Gotham Gazette Gotham Gazette is an online publication covering New York policy and politics as well as news on public safety, transportation, education, finance and more. http://www.gothamgazette.com/component/tags/tag/abny 2017-10-20T07:14:01+00:00 Webmaster webmaster@gothamgazette.com Focused on Fighting Trump, is Schneiderman Looking Away from Albany Reform? 2017-06-27T04:00:00+00:00 2017-06-27T04:00:00+00:00 http://www.gothamgazette.com/?id=7035:focused-on-fighting-trump-schneiderman-looks-away-from-albany-reform Ben Max <p><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2017/ag_schneiderman_via_schneiderman.jpg" alt="ag schneiderman via schneiderman" width="640" height="427" /></p> <p>AG Eric Schneiderman (photo: @Schneiderman)</p> <hr /> <p>New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has quickly become one of President Donald Trump’s leading opponents, using the levers of his office to litigate against Trump’s policies, and has put New York at the forefront of efforts to resist the new Republican administration’s agenda.</p> <p>Speaking at a Tuesday breakfast event hosted by the Association For A Better New York (ABNY), Schneiderman, a second-term Democrat, discussed his role in the Trump era, which has made his focus much more on Washington, D.C. than Albany, New York, the state capital where Schneiderman has worked as a state senator and sought reforms to the state’s election and government ethics laws.</p> <p>The focus of the ABNY event Tuesday morning was Schneiderman’s approach to Trump. The attorney general emphasized New York’s fundamental principle of openness and reiterated his pledge to fight President Trump’s travel ban on people from six Muslim-majority countries. “New York values of mutual respect, pluralism, and common sense are more important than ever,” he said to a room of around 250 people at the Sheraton Hotel in Midtown Manhattan. “As long as I am your Attorney General, I promise to do everything I can to stand up for those values and defend all the people I represent &nbsp;in the challenges we face together.”</p> <p>He also described his approach toward the legislation that seeks to repeal the Affordable Care Act, which may soon receive a vote in the U.S. Senate. “If the version of the health care bill proposed last week ever becomes law, I’ve promised to go to court to challenge it – and protect New Yorkers from these wrongheaded and unconstitutional provisions,” he said.</p> <p>In a lighthearted moment, Schneiderman described the experience of quarreling with Trump over the years, even before Trump ran for President. In 2013, Schneiderman filed suit against the real estate mogul for his fraudulent for-profit college Trump University. The president settled in 2016 for $25 million.</p> <p>Schneiderman noted he has learned to ignore Twitter, a favored Trump medium that the president has long-used to attack Schneiderman and others, and how Trump consistently pulls out all the stops against people when he feels threatened by them. Schneiderman read aloud a few insulting <a href="https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/482153112279724032" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">tweets</a> that Trump has sent about him over the years. The attorney general also recalled when the New York Observer, owned by Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner, published a cover depicting Schneiderman as “Clockwork Eric,” likening him to the 1971 movie “A Clockwork Orange” character Alex DeLarge, who is a violent rapist. The paper published an accompanying <a href="http://observer.com/2014/02/the-politics-and-power-of-a-g-schneiderman/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">feature</a> on Schneiderman that accused him of “political opportunism,” “vindictiveness,” and cast doubt on his investigation into Trump.</p> <p>When he did mention more local state affairs, Schneiderman cited passage of legislation to end the so-called gun show loophole and development of a drug tracking system, along with changing his office’s mentality. “Consistent with my goal of keeping New York competitive, we have shifted the culture of our office by making it clear that lawyers on my team don’t just get credit for catching bad guys; they also get credit for helping good guys,” said Schneiderman, who succeeded Governor Andrew Cuomo as attorney general.</p> <p>State government was a distant second to national matters as they relate to New York, in keeping with the event’s intended purpose. The media advisory announcing the event stated Schneiderman was expected to “discuss his work fighting Trump Administration policies that he believes threaten New Yorkers and the rule of law. Attorney General Schneiderman will detail his office’s efforts on both fronts and articulate his priorities for the future in the fight to defend New York.”</p> <p>While it made sense for Schneiderman to omit state government ethics and voting reform from his remarks, the attorney general was holding his first public speaking event since the end of the scheduled legislative session in Albany, which included none of the reforms Schneiderman has proposed. Tuesday’s event was representative of a shift in focus by Schneiderman away from state reforms and toward taking on federal government policies with the aim of fighting for New Yorkers against a new presidential administration and Republican-controlled Congress.&nbsp;</p> <p>A spokesperson for Attorney General Schneiderman disputed this observation. “He can walk and chew gum at the same time, and that’s exactly what he’s been doing,” wrote Amy Spitalnick, the Schneiderman spokesperson, in an email to Gotham Gazette. But, while Schneiderman does oversee a large and busy office, the attorney general has been quiet regarding state reforms in recent months as major decisions are made in the state capital. Schneiderman's office explained that representatives from the AG's office have met with legislative leaders, relevant committee chairs, and advocates about Schneiderman's proposals.</p> <p>A review of Schneiderman’s May and June <a href="https://ag.ny.gov/press-releases" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">press releases</a> show that as the legislative year in Albany headed toward underwhelmingly conclusion, the attorney general spoke out against President Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris Accords; filed suit against Trump regarding energy efficiency standards; challenged the EPA on toxic pesticides; criticized Secretary of Education Betsy Devos over discontinuing student loan forgiveness policies; announced opposition to potential regulatory rollback in Senate legislation; voiced concern over infringement upon New Yorker’s contraceptive rights by Trump administration policies; and reaffirmed New York’s commitment to protecting so-called sanctuary city statuses; along with other pushbacks against policies originating in Washington.</p> <p>Schneiderman’s main public efforts have been to, as he sees it, protect New Yorkers from the new president’s policies, many of which he believes threaten New Yorkers rights and needed services. Schneiderman was the subject of profiles in major outlets such as Politico and New York Magazine, both focused on his efforts against Trump. Meanwhile, Schneiderman hired Revolution Messaging, Senator Bernie Sanders’ digital consulting group in April , to work on his political team -- the AG is expected to seek a third term in 2018, but is also regarded as a certain gubernatorial candidate when Cuomo is no longer in the picture.</p> <p>But the attorney general’s office insists that Schneiderman has been attentive to Albany-related efforts. “Anyone who follows the AG’s work knows he’s been very engaged in the fight for voting and ethics reform, including proposing his own legislative packages on both issues,” the Spitalnick wrote. “That’s in addition to his push to strengthen tenant protections, protect cost-free access to birth control, and more.”</p> <p>While he has been quiet on both recently, Schneiderman has pushed election and government ethics reforms. In February, he introduced the New York Votes Act, a bill that would institute automatic and same-day voting registration along with early voting. On ethics reform for the scandal-plagued state government, in May 2015 Schneiderman introduced legislation that would give investigatory powers to the attorney general to prosecute corruption by officeholders, ban lawmakers from receiving outside income, and make campaign donation laws more restrictive. None of Schneiderman’s proposals on these two fronts have made it into law, opposed at various turns by the powers that be in Albany, including Governor Andrew Cuomo, the Democratic majority in the Assembly, and the Republican-led majority in the Senate.</p> <p>Asked for recent examples of how Schneiderman has pushed his electoral and ethics proposals, or for any plans to get them moving, the AG’s office pointed to examples in the more distant past. Schneiderman does not appear to have held a public event, issued a press release, or written an op-ed on either voting or ethics reform since February, when he released his electoral reform package. The state budget was passed in early April and the scheduled legislative session ended last week, both without any of these reforms.</p> <p>Speaking with reporters following his Tuesday ABNY speech, the attorney general said the legislative session ending without ethics reform was a missed opportunity. “I think that it is essential that the state government show an ability to, and a willingness to, reform,” he said in response to a question from Gotham Gazette. “Otherwise, we're just going to have more scandals and a further erosion of public confidence.”</p> <p>“The willingness to get it done is there and I think there is an unfortunate tendency to cling to the status quo,” he added, though he did not cite evidence of the existence of any “willingness” and his spokesperson did not explain what he meant when asked in a follow-up email.</p> <p>Corruption has plagued New York’s capital for years, with legislator after legislator removed from office because of ethical scandal. Recently, former State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and former Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos were convicted separately on public corruption charges. Not long after that, charges were announced against nine associates of and donors to Gov. Cuomo in a massive alleged bid-rigging scandal. In September 2016, Schneiderman’s office <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/23/nyregion/cuomo-former-aides-charges.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">brought charges </a>against two former Cuomo aides along with state official Alain Kaloyeros as part of that scandal. In March, Schneiderman’s office also <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/23/nyregion/robert-ortt-george-maziarz.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">charged</a> state Senator Robert Ortt and former state Senator George Maziarz for embezzling funds, though the charges against Ortt were dismissed by a judge on Tuesday.</p> <p>Despite months of inaction on election and ethics reforms in Albany, Schneiderman said Tuesday he is hopeful. “I do really believe that we are at a point where the public is demanding reform and there are enough legislators who get the need and are willing to get a step towards it,” he said in the gaggle. “So I think that's something which should be coming.”</p> <p> </p> <p><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2017/ag_schneiderman_via_schneiderman.jpg" alt="ag schneiderman via schneiderman" width="640" height="427" /></p> <p>AG Eric Schneiderman (photo: @Schneiderman)</p> <hr /> <p>New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has quickly become one of President Donald Trump’s leading opponents, using the levers of his office to litigate against Trump’s policies, and has put New York at the forefront of efforts to resist the new Republican administration’s agenda.</p> <p>Speaking at a Tuesday breakfast event hosted by the Association For A Better New York (ABNY), Schneiderman, a second-term Democrat, discussed his role in the Trump era, which has made his focus much more on Washington, D.C. than Albany, New York, the state capital where Schneiderman has worked as a state senator and sought reforms to the state’s election and government ethics laws.</p> <p>The focus of the ABNY event Tuesday morning was Schneiderman’s approach to Trump. The attorney general emphasized New York’s fundamental principle of openness and reiterated his pledge to fight President Trump’s travel ban on people from six Muslim-majority countries. “New York values of mutual respect, pluralism, and common sense are more important than ever,” he said to a room of around 250 people at the Sheraton Hotel in Midtown Manhattan. “As long as I am your Attorney General, I promise to do everything I can to stand up for those values and defend all the people I represent &nbsp;in the challenges we face together.”</p> <p>He also described his approach toward the legislation that seeks to repeal the Affordable Care Act, which may soon receive a vote in the U.S. Senate. “If the version of the health care bill proposed last week ever becomes law, I’ve promised to go to court to challenge it – and protect New Yorkers from these wrongheaded and unconstitutional provisions,” he said.</p> <p>In a lighthearted moment, Schneiderman described the experience of quarreling with Trump over the years, even before Trump ran for President. In 2013, Schneiderman filed suit against the real estate mogul for his fraudulent for-profit college Trump University. The president settled in 2016 for $25 million.</p> <p>Schneiderman noted he has learned to ignore Twitter, a favored Trump medium that the president has long-used to attack Schneiderman and others, and how Trump consistently pulls out all the stops against people when he feels threatened by them. Schneiderman read aloud a few insulting <a href="https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/482153112279724032" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">tweets</a> that Trump has sent about him over the years. The attorney general also recalled when the New York Observer, owned by Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner, published a cover depicting Schneiderman as “Clockwork Eric,” likening him to the 1971 movie “A Clockwork Orange” character Alex DeLarge, who is a violent rapist. The paper published an accompanying <a href="http://observer.com/2014/02/the-politics-and-power-of-a-g-schneiderman/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">feature</a> on Schneiderman that accused him of “political opportunism,” “vindictiveness,” and cast doubt on his investigation into Trump.</p> <p>When he did mention more local state affairs, Schneiderman cited passage of legislation to end the so-called gun show loophole and development of a drug tracking system, along with changing his office’s mentality. “Consistent with my goal of keeping New York competitive, we have shifted the culture of our office by making it clear that lawyers on my team don’t just get credit for catching bad guys; they also get credit for helping good guys,” said Schneiderman, who succeeded Governor Andrew Cuomo as attorney general.</p> <p>State government was a distant second to national matters as they relate to New York, in keeping with the event’s intended purpose. The media advisory announcing the event stated Schneiderman was expected to “discuss his work fighting Trump Administration policies that he believes threaten New Yorkers and the rule of law. Attorney General Schneiderman will detail his office’s efforts on both fronts and articulate his priorities for the future in the fight to defend New York.”</p> <p>While it made sense for Schneiderman to omit state government ethics and voting reform from his remarks, the attorney general was holding his first public speaking event since the end of the scheduled legislative session in Albany, which included none of the reforms Schneiderman has proposed. Tuesday’s event was representative of a shift in focus by Schneiderman away from state reforms and toward taking on federal government policies with the aim of fighting for New Yorkers against a new presidential administration and Republican-controlled Congress.&nbsp;</p> <p>A spokesperson for Attorney General Schneiderman disputed this observation. “He can walk and chew gum at the same time, and that’s exactly what he’s been doing,” wrote Amy Spitalnick, the Schneiderman spokesperson, in an email to Gotham Gazette. But, while Schneiderman does oversee a large and busy office, the attorney general has been quiet regarding state reforms in recent months as major decisions are made in the state capital. Schneiderman's office explained that representatives from the AG's office have met with legislative leaders, relevant committee chairs, and advocates about Schneiderman's proposals.</p> <p>A review of Schneiderman’s May and June <a href="https://ag.ny.gov/press-releases" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">press releases</a> show that as the legislative year in Albany headed toward underwhelmingly conclusion, the attorney general spoke out against President Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris Accords; filed suit against Trump regarding energy efficiency standards; challenged the EPA on toxic pesticides; criticized Secretary of Education Betsy Devos over discontinuing student loan forgiveness policies; announced opposition to potential regulatory rollback in Senate legislation; voiced concern over infringement upon New Yorker’s contraceptive rights by Trump administration policies; and reaffirmed New York’s commitment to protecting so-called sanctuary city statuses; along with other pushbacks against policies originating in Washington.</p> <p>Schneiderman’s main public efforts have been to, as he sees it, protect New Yorkers from the new president’s policies, many of which he believes threaten New Yorkers rights and needed services. Schneiderman was the subject of profiles in major outlets such as Politico and New York Magazine, both focused on his efforts against Trump. Meanwhile, Schneiderman hired Revolution Messaging, Senator Bernie Sanders’ digital consulting group in April , to work on his political team -- the AG is expected to seek a third term in 2018, but is also regarded as a certain gubernatorial candidate when Cuomo is no longer in the picture.</p> <p>But the attorney general’s office insists that Schneiderman has been attentive to Albany-related efforts. “Anyone who follows the AG’s work knows he’s been very engaged in the fight for voting and ethics reform, including proposing his own legislative packages on both issues,” the Spitalnick wrote. “That’s in addition to his push to strengthen tenant protections, protect cost-free access to birth control, and more.”</p> <p>While he has been quiet on both recently, Schneiderman has pushed election and government ethics reforms. In February, he introduced the New York Votes Act, a bill that would institute automatic and same-day voting registration along with early voting. On ethics reform for the scandal-plagued state government, in May 2015 Schneiderman introduced legislation that would give investigatory powers to the attorney general to prosecute corruption by officeholders, ban lawmakers from receiving outside income, and make campaign donation laws more restrictive. None of Schneiderman’s proposals on these two fronts have made it into law, opposed at various turns by the powers that be in Albany, including Governor Andrew Cuomo, the Democratic majority in the Assembly, and the Republican-led majority in the Senate.</p> <p>Asked for recent examples of how Schneiderman has pushed his electoral and ethics proposals, or for any plans to get them moving, the AG’s office pointed to examples in the more distant past. Schneiderman does not appear to have held a public event, issued a press release, or written an op-ed on either voting or ethics reform since February, when he released his electoral reform package. The state budget was passed in early April and the scheduled legislative session ended last week, both without any of these reforms.</p> <p>Speaking with reporters following his Tuesday ABNY speech, the attorney general said the legislative session ending without ethics reform was a missed opportunity. “I think that it is essential that the state government show an ability to, and a willingness to, reform,” he said in response to a question from Gotham Gazette. “Otherwise, we're just going to have more scandals and a further erosion of public confidence.”</p> <p>“The willingness to get it done is there and I think there is an unfortunate tendency to cling to the status quo,” he added, though he did not cite evidence of the existence of any “willingness” and his spokesperson did not explain what he meant when asked in a follow-up email.</p> <p>Corruption has plagued New York’s capital for years, with legislator after legislator removed from office because of ethical scandal. Recently, former State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and former Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos were convicted separately on public corruption charges. Not long after that, charges were announced against nine associates of and donors to Gov. Cuomo in a massive alleged bid-rigging scandal. In September 2016, Schneiderman’s office <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/23/nyregion/cuomo-former-aides-charges.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">brought charges </a>against two former Cuomo aides along with state official Alain Kaloyeros as part of that scandal. In March, Schneiderman’s office also <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/23/nyregion/robert-ortt-george-maziarz.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">charged</a> state Senator Robert Ortt and former state Senator George Maziarz for embezzling funds, though the charges against Ortt were dismissed by a judge on Tuesday.</p> <p>Despite months of inaction on election and ethics reforms in Albany, Schneiderman said Tuesday he is hopeful. “I do really believe that we are at a point where the public is demanding reform and there are enough legislators who get the need and are willing to get a step towards it,” he said in the gaggle. “So I think that's something which should be coming.”</p> <p> </p> The Week Ahead in New York Politics, December 7 2015-12-06T21:57:46+00:00 2015-12-06T21:57:46+00:00 http://www.gothamgazette.com/?id=6020:the-week-ahead-in-new-york-politics-dec-7 Super User <p><img alt="New York City Hall" src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2014/03/640px-New_York_City_Hall.jpg" height="450" width="600" /></p> <p><span style="font-size: 10pt;">New York City Hall</span></p> <hr /> <p style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;<em style="text-align: center;">***Do you have events or topics for us to include in an upcoming Week Ahead in New York Politics?<br /></em><em>E-mail Gotham Gazette editor Ben Max:&nbsp;<a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com">bmax@gothamgazette.com</a>***</em></p> <p><strong>What to watch for this week in New York politics:</strong></p> <p><strong>Monday<br /></strong>On Monday, Mayor Bill de Blasio will&nbsp;attend the memorial service for John E. Zuccotti. At 12:30 p.m., "the Mayor will deliver remarks at NYPD's Clergy All-In Conference at One Police Plaza." At about 2:45 p.m. at the Staten Island South Shore YMCA, "the Mayor and First Lady Chirlane McCray will host a press conference to make an announcement related to substance misuse."</p> <p>On Monday morning in Albany, leading experts on the New York State Constitution and the prospects for a Constitutional Convention will hold a media “boot camp.” The event will include Gerald Benjamin of SUNY New Paltz; constitutional scholars Christopher Bopst and Peter Galie; Richard Brodsky, senior fellow at Demos and former Assembly member; and Henry M. Greenberg, chair of the New York State Bar Association’s Committee on the New York State Constitution and former counsel to the New York State attorney general. “The event is sponsored by the Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government of the State University of New York, New York State Bar Association, Government Law Center of Albany Law School, state League of Women Voters, Siena Research Institute and New York News Publishers Association.”&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr">On Monday at 10 a.m. at City Hall, the push for Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) intensifies: “Public Advocate Letitia James, Council Member Donovan Richards, Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer and the “BRT For NYC” Coalition will co-host a press conference to announce increased community support for bringing high-quality bus rapid transit to Queens. The “BRT For NYC” Coalition will be represented by ABNY, NYPIRG Straphangers Campaign, New York League of Conservation Voters, Pratt Center for Community Development, Riders Alliance, Tri-State Transportation Campaign, Transportation Alternatives, Transit Workers Union Local 100, and Working Families Party. Bus riders and members of the Queens community will also be in attendance.” [Read our recent look at the issue: <a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/government/5991-all-aboard-the-brt-express" target="_blank">All Abord the BRT Express?</a>]</p> <p dir="ltr">At the <a href="http://legistar.council.nyc.gov/Calendar.aspx" target="_blank">City Council</a> on Monday:</p> <ul> <li dir="ltr">At 10 a.m., the Committee on Finance will meet to discuss a bill about expanding the Metrotech Area Business Improvement District.</li> <li dir="ltr">At 11 a.m., the Committee on Rules, Privileges and Elections will meet, agenda TBD.</li> <li dir="ltr">At 1:30 a.m. on Monday, the City Council will have a Stated Meeting, prefaced as always by the Speaker’s pre-stated press conference, set for 12:30 p.m.</li> </ul> <p>At noon, before the Council’s stated meeting, there will be a rally at City Hall to unveil “First-of-its-kind NYC Council legislation to be unveiled cracking down on deadbeat companies that stiff the city’s 1.3 million.” Members of the Freelancers Union, other labor reps including from the UFT and 32BJ, other activists, and several City Council members led Brad Lander, Laurie Cumbo, Rafael Espinal, Steve Levin, and Margaret Chin <a href="https://www.eventbrite.com/e/rally-to-pass-the-freelanceisntfree-bill-tickets-19690053480" target="_blank">will hold</a> a rally at the steps of City Hall to pass legislation protecting New York City’s freelancers. [Read our recent look at the issue: <a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/government/5971-city-council-developing-new-protections-for-workers-in-gig-economy" target="_blank">City Council Developing New Protections for Workers in ‘Gig’ Economy</a>]&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr">As the week begins, City Council Member Jumaane Williams is in Washington, DC from Sunday to Tuesday “attending the <a href="http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?f=0010IeYMMHdXPBAyOcAGg3NEDCUNLjJUcShnt4es7ggEhsxmGTvVxd9i4dP7E9fqaSntJn0Zs05visfv9iXepdtKq7jUg7nZZlZymx1TUl6meTlRnP0DHp__etemHeKTjEgmZuwbmu3_XzPNNZF05ge1xmgbdvocUvBa2g9ZOXEGB8=&amp;c=8cU0O04C-yHYB2Q34HXfzDAefTS6CTmx8r_0pitHUy2tW5hreIg4Jg==&amp;ch=bT-YamHPEc4TkA3BHSD8me6g6uh9wG3mnMf3qqWddZR2Qo4yHZcK7w==" target="_blank">Joint Center for Political &amp; Economic Studies</a>' bi-annual Roundtable Discussion being held at George Washington Law School.” It is a conference “for a select group of 25 elected officials of color from across the nation will feature discussions regarding policy innovations.”</p> <p dir="ltr">At the <a href="http://assembly.state.ny.us/leg/?sh=hear" target="_blank">State Legislature</a> on Monday: at 11 a.m., the Assembly Standing Committee on Environmental Conservation and the Assembly Climate Change Work Group will hold a joint hearing on climate change.</p> <p dir="ltr">On Monday at noon, The New York City Bar Association is hosting a “<a href="https://services.nycbar.org/iMIS/Events/Event_Display.aspx?EventKey=SEN120715&amp;WebsiteKey=f71e12f3-524e-4f8c-a5f7-0d16ce7b3314" target="_blank">Lunch and Public Policy Discussion</a>” with Gale A. Brewer, Manhattan Borough President.</p> <p dir="ltr">On Monday at 5:30 p.m. at Queens Borough Hall, “The Queens Borough Board, chaired by Borough President Katz, will hear details from the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation (NYC Parks) Commissioner Mitchell J. Silver, FAICP about the department’s new “Parks Without Borders” program, which aims to make New York City public parks more open, welcoming, and beautiful by focusing on improving park entrances and edges, and park-adjacent spaces.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Monday at 7 p.m. at The New School, “Politics and Policy: The Latino Vote and The 2016 US Presidential Election” with City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, among others, offering “a fresh examination of the role of Latinos in the 2016 election. Featuring a panel of journalists, pollsters, and political insiders, we’ll explore political, demographic and economic trends that will shape the outcome in 2016.” <a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/#.VmSlpWSDGkq" target="_blank">The event</a> is organized by Feet in 2 Worlds, The Center for New York City Affairs and the Milano School.</p> <p dir="ltr">On Monday at 8 p.m., city Comptroller Scott Stringer will deliver remarks&nbsp;"at West Side Federation of Neighborhood and Block Associations Annual Holiday Party."</p> <p><strong>Tuesday</strong><br />At the <a href="http://legistar.council.nyc.gov/Calendar.aspx" target="_blank">City Council</a> on Tuesday: at 10 a.m., the Committee on Public Safety will meet to discuss two bills related to New York City crossing guard deployment.</p> <p dir="ltr">At the <a href="http://assembly.state.ny.us/leg/?sh=hear" target="_blank">New York State Legislature</a> on Tuesday:</p> <ul> <li dir="ltr">At 10 a.m. in Manhattan, a joint committee hearing on Daily Fantasy Sports in New York will be held by the Assembly Standing Committee on Racing and Wagering, the Assembly Standing Committee on Consumer Affairs and Protection, and the Assembly Legislative Commission on Administrative Regulations Review.</li> <li dir="ltr">At 10:30 a.m. in Albany, a joint committee hearing about law-enforcement officials using body cameras will be held by the Assembly Standing Committee on Codes, the Assembly Standing Committee on Judiciary, and the Assembly Standing Committee on Governmental Operations.</li> </ul> <p dir="ltr">Beginning at 8 a.m. Tuesday, a “<a href="https://www.eventbrite.com/e/city-state-public-projects-forum-tickets-18909139746" target="_blank">Public Projects Forum</a>” hosted by City &amp; State NY will have Noam Bramson, Mayor of New Rochelle, NY; Reginald Spinello, Mayor of Glen Cove, NY; Commissioner Feniosky Pena-Mora, NYC Department of Design &amp; Construction; and Holly Leicht, Regional Administrator, Housing &amp; Urban Development; speak about the upcoming public projects in the tristate area.</p> <p dir="ltr">On Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. at Queens Borough Hall, “The Queens Borough Cabinet, chaired by Borough President Melinda Katz, will hear a briefing from the New York City Police Department (NYPD) on its current counterterrorism efforts in light of recent events in this county and abroad. The briefing will include a review of new counterterrorism technologies employed by the NYPD. In addition, the Fire Department of New York’s (FDNY’s) Fire Education Safety Team will deliver a presentation on how City residents can best keep their homes safe during the holiday season. Also, the Mayor’s Office of Technology and Innovation will deliver a presentation on the implementation of the Neighborhoods.nyc domain, which has launched nearly 400 online hubs for civic engagement, information sharing and economic development.”&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Wednesday</strong><br />At 10 a.m. Wednesday,<a href="http://www.manhattancc.org/events/The-Manhattan-Chamber-of-Commerce-Quarterly-Chairman's-Breakfast-2050/details" target="_blank"> The Manhattan Chamber of Commerce Quarterly Chairman's Breakfast</a> will take on the presidential transition and the need for the most carefully planned transition in United States history in anticipation of January 20, 2017. [Read an op-ed on the subject from Manhattan Chamber of Commerce Chair Ken Biberaj and David Eagles of Partnership for Public Service: <a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/opinion/6012-lets-be-prepared-for-americas-biggest-corporate-takeover" target="_blank">Let’s Be Prepared for America’s Biggest Corporate Takeover</a>]&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr">At the <a href="http://legistar.council.nyc.gov/Calendar.aspx" target="_blank">City Council</a> on Wednesday:</p> <ul> <li dir="ltr">At 10 a.m., the Committee on Health will meet to discuss a bill to create two new health-focused city government bodies and another that would require the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene “to post a New York City map on its website of the clinics they run, comprehensive care and primary care facilities run by the Health and Hospitals Corporation, voluntary non-profit and publicly sponsored diagnostic and treatment centers, and federally qualified health centers.”</li> <li dir="ltr">At 10 a.m., the Committee on General Welfare will hold an oversight hearing on the city’s efforts to address “the homelessness crisis.” [Read <a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/government/5994-as-homelessness-crisis-continues-shelter-siting-questions-intensify" target="_blank">our recent look at issues related to how and where homeless shelters are sited</a>.]</li> <li dir="ltr">At 1 p.m., the Committees on Aging and Finance will meet for a joint oversight hearing on the city’s “efforts to conduct outreach” and boost registration for the Rent Freeze Program; and on a new a bill that would “require the Department of Finance to include a notification regarding preferential rent on certain documents related to the NYC Rent Freeze Program.”</li> <li dir="ltr">At 1 p.m., the Committee on Civil Rights will meet to discuss four bills regarding the city’s human rights law.</li> <li dir="ltr">At 1 p.m., the Committee on Immigration will have an oversight hearing about “Resources Available in New York City for Unaccompanied Minors.”</li> </ul> <p dir="ltr">At the <a href="http://assembly.state.ny.us/leg/?sh=hear" target="_blank">New York State Legislature</a> on Wednesday:</p> <ul> <li dir="ltr">At noon in Manhattan, the Assembly Standing Committees on Labor and Small Business as well as the Assembly Commission on Skills Development and Careers Education will hold a joint oversight hearing on the state’s apprenticeship programs.</li> <li dir="ltr">At 1 p.m. in Albany, the Assembly Standing Committee on Real Property Taxation will hold an oversight hearing on the 2015-2016 budget plan.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Thursday</strong><br />At the <a href="http://legistar.council.nyc.gov/Calendar.aspx" target="_blank">City Council</a> on Thursday:</p> <ul> <li dir="ltr">At 10 a.m., the Committee on Housing and Buildings meet on three bills. The first would create a Department of Buildings-headed task force that would assess the dangers posed by construction sites to motorists and pedestrians and submit recommendations to the City Council and mayor about measures proposed to minimize the hazard. The other two bills would raise penalties for working without a permit and for violating stop work directives.</li> <li dir="ltr">At 10:30 a.m., the Subcommittee on Planning, Dispositions and Concessions will review two land use applications.</li> <li dir="ltr">At 11 a.m., the Committee on Land Use will review five applications.</li> <li dir="ltr">At 1 p.m., the Committee on Civil Service and Labor and the Committee on Higher Education will have a joint oversight hearing on “Establishing the Murphy Institute as a new CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies.”</li> </ul> <p dir="ltr">At the <a href="http://assembly.state.ny.us/leg/?sh=hear" target="_blank">New York State Legislature</a> on Thursday: at 10:30 a.m. in Manhattan, the Assembly Standing Committee on Election Law and the Assembly Standing Subcommittee on Election Day Operations and Voter Disenfranchisement will hold a joint oversight hearing about “Enhancing the voter experience, preventing voter disenfranchisement and improving emergency voting protocols.”</p> <p dir="ltr">At 8:30 a.m. at Civic Hall on Thursday, Scott Stringer’s <a href="https://twitter.com/scottmstringer/status/671474583002853377" target="_blank">Red Tape Commission</a> will meet in Manhattan to hear suggestions from small business owners and others.</p> <p dir="ltr">On Thursday, the Staten Island Borough Board is expected to vote on Mayor de Blasio's two rezoning amendment proposals. It will be the fifth borough to do so - the other four have voted against them, sometimes with lists of conditions that the advisory boards would like to see made to revised proposals.</p> <p dir="ltr">At 4 p.m. Thursday, the New York City Campaign Finance Board holds a “<a href="http://www.nyccfb.info/about/calendar/new-cfb-1" target="_blank">New to the CFB</a>” session.</p> <p dir="ltr">At 6 p.m. Thursday: “Power Lines: Race, Class, The City &amp; Its Schools,” <a href="http://www.thegreenespace.org/events/thegreenespace/2015/dec/10/power-lines-race-class-city-its-schools/" target="_blank">a discussion</a> about segregation in New York City schools.</p> <p><strong>Friday and the weekend</strong><br />At the <a href="http://assembly.state.ny.us/leg/?sh=hear" target="_blank">New York State Legislature</a> on Friday: at 10:30 a.m. in Manhattan, a hearing of the Assembly Standing Committee on Tourism, Parks, Arts and Sports Development regarding “Injuries in combative sports.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer is launching a Manhattan Youth Council, and is holding an initial information session on Friday afternoon at her offices. “High school students from across Manhattan are invited to meet and talk with Borough President Gale Brewer about the issues that matter most to you...Young people who live, work, or attend school in Manhattan can <a href="https://go.madmimi.com/redirects/1449268325-d12c165ed357d5dc005c17a8f0bfdd20-98399a7?pa=35173649382" target="_blank">sign up here</a>.”</p> <p>***<br />Have events or topics for us to include in an upcoming Week Ahead in New York Politics? E-mail Gotham Gazette executive editor Ben Max any time:&nbsp;<a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com">bmax@gothamgazette.com</a>&nbsp;(please use "For Week Ahead" as email subject).</p> <p>***<br />by Konstantine Beridze, Ryan Brady, and Ben Max<br /><a href="https://twitter.com/GothamGazette" target="_blank">@GothamGazette</a></p> <p><img alt="New York City Hall" src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2014/03/640px-New_York_City_Hall.jpg" height="450" width="600" /></p> <p><span style="font-size: 10pt;">New York City Hall</span></p> <hr /> <p style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;<em style="text-align: center;">***Do you have events or topics for us to include in an upcoming Week Ahead in New York Politics?<br /></em><em>E-mail Gotham Gazette editor Ben Max:&nbsp;<a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com">bmax@gothamgazette.com</a>***</em></p> <p><strong>What to watch for this week in New York politics:</strong></p> <p><strong>Monday<br /></strong>On Monday, Mayor Bill de Blasio will&nbsp;attend the memorial service for John E. Zuccotti. At 12:30 p.m., "the Mayor will deliver remarks at NYPD's Clergy All-In Conference at One Police Plaza." At about 2:45 p.m. at the Staten Island South Shore YMCA, "the Mayor and First Lady Chirlane McCray will host a press conference to make an announcement related to substance misuse."</p> <p>On Monday morning in Albany, leading experts on the New York State Constitution and the prospects for a Constitutional Convention will hold a media “boot camp.” The event will include Gerald Benjamin of SUNY New Paltz; constitutional scholars Christopher Bopst and Peter Galie; Richard Brodsky, senior fellow at Demos and former Assembly member; and Henry M. Greenberg, chair of the New York State Bar Association’s Committee on the New York State Constitution and former counsel to the New York State attorney general. “The event is sponsored by the Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government of the State University of New York, New York State Bar Association, Government Law Center of Albany Law School, state League of Women Voters, Siena Research Institute and New York News Publishers Association.”&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr">On Monday at 10 a.m. at City Hall, the push for Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) intensifies: “Public Advocate Letitia James, Council Member Donovan Richards, Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer and the “BRT For NYC” Coalition will co-host a press conference to announce increased community support for bringing high-quality bus rapid transit to Queens. The “BRT For NYC” Coalition will be represented by ABNY, NYPIRG Straphangers Campaign, New York League of Conservation Voters, Pratt Center for Community Development, Riders Alliance, Tri-State Transportation Campaign, Transportation Alternatives, Transit Workers Union Local 100, and Working Families Party. Bus riders and members of the Queens community will also be in attendance.” [Read our recent look at the issue: <a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/government/5991-all-aboard-the-brt-express" target="_blank">All Abord the BRT Express?</a>]</p> <p dir="ltr">At the <a href="http://legistar.council.nyc.gov/Calendar.aspx" target="_blank">City Council</a> on Monday:</p> <ul> <li dir="ltr">At 10 a.m., the Committee on Finance will meet to discuss a bill about expanding the Metrotech Area Business Improvement District.</li> <li dir="ltr">At 11 a.m., the Committee on Rules, Privileges and Elections will meet, agenda TBD.</li> <li dir="ltr">At 1:30 a.m. on Monday, the City Council will have a Stated Meeting, prefaced as always by the Speaker’s pre-stated press conference, set for 12:30 p.m.</li> </ul> <p>At noon, before the Council’s stated meeting, there will be a rally at City Hall to unveil “First-of-its-kind NYC Council legislation to be unveiled cracking down on deadbeat companies that stiff the city’s 1.3 million.” Members of the Freelancers Union, other labor reps including from the UFT and 32BJ, other activists, and several City Council members led Brad Lander, Laurie Cumbo, Rafael Espinal, Steve Levin, and Margaret Chin <a href="https://www.eventbrite.com/e/rally-to-pass-the-freelanceisntfree-bill-tickets-19690053480" target="_blank">will hold</a> a rally at the steps of City Hall to pass legislation protecting New York City’s freelancers. [Read our recent look at the issue: <a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/government/5971-city-council-developing-new-protections-for-workers-in-gig-economy" target="_blank">City Council Developing New Protections for Workers in ‘Gig’ Economy</a>]&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr">As the week begins, City Council Member Jumaane Williams is in Washington, DC from Sunday to Tuesday “attending the <a href="http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?f=0010IeYMMHdXPBAyOcAGg3NEDCUNLjJUcShnt4es7ggEhsxmGTvVxd9i4dP7E9fqaSntJn0Zs05visfv9iXepdtKq7jUg7nZZlZymx1TUl6meTlRnP0DHp__etemHeKTjEgmZuwbmu3_XzPNNZF05ge1xmgbdvocUvBa2g9ZOXEGB8=&amp;c=8cU0O04C-yHYB2Q34HXfzDAefTS6CTmx8r_0pitHUy2tW5hreIg4Jg==&amp;ch=bT-YamHPEc4TkA3BHSD8me6g6uh9wG3mnMf3qqWddZR2Qo4yHZcK7w==" target="_blank">Joint Center for Political &amp; Economic Studies</a>' bi-annual Roundtable Discussion being held at George Washington Law School.” It is a conference “for a select group of 25 elected officials of color from across the nation will feature discussions regarding policy innovations.”</p> <p dir="ltr">At the <a href="http://assembly.state.ny.us/leg/?sh=hear" target="_blank">State Legislature</a> on Monday: at 11 a.m., the Assembly Standing Committee on Environmental Conservation and the Assembly Climate Change Work Group will hold a joint hearing on climate change.</p> <p dir="ltr">On Monday at noon, The New York City Bar Association is hosting a “<a href="https://services.nycbar.org/iMIS/Events/Event_Display.aspx?EventKey=SEN120715&amp;WebsiteKey=f71e12f3-524e-4f8c-a5f7-0d16ce7b3314" target="_blank">Lunch and Public Policy Discussion</a>” with Gale A. Brewer, Manhattan Borough President.</p> <p dir="ltr">On Monday at 5:30 p.m. at Queens Borough Hall, “The Queens Borough Board, chaired by Borough President Katz, will hear details from the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation (NYC Parks) Commissioner Mitchell J. Silver, FAICP about the department’s new “Parks Without Borders” program, which aims to make New York City public parks more open, welcoming, and beautiful by focusing on improving park entrances and edges, and park-adjacent spaces.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Monday at 7 p.m. at The New School, “Politics and Policy: The Latino Vote and The 2016 US Presidential Election” with City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, among others, offering “a fresh examination of the role of Latinos in the 2016 election. Featuring a panel of journalists, pollsters, and political insiders, we’ll explore political, demographic and economic trends that will shape the outcome in 2016.” <a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/#.VmSlpWSDGkq" target="_blank">The event</a> is organized by Feet in 2 Worlds, The Center for New York City Affairs and the Milano School.</p> <p dir="ltr">On Monday at 8 p.m., city Comptroller Scott Stringer will deliver remarks&nbsp;"at West Side Federation of Neighborhood and Block Associations Annual Holiday Party."</p> <p><strong>Tuesday</strong><br />At the <a href="http://legistar.council.nyc.gov/Calendar.aspx" target="_blank">City Council</a> on Tuesday: at 10 a.m., the Committee on Public Safety will meet to discuss two bills related to New York City crossing guard deployment.</p> <p dir="ltr">At the <a href="http://assembly.state.ny.us/leg/?sh=hear" target="_blank">New York State Legislature</a> on Tuesday:</p> <ul> <li dir="ltr">At 10 a.m. in Manhattan, a joint committee hearing on Daily Fantasy Sports in New York will be held by the Assembly Standing Committee on Racing and Wagering, the Assembly Standing Committee on Consumer Affairs and Protection, and the Assembly Legislative Commission on Administrative Regulations Review.</li> <li dir="ltr">At 10:30 a.m. in Albany, a joint committee hearing about law-enforcement officials using body cameras will be held by the Assembly Standing Committee on Codes, the Assembly Standing Committee on Judiciary, and the Assembly Standing Committee on Governmental Operations.</li> </ul> <p dir="ltr">Beginning at 8 a.m. Tuesday, a “<a href="https://www.eventbrite.com/e/city-state-public-projects-forum-tickets-18909139746" target="_blank">Public Projects Forum</a>” hosted by City &amp; State NY will have Noam Bramson, Mayor of New Rochelle, NY; Reginald Spinello, Mayor of Glen Cove, NY; Commissioner Feniosky Pena-Mora, NYC Department of Design &amp; Construction; and Holly Leicht, Regional Administrator, Housing &amp; Urban Development; speak about the upcoming public projects in the tristate area.</p> <p dir="ltr">On Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. at Queens Borough Hall, “The Queens Borough Cabinet, chaired by Borough President Melinda Katz, will hear a briefing from the New York City Police Department (NYPD) on its current counterterrorism efforts in light of recent events in this county and abroad. The briefing will include a review of new counterterrorism technologies employed by the NYPD. In addition, the Fire Department of New York’s (FDNY’s) Fire Education Safety Team will deliver a presentation on how City residents can best keep their homes safe during the holiday season. Also, the Mayor’s Office of Technology and Innovation will deliver a presentation on the implementation of the Neighborhoods.nyc domain, which has launched nearly 400 online hubs for civic engagement, information sharing and economic development.”&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Wednesday</strong><br />At 10 a.m. Wednesday,<a href="http://www.manhattancc.org/events/The-Manhattan-Chamber-of-Commerce-Quarterly-Chairman's-Breakfast-2050/details" target="_blank"> The Manhattan Chamber of Commerce Quarterly Chairman's Breakfast</a> will take on the presidential transition and the need for the most carefully planned transition in United States history in anticipation of January 20, 2017. [Read an op-ed on the subject from Manhattan Chamber of Commerce Chair Ken Biberaj and David Eagles of Partnership for Public Service: <a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/opinion/6012-lets-be-prepared-for-americas-biggest-corporate-takeover" target="_blank">Let’s Be Prepared for America’s Biggest Corporate Takeover</a>]&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr">At the <a href="http://legistar.council.nyc.gov/Calendar.aspx" target="_blank">City Council</a> on Wednesday:</p> <ul> <li dir="ltr">At 10 a.m., the Committee on Health will meet to discuss a bill to create two new health-focused city government bodies and another that would require the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene “to post a New York City map on its website of the clinics they run, comprehensive care and primary care facilities run by the Health and Hospitals Corporation, voluntary non-profit and publicly sponsored diagnostic and treatment centers, and federally qualified health centers.”</li> <li dir="ltr">At 10 a.m., the Committee on General Welfare will hold an oversight hearing on the city’s efforts to address “the homelessness crisis.” [Read <a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/government/5994-as-homelessness-crisis-continues-shelter-siting-questions-intensify" target="_blank">our recent look at issues related to how and where homeless shelters are sited</a>.]</li> <li dir="ltr">At 1 p.m., the Committees on Aging and Finance will meet for a joint oversight hearing on the city’s “efforts to conduct outreach” and boost registration for the Rent Freeze Program; and on a new a bill that would “require the Department of Finance to include a notification regarding preferential rent on certain documents related to the NYC Rent Freeze Program.”</li> <li dir="ltr">At 1 p.m., the Committee on Civil Rights will meet to discuss four bills regarding the city’s human rights law.</li> <li dir="ltr">At 1 p.m., the Committee on Immigration will have an oversight hearing about “Resources Available in New York City for Unaccompanied Minors.”</li> </ul> <p dir="ltr">At the <a href="http://assembly.state.ny.us/leg/?sh=hear" target="_blank">New York State Legislature</a> on Wednesday:</p> <ul> <li dir="ltr">At noon in Manhattan, the Assembly Standing Committees on Labor and Small Business as well as the Assembly Commission on Skills Development and Careers Education will hold a joint oversight hearing on the state’s apprenticeship programs.</li> <li dir="ltr">At 1 p.m. in Albany, the Assembly Standing Committee on Real Property Taxation will hold an oversight hearing on the 2015-2016 budget plan.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Thursday</strong><br />At the <a href="http://legistar.council.nyc.gov/Calendar.aspx" target="_blank">City Council</a> on Thursday:</p> <ul> <li dir="ltr">At 10 a.m., the Committee on Housing and Buildings meet on three bills. The first would create a Department of Buildings-headed task force that would assess the dangers posed by construction sites to motorists and pedestrians and submit recommendations to the City Council and mayor about measures proposed to minimize the hazard. The other two bills would raise penalties for working without a permit and for violating stop work directives.</li> <li dir="ltr">At 10:30 a.m., the Subcommittee on Planning, Dispositions and Concessions will review two land use applications.</li> <li dir="ltr">At 11 a.m., the Committee on Land Use will review five applications.</li> <li dir="ltr">At 1 p.m., the Committee on Civil Service and Labor and the Committee on Higher Education will have a joint oversight hearing on “Establishing the Murphy Institute as a new CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies.”</li> </ul> <p dir="ltr">At the <a href="http://assembly.state.ny.us/leg/?sh=hear" target="_blank">New York State Legislature</a> on Thursday: at 10:30 a.m. in Manhattan, the Assembly Standing Committee on Election Law and the Assembly Standing Subcommittee on Election Day Operations and Voter Disenfranchisement will hold a joint oversight hearing about “Enhancing the voter experience, preventing voter disenfranchisement and improving emergency voting protocols.”</p> <p dir="ltr">At 8:30 a.m. at Civic Hall on Thursday, Scott Stringer’s <a href="https://twitter.com/scottmstringer/status/671474583002853377" target="_blank">Red Tape Commission</a> will meet in Manhattan to hear suggestions from small business owners and others.</p> <p dir="ltr">On Thursday, the Staten Island Borough Board is expected to vote on Mayor de Blasio's two rezoning amendment proposals. It will be the fifth borough to do so - the other four have voted against them, sometimes with lists of conditions that the advisory boards would like to see made to revised proposals.</p> <p dir="ltr">At 4 p.m. Thursday, the New York City Campaign Finance Board holds a “<a href="http://www.nyccfb.info/about/calendar/new-cfb-1" target="_blank">New to the CFB</a>” session.</p> <p dir="ltr">At 6 p.m. Thursday: “Power Lines: Race, Class, The City &amp; Its Schools,” <a href="http://www.thegreenespace.org/events/thegreenespace/2015/dec/10/power-lines-race-class-city-its-schools/" target="_blank">a discussion</a> about segregation in New York City schools.</p> <p><strong>Friday and the weekend</strong><br />At the <a href="http://assembly.state.ny.us/leg/?sh=hear" target="_blank">New York State Legislature</a> on Friday: at 10:30 a.m. in Manhattan, a hearing of the Assembly Standing Committee on Tourism, Parks, Arts and Sports Development regarding “Injuries in combative sports.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer is launching a Manhattan Youth Council, and is holding an initial information session on Friday afternoon at her offices. “High school students from across Manhattan are invited to meet and talk with Borough President Gale Brewer about the issues that matter most to you...Young people who live, work, or attend school in Manhattan can <a href="https://go.madmimi.com/redirects/1449268325-d12c165ed357d5dc005c17a8f0bfdd20-98399a7?pa=35173649382" target="_blank">sign up here</a>.”</p> <p>***<br />Have events or topics for us to include in an upcoming Week Ahead in New York Politics? E-mail Gotham Gazette executive editor Ben Max any time:&nbsp;<a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com">bmax@gothamgazette.com</a>&nbsp;(please use "For Week Ahead" as email subject).</p> <p>***<br />by Konstantine Beridze, Ryan Brady, and Ben Max<br /><a href="https://twitter.com/GothamGazette" target="_blank">@GothamGazette</a></p> The Week Ahead in New York Politics, April 13 2015-04-12T16:41:16+00:00 2015-04-12T16:41:16+00:00 http://www.gothamgazette.com/?id=5680:the-week-ahead-in-new-york-politics-april-13 Super User <p><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2014/03/640px-New_York_City_Hall.jpg" alt="New York City Hall" height="450" width="600" /></p> <p><span style="font-size: 10pt;">New York City Hall</span></p> <hr /> <p><strong>What to watch for this week in New York politics:</strong></p> <p>Hillary Clinton is running for President. You probably heard. The former New York Senator has her campaign headquarters in Brooklyn and will be looking for a strong boost from her New York base of supporters, including her 2000 senate campaign manager New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio. De Blasio was on Meet the Press Sunday morning and said that he is eagerly waiting to see a progressive vision from Clinton. Since Clinton had not officially declared her candidacy (she did so in the afternoon), de Blasio remained especially cautious in his remarks, but repeated his general mantra that all 2016 candidates &nbsp;- for President and other offices - should be directly talking about economic inequality and offering solutions for how to reduce it. He <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/13/nyregion/on-national-television-de-blasio-declines-to-endorse-clinton-for-president.html?ref=nyregion&amp;_r=1" target="_blank">faced some criticism</a> for not quickly endorsing his former boss. Clinton is on her way to campaign in Iowa, and de Blasio is set to head there soon himself to talk fighting inequality. New York Senators Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand are all-in behind Clinton, as is Governor Andrew Cuomo.</p> <p>As the week begins, there's a whole lot of Hillary buzz, of course, and other presidential candidates, mostly on the Republican side of things, continue to jump into the race, with new announcements expected at the start of the week. Meanwhile, New York State and City politics kicks back into gear after a slow week last week, brought on by post-budget recess in Albany and school vacation in the city. Advocates, activists, and legislators will be gearing up this week for the Albany legislative session set to begin next week, on April 21. The lobbying will be fierce and furious through mid-June, when the session will likely end in a "big ugly" agreement on several policies among Gov. Cuomo, Senate Republicans, and Assembly Democrats. One key issue to watch is <a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/government/5677-scott-shooting-may-help-reignite-new-york-criminal-justice-debate" target="_blank">criminal justice reform</a>, which was among <a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/government/5667-with-new-budget-key-issues-championed-by-city-officials-left-for-later" target="_blank">the several major issues pushed from the budget to session</a> and may very well see <a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/government/5677-scott-shooting-may-help-reignite-new-york-criminal-justice-debate" target="_blank">increased urgency</a> given new examples of police killing unarmed black men.</p> <p>In the city, City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and colleagues are moving forward with <a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/government/5678-mark-viveritos-justice-for-new-york-city-means-changes-to-criminal-and-civil-systems" target="_blank">efforts to reform both the criminal and civil justice systems</a>. A large contingent of activists will depart on their eight-day "March to Justice" on Monday, leaving from New York City and heading to Washington, D.C. <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23March2Justice&amp;src=tyah" target="_blank">The march</a> will start with a rally and departure from Staten Island.</p> <p>The City Council gets going again with a very busy week of hearings, including one on a bill to create an Office of Civil Justice Coordinator. These sessions come as the Council prepares to release its response to de Blasio's preliminary budget, due out Tuesday and to include a renewed call for adding 1,000 new officers to the NYPD force. See below for full details of the Council schedule. While the Council is between a March full of preliminary budget hearings and a May full of executive budget hearings, for the rest of this month it mostly returns to looking at bills on the docket. De Blasio will receive the Council preliminary budget response, then release his executive budget toward the end of the month (or in early May as he did last year).</p> <p>The mayor begins his week with one public event:&nbsp;"Mayor de Blasio will attend opening ceremonies for the New York Mets' home opener at Citi Field. The Mayor will join members of the NYPD and family members of Detective Wenjian Liu and Detective Rafael Ramos for the ceremonial first pitch." The ceremony is slated for about 12:45 p.m., just before game time a little after 1.</p> <p>This week is also the big one for <a href="http://council.nyc.gov/html/pb/home.shtml" target="_blank">participatory budgeting</a> voting in the 24 city council districts where council members have opted to implement the program. Voting kicked off this weekend.</p> <p>The increasingly controversial New York State tests for third-through-eigth graders in math and English language arts are this week. The still-new common core-aligned tests have become more and more political, watch for further push by many to discredit the tests and for students to opt out of taking them. There will also continue to be efforts to defend the tests and the common core standards, and to convince parents of the importance of their children taking the exams.</p> <p>And we're just a few weeks from the May 5 special elections in New York's 11th Congressional District and 43rd Assembly District, so keep an eye on those races - there will &nbsp;be an Errol Louis-moderated NY1-televised debate in NY11 on Tuesday evening. Details below.</p> <p>As always, there's a great deal happening&nbsp;all over the city, with many events to be aware of; see our day-by-day rundown below...(oh, and make sure you file your taxes by the end of the day on Wednesday)</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>***Do you have events or topics for us to include in an upcoming Week Ahead in New York Politics?</em><br /><em>E-mail Gotham Gazette editor Ben Max:&nbsp;<a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com">bmax@gothamgazette.com</a>***</em></p> <p><strong>The run of the week in detail:</strong></p> <p><strong>Monday<br /></strong>Monday <a href="https://www.abny.org/Content/Events/EventViewer.aspx?EventID=169" target="_blank">morning</a>, ABNY will host a breakfast event with “His Eminence, Timothy Cardinal Dolan, Archbishop, New York” at Mandarin Oriental. Cardinal Dolan will present "The Archdiocese of New York: &nbsp;Not a Business, But Still Having a Vision and Projects."</p> <p>Also Monday morning,&nbsp;Assembly Members Jeffrey Dinowitz and Richard Gottfried will hold a public hearing on a bill "which would require warning labels on sugar-sweetened beverages sold in New York State"; 10:30 a.m. at 250 Broadway..."Rates of obesity have increased dramatically in New York State and across the country over the past 30 years, adding an estimated $147 billion to our country's annual health care costs...Extensive research links rising rates of obesity, as well as diabetes, tooth decay, and other ailments, with the consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages such as soft drinks, energy drinks, sweet teas, and sports drinks. Evidence suggests that warning labels can increase consumer awareness of health risks of harmful products such as sugar-sweetened beverages."</p> <p>On Monday at 11 a.m. at City Hall, Council Speaker Mark-Viverito and Council Members Brad Lander, Ben Kallos, James Vacca, and Vanessa Gibson will unveil the "New York City Council Public Technology Plan."</p> <p>At 3 p.m. Monday, Mark-Viverito will participate in "Public Service is Worth It" <a href="http://bit.ly/1FId1T2" target="_blank">Google Hangout</a> moderated by Political Parity.</p> <p dir="ltr">Monday’s City Council schedule will include a <a href="http://legistar.council.nyc.gov/MeetingDetail.aspx?ID=390522&amp;GUID=8A511762-A8E0-48AC-93EC-FB6A1840572C&amp;Options=info|&amp;Search=" target="_blank">meeting</a> of the Subcommittee on Zoning and Franchises to review the land use calendar; a <a href="http://legistar.council.nyc.gov/MeetingDetail.aspx?ID=394504&amp;GUID=475887F8-C4A6-44D1-802A-27B6E9DE2F48&amp;Options=info|&amp;Search=" target="_blank">meeting</a> of the Committee on Finance to review land use applications; and an off-site&nbsp;<a href="http://legistar.council.nyc.gov/MeetingDetail.aspx?ID=393354&amp;GUID=1C8FC91B-1BEE-4C45-BD0F-4E7CC519EEA7&amp;Options=info|&amp;Search=" target="_blank">meeting</a> of the Committee on Juvenile Justice for a tour of Horizon Juvenile Center.</p> <p dir="ltr">As mentioned, Mayor de Blasio begins his week at Citi Field for ceremonial first pitch duties just before the Mets home opener around 1 p.m. There will be a press conference on Monday at 11 a.m. at Harlem hospital with several de Blasio administration officals outlining guidelines around "infant safe sleep," so that parents and caregivers do not accidentally suffocate young children while sleeping. The mayor penned a Sunday Daily News <a href="http://www.nydailynews.com/opinion/bill-de-blasio-simple-rules-sleeping-babies-article-1.2182361" target="_blank">op-ed</a> on the subject, but he is not scheduled to attend the press conference:&nbsp;"Deputy Mayor Barrios Paoli, ACS Commissioner Carrion, DOHMH Commissioner Bassett, DHS Commissioner Gilbert Taylor, and HHC CEO and President Dr. Raju will launch tomorrow a comprehensive infant Safe Sleep campaign to increase awareness among parents and other caregivers about the potentially fatal risks of sharing a bed with an infant, and how to prevent injuries and deaths associated with other unsafe sleep practices, such as excessive bedding, bumpers and toys in cribs. There are nearly 50 preventable safe sleep deaths every year."</p> <p dir="ltr">Monday <a href="http://queensbp.org/event/queens-borough-board-meeting-2-4/?instance_id=739" target="_blank">afternoon</a>, Borough President Melinda Katz will hold a Queens Borough Board Meeting.</p> <p dir="ltr">Monday <a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/1565522160368215/" target="_blank">evening</a>, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams and Norman Siegel, former director of the New York Civil Liberties Union, will host a town hall to discuss improving community-police relations: “We only survive and prosper as Brooklynites if we engage with one another in a calm and civil conversation. I invite you to come let your voice be heard at our upcoming town hall about improving police-community relations.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Also Monday <a href="https://www.eventbrite.com/e/move-ny-north-brooklyn-town-hall-please-note-new-time-tickets-16483470504" target="_blank">evening</a>, Neighbors Allied for Good Growth in collaboration with El Puente, UPROSE, Riders Alliance, and StreetsPAC, will host a Move NY North Brooklyn Town Hall: “Learn and talk about reducing congestion in North Brooklyn, modernizing and expanding the transit system, and fixing our roads and bridges."</p> <p>And, schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña will attend&nbsp;a "town Hall meeting of District 31's Community Education Council" on Staten Island.</p> <p><strong>Tuesday<br /></strong>Tuesday <a href="http://queensbp.org/event/queens-borough-cabinet-meeting-2-2/?instance_id=740" target="_blank">morning</a>, Borough President Melinda Katz will hold a Queens Borough Cabinet Meeting.</p> <p>Also Tuesday <a href="https://twitter.com/PowherNY/status/585134125490798592" target="_blank">morning</a>, City Council Members Elizabeth Crowley, Darlene Mealy, and Laurie Cumbo, and others will hold a Rally For Stronger Equal Pay Laws on the steps of City Hall.</p> <p dir="ltr">Tuesday’s City Council schedule includes a <a href="http://legistar.council.nyc.gov/MeetingDetail.aspx?ID=394210&amp;GUID=70585980-F356-4AA9-8E49-9DA1236D12A5&amp;Options=info|&amp;Search=" target="_blank">meeting</a> of the Subcommittee on Non-Public Schools, jointly with the Committee on Public Safety, and the Committee on Education, discussing school discipline codes and the assignment of safety agents to schools; a <a href="http://legistar.council.nyc.gov/MeetingDetail.aspx?ID=394143&amp;GUID=D7ABD85B-119A-4525-BFB1-2EE67E4FADD9&amp;Options=info|&amp;Search=" target="_blank">meeting</a> of the Committee on Governmental Operations jointly with the Committee on Consumer Affairs and the Committee on Small Business concerning various items; and a <a href="http://legistar.council.nyc.gov/MeetingDetail.aspx?ID=389580&amp;GUID=AFC9ACD9-EFF6-4673-B848-F2A343014CFE&amp;Options=info|&amp;Search=" target="_blank">meeting</a> of the Committee on Economic Development jointly with the Committee on Community Development for an oversight hearing regarding the economic impact of the city’s foreclosure crisis.</p> <p dir="ltr">The Council is set to unveil its preliminary budget response to Mayor de Blasio's FY16 spending plan on Tuesday.</p> <p dir="ltr">Tuesday <a href="http://myemail.constantcontact.com/Women-in-Politics--Mix-and-Mingle-Fundraiser---Tuesday-April-14--6PM.html?soid=1103413547828&amp;aid=9FUwwxoDo-I" target="_blank">evening</a> at 6 p.m., Assemblymember Rodneyse Bichotte and the Shirley Chisholm Democratic Club will present Honoring Women in Politics: A Mix &amp; Mingle Fundraiser. Honorees will include State Senator Valmanette Montgomery and Council Member Laurie Cumbo. Public Advocate Letitia James - the first woman of color elected to city-wide office in New York - will make a guest appearance.</p> <p dir="ltr">Also Tuesday <a href="http://www.silive.com/news/index.ssf/2015/04/tickets_available_for_daniel_d.html" target="_blank">evening</a>, the Staten Island Advance and NY1 will co-host the only live televised debate between Staten Island District Attorney Daniel Donovan (R) and City Council Member Vincent Gentile (D) in their race for Congress: “The Republican Donovan and the Democratic Gentile will face off at the hour-long live event. NY1 political anchor Errol Louis will moderate the debate, with questions coming from three panelists: Staten Island Advance senior opinion writer Tom Wrobleski, political reporter Rachel Shapiro and NY1 political reporter Courtney Gross.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Tuesday <a href="https://d3n8a8pro7vhmx.cloudfront.net/righttocounselnyc/pages/26/attachments/original/1428352347/Brooklyn_Town_Hall_final_draft.pdf?1428352347">evening</a>, Pratt Area Community Council, CAMBA and other organizations will host Brooklyn Town Hall on the right to counsel in eviction proceedings at Brooklyn Borough Hall: “Did you know that approximately 300,000 New Yorkers are taken to housing court to fight eviction every year? Did you know that while 90 percent of landlords have attorneys representing them about 90 percent of tenants do not? Join the Right to Counsel Campaign and learn about legislation that will give New Yorkers the right to legal representation in NYC’s Housing Courts!” [Read <a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/government/5571-push-to-expand-your-right-to-an-attorney-gains-momentum-levine-mark-viverito-de-blasio" target="_blank">our in-depth look at the proposed right to counsel legislation</a>]</p> <p><strong>Wednesday<br /></strong>Wednesday, April 15, is tax day.</p> <p>On Wednesday activists will be moving around the minimum wage. This will include students from 170 colleges, including University of Albany, taking part in a fast-food worker <a href="http://www.cbsnews.com/news/the-push-for-a-15-minimum-wage-goes-to-college/" target="_blank">strike</a>: “The Fight for $15 labor movement is planning an ambitious expansion on April 15, coordinating a series of global labor strikes with protests on college campuses. The tax-day strike will include rallies and marches on 170 university campuses, including Columbia University and University of Southern California, the organizers said.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Wednesday <a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/#utm_medium=email&amp;utm_source=cnyb-events&amp;utm_campaign=cnyb-events-20150326" target="_blank">morning</a>, Crain's &nbsp;will host its 'Business of' Series at John Jay College of Criminal Justice: “Join Crain’s as we examine one of New York’s fastest growing industries. Our expert panelists will discuss how life sciences is creating economic diversification, stimulating job growth and tapping into the vibrant young talent from top universities and leveraging New York’s access to capital.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Wednesday’s City Council schedule includes a <a href="http://legistar.council.nyc.gov/MeetingDetail.aspx?ID=390540&amp;GUID=1F5FED0E-F838-4F8F-86DE-84C55E90CC95&amp;Options=info|&amp;Search=" target="_blank">meeting</a> of the Committee on Transportation to discuss various bicycle safety topics as well as establishing civil penalties for theft of a bicycle or motor vehicle; a <a href="http://legistar.council.nyc.gov/MeetingDetail.aspx?ID=390518&amp;GUID=59A34F0B-B59D-45F2-81B3-54584B90EE66&amp;Options=info|&amp;Search=" target="_blank">meeting</a> of the Committee on Aging concerning development of a guide for building owners regarding aging in place and the elimination of the sunset provisions related to income threshold increases for the SCRIE and DRIE programs; a <a href="http://legistar.council.nyc.gov/MeetingDetail.aspx?ID=390541&amp;GUID=2345EFD5-2E4C-4CD1-8966-7FD3992E2C98&amp;Options=info|&amp;Search=" target="_blank">meeting</a> of the Committee on Land Use to discuss items reported out of the subcommittees; a <a href="http://legistar.council.nyc.gov/MeetingDetail.aspx?ID=393151&amp;GUID=DC307F82-B0CD-488E-B26C-9712B5FBAA6D&amp;Options=info|&amp;Search=" target="_blank">meeting</a> of the Committee on Recovery and Resiliency to discuss the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s re-examination of National Flood Insurance Program insurance claim payouts related to Hurricane Sandy for possible underpayment; a <a href="http://legistar.council.nyc.gov/MeetingDetail.aspx?ID=390542&amp;GUID=A159C40F-3CA0-4CBA-81A7-C3D73D2DB195&amp;Options=info|&amp;Search=" target="_blank">meeting</a> of the Committee on Courts and Legal Services around a law to amend the New York City Charter in relation to creating an Office of Civil Justice Coordinator. [Read <a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/government/5678-mark-viveritos-justice-for-new-york-city-means-changes-to-criminal-and-civil-systems" target="_blank">our look at reforms being pushed by Council Speaker Mark-Viverito and others to reform the city's criminal and civil justice systems</a>]</p> <p dir="ltr">Wednesday <a href="https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=910051895739780" target="_blank">evening</a> at 7 p.m., State Senator Jesse Hamilton, Assembly Member Jo Anne Simon, and City Council Member Brad Lander will host a School-to-School Dialogue on High Stakes Testing at Old First Reformed Church, in Brooklyn.</p> <p>Also Wednesday evening, Assembly Member Jeffrey Dinowitz will hold a town hall meeting at the Kingsbridge Public Library “to discuss and hear feedback on New York’s tenant protection laws, which are due to expire in June. Joining Assemblyman Dinowitz to speak will be Delsenia Glover, Campaign Manager for the Alliance for Tenant Power, and Judith Goldiner, Attorney-in-Charge at the Legal Aid Society.”</p> <p>On Wednesday afternoon and Thursday morning,&nbsp;NYCVotes, the voter engagement arm of the City Campaign Finance Board, "is having a #VoteBetterNYC Advocacy Day training session for partners...acquainting them with the policy agenda...social media strategy and general day of logistics, ahead of the event" set to take place on April 22. The trainings will take place Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. and Thursday at 10:00 a.m. at 100 Church Street.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/government" target="_blank" style="text-align: center;">[Read the latest original reporting from Gotham Gazette]</a></p> <p><strong>Thursday<br /></strong>On&nbsp;Thursday <a href="http://queensbp.org/event/queens-borough-presidents-land-use-hearing-2-2-2/?instance_id=747" target="_blank">morning</a>, Borough President Melinda Katz will hold a land use hearing at the Queens Borough Hall.</p> <p>On Thursday morning,&nbsp;at 11 a.m. at Brooklyn Borough Hall, it's a "Rally for Family Friendly Brooklyn" hosted by BP Adams: "We want Brooklyn to be THE place to raise healthy children and families! Join me Thursday, April 16th at 11:00 AM on the steps of Brooklyn Borough Hall as we rally for Family Friendly Brooklyn, a new initiative where I am calling for: Statewide Paid Family Leave; Breast Feeding Empowerment Zone Expansion; Support for Post-Partum Depression Screening...We will be making some exciting announcements about my administration's plans to advance Brooklyn's families, so please come out and add your support!" [Read <a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/government/5637-newly-hot-paid-family-leave-passes-assembly-again" target="_blank">our recent story on the push behind passing paid family leave legislation in New York</a>]</p> <p>Thursday’s City Council schedule includes a <a href="http://legistar.council.nyc.gov/MeetingDetail.aspx?ID=390523&amp;GUID=6B14C162-487E-4C7D-A885-60FB892A09F2&amp;Options=info|&amp;Search=" target="_blank">meeting</a> of the Committee on Finance discussing the senior citizen rent increase exemption program and the disability rent increase exemption program; and a City Council full-body stated&nbsp;<a href="http://legistar.council.nyc.gov/MeetingDetail.aspx?ID=388947&amp;GUID=FF6B7BEF-457F-4553-A719-FC8E0547A28F&amp;Options=info|&amp;Search=" target="_blank">meeting</a> at 1 p.m.</p> <p>On Thursday evening in Queens, the borough's Republican Party head Bob Turner and City Council Member Eric Ulrich are hosting a fundraiser for Staten Island District Attorney and NY11 congressional candidate Dan Donovan; 6:30 p.m. at Russo's on the Bay.</p> <p><strong>Friday and the weekend<br /></strong>On Saturday, de Blasio administration members and their allies will participate in a <a href="http://our.cityofnewyork.us/page/s/pre-k-day-of-action" target="_blank">Pre-K Day of Action</a>, working to spread the word about the availability of universal pre-K, for which enrollment is open: “New York City is about to take a historic step: This fall, the City will provide free, full-day, high-quality pre-K to all 4-year-olds in the five boroughs."</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/government" target="_blank">[Read the latest original reporting from Gotham Gazette]</a></p> <p>***<br />Have events or topics for us to include in an upcoming Week Ahead in New York Politics? 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You probably heard. The former New York Senator has her campaign headquarters in Brooklyn and will be looking for a strong boost from her New York base of supporters, including her 2000 senate campaign manager New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio. De Blasio was on Meet the Press Sunday morning and said that he is eagerly waiting to see a progressive vision from Clinton. Since Clinton had not officially declared her candidacy (she did so in the afternoon), de Blasio remained especially cautious in his remarks, but repeated his general mantra that all 2016 candidates &nbsp;- for President and other offices - should be directly talking about economic inequality and offering solutions for how to reduce it. He <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/13/nyregion/on-national-television-de-blasio-declines-to-endorse-clinton-for-president.html?ref=nyregion&amp;_r=1" target="_blank">faced some criticism</a> for not quickly endorsing his former boss. Clinton is on her way to campaign in Iowa, and de Blasio is set to head there soon himself to talk fighting inequality. New York Senators Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand are all-in behind Clinton, as is Governor Andrew Cuomo.</p> <p>As the week begins, there's a whole lot of Hillary buzz, of course, and other presidential candidates, mostly on the Republican side of things, continue to jump into the race, with new announcements expected at the start of the week. Meanwhile, New York State and City politics kicks back into gear after a slow week last week, brought on by post-budget recess in Albany and school vacation in the city. Advocates, activists, and legislators will be gearing up this week for the Albany legislative session set to begin next week, on April 21. The lobbying will be fierce and furious through mid-June, when the session will likely end in a "big ugly" agreement on several policies among Gov. Cuomo, Senate Republicans, and Assembly Democrats. One key issue to watch is <a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/government/5677-scott-shooting-may-help-reignite-new-york-criminal-justice-debate" target="_blank">criminal justice reform</a>, which was among <a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/government/5667-with-new-budget-key-issues-championed-by-city-officials-left-for-later" target="_blank">the several major issues pushed from the budget to session</a> and may very well see <a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/government/5677-scott-shooting-may-help-reignite-new-york-criminal-justice-debate" target="_blank">increased urgency</a> given new examples of police killing unarmed black men.</p> <p>In the city, City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and colleagues are moving forward with <a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/government/5678-mark-viveritos-justice-for-new-york-city-means-changes-to-criminal-and-civil-systems" target="_blank">efforts to reform both the criminal and civil justice systems</a>. A large contingent of activists will depart on their eight-day "March to Justice" on Monday, leaving from New York City and heading to Washington, D.C. <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23March2Justice&amp;src=tyah" target="_blank">The march</a> will start with a rally and departure from Staten Island.</p> <p>The City Council gets going again with a very busy week of hearings, including one on a bill to create an Office of Civil Justice Coordinator. These sessions come as the Council prepares to release its response to de Blasio's preliminary budget, due out Tuesday and to include a renewed call for adding 1,000 new officers to the NYPD force. See below for full details of the Council schedule. While the Council is between a March full of preliminary budget hearings and a May full of executive budget hearings, for the rest of this month it mostly returns to looking at bills on the docket. De Blasio will receive the Council preliminary budget response, then release his executive budget toward the end of the month (or in early May as he did last year).</p> <p>The mayor begins his week with one public event:&nbsp;"Mayor de Blasio will attend opening ceremonies for the New York Mets' home opener at Citi Field. The Mayor will join members of the NYPD and family members of Detective Wenjian Liu and Detective Rafael Ramos for the ceremonial first pitch." The ceremony is slated for about 12:45 p.m., just before game time a little after 1.</p> <p>This week is also the big one for <a href="http://council.nyc.gov/html/pb/home.shtml" target="_blank">participatory budgeting</a> voting in the 24 city council districts where council members have opted to implement the program. Voting kicked off this weekend.</p> <p>The increasingly controversial New York State tests for third-through-eigth graders in math and English language arts are this week. The still-new common core-aligned tests have become more and more political, watch for further push by many to discredit the tests and for students to opt out of taking them. There will also continue to be efforts to defend the tests and the common core standards, and to convince parents of the importance of their children taking the exams.</p> <p>And we're just a few weeks from the May 5 special elections in New York's 11th Congressional District and 43rd Assembly District, so keep an eye on those races - there will &nbsp;be an Errol Louis-moderated NY1-televised debate in NY11 on Tuesday evening. Details below.</p> <p>As always, there's a great deal happening&nbsp;all over the city, with many events to be aware of; see our day-by-day rundown below...(oh, and make sure you file your taxes by the end of the day on Wednesday)</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>***Do you have events or topics for us to include in an upcoming Week Ahead in New York Politics?</em><br /><em>E-mail Gotham Gazette editor Ben Max:&nbsp;<a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com">bmax@gothamgazette.com</a>***</em></p> <p><strong>The run of the week in detail:</strong></p> <p><strong>Monday<br /></strong>Monday <a href="https://www.abny.org/Content/Events/EventViewer.aspx?EventID=169" target="_blank">morning</a>, ABNY will host a breakfast event with “His Eminence, Timothy Cardinal Dolan, Archbishop, New York” at Mandarin Oriental. Cardinal Dolan will present "The Archdiocese of New York: &nbsp;Not a Business, But Still Having a Vision and Projects."</p> <p>Also Monday morning,&nbsp;Assembly Members Jeffrey Dinowitz and Richard Gottfried will hold a public hearing on a bill "which would require warning labels on sugar-sweetened beverages sold in New York State"; 10:30 a.m. at 250 Broadway..."Rates of obesity have increased dramatically in New York State and across the country over the past 30 years, adding an estimated $147 billion to our country's annual health care costs...Extensive research links rising rates of obesity, as well as diabetes, tooth decay, and other ailments, with the consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages such as soft drinks, energy drinks, sweet teas, and sports drinks. Evidence suggests that warning labels can increase consumer awareness of health risks of harmful products such as sugar-sweetened beverages."</p> <p>On Monday at 11 a.m. at City Hall, Council Speaker Mark-Viverito and Council Members Brad Lander, Ben Kallos, James Vacca, and Vanessa Gibson will unveil the "New York City Council Public Technology Plan."</p> <p>At 3 p.m. Monday, Mark-Viverito will participate in "Public Service is Worth It" <a href="http://bit.ly/1FId1T2" target="_blank">Google Hangout</a> moderated by Political Parity.</p> <p dir="ltr">Monday’s City Council schedule will include a <a href="http://legistar.council.nyc.gov/MeetingDetail.aspx?ID=390522&amp;GUID=8A511762-A8E0-48AC-93EC-FB6A1840572C&amp;Options=info|&amp;Search=" target="_blank">meeting</a> of the Subcommittee on Zoning and Franchises to review the land use calendar; a <a href="http://legistar.council.nyc.gov/MeetingDetail.aspx?ID=394504&amp;GUID=475887F8-C4A6-44D1-802A-27B6E9DE2F48&amp;Options=info|&amp;Search=" target="_blank">meeting</a> of the Committee on Finance to review land use applications; and an off-site&nbsp;<a href="http://legistar.council.nyc.gov/MeetingDetail.aspx?ID=393354&amp;GUID=1C8FC91B-1BEE-4C45-BD0F-4E7CC519EEA7&amp;Options=info|&amp;Search=" target="_blank">meeting</a> of the Committee on Juvenile Justice for a tour of Horizon Juvenile Center.</p> <p dir="ltr">As mentioned, Mayor de Blasio begins his week at Citi Field for ceremonial first pitch duties just before the Mets home opener around 1 p.m. There will be a press conference on Monday at 11 a.m. at Harlem hospital with several de Blasio administration officals outlining guidelines around "infant safe sleep," so that parents and caregivers do not accidentally suffocate young children while sleeping. The mayor penned a Sunday Daily News <a href="http://www.nydailynews.com/opinion/bill-de-blasio-simple-rules-sleeping-babies-article-1.2182361" target="_blank">op-ed</a> on the subject, but he is not scheduled to attend the press conference:&nbsp;"Deputy Mayor Barrios Paoli, ACS Commissioner Carrion, DOHMH Commissioner Bassett, DHS Commissioner Gilbert Taylor, and HHC CEO and President Dr. Raju will launch tomorrow a comprehensive infant Safe Sleep campaign to increase awareness among parents and other caregivers about the potentially fatal risks of sharing a bed with an infant, and how to prevent injuries and deaths associated with other unsafe sleep practices, such as excessive bedding, bumpers and toys in cribs. There are nearly 50 preventable safe sleep deaths every year."</p> <p dir="ltr">Monday <a href="http://queensbp.org/event/queens-borough-board-meeting-2-4/?instance_id=739" target="_blank">afternoon</a>, Borough President Melinda Katz will hold a Queens Borough Board Meeting.</p> <p dir="ltr">Monday <a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/1565522160368215/" target="_blank">evening</a>, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams and Norman Siegel, former director of the New York Civil Liberties Union, will host a town hall to discuss improving community-police relations: “We only survive and prosper as Brooklynites if we engage with one another in a calm and civil conversation. I invite you to come let your voice be heard at our upcoming town hall about improving police-community relations.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Also Monday <a href="https://www.eventbrite.com/e/move-ny-north-brooklyn-town-hall-please-note-new-time-tickets-16483470504" target="_blank">evening</a>, Neighbors Allied for Good Growth in collaboration with El Puente, UPROSE, Riders Alliance, and StreetsPAC, will host a Move NY North Brooklyn Town Hall: “Learn and talk about reducing congestion in North Brooklyn, modernizing and expanding the transit system, and fixing our roads and bridges."</p> <p>And, schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña will attend&nbsp;a "town Hall meeting of District 31's Community Education Council" on Staten Island.</p> <p><strong>Tuesday<br /></strong>Tuesday <a href="http://queensbp.org/event/queens-borough-cabinet-meeting-2-2/?instance_id=740" target="_blank">morning</a>, Borough President Melinda Katz will hold a Queens Borough Cabinet Meeting.</p> <p>Also Tuesday <a href="https://twitter.com/PowherNY/status/585134125490798592" target="_blank">morning</a>, City Council Members Elizabeth Crowley, Darlene Mealy, and Laurie Cumbo, and others will hold a Rally For Stronger Equal Pay Laws on the steps of City Hall.</p> <p dir="ltr">Tuesday’s City Council schedule includes a <a href="http://legistar.council.nyc.gov/MeetingDetail.aspx?ID=394210&amp;GUID=70585980-F356-4AA9-8E49-9DA1236D12A5&amp;Options=info|&amp;Search=" target="_blank">meeting</a> of the Subcommittee on Non-Public Schools, jointly with the Committee on Public Safety, and the Committee on Education, discussing school discipline codes and the assignment of safety agents to schools; a <a href="http://legistar.council.nyc.gov/MeetingDetail.aspx?ID=394143&amp;GUID=D7ABD85B-119A-4525-BFB1-2EE67E4FADD9&amp;Options=info|&amp;Search=" target="_blank">meeting</a> of the Committee on Governmental Operations jointly with the Committee on Consumer Affairs and the Committee on Small Business concerning various items; and a <a href="http://legistar.council.nyc.gov/MeetingDetail.aspx?ID=389580&amp;GUID=AFC9ACD9-EFF6-4673-B848-F2A343014CFE&amp;Options=info|&amp;Search=" target="_blank">meeting</a> of the Committee on Economic Development jointly with the Committee on Community Development for an oversight hearing regarding the economic impact of the city’s foreclosure crisis.</p> <p dir="ltr">The Council is set to unveil its preliminary budget response to Mayor de Blasio's FY16 spending plan on Tuesday.</p> <p dir="ltr">Tuesday <a href="http://myemail.constantcontact.com/Women-in-Politics--Mix-and-Mingle-Fundraiser---Tuesday-April-14--6PM.html?soid=1103413547828&amp;aid=9FUwwxoDo-I" target="_blank">evening</a> at 6 p.m., Assemblymember Rodneyse Bichotte and the Shirley Chisholm Democratic Club will present Honoring Women in Politics: A Mix &amp; Mingle Fundraiser. Honorees will include State Senator Valmanette Montgomery and Council Member Laurie Cumbo. Public Advocate Letitia James - the first woman of color elected to city-wide office in New York - will make a guest appearance.</p> <p dir="ltr">Also Tuesday <a href="http://www.silive.com/news/index.ssf/2015/04/tickets_available_for_daniel_d.html" target="_blank">evening</a>, the Staten Island Advance and NY1 will co-host the only live televised debate between Staten Island District Attorney Daniel Donovan (R) and City Council Member Vincent Gentile (D) in their race for Congress: “The Republican Donovan and the Democratic Gentile will face off at the hour-long live event. NY1 political anchor Errol Louis will moderate the debate, with questions coming from three panelists: Staten Island Advance senior opinion writer Tom Wrobleski, political reporter Rachel Shapiro and NY1 political reporter Courtney Gross.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Tuesday <a href="https://d3n8a8pro7vhmx.cloudfront.net/righttocounselnyc/pages/26/attachments/original/1428352347/Brooklyn_Town_Hall_final_draft.pdf?1428352347">evening</a>, Pratt Area Community Council, CAMBA and other organizations will host Brooklyn Town Hall on the right to counsel in eviction proceedings at Brooklyn Borough Hall: “Did you know that approximately 300,000 New Yorkers are taken to housing court to fight eviction every year? Did you know that while 90 percent of landlords have attorneys representing them about 90 percent of tenants do not? Join the Right to Counsel Campaign and learn about legislation that will give New Yorkers the right to legal representation in NYC’s Housing Courts!” [Read <a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/government/5571-push-to-expand-your-right-to-an-attorney-gains-momentum-levine-mark-viverito-de-blasio" target="_blank">our in-depth look at the proposed right to counsel legislation</a>]</p> <p><strong>Wednesday<br /></strong>Wednesday, April 15, is tax day.</p> <p>On Wednesday activists will be moving around the minimum wage. This will include students from 170 colleges, including University of Albany, taking part in a fast-food worker <a href="http://www.cbsnews.com/news/the-push-for-a-15-minimum-wage-goes-to-college/" target="_blank">strike</a>: “The Fight for $15 labor movement is planning an ambitious expansion on April 15, coordinating a series of global labor strikes with protests on college campuses. The tax-day strike will include rallies and marches on 170 university campuses, including Columbia University and University of Southern California, the organizers said.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Wednesday <a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/#utm_medium=email&amp;utm_source=cnyb-events&amp;utm_campaign=cnyb-events-20150326" target="_blank">morning</a>, Crain's &nbsp;will host its 'Business of' Series at John Jay College of Criminal Justice: “Join Crain’s as we examine one of New York’s fastest growing industries. Our expert panelists will discuss how life sciences is creating economic diversification, stimulating job growth and tapping into the vibrant young talent from top universities and leveraging New York’s access to capital.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Wednesday’s City Council schedule includes a <a href="http://legistar.council.nyc.gov/MeetingDetail.aspx?ID=390540&amp;GUID=1F5FED0E-F838-4F8F-86DE-84C55E90CC95&amp;Options=info|&amp;Search=" target="_blank">meeting</a> of the Committee on Transportation to discuss various bicycle safety topics as well as establishing civil penalties for theft of a bicycle or motor vehicle; a <a href="http://legistar.council.nyc.gov/MeetingDetail.aspx?ID=390518&amp;GUID=59A34F0B-B59D-45F2-81B3-54584B90EE66&amp;Options=info|&amp;Search=" target="_blank">meeting</a> of the Committee on Aging concerning development of a guide for building owners regarding aging in place and the elimination of the sunset provisions related to income threshold increases for the SCRIE and DRIE programs; a <a href="http://legistar.council.nyc.gov/MeetingDetail.aspx?ID=390541&amp;GUID=2345EFD5-2E4C-4CD1-8966-7FD3992E2C98&amp;Options=info|&amp;Search=" target="_blank">meeting</a> of the Committee on Land Use to discuss items reported out of the subcommittees; a <a href="http://legistar.council.nyc.gov/MeetingDetail.aspx?ID=393151&amp;GUID=DC307F82-B0CD-488E-B26C-9712B5FBAA6D&amp;Options=info|&amp;Search=" target="_blank">meeting</a> of the Committee on Recovery and Resiliency to discuss the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s re-examination of National Flood Insurance Program insurance claim payouts related to Hurricane Sandy for possible underpayment; a <a href="http://legistar.council.nyc.gov/MeetingDetail.aspx?ID=390542&amp;GUID=A159C40F-3CA0-4CBA-81A7-C3D73D2DB195&amp;Options=info|&amp;Search=" target="_blank">meeting</a> of the Committee on Courts and Legal Services around a law to amend the New York City Charter in relation to creating an Office of Civil Justice Coordinator. [Read <a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/government/5678-mark-viveritos-justice-for-new-york-city-means-changes-to-criminal-and-civil-systems" target="_blank">our look at reforms being pushed by Council Speaker Mark-Viverito and others to reform the city's criminal and civil justice systems</a>]</p> <p dir="ltr">Wednesday <a href="https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=910051895739780" target="_blank">evening</a> at 7 p.m., State Senator Jesse Hamilton, Assembly Member Jo Anne Simon, and City Council Member Brad Lander will host a School-to-School Dialogue on High Stakes Testing at Old First Reformed Church, in Brooklyn.</p> <p>Also Wednesday evening, Assembly Member Jeffrey Dinowitz will hold a town hall meeting at the Kingsbridge Public Library “to discuss and hear feedback on New York’s tenant protection laws, which are due to expire in June. Joining Assemblyman Dinowitz to speak will be Delsenia Glover, Campaign Manager for the Alliance for Tenant Power, and Judith Goldiner, Attorney-in-Charge at the Legal Aid Society.”</p> <p>On Wednesday afternoon and Thursday morning,&nbsp;NYCVotes, the voter engagement arm of the City Campaign Finance Board, "is having a #VoteBetterNYC Advocacy Day training session for partners...acquainting them with the policy agenda...social media strategy and general day of logistics, ahead of the event" set to take place on April 22. The trainings will take place Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. and Thursday at 10:00 a.m. at 100 Church Street.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/government" target="_blank" style="text-align: center;">[Read the latest original reporting from Gotham Gazette]</a></p> <p><strong>Thursday<br /></strong>On&nbsp;Thursday <a href="http://queensbp.org/event/queens-borough-presidents-land-use-hearing-2-2-2/?instance_id=747" target="_blank">morning</a>, Borough President Melinda Katz will hold a land use hearing at the Queens Borough Hall.</p> <p>On Thursday morning,&nbsp;at 11 a.m. at Brooklyn Borough Hall, it's a "Rally for Family Friendly Brooklyn" hosted by BP Adams: "We want Brooklyn to be THE place to raise healthy children and families! Join me Thursday, April 16th at 11:00 AM on the steps of Brooklyn Borough Hall as we rally for Family Friendly Brooklyn, a new initiative where I am calling for: Statewide Paid Family Leave; Breast Feeding Empowerment Zone Expansion; Support for Post-Partum Depression Screening...We will be making some exciting announcements about my administration's plans to advance Brooklyn's families, so please come out and add your support!" [Read <a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/government/5637-newly-hot-paid-family-leave-passes-assembly-again" target="_blank">our recent story on the push behind passing paid family leave legislation in New York</a>]</p> <p>Thursday’s City Council schedule includes a <a href="http://legistar.council.nyc.gov/MeetingDetail.aspx?ID=390523&amp;GUID=6B14C162-487E-4C7D-A885-60FB892A09F2&amp;Options=info|&amp;Search=" target="_blank">meeting</a> of the Committee on Finance discussing the senior citizen rent increase exemption program and the disability rent increase exemption program; and a City Council full-body stated&nbsp;<a href="http://legistar.council.nyc.gov/MeetingDetail.aspx?ID=388947&amp;GUID=FF6B7BEF-457F-4553-A719-FC8E0547A28F&amp;Options=info|&amp;Search=" target="_blank">meeting</a> at 1 p.m.</p> <p>On Thursday evening in Queens, the borough's Republican Party head Bob Turner and City Council Member Eric Ulrich are hosting a fundraiser for Staten Island District Attorney and NY11 congressional candidate Dan Donovan; 6:30 p.m. at Russo's on the Bay.</p> <p><strong>Friday and the weekend<br /></strong>On Saturday, de Blasio administration members and their allies will participate in a <a href="http://our.cityofnewyork.us/page/s/pre-k-day-of-action" target="_blank">Pre-K Day of Action</a>, working to spread the word about the availability of universal pre-K, for which enrollment is open: “New York City is about to take a historic step: This fall, the City will provide free, full-day, high-quality pre-K to all 4-year-olds in the five boroughs."</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/government" target="_blank">[Read the latest original reporting from Gotham Gazette]</a></p> <p>***<br />Have events or topics for us to include in an upcoming Week Ahead in New York Politics? 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