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/anheuser-busch-brewery 2017-12-15T04:24:35+00:00 Webmaster webmaster@gothamgazette.com The Week That Was in New York Politics, Sept. 28-Oct. 2 2015-10-02T15:59:23+00:00 2015-10-02T15:59:23+00:00 http://www.gothamgazette.com/?id=5919:the-week-that-was-in-new-york-politics-sept-28-oct-2 Super User <p><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2014/03/week_in_review_bus_readers.jpg" alt="week in review bus readers" width="600" height="409" /></p> <p><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><a href="http://blog.mcny.org/2012/04/24/a-ride-on-the-subway-in-1946-with-stanley-kubrick/" target="_blank">photo</a>: Stanley Kubrick via Museum of the City of New York</span></p> <hr /> <p>Gotham Gazette's Week in Review, Friday October 2</p> <p><strong>PHOTOS OF THE WEEK:&nbsp;</strong>Mayor de Blasio does some road repaving on Staten Island, <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/nycmayorsoffice/21666792068/in/dateposted/" target="_blank">via the Mayor's Office</a>; Gov. Cuomo checks out the beer at the Anheuser Busch brewery, <a href="https://twitter.com/NYGovCuomo/status/649280448447807489" target="_blank">via @NYGovCuomo</a>; Public Advocate Tish James welcomes Ahmed Mohamed to City Hall, <a href="https://twitter.com/TishJames/status/648591733194944512" target="_blank">via @TishJames</a></p> <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/21666792068_3815deee71_z.jpg" alt="de Blasio Staten Island repaving" width="350" height="233" /></p> <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/Cuomo_beer_check.jpg" alt="Cuomo beer check" width="350" height="467" /></p> <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/tish_james_ahmed_.jpg" alt="tish james ahmed " width="350" height="287" /></p> <p><strong>TOP FIVE STORIES OF THE WEEK:</strong></p> <p><strong>1. NYPD Use of Force:</strong> On Thursday, the NYPD announced a set of new guidelines and a tracking system to document officers' use of force. Officers will be required to detail every instance when force is employed, not only during arrests but brief detention-and-release incidents. The NYPD will also track use of force against officers. <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/02/nyregion/bratton-tracking-police-use-of-force-aims-to-stay-step-ahead-of-watchdogs.html" target="_blank">The announcement</a> comes after City Council members have introduced legislation to require an "early warning system" be put in place to identify officers who use force inappropriately and on the same day as a new NYPD Inspector General report on use-of-force was released.</p> <p>Read: <a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/opinion/5918-next-steps-after-eye-opening-nypd-inspector-general-use-of-force-report" target="_blank">Next Steps After Eye-Opener NYPD Inspector General Use-of-Force Report by Council Members Jumaane Williams and Brad Lander</a></p> <p dir="ltr"><span style="color: #171811; font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 14px;"><strong>2. Cuomo’s Buffalo Billion Under Federal Investigation:</strong> Federal investigators <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/28/nyregion/us-investigating-contract-awards-in-buffalo-turnaround-project.html" target="_blank">are looking into</a> how contracts were awarded in Governor Cuomo’s Buffalo economic development program. The Buffalo Billion program is intended to infuse $1 billion into the upstate economy and create 14,000 jobs, but has become the focus of a corruption investigation by U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara, who has issued subpoenas to major entities involved.</span></p> <p dir="ltr">Read: <a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/government/5912-alain-kaloyeros-powerful-centerpiece-of-buffalo-billion-could-become-household-name" target="_blank">Alain Kaloyeros, Powerful Centerpiece of Buffalo Billion, Could Become Household Name</a></p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>3. Chief Judge Takes On Bail:</strong> On Thursday, New York Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman <a href="http://www.wsj.com/articles/new-york-chief-judge-announces-plan-to-change-bail-system-1443709665">announced</a> a series of initiatives aimed at addressing what he called the “unsafe and unfair bail system,” including automatic review of bail for misdemeanor cases.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>4. Debate Over Rezoning of Brooklyn Schools:</strong> The Department of Education came under fire on Wednesday at a <a href="http://www.capitalnewyork.com/article/city-hall/2015/10/8578326/brooklyn-school-rezoning-debate-puts-focus-de-blasio-administratio" target="_blank">hearing</a> on the rezoning of two Brooklyn schools. The DOE’s proposal is intended to ease overcrowding one school, but the proposal has sparked debate over race, school equity, school quality, and school desegregation and integration. The de Blasio administration has done little to explicitly address school segregation, but the rezoning at play in Brooklyn is at least somewhat inadvertently moving the issue.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>5. Movement on MTA Funding:</strong> The de Blasio administration <a href="http://m.nydailynews.com/news/politics/exclusive-nyc-eyes-1b-mta-repairs-article-1.2382384" target="_blank">appears to be moving</a> toward meeting more of the funding requests made by the MTA, a state agency, even as the Cuomo and de Blasio administrations continue to spar publicly about responsibility, funding levels, and other aspects of the issue.</p> <p><strong>THIS WEEK'S NUMBERS:</strong></p> <ul> <li dir="ltr"><strong>$1.8 billion</strong> is how much prosecutors are <a href="http://www.crainsnewyork.com/article/20151002/TRANSPORTATION/151009983/records-offer-peek-into-port-authority-probe" target="_blank">investigating</a> Port Authority of New York and New Jersey officials for diverting from the Hudson River rail tunnel. The funds were spent on state-owned roads instead.</li> </ul> <ul> <li dir="ltr"><strong>18%</strong> decrease in the number of incidents where New York police officers <a href="http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/nypd-track-record-police-gunfire-article-1.2381954" target="_blank">fired</a> their weapons thus far in 2015 compared with the same period last year.</li> </ul> <p><strong>THE GLORY AND THE GOAT:</strong></p> <ul> <li><strong>It was a good week</strong> for Staten Island commuters, as the city's ongoing repaving efforts continued, with some help from Mayor de Blasio, under the supervision of Borough President James Oddo; and the official <a href="http://www.silive.com/news/index.ssf/2015/09/30-minute_around-the-clock_sta.html" target="_blank">start of expanded</a> Staten Island ferry service, by which the ferry will run every half-hour all the time.</li> </ul> <ul> <li><strong>It was a bad week</strong> for gun control advocates, in New York and elsewhere, whose frustration continues to grow amid news of another mass school shooting, this one in Oregon. Governor Cuomo has <a href="http://www.capitalnewyork.com/article/albany/2015/10/8578544/cuomo-urges-shutdown-threat-gun-control" target="_blank">had especially harsh words</a> for federal officials who refuse to act on gun regulations such as expanded background checks.</li> </ul> <p><strong>THE FLASH:</strong></p> <ul> <li><strong>Around this time last year</strong>, on September 30, 2014, Mayor de Blasio <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/30/nyregion/de-blasio-to-sign-executive-order-significantly-expanding-living-wage-law.html" target="_blank">signed an executive order</a> to expand New York City's living wage law to cover thousands of previously exempt workers and to raise the hourly wage itself for workers who do not receive benefits. The move was criticized by Comptroller Scott Stringer.</li> </ul> <p><strong>GOTHAM GAZETTE HIGHLIGHTS OF THE WEEK:</strong></p> <p dir="ltr"><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/government/5910-report-shows-need-for-elementary-after-school-expansion">Report Shows Need for Elementary After-School Expansion</a>, by John Spina</p> <p dir="ltr"><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/government/5908-cuomo-takes-additional-executive-action-on-criminal-justice">Cuomo Takes Additional Executive Action on Criminal Justice</a>, by David King</p> <p dir="ltr"><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/government/5912-alain-kaloyeros-powerful-centerpiece-of-buffalo-billion-could-become-household-name">Alain Kaloyeros, Powerful Centerpiece of Buffalo Billion, Could Become Household Name</a>, by David King</p> <p dir="ltr"><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/government/5913-absent-from-cuomos-new-education-task-force-a-student">Absent from Cuomo's New Education Task Force: A Student</a>, by Ben Max</p> <p dir="ltr"><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/government/5915-do-new-york-elected-officials-deserve-a-raise">Do New York Elected Officials Deserve A Raise?</a> by Meg O’Connor</p> <p dir="ltr"><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/government/5916-will-new-york-be-last-to-raise-the-age">Will New York Be Last to 'Raise the Age'?</a> by David King</p> <p dir="ltr"><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/government/5917-amid-federal-brinksmanship-new-york-city-officials-redouble-support-for-planned-parenthood">Amid Federal Brinkmanship, New York City Officials Redouble Support for Planned Parenthood</a>, by Meg O’Connor</p> <p><em>***<br />NOTE TO READERS: we hope you enjoy this new Gotham Gazette weekly feature - please share it if you do; on Twitter, use our handle&nbsp;<a href="https://twitter.com/GothamGazette" target="_blank">@GothamGazette</a>.</em></p> <p><em>If you have feedback on this feature for us, you can email editor Ben Max:&nbsp;<a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com">bmax@gothamgazette.com</a></em></p> <p><em>Watch Sunday evening for our latest Week Ahead in New York Politics, which gives you a preview of key issues and events to be aware of for the week about to start. In the meantime, catch up on&nbsp;<a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/government" target="_blank">the latest original reporting from Gotham Gazette here</a>. And have a great weekend!</em></p> <p><em>***</em><br />by Meg O'Connor and Ben Max</p> <p><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2014/03/week_in_review_bus_readers.jpg" alt="week in review bus readers" width="600" height="409" /></p> <p><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><a href="http://blog.mcny.org/2012/04/24/a-ride-on-the-subway-in-1946-with-stanley-kubrick/" target="_blank">photo</a>: Stanley Kubrick via Museum of the City of New York</span></p> <hr /> <p>Gotham Gazette's Week in Review, Friday October 2</p> <p><strong>PHOTOS OF THE WEEK:&nbsp;</strong>Mayor de Blasio does some road repaving on Staten Island, <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/nycmayorsoffice/21666792068/in/dateposted/" target="_blank">via the Mayor's Office</a>; Gov. Cuomo checks out the beer at the Anheuser Busch brewery, <a href="https://twitter.com/NYGovCuomo/status/649280448447807489" target="_blank">via @NYGovCuomo</a>; Public Advocate Tish James welcomes Ahmed Mohamed to City Hall, <a href="https://twitter.com/TishJames/status/648591733194944512" target="_blank">via @TishJames</a></p> <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/21666792068_3815deee71_z.jpg" alt="de Blasio Staten Island repaving" width="350" height="233" /></p> <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/Cuomo_beer_check.jpg" alt="Cuomo beer check" width="350" height="467" /></p> <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/tish_james_ahmed_.jpg" alt="tish james ahmed " width="350" height="287" /></p> <p><strong>TOP FIVE STORIES OF THE WEEK:</strong></p> <p><strong>1. NYPD Use of Force:</strong> On Thursday, the NYPD announced a set of new guidelines and a tracking system to document officers' use of force. Officers will be required to detail every instance when force is employed, not only during arrests but brief detention-and-release incidents. The NYPD will also track use of force against officers. <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/02/nyregion/bratton-tracking-police-use-of-force-aims-to-stay-step-ahead-of-watchdogs.html" target="_blank">The announcement</a> comes after City Council members have introduced legislation to require an "early warning system" be put in place to identify officers who use force inappropriately and on the same day as a new NYPD Inspector General report on use-of-force was released.</p> <p>Read: <a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/opinion/5918-next-steps-after-eye-opening-nypd-inspector-general-use-of-force-report" target="_blank">Next Steps After Eye-Opener NYPD Inspector General Use-of-Force Report by Council Members Jumaane Williams and Brad Lander</a></p> <p dir="ltr"><span style="color: #171811; font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 14px;"><strong>2. Cuomo’s Buffalo Billion Under Federal Investigation:</strong> Federal investigators <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/28/nyregion/us-investigating-contract-awards-in-buffalo-turnaround-project.html" target="_blank">are looking into</a> how contracts were awarded in Governor Cuomo’s Buffalo economic development program. The Buffalo Billion program is intended to infuse $1 billion into the upstate economy and create 14,000 jobs, but has become the focus of a corruption investigation by U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara, who has issued subpoenas to major entities involved.</span></p> <p dir="ltr">Read: <a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/government/5912-alain-kaloyeros-powerful-centerpiece-of-buffalo-billion-could-become-household-name" target="_blank">Alain Kaloyeros, Powerful Centerpiece of Buffalo Billion, Could Become Household Name</a></p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>3. Chief Judge Takes On Bail:</strong> On Thursday, New York Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman <a href="http://www.wsj.com/articles/new-york-chief-judge-announces-plan-to-change-bail-system-1443709665">announced</a> a series of initiatives aimed at addressing what he called the “unsafe and unfair bail system,” including automatic review of bail for misdemeanor cases.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>4. Debate Over Rezoning of Brooklyn Schools:</strong> The Department of Education came under fire on Wednesday at a <a href="http://www.capitalnewyork.com/article/city-hall/2015/10/8578326/brooklyn-school-rezoning-debate-puts-focus-de-blasio-administratio" target="_blank">hearing</a> on the rezoning of two Brooklyn schools. The DOE’s proposal is intended to ease overcrowding one school, but the proposal has sparked debate over race, school equity, school quality, and school desegregation and integration. The de Blasio administration has done little to explicitly address school segregation, but the rezoning at play in Brooklyn is at least somewhat inadvertently moving the issue.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>5. Movement on MTA Funding:</strong> The de Blasio administration <a href="http://m.nydailynews.com/news/politics/exclusive-nyc-eyes-1b-mta-repairs-article-1.2382384" target="_blank">appears to be moving</a> toward meeting more of the funding requests made by the MTA, a state agency, even as the Cuomo and de Blasio administrations continue to spar publicly about responsibility, funding levels, and other aspects of the issue.</p> <p><strong>THIS WEEK'S NUMBERS:</strong></p> <ul> <li dir="ltr"><strong>$1.8 billion</strong> is how much prosecutors are <a href="http://www.crainsnewyork.com/article/20151002/TRANSPORTATION/151009983/records-offer-peek-into-port-authority-probe" target="_blank">investigating</a> Port Authority of New York and New Jersey officials for diverting from the Hudson River rail tunnel. The funds were spent on state-owned roads instead.</li> </ul> <ul> <li dir="ltr"><strong>18%</strong> decrease in the number of incidents where New York police officers <a href="http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/nypd-track-record-police-gunfire-article-1.2381954" target="_blank">fired</a> their weapons thus far in 2015 compared with the same period last year.</li> </ul> <p><strong>THE GLORY AND THE GOAT:</strong></p> <ul> <li><strong>It was a good week</strong> for Staten Island commuters, as the city's ongoing repaving efforts continued, with some help from Mayor de Blasio, under the supervision of Borough President James Oddo; and the official <a href="http://www.silive.com/news/index.ssf/2015/09/30-minute_around-the-clock_sta.html" target="_blank">start of expanded</a> Staten Island ferry service, by which the ferry will run every half-hour all the time.</li> </ul> <ul> <li><strong>It was a bad week</strong> for gun control advocates, in New York and elsewhere, whose frustration continues to grow amid news of another mass school shooting, this one in Oregon. Governor Cuomo has <a href="http://www.capitalnewyork.com/article/albany/2015/10/8578544/cuomo-urges-shutdown-threat-gun-control" target="_blank">had especially harsh words</a> for federal officials who refuse to act on gun regulations such as expanded background checks.</li> </ul> <p><strong>THE FLASH:</strong></p> <ul> <li><strong>Around this time last year</strong>, on September 30, 2014, Mayor de Blasio <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/30/nyregion/de-blasio-to-sign-executive-order-significantly-expanding-living-wage-law.html" target="_blank">signed an executive order</a> to expand New York City's living wage law to cover thousands of previously exempt workers and to raise the hourly wage itself for workers who do not receive benefits. The move was criticized by Comptroller Scott Stringer.</li> </ul> <p><strong>GOTHAM GAZETTE HIGHLIGHTS OF THE WEEK:</strong></p> <p dir="ltr"><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/government/5910-report-shows-need-for-elementary-after-school-expansion">Report Shows Need for Elementary After-School Expansion</a>, by John Spina</p> <p dir="ltr"><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/government/5908-cuomo-takes-additional-executive-action-on-criminal-justice">Cuomo Takes Additional Executive Action on Criminal Justice</a>, by David King</p> <p dir="ltr"><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/government/5912-alain-kaloyeros-powerful-centerpiece-of-buffalo-billion-could-become-household-name">Alain Kaloyeros, Powerful Centerpiece of Buffalo Billion, Could Become Household Name</a>, by David King</p> <p dir="ltr"><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/government/5913-absent-from-cuomos-new-education-task-force-a-student">Absent from Cuomo's New Education Task Force: A Student</a>, by Ben Max</p> <p dir="ltr"><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/government/5915-do-new-york-elected-officials-deserve-a-raise">Do New York Elected Officials Deserve A Raise?</a> by Meg O’Connor</p> <p dir="ltr"><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/government/5916-will-new-york-be-last-to-raise-the-age">Will New York Be Last to 'Raise the Age'?</a> by David King</p> <p dir="ltr"><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/government/5917-amid-federal-brinksmanship-new-york-city-officials-redouble-support-for-planned-parenthood">Amid Federal Brinkmanship, New York City Officials Redouble Support for Planned Parenthood</a>, by Meg O’Connor</p> <p><em>***<br />NOTE TO READERS: we hope you enjoy this new Gotham Gazette weekly feature - please share it if you do; on Twitter, use our handle&nbsp;<a href="https://twitter.com/GothamGazette" target="_blank">@GothamGazette</a>.</em></p> <p><em>If you have feedback on this feature for us, you can email editor Ben Max:&nbsp;<a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com">bmax@gothamgazette.com</a></em></p> <p><em>Watch Sunday evening for our latest Week Ahead in New York Politics, which gives you a preview of key issues and events to be aware of for the week about to start. In the meantime, catch up on&nbsp;<a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/government" target="_blank">the latest original reporting from Gotham Gazette here</a>. And have a great weekend!</em></p> <p><em>***</em><br />by Meg O'Connor and Ben Max</p>