a special prosecutor who’s also part of the system, and he can impanel a grand jury and have a secret proceeding,” Barron said during a telephone interview Thursday. “We won’t know how he’s presenting witnesses or interpreting forensic evidence..This is not in any way interfering with the special prosecutor. In fact, it strengthens him, because he will have to present in public, and not in a private grand jury setting.”*De Blasio warned: End secret grand juries or supporters will ‘shut city down’ (NYP) A Brooklyn pol wants to replace secret grand juries with open court proceedings whenever a cop kills a civilian — and vowed Monday to make Mayor de Blasio go along with the plan. Democratic Assemblyman Charles Barron said supporters will “shut this city down” if de Blasio doesn’t get on board. * Alongside activists including Eric Garner’s mother, Brooklyn Assemblyman Charles Barron unveiled a proposal to eliminate grand jury proceedings for police officers accused of killing civilians, the Observerreports: 
Where is the Grand Jury Reforms?, Pols Escape Blame

NYFD Exam Cheat Ring Exposed
A group of New York City firefighters taking a recent exam used cellphones during bathroom breaks to access the test’s answer key, and the city Department of Investigation is reviewing the incident, the Post writes: * A group of firefighters taking the recent FDNY lieutenants exam dashed off to the bathroom to access the answer key on their cellphones. The possible cheating scandal is under investigation.

Delusional de Blasio Thinks Media Handled Bloomberg With "Kid Gloves" 
Mayor as media critic: Blaz told us it's "well-established” that Bloomy was covered with a “kid-glove sensibility” delusional
Bump After Bump, Bill de Blasio Is Still Hitting Political Potholes (NYT) Many allies are wondering how Mr. de Blasio, a seasoned political operative, allowed problems to add up in his second year in office.  De Blasio’s second year in office has been a rough one, marred by a serious of blunders and public image problems, including his ongoing, very public, feud with Gov. Andrew Cuomo * Mayor de Blasio makes his worst excuse yet for his awful year (NYP) De Blasio complains he’s not getting the soft media treatment he claims his predecessor, Michael Bloomberg, received. The current mayor must have missed our scathing editorials and front-page stories about Nanny Mike — as well as the famous Post depiction of Bloomberg (after one of his early weekend jaunts to his Bermuda home) on a milk carton as missing. Mayor Mike certainly read that coverage: He regularly teed off at the press, including The Post, for stories he disliked. But he never blamed the media for his political problems — though his own standing in the polls at this point in his mayoralty was even lower than de Blasio’s 44 percent.  And Bloomberg sure never claimed publicly that “a lot of people outside New York City understand what happened in the first year of [his mayoralty in] New York City better than people in New York City.” That fatuous bit of smug self-congratulation came before de Blasio’s public feud with Gov. Cuomo, his across-the-board defeats in Albany and his recent bungling in the face of the Legionnaire’s disease outbreak — not to mention rising public concern over quality-of-life issues. Stop basking in the cheers of progressive out-of-towners, Mr. Mayor, and start worrying about the day-to-day concerns of average New Yorkers — concerns you can read about in this newspaper. Nearly all your political problems are self-inflicted. Grow up, and quit whining like a crybaby.* The Post writes that de Blasio’s assertion that former NewYork City Mayor Michael Bloomberg received softer treatment from the media is wrong and a cover for the mistakes he’s made this year:* Mayor de Blasio had a miserable summer. Here's how he canbounce back:  (NY Mag) New York Magazine’s Chris smith analyzes de Blasio’s “miserable summer” – his battles with Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Uber, the Legionnaires’ disease outbreak – and how he might work to move forward this fall: 

de Blasio Press Rain Out
De Blasio cancels press baseball game over a little bit of rain(NYP) The de Blasio administration cancelled a long-planned softball scrimmage against City Hall reporters yesterday after a brief shower moistened the Prospect Park Parade Grounds.
Bubble Mayor No Town Hall de Blasio Spins and the NYC Press Defining Journalism Down

Trump to Do Jury Duty 
Chirlane 2 Busy for Jury Duty 
Trump has been called for jury duty in Manhattan, and will report on Monday. (WPIX) Mr. Trump has been summoned to serve in State Supreme Court in Manhattan, and plans to report there on Monday morning, said Michael Cohen, an executive vice president at the Trump Organization and special counsel to Mr. Trump. “Despite the time that Mr. Trump is required to fulfill this civic obligation, the campaign will continue to go on,” Mr. Cohen said. “He is happy to comply with his civic obligation.”*NYC's first lady wants out of jury duty (for now) * A PEER MUST APPEAR: Jury duty is everyone's duty. Even for First Lady Chirlane McCray. (NYDN Ed) *Trump, Reporting for Duty (NYT) Donald Trump spent the day waiting to see if he would bepicked as a juror. He wasn't.  * Jury Duty for Donald Trump: ‘Amazing,’ ‘Really Good’ and Done in a Day (NYT) Mr. Trump took a break from his campaign for president to fulfill a more basic civic obligation on Monday, and brought his superlatives along.

He's got jury duty as he leads in the #GOP polls #GDNY

CHIRLANE 'TOO BUSY' FOR JURY DUTY: Critics rip city's first lady for postponement, say 'powerful have their own rules' (NYDN) * A peer must appear — even Chirlane McCray (NYDN Ed) A peer must appear — even Chirlane McCray (NYDN Ed) Busier, it seems, than former Mayor Giuliani, who not only dove into the jury pool during his second term but served as the panel foreman on a weeklong personal injury trial. Busier than Chief Justice John Roberts of the U.S. Supreme Court, who — in the middle of his most recent session — responded to the call to service as Juror 49 in Rockville, Md. Busier, for Pete’s sake, than Madonna, who took a break from readying her new album to put in an appearance at Manhattan’s state court. Caroline Kennedy and Silda Wall Spitzer count among New York family members of political luminaries — each public servants in her own right — who found time for this most fundamental act of American civic participation.   * The mayor and first lady failed to comprehend the greater good that shows everyone gets called for jury duty when Chirlane McCray opted not to serve, despite the participation of other prominent figures, the DailyNews writes

deB: More BS Affordable Housing Campaign Promise That Will Never Happen
Daily News: Mandatory Inclusionary Zoning Plans Will Only Produce A Fraction of the 80,000 Apartments Planned
Bill’s dream houses:Mayor de Blasio is being forced to face the tough truth about how muchaffordable housing his mandatory inclusionary zoning plans will really produce (NYDN) To a 2013 mayoral candidate polling at 11%, promising to build 50,000 new affordable apartments as if by fiat must have been irresistible — forget that the figure bore as little resemblance to reality as My Little Pony. Now that he’s running the city, Bill de Blasio is coming around to admit that his vaunted “mandatory inclusionary zoning” will not come close to hitting that mark.  Aides refuse to release new projections, guesstimating a figure in the ballpark of “several thousand,” perhaps 15,000 or more if the stars align. The gap between promise and reality is not merely a case of exaggerated political rhetoric. De Blasio’s signature housing program calls for preserving 120,000 affordable units and building 80,000 apartments over 10 years. The mayor recently boosted already high city subsidies to achieve his goal, jumping from an initially promised $6.7 billion to $7.5 billion in his latest capital plan, including $2 billion for new construction. The bill could grow more still if his zoning plan falls short, the magic of having developers pay for affordable housing giving way to taxpayers footing bigger bills. In admitting that the numbers he breezily promised as a candidate will fall far short, de Blasio is moving from the grandiose to the pragmatic — for him, an accomplishment, no matter where his housing numbers end up.*  Alicia Glen, a New York City deputy mayor, dismissed polls released this month showing Mayor Bill de Blasio with record disapproval numbers, but conceded the city could better highlight its achievements, Politico New York reports:  *A de Blasio donor with building problems gets results (PoliticoNY)  * A survey conducted by rental listings company Naked Apartments found that more renters than last year said they would be more likely to sign a lease that allowed them to rent their apartment on Airbnb, theDaily News reports: 

Affordable Housing, Low Wages Building, Rents 

HHC Corruption: Where is the Council Hearings?  Where the Arrests? 
Health officials axed amid probe for improper billing (NYT) Three top officials with the city’s Health and Hospitals Corp. have been forced out amid a probe of improper billing for a $764 million revamp of its records system. * 4th official leaves amid hospital system’s improper billing probe (NYP)
More on the HHC

Huntley's Tax Problem
Former state Sen. Shirley Huntley, who was released from prison last year after serving time for corruption, is in trouble again. The Queens Democrat owes nearly $751 in unpaid income taxes from 2012 to the state, officials confirmed. A tax warrant was issued by the state in December seeking to collect the money.

Heastie Leans Towards Continuing Outside Income for Lawmakers
 Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie said that legislative ethics, in part, come down to individual lawmakers’ decisions and that he was leaning toward allowing legislators to keep outside employment, the Times Union reports: h

How Can Mayor Flack Hinton Talk About Hack Jobs for Income Equality When the City is Pushing Out the Middle Class and Poor?
Mayoral spokeswoman Karen Hinton defended her boss. “When this administration hires without posting, we are hiring qualified candidates who are committed to ending income inequality and ensuring a government that looks like and serves all New Yorkers,” she said.
de Blasio Hires Campaign Workers in City Jobs to Set Up His Re-Election
De Blasio hires cronies to advance his progressive agenda (NYP)  In addition to creating a $150,000 post for Stephanie Yazgi — the longtime girlfriend of his top strategist, Emma Wolfe — de Blasio has created positions to amp up his progressive agenda and national profile and spread propaganda touting his “transcendent” accomplishments. The city’s television station — led by de Blasio buddy Janet Choi — devotes much of its taxpayer-funded $5.7 million budget to broadcasting his ribbon-cuttings, announcements and features about his friends, including his wedding singer. His $105,000 digital director, Jessica Singleton, shapes his social-media image while his $69,000 media analyst, Mahen Gunaratna, measures the influence of his messages. Update  Stephanie Yazgi, Mayor Bill de Blasio’s new “immigration organizer,” was being paid by private funds before being brought on staff – countering his claim that taxpayers had to pay her $150,000 salary because an outside grant fell through, the Post writes:

“The CAU has now turned into a four-year organizing arm of the de Blasio campaign,” said a former liaison with the unit.
But the bulk of his buddies land jobs at City Hall in the mayor’s Community Affairs Unit.The CAU traditionally had staffers represent the mayor at community-board and civic-group meetings across the city, reporting back to the administration on neighborhood concerns. “The CAU unit now employs Pinny Ringel, a $65,000-a-year liaison to the Jewish community and a former Public Advocate’s Office staffer under de Blasio. Sarah Sayeed is a liaison who specializes in the Muslim community. And Jonathan Soto is senior community liaison to the Clergy Advisory Council, another de Blasio creation. Kicy Motley, a de Blasio campaign worker who tweeted “F- -k. The. Police.” in 2012, found a home in the CAU office as $55,000-a-year Brooklyn borough director. And Rebecca Lynch, a Teamsters union lobbyist who backed de Blasio’s campaign, landed a gig as an $85,000-a-year special assistant in the CAU before taking a leave of absence to launch a bid for City Council in Queens.

Times Square is Still the Naked City

De Blasio considers the dozens of topless women in body paint posing for photos in Times Square unacceptable, and is searching for a way to tackle this “quality of life” problem.

Promoting his national agenda, de Blasio formed an Office of Sustainability whose director, Nilda Mesa, hauls in $179,870 per year. A former aide from de Blasio’s City Council days, Wallack started at $185,000 and is now a deputy chancellor. Avi Fink, another liaison to the Jewish community, boosted his pay from $70,000 to $93,600 when he switched jobs from deputy chief of staff to deputy director of intergovernmental affairs. Ellyn Canfield, deputy director to the Mayor’s Office of Special Projects, doubled her pay to $80,000 a year when she left the Public Advocate’s Office as de Blasio’s scheduler and joined City Hall. And Edith Sharp, a mayoral assistant, doubled her salary to $100,000 after serving as an assistant to the public advocate. Campaign fund-raisers got well-paying gigs. Izabella Vais, a $120,000-a-year assistant commissioner at the Taxi and Limousine Commission, had a knack for extracting cash from the taxi industry as a key campaign fund-raiser.

As the UFT Fails Black and Latino Students They Do Great for the Pols
Pols Ignore DOE Failure and Grade Fixing Because They Depend on the UFT for Campaign $$$ to Get and Stay Elected
Mix, match, learn byintegrating city public schools (NYDN Ed) Yet the city, like the nation, remains plagued by a gap in student performance measured on the basis of race. More than 50% of the city’s white and Asian school kids in grades 3 through 8 passed this year’s state English tests. Fewer than 20% of the city’s black and Latino kids did. In fact, the so-called achievement gap widened this year compared with last.* Parents doing anything to keep kids out of ‘dangerous’ city school (NYP) arents on the waiting list for a popular Upper West Side elementary school are refusing a city directive to send their incoming kindergartners to a nearby school that the state has branded “persistently dangerous.” The city Department of Education has told about 45 families zoned for PS 199 on West 70th Street that the high-performing school has no room for their kids — and to enroll them instead at low-performing PS 191 on West 61st Street. Disappointment turned to outrage when the state Education Department posted its 2015-16 list of the most dangerous schools. The state cited 97 “violent and disruptive” incidents at PS 191 in 2013-14. These include four sex offenses, two arsons, 12 assaults with physical injury (four with weapons), 10 cases of bullying (eight with weapons), and dozens of “minor altercations.” * Take a look at this article today in DNAInfo. This article illustrates a primary reason for the urgent need for improved middle schools in Brooklyn District 13. 10% of the “persistently dangerous” middle schools in all of New York State are in D13. (BrooklynRob)

A Tale of Two de Blasio's Park Slope Education Standards and Achievement 
PS 321 is located at 7th Ave. and 1st St. The student body is 73% white, 7% black and 9% Hispanic. Nine percent of kids are eligible for free lunch. The newly released state test results showed 76% of PS 321’s students scoring proficient in English, and 82% in math. PS 282 is less than 10 minutes away at 6th Ave. and Berkeley Pl. Mapped into an adjoining district and widely shunned by the immediate, predominantly white neighborhood, the school draws from a broader zone and has a student body that’s 7% white, 68% black and 22% Hispanic. Fifty-seven percent of its kids are eligible for free or reduced price lunch. On the tests, only 28% of PS 282’s students scored proficient in English, 29% in math. Both are below the city average.

Vito Lopez Social Service Machine Starts to Fall

BREAKING NEWS: A New York City Mayor Rushes to the Scene of A Crime or A Fire
Cheers for all butone: While the Finest and Bravest do the city proud, Mayor de Blasio hits thegym (NYDN Ed) Unsurprising was the professionalism and heroism of New York City’s emergency responders after a berserk, heavily armed gangbanger forced a long and terrifying siege on Staten Island. Unsurprising was the mobilization of the NYPD’s emergency services teams, hostage negotiators and aviation unit, which sent a helicopter to bring the gunman’s mother from Delaware in the hope of persuading him to surrender. Unsurprising was the bravery of the Fire Department’s Engine 158, called to the scene as it first unfolded and as smoke billowed from the basement apartment of career criminal Garland Tyree. Unsurprising was the valor of Fire Lt. James Hayes, a 31-year veteran, who led the way in and was shot twice, once in the leg and once in the hip. And unsurprising, too, was how one man took it all in stride, perhaps literally on a treadmill, while working out at a gym for as many as 100 minutes and then stopping to pick up a bite to eat: New York’s Mayor de Blasio.

The Workout: While his Cops Were In A Dangerous Standoff, Mayor Decided to Hit the Gym 
Monday Update Firefighters say an FDNY lieutenant almost died because he wasn’t told by law-enforcement officials that the home he was racing into housed an armed Bloods gang leader suspected in two murders, the Post reports: 
NYC Mayor de Blasio spent two hours at a Brooklyn YMCA this morning, leaving his police and fire commissioners to deal with a Staten Island standoff in which a gunman shot a city firefighter. * Sergeants Benevolent Association President Ed Mullins said de Blasio should not have been fiddling around in Brooklyn while a building in Staten Island was burning and a maniac was shooting at police officers. “Even the Emperor Nero attempted to put the fire out in Rome,” Mullins said. * A group of influential Democrats believe de Blasio is grooming his wife, Chirlane McCray, to succeed him in 2021. * Former NYC Council Speaker Chris Quinn sent a lengthy “what I’ve been up to lately” email to supporters, but says she has no intention of challenging de Blasio in 2017.* Mayor de Blasio Hit the Gym Amid Staten Island Standoff (NY1) * De Blasio Went tothe Gym During Gang Leader's Standoff With NYPD (DNAINFO) 

NYT The Mayor's Protector Leaves Out His Workout At the Brooklyn Gym
Man Who Shot Firefighter in Staten Island Standoff Has Died (NYT) Garland Tyree, 38, died after a standoff that began early Friday morning, when members of the United States Marshals Service tried to arrest him, the police said.

"Park Slope might be Mayor de Blasio's Bermuda", says artful @gracerauh in her report tonight on @InsideCityHall
De Blasio QuestionedAbout Going To Gym After Firefighter Shot On Staten Island (WCBSTV) Mayor Takes Exception To Reporter's Query: 'That's Just Not A Serious Question'  Mayor Bill de Blasio refused to answer a question Friday about going to the gym hours after a firefighter was shot by a man who later barricaded himself inside a home on Staten Island. De Blasio’s press secretary, Karen Hinton, said the mayor was at the gym for at least 80 minutesduring the standoff, which started at around 6 a.m. De Blasio arrived at his Park Slope gym at 9 a.m. and stayed until 10:40 a.m., according to Hinton * Mayor Stayed at Gym During NYC Standoff With Gang Member WhoShot Firefighter (WNBC) * MAYOR DE BLASIO FACING CRITICISM FOR GYM TIME AFTER STATEN ISLAND FIREFIGHTER SHOT (WABC) * De Blasio was weighing himself at gym while cops were indanger (Daily Beast) * De Blasio waves off questions about workout  (PoliticoNY)

Homeless Complaints Up 60% and Mayor Blames Media Coverage
311 Complaints About Homeless Have Risen Nearly 60Percent Unde@BilldeBlasio  (DNAINFO) City’s 311 hotline flooded with over 20K homeless reports  (NYP) As of Aug. 9, the 311 system has fielded 20,242 homeless-related calls, compared with 12,715 during the same period in 2013, the last year of the Bloomberg ­administration, according to data from the Mayor’s Office. If the volume of calls this year continues at the same rate, 311 could receive more than 30,000 reports about homeless people needing assistance or living on the street. * Mayor de Blasio’s latest bid to fake school success (NYP Ed) Mayor de Blasio pretends this week’s test scores for city students are “great news.” Black is white, too.
Students “raised up their test scores,” the mayor noted, a development with “profound ramifications.” And it’s all because “plans” he’s put in place “are really bearing fruit.” Truth is, the tests show kids — third- through eighth-graders — failing miserably. And almost no improvement whatsoever. It’s cause for alarm, not celebration.* Data released by the mayor’s office shows 20,242 calls to 311 about the homeless so far this year in New York City, a 35 percent increase compared with 14,958 calls at the same time last year, the Daily News reports:  * De Blasio Blames Media Coverage of Homeless For Surge in 311 Complaints (DNAINF) The mayor said media coverage has increased concern about the homeless, prompting more 311 calls.
BDB doesn't think polls or media coverage reflect the feelings of city residents. He doesn't do town halls. So how is he taking the pulse?

The Fact That Personal Expenses Were Made Illegal From Campaign Accounts, Does Not Stop Albany Pols From Continuing the Practice
State senators use campaigns for personal ‘political’ expenses (NYP)  New rules didn’t stop some state legislators from tapping their campaign accounts to cover items from $458-a-month car payments to three shipments of flowers totaling $1,735. Records show that state Sen. Carl Marcellino (R-LI) over the last six months shelled out a total of $2,753 to keep wheeling around in his Honda. His Brooklyn GOP colleague Marty Golden placed three orders at The Enchanted Florist for $725, $455 and $555 over the same January-July period. State Sen. Dean Skelos (R-LI), who stepped down as Republican leader in May following a federal corruption indictment, is still being welcomed at the private Fort Orange Club, which received $8,850 of his campaign funds. Earlier this year, Gov. Cuomo touted reforms passed with the state budget, making it clear that officials may not use campaign money on personal items.

Airbnb Makes Millions Killing Affordable Housing 
As Airbnb Sucks Up 20% of the Affordable Apartments in Gentrifying Neighborhoods Its CEO Lives in A $26 Million SoHo Pad
ROOM WITH A VIEW! Airbnb's new CFO Laurence Tosi wants $26.5M for SoHo pad (NYDN) * This is NYC’s most expensive apartment for rent (NYP) * Airbnb Horror Story Points to Need for Precautions (NYT) Travelers must protect themselves by investigating company policies and taking steps to ensure their own security.
More About the Danger of Airbnb

Gambling Update
Resorts World Casino in Queens now dealing up electronic blackjack — after years of skill-based games being prohibited from New York gambling spots (NYDN) * Racetracks with video-lottery terminals outside of western New York are starting to installelectronic blackjack after a provision in the state budget approved April 1 let’s them expand their offerings.
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Brooklyn ISIS Conviction
Brooklyn Man Accused of Supporting ISIS Pleads Guilty (NYT) Adburasul Hasanovich Juraboev, 25, who admitted to plotting to provide material to the Islamic State terrorist group, could face up to 15 years in prison.
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de Blasio Campaign Manager Bill Hires The New King of Brooklyn Heights
1. Hires: de Blasio Campaign Manager Who Uses Candidate Fake Arrest to Protest A Closing Hospital As A Prop 

2. Once the Hospital is Closed Hires Who Works for the Mayor Slush Fund PAC One NY Uses It to Tell the Community That the Band Aid ER the Developer Agreed to Build is As Good As the Closed Hospital

3. Hires: Sell A Large Development to Replace te Closed to A Community Who Opposes It

4. Is de Blasio Using His 2013 Campaign Account to Pay Hires to Supplement His Pay the Director of His One NY PAC?

5.  Wolfe Mayor's Top Political Aide Was Paid Hires' Hilltop in 2014
Emma Wolfe, NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio’s director of intergovernmental affairs and a top legislative aide, was paid by a Brooklyn-based outside consulting firm, Hilltop Public Solutions, last fall when she took a leave of absence to work with Democrats trying to retake the state Senate

3. Hires Sells A Massive Development At the Closed Hospital Site the Community Does Not Want
.Fortis Hires Firms With de Blasio Connections for LICHSite Proposal; CHA Hires Lawyer With Same (Brooklyn Heights Blog) Last week’s public meeting on Fortis Property Group’s proposals for development of the Long Island College Hospital site produced little but the conclusion that the developers and local residents are far from agreement on anything other than the need for affordable housing: see Mary Frost’s EaglestoryPolitico NY reports that Fortis has now hired Hilltop Public Solutions, which helped with Mayor de Blasio’s election campaign, to handle “community outreach” on the LICH project, and Capolino+Company, which “has worked closely with [de Blasio] since he took office”, to handle lobbying. Meanwhile, JP Updates reports that the Cobble Hill Association has hired Jim Walden, the lawyer who represented de Blasio as Public Advocate in opposing the sale of LICH, to represent the community’s interests in the LICH site matter. One bit of information that came from last Thursday’s public meeting: Fortis has not yet closed on the LICH site, contrary to what we earlier said, relying on Curbed. We weremisinformed.
More From Those Wonderful People Who Allowed A Hospital to Close and Allowed Housing in A Park 
De Blasio’s LICH problem (Capital) Candidate Bill de Blasio was lagging in the polls when, in the dead of the summer of 2013, he seized on a hot-button local issue in the heart of his former City Council district: the pending shuttering of Long Island College Hospital. The fevered pitch of the issue, in an area full of committed liberal voters already keen on de Blasio, offered him a media platform at a critical time in the race and, along with a series of other fruitful events, helped him sail to the top of the Democratic primary field. (The optics of getting arrested trying to save a beloved community hospital didn't hurt either.) Now, as mayor, the issue that provided him a political windfall is putting him—and, more immediately, Councilman Brad Lander—in an untenable position. Lander is part of a newly-formed community coalition working with the site's developer, Fortis Property Group, to negotiate a deal with residents who are unhappy with their choices. The first public meeting will be held Thursday evening and Fortis has indicated it wants to reach a conclusion by the end October. After all, sitting on undeveloped land is a costly endeavor

2. Both Hires and Berlin Rosen Runs Work for the Mayor's PAC One New York 
One New York Did An Illegal Mailing to Help An Assembly Candidate Who Got Arrested With Candidate de Blasio and Who Was Being Blamed for the Closed Hospital.  The Mailing Tried to Sell That the Band Aid ER Was A Good Replacement for A Closed Hospital

Berlin Rosen who worked for 52AD candidate Sikora and the PAC One NY, use to the PAC to send out to the voters of the district a misleading letter that a developers ER would be a good substitute for the closed LICH.  Rosen's assembly candidate was arrested during the 2013 mayor's race along with de Blasio protesting the closing of the LICH Hospital.  The Brooklyn Eagle called Berlin Rosen PAC mailing the dark money mailing, claiming the closed LICH hospital developer would build an emergency room that would meet the community’s health care needs.  Doctors and community leader have called that claim an outright lie. Carroll Gardens Association - Cover-Up of Members' Dark Money LICH Mailing
Community Leaders Blamed Berlin Rosen Candidate Sikora (de Blasio campaign worker) for de Blasio Not Living Up to His Campaign Promise of Keeping LICH Hospital Open 
Bill de Blasio arrested at SUNY protest - NY Daily News (NYDN) New York City Mayoral Candidate Bill DiBlasio and a nurse are arrested at protest outside the State University of New York offices on West 42nd st. Hospital workers were protesting the planned closing Long Island City Hospital in Brooklyn. “We’re going to lose Long Island College Hospital in a matter of weeks if we don’t act now ... People are going to be much sicker in this city if we keep losing hospitals,” de Blasio said as he was led away in handcuffs. “This is about fighting for our hospitals. We have to save them* Mayor de Blasio Is Quietly Soliciting Donations for Future Policy Battles (NYT)  Mr. de Blasio and his fund-raising team have quietly solicited large contributions in recent weeks from donors in the mayor’s inner circle, according to three people who requested anonymity to describe moves by the administration that were not yet intended to be public.

1. de Blasio Campaign Manager Hires Sent His Candidate to Be Arrested to Protest Closing of LICH Hospital

To de Blasio Hospitals Are Nothing But A Campaign Prop . . .  LICH Closed in His First Year In Office 

Paging Doctor de Blasio: New York City's Health andHospitals Corp. needs emergency care from the mayor (NYDN Ed)  The city’s top doctor on Tuesday pronounced the municipal hospitals in critical financial condition — and says New Yorkers will have to step up to save them. Are you ready to pitch in? Mayor de Blasio hasn’t been. Fifteen months into his term, it suddenly dawns that the Health and Hospitals Corp.’s 11 major medical centers are hemorrhaging hundreds of millions of dollars a year. Without radical treatment, they are terminal. Reflecting the gravity of the crisis, HHC Commissioner Dr. Ram Raju promised his workforce,

“The Health and Hospitals Corp. must and will survive.” Then, he presented a rescue plan whose success would hinge on beating incredibly tough odds. Landmark institutions like BellevueKings County, North Central Bronx and Elmhurst Medical Center face dire futures thanks to accelerating changes in the health-care marketplace, including Obamacare. Yet the mayor has raised no warnings about the looming crisis, let alone offered a vision for maintaining the nation’s largest public health-care system. City hospital head lays out ambitious vision (Capital)New York City’s cash-strapped public hospital system, tasked with caring for many uninsured and vulnerable residents amid growing budget deficits, unveiled a plan to help shore up its finances by 2020, the Journal reports: * After police refused to let thousands of peaceful Black Lives Matter protesters march in the street on Wednesday, some people noted that the NYPD's tactic of violently repelling and arresting demonstrators differed considerably from how the de Blasio administration handled similar protests just a few months ago. At a press conference yesterday, the mayor assured reporters that this was wrong: "If you guys want to sensationalize, if you think that's your contribution to society, feel free."

Berlin Rosen Helped de Blasio Get Arrested As A Campaign Prop Protesting the Closing of LICH Hospital 
Mayor Says He Will Continue to Seek Advice from Top Adviserin Wake of NY1 Report (NY1) In the wake of a in-depth NY1 report last week, the mayor says he will continue to seek advice from a top adviser despite criticism of their close relationship.  Jonathan Rosen runs the public relations firm BerlinRosen and advises private clients with business before the city while also acting as a close advisor to the mayor. Because Rosen is not a registered lobbyist, he does not have to disclose his clients, but the mayor said there's no conflict of interest. "Jonathan is someone I worked with for years. He is a close friend, a close adviser going back many, many years, and he'll continue to be," de Blasio said. "He doesn't represent the interests of his clients when he talks to me. He is someone who I turn to advice on a whole host of issues that have nothing to do with his clients." * NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio said he does not consider it a conflict when he seeks advice from Jonathan Rosen, a political consultant and campaign strategist who represents a host of clients who lobby City Hall on a variety of issues.In light of the NY1 report on the close relationship between de Blasio and Rosen, Sen. Tony Avella has introduced a bill that would bar lobbyists from also being political consultants.

4. 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.

Daily News Says de Blasio Kills Campaign Finance With One NY PAC
Berlin Rosen Elects Dozens of the City's Elected Officials and Does Not Lobby Them For Their Clients? The Daily News Says the 1NY PAC Going Around the Campaign Finance Laws for the Mayor What About the Dozens of Other Candidates it works for?

The CFB One New York PAC de Blasio Cover-Up and Picking On Everyman Sal
Progressive Bill deBlasio kills NYC's campaign finance program (NYDN Ed) Let Mayor de Blasio admit this fact: His bear hug of the Fund for One New York, the not-at-all-independent nonprofit advocacy group he created, is hastening the demise of the city’s public campaign finance system. For a quarter century, that system — which limits contributions to candidates, matches small gifts with public dollars and caps spending — has been lauded by progressives, de Blasio included, as leveling the democratic playing field and amplifying the voices of ordinary citizens. “We are the gold standard,” he said last year. Those words take on an ironic double meaning as de Blasio hits up donors for millions, including large contributions that would be banned if made directly to candidates — and the fund works in lockstep to advance his agenda. The Campaign for One New York buys television advertisements; coordinates grassroots organizing campaigns; and employs and coordinates with allies of the mayor, including former staffers. In short, it works as a campaign apparatus in years when there’s no election. The Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United ruling blew the doors off all previous attempts to limit outside money in government — and made hefty political spending by outside groups inevitable. But it’s no small irony that the man putting the nail in the coffin of the city’s campaign finance caps is Big Bill, progressive friend of the little man.* The state Board of Elections could close the so-called LLC loophole in the campaign finance system, but Democrats say that is unlikely because GOP commissioners do not support it, The Buffalo News reports * Daily News: What About Data and Fields in 2009, NYCLASS and the UFT;s United for A Future PACs in 2013?  What About the Real Estate's 71/2 Million Jobs for NY PAC?  What About the Millions in Assembly, State Senate and Gov PACs that Go Around the Campaign Finance Laws?

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.

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.

The PAC, Lobbyists 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.

As the Summer of Shooting Continues Mayor Rushes New Cops Onto the Streets 
NYPD to put armed recruits on duty before academy graduation (NYP) Armed NYPD recruits will hit the streets months before graduating from the Police Academy, under a new training strategy that the brass say will better prepare them for the dangerous job. *Overnight shootings leave 1 dead, 4 injured (NYP) * 'WORST KID IN NEW YORK': Brooklyn nabe fears tiny terror, 10, accused of setting fire to store, mugging elderly woman — but mom says he's 'awesome' and a 'good kid' (NYDN) * * NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton said he is “loading up on Excedrin” in anticipation of Pope Francis’ visit to New York City, which will pose security challenges for police, the Daily News writes:  * BLOODSHED IN BROOKLYN: Madman kills 1, wounds 2 others in ambush at Brownsville apartment building: authorities (NYDN)

Stringer Targets Mayor
Scott Stringer blasts de Blasio’s handling of Legionnaires (NYP) City Comptroller Scott Stringer on Wednesday became the third potential 2017 mayoral challenger to criticize Mayor de Blasio’s handling of the Legionnaires’ disease outbreak, which has now infected 119 people. “This is a very, very serious health issue,” Stringer said in a radio interview. “The bottom line is the city didn’t scramble the planes fast enough.”
Stringer singled out the city Health Department, claiming it had taken a “laid-back attitude.” “Over the last 10 years [of] Legionnaires’ disease, more cases were found throughout the country and in New York City, and government didn’t go run toward the disease to eradicate it. We let the disease come to us and it settled in the South Bronx,” he said.* New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer became the third potential 2017 mayoral challenger to criticize Mayor de Blasio’s handling of the Legionnaires’ disease outbreak, the Post reports:  *NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer slammed the de Blasio administration’s response to Legionnaires’ disease Wednesday, saying officials didn’t move quickly enough to tackle the outbreak.
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MTA Delays and No $$$
The MTA has no idea how to fix your late subway (NYP) * An audit by the state comptroller’s office.found the on-time performance of New York City’s subways declined in 2014, fueled by overcrowding and delays related to unplanned work, The Wall Street Journal reports: * Audit Finds Subway Delays on the Rise: Report (WNBC) * 4-GET IT! Subways are late 25 percent of time with No. 4 train being worst (NYDN) *   Some of the subway system's older trains will remain inservice longer than expected: 

Imagine If You Will, A Watertower That Breaks the Mayor's Control of the Press
 “If that’s what you guys want to talk about, I find it really interesting that a hotel owner’s feelings are more important to you than what we’re doing to stop a disease—but feel free,” Mr. de Blasio testily added. A reporter asking a follow-up question about the Opera House Hotel was cut off. “Forgive me guys, you really have to pay attention to what’s important and stop following these smaller stories,” he said. “We erred on the side of transparency and disclosure, and that’s the bottom line and that’s much more important than a few [minutes] of this individual. * Mayor Bill de Blasio urged reporters to not focus their attention on concerns being raised by a Bronx hotel owner and report on the bigger picture of the Legionnaires outbreak.

Legionnaires Pops Mayor's Press Bubble 
Barks into Twilight Zone 

The mayor also chastised multiple reporters for asking about a Bronx hotel’s claim that the city provided them with no information about the disease after the hotel, the Opera House Hotel, tested positive for Legionella.  Questions About ’ ‘Hot Spot’ HotelAnger Bill de Blasio (NYO) A representative, Empire Hotel Group Vice President Glen Isaacs, accused the City Health Department of being reckless and secretive, and said they only interacted with “low level people” from the de Blasio administration. “I don’t know why there’s such great concern for the owner of a hotel when we’re talking about a disease outbreak that’s affected so many people. That’s our concern,” Mr. de Blasio said, noting he was “sorry” Mr. Isaacs was upset. “Let’s put the horse before the cart here. We care about the people who have been affected by this disease and their families and we want to make sure no one else catches this disease.”
Bubble Mayor No Town Hall de Blasio Spins and the NYC Press Defining Journalism Down

More Guns on the Street
Cops blame end of stop-and-frisk for fewest gun seizures in 8 years (NYP)  Fewer guns were seized in the city in 2014 than in any other year since 2006, a new report says — and law-enforcement sources blame the dismal figure on the decrease in stop-and-frisks. City authorities recovered just 3,552 traceable guns last year, or about half of the 7,068 recovered in 2006, when the federal Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives first started publishing such figures, the agency said. Local law-enforcement sources pointed the finger at the NYPD’s reduced use of stop-and-frisk.* NYC firearm seizures steadily decline over 8 years: ATF report (NYDN) * Bratton says cops are focused on quality-of-life crime spike (NYP)

NYCHA Race to the Bottom
NYCHA tenants in Harlem say roof repairs made leaks worse, forcing some to use aluminum foil and buckets to deal with indoor rainstorms (NYVHA) * The New York City Housing Authority has halted repair work on a Harlem housing project after asbestos was discovered in some roofing materials and residents fear the water leaking into their apartments could be harmful, the Daily News reports: * The Daily News writes that the roof repairs made at a New York City Housing Authority building, which resulted in more leaking in the building, is only the latest failure in a long record of incompetence * NYCHA NIGHTMARE: Tenants in Harlem housing complex fear asbestos as they wait for roof repairs, which were temporarily halted over contractor permit (NYDN) * Editorial: Drowning in incompetence (NYDN Ed)
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Race Relations: Why SI Stayed Cool
Jim Callaghan writes in the Daily News about the history of race relations and describes why Staten Island didn’t riot after the grand jury decision not to indict Officer Daniel Pantaleo, who put Eric Garner in a fatal chokehold: 

A Post Uber Battle in the War
Legionnaires Battle: Cuomo Vs de Blasio
Update Cuomo And de Blasio Plan To Develop Legionnaires’ Regulations (YNN)
 Cuomo and de Blasio can’t even agree on Legionnaires’ outbreak (NYP) * Legionnaires' disease may be ebbing in New York City, but the jockeying between themayor and governor is not. (NYT)* ANDY ALL OVER THE BRONX: Cuomo outdoes Bill de Blasio again as state starts plan to fight Legionnaires' disease — while mayor insists 'outbreak is tapering off' (NYDN) * Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio appeared to present conflicting information about the scope of the Legionnaires’ disease outbreak during simultaneous news briefings, The New York Times writes:  * The Legionnaire’s disease outbreak in the Bronx has exposed the depth of the rift between NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio and Gov. Andrew Cuomo. *  In a bizarre communication breakdown — later attributed to a missed voice mail message — Cuomo and de Blasio appeared to present conflicting information about the scope of the outbreak during simultaneous news briefings. At issue was the number of additional buildings that tested positive for Legionella bacteria. (The eventual answer: five.) * The arrival of the Opera House Hotel in the South Bronx two years ago was a turning point for a poor corner of New York City. But now it’s at the center of the worst outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease in the city’s history, with its water cooling tower one of five that tested positive for the bacteria.* * New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio reassured residents in the South Bronx that the outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease is ending and that it is treatable with antibiotics, NY1reports: * New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio reassured residents in the South Bronx that the outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease is ending and that it is treatable with antibiotics, NY1reports * New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio reassured residents in the South Bronx that the outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease is ending and that it is treatable with antibiotics, NY1reports:   Wednesday Update Bronx hotel blamed for Legionnaires’ blasts de Blasio (NYP) * The Cuomo-de Blasio truce still doesn’t face facts on Legionnaires’ disease (NYP) * Everyone is still getting it wrong on the Legionnaires’ outbreak (NYP) * NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio and Gov. Andrew Cuomo, facing criticism that their political infighting could damage their response to the Legionnaires’ outbreak in the Bronxagreed to craft joint regulations for responding to the disease that has killed 12 and infected more than 100. * Mayor Bill de Blasio and Gov. Andrew Cuomo, facing criticism that their feud could damage their responses to the Legionnaires’ outbreak in the Bronx, agreed to craft joint regulations for responding to the disease, The Wall Street Journal writes:  * The public deserves not just a show of cooperation, but the real thing from Cuomo and de Blasio, so that both men can take a step back to look at what’s truly needed to guard against legionella bacteria,the Post writes:  *Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie said the state Legislature may also want to come up with a plan for combating Legionnaires’ disease, despite the governor and mayor outlining regulatory frameworks, State of Politics reports:   Thursday  South Bronx residents living in a new supportive housing building went from the fears associated with homelessness to fearing that they might come down with Legionnaires’ disease, the Journalreports: Senate Puerto Rican/Latino Caucus Calls For Water Tests Of Legionella (YNN)* In the wake of a Legionnaires’ disease outbreak, the New York City Council passed a bill that will require cooling towers to be registered with the Department of Buildings, the Observer reports: * New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said he believes the city has “contained” the Legionnaires’ outbreak and announced no new patients have tested positive for it since Aug. 3, the Observer reports:  * The state Senate Puerto Rican/Latino Caucus called for hospitals’ water systems to be tested for Legionella bacteria every three months after an outbreak that has led to 12 deaths in New York City, State of Politicsreports:  Friday De Blasio says Legionnaires’ outbreak is contained (NYP) * The NYC Council unanimously passed new regulations to force building owners to register and test their cooling towers, aiming to combat future outbreaks of Legionnaires’ disease. * The legislation was developed by NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio, Gov. Andrew Cuomo and NYC Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, and requires building owners to provide annual certification that their towers have been inspected, tested, cleaned and disinfected. Failing to do so could result in fines or even prison time. * De Blasio maintained that the outbreak, which has that has killed 12 people and sickened 122 others in the South Bronx, has been contained. “The corner has been turned,” he said during an appearance at Lincoln Hospital.Sunday  JUST NOT HACK-ING IT ANYMORE: Yellow cab pickups plummet 10 percent to 77 million in 2015 so far, analysis shows (NYDN) New York City officials said the legionnaires' outbreak that left 12 people dead may be contained, but the number of those infected keeps rising with the total number of infected people in the South Bronx up three to a total of 124*New Yorktaxi pickups have dropped by more than 8 million rides in the first half ofthis year: analysis. (NYDN)*Taxi Medallion Owners, Drivers Protest TLC Over For-Hire Companies (ny1)Monday Order to Clean Towers Strains Crews Amid Legionnaires’ Outbreak in Bronx (NYT) The health department has ordered every building in New York City with a cooling tower to evaluate and disinfect it, prompting frustration and confusion.** As the city and state scrambled to contain the Legionnaires’ disease outbreak in the Bronx, cleanup crews were stretched thin and the effort resulted in confusion and frustration, The New York Times reports:* Mayor Bill de Blasio signed legislation from the New York City Council aimed at preventing future outbreaks of Legionnaires’ disease, requiring that cooling towers be registered and tested, State of Politics reports: 

Will Cuomo Work to Dump de Blasio? Are You Kidding?

He talks bad about us.” *  NO CHEERS FOR BILL: De Blasio booed at Dominican Day Parade for calling the looming deportations of Haitians in June ‘a racist act’ by the country's government(NYDN) * Cuomo and de Blasio marched one block apart in yesterday’s Dominican Day Parade, butreceived very different receptions. The governor was cheered, while the mayor was booed. *  Cuomo Cozies Up To de Blasio Rivals (YNN) Gov. Andrew Cuomo over the weekend received some warm words from New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer. Later today, he will be attending a roundtable discussion with U.S. Rep. Hakeem Jeffries. Both Stringer and Jeffries just happen to be potential mayoral candidates and rivals to the incumbent, Bill de Blasio.* Gov. Andrew Cuomo has received some kind words from New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer and U.S. Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, both of whom are seen as potential challengers to de Blasio in 2017, the State of Politics reports:  * Is de Blasio vulnerable in 2017? (CrainsNY) The key is what Democrats think of him.
Opera House Hotel rips de Blaz admin for leaking legionairres' info to Times. media contact is Michael McKeon, who led GOPers for Cuomo
True News Answer Lovett McKeon is a Partner in Mercury Campaign Consultant Lobbyists who hire Noerdlinger Former Aide to the Mayor's Wife

When Your Moving In to Kill Off A Mayor Team AG Looks A Lot More Sexy to A Warrior
Cuomo and AG Eric Schneiderman huddled with minority lawmakers at the governor’s Midtown Manhattan office yesterday over his recent executive order giving Schneiderman special prosecutor powers in certain police-involved deaths of civilians. *  “There are obvious questions. How does this happen? How does a person arrested for shoplifting wind up dying? Is she was that ill, why was she left in the cell?” Cuomo said ofRaynette Taylor, a Mount Vernon woman who died in police custody. Schneiderman is investigating.

Public Understand that the Taxi Bosses Own City Hall
What About the Real Estate Industry the Mother Load of Campaign Contributors?
Voters think taxi industry had de Blasio in the palm of its hand(NYP) A Quinnipiac poll released Monday found that 65 percent of city voters believe that the mayor and other elected officials who pushed to limit Uber cars were getting their marching orders from yellow-cab interests that contributed big campaign funds. “That argument that curbing Uber would cut traffic congestion? ‘Baloney!’ voters say,” explained Quinnipiac University Poll Assistant Director Maurice Carroll. * Many small, neighborhood car service companies are attempting to adopt to competition from Uber by creating their own apps and offering other tools, The New York Timeswrites:  * Taxi interests edge away from former allies in City Hall (PoliticoNY) * Seven La Guardia cab dispatchers are accused of takingbribes from drivers so they can avoid long wait times  (NYT) * La Guardia taxi dispatchers busted in bribery scheme (NYP) * Seven dispatchers at La Guardia Airport have been arrested and accused of bribery in a scheme that would see cab drivers pay $5 or $10 to skip long wait times to catch a fare, The New York Times writes: * The Post writes that de Blasio and the New York CityCouncil’s efforts to curb the number of e-hail cars operating in the city arefutile, as more companies and more demand for the applications are inevitable:* Why even killing Uber won’t save the yellow-cab industry (NYP Ed) * The taxi app Uber has sent out fliers to New York City voters, reminding them of which pols were on the company’s side during its bruising battle with City Hall — and pointedly thanking elected officials who helped put the brakes on a de Blasio administration proposal to limit service. * New Yorktaxi pickups have dropped by more than 8 million rides in the first half ofthis year: analysis. (NYDN)  Pickups by yellow cabs in Manhattan dropped 10 percent in the first six months of 2015, down to 77 million from the 85.5 million last year at this time, with tax collections dropping 7 percent * Medallion owners aren’t backing down against Uber(NYP) *   The taxi industry is promising there will be hail to pay if the city continues to let Uber drive down the value of medallions. At a rally outside the Taxi and Limousine Commission Sunday, three dozen medallion owners blasted NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio and the TLC for failing to limit new licenses for e-hail companies. *Taxi Medallion Owners, Drivers Protest TLC Over For-Hire Companies (ny1) *  At a rally outside the Taxi & Limousine Commission, three dozen medallion owners called on Mayor Bill de Blasio and the TLC to limit new licenses for e-hail companies, the Post writes: 

Uber's Mailers to Voters Were Meant to Pressure Councilmember That Campaign $$$ Would Target Them if They Blocked Uber
Uber has sent out fliers to New York City voters, reminding them of which pols were on the company’s side during its bruising battle with City Hall, thanking those who helped stop a proposal to limit service, the Daily News writes:

True News Reported During the 2013 Campaign Taxi Industry Gave Big $$$ to de Blasio's 
The mayor raised more than $350,000 from taxi interests, while championing the industry's fight against Mayor Michael Bloomberg's efforts to bring green taxi service to the outer boroughs.   Flashback  on Funding de Blasio Campaign De Blasio Reaps Big Donations From Taxi Industry(NYT) *  De Blasio, a taxi-industry ally, will start by ditching Yassky(Capital*   Analysis: Cab industry donors going strong for de Blasio(Newsday) *  De Blasio Reaps Big Donations From Taxi Industry He Aided ...(NYT)Taxi, Livery Owners Help Fill Candidates' Coffers(WSJ) Cab, Livery Owners Help Fill Coffers of Favorite Candidates 


Big Loses Taxi Lobbyists Like Bolton St Johns' Gikke
Taxi Lobbyists Bolton St. Johns, Inc., Connelly McLaughlin; Davidoff Hutcher & Citron LLP;  Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker, New York Taxi Workers Alliance, Inc., Connective Strategi

How No Ethics Reform Albany Kills Ethics Investigators Moreland JCOPE
JCOPE has always been control by the same people in the same way as those who killed the Moreland Commission   Moreland is Killed Leading to the Federal Arrests of Silver and Skelos
Albany's no-can-do watchdog: The Joint Commissionon Public Ethics needs more than a new director (NYDN Ed) After three and half years of watchdogging Albany — a target-rich environment if there ever was one — the Joint Commission on Public Ethics has failed to sniff out even a single instance of wrongdoing by an elected official.  Now, more of a joke than ever, JCOPE is bickering over hiring practices and job titles.  The public crackup began when departing executive director Letizia Tagliafierro made two hires without consulting the board — drawing a rebuke from four of 14 commissioners in a letter to the Albany Times Union.  At a meeting last week, the dissident faction argued, with some reason, that JCOPE should recruit an executive director from outside the Albany bubble — in contrast to the first two, who had both been aides to Gov. Cuomo. Chairman Daniel Horwitz — a Cuomo appointee — countered that “an understanding of state government is beneficial.” They might as well have been debating the arrangement of deck chairs on the Titanic. JCOPE’s structure is so flawed, so rigged for the benefit of political insiders, that who holds what title hardly matters.  Not when a supposedly independent ethics cop is controlled by appointees of the very politicians it’s tasked with policing. Not when two commissioners on the 14-member board have the power to block probes of the officials who appointed them. Not when those votes, like almost all of the panel’s critical business, are cloaked in utter secrecy. This is why — as federal prosecutors have been picking off crooked pols like so many tin cans on a fence post — JCOPE has come up empty. Yes, the fact that people with ties to Cuomo hold high-ranking staff positions sends an unfortunate message. Yes, bringing in a director with fewer ties would be welcome. But JCOPE needs a lot more than new names on the letterhead.* The Daily News writes that the Joint Commission on PublicEthics, which has failed to bring a single significant finding of corruption, is ineffective because it is controlled by the politicians it investigates:* @ Ravi Batra - Cuomo got favored veto-treatment embedded in PIRA law, and then became the "employer" of JCOPE staff. Gave new jobs for EDs *  The Daily News’ Bill Hammond writes that while the line between corruption and politics is sometimes ill-defined under the law, Albany politicians should know the difference:

de Blasio Doos At Dominican Parade is Having A Bad Spell
De Blasio met with boos at Dominican Day Parade (NYP)  They marched just one block from each other, but the greetings Mayor de Blasio and Gov. Cuomo received at Sunday’s Dominican Day Parade were worlds apart. De Blasio, who slammed the Dominican Republic in June for deporting workers of Haitian descent, strolled along Sixth Avenue to a hail of boos.“No more de Blasio, no more de Blasio!” a crowd chanted. “I’m a citizen and I wouldn’t vote for him,” said Sue Perez, 25, a medical assistant from New Jersey. “ ‘Don’t go to the Dominican,’ he says. He said we don’t like Haitians. He says our country is racist.

NYP and GOP Senate Working Together to Stop de Blasio's Control of the Schools
Bill de Blasio’s sorry stewardship makes the case against mayoral control the schools (NYP Ed)The New York Post’s recent investigation uncovering a widespread grade-fixing scandal in New York City schools is deeply troubling. The findings unearthed an abysmal failure within the system — one that threatens the value of the very education that’s being provided to our kids. The Post did New Yorkers a tremendous service by exposing these misdeeds, and now they must be immediately corrected. As a result of what occurred, everyone — from Mayor de Blasio to Chancellor Carmen Fariña, right on down the line — must be held accountable. * The Post convinced NY that de Blasio shouldn’t be controlling schools (NYP) State legislators are threatening to put an end to Mayor de Blasio’s control of the city’s troubled school system ­after The Post’s exposés of “credit recovery” and grade-fixing abuses. Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan (R-Suffolk) is leading the charge, saying he won’t ­renew “mayoral control” next year without a “thorough review.” Upstate Assemblywoman Jane Corwin (R-Clarence) insisted that even though she supports mayoral control as an option, de Blasio isn’t fit for the task.* Who is Responsiblefor New Yorkers Hate Living In NYC More Than Ever (NYP)  * A federal judge ruled that the new licensing exam for teachers in New York state does not discriminate against minorities, adding that despite some poor scores the test evaluated the skills necessary to do the job, the Times reports:  * * The recent headlines detailing illicit ways New York City schools have pushed students towards graduation has reopened the debate over “credit recovery” programs to help students get back on track, Chalkbeat NY writes: *  Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan writes in the Postthat New York City’s grade-fixing scandal proves the single-year extension of mayoral control, and a thorough review of that arrangement, was the right decision: *  Cyndi Kerr, a top city Department of Education official, was CC’d on an email that included information about plans to graduate 150 failing students through online courses in an apparent violation of the rules,the Post reports: * A test gets passinggrade for finding qualified teachers (NYDN Ed) A federal judge has vindicated New York’s ability to impose rigorous standards, fairly applied, to licensing teachers for public schools. Breathe a great sigh of relief. In a case stretching back nearly 20 years, Manhattan Federal Judge Kimba Wood had barred two previous exams because she found they discriminated against black and Latino teacher applicants. This time, Wood reviewed a new assessment, the Academic Literacy Skills Test, which was developed specifically to measure potential instructors’ capacity for teaching the Common Core curriculum. It was designed, she found, to gauge the literacy skills teachers would have to impart to students. Thus she declared the exam job-related, making the gap between the pass rates of whites, blacks and Hispanics legally irrelevant.* The state Education Department released standardized test questions showing that New York gives some of the most difficult tests in the nation, with some of the questions even stumping parents, the Times writes:  *  The state Education Department released questions from the third- through eighth-grade tests, giving parents a look at the kind of work their children are now expected to do. The school-by-school results from the tests will be announced later this week. * As the start of classes nears, school districts across the state are weighing whether to seek a waiver that could postpone for up to a year the implementation of stringent new teacher evaluation plans.

The Quick Fix Designed to Reduce Neagitive Press Does Not Solve the Problem
How the Council Conspires With de Blasio to Reduce Negative Press Stories At the Expense to Finding Real Solutions to Homelessness, Legionnaires and Grade Fixing, Etc
The de Blasio administration pattern is to offer fixes to problems that come along without allowing the council to investigate what the causes of the problems were and if they fixes are appropriate to solve the problem at hand. This technique limits negative stories epically with a press that will print anything the mayor says without questing content  Since the fixes are not do not get to the causes of the problem they are designed to get the negative stories out of the press.  * De Blasio, Council to announce bill on Legionnaires' disease (Capital) ayor Bill de Blasio and the City Council are expected to introduce legislation this week to help prevent future outbreaks of Legionnaires' disease, after an outbreak in the Bronx has infected at least 81 people and killed at least seven. In a statement Monday evening, de Blasio said the city would take steps to strengthen inspections of building cooling towers where bacteria that causes the disease can appeared. * Fariña Panel of Pal Investigate Grade Fixing Carmen Fariña finally takes action on city’s grade-fixing scandal (NYP)  City’s $22 Million Mental Health Plan Doesn’t QuiteTackle Homelessness as Advertised (NYO) * Officials Expand Efforts to End Legionnaires’ DiseaseOutbreak (NYT)

State is Still Driving Skelos and Son
LOVETT: Sen. Dean Skelos still receives state car despite federal corruption charges — 'What does one have to do to be stripped of the perks of office?'  (NYDN) Though driven from his majority leadership post after being hit with federal corruption charges, state Sen. Dean Skelos still continues to enjoy the perk of a state car.

Councilman Rodriquez Guilty of Inappropriately "Touching Staffer"
Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez Guilty of Inappropriately 'Touching' Staffer, Committee Says (DNAINFO) CITY HALL — After eight hours of deliberation Wednesday a City Council ethics committee decided Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez was guilty of inappropriately touching a staffer and unanimously recommended that he be suspended as chair of the Higher Education Committee.
Rodriguez, Councilman for Inwood and Washington Heights, had been accused of "poking" an unidentified female Council staffer "between the throat and upper chest" during a heated argument at a budget discussion on June 25.


High Rents and Gentrification Killing Bodegas and Mom and Pops Stores 
City Council Controlled By Developer Lobbyists and Campaign $$$ Looks the Other Way
Bodegas Declining in Manhattan as Rents Rise and Chains Grow (NYT) The corner stores that are a ubiquitous part of life in the city are struggling to survive, especially in Upper Manhattan.  The Bodega Association of the United States said about 75 corner stores have closed this year in upper Manhattan as commercial rents rise and chain stores expand in some neighborhoods  * Similarly, self-service laundromats seem to be vanishing in some New York City neighborhoods, which one City Councilwoman’s office described as a quality of life issue for seniors, the Journal reports:   * * City Councilman Ritchie Torres does not intend to support a project that would convert vacant Fordham library space into artists’ studios and rehearsal space, saying it could precipitate gentrification in his Bronx district, the Observer reports:   * A love letter, in photos, to New York City’s vanishing mom-and-pop shops (New Yorker) “Analogue,” Zoe Leonard’s epic yet intimate sequence of photographs, now installed in MOMA’s atrium, is a story of two vanishing worlds. The first is the mom-and-pop commerce of the Lower East Side and Williamsburg, now steamrolled by gentrification.

Health Inspectors Busy With Ticketing Dogs No Time For Legionnaires Inspections Over the Years 
Add Legionnaires'outbreak to slew of responsibilities for overworked city health inspectors(NYDN)  The city has never inspected the cooling towers suspected of causing the deadly Legionnaires’ disease outbreak, but inspectors did manage to go after a Staten Island pooch who hopped the fence and got caught without a tag. And inspectors made a point of slapping a Manhattan octogenerian with a $250 fine when she couldn’t prove her aging white-and-tan mutt, Sunshine, had her rabies shot. How the Health Department will handle adding cooling towers to its long to-do list remains to be seen. Last week, Mayor de Blasio admitted the city didn’t know the locations of cooling towers, nor did it inspect them. He promised by week’s end to draft legislation to make building owners register the towers and have the city begin inspecting all of them. By Saturday the legislation was still being drafted, and no one could say how many more inspectors will be needed to take on the new task. The law is expected to be introduced on Wednesday.*De Blasio fires back at Cuomo as inspectors continue searchfor Legionnaires' disease bacteria in Bronx  * Even though the outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease in the Bronx seems to be waning with the number of diagnosed patients plateauing, city and state officials are stepping up efforts to stop its spread, The New York Times reports:   * New legislation is expected to be introduced Wednesday in New York City requiring cooling tower inspections in response to the Legionnaires’ outbreak, adding tasks for health inspectors already stretched thin, the Daily News writes: 

NY1's Sheinkopf, D'amato and Others Lobbyists "Guests?" Strengthens Shadow Government Control of NY 
NY1 Functions As the Head Quarters and Client Interview Agency For Shadow Government Lobbyists

10 Question NY1 Has Never Asks Their Guests Sheinkopf's About His Shadow Govt Activities: 
1.  How Many Times Did Sheinkopf took the 5th when asked questions by the NY former state Inspector General Joseph Fisch about the AEG scandal? More 
2.  Did Sheinkopf Say Andrew Cuomo is "willing to say anything, do anything -- including distorting the facts -- to win election.''  (link
3.  Lobbyists Consultant Lobbyist Sheinkopf Bags $125,000 From GOP Assembly Candidate Who Received 10% of the Vote, While Serving On the Democratic Committee? More
4.  Did Sheinkopf Ever Lobby for the Catholic League to Block Laws Protecting Children from Sex Abuse From Passing In Albany? More
5.  Did Sheinkopf Ever Work for or for A Group Trying to Protect An Accused Molesters or Sex Offender From New Square? More
6.  Did Speaker Silver solicited “campaign dough” from Hank Sheinkopf, a friend who was lobbying for the company, the Aqueduct Entertainment Group More 
7.  Did Sheinkopf Say "If Only Thompson Would Have Let Me Run the Campaign We Would Have Won" More 
8. Was Sheinkopf Ever Interviews By the FBI? More 
9.  With 30 Plus Years of Political Experience Why Did Your NYCLASS Mailing Fail So Badly? More
10. Did Your Partners Ever Get Pension Contracts When You Were Working For Controller Thompson? More

NY1 Online: Political Strategists Preview Republican Presidential Debate (NY1) Errol Louis previewed Thursday’s Republican presidential debate with veteran political strategists Hank Sheinkopf and Tom Doherty. * NY1 Online: Political Experts Discuss 2016 Presidential Landscape (NY1) Errol Louis took a closer look at the growing field of presidential candidates with Christina Greer of Fordham University and veteran political consultant Hank Sheinkopf. * Political Consultant Breaks Down Grimm/Recchia Ads (NY1) NY1's Bree Driscoll sits down with political consultant Hank Sheinkopf to break down some of the political ads running in this race for Congress between Rep. Michael Grimm and former City Councilman Domenic Recchia. * NY1 Online: Strategists Speak About Weiner's Possible Return (NY1)  The Road to City Hall's Josh Robin discussed the possible political return of Anthony Weiner with Republican strategist Roger Stone and Democrat Hank Sheinkopf. * NY1 Online: Democratic Strategist Hank Sheinkopf On  Democratic strategist Hank Sheinkopf discusses the week's top political stories on Thursday's edition of "Inside City Hall."
NY1 and Their Corrupt Lobbyists Wise Guys
NY1 Berlin Rosen and the Wiseguys Lobbyists
Corrupt Hank Sheinkopf Consultant Lobbyists
Wiseguy Lobbyists Al D'Amato

Is Bratton Done With the de Blasio? 
Bratton is done with this amateur administration  (NYP) Is Bill Bratton eyeing an exit? If so, who can blame him. Forty-five years a cop, a motive force in Rudy Giuliani’s reclamation of New York City’s streets 20 years...* NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton seems to be frustrated with the de Blasio administration, as evidenced by his comments to City & State that he is not going to be with the mayor through a second term, the Post’s BobMcManus writes: * Bratton says cops are focused on quality-of-life crime spike (NYP)

2nd Deadly Shooting In Housing Project In Less Than A Week
Brooklyn housing project has 2nd fatal shooting in less than a week (NYP)  A man was fatally shot and another wounded when bullets started flying at a Brooklyn housing project Friday night, cops said. Bruce Donovan, 23, was found with wounds in his legs and torso around 6:30 p.m. in front of 5806 Farragut Road in the Glenwood Houses in Canarsie.  * NYC: Popular retire#nypd chief to takeover public safety for #Nycha public housing.  @DeanMeminger reports Sunday Eight shot, one fatally, across Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens over a six hour span Saturday night (NYDN) * 9 shot in 6 hours in Manhattan,Brooklyn, Queens 

de Blasio Says Legionnaires Historic Perfect Storm But the Storm is His Administration 
The NYT to protect the mayor buried that fact that the mayor's top aide said the mayor's chief spokeswoman does not speak for the administration. That is the lead meant to cover-up scandal, the Times buried. Wow

Late Friday night, Phil Walzak, a senior adviser to the mayor, said Ms. Hinton’s remarks regarding the state’s performance did not reflect the views of the de Blasio administration. Ms. Hinton staunchly defended the city’s performance, noting that the majority of the approximately 540 cases of Legionnaires’ disease diagnosed in New York State each year are found outside New York City. “People have written about the city’s performance, but what about the state’s performance?” she said. * NYT Does Not Question Who Does the Mayor's Spokesperson Speak For? Legionnaires Cover-U * 'I'm not going to leave it to cities’: Andrew Cuomo announces state laws to fight Legionnaires’ disease (NYDN) 

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio fired back Saturday at his frenemy Gov. Andrew Cuomo, as a brigade of state and city inspectors scoured the Bronx for signs of the lethal Legionnaires’ disease bacteria. “I can say something very simply,” the mayor said. “We took charge on day one, we took matters into our own hands, and that’s why the situation is changing.” * Cuomo promised to take state action to regulate cooling towers, after an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease in the South Bronx that has killed ten people and infected at least 100. “This is a disease that tends to repeat itself and at the end of this, I’m going to have reforms for a statewide system that changes everything,” he told reporters. Monday A shocker. City never inspected S. Bx school where teacherdied of Legionnnaires' April 30 (SNAINFO)* The Death toll rose to 12 in the New York City Legionnaires’ disease outbreak and two more sites have tested positive for the bacteria, although no new cases have been reported since Aug. 3, The WallStreet Journal reports: *  Cuomo and de Blasio Offer Differing Answers toLegionnaires’ Disease Crisis  (NYO)  

Cuomo: “We’re Taking Matters into Our Own Hands”
Since the city learned of the outbreak in late July, health officials investigated the area, eventually narrowing in on five water-cooling towers in the South Bronx that were found to have the legionella bacteria. On Thursday, city health officials issued an order requiring buildings with the towers to inspect and clean them within two weeks. That, apparently, was not sufficient for the state. On Friday, state health officials convened a meeting and news conference with investigators from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, at the Manhattan office of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo. The governor said he requested the federal investigators after he received a call from the Bronx borough president, Ruben Diaz Jr., asking for help. “We’re taking matters into our own hands,” Mr. Cuomo said in an interview Friday on NY1. De Blasio blames Legionnaires’ outbreak on ‘perfect storm’ (NYP) * One dead, another injured after gunfire erupts at Brooklyn barbecue: police sources (NYDN) * The Bronx is furious over city’s slow response to Legionnaire’s(NYP Ed) * Cuomo cleans up for de Blasio again in Legionnaire’s outbreak (NYP Ed) * OP-ED/ Michael Benjamin, @SquarePegDemThe Bronx is furiousover city’s slow response to Legionnaire’s (NYP) * * The Post argues that Mayor Bill de Blasio’s plan to combat the Legionnaire’s outbreak through rapid decontamination is “too much, too late—after weeks of too little,” and only came after Cuomo got involved:  Update  @AP: five more Bronx buildings test positive for Legionnaires butofficials say they haven't infected anyone  * Legionnaires' Response Appears to Have Caused Turf Battle Between Mayor, Governor (NY1)
War: de Blasio vs Cuomo

Will Those Who Organized the $15Hr Campaign Help Workers Who Lose Job to ATM Order Takers? 
Another Historical Progressive Win for the Mayor McDonal's Jobs Below $15 Being Replaced by ATM Type Order Takers

McDonald's shoots down fears it is planning to replace cashiers with kiosks (Yahoo) McDonald's is rolling out self-service kiosks in restaurants across the US that allow customers...* Cuomo’s push for a $15 minimum wage for fast food workers using a state wage board could create an opportunity for Republicans if they have the patience to explain the unintended consequences, Nicole Gelinas writesin the Post:  * Cuomo Renews Minimum Wage, Labor Protections Push (YNN) * The Journal writes that progressive lawmakers pattingthemselves on the back for raising the minimum wage should consider the people who will be out of a job as a result of the hike:

Cuomo Send $$$ Not A Loan for Hudson Tunnels 
Cuomo Protects Presidential Candidate Christie From Obama Trap
Cuomo Rejects Federal Offer to Lend Money for New Hudson River Tunnels (NYT) A loan to build the tunnels, estimated to cost billions, was “not viable,” Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said, urging the government to get money from the Obama administration or Congress.  In a letter to U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the offer of a loan to build train tunnels under the Hudson River was not viable, and asked for funding from Congress directly, *Two weeks after President Obama’s transportation secretary sent a letter to Governors Chris Christie and Cuomo asking them to meet about building a new cross-Hudson rail tunnel to replace the one now falling apart, Cuomo told reporters: “There’s no reason to meet now.”

Malcolm Smith Bribe Deal Mayor Will Follow Him to Jail

Former Rockland County mayor sentenced for taking bribes (NYDN) The former mayor of a Rockland County town was sentenced to four years in federal lockup on Friday after getting caught up in the same sting operation that took down now-former state Senator Malcolm Smith. "By abusing her position as mayor for her own personal gain, Noramie Jasmin betrayed the trust the people of Spring Valley put in her," Manhattan US Attorney Preet Bharara said after her sentencing in White Plains. The same undercover fed who posed as a real estate developer in Jasmin's case helped snare the once-powerful Smith for offering bribes to get on the GOP line for the NYC mayor's race. More in New York State Corruption (and more) convictions in the lower Hudson Valley

SChumer's Iran Vote
Schumer follows his conscience with costly ‘nay’ vote on Iran deal (NYP Ed) * Editorial: Schumer stands tall  (NYDN Ed) * The Daily News writes that U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer is standing tall in his opposition to the Iran nuclear sanctions deal, bolstering his credibility with his point-by-point analysis, and that his stance can lead the way for Congress to oppose the deal:

Chuck Schumer to reject Obama’s Iran deal (NYP)
Sen. Chuck Schumer announces he opposes Iran nucleardeal (NYDN) * Schumer Says He Will Oppose Iran Nuclear Deal (NYT) * Sen. Chuck Schumer announces opposition to Iran nuclear deal as several fellow Democrats voice support for accord (NYDN)* U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer said he will oppose the president’s proposed nuclear agreement with Iran, which underscores a divide seen in regions with significant Jewish constituencies, The Wall Street Journalreports:  * The Post publishesan excerpt from Schumer’s statement detailing why he will oppose the proposed agreement with Iran because it with comes with too large of a risk that Iran will use it to pursue nefarious goals:* Senator Schumer's Opposition to Iran Deal Gets Mixed Response(NY1)   After U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer announced he would vote against President Barack Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran, his decision got mixed reviews back home near his Park Slope residence, NY1reports:   Tuesday US Sen. Chuck Schumer, who has been keeping a relatively low profile after saying he would vote against President Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran, will be basking in the bright lights of Broadway when a new video billboard thanking him goes live in Times Square.*   Instead of Congress’ approving the nuclear deal, Schumer believes it’s better to keep and strengthen US sanctions on Iran, enforce secondary sanctions on other nations and return to the negotiating table. “The alternative does not have to be war,” he said. “It could be increased negotiations, as difficult as they are.” * Secretary of State John Kerry said Schumer and other opponents of the Iran nuclear deal are mistaken to think the US can broker a better agreement.* D’Amato Praises Schumer For Iran Stance(YNN)

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) 

de Blasio's Leading From Behind: Public Hospital Crisis
Paging Doctor deBlasio: New York City'sHealth and Hospitals Corp. needs emergency care from the mayor (NYDN) The city’s top doctor on Tuesday pronounced the municipal hospitals in critical financial condition — and says New Yorkers will have to step up to save them. Are you ready to pitch in? Mayor de Blasio hasn’t been. Fifteen months into his term, it suddenly dawns that the Health and Hospitals Corp.’s 11 major medical centers are hemorrhaging hundreds of millions of dollars a year. Without radical treatment, they are terminal. Landmark institutions like Bellevue, Kings County, North Central Bronx and Elmhurst Medical Center face dire futures thanks to accelerating changes in the health-care marketplace, including Obamacare. Yet the mayor has raised no warnings about the looming crisis, let alone offered a vision for maintaining the nation’s largest public health-care system.
More On Hospital Closing and Problems

Poll de Blasio Losing to Cuomo in the City, Quality of Life Falls
The Bronx Manhattan have turned against BdB in this Q-poll
Q-Poll: NYC VotersGive Higher Marks To Cuomo Over de Blasio (YNN) New York City voters give Gov. Andrew Cuomo a higher job approval rating than Mayor Bill de Blasio, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released on Wednesday that also found the first-term mayor may have a difficult path to re-election. The poll found voters approve of the job Cuomo is doing by a margin of 58 percent to 36 percent, up from a June survey that showed his approval numbers at 52 percent to 29 percent. The mayor, meanwhile, scores an approval rating of 44 percent, with 44 percent equally disapproving of his job performance. Democratic Comptroller Scott Stringer, who is believed to be a potential candidate for mayor at some point, has an approval rating of 54 percent, compared to 21 percent who disapprove. De Blasio, who was first elected in 2013 in a landslide, faces skepticism from voters as to whether he should be re-elected: 47 percent believe he does not, while only 41 percent back the mayor for a second term. * More Voters Than Ever Disapprove of Bill de Blasio Read moreat: (NYO)  Poll   * A new Quinnipiac poll shows New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio falling to the lowest approval rating of his tenure, while Gov. Andrew Cuomo performed somewhat better, The New York Time reports:   * Mayor's officeaccuses Cuomo admin of dodging questions, hogging spotlight. Gov's office says"soap opera is over." * Is Quinnipiac Undercounting Democrats in Their Bill deBlasio Polls? | Observer

Who is Responsible for New Yorkers Hate Living In NYC More Than Ever?
New Yorkers hateliving in the city more than ever, a new poll shows. (NYDN) Only 33% of voters say that quality of life in the city is “very good” or “good,” the Quinnipiac Poll released Thursday found - the lowest number ever recorded by the poll, which has been asking the question since 1997. The poll also found that 46% of New Yorkers say crime is a “very serious” problem in the city — an all-time high for that stat. “The quality of life in New York City isn’t good and it’s getting worse, many voters think,” said Quinnipiac University Poll Assistant Director Maurice Carroll. *  The Daily News writes that if de Blasio was going to getinto a fight with Cuomo, he should have been prepared with a number of powerfulallies and a longer track record of getting things done: * Mayor de Blasio’s approval ratings have hit a low point (NYT) * HOW LOW CAN HE GO? Voters give Bill de Blasio his worst marks ever in latest Quinnipiac University poll (NYDN) 'As voters get to know Mayor de Blasio better, they like himless.' (NYDN) * 33% of NYC voters say quality of life is good or very good -- lowest number ever measured: 

The Daily News writes that de Blasio’s lowest favorability ratings yet show he is reaping the gloom he has sowed by lamenting about what is unfair in New York City without effectively delivering remedies
@ QuinnipiacPoll * tenure,according to a new Q poll, placing his popularity with New York City voters well behind that of Gov. Andrew Cuomo — his counterpart in a protracted municipal feud. * Part of the de Blasio administration’s plan involves locating homeless people who have shown violent tendencies and pushing them toward mental-health care. This comes as the mayor is under increasing fire for an apparently growing population of people living on the streets and after several attacks that have rattled the city. * Mayor Bill de Blasio's real poll problem (CrainsNY) The strong economy should be boosting his approval rating. * A Quinnipiac poll found just 33 percent of New York City voters think their quality of life is “good” or “very good,” 46 percent say crime is a “very serious” problem, the Daily News writes: * * In a profile in the Observer, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. was coy about any future run for mayor, although he spoke about a number of transformative projects he hopes will change the perception of the borough: * Mayor de Blasio doesn't care about his declining pollnumbers.  * White and black voters were widely split on the mayor, with 64% of blacks approving the mayor’s performance and 59% of whites disapproving. Just 40% approved of the mayor’s handling of crime and only 36% approved his handling of the NYPD, with an all-time high of 46% saying crime is a “very serious” problem in the city. Voters are tuning out statistics showing that crime remains at or near record lows, no doubt because of de Blasio’s rocky relationship with cops. Meantime, 53% of voters reported seeing more homeless on the street; 49% reported encountering more panhandling. They seem to be asking: Where’s Rudy Giuliani when we need him? Last, by a wide margin, New Yorkers believe that de Blasio turned his attention from basic mayoral duties as he has engaged in national issues. * A Summer Of Discontent For New York City (YNN) * De Blasio the Bungler (Manhattan Institute)  New York City’s progressive mayor loses more often than he wins.

de Blasio Leading From Behind  
Every Time the Media Exposes A Problem, Homeless, Mental Health, Grade Fixing, NYCHA Mess the Mayor Comes Up With A Plan to Fix It
Monday A New York City data engineer has created an app that allows users to take photos of homeless people and upload them onto a map, which he believes could be useful to city officials, the Post reports:

De Blasio, Facing Criticism, Is Taking On Homelessness With $22 Million Initiative (NYT) For Mayor Bill de Blasio, who has staked his administration on battling inequality, dealing with what seems to be a growing homelessness problem is as much about social reform as political survival. * Rent subsidies for needy families up 50 percent under de Blasio (NYP) * With city falling apart, de Blasio nowhere to be found (NYP) Mayor de Blasio abruptly canceled a major policy announcement Wednesday on the city’s new plan for dealing with the homeless, amid questions about his administration’s handling of grade-fixing in public schools, a Legionnaire’s disease outbreak in The Bronx, and an uptick in the murder rate. Hours later, he also suddenly pulled out of an appearance before the ADA Sapolin Awards to honor those helping the disabled. The first event — which was to include details about moving homeless people into mental-health facilities — was postponed at around 10 a.m., just a few hours before two media briefings. “We need to finalize an aspect of the policy. We are rescheduling for Thursday, time, TBD. Sorry for the late notice,” said the mayor’s spokeswoman, Karen Hinton, in an e-mail to the press. When asked what “aspect” needed more work, she declined to elaborate.*  New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is expected to unveil a plan to try to move homeless people who have shown violent tendencies in shelters and on the streets toward mental health care, The Wall Street Journalreports:  * New York City Initiative Aims to Help Violence-Prone Mentally Ill People (NYT)  Friday De Blasio puts health workers on watch for mentally ill (NYP)* City’s $22 MillionMental Health Plan Doesn’t Quite Tackle Homelessness as Advertised (NYO) Sunday  De Blasio demonstrated a stroke of sanity in pushing for a new policy to treat severe mental illness in those disposed to violence through his new NYC Safe plan, including mandating treatment by court order, the DailyNews writes: 

How Many Homeless Plans Has de Blasio Had So Far 19 Months in Office
Groundhog Day: New Homeless Plan New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is expected to unveil a plan today to address homelessness and move mentally ill people from the streets into housing and supportive facilities, The Wall Street Journalreports:  Groundhog Day NYCHA Plan New York City officials directed nearly $80 million toward upgrading lights at 15 public housing developments flagged for high crime rates, but some developments that need it most are in the dark, the Daily News reports:  Homeless and Crime Bratton Says Homelessness Is Fueling Perception of aCrime Spike (NYO)  After announcement of a plan for handling New York City’s homeless and mentally ill was pushed back to Thursday, Police Commissioner Bill Bratton said an increase in homelessness is fueling perception of a crime spike  Bratton Bill Bratton thinksmore New Yorkers should be in jail (Gawker) * NYPD head Bill Bratton opposes letting more people out ofjail: (NYDN) * NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton speaks out against cuttingjail population: Thousands of criminals ‘have no values, no respect for humanlife’ (NYDN) * A report from the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene shows that city officials are prioritizing treatment of less-severe mental-health cases at the expense of more severe, potentially violent cases, City Journal writes: 
How Team de Blasio (Berlin Rosen) Tried to Blame Homelessnessand the NYCHA Mess On Cuomo 

State Education Dept Using Three little Pig to Go After de Blasio
War: Cuomo vs de Blasio the Education Battle
The city thinks ‘The Three Little Pigs’ is a book for high schoolers (NYP) State officials uncovered astonishing evidence that city high-school diplomas are worthless — a Manhattan classroom of 11th-graders reading “The Three Little Pigs,” The Post has learned. The report from the state Education Department says the classic children’s fairy tale was just one of several ridiculously easy reading assignments uncovered at Landmark HS this year.* Three Little Pigs’ — a fairy-tale nightmare for NYC schools (NYP Ed) It’s worse than we thought: Auditors found kids reading “The Three Little Pigs” in an 11th-grade class at a city school. Forget “To Kill a Mockingbird” or other high-school classics. These high-school juniors at Manhattan’s Landmark HS were reading the 1st-grade fable as class work. The school’s principal says it was just a five-minute “exercise” for “a discussion on bias and point of view.” Bias against the wolf? In fact, the State Education Department team saw otherwise. The group “observed a variety of text and materials” in classrooms, said the report. “Some [texts] were low-level . . . For example, ‘The Three Little Pigs’ story was read round-robin style,” suggesting “limited student access in this class to grade-level text.” * The Post writes that the state legislature may be the onlyhope for improving long-struggling New York City schools because de Blasio and city Schools Chancellor Carmen Fraina are working to hide the truth: 

Bigfoot Cuomo de Blasio War the Legionnaires Battle
Cuomo calls in CDC for Legionnaires’ help(NYP) *  Cuomo uses Legionnaires Disease to bigfoot de Blasio (NYDN) Cuomo unveiled a state plan to deal with the spate of Legionnaires cases in the Bronx that includes calling in a Centers for Disease Control team, a move that bigfoots de Blasio * Meanwhile, a 36-year-old man being treated for the disease at Harlem Hospital is expected to be the first of 100 Legionnaires’ disease victims to file a notice of claim against the city, the Daily News reports:   * Bronx dad stricken with Legionnaires’ diseaseplans to file notice of claim against NYC as families of other victims speak out(NYDN) * The Times writesthat it’s dismaying how sluggish the city was in responding to theLegionnaires’ disease outbreak, but after Thursday’s action, other state’sshould consider acting as New Yorkhas: 

NYC doesn’t know how many cooling towers there are after 10 die from Legionnaires’ disease
Thursday Now 10 dead, 100 sickened amid unprecedented #Legionnaires' disease outbreak in NYC, officials say (WNBC)
Even as cases of Legionnaire’s disease have increased across the nation, and experts have called for more safeguards, New York City has done little to address the risks water-cooling towers pose as prime breeding grounds for the illness while they power air-conditioning systems in many large buildings. * De Blasio is crafting his own downfall (NYP) Mayor Putz is getting whacked like a ­piñata, and he always seems surprised. One day, it’s murder mayhem, then an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease, then a cheating scandal in the schools. Some days, like yesterday, it’s an avalanche. As one teacher told The Post, “The state, the city, the mayor, the chancellor all look good with an inflated passing rate.”* THE KILLERS IN THE MIST: De Blasio announces new legislation to identify, inspect buildings with cooling towers as 86 cases of Legionnaires’ disease are confirmed in South Bronx (NYDN)  Some experts are questioning why New York City officials didn’t get on-the-ground assistance containing the Legionnaires’ disease outbreak from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention * Editorial: They missed the Legionnaires mist (NYDN Ed) * The Daily News writes that de Blasio was caught “way behind the curve” on preventing Legionnaires disease and must get a grip on the scope and danger of the illness before more die from it: * The city's Office of Emergency Management rolled out itsmobile office to the Bronx amid a Legionnaires'outbreak: (NY1) Thursday The death toll rose to eight in the outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease in the South Bronx, with the total number of people who contracted the bacterial infection also increasing to 97, the Journal reports: * * Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. criticized Mayor Bill de Blasio’s health commissioner for not enlisting the federal government’s assistance in combating the outbreak of Legionnaire’s Disease, theObserver reports: * The family of a Bronx teacher who died in April of Legionnaire’s disease said he could have been the “canary in the coal mine” for the outbreak, but the city “ignored” his death.

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.*  The Times writes that the city has been paying too littleto support the MTA system’s capital needs, but that the city and state must sit down and sort out the agency’s budget without their respective executives feuding: * MTA Chief: NYC must pay fare share for MTAupgrades  * Who Will Fund the M.T.A.? (NYT Ed) The state and the city should seize this moment to find more lasting ways to sustain and upgrade the system. * MTA Chairman Tom Prendergast writes in Newsday that it is only fair for New York City to contribute more to the public transit system, noting that the state took on a larger role amid the 1970s fiscal crisis: 
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: 
Taxi Vs Uber Now on Uber’s behalf, Bloomberg veterans continue taxi fight (NYDN) * Q-Poll: Voters Back Uber, Walmart(YNN) *  most think pols trying to limit @uber’s size be of "donations from theyellow cab industry” 
Affordable Housing De Blasio administration shifts stance on housing subsidies(Crains) The mayor's office will allow double-dipping in an effort to achieve deeper affordability.  n a change from last year, the de Blasio administration will let some residential developers double or even triple-dip into subsidy pools by using the same group of affordable apartments to qualify for a variety of programs—a practice it initially pledged to eliminate. * No consensus on de Blasio’s latest affordable housing plan (Capital)

Anyone Notice the Media, Public and Feds Cannot Force Albany to Adopt Ethics or Campaign Finance Reforms

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.* "If the Senate flips, it is all but certain that Senateleadership would be from NYC..." via @AlbanyBizReview

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 CityQueens, 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:

Shooting Continue Monday Pregnant Woman Baby Shot Clings to Life
Tuesday Update Five wounded in Brooklyn drive-by shooting (NYP)  * BULLETS RAIN BLOODY HELL: Violent weekend spills into Monday after 5 people are shot in Brooklyn drive-by — NYPD says not to panic about apparent spike in crime (NYDN) * Pregnant woman, 19, clings to life after losing baby in Brooklyn drive-by shooting that wounded 4 others (NYDN) * A shooting in Brooklyn onMonday wounded five, including a pregnant woman whose unborn child later died:  (NYT) * Pregnant teen loses unborn child after drive-by shooting (NYP) * De Blasio: ‘Stop the hysteria’ on crime stories (Capital)

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:  * Despite a wild burst of gunfire that wounded nine people at a party in Brooklyn this weekend, the number of shootings across New York City was sharply lower last week compared with the same week in 2014.

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

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.* Dozens of tax-exempt “charitable” groups have steered thousands of dollars to candidates for public office or to political parties, a NY Post review of Board of Elections filingsreveals.

Albany Continues Pork By Renaming It "District Allocations"
Sneaking corrupt pork back into state politics (NYP) Democratic Speaker Carl Heastie has agreed to allow each Republican Assembly member to receive $125,000 of pork, known officially as “district allocations” and “district capital allocations.” The funds can be doled out to institutions and projects in the member’s district. It’ll cost taxpayers about $5 million. The Democrats, however, will spend a whole lot more. And both sides exploit a loophole to do it. The allocations come from money that was previously budgeted but never spent, and are often siphoned through the Dormitory Authority, thanks to an arrangement by former Speaker Sheldon Silver (D-Manhattan).* Assemblyman Kieran Michael Lalor writes in the Post thathis Republican colleagues should pass up Speaker Carl Heastie’s offer to give each of them $125,000 in pork to spend on projects in their district: Cuomo Falls In Love Again With Pork The Daily News’ Bill Hammond writes Cuomo used to take aharder line against pork, but he now presides over a $1.1 billion slush fund, which benefited a CBS studio among other pet projects: *   * State lawmakers quietly stashed away $1.2 billion for pet projects and are starting to spend it on 588 projects across the state, using about $187 million of the funds, according to a report from the Empire Center, Gannett Albany writes:

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:  *Editorial: Eric’s burden (NYDN Ed)

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.

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. * $48M in punitive damages awarded to families of 2 who died in crane collapse (NYP)  * Jury Awards Another $48 Million to Families of 2008 Crane Collapse Victims (NYT)A jury in Manhattan awarded punitive damages on top of the $48.3 million given last week for 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: 

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

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

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)

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

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

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

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.

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

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:

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)
More on Extell and the Poor Door

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

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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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:

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: 
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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)

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.

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.

Rangel Seat 

Harlem Sen. Bill Perkins intends to seek the seat of retiring Rep. Charles Rangel next year—making him the fifth contender to declare his intention to run, the Observer reports:

Barron Thinking About Replacing Sampson Forcing Perry Into the Race

* Assemblywoman Roxanne Persaud will be the Brooklyn Democratic Party’s pick to replace disgraced former state Sen. John Sampson, effectively amounting to a general election victory in the heavily Democratic district, the Observer reports: 

Assemblyman CharlesBarron Will Not Run for State Senate—for Now (NYO)  Brooklyn Assemblyman Charles Barron said he would not run in a special election for the state Senate seat left vacant in July after the conviction of former state Sen. John Sampson, but left the option open in 2016  

* 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

NYC Council candidate Rebecca Lynch admitted that many people in the eastern Queens district she hopes to represent feel that her former employer, NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio, “does not care” about their issues—though she argued that sentiment predates the current mayor.

* State Sen. Tony Avella endorsed Satnam Singh Parhar, a businessman and civil leader viewed as a long-shot candidate for the New York City Council seat vacated by Mark Weprin, the Observer reports

* State Sen. Jose Peralta and Assemblyman Francisco Moya, both from western Queens, announced they are supporting Barry Grodenchik’s campaign to replace former Councilman Mark Weprin, the Observer writes:

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:  * Progressive Pols Will Hold Plaza Hotel Fundraiser forRebecca Lynch (NYO)

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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