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/city-council 2018-11-19T05:15:31+00:00 Webmaster webmaster@gothamgazette.com The Week Ahead in New York Politics, November 12 2018-11-11T05:00:00+00:00 2018-11-11T05:00:00+00:00 http://www.gothamgazette.com/city/8063-the-week-ahead-in-new-york-politics-12 Ben Max <p><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2014/03/640px-New_York_City_Hall.jpg" alt="New York City Hall" width="600" height="450" /></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>This week we continue to process the results of the past week's elections, but also turn our attention to the race in the special election for New York City Public Advocate, whereby Letitia James will be succeeded after she ascends to Attorney General. The election will likely take place in February, but several candidates have already declared and others surely will soon, and this week will see the first forums for those in the running.</p> <p>There's also government happening this week, including a lot of action at the City Council -&nbsp;see our day-by-day rundown below. And, this will be criminal justice week in the new <a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/8029-agenda-2019" target="_blank" rel="noopener">“Agenda 2019”</a> project brought to you by Gotham Gazette and City Limits, wherein the two publications are teaming up to set the stage for 2019 in New York City and State politics and government. Read the initial overview: <a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/8061-agenda-2019-major-policy-tests-ahead-for-state-and-city" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Agenda 2019: Major Policy Tests Ahead for State and City</a>.</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">bmax@gothamgazette.com</a>***</em></p> <p><strong>The run of the week in detail:</strong></p> <p><strong>Monday<br /></strong>"On Monday, Mayor de Blasio will deliver remarks at the Flight 587 17th Annual Memorial Service. This event is open press." In the evening, "the Mayor will appear on NY1’s Inside City Hall" during the 7 and 11 p.m. hours.</p> <p>At noon Monday, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand will deliver keynote remarks at VoteRunLead’s 2018 “Women &amp; Power” National Town Hall, discussing the midterm elections and the future. Other speakers will include Representatives-elect Lauren Underwood and Ilhan Omar. The town hall will take place at the Times Square WeWork.</p> <p>On Monday evening several Manhattan Democratic clubs and the New York Progressive Action Network <a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/253197148725135/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">will host</a> a candidates' night in the race to replace Tish James as Public Advocate via a special election likely to occur in February. Candidates are set to address the crowd one at a time over the course of several hours at ThoughtWorks in Manhattan.</p> <p><strong>Tuesday</strong><br />At the City Council on Tuesday:<br />--The Committee on Housing and Buildings will meet at 10 a.m. to discuss a proposed law to “establish a demonstration program to facilitate the creation and alteration of habitable apartments in basements and cellars of certain one- and two-family dwellings.”<br />--The Committee on For-Hire Vehicles will meet at 11 a.m. to discuss several proposed laws, including laws to “create a task force to study sale prices of taxicab medallions,” creating an “Office of Inclusion” within the Taxi and Limousine Commission, and “financial education for persons considering purchases or leases of for-hire vehicles or taxicab licenses.”<br />--The Committee on Consumer Affairs will meet at 1 p.m. to discuss proposed laws relating to information disclosure and trainings on harassment at nightlife establishments and the “disclosure of service fee charges associated with tickets to entertainment events in New York City,” as well as to discuss a resolution “calling on the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services, Office of Public Safety to update its mandatory security guard training curriculum to include sexual harassment prevention and bystander intervention training for all security guards who work in nightlife establishments.”<br />--The Committee on Veterans will meet at 1 p.m. to discuss proposed laws relating to “benefits counseling services for veterans,” “creating veterans resource centers,” and creating a “veterans resource guide.”<br />--The Committees on Youth Services and Juvenile Justice will meet jointly at 1 p.m. for an oversight hearing regarding “reentry programs for formerly incarcerated youth.”<br />--The Committee on Technology will meet at 1:30 p.m. to discuss a proposal to create an “Office of Data Analytics.”</p> <p>The state commission on legislative and executive branch compensation is set to meet on Tuesday.</p> <p>On Tuesday and Wednesday, the Business Council of New York State will host its “<a href="https://www.bcnys.org/event/2018-annual-environment-conference">2018 Annual Environmental Conference</a>,” discussing “the latest in environment regulation and law.” Speakers will include EPA Region 2 Administrator Peter Lopez; NYSERDA CEO Alicia Barton; Diane Burmon, a member of the Public Service Commission; and State Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos. The conference will take place at the Gideon Putnam in Saratoga Springs.</p> <p>At 9 a.m. Tuesday, the New York City Board of Correction will hold a public meeting at 125 Worth Street.</p> <p>At 10 a.m. Tuesday, Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul&nbsp;will deliver remarks at the opening of NYS Equal Rights Heritage Center in Auburn. At 12:30 p.m., Hochul will make an announcement at Bausch + Lomb Vision Care in Rochester. And at 2:15 p.m., Hochul will tour Perry's Ice Cream on its 100th Anniversary, in Akron.</p> <p>At 11 a.m. Tuesday, schools Chancellor Richard Carranza will be in Cambridge, MA, where he will deliver&nbsp;keynote remarks at the MIT School Access and Quality Summit.</p> <p>On Tuesday at 11:45 a.m. at City Hall, ""Council Member Rafael Espinal, representatives from Brooklyn venue House of Yes, and other advocates will gather before the Committee on Consumer Affairs hearing to rally in support of a package of legislation sponsored by Council Member Espinal that will combat sexual harassment in nightlife."</p> <p>At 3 p.m. Tuesday, Comptroller Scott Stringer will deliver remarks at the&nbsp;New York State Compensation Committee Meeting.</p> <p>At 6 p.m. Tuesday, Queens Borough President Melinda Katz, Deputy Mayor J. Philip Thompson, and DCP Population Division Director Joseph Salvo will host a town hall on the 2020 Census at Queens Borough Hall.</p> <p>At 6 p.m. Tuesday, City Council Speaker Corey Johnson will deliver remarks at the Council's&nbsp;Puerto Rican Heritage Celebration, at City Hall.</p> <p>At 6 p.m. Tuesday, the New York City Bar Association will <a href="https://services.nycbar.org/EventDetail?EventKey=DIS111318&amp;WebsiteKey=f71e12f3-524e-4f8c-a5f7-0d16ce7b3314">host</a> the City’s Human Rights Commissioner, Carmelyn Malalis, for a discussion on the city’s recently effective Human Rights Law, aimed at eliminating bias in the workplace and public accommodations.</p> <p>At 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Public Advocate Letitia James will attend&nbsp;the Brennan Center for Justice Legacy Awards Reception &amp; Dinner.</p> <p>On Tuesday at 7 p.m. at New York Law School,&nbsp;Common Cause New York and Fair Vote <a href="https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ranked-choice-voting-a-good-choice-for-new-york-city-tickets-51477999081?can_id=6fc279faebd1b639f88320f8798be4e6&amp;source=email-let-ny-vote-day-of-action-get-out-the-vote&amp;email_subject=let-ny-vote-day-of-action-get-out-the-vote&amp;email_referrer=email_442995&amp;link_id=3" target="_blank" rel="noopener">will co-host</a> "an in-depth panel discussion that will highlight the current state of election outcomes in New York City and explore the potential impact of Ranked Choice Voting (RCV) in New York City." It will be moderated by Susan Lerner, Executive Director, Common Cause/NY and include panelists New York City Council Member Brad Lander, Karen Brinson Bell, an elections administration consultant, &amp; Betsy Sweet, a former Maine gubernatorial candidate.</p> <p><strong>Wednesday</strong><br />The City Council will hold a stated meeting at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday. Council Speaker Corey Johnson will likely host the usual pre-stated press conference at 12:30 p.m.</p> <p>Also at the City Council on Wednesday: the Committee on Finance will meet at 10 a.m. to discuss “authorizing an increase in the amount to be expended annually in 14 BIDs.”</p> <p>At 9 a.m. Wednesday, City &amp; State will host “<a href="https://www.cityandstateny.com/events/ny-womens-power-100">NY Women’s Power 100</a>” at the New York Academy of Sciences. Public Advocate and Attorney General-elect Letitia James will deliver keynote remarks.</p> <p>At 10 a.m. Wednesday, the Assembly Standing Committee on Aging will meet in Albany for a public hearing “to explore programs and services that help older New Yorkers who want to remain in their homes and communities as they grow older, as well as current challenges facing these older New Yorkers and best practices that can enhance the quality of life for older adults.”</p> <p>At 10 a.m. Wednesday, the City Planning Commission will hold a public meeting at 120 Broadway.</p> <p>At 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, the Assembly Standing Committees on Alcoholism + Drug Abuse, Health, and Correction will meet jointly at 250 Broadway in Manhattan for a public hearing “examining the effectiveness of medication-assisted treatment programs in state and local correctional facilities in the state.”</p> <p>At 11 a.m. Wednesday outside the MTA's downtown offices,&nbsp;"The #FixTheSubway Coalition, composed of diverse, progressive organizations focused on labor, civil rights, racial justice, environmental, transit, and other issues and elected officials will rally in favor of a comprehensive transit funding plan with congestion pricing at its core and against the prospective transit fare hike." The coalition is led by Riders Alliance and other groups.</p> <p>At 5 p.m. Wednesday, this week’s Max &amp; Murphy program will air on WBAI radio and will include interviews with State Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins about Democrats' agenda for taking power in the new year and with Assembly Member Latrice Walker about recent and upcoming criminal justice reform efforts in the state Legislature. The show airs at 99.5FM and wbai.org and is later available as a podcast.</p> <p>At 5 p.m. Wednesday, the Hunter Foundation will host a town hall meeting at Harlem Hospital on “battling K2 and the opioid crisis in America.” CNN’s Don Lemon will moderate a panel consisting of television host and Hunter Foundation founder Wendy Williams; City Council Member Andy King; Dr. Bunmi Asana, addiction psychiatrist at NYC Health + Hospitals; Dr. Ronnie Swift, Chief of Psychiatry at Metropolitan Hospital; and Dr. Lipi Roy, an addiction medicine expert.</p> <p>At 6 p.m. Wednesday, Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza will be the featured guest speaker at the Queens Parent Advisory Board at Queens Borough Hall.</p> <p>At 6 p.m. Wednesday, TransitCenter will host “Fare Capping: A Formula for Fairer Fares,” discussing the potential benefits of fare capping, a technique whereby single-ride fares are “‘capped’ when they reach the cost of an unlimited-ride pass.” Panelists will include Andy Shaw, Senior Product Manager for Payments at Transport for London; Nick Sifuentes, the Executive Director of the Tri-State Transportation Campaign; and Jaqi Cohen, campaign coordinator for the Straphangers Campaign.</p> <p>At 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, the Civilian Complaint Review Board will hold a board meeting at Saint Claire Catholic Academy in Rosedale, Queens.</p> <p>On Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. at New York Law School, AARP NY and Citizens Union <a href="http://aarp.cvent.com/events/aarp-new-york-city-nyc-public-advocate-town-hall-new-york-ny-11-14-18/event-summary-314a803f5d324ce18be85b3e3986817a.aspx" target="_blank" rel="noopener">are hosting</a> a candidate forum in the race to replace Attorney General-elect Tish James as Public Advocate. Gotham Gazette editor Ben Max will moderate the forum.</p> <p><strong>Thursday</strong><br />At the City Council on Thursday:<br />--The Subcommittee on Zoning and Franchises will meet at 9:30 a.m.<br />--The Committee on Contracts will meet at 10 a.m. to discuss a proposed law relating to “reporting of promptness of agency payments to contractors.”<br />--The Committee on Public Housing and the Subcommittee on the Capital Budget will meet jointly at 10 a.m. for an oversight hearing regarding NYCHA’s 2017 Physical Needs Assessment.<br />--The Subcommittee on Landmarks, Public Siting, and Maritime Uses will meet at noon.<br />--The Committees on Health, Immigration, and General Welfare will meet jointly at 1 p.m. for an oversight hearing regarding “the impact of the proposed ‘public charge’ rule on NYC.”<br />--The Committees on Criminal Justice, Mental Health, and Hospitals will meet jointly at 1 p.m. for an oversight hearing regarding correctional health.<br />--The Subcommittee on Planning, Dispositions, and Concessions will meet at 2 p.m.</p> <p>At 8 a.m. Thursday, Crain’s will host its 2018 “<a href="https://www.crainsnewyork.com/events-health2018">Health Care Summit</a>” at the Sheraton Hotel in Times Square, discussing “population health” and how location and other socioeconomic factors can weigh on health outcomes. Speakers will include Dave Chokshi, Chief Population Health Officer at NYC Health + Hospitals, as well as several private health care and hospital executives.</p> <p>At 9 a.m. Thursday, the Association for a Better New York will join Sanitation Commissioner Kathryn Garcia for an “<a href="http://abny.org/meetinginfo.php?id=105&amp;ts=1541444715">exclusive tour</a>” of the Sanitation Department’s Manhattan garages. Garcia “will give a brief presentation at the beginning of the tour.”</p> <p>At 10:30 a.m. Thursday, the Assembly Standing Committee on Election Law and the Subcommittee on Election Day Operations and Voter Disenfranchisement will meet jointly at 250 Broadway in Manhattan for a public hearing on “improving opportunities to vote in New York State,” “including through early voting and no-excuse absentee ballot reforms.”</p> <p>At 4:30 p.m. Thursday, the Housing Justice for All coalition will march against “corrupt landlords” and call on the new Democratic leadership in state government to enact “universal rent control.” the march will begin at the Museum of the American Indian in the Financial District.</p> <p><strong>Friday and the weekend</strong><br />At 8:15 a.m. Friday, the Center for New York City Law at New York Law School will host David Hansell, Commissioner of the Administration for Children’s Services, for a “CityLaw Breakfast.”</p> <p>At 10 a.m. Friday, the Assembly Standing Committee on the Judiciary will meet at 250 Broadway in Manhattan for a public hearing on “electronic filing of court papers.”</p> <p>Mayor de Blasio may make his weekly appearance on WNYC’s The Brian Lehrer Show on Friday at 10 a.m.</p> <p>At 11:30 a.m. Friday, the Assembly Standing Committee on Environmental Conservation will meet in Albany for a public hearing on recycling.</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 Ben Brachfeld and Ben Max<br /><a href="https://twitter.com/GothamGazette" target="_blank" rel="noopener">@GothamGazette</a></p> <p><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2014/03/640px-New_York_City_Hall.jpg" alt="New York City Hall" width="600" height="450" /></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>This week we continue to process the results of the past week's elections, but also turn our attention to the race in the special election for New York City Public Advocate, whereby Letitia James will be succeeded after she ascends to Attorney General. The election will likely take place in February, but several candidates have already declared and others surely will soon, and this week will see the first forums for those in the running.</p> <p>There's also government happening this week, including a lot of action at the City Council -&nbsp;see our day-by-day rundown below. And, this will be criminal justice week in the new <a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/8029-agenda-2019" target="_blank" rel="noopener">“Agenda 2019”</a> project brought to you by Gotham Gazette and City Limits, wherein the two publications are teaming up to set the stage for 2019 in New York City and State politics and government. Read the initial overview: <a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/8061-agenda-2019-major-policy-tests-ahead-for-state-and-city" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Agenda 2019: Major Policy Tests Ahead for State and City</a>.</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">bmax@gothamgazette.com</a>***</em></p> <p><strong>The run of the week in detail:</strong></p> <p><strong>Monday<br /></strong>"On Monday, Mayor de Blasio will deliver remarks at the Flight 587 17th Annual Memorial Service. This event is open press." In the evening, "the Mayor will appear on NY1’s Inside City Hall" during the 7 and 11 p.m. hours.</p> <p>At noon Monday, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand will deliver keynote remarks at VoteRunLead’s 2018 “Women &amp; Power” National Town Hall, discussing the midterm elections and the future. Other speakers will include Representatives-elect Lauren Underwood and Ilhan Omar. The town hall will take place at the Times Square WeWork.</p> <p>On Monday evening several Manhattan Democratic clubs and the New York Progressive Action Network <a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/253197148725135/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">will host</a> a candidates' night in the race to replace Tish James as Public Advocate via a special election likely to occur in February. Candidates are set to address the crowd one at a time over the course of several hours at ThoughtWorks in Manhattan.</p> <p><strong>Tuesday</strong><br />At the City Council on Tuesday:<br />--The Committee on Housing and Buildings will meet at 10 a.m. to discuss a proposed law to “establish a demonstration program to facilitate the creation and alteration of habitable apartments in basements and cellars of certain one- and two-family dwellings.”<br />--The Committee on For-Hire Vehicles will meet at 11 a.m. to discuss several proposed laws, including laws to “create a task force to study sale prices of taxicab medallions,” creating an “Office of Inclusion” within the Taxi and Limousine Commission, and “financial education for persons considering purchases or leases of for-hire vehicles or taxicab licenses.”<br />--The Committee on Consumer Affairs will meet at 1 p.m. to discuss proposed laws relating to information disclosure and trainings on harassment at nightlife establishments and the “disclosure of service fee charges associated with tickets to entertainment events in New York City,” as well as to discuss a resolution “calling on the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services, Office of Public Safety to update its mandatory security guard training curriculum to include sexual harassment prevention and bystander intervention training for all security guards who work in nightlife establishments.”<br />--The Committee on Veterans will meet at 1 p.m. to discuss proposed laws relating to “benefits counseling services for veterans,” “creating veterans resource centers,” and creating a “veterans resource guide.”<br />--The Committees on Youth Services and Juvenile Justice will meet jointly at 1 p.m. for an oversight hearing regarding “reentry programs for formerly incarcerated youth.”<br />--The Committee on Technology will meet at 1:30 p.m. to discuss a proposal to create an “Office of Data Analytics.”</p> <p>The state commission on legislative and executive branch compensation is set to meet on Tuesday.</p> <p>On Tuesday and Wednesday, the Business Council of New York State will host its “<a href="https://www.bcnys.org/event/2018-annual-environment-conference">2018 Annual Environmental Conference</a>,” discussing “the latest in environment regulation and law.” Speakers will include EPA Region 2 Administrator Peter Lopez; NYSERDA CEO Alicia Barton; Diane Burmon, a member of the Public Service Commission; and State Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos. The conference will take place at the Gideon Putnam in Saratoga Springs.</p> <p>At 9 a.m. Tuesday, the New York City Board of Correction will hold a public meeting at 125 Worth Street.</p> <p>At 10 a.m. Tuesday, Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul&nbsp;will deliver remarks at the opening of NYS Equal Rights Heritage Center in Auburn. At 12:30 p.m., Hochul will make an announcement at Bausch + Lomb Vision Care in Rochester. And at 2:15 p.m., Hochul will tour Perry's Ice Cream on its 100th Anniversary, in Akron.</p> <p>At 11 a.m. Tuesday, schools Chancellor Richard Carranza will be in Cambridge, MA, where he will deliver&nbsp;keynote remarks at the MIT School Access and Quality Summit.</p> <p>On Tuesday at 11:45 a.m. at City Hall, ""Council Member Rafael Espinal, representatives from Brooklyn venue House of Yes, and other advocates will gather before the Committee on Consumer Affairs hearing to rally in support of a package of legislation sponsored by Council Member Espinal that will combat sexual harassment in nightlife."</p> <p>At 3 p.m. Tuesday, Comptroller Scott Stringer will deliver remarks at the&nbsp;New York State Compensation Committee Meeting.</p> <p>At 6 p.m. Tuesday, Queens Borough President Melinda Katz, Deputy Mayor J. Philip Thompson, and DCP Population Division Director Joseph Salvo will host a town hall on the 2020 Census at Queens Borough Hall.</p> <p>At 6 p.m. Tuesday, City Council Speaker Corey Johnson will deliver remarks at the Council's&nbsp;Puerto Rican Heritage Celebration, at City Hall.</p> <p>At 6 p.m. Tuesday, the New York City Bar Association will <a href="https://services.nycbar.org/EventDetail?EventKey=DIS111318&amp;WebsiteKey=f71e12f3-524e-4f8c-a5f7-0d16ce7b3314">host</a> the City’s Human Rights Commissioner, Carmelyn Malalis, for a discussion on the city’s recently effective Human Rights Law, aimed at eliminating bias in the workplace and public accommodations.</p> <p>At 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Public Advocate Letitia James will attend&nbsp;the Brennan Center for Justice Legacy Awards Reception &amp; Dinner.</p> <p>On Tuesday at 7 p.m. at New York Law School,&nbsp;Common Cause New York and Fair Vote <a href="https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ranked-choice-voting-a-good-choice-for-new-york-city-tickets-51477999081?can_id=6fc279faebd1b639f88320f8798be4e6&amp;source=email-let-ny-vote-day-of-action-get-out-the-vote&amp;email_subject=let-ny-vote-day-of-action-get-out-the-vote&amp;email_referrer=email_442995&amp;link_id=3" target="_blank" rel="noopener">will co-host</a> "an in-depth panel discussion that will highlight the current state of election outcomes in New York City and explore the potential impact of Ranked Choice Voting (RCV) in New York City." It will be moderated by Susan Lerner, Executive Director, Common Cause/NY and include panelists New York City Council Member Brad Lander, Karen Brinson Bell, an elections administration consultant, &amp; Betsy Sweet, a former Maine gubernatorial candidate.</p> <p><strong>Wednesday</strong><br />The City Council will hold a stated meeting at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday. Council Speaker Corey Johnson will likely host the usual pre-stated press conference at 12:30 p.m.</p> <p>Also at the City Council on Wednesday: the Committee on Finance will meet at 10 a.m. to discuss “authorizing an increase in the amount to be expended annually in 14 BIDs.”</p> <p>At 9 a.m. Wednesday, City &amp; State will host “<a href="https://www.cityandstateny.com/events/ny-womens-power-100">NY Women’s Power 100</a>” at the New York Academy of Sciences. Public Advocate and Attorney General-elect Letitia James will deliver keynote remarks.</p> <p>At 10 a.m. Wednesday, the Assembly Standing Committee on Aging will meet in Albany for a public hearing “to explore programs and services that help older New Yorkers who want to remain in their homes and communities as they grow older, as well as current challenges facing these older New Yorkers and best practices that can enhance the quality of life for older adults.”</p> <p>At 10 a.m. Wednesday, the City Planning Commission will hold a public meeting at 120 Broadway.</p> <p>At 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, the Assembly Standing Committees on Alcoholism + Drug Abuse, Health, and Correction will meet jointly at 250 Broadway in Manhattan for a public hearing “examining the effectiveness of medication-assisted treatment programs in state and local correctional facilities in the state.”</p> <p>At 11 a.m. Wednesday outside the MTA's downtown offices,&nbsp;"The #FixTheSubway Coalition, composed of diverse, progressive organizations focused on labor, civil rights, racial justice, environmental, transit, and other issues and elected officials will rally in favor of a comprehensive transit funding plan with congestion pricing at its core and against the prospective transit fare hike." The coalition is led by Riders Alliance and other groups.</p> <p>At 5 p.m. Wednesday, this week’s Max &amp; Murphy program will air on WBAI radio and will include interviews with State Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins about Democrats' agenda for taking power in the new year and with Assembly Member Latrice Walker about recent and upcoming criminal justice reform efforts in the state Legislature. The show airs at 99.5FM and wbai.org and is later available as a podcast.</p> <p>At 5 p.m. Wednesday, the Hunter Foundation will host a town hall meeting at Harlem Hospital on “battling K2 and the opioid crisis in America.” CNN’s Don Lemon will moderate a panel consisting of television host and Hunter Foundation founder Wendy Williams; City Council Member Andy King; Dr. Bunmi Asana, addiction psychiatrist at NYC Health + Hospitals; Dr. Ronnie Swift, Chief of Psychiatry at Metropolitan Hospital; and Dr. Lipi Roy, an addiction medicine expert.</p> <p>At 6 p.m. Wednesday, Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza will be the featured guest speaker at the Queens Parent Advisory Board at Queens Borough Hall.</p> <p>At 6 p.m. Wednesday, TransitCenter will host “Fare Capping: A Formula for Fairer Fares,” discussing the potential benefits of fare capping, a technique whereby single-ride fares are “‘capped’ when they reach the cost of an unlimited-ride pass.” Panelists will include Andy Shaw, Senior Product Manager for Payments at Transport for London; Nick Sifuentes, the Executive Director of the Tri-State Transportation Campaign; and Jaqi Cohen, campaign coordinator for the Straphangers Campaign.</p> <p>At 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, the Civilian Complaint Review Board will hold a board meeting at Saint Claire Catholic Academy in Rosedale, Queens.</p> <p>On Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. at New York Law School, AARP NY and Citizens Union <a href="http://aarp.cvent.com/events/aarp-new-york-city-nyc-public-advocate-town-hall-new-york-ny-11-14-18/event-summary-314a803f5d324ce18be85b3e3986817a.aspx" target="_blank" rel="noopener">are hosting</a> a candidate forum in the race to replace Attorney General-elect Tish James as Public Advocate. Gotham Gazette editor Ben Max will moderate the forum.</p> <p><strong>Thursday</strong><br />At the City Council on Thursday:<br />--The Subcommittee on Zoning and Franchises will meet at 9:30 a.m.<br />--The Committee on Contracts will meet at 10 a.m. to discuss a proposed law relating to “reporting of promptness of agency payments to contractors.”<br />--The Committee on Public Housing and the Subcommittee on the Capital Budget will meet jointly at 10 a.m. for an oversight hearing regarding NYCHA’s 2017 Physical Needs Assessment.<br />--The Subcommittee on Landmarks, Public Siting, and Maritime Uses will meet at noon.<br />--The Committees on Health, Immigration, and General Welfare will meet jointly at 1 p.m. for an oversight hearing regarding “the impact of the proposed ‘public charge’ rule on NYC.”<br />--The Committees on Criminal Justice, Mental Health, and Hospitals will meet jointly at 1 p.m. for an oversight hearing regarding correctional health.<br />--The Subcommittee on Planning, Dispositions, and Concessions will meet at 2 p.m.</p> <p>At 8 a.m. Thursday, Crain’s will host its 2018 “<a href="https://www.crainsnewyork.com/events-health2018">Health Care Summit</a>” at the Sheraton Hotel in Times Square, discussing “population health” and how location and other socioeconomic factors can weigh on health outcomes. Speakers will include Dave Chokshi, Chief Population Health Officer at NYC Health + Hospitals, as well as several private health care and hospital executives.</p> <p>At 9 a.m. Thursday, the Association for a Better New York will join Sanitation Commissioner Kathryn Garcia for an “<a href="http://abny.org/meetinginfo.php?id=105&amp;ts=1541444715">exclusive tour</a>” of the Sanitation Department’s Manhattan garages. Garcia “will give a brief presentation at the beginning of the tour.”</p> <p>At 10:30 a.m. Thursday, the Assembly Standing Committee on Election Law and the Subcommittee on Election Day Operations and Voter Disenfranchisement will meet jointly at 250 Broadway in Manhattan for a public hearing on “improving opportunities to vote in New York State,” “including through early voting and no-excuse absentee ballot reforms.”</p> <p>At 4:30 p.m. Thursday, the Housing Justice for All coalition will march against “corrupt landlords” and call on the new Democratic leadership in state government to enact “universal rent control.” the march will begin at the Museum of the American Indian in the Financial District.</p> <p><strong>Friday and the weekend</strong><br />At 8:15 a.m. Friday, the Center for New York City Law at New York Law School will host David Hansell, Commissioner of the Administration for Children’s Services, for a “CityLaw Breakfast.”</p> <p>At 10 a.m. Friday, the Assembly Standing Committee on the Judiciary will meet at 250 Broadway in Manhattan for a public hearing on “electronic filing of court papers.”</p> <p>Mayor de Blasio may make his weekly appearance on WNYC’s The Brian Lehrer Show on Friday at 10 a.m.</p> <p>At 11:30 a.m. Friday, the Assembly Standing Committee on Environmental Conservation will meet in Albany for a public hearing on recycling.</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 Ben Brachfeld and Ben Max<br /><a href="https://twitter.com/GothamGazette" target="_blank" rel="noopener">@GothamGazette</a></p> City Council Checks In On Department of Veterans Services, Discusses Reporting Bill 2018-10-30T04:00:00+00:00 2018-10-30T04:00:00+00:00 http://www.gothamgazette.com/city/8027-city-council-checks-in-on-department-of-veterans-services-discusses-reporting-bill Ben Max <p><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2018/committee-vets-hearing.jpg" alt="committee vets hearing" width="600" /></p> <p>Veterans Services Commissioner Loree Sutton, middle (photo: Emil Cohen/City Council)</p> <hr /> <p>The New York City Council’s Committee on Veterans met Monday to discuss a <a href="https://legistar.council.nyc.gov/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=3686701&amp;GUID=A2650921-31F4-4BE6-891F-EC09C25CA651&amp;Options=&amp;Search=">bill</a> that would require the city’s Department of Veterans Services to release an annual report detailing certain information about its work to help the city’s military veterans, including the number of its employees and types services it is providing.</p> <p>The chair of the committee, Council Member Chaim Deutsch, a Brooklyn Democrat, advocated for the bill, Intro. 1118, as a necessary step toward better understanding of what DVS is doing and what may be needed to improve services for veterans. However, DVS Commissioner Loree Sutton suggested that an additional report would be redundant, as DVS is already required to give a report to the committee under law (Local Law 23 of 2015, introduced by Council Member Paul Vallone, a Queens Democrat) and it also takes part in the Mayor’s Management Report, which gives detailed accounts of city agencies and their effectiveness.</p> <p>“Currently, City budget documents and the MMR include most of the information sought through Intro. 1118,” Sutton said. “While DVS looks forward to continued collaboration with the City Council concerning DVS personnel and performance metrics, we are confident that these aims can be best achieved through existing reporting mechanisms.”</p> <p>The bill would specifically ask for the title of and services provided by each employee, as well as the number of veterans and families to whom services had been provided and how they learned about the services.</p> <p>Most of this information is indeed available elsewhere. The <a href="https://www1.nyc.gov/assets/operations/downloads/pdf/mmr2018/dvs.pdf">Mayor’s Management Report</a> gives a summary of the services provided by DVS, the number of veterans and their families engaged by DVS and the number of them given assistance. When it comes to DVS employees and their titles, those can be found on the department’s <a href="https://www1.nyc.gov/site/veterans/about/meet-our-team.page">website</a>. However, this leaves questions concerning how the veterans and their families learned about services provided by the department and what services each employee specifically provides unanswered.</p> <p>While Sutton believes any additional information should simply be added to the current required report, Deutsch said the bill is an important step forward.</p> <p>“I think that this bill is a step forward to receiving the information that we need and we deserve and the veterans deserve,” Deutsch said. “And this way we can better continue to understand what the issues are and how we could better implement [solutions in] some of the areas that need improvement.”</p> <p>After discussion between Deutsch and Sutton, the committee allowed advocates to voice their views.</p> <p>President and Founding Director of NYC Veterans Alliance Kristen Rouse said the bill does not require enough reporting on the part of DVS.</p> <p>“We state our strong support for this committee providing oversight of the services provided to veterans and their families by DVS and other city agencies, programs, and funding,” Rouse said. “We are, however, uncertain of whether Intro. 1118 or other recent bill proposals will effectively accomplish the oversight and accountability that our community has called for and deserves.”</p> <p>Rouse went on to mention that the information DVS provided the committee under Local Law 23 had not yet been made publicly available, and that even better than the proposed bill would be “for this committee to examine ways it can further empower DVS to accomplish its mission.” Asking for the report to be made public, better tracking of services provided by DVS through VetConnect, and the creation of an Agency Chief Contracting Officer to manage city contracts for veterans services, Rouse proposed multiple reforms to which Deutsch responded, “we’ll have the committee get back to you.”</p> <p>Director of the Veteran Advocacy Project Coco Culhane said her organization “supports the introduction of Local Law 1118 and believes that DVS reporting on even more figures than they already do will benefit the entire community.”</p> <p>Senior Veteran Transition Manager of the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America Vadim Panasyuk noted the redundancy of the bill Sutton alluded to earlier, suggesting that different metrics should be used to better evaluate DVS.</p> <p>“IAVA supports the intent behind this bill,” Panasyuk said. “However, it appears that it is somewhat redundant as some of the data is already available, and does not require the reporting of necessary metrics to accurately evaluate this department’s performance and many of its various initiatives.”</p> <p>Panasyuk would like to see more qualitative data used in conjunction with “organizational and programmatic” metrics in order to better understand the population being served by DVS and the needs of that population.</p> <p>Another adjustment to the bill was suggested by Vallone, who said it was “critical” that they incorporate a requirement for DVS to distinguish in reports which veterans found them through sister agencies and which came directly to them.</p> <p>Ashton Stewart, coordinator with SAGE Vets Program, an LGBT veterans advocacy group, also requested a more detailed report. “This bill is just a start of the reporting, we need to start from somewhere,” Deutsch said.</p> <p>Earlier in the hearing, other topics were discussed as part of oversight by the committee. Deutsch expressed concern over a decrease in applications for and awards of vending licenses to veterans, and inquired about why significantly more veterans where using federal housing vouchers in the Bronx than any other borough. Sutton commented on the delay of federal GI Bill housing allowances for student veterans, noting that DVS would collaborate with the Department of Social Services to attempt to allocate resources towards supporting students negatively affected by the delays.</p> <p>

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<p><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2018/committee-vets-hearing.jpg" alt="committee vets hearing" width="600" /></p> <p>Veterans Services Commissioner Loree Sutton, middle (photo: Emil Cohen/City Council)</p> <hr /> <p>The New York City Council’s Committee on Veterans met Monday to discuss a <a href="https://legistar.council.nyc.gov/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=3686701&amp;GUID=A2650921-31F4-4BE6-891F-EC09C25CA651&amp;Options=&amp;Search=">bill</a> that would require the city’s Department of Veterans Services to release an annual report detailing certain information about its work to help the city’s military veterans, including the number of its employees and types services it is providing.</p> <p>The chair of the committee, Council Member Chaim Deutsch, a Brooklyn Democrat, advocated for the bill, Intro. 1118, as a necessary step toward better understanding of what DVS is doing and what may be needed to improve services for veterans. However, DVS Commissioner Loree Sutton suggested that an additional report would be redundant, as DVS is already required to give a report to the committee under law (Local Law 23 of 2015, introduced by Council Member Paul Vallone, a Queens Democrat) and it also takes part in the Mayor’s Management Report, which gives detailed accounts of city agencies and their effectiveness.</p> <p>“Currently, City budget documents and the MMR include most of the information sought through Intro. 1118,” Sutton said. “While DVS looks forward to continued collaboration with the City Council concerning DVS personnel and performance metrics, we are confident that these aims can be best achieved through existing reporting mechanisms.”</p> <p>The bill would specifically ask for the title of and services provided by each employee, as well as the number of veterans and families to whom services had been provided and how they learned about the services.</p> <p>Most of this information is indeed available elsewhere. The <a href="https://www1.nyc.gov/assets/operations/downloads/pdf/mmr2018/dvs.pdf">Mayor’s Management Report</a> gives a summary of the services provided by DVS, the number of veterans and their families engaged by DVS and the number of them given assistance. When it comes to DVS employees and their titles, those can be found on the department’s <a href="https://www1.nyc.gov/site/veterans/about/meet-our-team.page">website</a>. However, this leaves questions concerning how the veterans and their families learned about services provided by the department and what services each employee specifically provides unanswered.</p> <p>While Sutton believes any additional information should simply be added to the current required report, Deutsch said the bill is an important step forward.</p> <p>“I think that this bill is a step forward to receiving the information that we need and we deserve and the veterans deserve,” Deutsch said. “And this way we can better continue to understand what the issues are and how we could better implement [solutions in] some of the areas that need improvement.”</p> <p>After discussion between Deutsch and Sutton, the committee allowed advocates to voice their views.</p> <p>President and Founding Director of NYC Veterans Alliance Kristen Rouse said the bill does not require enough reporting on the part of DVS.</p> <p>“We state our strong support for this committee providing oversight of the services provided to veterans and their families by DVS and other city agencies, programs, and funding,” Rouse said. “We are, however, uncertain of whether Intro. 1118 or other recent bill proposals will effectively accomplish the oversight and accountability that our community has called for and deserves.”</p> <p>Rouse went on to mention that the information DVS provided the committee under Local Law 23 had not yet been made publicly available, and that even better than the proposed bill would be “for this committee to examine ways it can further empower DVS to accomplish its mission.” Asking for the report to be made public, better tracking of services provided by DVS through VetConnect, and the creation of an Agency Chief Contracting Officer to manage city contracts for veterans services, Rouse proposed multiple reforms to which Deutsch responded, “we’ll have the committee get back to you.”</p> <p>Director of the Veteran Advocacy Project Coco Culhane said her organization “supports the introduction of Local Law 1118 and believes that DVS reporting on even more figures than they already do will benefit the entire community.”</p> <p>Senior Veteran Transition Manager of the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America Vadim Panasyuk noted the redundancy of the bill Sutton alluded to earlier, suggesting that different metrics should be used to better evaluate DVS.</p> <p>“IAVA supports the intent behind this bill,” Panasyuk said. “However, it appears that it is somewhat redundant as some of the data is already available, and does not require the reporting of necessary metrics to accurately evaluate this department’s performance and many of its various initiatives.”</p> <p>Panasyuk would like to see more qualitative data used in conjunction with “organizational and programmatic” metrics in order to better understand the population being served by DVS and the needs of that population.</p> <p>Another adjustment to the bill was suggested by Vallone, who said it was “critical” that they incorporate a requirement for DVS to distinguish in reports which veterans found them through sister agencies and which came directly to them.</p> <p>Ashton Stewart, coordinator with SAGE Vets Program, an LGBT veterans advocacy group, also requested a more detailed report. “This bill is just a start of the reporting, we need to start from somewhere,” Deutsch said.</p> <p>Earlier in the hearing, other topics were discussed as part of oversight by the committee. Deutsch expressed concern over a decrease in applications for and awards of vending licenses to veterans, and inquired about why significantly more veterans where using federal housing vouchers in the Bronx than any other borough. Sutton commented on the delay of federal GI Bill housing allowances for student veterans, noting that DVS would collaborate with the Department of Social Services to attempt to allocate resources towards supporting students negatively affected by the delays.</p> <p>

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The Week Ahead in New York Politics, October 29 2018-10-28T04:00:00+00:00 2018-10-28T04:00:00+00:00 http://www.gothamgazette.com/city/8022-the-week-ahead-in-new-york-politics-october-29 Ben Max <p><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2014/03/640px-New_York_City_Hall.jpg" alt="New York City Hall" width="600" height="450" /></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>Tuesday will mark just one week until Election Day, November 6. This week is set to feature several debates for statewide officers -- see details below -- and will include a frenzy of near-final campaign efforts, including last-minute advertisements, mailings, press conferences, and so on.</p> <p>Catch up on <a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/election-coverage/2018-elections" target="_blank" rel="noopener">all of Gotham Gazette’s election coverage</a>.</p> <p>Be ready to vote on <a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/city/7912-mayoral-charter-revision-commission-puts-three-questions-on-november-ballot" target="_blank" rel="noopener">the three ballot proposals</a> that will be questions posed to New York City voters on Election Day.</p> <p>See your ballot <a href="https://elections.wnyc.org/voter-guide" target="_blank" rel="noopener">via this election guide</a> from Gotham Gazette, WNYC, City Limits and other partners.</p> <p>This week isn’t only electoral politics, of course, as there are a variety of City Council hearings and other government and policy-related events -- see our day-by-day rundown below. This week also begins with New Yorkers continue to mourn and react to the massacre of 11 Jewish people at a synagogue in Pittsburgh. There may also be more news this week related to the recent attempted bombings of prominent Democratic figures and CNN, some of which took place in New York.</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">bmax@gothamgazette.com</a>***</em></p> <p><strong>The run of the week in detail:</strong></p> <p><strong>Monday<br /></strong>Mayor Bill de Blasio has no public events scheduled for Monday.</p> <p>Monday is the sixth anniversary of Hurricane Sandy hitting New York.</p> <p>At the City Council on Monday:<br />--The Committee on Transportation will meet at 10 a.m. for an oversight hearing regarding “parking regulation in New York City,” as well as to discuss several proposed laws relating to parking regulation, including laws to require DCAS to “develop an off-hour delivery plan,” “increasing the penalties for certain commercial vehicles parked overnight on residential streets,” and “waiving parking violations when a parking sign is illegible.”<br />--The Committee on Cultural Affairs will meet at 10 a.m. to discuss several resolutions, including designating Rosa Parks Day, adding Roberto Clemente’s death site to the National Register of Historic Places, and several resolutions recognizing Polish achievements.<br />--The Committee on Veterans will meet at 1 p.m. for an oversight hearing regarding “ensuring veteran access to city-administered services,” as well as to discuss a proposed law relating to “additional reporting requirements for the Department of Veterans’ Services.”<br />--The Committee on Public Safety will meet at 2 p.m. to discuss several proposed laws related to sexual harassment, including one to require all NYPD officers to receive “sensitivity training” for responding to victims of harassment and assault.</p> <p>At 2:30 p.m. Monday, Comptroller Scott Stringer will deliver remarks at “Getting to Equal: The Disability Inclusion Advantage” at the New York Stock Exchange. At 5:30 p.m., Stringer will host a “Unity Vigil with National Action Network, Elected Officials, Faith and Community Leaders in Solidarity with Pittsburgh” in Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn.</p> <p>At 6 p.m. Monday, the Regional Plan Association will host “<a href="https://calendar.aiany.org/2018/07/16/designing-the-future-of-the-tri-state-region/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Designing the Future of the Tri-State Region</a>,” discussing the role of “architecture, landscape architecture, and urban design” in the Fourth Regional Plan. RPA’s Senior Fellow for Urban Design Robert Lane will moderate a panel consisting of Adam Frampton, President of Only.If; Juliette Michaelson, RPA’s Executive Vice President; and Kobi Ruthenberg, Associate Director in Urbanism at ORG Permanent Modernity. The event will take place at the AIA Center for Architecture in Greenwich Village.</p> <p>At 6:30 p.m. Monday, Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza will hold a <a href="https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cec5-presents-town-hall-with-chancellor-richard-carranza-tickets-50961789083" target="_blank" rel="noopener">town hall</a> meeting for CEC5 parents at PS 154 in Harlem. Carranza will be joined by Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer.</p> <p>On Monday at 7 p.m., Comptroller Tom DiNapoli and Republican challenger Jonathan Trichter will debate on NY1, moderated by NY1’s Errol Louis and Spectrum News’ Liz Benjamin.&nbsp;[<a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/7989-watch-state-comptroller-candidate-debate-dinapoli-trichter-2018" target="_blank">Watch the first State Comptroller debate among DiNapoli, Trichter, and the two other candidates who will be on the ballot, Green Party nominee Mark Dunlea and Libertarian Cruger Gallaudet</a>]</p> <p><strong>Tuesday</strong><br />At the City Council on Tuesday:<br />--The Committee on Public Housing will meet at 10 a.m. for an oversight hearing regarding “NYCHA development and privatization.”<br />--The Committee on Health will meet at 10 a.m. to discuss several proposed laws relating to water tank inspections.<br />--The Committee on Women will meet at 10 a.m. to discuss a resolution urging the state to pass the Reproductive Health Act.<br />--The Committee on For-Hire Vehicles will meet at 11 a.m. to discuss a proposed law relating to “for-hire vehicles and commuter vans with a seating capacity greater than 20.”<br />--The Committee on Governmental Operations will meet at noon to discuss a proposed law to allow “the use of campaign funds for certain childcare expenses.”<br />--The Committee on Education will meet at 1 p.m. for an oversight hearing regarding “fair student funding,” to discuss proposed laws creating a task force on “fair student funding” and “requiring a single reporting bill on department of education spending allocations, including fair student funding, for schools citywide,” and to discuss a resolution “calling upon the New York City Department of Education to factor in poverty as a weight in the Fair Student Funding formula for schools beginning at fourth grade or later.”</p> <p>At 8 am. Tuesday, the Association for a Better New York will host Republican gubernatorial nominee Marc Molinaro for a “<a href="http://abny.org/meetinginfo.php?id=100&amp;ts=1540301790">Power Breakfast</a>” at the Mezzanine at 55 Broadway. Molinaro “will discuss his vision for New York State.”</p> <p>At 9:15 a.m. Tuesday, Public Advocate Letitia James "delivers remarks at Lower Eastside Service Center's (LESC) 4th Annual Breakfast Fundraiser."</p> <p>At 10 a.m. Tuesday, the Board of Standards and Appeals will hold a public hearing at 22 Reade Street.</p> <p>At 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, the Joint Commission on Public Ethics will meet in Albany.</p> <p>"Comptroller Scott M. Stringer will release a new report tomorrow at 11 AM detailing how New York City is still lagging behind on spending with minority and women-owned business enterprises (M/WBEs). Joined by business owners and advocates Comptroller Stringer will call for a Chief Diversity Officer in each City agency and in City Hall as part of Charter revision." At 6 p.m., Stringer will deliver remarks at the New America Alliance Access to Capital Forum and Reception.</p> <p>At noon on Tuesday at the Bronx County Building, "Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. and the Jewish Community Relations Council of New York, along with elected leaders, clergy, court officials, community organizations and others will host a prayer vigil to support the Jewish community and stand united against hatred. The event comes in response to the weekend’s mass murder at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, which left 11 worshippers dead."</p> <p>At 1 p.m. Tuesday, several advocacy organizations, including Vocal-NY, JustLeadershipUSA, Court Watch NYC, Color of Change, and others, will hold a <a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/640077129719533/">rally</a> outside Queens Criminal Court in Kew Gardens to voice opposition to Queens District Attorney Richard Brown as “uniquely punitive” practices by his office.</p> <p>At 1 p.m. Tuesday at City Hall, "dozens of New York City students, the Urban Youth Collaborative, and members of the New York City Council will hold a joint press conference at City Hall to expose shocking racial disparities in public school suspensions and call on the Mayor de Blasio and Schools Chancellor Carranza to make immediate reforms. This press conference follows a new Independent Budget Office (IBO) report finding Black students are suspended for longer in 8 of the 10 most prevalent offenses and for twice as long for 3 of those offenses in New York City public schools."</p> <p>At 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, the New York City Board of Elections will hold a commissioners’ meeting.</p> <p>At 2 p.m. Tuesday at Bronx Borough Hall, "Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. will honor seven New York Police Department officers that took steps to assist a fatally wounded father and helped prevent the death of a five-year-old boy during a recent incident in The Bronx."</p> <p>At 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, City Council Speaker Corey Johnson and Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer will deliver remarks at West Side Community Fund Event, at Holy Apostle Church.</p> <p>At 6 p.m. Tuesday, the Panel for Educational Policy will hold a meeting at the Michael J. Petrides School in Todt Hill, Staten Island.</p> <p>"On Tuesday, First Lady Chirlane McCray will attend the Rikers Halloween Family Event."</p> <p>On Tuesday evening, American Planning Association NY Urban Design Committee at WXY Studio <a href="https://www.eventbrite.com/e/does-new-york-need-a-comprehensive-plan-tickets-50754116930?utm-medium=discovery&amp;utm-campaign=social&amp;utm-content=attendeeshare&amp;aff=estw&amp;utm-source=tw&amp;utm-term=listing" target="_blank" rel="noopener">will host</a> on a discussion about planning in New York City and whether the city needs a “comprehensive plan.” Gotham Gazette editor Ben Max will give opening remarks based on a recent Gotham Gazette article on the subject, followed by a panel discussion including City Council Member Brad Lander; Celia Weaver of New York Communities for Change; Michelle de la Uz of Fifth Avenue Committee and a City Planning Commissioner; and Maulin Mehta of Regional Plan Association, moderated by Jee Mee Kim of HR&amp;A Advisors. “The panelists all value long-term strategic planning for growth and represent a range of professional experiences and viewpoints. The panelists will discuss what constitutes a comprehensive plan, the pros and cons of a comprehensive plan, and why New York needs or does not need a comprehensive plan. The discussion will touch on public participation in the planning process, neighborhood development, capital spending and regional planning.”</p> <p>At 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, WeWork and Politico NY will host a <a href="https://splashthat.com/sites/view/weworkpoliticonycharterrevision.splashthat.com" target="_blank" rel="noopener">forum</a> at the WeWork at 500 7th Ave in Midtown, discussing the two charter revision commissions, “the process behind each, the proposals from the mayor’s commission that will be on the ballot this November, and how the city council’s commission is progressing in its public outreach as it prepares proposals for next year.” Politico NY’s Rosa Goldensohn will moderate the panel consisting of Cesar Perales, the Chair of the Mayor’s Commission; Betsy Gotbaum, Executive Director of Citizens Union; and Dr. Lilliam Barrios-Paoli, a member of the Council’s Commission.</p> <p>On Tuesday at 6:30 p.m., "Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams will share his personal experience with domestic violence as he celebrates courageous Brooklynites who overcame their own journeys against abuse at his fourth annual “Surviving and Thriving” Day of Empowerment, an event recognizing Domestic Violence Awareness Month for hundreds of local survivors of abuse and supportive Brooklynites. The program, which will include remarks by the commissioner of the Mayor’s Office to End Domestic and Gender-Based Violence, Cecile Noel, and the deputy commissioner of the New York City Commission on Human Rights, Marissa A. L. Jackson-Sow, will focus on successfully moving forward from abuse. Activities will include personal safety demonstrations, a resource fair, mini-makeovers, and children’s fare. Survivors will discuss how they combated domestic violence and how they are currently founders and CEOs of their own businesses and organizations."</p> <p>At 7 p.m. Tuesday, "Mayor de Blasio will host a tele-town hall on the Charter Revision Commission ballot proposals."</p> <p>Tuesday night may see a debate at 7 p.m. between Attorney General candidates Letitia James, the Democratic nominee and currently New York City Public Advocate, and Keith Wofford, the Republican nominee. The debate has been scheduled to take place on NY1, but James may not participate depending on the status of the labor dispute between Spectrum News, which owns NY1, and IBEW electrical workers, Local 3.</p> <p>"Central Synagogue clergy, alongside Cardinal Dolan and a wide representation of New York religious leaders, will host an Interfaith Prayer Vigil with Governor Andrew Cuomo, on Tuesday October 30th at 8:15 PM. We come together in solidarity following a week of violent hate crimes, including the deadliest assault on the Jewish community in U.S. history. The service will bring together interfaith members from across the state who will gather to honor the victims of the attack and join Governor Cuomo in his call for peace and civility."</p> <p><strong>Wednesday</strong><br />The City Council will hold a stated meeting at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday. Speaker Corey Johnson will likely host a pre-stated press conference at 12:30 p.m.</p> <p>Also at the City Council on Wednesday:<br />--The Committee on Finance will meet at 10 a.m.<br />--The Committee on Housing and Buildings will meet at 10 a.m. to discuss proposed laws relating to “single-occupant toilet room requirements,” “carbon monoxide detectors in commercial spaces,” and fire protection systems.</p> <p>At 8 a.m. Wednesday, Crain’s and Tech: NYC will host “<a href="https://www.crainsnewyork.com/events-FutureNYC2018" target="_blank" rel="noopener">The Future of NYC Tech Summit: How far it has come and what’s next for the industry</a>” at Convene in East Midtown, discussing the tech industry’s role and prominence in New York City, and its potential. Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams will deliver a keynote address, and the CEOs of New York-based startups such as WayUp, AppNexus, and New Lab will participate in panels.</p> <p>At 10 a.m. Wednesday, the City Planning Commission will hold a public meeting at 120 Broadway.</p> <p>At 5 p.m., Wednesday, the week’s Max &amp; Murphy show will air on WBAI radio, at 99.5FM or wbai.org, featuring interviews with several candidates for statewide office, including Michael Sussman and Mark Dunlea, the Green Party nominees for attorney general and comptroller, respectively.</p> <p><strong>Thursday</strong><br />At the City Council on Thursday:<br />--The Subcommittee on Zoning and Franchises will meet at 9:30 a.m.<br />--The Subcommittee on Landmarks, Public Siting, and Maritime Uses will meet at 11 a.m.<br />--The Subcommittee on Planning, Dispositions, and Concessions will meet at 2 p.m.</p> <p>At 9 a.m. Thursday, City &amp; State will host the “<a href="https://www.cityandstateny.com/events/politics-food-summit" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Politics of Food Summit</a>” at Baruch College, discussing “all forms of food programs, sustainability and policy issues in New York.” Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams will participate in a one-on-one discussion regarding healthy living. Other speakers will include Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, Consumer Affairs Commissioner Lorelei Salas, Human Resource Administration Commissioner Steven Banks, City Council Members Ben Kallos, Donovan Richards, Rafael Espinal, and Helen Rosenthal, Senators Luis Sepulveda and Liz Krueger, Assemblymember Linda Rosenthal, and Rachel Sabella, Director of No Kid Hungry New York.</p> <p>At 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Manhattan community boards are hosting an “<a href="https://twitter.com/CB8M/status/1055492420404678656?s=19" target="_blank" rel="noopener">educational town hall</a>” at PS 59 in Midtown, discussing the three questions that will appear on the November 6 ballot. The panel will consist of City Comptroller Scott Stringer, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, City Council Members Ben Kallos and Brad Lander, Charter Revision Commissioner John Siegal, and attorney Rachel Harding; and will be moderated by Gotham Gazette editor Ben Max. [Read: <a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/city/7912-mayoral-charter-revision-commission-puts-three-questions-on-november-ballot" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Mayoral Charter Revision Commission Puts Three Questions on November Ballot</a>]</p> <p>At 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Staten Island Borough President Jimmy Oddo will hold a town hall meeting on the Staten Island Ferry at Curtis High School on the North Shore. Representatives of city agencies such as the Department of Transportation, Department of Consumer Affairs, NYPD, and others will join Oddo to answer commuters’ questions related to the ferry.</p> <p>At 6:30 p.m. Thursday, the New York City Bar Association will host a <a href="https://services.nycbar.org/EventDetail?EventKey=DRU110118&amp;WebsiteKey=f71e12f3-524e-4f8c-a5f7-0d16ce7b3314" target="_blank" rel="noopener">discussion</a> on the “legal and policy changes” that will have to accompany the legalization of marijuana in New York City. Kristin Jordan, the chair of the “cannabis practice group” at Newman Ferrara, will moderate a panel consisting of City Council Member Donovan Richards; Preston Niblack, the City’s Deputy Comptroller for the Budget; Axel Bernabe, Assistant Counsel to the Governor for Health; and attorneys Steven Epstein, Jerome Levy, and Joseph Levey.</p> <p>On Thursday evening at 6 p.m., the League of Women Voters of New York State <a href="https://www.eventbrite.com/e/league-of-women-voters-gubernatorial-debate-tickets-51834572602" target="_blank" rel="noopener">will host</a>&nbsp;a gubernatorial debate, with four of the five candidates who will be on the ballot -- all but Gov. Cuomo -- committed as of October 28: Stephanie Miner, Marc Molinaro, Howie Hawkins, and Larry Sharpe. The debate will be moderated by the League's Laura Ladd Bierman, with panelists including Susan Arbetter of The Capitol Pressroom, Josefa Velasquez of Sludge, and Ken Lovett of The Daily News. The debate will be live-streamed on Facebook and other platforms.</p> <p><strong>Friday and the weekend</strong><br />Mayor de Blasio may make his weekly appearance on WNYC’s The Brian Lehrer Show at 10 a.m. Friday.</p> <p>This will be the final weekend before Election Day, full of final campaigning and get out the vote efforts.&nbsp;Catch up on&nbsp;<a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/election-coverage/2018-elections">all of Gotham Gazette’s election coverage</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 Ben Brachfeld and Ben Max<br /><a href="https://twitter.com/GothamGazette" target="_blank" rel="noopener">@GothamGazette</a></p> <p><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2014/03/640px-New_York_City_Hall.jpg" alt="New York City Hall" width="600" height="450" /></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>Tuesday will mark just one week until Election Day, November 6. This week is set to feature several debates for statewide officers -- see details below -- and will include a frenzy of near-final campaign efforts, including last-minute advertisements, mailings, press conferences, and so on.</p> <p>Catch up on <a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/election-coverage/2018-elections" target="_blank" rel="noopener">all of Gotham Gazette’s election coverage</a>.</p> <p>Be ready to vote on <a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/city/7912-mayoral-charter-revision-commission-puts-three-questions-on-november-ballot" target="_blank" rel="noopener">the three ballot proposals</a> that will be questions posed to New York City voters on Election Day.</p> <p>See your ballot <a href="https://elections.wnyc.org/voter-guide" target="_blank" rel="noopener">via this election guide</a> from Gotham Gazette, WNYC, City Limits and other partners.</p> <p>This week isn’t only electoral politics, of course, as there are a variety of City Council hearings and other government and policy-related events -- see our day-by-day rundown below. This week also begins with New Yorkers continue to mourn and react to the massacre of 11 Jewish people at a synagogue in Pittsburgh. There may also be more news this week related to the recent attempted bombings of prominent Democratic figures and CNN, some of which took place in New York.</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">bmax@gothamgazette.com</a>***</em></p> <p><strong>The run of the week in detail:</strong></p> <p><strong>Monday<br /></strong>Mayor Bill de Blasio has no public events scheduled for Monday.</p> <p>Monday is the sixth anniversary of Hurricane Sandy hitting New York.</p> <p>At the City Council on Monday:<br />--The Committee on Transportation will meet at 10 a.m. for an oversight hearing regarding “parking regulation in New York City,” as well as to discuss several proposed laws relating to parking regulation, including laws to require DCAS to “develop an off-hour delivery plan,” “increasing the penalties for certain commercial vehicles parked overnight on residential streets,” and “waiving parking violations when a parking sign is illegible.”<br />--The Committee on Cultural Affairs will meet at 10 a.m. to discuss several resolutions, including designating Rosa Parks Day, adding Roberto Clemente’s death site to the National Register of Historic Places, and several resolutions recognizing Polish achievements.<br />--The Committee on Veterans will meet at 1 p.m. for an oversight hearing regarding “ensuring veteran access to city-administered services,” as well as to discuss a proposed law relating to “additional reporting requirements for the Department of Veterans’ Services.”<br />--The Committee on Public Safety will meet at 2 p.m. to discuss several proposed laws related to sexual harassment, including one to require all NYPD officers to receive “sensitivity training” for responding to victims of harassment and assault.</p> <p>At 2:30 p.m. Monday, Comptroller Scott Stringer will deliver remarks at “Getting to Equal: The Disability Inclusion Advantage” at the New York Stock Exchange. At 5:30 p.m., Stringer will host a “Unity Vigil with National Action Network, Elected Officials, Faith and Community Leaders in Solidarity with Pittsburgh” in Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn.</p> <p>At 6 p.m. Monday, the Regional Plan Association will host “<a href="https://calendar.aiany.org/2018/07/16/designing-the-future-of-the-tri-state-region/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Designing the Future of the Tri-State Region</a>,” discussing the role of “architecture, landscape architecture, and urban design” in the Fourth Regional Plan. RPA’s Senior Fellow for Urban Design Robert Lane will moderate a panel consisting of Adam Frampton, President of Only.If; Juliette Michaelson, RPA’s Executive Vice President; and Kobi Ruthenberg, Associate Director in Urbanism at ORG Permanent Modernity. The event will take place at the AIA Center for Architecture in Greenwich Village.</p> <p>At 6:30 p.m. Monday, Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza will hold a <a href="https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cec5-presents-town-hall-with-chancellor-richard-carranza-tickets-50961789083" target="_blank" rel="noopener">town hall</a> meeting for CEC5 parents at PS 154 in Harlem. Carranza will be joined by Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer.</p> <p>On Monday at 7 p.m., Comptroller Tom DiNapoli and Republican challenger Jonathan Trichter will debate on NY1, moderated by NY1’s Errol Louis and Spectrum News’ Liz Benjamin.&nbsp;[<a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/7989-watch-state-comptroller-candidate-debate-dinapoli-trichter-2018" target="_blank">Watch the first State Comptroller debate among DiNapoli, Trichter, and the two other candidates who will be on the ballot, Green Party nominee Mark Dunlea and Libertarian Cruger Gallaudet</a>]</p> <p><strong>Tuesday</strong><br />At the City Council on Tuesday:<br />--The Committee on Public Housing will meet at 10 a.m. for an oversight hearing regarding “NYCHA development and privatization.”<br />--The Committee on Health will meet at 10 a.m. to discuss several proposed laws relating to water tank inspections.<br />--The Committee on Women will meet at 10 a.m. to discuss a resolution urging the state to pass the Reproductive Health Act.<br />--The Committee on For-Hire Vehicles will meet at 11 a.m. to discuss a proposed law relating to “for-hire vehicles and commuter vans with a seating capacity greater than 20.”<br />--The Committee on Governmental Operations will meet at noon to discuss a proposed law to allow “the use of campaign funds for certain childcare expenses.”<br />--The Committee on Education will meet at 1 p.m. for an oversight hearing regarding “fair student funding,” to discuss proposed laws creating a task force on “fair student funding” and “requiring a single reporting bill on department of education spending allocations, including fair student funding, for schools citywide,” and to discuss a resolution “calling upon the New York City Department of Education to factor in poverty as a weight in the Fair Student Funding formula for schools beginning at fourth grade or later.”</p> <p>At 8 am. Tuesday, the Association for a Better New York will host Republican gubernatorial nominee Marc Molinaro for a “<a href="http://abny.org/meetinginfo.php?id=100&amp;ts=1540301790">Power Breakfast</a>” at the Mezzanine at 55 Broadway. Molinaro “will discuss his vision for New York State.”</p> <p>At 9:15 a.m. Tuesday, Public Advocate Letitia James "delivers remarks at Lower Eastside Service Center's (LESC) 4th Annual Breakfast Fundraiser."</p> <p>At 10 a.m. Tuesday, the Board of Standards and Appeals will hold a public hearing at 22 Reade Street.</p> <p>At 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, the Joint Commission on Public Ethics will meet in Albany.</p> <p>"Comptroller Scott M. Stringer will release a new report tomorrow at 11 AM detailing how New York City is still lagging behind on spending with minority and women-owned business enterprises (M/WBEs). Joined by business owners and advocates Comptroller Stringer will call for a Chief Diversity Officer in each City agency and in City Hall as part of Charter revision." At 6 p.m., Stringer will deliver remarks at the New America Alliance Access to Capital Forum and Reception.</p> <p>At noon on Tuesday at the Bronx County Building, "Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. and the Jewish Community Relations Council of New York, along with elected leaders, clergy, court officials, community organizations and others will host a prayer vigil to support the Jewish community and stand united against hatred. The event comes in response to the weekend’s mass murder at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, which left 11 worshippers dead."</p> <p>At 1 p.m. Tuesday, several advocacy organizations, including Vocal-NY, JustLeadershipUSA, Court Watch NYC, Color of Change, and others, will hold a <a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/640077129719533/">rally</a> outside Queens Criminal Court in Kew Gardens to voice opposition to Queens District Attorney Richard Brown as “uniquely punitive” practices by his office.</p> <p>At 1 p.m. Tuesday at City Hall, "dozens of New York City students, the Urban Youth Collaborative, and members of the New York City Council will hold a joint press conference at City Hall to expose shocking racial disparities in public school suspensions and call on the Mayor de Blasio and Schools Chancellor Carranza to make immediate reforms. This press conference follows a new Independent Budget Office (IBO) report finding Black students are suspended for longer in 8 of the 10 most prevalent offenses and for twice as long for 3 of those offenses in New York City public schools."</p> <p>At 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, the New York City Board of Elections will hold a commissioners’ meeting.</p> <p>At 2 p.m. Tuesday at Bronx Borough Hall, "Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. will honor seven New York Police Department officers that took steps to assist a fatally wounded father and helped prevent the death of a five-year-old boy during a recent incident in The Bronx."</p> <p>At 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, City Council Speaker Corey Johnson and Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer will deliver remarks at West Side Community Fund Event, at Holy Apostle Church.</p> <p>At 6 p.m. Tuesday, the Panel for Educational Policy will hold a meeting at the Michael J. Petrides School in Todt Hill, Staten Island.</p> <p>"On Tuesday, First Lady Chirlane McCray will attend the Rikers Halloween Family Event."</p> <p>On Tuesday evening, American Planning Association NY Urban Design Committee at WXY Studio <a href="https://www.eventbrite.com/e/does-new-york-need-a-comprehensive-plan-tickets-50754116930?utm-medium=discovery&amp;utm-campaign=social&amp;utm-content=attendeeshare&amp;aff=estw&amp;utm-source=tw&amp;utm-term=listing" target="_blank" rel="noopener">will host</a> on a discussion about planning in New York City and whether the city needs a “comprehensive plan.” Gotham Gazette editor Ben Max will give opening remarks based on a recent Gotham Gazette article on the subject, followed by a panel discussion including City Council Member Brad Lander; Celia Weaver of New York Communities for Change; Michelle de la Uz of Fifth Avenue Committee and a City Planning Commissioner; and Maulin Mehta of Regional Plan Association, moderated by Jee Mee Kim of HR&amp;A Advisors. “The panelists all value long-term strategic planning for growth and represent a range of professional experiences and viewpoints. The panelists will discuss what constitutes a comprehensive plan, the pros and cons of a comprehensive plan, and why New York needs or does not need a comprehensive plan. The discussion will touch on public participation in the planning process, neighborhood development, capital spending and regional planning.”</p> <p>At 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, WeWork and Politico NY will host a <a href="https://splashthat.com/sites/view/weworkpoliticonycharterrevision.splashthat.com" target="_blank" rel="noopener">forum</a> at the WeWork at 500 7th Ave in Midtown, discussing the two charter revision commissions, “the process behind each, the proposals from the mayor’s commission that will be on the ballot this November, and how the city council’s commission is progressing in its public outreach as it prepares proposals for next year.” Politico NY’s Rosa Goldensohn will moderate the panel consisting of Cesar Perales, the Chair of the Mayor’s Commission; Betsy Gotbaum, Executive Director of Citizens Union; and Dr. Lilliam Barrios-Paoli, a member of the Council’s Commission.</p> <p>On Tuesday at 6:30 p.m., "Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams will share his personal experience with domestic violence as he celebrates courageous Brooklynites who overcame their own journeys against abuse at his fourth annual “Surviving and Thriving” Day of Empowerment, an event recognizing Domestic Violence Awareness Month for hundreds of local survivors of abuse and supportive Brooklynites. The program, which will include remarks by the commissioner of the Mayor’s Office to End Domestic and Gender-Based Violence, Cecile Noel, and the deputy commissioner of the New York City Commission on Human Rights, Marissa A. L. Jackson-Sow, will focus on successfully moving forward from abuse. Activities will include personal safety demonstrations, a resource fair, mini-makeovers, and children’s fare. Survivors will discuss how they combated domestic violence and how they are currently founders and CEOs of their own businesses and organizations."</p> <p>At 7 p.m. Tuesday, "Mayor de Blasio will host a tele-town hall on the Charter Revision Commission ballot proposals."</p> <p>Tuesday night may see a debate at 7 p.m. between Attorney General candidates Letitia James, the Democratic nominee and currently New York City Public Advocate, and Keith Wofford, the Republican nominee. The debate has been scheduled to take place on NY1, but James may not participate depending on the status of the labor dispute between Spectrum News, which owns NY1, and IBEW electrical workers, Local 3.</p> <p>"Central Synagogue clergy, alongside Cardinal Dolan and a wide representation of New York religious leaders, will host an Interfaith Prayer Vigil with Governor Andrew Cuomo, on Tuesday October 30th at 8:15 PM. We come together in solidarity following a week of violent hate crimes, including the deadliest assault on the Jewish community in U.S. history. The service will bring together interfaith members from across the state who will gather to honor the victims of the attack and join Governor Cuomo in his call for peace and civility."</p> <p><strong>Wednesday</strong><br />The City Council will hold a stated meeting at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday. Speaker Corey Johnson will likely host a pre-stated press conference at 12:30 p.m.</p> <p>Also at the City Council on Wednesday:<br />--The Committee on Finance will meet at 10 a.m.<br />--The Committee on Housing and Buildings will meet at 10 a.m. to discuss proposed laws relating to “single-occupant toilet room requirements,” “carbon monoxide detectors in commercial spaces,” and fire protection systems.</p> <p>At 8 a.m. Wednesday, Crain’s and Tech: NYC will host “<a href="https://www.crainsnewyork.com/events-FutureNYC2018" target="_blank" rel="noopener">The Future of NYC Tech Summit: How far it has come and what’s next for the industry</a>” at Convene in East Midtown, discussing the tech industry’s role and prominence in New York City, and its potential. Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams will deliver a keynote address, and the CEOs of New York-based startups such as WayUp, AppNexus, and New Lab will participate in panels.</p> <p>At 10 a.m. Wednesday, the City Planning Commission will hold a public meeting at 120 Broadway.</p> <p>At 5 p.m., Wednesday, the week’s Max &amp; Murphy show will air on WBAI radio, at 99.5FM or wbai.org, featuring interviews with several candidates for statewide office, including Michael Sussman and Mark Dunlea, the Green Party nominees for attorney general and comptroller, respectively.</p> <p><strong>Thursday</strong><br />At the City Council on Thursday:<br />--The Subcommittee on Zoning and Franchises will meet at 9:30 a.m.<br />--The Subcommittee on Landmarks, Public Siting, and Maritime Uses will meet at 11 a.m.<br />--The Subcommittee on Planning, Dispositions, and Concessions will meet at 2 p.m.</p> <p>At 9 a.m. Thursday, City &amp; State will host the “<a href="https://www.cityandstateny.com/events/politics-food-summit" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Politics of Food Summit</a>” at Baruch College, discussing “all forms of food programs, sustainability and policy issues in New York.” Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams will participate in a one-on-one discussion regarding healthy living. Other speakers will include Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, Consumer Affairs Commissioner Lorelei Salas, Human Resource Administration Commissioner Steven Banks, City Council Members Ben Kallos, Donovan Richards, Rafael Espinal, and Helen Rosenthal, Senators Luis Sepulveda and Liz Krueger, Assemblymember Linda Rosenthal, and Rachel Sabella, Director of No Kid Hungry New York.</p> <p>At 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Manhattan community boards are hosting an “<a href="https://twitter.com/CB8M/status/1055492420404678656?s=19" target="_blank" rel="noopener">educational town hall</a>” at PS 59 in Midtown, discussing the three questions that will appear on the November 6 ballot. The panel will consist of City Comptroller Scott Stringer, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, City Council Members Ben Kallos and Brad Lander, Charter Revision Commissioner John Siegal, and attorney Rachel Harding; and will be moderated by Gotham Gazette editor Ben Max. [Read: <a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/city/7912-mayoral-charter-revision-commission-puts-three-questions-on-november-ballot" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Mayoral Charter Revision Commission Puts Three Questions on November Ballot</a>]</p> <p>At 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Staten Island Borough President Jimmy Oddo will hold a town hall meeting on the Staten Island Ferry at Curtis High School on the North Shore. Representatives of city agencies such as the Department of Transportation, Department of Consumer Affairs, NYPD, and others will join Oddo to answer commuters’ questions related to the ferry.</p> <p>At 6:30 p.m. Thursday, the New York City Bar Association will host a <a href="https://services.nycbar.org/EventDetail?EventKey=DRU110118&amp;WebsiteKey=f71e12f3-524e-4f8c-a5f7-0d16ce7b3314" target="_blank" rel="noopener">discussion</a> on the “legal and policy changes” that will have to accompany the legalization of marijuana in New York City. Kristin Jordan, the chair of the “cannabis practice group” at Newman Ferrara, will moderate a panel consisting of City Council Member Donovan Richards; Preston Niblack, the City’s Deputy Comptroller for the Budget; Axel Bernabe, Assistant Counsel to the Governor for Health; and attorneys Steven Epstein, Jerome Levy, and Joseph Levey.</p> <p>On Thursday evening at 6 p.m., the League of Women Voters of New York State <a href="https://www.eventbrite.com/e/league-of-women-voters-gubernatorial-debate-tickets-51834572602" target="_blank" rel="noopener">will host</a>&nbsp;a gubernatorial debate, with four of the five candidates who will be on the ballot -- all but Gov. Cuomo -- committed as of October 28: Stephanie Miner, Marc Molinaro, Howie Hawkins, and Larry Sharpe. The debate will be moderated by the League's Laura Ladd Bierman, with panelists including Susan Arbetter of The Capitol Pressroom, Josefa Velasquez of Sludge, and Ken Lovett of The Daily News. The debate will be live-streamed on Facebook and other platforms.</p> <p><strong>Friday and the weekend</strong><br />Mayor de Blasio may make his weekly appearance on WNYC’s The Brian Lehrer Show at 10 a.m. Friday.</p> <p>This will be the final weekend before Election Day, full of final campaigning and get out the vote efforts.&nbsp;Catch up on&nbsp;<a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/election-coverage/2018-elections">all of Gotham Gazette’s election coverage</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 Ben Brachfeld and Ben Max<br /><a href="https://twitter.com/GothamGazette" target="_blank" rel="noopener">@GothamGazette</a></p> The Week Ahead in New York Politics, October 22 2018-10-21T04:00:00+00:00 2018-10-21T04:00:00+00:00 http://www.gothamgazette.com/city/8006-the-week-ahead-in-new-york-politics-october-22 Ben Max <p><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2014/03/640px-New_York_City_Hall.jpg" alt="New York City Hall" width="600" height="450" /></p> <p>New York City Hall</p> <hr /> <p><strong>What to watch for this week in New York politics:</strong></p> <p>Tuesday will mark two weeks until Election Day, November 6. As the week beings, Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo and Republican nominee Marc Molinaro have agreed to a Tuesday one-on-one debate, which will be broadcast live on CBS radio during the afternoon and aired at 7 p.m. on CBS TV. The agreement came after much jockeying, name-calling, and negotiations among the two campaigns and others, including The New York Post and CBS radio, which appeared to have significant influence in getting Cuomo to agree to a debate.</p> <p>Molinaro and the other candidates for governor -- Green Party nominee Howie Hawkins, Libertarian Party nominee Larry Sharpe, and independent Stephanie Miner -- have also agreed to a debate being hosted by&nbsp;the League of Women Voters of New York State later this week (details to-be-finalized) that all parties are also trying to convince Cuomo to attend.</p> <p>We're also awaiting more news about other debates for statewide positions of Comptroller, Attorney General, and U.S. Senator. The only debate for the four statewide positions on the ballot that has occurred thus far is one among the four candidates for state Comptroller (<a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/7989-watch-state-comptroller-candidate-debate-dinapoli-trichter-2018" target="_blank">watch it here</a>).</p> <p>Multiple debates scheduled to air on NY1 were either canceled or thrown into limbo after Democratic candidates Letitia James, running for Attorney General, and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand <a href="http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/ny-pol-gillibrand-james-ny1-labor-strike-20181019-story.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener">said they would not participate</a> due to ongoing labor issues between Spectrum, which owns NY1, and IBEW Local 3, wherein IBEW members have been on strike for well over a year. James' debate with Republican Keith Wofford is tentatively scheduled for later this month (Tuesday, October 30), but James said she would not participate if it means breaking a picket line. A Comptroller debate on NY1 is also still on the books for next week (Monday, October 29), with incumbent Comptroller Tom DiNapoli, a Democrat, not yet indicating any change in plans. Gillibrand and her Republican challenger, Chele Farley, have now agreed on a 30-minute debate to air on ABC TV on Sunday, October 28 at 11 a.m.</p> <p>As the campaigning and debate negotiations in the statewide campaigns continue, there is much attention on the battles to determine control of the New York State Senate and in key House races that will figure into which party controls the lower house of Congress. New York Democrats are optimistic on both fronts, with State Senator Michael Gianaris, who chairs the Senate Democratic Campaign Committee, <a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/7998-max-murphy-podcast-battle-for-control-of-the-state-senate" target="_blank" rel="noopener">outlining roughly 10 seats he believes are in play</a> as his party attempts to net at least one seat and take control of the chamber.</p> <p>Meanwhile, there is also government happening. The City Council has a very busy week of hearings, including one on Monday to discuss one of the most controversial city bills over decades: the Small Business Jobs Survival Act, which, in its current iteration, would institute new rules for small business lease negotiations with landlords in an attempt to help more small businesses stay afloat and avoid immense increases in their rents. The hearing is among a variety of oversight and other hearings scheduled this week -- see details below.</p> <p>Also, it’s Queens week for Mayor de Blasio’s City Hall in Your Borough initiative, which includes announcements, a town hall, and a resource fair, among other events and programs. Details on that and much more -- see the day-by-day rundown below.</p> <p>As always, there's a great deal happening all over the city, with many events to be aware of - see our day-by-day rundown below.</p> <p style="text-align: center;">***Do you have events or topics for us to include in an upcoming Week Ahead in New York Politics?<br />Email Gotham Gazette editor Ben Max:&nbsp;<a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com">bmax@gothamgazette.com</a>***</p> <p><strong><em>The run of the week in detail:</em></strong></p> <p><strong>Monday</strong><br />This week, the de Blasio administration will host its third “City Hall in Your Borough” of 2018, this time in Queens.</p> <p>At 3 p.m. Monday at the Ridgewood YMCA in Queens, “Mayor de Blasio and Police Commissioner O’Neill will host a press conference to make an announcement on neighborhood policing.” “In the evening, the Mayor will appear live on NY1’s Inside City Hall. This appearance will be cancelled if a labor picket line is active outside of NY1’s studio.”</p> <p>On Monday, First Lady Chirlane McCray will hold two public events that are closed to the press: she and Deputy Mayor Phil Thompson will visit Interfaith Medical Center and she will attend the Bring Change to Mind Gala.</p> <p><a href="https://legistar.council.nyc.gov/Calendar.aspx" target="_blank" rel="noopener">At the City Council</a> on Monday:<br />--The Subcommittee on Zoning and Franchises will meet at 9:30 a.m.<br />--The Committee on Environmental Protection will meet at 10 a.m. for an oversight hearing regarding “resiliency in the face of sea level rise,” as well as to discuss a resolution “calling on the United States Army Corps of Engineers to reconsider the proposals made in the New York - New Jersey Harbor and Tributaries Coastal Storm Risk Management Feasibility Study pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) to consider sea rise in addition to storm surge.”<br />--The Committee on Small Business will meet at 1 p.m. to discuss a proposed law “creating a small business lease program for establishing an environment for fair negotiations in the commercial lease renewal process in order to determine reasonable lease terms.”</p> <p>At 9 a.m. Monday, Comptroller Scott Stringer will host “International Corporate Governance Network New York Conference” at Convene Conference Centre in Manhattan.</p> <p>At 11 a.m. Monday, “Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr., will head to Mercy College to urge cyclists from all over the world to participate in the 24th annual Tour de Bronx, which takes place on Sunday, October 28.”</p> <p>At 1 p.m. Monday, WAMC Northeast Public Radio will host a <a href="https://www.eventbrite.com/e/wamc-northeast-public-radio-presents-ny-19-general-election-live-debate-tickets-50873795893" target="_blank" rel="noopener">debate</a> for candidates in the 19th Congressional District at the Linda WAMC Performing Arts Studio in Albany. Incumbent Republican John Faso, Democrat Antonio Delgado, Green nominee Steve Greenfield, and independent Diane Neal will participate.</p> <p>At 6:30 p.m. Monday, the Mayor’s Charter Revision Commission will hold a “public education forum” at Brooklyn College’s Ingersoll Hall to provide information on and explain the commission’s three proposals on the November ballot to Brooklyn residents.</p> <p>At 6:30 p.m. Monday, TransitCenter will host “<a href="http://transitcenter.org/events/time-take-back-can-new-york-city-re-take-control-subways-buses/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Time to Take it Back? Can New York City re-take control of its subways and buses?</a>” at One Whitehall Street, discussing whether control over the city’s subways should return to local control and the positives and negatives associated with both state and local control. TransitCenter Executive Director David Bragdon will moderate a panel consisting of venture capitalist Bradley Tusk, Rachael Fauss of Reinvent Albany, and consultant Peter Peyser.</p> <p>At 6:30 p.m. Monday, the Association for a Better New York will host City Council Member Carlina Rivera at its “<a href="http://abny.org/meetinginfo.php?id=99&amp;ts=1539100957" target="_blank" rel="noopener">What’s On Tap</a>” happy hour at District Social NYC in Midtown.</p> <p><strong>Tuesday</strong><br />At the City Council on Tuesday:<br />--The Committees on Housing &amp; Buildings and Health will meet jointly at 10 a.m. for an oversight hearing regarding “NYC’s cooling towers,” as well as to discuss several proposed laws relating to cooling towers, including to require “an assessment of potential determinants of Legionnaires’ Disease in the city.”<br />--The Subcommittee on Landmarks, Public Siting, and Maritime Uses will meet at noon.<br />--The Committee on Juvenile Justice will tour the Horizon Juvenile Center in the South Bronx at 1 p.m.<br />--The Committee on Aging will meet at 1 p.m. for an oversight hearing regarding “repairs and upgrades at NYC senior centers.”<br />--The Subcommittee on Planning, Dispositions, and Concessions will meet at 2 p.m.</p> <p>At 10 a.m. Tuesday, the Assembly Standing Committee on Education will meet in Albany for a public hearing regarding “school health, mental health, and physical education.”</p> <p>At 10 a.m. Tuesday, the Board of Standards and Appeals will hold a public hearing at Spector Hall.</p> <p>At 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Mayor de Blasio and Queens Borough President Melinda Katz will hold a city resource fair at Elmcor Youth &amp; Adult Activity in Corona.</p> <p>At 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, the New York City Board of Elections will hold a commissioners’ meeting.</p> <p>Governor Cuomo and Republican challenger Marc Molinaro will debate on CBS radio Tuesday afternoon, with the debate televised on CBS in the 7 p.m. hour.</p> <p>At 7 p.m. Tuesday, Spectrum News will host a debate for candidates in the 19th Congressional District at the Woodstock Playhouse in Woodstock. Incumbent Republican John Faso and Democratic challenger Antonio Delgado will participate. The debate will be moderated by Spectrum’s Liz Benjamin and Jeevan Vital.</p> <p><strong>Wednesday</strong><br />At the City Council on Wednesday:<br />--The Committee on Women will meet at 10 a.m. for an oversight hearing regarding the “Mayor’s Office to End Domestic and Gender-Based Violence,” as well as several proposed laws relating to services for survivors of domestic violence.<br />--The Committee on Sanitation will meet at 10 a.m. for an oversight hearing regarding the city’s “2018-2019 Snow Plan,” as well as to discuss a law relating to “increasing penalties on chain businesses for failure to remove snow, ice and dirt from sidewalks.”<br />--The Committee on Land Use will meet at 11 a.m.<br />--The Committee on Public Housing will meet at 1 p.m. for an oversight hearing regarding “preparing for the winter: heat and hot water at NYCHA developments.”<br />--The Committee on General Welfare will meet at 1 p.m. for an oversight hearing regarding “ACS preventive services and family enrichment centers.”</p> <p>At 9 a.m. Wednesday, the MTA will hold its monthly full board meeting.</p> <p>At 6 p.m. Wednesday, Mayor de Blasio and Council Member Donovan Richards will hold a town hall meeting at PS 42 in Rockaway.</p> <p>At 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, the Brooklyn Historical Society will host “<a href="https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-path-to-a-post-rikers-nyc-tickets-49054070044" target="_blank" rel="noopener">The Path to a Post-Rikers NYC</a>,” discussing “questions on accountability, bail reform, borough-based jails, inmate release, and the persistent inability to operate a humane criminal justice system” that come with the plan to close the facility. The New York Times’ Ashley Southall will moderate a panel consisting of Akeem Browder, an activist and the brother of the late Kalief Browder; Michael Jacobson, Executive Director of the CUNY Institute for State and Local Governance; Dana Kaplan, Deputy Director of the Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice; and Vera Institute Program Director Insha Rahman.</p> <p>At 7 p.m. Wednesday, Agora and Rebuild Penn Station will host “<a href="https://www.eventbrite.com/e/agora-presents-the-future-of-penn-station-tickets-51175644731" target="_blank" rel="noopener">The Future of Penn Station</a>” at the W83 Ministry Center on the Upper West Side, discussing proposals to alleviate the litany of issues plaguing Penn Station. Justin Shubow of the National Civic Art Society will moderate a panel consisting of writer Kevin Baker, architect Richard Cameron, Community Board 5 District Manager Wally Rubin, Dani Simons of the Regional Plan Association, and Samuel Turvey of the Rebuild Penn Station Steering Committee.</p> <p><strong>Thursday</strong><br />At the City Council on Thursday:<br />--The Committee on Consumer Affairs will meet at 10 a.m. to discuss a proposed law “banning companies that charge a fee for ‘student debt relief’ already provided by the federal government.”<br />--The Committee on Justice System will meet at 10 a.m. for an oversight hearing regarding “pay parity and retention rates for ADAs and public defenders,” as well as to discuss a proposed law relating to “establishing a temporary task force on pay parity for public defenders and assistant district attorneys with city agency attorneys.”<br />--The Committees on Immigration and Governmental Operations will meet jointly at 1 p.m. for an oversight hearing regarding “Local Law 30 of 2017: language access implementation plans.”<br />--The Committee on Parks and Recreation will meet at 1 p.m. for an oversight hearing regarding “ensuring the short and long term preservation of the city’s natural forest.”</p> <p>At noon Thursday, the State Board of Elections will hold a commissioners’ meeting in Albany.</p> <p>At 6 p.m. Thursday, the New York City Bar Association will host a <a href="https://services.nycbar.org/EventDetail?EventKey=CJO102518&amp;WebsiteKey=f71e12f3-524e-4f8c-a5f7-0d16ce7b3314" target="_blank" rel="noopener">discussion</a> on the topic of criminal discovery reform in New York State. Sergio de la Peva, of New York County Legal Services, will moderate a panel consisting of Administrative Judge Joseph Zayas, John Schoeffel of the Legal Aid Society, and Manhattan Chief Assistant District Attorney Karen Friedman-Agnifilo.</p> <p><strong>Friday and the weekend</strong><br />Mayor de Blasio may make his weekly appearance on WNYC’s The Brian Lehrer Show at 10 a.m. Friday.</p> <p>At 11 a.m. Sunday, the debate between Democratic U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and her Republican challenger, Chele Farley, will air on ABC-7.</p> <p>At 2 p.m. Sunday, City Council Member Ydanis Rodriguez will deliver his 2018 State of the District speech at George Washington High School in Washington Heights.</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 Ben Brachfeld and Ben Max<br /><a href="https://twitter.com/GothamGazette" target="_blank" rel="noopener">@GothamGazette</a></p> <p><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2014/03/640px-New_York_City_Hall.jpg" alt="New York City Hall" width="600" height="450" /></p> <p>New York City Hall</p> <hr /> <p><strong>What to watch for this week in New York politics:</strong></p> <p>Tuesday will mark two weeks until Election Day, November 6. As the week beings, Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo and Republican nominee Marc Molinaro have agreed to a Tuesday one-on-one debate, which will be broadcast live on CBS radio during the afternoon and aired at 7 p.m. on CBS TV. The agreement came after much jockeying, name-calling, and negotiations among the two campaigns and others, including The New York Post and CBS radio, which appeared to have significant influence in getting Cuomo to agree to a debate.</p> <p>Molinaro and the other candidates for governor -- Green Party nominee Howie Hawkins, Libertarian Party nominee Larry Sharpe, and independent Stephanie Miner -- have also agreed to a debate being hosted by&nbsp;the League of Women Voters of New York State later this week (details to-be-finalized) that all parties are also trying to convince Cuomo to attend.</p> <p>We're also awaiting more news about other debates for statewide positions of Comptroller, Attorney General, and U.S. Senator. The only debate for the four statewide positions on the ballot that has occurred thus far is one among the four candidates for state Comptroller (<a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/7989-watch-state-comptroller-candidate-debate-dinapoli-trichter-2018" target="_blank">watch it here</a>).</p> <p>Multiple debates scheduled to air on NY1 were either canceled or thrown into limbo after Democratic candidates Letitia James, running for Attorney General, and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand <a href="http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/ny-pol-gillibrand-james-ny1-labor-strike-20181019-story.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener">said they would not participate</a> due to ongoing labor issues between Spectrum, which owns NY1, and IBEW Local 3, wherein IBEW members have been on strike for well over a year. James' debate with Republican Keith Wofford is tentatively scheduled for later this month (Tuesday, October 30), but James said she would not participate if it means breaking a picket line. A Comptroller debate on NY1 is also still on the books for next week (Monday, October 29), with incumbent Comptroller Tom DiNapoli, a Democrat, not yet indicating any change in plans. Gillibrand and her Republican challenger, Chele Farley, have now agreed on a 30-minute debate to air on ABC TV on Sunday, October 28 at 11 a.m.</p> <p>As the campaigning and debate negotiations in the statewide campaigns continue, there is much attention on the battles to determine control of the New York State Senate and in key House races that will figure into which party controls the lower house of Congress. New York Democrats are optimistic on both fronts, with State Senator Michael Gianaris, who chairs the Senate Democratic Campaign Committee, <a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/7998-max-murphy-podcast-battle-for-control-of-the-state-senate" target="_blank" rel="noopener">outlining roughly 10 seats he believes are in play</a> as his party attempts to net at least one seat and take control of the chamber.</p> <p>Meanwhile, there is also government happening. The City Council has a very busy week of hearings, including one on Monday to discuss one of the most controversial city bills over decades: the Small Business Jobs Survival Act, which, in its current iteration, would institute new rules for small business lease negotiations with landlords in an attempt to help more small businesses stay afloat and avoid immense increases in their rents. The hearing is among a variety of oversight and other hearings scheduled this week -- see details below.</p> <p>Also, it’s Queens week for Mayor de Blasio’s City Hall in Your Borough initiative, which includes announcements, a town hall, and a resource fair, among other events and programs. Details on that and much more -- see the day-by-day rundown below.</p> <p>As always, there's a great deal happening all over the city, with many events to be aware of - see our day-by-day rundown below.</p> <p style="text-align: center;">***Do you have events or topics for us to include in an upcoming Week Ahead in New York Politics?<br />Email Gotham Gazette editor Ben Max:&nbsp;<a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com">bmax@gothamgazette.com</a>***</p> <p><strong><em>The run of the week in detail:</em></strong></p> <p><strong>Monday</strong><br />This week, the de Blasio administration will host its third “City Hall in Your Borough” of 2018, this time in Queens.</p> <p>At 3 p.m. Monday at the Ridgewood YMCA in Queens, “Mayor de Blasio and Police Commissioner O’Neill will host a press conference to make an announcement on neighborhood policing.” “In the evening, the Mayor will appear live on NY1’s Inside City Hall. This appearance will be cancelled if a labor picket line is active outside of NY1’s studio.”</p> <p>On Monday, First Lady Chirlane McCray will hold two public events that are closed to the press: she and Deputy Mayor Phil Thompson will visit Interfaith Medical Center and she will attend the Bring Change to Mind Gala.</p> <p><a href="https://legistar.council.nyc.gov/Calendar.aspx" target="_blank" rel="noopener">At the City Council</a> on Monday:<br />--The Subcommittee on Zoning and Franchises will meet at 9:30 a.m.<br />--The Committee on Environmental Protection will meet at 10 a.m. for an oversight hearing regarding “resiliency in the face of sea level rise,” as well as to discuss a resolution “calling on the United States Army Corps of Engineers to reconsider the proposals made in the New York - New Jersey Harbor and Tributaries Coastal Storm Risk Management Feasibility Study pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) to consider sea rise in addition to storm surge.”<br />--The Committee on Small Business will meet at 1 p.m. to discuss a proposed law “creating a small business lease program for establishing an environment for fair negotiations in the commercial lease renewal process in order to determine reasonable lease terms.”</p> <p>At 9 a.m. Monday, Comptroller Scott Stringer will host “International Corporate Governance Network New York Conference” at Convene Conference Centre in Manhattan.</p> <p>At 11 a.m. Monday, “Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr., will head to Mercy College to urge cyclists from all over the world to participate in the 24th annual Tour de Bronx, which takes place on Sunday, October 28.”</p> <p>At 1 p.m. Monday, WAMC Northeast Public Radio will host a <a href="https://www.eventbrite.com/e/wamc-northeast-public-radio-presents-ny-19-general-election-live-debate-tickets-50873795893" target="_blank" rel="noopener">debate</a> for candidates in the 19th Congressional District at the Linda WAMC Performing Arts Studio in Albany. Incumbent Republican John Faso, Democrat Antonio Delgado, Green nominee Steve Greenfield, and independent Diane Neal will participate.</p> <p>At 6:30 p.m. Monday, the Mayor’s Charter Revision Commission will hold a “public education forum” at Brooklyn College’s Ingersoll Hall to provide information on and explain the commission’s three proposals on the November ballot to Brooklyn residents.</p> <p>At 6:30 p.m. Monday, TransitCenter will host “<a href="http://transitcenter.org/events/time-take-back-can-new-york-city-re-take-control-subways-buses/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Time to Take it Back? Can New York City re-take control of its subways and buses?</a>” at One Whitehall Street, discussing whether control over the city’s subways should return to local control and the positives and negatives associated with both state and local control. TransitCenter Executive Director David Bragdon will moderate a panel consisting of venture capitalist Bradley Tusk, Rachael Fauss of Reinvent Albany, and consultant Peter Peyser.</p> <p>At 6:30 p.m. Monday, the Association for a Better New York will host City Council Member Carlina Rivera at its “<a href="http://abny.org/meetinginfo.php?id=99&amp;ts=1539100957" target="_blank" rel="noopener">What’s On Tap</a>” happy hour at District Social NYC in Midtown.</p> <p><strong>Tuesday</strong><br />At the City Council on Tuesday:<br />--The Committees on Housing &amp; Buildings and Health will meet jointly at 10 a.m. for an oversight hearing regarding “NYC’s cooling towers,” as well as to discuss several proposed laws relating to cooling towers, including to require “an assessment of potential determinants of Legionnaires’ Disease in the city.”<br />--The Subcommittee on Landmarks, Public Siting, and Maritime Uses will meet at noon.<br />--The Committee on Juvenile Justice will tour the Horizon Juvenile Center in the South Bronx at 1 p.m.<br />--The Committee on Aging will meet at 1 p.m. for an oversight hearing regarding “repairs and upgrades at NYC senior centers.”<br />--The Subcommittee on Planning, Dispositions, and Concessions will meet at 2 p.m.</p> <p>At 10 a.m. Tuesday, the Assembly Standing Committee on Education will meet in Albany for a public hearing regarding “school health, mental health, and physical education.”</p> <p>At 10 a.m. Tuesday, the Board of Standards and Appeals will hold a public hearing at Spector Hall.</p> <p>At 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Mayor de Blasio and Queens Borough President Melinda Katz will hold a city resource fair at Elmcor Youth &amp; Adult Activity in Corona.</p> <p>At 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, the New York City Board of Elections will hold a commissioners’ meeting.</p> <p>Governor Cuomo and Republican challenger Marc Molinaro will debate on CBS radio Tuesday afternoon, with the debate televised on CBS in the 7 p.m. hour.</p> <p>At 7 p.m. Tuesday, Spectrum News will host a debate for candidates in the 19th Congressional District at the Woodstock Playhouse in Woodstock. Incumbent Republican John Faso and Democratic challenger Antonio Delgado will participate. The debate will be moderated by Spectrum’s Liz Benjamin and Jeevan Vital.</p> <p><strong>Wednesday</strong><br />At the City Council on Wednesday:<br />--The Committee on Women will meet at 10 a.m. for an oversight hearing regarding the “Mayor’s Office to End Domestic and Gender-Based Violence,” as well as several proposed laws relating to services for survivors of domestic violence.<br />--The Committee on Sanitation will meet at 10 a.m. for an oversight hearing regarding the city’s “2018-2019 Snow Plan,” as well as to discuss a law relating to “increasing penalties on chain businesses for failure to remove snow, ice and dirt from sidewalks.”<br />--The Committee on Land Use will meet at 11 a.m.<br />--The Committee on Public Housing will meet at 1 p.m. for an oversight hearing regarding “preparing for the winter: heat and hot water at NYCHA developments.”<br />--The Committee on General Welfare will meet at 1 p.m. for an oversight hearing regarding “ACS preventive services and family enrichment centers.”</p> <p>At 9 a.m. Wednesday, the MTA will hold its monthly full board meeting.</p> <p>At 6 p.m. Wednesday, Mayor de Blasio and Council Member Donovan Richards will hold a town hall meeting at PS 42 in Rockaway.</p> <p>At 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, the Brooklyn Historical Society will host “<a href="https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-path-to-a-post-rikers-nyc-tickets-49054070044" target="_blank" rel="noopener">The Path to a Post-Rikers NYC</a>,” discussing “questions on accountability, bail reform, borough-based jails, inmate release, and the persistent inability to operate a humane criminal justice system” that come with the plan to close the facility. The New York Times’ Ashley Southall will moderate a panel consisting of Akeem Browder, an activist and the brother of the late Kalief Browder; Michael Jacobson, Executive Director of the CUNY Institute for State and Local Governance; Dana Kaplan, Deputy Director of the Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice; and Vera Institute Program Director Insha Rahman.</p> <p>At 7 p.m. Wednesday, Agora and Rebuild Penn Station will host “<a href="https://www.eventbrite.com/e/agora-presents-the-future-of-penn-station-tickets-51175644731" target="_blank" rel="noopener">The Future of Penn Station</a>” at the W83 Ministry Center on the Upper West Side, discussing proposals to alleviate the litany of issues plaguing Penn Station. Justin Shubow of the National Civic Art Society will moderate a panel consisting of writer Kevin Baker, architect Richard Cameron, Community Board 5 District Manager Wally Rubin, Dani Simons of the Regional Plan Association, and Samuel Turvey of the Rebuild Penn Station Steering Committee.</p> <p><strong>Thursday</strong><br />At the City Council on Thursday:<br />--The Committee on Consumer Affairs will meet at 10 a.m. to discuss a proposed law “banning companies that charge a fee for ‘student debt relief’ already provided by the federal government.”<br />--The Committee on Justice System will meet at 10 a.m. for an oversight hearing regarding “pay parity and retention rates for ADAs and public defenders,” as well as to discuss a proposed law relating to “establishing a temporary task force on pay parity for public defenders and assistant district attorneys with city agency attorneys.”<br />--The Committees on Immigration and Governmental Operations will meet jointly at 1 p.m. for an oversight hearing regarding “Local Law 30 of 2017: language access implementation plans.”<br />--The Committee on Parks and Recreation will meet at 1 p.m. for an oversight hearing regarding “ensuring the short and long term preservation of the city’s natural forest.”</p> <p>At noon Thursday, the State Board of Elections will hold a commissioners’ meeting in Albany.</p> <p>At 6 p.m. Thursday, the New York City Bar Association will host a <a href="https://services.nycbar.org/EventDetail?EventKey=CJO102518&amp;WebsiteKey=f71e12f3-524e-4f8c-a5f7-0d16ce7b3314" target="_blank" rel="noopener">discussion</a> on the topic of criminal discovery reform in New York State. Sergio de la Peva, of New York County Legal Services, will moderate a panel consisting of Administrative Judge Joseph Zayas, John Schoeffel of the Legal Aid Society, and Manhattan Chief Assistant District Attorney Karen Friedman-Agnifilo.</p> <p><strong>Friday and the weekend</strong><br />Mayor de Blasio may make his weekly appearance on WNYC’s The Brian Lehrer Show at 10 a.m. Friday.</p> <p>At 11 a.m. Sunday, the debate between Democratic U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and her Republican challenger, Chele Farley, will air on ABC-7.</p> <p>At 2 p.m. Sunday, City Council Member Ydanis Rodriguez will deliver his 2018 State of the District speech at George Washington High School in Washington Heights.</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 Ben Brachfeld and Ben Max<br /><a href="https://twitter.com/GothamGazette" target="_blank" rel="noopener">@GothamGazette</a></p> The Week Ahead in New York Politics, October 15 2018-10-14T04:00:00+00:00 2018-10-14T04:00:00+00:00 http://www.gothamgazette.com/city/7992-the-week-ahead-in-new-york-politics-october-15 Ben Max <p><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2014/03/640px-New_York_City_Hall.jpg" alt="New York City Hall" width="600" height="450" /></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>This Tuesday marks just three weeks until Election Day, November 6. Campaigns for state-wide and state and federal legislative seats, among others, are in full swing and will only intensify this week. While some debates take place, others have yet to be scheduled. We've already seen one debate in the state comptroller race, which aired Sunday night on Manhattan Neighborhood Network, and this week will feature a televised debate in the lone competitive congressional race in New York City, that in New York-11, which is currently represented by Congressional Rep. Dan Donovan, a Republican being challenged by Democrat Max Rose. There's also the lone debate coming up on Sunday, October 21, between U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a Democrat, and her Republican opponent Chele Farley.</p> <p>We are waiting on word of any debates in the races for governor and attorney general. Governor Andrew Cuomo, the incumbent Democrat, has yet to agree to debate his four opponents (Republican Marc Molinaro, Green Howie Hawkins, Libertarian Larry Sharpe, and independent Stephanie Miner), and while Letitia James, the Democratic nominee for attorney general, has said she will definitely debate, no debate has yet been agreed upon and announced in that race -- James faces candidates including Republican Keith Wofford and Green Michael Sussman.</p> <p>Along with the statewide races, the battles for control of the State Senate and U.S. Congress are key to this election season in New York. Democrats are hoping to flip both houses and appear to have a lot of positive momentum. They need to simply net one seat in the State Senate, while roughly ten are thought to be in play. Democrats need to flip about two dozen House seats across the country, and a handful of New York races could play into that effort.</p> <p>While elections will be a major focus this week and through Election Day, there's also government happening, especially in New York City, where there aren't city-level elecitons this year and the City Council has a busy week. There are Council and other&nbsp;events to be aware of - see our day-by-day rundown below.</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">bmax@gothamgazette.com</a>***</em></p> <p><strong>The run of the week in detail:</strong></p> <p><strong>Monday<br /></strong>At 11 a.m. Monday at Madison Square Garden, Mayor Bill de Blasio will&nbsp;"attend and deliver remarks at the NYPD graduation ceremony." Later, the mayor will make his weekly appearance on NY1’s Inside City Hall in the 7 and 11 p.m. hours.</p> <p>At the City Council on Monday:<br />--The Committee on Civil and Human Rights will meet at 10 a.m. for an oversight hearing regarding “discrimination against MASAJS (Muslim, Arab, South Asian, Jewish, and Sikh) communities.”<br />--The Committee on For-Hire Vehicles will meet at 10 a.m. for an oversight hearing regarding “accessibility in the taxi and for-hire vehicle industries.”<br />--The Committee on Fire and Emergency Management will meet at 1 p.m. for an oversight hearing regarding “New York City’s Emergency Management Strategic Plan,” as well as to discuss a proposed law relating to “the posting of hurricane evacuation zone and evacuation center information in multiple dwellings.”<br />--The Committee on Women will meet at 1 p.m. to discuss proposed laws relating to maternal accommodations at places of employment and public spaces, as well as a law relating to “reporting on maternal mortality and morbidity.”</p> <p>The New York State Board of Regents will meet on Monday and Tuesday.</p> <p>At 9 a.m. Monday, NYU Steinhardt will host Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza for a discussion with NYU professor Lisette Nieves “on his career and vision for public education in New York City.” The event will take place at the Rosenthal Pavilion at NYU’s Kimmel Center.</p> <p>At 9:30 a.m. Monday,&nbsp;"Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul Delivers Remarks at NYS Canals Conference" on Staten Island.</p> <p>At 10 a.m. Monday at City Hall, “One year after #MeToo went viral, New York State still refuses to commit to holding public hearings on sexual harassment and abuse. Instead, NYS pushed through laws without input from victims. In order to pass the strongest protections, workers across all industries must be afforded the opportunity to be heard.“ Participants will include the Sexual Harassment Working Group; “Common Cause New York; Eleanor’s Legacy; New York Transgender Advocacy Group; Council on American-Islamic Relations; Senator Liz Krueger; Assembly Members Dan Quart and Richard Gottfried; Rockland County District Attorney Candidate Patricia Gunning; and Democratic Senate Candidates Zellnor Myrie and Andrew Gounardes.”</p> <p>At 11 a.m. Monday,&nbsp;First Lady Chirlane McCray "will deliver remarks at The New York Soccer Initiative’s Soccer Day ribbon cutting ceremony" at Hostos Lincoln Academy of Science in the Bronx. At 6:30 p.m., McCray "will attend Between the Lines: For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Politics" at Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.</p> <p>At 2 p.m. Monday, members of Vocal-NY will meet with officials at City Hall to discuss a demand that Mayor de Blasio set aside 10 percent of units in his affordable housing plan for homeless New Yorkers. The members will include Nathylin Flowers, who recently confronted Mayor de Blasio at the Park Slope YMCA to ask why his plan only sets aside 5 percent of units for homeless New Yorkers.</p> <p>At 2 p.m. Monday, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer will speak “at a press conference on the SCAR Act” at City Hall Park.</p> <p>On Monday at 5:30 p.m. at Queens Borough Hall, “The Queens Borough Board, chaired by Borough President Melinda Katz, will hear a presentation from Andy Byford, the president of MTA New York City Transit, regarding his agency’s plans to improve the City’s mass transit system. Mr. Byford will provide an update on the progress of “Fast Forward: The Plan to Modernize NYC Transit”, the mass transit turnaround plan that New York City Transit released in May 2018. Mr. Byford noted at an August town hall meeting in Jamaica that the Fast Forward plan envisions a 10-year, $37 billion investment.”</p> <p>At 5 p.m. Monday,&nbsp;"Comptroller Scott Stringer, the National Action Network, elected officials, faith leaders, community leaders and advocates will hold a press conference to reject bigotry and violence following an attack involving a hate group in Manhattan on Friday night. Over the weekend, news reports showed disturbing video of the assault that occurred on the Upper East Side." The press conference will take place at the northwest corner of East 84th Street and Third Avenue and will include Stringer, Rep. Carolyn Maloney, City Council Member Keith Powers, Assembly Member Dan Quart, and others.</p> <p>At 5:30 p.m. Monday,&nbsp;"Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams will host a community-wide conversation at the site of last Wednesday's “Cornerstone Caroline” viral incident in Flatbush, encouraging Brooklynites to publicly share their views on the importance of diversity and respect following days of local outrage from a woman falsely accusing a nine-year-old boy of groping her at the Sahara Deli Market. Video footage of the episode, which has been received millions of views online, has galvanized public concerns over racial tolerance in Brooklyn and across the country."</p> <p>At 6:30 p.m. Monday, the Mayor’s Charter Revision Commission will hold a “public education forum” at the Jewish Center of Jackson Heights to provide information on and explain the commission’s three proposals on the November ballot to Queens residents.</p> <p>Also at 6:30 p.m. Monday,&nbsp;"members of the New York City Advisory Commission on Property Tax Reform will hold a public hearing in Brooklyn to listen to people who pay property taxes directly or indirectly. To ensure the Commission hears from all those interested, speakers will be given no more than three minutes to present testimony or comments. Commission members may use additional time to ask questions." The commission was a creation of Mayor Bill de Blasio and City Council Speaker Corey Johnson.</p> <p>At 6:30 p.m. Monday, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, U.S. Rep Jerrold Nadler, and 9/11 Environmental Action will host a town hall meeting “to connect downtown residents and workers with the two programs established by Congress under the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act.” The town hall will take place at the Borough President’s office in the Manhattan Municipal Building.</p> <p>At 6:30 p.m. Monday, schools Chancellor Richard Carranza will&nbsp;attend a town hall meeting of Educators for Excellence-New York at Museum of the City of New York.</p> <p>At 7 p.m. Monday, Comptroller Stringer will host a town hall at CUNY Law School in Long Island City.</p> <p><strong>Tuesday</strong><br />At the City Council on Tuesday:<br />--The Committee on Housing and Buildings will meet at 10 a.m. to discuss several proposed laws relating to a variety of issues, including community land trusts, accessibility, and transparency for tenants regarding construction and work in dwellings.<br />--The Committee on Cultural Affairs will meet at 1 p.m. to discuss several resolutions honoring certain historical figures, including Rosa Parks, Roberto Clemente, Casimir Pulaski, and Tadeusz Kosciuszko, as well as to declare November 11 as Polish Independence Day.<br />--The Committee on Education will meet at 1 p.m. for an oversight hearing regarding “DOE’s Office of Pupil Transportation,” as well as to discuss several proposed laws relating to school bus transportation and a resolution “calling upon the New York State Education Department to require, implement and enforce more extensive training and tracking of the training of school bus drivers and attendants who transport students with disabilities.”</p> <p>At 9 a.m. Tuesday, the Center for New York City Affairs will host “<a href="http://www.centernyc.org/new-events/2018/10/16/the-impact-of-nycha-conditions-on-health-education-and-child-welfare">The Impact Of NYCHA Conditions On Health, Education, And Child Welfare</a>” at the New School. The event will “discuss how living in public housing affects child welfare involvement and identify community-driven strategies to promote change.” Columbia University’s Cindy Bautista-Thomas will moderate a panel consisting of Ray Thomas of Little Sisters of the Assumption, NYCHA resident and housing activist Michele Holmes, and Educational Video Center’s Steven Goodman.</p> <p>At 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, the Assembly Standing Committees on Codes, Health, Governmental Operations, and Alcoholism &amp; Drug Abuse will meet <a href="https://assembly.state.ny.us/write/upload/publichearing/20180920.pdf">jointly</a> at 250 Broadway for a public hearing to “seek input on proposals to legalize, regulate and tax adult use of marijuana in New York.” The hearing will be the first of four statewide hearings on the issue.</p> <p>At 11 a.m. Tuesday, the Senate Standing Committees on Labor, Agriculture, and Economic Development will meet jointly at 250 Broadway for a public hearing to “examine the Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprises program, and consider potential legislative solutions to create a more effective and efficient program to enhance New York’s business climate.”</p> <p>At 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, the mayor’s Charter Revision Commission will hold a “public education forum” at the Michael J. Petrides School in Todt Hill, Staten Island to provide information on and explain the commission’s three proposals on the November ballot to Staten Island residents.&nbsp;[Read: <a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/city/7912-mayoral-charter-revision-commission-puts-three-questions-on-november-ballot" target="_blank">Mayoral Charter Revision Commission Puts Three Questions on November Ballot</a>]</p> <p>At 7 p.m. Tuesday, NY1 will host U.S. Representative Dan Donovan and Democratic challenger Max Rose for a debate to represent the 11th Congressional District. NY1’s Errol Louis will moderate, along with other journalists. The debate will take place at the College of Staten Island’s Williamson Theatre.</p> <p><strong>Wednesday</strong><br />The City Council will hold a full-body "stated meeting" at 1:30 p.m. at City Hall. It is likely to be preceded by a press conference led by Speaker Corey Johnson.</p> <p>Also at the City Council on Wednesday: the Committee on Rules, Privileges, and Elections will meet at 11:30 a.m. to discuss two mayoral appointments: Steven Kest to the Taxi and Limousine Commission, and Raj Rampershad to the City Planning Commission.</p> <p>At 8 a.m. Wednesday, Crain’s will host City Transportation Commissioner Polly Trottenberg for a “<a href="https://www.crainsnewyork.com/events-calendar/details/4/3515464" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Business Breakfast Forum</a>” at the New York Athletic Club. Trottenberg will discuss “Vision Zero...the issue of congestion, and the L-pocalypse.” The discussion will be moderated by Erik Engquist of Crain’s and Emma Fitzsimmons of the New York Times.</p> <p>At 9 a.m. Wednesday, City &amp; State will host “<a href="https://www.cityandstateny.com/events/rebuilding-new-york-summit" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Rebuilding New York</a>” at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in Battery Park City, discussing New York’s biggest infrastructure crises and potential solutions. Speakers will include Queens Borough President Melinda Katz; Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer; City Council Members Robert Cornegy, Ritchie Torres, and Ydanis Rodriguez; Assemblymembers Carmen de la Rosa and Nicole Malliotakis; MTA President Pat Foye; Gateway Program Development Corporation President Steven Cohen; Jonathan Bowles, Executive Director of the Center for an Urban Future, and others.</p> <p>At 10 a.m. Wednesday, the City Planning Commission will hold a public meeting at 120 Broadway.</p> <p>At 5 p.m. Wednesday, this week’s Max &amp; Murphy show will air on WBAI radio -- 99.5FM and wbai.org -- and will be focused on the battle over control of the New York State Senate. Guests will include Senator Michael Gianaris of Queens, who heads the Democrats’ Senate campaign efforts.</p> <p>At 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sanctuary for Families, the New York Immigration Coalition, and Proskauer Rose LLP will host “Lives in the Balance: Eviscerating Asylum Protection for Victims of Gender Violence” at the offices of Proskauer Rose in Times Square. The event “will bring together experts to address the Administration’s decision to drop asylum protections for domestic violence victims.” The panel will include U.S. Rep Carolyn Maloney; Lori Adams, Director of Sanctuary for Families’ Immigration Intervention Project; Judge Amiena Khan, Executive Vice President of the National Association of Immigration Judges; Lisa Koenig, a partner at Fragomen Worldwide; and William Silverman, a partner at Proskauer Rose.</p> <p>At 6 p.m. Wednesday, TransitCenter will host “<a href="http://transitcenter.org/events/wednesday-october-17th-fair-fare-enforcement/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Fair Fare Enforcement?</a>” at One Whitehall Street in Lower Manhattan. Panelists will discuss the pros of all-door boarding on buses, as well as the potential for racialized policing that comes with fare enforcement by transit police. TransitCenter Deputy Executive Director Tabitha Decker will moderate a panel consisting of Darryl Irick, President of MTA Bus Operations at New York City Transit; Laura Weins, Director of Pittsburghers for Public Transit; Jason Lee, Program Manager of Technology at the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency; and Harold Stolper, a senior economist at the Community Service Society.</p> <p>At 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, the Mayor’s Charter Revision Commission will hold a “public education forum” at the Metropolitan College of New York in the South Bronx to provide information on and explain the commission’s three proposals on the November ballot to Bronx residents.&nbsp;[Read: <a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/city/7912-mayoral-charter-revision-commission-puts-three-questions-on-november-ballot" target="_blank">Mayoral Charter Revision Commission Puts Three Questions on November Ballot</a>]</p> <p><strong>Thursday</strong><br />At the City Council on Thursday:<br />--The Committee on Economic Development will meet at 1 p.m. for an oversight hearing regarding “Freight NYC,” as well as to discuss a resolution “calling on the Federal Aviation Administration to amend the North Shore helicopter route to extend further west to cover Northeast Queens.”<br />--The Committee on Technology will meet at 1:30 p.m. for an oversight hearing regarding the city’s “annual Open Data Plan.”</p> <p>On Thursday, the Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings will partner with Staten Island Borough President Jimmy Oddo and City Council Member Joe Borelli to bring a “neighborhood pop-up court” to Staten Island, at Staten Island Community Board 3. The initiative allows individuals with outstanding summonses to present their case to a hearing officer before their official court date, at a local institution rather than at the hearing office.</p> <p>At 6:30 p.m. Thursday, the Mayor’s Charter Revision Commission will hold a “public education forum” at Gregorio Luperon High School in Washington Heights to provide information on and explain the commission’s three proposals on the November ballot to Manhattan residents.</p> <p>[Read: <a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/city/7912-mayoral-charter-revision-commission-puts-three-questions-on-november-ballot">Mayoral Charter Revision Commission Puts Three Questions on November Ballot</a>]</p> <p><strong>Friday and the weekend</strong><br />On Friday, Mayor de Blasio may make his weekly appearance on WNYC's The Brian Lehrer Show at 10 a.m.</p> <p>At 7 p.m. Sunday, NY1 will host Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Republican challenger Chele Farley for a U.S. Senate debate at Skidmore College. NY1’s Errol Louis will moderate.</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 Ben Brachfeld and Ben Max<br /><a href="https://twitter.com/GothamGazette" target="_blank" rel="noopener">@GothamGazette</a></p> <p><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2014/03/640px-New_York_City_Hall.jpg" alt="New York City Hall" width="600" height="450" /></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>This Tuesday marks just three weeks until Election Day, November 6. Campaigns for state-wide and state and federal legislative seats, among others, are in full swing and will only intensify this week. While some debates take place, others have yet to be scheduled. We've already seen one debate in the state comptroller race, which aired Sunday night on Manhattan Neighborhood Network, and this week will feature a televised debate in the lone competitive congressional race in New York City, that in New York-11, which is currently represented by Congressional Rep. Dan Donovan, a Republican being challenged by Democrat Max Rose. There's also the lone debate coming up on Sunday, October 21, between U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a Democrat, and her Republican opponent Chele Farley.</p> <p>We are waiting on word of any debates in the races for governor and attorney general. Governor Andrew Cuomo, the incumbent Democrat, has yet to agree to debate his four opponents (Republican Marc Molinaro, Green Howie Hawkins, Libertarian Larry Sharpe, and independent Stephanie Miner), and while Letitia James, the Democratic nominee for attorney general, has said she will definitely debate, no debate has yet been agreed upon and announced in that race -- James faces candidates including Republican Keith Wofford and Green Michael Sussman.</p> <p>Along with the statewide races, the battles for control of the State Senate and U.S. Congress are key to this election season in New York. Democrats are hoping to flip both houses and appear to have a lot of positive momentum. They need to simply net one seat in the State Senate, while roughly ten are thought to be in play. Democrats need to flip about two dozen House seats across the country, and a handful of New York races could play into that effort.</p> <p>While elections will be a major focus this week and through Election Day, there's also government happening, especially in New York City, where there aren't city-level elecitons this year and the City Council has a busy week. There are Council and other&nbsp;events to be aware of - see our day-by-day rundown below.</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">bmax@gothamgazette.com</a>***</em></p> <p><strong>The run of the week in detail:</strong></p> <p><strong>Monday<br /></strong>At 11 a.m. Monday at Madison Square Garden, Mayor Bill de Blasio will&nbsp;"attend and deliver remarks at the NYPD graduation ceremony." Later, the mayor will make his weekly appearance on NY1’s Inside City Hall in the 7 and 11 p.m. hours.</p> <p>At the City Council on Monday:<br />--The Committee on Civil and Human Rights will meet at 10 a.m. for an oversight hearing regarding “discrimination against MASAJS (Muslim, Arab, South Asian, Jewish, and Sikh) communities.”<br />--The Committee on For-Hire Vehicles will meet at 10 a.m. for an oversight hearing regarding “accessibility in the taxi and for-hire vehicle industries.”<br />--The Committee on Fire and Emergency Management will meet at 1 p.m. for an oversight hearing regarding “New York City’s Emergency Management Strategic Plan,” as well as to discuss a proposed law relating to “the posting of hurricane evacuation zone and evacuation center information in multiple dwellings.”<br />--The Committee on Women will meet at 1 p.m. to discuss proposed laws relating to maternal accommodations at places of employment and public spaces, as well as a law relating to “reporting on maternal mortality and morbidity.”</p> <p>The New York State Board of Regents will meet on Monday and Tuesday.</p> <p>At 9 a.m. Monday, NYU Steinhardt will host Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza for a discussion with NYU professor Lisette Nieves “on his career and vision for public education in New York City.” The event will take place at the Rosenthal Pavilion at NYU’s Kimmel Center.</p> <p>At 9:30 a.m. Monday,&nbsp;"Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul Delivers Remarks at NYS Canals Conference" on Staten Island.</p> <p>At 10 a.m. Monday at City Hall, “One year after #MeToo went viral, New York State still refuses to commit to holding public hearings on sexual harassment and abuse. Instead, NYS pushed through laws without input from victims. In order to pass the strongest protections, workers across all industries must be afforded the opportunity to be heard.“ Participants will include the Sexual Harassment Working Group; “Common Cause New York; Eleanor’s Legacy; New York Transgender Advocacy Group; Council on American-Islamic Relations; Senator Liz Krueger; Assembly Members Dan Quart and Richard Gottfried; Rockland County District Attorney Candidate Patricia Gunning; and Democratic Senate Candidates Zellnor Myrie and Andrew Gounardes.”</p> <p>At 11 a.m. Monday,&nbsp;First Lady Chirlane McCray "will deliver remarks at The New York Soccer Initiative’s Soccer Day ribbon cutting ceremony" at Hostos Lincoln Academy of Science in the Bronx. At 6:30 p.m., McCray "will attend Between the Lines: For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Politics" at Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.</p> <p>At 2 p.m. Monday, members of Vocal-NY will meet with officials at City Hall to discuss a demand that Mayor de Blasio set aside 10 percent of units in his affordable housing plan for homeless New Yorkers. The members will include Nathylin Flowers, who recently confronted Mayor de Blasio at the Park Slope YMCA to ask why his plan only sets aside 5 percent of units for homeless New Yorkers.</p> <p>At 2 p.m. Monday, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer will speak “at a press conference on the SCAR Act” at City Hall Park.</p> <p>On Monday at 5:30 p.m. at Queens Borough Hall, “The Queens Borough Board, chaired by Borough President Melinda Katz, will hear a presentation from Andy Byford, the president of MTA New York City Transit, regarding his agency’s plans to improve the City’s mass transit system. Mr. Byford will provide an update on the progress of “Fast Forward: The Plan to Modernize NYC Transit”, the mass transit turnaround plan that New York City Transit released in May 2018. Mr. Byford noted at an August town hall meeting in Jamaica that the Fast Forward plan envisions a 10-year, $37 billion investment.”</p> <p>At 5 p.m. Monday,&nbsp;"Comptroller Scott Stringer, the National Action Network, elected officials, faith leaders, community leaders and advocates will hold a press conference to reject bigotry and violence following an attack involving a hate group in Manhattan on Friday night. Over the weekend, news reports showed disturbing video of the assault that occurred on the Upper East Side." The press conference will take place at the northwest corner of East 84th Street and Third Avenue and will include Stringer, Rep. Carolyn Maloney, City Council Member Keith Powers, Assembly Member Dan Quart, and others.</p> <p>At 5:30 p.m. Monday,&nbsp;"Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams will host a community-wide conversation at the site of last Wednesday's “Cornerstone Caroline” viral incident in Flatbush, encouraging Brooklynites to publicly share their views on the importance of diversity and respect following days of local outrage from a woman falsely accusing a nine-year-old boy of groping her at the Sahara Deli Market. Video footage of the episode, which has been received millions of views online, has galvanized public concerns over racial tolerance in Brooklyn and across the country."</p> <p>At 6:30 p.m. Monday, the Mayor’s Charter Revision Commission will hold a “public education forum” at the Jewish Center of Jackson Heights to provide information on and explain the commission’s three proposals on the November ballot to Queens residents.</p> <p>Also at 6:30 p.m. Monday,&nbsp;"members of the New York City Advisory Commission on Property Tax Reform will hold a public hearing in Brooklyn to listen to people who pay property taxes directly or indirectly. To ensure the Commission hears from all those interested, speakers will be given no more than three minutes to present testimony or comments. Commission members may use additional time to ask questions." The commission was a creation of Mayor Bill de Blasio and City Council Speaker Corey Johnson.</p> <p>At 6:30 p.m. Monday, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, U.S. Rep Jerrold Nadler, and 9/11 Environmental Action will host a town hall meeting “to connect downtown residents and workers with the two programs established by Congress under the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act.” The town hall will take place at the Borough President’s office in the Manhattan Municipal Building.</p> <p>At 6:30 p.m. Monday, schools Chancellor Richard Carranza will&nbsp;attend a town hall meeting of Educators for Excellence-New York at Museum of the City of New York.</p> <p>At 7 p.m. Monday, Comptroller Stringer will host a town hall at CUNY Law School in Long Island City.</p> <p><strong>Tuesday</strong><br />At the City Council on Tuesday:<br />--The Committee on Housing and Buildings will meet at 10 a.m. to discuss several proposed laws relating to a variety of issues, including community land trusts, accessibility, and transparency for tenants regarding construction and work in dwellings.<br />--The Committee on Cultural Affairs will meet at 1 p.m. to discuss several resolutions honoring certain historical figures, including Rosa Parks, Roberto Clemente, Casimir Pulaski, and Tadeusz Kosciuszko, as well as to declare November 11 as Polish Independence Day.<br />--The Committee on Education will meet at 1 p.m. for an oversight hearing regarding “DOE’s Office of Pupil Transportation,” as well as to discuss several proposed laws relating to school bus transportation and a resolution “calling upon the New York State Education Department to require, implement and enforce more extensive training and tracking of the training of school bus drivers and attendants who transport students with disabilities.”</p> <p>At 9 a.m. Tuesday, the Center for New York City Affairs will host “<a href="http://www.centernyc.org/new-events/2018/10/16/the-impact-of-nycha-conditions-on-health-education-and-child-welfare">The Impact Of NYCHA Conditions On Health, Education, And Child Welfare</a>” at the New School. The event will “discuss how living in public housing affects child welfare involvement and identify community-driven strategies to promote change.” Columbia University’s Cindy Bautista-Thomas will moderate a panel consisting of Ray Thomas of Little Sisters of the Assumption, NYCHA resident and housing activist Michele Holmes, and Educational Video Center’s Steven Goodman.</p> <p>At 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, the Assembly Standing Committees on Codes, Health, Governmental Operations, and Alcoholism &amp; Drug Abuse will meet <a href="https://assembly.state.ny.us/write/upload/publichearing/20180920.pdf">jointly</a> at 250 Broadway for a public hearing to “seek input on proposals to legalize, regulate and tax adult use of marijuana in New York.” The hearing will be the first of four statewide hearings on the issue.</p> <p>At 11 a.m. Tuesday, the Senate Standing Committees on Labor, Agriculture, and Economic Development will meet jointly at 250 Broadway for a public hearing to “examine the Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprises program, and consider potential legislative solutions to create a more effective and efficient program to enhance New York’s business climate.”</p> <p>At 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, the mayor’s Charter Revision Commission will hold a “public education forum” at the Michael J. Petrides School in Todt Hill, Staten Island to provide information on and explain the commission’s three proposals on the November ballot to Staten Island residents.&nbsp;[Read: <a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/city/7912-mayoral-charter-revision-commission-puts-three-questions-on-november-ballot" target="_blank">Mayoral Charter Revision Commission Puts Three Questions on November Ballot</a>]</p> <p>At 7 p.m. Tuesday, NY1 will host U.S. Representative Dan Donovan and Democratic challenger Max Rose for a debate to represent the 11th Congressional District. NY1’s Errol Louis will moderate, along with other journalists. The debate will take place at the College of Staten Island’s Williamson Theatre.</p> <p><strong>Wednesday</strong><br />The City Council will hold a full-body "stated meeting" at 1:30 p.m. at City Hall. It is likely to be preceded by a press conference led by Speaker Corey Johnson.</p> <p>Also at the City Council on Wednesday: the Committee on Rules, Privileges, and Elections will meet at 11:30 a.m. to discuss two mayoral appointments: Steven Kest to the Taxi and Limousine Commission, and Raj Rampershad to the City Planning Commission.</p> <p>At 8 a.m. Wednesday, Crain’s will host City Transportation Commissioner Polly Trottenberg for a “<a href="https://www.crainsnewyork.com/events-calendar/details/4/3515464" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Business Breakfast Forum</a>” at the New York Athletic Club. Trottenberg will discuss “Vision Zero...the issue of congestion, and the L-pocalypse.” The discussion will be moderated by Erik Engquist of Crain’s and Emma Fitzsimmons of the New York Times.</p> <p>At 9 a.m. Wednesday, City &amp; State will host “<a href="https://www.cityandstateny.com/events/rebuilding-new-york-summit" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Rebuilding New York</a>” at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in Battery Park City, discussing New York’s biggest infrastructure crises and potential solutions. Speakers will include Queens Borough President Melinda Katz; Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer; City Council Members Robert Cornegy, Ritchie Torres, and Ydanis Rodriguez; Assemblymembers Carmen de la Rosa and Nicole Malliotakis; MTA President Pat Foye; Gateway Program Development Corporation President Steven Cohen; Jonathan Bowles, Executive Director of the Center for an Urban Future, and others.</p> <p>At 10 a.m. Wednesday, the City Planning Commission will hold a public meeting at 120 Broadway.</p> <p>At 5 p.m. Wednesday, this week’s Max &amp; Murphy show will air on WBAI radio -- 99.5FM and wbai.org -- and will be focused on the battle over control of the New York State Senate. Guests will include Senator Michael Gianaris of Queens, who heads the Democrats’ Senate campaign efforts.</p> <p>At 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sanctuary for Families, the New York Immigration Coalition, and Proskauer Rose LLP will host “Lives in the Balance: Eviscerating Asylum Protection for Victims of Gender Violence” at the offices of Proskauer Rose in Times Square. The event “will bring together experts to address the Administration’s decision to drop asylum protections for domestic violence victims.” The panel will include U.S. Rep Carolyn Maloney; Lori Adams, Director of Sanctuary for Families’ Immigration Intervention Project; Judge Amiena Khan, Executive Vice President of the National Association of Immigration Judges; Lisa Koenig, a partner at Fragomen Worldwide; and William Silverman, a partner at Proskauer Rose.</p> <p>At 6 p.m. Wednesday, TransitCenter will host “<a href="http://transitcenter.org/events/wednesday-october-17th-fair-fare-enforcement/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Fair Fare Enforcement?</a>” at One Whitehall Street in Lower Manhattan. Panelists will discuss the pros of all-door boarding on buses, as well as the potential for racialized policing that comes with fare enforcement by transit police. TransitCenter Deputy Executive Director Tabitha Decker will moderate a panel consisting of Darryl Irick, President of MTA Bus Operations at New York City Transit; Laura Weins, Director of Pittsburghers for Public Transit; Jason Lee, Program Manager of Technology at the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency; and Harold Stolper, a senior economist at the Community Service Society.</p> <p>At 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, the Mayor’s Charter Revision Commission will hold a “public education forum” at the Metropolitan College of New York in the South Bronx to provide information on and explain the commission’s three proposals on the November ballot to Bronx residents.&nbsp;[Read: <a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/city/7912-mayoral-charter-revision-commission-puts-three-questions-on-november-ballot" target="_blank">Mayoral Charter Revision Commission Puts Three Questions on November Ballot</a>]</p> <p><strong>Thursday</strong><br />At the City Council on Thursday:<br />--The Committee on Economic Development will meet at 1 p.m. for an oversight hearing regarding “Freight NYC,” as well as to discuss a resolution “calling on the Federal Aviation Administration to amend the North Shore helicopter route to extend further west to cover Northeast Queens.”<br />--The Committee on Technology will meet at 1:30 p.m. for an oversight hearing regarding the city’s “annual Open Data Plan.”</p> <p>On Thursday, the Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings will partner with Staten Island Borough President Jimmy Oddo and City Council Member Joe Borelli to bring a “neighborhood pop-up court” to Staten Island, at Staten Island Community Board 3. The initiative allows individuals with outstanding summonses to present their case to a hearing officer before their official court date, at a local institution rather than at the hearing office.</p> <p>At 6:30 p.m. Thursday, the Mayor’s Charter Revision Commission will hold a “public education forum” at Gregorio Luperon High School in Washington Heights to provide information on and explain the commission’s three proposals on the November ballot to Manhattan residents.</p> <p>[Read: <a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/city/7912-mayoral-charter-revision-commission-puts-three-questions-on-november-ballot">Mayoral Charter Revision Commission Puts Three Questions on November Ballot</a>]</p> <p><strong>Friday and the weekend</strong><br />On Friday, Mayor de Blasio may make his weekly appearance on WNYC's The Brian Lehrer Show at 10 a.m.</p> <p>At 7 p.m. Sunday, NY1 will host Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Republican challenger Chele Farley for a U.S. Senate debate at Skidmore College. NY1’s Errol Louis will moderate.</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 Ben Brachfeld and Ben Max<br /><a href="https://twitter.com/GothamGazette" target="_blank" rel="noopener">@GothamGazette</a></p> The Week Ahead in New York Politics, October 8 2018-10-08T04:00:00+00:00 2018-10-08T04:00:00+00:00 http://www.gothamgazette.com/city/7980-the-week-ahead-in-new-york-politics-october-8 Ben Max <p><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2014/03/640px-New_York_City_Hall.jpg" alt="New York City Hall" width="600" height="450" /></p> <p>New York City Hall</p> <hr /> <p><strong>What to watch for this week in New York politics:</strong></p> <p>This Tuesday will mark just four weeks until Election Day, November 6. The deadline to <a href="http://www.elections.ny.gov/votingregister.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener">register to vote</a> in this year’s elections is this Friday, October 12.</p> <p>The elections for governor, lieutenant governor, comptroller, attorney general, the state Legislature, and Congress will continue to be a major focus this week. We are awaiting news of any general election debates in the races for governor and attorney general -- the comptroller candidates will hold their first debate this week -- or between U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and her Republican challenger, Chele Farley. Governor Andrew Cuomo and Democratic attorney general nominee Letitia James, like Gillibrand, have yet to agree to any debates with their opponents, which for Cuomo and James also include nominees from other parties.</p> <p>Much of the election focus is on battleground races for control of the New York State Senate, where Republicans currently cling to a one-seat majority, and for New York seats in the House of Representatives that could help determine whether Democrats are able to flip that chamber nationally.</p> <p>Democrats currently hold all the statewide seats in New York, and those on the ballot this year are expected to stay in Democratic hands, but Republicans are hoping to pull off at least one upset, whether it is Marc Molinaro for governor, Keith Wofford for attorney general, Jonathan Trichter for comptroller, or Farley for Senate.</p> <p>Along with the electoral races, there is continued attention this week on the controversial confirmation of new Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, which took place over the weekend. And, there is some government happening in New York City, as well as a variety of panel events and conferences to be aware of, as usual -- see our day-by-day rundown below.</p> <p style="text-align: center;">***Do you have events or topics for us to include in an upcoming Week Ahead in New York Politics?&nbsp;e-mail Gotham Gazette editor Ben Max:&nbsp;<a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com">bmax@gothamgazette.com</a>***</p> <p><em>The run of the week in detail:&nbsp;</em></p> <p><strong>Monday</strong><br />Monday is Columbus Day.&nbsp;Many elected officials are marching in the annual Columbus Day parade.</p> <p>Mayor de Blasio will appear Monday night in his usual weekly segment on NY1’s Inside City Hall, in the 7 and 11 p.m. hours.</p> <p><strong>Tuesday</strong><br />On Tuesday, the Municipal Arts Society <a href="https://www.mas.org/2018-summit-for-new-york-city/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">will hold</a> its 2018 Summit for New York City: Shaping the City, at Saint Bartholomew's Church. There are a variety of speakers and panels schedule. City Council Speaker Corey Johnson will deliver the morning keynote address at 9 a.m.</p> <p>At 2 p.m. Tuesday, Mayor Bill de Blasio will sign Intro-954A, a bill that creates a third gender category for birth certificates in New York City, at SAGE National Headquarters in Manhattan. First Lady Chirlane McCray and City Council Speaker Corey Johnson will participate.</p> <p>At the City Council on Tuesday: The Subcommittee on Landmarks, Public Siting, and Maritime Uses will meet at 2 p.m.</p> <p>At 9 a.m. Tuesday, the New York City Board of Correction will hold a public meeting at 125 Worth Street.</p> <p>At 11 a.m. Tuesday, Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul will&nbsp;deliver remarks at the Annual Fallen Firefighters Memorial Event, at Empire State Plaza Convention Center in Albany. At 7 p.m., Hochul will address New Yorkers Against Gun Violence, at Edison Ballroom in Manhattan.</p> <p>On Tuesday morning, the four candidates for New York State Comptroller will participate in their first debate, hosted by Manhattan Neighborhood Network (MNN) and moderated by Gotham Gazette’s Ben Max. The debate will air on MNN and be available on MNN’s YouTube channel in the coming days.</p> <p>At 1 p.m. Tuesday, schools Chancellor Richard Carranza will deliver the keynote address at the Hispanic Education Summit at CUNY Graduate Center. At 5:30 p.m., Carranza "will attend an event for NYC Kids Rise, a college-savings program," and deliver brief remarks, at P.S. 76 in Queens.</p> <p>At 6 p.m. Tuesday, U.S. Rep Jerrold Nadler will hold a <a href="https://www.eventbrite.com/e/rep-jerrold-nadler-congressional-town-hall-tickets-50585640011" target="_blank" rel="noopener">congressional town hall meeting</a> at Manhattan Community College’s Tribeca Performing Arts Center.</p> <p>In the evening, First Lady McCray "will host a roundtable with Spanish-speaking journalists about mental health in the Latino community...Later the First Lady will make an announcement about mental health at the Latino/Hispanic Heritage Reception" hosted by McCray and Mayor Bill de Blasio at Gracie Mansion. Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza will be among those in attendance.</p> <p>At 7 p.m. Tuesday, the New York Civil Liberties Union will host its <a href="https://www.nyclu.org/en/events/henry-schwarzschild-memorial-lecture" target="_blank" rel="noopener">2018 Henry Schwarzschild Memorial Lecture</a> at Reid Castle in Purchase. Insha Rahman of the Vera Institute will deliver the lecture, focusing on the “abuses and effects of the current bail system.”</p> <p>At 7 p.m. Tuesday, City Council Speaker Corey Johnson will receive the Larry Kramer Activist Award at the Gay Men's Health Crisis Gala, at the Plaza Hotel.</p> <p><strong>Wednesday</strong><br />At the City Council on Wednesday:<br />--The Committee on Land Use will meet at 11 a.m.<br />--The Committee on Contracts will meet at 1 p.m. for an oversight hearing regarding an “update on the administration’s efforts to expand contracting with minority and women-owned businesses.”</p> <p>At 8 a.m. Wednesday, the Citizens Budget Commission will host NYCHA interim Chair Stanley Brezenoff at its “Trustee Breakfast” at the Yale Club. The discussion will concern “NYCHA's $32 billion in capital needs and updates on NYCHA's activities and planning since Brezenoff started as Interim Chair on June 1.”</p> <p>"On Wednesday at 8:30 AM, Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams and New York City Schools Chancellor Richard A. Carranza will join school principals, superintendents, teachers, students, and parents in unveiling plans for the Brooklyn STEAM Center, a first-of-its-kind facility in New York City that will support students with real-world work experience in emerging professions based at the Brooklyn Navy Yard."</p> <p>At 4 p.m. Wednesday, the Civilian Complaint Review Board will hold a public board meeting at 100 Church Street.</p> <p>On Wednesday at 5 p.m., this week's Max &amp; Murphy will air on WBAI radio -- 99.5FM or <a href="https://www.wbai.org/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">wbai.org</a> -- and will feature interviews with Republican attorney general candidate Keith Wofford and Libertarian gubernatorial candidate Larry Sharpe.</p> <p>At 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, New York City Transit President Andy Byford will host a “<a href="https://fastforward.mta.info/events/2018/9/27/queens-fast-forward-community-conversation" target="_blank" rel="noopener">community conversation</a>” on the Fast Forward plan at the Robert Ross Johnson Family Life Center in Jamaica, Queens.</p> <p><strong>Thursday</strong><br />At the City Council on Thursday:<br />--The Committees on Public Housing and Oversight &amp; Investigations will meet jointly at 10 a.m. for an oversight hearing regarding “mismanagement at Throggs Neck public housing.”<br />--The Committee on Higher Education will meet at 10 a.m. for an oversight hearing on CUNY’s Pathways initiative.<br />--The Committee on Youth Services will meet at 1 p.m. for an oversight hearing regarding the Summer Youth Employment Program, COMPASS NYC, and School’s Out NYC.</p> <p>At 9 a.m. Thursday, Deputy Mayor J. Phillip Thompson will deliver keynote remarks at the Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies’ <a href="http://www.fpwa.org/specialevents/fpwa-annual-meeting-2018/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">annual meeting</a> at the FPWA Conference Center in the Financial District. The meeting’s topic will be “how to tackle the poverty to prison pipeline” and will feature a day of discussions. Other speakers will include John Ducksworth of New York Theological Seminary, Dr. Michael Lindsay of NYU’s McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research, Ashwin Vasan of the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s Health Access Equity Unit, and Sharon Content of Children of Promise.</p> <p>At 10 a.m. Thursday, the New York City Campaign Finance Board will hold a board meeting at 100 Church Street.</p> <p>At 6:30 p.m. Thursday, New York City Transit President Andy Byford will host a “<a href="https://fastforward.mta.info/events/2018/10/11/manhattan-fast-forward-community-conversation" target="_blank" rel="noopener">community conversation</a>” on the Fast Forward plan at the Harlem Hospital Center Mural Pavilion.</p> <p><strong>Friday and the weekend</strong><br />Friday, October 12, is the deadline to <a href="http://www.elections.ny.gov/votingregister.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener">register to vote</a> in this November’s elections (it is also the deadline to change party affiliation for next year’s primaries in New York).</p> <p>At 9 a.m. Friday, City Comptroller Scott Stringer will speak at the <a href="https://comptroller.nyc.gov/event/polish-heritage-breakfast-2/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Polish Heritage Breakfast</a> at the Polish &amp; Slavic Center in Greenpoint.</p> <p>Mayor de Blasio may make his weekly appearance on WNYC’s The Brian Lehrer Show at 10 a.m. Friday.</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 Ben Brachfeld and Ben Max<br /><a href="https://twitter.com/GothamGazette" target="_blank" rel="noopener">@GothamGazette</a></p> <p><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2014/03/640px-New_York_City_Hall.jpg" alt="New York City Hall" width="600" height="450" /></p> <p>New York City Hall</p> <hr /> <p><strong>What to watch for this week in New York politics:</strong></p> <p>This Tuesday will mark just four weeks until Election Day, November 6. The deadline to <a href="http://www.elections.ny.gov/votingregister.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener">register to vote</a> in this year’s elections is this Friday, October 12.</p> <p>The elections for governor, lieutenant governor, comptroller, attorney general, the state Legislature, and Congress will continue to be a major focus this week. We are awaiting news of any general election debates in the races for governor and attorney general -- the comptroller candidates will hold their first debate this week -- or between U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and her Republican challenger, Chele Farley. Governor Andrew Cuomo and Democratic attorney general nominee Letitia James, like Gillibrand, have yet to agree to any debates with their opponents, which for Cuomo and James also include nominees from other parties.</p> <p>Much of the election focus is on battleground races for control of the New York State Senate, where Republicans currently cling to a one-seat majority, and for New York seats in the House of Representatives that could help determine whether Democrats are able to flip that chamber nationally.</p> <p>Democrats currently hold all the statewide seats in New York, and those on the ballot this year are expected to stay in Democratic hands, but Republicans are hoping to pull off at least one upset, whether it is Marc Molinaro for governor, Keith Wofford for attorney general, Jonathan Trichter for comptroller, or Farley for Senate.</p> <p>Along with the electoral races, there is continued attention this week on the controversial confirmation of new Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, which took place over the weekend. And, there is some government happening in New York City, as well as a variety of panel events and conferences to be aware of, as usual -- see our day-by-day rundown below.</p> <p style="text-align: center;">***Do you have events or topics for us to include in an upcoming Week Ahead in New York Politics?&nbsp;e-mail Gotham Gazette editor Ben Max:&nbsp;<a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com">bmax@gothamgazette.com</a>***</p> <p><em>The run of the week in detail:&nbsp;</em></p> <p><strong>Monday</strong><br />Monday is Columbus Day.&nbsp;Many elected officials are marching in the annual Columbus Day parade.</p> <p>Mayor de Blasio will appear Monday night in his usual weekly segment on NY1’s Inside City Hall, in the 7 and 11 p.m. hours.</p> <p><strong>Tuesday</strong><br />On Tuesday, the Municipal Arts Society <a href="https://www.mas.org/2018-summit-for-new-york-city/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">will hold</a> its 2018 Summit for New York City: Shaping the City, at Saint Bartholomew's Church. There are a variety of speakers and panels schedule. City Council Speaker Corey Johnson will deliver the morning keynote address at 9 a.m.</p> <p>At 2 p.m. Tuesday, Mayor Bill de Blasio will sign Intro-954A, a bill that creates a third gender category for birth certificates in New York City, at SAGE National Headquarters in Manhattan. First Lady Chirlane McCray and City Council Speaker Corey Johnson will participate.</p> <p>At the City Council on Tuesday: The Subcommittee on Landmarks, Public Siting, and Maritime Uses will meet at 2 p.m.</p> <p>At 9 a.m. Tuesday, the New York City Board of Correction will hold a public meeting at 125 Worth Street.</p> <p>At 11 a.m. Tuesday, Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul will&nbsp;deliver remarks at the Annual Fallen Firefighters Memorial Event, at Empire State Plaza Convention Center in Albany. At 7 p.m., Hochul will address New Yorkers Against Gun Violence, at Edison Ballroom in Manhattan.</p> <p>On Tuesday morning, the four candidates for New York State Comptroller will participate in their first debate, hosted by Manhattan Neighborhood Network (MNN) and moderated by Gotham Gazette’s Ben Max. The debate will air on MNN and be available on MNN’s YouTube channel in the coming days.</p> <p>At 1 p.m. Tuesday, schools Chancellor Richard Carranza will deliver the keynote address at the Hispanic Education Summit at CUNY Graduate Center. At 5:30 p.m., Carranza "will attend an event for NYC Kids Rise, a college-savings program," and deliver brief remarks, at P.S. 76 in Queens.</p> <p>At 6 p.m. Tuesday, U.S. Rep Jerrold Nadler will hold a <a href="https://www.eventbrite.com/e/rep-jerrold-nadler-congressional-town-hall-tickets-50585640011" target="_blank" rel="noopener">congressional town hall meeting</a> at Manhattan Community College’s Tribeca Performing Arts Center.</p> <p>In the evening, First Lady McCray "will host a roundtable with Spanish-speaking journalists about mental health in the Latino community...Later the First Lady will make an announcement about mental health at the Latino/Hispanic Heritage Reception" hosted by McCray and Mayor Bill de Blasio at Gracie Mansion. Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza will be among those in attendance.</p> <p>At 7 p.m. Tuesday, the New York Civil Liberties Union will host its <a href="https://www.nyclu.org/en/events/henry-schwarzschild-memorial-lecture" target="_blank" rel="noopener">2018 Henry Schwarzschild Memorial Lecture</a> at Reid Castle in Purchase. Insha Rahman of the Vera Institute will deliver the lecture, focusing on the “abuses and effects of the current bail system.”</p> <p>At 7 p.m. Tuesday, City Council Speaker Corey Johnson will receive the Larry Kramer Activist Award at the Gay Men's Health Crisis Gala, at the Plaza Hotel.</p> <p><strong>Wednesday</strong><br />At the City Council on Wednesday:<br />--The Committee on Land Use will meet at 11 a.m.<br />--The Committee on Contracts will meet at 1 p.m. for an oversight hearing regarding an “update on the administration’s efforts to expand contracting with minority and women-owned businesses.”</p> <p>At 8 a.m. Wednesday, the Citizens Budget Commission will host NYCHA interim Chair Stanley Brezenoff at its “Trustee Breakfast” at the Yale Club. The discussion will concern “NYCHA's $32 billion in capital needs and updates on NYCHA's activities and planning since Brezenoff started as Interim Chair on June 1.”</p> <p>"On Wednesday at 8:30 AM, Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams and New York City Schools Chancellor Richard A. Carranza will join school principals, superintendents, teachers, students, and parents in unveiling plans for the Brooklyn STEAM Center, a first-of-its-kind facility in New York City that will support students with real-world work experience in emerging professions based at the Brooklyn Navy Yard."</p> <p>At 4 p.m. Wednesday, the Civilian Complaint Review Board will hold a public board meeting at 100 Church Street.</p> <p>On Wednesday at 5 p.m., this week's Max &amp; Murphy will air on WBAI radio -- 99.5FM or <a href="https://www.wbai.org/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">wbai.org</a> -- and will feature interviews with Republican attorney general candidate Keith Wofford and Libertarian gubernatorial candidate Larry Sharpe.</p> <p>At 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, New York City Transit President Andy Byford will host a “<a href="https://fastforward.mta.info/events/2018/9/27/queens-fast-forward-community-conversation" target="_blank" rel="noopener">community conversation</a>” on the Fast Forward plan at the Robert Ross Johnson Family Life Center in Jamaica, Queens.</p> <p><strong>Thursday</strong><br />At the City Council on Thursday:<br />--The Committees on Public Housing and Oversight &amp; Investigations will meet jointly at 10 a.m. for an oversight hearing regarding “mismanagement at Throggs Neck public housing.”<br />--The Committee on Higher Education will meet at 10 a.m. for an oversight hearing on CUNY’s Pathways initiative.<br />--The Committee on Youth Services will meet at 1 p.m. for an oversight hearing regarding the Summer Youth Employment Program, COMPASS NYC, and School’s Out NYC.</p> <p>At 9 a.m. Thursday, Deputy Mayor J. Phillip Thompson will deliver keynote remarks at the Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies’ <a href="http://www.fpwa.org/specialevents/fpwa-annual-meeting-2018/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">annual meeting</a> at the FPWA Conference Center in the Financial District. The meeting’s topic will be “how to tackle the poverty to prison pipeline” and will feature a day of discussions. Other speakers will include John Ducksworth of New York Theological Seminary, Dr. Michael Lindsay of NYU’s McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research, Ashwin Vasan of the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s Health Access Equity Unit, and Sharon Content of Children of Promise.</p> <p>At 10 a.m. Thursday, the New York City Campaign Finance Board will hold a board meeting at 100 Church Street.</p> <p>At 6:30 p.m. Thursday, New York City Transit President Andy Byford will host a “<a href="https://fastforward.mta.info/events/2018/10/11/manhattan-fast-forward-community-conversation" target="_blank" rel="noopener">community conversation</a>” on the Fast Forward plan at the Harlem Hospital Center Mural Pavilion.</p> <p><strong>Friday and the weekend</strong><br />Friday, October 12, is the deadline to <a href="http://www.elections.ny.gov/votingregister.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener">register to vote</a> in this November’s elections (it is also the deadline to change party affiliation for next year’s primaries in New York).</p> <p>At 9 a.m. Friday, City Comptroller Scott Stringer will speak at the <a href="https://comptroller.nyc.gov/event/polish-heritage-breakfast-2/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Polish Heritage Breakfast</a> at the Polish &amp; Slavic Center in Greenpoint.</p> <p>Mayor de Blasio may make his weekly appearance on WNYC’s The Brian Lehrer Show at 10 a.m. Friday.</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 Ben Brachfeld and Ben Max<br /><a href="https://twitter.com/GothamGazette" target="_blank" rel="noopener">@GothamGazette</a></p> The Week Ahead in New York Politics, October 1 2018-09-30T04:00:00+00:00 2018-09-30T04:00:00+00:00 http://www.gothamgazette.com/city/7963-the-week-ahead-in-new-york-politics-october-1 Ben Max <p><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2014/03/640px-New_York_City_Hall.jpg" alt="New York City Hall" width="600" height="450" /></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>Tuesday will mark five weeks until Election Day. The race for Governor has been heating up, with Governor Andrew Cuomo, a second-term Democrat, and Republican Marc Molinaro at the forefront of the discussion. Molinaro has been releasing tax reform proposals while Cuomo has largely continued to focus on President Donald Trump. Cuomo explained recently that he has done so and plans to continue to do so because the federal government is a major threat to New York and Molinaro agrees with Trump on many issues. Molinaro has disputed Cuomo's characterizations of him as a "Trump mini-me," citing that he says he did not vote for Trump in 2016 and that Cuomo's allegations that he is against abortion rights, marriage equality, and immigrants are false.</p> <p>There are also three other gubernatorial candidates who have general election ballot spots and are actively campaigning: Green Party nominee Howie Hawkins, Libertarian Party nominee Larry Sharpe, and Stephanie Miner, who is running as an independent on the new Serve America party line. As this week begins, we're expecting news of what the Working Families Party will be doing with its statewide ballot lines for governor and lieutenant governor (the positions are a ticket in the general) and attorney general (the WFP long ago settled on Tom DiNapoli for Comptroller. It is possible that the WFP will work out a deal with Cuomo and Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul for the pair to appear on that ballot line despite the deeply antagonistic relationship the two sides have had as the WFP backed Cynthia Nixon and Jumaane Williams. The WFP had put a placeholder on its attorney general line and is expected to work something out with Democratic nominee Letitia James so that she will appear on its ballot line. Hawkins did announce this past week that he was making a last-minute effort to convince the WFP to put him and his running-mate Jia Lee on its line for governor and lieutenant governor.</p> <p>We're also watching this week for any word of at least one debate in the race for Governor, and any news of debates in the other statewide races. With the Democratic nominees favored in all the races, the onus is on them to agree to debates so that voters can hear from all the candidates running.</p> <p>This week will feature campaigning in the statewide races as well as those for state and federal legislative seats, such as pivotal races for the State Senate and U.S. House of Representatives. There's also a campaign finance filing deadline this week, which will provide insight into how well candidates are able to convince large and small donors to support them and give them the resources to get their messages out to voters.</p> <p>Beyond electoral campaigns, there is government happening this week, both at the city and state levels, and other events related to politics and policy&nbsp;- see our day-by-day rundown below.</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">bmax@gothamgazette.com</a>***</em></p> <p><strong>The run of the week in detail:</strong></p> <p><strong>Monday<br /></strong>Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights recently announced that it will lead “a large scale Mass Bail Out Action at New York’s Rikers Island,” which will be “a collaborative effort made up of grassroots groups and formerly incarcerated people to free women and young people in New York City who are jailed because they cannot afford to post bail.” The effort is set to begin Monday and continue throughout the month. “The Mass Bail Out Action will focus on two jails at Rikers Island: the Rose M. Singer Center (RMSC), which cages women awaiting trial; and the Robert N. Davoren Complex (RNDC), where minors are held in custody. On average, 500 women and 100 minors on any given day endure neglect, abuse and isolation – never knowing when freedom will come – all because they cannot afford the price set on their freedom. The large-scale bailout will result in a dramatic drop in Rikers’ population at two distinct jails and serve as an opportunity to close the jails of Rikers Island and reimagine justice – starting with investing in communities harmed by these generational practices.”</p> <p>Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul will be a guest on The Capitol Pressroom radio program with host Susan Arbetter at 11 a.m. Monday.</p> <p>At noon Monday, the state Senate Standing Committees on Crime Victims, Crime, and Correction and on Elections will meet jointly in Albany for a public hearing “to examine both the statutory procedures parole board members are required to consider when making a decision and compliance with same as well as the procedures used in issuing conditional pardons pursuant to Executive Order 181.”</p> <p>Mayor Bill de Blasio, who was in Texas and South Carolina over the weekend, will appear in his weekly slot on NY1's Inside City Hall with anchor Errol Louis on Monday evening, in the 7 and 11 p.m. hours.</p> <p><strong>Tuesday</strong><br />At 8 a.m. Tuesday, the Association for a Better New York will host James Patchett, President and CEO of the New York City Economic Development Corporation, for a “<a href="http://abny.org/meetinginfo.php?id=97&amp;ts=1538061368" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Power Breakfast</a>” at the New York Academy of Sciences in the Financial District. Patchett “will make a major announcement to help establish New York City as a global leader in cybersecurity. He will also discuss how Amazon’s HQ2 search fits into the City’s future, and ongoing efforts to bolster the life sciences sector.”</p> <p>At 9 a.m. Tuesday, City &amp; State will host its “<a href="https://www.cityandstateny.com/events/new-york-health-wellness-summit" target="_blank" rel="noopener">New York Health &amp; Wellness Summit</a>” at the National Geographic Encounter in Times Square. The event, featuring “leading experts” and “top decision-makers” in the field, will “explore how public officials, corporations, advocacy groups, academia and the media can work to create effective policies to address overall health, physical activity and wellness and the impact on its communities.” Acting Commissioner of the Department of Health &amp; Mental Hygiene Oxiris Barbot will deliver keynote remarks. Other speakers include State Senator Gustavo Rivera, Assemblymember Richard Gottfried, City Council Member Barry Grodenchik, Deputy Commissioner of ACS Lorelei Vargas, and others.</p> <p>Beginning Tuesday morning, the Mayor’s Office of Pensions and Investments, New York Law School, and the Initiative for Responsible Investment will host a two-day conference for public pension fund trustees from around the country at New York Law School. The conference, in its second annual installation, will focus on “how trustees can be forward thinking in incorporating new technology, implementing policy, and communicating with beneficiaries.”</p> <p>At 11 a.m. Tuesday, the Senate Standing Committees on Crime Victims, Crime, and Correction and on Elections will meet jointly at the William P. Bennett Hicksville Community Center in Hicksville, Nassau County for a public hearing “to examine both the statutory procedures parole board members are required to consider when making a decision and compliance with same as well as the procedures used in issuing conditional pardons pursuant to Executive Order 181.”</p> <p>On Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Union Square, “the landmark "Fix the Subway" coalition will mark its official launch...as a vast assemblage of progressive organizations comes together to win congestion pricing, a new revenue stream capable of raising tens of billions of dollars to modernize New York's ailing public transit system...The group supports congestion pricing to support the implementation of the MTA's Fast Forward plan, which would modernize the subway's 1930s-era signal technology and replace subway cars from the 1960s and 1970s.” Participants include “Riders Alliance, African Communities Together, American Institute of Architects (NYC Chapter), ALIGN NY, Brooklyn Movement Center, CAAAV, Chinese-American Planning Council, Citizen Action, Community Voices Heard, Environmental Advocates of New York, Municipal Art Society, New York City Employment and Training Coalition, New York City Environmental Justice Alliance, New York Communities for Change, New York Immigration Coalition, New York Lawyers for the Public Interest, Picture the Homeless, Rise and Resist, Sanitation Coalition, Straphangers Campaign, Street Vendor Project, Theatre of the Oppressed NYC, Transportation Alternatives, and the Women's Center for Education &amp; Career Advancement, and other organizations.”</p> <p>On Tuesday at noon, Gotham Gazette editor Ben Max will be the guest speaker at <a href="https://www.meetup.com/LWVNYC/events/254485216/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">the October luncheon</a> of the League of Women Voters, New York City chapter, discussing the 2018 elections in New York. The event will take place at the New York Society for Ethical Culture in Manhattan.</p> <p><strong>Wednesday</strong><br />At the City Council on Wednesday:<br />--The Subcommittee on Zoning and Franchises will meet at 9:30 a.m.<br />--The Committee on Public Housing will meet at 10 a.m. for an oversight hearing regarding “NYCHA development and privatization.”<br />--The Subcommittee on Landmarks, Public Siting, and Maritime Uses will meet at noon.<br />--The Committees on Criminal Justice and Governmental Operations will meet jointly at 1 p.m. for an oversight hearing regarding “voting rights for justice-involved people,” as well as to discuss proposed laws relating to the Departments of Probation and Correction informing parolees of their voting rights, and to “agencies assisting eligible parolees with voter registration.”<br />--The Committee on Hospitals will meet at 2 p.m. for an oversight hearing regarding “changes in the delivery of health care services -- moving towards a community-based outpatient model.”<br />--The Subcommittee on Planning, Dispositions, and Concessions will meet at 2 p.m.</p> <p>"The New York Power Authority and New York State Canal Corporation will reveal on Wednesday, October 3, the winners of the Reimagine the Canals Competition, a project announced last year by Governor Cuomo to reward the best ideas to have the Canal System become an engine of economic development and a magnet for tourism and recreation. The seven finalists come from an original field of 145 submissions from across the globe. Each received up to $50,000 to develop their entries and are now in a position to be awarded up to $1.5 million to implement their ideas."</p> <p>At 3 p.m. Wednesday, the New York State Board of Elections will hold a commissioners meeting at the State Board offices in Albany.</p> <p>At 5 p.m. Wednesday, this week’s Max &amp; Murphy program will air on WBAI radio (99.5FM or wbai.org), featuring interviews with New York State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli, a Democrat, and his Republican challenger, Jonathan Trichter.</p> <p>At 6 p.m. Wednesday, there will be a public scoping meeting at the Bronx County Courthouse to discuss the mayor’s plan to place a new jail in the Bronx, as part of the replacement plan for the Rikers Island jails.</p> <p>At 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, BRIC TV will host a <a href="https://www.eventbrite.com/e/nycha-the-cost-of-living-a-bheard-town-hall-tickets-48893818728?aff=aff0eventful" target="_blank" rel="noopener">town hall meeting</a> on NYCHA at BRIC’s headquarters in Fort Greene. The town hall will focus on tenant perspectives on the issues plaguing NYCHA, such as “over-policing, crumbling infrastructure, environmental hazards, and violence,” as well as threats from Washington of funding cuts when NYCHA is in need of funds. City Comptroller Scott Stringer will deliver keynote remarks. There will also be a panel consisting of City Council Members Alicka-Ampry Samuel and Ritchie Torres, New York Daily News reporter Greg Smith, NYCHA tenant leader Lisa Kenner, and NYIT professor Nicholas Dagen-Bloom.</p> <p>At 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, the Museum of the City of New York will host “New York’s Housing Crisis: Which Way Forward?” Economist Edward Glaeser and sociologist Miriam Greenberg will join WNYC’s Matt Katz for a discussion on “the political, social, and economic forces shaping the future of housing in New York City and globally,” specifically focusing on the battle between “ideals of development and community preservation, between maintaining affordability and attracting a larger tax base, and between the free market and government intervention.”</p> <p><strong>Thursday</strong><br />At the City Council on Thursday:<br />--The Committee on Finance will meet at 10 a.m. to discuss a proposed law “amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to amending the requirement that a statement of income and expense certified by a certified public accountant be provided in order for an income-producing property to be granted a reduction in real property assessment by the tax commission.”</p> <p>At 8:30 a.m. Thursday, Deputy Mayor Alicia Glen will deliver opening remarks at the Crain’s <a href="https://www.crainsnewyork.com/events-artsfall2018" target="_blank" rel="noopener">2018 Arts &amp; Culture Breakfast</a> at the Con Edison Conference Center in Union Square.</p> <p>At 6:30 p.m. Thursday, City Council Speaker Corey Johnson and Council Member Costa Constantinides will hold a town hall meeting at PS 171 in Astoria.</p> <p><strong>Friday and the weekend</strong><br />At 8:15 a.m. Friday, the Center for New York City Law will host a “CityLaw Breakfast” with City Sanitation Commissioner Kathryn Garcia. The event will take place at 185 West Broadway.</p> <p>Mayor de Blasio may make his weekly appearance on WNYC’s The Brian Lehrer Show at 10 a.m.</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 Ben Brachfeld and Ben Max<br /><a href="https://twitter.com/GothamGazette" target="_blank" rel="noopener">@GothamGazette</a></p> <p><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2014/03/640px-New_York_City_Hall.jpg" alt="New York City Hall" width="600" height="450" /></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>Tuesday will mark five weeks until Election Day. The race for Governor has been heating up, with Governor Andrew Cuomo, a second-term Democrat, and Republican Marc Molinaro at the forefront of the discussion. Molinaro has been releasing tax reform proposals while Cuomo has largely continued to focus on President Donald Trump. Cuomo explained recently that he has done so and plans to continue to do so because the federal government is a major threat to New York and Molinaro agrees with Trump on many issues. Molinaro has disputed Cuomo's characterizations of him as a "Trump mini-me," citing that he says he did not vote for Trump in 2016 and that Cuomo's allegations that he is against abortion rights, marriage equality, and immigrants are false.</p> <p>There are also three other gubernatorial candidates who have general election ballot spots and are actively campaigning: Green Party nominee Howie Hawkins, Libertarian Party nominee Larry Sharpe, and Stephanie Miner, who is running as an independent on the new Serve America party line. As this week begins, we're expecting news of what the Working Families Party will be doing with its statewide ballot lines for governor and lieutenant governor (the positions are a ticket in the general) and attorney general (the WFP long ago settled on Tom DiNapoli for Comptroller. It is possible that the WFP will work out a deal with Cuomo and Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul for the pair to appear on that ballot line despite the deeply antagonistic relationship the two sides have had as the WFP backed Cynthia Nixon and Jumaane Williams. The WFP had put a placeholder on its attorney general line and is expected to work something out with Democratic nominee Letitia James so that she will appear on its ballot line. Hawkins did announce this past week that he was making a last-minute effort to convince the WFP to put him and his running-mate Jia Lee on its line for governor and lieutenant governor.</p> <p>We're also watching this week for any word of at least one debate in the race for Governor, and any news of debates in the other statewide races. With the Democratic nominees favored in all the races, the onus is on them to agree to debates so that voters can hear from all the candidates running.</p> <p>This week will feature campaigning in the statewide races as well as those for state and federal legislative seats, such as pivotal races for the State Senate and U.S. House of Representatives. There's also a campaign finance filing deadline this week, which will provide insight into how well candidates are able to convince large and small donors to support them and give them the resources to get their messages out to voters.</p> <p>Beyond electoral campaigns, there is government happening this week, both at the city and state levels, and other events related to politics and policy&nbsp;- see our day-by-day rundown below.</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">bmax@gothamgazette.com</a>***</em></p> <p><strong>The run of the week in detail:</strong></p> <p><strong>Monday<br /></strong>Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights recently announced that it will lead “a large scale Mass Bail Out Action at New York’s Rikers Island,” which will be “a collaborative effort made up of grassroots groups and formerly incarcerated people to free women and young people in New York City who are jailed because they cannot afford to post bail.” The effort is set to begin Monday and continue throughout the month. “The Mass Bail Out Action will focus on two jails at Rikers Island: the Rose M. Singer Center (RMSC), which cages women awaiting trial; and the Robert N. Davoren Complex (RNDC), where minors are held in custody. On average, 500 women and 100 minors on any given day endure neglect, abuse and isolation – never knowing when freedom will come – all because they cannot afford the price set on their freedom. The large-scale bailout will result in a dramatic drop in Rikers’ population at two distinct jails and serve as an opportunity to close the jails of Rikers Island and reimagine justice – starting with investing in communities harmed by these generational practices.”</p> <p>Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul will be a guest on The Capitol Pressroom radio program with host Susan Arbetter at 11 a.m. Monday.</p> <p>At noon Monday, the state Senate Standing Committees on Crime Victims, Crime, and Correction and on Elections will meet jointly in Albany for a public hearing “to examine both the statutory procedures parole board members are required to consider when making a decision and compliance with same as well as the procedures used in issuing conditional pardons pursuant to Executive Order 181.”</p> <p>Mayor Bill de Blasio, who was in Texas and South Carolina over the weekend, will appear in his weekly slot on NY1's Inside City Hall with anchor Errol Louis on Monday evening, in the 7 and 11 p.m. hours.</p> <p><strong>Tuesday</strong><br />At 8 a.m. Tuesday, the Association for a Better New York will host James Patchett, President and CEO of the New York City Economic Development Corporation, for a “<a href="http://abny.org/meetinginfo.php?id=97&amp;ts=1538061368" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Power Breakfast</a>” at the New York Academy of Sciences in the Financial District. Patchett “will make a major announcement to help establish New York City as a global leader in cybersecurity. He will also discuss how Amazon’s HQ2 search fits into the City’s future, and ongoing efforts to bolster the life sciences sector.”</p> <p>At 9 a.m. Tuesday, City &amp; State will host its “<a href="https://www.cityandstateny.com/events/new-york-health-wellness-summit" target="_blank" rel="noopener">New York Health &amp; Wellness Summit</a>” at the National Geographic Encounter in Times Square. The event, featuring “leading experts” and “top decision-makers” in the field, will “explore how public officials, corporations, advocacy groups, academia and the media can work to create effective policies to address overall health, physical activity and wellness and the impact on its communities.” Acting Commissioner of the Department of Health &amp; Mental Hygiene Oxiris Barbot will deliver keynote remarks. Other speakers include State Senator Gustavo Rivera, Assemblymember Richard Gottfried, City Council Member Barry Grodenchik, Deputy Commissioner of ACS Lorelei Vargas, and others.</p> <p>Beginning Tuesday morning, the Mayor’s Office of Pensions and Investments, New York Law School, and the Initiative for Responsible Investment will host a two-day conference for public pension fund trustees from around the country at New York Law School. The conference, in its second annual installation, will focus on “how trustees can be forward thinking in incorporating new technology, implementing policy, and communicating with beneficiaries.”</p> <p>At 11 a.m. Tuesday, the Senate Standing Committees on Crime Victims, Crime, and Correction and on Elections will meet jointly at the William P. Bennett Hicksville Community Center in Hicksville, Nassau County for a public hearing “to examine both the statutory procedures parole board members are required to consider when making a decision and compliance with same as well as the procedures used in issuing conditional pardons pursuant to Executive Order 181.”</p> <p>On Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Union Square, “the landmark "Fix the Subway" coalition will mark its official launch...as a vast assemblage of progressive organizations comes together to win congestion pricing, a new revenue stream capable of raising tens of billions of dollars to modernize New York's ailing public transit system...The group supports congestion pricing to support the implementation of the MTA's Fast Forward plan, which would modernize the subway's 1930s-era signal technology and replace subway cars from the 1960s and 1970s.” Participants include “Riders Alliance, African Communities Together, American Institute of Architects (NYC Chapter), ALIGN NY, Brooklyn Movement Center, CAAAV, Chinese-American Planning Council, Citizen Action, Community Voices Heard, Environmental Advocates of New York, Municipal Art Society, New York City Employment and Training Coalition, New York City Environmental Justice Alliance, New York Communities for Change, New York Immigration Coalition, New York Lawyers for the Public Interest, Picture the Homeless, Rise and Resist, Sanitation Coalition, Straphangers Campaign, Street Vendor Project, Theatre of the Oppressed NYC, Transportation Alternatives, and the Women's Center for Education &amp; Career Advancement, and other organizations.”</p> <p>On Tuesday at noon, Gotham Gazette editor Ben Max will be the guest speaker at <a href="https://www.meetup.com/LWVNYC/events/254485216/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">the October luncheon</a> of the League of Women Voters, New York City chapter, discussing the 2018 elections in New York. The event will take place at the New York Society for Ethical Culture in Manhattan.</p> <p><strong>Wednesday</strong><br />At the City Council on Wednesday:<br />--The Subcommittee on Zoning and Franchises will meet at 9:30 a.m.<br />--The Committee on Public Housing will meet at 10 a.m. for an oversight hearing regarding “NYCHA development and privatization.”<br />--The Subcommittee on Landmarks, Public Siting, and Maritime Uses will meet at noon.<br />--The Committees on Criminal Justice and Governmental Operations will meet jointly at 1 p.m. for an oversight hearing regarding “voting rights for justice-involved people,” as well as to discuss proposed laws relating to the Departments of Probation and Correction informing parolees of their voting rights, and to “agencies assisting eligible parolees with voter registration.”<br />--The Committee on Hospitals will meet at 2 p.m. for an oversight hearing regarding “changes in the delivery of health care services -- moving towards a community-based outpatient model.”<br />--The Subcommittee on Planning, Dispositions, and Concessions will meet at 2 p.m.</p> <p>"The New York Power Authority and New York State Canal Corporation will reveal on Wednesday, October 3, the winners of the Reimagine the Canals Competition, a project announced last year by Governor Cuomo to reward the best ideas to have the Canal System become an engine of economic development and a magnet for tourism and recreation. The seven finalists come from an original field of 145 submissions from across the globe. Each received up to $50,000 to develop their entries and are now in a position to be awarded up to $1.5 million to implement their ideas."</p> <p>At 3 p.m. Wednesday, the New York State Board of Elections will hold a commissioners meeting at the State Board offices in Albany.</p> <p>At 5 p.m. Wednesday, this week’s Max &amp; Murphy program will air on WBAI radio (99.5FM or wbai.org), featuring interviews with New York State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli, a Democrat, and his Republican challenger, Jonathan Trichter.</p> <p>At 6 p.m. Wednesday, there will be a public scoping meeting at the Bronx County Courthouse to discuss the mayor’s plan to place a new jail in the Bronx, as part of the replacement plan for the Rikers Island jails.</p> <p>At 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, BRIC TV will host a <a href="https://www.eventbrite.com/e/nycha-the-cost-of-living-a-bheard-town-hall-tickets-48893818728?aff=aff0eventful" target="_blank" rel="noopener">town hall meeting</a> on NYCHA at BRIC’s headquarters in Fort Greene. The town hall will focus on tenant perspectives on the issues plaguing NYCHA, such as “over-policing, crumbling infrastructure, environmental hazards, and violence,” as well as threats from Washington of funding cuts when NYCHA is in need of funds. City Comptroller Scott Stringer will deliver keynote remarks. There will also be a panel consisting of City Council Members Alicka-Ampry Samuel and Ritchie Torres, New York Daily News reporter Greg Smith, NYCHA tenant leader Lisa Kenner, and NYIT professor Nicholas Dagen-Bloom.</p> <p>At 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, the Museum of the City of New York will host “New York’s Housing Crisis: Which Way Forward?” Economist Edward Glaeser and sociologist Miriam Greenberg will join WNYC’s Matt Katz for a discussion on “the political, social, and economic forces shaping the future of housing in New York City and globally,” specifically focusing on the battle between “ideals of development and community preservation, between maintaining affordability and attracting a larger tax base, and between the free market and government intervention.”</p> <p><strong>Thursday</strong><br />At the City Council on Thursday:<br />--The Committee on Finance will meet at 10 a.m. to discuss a proposed law “amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to amending the requirement that a statement of income and expense certified by a certified public accountant be provided in order for an income-producing property to be granted a reduction in real property assessment by the tax commission.”</p> <p>At 8:30 a.m. Thursday, Deputy Mayor Alicia Glen will deliver opening remarks at the Crain’s <a href="https://www.crainsnewyork.com/events-artsfall2018" target="_blank" rel="noopener">2018 Arts &amp; Culture Breakfast</a> at the Con Edison Conference Center in Union Square.</p> <p>At 6:30 p.m. Thursday, City Council Speaker Corey Johnson and Council Member Costa Constantinides will hold a town hall meeting at PS 171 in Astoria.</p> <p><strong>Friday and the weekend</strong><br />At 8:15 a.m. Friday, the Center for New York City Law will host a “CityLaw Breakfast” with City Sanitation Commissioner Kathryn Garcia. The event will take place at 185 West Broadway.</p> <p>Mayor de Blasio may make his weekly appearance on WNYC’s The Brian Lehrer Show at 10 a.m.</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 Ben Brachfeld and Ben Max<br /><a href="https://twitter.com/GothamGazette" target="_blank" rel="noopener">@GothamGazette</a></p> Advancing an Inclusive Approach to School Meals 2018-09-25T04:00:00+00:00 2018-09-25T04:00:00+00:00 http://www.gothamgazette.com/130-opinion/7956-advancing-an-inclusive-approach-to-school-meals Ben Max <p><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/school_food_rally.jpg" alt="school food rally" width="600" height="393" /></p> <p>School food inclusivity rally (@safest)</p> <hr /> <p>We as faith leaders are most privileged to cooperate on a project that will benefit our respective communities. For far too long, students who follow religious dietary guidelines have found their public school cafeteria lacks sufficient accommodation in the food offered. Typically students who require a kosher or halal meal have very limited options in school lunch offerings, often choosing to eat nothing. At this time in history, with persistent and growing incidents of discrimination based on religious and racial animus, New York City needs to embrace every possible opportunity to show compassion, inclusivity, and accommodation for all students – and to ensure no child needs to leave the school cafeteria hungry.</p> <p>It is impossible to know for sure how many students follow religious dietary restrictions. However, with roughly 38 percent of public school students identifying as Muslim or Jewish, it is possible that thousands of students do not participate in current Department of Education School Food programs because of their religious customs. And with 72 percent of the city’s public school students qualifying for free or reduced-price lunches – a potential indicator of food insecurity – it is clear that the number of students who could benefit from a halal or kosher meal in school is significant.</p> <p>Many of us in the Muslim and Jewish faith communities, joined by community groups, have been advocating for years for the Department of Education to offer halal and kosher food options in schools. We know accommodating this request is not easy, given the complexities of a food distribution network that serves meals to approximately 600,000 students each day, second only to the U.S. Military.</p> <p>Now, after years of advocacy, we are celebrating a key milestone: this year, $1 million has been allocated in the city budget to pilot halal and kosher school lunches in four schools. Thanks to the leadership of City Council Members Chaim Deutsch and Rafael Espinal and Speaker Corey Johnson, this historic funding will provide a solid foundation to pilot halal and kosher food options in city schools.</p> <p>But funding the pilot is just the beginning. Our campaign is now facing a critical moment to ensure that the city designs and executes a halal and kosher pilot program responsibly, with full inclusion of parents and school communities who will benefit from halal and kosher school lunches.</p> <p>Comptroller Scott Stringer has already laid forth a blueprint, detailing several options for how such a pilot could be structured. Now that funding for a halal and kosher lunch pilot has been secured, we believe these recommendations merit real consideration by the Department of Education as it plans how to implement the pilot program.</p> <p>A central element of the Comptroller’s blueprint for piloting halal and kosher school lunches includes the establishment of an advisory committee. This group would include leaders from faith communities, community advocates, school food content experts, food service workers, parents, teachers, and students. The advisory committee could advise and support DOE when selecting schools for inclusion in the pilot, evaluating kitchen space retrofitting needs, developing training programs for food service workers in schools, and coordinating opportunities for community engagement to both raise awareness of the new food offerings and to build trust among parents that halal and kosher food offered in school cafeterias is a legitimate option that meets religious dietary guidelines. An informed advisory body is crucial for successfully serving halal and kosher lunches to students.</p> <p>Our communities have already been working, informally, in this capacity. Over the past several months, over 50 advocates and leaders from Muslim and Jewish communities have convened in Comptroller Stringer’s office to weigh the complexities and challenges for this campaign and to consider how best to guide and influence this conversation. Now it is time to formalize this role, and become true partners in advancing this important work.</p> <p>Offering halal and kosher school lunches will benefit all school children by fostering diversity and inclusivity, and ensuring that all children have every opportunity to learn and excel in school. As halal and kosher school lunches are about to become a reality, it is vital that community voices that have been successfully advocating for this cause for years, be recruited to help to make it a reality. All parties want this pilot to be a thoughtful and efficient program, one that will both inform future decision-making on this topic, and positively impact the lives of children who will benefit from a much needed mid-day meal. We are most grateful to Comptroller Stringer and his staff for bringing our faith communities together to demonstrate that unity and diversity can work together. Now it is time to move the work further ahead.</p> <p>***<br />Rabbi Joseph Potasnik is Executive Vice President, New York Board of Rabbis. Imam Al-Hajj Talib Abdur-Rashid is Chairman, the Association of African American Imams.</p> <p>

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<p><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/school_food_rally.jpg" alt="school food rally" width="600" height="393" /></p> <p>School food inclusivity rally (@safest)</p> <hr /> <p>We as faith leaders are most privileged to cooperate on a project that will benefit our respective communities. For far too long, students who follow religious dietary guidelines have found their public school cafeteria lacks sufficient accommodation in the food offered. Typically students who require a kosher or halal meal have very limited options in school lunch offerings, often choosing to eat nothing. At this time in history, with persistent and growing incidents of discrimination based on religious and racial animus, New York City needs to embrace every possible opportunity to show compassion, inclusivity, and accommodation for all students – and to ensure no child needs to leave the school cafeteria hungry.</p> <p>It is impossible to know for sure how many students follow religious dietary restrictions. However, with roughly 38 percent of public school students identifying as Muslim or Jewish, it is possible that thousands of students do not participate in current Department of Education School Food programs because of their religious customs. And with 72 percent of the city’s public school students qualifying for free or reduced-price lunches – a potential indicator of food insecurity – it is clear that the number of students who could benefit from a halal or kosher meal in school is significant.</p> <p>Many of us in the Muslim and Jewish faith communities, joined by community groups, have been advocating for years for the Department of Education to offer halal and kosher food options in schools. We know accommodating this request is not easy, given the complexities of a food distribution network that serves meals to approximately 600,000 students each day, second only to the U.S. Military.</p> <p>Now, after years of advocacy, we are celebrating a key milestone: this year, $1 million has been allocated in the city budget to pilot halal and kosher school lunches in four schools. Thanks to the leadership of City Council Members Chaim Deutsch and Rafael Espinal and Speaker Corey Johnson, this historic funding will provide a solid foundation to pilot halal and kosher food options in city schools.</p> <p>But funding the pilot is just the beginning. Our campaign is now facing a critical moment to ensure that the city designs and executes a halal and kosher pilot program responsibly, with full inclusion of parents and school communities who will benefit from halal and kosher school lunches.</p> <p>Comptroller Scott Stringer has already laid forth a blueprint, detailing several options for how such a pilot could be structured. Now that funding for a halal and kosher lunch pilot has been secured, we believe these recommendations merit real consideration by the Department of Education as it plans how to implement the pilot program.</p> <p>A central element of the Comptroller’s blueprint for piloting halal and kosher school lunches includes the establishment of an advisory committee. This group would include leaders from faith communities, community advocates, school food content experts, food service workers, parents, teachers, and students. The advisory committee could advise and support DOE when selecting schools for inclusion in the pilot, evaluating kitchen space retrofitting needs, developing training programs for food service workers in schools, and coordinating opportunities for community engagement to both raise awareness of the new food offerings and to build trust among parents that halal and kosher food offered in school cafeterias is a legitimate option that meets religious dietary guidelines. An informed advisory body is crucial for successfully serving halal and kosher lunches to students.</p> <p>Our communities have already been working, informally, in this capacity. Over the past several months, over 50 advocates and leaders from Muslim and Jewish communities have convened in Comptroller Stringer’s office to weigh the complexities and challenges for this campaign and to consider how best to guide and influence this conversation. Now it is time to formalize this role, and become true partners in advancing this important work.</p> <p>Offering halal and kosher school lunches will benefit all school children by fostering diversity and inclusivity, and ensuring that all children have every opportunity to learn and excel in school. As halal and kosher school lunches are about to become a reality, it is vital that community voices that have been successfully advocating for this cause for years, be recruited to help to make it a reality. All parties want this pilot to be a thoughtful and efficient program, one that will both inform future decision-making on this topic, and positively impact the lives of children who will benefit from a much needed mid-day meal. We are most grateful to Comptroller Stringer and his staff for bringing our faith communities together to demonstrate that unity and diversity can work together. Now it is time to move the work further ahead.</p> <p>***<br />Rabbi Joseph Potasnik is Executive Vice President, New York Board of Rabbis. Imam Al-Hajj Talib Abdur-Rashid is Chairman, the Association of African American Imams.</p> <p>

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The Week Ahead in New York Politics, September 24 2018-09-23T04:00:00+00:00 2018-09-23T04:00:00+00:00 http://www.gothamgazette.com/city/7949-the-week-ahead-in-new-york-politics-september-24 Ben Max <p><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2014/03/640px-New_York_City_Hall.jpg" alt="New York City Hall" width="600" height="450" /></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>This Tuesday will mark six weeks until Election Day, November 6. With the primaries further in the rear mirror, the general election is in full swing, especially in the race for governor, but also races for attorney general and comptroller, as well as many state legislative and U.S. House seats around the state. U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is also trying to hold onto her seat this year.</p> <p>As the week begins, we're awaiting word on what will happen with Cynthia Nixon and Jumaane Williams and the Working Families Party nominations that they have for governor and lieutenant governor. After each lost their respective Democratic primary, it is to be determined whether they remain on the WFP line for the general election, or whether the party finds a way to remove them and give the line to Governor Andrew Cuomo and Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul or some other combination of candidates. Unlike in the primary, for the general election a party's nominees run on the same ticket. Indications are that Nixon and Williams will move off the WFP line, but there are a lot of moving parts and some members of the WFP who are firmly against giving the line to Cuomo and Hochul, who might be open to taking the line because it would enhance their chances of winning in November.</p> <p>Along with the statewide races, now taking center stage are the swing districts for state Senate and the U.S. House. Democrats believe that they can take the state Senate this year, and <a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/city/7947-democrats-target-previously-ignored-brooklyn-shot-at-state-senate-majority" target="_blank" rel="noopener">are including one Brooklyn district -- the one represented by Senator Marty Golden</a> -- among those they believe they can flip, and that they can flip several House seats, including one in New York City -- the one represented by Rep. Dan Donovan -- to contribute to the party's national efforts to take the chamber from Republicans.</p> <p>While electioneering will continue to dominate many of the headlines, there is also governing happening this week, including additional meetings of the 2019 charter revision commission, City Council meetings, and more. See our day-by-day rundown below.</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">bmax@gothamgazette.com</a>***</em></p> <p><strong>The run of the week in detail:</strong></p> <p><strong>Monday<br /></strong>The Business Council of New York State's annual meeting began Sunday and continues Monday and Tuesday at the Sagamore Resort on Lake George. The forum will focus on “improving New York’s business climate and economy.” Former Republican National Committee Chair Michael Steele will deliver keynote remarks. Other speakers include Republican gubernatorial nominee Marc Molinaro, State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli and his Republican challenger Jonathan Trichter, Republican Attorney General nominee Keith Wofford, and State Senator John DeFrancisco, among many others.</p> <p>At 10 a.m. Monday,&nbsp;"Mayor de Blasio will deliver remarks at the Opening Plenary of the World Economic Forum's Sustainable Development Impact Summit." In the evening, the mayor will make his weekly appearance on NY1's Inside City Hall in the 7 and 11 p.m. hours.</p> <p>At 10 a.m. Monday outside of Kushner&nbsp;Companies Headquarters on Fifth Avenue, "Housing Rights Initiative (HRI), in partnership with the City Council’s Oversight &amp; Investigations Committee Chair Council Member Torres, will release a new report on building permit fraud showing the extent and depth of the problem across the real-estate industry, and the impact it has on reducing the number of tenants across New York City. HRI found that hundreds of landlords falsified over 10,000 work permits over 2 1/2 years. Council Member Torres will also announce new City Council legislation that will close the “Kushner Loophole” which allows companies to falsify documents with city agencies and lie about the amount of rent-regulated units in a building without consequence."</p> <p>At 11 a.m. Monday at City Hall, "First Lady Chirlane McCray will deliver remarks at the NYC Stands with Survivors Rally. The rally will be co-hosted by Hollaback!, Girls for Gender Equity, and YWCA Brooklyn. Survivors and advocates will share their stories and will be joined by: Cecile Noel, Commissioner of Mayor’s Office to End Domestic and Gender Based Violence, Jacqui Ebanks, Commissioner, Commission on Gender Equity and Carmelyn Malalis, Commissioner, Commission on Human Rights."</p> <p>At 12:15 p.m. Monday, "Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul Delivers Remarks at Climate Week Opening Ceremony" at The Times Center in Manhattan.</p> <p>At 2 p.m. Monday, "New York State Senators Kemp Hannon, Elaine Phillips, and Carl L. Marcellino will be holding a press conference...to demand action on setting critical drinking water safety standards. Harmful contaminants like 1,4-dioxane have been discovered in wells throughout the region and in order for communities to protect public health, state action is necessary. The Senators will be calling on the Cuomo administration to: restart a stalled process required to set state standards for 1,4-dioxane, PFOA, and PFOS; ensure local governments have access to the funds needed to remove drinking water contaminants; and improve public notification about emerging health threats. The press conference will be held at the Bethpage Water Plant on South Park Avenue, near the intersection of Sarah Drive and abutting Bethpage State Park."</p> <p>At 6 p.m. Monday, the 2019 Charter Revision Commission will meet at the College of Staten Island to hear public testimony.</p> <p>At 6 p.m. Monday, the governor’s Regulated Marijuana Workgroup <a href="http://events.eventzilla.net/e/queens--regulated-marijuana-listening-session-2138947692">will hold</a> a listening session at the Jamaica Performing Arts Center in Queens on the legalization of marijuana in New York.</p> <p>At 6 p.m. Monday, Attorney General candidate Letitia James and State Senate candidates Alessandra Biaggi, Zellnor Myrie, and Robert Jackson will speak at the <a href="https://www.weareplannedparenthoodaction.org/onlineactions/WG2SM6OwPEiS3u9SRBFY8g2">launch event</a> for Planned Parenthood NYC Votes PAC at 620 Loft and Garden in Midtown.</p> <p>At 6 p.m. Monday, the New York League of Conservation Voters, WE ACT for Environmental Justice, and other advocates will hold a town hall meeting discussing the need for replacing the diesel school bus fleet with electric buses, for both health and environmental reasons. The town hall will take place at Brooklyn Borough Hall.</p> <p>At 6:30 p.m. Monday, Comptroller Scott Stringer will&nbsp;host his African Immigrant Heritage Event at the National Black Theatre in Manhattan.</p> <p><strong>Tuesday</strong><br />Tuesday is National Voter Registration Day. NYC Votes, the voter outreach arm of the city’s Campaign Finance Board, will hold several voter registration events across the city, at all public libraries, YMCA locations, Patagonia store locations, Medgar Evers College, and Brooklyn College.</p> <p>At 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Homeless Services Commissioner Steve Banks and City Council Member Steve Levin will hold a town hall meeting to discuss rental assistance programs for individuals. The town hall will take place at the LGBT Center in the West Village.</p> <p>At 6 p.m. Tuesday, the governor’s Regulated Marijuana Workgroup <a href="http://events.eventzilla.net/e/brooklyn--regulated-marijuana-listening-session-2138947695">will hold</a> a listening session at Long Island University’s Kumble Theater in Fort Greene, Brooklyn on the legalization of marijuana in New York.</p> <p><strong>Wednesday</strong><br />The City Council will hold a stated meeting at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday. It will be prefaced by the customary pre-stated press conference led by Speaker Corey Johnson.</p> <p>Also at the City Council on Wednesday: the Committee on Finance will meet at 10 a.m.</p> <p>The latest episode of Max &amp; Murphy on WBAI radio will be from 5-6 p.m. Wednesday, including interviews with gubernatorial candidates Howie Hawkins, of the Green Party, and Stephanie Miner, of the Serve America Movement party. The show can be heard at 99.5FM or wbai.org, or as a podcast afterward.</p> <p>At 6 p.m. Wednesday, there will be a public scoping meeting at Queens Borough Hall to discuss the mayor’s plan to place a new jail in Queens, as part of the replacement plan for Rikers Island.</p> <p>At 6 p.m. Wednesday, the governor’s Regulated Marijuana Workgroup <a href="http://events.eventzilla.net/e/staten-island--regulated-marijuana-listening-session-2138947689">will hold</a> a listening session at the College of Staten Island on the legalization of marijuana in New York.</p> <p><strong>Thursday</strong><br />At the City Council on Thursday:<br />--The Committee on Higher Education will meet at 10 a.m. for an oversight hearing regarding “African American studies and the hiring of black faculty at the City University of New York.”<br />--The Committee on Justice System will meet at 10 a.m. for an oversight hearing regarding the “cost of justice.”<br />--The Committee on Contracts will meet at 10 a.m. for an oversight hearing regarding the “administration’s efforts to expand contracting with minority and women-owned businesses.”<br />--The Committees on Housing &amp; Buildings, Health, and Environmental Protection will meet jointly at 10 a.m. for an oversight hearing regarding “the City’s enforcement of existing lead laws,” as well as to discuss several proposed laws relating to lead hazards.<br />--The Committee on Consumer Affairs will meet at 1 p.m. for an oversight hearing regarding “gas stations in New York City,” as well as to discuss a proposed law to conduct “a study on the decline of the number of gas service stations in the city and exploring methods to prevent their further decline.”<br />--The Committee on Cultural Affairs will meet at 1 p.m. for an oversight hearing regarding “Culture Pass and other partnerships between New York City’s cultural organizations and public libraries.”</p> <p>At 2 p.m. Thursday, Health + Hospitals CEO Mitchell Katz will <a href="http://ccem.journalism.cuny.edu/upcoming-event/newsmakers-qa-with-nyc-hhc-president-dr-mitchell-katz/">join</a> the CUNY Newmark School of Journalism’s Center for Community and Ethnic Media to discuss how H+H is addressing both long-term financial challenges and delivering high quality care to the city’s uninsured and immigrants. Katz will be questioned by CUNY’s and NY1’s Errol Louis, BRIC TV’s Martine Granby, and El Diario’s Pedro Frisneda.</p> <p>At 6 p.m. Thursday, the 2019 Charter Revision Commission will meet at City Hall in Manhattan to hear public testimony.</p> <p>At 6 p.m. Thursday, there will be a public scoping meeting at the Manhattan Municipal Building to discuss the de Blasio administration's plans to replace the Manhattan Center of Detention, as part of the replacement plan for Rikers Island jails.</p> <p>At 6 p.m. Thursday, the governor’s Regulated Marijuana Workgroup <a href="http://events.eventzilla.net/e/long-island--regulated-marijuana-listening-session--2138947691">will hold</a> a listening session at Hofstra University in Hempstead on the legalization of marijuana in New York.</p> <p><strong>Friday and the weekend</strong><br />Mayor de Blasio will travel to Austin, TX, on Friday to participate in a panel discussion at the <a href="https://festival.texastribune.org/">Texas Tribune Festival</a>. The following day, he’ll attend events with the <a href="https://www.usmayors.org/">United States Conference of Mayors</a> in Columbia, SC. He’ll return to New York City on Sunday.</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 Ben Brachfeld and Ben Max<br /><a href="https://twitter.com/GothamGazette" target="_blank" rel="noopener">@GothamGazette</a></p> <p><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2014/03/640px-New_York_City_Hall.jpg" alt="New York City Hall" width="600" height="450" /></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>This Tuesday will mark six weeks until Election Day, November 6. With the primaries further in the rear mirror, the general election is in full swing, especially in the race for governor, but also races for attorney general and comptroller, as well as many state legislative and U.S. House seats around the state. U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is also trying to hold onto her seat this year.</p> <p>As the week begins, we're awaiting word on what will happen with Cynthia Nixon and Jumaane Williams and the Working Families Party nominations that they have for governor and lieutenant governor. After each lost their respective Democratic primary, it is to be determined whether they remain on the WFP line for the general election, or whether the party finds a way to remove them and give the line to Governor Andrew Cuomo and Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul or some other combination of candidates. Unlike in the primary, for the general election a party's nominees run on the same ticket. Indications are that Nixon and Williams will move off the WFP line, but there are a lot of moving parts and some members of the WFP who are firmly against giving the line to Cuomo and Hochul, who might be open to taking the line because it would enhance their chances of winning in November.</p> <p>Along with the statewide races, now taking center stage are the swing districts for state Senate and the U.S. House. Democrats believe that they can take the state Senate this year, and <a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/city/7947-democrats-target-previously-ignored-brooklyn-shot-at-state-senate-majority" target="_blank" rel="noopener">are including one Brooklyn district -- the one represented by Senator Marty Golden</a> -- among those they believe they can flip, and that they can flip several House seats, including one in New York City -- the one represented by Rep. Dan Donovan -- to contribute to the party's national efforts to take the chamber from Republicans.</p> <p>While electioneering will continue to dominate many of the headlines, there is also governing happening this week, including additional meetings of the 2019 charter revision commission, City Council meetings, and more. See our day-by-day rundown below.</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">bmax@gothamgazette.com</a>***</em></p> <p><strong>The run of the week in detail:</strong></p> <p><strong>Monday<br /></strong>The Business Council of New York State's annual meeting began Sunday and continues Monday and Tuesday at the Sagamore Resort on Lake George. The forum will focus on “improving New York’s business climate and economy.” Former Republican National Committee Chair Michael Steele will deliver keynote remarks. Other speakers include Republican gubernatorial nominee Marc Molinaro, State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli and his Republican challenger Jonathan Trichter, Republican Attorney General nominee Keith Wofford, and State Senator John DeFrancisco, among many others.</p> <p>At 10 a.m. Monday,&nbsp;"Mayor de Blasio will deliver remarks at the Opening Plenary of the World Economic Forum's Sustainable Development Impact Summit." In the evening, the mayor will make his weekly appearance on NY1's Inside City Hall in the 7 and 11 p.m. hours.</p> <p>At 10 a.m. Monday outside of Kushner&nbsp;Companies Headquarters on Fifth Avenue, "Housing Rights Initiative (HRI), in partnership with the City Council’s Oversight &amp; Investigations Committee Chair Council Member Torres, will release a new report on building permit fraud showing the extent and depth of the problem across the real-estate industry, and the impact it has on reducing the number of tenants across New York City. HRI found that hundreds of landlords falsified over 10,000 work permits over 2 1/2 years. Council Member Torres will also announce new City Council legislation that will close the “Kushner Loophole” which allows companies to falsify documents with city agencies and lie about the amount of rent-regulated units in a building without consequence."</p> <p>At 11 a.m. Monday at City Hall, "First Lady Chirlane McCray will deliver remarks at the NYC Stands with Survivors Rally. The rally will be co-hosted by Hollaback!, Girls for Gender Equity, and YWCA Brooklyn. Survivors and advocates will share their stories and will be joined by: Cecile Noel, Commissioner of Mayor’s Office to End Domestic and Gender Based Violence, Jacqui Ebanks, Commissioner, Commission on Gender Equity and Carmelyn Malalis, Commissioner, Commission on Human Rights."</p> <p>At 12:15 p.m. Monday, "Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul Delivers Remarks at Climate Week Opening Ceremony" at The Times Center in Manhattan.</p> <p>At 2 p.m. Monday, "New York State Senators Kemp Hannon, Elaine Phillips, and Carl L. Marcellino will be holding a press conference...to demand action on setting critical drinking water safety standards. Harmful contaminants like 1,4-dioxane have been discovered in wells throughout the region and in order for communities to protect public health, state action is necessary. The Senators will be calling on the Cuomo administration to: restart a stalled process required to set state standards for 1,4-dioxane, PFOA, and PFOS; ensure local governments have access to the funds needed to remove drinking water contaminants; and improve public notification about emerging health threats. The press conference will be held at the Bethpage Water Plant on South Park Avenue, near the intersection of Sarah Drive and abutting Bethpage State Park."</p> <p>At 6 p.m. Monday, the 2019 Charter Revision Commission will meet at the College of Staten Island to hear public testimony.</p> <p>At 6 p.m. Monday, the governor’s Regulated Marijuana Workgroup <a href="http://events.eventzilla.net/e/queens--regulated-marijuana-listening-session-2138947692">will hold</a> a listening session at the Jamaica Performing Arts Center in Queens on the legalization of marijuana in New York.</p> <p>At 6 p.m. Monday, Attorney General candidate Letitia James and State Senate candidates Alessandra Biaggi, Zellnor Myrie, and Robert Jackson will speak at the <a href="https://www.weareplannedparenthoodaction.org/onlineactions/WG2SM6OwPEiS3u9SRBFY8g2">launch event</a> for Planned Parenthood NYC Votes PAC at 620 Loft and Garden in Midtown.</p> <p>At 6 p.m. Monday, the New York League of Conservation Voters, WE ACT for Environmental Justice, and other advocates will hold a town hall meeting discussing the need for replacing the diesel school bus fleet with electric buses, for both health and environmental reasons. The town hall will take place at Brooklyn Borough Hall.</p> <p>At 6:30 p.m. Monday, Comptroller Scott Stringer will&nbsp;host his African Immigrant Heritage Event at the National Black Theatre in Manhattan.</p> <p><strong>Tuesday</strong><br />Tuesday is National Voter Registration Day. NYC Votes, the voter outreach arm of the city’s Campaign Finance Board, will hold several voter registration events across the city, at all public libraries, YMCA locations, Patagonia store locations, Medgar Evers College, and Brooklyn College.</p> <p>At 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Homeless Services Commissioner Steve Banks and City Council Member Steve Levin will hold a town hall meeting to discuss rental assistance programs for individuals. The town hall will take place at the LGBT Center in the West Village.</p> <p>At 6 p.m. Tuesday, the governor’s Regulated Marijuana Workgroup <a href="http://events.eventzilla.net/e/brooklyn--regulated-marijuana-listening-session-2138947695">will hold</a> a listening session at Long Island University’s Kumble Theater in Fort Greene, Brooklyn on the legalization of marijuana in New York.</p> <p><strong>Wednesday</strong><br />The City Council will hold a stated meeting at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday. It will be prefaced by the customary pre-stated press conference led by Speaker Corey Johnson.</p> <p>Also at the City Council on Wednesday: the Committee on Finance will meet at 10 a.m.</p> <p>The latest episode of Max &amp; Murphy on WBAI radio will be from 5-6 p.m. Wednesday, including interviews with gubernatorial candidates Howie Hawkins, of the Green Party, and Stephanie Miner, of the Serve America Movement party. The show can be heard at 99.5FM or wbai.org, or as a podcast afterward.</p> <p>At 6 p.m. Wednesday, there will be a public scoping meeting at Queens Borough Hall to discuss the mayor’s plan to place a new jail in Queens, as part of the replacement plan for Rikers Island.</p> <p>At 6 p.m. Wednesday, the governor’s Regulated Marijuana Workgroup <a href="http://events.eventzilla.net/e/staten-island--regulated-marijuana-listening-session-2138947689">will hold</a> a listening session at the College of Staten Island on the legalization of marijuana in New York.</p> <p><strong>Thursday</strong><br />At the City Council on Thursday:<br />--The Committee on Higher Education will meet at 10 a.m. for an oversight hearing regarding “African American studies and the hiring of black faculty at the City University of New York.”<br />--The Committee on Justice System will meet at 10 a.m. for an oversight hearing regarding the “cost of justice.”<br />--The Committee on Contracts will meet at 10 a.m. for an oversight hearing regarding the “administration’s efforts to expand contracting with minority and women-owned businesses.”<br />--The Committees on Housing &amp; Buildings, Health, and Environmental Protection will meet jointly at 10 a.m. for an oversight hearing regarding “the City’s enforcement of existing lead laws,” as well as to discuss several proposed laws relating to lead hazards.<br />--The Committee on Consumer Affairs will meet at 1 p.m. for an oversight hearing regarding “gas stations in New York City,” as well as to discuss a proposed law to conduct “a study on the decline of the number of gas service stations in the city and exploring methods to prevent their further decline.”<br />--The Committee on Cultural Affairs will meet at 1 p.m. for an oversight hearing regarding “Culture Pass and other partnerships between New York City’s cultural organizations and public libraries.”</p> <p>At 2 p.m. Thursday, Health + Hospitals CEO Mitchell Katz will <a href="http://ccem.journalism.cuny.edu/upcoming-event/newsmakers-qa-with-nyc-hhc-president-dr-mitchell-katz/">join</a> the CUNY Newmark School of Journalism’s Center for Community and Ethnic Media to discuss how H+H is addressing both long-term financial challenges and delivering high quality care to the city’s uninsured and immigrants. Katz will be questioned by CUNY’s and NY1’s Errol Louis, BRIC TV’s Martine Granby, and El Diario’s Pedro Frisneda.</p> <p>At 6 p.m. Thursday, the 2019 Charter Revision Commission will meet at City Hall in Manhattan to hear public testimony.</p> <p>At 6 p.m. Thursday, there will be a public scoping meeting at the Manhattan Municipal Building to discuss the de Blasio administration's plans to replace the Manhattan Center of Detention, as part of the replacement plan for Rikers Island jails.</p> <p>At 6 p.m. Thursday, the governor’s Regulated Marijuana Workgroup <a href="http://events.eventzilla.net/e/long-island--regulated-marijuana-listening-session--2138947691">will hold</a> a listening session at Hofstra University in Hempstead on the legalization of marijuana in New York.</p> <p><strong>Friday and the weekend</strong><br />Mayor de Blasio will travel to Austin, TX, on Friday to participate in a panel discussion at the <a href="https://festival.texastribune.org/">Texas Tribune Festival</a>. The following day, he’ll attend events with the <a href="https://www.usmayors.org/">United States Conference of Mayors</a> in Columbia, SC. He’ll return to New York City on Sunday.</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 Ben Brachfeld and Ben Max<br /><a href="https://twitter.com/GothamGazette" target="_blank" rel="noopener">@GothamGazette</a></p> The Week Ahead in New York Politics, September 17 2018-09-16T04:00:00+00:00 2018-09-16T04:00:00+00:00 http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/7935-the-week-ahead-in-new-york-politics-september-17 Ben Max <p><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2014/03/640px-New_York_City_Hall.jpg" alt="New York City Hall" width="600" height="450" /></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>This week will start with a lot of focus on continuing the primary election analysis and pivoting to the general election matchups for statewide and legislative seats. Some of the focus will surely be on how <a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/7931-2018-new-york-state-primary-election-results" target="_blank" rel="noopener">the winners</a> pulled their victories off and why the losers lost, but also whether and how those who lost Democratic primaries but have other ballot lines for November will vacate those lines. Chief among them are Cynthia Nixon and Jumaane Williams on the Working Families Party line, but also Jeff Klein and other former members of the Independent Democratic Conference who lost their Democratic primaries but have ballot lines from small parties like the Independence Party or Women’s Equality Party.</p> <p>As the general election quickly swings into gear -- as of Sunday there were just 50 days until Election Day, November 6! -- the race for governor turns into a contest among Governor Andrew Cuomo, Republican nominee Marc Molinaro, Howie Hawkins of the Green Party, Libertarian Party nominee Larry Sharpe, and Stephanie Minor, running on her newly created Serve America Movement line. Nixon may also be on the ballot, but she is very likely not to campaign if she is. Or, she might be moved off the WFP line, possibly replaced by Cuomo if the warring factions can agree that they will work together to avoid creating a better path to victory for Molinaro or another candidate.</p> <p>The governor and lieutenant governor nominees of the different parties now run as a ticket, so after Kathy Hochul survived her challenge from Jumaane Williams, she can now work with Cuomo to win in November. There were no statewide primaries beyond three in the Democratic Party, with the lone exception of a Reform Party primary for its Attorney General nominee, which will be Nancy Sliwa.</p> <p>The Attorney General race is now among Democratic nominee Letitia James, Republican Keith Wofford, Green candidate Michael Sussman, and Sliwa of the Reform Party. The Comptroller race features incumbent Democrat Tom DiNapoli, who did not face a primary challenge, as well as Republican nominee Jonathan Trichter, and Green nominee Mark Dunlea.</p> <p>Control of the state Senate will be on the ballot this November, with races in New York City and elsewhere determining which party has the majority come next year. And, competitive New York races for the House of Representatives will help determine which party controls that chamber come January. There is also the race between New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and her Republican challenger Chele Farley, as well as various state Assembly race, though that house of the Legislature is overwhelmingly Democratic and will remain so regardless of how a few competitive races may go.</p> <p>There’s also government happening this week, as well as other interesting events not directly related to this year’s elections. For example, the 2019 Charter Revision Commission held <a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/city/7932-2019-charter-revision-commission-holds-first-public-hearing" target="_blank" rel="noopener">its first public hearing</a> this past week and has two more this week, and the City Council has a variety of hearings this week.&nbsp;See our day-by-day rundown below.</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">bmax@gothamgazette.com</a>***</em></p> <p><strong>The run of the week in detail:</strong></p> <p><strong>Monday<br /></strong>On Monday morning, Mayor de Blasio will speak at&nbsp;at the Fifth Annual Brooklyn Dems Post Primary Breakfast Reception at Junior's. In the evening, the Mayor will appear on NY1’s Inside City Hall in the 7 and 11 p.m. hours.</p> <p>At the City Council on Monday:<br />--The Subcommittee on Zoning and Franchises will meet at 9:30 a.m.<br />--The Committee on Technology will meet at 10 a.m. to discuss proposed laws relating to agency data, including the “digitization of historic data,” as well as laws relating to protections for cable subscribers.<br />--The Committees on Immigration and Youth Services will meet jointly at 10 a.m. for an oversight hearing regarding “LGBTQ immigrant youth in New York City,” as well as a proposed law requiring the city to “create a plan of action to protect children who qualify for special immigrant juvenile status.”<br />--The Committee on For-Hire Vehicles will meet at 10 a.m. to discuss several proposed laws relating to, among other things, benefits for FHV and taxi drivers, “addressing the problem of medallion owner debt,” financial education for drivers, creating an “Office of Inclusion” in the Taxi and Limousine Commission, and “deductions from certain for-hire driver earnings.” City Council Speaker Corey Johnson will deliver opening remarks.<br />--The Subcommittee on Landmarks, Public Siting, and Maritime Uses will meet at noon.<br />--The Committee on Parks and Recreation will meet at 1 p.m. for an oversight hearing regarding “the state of the City’s jointly operated playgrounds.”<br />--The Committee on Fire and Emergency Management will meet at 1 p.m. for an oversight hearing regarding “EMS respond to the opioid epidemic,” as well as to discuss a proposed law relating to “creating online applications for fire alarm plan examinations.”<br />--The Committees on Aging and Civil &amp; Human Rights will meet jointly at 1 p.m. for an oversight hearing regarding “age discrimination in the workplace.”<br />--The Subcommittee on Planning, Dispositions, and Concessions will meet at 2 p.m.</p> <p>The New York State Board of Regents will meet on Monday and Tuesday.</p> <p>On Monday morning, Comptroller Tom DiNapoli will release his annual report on Wall Street performance and compensation.</p> <p>At 10 a.m. Monday in City Hall Park, “Two New York City unions representing more than 4,700 Emergency Medical Service professionals will stand in the shadow of City Hall...to demand that Mayor Bill de Blasio support unlimited sick leave for EMS responders who suffered health ailments as a result of serving at Ground Zero after the 9/11 attacks. Local 2507, which represents 4,200 Uniformed Emergency Medical Technicians, Paramedics, and Fire Inspectors, and Local 3621, which represents 505 Uniformed EMS Officers, including Captains and Lieutenants, then will testify at a hearing at 250 Broadway about the need for State legislation that will grant affected EMS workers unlimited sick time due to their work in the recovery operation after 9/11.”</p> <p>At 10 a.m. Monday,&nbsp;Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul will deliver remarks at a Vital Brooklyn playground opening, at The Winthrop Campus School. At 2 p.m., Hochul will announce the recipients of the New York State Police Officer of the Year Award at Yonkers City Hall.</p> <p>At 11 a.m. Monday at City Hall, “First Lady Chirlane McCray, Chair of the Mayor’s Fund, Commissioner of Immigrant Affairs Bitta Mostofi and Commissioner of the Department of Social Services Steven Banks will be joined by the City employees who have returned from volunteering to provide pro bono assistance to immigrant children and families in detention in Dilley, Texas. The delegation, which was made possible by funding from the Mayor’s Fund, includes lawyers and licensed clinical social workers. This event is open press. There will be Q-and-A.”</p> <p>At 11 a.m. Monday on Long Island, “Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan...will be joined by the Senate Majority’s Long Island Delegation at a press conference...at the Bethpage Train Station to call for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) to put any proposed 2019 fare hike on hold until it makes measurable improvements in service, equipment failures and delays. The press conference will introduce legislation sponsored by Senator Elaine Phillips...and Assemblyman Dean Murray...to protect commuters from facing even more disruptions due to the LIRR’s loss of any revenue. The delegation, led by Senator Phillips, has also established a petition drive that enables their constituents to voice their disgust that the LIRR would increase fares while they continue to suffer from delays and cancelled trains.”</p> <p>At 11 a.m. Monday, the state Senate Standing Committee on Civil Service and Pensions will hold a public hearing “to investigate the use of 9/11 line of duty sick leave, to determine whether the program is working and to discuss any changes that need to be made to the program.” The hearing will take place at 250 Broadway in Manhattan.</p> <p>At noon Monday, the New York City Economic Development Corporation will host the “Development Finance Conference 2018” at Convene in Midtown. Former U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx will deliver keynote remarks. Other speakers will include EDC President James Patchett, City Planning Commission Chair Marisa Lago, Citigroup vice-chairman Raymond McGuire, and Industry City CEO Andrew Kimball.</p> <p>At 6 p.m. Monday, City Council Speaker Corey Johnson will be honored at Vocal-NY’s annual gala at Roulette in Boerum Hill. Also being honored will be Emcon Pharmacy in Park Slope, and Vocal-NY leader Asia Betancourt.</p> <p>At 6 p.m. Monday, the 2019 Charter Revision Commission will meet in Brooklyn at Medgar Evers College to hear public testimony.</p> <p>At 6 p.m. Monday, the governor’s Regulated Marijuana Workgroup <a href="http://events.eventzilla.net/e/bronx--regulated-marijuana-listening-session-2138947696" target="_blank" rel="noopener">will hold</a> a listening session at the South Bronx Community Charter High School in Morrisania on the legalization of marijuana in New York.</p> <p>At 6:30 p.m. Monday, NYCT President Andy Byford and City Transportation Commissioner Polly Trottenberg will hold a town hall meeting at Middle Collegiate Church in the East Village, discussing the upcoming shutdown of the L train. City Council Speaker Corey Johnson will deliver remarks.</p> <p>At 6:30 p.m. Monday, City &amp; State <a href="https://www.cityandstateny.com/events/westchester-power-50" target="_blank" rel="noopener">will host</a> its “Westchester Power 50” reception at the Radisson Hotel in New Rochelle. County Executive George Latimer will give keynote remarks.</p> <p>At 6:30 p.m. Monday, the Museum of the City of New York <a href="https://www.mcny.org/event/fdr-al-smith-and-golden-age-ny-politics" target="_blank" rel="noopener">will host</a> historians Terry Golway and Peter Quinn for a discussion on the rocky relationship between Al Smith and Franklin Delano Roosevelt, two of New York’s most famous governors.</p> <p>At 7 p.m. Monday, City Comptroller Scott Stringer will hold a public hearing on the city’s lead crisis at the Frederick Samuel Community Center in Harlem. He will be joined by U.S. Rep Adriano Espaillat, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, State Senator Brian Benjamin, Assemblymembers Inez Dickens, Robert Rodriguez, Al Taylor, and Carmen de la Rosa, and Council Members Bill Perkins, Ydanis Rodriguez, Diana Ayala, and Mark Levine.</p> <p><strong>Tuesday</strong><br />Yom Kippur will begin on Tuesday evening and end on Wednesday evening.</p> <p>At 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, the Association for a Better New York <a href="http://abny.org/meetinginfo.php?id=92&amp;ts=1536344349" target="_blank" rel="noopener">will host</a> U.S. Reps Hakeem Jeffries, Carolyn Maloney, and Grace Meng for a discussion on the midterm elections at the Roosevelt Hotel. MSNBC’s Steve Kornacki will moderate.</p> <p><strong>Wednesday<br /></strong>There are no Wednesday events on our radar as of Sunday evening.</p> <p><strong>Thursday</strong><br />At the City Council on Thursday:<br />--The Committee on Juvenile Justice will meet at 10 a.m. for an oversight hearing regarding an “update on New York City’s implementation of raising the age of criminal responsibility.”<br />--The Committee on Women will meet at 10 a.m. for an oversight hearing regarding “abortion and reproductive rights,” as well as to discuss a resolution calling for the legislature to pass, and the governor to sign, the Reproductive Health Act.<br />--The Committee on Sanitation and Solid Waste Management will meet at 10 a.m. for an oversight hearing regarding an “update on the City’s organics collection program.”<br />--The Committee on Land Use will meet at 11 a.m.<br />--The Committees on Education and Public Safety will meet jointly at 1 p.m. for an oversight hearing regarding “school emergency preparedness and safety,” as well as to discuss several related laws.<br />--The Committee on Small Business will meet at 1 p.m. for an oversight hearing regarding business improvement districts.<br />--The Committees on General Welfare and Mental Health will meet jointly at 1 p.m. for an oversight hearing regarding “shelter accommodations and services for those with disabilities.”</p> <p>At 8 a.m. Thursday, U.S. Reps Hakeem Jeffries and Jerrold Nadler <a href="http://www.crainsnewyork.com/events-calendar/details/4/3518031#utm_medium=email&amp;utm_source=cnyb-events&amp;utm_campaign=cnyb-events-20180809" target="_blank" rel="noopener">will join Crain’s New York Business</a> for a “Business Breakfast Forum” at the New York Athletic Club, discussing “how New York is faring under Trump, their take on the midterm election and their agendas in Washington.”</p> <p>At 6 p.m. Thursday, the 2019 Charter Revision Commission will meet at Queens Borough Hall to hear public testimony.</p> <p>At 6 p.m. Thursday, the governor’s Regulated Marijuana Workgroup <a href="http://events.eventzilla.net/e/manhattan--regulated-marijuana-listening-session-2138947698" target="_blank" rel="noopener">will hold</a> a listening session at the Borough of Manhattan Community College on the legalization of marijuana in New York.</p> <p>At 6 p.m. Thursday, there will be a public scoping meeting at PS 133 in Gowanus to discuss the mayor’s plan to place a new jail in Brooklyn, as part of the replacement plan for Rikers Island.</p> <p>At 6 p.m. Thursday, the Panel for Educational Policy will hold a public meeting at the High School for Fashion Industries in Chelsea.</p> <p><strong>Friday and the weekend</strong><br />Mayor de Blasio may make his weekly appearance on WNYC's The Brian Lehrer Show on Friday at 10 a.m.</p> <p>Starting at 10 a.m. Saturday, the New York Civil Liberties Union <a href="https://www.nyclu.org/en/events/museum-broken-windows" target="_blank" rel="noopener">will host</a> “The Museum of Broken Windows,” a “pop-up” museum dedicated to documenting the history of broken-windows policing in New York City. The pop-up will stand at 9 West 8th St in Greenwich Village until September 30.</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 Ben Brachfeld and Ben Max<br /><a href="https://twitter.com/GothamGazette" target="_blank" rel="noopener">@GothamGazette</a></p> <p><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2014/03/640px-New_York_City_Hall.jpg" alt="New York City Hall" width="600" height="450" /></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>This week will start with a lot of focus on continuing the primary election analysis and pivoting to the general election matchups for statewide and legislative seats. Some of the focus will surely be on how <a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/7931-2018-new-york-state-primary-election-results" target="_blank" rel="noopener">the winners</a> pulled their victories off and why the losers lost, but also whether and how those who lost Democratic primaries but have other ballot lines for November will vacate those lines. Chief among them are Cynthia Nixon and Jumaane Williams on the Working Families Party line, but also Jeff Klein and other former members of the Independent Democratic Conference who lost their Democratic primaries but have ballot lines from small parties like the Independence Party or Women’s Equality Party.</p> <p>As the general election quickly swings into gear -- as of Sunday there were just 50 days until Election Day, November 6! -- the race for governor turns into a contest among Governor Andrew Cuomo, Republican nominee Marc Molinaro, Howie Hawkins of the Green Party, Libertarian Party nominee Larry Sharpe, and Stephanie Minor, running on her newly created Serve America Movement line. Nixon may also be on the ballot, but she is very likely not to campaign if she is. Or, she might be moved off the WFP line, possibly replaced by Cuomo if the warring factions can agree that they will work together to avoid creating a better path to victory for Molinaro or another candidate.</p> <p>The governor and lieutenant governor nominees of the different parties now run as a ticket, so after Kathy Hochul survived her challenge from Jumaane Williams, she can now work with Cuomo to win in November. There were no statewide primaries beyond three in the Democratic Party, with the lone exception of a Reform Party primary for its Attorney General nominee, which will be Nancy Sliwa.</p> <p>The Attorney General race is now among Democratic nominee Letitia James, Republican Keith Wofford, Green candidate Michael Sussman, and Sliwa of the Reform Party. The Comptroller race features incumbent Democrat Tom DiNapoli, who did not face a primary challenge, as well as Republican nominee Jonathan Trichter, and Green nominee Mark Dunlea.</p> <p>Control of the state Senate will be on the ballot this November, with races in New York City and elsewhere determining which party has the majority come next year. And, competitive New York races for the House of Representatives will help determine which party controls that chamber come January. There is also the race between New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and her Republican challenger Chele Farley, as well as various state Assembly race, though that house of the Legislature is overwhelmingly Democratic and will remain so regardless of how a few competitive races may go.</p> <p>There’s also government happening this week, as well as other interesting events not directly related to this year’s elections. For example, the 2019 Charter Revision Commission held <a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/city/7932-2019-charter-revision-commission-holds-first-public-hearing" target="_blank" rel="noopener">its first public hearing</a> this past week and has two more this week, and the City Council has a variety of hearings this week.&nbsp;See our day-by-day rundown below.</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">bmax@gothamgazette.com</a>***</em></p> <p><strong>The run of the week in detail:</strong></p> <p><strong>Monday<br /></strong>On Monday morning, Mayor de Blasio will speak at&nbsp;at the Fifth Annual Brooklyn Dems Post Primary Breakfast Reception at Junior's. In the evening, the Mayor will appear on NY1’s Inside City Hall in the 7 and 11 p.m. hours.</p> <p>At the City Council on Monday:<br />--The Subcommittee on Zoning and Franchises will meet at 9:30 a.m.<br />--The Committee on Technology will meet at 10 a.m. to discuss proposed laws relating to agency data, including the “digitization of historic data,” as well as laws relating to protections for cable subscribers.<br />--The Committees on Immigration and Youth Services will meet jointly at 10 a.m. for an oversight hearing regarding “LGBTQ immigrant youth in New York City,” as well as a proposed law requiring the city to “create a plan of action to protect children who qualify for special immigrant juvenile status.”<br />--The Committee on For-Hire Vehicles will meet at 10 a.m. to discuss several proposed laws relating to, among other things, benefits for FHV and taxi drivers, “addressing the problem of medallion owner debt,” financial education for drivers, creating an “Office of Inclusion” in the Taxi and Limousine Commission, and “deductions from certain for-hire driver earnings.” City Council Speaker Corey Johnson will deliver opening remarks.<br />--The Subcommittee on Landmarks, Public Siting, and Maritime Uses will meet at noon.<br />--The Committee on Parks and Recreation will meet at 1 p.m. for an oversight hearing regarding “the state of the City’s jointly operated playgrounds.”<br />--The Committee on Fire and Emergency Management will meet at 1 p.m. for an oversight hearing regarding “EMS respond to the opioid epidemic,” as well as to discuss a proposed law relating to “creating online applications for fire alarm plan examinations.”<br />--The Committees on Aging and Civil &amp; Human Rights will meet jointly at 1 p.m. for an oversight hearing regarding “age discrimination in the workplace.”<br />--The Subcommittee on Planning, Dispositions, and Concessions will meet at 2 p.m.</p> <p>The New York State Board of Regents will meet on Monday and Tuesday.</p> <p>On Monday morning, Comptroller Tom DiNapoli will release his annual report on Wall Street performance and compensation.</p> <p>At 10 a.m. Monday in City Hall Park, “Two New York City unions representing more than 4,700 Emergency Medical Service professionals will stand in the shadow of City Hall...to demand that Mayor Bill de Blasio support unlimited sick leave for EMS responders who suffered health ailments as a result of serving at Ground Zero after the 9/11 attacks. Local 2507, which represents 4,200 Uniformed Emergency Medical Technicians, Paramedics, and Fire Inspectors, and Local 3621, which represents 505 Uniformed EMS Officers, including Captains and Lieutenants, then will testify at a hearing at 250 Broadway about the need for State legislation that will grant affected EMS workers unlimited sick time due to their work in the recovery operation after 9/11.”</p> <p>At 10 a.m. Monday,&nbsp;Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul will deliver remarks at a Vital Brooklyn playground opening, at The Winthrop Campus School. At 2 p.m., Hochul will announce the recipients of the New York State Police Officer of the Year Award at Yonkers City Hall.</p> <p>At 11 a.m. Monday at City Hall, “First Lady Chirlane McCray, Chair of the Mayor’s Fund, Commissioner of Immigrant Affairs Bitta Mostofi and Commissioner of the Department of Social Services Steven Banks will be joined by the City employees who have returned from volunteering to provide pro bono assistance to immigrant children and families in detention in Dilley, Texas. The delegation, which was made possible by funding from the Mayor’s Fund, includes lawyers and licensed clinical social workers. This event is open press. There will be Q-and-A.”</p> <p>At 11 a.m. Monday on Long Island, “Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan...will be joined by the Senate Majority’s Long Island Delegation at a press conference...at the Bethpage Train Station to call for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) to put any proposed 2019 fare hike on hold until it makes measurable improvements in service, equipment failures and delays. The press conference will introduce legislation sponsored by Senator Elaine Phillips...and Assemblyman Dean Murray...to protect commuters from facing even more disruptions due to the LIRR’s loss of any revenue. The delegation, led by Senator Phillips, has also established a petition drive that enables their constituents to voice their disgust that the LIRR would increase fares while they continue to suffer from delays and cancelled trains.”</p> <p>At 11 a.m. Monday, the state Senate Standing Committee on Civil Service and Pensions will hold a public hearing “to investigate the use of 9/11 line of duty sick leave, to determine whether the program is working and to discuss any changes that need to be made to the program.” The hearing will take place at 250 Broadway in Manhattan.</p> <p>At noon Monday, the New York City Economic Development Corporation will host the “Development Finance Conference 2018” at Convene in Midtown. Former U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx will deliver keynote remarks. Other speakers will include EDC President James Patchett, City Planning Commission Chair Marisa Lago, Citigroup vice-chairman Raymond McGuire, and Industry City CEO Andrew Kimball.</p> <p>At 6 p.m. Monday, City Council Speaker Corey Johnson will be honored at Vocal-NY’s annual gala at Roulette in Boerum Hill. Also being honored will be Emcon Pharmacy in Park Slope, and Vocal-NY leader Asia Betancourt.</p> <p>At 6 p.m. Monday, the 2019 Charter Revision Commission will meet in Brooklyn at Medgar Evers College to hear public testimony.</p> <p>At 6 p.m. Monday, the governor’s Regulated Marijuana Workgroup <a href="http://events.eventzilla.net/e/bronx--regulated-marijuana-listening-session-2138947696" target="_blank" rel="noopener">will hold</a> a listening session at the South Bronx Community Charter High School in Morrisania on the legalization of marijuana in New York.</p> <p>At 6:30 p.m. Monday, NYCT President Andy Byford and City Transportation Commissioner Polly Trottenberg will hold a town hall meeting at Middle Collegiate Church in the East Village, discussing the upcoming shutdown of the L train. City Council Speaker Corey Johnson will deliver remarks.</p> <p>At 6:30 p.m. Monday, City &amp; State <a href="https://www.cityandstateny.com/events/westchester-power-50" target="_blank" rel="noopener">will host</a> its “Westchester Power 50” reception at the Radisson Hotel in New Rochelle. County Executive George Latimer will give keynote remarks.</p> <p>At 6:30 p.m. Monday, the Museum of the City of New York <a href="https://www.mcny.org/event/fdr-al-smith-and-golden-age-ny-politics" target="_blank" rel="noopener">will host</a> historians Terry Golway and Peter Quinn for a discussion on the rocky relationship between Al Smith and Franklin Delano Roosevelt, two of New York’s most famous governors.</p> <p>At 7 p.m. Monday, City Comptroller Scott Stringer will hold a public hearing on the city’s lead crisis at the Frederick Samuel Community Center in Harlem. He will be joined by U.S. Rep Adriano Espaillat, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, State Senator Brian Benjamin, Assemblymembers Inez Dickens, Robert Rodriguez, Al Taylor, and Carmen de la Rosa, and Council Members Bill Perkins, Ydanis Rodriguez, Diana Ayala, and Mark Levine.</p> <p><strong>Tuesday</strong><br />Yom Kippur will begin on Tuesday evening and end on Wednesday evening.</p> <p>At 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, the Association for a Better New York <a href="http://abny.org/meetinginfo.php?id=92&amp;ts=1536344349" target="_blank" rel="noopener">will host</a> U.S. Reps Hakeem Jeffries, Carolyn Maloney, and Grace Meng for a discussion on the midterm elections at the Roosevelt Hotel. MSNBC’s Steve Kornacki will moderate.</p> <p><strong>Wednesday<br /></strong>There are no Wednesday events on our radar as of Sunday evening.</p> <p><strong>Thursday</strong><br />At the City Council on Thursday:<br />--The Committee on Juvenile Justice will meet at 10 a.m. for an oversight hearing regarding an “update on New York City’s implementation of raising the age of criminal responsibility.”<br />--The Committee on Women will meet at 10 a.m. for an oversight hearing regarding “abortion and reproductive rights,” as well as to discuss a resolution calling for the legislature to pass, and the governor to sign, the Reproductive Health Act.<br />--The Committee on Sanitation and Solid Waste Management will meet at 10 a.m. for an oversight hearing regarding an “update on the City’s organics collection program.”<br />--The Committee on Land Use will meet at 11 a.m.<br />--The Committees on Education and Public Safety will meet jointly at 1 p.m. for an oversight hearing regarding “school emergency preparedness and safety,” as well as to discuss several related laws.<br />--The Committee on Small Business will meet at 1 p.m. for an oversight hearing regarding business improvement districts.<br />--The Committees on General Welfare and Mental Health will meet jointly at 1 p.m. for an oversight hearing regarding “shelter accommodations and services for those with disabilities.”</p> <p>At 8 a.m. Thursday, U.S. Reps Hakeem Jeffries and Jerrold Nadler <a href="http://www.crainsnewyork.com/events-calendar/details/4/3518031#utm_medium=email&amp;utm_source=cnyb-events&amp;utm_campaign=cnyb-events-20180809" target="_blank" rel="noopener">will join Crain’s New York Business</a> for a “Business Breakfast Forum” at the New York Athletic Club, discussing “how New York is faring under Trump, their take on the midterm election and their agendas in Washington.”</p> <p>At 6 p.m. Thursday, the 2019 Charter Revision Commission will meet at Queens Borough Hall to hear public testimony.</p> <p>At 6 p.m. Thursday, the governor’s Regulated Marijuana Workgroup <a href="http://events.eventzilla.net/e/manhattan--regulated-marijuana-listening-session-2138947698" target="_blank" rel="noopener">will hold</a> a listening session at the Borough of Manhattan Community College on the legalization of marijuana in New York.</p> <p>At 6 p.m. Thursday, there will be a public scoping meeting at PS 133 in Gowanus to discuss the mayor’s plan to place a new jail in Brooklyn, as part of the replacement plan for Rikers Island.</p> <p>At 6 p.m. Thursday, the Panel for Educational Policy will hold a public meeting at the High School for Fashion Industries in Chelsea.</p> <p><strong>Friday and the weekend</strong><br />Mayor de Blasio may make his weekly appearance on WNYC's The Brian Lehrer Show on Friday at 10 a.m.</p> <p>Starting at 10 a.m. Saturday, the New York Civil Liberties Union <a href="https://www.nyclu.org/en/events/museum-broken-windows" target="_blank" rel="noopener">will host</a> “The Museum of Broken Windows,” a “pop-up” museum dedicated to documenting the history of broken-windows policing in New York City. The pop-up will stand at 9 West 8th St in Greenwich Village until September 30.</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 Ben Brachfeld and Ben Max<br /><a href="https://twitter.com/GothamGazette" target="_blank" rel="noopener">@GothamGazette</a></p>