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/puerto-rico 2017-12-13T05:19:52+00:00 Webmaster webmaster@gothamgazette.com The Week That Was in New York Politics, October 12-16 2015-10-16T15:31:18+00:00 2015-10-16T15:31:18+00:00 http://www.gothamgazette.com/?id=5936:the-week-that-was-in-new-york-politics-october-12-16 Super User <p><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2014/03/week_in_review_bus_readers.jpg" alt="week in review bus readers" width="600" height="409" /></p> <p><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><a href="http://blog.mcny.org/2012/04/24/a-ride-on-the-subway-in-1946-with-stanley-kubrick/" target="_blank">photo</a>: Stanley Kubrick via Museum of the City of New York</span></p> <hr /> <p>Gotham Gazette's Week in Review, Friday October 16</p> <p><strong>PHOTO OF THE WEEK:&nbsp;</strong>Mayor de Blasio and former Mayor David Dinkins at the ceremony naming The David N. Dinkins Municipal Building, via The Mayor's Office; Hillary Clinton and Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito at a protest rally in Las Vegas before the Democratic presidential debate, <a href="https://twitter.com/PedroJulio/status/653735190309703680" target="_blank">via Pedro Julio Serrano</a></p> <p><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/BdB_Dinkins_via_mayors_office.jpg" alt="BdB Dinkins via mayors office" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" width="400" height="266" /></p> <p><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/HRC_MMV.jpg" alt="HRC MMV" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" width="400" height="400" /></p> <p><strong>TOP FIVE STORIES OF THE WEEK:</strong></p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>1. MTA Funding Deal:</strong> This past Saturday, after months of debate, city and state officials reached a <a href="http://www.nydailynews.com/opinion/editorial-mta-capital-plan-finally-article-1.2393980" target="_blank">deal</a> over funding for the MTA’s capital plan. New York City will pay an additional $2.5 billion, while the state will contribute $8.3 billion to meet what was the outstanding need of the $26 billion plan to expand and repair the MTA system over the next five years. As part of the <a href="http://observer.com/2015/10/cuomo-and-de-blasio-bury-hatchet-in-mta-funding-fight/" target="_blank">deal</a>, the state cannot divert funds from the capital plan, as the state has repeatedly removed money from the MTA budget in the past. Questions remain, however, over how the state and the city plan to pay for their shares - Republican Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan has <a href="http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/exclusive-nys-eyes-ways-fund-8-3b-mta-article-1.2393330" target="_blank">said</a> his conference won’t support new taxes to pay for the commitment and questioned new borrowing. De Blasio’s team is expected to outline its plans as part of a reworked capital budget in 2016.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>2. De Blasio’s First Town Hall:</strong> Mayor de Blasio held the <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/15/nyregion/mayor-de-blasio-at-rare-public-forum-presents-himself-as-a-protector-of-tenants.html?ref=nyregion&amp;_r=0" target="_blank">first town hall</a> of his mayoralty in Washington Heights on Wednesday evening. The mayor took questions from a crowd of about 250 during the two-hour town hall with a focus on rent security and tenant protection. The town hall seems to be <a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/government/5935-the-mayors-media-blitz-de-blasio" target="_blank">part of a shifting strategy</a> for public interaction that began in late August, when Mayor de Blasio began <a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/government/5935-the-mayors-media-blitz-de-blasio" target="_blank">making more appearances on TV and radio shows</a>, as well as more formal in-person outreach to New Yorkers.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>3. Cuomo Team Returns to Puerto Rico:</strong> A delegation of New York State officials led by Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul returned to <a href="http://www.timesunion.com/local/article/Hochul-to-lead-team-on-Puerto-Rico-trip-6565430.php" target="_blank">Puerto Rico</a> this week in an attempt to help the territory deal with its debt and health care crises. The delegation <a href="http://www.nystateofpolitics.com/2015/10/cuomo-admin-sends-more-help-to-puerto-rico/" target="_blank">included</a> Health Commissioner Howard Zucker, Medicaid Director Jason Helgerson, and Assemblymembers Marco Crespo and Richard Gottfried. Cuomo led the first delegation to Puerto Rico about a month ago.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>4. De Blasio to Israel:</strong> The mayor&nbsp;<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/15/nyregion/mayor-de-blasio-on-israel-trip-plans-visit-with-palestinians.html" target="_blank">headed to Israel</a> late Thursday to deliver a keynote address at the annual Conference of Mayors, where he will speak on the <a href="http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/mayor-de-blasio-israel-international-conference-article-1.2390617">topic</a> “Anti-Semitism in the West: How Cities Must Lead.” During the three-day trip, Mayor de Blasio will meet with Palestinians at a bilingual school in Jerusalem, a break from his predecessors, who only met with Israelis while visiting Israel in the past - though mayor won’t be meeting with official representatives of the Palestinian government. Questions remain around the private funding of de Blasio’s trip.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>5. Cuomo’s Common Core Task Force:</strong> Governor Cuomo's "Common Core Task Force"&nbsp;<a href="http://www.capitalnewyork.com/article/albany/2015/10/8579078/cuomos-common-core-panel-set-meet-next-week" target="_blank">met</a> for the first time Friday. The panel, made up of 15 educators, lawmakers, and business leaders, could suggest overhauling the Common Core standards in New York. Governor Cuomo <a href="http://www.capitalnewyork.com/article/albany/2015/09/8578053/new-task-force-familiar-faces-cuomo-wants-common-core-total-reboot" target="_blank">announced</a> a ‘total reboot’ of Common Core was necessary after roughly 20 percent of state students opted not to take standardized tests aligned with the tougher standards. On a related note, earlier in the week, the State Assembly education committee held a meeting on the state's most struggling schools. After Friday's meeting the Common Core Task Force announced plans for at least a dozen public forums and that it had appointed its first "student ambassador." [From September 29 when the task force had just been announced:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/government/5913-absent-from-cuomos-new-education-task-force-a-student" target="_blank">Absent from Cuomo's New Education Task Force: A Student</a>]</p> <p><strong>THIS WEEK'S NUMBERS:</strong></p> <ul> <li dir="ltr"><strong>$1.67 million</strong> in unclaimed funds have been <a href="http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/exclusive-nyc-finds-1-67m-lost-cash-state-registry-article-1.2393467" target="_blank">returned</a> to the city after Public Advocate Letitia James led a push for the city to recover money from New York’s unclaimed funds registry, which found that the city had more than 2,000 accounts with unclaimed funds.</li> </ul> <ul> <li dir="ltr"><strong>$174,000</strong>is outgoing Bronx District Attorney Robert Johnson’s new judicial <a href="http://nypost.com/2015/10/10/outgoing-bronx-da-to-score-300k-in-judge-salary-pension/" target="_blank">salary</a>, which he intends to collect in addition to his pension, which is estimated could be as much as $142,000 per year, according to The New York Post.</li> </ul> <ul> <li dir="ltr"><strong>41 months</strong> in federal prison for former Rikers correction officer Austin Romain for accepting over $11,000 in <a href="http://www.ny1.com/nyc/all-boroughs/news/2015/10/13/former-rikers-correction-officer-who-accepted-more-than--11k-in-bribes-gets-41-months-in-federal-prison.html" target="_blank">bribes</a> as part of a scheme to distribute marijuana to Rikers inmates.</li> </ul> <ul> <li dir="ltr"><strong>3 states, 8 people, and over $100,000</strong> in <a href="http://www.ny1.com/nyc/all-boroughs/criminal-justice/2015/10/14/eight-face-charges-in-connection-with-alleged-illegal-gun-smuggling-operation.html" target="_blank">illegal weapons</a> were involved in a gun-running ring busted by Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson. 112 guns were sold to an undercover police officer during the year-long investigation into the gun-smuggling ring.</li> </ul> <ul> <li dir="ltr"><strong>11-year&nbsp;</strong>difference between the <a href="http://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/local/Community-Health-Profiles-Show-Disparity-Between-New-York-City-Neighborhoods-332607172.html" target="_blank">life expectancy</a> of residents of Brooklyn’s impoverished Brownsville neighborhood and the residents of Manhattan’s more affluent financial district.</li> </ul> <p><strong>THE GLORY AND THE GOAT:</strong></p> <ul> <li dir="ltr"><strong>It was a good week for</strong> former New York City Mayor David Dinkins, who this week had the Manhattan Municipal Building <a href="http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/municipal-building-renamed-mayor-david-dinkins-article-1.2383824" target="_blank">renamed</a> in his honor.</li> </ul> <ul> <li dir="ltr"><strong>It was a bad week for</strong> Wendell Walters, former assistant commissioner of the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development, who was sentenced to three years in prison on Wednesday for accepting $2.5 million in <a href="http://goo.gl/hacbvH" target="_blank">bribes</a>.</li> </ul> <p><strong>THE FLASH:</strong></p> <ul> <li dir="ltr"><strong>Around this time 103 years ago</strong>, on October 14, 1912, then-presidential candidate Teddy Roosevelt was <a href="http://www.politico.com/story/2007/10/roosevelt-shot-in-milwaukee-on-oct-14-1912-006332" target="_blank">shot</a> in the chest by a Manhattan man while campaigning in Milwaukee. He went on with a scheduled speech despite his wound.</li> </ul> <ul> <li dir="ltr"><strong>Around this time three years ago</strong>, on October 16, 2012, the FBI arrested Mohammed Nafis for plotting to <a href="http://news.blogs.cnn.com/2012/10/17/man-arrested-in-plot-to-blow-up-federal-reserve-bank-in-new-york/" target="_blank">detonate</a> a 1,000 pound car bomb in front of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.</li> </ul> <ul> <li dir="ltr"><strong>Around this time last year</strong>, on October 14, 2014, Mayor de Blasio kicked off two Hurricane Sandy-related employment programs in Queens as a means to better connect residents with <a href="http://www.capitalnewyork.com/article/city-hall/2014/10/8554657/de-blasio-kicks-sandy-jobs-programs-rockaways" target="_blank">jobs</a> and training programs in the storm-ravaged Rockaways.</li> </ul> <p><strong>GOTHAM GAZETTE HIGHLIGHTS OF THE WEEK:</strong></p> <p><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/government/5935-the-mayors-media-blitz-de-blasio" target="_blank">The Mayor's Media Blitz</a>, by Ben Max</p> <p dir="ltr"><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/government/5934-reform-proposals-fly-as-panel-evaluates-ethics-watchdog" target="_blank">Reform Proposals Fly as Panel Evaluates Ethics Watchdog</a>, by Samar Khurshid</p> <p dir="ltr"><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/government/5933-measuring-the-mayors-education-agenda" target="_blank">Measuring the Mayor’s Education Agenda</a>, by Kaela Sanborn-Hum</p> <p dir="ltr"><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/opinion/5932-albany-transparency-and-the-mta-funding-deal-show-us-our-money" target="_blank">Albany Transparency and the MTA Funding Deal: Show Us Our Money</a>, by John Kaehny (opinion)</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong><span face="Times New Roman">MORE FOR THE WEEKEND:</span></strong></p> <ul> <li dir="ltr">Gotham Gazette's David King <a href="http://www.twcnews.com/nys/capital-region/capital-tonight-interviews/2015/10/9/reporter-roundtable-100915.html" target="_blank">appeared on last Capital Tonight's reporters roundtable</a>&nbsp;to discuss the latest in New York state politics [video].</li> <li dir="ltr">Politico New York's Azi Paybarah <a href="http://www.capitalnewyork.com/article/city-hall/2015/10/8579843/quinns-next-chapter-working-homeless" target="_blank">looks at former City Council Speaker Christine Quinn's next chapter</a>, which she begins soon as head of a nonprofit combatting homelessness and its effects</li> <li dir="ltr">The Manhattan District Attorney's Office and John Jay College <a href="http://www.wsj.com/articles/witness-for-the-prosecution-1444946704" target="_blank">are partnering to open a new think tank</a> focused on prosecutorial training and practice.</li> <li dir="ltr">And, the Mets won their NLDS series against the Dodgers; they'll start the NLCS with the Cubs Saturday night at Citi Field in Queens.</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 Meg O'Connor and Ben Max</p> <p>Note: this article has been updated</p> <p><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/graphics/2014/03/week_in_review_bus_readers.jpg" alt="week in review bus readers" width="600" height="409" /></p> <p><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><a href="http://blog.mcny.org/2012/04/24/a-ride-on-the-subway-in-1946-with-stanley-kubrick/" target="_blank">photo</a>: Stanley Kubrick via Museum of the City of New York</span></p> <hr /> <p>Gotham Gazette's Week in Review, Friday October 16</p> <p><strong>PHOTO OF THE WEEK:&nbsp;</strong>Mayor de Blasio and former Mayor David Dinkins at the ceremony naming The David N. Dinkins Municipal Building, via The Mayor's Office; Hillary Clinton and Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito at a protest rally in Las Vegas before the Democratic presidential debate, <a href="https://twitter.com/PedroJulio/status/653735190309703680" target="_blank">via Pedro Julio Serrano</a></p> <p><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/BdB_Dinkins_via_mayors_office.jpg" alt="BdB Dinkins via mayors office" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" width="400" height="266" /></p> <p><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/HRC_MMV.jpg" alt="HRC MMV" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" width="400" height="400" /></p> <p><strong>TOP FIVE STORIES OF THE WEEK:</strong></p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>1. MTA Funding Deal:</strong> This past Saturday, after months of debate, city and state officials reached a <a href="http://www.nydailynews.com/opinion/editorial-mta-capital-plan-finally-article-1.2393980" target="_blank">deal</a> over funding for the MTA’s capital plan. New York City will pay an additional $2.5 billion, while the state will contribute $8.3 billion to meet what was the outstanding need of the $26 billion plan to expand and repair the MTA system over the next five years. As part of the <a href="http://observer.com/2015/10/cuomo-and-de-blasio-bury-hatchet-in-mta-funding-fight/" target="_blank">deal</a>, the state cannot divert funds from the capital plan, as the state has repeatedly removed money from the MTA budget in the past. Questions remain, however, over how the state and the city plan to pay for their shares - Republican Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan has <a href="http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/exclusive-nys-eyes-ways-fund-8-3b-mta-article-1.2393330" target="_blank">said</a> his conference won’t support new taxes to pay for the commitment and questioned new borrowing. De Blasio’s team is expected to outline its plans as part of a reworked capital budget in 2016.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>2. De Blasio’s First Town Hall:</strong> Mayor de Blasio held the <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/15/nyregion/mayor-de-blasio-at-rare-public-forum-presents-himself-as-a-protector-of-tenants.html?ref=nyregion&amp;_r=0" target="_blank">first town hall</a> of his mayoralty in Washington Heights on Wednesday evening. The mayor took questions from a crowd of about 250 during the two-hour town hall with a focus on rent security and tenant protection. The town hall seems to be <a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/government/5935-the-mayors-media-blitz-de-blasio" target="_blank">part of a shifting strategy</a> for public interaction that began in late August, when Mayor de Blasio began <a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/government/5935-the-mayors-media-blitz-de-blasio" target="_blank">making more appearances on TV and radio shows</a>, as well as more formal in-person outreach to New Yorkers.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>3. Cuomo Team Returns to Puerto Rico:</strong> A delegation of New York State officials led by Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul returned to <a href="http://www.timesunion.com/local/article/Hochul-to-lead-team-on-Puerto-Rico-trip-6565430.php" target="_blank">Puerto Rico</a> this week in an attempt to help the territory deal with its debt and health care crises. The delegation <a href="http://www.nystateofpolitics.com/2015/10/cuomo-admin-sends-more-help-to-puerto-rico/" target="_blank">included</a> Health Commissioner Howard Zucker, Medicaid Director Jason Helgerson, and Assemblymembers Marco Crespo and Richard Gottfried. Cuomo led the first delegation to Puerto Rico about a month ago.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>4. De Blasio to Israel:</strong> The mayor&nbsp;<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/15/nyregion/mayor-de-blasio-on-israel-trip-plans-visit-with-palestinians.html" target="_blank">headed to Israel</a> late Thursday to deliver a keynote address at the annual Conference of Mayors, where he will speak on the <a href="http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/mayor-de-blasio-israel-international-conference-article-1.2390617">topic</a> “Anti-Semitism in the West: How Cities Must Lead.” During the three-day trip, Mayor de Blasio will meet with Palestinians at a bilingual school in Jerusalem, a break from his predecessors, who only met with Israelis while visiting Israel in the past - though mayor won’t be meeting with official representatives of the Palestinian government. Questions remain around the private funding of de Blasio’s trip.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>5. Cuomo’s Common Core Task Force:</strong> Governor Cuomo's "Common Core Task Force"&nbsp;<a href="http://www.capitalnewyork.com/article/albany/2015/10/8579078/cuomos-common-core-panel-set-meet-next-week" target="_blank">met</a> for the first time Friday. The panel, made up of 15 educators, lawmakers, and business leaders, could suggest overhauling the Common Core standards in New York. Governor Cuomo <a href="http://www.capitalnewyork.com/article/albany/2015/09/8578053/new-task-force-familiar-faces-cuomo-wants-common-core-total-reboot" target="_blank">announced</a> a ‘total reboot’ of Common Core was necessary after roughly 20 percent of state students opted not to take standardized tests aligned with the tougher standards. On a related note, earlier in the week, the State Assembly education committee held a meeting on the state's most struggling schools. After Friday's meeting the Common Core Task Force announced plans for at least a dozen public forums and that it had appointed its first "student ambassador." [From September 29 when the task force had just been announced:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/government/5913-absent-from-cuomos-new-education-task-force-a-student" target="_blank">Absent from Cuomo's New Education Task Force: A Student</a>]</p> <p><strong>THIS WEEK'S NUMBERS:</strong></p> <ul> <li dir="ltr"><strong>$1.67 million</strong> in unclaimed funds have been <a href="http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/exclusive-nyc-finds-1-67m-lost-cash-state-registry-article-1.2393467" target="_blank">returned</a> to the city after Public Advocate Letitia James led a push for the city to recover money from New York’s unclaimed funds registry, which found that the city had more than 2,000 accounts with unclaimed funds.</li> </ul> <ul> <li dir="ltr"><strong>$174,000</strong>is outgoing Bronx District Attorney Robert Johnson’s new judicial <a href="http://nypost.com/2015/10/10/outgoing-bronx-da-to-score-300k-in-judge-salary-pension/" target="_blank">salary</a>, which he intends to collect in addition to his pension, which is estimated could be as much as $142,000 per year, according to The New York Post.</li> </ul> <ul> <li dir="ltr"><strong>41 months</strong> in federal prison for former Rikers correction officer Austin Romain for accepting over $11,000 in <a href="http://www.ny1.com/nyc/all-boroughs/news/2015/10/13/former-rikers-correction-officer-who-accepted-more-than--11k-in-bribes-gets-41-months-in-federal-prison.html" target="_blank">bribes</a> as part of a scheme to distribute marijuana to Rikers inmates.</li> </ul> <ul> <li dir="ltr"><strong>3 states, 8 people, and over $100,000</strong> in <a href="http://www.ny1.com/nyc/all-boroughs/criminal-justice/2015/10/14/eight-face-charges-in-connection-with-alleged-illegal-gun-smuggling-operation.html" target="_blank">illegal weapons</a> were involved in a gun-running ring busted by Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson. 112 guns were sold to an undercover police officer during the year-long investigation into the gun-smuggling ring.</li> </ul> <ul> <li dir="ltr"><strong>11-year&nbsp;</strong>difference between the <a href="http://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/local/Community-Health-Profiles-Show-Disparity-Between-New-York-City-Neighborhoods-332607172.html" target="_blank">life expectancy</a> of residents of Brooklyn’s impoverished Brownsville neighborhood and the residents of Manhattan’s more affluent financial district.</li> </ul> <p><strong>THE GLORY AND THE GOAT:</strong></p> <ul> <li dir="ltr"><strong>It was a good week for</strong> former New York City Mayor David Dinkins, who this week had the Manhattan Municipal Building <a href="http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/municipal-building-renamed-mayor-david-dinkins-article-1.2383824" target="_blank">renamed</a> in his honor.</li> </ul> <ul> <li dir="ltr"><strong>It was a bad week for</strong> Wendell Walters, former assistant commissioner of the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development, who was sentenced to three years in prison on Wednesday for accepting $2.5 million in <a href="http://goo.gl/hacbvH" target="_blank">bribes</a>.</li> </ul> <p><strong>THE FLASH:</strong></p> <ul> <li dir="ltr"><strong>Around this time 103 years ago</strong>, on October 14, 1912, then-presidential candidate Teddy Roosevelt was <a href="http://www.politico.com/story/2007/10/roosevelt-shot-in-milwaukee-on-oct-14-1912-006332" target="_blank">shot</a> in the chest by a Manhattan man while campaigning in Milwaukee. He went on with a scheduled speech despite his wound.</li> </ul> <ul> <li dir="ltr"><strong>Around this time three years ago</strong>, on October 16, 2012, the FBI arrested Mohammed Nafis for plotting to <a href="http://news.blogs.cnn.com/2012/10/17/man-arrested-in-plot-to-blow-up-federal-reserve-bank-in-new-york/" target="_blank">detonate</a> a 1,000 pound car bomb in front of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.</li> </ul> <ul> <li dir="ltr"><strong>Around this time last year</strong>, on October 14, 2014, Mayor de Blasio kicked off two Hurricane Sandy-related employment programs in Queens as a means to better connect residents with <a href="http://www.capitalnewyork.com/article/city-hall/2014/10/8554657/de-blasio-kicks-sandy-jobs-programs-rockaways" target="_blank">jobs</a> and training programs in the storm-ravaged Rockaways.</li> </ul> <p><strong>GOTHAM GAZETTE HIGHLIGHTS OF THE WEEK:</strong></p> <p><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/government/5935-the-mayors-media-blitz-de-blasio" target="_blank">The Mayor's Media Blitz</a>, by Ben Max</p> <p dir="ltr"><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/government/5934-reform-proposals-fly-as-panel-evaluates-ethics-watchdog" target="_blank">Reform Proposals Fly as Panel Evaluates Ethics Watchdog</a>, by Samar Khurshid</p> <p dir="ltr"><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/government/5933-measuring-the-mayors-education-agenda" target="_blank">Measuring the Mayor’s Education Agenda</a>, by Kaela Sanborn-Hum</p> <p dir="ltr"><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/opinion/5932-albany-transparency-and-the-mta-funding-deal-show-us-our-money" target="_blank">Albany Transparency and the MTA Funding Deal: Show Us Our Money</a>, by John Kaehny (opinion)</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong><span face="Times New Roman">MORE FOR THE WEEKEND:</span></strong></p> <ul> <li dir="ltr">Gotham Gazette's David King <a href="http://www.twcnews.com/nys/capital-region/capital-tonight-interviews/2015/10/9/reporter-roundtable-100915.html" target="_blank">appeared on last Capital Tonight's reporters roundtable</a>&nbsp;to discuss the latest in New York state politics [video].</li> <li dir="ltr">Politico New York's Azi Paybarah <a href="http://www.capitalnewyork.com/article/city-hall/2015/10/8579843/quinns-next-chapter-working-homeless" target="_blank">looks at former City Council Speaker Christine Quinn's next chapter</a>, which she begins soon as head of a nonprofit combatting homelessness and its effects</li> <li dir="ltr">The Manhattan District Attorney's Office and John Jay College <a href="http://www.wsj.com/articles/witness-for-the-prosecution-1444946704" target="_blank">are partnering to open a new think tank</a> focused on prosecutorial training and practice.</li> <li dir="ltr">And, the Mets won their NLDS series against the Dodgers; they'll start the NLCS with the Cubs Saturday night at Citi Field in Queens.</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 Meg O'Connor and Ben Max</p> <p>Note: this article has been updated</p>