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      This new daily newsletter from City Hall has good info.

      Today; Mulgrew press conf at PS1 in Manhattan on effects of budget cuts. 

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      From: "City Hall & The Capitol" <cityhall@...>
      Date: Nov 1, 2011 6:37 AM
      Subject: CITY & STATE FIRST READ - NOV. !, 2011
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      City & State First Read

      The New York morning roundup from City Hall and The Capitol

      FRIDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2011

      Send tips, birthdays and schedules to editor@...

       WEATHER: Partly cloudy. New York City, high 54; Albany, high 48.

      TROUBLE AHEAD FOR PENSION REFORM PLAN? The head of Teamsters Local 237 is upset he and other labor leaders weren’t consulted before the mayor and comptroller unveiled their pension reform plan last week, and is questioning whether it will be good for his members: http://bit.ly/tYWAA3


      MEDICAID SETTLEMENT DOESN’T SETTLE EVERYTHING: New York City agreed to pay $70 million last night to settle Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara’s claims of longstanding Medicaid fraud in personal care services payments, but that didn’t end the sniping from the city’s top lawyer: http://bit.ly/t5245A



      * An Independent Budget Office report requested by Public Advocate Bill de Blasio shows the city’s Economic Development Corporation may do little to create or retain jobs in the city, despite more than $898 million in grants funding to do so, the Wall Street Journal writes: http://on.wsj.com/uEez79

      * New York State Election Board officials are fighting back against the Justice Department’s effort to move the state’s primary date from September to an earlier date, although an earlier primary would avoid ballots being mailed too late for counting, the Journal says: http://on.wsj.com/u9xCNs

      * The property tax-cap is working in about 85 percent of the state’s municipalities, according to early numbers provided to the State Comptroller, the Times-Union writes: http://bit.ly/v93th8

      * The city is looking at establishing residential parking permits in response to concerns that the new Barclays Center in Prospect Heights will bring a swarm of cars to the neighborhood, the Post says: http://nyp.st/sPcT0N

      * Some state Senate Republicans are giving pay raises to their staffers, even as unionized state workers are under pay freezes, the New York Post has learned: http://nyp.st/uWqdBl

      * City Comptroller John Liu must pay more than $500,000 in illegal signage fines he owes from the 2009 election, an Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings ruled yesterday, the Post notes: http://nyp.st/snJTp5

      * Trick-or-treaters who rang the bell at Bloomberg’s Upper East Side town house got a rude surprise: no more full-size candybars: http://nyti.ms/sYKlpq



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      * The Times calls NYPD officers who protested arrests in ticket-fixing scandal “thuggish,” and calls on Commissioner Ray Kelly to change the department’s culture: http://nyti.ms/uZRP0a

      * The Times urges Mayor Michael Bloomberg to end the city’s practice of requiring food-stamp recipients be fingerprinted, saying the practice discourages people from applying for help: http://nyti.ms/vdj64x

      * New York state’s fear of a labor strike is what’s helping drive costs up at the scandal-scarred LIRR, Nicole Gelinas writes in the Post: http://nyp.st/uUPlD6

      * The Daily News calls the ruling holding City Comptroller John Liu liable for his signage violations “common sense” and urges Liu to pay up: http://nydn.us/rAeKbs



      * Giving away $1 billion is harder than it looks. The state’s computer servers crashed yesterday under the strain of processing applications from the 10 regional economic development councils for $1 billion in state funding, prompting a 24-hour extension of the deadline. Applications are now due at 4 p.m. today, so sharpen those pencils.

      * After running an under-the-radar campaign for Staten Island District Attorney, Democrat Michael Ryan thinks he has finally found a wedge issue against popular Republican incumbent Dan Donovan. A little more than two weeks ago, Donovan received the endorsements of Curtis Sliwa, the conservative Guardian Angels founder and radio personality, and Ron Kuby, the eccentric First Amendment lawyer, who has hosted a radio show with Sliwa. Since then, Ryan says he has been deluged with complaints from people in law enforcement about Kuby, who has made a career of defending reviled mobsters and killers. "I think personally it's beyond outrageous that the top law enforcement officer would take an endorsement from someone like that," said Ryan. He is organizing efforts over the next week to bring attention to the issue – from flyers to earned media appearances – but Donovan's campaign dismissed the effort. “This was not about any ideology but about two men from as far on the philosophical spectrum as possible speaking to the character and integrity with which Dan Donovan conducts himself and his office," said Donovan spokesman William J. Smith.

      * Grab your walking shoes: Democratic leaders, union officials and community groups are preparing for a grueling five-hour, 14-mile march from the upper reaches of Manhattan to Zuccotti Park next Monday in solidarity with the Occupy Wall Street movement. The march, organized by Sen. Adriano Espaillat and City Council members Inez Dickens and Ydanis Rodriguez, is intended as a show of force from black and Latino electeds angry about income inequality. Organizers will announce the march Thursday in front of an abandoned storefront in northern Manhattan, to symbolize communities abandoned in the wake of the economic collapse. Protesters from the various Occupy movements around the region will participate, as well as representatives from 1199, TWU, 32BJ, CWA, the Working Families Party and other unions and pro-labor groups. One source said that the group intends to acquire a permit that would allow bullhorns, but not a marching permit, which will keep marchers on the sidewalk for the duration.



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      HAPPY BIRTHDAY: To Nassau County Assemblyman Brian Curran … to Roberto Ragone, former head of the Belmont and Lower East Side BIDs … and to former city councilman Alan Gerson.


      CONGRATULATIONS: To NY1 political reporter Grace Rauh and husband Mark Silver on their baby Juliana Grace Silver, born Sunday night.


      IN MEMORIAM: Christopher Mega, a State Supreme Court Justice and former Brooklyn legislator, passed away over the weekend. A wake will be held Thursday at Clavin Funeral Home, 77th Street and 4th Avenue, Brooklyn. The funeral service will be at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at the Church of St. Ephrem, Fort Hamilton Parkway and Bay Ridge Parkway, Brooklyn.    


      MOVING ON:  Trey Stapleton is the new communications director for Congressman Bob Turner … Thomas Nespeca, a Webster School Board member, was elected president of the New York State School Boards Association, while Lynne Lenhardt of Bethlehem was elected first vice president and Susan Bergtraum of Old Westbury as second vice president. … Brooklyn Deputy Borough President Yvonne Graham will become director of the Office of Health Disparities Prevention with the state Department of Health on Nov. 30, and Sandra Chapman, director of the Borough Hall community service center, will replace her. 


      WHO’S HIRING: Today's selection of political, government and advocacy groups looking to employ the best and brightest:

      Communications & Public Relations Manager, Anat Gerstein Inc.

      Salary: Based on experience

      Description: We're a fast-growing communications firm serving the nonprofit sector, seeking a creative, thoughtful communications and public relations professional with 3-5 years experience and an entrepreneurial spirit. Must be an excellent writer and have a passion for helping nonprofits. 

      Further Info: Visit http://www.anatgerstein.com/join_our_team.html

      Capital Budget and Economic Development Coordinator, Office of the Brooklyn Borough President (Civil Service titleCommunity Coordinator)
      $45,615 new city employees / $52,457 city employees with 2+ years’ service
      Assist with managing the Borough President’s major economic development initiatives while coordinating various programs and projects. Assist the Capital Budget Director on all levels of the capital budget, including maintaining the database, liaison with various city agencies and meeting with capital budget applicants.
      Further Info:
      Go to www.brooklyn-usa.org or fax resume, cover letter and salary history to (718) 802-2655.

      Executive Vice President, External Affairs, Brooklyn Public Library

      Salary: Based on experience

      Description: The EVP’s primary responsibility is conceptualizing and directing strategic campaigns and partnerships to elevate the Library’s profile and achieve its fundraising goals.  This person will discover new sources of funding, oversee major projects and build key relationships to maximize political and financial support for the library.

      Further Info: To view the full job ad and/or to apply for this position, please go to: www.brooklynpubliclibrary.org/employment.jsp



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      8 a.m. – Association for a Better New York celebrates its 40th anniversary with a breakfast panel featuring Michael Bloomberg, David Dinkins and Ed Koch, moderated by Charlie Rose, Hilton New York, 1335 Avenue of the Americas, Manhattan.

      9 a.m. – Public Service Commission Chairman Garry Brown speaks at the New York Independent System Operator’s energy symposium, Hilton New York, 1335 Avenue of the Americas, Manhattan.

      10 a.m. – Business and government groups release a statewide mandate relief plan entitled “Let New York Work: A Common Agenda for the Common Good,” LCA Room, Legislative Office Building Room 130, Albany.

      10 a.m. – Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman attends a City Council hearing on his proposal to raise the age of criminal responsibility for non-violent offenses to 18, up from 16, 250 Broadway, 14th Floor Committee Room, Manhattan.

      10 a.m. – Brian Lehrer leads a town hall discussion entitled “Why don’t you vote?”, The Jerome L. Greene Performance Space at WNYC, 44 Charlton Street, Manhattan.

      10 a.m. – Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley announces a $4,000 reward to help catch the suspect in a recent hit-and-run case, Maspeth Memorial Park, Grand Avenue and 69th Street.  

      10 a.m. – Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer leads a community graffiti cleanup as part of his expanded anti-graffiti program, 58th Street and 39th Avenue, Woodside, Queens.

      11 a.m. – Millionaires tax protest march to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s midtown office, starting from Zuccotti Park, Manhattan.  

      11 a.m. – Empire State Development Corp. President Kenneth Adams and others testify at Assembly hearing on tourism, 250 Broadway, 19th Floor, Manhattan.

      11 a.m. – Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Quinn announce Coach Inc. will be an anchor tenant at the Hudson Yards development site in Manhattan.

      11:45 a.m. – Real Estate Board of New York hosts luncheon, “New York City Real Estate – Why Everyone Wants In,” Hilton Hotel, Manhattan.

      12 p.m. – UFT President Michael Mulgrew announces that budget cuts are raising class sizes and reducing tutoring and other programs for a million city students, PS 1, 8 Henry Street, Manhattan. 

      12 p.m. – Gov. Andrew Cuomo makes unspecified announcement in the Capitol Red Room, Albany.

      12:30 p.m. – Council Speaker Christine Quinn speaks at the Brooklyn Historical Society Real Estate Roundtable Luncheon, 128 Pierrepont Street, Brooklyn.

      1 p.m. – Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes announces an expansion of the Safe Stop program, Lutheran Medical Center, Main Auditorium, 150 55th Street, Brooklyn.

      1 p.m. – The City Council Transportation Committee considers several laws, including one to require community board hearings before a bicycle lane is constructed or removed, 250 Broadway, 14th Floor, Manhattan.

      2 p.m. – Quinn speaks at the UN International Year of Cooperatives Event, The Ford Foundation, 320 East 43rd Street, Manhattan.

      2:30 p.m. – Bloomberg signs a bill requiring an annual report to the City Council on school capacity and utilization, City Hall, Manhattan.

      3:30 p.m. - Annika Holder, a Parks Department assistant commissioner, kicks off a free indoor hockey program with Rangers Defenseman Ryan McDonough, Chelsea Recreation Center, 430 West 25th Street, Manhattan. 

      4 p.m. – National Federation of Community Development Credit Unions and Council Speaker Christine Quinn launch “New York: Building a Cooperative City”, a year-long campaign to highlight the long history of cooperatives in New York City, The Ford Foundation, 320 E. 43rd St., Manhattan.

      5 p.m. – Quinn receives an award at the DUMBO Business Improvement District’s Annual Meeting, Galapagos Arts Space, 16 Main Street, Brooklyn.

      6:15 p.m. – Bloomberg joins actor Alec Baldwin to host the 2011 Mayor’s Awards for Arts and Culture, Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center, West 65th Street and Broadway, Manhattan.


      THE KICKER: “It’s not impenetrable, but it’s smart and tough.” – Cuomo spokesman Josh Vlasto, on the property tax cap’s strengths and weaknesses, in the Times-Union.




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