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/legionnaires-disease 2017-10-18T00:23:44+00:00 Webmaster webmaster@gothamgazette.com NYC Health Commish Highlights Death Disparities 2016-01-29T14:34:35+00:00 2016-01-29T14:34:35+00:00 http://www.gothamgazette.com/?id=6124:nyc-health-commish-highlights-death-disparities Super User <p><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2014/03/bdb_bassett.jpg" alt="bdb bassett" width="600" height="399" /></p> <p>Mayor de Blasio and Health Commissioner Bassett (Rob Bennett/Mayor's Office)</p> <hr /> <p>Crisis is part of the gig for the chief health official in the nation's largest city, and Dr. Mary Bassett has dealt with her share of emergencies in the two years she's served as commissioner of the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. First there was Ebola, followed by Legionnaires', and now comes Zika—and those are just the ones the public has heard about. New York City is also seeing an outbreak of whooping cough, Bassett told a Thursday briefing at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism.</p> <p>But as Bassett sees it, her job is as much about confronting the "enduring disparities" that characterize public health in New York City as it is about responding to sudden threats. The map of disease and death in the city reflects "patterns of marginalization," she told members of the Center for Community and Ethnic Media, "patterns that I am determined to talk about and ameliorate."</p> <p>Among the more striking examples: Life expectancy in Brownsville is 11 years shorter, on average, than for residents of the financial district. "That means Brownsville has a life expectancy more along the lines of Sri Lanka, a developing country," Bassett told the panel moderated by NY1 anchor Errol Louis, the director of urban reporting at the school and joined by Vania Andre, editor-in-chief of the Haitian Times, and I.</p> <p><em>There's much more to this story -&nbsp;<a href="http://citylimits.org/2016/01/29/nyc-health-commish-highlights-death-disparities/" target="_blank">read the rest here, from our partner City Limits.</a></em></p> <p><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2014/03/bdb_bassett.jpg" alt="bdb bassett" width="600" height="399" /></p> <p>Mayor de Blasio and Health Commissioner Bassett (Rob Bennett/Mayor's Office)</p> <hr /> <p>Crisis is part of the gig for the chief health official in the nation's largest city, and Dr. Mary Bassett has dealt with her share of emergencies in the two years she's served as commissioner of the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. First there was Ebola, followed by Legionnaires', and now comes Zika—and those are just the ones the public has heard about. New York City is also seeing an outbreak of whooping cough, Bassett told a Thursday briefing at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism.</p> <p>But as Bassett sees it, her job is as much about confronting the "enduring disparities" that characterize public health in New York City as it is about responding to sudden threats. The map of disease and death in the city reflects "patterns of marginalization," she told members of the Center for Community and Ethnic Media, "patterns that I am determined to talk about and ameliorate."</p> <p>Among the more striking examples: Life expectancy in Brownsville is 11 years shorter, on average, than for residents of the financial district. "That means Brownsville has a life expectancy more along the lines of Sri Lanka, a developing country," Bassett told the panel moderated by NY1 anchor Errol Louis, the director of urban reporting at the school and joined by Vania Andre, editor-in-chief of the Haitian Times, and I.</p> <p><em>There's much more to this story -&nbsp;<a href="http://citylimits.org/2016/01/29/nyc-health-commish-highlights-death-disparities/" target="_blank">read the rest here, from our partner City Limits.</a></em></p> Time for the Mayor and the Governor to Work Together 2016-01-06T02:55:32+00:00 2016-01-06T02:55:32+00:00 http://www.gothamgazette.com/?id=6065:time-for-the-mayor-and-the-governor-to-work-together Super User <p><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2014/03/12181475174_8455aacfbb_z.jpg" alt="de blasio cuomo smiles" height="399" width="600" /></p> <p>De Blasio and Cuomo, via the Governor's Office</p> <hr /> <p>They are elected to lead millions of people, to handle billions of taxpayer dollars, and to develop effective public policy. To be as effective as possible, they must work together.</p> <p>Yet, they barely speak to each other and won't even say each other's name in public.</p> <p>There is simply no way that the ongoing feud between Governor Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio isn't hurting New Yorkers. The behavior of the two men - New York City's top two elected leaders - is beneath the esteem of their offices.</p> <p>A leading advocate, Mary Brosnahan of Coalition for the Homeless, put it perfectly in <a href="http://www.capitalnewyork.com/article/albany/2016/01/8586782/cuomo-explains-his-new-homeless-policy-hints-more-come" target="_blank">an interview</a> with Politico New York: "They're both very smart people, let's just lower the testosterone and ramp up the cooperation. It just kills me to see homeless New Yorkers being played like pawns in the middle of it."</p> <p>Lately, it has been homeless people as pawns, but it has been all New Yorkers at some point over the past two years.</p> <p>Sure, the feud can be the source of fun for observers, even for the governor and his team, it seems. But, there are legitimate policy issues, livelihoods, and lives at stake. It's well past time for Cuomo and de Blasio to work together more closely. And there are steps, beyond the recent dinner they shared, that can easily be taken - if they care enough to try.</p> <p>The already toxic relationship took a turn for the worse when, in a now-infamous airing of grievances, de Blasio criticized the governor to the press at length on June 30. Remarkable for several reasons, de Blasio's words seemed to indicate he was giving up on the prospects of a strong working relationship with his former boss and longtime friend.</p> <p>Still, in November, Cuomo defied what observers were seeing when <a href="http://www.nystateofpolitics.com/2015/11/cuomo-press-focusing-on-soap-opera-with-de-blasio/" target="_blank">he said</a>, "The relationship is good...This is a professional relationship."</p> <p>The governor added what appears to be nothing short of a lie, saying: "We coordinate the best we can."</p> <p>Perhaps Cuomo's statement was true if by "can" he was implying 'given the fact that we are both more concerned with our petty feud than with working for the people of New York.'</p> <p>When it has come to a series of issues: Ebola, the MTA, Legionnaires' Disease, homelessness, and more, the city and state have clearly not been coordinating "the best" they could.</p> <p>Of course members of the two administrations talk with each other all the time and coordinate on a variety of public policy matters - there are major day-to-day operations that necessitate this. But, it is abundantly clear that the collaboration is not as strong as it could or should be.</p> <p>Beyond beginning to speak more regularly by phone and in person, de Blasio and Cuomo could start regularly appearing at events together. Giving the semblance of a working relationship would at least instill more confidence that the two leaders have one and are not being negligent. A little bit of casual conversation, as the two had while awaiting the Pope in September, can only help repair the relationship.</p> <p>Cuomo and de Blasio don't have to immediately hold joint announcements, they could simply share space when they're due to speak at the same event, something it appears they've avoided with intent.</p> <p>But, they could hold joint events immediately and start to move beyond The Feud. De Blasio is set to make a minimum wage announcement Wednesday - Cuomo should be there and have a speaking role. Then, de Blasio should be similarly welcomed to Cuomo's next minimum wage rally in the city (he's been conspicuously absent from several). Also Wednesday, Cuomo is <a href="http://www.wsj.com/articles/gov-cuomo-to-back-a-penn-station-overhaul-1452030404" target="_blank">expected to announce</a> a renovation plan for Penn Station - de Blasio should be there, not absent like he was when Cuomo announced plans for a new LaGaurdia Airport.</p> <p>The two Wednesday events are, of course, scheduled for the same time: 2 p.m.</p> <p>On Thursday, de Blasio is set to sign an executive order mandating paid parental leave for some city employees. Cuomo should be there, too, and he should use the occasion to praise the mayor and explain his intention to push a statewide paid family leave policy.</p> <p>Though they have very different styles and somewhat different political philosophies, Cuomo and de Blasio actually agree on quite a bit and could find many ways to truly work together. The two should soon hold a joint announcement after coming to a New York/New York IV supportive housing deal.</p> <p>They missed a good opportunity to show a united front when they came to an agreement on MTA capital plan funding in October after a prolonged and too-public dispute.</p> <p>But, as they go down a similar road on homelessness, wouldn't it be refreshing if early in the new year Cuomo and de Blasio could coordinate policy and hold a joint press conference to explain how they are going to work together to improve shelter conditions, get people off the streets and into housing, and keep people from becoming homeless in the first place?</p> <p>Like you, I am not holding my breath for such an announcement or for any of the joint appearances outlined above.</p> <p>As the New York Times editorial board <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2015/11/20/opinion/tackling-the-homeless-crisis-without-mr-cuomo.html" target="_blank">wrote</a> in late November, "In a better world, the mayor and governor would be mutually supportive allies working together to ease the suffering of tens of thousands of homeless residents of the state's most important city. But in reality, the two men are stuck in a malfunctioning relationship that has turned once-routine city-state partnerships and problem-solving exercises into an unusually fraught psychodrama."</p> <p>On Monday, the mayor was faced with a barrage of questions from reporters about the homelessness-related executive order the governor had issued with little warning to the de Blasio administration. It has become something of a pattern, state action without coordinating with the city, the governor showing the mayor who is in charge.</p> <p>"We are very willing to work with the state," de Blasio said in response to a question about why he and his old colleague couldn't simply get together and hash out joint homelessness policy.</p> <p>Being willing to work together is very different, obviously, from proactively seeking opportunities to mend fences and move forward for the good of the people of the city and state.</p> <p>***<br />by Ben Max, Gotham Gazette<br /><a href="https://twitter.com/TweetBenMax" target="_blank">@tweetBenMax</a></p> <p><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2014/03/12181475174_8455aacfbb_z.jpg" alt="de blasio cuomo smiles" height="399" width="600" /></p> <p>De Blasio and Cuomo, via the Governor's Office</p> <hr /> <p>They are elected to lead millions of people, to handle billions of taxpayer dollars, and to develop effective public policy. To be as effective as possible, they must work together.</p> <p>Yet, they barely speak to each other and won't even say each other's name in public.</p> <p>There is simply no way that the ongoing feud between Governor Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio isn't hurting New Yorkers. The behavior of the two men - New York City's top two elected leaders - is beneath the esteem of their offices.</p> <p>A leading advocate, Mary Brosnahan of Coalition for the Homeless, put it perfectly in <a href="http://www.capitalnewyork.com/article/albany/2016/01/8586782/cuomo-explains-his-new-homeless-policy-hints-more-come" target="_blank">an interview</a> with Politico New York: "They're both very smart people, let's just lower the testosterone and ramp up the cooperation. It just kills me to see homeless New Yorkers being played like pawns in the middle of it."</p> <p>Lately, it has been homeless people as pawns, but it has been all New Yorkers at some point over the past two years.</p> <p>Sure, the feud can be the source of fun for observers, even for the governor and his team, it seems. But, there are legitimate policy issues, livelihoods, and lives at stake. It's well past time for Cuomo and de Blasio to work together more closely. And there are steps, beyond the recent dinner they shared, that can easily be taken - if they care enough to try.</p> <p>The already toxic relationship took a turn for the worse when, in a now-infamous airing of grievances, de Blasio criticized the governor to the press at length on June 30. Remarkable for several reasons, de Blasio's words seemed to indicate he was giving up on the prospects of a strong working relationship with his former boss and longtime friend.</p> <p>Still, in November, Cuomo defied what observers were seeing when <a href="http://www.nystateofpolitics.com/2015/11/cuomo-press-focusing-on-soap-opera-with-de-blasio/" target="_blank">he said</a>, "The relationship is good...This is a professional relationship."</p> <p>The governor added what appears to be nothing short of a lie, saying: "We coordinate the best we can."</p> <p>Perhaps Cuomo's statement was true if by "can" he was implying 'given the fact that we are both more concerned with our petty feud than with working for the people of New York.'</p> <p>When it has come to a series of issues: Ebola, the MTA, Legionnaires' Disease, homelessness, and more, the city and state have clearly not been coordinating "the best" they could.</p> <p>Of course members of the two administrations talk with each other all the time and coordinate on a variety of public policy matters - there are major day-to-day operations that necessitate this. But, it is abundantly clear that the collaboration is not as strong as it could or should be.</p> <p>Beyond beginning to speak more regularly by phone and in person, de Blasio and Cuomo could start regularly appearing at events together. Giving the semblance of a working relationship would at least instill more confidence that the two leaders have one and are not being negligent. A little bit of casual conversation, as the two had while awaiting the Pope in September, can only help repair the relationship.</p> <p>Cuomo and de Blasio don't have to immediately hold joint announcements, they could simply share space when they're due to speak at the same event, something it appears they've avoided with intent.</p> <p>But, they could hold joint events immediately and start to move beyond The Feud. De Blasio is set to make a minimum wage announcement Wednesday - Cuomo should be there and have a speaking role. Then, de Blasio should be similarly welcomed to Cuomo's next minimum wage rally in the city (he's been conspicuously absent from several). Also Wednesday, Cuomo is <a href="http://www.wsj.com/articles/gov-cuomo-to-back-a-penn-station-overhaul-1452030404" target="_blank">expected to announce</a> a renovation plan for Penn Station - de Blasio should be there, not absent like he was when Cuomo announced plans for a new LaGaurdia Airport.</p> <p>The two Wednesday events are, of course, scheduled for the same time: 2 p.m.</p> <p>On Thursday, de Blasio is set to sign an executive order mandating paid parental leave for some city employees. Cuomo should be there, too, and he should use the occasion to praise the mayor and explain his intention to push a statewide paid family leave policy.</p> <p>Though they have very different styles and somewhat different political philosophies, Cuomo and de Blasio actually agree on quite a bit and could find many ways to truly work together. The two should soon hold a joint announcement after coming to a New York/New York IV supportive housing deal.</p> <p>They missed a good opportunity to show a united front when they came to an agreement on MTA capital plan funding in October after a prolonged and too-public dispute.</p> <p>But, as they go down a similar road on homelessness, wouldn't it be refreshing if early in the new year Cuomo and de Blasio could coordinate policy and hold a joint press conference to explain how they are going to work together to improve shelter conditions, get people off the streets and into housing, and keep people from becoming homeless in the first place?</p> <p>Like you, I am not holding my breath for such an announcement or for any of the joint appearances outlined above.</p> <p>As the New York Times editorial board <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2015/11/20/opinion/tackling-the-homeless-crisis-without-mr-cuomo.html" target="_blank">wrote</a> in late November, "In a better world, the mayor and governor would be mutually supportive allies working together to ease the suffering of tens of thousands of homeless residents of the state's most important city. But in reality, the two men are stuck in a malfunctioning relationship that has turned once-routine city-state partnerships and problem-solving exercises into an unusually fraught psychodrama."</p> <p>On Monday, the mayor was faced with a barrage of questions from reporters about the homelessness-related executive order the governor had issued with little warning to the de Blasio administration. It has become something of a pattern, state action without coordinating with the city, the governor showing the mayor who is in charge.</p> <p>"We are very willing to work with the state," de Blasio said in response to a question about why he and his old colleague couldn't simply get together and hash out joint homelessness policy.</p> <p>Being willing to work together is very different, obviously, from proactively seeking opportunities to mend fences and move forward for the good of the people of the city and state.</p> <p>***<br />by Ben Max, Gotham Gazette<br /><a href="https://twitter.com/TweetBenMax" target="_blank">@tweetBenMax</a></p> The Week Ahead in New York Politics, August 17 2015-08-16T05:00:00+00:00 2015-08-16T05:00:00+00:00 http://www.gothamgazette.com/?id=5851:the-week-ahead-in-new-york-politics-august-17 Super User <p><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2014/03/640px-New_York_City_Hall.jpg" alt="New York City Hall" height="450" width="600" /></p> <p><span style="font-size: 10pt;">New York City Hall</span></p> <hr /> <p><strong>What to watch for this week in New York politics:</strong></p> <p>This week may be one to really focus on the fact that New York's two baseball teams are both in first place. With the Mets and Yankees atop their respective divisions, there's a lot of buzz in the air about Big Apple postseason baseball. It could be a fairly quiet week in New York politics - though this is never something the smart money is on. But, the City Council has no public hearings on the calendar this week (last week, the Council held several meetings and its lone full-body Stated Meeting of the month) and Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito is away on vacation, Governor Andrew Cuomo has had a quiet schedule of late as he has been attending to the health of his longtime partner, Sandra Lee, and, well, it's the middle of August. Still, though, Mayor Bill de Blasio may be looking to stir some good news as he has had <a href="http://www.nydailynews.com/opinion/ben-max-de-blasio-task-change-minds-article-1.2318548" target="_blank">a tough summer with lower public opnion poll numbers</a>, rough-and-tumble rivalry with the governor, and some public relations missteps. More:</p> <p><strong>TRACKING DE BLASIO:</strong> the mayor had a tough PR day Friday after deciding to go to his Park Slope YMCA for a workout after learning that an FDNY firefighter had been shot and during the subsequent standoff on Staten Island. The incident ended with the gunman dead and no other casualties. Meanwhile, the injured firefighter was treated over the weekend and able to go home. Many questioned de Blasio's choice to go for his workout, though the mayor and his team insist he was getting briefed all morning and that he went to Staten Island when his fire and police department chiefs, who were there all morning, gave him the go-ahead. Still, the day's events highlight the questions around de Blasio commuting from his temporary mayoral home on the Upper East Side at Gracie Mansion, to his old Park Slope neighborhood to work out, even on days without a real-time crisis playing out. There are also, of course, the ongoing issues related to Staten Island and whether the borough gets its due attention from City Hall (under any mayor) - read our new deep dive on the issue, <a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/government/5849-does-staten-island-get-its-fair-share" target="_blank">Does Staten Island Gets Its Fair Share?</a>, which was weeks in the making and happened to coincide with Friday's events.</p> <p>Over the weekend: on Saturday, de Blasio was on Long Island for the annual event, "Apollo in the Hamptons." On Saturday afternoon, the mayor joined Alexander Soros (son of billionaire philanthropist George Soros) and others for lunch, according to <a href="https://twitter.com/AlexanderSoros/status/632696122096619520" target="_blank">Soros' Twitter feed</a>. Sunday the mayor had no public events.</p> <p>The week ahead could very well see the mayor sign into law new legislation passed by the City Council on Thursday aimed at preventing outbreaks of Legionnaires' Disease, as well as other new bills passed through the Council, such as one mandating fire sprinklers in pet stores. Indicative of the slow pace that the week could see, the mayor is spending Monday in Rhode Island, with no public events scheduled.</p> <p><strong>LEGIONNAIRES' LATEST:</strong> the outbreak of Legionnaires' disease that has taken 12 lives in the Bronx appears to have abated. The mayor's office reports that there have been no cases with onset of symptoms after August 3. A total of 124 people are reported to have had symptoms during the outbreak, with 94 treated and discharged. The 12 deceased were all "adults with underlying medical conditions." Many of the water cooling towers at the heart of the outbreak (which is airborne and similar to pneumonia, not contracted through drinking water or person-to-person) have been disinfected and the City Council passed new legislation aimed at preventing future outbreaks. As Council Member Corey Johnson, chair of the Council health committee, and others have said, Legionnaires' isn't going to completely go away, and there are many cases each year, but important steps can be taken to prevent major outbreaks.</p> <p>There is a town hall meeting on Legionnaires' scheduled for Monday in the Bronx, see below for details.</p> <p>It's looking like a quiet August week as of now - only a few events on our radar for you to be aware of - though others will surely pop up as the week begins - read our initial day-by-day rundown below.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>***Do you have events or topics for us to include in an upcoming Week Ahead in New York Politics?</em><br /><em>E-mail Gotham Gazette editor Ben Max:&nbsp;<a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com">bmax@gothamgazette.com</a>***</em></p> <p><strong>The run of the week in detail:</strong></p> <p><strong>Monday<br /></strong>On Monday,&nbsp;"Governor Cuomo's administration hosts a summit on emergency planning attended by hundreds of disaster management officials and local leaders from across New York State." At 10 a.m., "Senior administration officials kick off the summit with a presentation on emergency preparedness and make an announcement – Empire State Plaza Convention Center," and at 1:15 p.m., "Tour of the New York State Office of Emergency Management's Emergency Operations Center and various State emergency response assets – Building 22, Harriman State Office Campus."</p> <p>At 2 p.m. in Glendale,&nbsp;City Council Members Rory Lancman and Elizabeth Crowley, the Anti-Defamation League, Queens Jewish Community Council, Family members of Leo Frank, Public Advocate Letitia James, Queens Borough President Melinda Katz, Assembly Member David Weprin, and others will mark "the 100th anniversay of the lynching of Leo Frank" with "a memorial to commemorate this tragic event in Jewish-American history. Following his wrongful conviction for murder in a trial marked by antisemitism, Frank was kidnapped from prison, brutally beaten and hanged in 1915 in Marietta, Georgia. He is buried at the Maple Grove Cemetery in Glendale, where the ADL dedicated a monument to him in 2003."</p> <p>At 6 p.m. community leaders in the Bronx will <a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/804345819679824/" target="_blank">host</a> a town hall on Legionnaires' Disease at Hostos Community College. Sponsors include Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, Public Advocate Letitia James, NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer, the NYC Health Department and NYC Emergency Management, and the Mayor's Community Affairs Unit.</p> <p><strong>Tuesday<br /></strong>There is a rally <a href="https://twitter.com/avitale/status/633237000422690816" target="_blank">planned</a> for 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at City Hall to protest how homeless New Yorkers are being portrayed and treated by the New York Post, police unions, and others. [Read: <a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/opinion/5848-homeless-solutions-instead-of-homeless-shaming" target="_blank">Homeless Solutions Not Homeless Shaming</a>]</p> <p>At 6 p.m. Tuesday NYC Department of Citywide Administrative Services <a href="https://cmlauriecumbo.wordpress.com/2015/08/13/upcoming-august-events-2/" target="_blank">presents</a> a NYC Civil Service 101 session, on "everything you need to know about applying and becoming a civil servant." Sponsors include Council Member Laurie Cumbo, Congresswoman Yvette Clarke, Congressman Hakeem Jeffries, Senator Jesse Hamilton,Senator Velmanette Montgomery, Assemblyman Walter Mosley and Assemblywoman Diana Richardson.</p> <p><strong>Wednesday<br /></strong>At 6 p.m. Wednesday NYC Department of Citywide Administrative Services <a href="https://cmlauriecumbo.wordpress.com/2015/08/13/upcoming-august-events-2/" target="_blank">presents</a> a NYC Civil Service 101 session, on "everything you need to know about applying and becoming a civil servant." Sponsors include Council Member Laurie Cumbo, Congresswoman Yvette Clarke, Congressman Hakeem Jeffries, Senator Jesse Hamilton,Senator Velmanette Montgomery, Assemblyman Walter Mosley and Assemblywoman Diana Richardson.</p> <p>Also at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Letitia James is <a href="https://twitter.com/tishjames/status/631653851406430208" target="_blank">hosting</a> a public safety town hall meeting in Brooklyn, with NYPD Chief of Patrol Carlos Gomez and Brooklyn North Borough Commander, Jefferey Maddrey.</p> <p><strong>Thursday<br /></strong>At 8:30 a.m. Thursday the Manhattan Borough Board, led by Borough President Brewer, will <a href="http://manhattanbp.nyc.gov/downloads/pdf/2015MeetingsCalendarFINAL.pdf" target="_blank">hold</a> its August meeting.</p> <p>At 10 a.m. Educators 4 Excellence <a href="http://educators4excellence.zissousecure.com/events#top" target="_blank">will kick off</a> the school year with its 2015 Member Summit and host new State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia as a guest speaker. There will be sessions on leadership, advocacy and finish the day with a school culture policy paper on climate change.</p> <p>At 7 p.m. Thursday, the New York Young Republican Club is <a href="http://www.meetup.com/NYYRCInc/events/219609060/" target="_blank">hosting</a> its monthly meeting. Former Mayor of Walden, Brian Maher, will be the speaker. Elected at 23 years old, Mr. Maher was the youngest mayor in New York State.</p> <p>City and State's fifth annual "On Energy" forum <a href="http://events.cityandstateny.com/" target="_blank">is scheduled</a> for Thursday.</p> <p><strong>Friday and the weekend<br /></strong>Looking quiet right now, but we'll be keeping an eye out for end of week events, and you should too!</p> <p>***<br />Have events or topics for us to include in an upcoming Week Ahead in New York Politics? 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With the Mets and Yankees atop their respective divisions, there's a lot of buzz in the air about Big Apple postseason baseball. It could be a fairly quiet week in New York politics - though this is never something the smart money is on. But, the City Council has no public hearings on the calendar this week (last week, the Council held several meetings and its lone full-body Stated Meeting of the month) and Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito is away on vacation, Governor Andrew Cuomo has had a quiet schedule of late as he has been attending to the health of his longtime partner, Sandra Lee, and, well, it's the middle of August. Still, though, Mayor Bill de Blasio may be looking to stir some good news as he has had <a href="http://www.nydailynews.com/opinion/ben-max-de-blasio-task-change-minds-article-1.2318548" target="_blank">a tough summer with lower public opnion poll numbers</a>, rough-and-tumble rivalry with the governor, and some public relations missteps. More:</p> <p><strong>TRACKING DE BLASIO:</strong> the mayor had a tough PR day Friday after deciding to go to his Park Slope YMCA for a workout after learning that an FDNY firefighter had been shot and during the subsequent standoff on Staten Island. The incident ended with the gunman dead and no other casualties. Meanwhile, the injured firefighter was treated over the weekend and able to go home. Many questioned de Blasio's choice to go for his workout, though the mayor and his team insist he was getting briefed all morning and that he went to Staten Island when his fire and police department chiefs, who were there all morning, gave him the go-ahead. Still, the day's events highlight the questions around de Blasio commuting from his temporary mayoral home on the Upper East Side at Gracie Mansion, to his old Park Slope neighborhood to work out, even on days without a real-time crisis playing out. There are also, of course, the ongoing issues related to Staten Island and whether the borough gets its due attention from City Hall (under any mayor) - read our new deep dive on the issue, <a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/government/5849-does-staten-island-get-its-fair-share" target="_blank">Does Staten Island Gets Its Fair Share?</a>, which was weeks in the making and happened to coincide with Friday's events.</p> <p>Over the weekend: on Saturday, de Blasio was on Long Island for the annual event, "Apollo in the Hamptons." On Saturday afternoon, the mayor joined Alexander Soros (son of billionaire philanthropist George Soros) and others for lunch, according to <a href="https://twitter.com/AlexanderSoros/status/632696122096619520" target="_blank">Soros' Twitter feed</a>. Sunday the mayor had no public events.</p> <p>The week ahead could very well see the mayor sign into law new legislation passed by the City Council on Thursday aimed at preventing outbreaks of Legionnaires' Disease, as well as other new bills passed through the Council, such as one mandating fire sprinklers in pet stores. Indicative of the slow pace that the week could see, the mayor is spending Monday in Rhode Island, with no public events scheduled.</p> <p><strong>LEGIONNAIRES' LATEST:</strong> the outbreak of Legionnaires' disease that has taken 12 lives in the Bronx appears to have abated. The mayor's office reports that there have been no cases with onset of symptoms after August 3. A total of 124 people are reported to have had symptoms during the outbreak, with 94 treated and discharged. The 12 deceased were all "adults with underlying medical conditions." Many of the water cooling towers at the heart of the outbreak (which is airborne and similar to pneumonia, not contracted through drinking water or person-to-person) have been disinfected and the City Council passed new legislation aimed at preventing future outbreaks. As Council Member Corey Johnson, chair of the Council health committee, and others have said, Legionnaires' isn't going to completely go away, and there are many cases each year, but important steps can be taken to prevent major outbreaks.</p> <p>There is a town hall meeting on Legionnaires' scheduled for Monday in the Bronx, see below for details.</p> <p>It's looking like a quiet August week as of now - only a few events on our radar for you to be aware of - though others will surely pop up as the week begins - read our initial day-by-day rundown below.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>***Do you have events or topics for us to include in an upcoming Week Ahead in New York Politics?</em><br /><em>E-mail Gotham Gazette editor Ben Max:&nbsp;<a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com">bmax@gothamgazette.com</a>***</em></p> <p><strong>The run of the week in detail:</strong></p> <p><strong>Monday<br /></strong>On Monday,&nbsp;"Governor Cuomo's administration hosts a summit on emergency planning attended by hundreds of disaster management officials and local leaders from across New York State." At 10 a.m., "Senior administration officials kick off the summit with a presentation on emergency preparedness and make an announcement – Empire State Plaza Convention Center," and at 1:15 p.m., "Tour of the New York State Office of Emergency Management's Emergency Operations Center and various State emergency response assets – Building 22, Harriman State Office Campus."</p> <p>At 2 p.m. in Glendale,&nbsp;City Council Members Rory Lancman and Elizabeth Crowley, the Anti-Defamation League, Queens Jewish Community Council, Family members of Leo Frank, Public Advocate Letitia James, Queens Borough President Melinda Katz, Assembly Member David Weprin, and others will mark "the 100th anniversay of the lynching of Leo Frank" with "a memorial to commemorate this tragic event in Jewish-American history. Following his wrongful conviction for murder in a trial marked by antisemitism, Frank was kidnapped from prison, brutally beaten and hanged in 1915 in Marietta, Georgia. He is buried at the Maple Grove Cemetery in Glendale, where the ADL dedicated a monument to him in 2003."</p> <p>At 6 p.m. community leaders in the Bronx will <a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/804345819679824/" target="_blank">host</a> a town hall on Legionnaires' Disease at Hostos Community College. Sponsors include Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, Public Advocate Letitia James, NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer, the NYC Health Department and NYC Emergency Management, and the Mayor's Community Affairs Unit.</p> <p><strong>Tuesday<br /></strong>There is a rally <a href="https://twitter.com/avitale/status/633237000422690816" target="_blank">planned</a> for 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at City Hall to protest how homeless New Yorkers are being portrayed and treated by the New York Post, police unions, and others. [Read: <a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/opinion/5848-homeless-solutions-instead-of-homeless-shaming" target="_blank">Homeless Solutions Not Homeless Shaming</a>]</p> <p>At 6 p.m. Tuesday NYC Department of Citywide Administrative Services <a href="https://cmlauriecumbo.wordpress.com/2015/08/13/upcoming-august-events-2/" target="_blank">presents</a> a NYC Civil Service 101 session, on "everything you need to know about applying and becoming a civil servant." Sponsors include Council Member Laurie Cumbo, Congresswoman Yvette Clarke, Congressman Hakeem Jeffries, Senator Jesse Hamilton,Senator Velmanette Montgomery, Assemblyman Walter Mosley and Assemblywoman Diana Richardson.</p> <p><strong>Wednesday<br /></strong>At 6 p.m. Wednesday NYC Department of Citywide Administrative Services <a href="https://cmlauriecumbo.wordpress.com/2015/08/13/upcoming-august-events-2/" target="_blank">presents</a> a NYC Civil Service 101 session, on "everything you need to know about applying and becoming a civil servant." Sponsors include Council Member Laurie Cumbo, Congresswoman Yvette Clarke, Congressman Hakeem Jeffries, Senator Jesse Hamilton,Senator Velmanette Montgomery, Assemblyman Walter Mosley and Assemblywoman Diana Richardson.</p> <p>Also at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Letitia James is <a href="https://twitter.com/tishjames/status/631653851406430208" target="_blank">hosting</a> a public safety town hall meeting in Brooklyn, with NYPD Chief of Patrol Carlos Gomez and Brooklyn North Borough Commander, Jefferey Maddrey.</p> <p><strong>Thursday<br /></strong>At 8:30 a.m. Thursday the Manhattan Borough Board, led by Borough President Brewer, will <a href="http://manhattanbp.nyc.gov/downloads/pdf/2015MeetingsCalendarFINAL.pdf" target="_blank">hold</a> its August meeting.</p> <p>At 10 a.m. Educators 4 Excellence <a href="http://educators4excellence.zissousecure.com/events#top" target="_blank">will kick off</a> the school year with its 2015 Member Summit and host new State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia as a guest speaker. There will be sessions on leadership, advocacy and finish the day with a school culture policy paper on climate change.</p> <p>At 7 p.m. Thursday, the New York Young Republican Club is <a href="http://www.meetup.com/NYYRCInc/events/219609060/" target="_blank">hosting</a> its monthly meeting. Former Mayor of Walden, Brian Maher, will be the speaker. Elected at 23 years old, Mr. Maher was the youngest mayor in New York State.</p> <p>City and State's fifth annual "On Energy" forum <a href="http://events.cityandstateny.com/" target="_blank">is scheduled</a> for Thursday.</p> <p><strong>Friday and the weekend<br /></strong>Looking quiet right now, but we'll be keeping an eye out for end of week events, and you should too!</p> <p>***<br />Have events or topics for us to include in an upcoming Week Ahead in New York Politics? E-mail Gotham Gazette executive editor Ben Max any time:&nbsp;<a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></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>&nbsp;(please use "For Week Ahead" as email subject).</p> <p>***<br />by Erika Wang and Ben Max<br /><a href="https://twitter.com/GothamGazette" target="_blank">@GothamGazette</a></p> The Week That Was in New York Politics, August 10-14 2015-08-14T18:42:42+00:00 2015-08-14T18:42:42+00:00 http://www.gothamgazette.com/?id=5850:the-week-that-was-in-new-york-politics-august-10-14 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" height="409" width="600" /></p> <p><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><a href="http://blog.mcny.org/2012/04/24/a-ride-on-the-subway-in-1946-with-stanley-kubrick/" target="_blank">photo</a>: Stanley Kubrick via Museum of the City of New York</span></p> <hr /> <p>Gotham Gazette's Week in Review, Friday August 14</p> <p><strong>PHOTO OF THE WEEK: </strong>a Brooklyn street was officially renamed "Do The Right Thing Way," after the iconic Spike Lee movie, <a href="https://twitter.com/JumaaneWilliams/status/630764771680329728" target="_blank">via Council Member Jumaane Williams</a></p> <p>&nbsp;<img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2014/03/do_the_right_thing_way_jumaanewilliams.jpg" alt="do the right thing way jumaanewilliams" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" height="300" width="400" /></p> <p>&nbsp;<strong>TOP FIVE STORIES OF THE WEEK:</strong></p> <p><strong>1. Staten Island Standoff:</strong> There was a dramatic scene on Staten Island <a href="http://www.silive.com/northshore/index.ssf/2015/08/live_coverage_suspect_barricad.html" target="_blank">Friday</a> as an individual with a long criminal record set fire to his home and began shooting at firefighters who responded, injuring one. Along standoff ensued, resulting in the apparent suicide of the suspect.</p> <p><strong>2. State Test Scores:</strong> 20% of 3-8 grade students <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/13/nyregion/new-york-state-students-standardized-tests.html?_r=0" target="_blank">opted out</a> of taking New York State standardized test this year. Districts that fall below 95% participation could face sanctions from state and federal education departments. Opt-out in NYC was just 2%, though, and city students <a href="http://ny.chalkbeat.org/2015/08/13/test-scores-underscore-the-challenge-ahead-for-citys-school-turnaround-program/#.Vc3yHzBViko" target="_blank">posted small gains</a> on the annual exams, which were in their third year being much tougher and Common Core-aligned.</p> <p><strong>3. Legionnaires' Update:</strong> On Thursday, the City Council <a href="http://www.wsj.com/articles/city-council-unanimously-passes-bill-to-stop-spread-of-legionnaires-1439497238" target="_blank">passed a bill</a> that requires buildings with cooling towers to conduct quarterly inspections, in an effort to prevent future outbreaks of Legionnaires' disease. Mayor de Blasio has promised to sign the bill into law. The current outbreak is the largest in New York's history with more than 100 cases in the South Bronx, leading to 12 deaths. The outbreak appears to have abated, though, with no new cases diagnosed to have occurred since August 3.</p> <p><strong>4. Nail Salon Wage Bonds:</strong> Governor Cuomo <a href="https://www.governor.ny.gov/news/governor-cuomo-announces-wage-bond-requirements-nail-salon-owners-and-availability-new-nail" target="_blank">announced</a> that nail salon owners are required to secure a wage bond by October 6, 2015 or incur fines and penalties, which could include closing down the business. The wage bond requirement is part of the reforms Cuomo recently moved related to worker exploitation.</p> <p><strong>5. New Laws Signed - ADA, Uber, More:</strong>&nbsp;Monday, Mayor de Blasio <a href="http://www1.nyc.gov/office-of-the-mayor/news/556-15/transcript-mayor-de-blasio-holds-public-hearing-signs-intros-849-235-558-a-89-a-830-a-" target="_blank">signed</a> a few new bills into law. One bill will show which parks are and are not in full compliance with ADA standards. One much-anticipated "Uber bill" was also signed, it requires the Taxi and Limousine Commission to study and present the impact of the growth in the taxi and for-hire vehicle industries.</p> <p><strong>THIS WEEK'S NUMBERS:</strong></p> <ul> <li><strong>13</strong> new members were <a href="http://www1.nyc.gov/office-of-the-mayor/news/559-15/mayor-de-blasio-appoints-new-members-mayor-s-committee-city-marshals" target="_blank">appointed</a> to the Mayor's Committee on City Marshals. The committee "establishes qualifying criteria for marshal candidates, identifies and recruits candidates, and recommends qualified individuals for appointment by the Mayor."</li> </ul> <ul> <li><strong>74%</strong> of trains on weekdays and 81% of trains on weekends reach the end of their line within five minutes of their scheduled time in 2014, <a href="http://www.wsj.com/articles/subway-delays-are-up-audit-finds-1439431380?mod=rss_newyork_main" target="_blank">according to</a> a new audit, which also shows a lot of delays.</li> </ul> <ul> <li><strong>7</strong> LaGuardia airport taxi dispatchers <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/13/nyregion/7-la-guardia-cab-dispatchers-accused-of-taking-bribes-from-drivers.html?ref=nyregion" target="_blank">have been</a> arrested and accused of bribery for letting cab drivers pay to skip the line.</li> </ul> <p><strong>THE GLORY AND THE GOAT:</strong></p> <ul> <li><strong>It was a good week for</strong> James Ferrara who <a href="http://nypost.com/2015/08/11/mta-appoints-new-acting-president-of-nyc-transit/" target="_blank">will serve</a> as acting President of New York City Transit.</li> </ul> <ul> <li><strong>It was a bad week for</strong>&nbsp;former New York City schools chancellor Joel Klein: Amplify, the News Corp subsidiary he has been running <a href="http://www.wsj.com/articles/news-corp-posts-loss-on-education-writedown-1439414297" target="_blank">is being shut down</a>&nbsp;and sold off amid significant financial losses.</li> </ul> <p><strong>THE FLASH:</strong></p> <ul> <li>Around this time last year, August 13, 2014, Mayor de Blasio and Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito <a href="http://www1.nyc.gov/office-of-the-mayor/news/401-14/de-blasio-administration-city-council-expand-citywide-initiative-reduce-gun-violence-launch/#/0" target="_blank">announced </a>plans to reduce gun violence, with an initiative called "Gun Violence Crisis Management System." The initiative is based identifying and engaging individuals more likely to be involved in gun violence and intervening.</li> </ul> <ul> <li>Twelve years ago, on August 15, 2003, <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2003/08/15/nyregion/blackout-2003-overview-power-surge-blacks-northeast-hitting-cities-8-states.html" target="_blank">was the largest blackout in history</a>. At least eight states from the Northeast to the Midwest lost electricity and New York City was largely in the dark.</li> </ul> <p><strong>GOTHAM GAZETTE HIGHLIGHTS OF THE WEEK:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/government/5849-does-staten-island-get-its-fair-share" target="_blank">Is Staten Island Getting Its Fair Share?</a> by John Surico</li> <li><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/government/5847-what-is-flanagan-looking-for-from-de-blasio-on-mayoral-control" target="_blank">What is Flanagan Looking for From De Blasio on Mayoral Control</a>, by David Howard King</li> <li><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/government/5845-progress-elusive-as-bronx-da-cruises-toward-reelection" target="_blank">Progress Elusive as Bronx DA Cruises Toward Reelection</a>, by Catie Edmondson</li> </ul> <p><strong>MORE FOR THE WEEKEND:</strong></p> <ul> <li>This American Life, an NPR program, features <a href="http://www.thisamericanlife.org/radio-archives/episode/562/the-problem-we-all-live-with" target="_blank">a story on school segregation</a>.</li> <li>The New York Times Magazine <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/16/magazine/the-bail-trap.html?_r=0" target="_blank">examines the broken bail system</a>.</li> </ul> <p><em>***<br />NOTE TO READERS: we hope you enjoy this new Gotham Gazette weekly feature - please share it if you do; on Twitter, use our handle&nbsp;<a href="https://twitter.com/GothamGazette" target="_blank">@GothamGazette</a>.</em></p> <p><em>If you have feedback on this feature for us, you can email editor Ben Max:&nbsp;<a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com">bmax@gothamgazette.com</a></em></p> <p><em>Watch Sunday evening for our latest Week Ahead in New York Politics, which gives you a preview of key issues and events to be aware of for the week about to start. In the meantime, catch up on&nbsp;<a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/government" target="_blank">the latest original reporting from Gotham Gazette here</a>. And have a great weekend!</em></p> <p><em>***</em><br />by Erika Wang and Ben Max</p> <p><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2014/03/week_in_review_bus_readers.jpg" alt="week in review bus readers" height="409" width="600" /></p> <p><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><a href="http://blog.mcny.org/2012/04/24/a-ride-on-the-subway-in-1946-with-stanley-kubrick/" target="_blank">photo</a>: Stanley Kubrick via Museum of the City of New York</span></p> <hr /> <p>Gotham Gazette's Week in Review, Friday August 14</p> <p><strong>PHOTO OF THE WEEK: </strong>a Brooklyn street was officially renamed "Do The Right Thing Way," after the iconic Spike Lee movie, <a href="https://twitter.com/JumaaneWilliams/status/630764771680329728" target="_blank">via Council Member Jumaane Williams</a></p> <p>&nbsp;<img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2014/03/do_the_right_thing_way_jumaanewilliams.jpg" alt="do the right thing way jumaanewilliams" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" height="300" width="400" /></p> <p>&nbsp;<strong>TOP FIVE STORIES OF THE WEEK:</strong></p> <p><strong>1. Staten Island Standoff:</strong> There was a dramatic scene on Staten Island <a href="http://www.silive.com/northshore/index.ssf/2015/08/live_coverage_suspect_barricad.html" target="_blank">Friday</a> as an individual with a long criminal record set fire to his home and began shooting at firefighters who responded, injuring one. Along standoff ensued, resulting in the apparent suicide of the suspect.</p> <p><strong>2. State Test Scores:</strong> 20% of 3-8 grade students <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/13/nyregion/new-york-state-students-standardized-tests.html?_r=0" target="_blank">opted out</a> of taking New York State standardized test this year. Districts that fall below 95% participation could face sanctions from state and federal education departments. Opt-out in NYC was just 2%, though, and city students <a href="http://ny.chalkbeat.org/2015/08/13/test-scores-underscore-the-challenge-ahead-for-citys-school-turnaround-program/#.Vc3yHzBViko" target="_blank">posted small gains</a> on the annual exams, which were in their third year being much tougher and Common Core-aligned.</p> <p><strong>3. Legionnaires' Update:</strong> On Thursday, the City Council <a href="http://www.wsj.com/articles/city-council-unanimously-passes-bill-to-stop-spread-of-legionnaires-1439497238" target="_blank">passed a bill</a> that requires buildings with cooling towers to conduct quarterly inspections, in an effort to prevent future outbreaks of Legionnaires' disease. Mayor de Blasio has promised to sign the bill into law. The current outbreak is the largest in New York's history with more than 100 cases in the South Bronx, leading to 12 deaths. The outbreak appears to have abated, though, with no new cases diagnosed to have occurred since August 3.</p> <p><strong>4. Nail Salon Wage Bonds:</strong> Governor Cuomo <a href="https://www.governor.ny.gov/news/governor-cuomo-announces-wage-bond-requirements-nail-salon-owners-and-availability-new-nail" target="_blank">announced</a> that nail salon owners are required to secure a wage bond by October 6, 2015 or incur fines and penalties, which could include closing down the business. The wage bond requirement is part of the reforms Cuomo recently moved related to worker exploitation.</p> <p><strong>5. New Laws Signed - ADA, Uber, More:</strong>&nbsp;Monday, Mayor de Blasio <a href="http://www1.nyc.gov/office-of-the-mayor/news/556-15/transcript-mayor-de-blasio-holds-public-hearing-signs-intros-849-235-558-a-89-a-830-a-" target="_blank">signed</a> a few new bills into law. One bill will show which parks are and are not in full compliance with ADA standards. One much-anticipated "Uber bill" was also signed, it requires the Taxi and Limousine Commission to study and present the impact of the growth in the taxi and for-hire vehicle industries.</p> <p><strong>THIS WEEK'S NUMBERS:</strong></p> <ul> <li><strong>13</strong> new members were <a href="http://www1.nyc.gov/office-of-the-mayor/news/559-15/mayor-de-blasio-appoints-new-members-mayor-s-committee-city-marshals" target="_blank">appointed</a> to the Mayor's Committee on City Marshals. The committee "establishes qualifying criteria for marshal candidates, identifies and recruits candidates, and recommends qualified individuals for appointment by the Mayor."</li> </ul> <ul> <li><strong>74%</strong> of trains on weekdays and 81% of trains on weekends reach the end of their line within five minutes of their scheduled time in 2014, <a href="http://www.wsj.com/articles/subway-delays-are-up-audit-finds-1439431380?mod=rss_newyork_main" target="_blank">according to</a> a new audit, which also shows a lot of delays.</li> </ul> <ul> <li><strong>7</strong> LaGuardia airport taxi dispatchers <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/13/nyregion/7-la-guardia-cab-dispatchers-accused-of-taking-bribes-from-drivers.html?ref=nyregion" target="_blank">have been</a> arrested and accused of bribery for letting cab drivers pay to skip the line.</li> </ul> <p><strong>THE GLORY AND THE GOAT:</strong></p> <ul> <li><strong>It was a good week for</strong> James Ferrara who <a href="http://nypost.com/2015/08/11/mta-appoints-new-acting-president-of-nyc-transit/" target="_blank">will serve</a> as acting President of New York City Transit.</li> </ul> <ul> <li><strong>It was a bad week for</strong>&nbsp;former New York City schools chancellor Joel Klein: Amplify, the News Corp subsidiary he has been running <a href="http://www.wsj.com/articles/news-corp-posts-loss-on-education-writedown-1439414297" target="_blank">is being shut down</a>&nbsp;and sold off amid significant financial losses.</li> </ul> <p><strong>THE FLASH:</strong></p> <ul> <li>Around this time last year, August 13, 2014, Mayor de Blasio and Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito <a href="http://www1.nyc.gov/office-of-the-mayor/news/401-14/de-blasio-administration-city-council-expand-citywide-initiative-reduce-gun-violence-launch/#/0" target="_blank">announced </a>plans to reduce gun violence, with an initiative called "Gun Violence Crisis Management System." The initiative is based identifying and engaging individuals more likely to be involved in gun violence and intervening.</li> </ul> <ul> <li>Twelve years ago, on August 15, 2003, <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2003/08/15/nyregion/blackout-2003-overview-power-surge-blacks-northeast-hitting-cities-8-states.html" target="_blank">was the largest blackout in history</a>. At least eight states from the Northeast to the Midwest lost electricity and New York City was largely in the dark.</li> </ul> <p><strong>GOTHAM GAZETTE HIGHLIGHTS OF THE WEEK:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/government/5849-does-staten-island-get-its-fair-share" target="_blank">Is Staten Island Getting Its Fair Share?</a> by John Surico</li> <li><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/government/5847-what-is-flanagan-looking-for-from-de-blasio-on-mayoral-control" target="_blank">What is Flanagan Looking for From De Blasio on Mayoral Control</a>, by David Howard King</li> <li><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/government/5845-progress-elusive-as-bronx-da-cruises-toward-reelection" target="_blank">Progress Elusive as Bronx DA Cruises Toward Reelection</a>, by Catie Edmondson</li> </ul> <p><strong>MORE FOR THE WEEKEND:</strong></p> <ul> <li>This American Life, an NPR program, features <a href="http://www.thisamericanlife.org/radio-archives/episode/562/the-problem-we-all-live-with" target="_blank">a story on school segregation</a>.</li> <li>The New York Times Magazine <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/16/magazine/the-bail-trap.html?_r=0" target="_blank">examines the broken bail system</a>.</li> </ul> <p><em>***<br />NOTE TO READERS: we hope you enjoy this new Gotham Gazette weekly feature - please share it if you do; on Twitter, use our handle&nbsp;<a href="https://twitter.com/GothamGazette" target="_blank">@GothamGazette</a>.</em></p> <p><em>If you have feedback on this feature for us, you can email editor Ben Max:&nbsp;<a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com">bmax@gothamgazette.com</a></em></p> <p><em>Watch Sunday evening for our latest Week Ahead in New York Politics, which gives you a preview of key issues and events to be aware of for the week about to start. In the meantime, catch up on&nbsp;<a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/government" target="_blank">the latest original reporting from Gotham Gazette here</a>. And have a great weekend!</em></p> <p><em>***</em><br />by Erika Wang and Ben Max</p> The Week Ahead in New York Politics, August 10 2015-08-09T05:00:00+00:00 2015-08-09T05:00:00+00:00 http://www.gothamgazette.com/?id=5843:the-week-ahead-in-new-york-politics-august-10 Super User <p><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2014/03/640px-New_York_City_Hall.jpg" alt="New York City Hall" height="450" width="600" /></p> <p><span style="font-size: 10pt;">New York City Hall</span></p> <hr /> <p><strong>What to watch for this week in New York politics:</strong></p> <p><strong>LEGIONNAIRES' FALLOUT:</strong> Monday morning at City Hall, Mayor Bill de Blasio will hold a bill-signing ceremony, beginning at 10 a.m. (full details below), and then, around noon, "the Mayor, Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and elected officials will host a press conference to introduce new legislation to reduce future risk of Legionnaires' disease, and provide an update on the containment of the outbreak," according to the mayor's public schedule.</p> <p>The Legionnaires' outbreak - the worst one the city has seen in many years - seems to be abating, with no new cases diagnosed since August 3 (just over 100 people have been treated for the disease in this outbreak) and no deaths reported over the past few days (the death toll stands at ten), according to the mayor's office on Sunday evening. There is ongoing investigation, cleaning, and scrutiny over the handling of the outbreak and the response has become another touchpoint in the ongoing drama between de Blasio and Governor Andrew Cuomo. At the end of last week, Cuomo announced he was sending state teams to do inspections and deployed his health commissioner. He refused to say that the city had been doing its job and indicated that it was necessary for the state to step in because the city was not handling the outbreak well. Federal CDC officials gave the city credit for taking all due actions. While de Blasio is introducing legislation this week, Cuomo is <a href="http://www.capitalnewyork.com/article/albany/2015/08/8573766/cuomo-promises-statewide-system-address-legionnaires" target="_blank">promising</a> statewide regulations (Legionnaires' is not just a problem in the Bronx or in New York City).</p> <p><strong>POLLS &amp; POLS:</strong> Meanwhile, on Sunday the mayor and the governor were both marching in the Dominican Day Parade. Before the parade, Cuomo was honored by elected officials and others:&nbsp;"Cuomo was honored at two Dominican Day Breakfasts in New York City before marching in the Dominican Day Parade. The Governor was presented with the Juan Pablo Duarte Award for his commitment to the Dominican community at a breakfast hosted by Senator Adriano Espaillat. The Governor also received an award for his leadership in combatting worker exploitation at a breakfast hosted by Assemblyman Guillermo Linares," according to the governor's office. Virtually all of the city's top Democrats (Cuomo, AG Schneiderman, Public Advocate Tish James, Comptroller Scott Stringer, etc.) were at Espaillat's event other than the mayor.</p> <p><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/government/5842-the-week-that-was-in-new-york-politics-august-3-7" target="_blank">Last week was a busy, and tough, one for de Blasio</a>, including announcements on action to combat violence committed by people with severe mental illness and that his Legionnaires' Disease legislation would be coming, as well as that a new FDNY labor deal had been struck, and more. There were also new poll numbers&nbsp;<a href="http://www.quinnipiac.edu/news-and-events/quinnipiac-university-poll/new-york-city/release-detail?ReleaseID=2266" target="_blank">released</a> by Quinnipiac, including on public approval of de Blasio and Cuomo, among others, with some tough numbers for the mayor. More issue-related results from the latest Quinnipiac Poll are due out Monday morning.</p> <p><strong>SPECIAL ELECTIONS:</strong> We're just a few weeks away from the special election in City Council District 23, where the September Democratic primary to replace Mark Weprin, who resigned to work for Gov. Cuomo, will all but determine the next rep for the Queens district. It's a crowded primary field and, along with the other races on the ballots of New York City voters, will kick off a packed series of voting opportunities over the next 14 months, culminating with the November 2016 presidential election. Read <a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/government/5831-many-voting-opportunities-for-new-yorkers-in-2015-and-2016" target="_blank">our full rundown here</a>.</p> <p><strong>SPEAKING OF THE CITY COUNCIL:</strong> The New York City Council is back in action this week, with several committee hearings and the lone full-body Stated Meeting of August (on Thursday). The Council will likely be passing through new legislation aimed at preventing Legionnaires' Disease outbreaks, like the one currently occurring in the Bronx, and other legislation. [Read <a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/government/5841-no-fly-zone-council-members-push-helicopter-drone-regulations" target="_blank">our look at City Council legislation on the table to regulate city airspace in terms of helicopter and drone use</a>]</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 6 a.m. Monday on a press conference call, Quinnipiac Polls' Maurice Carroll <a href="https://twitter.com/QuinnipiacPoll/status/629684695098208257" target="_blank">will discuss</a> the latest results, including New Yorkers opinions on Uber, bridge tolls, and Wal-mart, among other things. Keep an eye out for those poll numbers and related stories, along with more analysis of the results released last week by Quinnipiac about Mayor de Blasio and other city officials and issues.</p> <p>At 9:30 Monday morning, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer will speak&nbsp;at Black Girls Code summer camp kickoff, at Pace University. At about 11:30, Brewer will attend High School for Media and Communications mural unveiling celebration, at the George Washington Educational Campus.</p> <p>At 10 a.m. at City Hall, Mayor de Blasio&nbsp;"will hold public hearings for and sign Intros. 849 and 235, in relation to the naming of 51 thoroughfares and public places and renaming of Court Square in Queens, amending the official map of New York; Intro. 558-A, in relation to an annual report on compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act standards for accessible design; Intros. 89-A and 830-A, in relation to the City's Adult Protective Services program; Intro. 847-A, in relation to a study on the impact of growth in the taxicab and for-hire vehicle industries; and Intro 425-A, in relation to communications resiliency...Immediately following the public hearing, the Mayor, Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and elected officials will host a press conference to introduce new legislation to reduce future risk of Legionnaires' disease, and provide an update on the containment of the outbreak."</p> <p>Also at 10 a.m. Monday, Public Advocate Letitia James&nbsp;will attend the funeral for Magnus Mukoro at Emmanuel Baptist Church in Brooklyn. At about 12:15 p.m. Monday, James will speak at a "Human Trafficking Roundtable" at Queens Borough Hall.</p> <p>And at 10 a.m. the Department of Consumer Affairs <a href="http://www1.nyc.gov/site/dca/media/events.page" target="_blank">is hosting</a> a public hearing and "opportunity to comment on proposed sidewalk cafe insurance rule."</p> <p>At 10:30 a.m. Monday, Comptroller Stringer&nbsp;will distribute the first copies of the Haitian Creole Edition of the Immigrant Rights and Services Manual, at Flatbush Caton Market in Brooklyn.</p> <p>At 1 p.m. Monday,&nbsp;"Governor Andrew Cuomo, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, Congressman Hakeem Jeffries and members of the Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic and Asian Legislative Caucus hold criminal justice roundtable discussion of Executive Order 147 and other community issues," according to Cuomo's public schedule. It is a closed press event, but "a media Q&amp;A will be held following this briefing, at approximately 1:45 p.m."</p> <p>At about 5:15 p.m., Cuomo and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand will be honored by the Eleanor Roosevelt Legacy Committee "for their work to combat sexual assault and rape on college campuses," at the Grand Hyatt, Manhattan.</p> <p>At 5:30 p.m. the Department of Education <a href="http://www.learndoe.org/pep/" target="_blank">is hosting</a> a public meeting of the contracts committee of the Panel for Educational Policy.</p> <p><strong>Tuesday<br /></strong>At the City Council on Tuesday:</p> <ul> <li>The Subcommittee on Zoning and Franchises will hold a hearing on several land use items. Please see&nbsp;<a href="http://legistar.council.nyc.gov/MeetingDetail.aspx?ID=415876&amp;GUID=3250043A-445B-48E0-A522-7D1D4E45AA73&amp;Options=info&amp;Search=" target="_blank">agenda</a>&nbsp;for details.</li> <li><span color="#000000">The Committee on Housing Buildings will hold a hearing on Introduction&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/tel:145-2014" target="_blank">145-2014</a><span color="#000000">,&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;<span color="#000000">in relation to the installation of fire sprinklers in certain establishments that provide services for animals, &nbsp;Introduction</span><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/tel:700-2015" target="_blank">700-2015</a><span color="#000000">,&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;<span color="#000000">in relation to required disclosures by persons making buyout offers, Introduction&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/tel:757-2015" target="_blank">757-2015</a><span color="#000000">,&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;<span color="#000000">in relation to amending the definition of harassment to include certain buyout offers, and T2015-3428,&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;in relation to regulation of cooling towers.</li> <li>The Subcommittee on Landmarks, Public Siting, and Maritime Uses will hold a hearing on several land use items. Please see&nbsp;<a href="http://legistar.council.nyc.gov/MeetingDetail.aspx?ID=415877&amp;GUID=6DF29DE7-DF5C-4892-91A2-7D4EFA8014D7&amp;Options=info&amp;Search=" target="_blank">agenda</a>&nbsp;for details.</li> <li>The Committee on Consumer Affairs will hold a hearing on Introduction&nbsp;<a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/tel:287-2014" target="_blank">287-2014</a>,&nbsp;in relation to price displays on all signs posted by gas stations other than signs on dispensing devices, Introduction&nbsp;<a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/tel:586-2014" target="_blank">586-2014</a>,&nbsp;&nbsp;in relation to signs, posters or placards that advertise gas prices, and Introduction&nbsp;<a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/tel:682-2015" target="_blank">682-2015</a>, in relation to conduct in connection with offers to induce a person to vacate a dwelling unit.</li> <li>The Subcommittee on Planning, Dispositions, and Concessions will hold a hearing on several land use items. Please see&nbsp;<a href="http://legistar.council.nyc.gov/MeetingDetail.aspx?ID=415882&amp;GUID=5A32711A-A7A6-4C57-8E0E-F431D7B0F32E&amp;Options=info&amp;Search=" target="_blank">agenda</a>&nbsp;for details.</li> </ul> <p>At 3 p.m. there <a href="https://www.eventbrite.com/e/grow-your-small-business-with-tech-tickets-17981835153" target="_blank">will be</a> a "Grow Your Small Business With Tech" workshop with speeches from Comptroller Scott Stringer and Maya Wiley, counsel to the Mayor.</p> <p>The New York City Campaign Finance Board is <a href="http://www.nyccfb.info/about/calendar/ec2017-compliance-only-1" target="_blank">offering</a> a Compliance only training session for the 2017 election cycle at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday. "Compliance trainings cover campaign finance laws and CFB rules. C-SMART trainings provide an overview of the CFB's web-based application, which campaigns must use to manage and disclose financial activity. The candidate, treasurer, campaign manager and any individual with significant managerial control over the campaign is legally required to attend both a Compliance and a C-SMART training."</p> <p>On Tuesday evening in Manhattan,&nbsp;350 NYC, the local affiliate of 350.org, an environmental group, is <a href="http://350nyc.org/" target="_blank">holding </a>a forum on climate change and fossil fuels: "We will explore various financial strategies for how we can keep fossil fuels in the ground to prevent catastrophic climate change. Should institutions divest from fossil fuel companies? Or, should they remain invested in these companies to influence their policies as shareholder activists?" Confirmed speakers include City Council Member Helen Rosenthal; State Senator Liz Krueger, and Scott Zdrazil, Director of Strategy and Corporate Engagement, Office of New York City Comptroller Scott M. Stringer. Many co-sponsors of the event include Indian Point Safe Energy Coalition; Sierra Club, NYC Group; and Greater NYC for Change.</p> <p>On Tuesday evening in the Bronx, there will be another town hall on the Legionnaires' Disease outbreak, led by Public Advocate Letitia James and many Bronx elected officials like Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr., Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, and Assembly Member Michael Blake.</p> <p><strong>Wednesday<br /></strong>At 9:30 a.m. the Department of Consumer Affairs is <a href="http://www1.nyc.gov/site/dca/media/events.page" target="_blank">hosting</a> an open house training series on NYC paid sick leave.</p> <p>At 10 a.m. the New York City Department of Probation, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams and New York City's Young Men's Initiative are <a href="http://www.eventbrite.com/e/nycdop-presents-beaboutit-brooklyn-youth-anti-violence-summit-tickets-17888883131" target="_blank">sponsoring</a> the 2015 Brooklyn Youth Anti-Violence Summit.</p> <p>At 11 a.m. the City Council Committee on Land Use is <a href="http://legistar.council.nyc.gov/MeetingDetail.aspx?ID=415875&amp;GUID=D89E880A-B27F-4DCC-9DF0-CE901B8B07AF&amp;Options=info&amp;Search=" target="_blank">meeting</a>.</p> <p>At 6 p.m. the New York League of Conservation Voters Young Professionals will be holding a happy hour event. City Council Member and Chair of Environmental Protection Committee Costa Constantinides will be a guest speaker.</p> <p>The New York City Panel for Educational Policy will <a href="http://www.learndoe.org/pep/upcoming-pep-aug-12/" target="_blank">meet</a> Wednesday evening at 6 p.m. in Manhattan.</p> <p>At 6:30 p.m. the New York City Civilian Complaint Review Board will <a href="http://www.nyc.gov/html/ccrb/html/about/meetings.shtml" target="_blank">host</a> a public board meeting.</p> <p>At 7 p.m. BetaNYC will <a href="http://www.meetup.com/betanyc/events/223205836/" target="_blank">host</a> its weekly hacknight, this time at Civic Hall and in partnership with Code for America Brigade program, Microsoft Civic and Accela.</p> <p>The New York City Campaign Finance Board is <a href="http://www.nyccfb.info/about/calendar/ec2017-c-smart-only-1" target="_blank">offering</a> a C-SMART only training session for the 2017 election cycle at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday. "Compliance trainings cover campaign finance laws and CFB rules. C-SMART trainings provide an overview of the CFB's web-based application, which campaigns must use to manage and disclose financial activity. The candidate, treasurer, campaign manager and any individual with significant managerial control over the campaign is legally required to attend both a Compliance and a C-SMART training."</p> <p><strong>Thursday<br /></strong>At 9 a.m. there <a href="https://act.myngp.com/Forms/-738729517776894208" target="_blank">will be</a> a "Capital Region Campaign School 2015" hosted by Emily's List and NYSUT, the teachers union, and open to "progressive women candidates, future candidates and campaign staff."</p> <p>The next public meeting of the New York City Campaign Finance Board will be held on Thursday at 10 a.m. The meeting will be located at 100 Church Street, 12th Floor, in the CFB's Board Room in Lower Manhattan.</p> <p><a href="http://legistar.council.nyc.gov/MeetingDetail.aspx?ID=419107&amp;GUID=ECEC2B32-7C0F-46E7-8C45-13B7AA69407F&amp;Options=info&amp;Search=" target="_blank">At 10 a.m.</a> the City Council Committee on Finance is "approving the new designation and changes in designation of certain organizations to receive funding in the Expense Budget."</p> <p>At 1:30 p.m. City Council is <a href="http://legistar.council.nyc.gov/MeetingDetail.aspx?ID=409369&amp;GUID=9A98AA58-C1C0-421B-BE3B-C282CAC4F956&amp;Options=info&amp;Search=" target="_blank">holding</a> its lone August full-body Stated Meeting.</p> <p>At 2 p.m. the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism and American Society of News Editors are <a href="https://www.eventbrite.com/e/pedestrian-safety-in-nyc-and-the-medias-role-a-community-conversation-tickets-17869666654" target="_blank">hosting</a> a "community dialogue on pedestrian safety and traffic policy in New York City and the media's role in covering the issue."</p> <p><strong>Friday and the weekend<br /></strong>We're keeping an eye out for weekend events as the week begins.</p> <p>***<br />Have events or topics for us to include in an upcoming Week Ahead in New York Politics? 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That will not be happening.</p> <p><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2014/03/640px-New_York_City_Hall.jpg" alt="New York City Hall" height="450" width="600" /></p> <p><span style="font-size: 10pt;">New York City Hall</span></p> <hr /> <p><strong>What to watch for this week in New York politics:</strong></p> <p><strong>LEGIONNAIRES' FALLOUT:</strong> Monday morning at City Hall, Mayor Bill de Blasio will hold a bill-signing ceremony, beginning at 10 a.m. (full details below), and then, around noon, "the Mayor, Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and elected officials will host a press conference to introduce new legislation to reduce future risk of Legionnaires' disease, and provide an update on the containment of the outbreak," according to the mayor's public schedule.</p> <p>The Legionnaires' outbreak - the worst one the city has seen in many years - seems to be abating, with no new cases diagnosed since August 3 (just over 100 people have been treated for the disease in this outbreak) and no deaths reported over the past few days (the death toll stands at ten), according to the mayor's office on Sunday evening. There is ongoing investigation, cleaning, and scrutiny over the handling of the outbreak and the response has become another touchpoint in the ongoing drama between de Blasio and Governor Andrew Cuomo. At the end of last week, Cuomo announced he was sending state teams to do inspections and deployed his health commissioner. He refused to say that the city had been doing its job and indicated that it was necessary for the state to step in because the city was not handling the outbreak well. Federal CDC officials gave the city credit for taking all due actions. While de Blasio is introducing legislation this week, Cuomo is <a href="http://www.capitalnewyork.com/article/albany/2015/08/8573766/cuomo-promises-statewide-system-address-legionnaires" target="_blank">promising</a> statewide regulations (Legionnaires' is not just a problem in the Bronx or in New York City).</p> <p><strong>POLLS &amp; POLS:</strong> Meanwhile, on Sunday the mayor and the governor were both marching in the Dominican Day Parade. Before the parade, Cuomo was honored by elected officials and others:&nbsp;"Cuomo was honored at two Dominican Day Breakfasts in New York City before marching in the Dominican Day Parade. The Governor was presented with the Juan Pablo Duarte Award for his commitment to the Dominican community at a breakfast hosted by Senator Adriano Espaillat. The Governor also received an award for his leadership in combatting worker exploitation at a breakfast hosted by Assemblyman Guillermo Linares," according to the governor's office. Virtually all of the city's top Democrats (Cuomo, AG Schneiderman, Public Advocate Tish James, Comptroller Scott Stringer, etc.) were at Espaillat's event other than the mayor.</p> <p><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/government/5842-the-week-that-was-in-new-york-politics-august-3-7" target="_blank">Last week was a busy, and tough, one for de Blasio</a>, including announcements on action to combat violence committed by people with severe mental illness and that his Legionnaires' Disease legislation would be coming, as well as that a new FDNY labor deal had been struck, and more. There were also new poll numbers&nbsp;<a href="http://www.quinnipiac.edu/news-and-events/quinnipiac-university-poll/new-york-city/release-detail?ReleaseID=2266" target="_blank">released</a> by Quinnipiac, including on public approval of de Blasio and Cuomo, among others, with some tough numbers for the mayor. More issue-related results from the latest Quinnipiac Poll are due out Monday morning.</p> <p><strong>SPECIAL ELECTIONS:</strong> We're just a few weeks away from the special election in City Council District 23, where the September Democratic primary to replace Mark Weprin, who resigned to work for Gov. Cuomo, will all but determine the next rep for the Queens district. It's a crowded primary field and, along with the other races on the ballots of New York City voters, will kick off a packed series of voting opportunities over the next 14 months, culminating with the November 2016 presidential election. Read <a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/government/5831-many-voting-opportunities-for-new-yorkers-in-2015-and-2016" target="_blank">our full rundown here</a>.</p> <p><strong>SPEAKING OF THE CITY COUNCIL:</strong> The New York City Council is back in action this week, with several committee hearings and the lone full-body Stated Meeting of August (on Thursday). The Council will likely be passing through new legislation aimed at preventing Legionnaires' Disease outbreaks, like the one currently occurring in the Bronx, and other legislation. [Read <a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/government/5841-no-fly-zone-council-members-push-helicopter-drone-regulations" target="_blank">our look at City Council legislation on the table to regulate city airspace in terms of helicopter and drone use</a>]</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 6 a.m. Monday on a press conference call, Quinnipiac Polls' Maurice Carroll <a href="https://twitter.com/QuinnipiacPoll/status/629684695098208257" target="_blank">will discuss</a> the latest results, including New Yorkers opinions on Uber, bridge tolls, and Wal-mart, among other things. Keep an eye out for those poll numbers and related stories, along with more analysis of the results released last week by Quinnipiac about Mayor de Blasio and other city officials and issues.</p> <p>At 9:30 Monday morning, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer will speak&nbsp;at Black Girls Code summer camp kickoff, at Pace University. At about 11:30, Brewer will attend High School for Media and Communications mural unveiling celebration, at the George Washington Educational Campus.</p> <p>At 10 a.m. at City Hall, Mayor de Blasio&nbsp;"will hold public hearings for and sign Intros. 849 and 235, in relation to the naming of 51 thoroughfares and public places and renaming of Court Square in Queens, amending the official map of New York; Intro. 558-A, in relation to an annual report on compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act standards for accessible design; Intros. 89-A and 830-A, in relation to the City's Adult Protective Services program; Intro. 847-A, in relation to a study on the impact of growth in the taxicab and for-hire vehicle industries; and Intro 425-A, in relation to communications resiliency...Immediately following the public hearing, the Mayor, Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and elected officials will host a press conference to introduce new legislation to reduce future risk of Legionnaires' disease, and provide an update on the containment of the outbreak."</p> <p>Also at 10 a.m. Monday, Public Advocate Letitia James&nbsp;will attend the funeral for Magnus Mukoro at Emmanuel Baptist Church in Brooklyn. At about 12:15 p.m. Monday, James will speak at a "Human Trafficking Roundtable" at Queens Borough Hall.</p> <p>And at 10 a.m. the Department of Consumer Affairs <a href="http://www1.nyc.gov/site/dca/media/events.page" target="_blank">is hosting</a> a public hearing and "opportunity to comment on proposed sidewalk cafe insurance rule."</p> <p>At 10:30 a.m. Monday, Comptroller Stringer&nbsp;will distribute the first copies of the Haitian Creole Edition of the Immigrant Rights and Services Manual, at Flatbush Caton Market in Brooklyn.</p> <p>At 1 p.m. Monday,&nbsp;"Governor Andrew Cuomo, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, Congressman Hakeem Jeffries and members of the Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic and Asian Legislative Caucus hold criminal justice roundtable discussion of Executive Order 147 and other community issues," according to Cuomo's public schedule. It is a closed press event, but "a media Q&amp;A will be held following this briefing, at approximately 1:45 p.m."</p> <p>At about 5:15 p.m., Cuomo and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand will be honored by the Eleanor Roosevelt Legacy Committee "for their work to combat sexual assault and rape on college campuses," at the Grand Hyatt, Manhattan.</p> <p>At 5:30 p.m. the Department of Education <a href="http://www.learndoe.org/pep/" target="_blank">is hosting</a> a public meeting of the contracts committee of the Panel for Educational Policy.</p> <p><strong>Tuesday<br /></strong>At the City Council on Tuesday:</p> <ul> <li>The Subcommittee on Zoning and Franchises will hold a hearing on several land use items. Please see&nbsp;<a href="http://legistar.council.nyc.gov/MeetingDetail.aspx?ID=415876&amp;GUID=3250043A-445B-48E0-A522-7D1D4E45AA73&amp;Options=info&amp;Search=" target="_blank">agenda</a>&nbsp;for details.</li> <li><span color="#000000">The Committee on Housing Buildings will hold a hearing on Introduction&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/tel:145-2014" target="_blank">145-2014</a><span color="#000000">,&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;<span color="#000000">in relation to the installation of fire sprinklers in certain establishments that provide services for animals, &nbsp;Introduction</span><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/tel:700-2015" target="_blank">700-2015</a><span color="#000000">,&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;<span color="#000000">in relation to required disclosures by persons making buyout offers, Introduction&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/tel:757-2015" target="_blank">757-2015</a><span color="#000000">,&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;<span color="#000000">in relation to amending the definition of harassment to include certain buyout offers, and T2015-3428,&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;in relation to regulation of cooling towers.</li> <li>The Subcommittee on Landmarks, Public Siting, and Maritime Uses will hold a hearing on several land use items. Please see&nbsp;<a href="http://legistar.council.nyc.gov/MeetingDetail.aspx?ID=415877&amp;GUID=6DF29DE7-DF5C-4892-91A2-7D4EFA8014D7&amp;Options=info&amp;Search=" target="_blank">agenda</a>&nbsp;for details.</li> <li>The Committee on Consumer Affairs will hold a hearing on Introduction&nbsp;<a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/tel:287-2014" target="_blank">287-2014</a>,&nbsp;in relation to price displays on all signs posted by gas stations other than signs on dispensing devices, Introduction&nbsp;<a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/tel:586-2014" target="_blank">586-2014</a>,&nbsp;&nbsp;in relation to signs, posters or placards that advertise gas prices, and Introduction&nbsp;<a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/tel:682-2015" target="_blank">682-2015</a>, in relation to conduct in connection with offers to induce a person to vacate a dwelling unit.</li> <li>The Subcommittee on Planning, Dispositions, and Concessions will hold a hearing on several land use items. Please see&nbsp;<a href="http://legistar.council.nyc.gov/MeetingDetail.aspx?ID=415882&amp;GUID=5A32711A-A7A6-4C57-8E0E-F431D7B0F32E&amp;Options=info&amp;Search=" target="_blank">agenda</a>&nbsp;for details.</li> </ul> <p>At 3 p.m. there <a href="https://www.eventbrite.com/e/grow-your-small-business-with-tech-tickets-17981835153" target="_blank">will be</a> a "Grow Your Small Business With Tech" workshop with speeches from Comptroller Scott Stringer and Maya Wiley, counsel to the Mayor.</p> <p>The New York City Campaign Finance Board is <a href="http://www.nyccfb.info/about/calendar/ec2017-compliance-only-1" target="_blank">offering</a> a Compliance only training session for the 2017 election cycle at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday. "Compliance trainings cover campaign finance laws and CFB rules. C-SMART trainings provide an overview of the CFB's web-based application, which campaigns must use to manage and disclose financial activity. The candidate, treasurer, campaign manager and any individual with significant managerial control over the campaign is legally required to attend both a Compliance and a C-SMART training."</p> <p>On Tuesday evening in Manhattan,&nbsp;350 NYC, the local affiliate of 350.org, an environmental group, is <a href="http://350nyc.org/" target="_blank">holding </a>a forum on climate change and fossil fuels: "We will explore various financial strategies for how we can keep fossil fuels in the ground to prevent catastrophic climate change. Should institutions divest from fossil fuel companies? Or, should they remain invested in these companies to influence their policies as shareholder activists?" Confirmed speakers include City Council Member Helen Rosenthal; State Senator Liz Krueger, and Scott Zdrazil, Director of Strategy and Corporate Engagement, Office of New York City Comptroller Scott M. Stringer. Many co-sponsors of the event include Indian Point Safe Energy Coalition; Sierra Club, NYC Group; and Greater NYC for Change.</p> <p>On Tuesday evening in the Bronx, there will be another town hall on the Legionnaires' Disease outbreak, led by Public Advocate Letitia James and many Bronx elected officials like Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr., Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, and Assembly Member Michael Blake.</p> <p><strong>Wednesday<br /></strong>At 9:30 a.m. the Department of Consumer Affairs is <a href="http://www1.nyc.gov/site/dca/media/events.page" target="_blank">hosting</a> an open house training series on NYC paid sick leave.</p> <p>At 10 a.m. the New York City Department of Probation, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams and New York City's Young Men's Initiative are <a href="http://www.eventbrite.com/e/nycdop-presents-beaboutit-brooklyn-youth-anti-violence-summit-tickets-17888883131" target="_blank">sponsoring</a> the 2015 Brooklyn Youth Anti-Violence Summit.</p> <p>At 11 a.m. the City Council Committee on Land Use is <a href="http://legistar.council.nyc.gov/MeetingDetail.aspx?ID=415875&amp;GUID=D89E880A-B27F-4DCC-9DF0-CE901B8B07AF&amp;Options=info&amp;Search=" target="_blank">meeting</a>.</p> <p>At 6 p.m. the New York League of Conservation Voters Young Professionals will be holding a happy hour event. City Council Member and Chair of Environmental Protection Committee Costa Constantinides will be a guest speaker.</p> <p>The New York City Panel for Educational Policy will <a href="http://www.learndoe.org/pep/upcoming-pep-aug-12/" target="_blank">meet</a> Wednesday evening at 6 p.m. in Manhattan.</p> <p>At 6:30 p.m. the New York City Civilian Complaint Review Board will <a href="http://www.nyc.gov/html/ccrb/html/about/meetings.shtml" target="_blank">host</a> a public board meeting.</p> <p>At 7 p.m. BetaNYC will <a href="http://www.meetup.com/betanyc/events/223205836/" target="_blank">host</a> its weekly hacknight, this time at Civic Hall and in partnership with Code for America Brigade program, Microsoft Civic and Accela.</p> <p>The New York City Campaign Finance Board is <a href="http://www.nyccfb.info/about/calendar/ec2017-c-smart-only-1" target="_blank">offering</a> a C-SMART only training session for the 2017 election cycle at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday. "Compliance trainings cover campaign finance laws and CFB rules. C-SMART trainings provide an overview of the CFB's web-based application, which campaigns must use to manage and disclose financial activity. The candidate, treasurer, campaign manager and any individual with significant managerial control over the campaign is legally required to attend both a Compliance and a C-SMART training."</p> <p><strong>Thursday<br /></strong>At 9 a.m. there <a href="https://act.myngp.com/Forms/-738729517776894208" target="_blank">will be</a> a "Capital Region Campaign School 2015" hosted by Emily's List and NYSUT, the teachers union, and open to "progressive women candidates, future candidates and campaign staff."</p> <p>The next public meeting of the New York City Campaign Finance Board will be held on Thursday at 10 a.m. The meeting will be located at 100 Church Street, 12th Floor, in the CFB's Board Room in Lower Manhattan.</p> <p><a href="http://legistar.council.nyc.gov/MeetingDetail.aspx?ID=419107&amp;GUID=ECEC2B32-7C0F-46E7-8C45-13B7AA69407F&amp;Options=info&amp;Search=" target="_blank">At 10 a.m.</a> the City Council Committee on Finance is "approving the new designation and changes in designation of certain organizations to receive funding in the Expense Budget."</p> <p>At 1:30 p.m. City Council is <a href="http://legistar.council.nyc.gov/MeetingDetail.aspx?ID=409369&amp;GUID=9A98AA58-C1C0-421B-BE3B-C282CAC4F956&amp;Options=info&amp;Search=" target="_blank">holding</a> its lone August full-body Stated Meeting.</p> <p>At 2 p.m. the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism and American Society of News Editors are <a href="https://www.eventbrite.com/e/pedestrian-safety-in-nyc-and-the-medias-role-a-community-conversation-tickets-17869666654" target="_blank">hosting</a> a "community dialogue on pedestrian safety and traffic policy in New York City and the media's role in covering the issue."</p> <p><strong>Friday and the weekend<br /></strong>We're keeping an eye out for weekend events as the week begins.</p> <p>***<br />Have events or topics for us to include in an upcoming Week Ahead in New York Politics? 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That will not be happening.</p> The Week That Was in New York Politics, August 3-7 2015-08-07T18:27:06+00:00 2015-08-07T18:27:06+00:00 http://www.gothamgazette.com/?id=5842:the-week-that-was-in-new-york-politics-august-3-7 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" height="409" width="600" /></p> <p><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><a href="http://blog.mcny.org/2012/04/24/a-ride-on-the-subway-in-1946-with-stanley-kubrick/" target="_blank">photo</a>: Stanley Kubrick via Museum of the City of New York</span></p> <hr /> <p>Gotham Gazette's Week in Review, Friday August 7</p> <p><strong>PHOTOS OF THE WEEK:</strong>&nbsp;Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams and others carry a symbolic casket as part of an anti-violence campaign, <a href="https://twitter.com/RossBarkan/status/628224262273417216" target="_blank">via Ross Barkan</a>; Mayor Bill de Blasio and comedian Louis C.K., who was shadowing the mayor for two days, outside City Hall, also <a href="https://twitter.com/RossBarkan/status/628689967112433665/photo/1" target="_blank">via Ross Barkan</a></p> <p><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2014/03/adams_casket_barkan.jpg" alt="adams casket barkan" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" height="197" width="350" /></p> <p><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2014/03/BdB_Louis_CK_Barkan.jpg" alt="BdB Louis CK Barkan" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" height="197" width="350" /></p> <p><strong>TOP FIVE STORIES OF THE WEEK:</strong></p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>1. Schneiderman Special Prosecutor Case:</strong> Earlier this week Attorney General Eric Schneiderman <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/04/nyregion/attorney-general-schneiderman-to-investigate-death-of-woman-found-in-new-york-holding-cell.html?_r=0" target="_blank">announced</a> that his first case as special prosecutor in police involved deaths of unarmed civilians would investigate the circumstances surrounding Raynette Turner’s death. [Read <a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/government/5837-executive-order-shifts-cuomo-schneiderman-dynamic" target="_blank">our in-depth look at how the new executive order shifts the relationship between oft-rivals Gov. Cuomo &amp; AG Schneiderman</a>]</p> <p><strong>2. Academic Integrity Task Force:</strong> After new allegations of issues with academic integrity at certain schools, NYC DOE Chancellor Carmen Fariña <a href="http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/education/exclusive-task-force-probe-cheating-nyc-schools-article-1.2313553" target="_blank">is establishing</a> a permanent task force that provides oversight and training to ensure all schools comply with “rigorous policies and standards.”</p> <p><strong>3. Legionnaires’ Outbreak:</strong> On Friday, the numbers stood at just over 100 people infected, with ten dead in the most recent outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease, this one in the Bronx. New York City buildings with water-cooling towers have to “assess and disinfect the units within the next two weeks,” under Health Commissioner Dr. Mary Bassett’s <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/07/nyregion/new-york-ordering-tests-of-water-cooling-towers-amid-legionnaires-outbreak.html" target="_blank">new directive</a>. On Thursday Mayor de Blasio <a href="http://www1.nyc.gov/office-of-the-mayor/news/543-15/transcript-mayor-de-blasio-gives-legionnaires-at-press-conference-announce-nyc-safe-" target="_blank">said</a> that there would be “substantial action next week, legislatively.”</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>4. De Blasio Mental Health/Public Safety Initiative:</strong> On Thursday Mayor de Blasio <a href="http://www1.nyc.gov/office-of-the-mayor/news/542-15/transcript-mayor-de-blasio-nyc-safe-evidence-driven-public-safety-public" target="_blank">announced</a> “NYC Safe,” a $22 million initiative, designed to find and help people with severe mental health issues and violent tendencies. The initiative will combine clinical treatment and law enforcement to intervene before or after violence occurs. The plan is part of a larger “mental health roadmap” that First Lady Chirlane McCray will unveil in September.</p> <p><strong>5. UFA Contract Agreement:</strong> On Thursday the Uniformed Firefighters Association, which covers 8,000 firefighters and FDNY personnel, and the City <a href="http://www1.nyc.gov/office-of-the-mayor/news/541-15/mayor-de-blasio-tentative-contract-agreement-uniformed-firefighters-association-" target="_blank">announced </a>they had reached a tentative contract agreement. The deal includes new disability legislation, a key point of contention in negotiations. According to the administration, 83 percent of the city workforce is now under contract, after the number was zero when de Blasio took office.</p> <p><strong>THIS WEEK’S NUMBERS:</strong></p> <ul> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr"><strong>75-ish</strong> New York City bodegas have closed in the past year with rent as their biggest expense, <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/04/nyregion/bodegas-declining-in-manhattan-as-rents-rise-and-chains-grow.html" target="_blank">according to</a> the New York Times. [Read <a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/government/5792-why-dont-we-ever-hear-about-commercial-rent-policy" target="_blank">our in-depth look at commercial rent policy in New York City</a>]</p> </li> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr"><strong>$7 million</strong> of campaign funds has been spent on legal fees by New York’s elected officials since 2005, <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/05/nyregion/new-york-state-lawmakers-spend-millions-in-campaign-funds-on-legal-fees.html?_r=0" target="_blank">according to</a> the New York Times.</p> </li> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr"><strong>$14 million</strong> has been <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/04/nyregion/queens-borough-president-to-provide-14-million-for-queens-library.html?ref=nyregion" target="_blank">allocated</a> to the Queens Library by Queens Borough President Melinda Katz, who had withheld the funds after an investigation into the Queens Library’s former President. [Read <a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/government/5828-queens-library-scandal-spurs-nonprofit-oversight-bill" target="_blank">our in-depth look at a new City Council bill aimed at reducing corruption in non-profits that receive city funding</a>]</p> </li> </ul> <p><strong>THE GLORY AND THE GOAT:</strong></p> <ul> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr"><strong>It was a good week for</strong>&nbsp;firefighters, who <a href="http://www1.nyc.gov/office-of-the-mayor/news/541-15/mayor-de-blasio-tentative-contract-agreement-uniformed-firefighters-association-" target="_blank">agreed to</a> a new contract with the city that will see pay rise by 11 percent over seven years, including retroactivity. There is also good news for the 8,000 or so members of the UFA in terms of engine company staffing and disability pension.</p> </li> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr"><strong>It was a bad week for</strong> Mayor de Blasio - according to <a href="http://www.quinnipiac.edu/news-and-events/quinnipiac-university-poll/new-york-city/release-detail?ReleaseID=2266" target="_blank">a new Quinnipiac poll</a>, his approval rating among NYC voters is at 44%, “the worst net approval rating of his tenure.”<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/06/nyregion/mayor-de-blasios-approval-ratings-hit-a-low-point.html"></a></p> </li> </ul> <p dir="ltr"><strong>THE FLASH: </strong></p> <ul> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr"><strong>About 125 years ago</strong>, on August 6, 1890, in New York, William Kemmler <a href="http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/first-execution-by-electric-chair" target="_blank">became</a> the first person to be executed by electrocution. The alternative method would have been a hanging. Kemmler was shocked twice, the second time at 1,030 volts for two minutes, before he died.</p> </li> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr"><strong>About this time last year</strong>, August 7, 2014, Mayor de Blasio <a href="http://www1.nyc.gov/office-of-the-mayor/news/393-14/mayor-bill-de-blasio-signs-two-transparency-bills-law-public-private-partnership-to#/0" target="_blank">announced</a> a public-private partnership that would allow the City to “unlock and analyze municipal decision-making information” from <a href="http://www.nyc.gov/html/dcas/html/about/cityrecord_editions.shtml" target="_blank">the City Record</a>&nbsp;and publish the record online while signing new legislation into law. The City Record has daily info from the city on government procurement, public hearings, and hiring, among other topics.</p> </li> </ul> <p dir="ltr"><strong>GOTHAM GAZETTE HIGHLIGHTS OF THE WEEK </strong></p> <ul> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr"><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/government/5835-18-months-of-nycha-scrutiny-reform-and-conflict-de-blasio" target="_blank">18 Months of NYCHA Scrutiny, Reform and Conflict</a>, by Zehra Rehman</p> </li> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr"><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/government/5836-republicans-face-moment-of-truth-after-conviction-of-senate-deputy-leader" target="_blank">Republicans Face Moment of Truth After Conviction of Senate Deputy Leader</a>, by David Howard King</p> </li> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr"><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/government/5838-another-way-of-looking-at-infill-housing-development" target="_blank">Another Way of Looking at Infill Housing Development</a>, by Brit Byrd</p> </li> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr"><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/government/5837-executive-order-shifts-cuomo-schneiderman-dynamic" target="_blank">Executive Order Shifts Cuomo-Schneiderman Dynamic</a>, by David Howard King</p> </li> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr"><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/government/5841-no-fly-zone-council-members-push-helicopter-drone-regulations" target="_blank">No Fly Zone: Council Members Push Helicopter, Drone Regulations</a>, by Catie Edmondson</p> </li> </ul> <p><strong>MORE FOR THE WEEKEND:<br /></strong>All from a big Thursday evening:</p> <ul> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr">New York Senator Chuck Schumer <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/08/us/politics/opposing-iran-nuclear-deal-chuck-schumer-rattles-democratic-firewall.html" target="_blank">announced</a> he is voting against President Obama’s Iran deal.</p> </li> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr">The first Republican presidential primary debate <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/07/us/politics/rivals-jab-at-donald-trump-as-gop-debate-becomes-testy.html?ref=politics" target="_blank">was held</a> Thursday evening.</p> </li> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr">Jon Stewart <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/07/arts/television/jon-stewart-signs-off-from-daily-show-with-wit-and-sincerity.html" target="_blank">signed off</a> as host of The Daily Show after 16 years. Watch his final episode <a href="http://thedailyshow.cc.com/full-episodes/pjkw01/august-6--2015---jon-stewart-s-final-episode" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> </li> </ul> <p><em>***<br />NOTE TO READERS: we hope you enjoy this new Gotham Gazette weekly feature - please share it if you do; on Twitter, use our handle&nbsp;<a href="https://twitter.com/GothamGazette" target="_blank">@GothamGazette</a>.</em></p> <p><em>If you have feedback on this feature for us, you can email editor Ben Max:&nbsp;<a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com">bmax@gothamgazette.com</a></em></p> <p><em>Watch Sunday evening for our latest Week Ahead in New York Politics, which gives you a preview of key issues and events to be aware of for the week about to start. In the meantime, catch up on&nbsp;<a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/government" target="_blank">the latest original reporting from Gotham Gazette here</a>. And have a great weekend!</em></p> <p><em>***</em><br />by Erika Wang and Ben Max</p> <p><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2014/03/week_in_review_bus_readers.jpg" alt="week in review bus readers" height="409" width="600" /></p> <p><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><a href="http://blog.mcny.org/2012/04/24/a-ride-on-the-subway-in-1946-with-stanley-kubrick/" target="_blank">photo</a>: Stanley Kubrick via Museum of the City of New York</span></p> <hr /> <p>Gotham Gazette's Week in Review, Friday August 7</p> <p><strong>PHOTOS OF THE WEEK:</strong>&nbsp;Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams and others carry a symbolic casket as part of an anti-violence campaign, <a href="https://twitter.com/RossBarkan/status/628224262273417216" target="_blank">via Ross Barkan</a>; Mayor Bill de Blasio and comedian Louis C.K., who was shadowing the mayor for two days, outside City Hall, also <a href="https://twitter.com/RossBarkan/status/628689967112433665/photo/1" target="_blank">via Ross Barkan</a></p> <p><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2014/03/adams_casket_barkan.jpg" alt="adams casket barkan" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" height="197" width="350" /></p> <p><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2014/03/BdB_Louis_CK_Barkan.jpg" alt="BdB Louis CK Barkan" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" height="197" width="350" /></p> <p><strong>TOP FIVE STORIES OF THE WEEK:</strong></p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>1. Schneiderman Special Prosecutor Case:</strong> Earlier this week Attorney General Eric Schneiderman <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/04/nyregion/attorney-general-schneiderman-to-investigate-death-of-woman-found-in-new-york-holding-cell.html?_r=0" target="_blank">announced</a> that his first case as special prosecutor in police involved deaths of unarmed civilians would investigate the circumstances surrounding Raynette Turner’s death. [Read <a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/government/5837-executive-order-shifts-cuomo-schneiderman-dynamic" target="_blank">our in-depth look at how the new executive order shifts the relationship between oft-rivals Gov. Cuomo &amp; AG Schneiderman</a>]</p> <p><strong>2. Academic Integrity Task Force:</strong> After new allegations of issues with academic integrity at certain schools, NYC DOE Chancellor Carmen Fariña <a href="http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/education/exclusive-task-force-probe-cheating-nyc-schools-article-1.2313553" target="_blank">is establishing</a> a permanent task force that provides oversight and training to ensure all schools comply with “rigorous policies and standards.”</p> <p><strong>3. Legionnaires’ Outbreak:</strong> On Friday, the numbers stood at just over 100 people infected, with ten dead in the most recent outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease, this one in the Bronx. New York City buildings with water-cooling towers have to “assess and disinfect the units within the next two weeks,” under Health Commissioner Dr. Mary Bassett’s <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/07/nyregion/new-york-ordering-tests-of-water-cooling-towers-amid-legionnaires-outbreak.html" target="_blank">new directive</a>. On Thursday Mayor de Blasio <a href="http://www1.nyc.gov/office-of-the-mayor/news/543-15/transcript-mayor-de-blasio-gives-legionnaires-at-press-conference-announce-nyc-safe-" target="_blank">said</a> that there would be “substantial action next week, legislatively.”</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>4. De Blasio Mental Health/Public Safety Initiative:</strong> On Thursday Mayor de Blasio <a href="http://www1.nyc.gov/office-of-the-mayor/news/542-15/transcript-mayor-de-blasio-nyc-safe-evidence-driven-public-safety-public" target="_blank">announced</a> “NYC Safe,” a $22 million initiative, designed to find and help people with severe mental health issues and violent tendencies. The initiative will combine clinical treatment and law enforcement to intervene before or after violence occurs. The plan is part of a larger “mental health roadmap” that First Lady Chirlane McCray will unveil in September.</p> <p><strong>5. UFA Contract Agreement:</strong> On Thursday the Uniformed Firefighters Association, which covers 8,000 firefighters and FDNY personnel, and the City <a href="http://www1.nyc.gov/office-of-the-mayor/news/541-15/mayor-de-blasio-tentative-contract-agreement-uniformed-firefighters-association-" target="_blank">announced </a>they had reached a tentative contract agreement. The deal includes new disability legislation, a key point of contention in negotiations. According to the administration, 83 percent of the city workforce is now under contract, after the number was zero when de Blasio took office.</p> <p><strong>THIS WEEK’S NUMBERS:</strong></p> <ul> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr"><strong>75-ish</strong> New York City bodegas have closed in the past year with rent as their biggest expense, <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/04/nyregion/bodegas-declining-in-manhattan-as-rents-rise-and-chains-grow.html" target="_blank">according to</a> the New York Times. [Read <a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/government/5792-why-dont-we-ever-hear-about-commercial-rent-policy" target="_blank">our in-depth look at commercial rent policy in New York City</a>]</p> </li> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr"><strong>$7 million</strong> of campaign funds has been spent on legal fees by New York’s elected officials since 2005, <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/05/nyregion/new-york-state-lawmakers-spend-millions-in-campaign-funds-on-legal-fees.html?_r=0" target="_blank">according to</a> the New York Times.</p> </li> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr"><strong>$14 million</strong> has been <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/04/nyregion/queens-borough-president-to-provide-14-million-for-queens-library.html?ref=nyregion" target="_blank">allocated</a> to the Queens Library by Queens Borough President Melinda Katz, who had withheld the funds after an investigation into the Queens Library’s former President. [Read <a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/government/5828-queens-library-scandal-spurs-nonprofit-oversight-bill" target="_blank">our in-depth look at a new City Council bill aimed at reducing corruption in non-profits that receive city funding</a>]</p> </li> </ul> <p><strong>THE GLORY AND THE GOAT:</strong></p> <ul> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr"><strong>It was a good week for</strong>&nbsp;firefighters, who <a href="http://www1.nyc.gov/office-of-the-mayor/news/541-15/mayor-de-blasio-tentative-contract-agreement-uniformed-firefighters-association-" target="_blank">agreed to</a> a new contract with the city that will see pay rise by 11 percent over seven years, including retroactivity. There is also good news for the 8,000 or so members of the UFA in terms of engine company staffing and disability pension.</p> </li> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr"><strong>It was a bad week for</strong> Mayor de Blasio - according to <a href="http://www.quinnipiac.edu/news-and-events/quinnipiac-university-poll/new-york-city/release-detail?ReleaseID=2266" target="_blank">a new Quinnipiac poll</a>, his approval rating among NYC voters is at 44%, “the worst net approval rating of his tenure.”<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/06/nyregion/mayor-de-blasios-approval-ratings-hit-a-low-point.html"></a></p> </li> </ul> <p dir="ltr"><strong>THE FLASH: </strong></p> <ul> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr"><strong>About 125 years ago</strong>, on August 6, 1890, in New York, William Kemmler <a href="http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/first-execution-by-electric-chair" target="_blank">became</a> the first person to be executed by electrocution. The alternative method would have been a hanging. Kemmler was shocked twice, the second time at 1,030 volts for two minutes, before he died.</p> </li> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr"><strong>About this time last year</strong>, August 7, 2014, Mayor de Blasio <a href="http://www1.nyc.gov/office-of-the-mayor/news/393-14/mayor-bill-de-blasio-signs-two-transparency-bills-law-public-private-partnership-to#/0" target="_blank">announced</a> a public-private partnership that would allow the City to “unlock and analyze municipal decision-making information” from <a href="http://www.nyc.gov/html/dcas/html/about/cityrecord_editions.shtml" target="_blank">the City Record</a>&nbsp;and publish the record online while signing new legislation into law. The City Record has daily info from the city on government procurement, public hearings, and hiring, among other topics.</p> </li> </ul> <p dir="ltr"><strong>GOTHAM GAZETTE HIGHLIGHTS OF THE WEEK </strong></p> <ul> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr"><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/government/5835-18-months-of-nycha-scrutiny-reform-and-conflict-de-blasio" target="_blank">18 Months of NYCHA Scrutiny, Reform and Conflict</a>, by Zehra Rehman</p> </li> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr"><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/government/5836-republicans-face-moment-of-truth-after-conviction-of-senate-deputy-leader" target="_blank">Republicans Face Moment of Truth After Conviction of Senate Deputy Leader</a>, by David Howard King</p> </li> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr"><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/government/5838-another-way-of-looking-at-infill-housing-development" target="_blank">Another Way of Looking at Infill Housing Development</a>, by Brit Byrd</p> </li> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr"><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/government/5837-executive-order-shifts-cuomo-schneiderman-dynamic" target="_blank">Executive Order Shifts Cuomo-Schneiderman Dynamic</a>, by David Howard King</p> </li> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr"><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/government/5841-no-fly-zone-council-members-push-helicopter-drone-regulations" target="_blank">No Fly Zone: Council Members Push Helicopter, Drone Regulations</a>, by Catie Edmondson</p> </li> </ul> <p><strong>MORE FOR THE WEEKEND:<br /></strong>All from a big Thursday evening:</p> <ul> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr">New York Senator Chuck Schumer <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/08/us/politics/opposing-iran-nuclear-deal-chuck-schumer-rattles-democratic-firewall.html" target="_blank">announced</a> he is voting against President Obama’s Iran deal.</p> </li> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr">The first Republican presidential primary debate <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/07/us/politics/rivals-jab-at-donald-trump-as-gop-debate-becomes-testy.html?ref=politics" target="_blank">was held</a> Thursday evening.</p> </li> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr">Jon Stewart <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/07/arts/television/jon-stewart-signs-off-from-daily-show-with-wit-and-sincerity.html" target="_blank">signed off</a> as host of The Daily Show after 16 years. Watch his final episode <a href="http://thedailyshow.cc.com/full-episodes/pjkw01/august-6--2015---jon-stewart-s-final-episode" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> </li> </ul> <p><em>***<br />NOTE TO READERS: we hope you enjoy this new Gotham Gazette weekly feature - please share it if you do; on Twitter, use our handle&nbsp;<a href="https://twitter.com/GothamGazette" target="_blank">@GothamGazette</a>.</em></p> <p><em>If you have feedback on this feature for us, you can email editor Ben Max:&nbsp;<a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com">bmax@gothamgazette.com</a></em></p> <p><em>Watch Sunday evening for our latest Week Ahead in New York Politics, which gives you a preview of key issues and events to be aware of for the week about to start. In the meantime, catch up on&nbsp;<a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/government" target="_blank">the latest original reporting from Gotham Gazette here</a>. And have a great weekend!</em></p> <p><em>***</em><br />by Erika Wang and Ben Max</p> The Week Ahead in New York Politics, August 3 2015-08-02T05:00:00+00:00 2015-08-02T05:00:00+00:00 http://www.gothamgazette.com/?id=5833:the-week-ahead-in-new-york-politics-august-3 Super User <p><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2014/03/640px-New_York_City_Hall.jpg" alt="New York City Hall" height="450" width="600" /></p> <p><span style="font-size: 10pt;">New York City Hall</span></p> <hr /> <p><strong>What to watch for this week in New York politics:</strong></p> <p><strong>LEGIONNAIRES' DISEASE in the BRONX:</strong> the city continues to monitor and combat an outbreak of legionnaires' disease in the Bronx, where 65 are reported to have contracted the disease as of Saturday,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/02/nyregion/bronx-residents-anxious-after-4th-death-from-legionnaires-disease.html?ref=nyregion" target="_blank">according to</a> the New York Times, with 55 hospitalized and four dead. The mayor's office and Bronx elected officials are holding a town hall on the subject Monday evening, details below.</p> <p><strong>SUMMER CRIME:</strong> There were <a href="http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/13-people-shot-wild-brooklyn-house-party-article-1.2312195?utm_content=buffer9fa79&amp;utm_medium=social&amp;utm_source=twitter.com&amp;utm_campaign=ERosenberg+Twitter" target="_blank">several shootings</a> over the weekend, including four separate incidents Saturday night, according to Public Advocate Letitia James, who issued a Sunday statement saying,&nbsp;"These senseless acts of violences took two lives and left fourteen people injured. My thoughts and prayers go out to the victims and their families. As a City and as a country, we must do more to take guns off our streets and end the madness that continues to bring us death and destruction."</p> <p>On Monday, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, a former police officer, will launch a new gun violence prevention initiative - details below. The annual National Night Out Against Crime is Tuesday - NYPD officers and officials team with community groups and electeds to promote safety and anti-crime initiatives.</p> <p><strong>TRACKING DE BLASIO:</strong>&nbsp;Mayor Bill de Blasio on Sunday delivered remarks at the Ecuadorian Parade Breakfast and marched in the parade; then delivered remarks at the Pakistan 86th Independence Day Celebration in Queens. To start the week, the mayor has no public events scheduled on Monday.</p> <p>As of our publication, there are no hearings <a href="http://legistar.council.nyc.gov/Calendar.aspx" target="_blank">scheduled</a> for the City Council this week. The Council's lone full-body Stated Meeting of the month is scheduled for Thursday, August 13.</p> <p>It's a quiet week, but a few events to be aware of - read our day-by-day rundown below.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>***Do you have events or topics for us to include in an upcoming Week Ahead in New York Politics?</em><br /><em>E-mail Gotham Gazette editor Ben Max:&nbsp;<a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com">bmax@gothamgazette.com</a>***</em></p> <p><strong>The run of the week in detail:</strong></p> <p><strong>Monday<br /></strong>At 10 a.m. the Mayor’s Office of Contract Services and the Department of Youth and Community Development and HHS Accelerator <a href="https://twitter.com/galeabrewer/status/626861707315572736/photo/1" target="_blank">are holding</a> a “Community Development Workshop Series” for nonprofits to learn about funding and City contracting services.</p> <p>At 11 a.m. Monday in Brooklyn, City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito&nbsp;will - along with Council members, day laborers, and advocates - host "a press conference to celebrate $500,000 in City Council funding to support day laborers" at Bay Parkway Community Job Center.</p> <p>Also at 11 a.m. Monday, outside Brooklyn Borough Hall, Borough President Eric Adams "will launch a weeklong gun violence awareness campaign by staging an open casket with provocative imagery outside Brooklyn Borough Hall for five straight days and promoting a "Take Five to Stay Alive" plan of action for New Yorkers to help reduce the impact of gun violence in their community. The effort is intended to engage Brooklynites in serious conversations about gun violence following a recent spate of bloodshed in the borough, including nine people shot at a party in East New York earlier today and a fatal shooting early Saturday in Canarsie. Borough President Adams and gun violence advocates will speak about the ongoing violence and the need to take action."</p> <p>At 1 p.m. Monday in Manhattan,&nbsp;"Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman will make a major announcement regarding the sale of toy guns in New York." He is expected to announce a deal with retailers to stop selling many real-looking toy guns. Schneiderman will be joined by City Councilmember Jumaane Williams, Co-Chair of the NYC Task Force on Gun Violence; Leah Gunn-Barrett, Executive Director of New Yorkers Against Gun Violence; Jackie Rowe Adams, Founder of Harlem Mothers Save; Rev. Dr. Gawain F de Leeuw, Westchester United; Adam Barbanell-Fried, Lead Organizer for Westchester United; June Rubin, Marie Delus and Natasha Christopher, Members of Moms Demand Action.</p> <p>On Monday evening in the Bronx, the Mayor's Office and Bronx elected officials including Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. and Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie&nbsp;<a href="https://twitter.com/mayorsCAU/status/627238791380627456/photo/1" target="_blank">are holding</a> a "Town Hall on The Facts About Legionnaires' Disease" at 6 p.m. at the Bronx Museum of the Arts. According to the Mayor's Office, as of Sunday evening 71 people had been infected with the&nbsp;disease, including four who have died. Public Advocate Letitia James is set to speak.</p> <p><strong>Tuesday<br /></strong>Tuesday various NYPD precincts <a href="http://www.nyc.gov/html/nypd/html/community_affairs/annual_events.shtml" target="_blank">will participate</a> in the annual "National Night Out," sponsored by the National Association of Town Watches. There will be anti-crime rallies with local business and civic organizations and many elected officials will participate. Most events will take place in the afternoon and evening. Public Advocate James will&nbsp;speak at a 1 p.m. press conference against gun violence in advance of National Night Out, at Brooklyn Borough Hall. In the evening, James will attend National Night Out events with the 105, 109, 107, 111, and 17 precincts. Speaker Mark-Viverito will attend events with the 88 and 25 precincts.</p> <p>At 9:30 a.m. Tuesday the Landmarks Preservation Commission <a href="http://www.nyc.gov/html/lpc/downloads/pdf/calendar/08_04_15.pdf" target="_blank">will hold</a> a public hearing and meeting to follow.</p> <p>At 10:45 a.m. Tuesday,&nbsp;Governor Cuomo will make an announcement at Kirkwood Industrial Park West in Binghamton. At 1 p.m. Cuomo will participate in "Topping Off Ceremony at RiverBend" in Buffalo.</p> <p>At noon Tuesday the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs is hosting an information session on the borough-specific processes of applying for and securing City funding for arts and cultural nonprofits in Brooklyn and Queens.</p> <p>At 1 p.m. in Washington Heights,&nbsp;"New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) Chair and CEO Shola Olatoye, New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, and other elected officials will announce the construction and installation of enhanced lighting at Polo Grounds Towers. The Polo Grounds Towers is part of the Mayor's Action Plan (MAP) for Neighborhood Safety, an initiative to reduce crime at 15 NYCHA development sites. NYCHA is installing new and improved lighting at MAP sites as part of a comprehensive effort to reduce crime thanks to a total of nearly $80 million in funding--$40.5 million from the City Council, $25 million from the Mayor's Office and $13 million from the Manhattan District Attorney's Office."</p> <p>At 2 p.m. Tuesday the New York City Department of Small Business Services <a href="http://www.eventbrite.com/e/minority-women-owned-business-enterprise-certification-workshop-tickets-16517144223?aff=ebapi" target="_blank">is hosting</a> a Minority and Women-owned Business Enterprise (MWBE) certification workshop.</p> <p>Also at 2 p.m., Comptroller Scott Stringer&nbsp;will attend the New York Financial Control Board meeting.</p> <p>Also at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer&nbsp;will speak at Harlem Week 2015 Senior Citizens Day "Demystifying Technology" conference, Adam Clayton Powell Jr. State Office Building.</p> <p><strong>Wednesday<br /></strong>At 11:30 a.m. Wednesday in Brooklyn,&nbsp;"Brooklyn elected officials [led by Council Members Brad Lander and Stephen Levin] will distribute free reusable bags (courtesy of the Citizens Committee for New York City) at Sahadi's, a locally owned Middle Eastern grocery store that's been serving Brooklynites from its location on Atlantic Avenue since 1948...The event also marks a recent endorsement from the Atlantic Ave BID (Business Improvement District) for City Council bill (Int. 209) that would encourage reusable bag use by charging customers 10 cents for single use plastic or paper bags."</p> <p>At 6 p.m. the Center for Constitutional Rights <a href="https://ccrjustice.org/home/get-involved/events/ccr-first-wednesdays-stop-and-frisk-black-lives-matter" target="_blank">will update</a> attendees on their stop-and-frisk case <em>Floyd v. City of New York</em> during its "First Wednesdays Discussion."</p> <p>At 7 p.m. BetaNYC <a href="http://www.meetup.com/betanyc/events/223205819/" target="_blank">will host</a>&nbsp;its weekly hacknight, this time at Civic Hall and in partnership with the City Council Speaker's Office to discuss the 2015 NYC BigApps competition.</p> <p><strong>Thursday<br /></strong>Thursday evening will be the much-discussed first Republican presidential primary debate, with a pre-debate forum for the candidates who did not poll well enough to make it into the primetime debate featuring ten candidates.</p> <p>Thursday evening is Mayor de Blasio's&nbsp;Dominican Heritage reception, at New York County Supreme Courthouse. Manhattan BP Brewer is among those who will attend.</p> <p>At 7 p.m. the Mayor's Community Affairs Unit <a href="http://www1.nyc.gov/site/dca/media/events.page" target="_blank">presents</a> a "West Bronx Town Hall for Small Businesses." Department of Consumer Affairs Commissioner Julie Menin and General Counsel to the Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs Sonia Lin, among others, will attend.</p> <p><strong>Friday and the weekend<br /></strong>Nothing on our radar as of now, but stay tuned as things pop up once the week gets going.</p> <p>***<br />Have events or topics for us to include in an upcoming Week Ahead in New York Politics? E-mail Gotham Gazette executive editor Ben Max any time:&nbsp;<a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></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>&nbsp;(please use "For Week Ahead" as email subject).</p> <p>***<br />by Erika Wang and Ben Max<br /><a href="https://twitter.com/GothamGazette" target="_blank">@GothamGazette</a></p> <p><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2014/03/640px-New_York_City_Hall.jpg" alt="New York City Hall" height="450" width="600" /></p> <p><span style="font-size: 10pt;">New York City Hall</span></p> <hr /> <p><strong>What to watch for this week in New York politics:</strong></p> <p><strong>LEGIONNAIRES' DISEASE in the BRONX:</strong> the city continues to monitor and combat an outbreak of legionnaires' disease in the Bronx, where 65 are reported to have contracted the disease as of Saturday,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/02/nyregion/bronx-residents-anxious-after-4th-death-from-legionnaires-disease.html?ref=nyregion" target="_blank">according to</a> the New York Times, with 55 hospitalized and four dead. The mayor's office and Bronx elected officials are holding a town hall on the subject Monday evening, details below.</p> <p><strong>SUMMER CRIME:</strong> There were <a href="http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/13-people-shot-wild-brooklyn-house-party-article-1.2312195?utm_content=buffer9fa79&amp;utm_medium=social&amp;utm_source=twitter.com&amp;utm_campaign=ERosenberg+Twitter" target="_blank">several shootings</a> over the weekend, including four separate incidents Saturday night, according to Public Advocate Letitia James, who issued a Sunday statement saying,&nbsp;"These senseless acts of violences took two lives and left fourteen people injured. My thoughts and prayers go out to the victims and their families. As a City and as a country, we must do more to take guns off our streets and end the madness that continues to bring us death and destruction."</p> <p>On Monday, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, a former police officer, will launch a new gun violence prevention initiative - details below. The annual National Night Out Against Crime is Tuesday - NYPD officers and officials team with community groups and electeds to promote safety and anti-crime initiatives.</p> <p><strong>TRACKING DE BLASIO:</strong>&nbsp;Mayor Bill de Blasio on Sunday delivered remarks at the Ecuadorian Parade Breakfast and marched in the parade; then delivered remarks at the Pakistan 86th Independence Day Celebration in Queens. To start the week, the mayor has no public events scheduled on Monday.</p> <p>As of our publication, there are no hearings <a href="http://legistar.council.nyc.gov/Calendar.aspx" target="_blank">scheduled</a> for the City Council this week. The Council's lone full-body Stated Meeting of the month is scheduled for Thursday, August 13.</p> <p>It's a quiet week, but a few events to be aware of - read our day-by-day rundown below.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>***Do you have events or topics for us to include in an upcoming Week Ahead in New York Politics?</em><br /><em>E-mail Gotham Gazette editor Ben Max:&nbsp;<a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></a><a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com">bmax@gothamgazette.com</a>***</em></p> <p><strong>The run of the week in detail:</strong></p> <p><strong>Monday<br /></strong>At 10 a.m. the Mayor’s Office of Contract Services and the Department of Youth and Community Development and HHS Accelerator <a href="https://twitter.com/galeabrewer/status/626861707315572736/photo/1" target="_blank">are holding</a> a “Community Development Workshop Series” for nonprofits to learn about funding and City contracting services.</p> <p>At 11 a.m. Monday in Brooklyn, City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito&nbsp;will - along with Council members, day laborers, and advocates - host "a press conference to celebrate $500,000 in City Council funding to support day laborers" at Bay Parkway Community Job Center.</p> <p>Also at 11 a.m. Monday, outside Brooklyn Borough Hall, Borough President Eric Adams "will launch a weeklong gun violence awareness campaign by staging an open casket with provocative imagery outside Brooklyn Borough Hall for five straight days and promoting a "Take Five to Stay Alive" plan of action for New Yorkers to help reduce the impact of gun violence in their community. The effort is intended to engage Brooklynites in serious conversations about gun violence following a recent spate of bloodshed in the borough, including nine people shot at a party in East New York earlier today and a fatal shooting early Saturday in Canarsie. Borough President Adams and gun violence advocates will speak about the ongoing violence and the need to take action."</p> <p>At 1 p.m. Monday in Manhattan,&nbsp;"Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman will make a major announcement regarding the sale of toy guns in New York." He is expected to announce a deal with retailers to stop selling many real-looking toy guns. Schneiderman will be joined by City Councilmember Jumaane Williams, Co-Chair of the NYC Task Force on Gun Violence; Leah Gunn-Barrett, Executive Director of New Yorkers Against Gun Violence; Jackie Rowe Adams, Founder of Harlem Mothers Save; Rev. Dr. Gawain F de Leeuw, Westchester United; Adam Barbanell-Fried, Lead Organizer for Westchester United; June Rubin, Marie Delus and Natasha Christopher, Members of Moms Demand Action.</p> <p>On Monday evening in the Bronx, the Mayor's Office and Bronx elected officials including Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. and Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie&nbsp;<a href="https://twitter.com/mayorsCAU/status/627238791380627456/photo/1" target="_blank">are holding</a> a "Town Hall on The Facts About Legionnaires' Disease" at 6 p.m. at the Bronx Museum of the Arts. According to the Mayor's Office, as of Sunday evening 71 people had been infected with the&nbsp;disease, including four who have died. Public Advocate Letitia James is set to speak.</p> <p><strong>Tuesday<br /></strong>Tuesday various NYPD precincts <a href="http://www.nyc.gov/html/nypd/html/community_affairs/annual_events.shtml" target="_blank">will participate</a> in the annual "National Night Out," sponsored by the National Association of Town Watches. There will be anti-crime rallies with local business and civic organizations and many elected officials will participate. Most events will take place in the afternoon and evening. Public Advocate James will&nbsp;speak at a 1 p.m. press conference against gun violence in advance of National Night Out, at Brooklyn Borough Hall. In the evening, James will attend National Night Out events with the 105, 109, 107, 111, and 17 precincts. Speaker Mark-Viverito will attend events with the 88 and 25 precincts.</p> <p>At 9:30 a.m. Tuesday the Landmarks Preservation Commission <a href="http://www.nyc.gov/html/lpc/downloads/pdf/calendar/08_04_15.pdf" target="_blank">will hold</a> a public hearing and meeting to follow.</p> <p>At 10:45 a.m. Tuesday,&nbsp;Governor Cuomo will make an announcement at Kirkwood Industrial Park West in Binghamton. At 1 p.m. Cuomo will participate in "Topping Off Ceremony at RiverBend" in Buffalo.</p> <p>At noon Tuesday the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs is hosting an information session on the borough-specific processes of applying for and securing City funding for arts and cultural nonprofits in Brooklyn and Queens.</p> <p>At 1 p.m. in Washington Heights,&nbsp;"New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) Chair and CEO Shola Olatoye, New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, and other elected officials will announce the construction and installation of enhanced lighting at Polo Grounds Towers. The Polo Grounds Towers is part of the Mayor's Action Plan (MAP) for Neighborhood Safety, an initiative to reduce crime at 15 NYCHA development sites. NYCHA is installing new and improved lighting at MAP sites as part of a comprehensive effort to reduce crime thanks to a total of nearly $80 million in funding--$40.5 million from the City Council, $25 million from the Mayor's Office and $13 million from the Manhattan District Attorney's Office."</p> <p>At 2 p.m. Tuesday the New York City Department of Small Business Services <a href="http://www.eventbrite.com/e/minority-women-owned-business-enterprise-certification-workshop-tickets-16517144223?aff=ebapi" target="_blank">is hosting</a> a Minority and Women-owned Business Enterprise (MWBE) certification workshop.</p> <p>Also at 2 p.m., Comptroller Scott Stringer&nbsp;will attend the New York Financial Control Board meeting.</p> <p>Also at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer&nbsp;will speak at Harlem Week 2015 Senior Citizens Day "Demystifying Technology" conference, Adam Clayton Powell Jr. State Office Building.</p> <p><strong>Wednesday<br /></strong>At 11:30 a.m. Wednesday in Brooklyn,&nbsp;"Brooklyn elected officials [led by Council Members Brad Lander and Stephen Levin] will distribute free reusable bags (courtesy of the Citizens Committee for New York City) at Sahadi's, a locally owned Middle Eastern grocery store that's been serving Brooklynites from its location on Atlantic Avenue since 1948...The event also marks a recent endorsement from the Atlantic Ave BID (Business Improvement District) for City Council bill (Int. 209) that would encourage reusable bag use by charging customers 10 cents for single use plastic or paper bags."</p> <p>At 6 p.m. the Center for Constitutional Rights <a href="https://ccrjustice.org/home/get-involved/events/ccr-first-wednesdays-stop-and-frisk-black-lives-matter" target="_blank">will update</a> attendees on their stop-and-frisk case <em>Floyd v. City of New York</em> during its "First Wednesdays Discussion."</p> <p>At 7 p.m. BetaNYC <a href="http://www.meetup.com/betanyc/events/223205819/" target="_blank">will host</a>&nbsp;its weekly hacknight, this time at Civic Hall and in partnership with the City Council Speaker's Office to discuss the 2015 NYC BigApps competition.</p> <p><strong>Thursday<br /></strong>Thursday evening will be the much-discussed first Republican presidential primary debate, with a pre-debate forum for the candidates who did not poll well enough to make it into the primetime debate featuring ten candidates.</p> <p>Thursday evening is Mayor de Blasio's&nbsp;Dominican Heritage reception, at New York County Supreme Courthouse. Manhattan BP Brewer is among those who will attend.</p> <p>At 7 p.m. the Mayor's Community Affairs Unit <a href="http://www1.nyc.gov/site/dca/media/events.page" target="_blank">presents</a> a "West Bronx Town Hall for Small Businesses." Department of Consumer Affairs Commissioner Julie Menin and General Counsel to the Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs Sonia Lin, among others, will attend.</p> <p><strong>Friday and the weekend<br /></strong>Nothing on our radar as of now, but stay tuned as things pop up once the week gets going.</p> <p>***<br />Have events or topics for us to include in an upcoming Week Ahead in New York Politics? E-mail Gotham Gazette executive editor Ben Max any time:&nbsp;<a href="mailto:bmax@gothamgazette.com"></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>&nbsp;(please use "For Week Ahead" as email subject).</p> <p>***<br />by Erika Wang and Ben Max<br /><a href="https://twitter.com/GothamGazette" target="_blank">@GothamGazette</a></p>