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/department-of-veterans-affairs 2017-10-20T07:13:50+00:00 Webmaster webmaster@gothamgazette.com Planned Change to Veterans Department Budget Causes Stir 2017-01-31T05:00:00+00:00 2017-01-31T05:00:00+00:00 http://www.gothamgazette.com/?id=6739:proposed-budget-cut-to-veterans-department-causes-stir Ben Max <p><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/bdb_vets_via_nycveterans.jpg" alt="bdb vets via nycveterans" width="600" height="398" /></p> <p dir="ltr">photo: @nycveterans</p> <hr /> <p dir="ltr">Mayor Bill de Blasio’s preliminary budget, released January 24, proposes nearly $1 billion in increased spending for the next fiscal year, which begins July 1. But a conspicuous, albeit infinitesimal, reduction for one agency has irked elected officials and advocates.</p> <p dir="ltr">The mayor’s spending plan, which will be evaluated by and negotiated with the City Council, includes a $318,000 decrease in the budget for the newly-minted Department of Veterans Services, which was created last year as an agency outside of the Mayor’s Office and given a significant budget boost. The DVS budget for the current fiscal year is $3.95 million, but de Blasio has $3.63 million budgeted for fiscal year 2018.</p> <p dir="ltr">While it is a tiny fraction of the $84.7 billion preliminary budget plan, stakeholders argue that it is a step back for an administration that just last year made the major commitment to expanding veteran services by establishing a stand-alone agency after much lobbying by City Council members and advocates. The city, however, explains that the budget reduction is because one-time department start-up costs are coming off the books.</p> <p dir="ltr">“It’s pretty sad that the Mayor of the city of New York decided to cut the department’s budget,” said state Senator Marty Golden, a Republican who represents Bay Ridge and sits on the Senate’s Committee on Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs. “It’s cutting case management for veterans, it’s cutting healthcare for veterans, it’s cutting homelessness services for veterans.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Golden has organized <a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/743165375835259/" target="_blank">a rally</a> outside City Hall on Wednesday afternoon to protest the budget change as well as call for additional tax relief for veterans. He’ll be joined by the City Council’s three Republican members -- Steven Matteo, Joe Borelli and Eric Ulrich, who chairs the council’s veterans committee -- &nbsp;as well as mayoral candidates Michel Faulkner, Paul Massey, and Richard "Bo" Dietl, and veterans advocates. Council Member Ulrich, the leading governmental force behind the creation of the Department of Veterans Services, did not respond to requests for comment.</p> <p dir="ltr">“This is a bad signal to send to veterans and to the homeless,” Golden said of the budget change. “I’m hoping [Mayor de Blasio] reevaluates and he redirects that money.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Mayoral spokesperson Freddi Goldstein explained in an email that the funding decrease is primarily due to one-time costs incurred in setting up the new agency last year, including fees paid to a consultant, costs for office equipment, and the non-renewal of a one-year position funded by a private grant. That funding runs through the end of the 2017 calendar year and is not reflected in the fiscal 2018 budget, according to a DVS spokesperson. A spokesperson for the mayor said that like other funding elements, the position could be negotiated back in over the course of the coming months.</p> <p dir="ltr">In an office of about 30, the loss of that one position, related to homelessness prevention, would be “significant,” said Kristen Rouse, an Army veteran and president and founding director of NYC Veterans Alliance, an advocacy organization. The group will hold its own rally on February 14. “I completely understand that there were one-time costs, but they should be expanding regardless,” she said. “The trajectory needs to be an upward motion, not a downward one. Funding directly reflects that.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Rouse pointed out that homelessness prevention is the biggest challenge for the department and said it should be part of a broader strategy of ensuring access to affordable housing for veterans. “There’s hundreds of veterans in shelter,” she said. “That’s important progress but that’s not a victory.”</p> <p dir="ltr">The city ended chronic veteran homelessness by the end of 2015 and has set up an effective pipeline for getting veterans off the street. According to DVS spokesperson Alexis Wichowski, the latest count from January showed about 35 military veterans remain homeless and not in shelter. She also pointed out that the median stay for veterans in homeless shelters is about 79 days, compared to 355 for single adults, per the <a href="http://www1.nyc.gov/assets/operations/downloads/pdf/mmr2016/dhs.pdf" target="_blank">Mayor’s Management Report</a>.</p> <p dir="ltr">Wichowski said the budget changes were not a matter of concern and were always part of the plan in setting up the agency. “We are almost at full capacity, that’s a huge milestone,” she said. The agency has hired 33 of its 35-person budgeted staff and is set to embark on a number of projects and programs. “Getting people on board and getting them trained has been the focus for the last few months,” Wichowski said.</p> <p dir="ltr">Under the direction of Commissioner Loree Sutton, the department now also has satellite offices in the Bronx and Queens and two on Staten Island, and is in the process of establishing agreements for offices in Manhattan and Brooklyn. DVS primarily offers help so that the 210,000 military veterans living in New York City can access services and benefits available to them.</p> <p dir="ltr">City Council Member Borelli, a member of the veterans committee, was surprised and disappointed by the budget reduction. “It’s a question of the mayor’s long-term commitment to supporting the veterans agency,” he said. He critiqued the mayor for funding other items at comparable levels of the cuts, particularly $500,000 for speed cameras. “We can’t be blinded by the desire to see certain policy goals met while we abandon commitments we’ve already made,” he said.</p> <p dir="ltr">At Wednesday’s rally, Borelli said the budget shift wouldn’t be the only item they will push. A key proposal, one promoted by veteran advocacy organizations for years, is the expansion of an alternative property tax exemption for veterans, which the NYC Veterans Alliance <a href="http://www.nycveteransalliance.org/deblasio_cuts" target="_blank">estimates</a> would cost the city about $40 million at a time when the city’s assessed property tax value increased by $17.6 billion. It is a measure of much-needed housing affordability, several advocates and elected officials agree.</p> <p dir="ltr">“The budget is about outlining priorities through a document,” Borelli said. “This is just saying that [DVS is] less pressing than other priorities.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Next month, the City Council will begin to examine the mayor’s budget and issue its formal response, after which the mayor will release his executive budget, a revised spending plan. Following another round of Council hearings, the Council and mayor will move to closed-door negotiations before agreeing to a final budget for the next fiscal year by the June 30 deadline.</p> <p>

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<p><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/bdb_vets_via_nycveterans.jpg" alt="bdb vets via nycveterans" width="600" height="398" /></p> <p dir="ltr">photo: @nycveterans</p> <hr /> <p dir="ltr">Mayor Bill de Blasio’s preliminary budget, released January 24, proposes nearly $1 billion in increased spending for the next fiscal year, which begins July 1. But a conspicuous, albeit infinitesimal, reduction for one agency has irked elected officials and advocates.</p> <p dir="ltr">The mayor’s spending plan, which will be evaluated by and negotiated with the City Council, includes a $318,000 decrease in the budget for the newly-minted Department of Veterans Services, which was created last year as an agency outside of the Mayor’s Office and given a significant budget boost. The DVS budget for the current fiscal year is $3.95 million, but de Blasio has $3.63 million budgeted for fiscal year 2018.</p> <p dir="ltr">While it is a tiny fraction of the $84.7 billion preliminary budget plan, stakeholders argue that it is a step back for an administration that just last year made the major commitment to expanding veteran services by establishing a stand-alone agency after much lobbying by City Council members and advocates. The city, however, explains that the budget reduction is because one-time department start-up costs are coming off the books.</p> <p dir="ltr">“It’s pretty sad that the Mayor of the city of New York decided to cut the department’s budget,” said state Senator Marty Golden, a Republican who represents Bay Ridge and sits on the Senate’s Committee on Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs. “It’s cutting case management for veterans, it’s cutting healthcare for veterans, it’s cutting homelessness services for veterans.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Golden has organized <a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/743165375835259/" target="_blank">a rally</a> outside City Hall on Wednesday afternoon to protest the budget change as well as call for additional tax relief for veterans. He’ll be joined by the City Council’s three Republican members -- Steven Matteo, Joe Borelli and Eric Ulrich, who chairs the council’s veterans committee -- &nbsp;as well as mayoral candidates Michel Faulkner, Paul Massey, and Richard "Bo" Dietl, and veterans advocates. Council Member Ulrich, the leading governmental force behind the creation of the Department of Veterans Services, did not respond to requests for comment.</p> <p dir="ltr">“This is a bad signal to send to veterans and to the homeless,” Golden said of the budget change. “I’m hoping [Mayor de Blasio] reevaluates and he redirects that money.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Mayoral spokesperson Freddi Goldstein explained in an email that the funding decrease is primarily due to one-time costs incurred in setting up the new agency last year, including fees paid to a consultant, costs for office equipment, and the non-renewal of a one-year position funded by a private grant. That funding runs through the end of the 2017 calendar year and is not reflected in the fiscal 2018 budget, according to a DVS spokesperson. A spokesperson for the mayor said that like other funding elements, the position could be negotiated back in over the course of the coming months.</p> <p dir="ltr">In an office of about 30, the loss of that one position, related to homelessness prevention, would be “significant,” said Kristen Rouse, an Army veteran and president and founding director of NYC Veterans Alliance, an advocacy organization. The group will hold its own rally on February 14. “I completely understand that there were one-time costs, but they should be expanding regardless,” she said. “The trajectory needs to be an upward motion, not a downward one. Funding directly reflects that.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Rouse pointed out that homelessness prevention is the biggest challenge for the department and said it should be part of a broader strategy of ensuring access to affordable housing for veterans. “There’s hundreds of veterans in shelter,” she said. “That’s important progress but that’s not a victory.”</p> <p dir="ltr">The city ended chronic veteran homelessness by the end of 2015 and has set up an effective pipeline for getting veterans off the street. According to DVS spokesperson Alexis Wichowski, the latest count from January showed about 35 military veterans remain homeless and not in shelter. She also pointed out that the median stay for veterans in homeless shelters is about 79 days, compared to 355 for single adults, per the <a href="http://www1.nyc.gov/assets/operations/downloads/pdf/mmr2016/dhs.pdf" target="_blank">Mayor’s Management Report</a>.</p> <p dir="ltr">Wichowski said the budget changes were not a matter of concern and were always part of the plan in setting up the agency. “We are almost at full capacity, that’s a huge milestone,” she said. The agency has hired 33 of its 35-person budgeted staff and is set to embark on a number of projects and programs. “Getting people on board and getting them trained has been the focus for the last few months,” Wichowski said.</p> <p dir="ltr">Under the direction of Commissioner Loree Sutton, the department now also has satellite offices in the Bronx and Queens and two on Staten Island, and is in the process of establishing agreements for offices in Manhattan and Brooklyn. DVS primarily offers help so that the 210,000 military veterans living in New York City can access services and benefits available to them.</p> <p dir="ltr">City Council Member Borelli, a member of the veterans committee, was surprised and disappointed by the budget reduction. “It’s a question of the mayor’s long-term commitment to supporting the veterans agency,” he said. He critiqued the mayor for funding other items at comparable levels of the cuts, particularly $500,000 for speed cameras. “We can’t be blinded by the desire to see certain policy goals met while we abandon commitments we’ve already made,” he said.</p> <p dir="ltr">At Wednesday’s rally, Borelli said the budget shift wouldn’t be the only item they will push. A key proposal, one promoted by veteran advocacy organizations for years, is the expansion of an alternative property tax exemption for veterans, which the NYC Veterans Alliance <a href="http://www.nycveteransalliance.org/deblasio_cuts" target="_blank">estimates</a> would cost the city about $40 million at a time when the city’s assessed property tax value increased by $17.6 billion. It is a measure of much-needed housing affordability, several advocates and elected officials agree.</p> <p dir="ltr">“The budget is about outlining priorities through a document,” Borelli said. “This is just saying that [DVS is] less pressing than other priorities.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Next month, the City Council will begin to examine the mayor’s budget and issue its formal response, after which the mayor will release his executive budget, a revised spending plan. Following another round of Council hearings, the Council and mayor will move to closed-door negotiations before agreeing to a final budget for the next fiscal year by the June 30 deadline.</p> <p>

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The Week That Was in New York Politics, Dec 7-11 2015-12-11T18:25:28+00:00 2015-12-11T18:25:28+00:00 http://www.gothamgazette.com/?id=6031:the-week-that-was-in-new-york-politics-dec-7-11 Super User <p><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2014/03/week_in_review_bus_readers.jpg" alt="week in review bus readers" width="600" height="409" /></p> <p><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><a href="http://blog.mcny.org/2012/04/24/a-ride-on-the-subway-in-1946-with-stanley-kubrick/" target="_blank">photo</a>: Stanley Kubrick via Museum of the City of New York</span></p> <hr /> <p>Gotham Gazette's Week in Review, Friday&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>PHOTO OF THE WEEK:&nbsp;</strong>Mayor de Blasio signs legislation creating the city's new Department of Veterans' Services, <a href="https://twitter.com/NYMetroVets/status/675034850584354817" target="_blank">via Joe Bello, @NYMetroVets</a></p> <p><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/BdB_vets_joe_bellow.jpg" alt="BdB vets joe bello" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" width="400" height="533" /></p> <p><strong>TOP FIVE STORIES OF THE WEEK:</strong></p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>1. Skelos Guilty: </strong>Former state Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos and his son, Adam Skelos were <a href="http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/dean-skelos-son-guilty-corruption-case-article-1.2463065?utm_content=bufferd658c&amp;utm_medium=social&amp;utm_source=twitter.com&amp;utm_campaign=NYDailyNewsTw" target="_blank">found guilty on eight counts Friday</a>. They will be sentenced in March. [Read: <a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/government/6029-tenant-activists-trace-road-to-corruption-trials-eye-elusive-reform" target="_blank">Tenant Activists Trace Road to Corruption Trials, Eye Elusive Reform</a>]</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>2. Security Guards for Private Schools:</strong> On <a href="http://www.capitalnewyork.com/article/city-hall/2015/12/8584893/amid-opposition-council-approves-security-guards-private-schools" target="_blank">Monday</a>, the City Council passed a controversial bill to provide public funding to private and religious schools to pay for security guards. $19.8 million will be <a href="http://www.wnyc.org/story/city-council-approve-security-guards-private-schools/" target="_blank">spent</a> to place at least one security guard at every private school in New York City with at least 300 students that wants one. Mayor Bill de Blasio is expected to sign the bill into law.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>3. Cuomo’s Common Core Overhaul:</strong> A task force created by Governor Andrew Cuomo issued a <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2015/12/11/nyregion/cuomo-task-force-signals-further-retreat-from-common-core-school-standards.html?ribbon-ad-idx=5&amp;rref=nyregion&amp;module=Ribbon&amp;version=origin&amp;region=Header&amp;action=click&amp;contentCollection=New%20York&amp;pgtype=article" target="_blank">report</a> Thursday which found that the state made a number of <a href="http://www.buffalonews.com/city-region/state-task-force-finds-common-core-needing-reforms-20151210" target="_blank">mistakes</a> in its implementation of Common Core learning standards and recommended reducing the tendency to “teach to a test,” giving shorter tests, and not linking test results to teacher evaluations until the 2018-2019 school year.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>4. Housing Developments:</strong> The Staten Island Borough Board became the fifth to vote against Mayor de Blasio’s zoning amendment proposals on <a href="http://www.capitalnewyork.com/article/city-hall/2015/12/8585339/de-blasio-defends-his-housing-plan-staten-island-votes-it-down?top-featured-1" target="_blank">Thursday</a>, adding to the significant <a href="http://www.capitalnewyork.com/article/city-hall/2015/12/8584435/de-blasio-official-defends-zoning-proposals-against-citywide-criti" target="_blank">criticism</a> the plan has received from community and borough boards. Creating more affordable housing is a signature issue for the mayor determined to make New York City more equal, and de Blasio's administration is now prepared to <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2015/12/11/nyregion/mayor-de-blasio-seeks-to-rebuild-momentum-for-affordable-housing-plan.html" target="_blank">devise a new strategy </a>to regain momentum and secure support for a plan they believe has been poorly understood. On Thursday, AARP <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2015/12/11/nyregion/mayor-de-blasio-seeks-to-rebuild-momentum-for-affordable-housing-plan.html" target="_blank">endorsed</a> the mayor’s plans (it has 750,000 members in New York City), adding to two significant union endorsements the plans have recently received. [Read: <a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/government/6007-mayor-and-speaker-rezoning-plans-will-change-before-council-vote" target="_blank">Mayor &amp; Speaker: Rezoning Plans Will Change Before Council Vote</a> &amp; <a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/government/6027-next-steps-for-the-mayors-controversial-zoning-proposals" target="_blank">Next Steps for the Mayor’s Controversial Zoning Proposals</a>]</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>5. Public Housing Problem:</strong> A New York City Department of Investigation <a href="http://www.nyc.gov/html/doi/downloads/pdf/2015/Dec15/pr41nycha_nypd_mou_120815.pdf" target="_blank">report</a> found that the NYPD’s “systematic failure” to communicate required information to the city’s public housing authority, NYCHA, is partially responsible for the disproportionately high crime rates that have plagued public housing projects. In response to the report, the NYPD will <a href="http://www.dnainfo.com/new-york/20151208/midtown/nypd-failed-share-violent-crime-info-with-public-housing-officials-doi" target="_blank">create</a> an interactive database to improve information sharing about criminal activity in public housing with NYCHA officials.</p> <p><strong>THIS WEEK'S NUMBERS:</strong></p> <ul> <li dir="ltr"><strong>4,000-plus</strong>&nbsp;inmates are currently in solitary confinement in New York, despite vows by officials to limit its use, the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/state-inmates-solitary-confinement-surpass-4-000-article-1.2456485" target="_blank">Daily News</a>&nbsp;reports.</li> <li dir="ltr"><strong>4,747</strong> stop-and-frisks were recorded in New York City in July, August, and September - the lowest quarter since the numbers were first released in 2002, according to <a href="http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/nyc-crime/exclusive-nypd-stop-and-frisk-drops-record-article-1.2459465" target="_blank">NYPD statistics</a>.</li> <li dir="ltr"><strong>93%</strong> decrease in the number of stop-and-frisks between 2011 and 2014, according to a <a href="http://www.nyclu.org/news/stop-and-frisk-down-safety-nyclu-data-analysis" target="_blank">report</a> released by the New York Civil Liberties Union.</li> <li dir="ltr"><strong>797</strong> fatal drug overdoses were recorded by the city Health Department in 2014, the most since 2006, the <a href="http://nypost.com/2015/12/07/drug-overdoses-killed-nearly-800-people-last-year/" target="_blank">New York Post</a> reports.</li> <li dir="ltr"><strong>20%</strong> increase in annual state spending for nonprofits is needed in order to fund a $15 per hour wage floor for nonprofit human services workers, according to a <a href="http://fiscalpolicy.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/15andFunding-Report-Dec2015.pdf" target="_blank">report</a> released by the Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies, Fiscal Policy Institute and the Human Services Council.</li> <li dir="ltr"><strong>75%</strong> of incidents the FDNY responded to in 2014 were medical-related calls, and only 5% were fire-related, though a vast majority of the FDNY's resources are devoted to staffing fire units, according to a <a href="http://www.cbcny.org/sites/default/files/REPORT_FDNY_12092015.pdf" target="_blank">report</a> from the Citizens Budget Commission.</li> <li dir="ltr"><strong>$12 million</strong> will be added to the city’s budget to increase job training programs for homeless individuals in the shelter system in 31 shelters across the 5 boroughs, the <a href="http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/exclusive-nyc-boosting-job-homeless-article-1.2460622" target="_blank">Daily News</a> reports.</li> <li><strong>6,217,621</strong> people rode the subways on October 29, 2015, according to the <a href="http://polhudson.lohudblogs.com/2015/12/10/straphanger-alert-subway-ridership-hit-record-high/" target="_blank">Metropolitan Transportation Authority</a> - about 50,000 more than the previous record reached last year.</li> </ul> <p><strong>THE GLORY AND THE GOAT:</strong></p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>It was a good week for</strong> supporters of raising the minimum wage, as a state appeals board <a href="http://bigstory.ap.org/article/06e14feee9d749d0ad1345a8f973a293/ny-board-upholds-15-minimum-wage-fast-food-workers" target="_blank">upheld</a> Governor Cuomo’s planned increase to a $15 per hour minimum wage for fast food workers, disputing arguments that certain factors weren’t adequately analyzed before making the decision to raise the wage.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>It was a bad week for</strong> Anthony Mangone, a former attorney whose cooperation aided in the conviction of three New York state senators, who was <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2015/12/08/nyregion/prison-term-for-lawyer-who-cooperated-in-graft-cases.html?ref=nyregion&amp;_r=0" target="_blank">sentenced to 18 months</a> behind bars this week after a judge said the “dirty lawyer” had committed crimes too serious to escape incarceration.</p> <p><strong>THE FLASH:</strong></p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Around this time 40 years ago</strong>, on December 9, 1975, President Gerald Ford <a href="http://www.ford.utexas.edu/library/document/factbook/chronolo.htm" target="_blank">signed</a> a $2.3 billion seasonal loan authorization to prevent New York City from having to default.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Around this time 74 years ago</strong>, on December 7, 1941, in the panic that ensued after the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor, Japanese nationals living in New York were <a href="http://www.inconvenienthistory.com/archive/2012/volume_4/number_3/imprisoned_at_ellis_island.php" target="_blank">rounded up by FBI agents</a> and held on Ellis Island. They were later transferred to internment camps for the remainder of the war.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Around this time 22 years ago</strong>, on December 7, 1993, Colin Ferguson opened fire on a Long Island Rail Road train, <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Long_Island_Rail_Road_massacre" target="_blank">killing six passengers</a> and wounding 19 others. Days later, a New York Times <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/1993/12/10/opinion/mass-murder-on-the-5-33.html" target="_blank">editorial</a> called for stronger gun control laws in response to the murders, pointing to the ease with which Ferguson obtained a handgun in California, which had one of the country's stricter gun laws at the time.</p> <p><strong>GOTHAM GAZETTE HIGHLIGHTS OF THE WEEK:</strong></p> <p dir="ltr"><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/government/6024-resignation-highlights-city-council-gender-imbalance">Resignation Highlights City Council Gender Imbalance</a>, by Ben Max</p> <p dir="ltr"><a href="http://citizensunion.us3.list-manage1.com/track/click?u=ca0fb41d668202ba6cc542ca8&amp;id=9a1853ad0f&amp;e=e35a0ce952">Cuomo Urged to Sign Executive Transparency Bills Before Looming Deadline</a>, by David Howard King</p> <p dir="ltr"><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/government/6027-next-steps-for-the-mayors-controversial-zoning-proposals">Next Steps for The Mayor's Controversial Zoning Proposals</a>, Christian Zhang</p> <p dir="ltr"><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/government/6029-tenant-activists-trace-road-to-corruption-trials-eye-elusive-reform">Tenant Activists Trace Road to Corruption Trials, Eye Elusive Reform</a>, by David Howard King</p> <p dir="ltr"><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/government/6025-little-known-commission-expands-access-to-city-government">Little-Known Commission Expands Access to City Government</a>, by Meg O’Connor</p> <p dir="ltr"><a href="http://citizensunion.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=ca0fb41d668202ba6cc542ca8&amp;id=5906c8d289&amp;e=e35a0ce952">Hearing to Examine ‘Efficacy’ of City Response to ‘Homelessness Crisis’</a>, by Ryan Brady</p> <p dir="ltr"><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/opinion/6028-in-zoning-amendment-one-size-does-not-fit-all">In Zoning Amendment, One Size Does Not Fit All</a>, by Council Member Donovan Richards (opinion)</p> <p dir="ltr"><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/opinion/6023-harmful-legal-reform-is-not-an-ethics-solution">Harmful Legal Reform Is Not an Ethics Solution</a>, by Joanne Doroshow (opinion)</p> <p dir="ltr"><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/opinion/6026-give-police-tools-to-reduce-arrest-and-improve-community-health">Give Police Tools to Reduce Arrest and Improve Community Health</a>, by Chelsea Davis (opinion)</p> <p dir="ltr"><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/opinion/6030-public-money-is-for-public-schools">Public Money Is For Public Schools</a>, by Ayishah Irvin (opinion)</p> <p><strong>MORE FOR THE WEEKEND:</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">Mayor de Blasio spoke with Errol Louis on NY1's Inside City Hall on Wednesday to <a href="http://www.ny1.com/nyc/all-boroughs/politics/2015/12/9/ny1-online--tonight-on-inside-city-hall-an-exclusive-interview-with-mayor-de-blasio.html" target="_blank">discuss</a> his first two years in office, and spoke about the city’s homelessness crisis, his affordable housing plan, and more.</p> <p dir="ltr">An in-depth report by ProPublica’s Marcelo Rochabrun and Cezary Podkul <a href="https://www.propublica.org/article/tenants-take-hit-as-ny-fails-to-police-huge-housing-tax-break" target="_blank">reveals</a> that city and state regulators stood by as developer Two Trees Management disregarded laws requiring rent stabilization in exchange for the large property tax break it received.</p> <p dir="ltr">Politico New York’s Bill Hammond <a href="http://www.capitalnewyork.com/article/albany/2015/12/8584822/cuomo-answers-silver-verdict-excuses-not-action" target="_blank">writes</a> that Cuomo is making excuses about not doing anything to stop Albany’s ongoing culture of corruption, and argues that there are many glaring weaknesses left in New York’s anti-corruption laws.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><em>***<br />NOTE TO READERS: we hope you enjoy this new Gotham Gazette weekly feature - please share it if you do; on Twitter, use our handle&nbsp;<a href="https://twitter.com/GothamGazette" target="_blank">@GothamGazette</a>.</em></p> <p><em>If you have feedback on this feature for us, you can email editor Ben Max:&nbsp;<a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></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 Meg O'Connor and Ben Max</p> <p><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2014/03/week_in_review_bus_readers.jpg" alt="week in review bus readers" width="600" height="409" /></p> <p><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><a href="http://blog.mcny.org/2012/04/24/a-ride-on-the-subway-in-1946-with-stanley-kubrick/" target="_blank">photo</a>: Stanley Kubrick via Museum of the City of New York</span></p> <hr /> <p>Gotham Gazette's Week in Review, Friday&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>PHOTO OF THE WEEK:&nbsp;</strong>Mayor de Blasio signs legislation creating the city's new Department of Veterans' Services, <a href="https://twitter.com/NYMetroVets/status/675034850584354817" target="_blank">via Joe Bello, @NYMetroVets</a></p> <p><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/BdB_vets_joe_bellow.jpg" alt="BdB vets joe bello" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" width="400" height="533" /></p> <p><strong>TOP FIVE STORIES OF THE WEEK:</strong></p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>1. Skelos Guilty: </strong>Former state Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos and his son, Adam Skelos were <a href="http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/dean-skelos-son-guilty-corruption-case-article-1.2463065?utm_content=bufferd658c&amp;utm_medium=social&amp;utm_source=twitter.com&amp;utm_campaign=NYDailyNewsTw" target="_blank">found guilty on eight counts Friday</a>. They will be sentenced in March. [Read: <a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/government/6029-tenant-activists-trace-road-to-corruption-trials-eye-elusive-reform" target="_blank">Tenant Activists Trace Road to Corruption Trials, Eye Elusive Reform</a>]</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>2. Security Guards for Private Schools:</strong> On <a href="http://www.capitalnewyork.com/article/city-hall/2015/12/8584893/amid-opposition-council-approves-security-guards-private-schools" target="_blank">Monday</a>, the City Council passed a controversial bill to provide public funding to private and religious schools to pay for security guards. $19.8 million will be <a href="http://www.wnyc.org/story/city-council-approve-security-guards-private-schools/" target="_blank">spent</a> to place at least one security guard at every private school in New York City with at least 300 students that wants one. Mayor Bill de Blasio is expected to sign the bill into law.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>3. Cuomo’s Common Core Overhaul:</strong> A task force created by Governor Andrew Cuomo issued a <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2015/12/11/nyregion/cuomo-task-force-signals-further-retreat-from-common-core-school-standards.html?ribbon-ad-idx=5&amp;rref=nyregion&amp;module=Ribbon&amp;version=origin&amp;region=Header&amp;action=click&amp;contentCollection=New%20York&amp;pgtype=article" target="_blank">report</a> Thursday which found that the state made a number of <a href="http://www.buffalonews.com/city-region/state-task-force-finds-common-core-needing-reforms-20151210" target="_blank">mistakes</a> in its implementation of Common Core learning standards and recommended reducing the tendency to “teach to a test,” giving shorter tests, and not linking test results to teacher evaluations until the 2018-2019 school year.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>4. Housing Developments:</strong> The Staten Island Borough Board became the fifth to vote against Mayor de Blasio’s zoning amendment proposals on <a href="http://www.capitalnewyork.com/article/city-hall/2015/12/8585339/de-blasio-defends-his-housing-plan-staten-island-votes-it-down?top-featured-1" target="_blank">Thursday</a>, adding to the significant <a href="http://www.capitalnewyork.com/article/city-hall/2015/12/8584435/de-blasio-official-defends-zoning-proposals-against-citywide-criti" target="_blank">criticism</a> the plan has received from community and borough boards. Creating more affordable housing is a signature issue for the mayor determined to make New York City more equal, and de Blasio's administration is now prepared to <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2015/12/11/nyregion/mayor-de-blasio-seeks-to-rebuild-momentum-for-affordable-housing-plan.html" target="_blank">devise a new strategy </a>to regain momentum and secure support for a plan they believe has been poorly understood. On Thursday, AARP <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2015/12/11/nyregion/mayor-de-blasio-seeks-to-rebuild-momentum-for-affordable-housing-plan.html" target="_blank">endorsed</a> the mayor’s plans (it has 750,000 members in New York City), adding to two significant union endorsements the plans have recently received. [Read: <a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/government/6007-mayor-and-speaker-rezoning-plans-will-change-before-council-vote" target="_blank">Mayor &amp; Speaker: Rezoning Plans Will Change Before Council Vote</a> &amp; <a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/government/6027-next-steps-for-the-mayors-controversial-zoning-proposals" target="_blank">Next Steps for the Mayor’s Controversial Zoning Proposals</a>]</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>5. Public Housing Problem:</strong> A New York City Department of Investigation <a href="http://www.nyc.gov/html/doi/downloads/pdf/2015/Dec15/pr41nycha_nypd_mou_120815.pdf" target="_blank">report</a> found that the NYPD’s “systematic failure” to communicate required information to the city’s public housing authority, NYCHA, is partially responsible for the disproportionately high crime rates that have plagued public housing projects. In response to the report, the NYPD will <a href="http://www.dnainfo.com/new-york/20151208/midtown/nypd-failed-share-violent-crime-info-with-public-housing-officials-doi" target="_blank">create</a> an interactive database to improve information sharing about criminal activity in public housing with NYCHA officials.</p> <p><strong>THIS WEEK'S NUMBERS:</strong></p> <ul> <li dir="ltr"><strong>4,000-plus</strong>&nbsp;inmates are currently in solitary confinement in New York, despite vows by officials to limit its use, the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/state-inmates-solitary-confinement-surpass-4-000-article-1.2456485" target="_blank">Daily News</a>&nbsp;reports.</li> <li dir="ltr"><strong>4,747</strong> stop-and-frisks were recorded in New York City in July, August, and September - the lowest quarter since the numbers were first released in 2002, according to <a href="http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/nyc-crime/exclusive-nypd-stop-and-frisk-drops-record-article-1.2459465" target="_blank">NYPD statistics</a>.</li> <li dir="ltr"><strong>93%</strong> decrease in the number of stop-and-frisks between 2011 and 2014, according to a <a href="http://www.nyclu.org/news/stop-and-frisk-down-safety-nyclu-data-analysis" target="_blank">report</a> released by the New York Civil Liberties Union.</li> <li dir="ltr"><strong>797</strong> fatal drug overdoses were recorded by the city Health Department in 2014, the most since 2006, the <a href="http://nypost.com/2015/12/07/drug-overdoses-killed-nearly-800-people-last-year/" target="_blank">New York Post</a> reports.</li> <li dir="ltr"><strong>20%</strong> increase in annual state spending for nonprofits is needed in order to fund a $15 per hour wage floor for nonprofit human services workers, according to a <a href="http://fiscalpolicy.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/15andFunding-Report-Dec2015.pdf" target="_blank">report</a> released by the Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies, Fiscal Policy Institute and the Human Services Council.</li> <li dir="ltr"><strong>75%</strong> of incidents the FDNY responded to in 2014 were medical-related calls, and only 5% were fire-related, though a vast majority of the FDNY's resources are devoted to staffing fire units, according to a <a href="http://www.cbcny.org/sites/default/files/REPORT_FDNY_12092015.pdf" target="_blank">report</a> from the Citizens Budget Commission.</li> <li dir="ltr"><strong>$12 million</strong> will be added to the city’s budget to increase job training programs for homeless individuals in the shelter system in 31 shelters across the 5 boroughs, the <a href="http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/exclusive-nyc-boosting-job-homeless-article-1.2460622" target="_blank">Daily News</a> reports.</li> <li><strong>6,217,621</strong> people rode the subways on October 29, 2015, according to the <a href="http://polhudson.lohudblogs.com/2015/12/10/straphanger-alert-subway-ridership-hit-record-high/" target="_blank">Metropolitan Transportation Authority</a> - about 50,000 more than the previous record reached last year.</li> </ul> <p><strong>THE GLORY AND THE GOAT:</strong></p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>It was a good week for</strong> supporters of raising the minimum wage, as a state appeals board <a href="http://bigstory.ap.org/article/06e14feee9d749d0ad1345a8f973a293/ny-board-upholds-15-minimum-wage-fast-food-workers" target="_blank">upheld</a> Governor Cuomo’s planned increase to a $15 per hour minimum wage for fast food workers, disputing arguments that certain factors weren’t adequately analyzed before making the decision to raise the wage.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>It was a bad week for</strong> Anthony Mangone, a former attorney whose cooperation aided in the conviction of three New York state senators, who was <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2015/12/08/nyregion/prison-term-for-lawyer-who-cooperated-in-graft-cases.html?ref=nyregion&amp;_r=0" target="_blank">sentenced to 18 months</a> behind bars this week after a judge said the “dirty lawyer” had committed crimes too serious to escape incarceration.</p> <p><strong>THE FLASH:</strong></p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Around this time 40 years ago</strong>, on December 9, 1975, President Gerald Ford <a href="http://www.ford.utexas.edu/library/document/factbook/chronolo.htm" target="_blank">signed</a> a $2.3 billion seasonal loan authorization to prevent New York City from having to default.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Around this time 74 years ago</strong>, on December 7, 1941, in the panic that ensued after the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor, Japanese nationals living in New York were <a href="http://www.inconvenienthistory.com/archive/2012/volume_4/number_3/imprisoned_at_ellis_island.php" target="_blank">rounded up by FBI agents</a> and held on Ellis Island. They were later transferred to internment camps for the remainder of the war.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Around this time 22 years ago</strong>, on December 7, 1993, Colin Ferguson opened fire on a Long Island Rail Road train, <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Long_Island_Rail_Road_massacre" target="_blank">killing six passengers</a> and wounding 19 others. Days later, a New York Times <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/1993/12/10/opinion/mass-murder-on-the-5-33.html" target="_blank">editorial</a> called for stronger gun control laws in response to the murders, pointing to the ease with which Ferguson obtained a handgun in California, which had one of the country's stricter gun laws at the time.</p> <p><strong>GOTHAM GAZETTE HIGHLIGHTS OF THE WEEK:</strong></p> <p dir="ltr"><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/government/6024-resignation-highlights-city-council-gender-imbalance">Resignation Highlights City Council Gender Imbalance</a>, by Ben Max</p> <p dir="ltr"><a href="http://citizensunion.us3.list-manage1.com/track/click?u=ca0fb41d668202ba6cc542ca8&amp;id=9a1853ad0f&amp;e=e35a0ce952">Cuomo Urged to Sign Executive Transparency Bills Before Looming Deadline</a>, by David Howard King</p> <p dir="ltr"><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/government/6027-next-steps-for-the-mayors-controversial-zoning-proposals">Next Steps for The Mayor's Controversial Zoning Proposals</a>, Christian Zhang</p> <p dir="ltr"><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/government/6029-tenant-activists-trace-road-to-corruption-trials-eye-elusive-reform">Tenant Activists Trace Road to Corruption Trials, Eye Elusive Reform</a>, by David Howard King</p> <p dir="ltr"><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/government/6025-little-known-commission-expands-access-to-city-government">Little-Known Commission Expands Access to City Government</a>, by Meg O’Connor</p> <p dir="ltr"><a href="http://citizensunion.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=ca0fb41d668202ba6cc542ca8&amp;id=5906c8d289&amp;e=e35a0ce952">Hearing to Examine ‘Efficacy’ of City Response to ‘Homelessness Crisis’</a>, by Ryan Brady</p> <p dir="ltr"><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/opinion/6028-in-zoning-amendment-one-size-does-not-fit-all">In Zoning Amendment, One Size Does Not Fit All</a>, by Council Member Donovan Richards (opinion)</p> <p dir="ltr"><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/opinion/6023-harmful-legal-reform-is-not-an-ethics-solution">Harmful Legal Reform Is Not an Ethics Solution</a>, by Joanne Doroshow (opinion)</p> <p dir="ltr"><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/opinion/6026-give-police-tools-to-reduce-arrest-and-improve-community-health">Give Police Tools to Reduce Arrest and Improve Community Health</a>, by Chelsea Davis (opinion)</p> <p dir="ltr"><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/opinion/6030-public-money-is-for-public-schools">Public Money Is For Public Schools</a>, by Ayishah Irvin (opinion)</p> <p><strong>MORE FOR THE WEEKEND:</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">Mayor de Blasio spoke with Errol Louis on NY1's Inside City Hall on Wednesday to <a href="http://www.ny1.com/nyc/all-boroughs/politics/2015/12/9/ny1-online--tonight-on-inside-city-hall-an-exclusive-interview-with-mayor-de-blasio.html" target="_blank">discuss</a> his first two years in office, and spoke about the city’s homelessness crisis, his affordable housing plan, and more.</p> <p dir="ltr">An in-depth report by ProPublica’s Marcelo Rochabrun and Cezary Podkul <a href="https://www.propublica.org/article/tenants-take-hit-as-ny-fails-to-police-huge-housing-tax-break" target="_blank">reveals</a> that city and state regulators stood by as developer Two Trees Management disregarded laws requiring rent stabilization in exchange for the large property tax break it received.</p> <p dir="ltr">Politico New York’s Bill Hammond <a href="http://www.capitalnewyork.com/article/albany/2015/12/8584822/cuomo-answers-silver-verdict-excuses-not-action" target="_blank">writes</a> that Cuomo is making excuses about not doing anything to stop Albany’s ongoing culture of corruption, and argues that there are many glaring weaknesses left in New York’s anti-corruption laws.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><em>***<br />NOTE TO READERS: we hope you enjoy this new Gotham Gazette weekly feature - please share it if you do; on Twitter, use our handle&nbsp;<a href="https://twitter.com/GothamGazette" target="_blank">@GothamGazette</a>.</em></p> <p><em>If you have feedback on this feature for us, you can email editor Ben Max:&nbsp;<a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></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 Meg O'Connor and Ben Max</p> The Week That Was in New York Politics, November 9-13 2015-11-13T17:27:14+00:00 2015-11-13T17:27:14+00:00 http://www.gothamgazette.com/?id=5987:the-week-that-was-in-new-york-politics-november-9-13 Super User <p><img alt="week in review bus readers" src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2014/03/week_in_review_bus_readers.jpg" width="600" height="409" /></p> <p><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><a href="http://blog.mcny.org/2012/04/24/a-ride-on-the-subway-in-1946-with-stanley-kubrick/" target="_blank">photo</a>: Stanley Kubrick via Museum of the City of New York</span></p> <hr /> <p>Gotham Gazette's Week in Review, Friday November 13</p> <p><strong>PHOTOS OF THE WEEK:&nbsp;</strong>NYPD Commissioner Bratton addresses the media after a shooting Monday morning near Penn Station, <a href="https://twitter.com/nypd1pct/status/663717162314563585" target="_blank">via @NYPD1Pct</a>; City Council Members-elect Barry Grodenchik (left) and Joe Borelli (right) with CM Jumaane Williams, <a href="https://twitter.com/JumaaneWilliams/status/664173862859309056" target="_blank">via @JumaaneWilliams</a>; Veteran and veterans advocate Joe Bello at City Hall for a celebration of the newly approved Department of Veterans Services, <a href="https://twitter.com/willalatriste/status/664146494119809024" target="_blank">via William Alatriste</a>; Gov. Cuomo announces plan for eventual $15/hour minimum wage for state employees, <a href="https://twitter.com/NYGovCuomo/status/664223288026091520" target="_blank">via @NYGovCuomo</a></p> <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" alt="bratton press shooting penn st" src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2014/03/bratton_press_shooting_penn_st.jpg" width="400" height="225" /></p> <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" alt="Grodenchik Williams Borelli" src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2014/03/Grodenchik_Williams_Borelli.jpg" width="400" height="300" /></p> <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" alt="Joe Bello via William Alatriste" src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2014/03/Joe_Bello_via_William_Alatriste.jpg" width="400" height="266" /></p> <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" alt="Cuomo 15 min wage rally foley sq" src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2014/03/Cuomo_15_min_wage_rally_foley_sq.jpg" width="400" height="266" /></p> <p><strong>TOP FIVE STORIES OF THE WEEK:</strong></p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>1. Veterans:</strong> Wednesday was Veterans Day, and in New York City, the week was full of parades, resource fairs, and events to honor and aid veterans. Mayor Bill de Blasio held a breakfast reception to honor military veterans Wednesday morning, and on Thursday, the City Council held a <a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/government/5986-city-set-to-hit-functional-zero-veteran-homelessness-though-challenges-remain" target="_blank">hearing</a> on veteran homelessness - all after the mayor and the City Council agreed last week to <a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/government/5979-first-report-under-new-law-will-give-key-data-to-coming-veterans-department" target="_blank">create</a> a new Department of Veterans Services, which was celebrated Tuesday at City Hall. [Read: <a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/government/5979-first-report-under-new-law-will-give-key-data-to-coming-veterans-department" target="_blank">First Report Under New Law Will Give Key Data to Coming Veterans Department</a>]</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>2. Bratton, De Blasio Defend NYPD Approach:</strong> On Monday, three people were <a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/#KJP4qz86LQxSiKcJ.99" target="_blank">shot</a> near Penn Station. At a news conference shortly after the shooting, NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton <a href="http://citizensunion.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=ca0fb41d668202ba6cc542ca8&amp;id=1532c5b15b&amp;e=e35a0ce952" target="_blank">reiterated</a>, “The city is very safe and getting safer all the time,” pointing to data that shows such crimes have gone down this year. This decrease in total arrests, as well as in other "negative interactions" between police and civilians, is symbolic of what Bratton calls a "peace dividend," an approach the commissioner said will continue, as it allows the NYPD to "move resources where the need is greatest," Mayor de Blasio said. [Read: <a href="http://citizensunion.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=ca0fb41d668202ba6cc542ca8&amp;id=5691c322a7&amp;e=e35a0ce952" target="_blank">'Peace Dividend’ Approach Continues, Bratton and De Blasio Say</a>]</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>3. Spotlight on Corruption:</strong> Amid corruption trials of two legislative leaders and the release of two reports highlighting the inefficiency of New York’s public ethics laws, good government groups gathered on Wednesday to call on the New York State legislature and the governor to take immediate action to reform public ethics laws. [Read: <a href="http://citizensunion.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=ca0fb41d668202ba6cc542ca8&amp;id=8136f52dd8&amp;e=e35a0ce952" target="_blank">Good Government Groups Point to New Evidence of Need for Major Ethics Reform</a>]</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>4. Fight for $15:</strong> On Tuesday, amid nationwide ‘Fight for $15’ rallies to raise the minimum wage, Governor Cuomo announced that he would use his executive authority to raise the minimum wage for all state employees to $15 an hour over the next several years (with a faster timeline in NYC than elsewhere). After initially referring to a $13 minimum wage as a "<a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/government/5923-progressive-critics-largely-convinced-by-cuomos-wage-push" target="_blank">nonstarter</a>" this past spring, Governor Cuomo has been pushing for a $15 minimum wage across the board in the state. [Read: <a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/government/5923-progressive-critics-largely-convinced-by-cuomos-wage-push" target="_blank">Progressive Critics Largely Convinced by Cuomo’s Wage Push</a>]</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>5. Mayor’s Media Approach:</strong> After a lengthy question-and-answer session with members of the press <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2015/11/07/nyregion/amid-criticism-de-blasio-tries-to-keep-press-under-control.html" target="_blank">last week</a>, Mayor de Blasio has continued his efforts to make himself more available, but in slightly different fashion, including holding an education town hall in Queens on <a href="http://www.capitalnewyork.com/article/city-hall/2015/11/8582790/de-blasio-fields-friendly-education-questions-second-ever-town-hal" target="_blank">Thursday</a>. At the town hall, the mayor fielded questions often asked through a critical frame on school overcrowding, a major issue in Queens, as well as charter schools, parent engagement, and school safety policies. Mayor de Blasio also made an appearance on <a href="http://www.wnyc.org/story/mayor-de-blasio-picks-phone/" target="_blank">WNYC</a> on Friday, during which time he answered questions from listeners on a variety of topics. [Read: <a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/government/5935-the-mayors-media-blitz-de-blasio" target="_blank">The Mayor’s Media Blitz</a> and <a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/government/5958-de-blasio-attempts-to-undo-negative-first-impressions" target="_blank">De Blasio Attempts to Undo Negative First Impressions</a>]</p> <p><strong>THIS WEEK'S NUMBERS:</strong></p> <ul> <li dir="ltr"><strong>35%</strong> of New York public high school students were considered <a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/#utm_medium=email&amp;utm_source=cnyb-morning10&amp;utm_campaign=cnyb-morning10-20151111" target="_blank">college-ready</a> when they graduated in 2015, up from 33% in 2014, according to the Department of Education.</li> <li dir="ltr"><strong>About 10,000</strong> state workers will be affected by Governor Cuomo’s promise to impose an eventual $15 minimum wage, <a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/#utm_medium=email&amp;utm_source=cnyb-morning10&amp;utm_campaign=cnyb-morning10-20151111" target="_blank">Crain’s New York Business</a> reports.</li> <li dir="ltr"><strong>$808 million</strong> from penalties will be donated to criminal justice projects in New York City and across the country by Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance, the <a href="http://goo.gl/EoLNVm" target="_blank">New York Times</a> reports.</li> <li dir="ltr"><strong>$16,250</strong> is the average annual cost of daycare in New York City, with the cost of childcare overall increasing by $1,612 each year, according to a new <a href="http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/average-cost-daycare-nyc-tops-16k-article-1.2428709" target="_blank">report</a> by Public Advocate Letitia James.</li> </ul> <p><strong>THE GLORY AND THE GOAT:</strong></p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>It was a good week for</strong> medical marijuana advocates, as Governor Cuomo signed <a href="http://assembly.state.ny.us/leg/?default_fld=&amp;bn=A07060&amp;term=2015&amp;Summary=Y&amp;Actions=Y&amp;Votes=Y&amp;Memo=Y&amp;Text=Y&amp;utm_source=MMJ+EA+sent+to+Gov&amp;utm_campaign=1-24-13+ACH&amp;utm_medium=email" target="_blank">two bills</a> on Wednesday that will provide expedited access to medical marijuana for qualified patients.</p> <p><strong>It was a bad week for</strong> the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association, which "lost" on its&nbsp;<a href="http://www.newsday.com/news/new-york/contract-arbitration-failed-cops-says-nypd-commissioner-william-bratton-1.11080291">gamble</a>, led by President Pat Lynch,&nbsp;to get a larger-than-pattern raise for rank-and-file NYPD officers through abiration, which the PBA chose rather than negotiation with City Hall.</p> <p><strong>THE FLASH:</strong></p> <ul> <li dir="ltr"><strong>Around this time 97 years ago</strong>, on November 11, 1918, New Yorkers <a href="http://www.mcmahanphoto.com/na262--new-york-city-celebrates-end-of-wwi-photo-print.html" target="_blank">celebrated</a> the end of World War I, parading from City Hall to Columbus Circle. Three &nbsp;years later, November 11th was declared Armistice Day, a national holiday, now called Veterans Day.&nbsp;</li> <li dir="ltr"><strong>Around this time 61 years ago</strong>, on November 12, 1954, no longer needed as the nation’s primary immigration station, Ellis Island <a href="http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/ellis-island-closes" target="_blank">closed</a> after processing more than 20 million new Americans since opening in New York Harbor in 1892.</li> <li dir="ltr"><strong>Around this time 20 years ago</strong>, on November 12, 1995, New York City commuters deal with the first day of a <a href="http://www.ny1.com/nyc/all-boroughs/news/2015/11/12/november-12th-in-nyc-history.html" target="_blank">mass transit fare hike</a>, which raised the single-ride fare from 25 cents to $1.50. In return, the MTA promised no more increases for the rest of the century.</li> </ul> <p dir="ltr"><strong>GOTHAM GAZETTE HIGHLIGHTS OF THE WEEK:</strong></p> <p dir="ltr"><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/government/5985-warnings-cuomo-must-not-declare-premature-victory-on-womens-equality" target="_blank">Warnings Cuomo Must Not Declare Premature Victory on Women's Equality</a>, by David Howard King</p> <p dir="ltr"><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/government/5984-council-hearing-will-amplify-calls-for-more-supportive-housing" target="_blank">Council Hearing Will Amplify Calls for More Supportive Housing</a>, by Meg O’Connor</p> <p dir="ltr"><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/government/5977-peace-dividend-approach-continues-bratton-and-de-blasio-say" target="_blank">'Peace Dividend' Approach Continues, Bratton and De Blasio Say</a>, by Ben Max</p> <p dir="ltr"><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/government/5979-first-report-under-new-law-will-give-key-data-to-coming-veterans-department" target="_blank">First Report Under New Law Will Give Key Data to Coming Veterans Department</a>, by Samar Khurshid</p> <p dir="ltr"><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/government/5981-labor-leaders-declare-state-of-unions-strong-at-least-in-new-york" target="_blank">Labor Leaders Declare State of Unions Strong, At Least in New York</a>, by Ben Max</p> <p dir="ltr"><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/government/5983-good-government-groups-point-to-new-evidence-of-need-for-major-ethics-reform" target="_blank">Good Government Groups Point to New Evidence of Need for Major Ethics Reform</a>, by Meg O’Connor</p> <p dir="ltr"><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/government/5986-city-set-to-hit-functional-zero-veteran-homelessness-though-challenges-remain" target="_blank">City Set to Hit Functional Zero Veteran Homelessness, Though Challenges Remain</a>, by Ryan Brady</p> <p dir="ltr"><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/opinion/5982-game-changers-for-jfk-international" target="_blank">Game Changers for JFK International</a>, by Nicholas D. Bloom and Philip M. Plotch (opinion)</p> <p dir="ltr"><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/opinion/5980-reality-tv-has-no-place-in-emergency-rooms" target="_blank">Reality TV Has No Place in Emergency Rooms</a>, by Council Member Dan Garodnick (opinion)</p> <p dir="ltr"><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/opinion/5976-sheldon-silver-trial-recalls-earlier-legislative-leaders-accused-of-corruption" target="_blank">Sheldon Silver Trial Recalls Earlier Legislative Leaders Accused of Corruption</a>, by Bruce W Deartsyne (opinion)</p> <p dir="ltr"><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/opinion/5978-creating-the-department-of-veterans-services" target="_blank">Creating the Department of Veterans Services</a>, by Joe Bello (opinion)</p> <p><strong>MORE FOR THE WEEKEND:</strong></p> <p>Mayor de Blasio <a href="http://www.wnyc.org/story/mayor-de-blasio-picks-phone/" target="_blank">appeard on</a> WNYC's The Brian Lehrer Show on Friday morning</p> <p>In New York Magazine, Chris Smith <a href="http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2015/10/how-cuomos-bid-to-clean-up-albany-backfired.html" target="_blank">looks at</a> how Governor Cuomo's push to clean up Albany 'backfired.'</p> <p>Politico New York's Azi Paybarah <a href="http://www.capitalnewyork.com/article/city-hall/2015/11/8582772/jeffries-talks-cuomo-de-blasio-and-his-own-bright-future-washingto" target="_blank">recaps his interview with Congressional Rep. Hakeem Jeffries</a> discussing Jeffries' take on city, state, and federal issues as well as his political future.</p> <p><em>***<br />NOTE TO READERS: we hope you enjoy this new Gotham Gazette weekly feature - please share it if you do; on Twitter, use our handle&nbsp;<a href="https://twitter.com/GothamGazette" target="_blank">@GothamGazette</a>.</em></p> <p><em>If you have feedback on this feature for us, you can email editor Ben Max:&nbsp;<a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com">bmax@gothamgazette.com</a></em></p> <p><em>Watch Sunday evening for our latest Week Ahead in New York Politics, which gives you a preview of key issues and events to be aware of for the week about to start. In the meantime, catch up on&nbsp;<a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/government" target="_blank">the latest original reporting from Gotham Gazette here</a>. And have a great weekend!</em></p> <p><em>***</em><br />by Meg O'Connor and Ben Max</p> <p><img alt="week in review bus readers" src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2014/03/week_in_review_bus_readers.jpg" width="600" height="409" /></p> <p><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><a href="http://blog.mcny.org/2012/04/24/a-ride-on-the-subway-in-1946-with-stanley-kubrick/" target="_blank">photo</a>: Stanley Kubrick via Museum of the City of New York</span></p> <hr /> <p>Gotham Gazette's Week in Review, Friday November 13</p> <p><strong>PHOTOS OF THE WEEK:&nbsp;</strong>NYPD Commissioner Bratton addresses the media after a shooting Monday morning near Penn Station, <a href="https://twitter.com/nypd1pct/status/663717162314563585" target="_blank">via @NYPD1Pct</a>; City Council Members-elect Barry Grodenchik (left) and Joe Borelli (right) with CM Jumaane Williams, <a href="https://twitter.com/JumaaneWilliams/status/664173862859309056" target="_blank">via @JumaaneWilliams</a>; Veteran and veterans advocate Joe Bello at City Hall for a celebration of the newly approved Department of Veterans Services, <a href="https://twitter.com/willalatriste/status/664146494119809024" target="_blank">via William Alatriste</a>; Gov. Cuomo announces plan for eventual $15/hour minimum wage for state employees, <a href="https://twitter.com/NYGovCuomo/status/664223288026091520" target="_blank">via @NYGovCuomo</a></p> <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" alt="bratton press shooting penn st" src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2014/03/bratton_press_shooting_penn_st.jpg" width="400" height="225" /></p> <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" alt="Grodenchik Williams Borelli" src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2014/03/Grodenchik_Williams_Borelli.jpg" width="400" height="300" /></p> <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" alt="Joe Bello via William Alatriste" src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2014/03/Joe_Bello_via_William_Alatriste.jpg" width="400" height="266" /></p> <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" alt="Cuomo 15 min wage rally foley sq" src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2014/03/Cuomo_15_min_wage_rally_foley_sq.jpg" width="400" height="266" /></p> <p><strong>TOP FIVE STORIES OF THE WEEK:</strong></p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>1. Veterans:</strong> Wednesday was Veterans Day, and in New York City, the week was full of parades, resource fairs, and events to honor and aid veterans. Mayor Bill de Blasio held a breakfast reception to honor military veterans Wednesday morning, and on Thursday, the City Council held a <a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/government/5986-city-set-to-hit-functional-zero-veteran-homelessness-though-challenges-remain" target="_blank">hearing</a> on veteran homelessness - all after the mayor and the City Council agreed last week to <a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/government/5979-first-report-under-new-law-will-give-key-data-to-coming-veterans-department" target="_blank">create</a> a new Department of Veterans Services, which was celebrated Tuesday at City Hall. [Read: <a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/government/5979-first-report-under-new-law-will-give-key-data-to-coming-veterans-department" target="_blank">First Report Under New Law Will Give Key Data to Coming Veterans Department</a>]</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>2. Bratton, De Blasio Defend NYPD Approach:</strong> On Monday, three people were <a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/#KJP4qz86LQxSiKcJ.99" target="_blank">shot</a> near Penn Station. At a news conference shortly after the shooting, NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton <a href="http://citizensunion.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=ca0fb41d668202ba6cc542ca8&amp;id=1532c5b15b&amp;e=e35a0ce952" target="_blank">reiterated</a>, “The city is very safe and getting safer all the time,” pointing to data that shows such crimes have gone down this year. This decrease in total arrests, as well as in other "negative interactions" between police and civilians, is symbolic of what Bratton calls a "peace dividend," an approach the commissioner said will continue, as it allows the NYPD to "move resources where the need is greatest," Mayor de Blasio said. [Read: <a href="http://citizensunion.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=ca0fb41d668202ba6cc542ca8&amp;id=5691c322a7&amp;e=e35a0ce952" target="_blank">'Peace Dividend’ Approach Continues, Bratton and De Blasio Say</a>]</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>3. Spotlight on Corruption:</strong> Amid corruption trials of two legislative leaders and the release of two reports highlighting the inefficiency of New York’s public ethics laws, good government groups gathered on Wednesday to call on the New York State legislature and the governor to take immediate action to reform public ethics laws. [Read: <a href="http://citizensunion.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=ca0fb41d668202ba6cc542ca8&amp;id=8136f52dd8&amp;e=e35a0ce952" target="_blank">Good Government Groups Point to New Evidence of Need for Major Ethics Reform</a>]</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>4. Fight for $15:</strong> On Tuesday, amid nationwide ‘Fight for $15’ rallies to raise the minimum wage, Governor Cuomo announced that he would use his executive authority to raise the minimum wage for all state employees to $15 an hour over the next several years (with a faster timeline in NYC than elsewhere). After initially referring to a $13 minimum wage as a "<a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/government/5923-progressive-critics-largely-convinced-by-cuomos-wage-push" target="_blank">nonstarter</a>" this past spring, Governor Cuomo has been pushing for a $15 minimum wage across the board in the state. [Read: <a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/government/5923-progressive-critics-largely-convinced-by-cuomos-wage-push" target="_blank">Progressive Critics Largely Convinced by Cuomo’s Wage Push</a>]</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>5. Mayor’s Media Approach:</strong> After a lengthy question-and-answer session with members of the press <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2015/11/07/nyregion/amid-criticism-de-blasio-tries-to-keep-press-under-control.html" target="_blank">last week</a>, Mayor de Blasio has continued his efforts to make himself more available, but in slightly different fashion, including holding an education town hall in Queens on <a href="http://www.capitalnewyork.com/article/city-hall/2015/11/8582790/de-blasio-fields-friendly-education-questions-second-ever-town-hal" target="_blank">Thursday</a>. At the town hall, the mayor fielded questions often asked through a critical frame on school overcrowding, a major issue in Queens, as well as charter schools, parent engagement, and school safety policies. Mayor de Blasio also made an appearance on <a href="http://www.wnyc.org/story/mayor-de-blasio-picks-phone/" target="_blank">WNYC</a> on Friday, during which time he answered questions from listeners on a variety of topics. [Read: <a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/government/5935-the-mayors-media-blitz-de-blasio" target="_blank">The Mayor’s Media Blitz</a> and <a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/government/5958-de-blasio-attempts-to-undo-negative-first-impressions" target="_blank">De Blasio Attempts to Undo Negative First Impressions</a>]</p> <p><strong>THIS WEEK'S NUMBERS:</strong></p> <ul> <li dir="ltr"><strong>35%</strong> of New York public high school students were considered <a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/#utm_medium=email&amp;utm_source=cnyb-morning10&amp;utm_campaign=cnyb-morning10-20151111" target="_blank">college-ready</a> when they graduated in 2015, up from 33% in 2014, according to the Department of Education.</li> <li dir="ltr"><strong>About 10,000</strong> state workers will be affected by Governor Cuomo’s promise to impose an eventual $15 minimum wage, <a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/#utm_medium=email&amp;utm_source=cnyb-morning10&amp;utm_campaign=cnyb-morning10-20151111" target="_blank">Crain’s New York Business</a> reports.</li> <li dir="ltr"><strong>$808 million</strong> from penalties will be donated to criminal justice projects in New York City and across the country by Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance, the <a href="http://goo.gl/EoLNVm" target="_blank">New York Times</a> reports.</li> <li dir="ltr"><strong>$16,250</strong> is the average annual cost of daycare in New York City, with the cost of childcare overall increasing by $1,612 each year, according to a new <a href="http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/average-cost-daycare-nyc-tops-16k-article-1.2428709" target="_blank">report</a> by Public Advocate Letitia James.</li> </ul> <p><strong>THE GLORY AND THE GOAT:</strong></p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>It was a good week for</strong> medical marijuana advocates, as Governor Cuomo signed <a href="http://assembly.state.ny.us/leg/?default_fld=&amp;bn=A07060&amp;term=2015&amp;Summary=Y&amp;Actions=Y&amp;Votes=Y&amp;Memo=Y&amp;Text=Y&amp;utm_source=MMJ+EA+sent+to+Gov&amp;utm_campaign=1-24-13+ACH&amp;utm_medium=email" target="_blank">two bills</a> on Wednesday that will provide expedited access to medical marijuana for qualified patients.</p> <p><strong>It was a bad week for</strong> the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association, which "lost" on its&nbsp;<a href="http://www.newsday.com/news/new-york/contract-arbitration-failed-cops-says-nypd-commissioner-william-bratton-1.11080291">gamble</a>, led by President Pat Lynch,&nbsp;to get a larger-than-pattern raise for rank-and-file NYPD officers through abiration, which the PBA chose rather than negotiation with City Hall.</p> <p><strong>THE FLASH:</strong></p> <ul> <li dir="ltr"><strong>Around this time 97 years ago</strong>, on November 11, 1918, New Yorkers <a href="http://www.mcmahanphoto.com/na262--new-york-city-celebrates-end-of-wwi-photo-print.html" target="_blank">celebrated</a> the end of World War I, parading from City Hall to Columbus Circle. Three &nbsp;years later, November 11th was declared Armistice Day, a national holiday, now called Veterans Day.&nbsp;</li> <li dir="ltr"><strong>Around this time 61 years ago</strong>, on November 12, 1954, no longer needed as the nation’s primary immigration station, Ellis Island <a href="http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/ellis-island-closes" target="_blank">closed</a> after processing more than 20 million new Americans since opening in New York Harbor in 1892.</li> <li dir="ltr"><strong>Around this time 20 years ago</strong>, on November 12, 1995, New York City commuters deal with the first day of a <a href="http://www.ny1.com/nyc/all-boroughs/news/2015/11/12/november-12th-in-nyc-history.html" target="_blank">mass transit fare hike</a>, which raised the single-ride fare from 25 cents to $1.50. In return, the MTA promised no more increases for the rest of the century.</li> </ul> <p dir="ltr"><strong>GOTHAM GAZETTE HIGHLIGHTS OF THE WEEK:</strong></p> <p dir="ltr"><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/government/5985-warnings-cuomo-must-not-declare-premature-victory-on-womens-equality" target="_blank">Warnings Cuomo Must Not Declare Premature Victory on Women's Equality</a>, by David Howard King</p> <p dir="ltr"><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/government/5984-council-hearing-will-amplify-calls-for-more-supportive-housing" target="_blank">Council Hearing Will Amplify Calls for More Supportive Housing</a>, by Meg O’Connor</p> <p dir="ltr"><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/government/5977-peace-dividend-approach-continues-bratton-and-de-blasio-say" target="_blank">'Peace Dividend' Approach Continues, Bratton and De Blasio Say</a>, by Ben Max</p> <p dir="ltr"><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/government/5979-first-report-under-new-law-will-give-key-data-to-coming-veterans-department" target="_blank">First Report Under New Law Will Give Key Data to Coming Veterans Department</a>, by Samar Khurshid</p> <p dir="ltr"><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/government/5981-labor-leaders-declare-state-of-unions-strong-at-least-in-new-york" target="_blank">Labor Leaders Declare State of Unions Strong, At Least in New York</a>, by Ben Max</p> <p dir="ltr"><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/government/5983-good-government-groups-point-to-new-evidence-of-need-for-major-ethics-reform" target="_blank">Good Government Groups Point to New Evidence of Need for Major Ethics Reform</a>, by Meg O’Connor</p> <p dir="ltr"><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/government/5986-city-set-to-hit-functional-zero-veteran-homelessness-though-challenges-remain" target="_blank">City Set to Hit Functional Zero Veteran Homelessness, Though Challenges Remain</a>, by Ryan Brady</p> <p dir="ltr"><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/opinion/5982-game-changers-for-jfk-international" target="_blank">Game Changers for JFK International</a>, by Nicholas D. Bloom and Philip M. Plotch (opinion)</p> <p dir="ltr"><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/opinion/5980-reality-tv-has-no-place-in-emergency-rooms" target="_blank">Reality TV Has No Place in Emergency Rooms</a>, by Council Member Dan Garodnick (opinion)</p> <p dir="ltr"><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/opinion/5976-sheldon-silver-trial-recalls-earlier-legislative-leaders-accused-of-corruption" target="_blank">Sheldon Silver Trial Recalls Earlier Legislative Leaders Accused of Corruption</a>, by Bruce W Deartsyne (opinion)</p> <p dir="ltr"><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/opinion/5978-creating-the-department-of-veterans-services" target="_blank">Creating the Department of Veterans Services</a>, by Joe Bello (opinion)</p> <p><strong>MORE FOR THE WEEKEND:</strong></p> <p>Mayor de Blasio <a href="http://www.wnyc.org/story/mayor-de-blasio-picks-phone/" target="_blank">appeard on</a> WNYC's The Brian Lehrer Show on Friday morning</p> <p>In New York Magazine, Chris Smith <a href="http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2015/10/how-cuomos-bid-to-clean-up-albany-backfired.html" target="_blank">looks at</a> how Governor Cuomo's push to clean up Albany 'backfired.'</p> <p>Politico New York's Azi Paybarah <a href="http://www.capitalnewyork.com/article/city-hall/2015/11/8582772/jeffries-talks-cuomo-de-blasio-and-his-own-bright-future-washingto" target="_blank">recaps his interview with Congressional Rep. Hakeem Jeffries</a> discussing Jeffries' take on city, state, and federal issues as well as his political future.</p> <p><em>***<br />NOTE TO READERS: we hope you enjoy this new Gotham Gazette weekly feature - please share it if you do; on Twitter, use our handle&nbsp;<a href="https://twitter.com/GothamGazette" target="_blank">@GothamGazette</a>.</em></p> <p><em>If you have feedback on this feature for us, you can email editor Ben Max:&nbsp;<a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com">bmax@gothamgazette.com</a></em></p> <p><em>Watch Sunday evening for our latest Week Ahead in New York Politics, which gives you a preview of key issues and events to be aware of for the week about to start. In the meantime, catch up on&nbsp;<a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/government" target="_blank">the latest original reporting from Gotham Gazette here</a>. And have a great weekend!</em></p> <p><em>***</em><br />by Meg O'Connor and Ben Max</p> First Report Under New Law Will Give Key Data to Coming Veterans Department 2015-11-11T01:06:11+00:00 2015-11-11T01:06:11+00:00 http://www.gothamgazette.com/?id=5979:first-report-under-new-law-will-give-key-data-to-coming-veterans-department Super User <p><img alt="sutton presser new dept" src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/sutton_presser_new_dept.jpg" width="600" height="450" /></p> <p><span style="font-size: 10pt;">Tuesday's celebratory press conference (<a href="https://twitter.com/nylag/status/664116664833867777" target="_blank">photo</a>: @nylag)</span></p> <hr /> <p dir="ltr">On the eve of Veterans Day, the City Council passed a much-celebrated bill to create a new Department of Veterans Services, which will replace the Mayor’s Office of Veterans Affairs in serving New York City’s large military veteran population. While the new department will still be under the mayor’s administration, it will now have access to more resources and be the subject of sharper Council oversight.</p> <p dir="ltr">And, thanks to a previously passed bill sponsored by Council Member Paul Vallone, who sits on the Council’s veterans affairs committee, the new department will have important data to help it direct resources for veterans.</p> <p dir="ltr">“It really is historic, creating a full-blown agency,” Vallone said Monday in a phone interview as the bill heads to Mayor Bill de Blasio for his signature. Vallone hopes that the mayor, who expressed his support for the bill after having been against it for some time, will be quick to sign the bill into law so the agency can be set up in time for preliminary budget discussions early next year.&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" alt="paul vallone william alatriste june 2014" src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/paul_vallone_william_alatriste_june_2014.jpg" width="450" height="300" /><span style="font-size: 10pt;">(Council Member Paul Vallone (William Alatriste))</span></p> <p dir="ltr">Veteran advocacy groups and the City Council have been pushing for a separate agency for years, arguing that the Mayor’s Office of Veterans Affairs has been underfunded, understaffed, and unable to effectively serve more than 200,000 veterans who call the city home. The new agency will provide for increased accountability. “Now we can really play a direct role,” Vallone said of City Council oversight and influence on the department’s budget.</p> <p dir="ltr">Veterans and veteran advocates are overjoyed at this victory. “(MOVA) was primarily symbolic all these years,” said Kristen Rouse, a veteran and founding director of NYC Veterans Alliance. Insisting that MOVA has historically relied on the whims of the mayoral administration, Rouse said the new department will have the staffing and resources necessary to truly coordinate services for veterans.</p> <p dir="ltr">The new department will also be bolstered by fresh data generated by the city on use of services by veterans in seven key categories. Mandated by the Vallone-sponsored bill passed by the City Council in February, the data is supposed to help determine the degree to which veterans avail themselves of existing services designed to help them secure income and housing, and to identify areas where city government should strengthen or modify services to meet the needs of city veterans.</p> <p dir="ltr">The report, the first edition of which was presented to Council Member Vallone and his colleagues in time for Veterans Day and was viewed by Gotham Gazette, contains data related to certain housing applications by veterans and their spouses, as well as vending license applications and permits, and civil service exams.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Earlier there was a void of information and now we have the data,” said Vallone of the report, which will help the city determine to what extent veterans are taking advantage of city services and may indicate where gaps in communication lie.</p> <p dir="ltr">“It’s the beginning of being able to use facts to solve problems,” said Rouse. “The more the city knows, the more they’re able to do.”</p> <p dir="ltr">The seven data points the administration must report under the law and the number indicated in the first report, which covers calendar year 2014:</p> <ul> <li dir="ltr">The total number of Mitchell-Lama housing applications received from veterans or their surviving spouses and total number approved by the Department of Housing Preservation and Development: 71 and 66, respectively.</li> <li dir="ltr">The total number of fee-exempt mobile food vending licenses and food vending permits issued to veterans by the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene to veterans: 95 and 65, respectively.</li> <li dir="ltr">The total number of veterans who submitted an application to the Department of Consumer Affairs for a general vending license and the number issued to veterans: 570 and 447, respectively.</li> <li dir="ltr">The total number of veterans residing in the city who utilized a HUD-VASH housing voucher (which help house homeless veterans): 2,268.</li> <li dir="ltr">The total number of civil service examination applications received by the Department of Citywide Administrative Services for which the applicant claimed a veterans credit: 3,475.</li> </ul> <p dir="ltr">It will take some time before the City Council or the new Department of Veterans Affairs can do much with this new data, but MOVA and the Council can at least consider it. After celebrating Veterans Day Wednesday, the Council’s veterans affairs committee meets Thursday to look at progress being made in ending homelessness among military veterans.</p> <p style="text-align: center;" dir="ltr"><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" alt="vallone and presser iava" src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/Image_127.jpg" width="450" height="300" /><span style="font-size: 10pt;">(photo: William Alatriste)</span></p> <p dir="ltr">In the meantime, spirits remain high about the coming new department.</p> <p dir="ltr">“This is a tremendous victory for the veterans movement,” said Paul Rieckhoff, founder and CEO of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, in a statement. Rieckhoff said the passage of the bill is a “truly historic Veterans Day gift for veteran activists” across the city. &nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr">In a Tuesday <a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/opinion/5978-creating-the-department-of-veterans-services" target="_blank">Gotham Gazette op-ed celebrating the news</a>, veteran and veterans advocate Joe Bello, of NYMetroVets, thanked the many elected officials and advocates who contributed to the victory.</p> <p dir="ltr">The <a href="http://legistar.council.nyc.gov/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=1739320&amp;GUID=0D5918DB-F678-48A3-8EE5-D6165B32BF62&amp;Options=&amp;Search=" target="_blank">bill</a> to create the new department, sponsored by veterans committee Chair Council Member Eric Ulrich and supported by Vallone, traversed a rocky road to reach passage. Until last week, the mayor refused to support the proposal as did his commissioner of veterans affairs, Loree Sutton. But, after Mayor de Blasio reached an agreement with the Council <a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/opinion/5978-creating-the-department-of-veterans-services" target="_blank">last week</a>, the bill sailed through with unanimous support Tuesday and is sure to be signed by de Blasio, who in all likelihood will name Sutton the commissioner of the new department.</p> <p dir="ltr">“I liken it to how fifteen years ago, people would’ve thought that an agency dedicated to emergency management was duplicative,” Rouse said of OEM, reflecting. “Now we take for granted a separate agency which is absolutely essential.”</p> <p dir="ltr">***<br />by Samar Khurshid, Gotham Gazette<br /><a href="https://twitter.com/GothamGazette" target="_blank">@samarkhurhsid</a></p> <p><img alt="sutton presser new dept" src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/sutton_presser_new_dept.jpg" width="600" height="450" /></p> <p><span style="font-size: 10pt;">Tuesday's celebratory press conference (<a href="https://twitter.com/nylag/status/664116664833867777" target="_blank">photo</a>: @nylag)</span></p> <hr /> <p dir="ltr">On the eve of Veterans Day, the City Council passed a much-celebrated bill to create a new Department of Veterans Services, which will replace the Mayor’s Office of Veterans Affairs in serving New York City’s large military veteran population. While the new department will still be under the mayor’s administration, it will now have access to more resources and be the subject of sharper Council oversight.</p> <p dir="ltr">And, thanks to a previously passed bill sponsored by Council Member Paul Vallone, who sits on the Council’s veterans affairs committee, the new department will have important data to help it direct resources for veterans.</p> <p dir="ltr">“It really is historic, creating a full-blown agency,” Vallone said Monday in a phone interview as the bill heads to Mayor Bill de Blasio for his signature. Vallone hopes that the mayor, who expressed his support for the bill after having been against it for some time, will be quick to sign the bill into law so the agency can be set up in time for preliminary budget discussions early next year.&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" alt="paul vallone william alatriste june 2014" src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/paul_vallone_william_alatriste_june_2014.jpg" width="450" height="300" /><span style="font-size: 10pt;">(Council Member Paul Vallone (William Alatriste))</span></p> <p dir="ltr">Veteran advocacy groups and the City Council have been pushing for a separate agency for years, arguing that the Mayor’s Office of Veterans Affairs has been underfunded, understaffed, and unable to effectively serve more than 200,000 veterans who call the city home. The new agency will provide for increased accountability. “Now we can really play a direct role,” Vallone said of City Council oversight and influence on the department’s budget.</p> <p dir="ltr">Veterans and veteran advocates are overjoyed at this victory. “(MOVA) was primarily symbolic all these years,” said Kristen Rouse, a veteran and founding director of NYC Veterans Alliance. Insisting that MOVA has historically relied on the whims of the mayoral administration, Rouse said the new department will have the staffing and resources necessary to truly coordinate services for veterans.</p> <p dir="ltr">The new department will also be bolstered by fresh data generated by the city on use of services by veterans in seven key categories. Mandated by the Vallone-sponsored bill passed by the City Council in February, the data is supposed to help determine the degree to which veterans avail themselves of existing services designed to help them secure income and housing, and to identify areas where city government should strengthen or modify services to meet the needs of city veterans.</p> <p dir="ltr">The report, the first edition of which was presented to Council Member Vallone and his colleagues in time for Veterans Day and was viewed by Gotham Gazette, contains data related to certain housing applications by veterans and their spouses, as well as vending license applications and permits, and civil service exams.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Earlier there was a void of information and now we have the data,” said Vallone of the report, which will help the city determine to what extent veterans are taking advantage of city services and may indicate where gaps in communication lie.</p> <p dir="ltr">“It’s the beginning of being able to use facts to solve problems,” said Rouse. “The more the city knows, the more they’re able to do.”</p> <p dir="ltr">The seven data points the administration must report under the law and the number indicated in the first report, which covers calendar year 2014:</p> <ul> <li dir="ltr">The total number of Mitchell-Lama housing applications received from veterans or their surviving spouses and total number approved by the Department of Housing Preservation and Development: 71 and 66, respectively.</li> <li dir="ltr">The total number of fee-exempt mobile food vending licenses and food vending permits issued to veterans by the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene to veterans: 95 and 65, respectively.</li> <li dir="ltr">The total number of veterans who submitted an application to the Department of Consumer Affairs for a general vending license and the number issued to veterans: 570 and 447, respectively.</li> <li dir="ltr">The total number of veterans residing in the city who utilized a HUD-VASH housing voucher (which help house homeless veterans): 2,268.</li> <li dir="ltr">The total number of civil service examination applications received by the Department of Citywide Administrative Services for which the applicant claimed a veterans credit: 3,475.</li> </ul> <p dir="ltr">It will take some time before the City Council or the new Department of Veterans Affairs can do much with this new data, but MOVA and the Council can at least consider it. After celebrating Veterans Day Wednesday, the Council’s veterans affairs committee meets Thursday to look at progress being made in ending homelessness among military veterans.</p> <p style="text-align: center;" dir="ltr"><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" alt="vallone and presser iava" src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/Image_127.jpg" width="450" height="300" /><span style="font-size: 10pt;">(photo: William Alatriste)</span></p> <p dir="ltr">In the meantime, spirits remain high about the coming new department.</p> <p dir="ltr">“This is a tremendous victory for the veterans movement,” said Paul Rieckhoff, founder and CEO of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, in a statement. Rieckhoff said the passage of the bill is a “truly historic Veterans Day gift for veteran activists” across the city. &nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr">In a Tuesday <a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/opinion/5978-creating-the-department-of-veterans-services" target="_blank">Gotham Gazette op-ed celebrating the news</a>, veteran and veterans advocate Joe Bello, of NYMetroVets, thanked the many elected officials and advocates who contributed to the victory.</p> <p dir="ltr">The <a href="http://legistar.council.nyc.gov/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=1739320&amp;GUID=0D5918DB-F678-48A3-8EE5-D6165B32BF62&amp;Options=&amp;Search=" target="_blank">bill</a> to create the new department, sponsored by veterans committee Chair Council Member Eric Ulrich and supported by Vallone, traversed a rocky road to reach passage. Until last week, the mayor refused to support the proposal as did his commissioner of veterans affairs, Loree Sutton. But, after Mayor de Blasio reached an agreement with the Council <a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/opinion/5978-creating-the-department-of-veterans-services" target="_blank">last week</a>, the bill sailed through with unanimous support Tuesday and is sure to be signed by de Blasio, who in all likelihood will name Sutton the commissioner of the new department.</p> <p dir="ltr">“I liken it to how fifteen years ago, people would’ve thought that an agency dedicated to emergency management was duplicative,” Rouse said of OEM, reflecting. “Now we take for granted a separate agency which is absolutely essential.”</p> <p dir="ltr">***<br />by Samar Khurshid, Gotham Gazette<br /><a href="https://twitter.com/GothamGazette" target="_blank">@samarkhurhsid</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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