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What to watch for this week in New York politics:

Budget season heats up this week: the state budget is due by the end of the month, the legislature's one-house budgets are expected this week, as are further negotiations among Cuomo, Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, and Senate President John Flanagan, and New York City budget hearings continue. After holding its initial budget hearing and several issue-specific hearings last week, the City Council will continue to evaluate Mayor de Blasio's $82 billion preliminary budget. The state budget continues to loom over city proceedings, with significant worry about Gov. Cuomo's proposed cuts to city funding for Medicaid and CUNY and other measures that may hurt the city. [Read: Several Significant Questions About The Governor's Budget]

The governor has just started to meet with state legislative leaders on the budget, much less entertain talks with city officials about how to come to an agreement mitigating the costs of his proposals that the mayor and others are pushing back against.

This weekend, Cuomo made three Sunday stops on his "Drive for $15" tour, in Queens, Brooklyn, and Manhattan. Cuomo received some welcome support when The New York Times editorial board wrote in support of his efforts to raise the minimum wage. The governor starts his week at a paid family leave rally - details below.

For his part, de Blasio spent the weekend marching in two St. Patrick's Day parades and making a few other public appearances. He begins his week with a Monday announcement on gender equity - see below for details.

There's more than just budget dealings happening this week, of course. For example, the de Blasio administration's proposal for rezoning East New York comes before the City Council zoning committee first thing Monday morning. Get up to speed on what's happening with the mayor's housing plans with the latest ten-minute update from our Ben Max and City Limits' Jarrett Murphy - listen here.

Also, look for events featuring public speeches by MTA chief Tom Prendergast and Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie - see below for details. As always, there's a great deal happening all over the city, with many events to be aware of - read our day-by-day rundown below.

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The run of the week in detail:

Monday
Both houses of the New York State Legislature are in session on Monday in Albany.

Riders Alliance members will travel to Albany Monday to speak to legislators about better funding for subway and bus service.

At 10 a.m. Monday, Governor Cuomo will deliver remarks at a rally for paid family leave at IBEW Local 25 Union Hall in Hauppauge.

At 10:15 Monday morning at the Chelsea Recreation Center, "Mayor de Blasio and First Lady Chirlane McCray will host a press conference to make an announcement on gender equity." At 4 p.m. Monday, de Blasio will appear on Power 105.1.

“New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli will discuss his annual estimate of the bonuses paid to New York City securities industry employees during a conference call with press on Monday, March 7 at 11:00 a.m. Information on the bonuses will be released earlier that morning.”

At the City Council on Monday:

  • 9:30 a.m. meeting of the Subcommittee on Zoning and Franchises on the East New York rezoning.
  • 10 a.m. meeting of the Committee on Fire and Criminal Justice Services to discuss requiring the Department of Correction to report on security indicators in city jails and to make changes to jail data reporting on adolescents.
  • 11 a.m. meeting of the Committee on Housing and Buildings to discuss legal changes in relation to low energy intensity building requirements and green building standards for certain capital projects.
  • 1 p.m. the Committee on Civil Rights will meet for a preliminary budget hearing.


At 11:30 a.m. Monday The Manhattan Chamber of Commerce will host Senator Kirsten Gillibrand for a “Chairman's Conversation in honor of International Women's Day." Gillibrand will speak with MCC Chair Ken Biberaj and take questions. “We will be covering a broad range of topics including family leave and hearing 2016 legislative updates.”

At 2 p.m. Monday, Comptroller Scott Stringer will deliver remarks at A Better Balance 10th Anniversary Conference at NYU.

At 5:30 p.m. Monday the City Council will host a celebration to honor Greek-Americans who have dedicated themselves to serving their communities. The event will feature honorees who have helped promote Hellenic and democratic values and have been great examples of civic engagement throughout the community. City Council Member Costa Constantinides and Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito will lead the celebration.

Tuesday
Both houses of the New York State Legislature are in session on Tuesday in Albany.

At 8 a.m Tuesday, City & State magazine, in partnership with CUNY and SUNY, will host a breakfast forum focusing on the challenges and opportunities for community colleges and the New York workforce.

At 9 a.m. Tuesday, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr., the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, and the Bronx Overall Economic Development Corporation will host a business development seminar titled “Learn How to do Business with the MTA,” to provide an opportunity for certified minority, women-owned, disadvantaged or small business enterprises to learn about contracting and procurement opportunities available with the MTA.

At the City Council on Tuesday

  • 10 a.m., the Committee on Standards and Ethics will meet for a preliminary budget hearing.
  • Noon, the Committee on Public Safety will meet for a preliminary budget hearing.
  • 1 p.m., the Committee on Education will meet for a preliminary budget hearing on the DOE capital plan (expense is later this month).
  • 2 p.m., the Committee on Civil Rights will meet to discuss amending the administrative code to defend human rights laws, specifically regarding sexual orientation discrimination.

At 6 p.m. Tuesday, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer and The Alliance for Quality Education  will hold a public hearing on issues facing public schools, including overcrowding and lack of resources.

At 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, the Brooklyn Historical Society will host “Why New York? Our Segregated Schools Epidemic.” This discussion will be moderated by Nikole Hannah-Jones, investigative reporter for the New York Times Magazine, and include principals, teachers, and parents.

Wednesday
Both houses of the New York State Legislature are in session on Wednesday in Albany.

At 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, the Association for a Better New York will host a breakfast featuring Thomas Prendergast, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Prendergast will discuss the MTA’s Capital Program and provide an update on MTA projects underway.

At the City Council on Wednesday:

  • 9:30 a.m., the Committee on Finance will meet on the Council’s operating budget and “Schedule detailing the lump sum OTPS Unit of Appropriation of the Operating Budget of the Council of the City of New York.”
  • Noon, the Council will hold the first of its two full-body Stated Meetings of March.

At 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Urban Pathways is sponsoring a discussion at The Museum of the City of New York on solutions for combatting homelessness in New York City. Participants will include Jumaane Williams, Council Member, 45th District, and Chair, Committee on Housing and Buildings; Daniel Tietz, Chief Special Services Officer of New York City’s Human Resources Administration; Lynn Lewis, Executive Director, Picture the Homeless; DeBoRah Dickerson, Spokesperson for Picture the Homeless; herself formerly homeless; Carl Siciliano, Founder, Ali Forney Center; Alana Semuels (moderator), Staff Writer at The Atlantic.

Thursday
At the City Council on Thursday: at 10 a.m., the Committee on Fire and Criminal Justice Services will meet for a preliminary budget hearing.

At 7:30 p.m. Thursday, NYU Women's HerStory Month will host "Bleeding Freely: Menstrual Equity, Activism, and the "Tampon Tax" featuring City Council Member Julissa Ferreras, activist Jennifer Weiss-Wolf, activist Kiran Gandhi, and journalist Lisa De Bode.

Friday and the weekend
At 8 a.m. Friday New York State Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie will discuss “His first full session as Assembly speaker” and “The state budget and his legislative priorities including minimum wage, paid family leave and ethics reform” at a Crain’s Business Breakfast Forum at the New York Athletic Club. The event will be moderated by Erik Engquist, Assistant Managing Editor of Crain's New York Business and Laura Nahmias, reporter for Politico New York.

At 8:30 a.m. Friday, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams will co-host the Brooklyn Alzheimer's Conference.

At the City Council on Friday

  • 10 a.m., the Committee on Mental Health, Developmental Disability, Alcoholism, Substance Abuse and Disability Services will meet for a preliminary budget hearing.
  • 11 a.m., the Committee on Environmental Protection will meet for a preliminary budget hearing.


On Saturday at 2 p.m., City Council Member Andy King will host his third State of the 12th District Address to highlight the district’s finances, accomplishments over the past year, challenges facing the district, and future planning.

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What to watch for this week in New York politics:

Are you ready for some budget crunching? If not, get ready - the City Council starts its preliminary budget hearings on Tuesday, at which Council committees will examine Mayor Bill de Blasio's $82 billion spending plan in general, then department by department.

Meanwhile, state budget negotiations continue in Albany - or maybe we should say start, Gov. Andrew Cuomo has said that he and the leaders of the Assembly and Senate majorities have yet to meet to discuss his spending plan. Still, the Legislature has held a series of budget hearings in the capital. And on Monday, good government group Citizens Union will spotlight "elements of the budget that are inscrutable, decided behind closed doors by a handful of political leaders, and beyond the reach of the public" through its new "spending in the shadows" report. The report will also include recommendations for making the budget and budget process more transparent.

For his part, Cuomo has been touring the state pushing his plans to raise the minimum wage and enact paid family leave. Much less has been said about ethics reform, in part because Senate Republicans, who control that chamber, have indicated they don't see a need for more reform to limit legislators' outside income, close the LLC loophole, or take other measures to prevent corruption. There is still talk about moving on pension forfeiture so that lawmakers convicted of corruption are not able to collect a pension - both former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and former Senate President Dean Skelos, each convicted on federal corruption charges - has filed for a pension and will receive it.

Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie has said his conference is looking at a variety of things related to ethics. Assembly Democrats have been slowly moving towards announcing possible reforms of the workings of their chamber. These reform proposals have more to do with democraticizing the workings of the Assembly and making its business more transparent - a group Heastie tasked with coming up with recommendations has shared its ideas with the larger conference. A public look at this list is due any week now.

As always, there's a great deal happening all over the city, with many events to be aware of - read our day-by-day rundown below.

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The run of the week in detail:

Monday
The state Assembly will not be in session Monday, the previously scheduled session was canceled so that Assembly members can attend funeral services for Assembly Member Barbara Clark, who passed away Feb. 22. The state Senate is in session on Monday in Albany.

On Monday, Mayor de Blasio will attend the viewing of Assembly Member Barbara Clark. Then, at 1:45 p.m., de Blasio and Council Member Ydanis Rodriguez will host a press conference in Washington Heights on tenant protection. At 7 p.m. de Blasio will host a town hall meeting in Bayside, Queens.

At 10 a.m. Monday via video conference, Citizens Union will release its latest “spending in the shadows report” analyzing “opaque funds in the state budget” and calling for greater transparency.

At the City Council on Monday:

  • 10 a.m. meeting of the Committee on Governmental Operations to consider several bills related to elections and voting.
  • 10 a.m. meeting of the Committee on Transportation to consider several bills related to the taxi industry.
  • 11 a.m. oversight hearing of the Committee on Housing and Buildings on “The Mitchell-Lama Program.” The hearing is off-site, at Brooklyn Borough Hall.
  • 11 a.m. meeting of the Committee on Land Use.
  • 1 p.m. meeting of the Committees on Civil Rights and Women’s Issues to consider “Ensuring fairness in physical testing.” The bill being considered “would require the Equal Employment Practices Commission to specifically audit and evaluate any physical testing utilized by any city agency, either for hiring or promotional purposes. The Commission would be permitted to use outside resources to complete its audits and evaluations.”
  • 1 p.m. meeting of the Committee on Consumer Affairs on a bill “Establishing protections for freelance workers.”
  • 2 p.m. oversight hearing of the Committee on Courts and Legal Services “Examining Speedy Trial in New York City Criminal Courts.”

Ahead of the 1 p.m. Consumer Affairs committee hearing, there will be a noon rally outside City Hall in support of the freelancer-protection bill: “gig workers rally behind bill to stop NYC's nonpayment epidemic, pass "Freelance Isn't Free" Act,: including “representatives of NYC's 1.3 million freelancers, including wage theft victims,” the Freelancers Union, Council Members Brad Lander, Margaret Chin and Rafael Espinal; unions including the United Federation of Teachers and SEIU 32BJ, and other advocates.

On Monday at noon in Tarrytown, "There will be a special business meeting of the New York State Democratic Committee tomorrow to officially nominate U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer for U.S. Senate. Governor Andrew M. Cuomo will deliver remarks." City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito will also attend and deliver remarks.

At 1 p.m. Monday, “City Council Member Mark Levine will join New York City Deputy Mayor Richard Buery on a tour of the pre-k program at PS 153 in West Harlem. The visit will highlight the upcoming March 4 deadline to enroll kids born in 2012 in a pre-k program beginning in the fall of 2016.”

At 2 p.m. on Monday, “Public Advocate James will release the findings of an investigation her office has conducted on programs within the City’s Housing and Preservation Development (HPD).” The release will take place at 1344 St. Marks Avenue in Brooklyn.

At 6 p.m. Monday, the City Council will host a Lunar New Year celebration. Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito will give remarks.

Tuesday
Both houses of the state Legislature are in session on Tuesday in Albany.

Preliminary budget hearings begin Tuesday at the City Council. At 10 a.m., the Council Committee on Finance will kick things off. Testifying will be: The Office of Management and Budget (Capital Budget, Expense Budget, Revenue Budget); The Department of Finance; The Department of Design and Construction; Comptroller Scott Stringer; The Independent Budget Office; and members of the public. [Read: City Council to Begin Public Examination of Mayor's Budget]

On Tuesday at 6 p.m., Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer is hosting a competition to help promote the plastic bag bill in the City Council. The event is a “best elevator pitch” competition, where contestants will make their brief cases for the bill aiming to limit the use of carryout bags at city stores. City Council Member Brad Lander, a lead sponsor of the bill, will be on the panel of judges, along with environmental advocates. BP Brewer will give opening remarks.

At 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña will lead a town hall for school district 31, on Staten Island.

On Tuesday at 6:30 p.m., “Street Smart: The Rise of Cities and the Fall of Cars, with Samuel I. Schwartz, a.k.a. “Gridlock Sam,” former NYC Traffic Commissioner and one of the leading transportation experts in the United States today.”

Wednesday
Both houses of the state Legislature are in session on Wednesday in Albany.

On Wednesday at the City Council, two preliminary budget hearings:

  • 10 a.m., transportation.
  • 2 p.m., higher education.

Thursday
On Thursday at the City Council, two preliminary budget hearings:

  • 10 a.m., housing and buildings.
  • 10 a.m., parks and recreation.

On Thursday at 10:30 a.m. in Albany, the Assembly Standing Committee on Libraries and Education Technology will hold a hearing on “The Use of 21st Century Technology in Libraries.”

Friday and the weekend
On Wednesday at the City Council, one preliminary budget hearing: at 10 a.m., the Committee on Aging with the subcommittee on Senior Centers.

On Friday at 5 p.m. at NYU, “Storytelling with Open Data,” featuring Ben Wellington of I Quant NY and the Pratt Institute and Meredith Broussard of NYU School of Journalism.

On Friday at 6 p.m., the Historic Districts Council will host its 22nd Annual Preservation Conference at the Thurgood Marshall Federal Courthouse. Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer will deliver the keynote address and share her "insight on current issues and trends in land use planning and policy."

On Saturday at 9 a.m., The NYC School of Data will host a civic technology and open data conference. The conference aims to enrich lives and communities through technology, data, and design, as well as improve New York City’s data ecosystem.

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New York City Hall


What to watch for this week in New York politics:

This week will see a new member of the New York City Council elected; further debate over the de Blasio administration's housing plans; a return to Albany for state legislators in the midst of budget season; a number of interesting conferences and panel events; and much more. Gov. Andrew Cuomo will continue his push for paid family leave in New York, he participates in another rally on the policy on Monday in Rockland County.

City Council Speaker Mark-Viverito will continue efforts to get her 2016 agenda out to the public with at least one public speech, on Thursday. Part of Mark-Viverito's agenda, announced during her State of the City address earlier this month, is exploring a path toward reducing the population at Riker's Island jails and closing the jail complex. That conversation will also continue this week when a panel including correction union head Norman Seabrook and new Bronx District Attorney discusses Rikers reform - details below.

The City Council and State Legislature are back in action this week after last week's annual break that coincides with school vacation. There are session days in Albany, a City Council Stated Meeting in the city, and a variety of legislative hearings in both places. As always, there are many other events to be aware of, see our day-by-day rundown below.

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The run of the week in detail:

Monday
At 9 a.m. Monday, schools chancellor Carmen Farina will visit The Bronx Charter School for Better Learning.

At 10 a.m. Monday in West Haverstraw, Gov. Cuomo will participate in another in a series of paid family leave rallies.

At 11 a.m. Monday in the Bronx, Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito will speak at a HELP USA veterans housing groundbreaking ceremony.

On Monday at 12:30 p.m. in Brooklyn, “Mayor de Blasio will host a press conference to make an announcement on applying for Pre-K for All,” at “Bishop Ford School Site – Pre-K Center.”

At the City Council on Monday

  • At 10 a.m., The Committee on Consumer Affairs will meet to discuss repealing licensure of operators of motion picture projecting machines.
  • At 10 a.m., The Committee on Housing and Buildings will meet to discuss the implementation of laws that would residential buildings, housing portals, and building permits for residential buildings with violations.
  • At 10 a.m., The Committee on Mental Health, Developmental Disability, Alcoholism, Substance Abuse and Disability Services will meet to discuss laws that would improve accessibility for people living in New York City with disabilities.
  • At 1 p.m., The Committee on Environmental Protection will meet to discuss laws that would ban the use of wastewater and natural gas waste, amend the code affecting the installation of photovoltaic systems on city buildings. They will also address issues raised by the United States National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the United States Fish and Wildlife Service and affected communities.

Public Advocates Letitia James will participate in the aforementioned hearing of the Council Committee on Housing and Buildings, where a bill she is sponsoring is being heard. Later Monday, James, Comptroller Scott Stringer and others will co-sponsor and delivers remarks at Rep. Jose Serrano and Sen. Jose Serrano's Black History Month celebration at Hostos Community College in the Bronx. Then, James and Stringer both deliver Remarks at the Dominican Heritage Concert being co-sponsored by State Senator Adriano Espaillat and Council Member Ydanis Rodriguez.

At 1:00 p.m. Monday, “NYS Senator Jesse Hamilton and NYS Assemblyman Marcos A. Crespo will launch state legislation that provides a critical link between New York youth and better mental health at a press conference” at 250 Broadway in Manhattan. They will be joined by City Council Member Andrew Cohen, advocates, and other stakeholders. The bill “creates a continuing education requirement for teachers relating to mental health issues.”

At 6 p.m Monday, Reverend Al Sharpton, founder and president of the National Action Network, Norman Seabrook, head of the Correction Officers’ Benevolent Association, and Darcel Clark, Bronx District Attorney, will participate in a town hall to discuss reforming Rikers Island.

At 6 p.m. Monday, Walter T. Mosley, Assembly Member of the 57th Assembly District, will give his  State of the District address at St. Joseph’s College in Brooklyn.

Tuesday
On Tuesday, voters in City Council District 17 in the Bronx will elect a new Council member to fill a vacant seat in a special election. [Read: Voters to Fill Vacant Bronx Council Seat in Special Election]

On Tuesday, Gov. Cuomo will deliver remarks at the Drive for $15 Send-Off, 9 a.m. at 1199 SEIU Headquarters in Manhattan. At 10:45 a.m., the governor will deliver remarks at a Drive for $15 stop at Madison Square Boys and Girls Club in the Bronx; and at 12:30 p.m., Gov. Cuomo will speak at a Drive for $15 stop at the Yes We Can Community Center in Westbury.

At 8:45 a.m. Tuesday, The Downtown Brooklyn Partnership and New York University's Rudin Center will join to host a breakfast forum where they will discuss “The Rebirth of Downtown Brooklyn.” Moderator Mitchell Moss will lead a discussion among Joseph Chan, EVP, Empire State Development Corporation; Regina Myer, President, Brooklyn Bridge Park Corporation; Hugh O'Neill, President, Appleseed Inc.; and Tucker Reed, President, Downtown Brooklyn Partnership.

At 9 a.m. Tuesday, City & State will host its fifth annual “On Technology: New York City’s Smart Initiatives” forum at the New York Institute of Technology. Maya Wiley, Counsel to Mayor de Blasio, will give keynote remarks. Then, several panels and interviews will include Jeff Merritt, Director of Innovation, Mayor's Office of Tech and Innovation, City of New York; Jessica Singleton, NYC Chief Digital Officer; Gale Brewer, Manhattan Borough President; and Kevin Parker, New York State Senator; among others.

At 9 a.m. Tuesday in Ridgewood, Queens: ""Council Member Antonio Reynoso will join residents of 1708 Summerfield Street in Ridgewood to call on Silvershore Management to make immediate repairs to the building so that tenants can remain in their homes."

On Tuesday at 9:45 a.m., Public Advocate Letitia James will delivers remarks at the Queens Tribune Black History Month Awards Breakfast & Panel Discussion, Greater Allen AME in Jamaica. At 11 a.m., James will speak at a press conference "announcing "Pride Night" at Citi Field with LGBT Network, NY Mets, and Major League Baseball," at Queens Borough Hall.

At the City Council on Tuesday:

  • At 10 a.m., The Committee on Recovery and Resiliency and the Committee on Health will discuss the recovery of city hospitals from Superstorm Sandy.
  • At 10 a.m., The Committee on Contracts will meet to discuss software purchasing and amend the code affecting free and open source software.
  • At 1 p.m., The Committee on Fire and Criminal Justice Services will meet for an oversight hearing on emergency response times.

Ahead of the 1 p.m. hearing on emergency response times, there will be a noon rally at City Hall led by City Council Member Elizabeth Crowley, chair of the fire and criminal justice services committee; Vincent Variale, President of the Uniformed EMS Officers Union; FDNY Members of the Uniformed EMS Officers Union; and FDNY, to "call on the administration to provide EMS personnel with greater resources and better technology, and implement civil service standards and promotional opportunities."

At 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, the "Affordable for Who?" march will take place at City Hall Park to protest Mayor de Blasio's Housing Plan. It is organized by the Real Affordability for All campaign.

“The New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) will hold a Public Meeting on Tuesday to take actions on its 95 backlog properties. These properties were calendared by the Commission over the past 50 years for consideration for designation, but were never acted upon.“

At 1 p.m. Tuesday, "Mayor de Blasio and Police Commissioner Bratton will host a press conference to make an announcement on CompStat 2.0...After, the Mayor will meet with the Honorable Chrystia Freeland, Canadian Minister of International Trade...In the evening, the Mayor will participate in a tele-town hall with New York City AARP members on the topic of senior housing."

On Tuesday at 5 p.m. at Tweed, "Deputy Mayor for Housing and Economic Development Alicia Glen and the Department of Small Business Services (SBS) Commissioner Gregg Bishop will announce the launch of the WE Connect Mentorship program, a first-of-its-kind initiative to support the need for mentorship among underserved women entrepreneurs throughout New York City. The 17 WE Connect Mentors represent successful New York City women business owners who will provide tailored advice through in-person meetings, online chats and blog posts."

On Tuesday at 5:30 p.m., "Speaker Mark-Viverito and the African Burial Ground Task Force will host a meet up to learn more about the newly discovered African burial ground in East Harlem."

On Tuesday, the Senate Joint Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction will hold two public hearings to “examine the issues facing communities in the wake of increased heroin abuse” - at noon in Oneonta and at 6:30 p.m. in Penn Yan.

At 7:15 p.m. Tuesday, the New York League of Conservative Voters will host a Young Professionals Happy Hour. The event “will feature guest speaker Margaret Chin of the City Council to discuss her work to place a fee on single-use plastic bags in New York City.”

Wednesday
Both houses of the New York State Legislature are in session on Wednesday in Albany.

On Wednesday, the City Planning Commission will vote on the de Blasio administration's East New York Community Plan. East New York is the first neighborhood that the administration is seeking to rezone as part of its larger housing plan.

At 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, the Association for a Better New York will host a panel discussing potential reforms to prevent crises in the nonprofit human services sector. “Panelists will discuss the recently released report: New York Nonprofits in the Aftermath of FEGS: A Call to Action. The report calls for urgent reforms to prevent a looming crisis in the nonprofit human services sector, which is responsible for delivering essential government services to 2.5 million New Yorkers each year. The report will be presented by Allison Sesso, Executive Director of the Human Services Council. The discussion will be moderated by Gordon J. Campbell, Chair of the Non-Profit Closure Commission and Professor of Practice at NYU’s Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service. Panelists will include: Steven Banks, Commissioner of the New York City Human Resources Administration; Paul Francis, New York State Deputy Secretary for Health and Human Services; Christine Quinn, President and CEO of Win; David Rivel, CEO of the Jewish Board of Family and Children's Services; and Pat Swann, Senior Program Officer at the New York Community Trust.

At the City Council on Wednesday:

  • At 10 a.m., The Committee on Finance will meet to discuss the Fulton Street Business Improvement District.
  • At 1:30 p.m., the Council will hold a full-body Stated Meeting. As usual, it is expected to be prefaced by a press conference led by Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito.

At 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, The Assembly Standing Committee on Environmental Conservation, Commission on Solid Waste Management, Commission on Toxic Substances and Hazardous Wastes, and Assembly Subcommittee on Oversight of the Department of Environmental Conservation will hold a Public Hearing to discuss Electronic Waste.

At 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, the Senate Standing Committee on Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs will hold a public meeting to examine various proposals and current programs aimed at assisting our veteran population in achieving employment opportunities.

At 2 p.m. Wednesday, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams will join with mental health professionals to host the Brooklyn Mental Health Summit. The event aims to raise awareness about the importance of mental wellness within communities.

At 6 p.m. Wednesday, the Panel for Education Policy will hold a public meeting to vote on “proposals for significant changes in school utilization” and approve contacts.

Thursday
Both houses of the New York State Legislature are in session on Wednesday in Albany.

At 8 :30 a.m. Thursday, City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito will speak about “the council’s relationship with the de Blasio administration, how new council rules have changed the legislative process, and her agenda for 2016” at a Crain’s Business Breakfast Forum at the New York Athletic Club. Event moderators will be Crain’s editor Erik Engquist and NY1 anchor Errol Louis.

At the City Council on Thursday:

  • At 9:30 a.m., The Subcommittee on Zoning and Franchises will meet.
  • At 10 a.m., the Committee on Cultural Affairs, Libraries and International Intergroup Relations will meet to discuss the results of the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs Diversity Survey.
  • At 10 a.m., The Committee on Health will meet to discuss laws that would regulate the use and selling of non-tobacco smoking products.
  • At 11 a.m., The Subcommittee on Landmarks, Public Siting, and Maritime Uses will meet.
  • At 1 p.m., the Subcommittee on Planning, Dispositions and Concessions will meet.

At noon Thursday, City & State NY will hold its NYC Power 100 Luncheon The event will recognize City & State’s 100 most powerful people in New York City.

Friday and the weekend
At the City Council on Friday:

  • At 10 a.m., The Committee on Aging and The Committee on Immigration will meet to discuss serving immigrant seniors through NORCs.
  • At 10 a.m., The Committee on Civil Service and Labor and The Committee on Finance will meet to discuss health care savings under the city's collective bargaining agreements.
  • At 1 p.m., The Committee on Higher Education will meet to discuss the status of initiatives and academic opportunities for Black men at CUNY Colleges.

At 2 p.m. Friday, the Senate Joint Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction will hold a meeting in Brooklyn “to examine the issues facing communities in the wake of increased heroin abuse.”

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What to watch for this week in New York politics:

This President's Day week will be somewhat quiet, with both the City Council and state Legislature on break, as they usually are to coincide wit schools being closed. The weekend was a busy one in Albany, though, where the Legislature's Black, Latino, and Asian Caucus held its annual caucus weekend of conferences and celebrations. Mayor Bill de Blasio and many other elected officials took part, in addition to caucus members.

De Blasio, city, and state officials were also dealing with the extreme cold temperatures of the weekend, of course. And, on Sunday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo was in Harlem, where he "announced the launch of a Fair Housing Enforcement Program – a groundbreaking initiative to uncover discrimination in rental and home sale transactions. Additionally, the Governor has directed the Division of Human Rights and the Department of State to propose new regulations to strengthen the state's housing enforcement efforts on behalf of all New Yorkers," according to a press release from his office.

This week we're watching for continued discussion of how the governor's budget may affect city policy and budgeting - the governor's 30-day budget amendments have kept proposed cuts to funding for New York City in CUNY and Medicaid costs - which de Blasio says he will continue to work to see that Cuomo was sincere when he said these proposals are about finding efficiencies and won't actually cost the city anything.

De Blasio holds a town hall Tuesday night in Brooklyn - details below - and a public conversation on inequality with economist Paul Krugman on Thursday evening at the CUNY Graduate Center. De Blasio has no events on his public schedule for Monday. We're watching to see when the mayor may reschedule a press conference on his Brooklyn-Queens streetcar proposal that was cancelled when a crane collapsed recently, killing one person.

City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito continues to discuss her agenda after last week's State of the City address with at least a couple of public interviews, including one Thursday afternoon - details below.

Even with the two main legislatuve bodies on a break, there are several events to be aware of this week - read our day-by-day rundown below.

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The run of the week in detail:

Monday
Schedule is clear for Monday, Presidents Day, as of now.

Tuesday
On Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Pioneer Works in Brooklyn, Mayor de Blasio will host a press conference on the Brooklyn-Queens Connector, his streetcar plan.

On Tuesday at noon, NYPD Inspector Generel Philip Eure will speak at Columbia Law School's Center for Public Integrity. He'll discuss "What led to the creation of the OIG-NYPD." "The Inspector General's role in addressing systemic issues at the NYPD." "OIG-NYPD's findings on police use of force, body-worn cameras, and the policy on chokeholds."

On Tuesday in New York City, Gov. Cuomo is set to co-host a lunchtime fundraiser for presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

At 6 p.m. Tuesday, the Milano School and Center for New York City Affairs at The New School will host a discussion called “The New Wild West: Money and the 2016 US Presidential Election” at Arnhold Hall. Speakers will include moderator Jeff Smith, a professor at the New School; Fordham University political science professor Christina Greer; Jack Oliver, Jeb Bush’s campaign finance chair; Democratic National Committee fundraiser Zach Allen; Adam Smith of Every Voice; and others.

At 7 p.m. Tuesday, City Council Member Gentile, State Senator Marty Golden, Assembly Member Pamela Harris, and the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce join Mayor Bill de Blasio at Fort Hamilton High School for a town hall, where he is set to “addresses economic development and quality-of-life issues for businesses and residents.”

At 8 p.m. Tuesday, Comptroller Scott Stringer will deliver remarks at the Marine Park Civic Association Monthly Meeting in Brooklyn.

Wednesday
At 4 p.m. Wednesday, Jonathan F.P Rose (President of Jonathan Rose Companies) and Mitchell Silver (FAICP and New York City Parks Commissioner) will speak on Urban Landscape and Public Health, hosted by Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health.

At 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, the Voter Assistance Advisory Committee, an initiative of the New York City Campaign Finance Board and NYC Votes, will hold a public meeting to encourage the improvement of voter participation and progress with Student Voter Registration Day efforts.

Thursday
At 8:30 a.m. Thursday, New York City Economic Development Corporation President Maria Torres-Springer will speak at breakfast presented by Civic Hall and NY Tech Meetup that the former is hosting.

On Thursday at 11:30 a.m., "Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. will deliver his annual "State of the Borough" address, his seventh since taking office in 2009. During the speech, Borough President Diaz will discuss the successes of the previous year while also offering new proposals on a variety of topics, such as education, development, tourism and more." The event will take place at Cardinal Hayes High School.

At 3 p.m. Thursday at CUNY Journalism School, Errol Louis of NY1 and CUNY J-School will host a Q&A with New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, where she will discuss “the City Council's outreach to the community and ethnic media, her State of the City address, the Council’s legislative agenda, including the Criminal Justice Reform Act, numerous challenges immigrants are facing in the city, affordable housing, issues confronting small businesses and workers rights.”

At 5 p.m. Thursday in the Bronx, candidates competing for the vacant City Council District 17 seat in the Feb. 23 special election will participate in a forum. The Community Access Voter Awareness Forum will be moderated by the Bronx Chronicle’s Michael Benjamin and DNAinfo’s Eddie Small.

At 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Mayor Bill de Blasio and economist Paul Krugman will participate in a discussion on the mayor’s efforts to combat social and economic inequality, as well as the larger picture on those issues. The event will be hosted by the CUNY Graduate Center, and will be moderated by Janet Gornick, professor of political science and sociology and director of the Luxembourg Income Study at the Graduate Center.

Friday and the weekend
On Friday in Albany, from 4-8 p.m., the New York State Assembly will hold a hearing to discuss cooperatively owned housing in New York City.

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What to watch for this week in New York politics:

State budget hearings continue in Albany this week, but excitement in the capital is centered around the presence of U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara, who makes a rare visit to Albany, where he'll participate in several events Monday, including one with good government groups where he'll discuss ethics and corruption in state government.

Meanwhile, in New York City, on Sunday Mayor Bill de Blasio announced new safety improvements to crane operations - a plan to reduce risks, particularly from high winds, following Friday's crane collapse, which killed one person and injured several others.

It's an important week for de Blasio's housing plan. The City Council will hold two committee hearings this week on the mayor's proposals to change the zoning and land use rules of the city. The two proposals, known as Mandatory Inclusionary Housing and Zoning for Quality and Affordability have received mixed reviews around the city, including a lot of pushback from local community boards and groups advocating for the lowest-income New Yorkers. [Read more about the proposals here.] Adding a few tweaks, the City Planning Commission passed the two amendments to the city's zoning rules last week, sending them to the City Council for review and possible adjustments. See hearing details below.

Also important to watch this week: City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito will deliver her second State of the City address, on Thursday from the Bronx. Mark-Viverito's speech is called "More Justice" and likely to both tout work the speaker and her colleagues have done to protect low income and immigrant New Yorkers, including measures to reduce penalties for low-level, non-violent offenses, and outline new plans to create what Mark-Viverito believes would be a more fair criminal justice system and society. Last week, Mayor de Blasio gave his 2016 State of the City address, also from the Bronx, where he focused on neighborhood development. See event details for Mark-Viverito's speech below.

As always, there's a great deal happening all over the city, with many events to be aware of - read our day-by-day rundown below.

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The run of the week in detail:

Monday
At 10 a.m. Monday at City Hall, “low-wage workers for real affordability” will “reject Mayor de Blasio’s controversial housing plan...a day before the City Council hearing on Mandatory Inclusionary Housing, low-wage workers for real affordability call for major changes to de Blasio's plan.” Ralliers will include “fast food workers, carwash workers, laundry workers, and other workers and residents from East New York, the South Bronx, and East Harlem and low-income neighborhoods.”

At 11:30 Monday morning, Mayor de Blasio "will hold a public hearing for and sign eight pieces of legislation - Intro. 632-B, in relation to protecting employees in large grocery stores from immediately losing their jobs after an ownership transition; Intro. 771-A, 957-A and 952-A, in relation to requiring the Department of Education to submit annual reports on student health services, information regarding sexual health education instruction received by public middle and high school educators, and information regarding school compliance with State regulations governing comprehensive health education and HIV/AIDS education in 6th through 12 grade; Intro. 49-A, in relation to expanding notice to Council Members and Community Boards regarding the approval and rejection of applications for new buildings and alterations to existing buildings that require a new certificate of occupancy; Intro. 798-B, in relation to requiring the Depart of Finance to provide tenants enrolled in the Senior Citizens Rent Increase Exemption or the Disability Rent Increase Exemption programs with the rent amount on which their benefit calculation is based on; and Intro. 1007 and 1030-A, in relation to increasing the amount expended annually on Business Improvement Districts (BID) and expanding the Metrotech BID."

At 1:30 p.m., "the Mayor will attend the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association 2016 Lunar New Year Celebration, where he will be honored for adding the Lunar New Year to the school holiday calendar, and present a proclamation. Immediately following the event, the Mayor will hold a media availability."

The New York State Legislature is in session on Monday in Albany. And at 12:30 p.m., there will be a joint legislative budget hearing on Higher Education at the New York State Legislature.

Also at 12:30 p.m. Monday in Albany, the Senate Standing Committee on Judiciary will hold a “public hearing to consider the nomination of Michael Garcia for Associate Judge of the New York State of Appeals.”

From 12:30 to 4 p.m. Monday, BetaNYC will host a discussion on open data and its effects on New York City.

On Monday at 1 p.m. in front of the Supreme Court building in Brooklyn, “the family of Akai Gurley will be joined by families impacted by police violence in New York City. Officer Peter Liang, who will be testifying Monday, killed Akai Gurley on November 20, 2014 in NYCHA Louis H. Pink Houses in East New York, Brooklyn during a vertical patrol.”

Also at 1 p.m. Monday, Comptroller Scott Stringer and Public Advocate Letitia James will deliver remarks at the Flushing Chinese Business Association Lunar New Year Celebration.

Monday at 2 p.m. at Queens Hospital, "First Lady Chirlane McCray and Deputy Mayor Richard Buery will host a town hall with Muslim leaders in Queens on mental health. They will share an overview of ThriveNYC and then answer questions from participants." [Read: As Council Begins Oversight, McCray Reports Mental Health Roadmap Progress]

At 4 p.m. Monday in Albany, good government groups and WAMC/Northeast Public Radio will host U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara for “A Special Conversation with Preet Bharara.” Citizens Union, Common Cause New York, the League of Women Voters and the New York Public Interest Research Group will co-host the event at The Linda, WAMC’s Performing Arts Studio in Albany. Bharara will deliver remarks and sit for an interview with WAMC President and CEO Dr. Alan Chartock - it will be broadcast live on WAMC’s 28 radio frequencies and at www.wamc.org. Dick Dadey, executive director of Citizens Union, will introduce Bharara.

Earlier in the day, Bharara is also set to address a conference of New York mayors and attend the swearing in of new New York chief judge Janet DiFiore, who will lead the state’s court of appeals. Governor Cuomo will deliver remarks at DiFiore's ceremony.

Late Monday evening, the New York City Department of Homeless Service and volunteering New Yorkers will conduct the annual HOPE Count of the city’s street homeless population. At about 11:30 p.m., “Mayor Bill de Blasio, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro, Deputy Mayor Herminia Palacio, HRA Commissioner Steve Banks, and Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito will kick-off a HOPE count volunteer training session at PS 116 in Manhattan.” There are estimated to be 3,000-4,000 people who live on the streets in New York City, though the HOPE count and new measures by the mayor seek to clarify that number. The de Blasio administration is undertaking new efforts to move people from the streets into shelters, safe havens, hospitals, or other facilities.

Tuesday
The New York State Legislature is in session on Tuesday. Also, at 9:30 a.m., there will be a joint legislative budget hearing on human services.

At 8 a.m. Tuesday in Queens, "On Tuesday, February 9th, New York City Council Majority Leader Jimmy Van Bramer, Community Board 2, representatives from Access Queens, 7 Train commuters, business owners and stakeholders will rally to voice their concerns about poor 7 train service. This year, riders have seen growing delays and service disruptions during rush hour commutes. During the rally, Majority Leader Van Bramer will call on the MTA to implement and expedite a complete Full-Line Review of the 7 line. Queens 7 train commuters will be at the rally sharing their stories about horrific rush hour commutes and talking about the negative impacts poor service is having on their lives."

At 9 a.m. Tuesday in Queens, “Borough President Melinda Katz will deliver the keynote...at the annual Queens Chamber of Commerce breakfast before an audience that includes members of the Queens Borough Cabinet and more than 150 business and community leaders from across the borough.”

At the City Council on Tuesday:

  • At 9:30 a.m., the Subcommittee on Zoning and Franchise will hold a hearing at City Hall - “The focus of this hearing will be the Mandatory Inclusionary Housing proposal but public testimony on the Zoning for Quality and Affordability can also be given.”
  • At 1 p.m., the Committee on Veterans will take a tour of the Steven and Alexandra Cohen Military Family Clinic at NYU School of Medicine.

"Senator Patty Ritchie, Chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee, and members of the Senate Republican Conference will be holding a press conference Tuesday, February 9, 2016, at noon in Room 332 of the Capitol to highlight the Senate Majority's "Planting Seeds" initiatives to support New York's family farmers and boost the agriculture economy."

At 1 p.m., the New York City Campaign Finance Board will hold “EC2017 Compliance and C-Smart" which is “training for campaigns running in the 2017 citywide elections."

At the capitol building, "The Senate Democratic Conference will unveil a set of policy initiatives spearheaded by the Senate Democratic Policy Group to help New York families during the critical early childhood period on Tuesday, February 9, at 1:30 PM."

At 7 p.m., the Riders Alliance will host a “Strategy Meeting and Training: Reduced Fares for Low-Income Riders.”

Wednesday
At 9:30 a.m. Wednesday at the City Council, the Subcommittee on Zoning and Franchise will hold a hearing at City Hall - “The focus of this hearing will be the Zoning for Quality and Affordability proposal but public testimony on the Mandatory Inclusionary Housing can also be given.” [Read: Planning Commission Sends Mayor's Zoning Proposals to City Council]

On Wednesday at 10 a.m. in Albany, the Assembly Standing Committees on Judiciary and on Consumer Affairs and Protection will hold a joint hearing “To examine ways to better protect New Yorkers from unfair mandatory arbitration clauses, and to explore how the arbitration adjudicatory process can be improved.”

At 6:30 p.m., The Urban Land Institute New York will host “A View from the Top: Inclusive Leadership in the Real Estate Industry” about women’s leadership roles.

Thursday
"The next public meeting of the New York City Campaign Finance Board will be held on Thursday, February 11 at 10:00 AM."

On Thursday at 10:30 a.m. in the Bronx, the Assembly Standing Committee on Cities will hold a hearing on infrastructure problems of cities and potential solutions.

At noon on Thursday from the Samuel Gompers Campus in the South Bronx, City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito will deliver her second State of the City address, "More Justice."

On Thursday at 5:15 p.m. at the General Society Library, Common Cause NY, Greater NY Chamber, New Democratic Dimensions, and National Women's Political Caucus are hosting "Ethics in Government: Where do we go from here?" featuring state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli, Assembly Member Deborah Glick, City Council Member Dan Garodnick, and former City Council Member Robert Jackson.

Friday and the weekend
At 10 a.m. Friday, the City Council Committee on Parks and Recreation will meet on two bills: one, "would require the department of parks and recreation to publish a manual that sets forth binding policy regarding the reporting of the department's pesticide use. The bill would require that the manual, any changes to the manual, and any pesticide use reports prepared by the department of parks and recreation be made available online on the department's website"; and the other "would require the Parks Department (DPR) to establish a notification system by way of email or text message where park goers can register to receive advance notifications whenever an area under DPR's jurisdiction will be sprayed with pesticides."

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What to watch for this week in New York politics:

Mayor Bill de Blasio is in Iowa, where he has been since Friday and remains until Tuesday, campaigning for Hillary Clinton.

In New York, the big weekend news was that Democratic Assembly Member Todd Kaminsky, of Long Island, officially declared his bid for state Senate. Kaminsky, who was immediately endorsed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, is running for the seat vacated by former Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos, who was forced from office after he was convicted on federal corruption charges.

As the week begins, joint legislative budget hearings continue in Albany. In New York City, we're anticipating several key developments this week:

There will be a hearing Wednesday of the City Planning Commission, at which it is expected to pass Mayor de Blasio's two citywide zoning changes, with tweaks, and send them to the City Council. The Council will hold hearings on Mandatory Inclusionary Housing (MIH) and Zoning for Quality and Affordability (ZQA) next week, on Feb. 9 and 10.

Also Wednesday, the Council will hold a hearing on its plan to raise pay for the city's elected officials and reform some Council rules, like making the position full-time and eliminating bonuses for chairing issue committees. There is some controversy involved, though, because the Council did not have a public hearing before drafting its plan, and its plan includes bigger raises than those recommended by an independent compensation commission.

On Thursday, Mayor de Blasio will deliver his State of the City address - in the evening this year, he recently announced, so that more members of the public are able to tune in.

And on Friday, the City Council is expected to vote through those pay raises for themselves and other elected officials, while also voting on the mayor's plan to limit the carriage horse industry.

It's going to be a busy week! As always, there's a great deal happening all over the city, with many events to be aware of - read our day-by-day rundown below.

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The run of the week in detail:

Monday
The New York State Legislature is in session on Monday, each house will hold session, and there will be a joint legislative budget hearing about housing at 10 a.m.

On Monday, members of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's administration will present his "Built to Lead" agenda at a variety of events around the state.

At the City Council on Monday:

  • At 11 a.m., the Committee on Rules, Privileges and Elections will meet “on the appointment of Shin-pei Tsay to the New York City Art Commission.”
  • At 1 p.m., the Committee on Finance will meet for an oversight hearing about “The City’s Efforts to Combat Real Property Deed Fraud.”
  • At 1 p.m., the Committee on Technology will meet on two bills related to information security and another related to city agencies disposal of electronics.

The New York Association of Counties will kick off its three-day 2016 Legislative Conference at Albany’s Desmond Hotel and Conference Center on Monday. At the conference, “matters ranging from the State budget and its impact on local government, renewable energy, the heroin epidemic, Uber and Airbnb” and other issues will be discussed. U.S. Senator Charles Schumer and Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul and other officials are featured speakers.

At 9:30 a.m. Monday in Long Island City, City Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer, NYC DOT, and NYC DDC will announce the Long Island City/Hunters Point $30 Million Reconstruction Project as part of the City’s Vision Zero Initiative.

At 11 a.m. Monday at her Manhattan office, “Public Advocate Letitia James will announce a lawsuit against the NYC Department of Education (DOE) for failing to provide children with disabilities a free and appropriate public education. This is the second lawsuit Public Advocate James has filed against the DOE regarding students with disabilities.”

Also at 11 a.m. Monday, there will be a World Hijab Day press conference at City Hall, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer will participate.

At noon Monday at City Hall, "Communities United for Police Reform, advocacy and community organizations, and community members and New Yorkers" will hold a press conference to announce a request for an official investigaiton into the NYPD.

At 6 p.m., the New York City Bar Association will host a program called “How to Get on the Ballot in NYC” with former state Senate Minority Leader and private election law practitioner Martin E. Connor; Sarah K. Steiner, Chair of City Bar Election Law Committee and private election law practitioner; Jerry Goldfeder, private election law practitioner and chair of City Bar NYC Affairs Committee; and Steven Richman, general counsel at the NYC Board of Elections.

At 6 p.m., the School of Visual Arts will host a symposium about “health inequalities in East Harlem” with Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr., Arnhold Global health Institute Director Dr. Prabhjot Singh, East Harlem tenants’ activist Carmen Quinones, Strive co-founder Rob Carmona and community leader Clyde Williams. It will be moderated by Cheryl Heller, Chair of Design for Social Innovation at SVA.

At 7 p.m. Monday, Comptroller Scott Stringer will deliver remarks at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Lunar New Year Celebration.

On Monday evening, several elected officials and many others will attend the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts 50th Anniversary Gala.

Tuesday
The New York State Legislature is in session on Tuesday and will also have two joint legislative budget hearings: a 9:30 a.m. joint legislative budget hearing on taxes and a 1 p.m. joint legislative budget hearing on economic development.

At 8 a.m., de Blasio administration officials will give an information session about the Mandatory Inclusionary Housing and Zoning for Quality and Affordability zoning amendments at the Bronx Chamber of Commerce.

At noon, City Council Member Dan Garodnick will discuss “Midtown East Rezoning: What’s Next?” at the Cornell Club for the B’nai B’rith Real Estate luncheon.

New York City charter school staff and parents will head to Albany on Tuesday for “Advocacy Day 2016.”

Wednesday
At the City Council on Wednesday: At 10 a.m., the Committees on Governmental Operations and Rules, Privileges and Elections will meet on four bills and two resolutions. The first bill will give pay raises to Council members, the mayor and other city elected officials. The other three bills and the resolutions are also related to compensation. [Read: City Council Announces Bill to Raise Pay, Reform Position]

The New York State Legislature will have joint legislative budget hearings on Wednesday: a 9:30 a.m. hearing on mental hygiene and a 1 p.m. hearing on workforce development.

At 8 a.m., a policy forum about “Green Preservation of Multi-Family Affordable Housing” will be hosted by the New York League of Conservation Voters Education Fund, NYU Wagner and Enterprise Community Partners at 295 Lafayette Street.

The City Planning Commission will have a public meeting at 10 a.m. at 22 Reade Street in Manhattan, at which it is expected to pass the mayor’s zoning amendments, called Mandatory Inclusionary Housing and Zoning for Quality and Affordability, with their tweaks, and send them to the City Council.

Thursday
The New York State Legislature will have a joint legislative budget hearing on “Public Protection” at 9:30 a.m.

At the City Council on Thursday:

  • At 10 a.m., the Committee on Sanitation and Solid Waste Management will have an oversight hearing: “Update Concerning Local Law 77 of 2013, Which Created a Curbside Organics Collection Pilot Program.”
  • At 1 p.m., the Committees on General Welfare and Education will have a joint oversight hearing on “DOE’s Support for Students who are Homeless or in Temporary Housing.”

At 6 p.m., the Center for New York City law is hosting “Police Use Of Force: A Discussion of NYPD’s New Policy”, which it is co-sponsoring with the Impact Center for Public Interest Law and the Criminal Justice Project. Representatives from the NYPD, the New York Civil Liberties Union and the Civilian Complaint Review board will speak.

At 7 p.m., Mayor de Blasio will deliver his State of the City address at the Lehman Center for the Performing Arts in the Bronx. The address was “moved to the evening to ensure that more New Yorkers will be able to watch and engage.”

Friday and the weekend
At the City Council on Friday: The Council will have a full-bodied Stated Meeting at noon.

At a gala on Saturday, the Human Rights Campaign will be honoring Gov. Cuomo and actress Sigourney Weaver at the Waldorf Astoria. Cuomo is receiving the organization’s National Equality Award.

[Read: Concerns of 'Voter Fatigue' as New York Schedules Four Election Days]

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What to watch for this week in New York politics:

Mayor Bill de Blasio is back in Albany this week - this time, he's not taking in Governor Cuomo's budget address, he's testifying about it. This will be on Tuesday as de Blasio and other city officials testify in front a joint legislative budget hearing,

First, the week starts with a major City Council hearing Monday morning at 10 a.m., at which the new, eight-bill Criminal Justice Reform Act will be heard - details below.

The HOPE Count of homeless people living on the street is scheduled for Monday evening. Mayor de Blasio and other officials, including HUD Secretary Julian Castro, will kick off one volunteer group at 10:30 p.m. in Manhattan. This weekend's snowstorm could delay this event, check back here and elsewhere for any changes on Monday.

On Tuesday, de Blasio and other city officials head to Albany to testify - other officials giving testimony and fielding questions from Assembly members and state Senators will include Comptroller Scott Stringer, City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, and Council Finance Committee Chair Julissa Ferreras-Copeland. Many are watching to see what de Blasio and others prioritize in their testimony and how de Blasio is received by Albany lawmakers. City officials get to respond to Governor Cuomo's Executive Budget in front of the legislature - how de Blasio approaches Cuomo's budget could lead to a significant response from the governor, something else to watch for. We know that the governor has several proposals that the mayor has praised, including on the minimum wage, paid family leave, and supportive housing, along with several he has concerns about, including proposed cuts to funding for CUNY and Medicaid. Other topics likely to come up include mayoral control of city schools, the expired 421-a real estate/affordable housing tax break, and homelessness.

As always, there's a great deal happening all over the city, with many events to be aware of - read our day-by-day rundown below.

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The run of the week in detail:

Monday
The New York State Legislature is in session on Monday and will have a joint legislative budget hearing about “Health/Medicaid” at 9:30 a.m.

At the City Council on Monday:

  • At 10 a.m., the Committee on Public Safety will hear the new, eight-bill Criminal Justice Reform Act of 2016, which seeks to add civil penalties for a variety of low-level, nonviolent, quality-of-life offenses like open container of alcohol, public urination, and violations of park rules. Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, who is spearheading this reform effort and is a lead sponsor on several of the bills, will give opening remarks.
  • At 1 p.m., the Committee on Education will meet for the introduction of a bill that “would require the Department of Education to provide data, related to student participation in various free school breakfast, free salad bar, and free afterschool meals, to the Council and on their website” with a report that would also provide information “about initiatives and programs aimed at increasing student participation in the free meals.”

Representatives from Gov. Cuomo's administration are again fanning the state Monday to give presentations of the Governor's 2016 State of the State agenda, including events in Hudson, Elizabethtown, and elsewhere.

At the Hope Program in Brooklyn, there will be a press conference about the Fair Chance Act’s enforcement at 10 a.m. Monday attended by City Commission on Human Rights officials, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, and City Council Member Jumaane Williams.

At 10:30 a.m. Monday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo will be in Manhattan to speak at the Harvard Club during an event in which “Mortimer Zuckerman will announce the Zuckerman Scholars Program in STEM Leadership, a transformative program to support next generations of leaders in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.”

At 10:30 a.m. Monday at Queens Borough Hall., Queens Borough President Melinda Katz will hold a public hearing “to obtain the views and recommendations of the Queens Community Boards, residents and stakeholders on the proposals contained in the Mayor’s FY 2017 Preliminary Budget.”

At 3:30 p.m. Monday, Speaker Mark-Viverito will speak at the New American Leaders Project 'States of Inclusion' at the Ford Foundation. And at 5 p.m. Mark-Viverito will host "Melissa Meet Up" on training on the discretionary funding process at the Council District 17 office in the Bronx - there is currently no sitting Council member in that district after the resignation of former Council Member Maria Del Carmen Arroyo.

At 6 p.m. at The Hilton Albany, the Business Council of New York State, Inc. will have its 2016 Legislators’ Reception.

City Council Member Costa Constantinides will give his State of the District address at 7 p.m. at Astoria’s PS 122 Elementary School on Monday.

The annual HOPE Count (the Department of Homeless Services’ count of street homelessness in the city) is scheduled to be taken by DHS and partners Monday night. More than 3,000 people are volunteering for the count, which starts at 10 p.m. and will end at 4 a.m. on Tuesday. Mayor de Blasio, Speaker Mark-Viverito, Human Resources Administration Commissioner Steven Banks and U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro “will kick-off a HOPE count volunteer training session at PS 116 in Manhattan” at 10:30 p.m.

Tuesday
The New York State Legislature is in session on Tuesday and will have a joint legislative budget hearing at 10 a.m. regarding “Local Government Officials/General Government.” This is the hearing de Blasio, Stringer, Mark-Viverito, and Ferreras-Copeland will testify during.

At the City Council on Tuesday:  

  • At 9:30 a.m., the Subcommittee on Zoning and Franchises will meet.
  • At 1 p.m., the Committee on Health will meet for the introduction of a bill aimed at “Setting nutritional standards for distributing incentive items aimed at children.”
  • At 6 p.m., the Committee on Public Housing will hold an off-site oversight hearing about “The NextGeneration NYCHA Development Plan” at Holmes Community Center on East 93rd Street in Manhattan.

At 9 a.m. Tuesday, there will be a panel called “Food Policy for Breakfast: Universal School Meals: A Research Agenda” will be held by the New York City Food Policy Center at the CUNY Graduate Center. Community Food Advocates Executive Director Liz Accles, PhD. candidate Renalta Peralta of Columbia University’s Teachers College and Randi Herman of the Council of School Supervisors and Administrators will be featured speakers, and Professor Jon Poppendieck, the center’s policy director, will moderate.

Wednesday
At the New York State Legislature on Wednesday: a joint legislative budget hearing on “Elementary & Secondary Education” at 9:30 a.m.

At the City Council on Wednesday:   

  • At 10 a.m., the Committee on Immigration will meet for an oversight hearing about the question “How can the City support ethnic media to ensure that immigrant communities receive information on local matters?”
  • At 1 p.m., the Committees on Civil Service and Labor, Small Business, and Economic Development will meet for a joint oversight hearing about “Decreasing Job Placements at Workforce 1 Centers.”
  • At 1 p.m., the Committee on Sanitation and Solid Waste Management will meet for an oversight hearing for an “Update Concerning Local Law 77 of 2013, Which Created a Curbside Organics Collection Pilot Program.”

At 8 a.m., City & State will holds its 2016 NYC Legislative Preview forum at Baruch College. Deputy Mayor Richard Buery, City Council Members Julissa Ferreras, Dan Garodnick, and Jumaane Williams are among those who will speak.

At noon on Wednesday at City Hall, “elected officials, community leaders, and residents will hold a rally calling on the administration to stop the inequitable placement of homeless shelters in Southeast Queens. The rally will come one day ahead of residents’ court date on their action seeking an injunction against the City.” The participants will include state Sen. Leroy Comrie, members of the NAACP, local community board, National Action Network, and other groups.

At 3 p.m. Wednesday at Civic Hall, there will be a green infrastructure grant workshop for the Department of Environmental Protection. Those participating “will get an in-depth understanding of the eligibility requirements and application process.”

At 6:30 p.m., the Brooklyn Historical Society will host a discussion about Bensonhurst’s growing Asian communities and their implications for city politics. City Council Member Mark Treyger, Professor Peter Kwong of the CUNY Graduate Center and Brooklyn College, City Limits Executive Editor Jarrett Murphy, and Brooklyn Chinese-American Association President Paul Mak will speak on the panel.

Thursday
At the New York State Legislature on Thursday: a joint legislative budget hearing on “Environmental Conservation” at 9:30 a.m.

At the City Council on Thursday:

  • At 11 a.m., the Committee on Land Use will meet.    
  • At 1 p.m., the Committee on Mental Health, Developmental Disability, Alcoholism, Substance Abuse and Disability Services will meet for an oversight hearing on “Thrive NYC: A Mental Health Roadmap for All.”
  • At 1 p.m., the Committee on Environmental Protection will meet on two bills - one “Requiring a study of potential environmental justice communities in NYC and the publication of the results of such study on the city’s website” and the other “Identifying and addressing environmental justice issues.”
  • At 1 p.m., the Committee on Governmental Operations will meet.

At 8:30 a.m. Thursday, New York State Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan will speak about “the New York State budget and his priorities for the current session and beyond” at an Association for a Better New York breakfast.

Queens Borough President Melinda Katz will hold a public land use hearing at Queens Borough Hall’s conference room at 10:30 a.m. Thursday.

At 1 p.m. Thursday, Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie and other political, nonprofit and economic development leaders will speak at a forum called “Cities Building Community Wealth” organized by the Surdna Foundation, the Democracy Collaborative and the CUNY School of Law, which is hosting the event.

At 2 p.m. Thursday, New York Law School will will host a presentation by the Center for New York City Law, the Center for Real Estate Studies, and the New York City Tax Commission called “New York City Property Tax 2015-2016.”

At 3 p.m. Thursday, City Health Commissioner Dr. Mary Bassett will speak about the Health Department’s agenda and participate in a Q&A session with Errol Louis of NY1 and CUNY J-School, Jarrett Murphy of City Limits, and Vania Ambre of The Haitian Times, at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism’s Center for Community and Ethnic Media.

At 6 p.m. Thursday, Dr. Christina Greer, a Fordham political science professor, will moderate “What Is Going to Happen? A Discussion of the 2016 Primaries: Pitfalls, Predictions, and Popularity” with Alexis Grenell, a City and State columnist and Democratic political strategist and Jessica Proud, a partner at the November Team and a Republican strategist. The event is at Fordham University’s McMahon Hall Lounge.

Friday and the weekend
At the City Council on Friday:

  • At 10 a.m., the Committee on Housing and Buildings will meet.
  • At 10 a.m., an oversight hearing on “Examining Cultural Non-Profits in the New York City Juvenile Justice System” will be held by the Committees on Juvenile Justice and Cultural Affairs.

On Sunday, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer will host her State of the Borough event at 2 p.m. at the New School. The event will be “youth- and culture-focused” and host panelists including Dr. Sumie Okazaki, Francisco Nunez, and Kharry Lazarre White.

Assemblymember Michael Blake will deliver his State of the District address at 2 p.m. on Sunday at Dreamyard in the Bronx.

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What to watch for this week in New York politics:

Last week, Governor Andrew Cuomo released his Executive Budget for fiscal year 2017, which, for the state, begins April 1. It was not without controversy for the city, with Cuomo including significant cuts to state aid for city Medicaid and CUNY costs. Mayor Bill de Blasio and others from the city pushed back quickly and firmly, and the governor seemed to indicate that he was ready to work with the mayor and others to find efficiencies in the two programs in order to save money, rather than simply moving costs to the city.

This week, it's de Blasio's turn. The mayor is due to release his Preliminary Budget for FY17 on Thursday. It will be especially interesting to see how the mayor accounts for the Medicaid and CUNY aspects of Cuomo's budget. Also, many are watching to see if the mayor calls for clearer savings from his agencies - a majority of City Council members sent the mayor a letter recently, asking him to ask his commissioners to identify five percent savings. The city budget has grown significantly over the past two years, in part due to labor contracts the mayor has signed - he inherited a labor situation with none of the city's labor unions under non-expired contract.

The state legislature is in session on Wednesday and Thursday in Albany, beginning budget hearings on the governor's budget. And, on Wednesday, the legislature will consider the governor's nominee to fill the vacancy for the state's chief judge. Details below.

In the city, we're watching reaction to the announcement of a deal on Central Park carriage horses, announced Sunday evening; what the next steps are related to the for-hire vehicle study the city released Friday, as well as the related legislative package the City Council announced, and more. We also saw on Friday the expiration of the 421-a real estate development tax break meant to spur affodable housing. What's next there is also to be seen.

As always, there's a great deal happening all over the city, with many events to be aware of - read our day-by-day rundown below.

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The run of the week in detail:

Monday
Monday is Martin Luther King Jr. Day. There are commemorative events all over the city and many elected officials are either holding events or participating in them.

Mayor de Blasio is speaking at three Martin Luther King Jr. Day events Monday, per his public schedule:

  • At 11 a.m. Monday at BAM in Brooklyn, "Mayor de Blasio and First Lady Chirlane McCray will deliver remarks at the 30th Annual Brooklyn Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr." (after which the mayor will speak with members of the media)
  • At 2:45 p.m., "the Mayor will deliver remarks at the National Action Network's Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Policy Forum in Manhattan."
  • "In the evening, the Mayor will deliver remarks at the St. Mary's Episcopal Church's Community Celebration in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day."

City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito will also speak at the BAM event, at 10:30 a.m. She will then speak at Convent Avenue Baptist Church's Martin Luther King Day service at 11:30, and at the National Action Network event at 1:15 p.m.

Public Advocate Letitia James has nine Martin Luther King Jr. Day events on her schedule, including the BAM and NAN events mentioned above. Comptroller Scott Stringer has several MLK Day events on his schedule, too.

Gov. Cuomo will be honored at NAN, according to the governor's public schedule, on Monday at 3 p.m., "Governor Cuomo Delivers Remarks and Receives the "Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Crusader for Social Justice Award" at the National Action Network's Annual NY King Day Public Policy Forum." After the event, "the Governor will join the National Action Network in a "Fight for Fair Pay" march."

Tuesday
At the City Council on Tuesday:

  • At 10 a.m., the Committee on Finance will meet on three bills related to business improvement districts, one bill that would "require the Department of Finance to include a notice regarding legal and preferential rents on certain documents related to the NYC Rent Freeze Program" and a resolution to approve designation changes in its expense budget.
  • At 1:30 p.m., the Council will have a Stated Meeting. It will be prefaced, as usual, by the Speaker's pre-stated press conference at 12:30.

Prior to the stated meeting, at 10 a.m., "elected officials, labor and community leaders will gather on the steps of New York City Hall to rally in anticipation of a vote on the Grocery Worker Retention Act (GWRA). The GWRA (Int 632-2015) provides for a ninety day transition period to eligible employees following a change in ownership of a grocery store." This will be led by "Council Member I. Daneek Miller, Council Progressive Caucus members, RWDSU, RWDSU 338, UFCW 1500, other elected officials, labor and community leaders, and more." [Read: City Council Considers Regulating Grocery Personnel Decisions]

At 10 a.m. in the John Adams Houses projects in the Bronx, New York City Housing Authority CEO and Chair Shola Olatoye is expected to announce "the completion of major CCTV installation and ongoing security upgrades at 32 NYCHA developments citywide."

At 11 a.m. at the Razi School in Queens, "Mayor de Blasio will host a press conference to make an announcement related to Vision Zero."

At 11:30 a.m. outside City Hall, "Wheelchair advocates and taxi drivers will join together...in a first-of-its-kind rally aimed at forcing the City Council to act and leveling the playing field for all sectors of the taxi and for-hire industries...Uber now has over 30,000 vehicles in the city, but not a single one is wheelchair accessible. Uber's growth has also driven down medallion values, poached drivers from the taxi industry, and reduced taxi-generated MTA revenue by displacing existing taxi pickups."

On Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. a large number of community groups will organize representatives outside U.S. Attorney Preet Bharar's office, where "Youth speakout to demand Preet Bharara & DOJ prioritize justice in killing of Ramarley Graham and protection of Black & Brown young people's lives." The action is being led by Communities United for Police Reform.

At 6:30 p.m., the Museum of the City of New York is hosting a panel called "Housing a Growing City," featuring City Council Member Ritchie Torres, Department of City Planning Executive Director Purnima Kapur, Citizens Housing and Planning Council Executive Director Sarah Watson and Seema Agnani and National CAPACD's director of policy and civic engagement. The panel will be moderated by Ingrid Gould Ellen, NYU professor and the director of the Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy.

Wednesday
At the City Council on Wednesday:

  • At 10 a.m., the Committees on Fire and Criminal Justice Services and Parks and Recreation will meet for an oversight hearing to examine Hart Island's future and to introduce a bill that would give the Department of Parks and Recreation jurisdiction over the island, which is currently controlled by the corrections department.
  • At 1 p.m., the Committee on Youth Services will have an oversight hearing to discuss "Connecting Young People to Volunteer Opportunities".

The New York state legislature is in session on Wednesday, and will also have three hearings in Albany, including the first joint budget hearing on Governor Cuomo's recently unveiled Executive Budget for fiscal year 2017:

  • At 9:30 a.m., a joint legislative public hearing on the governor's 2016-2017 budget proposal on transportation.
  • At 11 a.m., a joint hearing by the Assembly Standing Committees on Corporations, Authorities and Commissions and Economic Development, Job Creation, Commerce and Industry will be held about "Providing Affordable and High Quality Cable, Broadband, and Telephone Service".
  • At 1 p.m., the Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing about the appointment of Gov. Cuomo's nominee for Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals, Westchester County District Attorney Janet DiFiore.

The City Planning Commission will discuss several items during a public meeting at 22 Reade Street at 10 a.m. Wednesday.

At 6 p.m. Wednesday, the Panel for Educational Policy will meet at the Taft Educational Campus in the Bronx. The panel is set to vote on the DOE Community Schools Policy, "proposals for significant changes in school utilization" and Chancellor's Regulations amendments and proposed contracts.

Thursday
The New York state legislature is in session on Thursday.

Mayor Bill de Blasio will deliver his preliminary fiscal year 2017 budget on Thursday. Later on Thursday, de Blasio will head to Washington, D.C. for the U.S. Conference of Mayors winter gathering. He's set to speak at a Friday plenary and then head back to New York City.

Queens Borough president Melinda Katz will will deliver the State of the Borough address at Queens College's Colden Auditorium at 10 a.m.

At 10 a.m. Thursday, there will be a press conference held by state legislators, health professionals, advocates and educators about the Mental Health First Aid bill sponsored by State Senator Jesse Hamilton, at the Legislative Office building in Albany.

At the City Council on Thursday: At 1 p.m., the Committee on Recovery and Resiliency will meet to introduce a bill to absolve criminal and civil penalties for owners of buildings with code violations that were created in response to natural disaster, and a bill with the same function for building owners waiting for repairs from a city disaster recovery program that also requires that the city refund them of fines paid for these penalties.

At 6:30 p.m., Representative Hakeem Jeffries will give his State of the District address at Long Island University's Paramount Theatre.

Friday and the weekend
Mayor de Blasio will speak Friday at the U.S. Conference of Mayors gathering in Washington, D.C.

Success Academy Charter Schools CEO Eva Moskowitz will speak at a CityLaw breakfast at 8:15 a.m on Friday at New York Law School.

On Friday at 9 a.m., the Urban Justice Center will host a policy briefing. The Bronx Coalition for a Community Vision and the Coalition for Community Advancement in Cypress Hills/East New York will discuss the community plans, which are alternatives to the de Blasio’s administration’s plans.

At the City Council on Friday: at 10 a.m., the Committees on Cultural Affairs, Libraries and International Intergroup Relations and Juvenile Justice will discuss “Cultural Non-Profits in the New York City Juvenile Justice System” in a joint oversight hearing.

At the New York State Legislature Friday: at 1 p.m., the Assembly Standing Committee on Real Property Taxation will have a public hearing about the real property tax system of New York City.

At 4 p.m. on Saturday, Assemblymember Michael Blake will deliver his State of the District address at Dreamyard in the Bronx on Saturday.

The second public workshop on Inwood’s neighborhood rezoning will be held by Community Board 12, the Department of City Planning, and Council Member Ydanis Rodriguez at J.H.S. 52 on Saturday at 6:30 p.m.

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What to watch for this week in New York politics:

Eyes are on Albany this week as we head toward Governor Andrew Cuomo's State of the State and budget address on Wednesday in the capital. The governor has spent the past week rolling out pieces of his agenda, including events and announcements over the weekend, largely focused on infrastructure, but also criminal justice reform, the minimum wage, economic development, and more.

The two houses of the state legislature is in session Monday and Tuesday, and many members are likely to stay in town for the governor's speech on Wednesday. Mayor Bill de Blasio will be in Albany for the governor's speech, which Cuomo has indicated will include a series of measures aimed at fighting homelessness, some of which may encroach on work de Blasio is doing. Cuomo is also expected to unveil new plans around governmental ethics, education, and additional criminal justice reforms. For his part, de Blasio has been releasing new homelessness-related plans, in part, it seems, to head off the governor and assert that he has control over the situation. De Blasio has, however, called on the state to expand the resources it is devoting to supportive housing and other homelessness-prevention measures. [Read our preview of the 2016 Albany session: Corruption, Elections Loom Over Lengthy 2016 Legislative Agenda]

Cuomo will make another announcement Monday, this time on Rev. Al Sharpton's radio show. De Blasio begins his week with two public events in Brooklyn, both related to housing - see details below.

[Opinion: Time for the Mayor and the Governor to Work Together]

As the week begins, the issue of sexual assault in New York City has become a focus. This, after an increase in reported rapes in 2015, comments by NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton that upset some people, and a horrific gang rape incident in Brooklyn on Thursday evening. A rally and press conference are scheduled for Monday at City Hall - details below.

As always, there's a great deal happening all over the city, with many events to be aware of - read our day-by-day rundown below.

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The run of the week in detail:

Monday
The New York state legislature is in session on Monday.

At 10 a.m. Monday outside City Hall, legislators and advocates will hold a rally and press conference calling for a different approach to protecting women from rape. City Council Member Laurie Cumbo, who has sponsored related legislation, other elected officials, advocates including National Organization for Women New York City, and others will rally to push the city to take new action and "to tell the NYPD to take rape seriously! Let's call for action, NOT just the "buddy system," to end violence against women," according to NOW.

On Monday at 10:30 a.m. in Manhattan, schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña will visit "PS 126 to make a language access announcement."

Mayor Bill de Blasio begins his week with two public events in Brooklyn, both housing related. At 2 p.m. the mayor "will host a press conference to make an announcement on affordable housing" at 1 Vernon Ave in Brooklyn. At 7:15 p.m., de Blasio "and NYCHA Chair Shola Olatoya will join residents from Wyckoff Gardens for a forum on NextGen Neighborhoods."

At 3 p.m. Monday, "Governor Cuomo makes an announcement on "Keepin' It Real With Reverend Al Sharpton.,"" according to the governor's public schedule.

At 6:30 p.m. on Monday, the Mayor's Community Affairs Unit will hold a small business town hall at Bedford-Stuyvesant's Restoration Plaza. Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce President Carlo Scissura, Department of Small Business Services Commissioner Gregg Bishop and Department of Consumer Affairs Commissioner Julie Menin will be featured speakers at the event.

At 6:30 p.m. Monday, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer will host an information session for the Manhattan Solid Waste Advisory Board at the David N. Dinkins Municipal Building. The BP's office is accepting applications for the board's membership.

Tuesday
The New York state legislature is in session on Tuesday.

At the City Council on Tuesday:

  • At 9:30 a.m., the Subcommittee on Zoning and Franchises will meet.
  • At 10 a.m., the Committee on Education will tour J.H.S. 50 John D. Wells in Brooklyn.
  • At 11 a.m., the Subcommittee on Landmarks, Public Siting and Maritime Uses will meet.
  • At 1 p.m., the Subcommittee on Planning, Dispositions and Concessions will meet.

At 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, “Fighting the Fight for $15,” a breakfast forum co-sponsored by the Empire Center for Public Policy and the Manhattan Institute, will be held to discuss the effects of a $15 minimum wage on employment of New York State’s unskilled laborers. The event will feature Dr. Douglas Holtz-Eakin, E.J. McMahon, and Dr. Lee Bowes.

Starting Tuesday, candidates must starting filing the latest round of financial disclosures to the New York City Campaign Finance Board. The latest filing period covers all activity through Monday, January 11. Filings are due by midnight on Friday, January 15, and must be performed by candidates with campaign accounts for the upcoming 2017 city election cycle, as well as the upcoming Feb. 23 special election in City Council District 17; and, the recently held special elections in Council Districts 23 and 51.

At 11:30 a.m. Tuesday in Albany, the Center for an Urban Future and the New York Association of Training & Employment Professionals will co-host a symposium called “A Door to Opportunity” to discuss “the lack of financial aid for part-time students.” Gov. Cuomo’s assistant secretary for education, Jay Quaintance, SUNY Empire State College President Merodie A. Hancock, Assemblymember Deborah Glick (the chair of the assembly’s higher education committee), and others will be featured speakers.

At 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in Manhattan, the Johns Hopkins Institute for Education Policy will host a discussion about “the challenges faced by immigrant-origin children and youth” called “Intersecting Inequalities: Focus on East Harlem.”

At 6:30 p.m., City & State will be hosting its State of the State reception at The Hollow Bar & Kitchen in Albany.

At 7 p.m., Riders Alliance will have a “strategy meeting” at its office about “Discount Public Transit Fares for Low-Income New Yorkers.”

Tuesday evening at 9 p.m. is President Obama’s final State of the Union address.

Wednesday
At the City Council on Wednesday:

  • At 10 a.m., the Committee on General Welfare will hold an oversight hearing on “Hunger in New York City”.
  • At 1 p.m., the Committee on Veterans will meet for an oversight hearing with its advisory board about “the Impact of Last Year’s Reforms” and for two resolutions.

At 12:30 p.m., Gov. Cuomo will give a speech combining his State of the State and Executive Budget addresses at Albany’s Empire State Plaza Convention Center.

On Wednesday, The Institute for Children, Poverty & Homelessness will start its “Beyond Housing: A National Conversation on Child Homelessness and Poverty 2016” conference. The three-day conference will end on Jan. 15.

City Council Member Corey Johnson is having a community resource fair at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday and a town hall at 7 p.m. at the LGBT Community Center.

Thursday
At the City Council on Thursday:

  • At 10 a.m., the Committees on Technology and Public Safety will hold a joint hearing about “Creating an emergency mobile text system.”
  • At 10 a.m., the Committee on Consumer Affairs will meet about a bill aiming to prohibit the sale and distribution of toys with high levels of dangerous chemicals and a resolution to “Establish lower total content levels of regulated chemicals for children’s toys and to establish consistent standards for all children’s products”.
  • At 11 a.m., the Committee on Land Use will meet.
  • At 1 p.m., the Committee on Housing and Buildings will meet on a bill mandating minimum temperatures in buildings and another bill that “would require single-occupant toilet rooms to be usable by persons of any gender.”
  • At 1 p.m., the Committee on Higher Education will meet for an oversight hearing about the question “Are Post-Secondary Institutions in New York City Adequately Training Teachers?”

At 8 a.m. Thursday, New York City Taxi and Limousine Commissioner Meera Joshi will “discuss the struggles of taxi medallion owners, the rise of Uber, and the future of innovation in the city's for-hire vehicle industry” at a Crain’s Business Breakfast Forum at the New York Athletic Club, moderated by Crain’s editor Erik Engquist and Politico New York reporter Dana Rubinstein.

“The next public meeting of the New York City Campaign Finance Board will be held on January 14, at 10:00 AM.”

At the New York State Legislature Thursday: a 10:30 a.m. joint hearing about “Diversity in the Legal Profession” will be held in Albany by the Assembly Standing Committee on Judiciary and Assembly Subcommittee on Diversity in Law.

At 6:30 p.m. the first public workshop about Inwood’s rezoning will be held by Community Board 12, the Department of City Planning and Council Member Ydanis Rodriguez at P.S. 314.

Thursday evening at 7 p.m. at Fort Washington Collegiate Church will be the first debate in the race to replace retiring Congressional Rep. Charles Rangel. Invited candidates include Suzan Johnson Cook, Adriano Espaillat, Michael Gallagher, Guillermo Linares, Bill Perkins, Adam Clayton Powell IV, Clyde Williams, Keith Wright. The event is being hosted by the Uptown Community Democrats and will be moderated by Juan Manuel Benitez from NY1/NY1 Noticias.

Friday and the weekend
At the City Council on Friday:

  • At 10 a.m., the Committee on Transportation will meet for an oversight hearing on “Upgrading New York City Parking Systems for Greater Efficiency, Safety, and Reliability” and the introduction of three bills.
  • At 1 p.m., the Committee on Environmental Protection will meet about a bill that would necessitate “photovoltaic systems for city-owned buildings.”

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New York City Hall


What to watch for this week in New York politics:

LEGIONNAIRES' DISEASE in the BRONX: 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, according to 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.

SUMMER CRIME: There were several shootings over the weekend, including four separate incidents Saturday night, according to Public Advocate Letitia James, who issued a Sunday statement saying, "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."

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.

TRACKING DE BLASIO: 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.

As of our publication, there are no hearings scheduled for the City Council this week. The Council's lone full-body Stated Meeting of the month is scheduled for Thursday, August 13.

It's a quiet week, but a few events to be aware of - read our day-by-day rundown below.

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The run of the week in detail:

Monday
At 10 a.m. the Mayor’s Office of Contract Services and the Department of Youth and Community Development and HHS Accelerator are holding a “Community Development Workshop Series” for nonprofits to learn about funding and City contracting services.

At 11 a.m. Monday in Brooklyn, City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito 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.

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."

At 1 p.m. Monday in Manhattan, "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.

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 are holding 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 disease, including four who have died. Public Advocate Letitia James is set to speak.

Tuesday
Tuesday various NYPD precincts will participate 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 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.

At 9:30 a.m. Tuesday the Landmarks Preservation Commission will hold a public hearing and meeting to follow.

At 10:45 a.m. Tuesday, 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.

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.

At 1 p.m. in Washington Heights, "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."

At 2 p.m. Tuesday the New York City Department of Small Business Services is hosting a Minority and Women-owned Business Enterprise (MWBE) certification workshop.

Also at 2 p.m., Comptroller Scott Stringer will attend the New York Financial Control Board meeting.

Also at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer will speak at Harlem Week 2015 Senior Citizens Day "Demystifying Technology" conference, Adam Clayton Powell Jr. State Office Building.

Wednesday
At 11:30 a.m. Wednesday in Brooklyn, "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."

At 6 p.m. the Center for Constitutional Rights will update attendees on their stop-and-frisk case Floyd v. City of New York during its "First Wednesdays Discussion."

At 7 p.m. BetaNYC will host 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.

Thursday
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.

Thursday evening is Mayor de Blasio's Dominican Heritage reception, at New York County Supreme Courthouse. Manhattan BP Brewer is among those who will attend.

At 7 p.m. the Mayor's Community Affairs Unit presents 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.

Friday and the weekend
Nothing on our radar as of now, but stay tuned as things pop up once the week gets going.

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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: bmax@gothamgazette.com (please use "For Week Ahead" as email subject).

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by Erika Wang and Ben Max
@GothamGazette

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