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/committee-on-transportation 2017-10-18T16:28:21+00:00 Webmaster webmaster@gothamgazette.com At Oversight Hearing, Council Members Seek Answers on MTA Funding and Operations 2017-08-09T04:00:00+00:00 2017-08-09T04:00:00+00:00 http://www.gothamgazette.com/?id=7116:at-oversight-hearing-questions-about-black-hole-of-mta-funding Samar Khurshid <p><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/12756177594_f792aac7b9_z.jpg" alt="12756177594 f792aac7b9 z" width="600" height="398" /></p> <p>Council Member Ydanis Rodriguez (photo William Alatriste/New York City Council)</p> <hr /> <p>At a contentious hours-long hearing held on Tuesday by the the City Council’s Committee on Transportation, Council members grilled representatives of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) on the problems facing the city’s transit infrastructure and the challenges of finding both short- and long-term funding streams to adequately maintain and upgrade the city’s subway system.</p> <p>The hearing comes amid an increasingly testy fight between the city and state over the MTA’s recently announced $836 million rescue plan for the crisis affecting the city’s subways. MTA Chair Joe Lhota, recently appointed by Governor Andrew Cuomo, has insisted that the city provide $456 million for the emergency upgrade plan to stabilize the system over the next year. Mayor Bill de Blasio has refused to bear those costs, pointing to an equal amount of city-issued funds that have been diverted since 2011 by the state from their intended use in MTA operations. De Blasio on Monday proposed increasing taxes on the wealthy to fund the MTA, but the proposal was quickly dismissed by state Senate Republicans who would have to approve it.</p> <p>Tuesday’s hearing kicked off with testimony from MTA Managing Director Veronique Hakim, Management and Budget Director Doug Johnson, and New York City Transit Authority Executive Vice President Tim Mulligan. The three fielded questions from members of the transportation committee, Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and Public Advocate Letitia James. Council members largely focused on the costs of modernizing the subway system as well as accessibility issues, but were routinely frustrated by the inability of the MTA representatives to delineate specific figures such as the costs of tunnel construction per mile or of installing elevators at subway stations.</p> <p>Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito emphasized that the city is already providing ample funds to the MTA and bristled at the suggestion that it was shirking its responsibility to fund the agency. “I understand the MTA is a creature of the state and therefore you respond to the governor, but to make it seem that the governor is being so magnanimous and that this city is rejecting its responsibility, I'm not going to sit here and accept that,” she said.</p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">MTA budget director Johnson later attempted to clarify that the $456 million in MTA operating funds from the city, which Mayor de Blasio claims have been diverted elsewhere by the state, were in fact shifted to the MTA’s capital plan and were a form of “relief” for the operating budget. </span></p> <p>Mark-Viverito also sought answers on how the MTA prioritized capital projects and controlled costs. “The cost of building subway tunnels in other cities is between $200 million and $1 billion per mile; when we were in phase one of the second avenue subway that cost was approximately $2.3 billion per mile,” Mark-Viverito said, asking MTA’s Hakim what led to the discrepancy.</p> <p>Hakim pointed out that the city poses its own unique challenges, both physical and regulatory, for infrastructure upgrades. “In other parts of the globe, when subway systems are being built or expanded, they do not remotely come close to the challenges that we face here in New York City,” she said. “You see it when you go by a utility construction pit and you look and are amazed at the spaghetti of utilities you have to deal with underground.”</p> <p>Mark-Viverito seemed dissatisfied with the response, and emphasized that she was “very disappointed that Chairman Lhota is not here himself, especially considering the significant amount of money he has asked the City to contribute to the MTA’s plan.” Later, when asked by reporters about Lhota’s absence, she said, “I do find it disrespectful.”</p> <p>Council Member Ydanis Rodriguez, the chair of the committee, recounted his recent experiences on a listening tour on the subways, totalling 24 hours over two days, organized by him and State Assemblymember Jeffrey Dinowitz. Numerous elected officials participated in the tour to hear from subway riders, and the results of their survey were released at a news conference Tuesday morning. They found that about 75 percent of nearly two thousand riders they spoke to had been late to school, work or an appointment in the last two weeks. “While less a concern for us, this is part of the reality subway riders face every day,” said Rodriguez, before suggesting that the MTA should spend the “enormous amount of money it does have intelligently, quickly, and efficiently.”</p> <p>Council members also pushed the agency on the issue of accessibility at subway stations, prompted by an early interruption from a member of the public who pointed out that the panel had not touched on accessibility for the disabled or elderly. “All these plans mean nothing to us if you can't get on the train,” the woman, who was on a mobility scooter, said. Later, Mark-Viverito noted that the Council “usually do not acknowledge and do not accept disruptions in this chamber,” but she thanked the woman and said the issue of disability ridership was legitimate and should be addressed by the MTA.</p> <p>Asked whether the planned 15-month L train shutdown, scheduled for 2019 to fix damage caused by Hurricane Sandy, would be a good time to install elevators, Hakim said the cost would be prohibitive.</p> <p>“At this rate we'll have every station accessible by 2450,” lamented Council Member Stephen Levin, who criticized the MTA for using what he called “small-bore” solutions as opposed to big-picture thinking. Referring to Governor Cuomo’s late-June declaration of a state of emergency for the MTA, he added, “We need the MTA to use that power of that state of emergency to truly make an impact.”</p> <p>Like many of his colleagues, Levin also emphasized the need for long-term solutions. “Yes, we need something now, but to avoid there being summer of hell 2019, summer of hell 2020, summer of hell 2021, every summer of hell, there needs to be long-term investment.” Hakim did not commit to any specific long-term funding proposals at the hearing, saying only that multiple options were being discussed by the agency.</p> <p>Several Council members were skeptical of the MTA’s ability to manage any funding that could be provided by the city. Council Member Chaim Deutsch criticized the agency for its lack of transparency and it’s inefficiency in spending. “You guys do not know how to spend a dime, how could you spend a billion dollars?” Deutsch asked, before calling the inaccessibility of the subways “unacceptable.”</p> <p>Only Council Member Rory Lancman, a vocal critic of Mayor de Blasio and his administration, seemed somewhat sympathetic to the MTA’s position. “Is it fair to say that the state's contribution to the MTA capital, for not just this capital plan, but the last two capital plans as well, dwarfs the contribution that the city makes to the capital plan?” he asked, with the MTA representatives readily agreeing. He also suggested that the mayor’s appointees to the MTA board – the mayor chooses four voting members out of the total fourteen, while the governor selects six – had not put forth any plans to improve the city’s subways.</p> <p>In large part, the Council members seemed to want to avoid an outcome predicted by Comptroller Scott Stringer, who said in his testimony, “I’m concerned that you give money to the MTA black hole and you never see it again.” He reiterated his support for a $3.5 billion bond act to relieve some pressure on the MTA issuing and repaying debt. “As we take the time to consider the menu of long-term funding options, we must ensure that those who are actually paying for transit improvements see an equitable, fair return on their investment,” he said.</p> <p>Polly Trottenberg, Commissioner of the city’s Department of Transportation, and Dean Fuleihan, the director of the Office of Management and Budget, also testified, outlining a concern for permanent funding sources for new initiatives, such as the estimated $300 million that it would cost annually to fill the 2,700 new positions that the MTA’s emergency action plan intends to create.</p> <p>“At present, the MTA has not identified a way to cover those recurring operating costs,” Trottenberg said.</p> <p>

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<p><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/12756177594_f792aac7b9_z.jpg" alt="12756177594 f792aac7b9 z" width="600" height="398" /></p> <p>Council Member Ydanis Rodriguez (photo William Alatriste/New York City Council)</p> <hr /> <p>At a contentious hours-long hearing held on Tuesday by the the City Council’s Committee on Transportation, Council members grilled representatives of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) on the problems facing the city’s transit infrastructure and the challenges of finding both short- and long-term funding streams to adequately maintain and upgrade the city’s subway system.</p> <p>The hearing comes amid an increasingly testy fight between the city and state over the MTA’s recently announced $836 million rescue plan for the crisis affecting the city’s subways. MTA Chair Joe Lhota, recently appointed by Governor Andrew Cuomo, has insisted that the city provide $456 million for the emergency upgrade plan to stabilize the system over the next year. Mayor Bill de Blasio has refused to bear those costs, pointing to an equal amount of city-issued funds that have been diverted since 2011 by the state from their intended use in MTA operations. De Blasio on Monday proposed increasing taxes on the wealthy to fund the MTA, but the proposal was quickly dismissed by state Senate Republicans who would have to approve it.</p> <p>Tuesday’s hearing kicked off with testimony from MTA Managing Director Veronique Hakim, Management and Budget Director Doug Johnson, and New York City Transit Authority Executive Vice President Tim Mulligan. The three fielded questions from members of the transportation committee, Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and Public Advocate Letitia James. Council members largely focused on the costs of modernizing the subway system as well as accessibility issues, but were routinely frustrated by the inability of the MTA representatives to delineate specific figures such as the costs of tunnel construction per mile or of installing elevators at subway stations.</p> <p>Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito emphasized that the city is already providing ample funds to the MTA and bristled at the suggestion that it was shirking its responsibility to fund the agency. “I understand the MTA is a creature of the state and therefore you respond to the governor, but to make it seem that the governor is being so magnanimous and that this city is rejecting its responsibility, I'm not going to sit here and accept that,” she said.</p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">MTA budget director Johnson later attempted to clarify that the $456 million in MTA operating funds from the city, which Mayor de Blasio claims have been diverted elsewhere by the state, were in fact shifted to the MTA’s capital plan and were a form of “relief” for the operating budget. </span></p> <p>Mark-Viverito also sought answers on how the MTA prioritized capital projects and controlled costs. “The cost of building subway tunnels in other cities is between $200 million and $1 billion per mile; when we were in phase one of the second avenue subway that cost was approximately $2.3 billion per mile,” Mark-Viverito said, asking MTA’s Hakim what led to the discrepancy.</p> <p>Hakim pointed out that the city poses its own unique challenges, both physical and regulatory, for infrastructure upgrades. “In other parts of the globe, when subway systems are being built or expanded, they do not remotely come close to the challenges that we face here in New York City,” she said. “You see it when you go by a utility construction pit and you look and are amazed at the spaghetti of utilities you have to deal with underground.”</p> <p>Mark-Viverito seemed dissatisfied with the response, and emphasized that she was “very disappointed that Chairman Lhota is not here himself, especially considering the significant amount of money he has asked the City to contribute to the MTA’s plan.” Later, when asked by reporters about Lhota’s absence, she said, “I do find it disrespectful.”</p> <p>Council Member Ydanis Rodriguez, the chair of the committee, recounted his recent experiences on a listening tour on the subways, totalling 24 hours over two days, organized by him and State Assemblymember Jeffrey Dinowitz. Numerous elected officials participated in the tour to hear from subway riders, and the results of their survey were released at a news conference Tuesday morning. They found that about 75 percent of nearly two thousand riders they spoke to had been late to school, work or an appointment in the last two weeks. “While less a concern for us, this is part of the reality subway riders face every day,” said Rodriguez, before suggesting that the MTA should spend the “enormous amount of money it does have intelligently, quickly, and efficiently.”</p> <p>Council members also pushed the agency on the issue of accessibility at subway stations, prompted by an early interruption from a member of the public who pointed out that the panel had not touched on accessibility for the disabled or elderly. “All these plans mean nothing to us if you can't get on the train,” the woman, who was on a mobility scooter, said. Later, Mark-Viverito noted that the Council “usually do not acknowledge and do not accept disruptions in this chamber,” but she thanked the woman and said the issue of disability ridership was legitimate and should be addressed by the MTA.</p> <p>Asked whether the planned 15-month L train shutdown, scheduled for 2019 to fix damage caused by Hurricane Sandy, would be a good time to install elevators, Hakim said the cost would be prohibitive.</p> <p>“At this rate we'll have every station accessible by 2450,” lamented Council Member Stephen Levin, who criticized the MTA for using what he called “small-bore” solutions as opposed to big-picture thinking. Referring to Governor Cuomo’s late-June declaration of a state of emergency for the MTA, he added, “We need the MTA to use that power of that state of emergency to truly make an impact.”</p> <p>Like many of his colleagues, Levin also emphasized the need for long-term solutions. “Yes, we need something now, but to avoid there being summer of hell 2019, summer of hell 2020, summer of hell 2021, every summer of hell, there needs to be long-term investment.” Hakim did not commit to any specific long-term funding proposals at the hearing, saying only that multiple options were being discussed by the agency.</p> <p>Several Council members were skeptical of the MTA’s ability to manage any funding that could be provided by the city. Council Member Chaim Deutsch criticized the agency for its lack of transparency and it’s inefficiency in spending. “You guys do not know how to spend a dime, how could you spend a billion dollars?” Deutsch asked, before calling the inaccessibility of the subways “unacceptable.”</p> <p>Only Council Member Rory Lancman, a vocal critic of Mayor de Blasio and his administration, seemed somewhat sympathetic to the MTA’s position. “Is it fair to say that the state's contribution to the MTA capital, for not just this capital plan, but the last two capital plans as well, dwarfs the contribution that the city makes to the capital plan?” he asked, with the MTA representatives readily agreeing. He also suggested that the mayor’s appointees to the MTA board – the mayor chooses four voting members out of the total fourteen, while the governor selects six – had not put forth any plans to improve the city’s subways.</p> <p>In large part, the Council members seemed to want to avoid an outcome predicted by Comptroller Scott Stringer, who said in his testimony, “I’m concerned that you give money to the MTA black hole and you never see it again.” He reiterated his support for a $3.5 billion bond act to relieve some pressure on the MTA issuing and repaying debt. “As we take the time to consider the menu of long-term funding options, we must ensure that those who are actually paying for transit improvements see an equitable, fair return on their investment,” he said.</p> <p>Polly Trottenberg, Commissioner of the city’s Department of Transportation, and Dean Fuleihan, the director of the Office of Management and Budget, also testified, outlining a concern for permanent funding sources for new initiatives, such as the estimated $300 million that it would cost annually to fill the 2,700 new positions that the MTA’s emergency action plan intends to create.</p> <p>“At present, the MTA has not identified a way to cover those recurring operating costs,” Trottenberg said.</p> <p>

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Calls for Small & Large Fixes to City Congestion, Transit Woes 2017-06-05T04:00:00+00:00 2017-06-05T04:00:00+00:00 http://www.gothamgazette.com/?id=6975:calls-for-small-large-fixes-to-city-congestion-transit-woes Ben Max <p><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/trottenberg_chan_mccarten.jpg" alt="trottenberg chan mccarten" width="600" height="423" /></p> <p>Cmsr Trottenberg, right (photos: John McCarten/City Council)</p> <hr /> <p>The New York City Council Committee on Transportation held a hearing Monday to discuss sources of, and solutions to, traffic congestion in the city.</p> <p>City Council Member Ydanis Rodríguez, chair of the committee, began the hearing by lamenting New York City’s heavy traffic. “As most New Yorkers can tell you, our streets look like parking lots,” said Rodríguez, a Democrat from upper Manhattan. In addition to economic impediments and general inconvenience, the Council member framed congestion as a safety issue as well. “More cars in our road means more dangerous conditions for cyclists, pedestrians and other street users,” he said -- Rodriguez has been a champion of the city’s Vision Zero street safety program.</p> <p>Council Member Mark Levine, also an upper Manhattan Democrat, agreed with Rodríguez’s characterization of the situation and highlighted its urgency. “Congestion is at crisis levels in this city,” he said. “This is a threat to our economy, our environment, it is a safety threat and frankly, for drivers, it is driving them crazy to be stuck in traffic.”</p> <p>The Council members attributed an apparent recent dramatic increase in congestion to the prosperity of various home-delivery and app-based car services alongside longstanding New York City issues such as double parking and placard misuse.</p> <p>However, a portion of the uptick in clogged New York City streets is a product of some unavoidable, as well as wholly positive, developments, argued new York City Department of Transportation Commissioner Polly Trottenberg, who was the main representative of the de Blasio administration at Monday’s hearing.</p> <p>In conjunction with population growth, tourism to the city and a booming economy have contributed, Trottenberg said, citing a 68% increase in visitors since 2000 and an addition of 4.3 million jobs in New York City since before the recession. ”While on the one hand, increased congestion is a sign of a thriving economy, we hear loud and clear from community boards, elected officials, businesses, and New Yorkers who drive, are stuck on the bus, or use crowded sidewalks, that they are frustrated by congestion and are asking the city for answers,” Trottenberg said.</p> <p>Trottenberg discussed the two most impactful ways to address the issue: congestion pricing, which would create a new tolling system to, in part, disincentivize driving in the city, especially into Manhattan, and subway expansion, which would encourage more people to choose a train over a car. The commissioner did not indicate that the de Blasio administration is supportive of a congestion pricing plan -- Mayor de Blasio himself said Monday that it has no hope of passage in Albany, so it is not worth fighting for. The de Blasio administration also has little control over subway expansion, given that the MTA is a state-run authority, but could pursue some additional stops if it chose to make that a priority, which it has not.</p> <p>With a handful Council members, Trottenberg discussed secondary areas over which the city has direct control, such as car placard abuse, which take up parking spaces or block traffic, large truck deliveries which often block streets, and bus lane enforcement, to prevent slowing MTA buses.</p> <p>Council Member Margaret Chin, for example, floated the idea of imposing harsher penalties on placard abusers and those that unlawfully veer into bus lanes. NYPD Transportation Chief Thomas M. Chan acknowledged Chin’s concerns, adding that his department is exploring ways to court additional officers to the approximately 3,200 officers tasked with enforcing traffic law. De Blasio recently announced a new crackdown on placard abuse that coincided with his decision to allow tens of thousands of placards to school personnel.</p> <p>But not all Members were on-board with shifting focus towards small fixes over the meat and potato endeavors to ameliorating New York City’s traffic woes.</p> <p>Council Member Corey Johnson, a Democrat representing the West Side of Manhattan, said the city’s proposed congestion-fighting efforts to which it has shifted attention amounted to mere “tinkering around the edges.” Council Member Brad Lander, Democrat of Park Slope, Brooklyn, took issue with the less ambitious approach as well, declaring that anything that did not include transportation investment would be “fooling around at the margins.”</p> <p>Mayor de Blasio, for his part, threw cold water on the city taking action on ambitious as well as extensive and long-term issues, stating that the political climate in Albany is not ripe for passing a congestion pricing program while continually, and accurately, noting that potential MTA augmentations and fixes fall under Governor Andrew Cuomo’s jurisdiction. Instead, on transit the mayor has favored an approach more immediately implementable steps that do not rely on state approval.</p> <p>When asked at a press conference Monday morning if, absent investment in new subway stations, the city could properly address congestion, de Blasio articulated his approach. “This is going to have to happen in phases over years [in] how we address the problem,” said the mayor. “We need to first think about the things we can do right now…” he said, name-checking expanded ferry service, Select Bus Service, and the BQX lightrail streetcar as the types of New York City mass-transit successes he’s unveiled. “Those are the things that are going to have a big impact for people’s lives right now,” de Blasio said.</p> <p>Though de Blasio said that there is a “real possibility” that New York City would have to build more subways 10 to 15 years down the road, “The things we’ve done right now, are the things we could do right now,” he said. The Select Bus Service “is a real workhorse,” he said while answering a follow-up question.</p> <p>In a similar vein, in lieu of congestion pricing, de Blasio favors other measures to free-up traffic. “There are people who double-park in an abusive manner that blocks up the street for everyone else. There should be enforcement of that,” he said. He doesn’t want overly-strict, nit-picking tickets, he said, but “ticketing that is about keeping the flow of traffic...I want to ticket those that are blocking traffic on a &nbsp;prolonged basis…I want to ticket people who block the box.”</p> <p>Like for much else in New York City politics, the ongoing feud between de Blasio and Cuomo loomed in the background of the transportation hearing and the mayor’s Monday morning press conference. Although the hearing focused on congestion, the MTA’s woes and traffic issues were treated as inextricably linked even without Cuomo being blamed by name for the MTA’s terrible state of disrepair.</p> <p>While Council Member Donovan Richards, a Democrat from Southeast Queens, noted that it is indubitably Cuomo’s responsibility to manage and adequately fund the MTA, he stated that finger-pointing would not cut it moving forward. Richards said his constituents call his office about transportation and don’t care about whose jurisdiction the MTA is. Thus, it was his position City Hall must take it upon itself to solve the city's transportation crises.</p> <p>One way would be to push for a congestion pricing plan without state government approval, by citing a 1957 state law that allows cities home to over a million people to implement their own bridge tolls. This proposal, as <a href="https://www.wsj.com/articles/proposal-for-congestion-charge-on-new-york-city-motorists-1496581200?mg=prod/accounts-wsj" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">reported</a> by the Wall Street Journal Sunday, was brought to the forefront by <a href="http://iheartmoveny.org/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Move NY</a>, an organization that has the most popular current congestion pricing plan, and New York University Law School Professor Roderick Hills. New York City DOT spokesperson Scott Gastel dismissed the proposal, telling the Journal “...legal experts in both the current and previous administrations determined the city does not have this authority.”</p> <p>When asked about the idea during a press gaggle following the Monday Council hearing, Trottenberg echoed Gastel, saying, “I think the city has determined it’s a losing legal fight...In this case, unfortunately, we just don’t have that legal authority.”</p> <p>Furthermore, Trottenberg insisted that piecemeal congestion-fighting proposals have begun to flow from the administration and that more are coming; she did not answer directly whether what she had described reflected the mayor’s anti-congestion positions. She also said that the anti-congestion plan the mayor promised in his February State of the City speech are already partly in process and soon to be more clear.</p> <p>“It’s one of the first elements of it,” Trottenberg said regarding the enforcement pieces she laid out. “I think the congestion plan, it turns out, is going to be kind of a rolling plan, you’ve heard the first pieces of it today, and there will be more to come in the coming weeks.“</p> <p> </p> <p><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/trottenberg_chan_mccarten.jpg" alt="trottenberg chan mccarten" width="600" height="423" /></p> <p>Cmsr Trottenberg, right (photos: John McCarten/City Council)</p> <hr /> <p>The New York City Council Committee on Transportation held a hearing Monday to discuss sources of, and solutions to, traffic congestion in the city.</p> <p>City Council Member Ydanis Rodríguez, chair of the committee, began the hearing by lamenting New York City’s heavy traffic. “As most New Yorkers can tell you, our streets look like parking lots,” said Rodríguez, a Democrat from upper Manhattan. In addition to economic impediments and general inconvenience, the Council member framed congestion as a safety issue as well. “More cars in our road means more dangerous conditions for cyclists, pedestrians and other street users,” he said -- Rodriguez has been a champion of the city’s Vision Zero street safety program.</p> <p>Council Member Mark Levine, also an upper Manhattan Democrat, agreed with Rodríguez’s characterization of the situation and highlighted its urgency. “Congestion is at crisis levels in this city,” he said. “This is a threat to our economy, our environment, it is a safety threat and frankly, for drivers, it is driving them crazy to be stuck in traffic.”</p> <p>The Council members attributed an apparent recent dramatic increase in congestion to the prosperity of various home-delivery and app-based car services alongside longstanding New York City issues such as double parking and placard misuse.</p> <p>However, a portion of the uptick in clogged New York City streets is a product of some unavoidable, as well as wholly positive, developments, argued new York City Department of Transportation Commissioner Polly Trottenberg, who was the main representative of the de Blasio administration at Monday’s hearing.</p> <p>In conjunction with population growth, tourism to the city and a booming economy have contributed, Trottenberg said, citing a 68% increase in visitors since 2000 and an addition of 4.3 million jobs in New York City since before the recession. ”While on the one hand, increased congestion is a sign of a thriving economy, we hear loud and clear from community boards, elected officials, businesses, and New Yorkers who drive, are stuck on the bus, or use crowded sidewalks, that they are frustrated by congestion and are asking the city for answers,” Trottenberg said.</p> <p>Trottenberg discussed the two most impactful ways to address the issue: congestion pricing, which would create a new tolling system to, in part, disincentivize driving in the city, especially into Manhattan, and subway expansion, which would encourage more people to choose a train over a car. The commissioner did not indicate that the de Blasio administration is supportive of a congestion pricing plan -- Mayor de Blasio himself said Monday that it has no hope of passage in Albany, so it is not worth fighting for. The de Blasio administration also has little control over subway expansion, given that the MTA is a state-run authority, but could pursue some additional stops if it chose to make that a priority, which it has not.</p> <p>With a handful Council members, Trottenberg discussed secondary areas over which the city has direct control, such as car placard abuse, which take up parking spaces or block traffic, large truck deliveries which often block streets, and bus lane enforcement, to prevent slowing MTA buses.</p> <p>Council Member Margaret Chin, for example, floated the idea of imposing harsher penalties on placard abusers and those that unlawfully veer into bus lanes. NYPD Transportation Chief Thomas M. Chan acknowledged Chin’s concerns, adding that his department is exploring ways to court additional officers to the approximately 3,200 officers tasked with enforcing traffic law. De Blasio recently announced a new crackdown on placard abuse that coincided with his decision to allow tens of thousands of placards to school personnel.</p> <p>But not all Members were on-board with shifting focus towards small fixes over the meat and potato endeavors to ameliorating New York City’s traffic woes.</p> <p>Council Member Corey Johnson, a Democrat representing the West Side of Manhattan, said the city’s proposed congestion-fighting efforts to which it has shifted attention amounted to mere “tinkering around the edges.” Council Member Brad Lander, Democrat of Park Slope, Brooklyn, took issue with the less ambitious approach as well, declaring that anything that did not include transportation investment would be “fooling around at the margins.”</p> <p>Mayor de Blasio, for his part, threw cold water on the city taking action on ambitious as well as extensive and long-term issues, stating that the political climate in Albany is not ripe for passing a congestion pricing program while continually, and accurately, noting that potential MTA augmentations and fixes fall under Governor Andrew Cuomo’s jurisdiction. Instead, on transit the mayor has favored an approach more immediately implementable steps that do not rely on state approval.</p> <p>When asked at a press conference Monday morning if, absent investment in new subway stations, the city could properly address congestion, de Blasio articulated his approach. “This is going to have to happen in phases over years [in] how we address the problem,” said the mayor. “We need to first think about the things we can do right now…” he said, name-checking expanded ferry service, Select Bus Service, and the BQX lightrail streetcar as the types of New York City mass-transit successes he’s unveiled. “Those are the things that are going to have a big impact for people’s lives right now,” de Blasio said.</p> <p>Though de Blasio said that there is a “real possibility” that New York City would have to build more subways 10 to 15 years down the road, “The things we’ve done right now, are the things we could do right now,” he said. The Select Bus Service “is a real workhorse,” he said while answering a follow-up question.</p> <p>In a similar vein, in lieu of congestion pricing, de Blasio favors other measures to free-up traffic. “There are people who double-park in an abusive manner that blocks up the street for everyone else. There should be enforcement of that,” he said. He doesn’t want overly-strict, nit-picking tickets, he said, but “ticketing that is about keeping the flow of traffic...I want to ticket those that are blocking traffic on a &nbsp;prolonged basis…I want to ticket people who block the box.”</p> <p>Like for much else in New York City politics, the ongoing feud between de Blasio and Cuomo loomed in the background of the transportation hearing and the mayor’s Monday morning press conference. Although the hearing focused on congestion, the MTA’s woes and traffic issues were treated as inextricably linked even without Cuomo being blamed by name for the MTA’s terrible state of disrepair.</p> <p>While Council Member Donovan Richards, a Democrat from Southeast Queens, noted that it is indubitably Cuomo’s responsibility to manage and adequately fund the MTA, he stated that finger-pointing would not cut it moving forward. Richards said his constituents call his office about transportation and don’t care about whose jurisdiction the MTA is. Thus, it was his position City Hall must take it upon itself to solve the city's transportation crises.</p> <p>One way would be to push for a congestion pricing plan without state government approval, by citing a 1957 state law that allows cities home to over a million people to implement their own bridge tolls. This proposal, as <a href="https://www.wsj.com/articles/proposal-for-congestion-charge-on-new-york-city-motorists-1496581200?mg=prod/accounts-wsj" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">reported</a> by the Wall Street Journal Sunday, was brought to the forefront by <a href="http://iheartmoveny.org/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Move NY</a>, an organization that has the most popular current congestion pricing plan, and New York University Law School Professor Roderick Hills. New York City DOT spokesperson Scott Gastel dismissed the proposal, telling the Journal “...legal experts in both the current and previous administrations determined the city does not have this authority.”</p> <p>When asked about the idea during a press gaggle following the Monday Council hearing, Trottenberg echoed Gastel, saying, “I think the city has determined it’s a losing legal fight...In this case, unfortunately, we just don’t have that legal authority.”</p> <p>Furthermore, Trottenberg insisted that piecemeal congestion-fighting proposals have begun to flow from the administration and that more are coming; she did not answer directly whether what she had described reflected the mayor’s anti-congestion positions. She also said that the anti-congestion plan the mayor promised in his February State of the City speech are already partly in process and soon to be more clear.</p> <p>“It’s one of the first elements of it,” Trottenberg said regarding the enforcement pieces she laid out. “I think the congestion plan, it turns out, is going to be kind of a rolling plan, you’ve heard the first pieces of it today, and there will be more to come in the coming weeks.“</p> <p> </p> 'Fair Fares' Proposal Dominates Transportation Hearing 2017-02-14T00:00:00+00:00 2017-02-14T00:00:00+00:00 http://www.gothamgazette.com/?id=6757:fair-fares-dominate-debate-at-transportation-hearing Samar Khurshid <p><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2017/12528291894_ba579ca81c_z.jpg" alt="CM Ydanis Rodriguez" width="600" height="399" /></p> <p>Council Member Ydanis Rodriguez (Photo: William Alatriste)</p> <hr /> <p>A campaign to provide discounted MetroCards to low-income New Yorkers took center stage at a City Council hearing on Monday, with council members and transit advocates calling for greater equity in the public transportation system.</p> <p>The City Council’s Committee on Transportation conducted oversight of the Department of Transportation’s citywide initiatives to examine how they can better serve New York City residents. Central to the proceedings was the issue of transportation equity, the concept that transportation should be used as an equalizer and a conduit between low-income communities and the job-laden business centers of the city. Council members and transit advocacy groups expressed concern that Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration has failed to prioritize fairness in the system, even as it moves forward on a number of transit projects including the citywide ferry service and the Brooklyn-Queens Connector.</p> <p>The issue that dominated the debate was the 'Fair Fares' campaign to lower public transportation fares for low-income New Yorkers, launched last year by the Community Service Society, a nonprofit that fights poverty, and transit advocacy group Riders Alliance. The campaign is anchored in a 2016 report by CSS that found that 1-in-4 low-income city residents cannot afford the cost of MetroCards. As previously reported by Gotham Gazette, the mayor has been staunch in his refusal to put up the estimated $200 million to implement the cost reductions proposed by Fair Fares, which would provide half-price MetroCards for the roughly 800,000 New Yorkers living below the poverty line.</p> <p>Council Member Ydanis Rodriguez, chair of the committee, said in his opening remarks that MetroCard costs were “preventative” for many New Yorkers, forcing them to “forego job opportunities, education, cultural experiences, doctor appointments, and more.” Rodriguez found support in other council members, including David Greenfield, Antonio Reynoso, and Donovan Richards. Just prior to the hearing, many of the council members rallied with colleagues, transit advocates and union representatives on the steps of City Hall, calling on the mayor to fund the Fair Fares proposal.</p> <p>At the hearing, the council members asked DOT representative Eric Beaton to explain the mayor’s refusal to provide the required funding in the city budget. Beaton fell back on the mayor’s argument that the city could not afford the proposal and that the state-run MTA should fund it instead. He also pointed out that the city recently committed to a historically-high $2.5 billion contribution to the MTA’s capital plan and that there was simply no room in the budget for an extra $200 million.</p> <p>Councilmembers Reynoso and Greenfield weren’t satisfied with the response, and Greenfield cited the $13 billion increase in the city budget under de Blasio as proof that the administration has the ability to cover “everything under the sun.” Reynoso echoed his sentiment, telling Beaton that the budget “is not a legitimate excuse” for failing to provide low-income New Yorkers with affordable public transportation.</p> <p>The committee also touched on issues of transit access for residents of Far Rockaway and Southeast Queens, two areas notorious for their status as “transportation deserts.” Council members Richards and I. Daneek Miller, who represent those two neighborhoods respectively, stressed that their constituents are burdened with commutes of up to two hours, arguing that bus services in areas lacking subway stops must be made a priority so that residents are able to make the commute to Manhattan. Though Beaton agreed that bus efficiency must be improved, he again deferred to the MTA, saying that bus routing was the MTA’s responsibility.</p> <p>David Jones, president of the Community Service Society and a mayoral appointee to the MTA board, pressed his organization’s push for Fair Fares, noting that unaffordable transit fares also create ancillary problems such as an increase in fare evasion, placing an added burden on the transit police and criminal justice system. These arrests lead to more criminal records for young people, Jones contended, simply because subway and bus fares are too expensive. Jones and Veronica Vanterpool, another MTA board member, have both called on the mayor to fund Fair Fares.</p> <p>Jones was joined on the panel by Bronx resident Norma Ridez, who testified on behalf of Riders Alliance. Ridez, an unemployed single mother of three, said that between the cost of getting her children to daycare and grocery shopping, she “can’t afford a metrocard to get to [job] interviews.”</p> <p>Though DOT’s Beaton and the committee members were frequently at odds, the two sides were momentarily allied in admonishing the MTA for failing to send a representative to the hearing. Public Advocate Letitia James was particularly critical, in both her opening and closing statements, expressing her “deep disappointment” that MTA representatives were not present to discuss their “unreliable system.”</p> <p>Monday’s hearing and the preceding rally demonstrate wide-ranging support for transit affordability reform, but the fate of Fair Fares remains uncertain since neither the city nor the MTA are willing to be held responsible for the bill. MTA communications director Beth DeFalco noted in an email that the MTA already spends significant amounts on low-income riders, including $625 million specifically for seniors, schoolchildren and people with disabilities in New York City. “The MTA always tries to keep fares as low as possible and still provide safe, reliable service,” DeFalco said.</p> <p>With no end in sight to the Fair Fares gridlock, low-income New Yorkers are left holding their breath on lower transportation costs. Attempting to underscore the impact of this funding stalemate, Councilmember Greenfield reminded those at the hearing, “You can’t get out of poverty if you can’t get to your job.”</p> <p>&nbsp;

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by Luke Foley, Gotham Gazette

</p> <p>With reporting by Samar Khurshid</p>
<p><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2017/12528291894_ba579ca81c_z.jpg" alt="CM Ydanis Rodriguez" width="600" height="399" /></p> <p>Council Member Ydanis Rodriguez (Photo: William Alatriste)</p> <hr /> <p>A campaign to provide discounted MetroCards to low-income New Yorkers took center stage at a City Council hearing on Monday, with council members and transit advocates calling for greater equity in the public transportation system.</p> <p>The City Council’s Committee on Transportation conducted oversight of the Department of Transportation’s citywide initiatives to examine how they can better serve New York City residents. Central to the proceedings was the issue of transportation equity, the concept that transportation should be used as an equalizer and a conduit between low-income communities and the job-laden business centers of the city. Council members and transit advocacy groups expressed concern that Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration has failed to prioritize fairness in the system, even as it moves forward on a number of transit projects including the citywide ferry service and the Brooklyn-Queens Connector.</p> <p>The issue that dominated the debate was the 'Fair Fares' campaign to lower public transportation fares for low-income New Yorkers, launched last year by the Community Service Society, a nonprofit that fights poverty, and transit advocacy group Riders Alliance. The campaign is anchored in a 2016 report by CSS that found that 1-in-4 low-income city residents cannot afford the cost of MetroCards. As previously reported by Gotham Gazette, the mayor has been staunch in his refusal to put up the estimated $200 million to implement the cost reductions proposed by Fair Fares, which would provide half-price MetroCards for the roughly 800,000 New Yorkers living below the poverty line.</p> <p>Council Member Ydanis Rodriguez, chair of the committee, said in his opening remarks that MetroCard costs were “preventative” for many New Yorkers, forcing them to “forego job opportunities, education, cultural experiences, doctor appointments, and more.” Rodriguez found support in other council members, including David Greenfield, Antonio Reynoso, and Donovan Richards. Just prior to the hearing, many of the council members rallied with colleagues, transit advocates and union representatives on the steps of City Hall, calling on the mayor to fund the Fair Fares proposal.</p> <p>At the hearing, the council members asked DOT representative Eric Beaton to explain the mayor’s refusal to provide the required funding in the city budget. Beaton fell back on the mayor’s argument that the city could not afford the proposal and that the state-run MTA should fund it instead. He also pointed out that the city recently committed to a historically-high $2.5 billion contribution to the MTA’s capital plan and that there was simply no room in the budget for an extra $200 million.</p> <p>Councilmembers Reynoso and Greenfield weren’t satisfied with the response, and Greenfield cited the $13 billion increase in the city budget under de Blasio as proof that the administration has the ability to cover “everything under the sun.” Reynoso echoed his sentiment, telling Beaton that the budget “is not a legitimate excuse” for failing to provide low-income New Yorkers with affordable public transportation.</p> <p>The committee also touched on issues of transit access for residents of Far Rockaway and Southeast Queens, two areas notorious for their status as “transportation deserts.” Council members Richards and I. Daneek Miller, who represent those two neighborhoods respectively, stressed that their constituents are burdened with commutes of up to two hours, arguing that bus services in areas lacking subway stops must be made a priority so that residents are able to make the commute to Manhattan. Though Beaton agreed that bus efficiency must be improved, he again deferred to the MTA, saying that bus routing was the MTA’s responsibility.</p> <p>David Jones, president of the Community Service Society and a mayoral appointee to the MTA board, pressed his organization’s push for Fair Fares, noting that unaffordable transit fares also create ancillary problems such as an increase in fare evasion, placing an added burden on the transit police and criminal justice system. These arrests lead to more criminal records for young people, Jones contended, simply because subway and bus fares are too expensive. Jones and Veronica Vanterpool, another MTA board member, have both called on the mayor to fund Fair Fares.</p> <p>Jones was joined on the panel by Bronx resident Norma Ridez, who testified on behalf of Riders Alliance. Ridez, an unemployed single mother of three, said that between the cost of getting her children to daycare and grocery shopping, she “can’t afford a metrocard to get to [job] interviews.”</p> <p>Though DOT’s Beaton and the committee members were frequently at odds, the two sides were momentarily allied in admonishing the MTA for failing to send a representative to the hearing. Public Advocate Letitia James was particularly critical, in both her opening and closing statements, expressing her “deep disappointment” that MTA representatives were not present to discuss their “unreliable system.”</p> <p>Monday’s hearing and the preceding rally demonstrate wide-ranging support for transit affordability reform, but the fate of Fair Fares remains uncertain since neither the city nor the MTA are willing to be held responsible for the bill. MTA communications director Beth DeFalco noted in an email that the MTA already spends significant amounts on low-income riders, including $625 million specifically for seniors, schoolchildren and people with disabilities in New York City. “The MTA always tries to keep fares as low as possible and still provide safe, reliable service,” DeFalco said.</p> <p>With no end in sight to the Fair Fares gridlock, low-income New Yorkers are left holding their breath on lower transportation costs. Attempting to underscore the impact of this funding stalemate, Councilmember Greenfield reminded those at the hearing, “You can’t get out of poverty if you can’t get to your job.”</p> <p>&nbsp;

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</p> <p>With reporting by Samar Khurshid</p>
The Week Ahead in New York Politics, November 23 2015-11-22T05:00:00+00:00 2015-11-22T05:00:00+00:00 http://www.gothamgazette.com/?id=6002:the-week-ahead-in-new-york-politics-november-23 Super User <p><img alt="New York City Hall" src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2014/03/640px-New_York_City_Hall.jpg" 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>Thanksgiving week will see just a few days of political activity, but the beginning of the week is looking busy. Highlights include closing arguments in Sheldon Silver's corruption trial; the continuation of Dean Skelos' corruption trial; the release of the Public Advocate's "worst landlord list"; several City Council hearings and a full-body "Stated Meeting"; two public meetings of the city's <a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/government/5915-do-new-york-elected-officials-deserve-a-raise" target="_blank">commission on elected official compensation</a>; and more. See our day-by-day rundown below.</p> <p>First, in case you haven't seen some of our most recent reporting, a few highlights:</p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/government/5999-two-new-reps-set-to-join-the-city-council" target="_blank">Two New Reps Set to Join the City Council</a>&nbsp;- get to know Joseph Borelli and Barry Grodenchik, who just won special elections and will join the Council soon.</li> <li><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/government/5998-stringer-joins-calls-to-shut-down-rikers" target="_blank">Stringer Joins Calls to Shut Down Rikers</a> - Comptroller Scott Stringer said last week that the city should implement reforms at Rikers Island jails, but also begin to plan for eventually closing down the complex</li> <li><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/government/5994-as-homelessness-crisis-continues-shelter-siting-questions-intensify" target="_blank">As Homelessness Crisis Continues, Shelter Siting Questions Intensify</a> - with dozens of new homeless shelters opening, are they being distributed around the city fairly? are communities being given enough notice?</li> <li><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/government/5996-pressure-shifts-to-cuomo-as-de-blasio-announces-supportive-housing-plan" target="_blank">Pressure Shifts to Cuomo as De Blasio Makes Supportive Housing Announcement </a>- Mayor de Blasio put forth a 15,000-unit supportive housing plan, seeming to temporarily give up on city-state negotiations for a new New York/New York plan</li> </ul> <p style="text-align: center;">[To read more of the latest from Gotham Gazette, <a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/government" target="_blank">click here</a>; to subscribe to our newsletters, <a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/eye-opener" target="_blank">click here</a>]</p> <p>Mayor Bill de Blasio had no public schedule Saturday. On Sunday, the mayor,&nbsp;NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton, FDNY Commissioner Daniel Nigro, and U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson observed "an active shooter drill in Lower Manhattan." After that, the mayor was&nbsp;delivered remarks at Church of God of Prophecy in the Bronx, where he was hosted by City Council Member Vanessa Gibson, among others.</p> <p>On Monday, de Blasio&nbsp;"will deliver remarks at the groundbreaking ceremony for Hunter's Point South Phase II" at noon; "host a press conference to make an announcement related to mental health" with First Lady Chirlane McCray at 2 p.m. at CUNY Hunter College - Silberman School of Social Work; and hold a media availability at about 3 p.m. nearby the school.</p> <p>&nbsp;</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 the <a href="http://legistar.council.nyc.gov/Calendar.aspx" target="_blank">City Council</a> on Monday, November 23:</p> <ul> <li dir="ltr">At 10 a.m. the Committee on Public Safety and the Committee on Transportation will meet to hear the introduction of several bills regarding unmanned aviation vehicles (drones). They will focus on regulation, registration requirements and authorization of use.</li> <li dir="ltr">At 10 a.m. the Committee on Youth Services will meet to discuss several new bills that would require training for certain employees in treating runaway, homeless, and sexually exploited youths, and amend the requirement date for the annual report on sexually exploited children.</li> <li dir="ltr">At 1 p.m. the Committee on Education will meet for oversight on Department of Education’s efforts to help struggling schools. Schools chancellor Carmen Fariña will testify.</li> <li dir="ltr">At 1 p.m. the Committee on Civil Service and Labor will meet to hear a series of new bills that would require successive employers of buildings to retain workers for a transitional time period and extend protections for displaced building service workers to food service workers.</li> <li dir="ltr">At 1 p.m. the Committee on Environmental Protection will meet to hear a new bill that would require the identification of geothermal systems and buildings eligible for them, as well as registration for the people allowed to install such systems.</li> </ul> <p dir="ltr">On Monday at 8 a.m., The Food Bank for New York will release a new report on the state of hunger and food networks in New York City. The “legislative breakfast” and report will examine the effects of federal cuts to SNAP cuts. Margarette Purvis, President and CEO, Food Bank For New York City; Steven Banks, Commissioner, New York City Human Resources Administration; Triada Stampas, Vice President For Research &amp; Public Affairs, Food Bank For New York City, and “elected officials from throughout New York City” are expected.</p> <p dir="ltr">At 8:30 a.m. The Manhattan Chamber of Commerce and Business Forward will host a business leader <a href="http://www.nysra.org/events/event_details.asp?id=712370" target="_blank">forum</a> to discuss the effects of severe climate change on the restaurant industry.</p> <p dir="ltr">At 9 a.m. Monday in Long Island City,&nbsp;City Council "Majority Leader Jimmy Van Bramer will be joined by several New Yorkers who have applied and have not been selected for a variety of the City's affordable housing development lotteries throughout the five boroughs. Together, Council Member Van Bramer and these New Yorkers in need will express why they believe Airbnb needs to be held accountable for allowing tax-subsidized affordable housing units to be posted as illegal hotels on their website."</p> <p dir="ltr">Later, Van Bramer will join the mayor for the aforementioned Hunter's Point groundbreaking.</p> <p dir="ltr">At 11 a.m. in Foley Square, Public Advocate Letitia James "will hold a tenant rally and release the 2015 Worst Landlord Watchlist. Following the rally, Public Advocate James will visit Brooklyn Housing Court to ensure tenants are aware of their rights and then tour one of the buildings on the Worst Landlord Watchlist.".</p> <p dir="ltr">At 11:15 a.m. Monday, State Senator Liz Krueger, together with community leaders and elected officials, will gather at the City Hall for a press conference which will urge Governor Andrew Cuomo to transition New York off of coal power by 2020. Senator Liz Krueger will be joined by State Senator Brad Hoylman; Assembly Members Brian Kavanagh, Rebecca Seawright and Jo Anne Simon; and City Council Members Donovan Richards and Dan Garodnick.<br />[Read Sen. Krueger's new op-ed on the subject: <a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/opinion/6004-time-for-new-york-to-cut-the-coal" target="_blank">Time for New York to Cut the Coal</a>]</p> <p dir="ltr">At 12:45 p.m. Monday, City Council Member Ydanis Rodriguez, joined with Unite Here 100, will <a href="http://campaign.r20.constantcontact.com/render?ca=9ef7d130-3458-4b47-9baa-8cf556422dec&amp;c=c8d09780-6b74-11e5-b7e9-d4ae5292c38a&amp;ch=c8d5a090-6b74-11e5-b7e9-d4ae5292c38a" target="_blank">rally</a> for food service worker retention, supporting a bill that expands upon the 2002 Displaced Building Service Worker Protection Act to include food service workers from being fired from work after a new owner takes over a business. A Council hearing will take place at 1 p.m.</p> <p dir="ltr">On Monday at 2 p.m., Gov. Cuomo&nbsp;will be at the Jacob Javits Center to participate "in New York State's Annual Thanksgiving Food Donation Drive with volunteers and members of the New York National Guard."</p> <p dir="ltr">At 5 p.m. the city’s Quadrennial Advisory Committee <a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/government/5915-do-new-york-elected-officials-deserve-a-raise" target="_blank">on elected officials’ compensation</a> will hold its first of two <a href="http://www1.nyc.gov/site/quadrennial/hearings-and-meetings/hearings-and-meetings.page" target="_blank">community hearings</a> to gather public feedback about its work. There is a state pay commission set to convene soon as well, we'll have details on that upcoming. [Read <a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/government/5915-do-new-york-elected-officials-deserve-a-raise" target="_blank">our recent look at the work ahead for the commission and the question of whether New York elected officials deserve a raise</a>]</p> <p dir="ltr">At 6 p.m. Monday, New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer’s <a href="https://twitter.com/heynowjo/status/661935067044913152" target="_blank">Red Tape Commission</a> will hold a Staten Island hearing for business owners and entrepreneurs, part of the ongoing initiative to remake the government into a partner to businesses instead of being an “obstacle to growth”.</p> <p dir="ltr">Also at 6 p.m. the Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams will hold a <a href="http://www.nyc.gov/html/dcp/html/east_new_york/index.shtml" target="_blank">public hearing</a> on East New York community planning.</p> <p><strong>Tuesday<br /></strong>At the <a href="http://assembly.state.ny.us/leg/?sh=hear" target="_blank">State Legislature</a> on Tuesday: at noon, the Assembly Standing Committee on Agriculture will convene for “Oversight of the SFY 2015-2016 State Budget for the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets.”</p> <p dir="ltr">At the <a href="http://legistar.council.nyc.gov/Calendar.aspx" target="_blank">City Council</a> on Tuesday, November 24th:</p> <ul> <li dir="ltr">At 10 a.m. the Committee on Finance will meet on a variety of topics.</li> <li dir="ltr">At 1 p.m. the City Council Stated Meeting will be held - and as usual, it will be prefaced by the Speaker’s pre-stated press conference, at 12:30 p.m.</li> </ul> <p dir="ltr">On&nbsp;Tuesday, "Mayor de Blasio and First Lady Chirlane McCray will appear live on CNN's New Day to discuss ThriveNYC: The Mental Health Roadmap for All," at about 6:50 a.m. Later in the morning, "the Mayor will create and deliver food packages with Joel Berg of NYC Coalition Against Hunger." At about 11:45 a.m., "the Mayor will deliver remarks on hunger and food insecurity in New York City." At about 4 p.m., "the Mayor will join bi-partisan local elected officials – including Westchester County Executive Robert Astorino, Congressman Jerrold Nadler, Congressman Dan Donovan and Congresswoman Nydia Velázquez – to host a press conference to highlight the need for increased federal transportation funding as New Yorkers prepare for holiday weekend travel."</p> <p dir="ltr">On Tuesday, November 24th, Council Member Andy King will offer Free Healthcare Enrollment and Legal Services to Bronx Residents. In cooperation with MetroPlus and New York Legal Assistance Group the event will help residents sign up for health care and legal services.</p> <p dir="ltr">At 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Comptroller Scott Stringer will deliver&nbsp;remarks at "NYC Coalition Against Hunger Annual Flagship Event."</p> <p dir="ltr">At 5 p.m. Tuesday the NYC Quadrennial Advisory Board will hold another <a href="http://www1.nyc.gov/site/quadrennial/hearings-and-meetings/hearings-and-meetings.page" target="_blank">community hearing</a> on compensation for elected officials.&nbsp;[Read&nbsp;<a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/government/5915-do-new-york-elected-officials-deserve-a-raise" target="_blank">our recent look at the work ahead for the commission and the question of whether New York elected officials deserve a raise</a>]</p> <p dir="ltr">On Tuesday&nbsp;at 7 p.m. Public Advocate Tish James will host an African Immigrant "Talk to Tish" Town Hall in the Bronx; and at 8:30 p.m. James will attend the Bayside Hills Civic Association General Meeting in Oakland Gardens.</p> <p dir="ltr">On Tuesday evening in Brooklyn,&nbsp;school district 15, which includes parts of Sunset Park, Kensington, Park Slope, Carroll Gardens, and Red Hook, schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña will hold a town hall "from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at P.S. 516...Local elected officials including City Councilman Carlos Menchaca, Assemblyman Felix Ortiz and State Sen. Jesse Hamilton are expected to attend and answer questions from the public from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m.," <a href="http://www.dnainfo.com/new-york/20151123/sunset-park/parents-expected-grill-schools-chancellor-on-overcrowding-at-town-hall" target="_blank">according to DNAinfo</a>.</p> <p dir="ltr"><em><strong>Happy Thanksgiving if you’re celebrating. Watch for our latest articles this week and we'll publish a 'Week Ahead' on Sunday, Nov. 29.</strong></em>&nbsp;</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 Colin O'Connor, Konstantine Beridze, and Ben Max<br /><a href="https://twitter.com/GothamGazette" target="_blank">@GothamGazette</a></p> <p><img alt="New York City Hall" src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2014/03/640px-New_York_City_Hall.jpg" 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>Thanksgiving week will see just a few days of political activity, but the beginning of the week is looking busy. Highlights include closing arguments in Sheldon Silver's corruption trial; the continuation of Dean Skelos' corruption trial; the release of the Public Advocate's "worst landlord list"; several City Council hearings and a full-body "Stated Meeting"; two public meetings of the city's <a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/government/5915-do-new-york-elected-officials-deserve-a-raise" target="_blank">commission on elected official compensation</a>; and more. See our day-by-day rundown below.</p> <p>First, in case you haven't seen some of our most recent reporting, a few highlights:</p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/government/5999-two-new-reps-set-to-join-the-city-council" target="_blank">Two New Reps Set to Join the City Council</a>&nbsp;- get to know Joseph Borelli and Barry Grodenchik, who just won special elections and will join the Council soon.</li> <li><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/government/5998-stringer-joins-calls-to-shut-down-rikers" target="_blank">Stringer Joins Calls to Shut Down Rikers</a> - Comptroller Scott Stringer said last week that the city should implement reforms at Rikers Island jails, but also begin to plan for eventually closing down the complex</li> <li><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/government/5994-as-homelessness-crisis-continues-shelter-siting-questions-intensify" target="_blank">As Homelessness Crisis Continues, Shelter Siting Questions Intensify</a> - with dozens of new homeless shelters opening, are they being distributed around the city fairly? are communities being given enough notice?</li> <li><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/government/5996-pressure-shifts-to-cuomo-as-de-blasio-announces-supportive-housing-plan" target="_blank">Pressure Shifts to Cuomo as De Blasio Makes Supportive Housing Announcement </a>- Mayor de Blasio put forth a 15,000-unit supportive housing plan, seeming to temporarily give up on city-state negotiations for a new New York/New York plan</li> </ul> <p style="text-align: center;">[To read more of the latest from Gotham Gazette, <a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/government" target="_blank">click here</a>; to subscribe to our newsletters, <a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/eye-opener" target="_blank">click here</a>]</p> <p>Mayor Bill de Blasio had no public schedule Saturday. On Sunday, the mayor,&nbsp;NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton, FDNY Commissioner Daniel Nigro, and U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson observed "an active shooter drill in Lower Manhattan." After that, the mayor was&nbsp;delivered remarks at Church of God of Prophecy in the Bronx, where he was hosted by City Council Member Vanessa Gibson, among others.</p> <p>On Monday, de Blasio&nbsp;"will deliver remarks at the groundbreaking ceremony for Hunter's Point South Phase II" at noon; "host a press conference to make an announcement related to mental health" with First Lady Chirlane McCray at 2 p.m. at CUNY Hunter College - Silberman School of Social Work; and hold a media availability at about 3 p.m. nearby the school.</p> <p>&nbsp;</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 the <a href="http://legistar.council.nyc.gov/Calendar.aspx" target="_blank">City Council</a> on Monday, November 23:</p> <ul> <li dir="ltr">At 10 a.m. the Committee on Public Safety and the Committee on Transportation will meet to hear the introduction of several bills regarding unmanned aviation vehicles (drones). They will focus on regulation, registration requirements and authorization of use.</li> <li dir="ltr">At 10 a.m. the Committee on Youth Services will meet to discuss several new bills that would require training for certain employees in treating runaway, homeless, and sexually exploited youths, and amend the requirement date for the annual report on sexually exploited children.</li> <li dir="ltr">At 1 p.m. the Committee on Education will meet for oversight on Department of Education’s efforts to help struggling schools. Schools chancellor Carmen Fariña will testify.</li> <li dir="ltr">At 1 p.m. the Committee on Civil Service and Labor will meet to hear a series of new bills that would require successive employers of buildings to retain workers for a transitional time period and extend protections for displaced building service workers to food service workers.</li> <li dir="ltr">At 1 p.m. the Committee on Environmental Protection will meet to hear a new bill that would require the identification of geothermal systems and buildings eligible for them, as well as registration for the people allowed to install such systems.</li> </ul> <p dir="ltr">On Monday at 8 a.m., The Food Bank for New York will release a new report on the state of hunger and food networks in New York City. The “legislative breakfast” and report will examine the effects of federal cuts to SNAP cuts. Margarette Purvis, President and CEO, Food Bank For New York City; Steven Banks, Commissioner, New York City Human Resources Administration; Triada Stampas, Vice President For Research &amp; Public Affairs, Food Bank For New York City, and “elected officials from throughout New York City” are expected.</p> <p dir="ltr">At 8:30 a.m. The Manhattan Chamber of Commerce and Business Forward will host a business leader <a href="http://www.nysra.org/events/event_details.asp?id=712370" target="_blank">forum</a> to discuss the effects of severe climate change on the restaurant industry.</p> <p dir="ltr">At 9 a.m. Monday in Long Island City,&nbsp;City Council "Majority Leader Jimmy Van Bramer will be joined by several New Yorkers who have applied and have not been selected for a variety of the City's affordable housing development lotteries throughout the five boroughs. Together, Council Member Van Bramer and these New Yorkers in need will express why they believe Airbnb needs to be held accountable for allowing tax-subsidized affordable housing units to be posted as illegal hotels on their website."</p> <p dir="ltr">Later, Van Bramer will join the mayor for the aforementioned Hunter's Point groundbreaking.</p> <p dir="ltr">At 11 a.m. in Foley Square, Public Advocate Letitia James "will hold a tenant rally and release the 2015 Worst Landlord Watchlist. Following the rally, Public Advocate James will visit Brooklyn Housing Court to ensure tenants are aware of their rights and then tour one of the buildings on the Worst Landlord Watchlist.".</p> <p dir="ltr">At 11:15 a.m. Monday, State Senator Liz Krueger, together with community leaders and elected officials, will gather at the City Hall for a press conference which will urge Governor Andrew Cuomo to transition New York off of coal power by 2020. Senator Liz Krueger will be joined by State Senator Brad Hoylman; Assembly Members Brian Kavanagh, Rebecca Seawright and Jo Anne Simon; and City Council Members Donovan Richards and Dan Garodnick.<br />[Read Sen. Krueger's new op-ed on the subject: <a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/opinion/6004-time-for-new-york-to-cut-the-coal" target="_blank">Time for New York to Cut the Coal</a>]</p> <p dir="ltr">At 12:45 p.m. Monday, City Council Member Ydanis Rodriguez, joined with Unite Here 100, will <a href="http://campaign.r20.constantcontact.com/render?ca=9ef7d130-3458-4b47-9baa-8cf556422dec&amp;c=c8d09780-6b74-11e5-b7e9-d4ae5292c38a&amp;ch=c8d5a090-6b74-11e5-b7e9-d4ae5292c38a" target="_blank">rally</a> for food service worker retention, supporting a bill that expands upon the 2002 Displaced Building Service Worker Protection Act to include food service workers from being fired from work after a new owner takes over a business. A Council hearing will take place at 1 p.m.</p> <p dir="ltr">On Monday at 2 p.m., Gov. Cuomo&nbsp;will be at the Jacob Javits Center to participate "in New York State's Annual Thanksgiving Food Donation Drive with volunteers and members of the New York National Guard."</p> <p dir="ltr">At 5 p.m. the city’s Quadrennial Advisory Committee <a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/government/5915-do-new-york-elected-officials-deserve-a-raise" target="_blank">on elected officials’ compensation</a> will hold its first of two <a href="http://www1.nyc.gov/site/quadrennial/hearings-and-meetings/hearings-and-meetings.page" target="_blank">community hearings</a> to gather public feedback about its work. There is a state pay commission set to convene soon as well, we'll have details on that upcoming. [Read <a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/government/5915-do-new-york-elected-officials-deserve-a-raise" target="_blank">our recent look at the work ahead for the commission and the question of whether New York elected officials deserve a raise</a>]</p> <p dir="ltr">At 6 p.m. Monday, New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer’s <a href="https://twitter.com/heynowjo/status/661935067044913152" target="_blank">Red Tape Commission</a> will hold a Staten Island hearing for business owners and entrepreneurs, part of the ongoing initiative to remake the government into a partner to businesses instead of being an “obstacle to growth”.</p> <p dir="ltr">Also at 6 p.m. the Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams will hold a <a href="http://www.nyc.gov/html/dcp/html/east_new_york/index.shtml" target="_blank">public hearing</a> on East New York community planning.</p> <p><strong>Tuesday<br /></strong>At the <a href="http://assembly.state.ny.us/leg/?sh=hear" target="_blank">State Legislature</a> on Tuesday: at noon, the Assembly Standing Committee on Agriculture will convene for “Oversight of the SFY 2015-2016 State Budget for the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets.”</p> <p dir="ltr">At the <a href="http://legistar.council.nyc.gov/Calendar.aspx" target="_blank">City Council</a> on Tuesday, November 24th:</p> <ul> <li dir="ltr">At 10 a.m. the Committee on Finance will meet on a variety of topics.</li> <li dir="ltr">At 1 p.m. the City Council Stated Meeting will be held - and as usual, it will be prefaced by the Speaker’s pre-stated press conference, at 12:30 p.m.</li> </ul> <p dir="ltr">On&nbsp;Tuesday, "Mayor de Blasio and First Lady Chirlane McCray will appear live on CNN's New Day to discuss ThriveNYC: The Mental Health Roadmap for All," at about 6:50 a.m. Later in the morning, "the Mayor will create and deliver food packages with Joel Berg of NYC Coalition Against Hunger." At about 11:45 a.m., "the Mayor will deliver remarks on hunger and food insecurity in New York City." At about 4 p.m., "the Mayor will join bi-partisan local elected officials – including Westchester County Executive Robert Astorino, Congressman Jerrold Nadler, Congressman Dan Donovan and Congresswoman Nydia Velázquez – to host a press conference to highlight the need for increased federal transportation funding as New Yorkers prepare for holiday weekend travel."</p> <p dir="ltr">On Tuesday, November 24th, Council Member Andy King will offer Free Healthcare Enrollment and Legal Services to Bronx Residents. In cooperation with MetroPlus and New York Legal Assistance Group the event will help residents sign up for health care and legal services.</p> <p dir="ltr">At 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Comptroller Scott Stringer will deliver&nbsp;remarks at "NYC Coalition Against Hunger Annual Flagship Event."</p> <p dir="ltr">At 5 p.m. Tuesday the NYC Quadrennial Advisory Board will hold another <a href="http://www1.nyc.gov/site/quadrennial/hearings-and-meetings/hearings-and-meetings.page" target="_blank">community hearing</a> on compensation for elected officials.&nbsp;[Read&nbsp;<a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/government/5915-do-new-york-elected-officials-deserve-a-raise" target="_blank">our recent look at the work ahead for the commission and the question of whether New York elected officials deserve a raise</a>]</p> <p dir="ltr">On Tuesday&nbsp;at 7 p.m. Public Advocate Tish James will host an African Immigrant "Talk to Tish" Town Hall in the Bronx; and at 8:30 p.m. James will attend the Bayside Hills Civic Association General Meeting in Oakland Gardens.</p> <p dir="ltr">On Tuesday evening in Brooklyn,&nbsp;school district 15, which includes parts of Sunset Park, Kensington, Park Slope, Carroll Gardens, and Red Hook, schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña will hold a town hall "from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at P.S. 516...Local elected officials including City Councilman Carlos Menchaca, Assemblyman Felix Ortiz and State Sen. Jesse Hamilton are expected to attend and answer questions from the public from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m.," <a href="http://www.dnainfo.com/new-york/20151123/sunset-park/parents-expected-grill-schools-chancellor-on-overcrowding-at-town-hall" target="_blank">according to DNAinfo</a>.</p> <p dir="ltr"><em><strong>Happy Thanksgiving if you’re celebrating. Watch for our latest articles this week and we'll publish a 'Week Ahead' on Sunday, Nov. 29.</strong></em>&nbsp;</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 Colin O'Connor, Konstantine Beridze, and Ben Max<br /><a href="https://twitter.com/GothamGazette" target="_blank">@GothamGazette</a></p> The Week Ahead in New York Politics, November 9 2015-11-08T05:00:00+00:00 2015-11-08T05:00:00+00:00 http://www.gothamgazette.com/?id=5975:the-week-ahead-in-new-york-politics-november-9 Super User <p><img alt="New York City Hall" src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2014/03/640px-New_York_City_Hall.jpg" 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>Wednesday is Veterans Day, with parades, resource fairs, and events to honor and aid veterans taking place before, on, and after the day itself. Mayor Bill de Blasio will hold a breakfast reception to honor the military veterans Wednesday morning. On Thursday, the City Council will hold a hearing on veteran homelessness, which the mayor vowed to end by the end of this year as part of a national pledge.</p> <p>The mayor and the City Council agreed last week to create a new Department of Veterans Services, removing the agency from the Mayor's Office and making veterans affairs its own city department, which will give it more resources and Council oversight. There will be a celebratory rally outside of City Hall on Tuesday at 11 a.m., then the veterans affairs committee of the Council will vote through the department bill, followed by the full Council.</p> <p>Could this be the week that First Lady Chirlane McCray unveils her much-anticipated "Mental Health Roadmap"? The week of Veterans Day would make sense considering the mental health challenges many veterans face. There's been no indication this is the week, but the 'roadmap' has been slated for release this fall. [Read <a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/government/5877-mccray-set-to-unveil-mental-health-roadmap-signature-de-blasio-plan" target="_blank">our extensive preview of McCray's mental health roadmap</a>]</p> <p>According to Citizens Budget Commission (CBC), the City will release its first quarter modification to the FY2016 budget this week. "In advance of that release, CBC <a href="http://www.cbcny.org/sites/default/files/PRESENTATION_11062015.pdf" target="_blank">compares</a> the Mayor's budget savings agenda, called the Citywide Savings Program, or CSP, with the Program to Eliminate the Gap (PEG) in fiscal years 2010 to 2015."</p> <p>After a marathon Friday press conference at which de Blasio answered dozens of questions from assembled reporters on a wide variety of subjects, the mayor had a quiet weekend. De Blasio continues to be scrutinized for his approach to the media, his administration's transparency, and several policy areas in which he is having the most challenges, such as homelessness, policing, and education. We'll see what this week holds other than a focus on veterans and the budget. On Monday morning the mayor is set to meet with members of the city's congressional delegation and then hold a media availability - at which he'll take both on- and off-topic questions.</p> <p>As always, there's a great deal happening&nbsp;all over the city, with many events to be aware of - read 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"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com">bmax@gothamgazette.com</a>***</em></p> <p><strong>The run of the week in detail:</strong></p> <p><strong>MONDAY<br /></strong>At the <a href="http://legistar.council.nyc.gov/Calendar.aspx" target="_blank">City Council</a> on Monday:</p> <ul> <li>At 10:30 a.m. the Subcommittee on Planning, Dispositions and Concessions will convene to discuss several Land Use Applications in Brooklyn.</li> <li dir="ltr">At 11 a.m. the Committee on Land Use will meet.</li> </ul> <p dir="ltr">On Monday at 10 a.m.,&nbsp;Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams "will honor Brooklyn's military heroes at his "Start Strong, Finish Strong" resource fair for veterans...Additional speakers will include Mayor's Office of Veterans Affairs Commissioner Loree K. Sutton, a retired Army brigadier general, and USAG Fort Hamilton Command Sergeant Kevin Fauntleroy. Borough President Adams will speak about Brooklyn's commitment to its veterans, including his efforts to restore the Brooklyn War Memorial and to address mental health challenges facing the community."</p> <p dir="ltr">On Monday at 11 a.m., New York City Council Member Carlos Menchaca, along with Hetrick-Martin Institute CEO Thomas Krever and the LGBTQ Caucus of the City Council will unveil “HMI Goes Citywide For LGBTQ Youth,” a new initiative to address the challenges LGBTQ youth face in New York.</p> <p dir="ltr">"On Monday, Mayor de Blasio will meet with members of the New York Congressional Delegation at City Hall to discuss a number‎ of issues impacting New York City. This meeting is closed press.&nbsp;After, [at 11:30 a.m.] the Mayor and members of the Congressional Delegation will hold a media availability on the Zadroga Act on the steps of City Hall," according to his public schedule.</p> <p dir="ltr">At noon Monday, Crain’s New York Business will host its “<a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/#utm_medium=email&amp;utm_source=cnyb-events&amp;utm_campaign=cnyb-events-20151015" target="_blank">Crain’s Business Hall of Fame Luncheon</a>” to celebrate businesspeople who have transformed the city through their philanthropic and professional lives. The list of honorees include Ms. Pamela Brier, President and Chief Executive Officer, Maimonides Medical Center; Mr.Laurence Fink, Chairman and CEO, BlackRock; Ms. Shelly Lazarus, Chairman Emeritus, Ogilvy &amp; Mather; Mr. Alan Patricof, Managing Director Greycroft; The Honorable Richard Ravitch, Former Lieutenant Governor, New York; Ms. Emily Rafferty, President Emeritus, The Metropolitan Museum of Art; and Mr. Steven Roth, Chairman and CEO, Vornado Realty Trust. EisnerAmper will sponsor the event.</p> <p dir="ltr">At 12:30 p.m. on Monday, Public Advocate Letitia James will “announce measures to expand affordability of NYC child care.” Joined by parents, advocates and other stakeholders, James will hold a press conference about the costs and accessibility of child care in New York City, releasing a report and outlining five policies to help increase accessibility, capacity, and affordability.</p> <p dir="ltr">At 1 p.m. Monday at City Hal, the correction officers union will hold a press conference&nbsp;"following the vicious attack on a correction officer by two Rikers inmates."</p> <p dir="ltr">At 6 p.m. Monday, schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña will deliver remarks at a pre-K family forum at the Children's Museum of Manhattan.</p> <p dir="ltr">At 7 p.m. Monday, Comptroller Scott Stringer and Assembly Member Linda Rosenthal will co-host a town hall meeting at the Lincoln Square Neighborhood Center on West 65th Street.</p> <p dir="ltr">Also at 7 p.m. Monday, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer will speak at New York Historical Society’s “Debt of Honor” program.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>TUESDAY</strong><br />Tuesday is a “Fight for $15” day of action, with many events planned to bring attention to wage issues and push for a $15 per hour minimum wage. Unions, advocacy groups, elected officials, and others will participate. Worker strikes, rallies, and marches will take place throughout the day all over the city and the country.</p> <p dir="ltr">At 6:30 a.m., Mayor de Blasio&nbsp;"will deliver remarks at a Fight for $15 rally to raise the minimum wage...Immediately following his remarks, the Mayor will appear in several one-on-one interviews with local television networks to discuss the need to raise the minimum wage." At 2:15 p.m., the Mayor will appear live on WBLS 107.5 and at 2:30 p.m., on NY1. "In the evening, the Mayor will attend the 70th Annual Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner."</p> <p dir="ltr">State Senate Republicans will convene in Albany on Tuesday to discuss their 2016 agenda. (A week later Assembly Democrats will meet in the capital,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.capitalnewyork.com/article/albany/2015/11/8581887/assembly-democrats-plan-nov-17-return-albany" target="_blank">according to Politico New York</a>.)</p> <p dir="ltr">On Tuesday at 8 a.m., Chancellor of the State University of of New York Nancy Zimpher will speak at the Citizens Budget Commission breakfast at the Harvard Club. Zimpher will discuss SUNY projects and priorities.</p> <p dir="ltr">At 9 a.m. Tuesday the Board of Corrections will hold a meeting.</p> <p dir="ltr">At 11 a.m. Tuesday at City Hall, Council Speaker Mark-Viverito, Council Member Eric Ulrich, who chairs the Council’s veterans affairs committee, military veterans, and advocates will celebrate the imminent creation of a new City Department of Veterans Services.</p> <p dir="ltr">At the <a href="http://legistar.council.nyc.gov/Calendar.aspx" target="_blank">City Council</a> on Tuesday, the City Council will convene for a full-body Stated Meeting, which, as always, will be prefaced by a press conference hosted by City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito at 12:30 p.m.</p> <p dir="ltr">Gov. Cuomo will make an announcement Tuesday at 4:15 p.m. in Manhattan at Foley Square, likely at a Fight for $15 event.</p> <p dir="ltr">At 6:30 p.m. the Committee on Drugs and Law of the New York City Bar Association will host a <a href="https://services.nycbar.org/iMIS/Events/Event_Display.aspx?EventKey=DRU111015&amp;WebsiteKey=f71e12f3-524e-4f8c-a5f7-0d16ce7b3314" target="_blank">discussion</a> on marijuana policy in New York. Panelists will include City Council Member Rafael Espinal, state Senator Jeff Klein, Vocal New York’s Alyssa Aguilera, and others.</p> <p dir="ltr">At 7 p.m. Tuesday, “Trans-Pacific Partnership: Who Wins and Who Loses in This Secret Deal?”, a panel event presented by the Big Apple Coffee Party and moderated by Zephyr Teachout, Fordham law professor and CEO of Mayday PAC.</p> <p dir="ltr">The only City Council Participatory Budgeting <a href="http://council.nyc.gov/html/pb/events.shtml" target="_blank">event</a> of the week is on Tuesday: Council Member David Greenfield (District 44, Brooklyn), 6:30 p.m.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>WEDNESDAY</strong><br />Wednesday is Veterans Day. At 8 a.m. Mayor de Blasio will hold a breakfast reception to honor and remember military veterans.</p> <p dir="ltr">On Wednesday evening, many New York politicos, policy wonks, and others will gather to celebrate the 25th anniversary of City Journal, the Manhattan Institute policy publication.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>THURSDAY</strong><br />On Thursday at 8 a.m. Association for Better New York will host a <a href="https://www.abny.org/Content/Events/EventTickets.aspx?EventID=182&amp;utm_source=ABNY+Event+Invitations+-+Non-members&amp;utm_campaign=ebc8e0c451-ABNY_Nonmembers_Breakfast_Carolyn_Maloney_Round3&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_term=0_e4e1abe544-ebc8e0c451-381180997" target="_blank">breakfast</a> with Congressional Rep. Carolyn Maloney, who will speak about the &nbsp;projects, as well as her other priorities.</p> <p dir="ltr">The next public meeting of the New York City Campaign Finance Board will be Thursday at 10 a.m.</p> <p dir="ltr">At 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Queens Borough President Melinda Katz will hold a <a href="http://queensbp.org/event/queens-borough-presidents-land-use-hearing-2-2-2-2-3-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2/?instance_id=1352" target="_blank">Public Land Use Hearing</a>.</p> <p dir="ltr">At 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Politico New York hosts <a href="http://www.politico.com/events/2015/11/new-york-playbook-215348" target="_blank">New York Playbook</a> Lunch, a discussion with Rep. Hakeem Jeffries and Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, hosted by playbook writers Azi Paybarah, Jimmy Vielkind, and Mike Allen.</p> <p dir="ltr">At the <a href="http://legistar.council.nyc.gov/Calendar.aspx" target="_blank">City Council</a> on Thursday:</p> <ul> <li dir="ltr">At 10 a.m. the Committee on Transportation will meet for an oversight hearing on transportation deserts. The Committee will hear two bills: one to mandate a DOT study looking at the feasibility of a light rail system; another to mandate a study on transportation deserts. It will also look at resolutions calling on the MTA to allow commuters to pay the metrocard fare on commuter rails and to conduct a study on unused railroad rights.</li> <li dir="ltr">At 10 a.m. the Committee on Parks and Recreation will meet to hear CM Mark Levine’s bill that would create a taskforce to study the effects of building shadows on parks.</li> <li dir="ltr">At 10 a.m. the Committee on Aging will meet for oversight on DFTA’s home care program.</li> <li dir="ltr">At 10 a.m. the Committee on Housing and Buildings will meet to discuss a bill that would require residential buildings to have photoelectric smoke detectors.</li> <li dir="ltr">At 1 p.m. the Committee on Environmental Protection will meet to discuss two bills aimed at reducing noise by sightseeing helicopters.</li> <li dir="ltr">At 1 p.m. the Committee on Sanitation and Solid Waste Management will convene for oversight of DSNY’s 2016 snow plan, and the introduction of two bills that would identify pedestrian bridges and create plans for de-snowing and de-icing them and make exemptions for senior citizens and persons with disabilities from being penalized for failing to remove snow from on sidewalks.</li> <li dir="ltr">At 1:30 p.m. the Committee on Veterans, jointly with the Committee on General Welfare will meet for oversight of the City’s efforts to end homelessness among military veterans.</li> </ul> <p dir="ltr">Thursday at 5:30 p.m. at New York Law School: <a href="https://nyls.wufoo.com/forms/impact-thursday-2/" target="_blank">Law and the Lives of Young Black Men,</a>&nbsp;"featuring&nbsp;Richard Buery, Deputy Mayor for Strategic Policy Initiatives; Alphonso B. David, Counsel to the Governor; and Nicholas Turner, President and Director, Vera Institute of Justice. Moderated by Professor Mercer Givhan, New York Law School."</p> <p dir="ltr">Thursday evening, Rep. Hakeem Jeffries is holding a campaign fundraiser, a <a href="https://secure.actblue.com/contribute/page/hjcuomo" target="_blank">reception</a> with Gov. Andrew Cuomo as the honorary guest.</p> <p dir="ltr">At 6 p.m. Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. and the Bronx Borough Board will host a public hearing regarding the Zoning for Quality and Affordability and the Mandatory Inclusionary Housing proposals of Mayor de Blasio through the City Planning department and toward his housing plan.</p> <p dir="ltr">Mayor de Blasio will host a town hall meeting focused on education in Jackson Heights, Queens, Thursday evening. Council Member Daniel Dromm, who chairs the City Council education committee, will welcome de Blasio and his team to the district.</p> <p dir="ltr">At 7:30 p.m. Thursday, the New York City Department of Records and Information Services and WomensActivism.NYC will host the <a href="https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pe.c/10039568" target="_blank">celebration</a> of the 200th o birthday of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and the Women's Suffrage Centennial. Sponsored by the City of New York, the Mayor’s Fund to Advance NYC, The Cooper Union, and Lebenthal Asset Management, the event is expected to be attended by elected officials including Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer.</p> <p><strong>FRIDAY</strong><br />On Friday at 8:15 a.m. Vicki Been, the Commissioner for Housing Preservation and Development, will <a href="https://nyls.wufoo.com/forms/vicki-been-citylaw-breakfast/" target="_blank">speak </a>at the latest New York City Law School CityLaw breakfast event.</p> <p>On Saturday: "Newly appointed New York State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia will give her first public address in New York City on Nov. 14 at the Council of School Supervisors &amp; Administrators' (CSA) 48th Educational Leadership Conference...Elia will deliver the keynote at CSA's Professional Development Plenary."</p> <p>***<br />Have events or topics for us to include in an upcoming Week Ahead in New York Politics? 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Mayor Bill de Blasio will hold a breakfast reception to honor the military veterans Wednesday morning. On Thursday, the City Council will hold a hearing on veteran homelessness, which the mayor vowed to end by the end of this year as part of a national pledge.</p> <p>The mayor and the City Council agreed last week to create a new Department of Veterans Services, removing the agency from the Mayor's Office and making veterans affairs its own city department, which will give it more resources and Council oversight. There will be a celebratory rally outside of City Hall on Tuesday at 11 a.m., then the veterans affairs committee of the Council will vote through the department bill, followed by the full Council.</p> <p>Could this be the week that First Lady Chirlane McCray unveils her much-anticipated "Mental Health Roadmap"? The week of Veterans Day would make sense considering the mental health challenges many veterans face. There's been no indication this is the week, but the 'roadmap' has been slated for release this fall. [Read <a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/government/5877-mccray-set-to-unveil-mental-health-roadmap-signature-de-blasio-plan" target="_blank">our extensive preview of McCray's mental health roadmap</a>]</p> <p>According to Citizens Budget Commission (CBC), the City will release its first quarter modification to the FY2016 budget this week. "In advance of that release, CBC <a href="http://www.cbcny.org/sites/default/files/PRESENTATION_11062015.pdf" target="_blank">compares</a> the Mayor's budget savings agenda, called the Citywide Savings Program, or CSP, with the Program to Eliminate the Gap (PEG) in fiscal years 2010 to 2015."</p> <p>After a marathon Friday press conference at which de Blasio answered dozens of questions from assembled reporters on a wide variety of subjects, the mayor had a quiet weekend. De Blasio continues to be scrutinized for his approach to the media, his administration's transparency, and several policy areas in which he is having the most challenges, such as homelessness, policing, and education. We'll see what this week holds other than a focus on veterans and the budget. On Monday morning the mayor is set to meet with members of the city's congressional delegation and then hold a media availability - at which he'll take both on- and off-topic questions.</p> <p>As always, there's a great deal happening&nbsp;all over the city, with many events to be aware of - read 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"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com">bmax@gothamgazette.com</a>***</em></p> <p><strong>The run of the week in detail:</strong></p> <p><strong>MONDAY<br /></strong>At the <a href="http://legistar.council.nyc.gov/Calendar.aspx" target="_blank">City Council</a> on Monday:</p> <ul> <li>At 10:30 a.m. the Subcommittee on Planning, Dispositions and Concessions will convene to discuss several Land Use Applications in Brooklyn.</li> <li dir="ltr">At 11 a.m. the Committee on Land Use will meet.</li> </ul> <p dir="ltr">On Monday at 10 a.m.,&nbsp;Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams "will honor Brooklyn's military heroes at his "Start Strong, Finish Strong" resource fair for veterans...Additional speakers will include Mayor's Office of Veterans Affairs Commissioner Loree K. Sutton, a retired Army brigadier general, and USAG Fort Hamilton Command Sergeant Kevin Fauntleroy. Borough President Adams will speak about Brooklyn's commitment to its veterans, including his efforts to restore the Brooklyn War Memorial and to address mental health challenges facing the community."</p> <p dir="ltr">On Monday at 11 a.m., New York City Council Member Carlos Menchaca, along with Hetrick-Martin Institute CEO Thomas Krever and the LGBTQ Caucus of the City Council will unveil “HMI Goes Citywide For LGBTQ Youth,” a new initiative to address the challenges LGBTQ youth face in New York.</p> <p dir="ltr">"On Monday, Mayor de Blasio will meet with members of the New York Congressional Delegation at City Hall to discuss a number‎ of issues impacting New York City. This meeting is closed press.&nbsp;After, [at 11:30 a.m.] the Mayor and members of the Congressional Delegation will hold a media availability on the Zadroga Act on the steps of City Hall," according to his public schedule.</p> <p dir="ltr">At noon Monday, Crain’s New York Business will host its “<a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/#utm_medium=email&amp;utm_source=cnyb-events&amp;utm_campaign=cnyb-events-20151015" target="_blank">Crain’s Business Hall of Fame Luncheon</a>” to celebrate businesspeople who have transformed the city through their philanthropic and professional lives. The list of honorees include Ms. Pamela Brier, President and Chief Executive Officer, Maimonides Medical Center; Mr.Laurence Fink, Chairman and CEO, BlackRock; Ms. Shelly Lazarus, Chairman Emeritus, Ogilvy &amp; Mather; Mr. Alan Patricof, Managing Director Greycroft; The Honorable Richard Ravitch, Former Lieutenant Governor, New York; Ms. Emily Rafferty, President Emeritus, The Metropolitan Museum of Art; and Mr. Steven Roth, Chairman and CEO, Vornado Realty Trust. EisnerAmper will sponsor the event.</p> <p dir="ltr">At 12:30 p.m. on Monday, Public Advocate Letitia James will “announce measures to expand affordability of NYC child care.” Joined by parents, advocates and other stakeholders, James will hold a press conference about the costs and accessibility of child care in New York City, releasing a report and outlining five policies to help increase accessibility, capacity, and affordability.</p> <p dir="ltr">At 1 p.m. Monday at City Hal, the correction officers union will hold a press conference&nbsp;"following the vicious attack on a correction officer by two Rikers inmates."</p> <p dir="ltr">At 6 p.m. Monday, schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña will deliver remarks at a pre-K family forum at the Children's Museum of Manhattan.</p> <p dir="ltr">At 7 p.m. Monday, Comptroller Scott Stringer and Assembly Member Linda Rosenthal will co-host a town hall meeting at the Lincoln Square Neighborhood Center on West 65th Street.</p> <p dir="ltr">Also at 7 p.m. Monday, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer will speak at New York Historical Society’s “Debt of Honor” program.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>TUESDAY</strong><br />Tuesday is a “Fight for $15” day of action, with many events planned to bring attention to wage issues and push for a $15 per hour minimum wage. Unions, advocacy groups, elected officials, and others will participate. Worker strikes, rallies, and marches will take place throughout the day all over the city and the country.</p> <p dir="ltr">At 6:30 a.m., Mayor de Blasio&nbsp;"will deliver remarks at a Fight for $15 rally to raise the minimum wage...Immediately following his remarks, the Mayor will appear in several one-on-one interviews with local television networks to discuss the need to raise the minimum wage." At 2:15 p.m., the Mayor will appear live on WBLS 107.5 and at 2:30 p.m., on NY1. "In the evening, the Mayor will attend the 70th Annual Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner."</p> <p dir="ltr">State Senate Republicans will convene in Albany on Tuesday to discuss their 2016 agenda. (A week later Assembly Democrats will meet in the capital,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.capitalnewyork.com/article/albany/2015/11/8581887/assembly-democrats-plan-nov-17-return-albany" target="_blank">according to Politico New York</a>.)</p> <p dir="ltr">On Tuesday at 8 a.m., Chancellor of the State University of of New York Nancy Zimpher will speak at the Citizens Budget Commission breakfast at the Harvard Club. Zimpher will discuss SUNY projects and priorities.</p> <p dir="ltr">At 9 a.m. Tuesday the Board of Corrections will hold a meeting.</p> <p dir="ltr">At 11 a.m. Tuesday at City Hall, Council Speaker Mark-Viverito, Council Member Eric Ulrich, who chairs the Council’s veterans affairs committee, military veterans, and advocates will celebrate the imminent creation of a new City Department of Veterans Services.</p> <p dir="ltr">At the <a href="http://legistar.council.nyc.gov/Calendar.aspx" target="_blank">City Council</a> on Tuesday, the City Council will convene for a full-body Stated Meeting, which, as always, will be prefaced by a press conference hosted by City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito at 12:30 p.m.</p> <p dir="ltr">Gov. Cuomo will make an announcement Tuesday at 4:15 p.m. in Manhattan at Foley Square, likely at a Fight for $15 event.</p> <p dir="ltr">At 6:30 p.m. the Committee on Drugs and Law of the New York City Bar Association will host a <a href="https://services.nycbar.org/iMIS/Events/Event_Display.aspx?EventKey=DRU111015&amp;WebsiteKey=f71e12f3-524e-4f8c-a5f7-0d16ce7b3314" target="_blank">discussion</a> on marijuana policy in New York. Panelists will include City Council Member Rafael Espinal, state Senator Jeff Klein, Vocal New York’s Alyssa Aguilera, and others.</p> <p dir="ltr">At 7 p.m. Tuesday, “Trans-Pacific Partnership: Who Wins and Who Loses in This Secret Deal?”, a panel event presented by the Big Apple Coffee Party and moderated by Zephyr Teachout, Fordham law professor and CEO of Mayday PAC.</p> <p dir="ltr">The only City Council Participatory Budgeting <a href="http://council.nyc.gov/html/pb/events.shtml" target="_blank">event</a> of the week is on Tuesday: Council Member David Greenfield (District 44, Brooklyn), 6:30 p.m.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>WEDNESDAY</strong><br />Wednesday is Veterans Day. At 8 a.m. Mayor de Blasio will hold a breakfast reception to honor and remember military veterans.</p> <p dir="ltr">On Wednesday evening, many New York politicos, policy wonks, and others will gather to celebrate the 25th anniversary of City Journal, the Manhattan Institute policy publication.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>THURSDAY</strong><br />On Thursday at 8 a.m. Association for Better New York will host a <a href="https://www.abny.org/Content/Events/EventTickets.aspx?EventID=182&amp;utm_source=ABNY+Event+Invitations+-+Non-members&amp;utm_campaign=ebc8e0c451-ABNY_Nonmembers_Breakfast_Carolyn_Maloney_Round3&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_term=0_e4e1abe544-ebc8e0c451-381180997" target="_blank">breakfast</a> with Congressional Rep. Carolyn Maloney, who will speak about the &nbsp;projects, as well as her other priorities.</p> <p dir="ltr">The next public meeting of the New York City Campaign Finance Board will be Thursday at 10 a.m.</p> <p dir="ltr">At 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Queens Borough President Melinda Katz will hold a <a href="http://queensbp.org/event/queens-borough-presidents-land-use-hearing-2-2-2-2-3-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2/?instance_id=1352" target="_blank">Public Land Use Hearing</a>.</p> <p dir="ltr">At 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Politico New York hosts <a href="http://www.politico.com/events/2015/11/new-york-playbook-215348" target="_blank">New York Playbook</a> Lunch, a discussion with Rep. Hakeem Jeffries and Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, hosted by playbook writers Azi Paybarah, Jimmy Vielkind, and Mike Allen.</p> <p dir="ltr">At the <a href="http://legistar.council.nyc.gov/Calendar.aspx" target="_blank">City Council</a> on Thursday:</p> <ul> <li dir="ltr">At 10 a.m. the Committee on Transportation will meet for an oversight hearing on transportation deserts. The Committee will hear two bills: one to mandate a DOT study looking at the feasibility of a light rail system; another to mandate a study on transportation deserts. It will also look at resolutions calling on the MTA to allow commuters to pay the metrocard fare on commuter rails and to conduct a study on unused railroad rights.</li> <li dir="ltr">At 10 a.m. the Committee on Parks and Recreation will meet to hear CM Mark Levine’s bill that would create a taskforce to study the effects of building shadows on parks.</li> <li dir="ltr">At 10 a.m. the Committee on Aging will meet for oversight on DFTA’s home care program.</li> <li dir="ltr">At 10 a.m. the Committee on Housing and Buildings will meet to discuss a bill that would require residential buildings to have photoelectric smoke detectors.</li> <li dir="ltr">At 1 p.m. the Committee on Environmental Protection will meet to discuss two bills aimed at reducing noise by sightseeing helicopters.</li> <li dir="ltr">At 1 p.m. the Committee on Sanitation and Solid Waste Management will convene for oversight of DSNY’s 2016 snow plan, and the introduction of two bills that would identify pedestrian bridges and create plans for de-snowing and de-icing them and make exemptions for senior citizens and persons with disabilities from being penalized for failing to remove snow from on sidewalks.</li> <li dir="ltr">At 1:30 p.m. the Committee on Veterans, jointly with the Committee on General Welfare will meet for oversight of the City’s efforts to end homelessness among military veterans.</li> </ul> <p dir="ltr">Thursday at 5:30 p.m. at New York Law School: <a href="https://nyls.wufoo.com/forms/impact-thursday-2/" target="_blank">Law and the Lives of Young Black Men,</a>&nbsp;"featuring&nbsp;Richard Buery, Deputy Mayor for Strategic Policy Initiatives; Alphonso B. David, Counsel to the Governor; and Nicholas Turner, President and Director, Vera Institute of Justice. Moderated by Professor Mercer Givhan, New York Law School."</p> <p dir="ltr">Thursday evening, Rep. Hakeem Jeffries is holding a campaign fundraiser, a <a href="https://secure.actblue.com/contribute/page/hjcuomo" target="_blank">reception</a> with Gov. Andrew Cuomo as the honorary guest.</p> <p dir="ltr">At 6 p.m. Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. and the Bronx Borough Board will host a public hearing regarding the Zoning for Quality and Affordability and the Mandatory Inclusionary Housing proposals of Mayor de Blasio through the City Planning department and toward his housing plan.</p> <p dir="ltr">Mayor de Blasio will host a town hall meeting focused on education in Jackson Heights, Queens, Thursday evening. Council Member Daniel Dromm, who chairs the City Council education committee, will welcome de Blasio and his team to the district.</p> <p dir="ltr">At 7:30 p.m. Thursday, the New York City Department of Records and Information Services and WomensActivism.NYC will host the <a href="https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pe.c/10039568" target="_blank">celebration</a> of the 200th o birthday of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and the Women's Suffrage Centennial. Sponsored by the City of New York, the Mayor’s Fund to Advance NYC, The Cooper Union, and Lebenthal Asset Management, the event is expected to be attended by elected officials including Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer.</p> <p><strong>FRIDAY</strong><br />On Friday at 8:15 a.m. Vicki Been, the Commissioner for Housing Preservation and Development, will <a href="https://nyls.wufoo.com/forms/vicki-been-citylaw-breakfast/" target="_blank">speak </a>at the latest New York City Law School CityLaw breakfast event.</p> <p>On Saturday: "Newly appointed New York State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia will give her first public address in New York City on Nov. 14 at the Council of School Supervisors &amp; Administrators' (CSA) 48th Educational Leadership Conference...Elia will deliver the keynote at CSA's Professional Development Plenary."</p> <p>***<br />Have events or topics for us to include in an upcoming Week Ahead in New York Politics? 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De Blasio spoke against a new wave of anti-Semitism and <a href="http://m.nydailynews.com/new-york/jerusalem-speech-mayor-de-blasio-decries-anti-semitism-article-1.2401818?cid=bitly" target="_blank">called for a "broken-windows" approach</a> to combatting hate.</p> <p>De Blasio is flying back to New York Sunday evening, he has no public events scheduled Monday.</p> <p>Coming up this week, <a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/government/5935-the-mayors-media-blitz-de-blasio" target="_blank">the 'new' Bill de Blasio</a> will continue to show, with the mayor <a href="http://m.apnews.com/ap/db_268748/contentdetail.htm?contentguid=DwMmJjEm" target="_blank">set to hold</a> a joint press event with his predecessor, Michael Bloomberg, on Wednesday. De Blasio and Bloomberg have appeared together several times since de Blasio came into office, but have not held a joint event, as they will for the planting of the millionth tree in the "Million Trees NYC" program launched by Bloomberg in 2007.</p> <p>As always, there's a great deal happening&nbsp;all over the city, with many events to be aware of - read 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"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com">bmax@gothamgazette.com</a>***</em></p> <p><strong>The run of the week in detail:</strong></p> <p><strong>Monday<br /></strong>On Monday, starting at 8:30 a.m., the City Council Progressive Caucus and allies are holding a conference to discuss progressive public policies and legislative priorities aimed at inequality and improving communities. Keynote will be given by City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, with panel discussions on defending workers' rights, expanding and modernizing democracy, moving toward a greener city, and community safety and empowerment.</p> <p dir="ltr">Afterward, at noon outside of SEIU 32BJ headquarters, Progressive Caucus Members and allies will “rally on their legislative priorities aimed at offering genuine opportunity to all New Yorkers, especially those who have been left out of our society’s prosperity.” Caucus Co-Chairs Donovan Richards and Antonio Reynoso, Vice-Chairs Helen Rosenthal and Ben Kallos, and other caucus members will be joined by “event sponsors Local Progress and Working Families Organization and advocates from SEIU 32BJ, VOCAL NY, Communities united for Police Reform, Bag It NYC, Streetwise and Safe and BRT for NYC.”</p> <p dir="ltr">At 8:30 a.m. Monday, <a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/#sthash.fxiimyMW.dpbs" target="_blank">Black Live Matter / Fight for $15: A New Social Movement</a>, a discussion on the convergence of the two movements and the chances of them sowing the seeds “for a broader social and economic justice movement” - featuring Alicia Garza of Black Lives Matter and Domestic Workers Alliance; Jelani Cobb, Journalist &amp; Professor at UConn; Hillman Judge; and Kendall Fells, SEIU / Fight For $15. &nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr">On Monday morning’s The Brian Lehrer Show on WNYC, City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito will appear in one segment, discussing several topics, and Queens state Senator Michael Gianaris will appear in another to discuss his bail elimination proposal.</p> <p dir="ltr">At the&nbsp;<a href="http://legistar.council.nyc.gov/Calendar.aspx" target="_blank">City Council</a>&nbsp;on Monday:</p> <ul> <li dir="ltr">At 10 a.m. the Committee on Immigration will hold a joint oversight meeting with the Committee on Courts and Legal Services to evaluate Attorney Compliances with Padilla vs. Kentucky and court obstacles for immigrants in Criminal and Summons Courts.</li> <li dir="ltr">At 1 p.m. the Committee on Civil Rights will meet to hear several new bills related to protecting against discrimination; clarifying that any “person providing goods, services or accommodations” as stated in the Human Rights Law also includes government bodies; forbid any accommodation provider from discriminating based on income source; and make it unlawful for anyone who provides housing to refuse it to a person based the perception that the person is a victim of domestic abuse or violence.&nbsp;</li> </ul> <p dir="ltr">On Monday at 1:30 p.m. in Niagra Falls,&nbsp;Attorney General Eric Schneiderman "will discuss steps his office is taking with local officials to combat the use of designer drugs."</p> <p dir="ltr">At 5:30 p.m., New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, together with the Black, Latino and Asian Caucus of the Council will host a <a href="https://twitter.com/IDaneekMiller/status/653948332172161024" target="_blank">Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration</a>.</p> <p dir="ltr">Also at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Queens Borough President Melinda Katz will hold a Borough Board <a href="http://queensbp.org/event/queens-borough-board-meeting-2-4-3-2-3-2/?instance_id=1283" target="_blank">meeting </a>to hear details from the Department of City Planning (DCP) on the “Zoning for Quality and Affordability” and “Mandatory Inclusionary Housing” proposed zoning text amendments.</p> <p dir="ltr">At 6:30 p.m., &nbsp;Sanctuary for Families’ <a href="https://www.sanctuaryforfamilies.org/event/above-and-beyond/" target="_blank">13th Annual Above &amp; Beyond Pro Bono Achievement Awards &amp; Benefit</a>&nbsp;will be honoring Rosemonde Pierre-Louis, Senior Advisor on Gender Equity and&nbsp;former Commissioner of the Mayor’s Office to Combat Domestic Violence, and others.</p> <p dir="ltr">On Monday evening, Speaker Mark-Viverito will attend&nbsp;"the Little Sisters of the Assumption Family Health Services Gala."</p> <p dir="ltr">Monday’s City Council Participatory Budgeting <a href="http://council.nyc.gov/html/pb/events.shtml" target="_blank">events</a>:</p> <ul> <li dir="ltr">Mark Treyger (District 47, Brooklyn) 6 p.m.</li> <li dir="ltr">Steve Levin (District 33, Brooklyn) 6:30 p.m.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Tuesday<br /></strong>On Tuesday at 9 a.m., on the third anniversary of Hurricane Sandy, the Center for New York City Affairs at Milano School of International Affairs will hold a panel titled <a href="https://www.eventbrite.com/e/hurricane-sandy-3-building-resilient-neighborhoods-tickets-18611697087" target="_blank">Hurricane Sandy +3: Building Resilient Neighborhoods</a>. Conversation will focus on the state of the post-storm infrastructure in the areas where the storm hit hardest. The panel will include Daniel A. Zarrilli, director of the Mayor’s Office of Recovery and Resiliency; Joel Towers, executive dean, Parsons School of Design at the New School; Klaus Jacob, special research scientist at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory; Onleilove Alston, executive director of Faith in New York; Hugh Hogan, executive director of the North Star Fund;Shermane Margaret Stewart-Lester, lay leader at St. Mary Star of the Sea Church in Far Rockaway.</p> <p dir="ltr">At 9:30 a.m. Tuesday Queens Borough President Melinda Katz will hold a <a href="http://queensbp.org/event/queens-borough-cabinet-meeting-2-2-3-2-2-2/?instance_id=1281" target="_blank">Borough Cabinet Meeting</a>.</p> <p dir="ltr">At the&nbsp;<a href="http://legistar.council.nyc.gov/Calendar.aspx" target="_blank">City Council</a>&nbsp;on Tuesday:</p> <ul> <li dir="ltr">At 9:30 a.m. the Subcommittee on Zoning and Franchises will meet to discuss land use applications.</li> <li dir="ltr">At 1 p.m. the Subcommittee on Planning, Dispositions and Concessions will meet to discuss land use applications.</li> </ul> <p dir="ltr">At the&nbsp;<a href="http://assembly.state.ny.us/leg/?sh=hear" target="_blank">New York State Assembly</a>&nbsp;on Tuesday: at 10 a.m. the Assembly Standing Committee on Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities will convene for a public hearing on “The Adequacy of Supports and Services for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities.”</p> <p dir="ltr">On Tuesday, Public Advocate Letitia James&nbsp;chairs COPIC Commission meeting at Borough of Manhattan Community College (stream: http://livestream.com/BMCCMedia/events/4439178) at 10 a.m. Then, at 11:15, she is a panelist at "NASP's "The State of WMBE's Doing Business in NYS: From the Legislative Perspective" and at 6 p.m. she hosts "Staten Island Clergy Council Education Forum."</p> <p dir="ltr">At 11:15 a.m. Monday near Stuyvesant Town,&nbsp;Mayor de Blasio and "local elected officials and tenant leaders from Stuyvesant Town-Peter Cooper Village will hold a media availability" about the imminent sale of the property.</p> <p dir="ltr">On Tuesday at 1:15 p.m. from the 25th Police Precinct at 120 East 119th Street,&nbsp;"Mayor de Blasio – alongside Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and Police Commissioner Bill Bratton – will sign Intro. 917-A, criminalizing the manufacture, possession with intent to sell, and sale of synthetic cannabinoids and synthetic phenethylamines; Intro. 897, allowing the City to apply public nuisance regulations to violations of the new criminal provision barring the sale of K2; and Intro. 885-A, allowing the city to revoke, suspend or refuse to renew a cigarette dealer license due to the sale of synthetic drugs or imitation synthetic drugs...After, the Mayor will appear live on Power 105.1 with Angie Martinez to discuss the K-2 legislation."</p> <p dir="ltr">At 4 p.m. Mark-Viverito will host a press conference "to celebrate $1.2 Million in funding for STARS Afterschool Initiative with Finance Committee Chair Julissa Ferreras-Copeland at P.S. 50 on 100th Street in Manhattan. Then, at 8 p.m., Mark-Viverito will host "#SheWillBe Twitter Party to Discuss the City Council's First In The Nation Young Women's Initiative...Join the conversation on Twitter by using the hashtag #SheWillBe."</p> <p dir="ltr">At 5:30 p.m. Tuesday Community Voices Heard will hold a rally titled “<a href="http://www.cvhaction.org/events/march-on-the-mayor-stop-privatization-start-funding-nycha" target="_blank">March on the Mayor: Stop Privatization, Start Funding NYCHA</a>.” The demonstration will demand a stop to increasing privatization and an increase in funding for the New York City Housing Authority by $2 billion starting this year.</p> <p dir="ltr">At 6 p.m. the Brooklyn Historical Society will host <a href="https://www.eventbrite.com/e/life-after-surveillance-in-bay-ridges-muslim-community-tickets-17898679432?utm_campaign=a1f9c65cf9-October+Programs+Week+2+(10132015)&amp;utm_term=0_556fa60cc0-a1f9c65cf9-[LIST_EMAIL_ID]&amp;utm_source=Brooklyn+Historical+Society+E-Newsletter&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;mc_eid=[UNIQID]&amp;mc_cid=a1f9c65cf9&amp;ct=t(October+Programs+Week+2+(10132015))" target="_blank">Life After Surveillance in Bay Ridge’s Muslim Community</a>, a discussion about the post-9/11 surveillance in Bay Ridge and how this surveillance sowed seeds of distrust in the neighbourhood. Panelists include moderator Jarrett Murphy, Executive Editor of City Limits; Linda Sarsour, Executive Director of the Arab American Association of New York; Moustafa Bayoumi; award-winning writer, and Professor of English at Brooklyn College, City University of New York; and Dr. Ahmad Jaber, an OB/GYN at the Lutheran Medical Center in Bay Ridge and a Muslim religious educator.</p> <p dir="ltr">Tuesday "evening, the Mayor and First Lady Chirlane McCray will host the Gracie Gala Dinner," according to de Blasio's public schedule.&nbsp;The Gracie Mansion Conservancy will hold an <a href="http://www1.nyc.gov/office-of-the-mayor/news/717-15/gracie-mansion-conservancy-public-re-opening-gracie-mansion-art-additions-and" target="_blank">invitation only fundraiser</a> to celebrate the grand re-opening of Gracie Mansion after recent repairs. The fundraiser will feature the mansion’s new art installation, Windows on the City: Looking Out at Gracie’s New York, curated with help of the Museum of the City of New York, the New York Historical Society, Brooklyn College, Brooklyn Museum, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.</p> <p dir="ltr">At 7 p.m. Tuesday, Governor Cuomo will&nbsp;attend "the Nassau County Democratic Committee Annual Fall Dinner."</p> <p dir="ltr">Tuesday’s City Council Participatory Budgeting <a href="http://council.nyc.gov/html/pb/events.shtml" target="_blank">events</a>:</p> <ul> <li dir="ltr">Jimmy Van Bramer (District 26, Queens) 6 p.m.</li> <li dir="ltr">Eric Ulrich (District 32, Queens) 7 p.m.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Wednesday<br /></strong>On Wednesday in the Bronx: Mayor de Blasio and his predecessor, former Mayor Michael Bloomberg, will <a href="http://m.apnews.com/ap/db_268748/contentdetail.htm?contentguid=DwMmJjEm" target="_blank">meet</a> to plant the millionth tree in the Million Trees NYC program, a Bloomberg initiative begun in 2007.</p> <p dir="ltr">On Wednesday at 8:30 a.m. Comptroller Scott Stringer will hold a “<a href="https://twitter.com/scottmstringer/status/652511684121202688" target="_blank">Queens Hearing for Business Owners and Entrepreneurs</a>.” The event is the next installment of the Comptroller’s “Red Tape Commision Hearings” dedicated to listening to ideas and suggestion that would make it easier for entrepreneurs and business owners to grow their businesses, while partnering with the government. The event will bring together Borough President Melinda Katz; Queens Chamber of Commerce; Queens Economic Development Corporation; the Queens Tribune; and co-chairs of the Red Tape Commission Jessica Lappin and Michael Lambert.</p> <p dir="ltr">Also at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, former NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly will headline a Fordham University event “<a href="http://www.alumni.fordham.edu/calendar/detail.aspx?ID=4266" target="_blank">Governance in New York City: The Bloomberg Years</a>.”</p> <p dir="ltr">At the&nbsp;<a href="http://assembly.state.ny.us/leg/?sh=hear" target="_blank">New York State Legislature</a>&nbsp;on Wednesday:</p> <ul> <li dir="ltr">At 10 a.m. the Committee on Consumer Affairs and Protection and the Committee on Aging and the Subcommittee on Consumer Fraud Protection will hold a joint public hearing on “State resource funding to protect consumers, including seniors, from frauds and scams.”</li> <li dir="ltr">At 11 a.m. the Senate Task Force on Workforce Development will convene for a public meeting “To&nbsp;examine initiatives and determine best practices for job skill training and re-training programs, and provide recommendations to foster workforce development in New York State.”</li> <li dir="ltr">At 12:30 p.m. the Assembly Standing Committee on Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities will hold a public hearing regarding the “Transition of Behavioral Health Supports and Services into Managed Care.”</li> </ul> <p dir="ltr">At 6 p.m. Wednesday, Harry Siegel of The New York Daily News and Heather Mac Donald of the Manhattan Institute will try to answer the question, “<a href="http://www.sfc.edu/pagecalpop.cfm?p=357&amp;verbose=284093" target="_blank">Is The NYPD Doing Its Job?</a>” The discussion will be moderated by social critic Kay S. Hymowitz, author of Manning Up: How the Rise of Women Has Turned Men into Boys, and will explore the new tracking system aimed at reducing police brutality and assess Commissioner Bratton’s effort to implement the program.</p> <p dir="ltr">At 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, City Council Members Ydanis Rodriguez and Mark Levine will host the event <a href="https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1673652976254484" target="_blank">"Jewish Poverty in New York City"</a> along with a group of civic organizations including YM &amp; YWHA of Washington Heights and Inwood, the Russian-speaking Community Council of Manhattan and the Bronx, Jews for Racial and Economic Justice, the Fort Tyron Jewish Center, the Jewish Community Council of Washington Heights-Inwood, the Hebrew Tabernacle, and The Workmen’s Circle.</p> <p dir="ltr">Also at 6:30 p.m., City &amp; State NY will be host its 2015 <a href="https://www.eventbrite.com/e/city-state-new-york-city-rising-stars-40-under-40-tickets-18745852349?aff=erelexpsim" target="_blank">New York City Rising Stars: 40 Under 40</a> celebration. The list features stars in government, advocacy, labor, and consulting.</p> <p dir="ltr">At 7 p.m. the Department of Education, the School Construction Authority, elected officials, and parents will meet for “<a href="http://ps10.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/Over-Crowding.pdf" target="_blank">Let’s Talk About Overcrowding</a>.” The event will focus on the issue of overcrowding in public schools in Cobble Hill and Caroll Gardens, in addition to addressing several other school-related issues. State Senator Daniel Squadron, State Assemblymember Jo Anne Simon, State Senator Velmanette Montgomery, City Councilmember Brad Lander, City Councilmember Steve Levin, and others will participate.</p> <p dir="ltr">At 3:30 Wednesday in Manhattan, Families for Excellent Schools is planning to hold another <a href="http://www.capitalnewyork.com/article/city-hall/2015/10/8579681/shifting-focus-unions-charter-group-plans-teacher-rally" target="_blank">rally</a> to support charter schools, this time featuring charter school teachers, about 1,000 of whom are expected to rally.</p> <p dir="ltr">Wednesday’s City Council Participatory Budgeting <a href="http://council.nyc.gov/html/pb/events.shtml" target="_blank">event</a> is via CM Mark Levine (District 7, Manhattan) 6 p.m.</p> <p><strong>Thursday<br /></strong>At 8 a.m. Thursday, <a href="http://www.summit.mas.org/why-attend/" target="_blank">The Sixth Annual MAS Summit for New York City</a> will commence. The Municipal Art Society summit will run through Friday evening and include two days of networking opportunities and one hundred speakers. Notable presenters include: Commissioner Vicki Been, of the NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development; Commissioner Tom Finkelpearl, of the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs; Alicia Glen, Deputy Mayor for Housing and Economic Development; New York State Senator Chuck Schumer; Purnima Kapur, Executive Director for the Department of City Planning; and many more to speak about “The City We Want.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Thursday at 10:30 a.m. Borough President Melinda Katz will hold a <a href="http://queensbp.org/event/queens-borough-presidents-land-use-hearing-2-2-2-2-3-2-2-2-2-2-2-2/?instance_id=1328" target="_blank">Land Use Hearing</a>.</p> <p dir="ltr">At the&nbsp;<a href="http://legistar.council.nyc.gov/Calendar.aspx" target="_blank">City Council</a>&nbsp;Thursday:</p> <ul> <li dir="ltr">At 10 a.m. the Committee on Finance will meet to discuss the extension of credit against the unincorporated business tax and the general corporation tax.</li> <li dir="ltr">At 10 a.m. the Committee on Transportation will meet to hear several bills related to the TLC and commuter vans..</li> <li dir="ltr">At 11 a.m. the Committee on Land Use will meet, with agenda TBA.</li> <li dir="ltr">At 1 p.m. the Committee on Mental Health, Developmental Disability, Alcoholism, Substance Abuse and Disability Services will hold a hearing on new accessibility-related bills.</li> <li dir="ltr">At 1 p.m. the Committee on Recovery and Resiliency will meet for oversight on coastal storm resiliency in the city two year after the SIRR report.</li> <li dir="ltr">At 1 p.m. the Committee on Economic Development will meet on bills that would require the NYCEDC to submit annual job creation reports to community planning boards; require SBS to collect data on gender and racial diversity among “executive level employees” in city contractor companies.</li> </ul> <p dir="ltr">At the&nbsp;<a href="http://assembly.state.ny.us/leg/?sh=hear" target="_blank">New York State Assembly</a>&nbsp;Thursday, a “Budget oversight hearing for the Assembly Standing Committees on Local Governments and Cities.”</p> <p dir="ltr">At 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Public Agenda will hold “<a href="http://www.publicagenda.org/blogs/nyc-event-restoring-opportunity-the-role-of-education" target="_blank">Restoring Opportunity: The Role of Education</a>,” an event to discuss how the education policies of both New York State and the entire nation need to change in order for the country to truly offer the opportunities promised by the American Dream. Brian Lehrer, from WNYC, will moderate the discussion, interviewing Andie Puriefoy, the former president of the Public Education Network and Alison Kadlec, an expert of higher education reform.</p> <p dir="ltr">At 7 p.m. BRIC will host the panel discussion “<a href="http://www.eventbrite.com/e/breaking-down-the-walls-brooklyn-bheard-on-immigration-a-community-town-hall-tickets-18780118841?aff=estw&amp;utm_source=tw&amp;utm_medium=discovery&amp;utm_content=attendeeshare&amp;utm_campaign=social&amp;utm_term=listing" target="_blank">Breaking Down the Walls: #BHeard on Immigration, a Community Town Hall</a>.” The talk will be moderated by Brian Vines and feature City Council Member Carlos Menchaca; Linda Sarsour, Arab American Association; Adrian Carasquillo, immigration reporter for Buzzfeed news; Alina Das, NYU professor; and Shena Elrington, director of immigrant rights and racial justice at the Center for Popular Democracy.</p> <p dir="ltr">At their <a href="http://www.prideagenda.org/news/2015-09-28-empire-state-pride-agenda-present-25th-anniversary-silver-torch-award-governor" target="_blank">annual fall dinner</a> Thursday, Empire State Pride Agenda will award Governor Cuomo with the 25th anniversary Silver Torch Award for “his extraordinary efforts to make marriage equality a reality in New York — paving the way for the freedom to marry nationwide” and “his more recent commitment to ending the AIDS epidemic in New York.” Along with Cuomo, other speakers will be Senators Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand,&nbsp;City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito; City Public Advocate Letitia James; Pride Agenda Board Co-Chairs Norman C. Simon and Melissa Sklarz; and Pride Agenda Executive Director Nathan Schaefer.</p> <p dir="ltr">Citizens Union, the good government group,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.citizensunion.org/www/ud00/2/264f19babedf446a956b4911d258be18/Personal_Documents/CitizensUnionGala2015_InviteFINAL.pdf" target="_blank">will hold</a> its 2015 Annual Awards Dinner Thursday evening. New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman will give featured remarks. Citizens Union honorees include Mylan L. Denerstein (Public Service Award), Adam Flatto (Business Leadership Award), Haeda B. Mihaltses (Public Service Award), and Stephen P. Younger (Civic Leadership Award).</p> <p dir="ltr">Beginning Thursday evening and continuing through Friday, the Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute will host “<a href="http://www.roosevelthouse.hunter.cuny.edu/events/youth-jobs-and-the-future-responses-to-youth-unemployment/" target="_blank">Youth, Jobs and Future: Responses to Youth Unemployment</a>.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Thursday’s City Council Participatory Budgeting <a href="http://council.nyc.gov/html/pb/events.shtml" target="_blank">events</a>:</p> <ul> <li dir="ltr">CM Helen Rosenthal (District 6, Manhattan) 6 p.m.</li> <li dir="ltr">CM Paul Vallone (District 19, Queens) 7 p.m.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Friday and the weekend<br /></strong>At the <a href="http://legistar.council.nyc.gov/Calendar.aspx" target="_blank">City Council</a> on Friday: at 10 a.m. the Committee on Higher Education will convene for oversight on college testing access.</p> <p>"The next public meeting of the New York City Campaign Finance Board will be held on Friday, October 23 at 10:00 AM."</p> <p dir="ltr">At the<a href="http://assembly.state.ny.us/leg/?sh=hear" target="_blank"> New York State Assembly</a> on Friday: at 10:30 a.m. the Assembly Standing Committee on Corporations, Authorities and Commissions and the Assembly Standing Committee on Economic Development, Job Creation, Commerce and Industry will hold a joint public hearing on “Providing Affordable and High Quality Cable, Broadband, and Telephone Service.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Friday’s City Council Participatory Budgeting <a href="http://council.nyc.gov/html/pb/events.shtml" target="_blank">event</a> is via CM Carlos Menchaca (District 38, Brooklyn) 6 p.m.</p> <p dir="ltr">Saturday at 10:30 a.m., New Yorkers Against Gun Violence will hold <a href="http://nyagv.org/walk-over-the-hudson-for-gun-sense-saturday-1024/" target="_blank">Walk Over the Hudson for Gun Sense</a>, a march in response to recent bursts of gun violence across the US. The event invites citizens to show their “commitment to background checks, safe storage, and other common sense gun safety laws.”</p> <p dir="ltr">At noon Saturday, BetaNYC will hold an <a href="http://www.meetup.com/betanyc/events/226031486/" target="_blank">event</a> to improve CityGram.NYC, a website which allows New York City residents to subscribe to open government data based on their geographic location and areas of interest.</p> <p dir="ltr">Saturday’s City Council Participatory Budgeting <a href="http://council.nyc.gov/html/pb/events.shtml" target="_blank">event</a> is via CM Carlos Menchaca (District 38, Brooklyn), 2 p.m.</p> <p dir="ltr">On Sunday, the de Blasio family will open their doors to the public at a Gracie Mansion Open House. A ticket giveaway will take place on the <a href="http://www1.nyc.gov/site/gracie/visit/gracie-mansion-open-house-tickets.page" target="_blank">event</a> website. In celebration of the Mansion’s 35th anniversary, the open house will feature 49 new works as part of the “Windows on the City: Looking Out at Gracie’s New York” show.</p> <p>***<br />Have events or topics for us to include in an upcoming Week Ahead in New York Politics? 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De Blasio spoke against a new wave of anti-Semitism and <a href="http://m.nydailynews.com/new-york/jerusalem-speech-mayor-de-blasio-decries-anti-semitism-article-1.2401818?cid=bitly" target="_blank">called for a "broken-windows" approach</a> to combatting hate.</p> <p>De Blasio is flying back to New York Sunday evening, he has no public events scheduled Monday.</p> <p>Coming up this week, <a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/government/5935-the-mayors-media-blitz-de-blasio" target="_blank">the 'new' Bill de Blasio</a> will continue to show, with the mayor <a href="http://m.apnews.com/ap/db_268748/contentdetail.htm?contentguid=DwMmJjEm" target="_blank">set to hold</a> a joint press event with his predecessor, Michael Bloomberg, on Wednesday. De Blasio and Bloomberg have appeared together several times since de Blasio came into office, but have not held a joint event, as they will for the planting of the millionth tree in the "Million Trees NYC" program launched by Bloomberg in 2007.</p> <p>As always, there's a great deal happening&nbsp;all over the city, with many events to be aware of - read 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"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com">bmax@gothamgazette.com</a>***</em></p> <p><strong>The run of the week in detail:</strong></p> <p><strong>Monday<br /></strong>On Monday, starting at 8:30 a.m., the City Council Progressive Caucus and allies are holding a conference to discuss progressive public policies and legislative priorities aimed at inequality and improving communities. Keynote will be given by City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, with panel discussions on defending workers' rights, expanding and modernizing democracy, moving toward a greener city, and community safety and empowerment.</p> <p dir="ltr">Afterward, at noon outside of SEIU 32BJ headquarters, Progressive Caucus Members and allies will “rally on their legislative priorities aimed at offering genuine opportunity to all New Yorkers, especially those who have been left out of our society’s prosperity.” Caucus Co-Chairs Donovan Richards and Antonio Reynoso, Vice-Chairs Helen Rosenthal and Ben Kallos, and other caucus members will be joined by “event sponsors Local Progress and Working Families Organization and advocates from SEIU 32BJ, VOCAL NY, Communities united for Police Reform, Bag It NYC, Streetwise and Safe and BRT for NYC.”</p> <p dir="ltr">At 8:30 a.m. Monday, <a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/#sthash.fxiimyMW.dpbs" target="_blank">Black Live Matter / Fight for $15: A New Social Movement</a>, a discussion on the convergence of the two movements and the chances of them sowing the seeds “for a broader social and economic justice movement” - featuring Alicia Garza of Black Lives Matter and Domestic Workers Alliance; Jelani Cobb, Journalist &amp; Professor at UConn; Hillman Judge; and Kendall Fells, SEIU / Fight For $15. &nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr">On Monday morning’s The Brian Lehrer Show on WNYC, City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito will appear in one segment, discussing several topics, and Queens state Senator Michael Gianaris will appear in another to discuss his bail elimination proposal.</p> <p dir="ltr">At the&nbsp;<a href="http://legistar.council.nyc.gov/Calendar.aspx" target="_blank">City Council</a>&nbsp;on Monday:</p> <ul> <li dir="ltr">At 10 a.m. the Committee on Immigration will hold a joint oversight meeting with the Committee on Courts and Legal Services to evaluate Attorney Compliances with Padilla vs. Kentucky and court obstacles for immigrants in Criminal and Summons Courts.</li> <li dir="ltr">At 1 p.m. the Committee on Civil Rights will meet to hear several new bills related to protecting against discrimination; clarifying that any “person providing goods, services or accommodations” as stated in the Human Rights Law also includes government bodies; forbid any accommodation provider from discriminating based on income source; and make it unlawful for anyone who provides housing to refuse it to a person based the perception that the person is a victim of domestic abuse or violence.&nbsp;</li> </ul> <p dir="ltr">On Monday at 1:30 p.m. in Niagra Falls,&nbsp;Attorney General Eric Schneiderman "will discuss steps his office is taking with local officials to combat the use of designer drugs."</p> <p dir="ltr">At 5:30 p.m., New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, together with the Black, Latino and Asian Caucus of the Council will host a <a href="https://twitter.com/IDaneekMiller/status/653948332172161024" target="_blank">Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration</a>.</p> <p dir="ltr">Also at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Queens Borough President Melinda Katz will hold a Borough Board <a href="http://queensbp.org/event/queens-borough-board-meeting-2-4-3-2-3-2/?instance_id=1283" target="_blank">meeting </a>to hear details from the Department of City Planning (DCP) on the “Zoning for Quality and Affordability” and “Mandatory Inclusionary Housing” proposed zoning text amendments.</p> <p dir="ltr">At 6:30 p.m., &nbsp;Sanctuary for Families’ <a href="https://www.sanctuaryforfamilies.org/event/above-and-beyond/" target="_blank">13th Annual Above &amp; Beyond Pro Bono Achievement Awards &amp; Benefit</a>&nbsp;will be honoring Rosemonde Pierre-Louis, Senior Advisor on Gender Equity and&nbsp;former Commissioner of the Mayor’s Office to Combat Domestic Violence, and others.</p> <p dir="ltr">On Monday evening, Speaker Mark-Viverito will attend&nbsp;"the Little Sisters of the Assumption Family Health Services Gala."</p> <p dir="ltr">Monday’s City Council Participatory Budgeting <a href="http://council.nyc.gov/html/pb/events.shtml" target="_blank">events</a>:</p> <ul> <li dir="ltr">Mark Treyger (District 47, Brooklyn) 6 p.m.</li> <li dir="ltr">Steve Levin (District 33, Brooklyn) 6:30 p.m.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Tuesday<br /></strong>On Tuesday at 9 a.m., on the third anniversary of Hurricane Sandy, the Center for New York City Affairs at Milano School of International Affairs will hold a panel titled <a href="https://www.eventbrite.com/e/hurricane-sandy-3-building-resilient-neighborhoods-tickets-18611697087" target="_blank">Hurricane Sandy +3: Building Resilient Neighborhoods</a>. Conversation will focus on the state of the post-storm infrastructure in the areas where the storm hit hardest. The panel will include Daniel A. Zarrilli, director of the Mayor’s Office of Recovery and Resiliency; Joel Towers, executive dean, Parsons School of Design at the New School; Klaus Jacob, special research scientist at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory; Onleilove Alston, executive director of Faith in New York; Hugh Hogan, executive director of the North Star Fund;Shermane Margaret Stewart-Lester, lay leader at St. Mary Star of the Sea Church in Far Rockaway.</p> <p dir="ltr">At 9:30 a.m. Tuesday Queens Borough President Melinda Katz will hold a <a href="http://queensbp.org/event/queens-borough-cabinet-meeting-2-2-3-2-2-2/?instance_id=1281" target="_blank">Borough Cabinet Meeting</a>.</p> <p dir="ltr">At the&nbsp;<a href="http://legistar.council.nyc.gov/Calendar.aspx" target="_blank">City Council</a>&nbsp;on Tuesday:</p> <ul> <li dir="ltr">At 9:30 a.m. the Subcommittee on Zoning and Franchises will meet to discuss land use applications.</li> <li dir="ltr">At 1 p.m. the Subcommittee on Planning, Dispositions and Concessions will meet to discuss land use applications.</li> </ul> <p dir="ltr">At the&nbsp;<a href="http://assembly.state.ny.us/leg/?sh=hear" target="_blank">New York State Assembly</a>&nbsp;on Tuesday: at 10 a.m. the Assembly Standing Committee on Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities will convene for a public hearing on “The Adequacy of Supports and Services for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities.”</p> <p dir="ltr">On Tuesday, Public Advocate Letitia James&nbsp;chairs COPIC Commission meeting at Borough of Manhattan Community College (stream: http://livestream.com/BMCCMedia/events/4439178) at 10 a.m. Then, at 11:15, she is a panelist at "NASP's "The State of WMBE's Doing Business in NYS: From the Legislative Perspective" and at 6 p.m. she hosts "Staten Island Clergy Council Education Forum."</p> <p dir="ltr">At 11:15 a.m. Monday near Stuyvesant Town,&nbsp;Mayor de Blasio and "local elected officials and tenant leaders from Stuyvesant Town-Peter Cooper Village will hold a media availability" about the imminent sale of the property.</p> <p dir="ltr">On Tuesday at 1:15 p.m. from the 25th Police Precinct at 120 East 119th Street,&nbsp;"Mayor de Blasio – alongside Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and Police Commissioner Bill Bratton – will sign Intro. 917-A, criminalizing the manufacture, possession with intent to sell, and sale of synthetic cannabinoids and synthetic phenethylamines; Intro. 897, allowing the City to apply public nuisance regulations to violations of the new criminal provision barring the sale of K2; and Intro. 885-A, allowing the city to revoke, suspend or refuse to renew a cigarette dealer license due to the sale of synthetic drugs or imitation synthetic drugs...After, the Mayor will appear live on Power 105.1 with Angie Martinez to discuss the K-2 legislation."</p> <p dir="ltr">At 4 p.m. Mark-Viverito will host a press conference "to celebrate $1.2 Million in funding for STARS Afterschool Initiative with Finance Committee Chair Julissa Ferreras-Copeland at P.S. 50 on 100th Street in Manhattan. Then, at 8 p.m., Mark-Viverito will host "#SheWillBe Twitter Party to Discuss the City Council's First In The Nation Young Women's Initiative...Join the conversation on Twitter by using the hashtag #SheWillBe."</p> <p dir="ltr">At 5:30 p.m. Tuesday Community Voices Heard will hold a rally titled “<a href="http://www.cvhaction.org/events/march-on-the-mayor-stop-privatization-start-funding-nycha" target="_blank">March on the Mayor: Stop Privatization, Start Funding NYCHA</a>.” The demonstration will demand a stop to increasing privatization and an increase in funding for the New York City Housing Authority by $2 billion starting this year.</p> <p dir="ltr">At 6 p.m. the Brooklyn Historical Society will host <a href="https://www.eventbrite.com/e/life-after-surveillance-in-bay-ridges-muslim-community-tickets-17898679432?utm_campaign=a1f9c65cf9-October+Programs+Week+2+(10132015)&amp;utm_term=0_556fa60cc0-a1f9c65cf9-[LIST_EMAIL_ID]&amp;utm_source=Brooklyn+Historical+Society+E-Newsletter&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;mc_eid=[UNIQID]&amp;mc_cid=a1f9c65cf9&amp;ct=t(October+Programs+Week+2+(10132015))" target="_blank">Life After Surveillance in Bay Ridge’s Muslim Community</a>, a discussion about the post-9/11 surveillance in Bay Ridge and how this surveillance sowed seeds of distrust in the neighbourhood. Panelists include moderator Jarrett Murphy, Executive Editor of City Limits; Linda Sarsour, Executive Director of the Arab American Association of New York; Moustafa Bayoumi; award-winning writer, and Professor of English at Brooklyn College, City University of New York; and Dr. Ahmad Jaber, an OB/GYN at the Lutheran Medical Center in Bay Ridge and a Muslim religious educator.</p> <p dir="ltr">Tuesday "evening, the Mayor and First Lady Chirlane McCray will host the Gracie Gala Dinner," according to de Blasio's public schedule.&nbsp;The Gracie Mansion Conservancy will hold an <a href="http://www1.nyc.gov/office-of-the-mayor/news/717-15/gracie-mansion-conservancy-public-re-opening-gracie-mansion-art-additions-and" target="_blank">invitation only fundraiser</a> to celebrate the grand re-opening of Gracie Mansion after recent repairs. The fundraiser will feature the mansion’s new art installation, Windows on the City: Looking Out at Gracie’s New York, curated with help of the Museum of the City of New York, the New York Historical Society, Brooklyn College, Brooklyn Museum, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.</p> <p dir="ltr">At 7 p.m. Tuesday, Governor Cuomo will&nbsp;attend "the Nassau County Democratic Committee Annual Fall Dinner."</p> <p dir="ltr">Tuesday’s City Council Participatory Budgeting <a href="http://council.nyc.gov/html/pb/events.shtml" target="_blank">events</a>:</p> <ul> <li dir="ltr">Jimmy Van Bramer (District 26, Queens) 6 p.m.</li> <li dir="ltr">Eric Ulrich (District 32, Queens) 7 p.m.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Wednesday<br /></strong>On Wednesday in the Bronx: Mayor de Blasio and his predecessor, former Mayor Michael Bloomberg, will <a href="http://m.apnews.com/ap/db_268748/contentdetail.htm?contentguid=DwMmJjEm" target="_blank">meet</a> to plant the millionth tree in the Million Trees NYC program, a Bloomberg initiative begun in 2007.</p> <p dir="ltr">On Wednesday at 8:30 a.m. Comptroller Scott Stringer will hold a “<a href="https://twitter.com/scottmstringer/status/652511684121202688" target="_blank">Queens Hearing for Business Owners and Entrepreneurs</a>.” The event is the next installment of the Comptroller’s “Red Tape Commision Hearings” dedicated to listening to ideas and suggestion that would make it easier for entrepreneurs and business owners to grow their businesses, while partnering with the government. The event will bring together Borough President Melinda Katz; Queens Chamber of Commerce; Queens Economic Development Corporation; the Queens Tribune; and co-chairs of the Red Tape Commission Jessica Lappin and Michael Lambert.</p> <p dir="ltr">Also at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, former NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly will headline a Fordham University event “<a href="http://www.alumni.fordham.edu/calendar/detail.aspx?ID=4266" target="_blank">Governance in New York City: The Bloomberg Years</a>.”</p> <p dir="ltr">At the&nbsp;<a href="http://assembly.state.ny.us/leg/?sh=hear" target="_blank">New York State Legislature</a>&nbsp;on Wednesday:</p> <ul> <li dir="ltr">At 10 a.m. the Committee on Consumer Affairs and Protection and the Committee on Aging and the Subcommittee on Consumer Fraud Protection will hold a joint public hearing on “State resource funding to protect consumers, including seniors, from frauds and scams.”</li> <li dir="ltr">At 11 a.m. the Senate Task Force on Workforce Development will convene for a public meeting “To&nbsp;examine initiatives and determine best practices for job skill training and re-training programs, and provide recommendations to foster workforce development in New York State.”</li> <li dir="ltr">At 12:30 p.m. the Assembly Standing Committee on Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities will hold a public hearing regarding the “Transition of Behavioral Health Supports and Services into Managed Care.”</li> </ul> <p dir="ltr">At 6 p.m. Wednesday, Harry Siegel of The New York Daily News and Heather Mac Donald of the Manhattan Institute will try to answer the question, “<a href="http://www.sfc.edu/pagecalpop.cfm?p=357&amp;verbose=284093" target="_blank">Is The NYPD Doing Its Job?</a>” The discussion will be moderated by social critic Kay S. Hymowitz, author of Manning Up: How the Rise of Women Has Turned Men into Boys, and will explore the new tracking system aimed at reducing police brutality and assess Commissioner Bratton’s effort to implement the program.</p> <p dir="ltr">At 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, City Council Members Ydanis Rodriguez and Mark Levine will host the event <a href="https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1673652976254484" target="_blank">"Jewish Poverty in New York City"</a> along with a group of civic organizations including YM &amp; YWHA of Washington Heights and Inwood, the Russian-speaking Community Council of Manhattan and the Bronx, Jews for Racial and Economic Justice, the Fort Tyron Jewish Center, the Jewish Community Council of Washington Heights-Inwood, the Hebrew Tabernacle, and The Workmen’s Circle.</p> <p dir="ltr">Also at 6:30 p.m., City &amp; State NY will be host its 2015 <a href="https://www.eventbrite.com/e/city-state-new-york-city-rising-stars-40-under-40-tickets-18745852349?aff=erelexpsim" target="_blank">New York City Rising Stars: 40 Under 40</a> celebration. The list features stars in government, advocacy, labor, and consulting.</p> <p dir="ltr">At 7 p.m. the Department of Education, the School Construction Authority, elected officials, and parents will meet for “<a href="http://ps10.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/Over-Crowding.pdf" target="_blank">Let’s Talk About Overcrowding</a>.” The event will focus on the issue of overcrowding in public schools in Cobble Hill and Caroll Gardens, in addition to addressing several other school-related issues. State Senator Daniel Squadron, State Assemblymember Jo Anne Simon, State Senator Velmanette Montgomery, City Councilmember Brad Lander, City Councilmember Steve Levin, and others will participate.</p> <p dir="ltr">At 3:30 Wednesday in Manhattan, Families for Excellent Schools is planning to hold another <a href="http://www.capitalnewyork.com/article/city-hall/2015/10/8579681/shifting-focus-unions-charter-group-plans-teacher-rally" target="_blank">rally</a> to support charter schools, this time featuring charter school teachers, about 1,000 of whom are expected to rally.</p> <p dir="ltr">Wednesday’s City Council Participatory Budgeting <a href="http://council.nyc.gov/html/pb/events.shtml" target="_blank">event</a> is via CM Mark Levine (District 7, Manhattan) 6 p.m.</p> <p><strong>Thursday<br /></strong>At 8 a.m. Thursday, <a href="http://www.summit.mas.org/why-attend/" target="_blank">The Sixth Annual MAS Summit for New York City</a> will commence. The Municipal Art Society summit will run through Friday evening and include two days of networking opportunities and one hundred speakers. Notable presenters include: Commissioner Vicki Been, of the NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development; Commissioner Tom Finkelpearl, of the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs; Alicia Glen, Deputy Mayor for Housing and Economic Development; New York State Senator Chuck Schumer; Purnima Kapur, Executive Director for the Department of City Planning; and many more to speak about “The City We Want.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Thursday at 10:30 a.m. Borough President Melinda Katz will hold a <a href="http://queensbp.org/event/queens-borough-presidents-land-use-hearing-2-2-2-2-3-2-2-2-2-2-2-2/?instance_id=1328" target="_blank">Land Use Hearing</a>.</p> <p dir="ltr">At the&nbsp;<a href="http://legistar.council.nyc.gov/Calendar.aspx" target="_blank">City Council</a>&nbsp;Thursday:</p> <ul> <li dir="ltr">At 10 a.m. the Committee on Finance will meet to discuss the extension of credit against the unincorporated business tax and the general corporation tax.</li> <li dir="ltr">At 10 a.m. the Committee on Transportation will meet to hear several bills related to the TLC and commuter vans..</li> <li dir="ltr">At 11 a.m. the Committee on Land Use will meet, with agenda TBA.</li> <li dir="ltr">At 1 p.m. the Committee on Mental Health, Developmental Disability, Alcoholism, Substance Abuse and Disability Services will hold a hearing on new accessibility-related bills.</li> <li dir="ltr">At 1 p.m. the Committee on Recovery and Resiliency will meet for oversight on coastal storm resiliency in the city two year after the SIRR report.</li> <li dir="ltr">At 1 p.m. the Committee on Economic Development will meet on bills that would require the NYCEDC to submit annual job creation reports to community planning boards; require SBS to collect data on gender and racial diversity among “executive level employees” in city contractor companies.</li> </ul> <p dir="ltr">At the&nbsp;<a href="http://assembly.state.ny.us/leg/?sh=hear" target="_blank">New York State Assembly</a>&nbsp;Thursday, a “Budget oversight hearing for the Assembly Standing Committees on Local Governments and Cities.”</p> <p dir="ltr">At 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Public Agenda will hold “<a href="http://www.publicagenda.org/blogs/nyc-event-restoring-opportunity-the-role-of-education" target="_blank">Restoring Opportunity: The Role of Education</a>,” an event to discuss how the education policies of both New York State and the entire nation need to change in order for the country to truly offer the opportunities promised by the American Dream. Brian Lehrer, from WNYC, will moderate the discussion, interviewing Andie Puriefoy, the former president of the Public Education Network and Alison Kadlec, an expert of higher education reform.</p> <p dir="ltr">At 7 p.m. BRIC will host the panel discussion “<a href="http://www.eventbrite.com/e/breaking-down-the-walls-brooklyn-bheard-on-immigration-a-community-town-hall-tickets-18780118841?aff=estw&amp;utm_source=tw&amp;utm_medium=discovery&amp;utm_content=attendeeshare&amp;utm_campaign=social&amp;utm_term=listing" target="_blank">Breaking Down the Walls: #BHeard on Immigration, a Community Town Hall</a>.” The talk will be moderated by Brian Vines and feature City Council Member Carlos Menchaca; Linda Sarsour, Arab American Association; Adrian Carasquillo, immigration reporter for Buzzfeed news; Alina Das, NYU professor; and Shena Elrington, director of immigrant rights and racial justice at the Center for Popular Democracy.</p> <p dir="ltr">At their <a href="http://www.prideagenda.org/news/2015-09-28-empire-state-pride-agenda-present-25th-anniversary-silver-torch-award-governor" target="_blank">annual fall dinner</a> Thursday, Empire State Pride Agenda will award Governor Cuomo with the 25th anniversary Silver Torch Award for “his extraordinary efforts to make marriage equality a reality in New York — paving the way for the freedom to marry nationwide” and “his more recent commitment to ending the AIDS epidemic in New York.” Along with Cuomo, other speakers will be Senators Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand,&nbsp;City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito; City Public Advocate Letitia James; Pride Agenda Board Co-Chairs Norman C. Simon and Melissa Sklarz; and Pride Agenda Executive Director Nathan Schaefer.</p> <p dir="ltr">Citizens Union, the good government group,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.citizensunion.org/www/ud00/2/264f19babedf446a956b4911d258be18/Personal_Documents/CitizensUnionGala2015_InviteFINAL.pdf" target="_blank">will hold</a> its 2015 Annual Awards Dinner Thursday evening. New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman will give featured remarks. Citizens Union honorees include Mylan L. Denerstein (Public Service Award), Adam Flatto (Business Leadership Award), Haeda B. Mihaltses (Public Service Award), and Stephen P. Younger (Civic Leadership Award).</p> <p dir="ltr">Beginning Thursday evening and continuing through Friday, the Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute will host “<a href="http://www.roosevelthouse.hunter.cuny.edu/events/youth-jobs-and-the-future-responses-to-youth-unemployment/" target="_blank">Youth, Jobs and Future: Responses to Youth Unemployment</a>.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Thursday’s City Council Participatory Budgeting <a href="http://council.nyc.gov/html/pb/events.shtml" target="_blank">events</a>:</p> <ul> <li dir="ltr">CM Helen Rosenthal (District 6, Manhattan) 6 p.m.</li> <li dir="ltr">CM Paul Vallone (District 19, Queens) 7 p.m.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Friday and the weekend<br /></strong>At the <a href="http://legistar.council.nyc.gov/Calendar.aspx" target="_blank">City Council</a> on Friday: at 10 a.m. the Committee on Higher Education will convene for oversight on college testing access.</p> <p>"The next public meeting of the New York City Campaign Finance Board will be held on Friday, October 23 at 10:00 AM."</p> <p dir="ltr">At the<a href="http://assembly.state.ny.us/leg/?sh=hear" target="_blank"> New York State Assembly</a> on Friday: at 10:30 a.m. the Assembly Standing Committee on Corporations, Authorities and Commissions and the Assembly Standing Committee on Economic Development, Job Creation, Commerce and Industry will hold a joint public hearing on “Providing Affordable and High Quality Cable, Broadband, and Telephone Service.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Friday’s City Council Participatory Budgeting <a href="http://council.nyc.gov/html/pb/events.shtml" target="_blank">event</a> is via CM Carlos Menchaca (District 38, Brooklyn) 6 p.m.</p> <p dir="ltr">Saturday at 10:30 a.m., New Yorkers Against Gun Violence will hold <a href="http://nyagv.org/walk-over-the-hudson-for-gun-sense-saturday-1024/" target="_blank">Walk Over the Hudson for Gun Sense</a>, a march in response to recent bursts of gun violence across the US. The event invites citizens to show their “commitment to background checks, safe storage, and other common sense gun safety laws.”</p> <p dir="ltr">At noon Saturday, BetaNYC will hold an <a href="http://www.meetup.com/betanyc/events/226031486/" target="_blank">event</a> to improve CityGram.NYC, a website which allows New York City residents to subscribe to open government data based on their geographic location and areas of interest.</p> <p dir="ltr">Saturday’s City Council Participatory Budgeting <a href="http://council.nyc.gov/html/pb/events.shtml" target="_blank">event</a> is via CM Carlos Menchaca (District 38, Brooklyn), 2 p.m.</p> <p dir="ltr">On Sunday, the de Blasio family will open their doors to the public at a Gracie Mansion Open House. A ticket giveaway will take place on the <a href="http://www1.nyc.gov/site/gracie/visit/gracie-mansion-open-house-tickets.page" target="_blank">event</a> website. In celebration of the Mansion’s 35th anniversary, the open house will feature 49 new works as part of the “Windows on the City: Looking Out at Gracie’s New York” show.</p> <p>***<br />Have events or topics for us to include in an upcoming Week Ahead in New York Politics? 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The mayor delivered remarks at a reception for the State Innovation Exchange Conference on Friday, then attended the United States Conference of Mayors Fall Leadership Meeting on Saturday. The mayor then headed back to Borough Park, Brooklyn, where he attended to the emergency gas explosion that tore apart a building, killing at least one and injuring several.</p> <p>The incident is another in a string of gas explosions, including East Harlem and the East Village, that has many worried and talking about a need for new measures to combat the deadly incidents. Gov. Cuomo announced he was deploying representatives to investigate and city officials are calling for action. This explosion appears to have been caused by mistakes made during the removal of an oven.</p> <p>On Monday, Mayor de Blasio and First Lady Chirlane McCray will be on Staten Island for the groundbreaking of The Staten Island Family Justice Center, at which the mayor will speak around 10 a.m.&nbsp;<a href="http://www.silive.com/news/index.ssf/2015/10/staten_island_family_justice_center.html" target="_blank">Read more from</a>&nbsp;the Staten Island Advance, including that Staten Island will join the other boroughs, each of which already has such a center, which "provide comprehensive criminal justice, civil legal and social services free of charge to victims of domestic violence, elderly abuse and sex trafficking in the other boroughs."</p> <p>As always, there's a great deal happening&nbsp;all over the city, with many events to be aware of - read 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"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com">bmax@gothamgazette.com</a>***</em></p> <p><strong>The run of the week in detail:</strong></p> <p><strong>Monday<br /></strong>At 10:30 a.m. Monday at the Bronx County Courthouse, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman "will announce a major crackdown on distributors of synthetic marijuana and other designer drugs."</p> <p>On Monday morning, "State Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan joins state Sen. Martin Golden on a walking tour and media availability in Gerritsen Beach, starting in front of 3078 Gerritsen Ave., Brooklyn," according to City &amp; State NY.</p> <p>At 12:30 p.m. Monday, City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito will announce&nbsp;the "launch of MonumentArt, an International Mural Festival hosted in East Harlem and the South Bronx," from La Marqueta.</p> <p>On Monday,&nbsp;Public Advocate Letitia James "will travel to Washington, D.C. to participate in the Funders' Committee for Civic Participation conference."</p> <p>Monday evening, First Lady McCray will be among the honorees of a&nbsp;Feminist Power Award from the Feminist Press.</p> <p>At 8 p.m. Monday, Comptroller Scott Stringer "Receives the Pacesetter Award at The National Association of Investment Companies 45th Annual Meeting &amp; Convention Welcome Reception."</p> <p>Monday's City Council Participatory Budgeting <a href="http://council.nyc.gov/html/pb/events.shtml" target="_blank">events</a>:</p> <ul> <li>Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito (District 8, Manhattan/Bronx) 6 pm</li> <li>CM Elizabeth Crowley (District 30, Queens) 6:30 pm</li> <li>CM Corey Johnson (District 3, Manhattan) 6:30 pm</li> <li>CM Julissa Ferreras (District 21, Queens) 7 pm</li> </ul> <p><strong>Tuesday<br /></strong>Tuesday, at 10 a.m., a press conference in PACE University's downtown campus will mark the beginning of Poverty Awareness Week, which is co-sponsored by Pace University and The Mayor's Office. The week will include a series of events. Bronx Borough President Rubén Díaz Jr. will be one keynote speaker; Shola Olatoye, Chair and CEO of NYCHA will participate in a discussion on "Local Initiatives to Eradicate Poverty."</p> <p>On Tuesday, Mayor de Blasio "will deliver remarks at the ribbon-cutting for the Brooklyn College Barry R. Feirstein Graduate School for Cinema at Steiner Studios."</p> <p>At 5 p.m., the Mayor will appear on WCBS Newsradio 880.</p> <p>In the evening, Mayor de Blasio, Governor Cuomo, and many others will attend a birthday celebration for Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie.</p> <p>At 6 p.m. Tuesday, the Brooklyn Historical Society <a href="http://www.brooklynhistory.org/visitor/calendar.html" target="_blank">will host</a> "Why New York? Our Broken Bail System." The event will be moderated by New York Times journalist Shaila Dewan, with panelists: Judge George Grasso, public defender Josh Saunders, criminal justice reform advocate Glenn E. Martin, and an individual who couldn't afford bail.</p> <p>At 7 p.m. Tuesday, NY Tech Meetup will be <a href="http://www.meetup.com/ny-tech/events/220016185/?mkt_tok=3RkMMJWWfF9wsRoku6zIe%2B%2FhmjTEU5z16uUuWaW0gJt41El3fuXBP2XqjvpVQcNhNrDNRw8FHZNpywVWM8TIKNARt9B5LwzkAG8%3D" target="_blank">held</a> at NYU, with a number of New York companies presenting demos of technologies that they are developing.</p> <p>Tuesday's City Council Participatory Budgeting <a href="http://council.nyc.gov/html/pb/events.shtml" target="_blank">events</a>:</p> <ul> <li>Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito (District 8, Manhattan/Bronx) 4 pm</li> <li>CM Ydanis Rodriguez (District 10, Manhattan) 6 pm</li> <li>CM Jimmy Van Bramer (District 26, Queens) 6 pm</li> <li>CM Elizabeth Crowley (District 30, Queens) 6:30 pm</li> <li>CM Corey Johnson (District 3, Manhattan) 6:30 pm</li> <li>CM Brad Lander (District 39, Brooklyn) 6:30 pm</li> <li>CM Eric Ulrich (District 32, Queens) 8 pm</li> </ul> <p><strong>Wednesday<br /></strong>JCOPE is set to meet Wednesday morning in Albany.</p> <p>Wednesday morning at 8 a.m., City &amp; State NY <a href="https://www.eventbrite.com/e/on-energy-tickets-18606786399?aff=erelexporg" target="_blank">holds</a> its fifth annual "On Energy" event, inviting leaders in government, advocacy and business to speak on a number of topics related to the future of energy. Among the topics of discussion will be Governor Andrew Cuomo's regulatory overhaul in New York, Mayor de Blasio's 80 by 50 plan, and more. The event includes a panel with Jonathan Bowles, Executive Director of Center for an Urban Future; Nilda Mesa, Director at NYC Mayor's Office of Sustainability; Kathryn Garcia, Commissioner, NYC Department of Sanitation. Other notable speakers to appear include: Richard Kauffman, NYS Chair of Energy &amp; Finance; Arthur "Jerry" Kremer, Chairman of New York AREA; Ambassador Ron Kirk, Chairman of CASEnergy; Kevin Parker, a New York state Senator and ranking member of the Energy &amp; Telecommunications Committee.</p> <p>On Wednesday, The Families for Excellent Schools rally, postponed from last week because of weather and "to demand equal opportunity in our schools," will take place, starting mid-morning at Cadman Plaza in Brooklyn, followed by a march across the Brooklyn Bridge, and a 12:30 p.m. press conference at City Hall. <a href="http://www.familiesforexcellentschools.org/parentsrally" target="_blank">The rally</a> is, in essence, to promote more more charter schools and criticize Mayor de Blasio's education agenda, which does not include more charters. Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. is expected to headline the rally, along with several high-profile performers, including Jennifer Hudson.</p> <p>At the City Council <a href="http://legistar.council.nyc.gov/Calendar.aspx" target="_blank">on Wednesday</a>:</p> <ul> <li>10 a.m., The Committee on Transportation will meet to discuss a bill that would require the Department of Transportation (DOT) to conduct a study on the safety of pedestrians and bicyclists along bus routes. DOT would then institute new safety measures based on the data. The Committee will also discuss a bill that would require the identification of dangerous intersections based on incidents involving pedestrians, and implement curb extensions in such areas. The Committee will also make a decision on resolutions that would require the MTA to instal rear guards on bus wheels and to study ways to eliminate blind spots for buses.</li> <li>Also 10 a.m., The Committee on Aging will hold an oversight hearing on older adult employment.</li> </ul> <p>At 10 a.m. <a href="http://www.eastriverfiftiesalliance.com/" target="_blank">The East 50s Alliance</a> will hold a community rally to protest the planned construction of a 900-foot tower in the 58th street residential area. The residents are "deeply concerned that the tower will diminish the safety, accessibility and livability of a narrow side street during a lengthy construction process and forever after." City Council Member Ben Kallos will speak.</p> <p>At 5:30 p.m. Wednesday City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Vivertio, along with Council Members Paul Vallone and Vincent Gentile and others, <a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/1500786460235939/" target="_blank">will hold</a> a Celebration of Italian Heritage at the Council Chambers in City Hall. The event will also celebrate Frank Sinatra's 100th birthday.</p> <p>From 6 to 8 p.m. at Fordham Law School, The Safety Net Project at the Urban Justice Center and the Women's City Club of New York&nbsp;<a href="http://www.eventbrite.com/e/this-bridge-called-my-back-women-of-color-and-the-fight-for-economic-security-tickets-17973743952" target="_blank">will host</a> "This Bridge Called My Back: Women of Color and the Fight for Economic Security", on "how gender intersects with economic and racial inequality in New York City." Dr. Christina Greer, professor of political science at Fordham University, will moderate the panel, with Linda Sarsour, Executive Director of the Arab American Association of New York; Luna Ranjit, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Adhikaar; Joanne N. Smith Founder and Executive Director of Girls for Gender Equality; and Margarita Rosa, Executive Director of National Center for Law and Economic Justice participating in the discussion.</p> <p>Wednesday's City Council Participatory Budgeting <a href="http://council.nyc.gov/html/pb/events.shtml" target="_blank">events</a>:</p> <ul> <li>CM Elizabeth Crowley (District 30, Queens) 6 pm</li> <li>CM Helen Rosenthal (District 6, Manhattan) 6 pm</li> <li>Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito (District 8, Manhattan/Bronx) 6 pm</li> <li>CM Mathieu Eugene (District 40, Brooklyn) 6:30 pm</li> <li>CM Antonio Reynoso (District 34, Brooklyn/Queens) 6:30 pm</li> <li>CM Karen Koslowitz (District 29, Queens) 7 pm</li> </ul> <p><strong>Thursday<br /></strong>On Thursday <a href="http://legistar.council.nyc.gov/Calendar.aspx" target="_blank">at the City Council</a>:</p> <ul> <li>9:30 a.m., Subcommittee on Zoning and Franchises will meet to discuss three land use applications in Manhattan.</li> <li>10 a.m., Committee on Finance will meet regarding the Department of Finance's Office of the Taxpayer Advocate.</li> <li>11 a.m., Subcommittee on Landmarks, Public Siting and Maritime Uses will meet to discuss a land use application in Brooklyn</li> <li>1 p.m., Subcommittee on Planning, Dispositions and Concessions will meet to discuss another land use application in Brooklyn</li> </ul> <p>Thursday at the New York State Legislature: the&nbsp;Assembly Standing Committee on Health, Assembly Standing Committee on Mental Health, and Assembly Task Force on People with Disabilities <a href="http://assembly.state.ny.us/comm/Health/20150911/" target="_blank">will hold</a> a joint public hearing regarding Traumatic Brain Injury Treatment and Services. "The Committees are seeking oral and written testimony from patients and their families, clinicians, service providers, and the Department on topics including the incidence, severity and consequences of TBI; treatment and service appropriateness and availability, including the rights of patients sent out-of-state; and issues relating to the transition of the TBI Waiver program to managed care."</p> <p>At 9 a.m. Thursday New York State Assembly Members Latoya Joyner and Marcos Crespo <a href="https://events.gybo.com/events/132/detail" target="_blank">will kick off</a> "Let's Put Our Cities on the Map," sponsored and hosted by Google at the Bronx Museum of Arts, which will offer free counseling for small businesses on how to reach local customer bases, specifically by using "SmartLogic" online tools.</p> <p>"The next public meeting of the New York City Campaign Finance Board will be held on Thursday, October 8 at 10:00 AM."</p> <p>At 5 p.m. Thursday, EmblemHealth and LaborPress <a href="http://laborpress.org/sectors/municipal-labor/2900-laborpress-honors-heroes-of-labor" target="_blank">will honor</a> 12 labor union members, from eight different labor unions, for their remarkable contributions to the labor communities at the fourth annual "Heroes of Labor Awards". EmblemHealth has invited many city elected officials to speak, several are expected.</p> <p>At 6 p.m. Thursday in Washington, D.C., the Brennan Center for Justice and Vox <a href="https://www.brennancenter.org/politics-of-participation" target="_blank">will hold</a> "The Politics of Participation: Building an Engaged Citizenry for Millennials and Beyond," including City Council Member Eric Ulrich. It is billed as "a candid conversation about what the shifting demographic landscape means for grassroots movements, political action, and civic engagement; how can we shape our democracy into one that is truly representative of the people being governed?"</p> <p>At 6:30 p.m. Thursday, the Brooklyn Historical Society <a href="http://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-changing-face-of-activism-tickets-17896902116" target="_blank">will hold</a> "The Changing Face of Activism," which will explore the historical progression of activism from the 1960s desegregation movement to the present day Black Lives Matter movement. Moderated by Alethia Jones, a leader of 1199 SEIU, the panel will feature activist Barbara Smith; Joo-Hyun Kang of Communities United for Police Reform; and Jose Lopez, Lead Organizer at Make the Road NY and member of the President's Task Force on 21st Century Policing.</p> <p>At 8:15 p.m. Thursday, Dan Abrams of ABC News&nbsp;<a href="http://www.92y.org/Event/Ray-Kelly-in-Conversation" target="_blank">will talk</a> with Ray Kelly, the longest-serving NYPD Commissioner, at the 92nd Street Y. Kelly will hold a book signing for his new memoir Vigilance: My Life Serving America and Protecting Its Empire City, after his talk with Mr. Abrams.</p> <p>Thursday's City Council Participatory Budgeting <a href="http://council.nyc.gov/html/pb/events.shtml" target="_blank">events</a>:</p> <ul> <li>CM Steve Levin (District 33, Brooklyn) 5 pm</li> <li>CM Jimmy Van Bramer (District 26, Queens) 6 pm</li> <li>CM Antonio Reynoso (District 34, Brooklyn/Queens) 6:30 pm</li> <li>CM Karen Koslowitz (District 29, Queens) 7 pm</li> <li>CM Ydanis Rodriguez (District 10, Manhattan) 8 pm</li> </ul> <p><strong>Friday and the weekend<br /></strong>Friday at 8:15 a.m., NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton <a href="https://nyls.wufoo.com/forms/william-bratton-citylaw-breakfast/" target="_blank">will speak</a> at New York Law School, as part of the CityLaw breakfast series.</p> <p>Weekend <a href="http://council.nyc.gov/html/pb/events.shtml" target="_blank">participatory budgeting</a>:</p> <ul> <li>Friday, CM Antonio Reynoso (District 34, Brooklyn/Queens) 1 pm.</li> <li>Saturday, CM Carlos Menchaca (District 38, Brooklyn), time TBA.</li> <li>Sunday, CM Carlos Menchaca (District 38, Brooklyn), time TBA.</li> </ul> <p><em>*Note: we'll publish our next 'Week Ahead' on Monday, October 13 given the Columbus Day holiday</em></p> <p>***<br />Have events or topics for us to include in an upcoming Week Ahead in New York Politics? 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The mayor delivered remarks at a reception for the State Innovation Exchange Conference on Friday, then attended the United States Conference of Mayors Fall Leadership Meeting on Saturday. The mayor then headed back to Borough Park, Brooklyn, where he attended to the emergency gas explosion that tore apart a building, killing at least one and injuring several.</p> <p>The incident is another in a string of gas explosions, including East Harlem and the East Village, that has many worried and talking about a need for new measures to combat the deadly incidents. Gov. Cuomo announced he was deploying representatives to investigate and city officials are calling for action. This explosion appears to have been caused by mistakes made during the removal of an oven.</p> <p>On Monday, Mayor de Blasio and First Lady Chirlane McCray will be on Staten Island for the groundbreaking of The Staten Island Family Justice Center, at which the mayor will speak around 10 a.m.&nbsp;<a href="http://www.silive.com/news/index.ssf/2015/10/staten_island_family_justice_center.html" target="_blank">Read more from</a>&nbsp;the Staten Island Advance, including that Staten Island will join the other boroughs, each of which already has such a center, which "provide comprehensive criminal justice, civil legal and social services free of charge to victims of domestic violence, elderly abuse and sex trafficking in the other boroughs."</p> <p>As always, there's a great deal happening&nbsp;all over the city, with many events to be aware of - read 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"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com">bmax@gothamgazette.com</a>***</em></p> <p><strong>The run of the week in detail:</strong></p> <p><strong>Monday<br /></strong>At 10:30 a.m. Monday at the Bronx County Courthouse, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman "will announce a major crackdown on distributors of synthetic marijuana and other designer drugs."</p> <p>On Monday morning, "State Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan joins state Sen. Martin Golden on a walking tour and media availability in Gerritsen Beach, starting in front of 3078 Gerritsen Ave., Brooklyn," according to City &amp; State NY.</p> <p>At 12:30 p.m. Monday, City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito will announce&nbsp;the "launch of MonumentArt, an International Mural Festival hosted in East Harlem and the South Bronx," from La Marqueta.</p> <p>On Monday,&nbsp;Public Advocate Letitia James "will travel to Washington, D.C. to participate in the Funders' Committee for Civic Participation conference."</p> <p>Monday evening, First Lady McCray will be among the honorees of a&nbsp;Feminist Power Award from the Feminist Press.</p> <p>At 8 p.m. Monday, Comptroller Scott Stringer "Receives the Pacesetter Award at The National Association of Investment Companies 45th Annual Meeting &amp; Convention Welcome Reception."</p> <p>Monday's City Council Participatory Budgeting <a href="http://council.nyc.gov/html/pb/events.shtml" target="_blank">events</a>:</p> <ul> <li>Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito (District 8, Manhattan/Bronx) 6 pm</li> <li>CM Elizabeth Crowley (District 30, Queens) 6:30 pm</li> <li>CM Corey Johnson (District 3, Manhattan) 6:30 pm</li> <li>CM Julissa Ferreras (District 21, Queens) 7 pm</li> </ul> <p><strong>Tuesday<br /></strong>Tuesday, at 10 a.m., a press conference in PACE University's downtown campus will mark the beginning of Poverty Awareness Week, which is co-sponsored by Pace University and The Mayor's Office. The week will include a series of events. Bronx Borough President Rubén Díaz Jr. will be one keynote speaker; Shola Olatoye, Chair and CEO of NYCHA will participate in a discussion on "Local Initiatives to Eradicate Poverty."</p> <p>On Tuesday, Mayor de Blasio "will deliver remarks at the ribbon-cutting for the Brooklyn College Barry R. Feirstein Graduate School for Cinema at Steiner Studios."</p> <p>At 5 p.m., the Mayor will appear on WCBS Newsradio 880.</p> <p>In the evening, Mayor de Blasio, Governor Cuomo, and many others will attend a birthday celebration for Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie.</p> <p>At 6 p.m. Tuesday, the Brooklyn Historical Society <a href="http://www.brooklynhistory.org/visitor/calendar.html" target="_blank">will host</a> "Why New York? Our Broken Bail System." The event will be moderated by New York Times journalist Shaila Dewan, with panelists: Judge George Grasso, public defender Josh Saunders, criminal justice reform advocate Glenn E. Martin, and an individual who couldn't afford bail.</p> <p>At 7 p.m. Tuesday, NY Tech Meetup will be <a href="http://www.meetup.com/ny-tech/events/220016185/?mkt_tok=3RkMMJWWfF9wsRoku6zIe%2B%2FhmjTEU5z16uUuWaW0gJt41El3fuXBP2XqjvpVQcNhNrDNRw8FHZNpywVWM8TIKNARt9B5LwzkAG8%3D" target="_blank">held</a> at NYU, with a number of New York companies presenting demos of technologies that they are developing.</p> <p>Tuesday's City Council Participatory Budgeting <a href="http://council.nyc.gov/html/pb/events.shtml" target="_blank">events</a>:</p> <ul> <li>Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito (District 8, Manhattan/Bronx) 4 pm</li> <li>CM Ydanis Rodriguez (District 10, Manhattan) 6 pm</li> <li>CM Jimmy Van Bramer (District 26, Queens) 6 pm</li> <li>CM Elizabeth Crowley (District 30, Queens) 6:30 pm</li> <li>CM Corey Johnson (District 3, Manhattan) 6:30 pm</li> <li>CM Brad Lander (District 39, Brooklyn) 6:30 pm</li> <li>CM Eric Ulrich (District 32, Queens) 8 pm</li> </ul> <p><strong>Wednesday<br /></strong>JCOPE is set to meet Wednesday morning in Albany.</p> <p>Wednesday morning at 8 a.m., City &amp; State NY <a href="https://www.eventbrite.com/e/on-energy-tickets-18606786399?aff=erelexporg" target="_blank">holds</a> its fifth annual "On Energy" event, inviting leaders in government, advocacy and business to speak on a number of topics related to the future of energy. Among the topics of discussion will be Governor Andrew Cuomo's regulatory overhaul in New York, Mayor de Blasio's 80 by 50 plan, and more. The event includes a panel with Jonathan Bowles, Executive Director of Center for an Urban Future; Nilda Mesa, Director at NYC Mayor's Office of Sustainability; Kathryn Garcia, Commissioner, NYC Department of Sanitation. Other notable speakers to appear include: Richard Kauffman, NYS Chair of Energy &amp; Finance; Arthur "Jerry" Kremer, Chairman of New York AREA; Ambassador Ron Kirk, Chairman of CASEnergy; Kevin Parker, a New York state Senator and ranking member of the Energy &amp; Telecommunications Committee.</p> <p>On Wednesday, The Families for Excellent Schools rally, postponed from last week because of weather and "to demand equal opportunity in our schools," will take place, starting mid-morning at Cadman Plaza in Brooklyn, followed by a march across the Brooklyn Bridge, and a 12:30 p.m. press conference at City Hall. <a href="http://www.familiesforexcellentschools.org/parentsrally" target="_blank">The rally</a> is, in essence, to promote more more charter schools and criticize Mayor de Blasio's education agenda, which does not include more charters. Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. is expected to headline the rally, along with several high-profile performers, including Jennifer Hudson.</p> <p>At the City Council <a href="http://legistar.council.nyc.gov/Calendar.aspx" target="_blank">on Wednesday</a>:</p> <ul> <li>10 a.m., The Committee on Transportation will meet to discuss a bill that would require the Department of Transportation (DOT) to conduct a study on the safety of pedestrians and bicyclists along bus routes. DOT would then institute new safety measures based on the data. The Committee will also discuss a bill that would require the identification of dangerous intersections based on incidents involving pedestrians, and implement curb extensions in such areas. The Committee will also make a decision on resolutions that would require the MTA to instal rear guards on bus wheels and to study ways to eliminate blind spots for buses.</li> <li>Also 10 a.m., The Committee on Aging will hold an oversight hearing on older adult employment.</li> </ul> <p>At 10 a.m. <a href="http://www.eastriverfiftiesalliance.com/" target="_blank">The East 50s Alliance</a> will hold a community rally to protest the planned construction of a 900-foot tower in the 58th street residential area. The residents are "deeply concerned that the tower will diminish the safety, accessibility and livability of a narrow side street during a lengthy construction process and forever after." City Council Member Ben Kallos will speak.</p> <p>At 5:30 p.m. Wednesday City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Vivertio, along with Council Members Paul Vallone and Vincent Gentile and others, <a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/1500786460235939/" target="_blank">will hold</a> a Celebration of Italian Heritage at the Council Chambers in City Hall. The event will also celebrate Frank Sinatra's 100th birthday.</p> <p>From 6 to 8 p.m. at Fordham Law School, The Safety Net Project at the Urban Justice Center and the Women's City Club of New York&nbsp;<a href="http://www.eventbrite.com/e/this-bridge-called-my-back-women-of-color-and-the-fight-for-economic-security-tickets-17973743952" target="_blank">will host</a> "This Bridge Called My Back: Women of Color and the Fight for Economic Security", on "how gender intersects with economic and racial inequality in New York City." Dr. Christina Greer, professor of political science at Fordham University, will moderate the panel, with Linda Sarsour, Executive Director of the Arab American Association of New York; Luna Ranjit, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Adhikaar; Joanne N. Smith Founder and Executive Director of Girls for Gender Equality; and Margarita Rosa, Executive Director of National Center for Law and Economic Justice participating in the discussion.</p> <p>Wednesday's City Council Participatory Budgeting <a href="http://council.nyc.gov/html/pb/events.shtml" target="_blank">events</a>:</p> <ul> <li>CM Elizabeth Crowley (District 30, Queens) 6 pm</li> <li>CM Helen Rosenthal (District 6, Manhattan) 6 pm</li> <li>Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito (District 8, Manhattan/Bronx) 6 pm</li> <li>CM Mathieu Eugene (District 40, Brooklyn) 6:30 pm</li> <li>CM Antonio Reynoso (District 34, Brooklyn/Queens) 6:30 pm</li> <li>CM Karen Koslowitz (District 29, Queens) 7 pm</li> </ul> <p><strong>Thursday<br /></strong>On Thursday <a href="http://legistar.council.nyc.gov/Calendar.aspx" target="_blank">at the City Council</a>:</p> <ul> <li>9:30 a.m., Subcommittee on Zoning and Franchises will meet to discuss three land use applications in Manhattan.</li> <li>10 a.m., Committee on Finance will meet regarding the Department of Finance's Office of the Taxpayer Advocate.</li> <li>11 a.m., Subcommittee on Landmarks, Public Siting and Maritime Uses will meet to discuss a land use application in Brooklyn</li> <li>1 p.m., Subcommittee on Planning, Dispositions and Concessions will meet to discuss another land use application in Brooklyn</li> </ul> <p>Thursday at the New York State Legislature: the&nbsp;Assembly Standing Committee on Health, Assembly Standing Committee on Mental Health, and Assembly Task Force on People with Disabilities <a href="http://assembly.state.ny.us/comm/Health/20150911/" target="_blank">will hold</a> a joint public hearing regarding Traumatic Brain Injury Treatment and Services. "The Committees are seeking oral and written testimony from patients and their families, clinicians, service providers, and the Department on topics including the incidence, severity and consequences of TBI; treatment and service appropriateness and availability, including the rights of patients sent out-of-state; and issues relating to the transition of the TBI Waiver program to managed care."</p> <p>At 9 a.m. Thursday New York State Assembly Members Latoya Joyner and Marcos Crespo <a href="https://events.gybo.com/events/132/detail" target="_blank">will kick off</a> "Let's Put Our Cities on the Map," sponsored and hosted by Google at the Bronx Museum of Arts, which will offer free counseling for small businesses on how to reach local customer bases, specifically by using "SmartLogic" online tools.</p> <p>"The next public meeting of the New York City Campaign Finance Board will be held on Thursday, October 8 at 10:00 AM."</p> <p>At 5 p.m. Thursday, EmblemHealth and LaborPress <a href="http://laborpress.org/sectors/municipal-labor/2900-laborpress-honors-heroes-of-labor" target="_blank">will honor</a> 12 labor union members, from eight different labor unions, for their remarkable contributions to the labor communities at the fourth annual "Heroes of Labor Awards". EmblemHealth has invited many city elected officials to speak, several are expected.</p> <p>At 6 p.m. Thursday in Washington, D.C., the Brennan Center for Justice and Vox <a href="https://www.brennancenter.org/politics-of-participation" target="_blank">will hold</a> "The Politics of Participation: Building an Engaged Citizenry for Millennials and Beyond," including City Council Member Eric Ulrich. It is billed as "a candid conversation about what the shifting demographic landscape means for grassroots movements, political action, and civic engagement; how can we shape our democracy into one that is truly representative of the people being governed?"</p> <p>At 6:30 p.m. Thursday, the Brooklyn Historical Society <a href="http://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-changing-face-of-activism-tickets-17896902116" target="_blank">will hold</a> "The Changing Face of Activism," which will explore the historical progression of activism from the 1960s desegregation movement to the present day Black Lives Matter movement. Moderated by Alethia Jones, a leader of 1199 SEIU, the panel will feature activist Barbara Smith; Joo-Hyun Kang of Communities United for Police Reform; and Jose Lopez, Lead Organizer at Make the Road NY and member of the President's Task Force on 21st Century Policing.</p> <p>At 8:15 p.m. Thursday, Dan Abrams of ABC News&nbsp;<a href="http://www.92y.org/Event/Ray-Kelly-in-Conversation" target="_blank">will talk</a> with Ray Kelly, the longest-serving NYPD Commissioner, at the 92nd Street Y. Kelly will hold a book signing for his new memoir Vigilance: My Life Serving America and Protecting Its Empire City, after his talk with Mr. Abrams.</p> <p>Thursday's City Council Participatory Budgeting <a href="http://council.nyc.gov/html/pb/events.shtml" target="_blank">events</a>:</p> <ul> <li>CM Steve Levin (District 33, Brooklyn) 5 pm</li> <li>CM Jimmy Van Bramer (District 26, Queens) 6 pm</li> <li>CM Antonio Reynoso (District 34, Brooklyn/Queens) 6:30 pm</li> <li>CM Karen Koslowitz (District 29, Queens) 7 pm</li> <li>CM Ydanis Rodriguez (District 10, Manhattan) 8 pm</li> </ul> <p><strong>Friday and the weekend<br /></strong>Friday at 8:15 a.m., NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton <a href="https://nyls.wufoo.com/forms/william-bratton-citylaw-breakfast/" target="_blank">will speak</a> at New York Law School, as part of the CityLaw breakfast series.</p> <p>Weekend <a href="http://council.nyc.gov/html/pb/events.shtml" target="_blank">participatory budgeting</a>:</p> <ul> <li>Friday, CM Antonio Reynoso (District 34, Brooklyn/Queens) 1 pm.</li> <li>Saturday, CM Carlos Menchaca (District 38, Brooklyn), time TBA.</li> <li>Sunday, CM Carlos Menchaca (District 38, Brooklyn), time TBA.</li> </ul> <p><em>*Note: we'll publish our next 'Week Ahead' on Monday, October 13 given the Columbus Day holiday</em></p> <p>***<br />Have events or topics for us to include in an upcoming Week Ahead in New York Politics? 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De Blasio Slams Cuomo, Leaves for Vacation:</strong> On Tuesday, June 30, Mayor de Blasio, First Lady Chirlane McCray, and children Chiara and Dante <a href="http://www1.nyc.gov/office-of-the-mayor/news/453-15/de-blasios-family-vacation" target="_blank">left</a> for a vacation in the Southwestern and Western United States. They will be returning on Wednesday, July 8. Before leaving, de Blasio <a href="http://www.ny1.com/nyc/all-boroughs/political-itch/2015/07/1/ny1-itch--will-de-blasio-be-strong-to-the-finish-.html" target="_blank">filmed an interview</a> with NY1’s Errol Louis <a href="http://www.ny1.com/nyc/all-boroughs/news/2015/06/30/de-blasio-slams-cuomo-for--lack-of-leadership-.html" target="_blank">for Inside City Hall</a> and then spoke with reporters in his City Hall office, in both instances heavily criticizing Governor Andrew Cuomo and expressing a great deal of frustration about the way the governor has acted toward the mayor and <a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/government/5791-in-end-of-session-scorecard-plenty-for-next-years-albany-agenda" target="_blank">the policies that came out of Albany negotiations</a>.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>2. RGB Votes for a Rent Freeze:</strong> For the first time in its history the Rent Guidelines Board <a href="http://www.wsj.com/articles/new-york-city-rent-guidelines-board-votes-to-freeze-rents-1435625657" target="_blank">voted</a> to freeze rents on about a million regulated apartments. On Monday, after four previous open meetings with public testimony, the Board voted 7-2 for freezing new or renewed one-year leases beginning October 1 while tenants signing two-year leases could pay up to a 2% increase. Tenants and their allies have celebrated the vote, which the mayor called "the right move" by board members he appoints. This comes on the heels of <a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/government/5791-in-end-of-session-scorecard-plenty-for-next-years-albany-agenda" target="_blank">a deal to extend rent regulations in Albany</a> that many tenants and their allies call inadequate.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>3. NYPD Oversight Hearing:</strong> On Monday the City Council heard nine proposed NYPD-related bills, including the two that <a href="http://legistar.council.nyc.gov/MeetingDetail.aspx?ID=412648&amp;GUID=200C2568-64A2-45D7-80A9-B89A84A61A38&amp;Options=info|&amp;Search=" target="_blank">make up</a> the “Right to Know Act.” The bills deal with police communication with civilians, officers’ use force, and more. “I wish to say respectfully, but firmly, that these are the purview of the police commissioner and the police department, and not of legislative control,” <a href="http://www.wsj.com/articles/william-bratton-bucks-city-council-1435625376" target="_blank">said</a> Police Commissioner Bill Bratton at the hearing, expressing his opposition to the bills. The next night, key stakeholders <a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/government/5793-policing-experts-focus-on-public-trust-accountability-measures" target="_blank">met to discuss police accountability in an open forum</a>.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>4. Capping Uber:</strong> The City Council Committee on Transportation heard <a href="http://legistar.council.nyc.gov/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=2364031&amp;GUID=87C7D249-891A-43BC-8127-6617FB856429&amp;Options=&amp;Search=" target="_blank">a controversial bill</a> Tuesday that would require the city’s Taxi and Limousine Commission to conduct a study on how the taxi and for-hire industries affect traffic, air quality, noise, and public health. The bill could put a cap on the number of for-hire vehicles. On the day of the hearing Uber, the most prominent of non-taxi for-hire vehicles offered free rides to anyone using the Uberpool carpool service to go to a protest against the bill at City Hall.</p> <p><strong>5. FBI Investigating Upstate Prison:</strong> The FBI <a href="http://www.cnn.com/2015/06/29/us/new-york-prison-investigation/" target="_blank">launched</a> an investigation into Clinton Correctional Facility, the prison Richard Matt and David Sweat escaped from earlier this month, related to possible corruption, including drug trafficking. The FBI investigation is <a href="http://www.cnn.com/2015/06/29/us/new-york-prison-investigation/" target="_blank">said</a> to have been started around looking into how Matt and Sweat broke out of the prison, but has expanded.</p> <p><strong>THIS WEEK'S NUMBER:</strong></p> <ul> <li><strong>13</strong> Metro-North employees <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/30/nyregion/13-metro-north-workers-accused-of-cheating-on-conductor-exams.html?ref=nyregion" target="_blank">were brought</a> into court Monday on charges that they had "cheated on the exams required to become a train conductor or locomotive engineer."</li> </ul> <p><strong>THE GLORY AND THE GOAT:</strong></p> <ul> <li><strong>It was a good week for Maria Torres-Springer</strong>, who has been the Commissioner of the Department of Small Business Services, and <a href="http://www.crainsnewyork.com/article/20150629/BLOGS04/150629863" target="_blank">is becoming</a>&nbsp;President of the city's Economic Development Corporation, or EDC. Appointed by Mayor de Blasio, Torres-Springer will be the first female EDC chief.</li> </ul> <ul> <li><strong>It was bad week for old political friendship</strong>, as the feud between Mayor de Blasio and Governor Cuomo escalated, with de Blasio&nbsp;<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2015/07/01/nyregion/de-blasio-denounces-cuomo-accusing-him-of-hurting-new-york-city.html?ref=nyregion" target="_blank">issuing</a>&nbsp;scathing <a href="http://www.ny1.com/nyc/all-boroughs/news/2015/06/30/de-blasio-slams-cuomo-for--lack-of-leadership-.html" target="_blank">criticisms</a> of Cuomo in the aftermath of <a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/government/5791-in-end-of-session-scorecard-plenty-for-next-years-albany-agenda" target="_blank">the end of Albany’s legislative session</a>. Mr. de Blasio declared that he has tried to work with Cuomo but has “been disappointed at every turn.” He also called the governor vindictive and said that he had lost his way in terms of his Democratic principles.</li> </ul> <p><strong>THE FLASH:</strong></p> <ul> <li><strong>Two years ago</strong>, on July 3, 2013, then-mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner <a href="http://www.decidenyc.com/weiner-on-independence/" target="_blank">gave a campaign speech</a> outside of City Hall, "A Big Apple Declaration of Independence from Albany." Number one on his ten-point list: permanent mayoral control of city schools.</li> </ul> <ul> <li><strong>This week in 1776</strong>, on July 4, the United States Declaration of Independence; 239 years ago.</li> </ul> <p><strong>GOTHAM GAZETTE HIGHLIGHTS OF THE WEEK:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/government/5791-in-end-of-session-scorecard-plenty-for-next-years-albany-agenda" target="_blank">In End of Session 'Scorecard,' Plenty for Next Year's Albany Agenda</a>, by Ben Max</li> <li><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/government/5792-why-dont-we-ever-hear-about-commercial-rent-policy" target="_blank">Why Don't We Ever Hear About Commercial Rent Policy?</a>, by John Surico</li> <li><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/government/5793-policing-experts-focus-on-public-trust-accountability-measures" target="_blank">Policing Experts Focus on Public Trust, Accountability Measures</a>, by Catie Edmondson</li> </ul> <p><strong>MORE FOR THE WEEKEND:</strong></p> <ul> <li>Crain's New York Business unveiled its <a href="http://www.crainsnewyork.com/features/most-powerful-women-2015" target="_blank">Most Powerful Women 2015</a> list.</li> </ul> <p><em>***<br />NOTE TO READERS: we hope you enjoy this new Gotham Gazette weekly feature - please share it if you do; on Twitter, use our handle&nbsp;<a href="https://twitter.com/GothamGazette" target="_blank">@GothamGazette</a>.</em></p> <p><em>If you have feedback on this feature for us, you can email editor Ben Max:&nbsp;<a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com">bmax@gothamgazette.com</a></em></p> <p><em>Watch Sunday evening for our latest Week Ahead in New York Politics, which gives you a preview of key issues and events to be aware of for the week about to start. In the meantime, catch up on&nbsp;<a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/government" target="_blank">the latest original reporting from Gotham Gazette here</a>. And have a great weekend!</em></p> <p><em>***</em><br />by Erika Wang and Ben Max</p> <p><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2014/03/week_in_review_bus_readers.jpg" alt="week in review bus readers" height="409" width="600" /></p> <p><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><a href="http://blog.mcny.org/2012/04/24/a-ride-on-the-subway-in-1946-with-stanley-kubrick/" target="_blank">photo</a>: Stanley Kubrick via Museum of the City of New York</span></p> <hr /> <p>Gotham Gazette's Week in Review, Thursday July 2 - our usual Friday feature a day early this week due to the holiday, enjoy:</p> <p><strong>PHOTO OF THE WEEK: </strong>Council Member Corey Johnson celebrates at the Pride Parade, <a href="https://twitter.com/willalatriste/status/615201334376198144" target="_blank">via William Alatriste</a></p> <p><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2014/03/corey_johnson_pride_jump.jpg" alt="corey johnson pride jump" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" height="267" width="400" /></p> <p><strong>TOP FIVE STORIES OF THE WEEK:</strong></p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>1. De Blasio Slams Cuomo, Leaves for Vacation:</strong> On Tuesday, June 30, Mayor de Blasio, First Lady Chirlane McCray, and children Chiara and Dante <a href="http://www1.nyc.gov/office-of-the-mayor/news/453-15/de-blasios-family-vacation" target="_blank">left</a> for a vacation in the Southwestern and Western United States. They will be returning on Wednesday, July 8. Before leaving, de Blasio <a href="http://www.ny1.com/nyc/all-boroughs/political-itch/2015/07/1/ny1-itch--will-de-blasio-be-strong-to-the-finish-.html" target="_blank">filmed an interview</a> with NY1’s Errol Louis <a href="http://www.ny1.com/nyc/all-boroughs/news/2015/06/30/de-blasio-slams-cuomo-for--lack-of-leadership-.html" target="_blank">for Inside City Hall</a> and then spoke with reporters in his City Hall office, in both instances heavily criticizing Governor Andrew Cuomo and expressing a great deal of frustration about the way the governor has acted toward the mayor and <a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/government/5791-in-end-of-session-scorecard-plenty-for-next-years-albany-agenda" target="_blank">the policies that came out of Albany negotiations</a>.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>2. RGB Votes for a Rent Freeze:</strong> For the first time in its history the Rent Guidelines Board <a href="http://www.wsj.com/articles/new-york-city-rent-guidelines-board-votes-to-freeze-rents-1435625657" target="_blank">voted</a> to freeze rents on about a million regulated apartments. On Monday, after four previous open meetings with public testimony, the Board voted 7-2 for freezing new or renewed one-year leases beginning October 1 while tenants signing two-year leases could pay up to a 2% increase. Tenants and their allies have celebrated the vote, which the mayor called "the right move" by board members he appoints. This comes on the heels of <a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/government/5791-in-end-of-session-scorecard-plenty-for-next-years-albany-agenda" target="_blank">a deal to extend rent regulations in Albany</a> that many tenants and their allies call inadequate.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>3. NYPD Oversight Hearing:</strong> On Monday the City Council heard nine proposed NYPD-related bills, including the two that <a href="http://legistar.council.nyc.gov/MeetingDetail.aspx?ID=412648&amp;GUID=200C2568-64A2-45D7-80A9-B89A84A61A38&amp;Options=info|&amp;Search=" target="_blank">make up</a> the “Right to Know Act.” The bills deal with police communication with civilians, officers’ use force, and more. “I wish to say respectfully, but firmly, that these are the purview of the police commissioner and the police department, and not of legislative control,” <a href="http://www.wsj.com/articles/william-bratton-bucks-city-council-1435625376" target="_blank">said</a> Police Commissioner Bill Bratton at the hearing, expressing his opposition to the bills. The next night, key stakeholders <a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/government/5793-policing-experts-focus-on-public-trust-accountability-measures" target="_blank">met to discuss police accountability in an open forum</a>.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>4. Capping Uber:</strong> The City Council Committee on Transportation heard <a href="http://legistar.council.nyc.gov/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=2364031&amp;GUID=87C7D249-891A-43BC-8127-6617FB856429&amp;Options=&amp;Search=" target="_blank">a controversial bill</a> Tuesday that would require the city’s Taxi and Limousine Commission to conduct a study on how the taxi and for-hire industries affect traffic, air quality, noise, and public health. The bill could put a cap on the number of for-hire vehicles. On the day of the hearing Uber, the most prominent of non-taxi for-hire vehicles offered free rides to anyone using the Uberpool carpool service to go to a protest against the bill at City Hall.</p> <p><strong>5. FBI Investigating Upstate Prison:</strong> The FBI <a href="http://www.cnn.com/2015/06/29/us/new-york-prison-investigation/" target="_blank">launched</a> an investigation into Clinton Correctional Facility, the prison Richard Matt and David Sweat escaped from earlier this month, related to possible corruption, including drug trafficking. The FBI investigation is <a href="http://www.cnn.com/2015/06/29/us/new-york-prison-investigation/" target="_blank">said</a> to have been started around looking into how Matt and Sweat broke out of the prison, but has expanded.</p> <p><strong>THIS WEEK'S NUMBER:</strong></p> <ul> <li><strong>13</strong> Metro-North employees <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/30/nyregion/13-metro-north-workers-accused-of-cheating-on-conductor-exams.html?ref=nyregion" target="_blank">were brought</a> into court Monday on charges that they had "cheated on the exams required to become a train conductor or locomotive engineer."</li> </ul> <p><strong>THE GLORY AND THE GOAT:</strong></p> <ul> <li><strong>It was a good week for Maria Torres-Springer</strong>, who has been the Commissioner of the Department of Small Business Services, and <a href="http://www.crainsnewyork.com/article/20150629/BLOGS04/150629863" target="_blank">is becoming</a>&nbsp;President of the city's Economic Development Corporation, or EDC. Appointed by Mayor de Blasio, Torres-Springer will be the first female EDC chief.</li> </ul> <ul> <li><strong>It was bad week for old political friendship</strong>, as the feud between Mayor de Blasio and Governor Cuomo escalated, with de Blasio&nbsp;<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2015/07/01/nyregion/de-blasio-denounces-cuomo-accusing-him-of-hurting-new-york-city.html?ref=nyregion" target="_blank">issuing</a>&nbsp;scathing <a href="http://www.ny1.com/nyc/all-boroughs/news/2015/06/30/de-blasio-slams-cuomo-for--lack-of-leadership-.html" target="_blank">criticisms</a> of Cuomo in the aftermath of <a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/government/5791-in-end-of-session-scorecard-plenty-for-next-years-albany-agenda" target="_blank">the end of Albany’s legislative session</a>. Mr. de Blasio declared that he has tried to work with Cuomo but has “been disappointed at every turn.” He also called the governor vindictive and said that he had lost his way in terms of his Democratic principles.</li> </ul> <p><strong>THE FLASH:</strong></p> <ul> <li><strong>Two years ago</strong>, on July 3, 2013, then-mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner <a href="http://www.decidenyc.com/weiner-on-independence/" target="_blank">gave a campaign speech</a> outside of City Hall, "A Big Apple Declaration of Independence from Albany." Number one on his ten-point list: permanent mayoral control of city schools.</li> </ul> <ul> <li><strong>This week in 1776</strong>, on July 4, the United States Declaration of Independence; 239 years ago.</li> </ul> <p><strong>GOTHAM GAZETTE HIGHLIGHTS OF THE WEEK:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/government/5791-in-end-of-session-scorecard-plenty-for-next-years-albany-agenda" target="_blank">In End of Session 'Scorecard,' Plenty for Next Year's Albany Agenda</a>, by Ben Max</li> <li><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/government/5792-why-dont-we-ever-hear-about-commercial-rent-policy" target="_blank">Why Don't We Ever Hear About Commercial Rent Policy?</a>, by John Surico</li> <li><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/government/5793-policing-experts-focus-on-public-trust-accountability-measures" target="_blank">Policing Experts Focus on Public Trust, Accountability Measures</a>, by Catie Edmondson</li> </ul> <p><strong>MORE FOR THE WEEKEND:</strong></p> <ul> <li>Crain's New York Business unveiled its <a href="http://www.crainsnewyork.com/features/most-powerful-women-2015" target="_blank">Most Powerful Women 2015</a> list.</li> </ul> <p><em>***<br />NOTE TO READERS: we hope you enjoy this new Gotham Gazette weekly feature - please share it if you do; on Twitter, use our handle&nbsp;<a href="https://twitter.com/GothamGazette" target="_blank">@GothamGazette</a>.</em></p> <p><em>If you have feedback on this feature for us, you can email editor Ben Max:&nbsp;<a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com">bmax@gothamgazette.com</a></em></p> <p><em>Watch Sunday evening for our latest Week Ahead in New York Politics, which gives you a preview of key issues and events to be aware of for the week about to start. In the meantime, catch up on&nbsp;<a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/government" target="_blank">the latest original reporting from Gotham Gazette here</a>. And have a great weekend!</em></p> <p><em>***</em><br />by Erika Wang and Ben Max</p> The Week Ahead in New York Politics, May 4 2015-05-03T12:49:30+00:00 2015-05-03T12:49:30+00:00 http://www.gothamgazette.com/?id=5708:the-week-ahead-in-new-york-politics-may-4 Super User <p><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2014/03/640px-New_York_City_Hall.jpg" alt="New York City Hall" height="450" width="600" /></p> <p><span style="font-size: 10pt;">New York City Hall</span></p> <hr /> <p><strong>What to watch for this week in New York politics:</strong></p> <p>Albany arrest watch:&nbsp;"Federal prosecutors are expected to announce criminal charges against New York state Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos imminently, possibly as soon as Monday, in connection with a continuing corruption investigation, according to a person familiar with the matter," <a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/Federal%20prosecutors%20are%20expected%20to%20announce%20criminal%20charges%20against%20New%20York%20state%20Senate%20Majority%20Leader%20Dean%20Skelos%20imminently,%20possibly%20as%20soon%20as%20Monday,%20in%20connection%20with%20a%20continuing%20corruption%20investigation,%20according%20to%20a%20person%20familiar%20with%20the%20matter." target="_blank">reported</a> the Wall Street Journal on Friday evening.</p> <p>Traffic alert! Via the White House: "On Monday, May 4, the President will travel to New York, New York to deliver remarks at an event at Lehman College launching the My Brother's Keeper Alliance, a new non-profit organization. Following this event, the President will attend DNC events."</p> <p>There'll be a flurry of activity on Monday and Tuesday around the two special elections taking place in New York City on Tuesday: voters on Staten Island and a small chunk of Southern Brooklyn will select a new congressional rep and voters in central Brooklyn will select a new Assembly member (AD43). See <a href="http://www.nyccfb.info/public/voter-guide/general-2015/index.aspx" target="_blank">NYC Votes' voter guide here</a>.</p> <p>New York City Public Advocate Letitia James is in Israel this week on <a href="http://jpupdates.com/2015/04/29/public-advocate-tish-james-leading-community-leaders-mission-on-9-day-trip-to-israel/" target="_blank">a 9-day visit</a> with a 16-member NYC community delegation, which left Sunday evening. Her office says that further details of James' trip will be made available upon her return.</p> <p>Mayor Bill de Blasio is expected to unveil his fiscal year 2016 Executive Budget on Thursday, May 7. There is a variety of additional spending being sought by City Council members and advocates that was not included in de Blasio's preliminary budget. The most high profile is, of course, funding for additional NYPD officers. The Council has asked the mayor to include funding for 1,000 additional officers and it is looking like the mayor will at least meet the Council half-way, but we're still awaiting confirmed details. De Blasio is also expected to release his administration's first update to the city's 10-year capital plan on Thursday.</p> <p>On Friday, de Blasio was involved in <a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/government/5707-strategy-meetings-signal-coming-flurry-of-rent-law-lobbying" target="_blank">a strategy session</a> around lobbying for strengthening of rent laws in Albany. As legislative session continues this week in the capital be prepared to see more and more efforts to influence policy as lawmakers negotiate a whole host of issues, from the DREAM Act to rent regulations, mayoral control of schools, minimum wage, criminal justice reform, and much more. Lawmakers are again due in Albany Monday through Wednesday this week. Thursday is set to see a summit on teacher evaluations in Albany and a major Assembly hearing on criminal justice reform in Manhattan - see below for details.</p> <p>You know what they're saying: the Bronx is the new Brooklyn. And it's Bronx Week 2015&nbsp;<a href="http://bronxboropres.nyc.gov/pdf/bxweek_invite_006b-2.pdf" target="_blank">this week</a>, which Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. and others kicked off on Sunday. Fitting that the President will be in the Bronx on Monday.</p> <p>As always, there's a great deal happening at&nbsp;the City Council&nbsp;and all over the city, with many events to be aware of; see below for our day-by-day rundown.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>***Do you have events or topics for us to include in an upcoming Week Ahead in New York Politics?</em><br /><em>E-mail Gotham Gazette editor Ben Max:&nbsp;<a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com">bmax@gothamgazette.com</a>***</em></p> <p><strong>The run of the week in detail:</strong></p> <p><strong>Monday<br /></strong>[Update: event cancelled as Five Star Carting agreed to rehire the two employees] --&gt; At 9 a.m. Monday morning, “In response to the firing of two private sanitation workers who testified about problems in their industry at a City Hall hearing, Councilmember Antonio Reynoso will hold a press conference in front of the sanitation company, Five Star Carting,” in Queens. Reynoso will be joined by a variety of labor leaders and other council members, including Brad Lander and Elizabeth Crowley. [note: this event was cancelled]</p> <p dir="ltr">Monday morning, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer will attend a veterans roundtable and brunch hosted by John Jay College.</p> <p dir="ltr">Monday morning will be a memorial service for Victor Gotbaum, renowned New York City labor leader.</p> <p dir="ltr">At 10:30 Monday morning, Governor Andrew Cuomo will participate in an announcement by phone, according to his public schedule. The announcement will be made from Bak USA in Buffalo.</p> <p dir="ltr">The Wall Street Journal is <a href="http://www.wsj.com/articles/new-job-program-for-new-york-citys-youth-1430704350?KEYWORDS=youth+and+jobs+and+saul" target="_blank">reporting</a> that "The Mayor's Fund to Advance New York City on Monday plans to introduce an initiative to connect 100,000 young New Yorkers with internships, mentorships and summer jobs by 2020...Chirlane McCray and her husband, the mayor, have secured $3.2 million in private donations to create the Center for Youth Employment, a public-private enterprise to increase the number of job programs for New Yorkers age 14 to 24 by 75% during the next five years."</p> <p dir="ltr">An 11:55 a.m., Mayor de Blasio <a href="http://techcrunch.com/2015/05/01/join-new-yorks-mayor-de-blasio-at-techcrunch-disrupt-new-york/?ncid=rss" target="_blank">will be interviewed</a> at Tech Crunch’s Disrupt NY: “New York Mayor Bill de Blasio will join us on stage at Disrupt New York for an amazing interview with our own Kim-Mai Cutler...He’s already working hard at making changes to the city that aim to increase network connectivity for all five boroughs and Digital.NYC, a hub for startups in the city. Join us on Monday at noon for this intimate and unique interview on our Disrupt NY stage.” Watch livestream <a href="http://techcrunch.com/2015/05/04/watch-techcrunch-disrupt-ny-day-1-live-right-here/" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> <p dir="ltr">Also Monday at noon, “Council Member Paul Vallone and Council Member Corey Johnson will hold a rally calling on Mayor de Blasio to include funding for full service animal shelters in Queens and the Bronx in the fiscal year 2016 executive budget.” They will be joined by animal rights activists.</p> <p dir="ltr">Monday’s City Council schedule will include a <a href="http://legistar.council.nyc.gov/MeetingDetail.aspx?ID=396491&amp;GUID=0B140462-0E2A-4BAD-8F43-344691F94F50&amp;Options=info|&amp;Search=" target="_blank">meeting</a> of the Committee on Transportation for an oversight hearing “examining the importance of federal funding for city transportation systems” and to consider a resolution supporting the GROW AMERICA Act.</p> <p dir="ltr">At 1:30 Monday, schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña will visit "Bronx Career and College Preparatory High School with Deputy Mayor Richard Buery to make an announcement."</p> <p dir="ltr">At 3 p.m. on Monday, the State Senate will be in session.</p> <p dir="ltr">On Monday at 6 p.m., elected leaders in Brooklyn <a href="https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1xmp6dqlBVSWjQoY7Xcdto4OmdrFPJXVKnLM9vau1Zrg/viewform" target="_blank">are holding</a> an “All Lives Matter Criminal Justice Town Hall.” It is being led by Borough President Eric Adams, State Senator Jesse Hamilton, Assembly Member Nick Perry, Council Member Laurie Cumbo, and District Leader Shirley Patterson.</p> <p dir="ltr">Monday <a href="http://wagner.nyu.edu/events/wagner-05-04-2015" target="_blank">evening</a>, NYU Wagner will host its Jacob K. Javits Visiting Professorship Lecture titled “Who Are the Policy Workers and What Are They Doing? A Citizen’s Perspective on Democratic Accountability in Modern Governance,” given by&nbsp;Anthony M. Bertelli, NYU Wagner Professor of the Politics of Public Policy and Vice Dean for Academic Affairs and Research.</p> <p dir="ltr">Also Monday <a href="http://www.queensny.org/qedc/business/events/?date=2015-05-4" target="_blank">evening</a>, the Queens Economic Development Corporation will host its New Idea to New Venture Workshop: “This workshop helps participants develop their business idea, organize their start-up process and create a strategy to launch their business. It also covers key elements of how to start a business including: financing, business registration, permit &amp; licenses, and tax related issues. Learn how to setup a company and avoid missteps that can cost you time and money. This event welcomes all veterans who are interested in starting their own businesses.”</p> <p><strong>Tuesday<br /></strong>Tuesday is (Special) Election Day! New York’s 11th Congressional District and 43rd Assembly District will see voting and the election of new reps.</p> <p dir="ltr">Community Service Society is <a href="http://www.cssny.org/page/event/detail/nyreentryroundtable/wrt5" target="_blank">organizing</a> NY Reentry Roundtable Albany Advocacy Day: “members of the NY Reentry Roundtable invite you to join us as we travel to Albany to advocate for passage of three bills that are critically important for thousands of currently and formerly incarcerated New Yorkers and their families...buses will take advocates from CSS to Albany to meet with legislators and their staff.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Tuesday <a href="http://www.crainsnewyork.com/events-calendar/details/4/3257600" target="_blank">morning</a>, Crain’s will host Crain’s Health Care Summit 2015: Value-Based Payments. “Join Crain’s for a critical discussion as New York’s health care industry prepares to shift away from a fee-for-service model to value-based payments. Health care leaders who have already executed value-based contracts will share their best-practices and share lessons learned. This summit goes far beyond explaining WHY New York is shifting to this new model. It explains, on a peer-to-peer senior executive level, how to make that journey.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Tuesday’s City Council schedule will include a&nbsp;<a href="http://legistar.council.nyc.gov/MeetingDetail.aspx?ID=397044&amp;GUID=CFE286F6-17DA-4C2D-A456-90C8B2E58555&amp;Options=info|&amp;Search=" target="_blank">meeting</a>&nbsp;of the Subcommittee on Zoning and Franchises to consider land use applications; and a&nbsp;<a href="http://legistar.council.nyc.gov/MeetingDetail.aspx?ID=397047&amp;GUID=4D7C27A7-E15B-45FF-BEDD-359C0843E2B1&amp;Options=info|&amp;Search=" target="_blank">meeting</a>&nbsp;of the Subcommittee on Planning, Dispositions and Concessions to consider land use applications.</p> <p dir="ltr">At <a href="https://www.urbanjustice.org/civicrm/contribute/transact?reset=1&amp;id=32">2:30 p.m.</a> Tuesday, Urban Justice Center will host Community Justice Awards: “This year, we are proud to honor David M. Levine, Head of Litigation and Regulatory Enforcement for the Americas at Deutsche Bank.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Tuesday afternoon, the State Senate will be in session at 3 p.m.</p> <p dir="ltr">At <a href="http://www.nysenate.gov/press-release/senator-amedore-invites-nominees-2015-women-distinction" target="_blank">5:30 p.m</a>. Tuesday, State Senator Amedore will hold the Women of Distinction Awards Ceremony in Albany: “In honor of Women’s History Month, Senator Amedore is inviting local residents to nominate friends, coworkers and neighborhood leaders whose outstanding work on behalf of our communities makes them deserving of special recognition by the State Senate as a New York ‘Woman of Distinction’.”</p> <p dir="ltr">“The next&nbsp;<a href="http://nyccfb.us2.list-manage.com/track/click?u=1ca4345833ae3d798009ebb05&amp;id=21a5755970&amp;e=edc653d387" target="_blank">public meeting and hearing of the New York City Voter Assistance Advisory Committee (VAAC)</a>&nbsp;will be held at 5:30 PM on Tuesday, May 5th, in the Office of the New York City Comptroller...The meeting will include welcoming remarks from NYC Comptroller Scott M. Stringer and a special performance by NYC Youth Poet Laureate Crystal Valentine. A detailed agenda will be made available before the meeting and posted on the&nbsp;@NYCVotes&nbsp;Twitter feed.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Also Tuesday evening, City Council Member Andy King and his staff will be hosting a "Constituent Services Night" at the Edenwald Community Center in the Bronx, part of his series in which "every other week in a different NYCHA housing development in the 12th Council District...Services will include resources and solutions for housing, food stamps, immigration, Access-A-Ride and basic services."</p> <p>Tuesday <a href="http://www.meetup.com/ny-tech/events/219832807/" target="_blank">evening</a>&nbsp;is the&nbsp;May 2015 NY Tech Meetup and Afterparty, at NYU Skirball Center For The Performing Arts: “Join fellow technologists for an evening of live demos from companies developing great technology in New York.”</p> <p><strong>Wednesday<br /></strong>On Wednesday morning, Mayor de Blasio <a href="https://twitter.com/jesserodriguez/status/595175603600543745?refsrc=email&amp;s=11" target="_blank">is due</a> on MSNBC's Morning Joe.</p> <p>[Update: postponed in wake of the death of Police Offier Brian Moore] There was set to be a demonstration at City Hall on Wednesday by firefighter and police officer unions, <a href="http://www.capitalnewyork.com/article/city-hall/2015/04/8566897/police-and-fire-unions-plan-march-city-hall" target="_blank">according to</a> Capital New York: The Uniformed Firefighters Association and&nbsp;the Patrolmen's Benevolent Association will march to push the mayor on disability pension benefits. [Update: postponed]</p> <p dir="ltr">Wednesday <a href="https://www.abny.org/Content/Events/EventViewer.aspx?EventID=172" target="_blank">morning</a>, ABNY will host a breakfast session with US Congressman Joe Crowley where the Congressman is set to discuss “his priorities for the current session and beyond, including his recently unveiled Building Better Savings, Building Brighter Futures plan to address the savings and retirement security crisis in the U.S.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Also Wednesday <a href="https://nyelectionsnews.wordpress.com/2015/04/15/stroock-law-firm-sponsoring-may-6-session-is-new-york-still-a-democracy-2/" target="_blank">morning</a>, Stroock will host a government leadership forum titled “Is New York Still A Democracy?” Panelists will include Congressman Jerrold Nadler; DeNora M. Getachew Campaign Manager and Legislative Counsel at the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law; and Douglas A. Kellner, Co-Chair of the New York State Board of Elections. Robert Adams, former New York State Attorney General and Chair of Stroock’s Government Relations Practice, and Jerry H. Goldfeder, Stroock Special Counsel and Election Law attorney will moderate the panel discussion.</p> <p dir="ltr">At 11 a.m. on Wednesday, advocates are expected to rally outside Governor Cuomo's Manhattan office as part of a renewed push to strengthen rent regulation laws that <a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/government/5707-strategy-meetings-signal-coming-flurry-of-rent-law-lobbying" target="_blank">are being negotiated in Albany</a>.</p> <p dir="ltr">From <a href="http://cscs-ny.org/events/advocacyday/" target="_blank">9 a.m. to 1 p.m</a>. Wednesday, LiveOn NY will host its 20th Annual City Hall Advocacy Day. “Meet face-to-face with your Council Members; Advocate for those seniors who are too frail to be there; Advocate for more money the Department for the Aging; Represent your senior center; Help to keep programs for future seniors." The day will include morning and afternoon meetings with City Council members sandwiching a City Hall press conference.</p> <p dir="ltr">Wednesday’s City Council schedule will include a <a href="http://legistar.council.nyc.gov/MeetingDetail.aspx?ID=396138&amp;GUID=4305A86C-9ABF-4E0E-82AB-08453C2BCAA8&amp;Options=info|&amp;Search=" target="_blank">meeting</a> of the Committee on Land Use for an oversight hearing regarding “Industrial Land Use and Zoning Policy - Challenges and Opportunities”; a <a href="http://legistar.council.nyc.gov/MeetingDetail.aspx?ID=396636&amp;GUID=3BA00520-6D39-480B-96A3-3CAA9ADD46C1&amp;Options=info|&amp;Search=" target="_blank">meeting</a> of the Committee on Fire and Criminal Justice Services for an oversight hearing “Examining Violence in New York City’s Jails and the City’s Response,” and on several bills; and a <a href="http://legistar.council.nyc.gov/MeetingDetail.aspx?ID=396289&amp;GUID=FF70A3CB-A710-4D18-9EC6-EF12EF70D197&amp;Options=info|&amp;Search=" target="_blank">meeting</a> of the Committee on Veterans for an oversight hearing “Evaluating the Effectiveness of MOVA’s Role Serving New York City’s Veterans.” [Read <a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/government/5541-support-grows-for-new-veterans-department-mayor-must-be-convinced" target="_blank">our look at the question of whether there should be a separate city department for veterans sercices</a>]</p> <p dir="ltr">Wednesday, the State Senate will be in session at&nbsp;11 a.m.</p> <p dir="ltr">Wednesday <a href="https://twitter.com/galeabrewer/status/591374003761098752/photo/1" target="_blank">afternoon</a>, Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer will host a Small Business Roundtable.</p> <p dir="ltr">At 6 p.m. Wednesday, the Senate Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction will hold a <a href="http://www.nysenate.gov/event/2015/jun/02/examine-issues-facing-communities-wake-increased-heroin-abuse-1" target="_blank">forum/town Hall</a> to “examine the issues facing communities in the wake of increased heroin abuse.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Also Wednesday <a href="http://www.marklevine.nyc/pbparty?utm_campaign=pb_party_2015&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_source=marklevine" target="_blank">evening</a>, Council Member Mark Levine will host a Participatory Budgeting Party: “We will share project details for the winners, next steps in the process, and ways you can get involved in next year’s Participatory Budget.” This event is another in a string of PB events by council members in which they reveal and/or celebrate the PB-funded projects chosen by constituents and the PB process.</p> <p><strong>Thursday<br /></strong>Mayor de Blasio is set to unveil his fiscal year 2016 Executive Budget on Thursday as well as his update to the city's 10-year capital plan.</p> <p>Thursday<a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/#.VUJkGmTBzGe"></a> in Albany, a teacher evaluation summit will occur, <a href="http://www.capitalnewyork.com/article/albany/2015/05/8567132/evaluation-regs-be-adopted-without-formal-public-comment" target="_blank">according to</a> Capital New York: “Seven researchers, economists, and professors accepted an invitation to weigh in on the debate at a May 7 summit being held by the State Education Department and Board of Regents, according to a department memo obtained by Chalkbeat. Officials are required by law to collect public comment on how to design the regulations that will govern how a teacher’s performance in the classroom gets graded, a process that must be complete by the end of June.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Thursday’s City Council schedule will include a <a href="http://legistar.council.nyc.gov/MeetingDetail.aspx?ID=397061&amp;GUID=A76DA9D7-15A6-4B66-87F0-A1E73335668A&amp;Options=info|&amp;Search=" target="_blank">meeting</a> of the Committee on Land Use to review all items reported out of the Subcommittee hearings.</p> <p dir="ltr">At <a href="http://queensbp.org/event/queens-borough-presidents-land-use-hearing-2-2-2-2/?instance_id=811" target="_blank">10:30 a.m</a>. Thursday, Queens Borough President Melinda Katz will hold a public land use hearing.</p> <p dir="ltr">Also Thursday <a href="http://assembly.state.ny.us/leg/?sh=he" target="_blank">morning</a>&nbsp;in Manhattan,&nbsp;the Assembly Standing Committee on Codes will meet jointly with the Assembly Standing Committee on Judiciary, the Assembly Standing Committee on Correction, and New York State Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic, and Asian Legislative Caucus “to examine the need for reforms to the criminal justice system to ensure fairness, improve community/police relations, and protect the safety of law enforcement officers.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Thursday <a href="http://assembly.state.ny.us/leg/?sh=he" target="_blank">afternoon</a>, the Senate Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction will resume its hearing to “examine the issues facing communities in the wake of increased heroin abuse.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Thursday <a href="https://www.brennancenter.org/event/state-money-politics" target="_blank">evening</a>, the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU will hold a discussion titled “State of Money in Politics” - “The Supreme Court's landmark decision in Citizens United v. FEC reshaped the American political landscape, giving the wealthy more power to influence elections than at any time since Watergate and opening the floodgates for dark money in U.S. elections. Five years after the Supreme Court decision that set these trends in motion, what is the state of money in politics today? What are the emerging issues and paths for reform going forward?” The panel will feature Jeff Clements, Board Chair at Free Speech for People and Author of “Corporations Are Not People”; Zephyr Teachout, Associate Professor at Fordham Law School and Author of “Corruption in America”; and Ellen Weintraub, Commissioner of Federal Election Commission.</p> <p dir="ltr">Also Thursday <a href="http://www.nyc.gov/html/records/html/events/events.shtml">evening</a>, The NYC Department of Records and Information Services will hold an event titled “A Woman’s Place: Access, Visibility and Making Change in the Workplace...An exciting conversation among trailblazing who’ve stood up to intimidation, injustice and invisibility in the workplace to bring about radical transformations.”</p> <p><strong>Friday and the weekend<br /></strong>Friday <a href="https://www.eventbrite.com/e/violence-the-city-tickets-16535992599" target="_blank">all day</a>, The Murphy Institute will host “Violence &amp; the City...this day-long, interdisciplinary conference will consider the nature and effects of various types of urban violence, and is organized around two themes: violence and urban society; and, crime, politics, and policy. Featured speakers will address these concerns in theoretically, methodologically, or empirically innovative ways.”</p> <p dir="ltr">On Saturday <a href="http://www.coreyjohnson.nyc/events/" target="_blank">afternoon</a>, City Council Member Corey Johnson will host the First Annual West Side Summit, where he will deliver his State of the District Address, and announce winning projects from participatory budgeting.</p> <p>***<br />Have events or topics for us to include in an upcoming Week Ahead in New York Politics? 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Via the White House: "On Monday, May 4, the President will travel to New York, New York to deliver remarks at an event at Lehman College launching the My Brother's Keeper Alliance, a new non-profit organization. Following this event, the President will attend DNC events."</p> <p>There'll be a flurry of activity on Monday and Tuesday around the two special elections taking place in New York City on Tuesday: voters on Staten Island and a small chunk of Southern Brooklyn will select a new congressional rep and voters in central Brooklyn will select a new Assembly member (AD43). See <a href="http://www.nyccfb.info/public/voter-guide/general-2015/index.aspx" target="_blank">NYC Votes' voter guide here</a>.</p> <p>New York City Public Advocate Letitia James is in Israel this week on <a href="http://jpupdates.com/2015/04/29/public-advocate-tish-james-leading-community-leaders-mission-on-9-day-trip-to-israel/" target="_blank">a 9-day visit</a> with a 16-member NYC community delegation, which left Sunday evening. Her office says that further details of James' trip will be made available upon her return.</p> <p>Mayor Bill de Blasio is expected to unveil his fiscal year 2016 Executive Budget on Thursday, May 7. There is a variety of additional spending being sought by City Council members and advocates that was not included in de Blasio's preliminary budget. The most high profile is, of course, funding for additional NYPD officers. The Council has asked the mayor to include funding for 1,000 additional officers and it is looking like the mayor will at least meet the Council half-way, but we're still awaiting confirmed details. De Blasio is also expected to release his administration's first update to the city's 10-year capital plan on Thursday.</p> <p>On Friday, de Blasio was involved in <a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/government/5707-strategy-meetings-signal-coming-flurry-of-rent-law-lobbying" target="_blank">a strategy session</a> around lobbying for strengthening of rent laws in Albany. As legislative session continues this week in the capital be prepared to see more and more efforts to influence policy as lawmakers negotiate a whole host of issues, from the DREAM Act to rent regulations, mayoral control of schools, minimum wage, criminal justice reform, and much more. Lawmakers are again due in Albany Monday through Wednesday this week. Thursday is set to see a summit on teacher evaluations in Albany and a major Assembly hearing on criminal justice reform in Manhattan - see below for details.</p> <p>You know what they're saying: the Bronx is the new Brooklyn. And it's Bronx Week 2015&nbsp;<a href="http://bronxboropres.nyc.gov/pdf/bxweek_invite_006b-2.pdf" target="_blank">this week</a>, which Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. and others kicked off on Sunday. Fitting that the President will be in the Bronx on Monday.</p> <p>As always, there's a great deal happening at&nbsp;the City Council&nbsp;and all over the city, with many events to be aware of; see below for our day-by-day rundown.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>***Do you have events or topics for us to include in an upcoming Week Ahead in New York Politics?</em><br /><em>E-mail Gotham Gazette editor Ben Max:&nbsp;<a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com">bmax@gothamgazette.com</a>***</em></p> <p><strong>The run of the week in detail:</strong></p> <p><strong>Monday<br /></strong>[Update: event cancelled as Five Star Carting agreed to rehire the two employees] --&gt; At 9 a.m. Monday morning, “In response to the firing of two private sanitation workers who testified about problems in their industry at a City Hall hearing, Councilmember Antonio Reynoso will hold a press conference in front of the sanitation company, Five Star Carting,” in Queens. Reynoso will be joined by a variety of labor leaders and other council members, including Brad Lander and Elizabeth Crowley. [note: this event was cancelled]</p> <p dir="ltr">Monday morning, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer will attend a veterans roundtable and brunch hosted by John Jay College.</p> <p dir="ltr">Monday morning will be a memorial service for Victor Gotbaum, renowned New York City labor leader.</p> <p dir="ltr">At 10:30 Monday morning, Governor Andrew Cuomo will participate in an announcement by phone, according to his public schedule. The announcement will be made from Bak USA in Buffalo.</p> <p dir="ltr">The Wall Street Journal is <a href="http://www.wsj.com/articles/new-job-program-for-new-york-citys-youth-1430704350?KEYWORDS=youth+and+jobs+and+saul" target="_blank">reporting</a> that "The Mayor's Fund to Advance New York City on Monday plans to introduce an initiative to connect 100,000 young New Yorkers with internships, mentorships and summer jobs by 2020...Chirlane McCray and her husband, the mayor, have secured $3.2 million in private donations to create the Center for Youth Employment, a public-private enterprise to increase the number of job programs for New Yorkers age 14 to 24 by 75% during the next five years."</p> <p dir="ltr">An 11:55 a.m., Mayor de Blasio <a href="http://techcrunch.com/2015/05/01/join-new-yorks-mayor-de-blasio-at-techcrunch-disrupt-new-york/?ncid=rss" target="_blank">will be interviewed</a> at Tech Crunch’s Disrupt NY: “New York Mayor Bill de Blasio will join us on stage at Disrupt New York for an amazing interview with our own Kim-Mai Cutler...He’s already working hard at making changes to the city that aim to increase network connectivity for all five boroughs and Digital.NYC, a hub for startups in the city. Join us on Monday at noon for this intimate and unique interview on our Disrupt NY stage.” Watch livestream <a href="http://techcrunch.com/2015/05/04/watch-techcrunch-disrupt-ny-day-1-live-right-here/" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> <p dir="ltr">Also Monday at noon, “Council Member Paul Vallone and Council Member Corey Johnson will hold a rally calling on Mayor de Blasio to include funding for full service animal shelters in Queens and the Bronx in the fiscal year 2016 executive budget.” They will be joined by animal rights activists.</p> <p dir="ltr">Monday’s City Council schedule will include a <a href="http://legistar.council.nyc.gov/MeetingDetail.aspx?ID=396491&amp;GUID=0B140462-0E2A-4BAD-8F43-344691F94F50&amp;Options=info|&amp;Search=" target="_blank">meeting</a> of the Committee on Transportation for an oversight hearing “examining the importance of federal funding for city transportation systems” and to consider a resolution supporting the GROW AMERICA Act.</p> <p dir="ltr">At 1:30 Monday, schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña will visit "Bronx Career and College Preparatory High School with Deputy Mayor Richard Buery to make an announcement."</p> <p dir="ltr">At 3 p.m. on Monday, the State Senate will be in session.</p> <p dir="ltr">On Monday at 6 p.m., elected leaders in Brooklyn <a href="https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1xmp6dqlBVSWjQoY7Xcdto4OmdrFPJXVKnLM9vau1Zrg/viewform" target="_blank">are holding</a> an “All Lives Matter Criminal Justice Town Hall.” It is being led by Borough President Eric Adams, State Senator Jesse Hamilton, Assembly Member Nick Perry, Council Member Laurie Cumbo, and District Leader Shirley Patterson.</p> <p dir="ltr">Monday <a href="http://wagner.nyu.edu/events/wagner-05-04-2015" target="_blank">evening</a>, NYU Wagner will host its Jacob K. Javits Visiting Professorship Lecture titled “Who Are the Policy Workers and What Are They Doing? A Citizen’s Perspective on Democratic Accountability in Modern Governance,” given by&nbsp;Anthony M. Bertelli, NYU Wagner Professor of the Politics of Public Policy and Vice Dean for Academic Affairs and Research.</p> <p dir="ltr">Also Monday <a href="http://www.queensny.org/qedc/business/events/?date=2015-05-4" target="_blank">evening</a>, the Queens Economic Development Corporation will host its New Idea to New Venture Workshop: “This workshop helps participants develop their business idea, organize their start-up process and create a strategy to launch their business. It also covers key elements of how to start a business including: financing, business registration, permit &amp; licenses, and tax related issues. Learn how to setup a company and avoid missteps that can cost you time and money. This event welcomes all veterans who are interested in starting their own businesses.”</p> <p><strong>Tuesday<br /></strong>Tuesday is (Special) Election Day! New York’s 11th Congressional District and 43rd Assembly District will see voting and the election of new reps.</p> <p dir="ltr">Community Service Society is <a href="http://www.cssny.org/page/event/detail/nyreentryroundtable/wrt5" target="_blank">organizing</a> NY Reentry Roundtable Albany Advocacy Day: “members of the NY Reentry Roundtable invite you to join us as we travel to Albany to advocate for passage of three bills that are critically important for thousands of currently and formerly incarcerated New Yorkers and their families...buses will take advocates from CSS to Albany to meet with legislators and their staff.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Tuesday <a href="http://www.crainsnewyork.com/events-calendar/details/4/3257600" target="_blank">morning</a>, Crain’s will host Crain’s Health Care Summit 2015: Value-Based Payments. “Join Crain’s for a critical discussion as New York’s health care industry prepares to shift away from a fee-for-service model to value-based payments. Health care leaders who have already executed value-based contracts will share their best-practices and share lessons learned. This summit goes far beyond explaining WHY New York is shifting to this new model. It explains, on a peer-to-peer senior executive level, how to make that journey.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Tuesday’s City Council schedule will include a&nbsp;<a href="http://legistar.council.nyc.gov/MeetingDetail.aspx?ID=397044&amp;GUID=CFE286F6-17DA-4C2D-A456-90C8B2E58555&amp;Options=info|&amp;Search=" target="_blank">meeting</a>&nbsp;of the Subcommittee on Zoning and Franchises to consider land use applications; and a&nbsp;<a href="http://legistar.council.nyc.gov/MeetingDetail.aspx?ID=397047&amp;GUID=4D7C27A7-E15B-45FF-BEDD-359C0843E2B1&amp;Options=info|&amp;Search=" target="_blank">meeting</a>&nbsp;of the Subcommittee on Planning, Dispositions and Concessions to consider land use applications.</p> <p dir="ltr">At <a href="https://www.urbanjustice.org/civicrm/contribute/transact?reset=1&amp;id=32">2:30 p.m.</a> Tuesday, Urban Justice Center will host Community Justice Awards: “This year, we are proud to honor David M. Levine, Head of Litigation and Regulatory Enforcement for the Americas at Deutsche Bank.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Tuesday afternoon, the State Senate will be in session at 3 p.m.</p> <p dir="ltr">At <a href="http://www.nysenate.gov/press-release/senator-amedore-invites-nominees-2015-women-distinction" target="_blank">5:30 p.m</a>. Tuesday, State Senator Amedore will hold the Women of Distinction Awards Ceremony in Albany: “In honor of Women’s History Month, Senator Amedore is inviting local residents to nominate friends, coworkers and neighborhood leaders whose outstanding work on behalf of our communities makes them deserving of special recognition by the State Senate as a New York ‘Woman of Distinction’.”</p> <p dir="ltr">“The next&nbsp;<a href="http://nyccfb.us2.list-manage.com/track/click?u=1ca4345833ae3d798009ebb05&amp;id=21a5755970&amp;e=edc653d387" target="_blank">public meeting and hearing of the New York City Voter Assistance Advisory Committee (VAAC)</a>&nbsp;will be held at 5:30 PM on Tuesday, May 5th, in the Office of the New York City Comptroller...The meeting will include welcoming remarks from NYC Comptroller Scott M. Stringer and a special performance by NYC Youth Poet Laureate Crystal Valentine. A detailed agenda will be made available before the meeting and posted on the&nbsp;@NYCVotes&nbsp;Twitter feed.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Also Tuesday evening, City Council Member Andy King and his staff will be hosting a "Constituent Services Night" at the Edenwald Community Center in the Bronx, part of his series in which "every other week in a different NYCHA housing development in the 12th Council District...Services will include resources and solutions for housing, food stamps, immigration, Access-A-Ride and basic services."</p> <p>Tuesday <a href="http://www.meetup.com/ny-tech/events/219832807/" target="_blank">evening</a>&nbsp;is the&nbsp;May 2015 NY Tech Meetup and Afterparty, at NYU Skirball Center For The Performing Arts: “Join fellow technologists for an evening of live demos from companies developing great technology in New York.”</p> <p><strong>Wednesday<br /></strong>On Wednesday morning, Mayor de Blasio <a href="https://twitter.com/jesserodriguez/status/595175603600543745?refsrc=email&amp;s=11" target="_blank">is due</a> on MSNBC's Morning Joe.</p> <p>[Update: postponed in wake of the death of Police Offier Brian Moore] There was set to be a demonstration at City Hall on Wednesday by firefighter and police officer unions, <a href="http://www.capitalnewyork.com/article/city-hall/2015/04/8566897/police-and-fire-unions-plan-march-city-hall" target="_blank">according to</a> Capital New York: The Uniformed Firefighters Association and&nbsp;the Patrolmen's Benevolent Association will march to push the mayor on disability pension benefits. [Update: postponed]</p> <p dir="ltr">Wednesday <a href="https://www.abny.org/Content/Events/EventViewer.aspx?EventID=172" target="_blank">morning</a>, ABNY will host a breakfast session with US Congressman Joe Crowley where the Congressman is set to discuss “his priorities for the current session and beyond, including his recently unveiled Building Better Savings, Building Brighter Futures plan to address the savings and retirement security crisis in the U.S.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Also Wednesday <a href="https://nyelectionsnews.wordpress.com/2015/04/15/stroock-law-firm-sponsoring-may-6-session-is-new-york-still-a-democracy-2/" target="_blank">morning</a>, Stroock will host a government leadership forum titled “Is New York Still A Democracy?” Panelists will include Congressman Jerrold Nadler; DeNora M. Getachew Campaign Manager and Legislative Counsel at the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law; and Douglas A. Kellner, Co-Chair of the New York State Board of Elections. Robert Adams, former New York State Attorney General and Chair of Stroock’s Government Relations Practice, and Jerry H. Goldfeder, Stroock Special Counsel and Election Law attorney will moderate the panel discussion.</p> <p dir="ltr">At 11 a.m. on Wednesday, advocates are expected to rally outside Governor Cuomo's Manhattan office as part of a renewed push to strengthen rent regulation laws that <a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/government/5707-strategy-meetings-signal-coming-flurry-of-rent-law-lobbying" target="_blank">are being negotiated in Albany</a>.</p> <p dir="ltr">From <a href="http://cscs-ny.org/events/advocacyday/" target="_blank">9 a.m. to 1 p.m</a>. Wednesday, LiveOn NY will host its 20th Annual City Hall Advocacy Day. “Meet face-to-face with your Council Members; Advocate for those seniors who are too frail to be there; Advocate for more money the Department for the Aging; Represent your senior center; Help to keep programs for future seniors." The day will include morning and afternoon meetings with City Council members sandwiching a City Hall press conference.</p> <p dir="ltr">Wednesday’s City Council schedule will include a <a href="http://legistar.council.nyc.gov/MeetingDetail.aspx?ID=396138&amp;GUID=4305A86C-9ABF-4E0E-82AB-08453C2BCAA8&amp;Options=info|&amp;Search=" target="_blank">meeting</a> of the Committee on Land Use for an oversight hearing regarding “Industrial Land Use and Zoning Policy - Challenges and Opportunities”; a <a href="http://legistar.council.nyc.gov/MeetingDetail.aspx?ID=396636&amp;GUID=3BA00520-6D39-480B-96A3-3CAA9ADD46C1&amp;Options=info|&amp;Search=" target="_blank">meeting</a> of the Committee on Fire and Criminal Justice Services for an oversight hearing “Examining Violence in New York City’s Jails and the City’s Response,” and on several bills; and a <a href="http://legistar.council.nyc.gov/MeetingDetail.aspx?ID=396289&amp;GUID=FF70A3CB-A710-4D18-9EC6-EF12EF70D197&amp;Options=info|&amp;Search=" target="_blank">meeting</a> of the Committee on Veterans for an oversight hearing “Evaluating the Effectiveness of MOVA’s Role Serving New York City’s Veterans.” [Read <a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/government/5541-support-grows-for-new-veterans-department-mayor-must-be-convinced" target="_blank">our look at the question of whether there should be a separate city department for veterans sercices</a>]</p> <p dir="ltr">Wednesday, the State Senate will be in session at&nbsp;11 a.m.</p> <p dir="ltr">Wednesday <a href="https://twitter.com/galeabrewer/status/591374003761098752/photo/1" target="_blank">afternoon</a>, Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer will host a Small Business Roundtable.</p> <p dir="ltr">At 6 p.m. Wednesday, the Senate Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction will hold a <a href="http://www.nysenate.gov/event/2015/jun/02/examine-issues-facing-communities-wake-increased-heroin-abuse-1" target="_blank">forum/town Hall</a> to “examine the issues facing communities in the wake of increased heroin abuse.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Also Wednesday <a href="http://www.marklevine.nyc/pbparty?utm_campaign=pb_party_2015&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_source=marklevine" target="_blank">evening</a>, Council Member Mark Levine will host a Participatory Budgeting Party: “We will share project details for the winners, next steps in the process, and ways you can get involved in next year’s Participatory Budget.” This event is another in a string of PB events by council members in which they reveal and/or celebrate the PB-funded projects chosen by constituents and the PB process.</p> <p><strong>Thursday<br /></strong>Mayor de Blasio is set to unveil his fiscal year 2016 Executive Budget on Thursday as well as his update to the city's 10-year capital plan.</p> <p>Thursday<a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/#.VUJkGmTBzGe"></a> in Albany, a teacher evaluation summit will occur, <a href="http://www.capitalnewyork.com/article/albany/2015/05/8567132/evaluation-regs-be-adopted-without-formal-public-comment" target="_blank">according to</a> Capital New York: “Seven researchers, economists, and professors accepted an invitation to weigh in on the debate at a May 7 summit being held by the State Education Department and Board of Regents, according to a department memo obtained by Chalkbeat. Officials are required by law to collect public comment on how to design the regulations that will govern how a teacher’s performance in the classroom gets graded, a process that must be complete by the end of June.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Thursday’s City Council schedule will include a <a href="http://legistar.council.nyc.gov/MeetingDetail.aspx?ID=397061&amp;GUID=A76DA9D7-15A6-4B66-87F0-A1E73335668A&amp;Options=info|&amp;Search=" target="_blank">meeting</a> of the Committee on Land Use to review all items reported out of the Subcommittee hearings.</p> <p dir="ltr">At <a href="http://queensbp.org/event/queens-borough-presidents-land-use-hearing-2-2-2-2/?instance_id=811" target="_blank">10:30 a.m</a>. Thursday, Queens Borough President Melinda Katz will hold a public land use hearing.</p> <p dir="ltr">Also Thursday <a href="http://assembly.state.ny.us/leg/?sh=he" target="_blank">morning</a>&nbsp;in Manhattan,&nbsp;the Assembly Standing Committee on Codes will meet jointly with the Assembly Standing Committee on Judiciary, the Assembly Standing Committee on Correction, and New York State Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic, and Asian Legislative Caucus “to examine the need for reforms to the criminal justice system to ensure fairness, improve community/police relations, and protect the safety of law enforcement officers.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Thursday <a href="http://assembly.state.ny.us/leg/?sh=he" target="_blank">afternoon</a>, the Senate Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction will resume its hearing to “examine the issues facing communities in the wake of increased heroin abuse.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Thursday <a href="https://www.brennancenter.org/event/state-money-politics" target="_blank">evening</a>, the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU will hold a discussion titled “State of Money in Politics” - “The Supreme Court's landmark decision in Citizens United v. FEC reshaped the American political landscape, giving the wealthy more power to influence elections than at any time since Watergate and opening the floodgates for dark money in U.S. elections. Five years after the Supreme Court decision that set these trends in motion, what is the state of money in politics today? What are the emerging issues and paths for reform going forward?” The panel will feature Jeff Clements, Board Chair at Free Speech for People and Author of “Corporations Are Not People”; Zephyr Teachout, Associate Professor at Fordham Law School and Author of “Corruption in America”; and Ellen Weintraub, Commissioner of Federal Election Commission.</p> <p dir="ltr">Also Thursday <a href="http://www.nyc.gov/html/records/html/events/events.shtml">evening</a>, The NYC Department of Records and Information Services will hold an event titled “A Woman’s Place: Access, Visibility and Making Change in the Workplace...An exciting conversation among trailblazing who’ve stood up to intimidation, injustice and invisibility in the workplace to bring about radical transformations.”</p> <p><strong>Friday and the weekend<br /></strong>Friday <a href="https://www.eventbrite.com/e/violence-the-city-tickets-16535992599" target="_blank">all day</a>, The Murphy Institute will host “Violence &amp; the City...this day-long, interdisciplinary conference will consider the nature and effects of various types of urban violence, and is organized around two themes: violence and urban society; and, crime, politics, and policy. Featured speakers will address these concerns in theoretically, methodologically, or empirically innovative ways.”</p> <p dir="ltr">On Saturday <a href="http://www.coreyjohnson.nyc/events/" target="_blank">afternoon</a>, City Council Member Corey Johnson will host the First Annual West Side Summit, where he will deliver his State of the District Address, and announce winning projects from participatory budgeting.</p> <p>***<br />Have events or topics for us to include in an upcoming Week Ahead in New York Politics? 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