Jun 27th - 7:00 am
From the Morning Memo:
Democrat Zephyr Teachout and Republican John Faso continue to lead their respective primary opponents in the 19th congressional district, a Time Warner Cable News/Siena College poll found.
In both cases, Teachout and Faso have expanded their double-digit percentage point leads over Will Yandik and Andrew Heaney, the poll found.
In the race for the Democratic nomination, Teachout is leading Yandik, 62 percent to 23 percent, a 39-point spread. The gap has increased since a poll earlier this month found Teachout leading Yandik 53 percent to 23 percent.
On the Republican side, Faso has expanded his lead by 8 percentage points, 58 percent to 28 percent. Earlier this month, Faso led Heaney in the primary, 50 percent to 28 percent, the poll found.
The 19th congressional district, a Hudson Valley House seat, is expected to be one of the most hotly contested battleground races this fall.
Incumbent GOP Rep. Chris Gibson, who briefly considered running for governor in 2018, is retiring at the end of the year and plans to teach at Williams College.
Teachout, a Fordham Law School professor, remains popular in the district two years after she ran unsuccessfully for the Democratic nomination for governor. Among Democrats who are likely to vote in Tuesday’s primary, Teachout is viewed favorably by 75 percent.
Yandik, a deputy town supervisor in Livingston, is viewed favorably by 45 percent. However, 43 percent of likely primary voters told the survey they have no opinion on don’t know enough about him.
Faso, a former Assembly minority leader and 2006 Republican nominee for governor, is viewed favorably by 55 percent of likely Republican primary voters. Heaney, a businessman who has blasted Faso’s resume as a lobbyist after leaving public office, has a plurality of Republican voters who view him negatively, 47 percent.
“While Faso and Teachout appear to be headed to a November showdown, low turnout elections – like late June congressional primaries – are generally won by the campaigns that do a better job of identifying their supporters and ensuring that their supporters actually cast votes,” Siena College pollster Steve Greenberg said. “That said, Heaney and Yandik have huge hurdles to overcome if they are to pull off come from behind upset victories.”
The poll was conducted from June 19 through June 22, speaking with 494 likely Republican voters and 598 likely Democratic voters. On the GOP side, the poll has a margin of error of 4.4 percentage points. On the Democratic race, the margin of error is 4 percentage points.
Jun 27th - 6:30 am
From the Morning Memo:
The politically key labor union 1199SEIU has endorsed Democrat Jamaal Bailey in the race for the 36th state Senate district.
The labor endorsement is a significant one for Bailey considering he has a competitive primary in September, which includes Que English, a Bronx reverend.
In a statement, 1199 President George Gresham praised Bailey’s pledge to push for health care and affordable housing while in office.
“Jamaal Bailey epitomizes the type of public servant we need in Albany,” Gresham said in the statement.
“A natural leader, Jamaal has been at the forefront of change in our community throughout his career. He has been able to achieve significant victories as a local leader, and I believe he will hit the ground running in Albany as a member of the State Senate.
Bailey, a Bronx district leader who has ties to Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, is running for the seat that is being vacated by Sen. Ruth Hassell-Thompson, who is leaving the chamber for a post in the Cuomo administration.
The 1199 endorsement is the latest in a string of nods for Bailey, which has included backing from New York City Public Advocate Tisch James, the Painters Union PAC and RWDSU.
“To receive the endorsement of the healthcare workers of 1199SEIU is a huge honor,” Bailey said in a statement.
“We share a commitment to improving the quality of life for workers everywhere, to standing up for accessible and affordable quality healthcare for all, and fighting to ensure a healthy planet.”
Jun 27th - 5:13 am
Gov. Andrew Cuomo is on Long Island to kick off the first of three legs of a motorcycle tour, joined by his longtime friend, singer Billy Joel, and girlfriend Sandra Lee, a breast cancer survivor, to raise awareness about the importance of breast cancer screenings.
Cuomo is also doing a round of TV appearances prior to mounting his motorcycle at 9:30 a.m., Sunken Meadow State Park, Kings Park, Suffolk County.
At 8:20 a.m., he’ll appear on NY1. At 8:30 a.m., he’ll appear on Fox 5. At 8:40 a.m., he’ll appear on Pix 11, at 8:50 a.m., he’ll appear on News 12.
Candidates across the state engage in a frantic last-minute push for votes before tomorrow’s congressional primaries.
At 8 a.m., Crain’s New York Business hosts a discussion with doctors and urgent-care providers to examine how they’re adapting to upheavals in health care and the implications for cost and quality, New York Athletic Club, 180 Central Park South, Manhattan.
At 10:30 a.m., NY-22 Republican candidate Steve Wells campaigns with Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente, Boulevard Diner, 24 Roosevelt Dr., Whitesboro.
At 11 a.m., dozens of of housing advocates and tenants will join with elected officials to announce a “scathing new report that exposes statistical evidence of Airbnb’s negative impact on affordable housing in NYC,” Public Advocate Tish James will speak, City Hall steps, Manhattan.
Also at 11 a.m., the New York Job Development Authority meets, Empire State Development, 633 Third Ave., Manhattan.
Also at 11 a.m., Sen. Kathy Marchione, chair of the Senate’s Local Government Committee, will join leaders from Columbia Memorial Health and the Town of Copake to celebrate the opening of a new Rapid Care, 283 Mountain View Rd., Copake.
At 11:30 a.m., Cuomo and his motorcycle entourage stop and the governor signs into law a measure to improve access to, and coverage for, breast cancer screenings, Citi Field, Lot G, 123-01 Roosevelt Ave., Flushing, Queens.
Also at 11:30 a.m., GOP NY-18 candidate Phil Oliva and his wife, Jessica, demand that Democratic Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney turn over the raw and unedited video footage obtained by a since fired “tracker” who was working on behalf of the Maloney campaign, Elephant Hotel, 335 US-202, Somers.
At noon, NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio will join Senior Advisor to the President Valerie Jarrett, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell, and other elected leaders, advocates and New Yorkers in designating Stonewall Inn the first LGBT national monument,” Stonewall Inn, 53 Christopher St., Manhattan.
Also at noon, CUNY’s Graduate School of Journalism, the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment Commissioner Julie Menin and J-School Dean Sarah Bartlett will announce a $1 million grant from MOME to the CUNY J-School, Manhattan.
At 2 p.m., Cuomo takes a break from riding to deliver remarks at Bear Mountain State Park, 3020 Seven Lakes Dr., Bear Mountain.
Also at 2 p.m., Sen. Tony Avella and Assemblyman Edward Braunstein officially announce the passage of legislation in the Senate and Assembly expanding the J-51 tax abatement program for middle class co-op and condo owners, Glen Oaks Oval, 260th St., Glen Oaks, Queens.
At 3 p.m., LG Kathy Hochul makes an announcement during Brooklyn Tech’s commencement, Barclay Center, 620 Atlantic Ave., Brooklyn.
At 4 p.m., Cuomo takes another motorcycle break to deliver remarks at DEC Regional Headquarters, 21 South Putt Corners Rd., New Paltz.
At 4:30 p.m., the CUNY Board of Trustees holds a public meeting, Baruch College Vertical Campus Rm 14-220, 55 Lexington Ave., Manhattan.
At 6 p.m., the Senate Task Force on Lyme and Tick-Borne Diseases meets “to continue to focus on improved prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of these diseases to better protect the health of New York residents,”
Also at 6 p.m., James will host another in her screenings of of “Making a Killing: Guns, Greed and the NRA,” John Jay College of Criminal Justice, 524 West 59th St., Manhattan.
At 6:30 p.m., the NYC Rent Guidelines Board holds a public meeting to finalize and vote on proposed rent guidelines effective October 1, 2016 through September 30, 2017. (Supporters and advocates from the Rent Justice Coalition rally the board’s final vote; participants include NYC Council members Helen Rosenthal, Ben Kallos and Rosie Mendez, and Assembylman Richard Gottfried, Plaza at East 7th St. and 3rd Ave., Manhattan).
Also at 6:30 p.m., NYC Councilwoman Helen Rosenthal and Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer host reception in support of James, 225 West 83rd St., Manhattan.
At 7:20 p.m., de Blasio will appear live on MSNBC’s Hardball with Chris Matthews.
Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton joined the annual gay pride parade in Manhattan yesterday afternoon, making a surprise appearance alongside NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio, Gov. Andrew Cuomo, and the Rev. Al Sharpton.
Clinton did not speak at the event, smiling and waving and occasionally venturing to the police barricades to shake hands. But her presence resonated, attendees said, communicating a measure of solidarity in a wrenching moment after the Orlando massacre.
Edie Windsor, lead plaintiff in United States v. Windsor, a landmark gay marriage case decided by the U.S. Supreme Court, explained why she’s voting for Clinton.
Weeks of provocative and outlandish behavior have hurt presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s standing in two new national polls of registered voters, which showed him falling further behind Clinton.
Trump won’t be on the ballot in tomorrow’s congressional primaries, but that has not stopped many of the Democratic contenders from using his face and most incendiary statements in their campaign mailings.
CNN anchor Chris Cuomo crashed his 1969 Pontiac Firebird convertible in Southampton recently when, sources said, he was drag racing. But a friend of the anchor insisted Cuomo was just goofing around for photos before he clumsily cracked his radiator by hitting a parked car.
Manhattan US Attorney Preet Bharara used the bright spotlight of national TV to put de Blasio and Cuomo on notice yesterday that he expects to uncover proof of official wrongdoing in both of their administrations.
“We have found that corruption is rife in a lot of institutions in New York and throughout New York,” Bharara said on ABC’s “This Week.” “That’s true in the Legislature. It’s also the case that there’s corruption, we believe, in the executive branches as well, and we’ll ferret it out wherever we can find it.”
The state’s economic development authority is tripling the amount of money it’s spending to deal with a federal probe of the Cuomo administration’s Buffalo Billion, documents show.
De Blasio has introduced few large-scale policies this year that will drive his 2017 re-election bid, raising concerns among some aides and Democratic allies.
NYPD Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association President Patrick Lynch sent a letter Friday to the governor asking that he intervene in a fight with de Blasio over a union push to provide newer cops the same disability benefits as older ones.
A bill passed by the state Legislature and headed to Cuomo’s desk requires written consent from a spouse or next of kin before NYC officials can release an unclaimed body to a medical school, unless the deceased is already registered as a body donor.
Another bill passed unanimously in both houses would narrow the definition of a safety-net hospital and instruct the state health commissioner to raise reimbursement rates for hospitals that meet the new criteria.
Cuomo, with Senate IDC Leader Jeff Klein in tow, last week visited three cities to tout the signing of a bill to hold banks responsible for the upkeep of abandoned properties. Some eyebrows were raised that Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, who has made zombie properties a top priority in recent years, was not invited to the events.
Judy Rapfogel, the former chief of staff to disgraced former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, has reportedly found a new job working for a real estate company in New Jersey.
Jun 26th - 2:34 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo has announced the creation of a New York City monument to honor the LGBT community, the victims of the Orlando nightclub shooting and all victims of hate crimes.
The state has identified two potential locations for the memorial, including Battery Park City, overlooking the Statue of Liberty, or Chelsea Piers on the western edge of the Greenwich Village. A memorial commission will provide recommendations about the site.
“Orlando did not happen in a vacuum,” Cuomo said before today’s gay pride parade in Manhattan. “We have no tolerance for those who would discriminate against any of us by race, color, nationality, gender or sexual identity. That’s who we are and that is how we live.”
Cuomo will hit the road alongside music icon Billy Joel in a statewide motorcycle ride to raise awareness about breast cancer. The governor will begin the ride tomorrow morning in Kings Park, on Long Island.
Hillary Clinton leads Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential race, two new polls of registered voters show – but they differ on the size of her advantage.
Clinton’s campaign is out with a new ad slamming Trump’s response to Britain’s historic vote to leave the European Union. “Every president is tested by world events, but Donald Trump thinks about how his golf resort can profit from them,” the ad states.
George W. Bush’s former treasury secretary has publicly endorsed Clinton, saying that a Trump presidency would be “unthinkable.”
In a double blow to Trump, Paulson’s comments came as George Will, a prominent conservative columnist, announced he was quitting the Republican party in protest.
Clinton’s presidential campaign released a video in celebration of Pride Month. It includes appearances by staffers, volunteers and supporters sharing coming out stories, calls for LGBT equality and testimonials in support of the Democratic presidential hopeful.
Clinton supporters have a chance to score Broadway’s hottest ticket with a special fundraising performance of “Hamilton,” scheduled as an extra matinee on July 12.
A draft of the Democratic Party’s policy positions reflects the influence of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign: endorsing steps to break up large Wall Street banks, advocating a $15 hourly wage, urging an end to the death penalty.
Sanders will vote for Clinton, but still hasn’t ended his campaign – officially speaking – or formally endorsed her.
Meet Hope Hicks, Trump’s improbably gatekeeper and spokeswoman, who is arguably the least credentialed press secretary in the modern history of presidential politics. That doesn’t bother her boss a bit.
Dogged by scandals and partisan bickering, state lawmakers passed the fewest number of bills in the past four years, a slowdown that state Capitol observers worry will have far-reaching consequences. Cuomo has signed fewer bills on average each year (655) than any other governor in the past century, a number that will further drop this year.
Fred LeBrun: “The political culture in Albany is finally tuned to vulnerability, and with a pending federal investigation threatening to blow up his administration, Cuomo is not the tower of power he was even months ago.”
The City of Niagara Falls sent 30 cease and desist letters to people hosting “illegal,” or unregistered, B&Bs – all of them Airbnb users. Officials are examining the city’s code, which doesn’t explicitly address Airbnb, to determine if it requires updates or simply stricter enforcement.
The FBI had offered $50,000 in reward money for the capture of James C. Kopp, who fled to Europe after assassinating Dr. Barnett Slepian, the Amherst abortion provider. But none of the four French people involved in Kopp’s arrest received any reward money.
More than three years after Cuomo announced millions in state funding for an affordable-housing project in the storm-ravaged village of Schoharie, its doors are still not open.
Frank Bruni says Rep. Hakeem Jeffries is one of 14 young Democrats to watch across the country.
Thousands of New York City residents who are H.I.V.-positive will become eligible for public assistance for housing, transportation and food under a significant expansion of a state program that some activists had feared was being delayed.
One year after NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio publicly unloaded on Cuomo for what he said was the deliberate thwarting of his agenda — an act of “revenge,” according to the mayor — the relationship between the state’s two highest Democrats is worse than ever.
While some state lawmakers have hailed the recent passage of new ethics measures, others along with government watchdogs say the state Legislature didn’t take a big enough step to address political corruption.
A super PAC supporting state Sen. Adriano Espaillat in Tuesday’s Democratic congressional primary for retiring Rep. Charles Rangel’s seat suggests suppression of white and black voters can help the Dominican-born candidate win. More here.
Both Espaillat and Wright said they want federal officials to monitor the voting in their primary, claiming black and Latino voters may be inappropriately barred from voting.
NYC firefighters and medics will take their first “Trans 101″ course on Tuesday, learning the correct way to interact with transgender people — and even getting a lesson in what LGTBQI actually stands for, a city official said.
The Federal Communications Commission must pave the way in New York to allow users to text 911 dispatchers during emergencies, U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer said.
U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand visited a historic home in Fayetteville to unveil a bipartisan bill aimed at promoting education about the women’s suffrage movement on the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote.
Cuba has denied visas to U.S. Rep. John Katko and a delegation from the House Homeland Security Committee that wanted to visit this weekend to inspect airport security.
A lack of staff to train air traffic controllers means it can take six years — twice the norm — for the new hires to become fully certified at the busiest U.S. control facilities, according to industry experts and government reports.
Cuomo announced that B.A.S.S. Elite Series will once again bring the premier fishing tournament back to New York State in 2017. It will take place in the Village of Waddington on the St. Lawrence River.
The president of the Public Employees Federation has banished one of the union’s vice presidents from its day-to-day operations and told her to return to her state job.
Former Senate Democratic Leader John Sampson, who will be sentenced July 22 on embezzlement charges, requested that the court allow him to drive his daughter to a high-school basketball tournament in Maryland. The request was granted, reluctantly.
The U.S. Supreme Court is set to issue its first major opinion on abortion in nearly 10 years on Monday, closing out a tumultuous term marred by the absence of one its judges.
Jun 24th - 5:31 pm
Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders took his presidential campaign to upstate New York once again, the same day he announced he plans to vote for Hillary Clinton.
In Albany, Sanders used the vote to continue his pressure on impacting Clinton’s November platform.
Sanders also traveled to Syracuse, where he is endorsing Democratic congressional candidate Eric Kingson in the 24th congressional district.
Sanders says he wants to take on the entire Democratic establishment “particularly here in New York state.”
A Democratic primary is shaping up in Brooklyn between a longtime New York City elected official and a first-term assemblywoman.
An internal dispute continues at the Public Employees Federation, where President Wayne Spence is cancelling the leave of one of his second vice presidents.
Supporters of various geographic regions breaking off from New York state are heartened by the results of the Brexit vote to leave the European Union.
In New York City, industry experts are weighing how the Brexit will impact the real-estate market.
Gov. CUomo this week rejected a plea for the New York Power Authority to take over the soon-to-close FitzPatrick Nuclear Power Plant.
The Empire State Development Corp. has released $4 million in funds to build a 3-D printing factory in Plattsburgh.
Wall Street enthusiasm for Tesla is cooling as the company proposes a takeover of the financially troubled SolarCity.
Newsday’s editorial board wonders why Jack Martins “can’t shake” Flip Pidot in the battle for the GOP nomination in the NY-3.
Jun 24th - 4:12 pm
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand is “delighted” Sen. Bernie Sanders plans to vote for Hillary Clinton this November, but added she hoped his influence will lead to a $15 minimum wage target being adopted to the Democratic National Convention’s platform.
“There’s many things that Senator Sanders and Secretary Clinton absolutely agree on and both of them had policy proposals that were quite similar,” Gillibrand said in central New York on Friday. “One for example I hope we actually adopt as part of our platform is the fight for 15. We really need a $15 minimum wage. Hillary says she supports it, she would absolutely sign into law.”
Sanders had pushed for a federal $15 minimum wage. Clinton, a former secretary of state who held the Senate seat in New York filled by Gillibrand seven years ago, backed a $12 federal minimum, but supported $15 being approved in other states. Clinton had also said she would have signed into law a $15 wage.
In New York, the state’s minimum wage is due to increase to $15 over the next several years in New York City and the suburban counties of Suffolk, Nassau and Westchester. Upstate, the wage will hit $12.50 and then be subject to increases based on a Division of Budget and Labor Department formula.
Though he is edging toward a full endorsement of Clinton, Sanders is yet to drop his bid for the presidency as he seeks a greater role in being able to shape the party’s platform in Philadelphia next month.
“I’m delighted and we welcome Senator Sanders’s support,” Gillibrand said. “I think the Democratic Party will come together and have a strong convention and win this election.”
Jun 24th - 3:14 pm
A bill that would allow for the over-the-counter sale of naloxone — a drug used to counter the effects of an opioid overdose — was signed into law by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Sen. David Carlucci announced on Friday.
The measure would drug more readily available amid heightened concerns over the impact of the heroin and opioid addiction in New York.
Lawmakers approved a package of bills at the end of the legislative session this month aimed at countering the addiction crisis, including measures aimed at making it easier to gain access to treatment and new prevention programs.
“Having Naloxone readily available is a great first step in our battle against overdose deaths from opioids and heroin,” said Carlucci, who sponsored the naloxone bill. “New York State has set an example for all other states in the nation to follow by making Naloxone over-the-counter for our residents.”
The new law requires pharmacies with 20 or more locations in the state to register with the Department of Health’s overdose prevention program — allowing pharmacies to dispense naloxone for those who request it.
A report released earlier this year by the Senate found 28,647 deaths nationally occurred from opioid overdoses. Eight percent of those deaths occurred in New York.
“The bottom line is that Naloxone will save lives,” Carlucci said.
Jun 24th - 2:52 pm
Democratic congressional candidate Zephyr Teachout on Friday was endorsed by the environmental group Sierra Club ahead of the Tuesday primary.
“New Yorkers can clearly see that Washington is broken, and right now we need someone who is willing to stand up to corporate money and toxic polluters to say enough is enough,” said Erin Riddle, who chairs the organization’s Atlantic Chapter.
“Zephyr’s commitment to our environment, public health, and democracy make her an ideal choice, and that’s why the Sierra Club is proud to endorse her for Congress.”
Teachout is running for the Democratic nomination in the 19th congressional district, a Hudson Valley seat that is being vacated by Republican Rep. Chris Gibson.
She faces Will Yandik, a deputy town supervisor in Livingstone, on Tuesday in a primary.
“I’m thrilled to have the support of the Sierra Club. After the historic victory to ban fracking in New York, I know we can take the fight to Washington and win,” Teachout said.
“Together we can stand up to the corporate lobbyists who want to pollute our resources, contaminate our water, and make a profit off our land. Organized people is the best defense against organized money.”
A poll released by TWC News/Siena College showing Teachout leading Yandik in the primary race by double digits.
Jun 24th - 1:18 pm
Republican congressional candidate Philip Pidot says he has won a court battle to receive ballot access in the coming primary for the third congressional in Nassau County.
Updated: The campaign of Jack Martins sees this differently, saying in essence the ruling means there won’t be a primary next week.
“We look forward to November when the voters can send Jack Martins to Washington so he can fight for more jobs, lower taxes, and to protect our families,” said E. O’Brien Murray, a Martins senior advisor.
The hitch, however, is the primary is scheduled for next Tuesday.
Republican consultant Bill O’Reilly, who is working for Pidot’s campaign, said in an email on Friday the judge in the case would not order an election on Tuesday because the Board of Elections has no time to include Pidot’s name on the ballot.
“This is now totally up in the air,” O’Reilly said. “Pidot will go to federal court of need be to demand a new primary date.”
The challenge to the ballot was made by his Republican opponent Jack Martins, a state senator.
“After two months of legal chicanery and delay tactics by Jack Martins and the Nassau County Republican Machine, my candidacy for Congress in New York’s 3rd Congressional District has been validated in court, as I’ve always maintained it would be,” Pidot said in a statement.
“I entered this race to challenge the corrupt machine politics that have steered New York off a cliff — financially and ethically. This primary is a referendum on those practices, particularly on Long Island, and my opponent is the poster child for the type of backroom politics and deal making in Albany that have made our state the highest taxed state in the nation and the worst place to do business.”
Jun 24th - 12:33 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Friday praised the announcement from President Obama that the iconic Stonewall Inn in New York City would be designated a national monument.
The monument for Stonewall. the site of a 1969 riot following a police raid, is the first designation to commemorate LGBT rights and history.
“There is no more fitting location for the first monument to LGBT history than Christopher Park across from the Stonewall Inn,” Cuomo said in a statement.
“Since 1969, New York has led the nation in the fight for LGBT rights. The Stonewall Uprising sparked a movement that we still feel to this day, and I am proud that we uphold that legacy by continuing to push for equal rights for all New Yorkers.”
The designation comes five years to do the day New York’s state Senate adopted a measure to legalize same-sex marriage in New York, a move that was followed up by the U.S. Supreme Court recognizing gay marriages in all 50 states four years later.
The monument will preserve Christopher Park across from Stonewall Inn, as a national monument to LGBT history in the U.S. The designation came after Cuomo in April approved a bill that allowed the city of New York to transfer Christopher Park to the U.S. government in order to create a park, or monument for historic purpose.