Judge Tosses Citizens United’s Donor Dislcosure Suit

An effort by Citizens United to block the state from enforcing donor disclosure rules has been tossed by a federal court judge on Monday, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s office announce.

“Today’s decision is a victory for common sense oversight of New York’s vast nonprofit sector,” Schneiderman said in a statement. “New Yorkers deserve to know their donations are protected against fraud and abuse, and today the court protected that right by dismissing each and every one of Citizen United’s claims.”

The court found the attorney general’s office did not violate the non-profit organization’s constitutional rights in requiring they disclose their largest donors before they seek funds.

The conservative group, which was the plaintiff in a successful Supreme Court court challenging limits to independent spending ushering in the super PAC era, had argued that disclosing donors would incur backlash against them.

The decision comes as new donor disclosure requirements for non-profit groups is taking effect in New York. Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed that measure, widely considered to be the chief ethics bill this year, into law earlier this month.

Citizens United Opinion by Nick Reisman on Scribd

NY-23: Plumb Ad Highlights Military Career

The second television advertisement from Democratic congressional candidate John Plumb released Monday highlights his career in the U.S. Navy Reserve.

In the ad, titled “Deserve,” Plumb vows to not just identified problems, but also come up with solutions.

“Washington’s solve-nothing approach would never be accepted in our country’s military. And from the lack of job opportunities to unaffordable college education, our middle class families work too hard and face too many challenges to let Congress get away with it for any longer,” he said in a statement. “I will hold Washington accountable and fight for our working families with the same commitment to service and hard work that I have put to practice for twenty-two years in the U.S. Navy.”

Plumb is running against incumbent Republican Rep. Tom Reed for the 23rd congressional district that includes western New York and the Southern Tier regions of the state.

NY-19: Teachout Marries

Democratic congressional candidate Zephyr Teachout on Saturday wedded a software company principal in a private ceremony, her campaign announced.

Teachout and her husband Nick Juliusburger were married in a small ceremony with friends and family in Dover Plains. The Rev. Megan Sanders of the St. Paul’s episcopal church officiated.

“We are thrilled and grateful to share our commitment to each other with those closest to us, and the community we love,” the couple said in a statement.

She is back on the campaign trail after the ceremony.

Juliusburger is a principal at Yellowish Software, specializing in software interface design.

The couple own a home together in Clinton.

Teachout is running for the 19th congressional district in the Hudson Valley against Republican John Faso.

EPA Won’t Attend Hoosick Falls Hearing

A representative from the Environmental Protection Agency will not be attending the state Senate’s Hoosick Falls water quality hearing scheduled for Tuesday in the village, but instead will submit written testimony.

“The EPA was invited to testify but declined our invitation to participate,” said Senate Republican spokesman Scott Reif. “They will instead submit written testimony.”

The EPA’s decision to not have a physical presence at the meeting comes amid a strained back and forth between federal officials and Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration.

State officials have insisted the EPA’s standards for PFOA contamination in water have been inconsistent. Cuomo himself, in defending the state’s response, has said the EPA holds some responsibility over setting regulations and guidelines for chemical testing.

“I think that the EPA – this is going to be a challenge for the federal government’s EPA going forward. What chemicals should we be testing for, and what are the allowable levels of those chemicals in the water?” he said earlier this year. “That’s not just a New York challenge. It’s a national challenge.”

At the same time, the EPA pushed the state to take action on the water issues in Hoosick Falls, before declaring the water in the village unsafe to drink.

Top Cuomo administration officials, including Health Commissioner Howard Zucker and Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos are scheduled to testify at the hearing.

NY-21: Chamber Of Commerce Endorses Stefanik

Freshman Republican Rep. Elise Stefanik on Monday was endorsed in her bid for re-election by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

Stefanik, who is running for a second term in the North Country’s 21st congressional district, was cited for what the groups says is a 100 percent voting record on key issues facing businesses.

“Growing up in a small business family, I have prioritized fighting for Upstate job creation in Congress,” Stefanik said. “That is why today, I’m honored to receive the endorsement from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.”

Stefanik faces Democratic candidate Mike Derrick, a retired Army officer, this fall.

The region Stefanik represents has historically struggled to retain jobs amid a declining and aging population, especially within the Adirondack Park.

But the U.S. Chamber of Commerce noted Stefanik has backed a series of changes that are aimed at creating a better environment for job growth upstate.

“The Chamber of Commerce of the United States is proud to support Elise Stefanik in this race, and highlight her 100% voting record with job creators and small businesses. Her record in Congress is unrivaled in fighting for policies that will keep upstate businesses upstate and create an environment for growth,” said Eileen Braden, Vice President of Political Affairs and Federation Relations at the U.S. Chamber said, “Through her support of transportation reforms and removing regulatory burdens, she’s ensured that businesses like D.A. Collins can hire and continue to create economic opportunities in North Country.”

SD-6: CWA Endorses Cronin

From the Morning Memo:

The Communications Workers of America has endorsed Democratic Senate hopeful Ryan Cronin in his bid to unseat Republican incumbent Kemp Hannon.

The endorsement from CWA District 1 — a union that represents more than 150,000 workers — comes as the Cronin-Hannon race is among a handful of top tier battleground districts for control of the Senate this fall.

“I’m proud to receive CWA’s endorsement and the support of their hardworking men and women on Long Island,” Cronin said in a statement.

“Working families are tired of the same old failed leaders in Albany who use their experience in government to enrich themselves. CWA has been a driving force behind reducing the corrupting influence of money in politics and I look forward to standing with them as they fight for stronger ethics reforms and good-paying jobs.”

CWA is a labor group that is especially close with the labor-allied Working Families Party. Still, Hannon has received a number of labor endorsements in his own re-election effort for the Long Island district, including the politically key 1199/SEIU and the Civil Service Employees Association.

“Our members are sick and tired of politics as usual and are ready for real leadership in Albany,” said Dennis Trainor, the CWA District 1 vice president.

“We know that Ryan will fight to make it more affordable to live here, create good jobs and will clean up corruption in Albany by supporting strong ethics reforms. Our members will be working hard to deliver real change by electing Ryan to the State Senate this November.”

Libous’s Family Seeks To Erase Conviction

From the Morning Memo:

Republican former Senator Tom Libous died in May, but the effort to clear his name isn’t over, as his estate is seeking to essentially nullify his corruption conviction.

“The case is not over. Many trials get reversed,” said Paul DerOhannesian, the Libous family attorney. “There are many innocent people who are convicted of murder and are released. We saw that in New York City just this week. That’s why you want to have a full and complete process before a conviction is finalized.”

Libous was convicted last year of lying to the FBI in a case stemming from his son receiving a job at a politically connected law firm.

He still was pursuing an appeal of his conviction when he died on May 3. But without him able to challenge the conviction, his attorney Paul DerOhannesian says he still should have the right to a challenge.

And with Libous no longer alive, a successful challenge could mean the conviction isn’t just overturned, but erased entirely.

“What happens is, it’s as though there has never been an indictment or a conviction because the law feels very strongly that a person should not bare the cross and the stigma of a conviction without the opportunity to fully challenge all aspects of a criminal case,” DerOhannesian said.

Continuing to pursue the case, even after his death, was a final wish of Libous’s, who is survived by his wife and two sons.

“Tom Libous felt strongly about that. He felt strongly about his innocence,” DerOhannesian said. “He felt strongly about helping other people in pursuing this.”

If successful, DerOhannesian says the move could mean some forfeiture fines sought by the federal government would not have to be paid.

Here and Now

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in New York City with no public schedule.

At 10 a.m., Rep. Elise Stefanik will appear with local business officials and receive an endorsement from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, DA Collins Companies, 269 Ballard Rd., Wilton.

At 10:30 a.m., Assemblywoman Claudia Tenney, Republican nominee in NY-23, holds event to announce her endorsement by a sitting member of Congress from New York and kick off her trade and manufacturing week, Fiber Instrument Sales, 161 Clear Rd., Oriskany.

Also at 10:30 a.m., Sen. Jose Peralta and community leaders call on the New York state Liquor Authority to stop granting on premise liquor licenses for new nightclubs along Roosevelt Avenue, 78th Street and Roosevelt Avenue, Queens.

At noon, LG Kathy Hochul addresses students and faculty about Cuomo’s “Enough is Enough” initiative to combat sexual assault on college campuses, SUNY Geneseo, Doty Hall, Park Street, Geneseo.

At 1:15 p.m., Hochul highlights the state’s investment in NYS parks, Letchworth State Park Nature Center, Castile.

At 6 p.m., NYC Councilman Robert Cornegy, Jr., Bed-Stuy Gateway BID and Community Board #3 hold a town hall meeting on a proposed homeless shelter for Bedford-Stuyvesant, Restoration Plaza, 1360 Fulton St., Brooklyn.

Headlines…

The state’s affordable housing agency, Homes and Community Renewal, is among the state agencies that have been subpoenaed by Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara in the ongoing investigation into the Cuomo administration and several upstate development deals.

Donald Trump challenged Hillary Clinton to release “detailed medical records” and said he would have “no problem” releasing his own.

Libertarian presidential nominee Gary Johnson said it’s “game over” on any chance of winning the White House if he does not make it to the debate stage.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo posted photos on his Twitter account last night showcasing a 154.5-pound thresher shark he caught off the South Shore earlier in the day. Joining the governor on the fishing outing was his brother, CNN anchor Chris Cuomo, according to a Twitter post from Cuomo’s chief of staff Melissa DeRosa, who was tweeting in the wake of her marriage Saturday at the Sagamore.

Not everyone was thrilled, as thresher sharks — although legal to catch — are listed as vulnerable to extinction by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.

In the fight for control of the state Senate, Democrats have begun aggressively using Trump as their bogeyman to help raise money for their candidates in crucial Long Island races.

With Trump still telling his people he wants to compete in his home state of New York despite polls showing him trailing badly, a source tells Ken Lovett his local team has developed a plan to do it that would include three in-state visits from the candidate.

Documents suggest that NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio has turned to the real estate industry’s chief lobbying group, REBNY, as an intermediary to press Albany politicians on a matter beyond its traditional scope: the city’s public school system.

A little more than a year after de Blasio swore that his son, Dante, would never cut his signature Afro, a photo emerged yesterday showing the teen with a new, shorter hairdo.

NYC Republicans have won state Board of Elections approval for a new “Stop de Blasio” line on the November ballot that will allow voters unhappy with the mayor — and perhaps Trump as well — to back their two Assembly candidates without having to vote the GOP party line.

The first of three scheduled legislative hearings on water quality and the PFOA crisis will take place tomorrow in Hoosick Falls.

Nearly a third of all of NYC adults said they had not had intercourse or oral sex in a year, according to the latest 2014 statistics. That was the highest number since 2002, when the department first started keeping public records on the question.

While his wife, Huma Abedin, travels the country campaigning for Clinton, disgraced ex-Rep. Anthony Weiner has been sexting with a busty brunette out West — and even sent her a crotch shot with his toddler son in the picture, The NY Post reports.

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The Weekend That Was

Zika could cause major problems in the Big Apple if city health officials don’t start discouraging people from traveling to hotbeds in the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico, according to former LG Betsy McCaughey.

An investigation by the New York Times uncovered a long history of racial bias at Donald Trump’s family properties – both in the state and outside it.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie defended Trump’s claim that African-Americans should vote for him this fall because they “have nothing to lose.”

Christie blamed Hillary Clinton for starting a campaign fight over bigotry during an appearance on ABC’s This Week.

Trump is casually preparing for the upcoming presidential debates with informal sessions held at his New Jersey golf course, while Clinton is “methodically” researching issues and rehearsing lines.

Clinton’s lead over Trump has shrunk to just three percentage points, a new Morning Consult poll showed. She is beating him in a head-to-head matchup 43-40 nationally.

Experts are questioning Clinton’s broadband plan, saying it’s both ambitious and expensive.

Clinton met with intelligence officials for a two-hour security briefing Saturday morning, her first since winning the Democratic presidential nomination.

When Brooklyn Assemblyman William Boyland Jr. was sentenced for stealing from the taxpayers a year ago, he owed a lot of people a lot of money. Getting that money, it turns out, wasn’t so simple.

Eighty-six private agencies rake in millions of taxpayer dollars to help NYC’s Administration for Children’s Services care for New York’s most vulnerable kids — and their CEOs get big bucks.

U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer said he would propose legislation creating a national registry tracking cancer rates among U.S. firefighters, something he said would help researchers root out toxic building materials.

G. Steven Pigeon’s shadow looms large over 143rd Assembly District race, given candidate Kristy Mazurek’s long association with the political operative. Her opponent, Moncia Wallace, is devoting much of her campaign to linking the indicted Pigeon to Mazurek, who in turn, defends herself as an independent Democrat waging her own effort.

These are trying times for police, firefighters and medical first responders. Hardly a day goes by when they are not responding to an opioid overdose. More lives are saved than lost, thanks in part to the antidote Narcan, but there is an emotional toll for those on the front lines of the opioid epidemic.

Former NYPD Commissioner Raymond Kelly said he agrees with Bill Bratton that officers’ disciplinary records should not be made public. He said he tried to cut off the media’s access to those records when he was in office, but was told by department attorneys he couldn’t do it.

Lightly-raced Arrogate, a colt who before Saturday had faced only 15 opponents total in four career races, flattened his Travers Stakes opponents by 13½ lengths in front of 48,630 at Saratoga Race Course.

Of the 237 days when thoroughbred horses compete on the New York Racing Association’s calendar, the 40 days at Saratoga Race Course are among its best attended and most wagered on.

Less than six months after emerging from bankruptcy as property of billionaire Carl Icahn, the Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City, N.J., is slated for shutdown, an event that has been both threatened and predicted for years

A Brooklyn Supreme Court judge, Laura Jacobson, has filed a $5 million lawsuit against the Brooklyn Democratic Party after she wasn’t approved for re-election by a screening committee.

The political-consulting firms that helped Mayor Bill de Blasio get elected in 2013 have hauled in at least $10.6 million from the mayor’s campaigns and charities over the past six years, a NY Post analysis of public records shows.

As pressure mounts to reduce violence at the troubled NYC jails, top correction bosses — seeking to create the impression they have turned matters around — repeatedly order underlings to downgrade incidents, a Daily News review of scores of internal documents shows.

The director of the state Committee on Open Government said in an advisory opinion that Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office and the state department of Housing and Community Renewal should not hold back from release otherwise public documents based merely on the contention that they might relate to an ongoing federal probe of upstate development deals.

As Cuomo ponders a bill to curb Airbnb, the online booking service said it’s policing its website to remove commercial operators in the city, addressing a chief complaint of critics who say it promotes illegal hotels and effectively takes scarce apartments out of circulation.

The governor expects to sign the so-called brunch bill into law “shortly,” according to a spokesman.

The company that runs a call center for Access-A-Ride, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s service for people with disabilities, and the union that represents its workers have reached an agreement to raise their wages to at least $15 an hour by 2018, the union announced.

The Web address Harlem politician Robert Jackson used to run for Manhattan borough president has been taken over by a German company promising to fix readers’ sexual-performance problems.

The TU launches a four-part series on why there aren’t more women serving in elected office.

The conviction of the late Deputy Senate Majority Leader Tom Libous on charges of lying to the FBI may be reversed after his death. The Binghamton Republican’s attorney filed papers last week with a federal appeals court to have his client’s conviction vacated.

New York’s Maine-Endwell team won the U.S. title, and will play South Korea today for the Little League World Series crown.

Assemblyman Karl Brabenec’s petition to run for re-election on the United Monroe ballot line has at least 31 instances in which his campaign incorrectly altered the addresses of voters who live outside the 98th Assembly district and were ineligible to sign the petition, wrongly placing each of them in towns inside the district.

The sister of pop music star Mariah Carey was arrested Friday in Saugerties on a prostitution charge. Police arrested Alison A. Carey, Mariah’s older sister, after an investigation found her soliciting money in exchange for sexual favors from an undercover police officer posing as a client.

If Domenic Broccoli’s plans come to fruition, America’s largest Revolutionary War burial ground will be transformed into an International House of Pancakes.

A New York City taxi driver challenging the constitutionality of mandated GPS-tracking of cabs has gotten a red light from a federal appeals court.

Congratulations to Melissa DeRosa, Cuomo’s chief of staff; and Matt Wing, former Cuomo spokesman, who tied the knot at the Sagamore on Lake George this weekend. (The governor was among attendees).

Extras

The party Gov. Andrew Cuomo says he established to tackle women’s issues isn’t actually doing anything to help women, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer declared bluntly at an Equality Day rally today.

In an interview with MSNBC’s Morning Joe, Clinton said she was sure that there were no foundation ties that could harm her chance of becoming president.

Trump’s apparent pivot away from his calls for mass deportations of millions of undocumented immigrants is partially the result of prodding by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, according to former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani.

Rep. John Katko and Colleen Deacon have agreed to participate in three televised debates (including one with TWC News) and two other joint appearances this fall in their race for Congress, their campaigns confirmed today.

Katko released a new TV ad that is a clear appeal to women voters.

Drew Pinsky’s six-year-old HLN show, “Dr. Drew On Call,” has been canceled by CNN, effective Sept. 22. The decision came eight days after Pinsky’s comments on a radio show on Aug. 17 questioning Clinton’s health and medical care.

Cuomo announced that the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services and Office of Fire Prevention and control will conduct campus fire safety inspections across the state.

The governor today remembered the devastation of Hurricane Irene while also highlighting New York’s work to recover from the 2011 storm.

As construction accidents have surged, Manhattan prosecutors are pushing to bring criminal charges against builders they say have sacrificed worker safety for profits.

New York’s health and environmental commissioners as well as Hoosick Falls Mayor David Borge are among the public officials expected to speak at a state Senate hearing next week on the state response to the PFOA crisis.

Tough talking war hero John McCain, a GOP senator from Arizona, has a soft spot for Britney Spears.

A amount that has been suggested as a potential new salary for state legislators could be a record high, even when adjusting previous salaries for inflation.

Central New York is home to the most segregated school district border in the state, a report found.

Police agencies on Long Island and in two dozen upstate counties issued 1,285 tickets and 1,416 warnings during a two-week pedestrian safety initiative earlier this summer.

A 35-year-old Rockland County case worker contends in a multimillion-dollar civil rights lawsuit that she’s faced discrimination, was bumped by a co-worker and has been disrespected.

Ah, Maine. So bucolic, so traditional, so peaceful…or not.