Eye-Opener Gotham Gazette is an online publication covering New York policy and politics as well as news on public safety, transportation, education, finance and more. http://www.gothamgazette.com/eye-opener/138-eye-opener 2018-09-19T19:37:39+00:00 Webmaster webmaster@gothamgazette.com Today’s Lead: Albany Legislative Session Enters Final Hours 2014-06-19T12:20:16+00:00 2014-06-19T12:20:16+00:00 http://www.gothamgazette.com/eye-opener/138-eye-opener/5113-todays-lead-albany-legislative-session-enters-final-hours David Howard King dking@gothamgazette.com <div style="font-family: museo_sans, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 18px;"> <p><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/eyeopenerbw2.jpg" alt="eyeopenerbw2" height="333" width="500" /></p> <p>Today is the last scheduled day of session this year for the New York State Legislature and the big news has more to do with what won’t pass than what will. A&nbsp;<a href="http://online.wsj.com/articles/blame-game-in-new-york-state-after-donation-limits-fail-1403141652" target="_blank" style="color: #1155cc;"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">blame game continues</span></a><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;"> over who or what killed negotiations over sweeping public campaign finance reform. A last-ditch meeting on the issue scheduled for <span class="aBn" data-term="goog_1879067188" tabindex="0" style="border-bottom-width: 1px; border-bottom-style: dashed; border-bottom-color: #cccccc; position: relative; top: -2px; z-index: 0;"><span class="aQJ" style="position: relative; top: 2px; z-index: -1;">Monday</span></span> was abruptly cancelled. Both houses of the Legislature seem to be playing a game of chicken on the Women’s Equality Agenda as the abortion plank remains a sticking point. The DREAM act is dead in the water as is an education tax credit, but legislators <a href="http://www.capitalnewyork.com/article/albany/2014/06/8547522/six-things-watch-last-day-legislative-session?top-featured-1" style="color: #000000; text-decoration: underline;">remain hopeful</a> they can pass a bill legalizing medical marijuana </span><a href="http://www.syracuse.com/news/index.ssf/2014/06/cuomo_on_medical_marijuana_wont_sign_latest_version_still_negotiating.html" target="_blank" style="color: #1155cc;"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">despite resistance</span></a><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;"> from Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Negotiations </span><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/#.U6LKOF6qua7" target="_blank" style="color: #1155cc;"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">continue on teacher evaluations</span></a><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;"> and legislation to clear up technical issues in the budget. </span></p> <p><em>New from Gotham Gazette</em></p> <p><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/government/5112-city-payphone-wifi-city-council-warns-monopoly" target="_blank" style="color: #1155cc; text-decoration: underline;">As City Plans Payphone WiFi, Council Members Wary of Monopoly</a><br />Kristen Meriwether reports on the process by which the City will award a contract to one company to overhaul the city's 7,000-plus payphone kiosks into wireless internet hubs.</p> <p><br /><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/government/5111-while-improving-quiet-crisis-air-quality-persists-new-york-city-asthma-air-pollution" target="_blank" style="color: #1155cc; text-decoration: underline;">While Improving, City's Air Quality Crisis Quietly Persists</a><br />An in-depth report on New York City's air quality and the significant negative health ramifications of polluted city air.</p> <p><br /><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/opinions/5110-free-market-solution-affordable-housing-crisis-grunstein" target="_blank" style="color: #1155cc; text-decoration: underline;">A Free-Market Solution to the Affordable Housing Crisis</a><br />In an op-ed, a housing expert offers a five-point solution to create more affordable housing without spending as much city money as the de Blasio plan calls for.</p> <p><em>ICYMI from Gotham Gazette</em></p> <p><em><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/government/5109-horses-new-york-city-central-park-carriage-horses-nypd-mounted" target="_blank" style="color: #1155cc; text-decoration: underline;">The Horses of New York City: Central Park Carriages &amp; NYPD Mounted</a><br />A comparison of the city's two groups of horses shows that they lead quite similar lives - though there is a major campaign to end the use of only one type.</em></p> <p><em><br /><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/elections/5010-2014-election-overview" target="_blank" style="color: #1155cc; text-decoration: underline;">THE GOTHAM GAZETTE 2014 ELECTION PORTAL IS LIVE!</a></em></p> </div> <p align="center"><a href="https://www.citizensunionfoundation.org/secure/donate/"><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/graphics/appeal/jun14/nl/appeal-june-2014.jpg" style="height: auto; line-height: 16px; outline: none; display: inline; margin: 0px 0px 10px 10px;" border="0px" width="250px" /></a></p> <hr /> <p><em style="font-family: Times; font-size: medium;"><span style="font-weight: bold; font-size: 20px;">Other Stories We're Following</span></em></p> <p><a href="http://www.capitalnewyork.com/article/albany/2014/06/8547514/de-blasios-speed-limit-hands-his-friend-skelos" target="new">De Blasio’s Speed Limit Bill in Hands of Republican Senate Leader&nbsp;</a>(Capital)</p> <p><a href="http://www.capitalnewyork.com/article/city-hall/2014/06/8547526/city-emergency-management-chief-resigns" target="new">City Emergency Management Chief Resigns&nbsp;</a>(Capital)</p> <p><a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/19/nyregion/new-york-plans-more-laws-to-fight-heroin-problem.html?ref=nyregion&amp;gwh=EB2EF7208B2B2600B6D2824854E13176&amp;gwt=pay" target="new">Legislature Reaches Deal on Laws to Fight Heroin</a>&nbsp;(NY Times)</p> <p><a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/19/nyregion/struggle-in-rangels-district-for-the-votes-of-a-crucial-minority-whites.html?ref=nyregion&amp;_r=0" target="new">Courting White Voters in Harlem District</a>&nbsp;(NY Times)</p> <p><a href="http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/nyc-crime/public-allowed-sue-cops-stop-and-frisk-profiling-judge-article-1.1835438" target="new">Public Allowed to Sue NYPD Cops Over Stop-and-Frisk Profiling</a>&nbsp;(Daily News)</p> <p><a href="http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/race-rangel-seat-ignites-fake-eviction-notice-flyers-article-1.1835681" target="new">13th Congressional District Race Ignites Over Fake Eviction Notices</a>&nbsp;(Daily News)</p> <p><a href="http://online.wsj.com/articles/green-taxis-gaining-ground-in-new-york-city-1403145481" target="new">Green Taxis Gaining Ground</a>&nbsp;(WSJ)</p> <p><a href="http://www.timesunion.com/local/article/Lawmakers-seek-delay-in-downsizing-facilities-for-5563186.php" target="new">Lawmakers Want to Delay Downsizing Facilities For Mentally Ill</a>&nbsp;(Times Union)</p> <p><a href="http://www.dnainfo.com/new-york/20140618/upper-west-side/bratton-ends-raids-on-uws-homeless-shelter" target="new">Bratton Ends Raids on Homeless Shelter</a>&nbsp;(DNAinfo)</p> <p><a href="http://www.crainsnewyork.com/article/20140618/BLOGS04/140619855/schneiderman-dodges-open-records-law" target="new">Schneiderman Dodges Open Records Law&nbsp;</a>(Crain's)</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <div style="font-family: museo_sans, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 18px;"> <p><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/eyeopenerbw2.jpg" alt="eyeopenerbw2" height="333" width="500" /></p> <p>Today is the last scheduled day of session this year for the New York State Legislature and the big news has more to do with what won’t pass than what will. A&nbsp;<a href="http://online.wsj.com/articles/blame-game-in-new-york-state-after-donation-limits-fail-1403141652" target="_blank" style="color: #1155cc;"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">blame game continues</span></a><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;"> over who or what killed negotiations over sweeping public campaign finance reform. A last-ditch meeting on the issue scheduled for <span class="aBn" data-term="goog_1879067188" tabindex="0" style="border-bottom-width: 1px; border-bottom-style: dashed; border-bottom-color: #cccccc; position: relative; top: -2px; z-index: 0;"><span class="aQJ" style="position: relative; top: 2px; z-index: -1;">Monday</span></span> was abruptly cancelled. Both houses of the Legislature seem to be playing a game of chicken on the Women’s Equality Agenda as the abortion plank remains a sticking point. The DREAM act is dead in the water as is an education tax credit, but legislators <a href="http://www.capitalnewyork.com/article/albany/2014/06/8547522/six-things-watch-last-day-legislative-session?top-featured-1" style="color: #000000; text-decoration: underline;">remain hopeful</a> they can pass a bill legalizing medical marijuana </span><a href="http://www.syracuse.com/news/index.ssf/2014/06/cuomo_on_medical_marijuana_wont_sign_latest_version_still_negotiating.html" target="_blank" style="color: #1155cc;"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">despite resistance</span></a><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;"> from Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Negotiations </span><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/#.U6LKOF6qua7" target="_blank" style="color: #1155cc;"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">continue on teacher evaluations</span></a><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;"> and legislation to clear up technical issues in the budget. </span></p> <p><em>New from Gotham Gazette</em></p> <p><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/government/5112-city-payphone-wifi-city-council-warns-monopoly" target="_blank" style="color: #1155cc; text-decoration: underline;">As City Plans Payphone WiFi, Council Members Wary of Monopoly</a><br />Kristen Meriwether reports on the process by which the City will award a contract to one company to overhaul the city's 7,000-plus payphone kiosks into wireless internet hubs.</p> <p><br /><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/government/5111-while-improving-quiet-crisis-air-quality-persists-new-york-city-asthma-air-pollution" target="_blank" style="color: #1155cc; 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font-family: museo_sans, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/eyeopenerbw2.jpg" alt="eyeopenerbw2" height="333" width="500" /></span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: museo_sans, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">The jury hearing the bribery and corruption case against Sen. Malcolm Smith will decide whether to declare a mistrial. Judge Kenneth Karas, the federal judge overseeing the case,</span><a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/17/nyregion/delay-in-bribery-trial-of-malcolm-smith-could-hurt-jury-availability.html?ref=nyregion&amp;gwh=DBB9B33F6C2EDF4F478EB7B1C457D5DF&amp;gwt=pay" style="color: #000000; text-decoration: underline;">&nbsp;decided the jury should determine</a><span style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: museo_sans, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">whether it can stay the extra weeks it may take to translate&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/nyc-crime/jurors-mistrial-call-malcolm-smith-bribe-case-article-1.1831629" style="color: #000000; text-decoration: underline;">28 hours of secretly recorded conversations</a><span style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: museo_sans, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">&nbsp;from Yiddish, which prosecutors only recently admitted existed.&nbsp;</span><span style="white-space: pre-wrap;">If the jury declares a mistrial, <a href="http://www.newsday.com/news/new-york/judge-to-poll-jurors-in-malcolm-smith-s-corruption-trial-1.8464860" style="color: #000000; text-decoration: underline;">the case will be presented anew</a>, to a new jury. </span><span style="font-family: Arial; white-space: pre-wrap;">Smith is accused of conspiring to bribe Republican officials to secure their ballot line for New York City mayor in the 2013 election. Former Councilman Dan Halloran and Staten Island Republican Chairman Vincent Tambone are also charged in the case. </span></p> <p style="font-family: museo_sans, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 18px;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="font-family: museo_sans, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 18px;"><em>New from Gotham Gazette</em><br /><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/government/5106-analysts-dissect-de-blasio-accounting-principles-uft-deal" target="_blank" style="color: #1155cc; text-decoration: underline;">Analysts Dissect De Blasio's Accounting Principles in UFT Deal</a><br />Kristen Meriwether reports on experts discussing the accounting principles at play in the administration's deal with the UFT - and what the tactics used might mean for other labor deals.</p> <p><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/government/5105-advocates-ready-genda-blitz-albany-empire-state-pride-agenda" target="_blank" style="color: #1155cc; text-decoration: underline;">Advocates Ready Last-Minute GENDA Blitz</a><br />David King reports on advocates and legislators trying to push a State Senate vote on the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act before the legislative session ends this week.</p> <p><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/opinions/5107-new-york-city-classroom-space-crunch-haimson" target="_blank" style="color: #1155cc; 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font-size: 18px;"><a href="http://www.crainsnewyork.com/article/20140616/BLOGS04/140619891/rebnys-spinola-confirms-retirement-in-2015" target="new" style="color: #000000; text-decoration: underline;">REBNY Head Confirms Retirement</a>&nbsp;(Crain's)</p> <p style="font-family: museo_sans, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 18px;"><a href="http://www.dnainfo.com/new-york/20140617/bed-stuy/brooklyns-historic-churches-disappear-make-way-for-condos" target="new" style="color: #000000; text-decoration: underline;">Brooklyn’s Historic Churches Disappear to Make Way For Condos</a>(DNAinfo)</p> <p><span style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: museo_sans, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/eyeopenerbw2.jpg" alt="eyeopenerbw2" height="333" width="500" /></span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: museo_sans, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">The jury hearing the bribery and corruption case against Sen. Malcolm Smith will decide whether to declare a mistrial. Judge Kenneth Karas, the federal judge overseeing the case,</span><a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/17/nyregion/delay-in-bribery-trial-of-malcolm-smith-could-hurt-jury-availability.html?ref=nyregion&amp;gwh=DBB9B33F6C2EDF4F478EB7B1C457D5DF&amp;gwt=pay" style="color: #000000; text-decoration: underline;">&nbsp;decided the jury should determine</a><span style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: museo_sans, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">whether it can stay the extra weeks it may take to translate&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/nyc-crime/jurors-mistrial-call-malcolm-smith-bribe-case-article-1.1831629" style="color: #000000; text-decoration: underline;">28 hours of secretly recorded conversations</a><span style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: museo_sans, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">&nbsp;from Yiddish, which prosecutors only recently admitted existed.&nbsp;</span><span style="white-space: pre-wrap;">If the jury declares a mistrial, <a href="http://www.newsday.com/news/new-york/judge-to-poll-jurors-in-malcolm-smith-s-corruption-trial-1.8464860" style="color: #000000; text-decoration: underline;">the case will be presented anew</a>, to a new jury. </span><span style="font-family: Arial; white-space: pre-wrap;">Smith is accused of conspiring to bribe Republican officials to secure their ballot line for New York City mayor in the 2013 election. Former Councilman Dan Halloran and Staten Island Republican Chairman Vincent Tambone are also charged in the case. </span></p> <p style="font-family: museo_sans, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 18px;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="font-family: museo_sans, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 18px;"><em>New from Gotham Gazette</em><br /><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/government/5106-analysts-dissect-de-blasio-accounting-principles-uft-deal" target="_blank" style="color: #1155cc; text-decoration: underline;">Analysts Dissect De Blasio's Accounting Principles in UFT Deal</a><br />Kristen Meriwether reports on experts discussing the accounting principles at play in the administration's deal with the UFT - and what the tactics used might mean for other labor deals.</p> <p><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/government/5105-advocates-ready-genda-blitz-albany-empire-state-pride-agenda" target="_blank" style="color: #1155cc; text-decoration: underline;">Advocates Ready Last-Minute GENDA Blitz</a><br />David King reports on advocates and legislators trying to push a State Senate vote on the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act before the legislative session ends this week.</p> <p><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/opinions/5107-new-york-city-classroom-space-crunch-haimson" target="_blank" style="color: #1155cc; text-decoration: underline;">New York City's Classroom Space Crunch</a><br />In an op-ed, an education advocate outlines overcrowding in New York City schools and calls for a renewed commitment to creating new school seats.</p> <p><br /><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/elections/5010-2014-election-overview" target="_blank" style="color: #1155cc; text-decoration: underline;">GOTHAM GAZETTE'S 2014 ELECTION PORTAL IS LIVE!</a></p> <p style="font-family: museo_sans, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 18px;" align="center"><a href="https://www.citizensunionfoundation.org/secure/donate/" style="color: #000000; text-decoration: underline;"><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/graphics/appeal/jun14/nl/appeal-june-2014.jpg" style="height: auto; line-height: 18px; outline: none; text-decoration: none; display: inline; margin: 0px 0px 10px 10px;" border="0px" width="250px" /></a></p> <hr style="font-family: museo_sans, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 18px;" /> <p><span style="font-family: museo_sans, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; 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font-size: 18px;"><a href="http://www.crainsnewyork.com/article/20140616/BLOGS04/140619891/rebnys-spinola-confirms-retirement-in-2015" target="new" style="color: #000000; text-decoration: underline;">REBNY Head Confirms Retirement</a>&nbsp;(Crain's)</p> <p style="font-family: museo_sans, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 18px;"><a href="http://www.dnainfo.com/new-york/20140617/bed-stuy/brooklyns-historic-churches-disappear-make-way-for-condos" target="new" style="color: #000000; text-decoration: underline;">Brooklyn’s Historic Churches Disappear to Make Way For Condos</a>(DNAinfo)</p> Today’s Lead: Rangel Drops Out of Third Televised Debate 2014-06-13T11:48:38+00:00 2014-06-13T11:48:38+00:00 http://www.gothamgazette.com/eye-opener/138-eye-opener/5102-todays-lead-rangel-drops-out-of-third-televised-debate David Howard King dking@gothamgazette.com <p style="font-family: museo_sans, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 18px;"><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/eyeopenerbw2.jpg" alt="eyeopenerbw2" height="333" width="500" /></p> <p style="font-family: museo_sans, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 18px;">Rep. Charles Rangel has&nbsp;<a href="http://www.nydailynews.com/blogs/dailypolitics/rep-charles-rangel-drops-televised-debate-blog-entry-1.1827941" style="color: #000000; text-decoration: underline;">dropped out of the third and final televised debate</a>&nbsp;in the Democratic Primary for the 13th Congressional District, which is scheduled to tape today and air&nbsp;<span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; white-space: pre-wrap;"><span class="aBn" data-term="goog_1987459079" tabindex="0" style="border-bottom-width: 1px; border-bottom-style: dashed; border-bottom-color: #cccccc; position: relative; top: -2px; z-index: 0;"><span class="aQJ" style="position: relative; top: 2px; z-index: -1;">Monday</span></span></span><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; white-space: pre-wrap;"> on BronxTalk.&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; white-space: pre-wrap;">“I’m only upset for the people of the Bronx,” said host Gary Axelbank. A spokesman for NY State Senator Adriano Espaillat, Rangel's leading opponent in the congressional race, issued a statement attacking Rangel for being “out of touch” with Bronx residents. Rangel's team pointed out that <a href="http://www.capitalnewyork.com/article/city-hall/2014/06/8547037/second-debate-espaillats-change-rangels-record" style="color: #000000; text-decoration: underline;">the last debate</a> in which he participated actually took place in the Bronx at Lehman College. However, that debate did not focus on issues facing the Bronx. In previous debates, Rangel gave a number of <a href="http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/charles-rangel-accuses-adriano-espaillat-relying-ethnicity-article-1.1820559" style="color: #000000; text-decoration: underline;">quirky performances</a>: during one debate he used a cell phone as a prop to insult his opponents, during another he was caught using Google on his iPad. Meanwhile, as the federal primary date of <span class="aBn" data-term="goog_1987459080" tabindex="0" style="border-bottom-width: 1px; border-bottom-style: dashed; border-bottom-color: #cccccc; position: relative; top: -2px; z-index: 0;"><span class="aQJ" style="position: relative; top: 2px; z-index: -1;">June 24th</span></span> nears, scrutiny has <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/13/nyregion/in-bitterly-contested-house-primary-a-state-legislator-defends-his-record.html?smid=tw-share&amp;_r=0" style="color: #000000; text-decoration: underline;">increased on Espaillat’s record</a> in Albany, where he has passed only four bills in the Senate from 2011 to 2013 but has been a leader on immigration issues. The <a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/elections/5056-congress-ny-13-2014-rangel-espaillat-walrond" style="color: #000000; text-decoration: underline;">primary is June 24</a>. </span></p> <p style="font-family: museo_sans, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 18px;"><br /><em>New at Gotham Gazette</em></p> <p><br /><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/government/5101-administration-launch-open-foil-legislators-advocates-move-forward" target="_blank" style="color: #1155cc; text-decoration: underline;">Despite Administration Launch, Legislators &amp; Advocates Vow to Move Forward on Open FOIL</a><br />Kristen Meriwether reports on the de Blasio administration's launch of a City Hall FOIL tracker, with lawmakers and advocates pointing out its flaws and promising to continue pursuit of a bill to mandate a city-wide Open FOIL system.</p> <p><br /><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/opinions/5100-new-york-city-must-care-for-seniors-helen-rosenthal-marilyn-williams" target="_blank" style="color: #1155cc; text-decoration: underline;">New York City Must Care for Seniors</a><br />In an op-ed, Council Member Helen Rosenthal and advocate Marilyn Williams warn that the city must prepare for an aging population and do more now to support senior services.</p> <p style="font-family: museo_sans, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 18px;">Gotham Gazette's&nbsp;<a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/elections/5010-2014-election-overview" target="_blank" style="color: #1155cc; text-decoration: underline;">2014 Elections portal</a>&nbsp;is live! 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text-decoration: underline;">LICH Judge Asked to Discard His Own Mediator</a>&nbsp;(Capital)</p> <p style="font-family: museo_sans, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 18px;"><a href="http://www.dnainfo.com/new-york/20140612/civic-center/anti-gun-protest-at-city-hall-this-weekend-funded-by-ex-mayor-bloomberg" target="new" style="color: #000000; text-decoration: underline;">Bloomberg Funded Gun Control Rally at City Hall This Weekend&nbsp;</a>(DNAinfo)</p> <p style="font-family: museo_sans, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 18px;"><a href="http://www.crainsnewyork.com/article/20140612/BLOGS04/140619949/ny-dems-spin-eric-cantors-defeat-as-good-for-them" target="new" style="color: #000000; text-decoration: underline;">NY Dems Spin Eric Cantor’s Defeat as Good For Them&nbsp;</a>(Crain's)</p> <hr style="font-family: museo_sans, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 18px;" /> <p style="font-family: museo_sans, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 18px;"><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/eyeopenerbw2.jpg" alt="eyeopenerbw2" height="333" width="500" /></p> <p style="font-family: museo_sans, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 18px;">Rep. Charles Rangel has&nbsp;<a href="http://www.nydailynews.com/blogs/dailypolitics/rep-charles-rangel-drops-televised-debate-blog-entry-1.1827941" style="color: #000000; text-decoration: underline;">dropped out of the third and final televised debate</a>&nbsp;in the Democratic Primary for the 13th Congressional District, which is scheduled to tape today and air&nbsp;<span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; white-space: pre-wrap;"><span class="aBn" data-term="goog_1987459079" tabindex="0" style="border-bottom-width: 1px; border-bottom-style: dashed; border-bottom-color: #cccccc; position: relative; top: -2px; z-index: 0;"><span class="aQJ" style="position: relative; top: 2px; z-index: -1;">Monday</span></span></span><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; white-space: pre-wrap;"> on BronxTalk.&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; white-space: pre-wrap;">“I’m only upset for the people of the Bronx,” said host Gary Axelbank. A spokesman for NY State Senator Adriano Espaillat, Rangel's leading opponent in the congressional race, issued a statement attacking Rangel for being “out of touch” with Bronx residents. Rangel's team pointed out that <a href="http://www.capitalnewyork.com/article/city-hall/2014/06/8547037/second-debate-espaillats-change-rangels-record" style="color: #000000; text-decoration: underline;">the last debate</a> in which he participated actually took place in the Bronx at Lehman College. However, that debate did not focus on issues facing the Bronx. In previous debates, Rangel gave a number of <a href="http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/charles-rangel-accuses-adriano-espaillat-relying-ethnicity-article-1.1820559" style="color: #000000; text-decoration: underline;">quirky performances</a>: during one debate he used a cell phone as a prop to insult his opponents, during another he was caught using Google on his iPad. Meanwhile, as the federal primary date of <span class="aBn" data-term="goog_1987459080" tabindex="0" style="border-bottom-width: 1px; border-bottom-style: dashed; border-bottom-color: #cccccc; position: relative; top: -2px; z-index: 0;"><span class="aQJ" style="position: relative; top: 2px; z-index: -1;">June 24th</span></span> nears, scrutiny has <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/13/nyregion/in-bitterly-contested-house-primary-a-state-legislator-defends-his-record.html?smid=tw-share&amp;_r=0" style="color: #000000; text-decoration: underline;">increased on Espaillat’s record</a> in Albany, where he has passed only four bills in the Senate from 2011 to 2013 but has been a leader on immigration issues. 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text-decoration: underline;">Cuomo Biggest Beneficiary of Campaign Finance Loophole he Pledged to Close&nbsp;</a>(ProPublica)</p> <p style="font-family: museo_sans, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 18px;"><a href="http://www.syracuse.com/news/index.ssf/2014/06/medical_marijuana_negotiations_have_started_hopes_for_final_bill_monday.html" target="new" style="color: #000000; text-decoration: underline;">Three-Way Talks Underway on Medical Marijuana</a>&nbsp;(the Post Standard)</p> <p style="font-family: museo_sans, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 18px;"><a href="http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/unknown-candidate-x-factor-rangel-espaillat-race-article-1.1828240" target="new" style="color: #000000; text-decoration: underline;">Unknown Candidate May Draw Votes From Espaillat</a>&nbsp;(Daily News)</p> <p style="font-family: museo_sans, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 18px;"><a href="http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/education/cuomo-delay-implementation-teacher-evaluation-systems-article-1.1828385" target="new" style="color: #000000; 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font-size: 18px;"><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/eyeopenerbw2.jpg" alt="eyeopenerbw2" /></p> <p style="font-family: museo_sans, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 18px;">The second televised debate for the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/elections/5056-congress-ny-13-2014-rangel-espaillat-walrond" style="color: #000000; text-decoration: underline;">13th District Democratic Primary</a>&nbsp;lacked the odd&nbsp;<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/12/nyregion/for-rangel-and-challengers-a-subdued-debate.html?ref=nyregion" style="color: #000000; text-decoration: underline;">props and the racially-charged tone</a>&nbsp;that defined the previous debate, but that&nbsp;<a href="http://www.capitalnewyork.com/article/city-hall/2014/06/8547037/second-debate-espaillats-change-rangels-record?top-featured-1" style="color: #000000; text-decoration: underline;">didn’t mean it was courteous</a>. Congressman Charles Rangel and State Sen. Adriano Espaillat&nbsp;<a href="http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/rangel-espaillat-face-debate-harlem-congressional-seat-article-1.1826554" style="color: #000000; text-decoration: underline;">slammed each other's record</a>&nbsp;while highlighting differences in their policy agendas and beliefs. Rev. Michael Walrond, the other candidate on the stage, injected himself into the debate, but the rivalry between Rangel and Espaillat dominated. Rangel confirmed his support for hydrofracking, while Espaillat said he was against it. The candidates discussed their positions on Common Core, immigration, and rent control while jabbing each other on their records. Rangel avoided the oddities of past debates where he used a pretend cell phone call to insult his opponents or an iPad, for what it was not clear. Rangel slammed Espaillat as ineffective during his many years in Albany while Espaillat insisted Rangel has been in office too long.&nbsp;<a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/elections/5056-congress-ny-13-2014-rangel-espaillat-walrond" style="color: #000000; text-decoration: underline;">The primary</a>&nbsp;is on&nbsp;<span class="aBn" data-term="goog_1987458977" tabindex="0" style="border-bottom-width: 1px; border-bottom-style: dashed; border-bottom-color: #cccccc; position: relative; top: -2px; z-index: 0;"><span class="aQJ" style="position: relative; top: 2px; z-index: -1;">June 24</span></span>.</p> <p style="font-family: museo_sans, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 18px;"><br /><em>New at Gotham Gazette</em></p> <p><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/opinions/5098-closer-to-home-gustavo-rivera-elizabeth-gaynes-prison-visitation" target="_blank" style="color: #1155cc; text-decoration: underline;">Closer to Home</a><br />In an op-ed, State Sen. 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text-decoration: underline;">De Blasio Slams Taxi of Tomorrow Despite Ruling</a>&nbsp;(Crain's)</p> <p style="font-family: museo_sans, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 18px;"><a href="http://www.crainsnewyork.com/article/20140612/REAL_ESTATE/140619958/manhattan-rents-resume-upward-march" target="new" style="color: #000000; text-decoration: underline;">Manhattan Rents Continue to Rise</a>&nbsp;(Crain's)</p> <hr style="font-family: museo_sans, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 18px;" /> <p style="font-family: museo_sans, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 18px;"><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/eyeopenerbw2.jpg" alt="eyeopenerbw2" /></p> <p style="font-family: museo_sans, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 18px;">The second televised debate for the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/elections/5056-congress-ny-13-2014-rangel-espaillat-walrond" style="color: #000000; text-decoration: underline;">13th District Democratic Primary</a>&nbsp;lacked the odd&nbsp;<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/12/nyregion/for-rangel-and-challengers-a-subdued-debate.html?ref=nyregion" style="color: #000000; text-decoration: underline;">props and the racially-charged tone</a>&nbsp;that defined the previous debate, but that&nbsp;<a href="http://www.capitalnewyork.com/article/city-hall/2014/06/8547037/second-debate-espaillats-change-rangels-record?top-featured-1" style="color: #000000; text-decoration: underline;">didn’t mean it was courteous</a>. Congressman Charles Rangel and State Sen. Adriano Espaillat&nbsp;<a href="http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/rangel-espaillat-face-debate-harlem-congressional-seat-article-1.1826554" style="color: #000000; text-decoration: underline;">slammed each other's record</a>&nbsp;while highlighting differences in their policy agendas and beliefs. Rev. Michael Walrond, the other candidate on the stage, injected himself into the debate, but the rivalry between Rangel and Espaillat dominated. Rangel confirmed his support for hydrofracking, while Espaillat said he was against it. The candidates discussed their positions on Common Core, immigration, and rent control while jabbing each other on their records. Rangel avoided the oddities of past debates where he used a pretend cell phone call to insult his opponents or an iPad, for what it was not clear. Rangel slammed Espaillat as ineffective during his many years in Albany while Espaillat insisted Rangel has been in office too long.&nbsp;<a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/elections/5056-congress-ny-13-2014-rangel-espaillat-walrond" style="color: #000000; text-decoration: underline;">The primary</a>&nbsp;is on&nbsp;<span class="aBn" data-term="goog_1987458977" tabindex="0" style="border-bottom-width: 1px; border-bottom-style: dashed; border-bottom-color: #cccccc; position: relative; top: -2px; z-index: 0;"><span class="aQJ" style="position: relative; top: 2px; z-index: -1;">June 24</span></span>.</p> <p style="font-family: museo_sans, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 18px;"><br /><em>New at Gotham Gazette</em></p> <p><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/opinions/5098-closer-to-home-gustavo-rivera-elizabeth-gaynes-prison-visitation" target="_blank" style="color: #1155cc; text-decoration: underline;">Closer to Home</a><br />In an op-ed, State Sen. Gustavo Rivera and Elizabeth Gaynes of the Osborne Association argue for amending state law so that people heading to prison are more likely to be placed in facilities closer to home and thus have a better chance of seeing family members, saying that this can reduce recidivism, among other benefits.</p> <p style="font-family: museo_sans, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 18px;">Gotham Gazette's&nbsp;<a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/elections/5010-2014-election-overview" target="_blank" style="color: #1155cc; text-decoration: underline;">2014 Elections portal</a>&nbsp;has launched: see an&nbsp;<a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/elections/5010-2014-election-overview" target="_blank" style="color: #1155cc; text-decoration: underline;">overview</a>&nbsp;of New York's 2014 cycle, details on about 20&nbsp;<a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/elections/5013-2014-races-to-watch" target="_blank" style="color: #1155cc; text-decoration: underline;">races to watch</a>, voter registration information, and much more.</p> <p style="font-family: museo_sans, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; 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text-decoration: underline;">Silver Shuts Down Kellner’s Offices Over Alleged Sexual Harassment</a>(Times Union)</p> <p style="font-family: museo_sans, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 18px;"><a href="http://www.timesunion.com/local/article/Former-Moreland-Commission-members-meet-in-Albany-5546256.php" target="new" style="color: #000000; text-decoration: underline;">Albany County DA Hosts Secret Meeting of Disbanded Moreland Commission</a>&nbsp;(Times Union)</p> <p style="font-family: museo_sans, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 18px;"><a href="http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/education/city-required-publish-charter-schools-info-shareing-district-schools-article-1.1826524" target="new" style="color: #000000; text-decoration: underline;">City Required to Share More Charter School Info</a>&nbsp;(Daily News)</p> <p style="font-family: museo_sans, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 18px;"><a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/12/nyregion/tape-at-senators-trial-shows-discussion-of-payments.html?ref=nyregion" target="new" style="color: #000000; text-decoration: underline;">Senator’s Trial Features Video of Bribery Discussion</a>&nbsp;(NY Times)</p> <p style="font-family: museo_sans, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 18px;"><a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/12/nyregion/cuomo-adds-100-officers-to-units-fighting-heroin.html?ref=nyregion" target="new" style="color: #000000; text-decoration: underline;">Cuomo Adds 100 Officers to Heroin Fighting Unit</a>&nbsp;(NY Times)</p> <p style="font-family: museo_sans, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 18px;"><a href="http://www.nydailynews.com/blogs/dailypolitics/sen-jeff-klein-introduce-modified-version-25-mph-speed-limit-bill-blog-entry-1.1826020" target="new" style="color: #000000; text-decoration: underline;">Jeff Klein to Introduce Modified Version of 25 MPH Speed Bill&nbsp;</a>(Daily News)</p> <p style="font-family: museo_sans, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 18px;"><a href="http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/mayor-earns-51-approval-rating-66-disapprove-horse-ban-promise-poll-article-1.1826436" target="new" style="color: #000000; text-decoration: underline;">De Blasio’s Approval Rating Rises&nbsp;</a>(Daily News)</p> <p style="font-family: museo_sans, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 18px;"><a href="http://www.capitalnewyork.com/article/albany/2014/06/8547025/cuomo-not-overly-optimistic-about-end-legislative-session" target="new" style="color: #000000; text-decoration: underline;">Cuomo Not Overly Optimistic About End of Legislative Session</a>&nbsp;(Capital)</p> <p style="font-family: museo_sans, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 18px;"><a href="http://www.capitalnewyork.com/article/city-hall/2014/06/8546967/de-blasio-official-transparency-and-media" target="new" style="color: #000000; text-decoration: underline;">De Blasio Official On Transparency, and the Media&nbsp;</a>(Capital)</p> <p style="font-family: museo_sans, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 18px;"><a href="http://online.wsj.com/articles/mayor-bill-de-blasio-said-security-cameras-installed-at-building-where-brooklyn-6-year-old-prince-joshua-avitto-was-stabbed-and-killed-1402525876" target="new" style="color: #000000; text-decoration: underline;">Canera Installations Begin Where Boy Was Killed</a>&nbsp;(WSJ)</p> <p style="font-family: museo_sans, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 18px;"><a href="http://online.wsj.com/articles/abortion-bill-backers-in-albany-split-on-strategy-1402537371" target="new" style="color: #000000; text-decoration: underline;">Backers of Women’s Equality Act Split on Strategy&nbsp;</a>(WSJ)</p> <p style="font-family: museo_sans, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 18px;"><a href="http://www.dnainfo.com/new-york/20140611/civic-center/citys-pricey-primary-runoffs-could-be-eliminated-under-city-council-plan" target="new" style="color: #000000; text-decoration: underline;">City’s Pricey Primary Runoffs Could Be Eliminated Under Council Plan</a>(DNAinfo)</p> <p style="font-family: museo_sans, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 18px;"><a href="http://www.crainsnewyork.com/article/20140611/BLOGS04/140619964/de-blasio-slams-taxi-of-tomorrow-despite-ruling" target="new" style="color: #000000; text-decoration: underline;">De Blasio Slams Taxi of Tomorrow Despite Ruling</a>&nbsp;(Crain's)</p> <p style="font-family: museo_sans, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 18px;"><a href="http://www.crainsnewyork.com/article/20140612/REAL_ESTATE/140619958/manhattan-rents-resume-upward-march" target="new" style="color: #000000; text-decoration: underline;">Manhattan Rents Continue to Rise</a>&nbsp;(Crain's)</p> <hr style="font-family: museo_sans, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 18px;" /> Today's Lead: 2014-06-06T12:46:50+00:00 2014-06-06T12:46:50+00:00 http://www.gothamgazette.com/eye-opener/138-eye-opener/5092-todays-lead-eo David Howard King dking@gothamgazette.com <p style="font-family: museo_sans, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 18px;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12pt;"><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/eyeopenerbw2.jpg" alt="eyeopenerbw2" height="333" width="500" /></span></p> <p style="font-family: museo_sans, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 18px;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12pt;">The City has filled 97 percent of 26,411 available full or half-day pre-kindergarten seats in public school buildings. Thousands of applicants were turned away by the City because classrooms&nbsp;<a href="http://www.dnainfo.com/new-york/20140605/bay-ridge/thousands-of-kids-rejected-as-pre-k-demand-exceeds-supply-of-seats" target="_blank" style="color: #1155cc; text-decoration: underline;">have been filled</a>&nbsp;though these families may still gain entrance to pre-K at community-based organizations, where there are tens of thousands more seats for next year. Mayor Bill de Blasio announced yesterday that&nbsp;<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/06/nyregion/in-pre-k-expansion-fewer-than-half-of-city-students-get-top-choice-school.html?ref=nyregion" target="_blank" style="color: #1155cc; font-size: 13px; line-height: 1.6em; font-family: arial, sans-serif;"><span style="text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">demand for seats has increased</span></a><span style="line-height: 1.6em; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;"> by 35 percent compared to last year. As a result less than half of applicants were placed in their top-choice and about two-thirds of 41,000 applicants were placed in a public school. Free universal full-day pre-kindergarten is the signature issue of de Blasio’s first term and now that he has secured funding the issue enters a more complicated logistical phase. “We know there’s going to be some really happy families today,” de Blasio said at a news conference at Public School 203 in Brooklyn yesterday. “We know there’s going to be other families who are looking for the next step in the process and the next opportunities.”</span></span></p> <p style="font-family: museo_sans, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 18px;"><em><br />The latest from Gotham Gazette</em></p> <p><br /><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/opinions/5091-expanding-opportunity-civic-engagement-next-generation-community-board-teen-eligibility" target="_blank" style="color: #1155cc; text-decoration: underline;">Expanding Opportunity for Civic Engagement to the Next Generation</a><br />Ahead of a city council hearing&nbsp;<span class="aBn" data-term="goog_219943629" tabindex="0" style="border-bottom-width: 1px; border-bottom-style: dashed; border-bottom-color: #cccccc; position: relative; top: -2px; z-index: 0;"><span class="aQJ" style="position: relative; top: 2px; z-index: -1;">Monday</span></span>&nbsp;and as a bill is being considered in Albany, an advocate argues that 16 &amp; 17-year-olds should be eligible for community board membership.</p> <p><br /><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/government/5089-comptroller-stringer-looks-health-care-cost-projections-differently-than-de-blasio" target="_blank" style="color: #1155cc; text-decoration: underline;">Stringer Looks at Health Care Cost Projections Differently</a><br />Kristen Meriwether reports on the comptroller's analysis of union health care costs and savings and how it differs from the mayor's.</p> <p><br /><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/opinions/5088-lets-be-cautious-local-minimum-wage-mark-weprin" target="_blank" style="color: #1155cc; text-decoration: underline;">Let's Be Cautious With Local Minimum Wage</a><br />In an op-ed, Council Member Mark Weprin argues that while the minimum wage should be raised, it should not necessarily be different in different cities within the same state.</p> <p><br /><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/opinions/5087-21st-century-learning-includes-byot-the-lamp-emily-long" target="_blank" style="color: #1155cc; text-decoration: underline;">21st Century Learning Includes BYOT</a><br />In an op-ed, an education program provider argues that New York City should lift its ban on cell phones in school and encourage students to bring and use their own technology for learning purposes.</p> <p style="font-family: museo_sans, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 18px;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12pt;"><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/eyeopenerbw2.jpg" alt="eyeopenerbw2" height="333" width="500" /></span></p> <p style="font-family: museo_sans, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 18px;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12pt;">The City has filled 97 percent of 26,411 available full or half-day pre-kindergarten seats in public school buildings. Thousands of applicants were turned away by the City because classrooms&nbsp;<a href="http://www.dnainfo.com/new-york/20140605/bay-ridge/thousands-of-kids-rejected-as-pre-k-demand-exceeds-supply-of-seats" target="_blank" style="color: #1155cc; text-decoration: underline;">have been filled</a>&nbsp;though these families may still gain entrance to pre-K at community-based organizations, where there are tens of thousands more seats for next year. Mayor Bill de Blasio announced yesterday that&nbsp;<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/06/nyregion/in-pre-k-expansion-fewer-than-half-of-city-students-get-top-choice-school.html?ref=nyregion" target="_blank" style="color: #1155cc; font-size: 13px; line-height: 1.6em; font-family: arial, sans-serif;"><span style="text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">demand for seats has increased</span></a><span style="line-height: 1.6em; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;"> by 35 percent compared to last year. As a result less than half of applicants were placed in their top-choice and about two-thirds of 41,000 applicants were placed in a public school. Free universal full-day pre-kindergarten is the signature issue of de Blasio’s first term and now that he has secured funding the issue enters a more complicated logistical phase. “We know there’s going to be some really happy families today,” de Blasio said at a news conference at Public School 203 in Brooklyn yesterday. “We know there’s going to be other families who are looking for the next step in the process and the next opportunities.”</span></span></p> <p style="font-family: museo_sans, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 18px;"><em><br />The latest from Gotham Gazette</em></p> <p><br /><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/opinions/5091-expanding-opportunity-civic-engagement-next-generation-community-board-teen-eligibility" target="_blank" style="color: #1155cc; text-decoration: underline;">Expanding Opportunity for Civic Engagement to the Next Generation</a><br />Ahead of a city council hearing&nbsp;<span class="aBn" data-term="goog_219943629" tabindex="0" style="border-bottom-width: 1px; border-bottom-style: dashed; border-bottom-color: #cccccc; position: relative; top: -2px; z-index: 0;"><span class="aQJ" style="position: relative; top: 2px; z-index: -1;">Monday</span></span>&nbsp;and as a bill is being considered in Albany, an advocate argues that 16 &amp; 17-year-olds should be eligible for community board membership.</p> <p><br /><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/government/5089-comptroller-stringer-looks-health-care-cost-projections-differently-than-de-blasio" target="_blank" style="color: #1155cc; text-decoration: underline;">Stringer Looks at Health Care Cost Projections Differently</a><br />Kristen Meriwether reports on the comptroller's analysis of union health care costs and savings and how it differs from the mayor's.</p> <p><br /><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/opinions/5088-lets-be-cautious-local-minimum-wage-mark-weprin" target="_blank" style="color: #1155cc; text-decoration: underline;">Let's Be Cautious With Local Minimum Wage</a><br />In an op-ed, Council Member Mark Weprin argues that while the minimum wage should be raised, it should not necessarily be different in different cities within the same state.</p> <p><br /><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/opinions/5087-21st-century-learning-includes-byot-the-lamp-emily-long" target="_blank" style="color: #1155cc; text-decoration: underline;">21st Century Learning Includes BYOT</a><br />In an op-ed, an education program provider argues that New York City should lift its ban on cell phones in school and encourage students to bring and use their own technology for learning purposes.</p> Today's Lead: Labor Groups Pressure IDC to Rejoin Democrats 2014-06-05T12:10:41+00:00 2014-06-05T12:10:41+00:00 http://www.gothamgazette.com/eye-opener/138-eye-opener/5090-todays-lead-labor-groups-pressure-idc-to-rejoin-democrats David Howard King dking@gothamgazette.com <p style="color: #222222; font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.666666984558105px;"><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/eyeopenerbw2.jpg" alt="eyeopenerbw2" height="333" width="500" /></p> <p style="color: #222222; font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.666666984558105px;"><span style="color: #000000; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15.199999809265137px; white-space: pre-wrap;">Labor groups, including 1199-SEIU, are </span>&nbsp;<a href="http://news.gothamgazette.com/t?r=1567&amp;c=933856&amp;l=37093&amp;ctl=1700325:07F7E162012EA75F3EE1598847299F48E8B2AAF67EB281F0&amp;" target="_blank" style="color: #1155cc;"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">in negotiations</span></a><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: #000000; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;"> with Senate Independent Democratic Conference Leader Jeff Klein to have his conference rejoin mainline Democrats. The negotiations come days after Gov. Andrew Cuomo won the Working Families Party endorsement by promising, among other things, to work to put Democrats back in charge of the Senate. Klein faces a primary from former New York City Council Member Oliver Koppell. Fellow IDC member Sen. Tony Avella faces a primary from former Comptroller John Liu and Democrats are said to be looking for candidates to challenge the rest of the IDC. However, Cuomo hasn’t ratcheted up the rhetoric against Senate Republicans who share control of the Senate with the IDC. </span></p> <p style="color: #222222; font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.666666984558105px;">"<span style="color: #000000; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15.199999809265137px; white-space: pre-wrap;">We've reversed that partisanship that existed in Albany," Cuomo</span>&nbsp;<a href="http://news.gothamgazette.com/t?r=1567&amp;c=933856&amp;l=37093&amp;ctl=1700326:07F7E162012EA75F3EE1598847299F48E8B2AAF67EB281F0&amp;" target="_blank" style="color: #1155cc;"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">told reporters in Rochester yesterday</span></a><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: #000000; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">. “The lack of partisanship in Albany is something that I’m very proud of. Democrat, Republicans, we’re New Yorkers first, and that’s how I govern, and that’s what has turned this state around, and we’re not going back.” Cuomo called Republicans “ultra-cons” while addressing the WFP <span style="border-bottom-width: 1px; border-bottom-style: dashed; border-bottom-color: #cccccc;"><span class="aBn" data-term="goog_537783490" tabindex="0" style="border-bottom-width: 1px; border-bottom-style: dashed; border-bottom-color: #cccccc; position: relative; top: -2px; z-index: 0;"><span class="aQJ" style="position: relative; top: 2px; z-index: -1;">on Saturday</span></span></span>. </span></p> <p style="color: #222222; font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.666666984558105px;"><em>New from Gotham Gazette</em><br /><a href="http://news.gothamgazette.com/t?r=1567&amp;c=933856&amp;l=37093&amp;ctl=1700327:07F7E162012EA75F3EE1598847299F48E8B2AAF67EB281F0&amp;" target="_blank" style="color: #1155cc;">Stringer Looks at Health Care Cost Projections Differently</a><br />Kristen Meriwether reports on the comptroller's analysis of union health care costs and savings and how it differs from the mayor's.</p> <p><br /><a href="http://news.gothamgazette.com/t?r=1567&amp;c=933856&amp;l=37093&amp;ctl=1700328:07F7E162012EA75F3EE1598847299F48E8B2AAF67EB281F0&amp;" target="_blank" style="color: #1155cc;">Let's Be Cautious With Local Minimum Wage</a><br />In an op-ed, Council Member Mark Weprin argues that while the minimum wage should be raised, it should not necessarily be different in different cities within the same state.</p> <p><br /><a href="http://news.gothamgazette.com/t?r=1567&amp;c=933856&amp;l=37093&amp;ctl=1700329:07F7E162012EA75F3EE1598847299F48E8B2AAF67EB281F0&amp;" target="_blank" style="color: #1155cc;">21st Century Learning Includes BYOT</a><br />In an op-ed, an education program provider argues that New York City should lift its ban on cell phones in school and encourage students to bring and use their own technology for learning purposes.</p> <p><br /><em>ICYMI from Gotham Gazette</em><br /><a href="http://news.gothamgazette.com/t?r=1567&amp;c=933856&amp;l=37093&amp;ctl=170032A:07F7E162012EA75F3EE1598847299F48E8B2AAF67EB281F0&amp;" target="_blank" style="color: #1155cc;">With City Contracts, New York Fails to Diversify</a><br />A comprehensive look at the issue of city contracts going to women and minority-owned businesses.</p> <p><span style="font-size: 20px; 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font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.666666984558105px;"><a href="http://news.gothamgazette.com/t?r=1567&amp;c=933856&amp;l=37093&amp;ctl=1700331:07F7E162012EA75F3EE1598847299F48E8B2AAF67EB281F0&amp;" target="_blank" style="color: #1155cc;">City Urges Undocumented Youth to Apply For Federal Benefits&nbsp;</a>(Capital)</p> <p style="color: #222222; font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.666666984558105px;"><a href="http://news.gothamgazette.com/t?r=1567&amp;c=933856&amp;l=37093&amp;ctl=1700332:07F7E162012EA75F3EE1598847299F48E8B2AAF67EB281F0&amp;" target="_blank" style="color: #1155cc;">De Blasio Could Be Fined For Failing to Properly Register Rental Home</a>&nbsp;(DNAinfo)</p> <p style="color: #222222; font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.666666984558105px;"><a href="http://news.gothamgazette.com/t?r=1567&amp;c=933856&amp;l=37093&amp;ctl=1700333:07F7E162012EA75F3EE1598847299F48E8B2AAF67EB281F0&amp;" target="_blank" style="color: #1155cc;">NYPD Busts 100 Suspected Gang Members in Harlem&nbsp;</a>(Metro)</p> <p style="color: #222222; font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.666666984558105px;"><a href="http://news.gothamgazette.com/t?r=1567&amp;c=933856&amp;l=37093&amp;ctl=1700334:07F7E162012EA75F3EE1598847299F48E8B2AAF67EB281F0&amp;" target="_blank" style="color: #1155cc;">Comrie's Salary Cut in Bid For Office&nbsp;</a>(Crain's)</p> <p style="color: #222222; font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.666666984558105px;"><a href="http://news.gothamgazette.com/t?r=1567&amp;c=933856&amp;l=37093&amp;ctl=1700335:07F7E162012EA75F3EE1598847299F48E8B2AAF67EB281F0&amp;" target="_blank" style="color: #1155cc;">NYC Asks State's Top Court to Revive Big-Soda Regulations</a>&nbsp;(Crain's)</p> <p style="color: #222222; font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.666666984558105px;"><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/eyeopenerbw2.jpg" alt="eyeopenerbw2" height="333" width="500" /></p> <p style="color: #222222; font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.666666984558105px;"><span style="color: #000000; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15.199999809265137px; white-space: pre-wrap;">Labor groups, including 1199-SEIU, are </span>&nbsp;<a href="http://news.gothamgazette.com/t?r=1567&amp;c=933856&amp;l=37093&amp;ctl=1700325:07F7E162012EA75F3EE1598847299F48E8B2AAF67EB281F0&amp;" target="_blank" style="color: #1155cc;"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">in negotiations</span></a><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: #000000; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;"> with Senate Independent Democratic Conference Leader Jeff Klein to have his conference rejoin mainline Democrats. The negotiations come days after Gov. Andrew Cuomo won the Working Families Party endorsement by promising, among other things, to work to put Democrats back in charge of the Senate. Klein faces a primary from former New York City Council Member Oliver Koppell. Fellow IDC member Sen. Tony Avella faces a primary from former Comptroller John Liu and Democrats are said to be looking for candidates to challenge the rest of the IDC. However, Cuomo hasn’t ratcheted up the rhetoric against Senate Republicans who share control of the Senate with the IDC. </span></p> <p style="color: #222222; font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.666666984558105px;">"<span style="color: #000000; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15.199999809265137px; white-space: pre-wrap;">We've reversed that partisanship that existed in Albany," Cuomo</span>&nbsp;<a href="http://news.gothamgazette.com/t?r=1567&amp;c=933856&amp;l=37093&amp;ctl=1700326:07F7E162012EA75F3EE1598847299F48E8B2AAF67EB281F0&amp;" target="_blank" style="color: #1155cc;"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">told reporters in Rochester yesterday</span></a><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: #000000; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">. “The lack of partisanship in Albany is something that I’m very proud of. Democrat, Republicans, we’re New Yorkers first, and that’s how I govern, and that’s what has turned this state around, and we’re not going back.” Cuomo called Republicans “ultra-cons” while addressing the WFP <span style="border-bottom-width: 1px; border-bottom-style: dashed; border-bottom-color: #cccccc;"><span class="aBn" data-term="goog_537783490" tabindex="0" style="border-bottom-width: 1px; border-bottom-style: dashed; border-bottom-color: #cccccc; position: relative; top: -2px; z-index: 0;"><span class="aQJ" style="position: relative; top: 2px; z-index: -1;">on Saturday</span></span></span>. </span></p> <p style="color: #222222; font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.666666984558105px;"><em>New from Gotham Gazette</em><br /><a href="http://news.gothamgazette.com/t?r=1567&amp;c=933856&amp;l=37093&amp;ctl=1700327:07F7E162012EA75F3EE1598847299F48E8B2AAF67EB281F0&amp;" target="_blank" style="color: #1155cc;">Stringer Looks at Health Care Cost Projections Differently</a><br />Kristen Meriwether reports on the comptroller's analysis of union health care costs and savings and how it differs from the mayor's.</p> <p><br /><a href="http://news.gothamgazette.com/t?r=1567&amp;c=933856&amp;l=37093&amp;ctl=1700328:07F7E162012EA75F3EE1598847299F48E8B2AAF67EB281F0&amp;" target="_blank" style="color: #1155cc;">Let's Be Cautious With Local Minimum Wage</a><br />In an op-ed, Council Member Mark Weprin argues that while the minimum wage should be raised, it should not necessarily be different in different cities within the same state.</p> <p><br /><a href="http://news.gothamgazette.com/t?r=1567&amp;c=933856&amp;l=37093&amp;ctl=1700329:07F7E162012EA75F3EE1598847299F48E8B2AAF67EB281F0&amp;" target="_blank" style="color: #1155cc;">21st Century Learning Includes BYOT</a><br />In an op-ed, an education program provider argues that New York City should lift its ban on cell phones in school and encourage students to bring and use their own technology for learning purposes.</p> <p><br /><em>ICYMI from Gotham Gazette</em><br /><a href="http://news.gothamgazette.com/t?r=1567&amp;c=933856&amp;l=37093&amp;ctl=170032A:07F7E162012EA75F3EE1598847299F48E8B2AAF67EB281F0&amp;" target="_blank" style="color: #1155cc;">With City Contracts, New York Fails to Diversify</a><br />A comprehensive look at the issue of city contracts going to women and minority-owned businesses.</p> <p><span style="font-size: 20px; font-weight: bold; color: #222222; font-family: arial, sans-serif;">Other Stories We're Following</span></p> <p><span style="color: #222222; font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.666666984558105px;"></span></p> <p style="color: #222222; font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.666666984558105px;"><a href="http://news.gothamgazette.com/t?r=1567&amp;c=933856&amp;l=37093&amp;ctl=170032B:07F7E162012EA75F3EE1598847299F48E8B2AAF67EB281F0&amp;" target="_blank" style="color: #1155cc;">Rangel, Espaillat, Promise More Jobs For Harlem, Bronx&nbsp;</a>(NY Times)</p> <p style="color: #222222; font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.666666984558105px;"><a href="http://news.gothamgazette.com/t?r=1567&amp;c=933856&amp;l=37093&amp;ctl=170032C:07F7E162012EA75F3EE1598847299F48E8B2AAF67EB281F0&amp;" target="_blank" style="color: #1155cc;">Ex-Convict Arrested in Stabbing of Children&nbsp;</a>(NY Times)</p> <p style="color: #222222; font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.666666984558105px;"><a href="http://news.gothamgazette.com/t?r=1567&amp;c=933856&amp;l=37093&amp;ctl=170032D:07F7E162012EA75F3EE1598847299F48E8B2AAF67EB281F0&amp;" target="_blank" style="color: #1155cc;">More City Taxis to Become Handicap-Accessible&nbsp;</a>(Daily News)</p> <p style="color: #222222; font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.666666984558105px;"><a href="http://news.gothamgazette.com/t?r=1567&amp;c=933856&amp;l=37093&amp;ctl=170032E:07F7E162012EA75F3EE1598847299F48E8B2AAF67EB281F0&amp;" target="_blank" style="color: #1155cc;">Over 10,000 MTA Employees Earn Six Figures&nbsp;</a>(Daily News)</p> <p style="color: #222222; font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.666666984558105px;"><a href="http://news.gothamgazette.com/t?r=1567&amp;c=933856&amp;l=37093&amp;ctl=170032F:07F7E162012EA75F3EE1598847299F48E8B2AAF67EB281F0&amp;" target="_blank" style="color: #1155cc;">Higher Minimum Wage Gains Support</a>&nbsp;(NY Times)</p> <p style="color: #222222; font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.666666984558105px;"><a href="http://news.gothamgazette.com/t?r=1567&amp;c=933856&amp;l=37093&amp;ctl=1700330:07F7E162012EA75F3EE1598847299F48E8B2AAF67EB281F0&amp;" target="_blank" style="color: #1155cc;">Prosecutors Lay Out Charges Against Malcolm Smith&nbsp;</a>(NY Post)</p> <p style="color: #222222; font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.666666984558105px;"><a href="http://news.gothamgazette.com/t?r=1567&amp;c=933856&amp;l=37093&amp;ctl=1700331:07F7E162012EA75F3EE1598847299F48E8B2AAF67EB281F0&amp;" target="_blank" style="color: #1155cc;">City Urges Undocumented Youth to Apply For Federal Benefits&nbsp;</a>(Capital)</p> <p style="color: #222222; font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.666666984558105px;"><a href="http://news.gothamgazette.com/t?r=1567&amp;c=933856&amp;l=37093&amp;ctl=1700332:07F7E162012EA75F3EE1598847299F48E8B2AAF67EB281F0&amp;" target="_blank" style="color: #1155cc;">De Blasio Could Be Fined For Failing to Properly Register Rental Home</a>&nbsp;(DNAinfo)</p> <p style="color: #222222; font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.666666984558105px;"><a href="http://news.gothamgazette.com/t?r=1567&amp;c=933856&amp;l=37093&amp;ctl=1700333:07F7E162012EA75F3EE1598847299F48E8B2AAF67EB281F0&amp;" target="_blank" style="color: #1155cc;">NYPD Busts 100 Suspected Gang Members in Harlem&nbsp;</a>(Metro)</p> <p style="color: #222222; font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.666666984558105px;"><a href="http://news.gothamgazette.com/t?r=1567&amp;c=933856&amp;l=37093&amp;ctl=1700334:07F7E162012EA75F3EE1598847299F48E8B2AAF67EB281F0&amp;" target="_blank" style="color: #1155cc;">Comrie's Salary Cut in Bid For Office&nbsp;</a>(Crain's)</p> <p style="color: #222222; font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.666666984558105px;"><a href="http://news.gothamgazette.com/t?r=1567&amp;c=933856&amp;l=37093&amp;ctl=1700335:07F7E162012EA75F3EE1598847299F48E8B2AAF67EB281F0&amp;" target="_blank" style="color: #1155cc;">NYC Asks State's Top Court to Revive Big-Soda Regulations</a>&nbsp;(Crain's)</p> Today's Lead: 2014-05-29T11:50:13+00:00 2014-05-29T11:50:13+00:00 http://www.gothamgazette.com/eye-opener/138-eye-opener/5079-todays-lead Mike Muller mmuller@gothamgazette.com <p><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/eyeopenerbw2.jpg" alt="eyeopenerbw2" height="333" width="500" /></p> <p>Mayor Bill de Blasio set aside <a href="http://online.wsj.com/articles/new-york-city-charter-move-proves-pricey-1401326471" target="_blank">$5.4 million a year</a> in the budget to pay for space in private buildings for three Success Academy charter schools over the next four years. That amounts to more than $11,000 in rent for each child expected to be enrolled next year, but becoming less per student as the schools add enrollment. The de Blasio administration's initial rollback of these charter schools, part of a network founded by Eva Moskowitz, led Albany to pass a law mandating that the City find space for charter schools at public buildings or pay their rent in a privately-owned location. Currently, 183 charters serve 70,918 students.</p> <p><em>New from Gotham Gazette</em><br /><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/government/5077-city-council-member-ben-kallos-open-source-legislation" target="_blank">Kallos Seeks Overhaul Through Open Source</a><br />Kristen Meriwether's exclusive report on new legislation being introduced by Council Member Kallos on Thursday that would require city agencies to use open source software when possible.</p> <p><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/opinions/5078-case-against-solitary-confinement-lucas-anderson" target="_blank">The Case Against Solitary</a><br />In an op-ed, Lucas Anderson argues against the use of solitary confinement, citing its long-term effects on inmates, among several other reasons for opposition.</p> <p><em>ICYMI from Gotham Gazette</em><br /><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/government/5053-new-york-democratic-party-fractures-governor-cuomo-ascends" target="_blank">As Party Fractures, Cuomo Ascends</a><br />David King examines the breaks within the New York State Democratic Party as the governor and other elected officials seek reelection, some of whom are being primaried from within the party.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/government/5052-richer-poorer-park-equity-new-york-city" target="_blank">For Richer and For Poorer: Tying the Park Equity Knot</a><br />Our deep-dive into the issue of New York City 'park equity' frames the current debates and gives important background information.</p> <p><span style="font-weight: bold; font-size: 20px;">Other Stories We're Following</span></p> <!-- IN THE PRESS --> <p><a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/29/nyregion/with-special-clinics-hospitals-vie-for-hesitant-patients-men.html" target="new">Special Clinics at Hospitals Vie for Hesitant Patients: Men</a> (NY Times)</p> <p><a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/29/nyregion/trying-to-exact-a-democratic-ascension-in-albany.html" target="new">Trying to Exact a Democratic Ascension in Albany</a> (NY Times)</p> <p><a href="http://blogs.wsj.com/metropolis/2014/05/28/bronx-city-councilman-misses-ethics-report-deadline" target="new">Bronx Council Member Misses Ethics Report</a> (Capitol Confidential)</p> <p><a href="http://www.crainsnewyork.com/article/20140528/REAL_ESTATE/140529887/port-authority-abandons-financing-plan-for-3-wtc" target="new">Port Authority Abandons Financing Plan for 3 WTC</a> (Crain's)</p> <p><a href="http://www.capitalnewyork.com/article/albany/2014/05/8546174/both-sides-dig-downstate-energy-regulation-fight" target="new">Both Sides Dig in on Downstate Energy-Regulation Fight</a> (Capital)</p> <p><a href="http://www.timesunion.com/local/article/Senate-offers-25-bills-to-fight-heroin-abuse-5511688.php" target="new">Senate Offers 25 Bills to Fight Heroin Abuse</a> (Times Union)</p> <p><a href="http://www.wnyc.org/story/beach-season-underway-amid-construction-rockaways/" target="new">Summer Construction Season in the Rockaways</a> (WNYC)</p> <p><a href="http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/exclusive-20m-effort-boost-job-skills-bronx-high-employment-areas-article-1.1809295" target="new">State Launching Effort to Boost Job Skills in Bronx</a> (Daily News)</p> <p><a href="http://www.dnainfo.com/new-york/20140528/east-village/students-professors-sue-cooper-union-over-plan-charge-tuition" target="new">Students, Professors Sue Cooper Union Over Tuition Charge</a> (DNAinfo)</p> <p><a href="http://nypost.com/2014/05/29/city-council-votes-thursday-on-bills-to-reduce-traffic-deaths/" target="new">Council Votes Today on Bills to Reduce Traffic Deaths</a> (NY Post)</p> <p><a href="http://www.amny.com/opinion/bystryn-don-t-let-nyc-be-caught-off-guard-by-another-sandy-1.8236235" target="new">Don't Let NYC be Caught Off-Guard by Another Sandy</a> (am New York)</p> <!-- END IN THE PRESS --> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/eyeopenerbw2.jpg" alt="eyeopenerbw2" height="333" width="500" /></p> <p>Mayor Bill de Blasio set aside <a href="http://online.wsj.com/articles/new-york-city-charter-move-proves-pricey-1401326471" target="_blank">$5.4 million a year</a> in the budget to pay for space in private buildings for three Success Academy charter schools over the next four years. That amounts to more than $11,000 in rent for each child expected to be enrolled next year, but becoming less per student as the schools add enrollment. The de Blasio administration's initial rollback of these charter schools, part of a network founded by Eva Moskowitz, led Albany to pass a law mandating that the City find space for charter schools at public buildings or pay their rent in a privately-owned location. Currently, 183 charters serve 70,918 students.</p> <p><em>New from Gotham Gazette</em><br /><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/government/5077-city-council-member-ben-kallos-open-source-legislation" target="_blank">Kallos Seeks Overhaul Through Open Source</a><br />Kristen Meriwether's exclusive report on new legislation being introduced by Council Member Kallos on Thursday that would require city agencies to use open source software when possible.</p> <p><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/opinions/5078-case-against-solitary-confinement-lucas-anderson" target="_blank">The Case Against Solitary</a><br />In an op-ed, Lucas Anderson argues against the use of solitary confinement, citing its long-term effects on inmates, among several other reasons for opposition.</p> <p><em>ICYMI from Gotham Gazette</em><br /><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/government/5053-new-york-democratic-party-fractures-governor-cuomo-ascends" target="_blank">As Party Fractures, Cuomo Ascends</a><br />David King examines the breaks within the New York State Democratic Party as the governor and other elected officials seek reelection, some of whom are being primaried from within the party.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/government/5052-richer-poorer-park-equity-new-york-city" target="_blank">For Richer and For Poorer: Tying the Park Equity Knot</a><br />Our deep-dive into the issue of New York City 'park equity' frames the current debates and gives important background information.</p> <p><span style="font-weight: bold; font-size: 20px;">Other Stories We're Following</span></p> <!-- IN THE PRESS --> <p><a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/29/nyregion/with-special-clinics-hospitals-vie-for-hesitant-patients-men.html" target="new">Special Clinics at Hospitals Vie for Hesitant Patients: Men</a> (NY Times)</p> <p><a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/29/nyregion/trying-to-exact-a-democratic-ascension-in-albany.html" target="new">Trying to Exact a Democratic Ascension in Albany</a> (NY Times)</p> <p><a href="http://blogs.wsj.com/metropolis/2014/05/28/bronx-city-councilman-misses-ethics-report-deadline" target="new">Bronx Council Member Misses Ethics Report</a> (Capitol Confidential)</p> <p><a href="http://www.crainsnewyork.com/article/20140528/REAL_ESTATE/140529887/port-authority-abandons-financing-plan-for-3-wtc" target="new">Port Authority Abandons Financing Plan for 3 WTC</a> (Crain's)</p> <p><a href="http://www.capitalnewyork.com/article/albany/2014/05/8546174/both-sides-dig-downstate-energy-regulation-fight" target="new">Both Sides Dig in on Downstate Energy-Regulation Fight</a> (Capital)</p> <p><a href="http://www.timesunion.com/local/article/Senate-offers-25-bills-to-fight-heroin-abuse-5511688.php" target="new">Senate Offers 25 Bills to Fight Heroin Abuse</a> (Times Union)</p> <p><a href="http://www.wnyc.org/story/beach-season-underway-amid-construction-rockaways/" target="new">Summer Construction Season in the Rockaways</a> (WNYC)</p> <p><a href="http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/exclusive-20m-effort-boost-job-skills-bronx-high-employment-areas-article-1.1809295" target="new">State Launching Effort to Boost Job Skills in Bronx</a> (Daily News)</p> <p><a href="http://www.dnainfo.com/new-york/20140528/east-village/students-professors-sue-cooper-union-over-plan-charge-tuition" target="new">Students, Professors Sue Cooper Union Over Tuition Charge</a> (DNAinfo)</p> <p><a href="http://nypost.com/2014/05/29/city-council-votes-thursday-on-bills-to-reduce-traffic-deaths/" target="new">Council Votes Today on Bills to Reduce Traffic Deaths</a> (NY Post)</p> <p><a href="http://www.amny.com/opinion/bystryn-don-t-let-nyc-be-caught-off-guard-by-another-sandy-1.8236235" target="new">Don't Let NYC be Caught Off-Guard by Another Sandy</a> (am New York)</p> <!-- END IN THE PRESS --> <p>&nbsp;</p> Today's Lead: De Blasio Press Policy Study Shows Limited Access 2014-05-28T12:11:21+00:00 2014-05-28T12:11:21+00:00 http://www.gothamgazette.com/eye-opener/138-eye-opener/5062-todays-lead-de-blasio-press-policy-study-shows-limited-access Mike Muller mmuller@gothamgazette.com <p><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/eyeopenerbw2.jpg" alt="eyeopenerbw2" height="333" width="500" /></p> <p>In his first five months in office, Mayor Bill de Blasio has <a href="http://bigstory.ap.org/article/ap-nyc-mayor-bars-media-dozens-events" target="_blank">barred media access</a> to 53 events and limited it to 30 more, according to the Associated Press. On some days his entire schedule has been off limits; more than 20 percent of his listed events have been closed to the news media. In response, de Blasio said his office should do more to accommodate the press, but defended limiting media access when there are space constraints or when event hosts make such requests. The administration often releases transcripts of speeches given at private events and does so for virtually all public ones. De Blasio committed to <a href="http://www.capitalnewyork.com/article/city-hall/2014/05/8546065/de-blasio-disclose-substantive-lobbyist-meetings" target="_blank">disclosing</a> any "substantive conversation" with a lobbyist, but has yet to implement the voluntary practice, like he did as public advocate.</p> <p><em>The latest from Gotham Gazette</em><br /><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/government/5053-new-york-democratic-party-fractures-governor-cuomo-ascends" target="_blank">As Party Fractures, Cuomo Ascends</a><br />David King examines the breaks within the New York State Democratic Party as the governor and other elected officials seek reelection, some of whom are being primaried from within the party.</p> <p><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/government/5052-richer-poorer-park-equity-new-york-city" target="_blank">For Richer and For Poorer: Tying the Park Equity Knot</a><br />Our deep-dive into the issue of New York City 'park equity' frames the current debates, gives important background information, and previews this week's city council parks committee budget hearing.</p> <p><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/government/5054-week-ahead-new-york-politics-may-26" target="_blank">The Week Ahead in New York Politics</a><br />Our weekly preview of what to look for in New York City and from Albany.</p> <p><span style="font-weight: bold; font-size: 20px;">Other Stories We're Following</span></p> <!-- IN THE PRESS --> <p><a href="http://www.timesunion.com/news/article/Moreland-panel-records-sought-5508411.php" target="new">Prosecutor Asks Legislature to Preserve Moreland Records</a> (Times Union)</p> <p><a href="http://online.wsj.com/article/AP9e61d8e3f15f43459ebfa74a93c6bc46.html" target="new">NYPD Surveillance of Political Activism Questioned</a> (WSJ)</p> <p><a href="http://www.capitalnewyork.com/article/albany/2014/05/8545906/lippman-looks-legislative-help-seal-old-criminal-records" target="new">Judge Asks Lawmakers to Seal Old Criminal Records</a> (Capital)</p> <p><a href="http://www.crainsnewyork.com/article/20140527/BLOGS04/140529904/where-are-the-jobs-probably-brooklyn" target="new">Job Growth in Brooklyn Highest in City</a> (Crain's)</p> <p><a href="http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/uptown/bike-advocates-snub-uws-cycling-crackdown-article-1.1807575" target="new">City Cyclists to NYPD: Back Off!</a> (Daily News)</p> <p><a href="http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702304587704579588613422579966" target="new">City's Restaurant Policy Lowering Revenue From Fines</a> (WSJ)</p> <p><a href="http://www.wnyc.org/story/student-athletes-protest-uneven-sports-funding/" target="new">Student Athletes to Protest Uneven Sports Funding</a> (WNYC)</p> <p><a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/28/nyregion/assembly-backs-use-of-marijuana-for-illnesses.html" target="new">Assembly Backs Use of Marijuana for Illnesses</a> (NY Times)</p> <p><a href="http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702304587704579588551602235072" target="new">De Blasio Decides Against Bid to Host 2024 Olympics</a> (WSJ)</p> <p><a href="http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/exclusive-mayor-de-blasio-asks-working-families-party-back-gov-cuomo-article-1.1807766" target="new">De Blasio Asks Working Families Party to Back Cuomo</a> (Daily News)</p> <p><a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/innovations/wp/2014/05/27/ubers-remarkable-growth-could-end-the-era-of-poorly-paid-cab-drivers/" target="new">UberX Drivers Can Earn $90,000 a Year, Says Company</a> (Washington Post)</p> <p><a href="http://www.citylimits.org/news/articles/5126/complex-changes-in-low-level-arrests-under-de-blasio" target="new">Complex Changes in Low-Level Arrests Under de Blasio</a> (City Limits)</p> <!-- END IN THE PRESS --> <p><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/eyeopenerbw2.jpg" alt="eyeopenerbw2" height="333" width="500" /></p> <p>In his first five months in office, Mayor Bill de Blasio has <a href="http://bigstory.ap.org/article/ap-nyc-mayor-bars-media-dozens-events" target="_blank">barred media access</a> to 53 events and limited it to 30 more, according to the Associated Press. On some days his entire schedule has been off limits; more than 20 percent of his listed events have been closed to the news media. In response, de Blasio said his office should do more to accommodate the press, but defended limiting media access when there are space constraints or when event hosts make such requests. The administration often releases transcripts of speeches given at private events and does so for virtually all public ones. De Blasio committed to <a href="http://www.capitalnewyork.com/article/city-hall/2014/05/8546065/de-blasio-disclose-substantive-lobbyist-meetings" target="_blank">disclosing</a> any "substantive conversation" with a lobbyist, but has yet to implement the voluntary practice, like he did as public advocate.</p> <p><em>The latest from Gotham Gazette</em><br /><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/government/5053-new-york-democratic-party-fractures-governor-cuomo-ascends" target="_blank">As Party Fractures, Cuomo Ascends</a><br />David King examines the breaks within the New York State Democratic Party as the governor and other elected officials seek reelection, some of whom are being primaried from within the party.</p> <p><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/government/5052-richer-poorer-park-equity-new-york-city" target="_blank">For Richer and For Poorer: Tying the Park Equity Knot</a><br />Our deep-dive into the issue of New York City 'park equity' frames the current debates, gives important background information, and previews this week's city council parks committee budget hearing.</p> <p><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/government/5054-week-ahead-new-york-politics-may-26" target="_blank">The Week Ahead in New York Politics</a><br />Our weekly preview of what to look for in New York City and from Albany.</p> <p><span style="font-weight: bold; font-size: 20px;">Other Stories We're Following</span></p> <!-- IN THE PRESS --> <p><a href="http://www.timesunion.com/news/article/Moreland-panel-records-sought-5508411.php" target="new">Prosecutor Asks Legislature to Preserve Moreland Records</a> (Times Union)</p> <p><a href="http://online.wsj.com/article/AP9e61d8e3f15f43459ebfa74a93c6bc46.html" target="new">NYPD Surveillance of Political Activism Questioned</a> (WSJ)</p> <p><a href="http://www.capitalnewyork.com/article/albany/2014/05/8545906/lippman-looks-legislative-help-seal-old-criminal-records" target="new">Judge Asks Lawmakers to Seal Old Criminal Records</a> (Capital)</p> <p><a href="http://www.crainsnewyork.com/article/20140527/BLOGS04/140529904/where-are-the-jobs-probably-brooklyn" target="new">Job Growth in Brooklyn Highest in City</a> (Crain's)</p> <p><a href="http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/uptown/bike-advocates-snub-uws-cycling-crackdown-article-1.1807575" target="new">City Cyclists to NYPD: Back Off!</a> (Daily News)</p> <p><a href="http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702304587704579588613422579966" target="new">City's Restaurant Policy Lowering Revenue From Fines</a> (WSJ)</p> <p><a href="http://www.wnyc.org/story/student-athletes-protest-uneven-sports-funding/" target="new">Student Athletes to Protest Uneven Sports Funding</a> (WNYC)</p> <p><a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/28/nyregion/assembly-backs-use-of-marijuana-for-illnesses.html" target="new">Assembly Backs Use of Marijuana for Illnesses</a> (NY Times)</p> <p><a href="http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702304587704579588551602235072" target="new">De Blasio Decides Against Bid to Host 2024 Olympics</a> (WSJ)</p> <p><a href="http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/exclusive-mayor-de-blasio-asks-working-families-party-back-gov-cuomo-article-1.1807766" target="new">De Blasio Asks Working Families Party to Back Cuomo</a> (Daily News)</p> <p><a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/innovations/wp/2014/05/27/ubers-remarkable-growth-could-end-the-era-of-poorly-paid-cab-drivers/" target="new">UberX Drivers Can Earn $90,000 a Year, Says Company</a> (Washington Post)</p> <p><a href="http://www.citylimits.org/news/articles/5126/complex-changes-in-low-level-arrests-under-de-blasio" target="new">Complex Changes in Low-Level Arrests Under de Blasio</a> (City Limits)</p> <!-- END IN THE PRESS --> Today’s Lead: State Eliminates Political Donation Limits For Individuals 2014-05-27T12:20:13+00:00 2014-05-27T12:20:13+00:00 http://www.gothamgazette.com/eye-opener/138-eye-opener/5055-todays-lead-state-eliminates-political-donation-limits-for-individuals David Howard King dking@gothamgazette.com <p style="font-family: museo_sans, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 18px;"><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/eyeopenerbw2.jpg" alt="eyeopenerbw2" height="333" width="500" /></p> <p style="font-family: museo_sans, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 18px;">State Board of Election voted unanimously to&nbsp;<a href="http://www.newsday.com/long-island/politics/state-no-limit-on-individual-political-donations-1.8186788" style="color: #000000; text-decoration: underline;">lift the existing $150,000 limit on campaign donations by individuals</a>, citing recent rulings by the United States Supreme Court. Individuals will now be able to fund as many candidates and political groups as they choose. New York laws have long been criticized for making it easy for corporations to funnel unlimited cash to parties and candidates. The lifting on the individual restriction comes just before the high-stakes statewide elections and while Gov. Andrew Cuomo is involved in intense negotiations with the Legislature over campaign finance reform.</p> <p style="font-family: museo_sans, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 18px;"><em>New from Gotham Gazette</em></p> <p><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/government/5054-week-ahead-new-york-politics-may-26" target="_blank" style="color: #1155cc; text-decoration: underline;">The Week Ahead in New York Politics</a><br />Our weekly preview of what to look for in New York City and from Albany. Get prepared for the week upon us!</p> <p><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/government/5053-new-york-democratic-party-fractures-governor-cuomo-ascends" target="_blank" style="color: #1155cc; text-decoration: underline;">As Party Fractures, Cuomo Ascends</a><br />David King examines the breaks within the New York State Democratic Party as the governor and other elected officials seek reelection, some of whom are being primaried from within the party.</p> <p><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/government/5052-richer-poorer-park-equity-new-york-city" target="_blank" style="color: #1155cc; text-decoration: underline;">For Richer and For Poorer: Tying the Park Equity Knot</a><br />Our deep-dive into the issue of New York City 'park equity' frames the current debates, gives important background information, and previews this week's city council parks committee budget hearing, at which the committee will continue to push for more funding toward creating better equity among the city's parks.</p> <hr style="font-family: museo_sans, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 18px;" /> <p><span style="font-family: museo_sans, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-weight: bold; font-size: 20px;">Other Stories We're Following</span><span style="font-family: museo_sans, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 18px;"></span><span style="font-family: museo_sans, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 18px;"></span></p> <p style="font-family: museo_sans, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 18px;"><a href="http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/cuomo-press-republicans-public-financing-campaigns-article-1.1805288" target="new" style="color: #000000; text-decoration: underline;">Cuomo to Press Senate Republicans on Campaign Finance&nbsp;</a>(Daily News)</p> <p style="font-family: museo_sans, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 18px;"><a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/27/nyregion/in-complaint-activists-seek-audit-of-new-york-police-surveillance.html?ref=nyregion" target="new" style="color: #000000; text-decoration: underline;">Advocates Seek Audit of Police Surveillance&nbsp;</a>(NY Times)</p> <p style="font-family: museo_sans, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 18px;"><a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/27/nyregion/advocates-seek-to-make-courthouses-off-limits-for-immigration-officials.html?ref=nyregion" target="new" style="color: #000000; text-decoration: underline;">Advocates Seek to Make Courthouse Off Limits to Immigration Officials</a>(NY Times)</p> <p style="font-family: museo_sans, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 18px;"><a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/27/nyregion/de-blasio-at-memorial-day-events-pays-tribute-to-veterans.html?ref=nyregion&amp;_r=0" target="new" style="color: #000000; text-decoration: underline;">De Blasio Wants to Help Homeless Veterans&nbsp;</a>(NY Times)</p> <p style="font-family: museo_sans, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 18px;"><a href="http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/post-city-notices-website-councilman-article-1.1806264" target="new" style="color: #000000; text-decoration: underline;">Councilman Wants City to Post Notices on Its Website&nbsp;</a>(Daily News)</p> <p style="font-family: museo_sans, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 18px;"><a href="http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/exclusive-union-run-de-blasio-cousin-donated-group-supported-mayor-campaign-article-1.1806377" target="new" style="color: #000000; text-decoration: underline;">Union Run By De Blasio’s Cousin Gave to Group That Supported Mayor’s Campaign</a>&nbsp;(Daily News)</p> <p style="font-family: museo_sans, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 18px;"><a href="http://www.lohud.com/story/news/politics/albany-watch/2014/05/26/state-workers-compensation/9586709/" target="new" style="color: #000000; text-decoration: underline;">State Workers Earning More Than $100k Jumps in 2013&nbsp;</a>(Lower Hudson Journal)</p> <p style="font-family: museo_sans, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 18px;"><a href="http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702304479704579579912112246926?mg=reno64-wsj&amp;url=http%3A%2F%2Fonline.wsj.com%2Farticle%2FSB10001424052702304479704579579912112246926.html" target="new" style="color: #000000; text-decoration: underline;">Citi Bike Asked to Pay Lost Parking Revenue</a>&nbsp;(WSJ)</p> <p style="font-family: museo_sans, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; 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text-decoration: underline;">Municipal Identification Card May Help Immigrants, Homeless</a>&nbsp;(Times Union)</p> <p style="font-family: museo_sans, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 18px;"><a href="http://www.dnainfo.com/new-york/20140527/arverne/pricey-beach-bathrooms-wont-be-installed-for-summer" target="new" style="color: #000000; text-decoration: underline;">Pricey Beach Bathrooms Won’t Be Installed In Time For Summer</a>(DNAinfo)</p> <p style="font-family: museo_sans, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 18px;"><a href="http://www.crainsnewyork.com/article/20140525/BLOGS04/140529919/right-sizing-housing-is-tricky-business" target="new" style="color: #000000; text-decoration: underline;">Right-Sizing Housing is Tricky Business</a>&nbsp;(Crain's)</p> <p style="font-family: museo_sans, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 18px;"><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/eyeopenerbw2.jpg" alt="eyeopenerbw2" height="333" width="500" /></p> <p style="font-family: museo_sans, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 18px;">State Board of Election voted unanimously to&nbsp;<a href="http://www.newsday.com/long-island/politics/state-no-limit-on-individual-political-donations-1.8186788" style="color: #000000; text-decoration: underline;">lift the existing $150,000 limit on campaign donations by individuals</a>, citing recent rulings by the United States Supreme Court. Individuals will now be able to fund as many candidates and political groups as they choose. New York laws have long been criticized for making it easy for corporations to funnel unlimited cash to parties and candidates. The lifting on the individual restriction comes just before the high-stakes statewide elections and while Gov. Andrew Cuomo is involved in intense negotiations with the Legislature over campaign finance reform.</p> <p style="font-family: museo_sans, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 18px;"><em>New from Gotham Gazette</em></p> <p><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/government/5054-week-ahead-new-york-politics-may-26" target="_blank" style="color: #1155cc; text-decoration: underline;">The Week Ahead in New York Politics</a><br />Our weekly preview of what to look for in New York City and from Albany. Get prepared for the week upon us!</p> <p><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/government/5053-new-york-democratic-party-fractures-governor-cuomo-ascends" target="_blank" style="color: #1155cc; text-decoration: underline;">As Party Fractures, Cuomo Ascends</a><br />David King examines the breaks within the New York State Democratic Party as the governor and other elected officials seek reelection, some of whom are being primaried from within the party.</p> <p><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/government/5052-richer-poorer-park-equity-new-york-city" target="_blank" style="color: #1155cc; text-decoration: underline;">For Richer and For Poorer: Tying the Park Equity Knot</a><br />Our deep-dive into the issue of New York City 'park equity' frames the current debates, gives important background information, and previews this week's city council parks committee budget hearing, at which the committee will continue to push for more funding toward creating better equity among the city's parks.</p> <hr style="font-family: museo_sans, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 18px;" /> <p><span style="font-family: museo_sans, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-weight: bold; font-size: 20px;">Other Stories We're Following</span><span style="font-family: museo_sans, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 18px;"></span><span style="font-family: museo_sans, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 18px;"></span></p> <p style="font-family: museo_sans, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 18px;"><a href="http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/cuomo-press-republicans-public-financing-campaigns-article-1.1805288" target="new" style="color: #000000; text-decoration: underline;">Cuomo to Press Senate Republicans on Campaign Finance&nbsp;</a>(Daily News)</p> <p style="font-family: museo_sans, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 18px;"><a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/27/nyregion/in-complaint-activists-seek-audit-of-new-york-police-surveillance.html?ref=nyregion" target="new" style="color: #000000; text-decoration: underline;">Advocates Seek Audit of Police Surveillance&nbsp;</a>(NY Times)</p> <p style="font-family: museo_sans, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 18px;"><a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/27/nyregion/advocates-seek-to-make-courthouses-off-limits-for-immigration-officials.html?ref=nyregion" target="new" style="color: #000000; text-decoration: underline;">Advocates Seek to Make Courthouse Off Limits to Immigration Officials</a>(NY Times)</p> <p style="font-family: museo_sans, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 18px;"><a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/27/nyregion/de-blasio-at-memorial-day-events-pays-tribute-to-veterans.html?ref=nyregion&amp;_r=0" target="new" style="color: #000000; text-decoration: underline;">De Blasio Wants to Help Homeless Veterans&nbsp;</a>(NY Times)</p> <p style="font-family: museo_sans, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 18px;"><a href="http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/post-city-notices-website-councilman-article-1.1806264" target="new" style="color: #000000; text-decoration: underline;">Councilman Wants City to Post Notices on Its Website&nbsp;</a>(Daily News)</p> <p style="font-family: museo_sans, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 18px;"><a href="http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/exclusive-union-run-de-blasio-cousin-donated-group-supported-mayor-campaign-article-1.1806377" target="new" style="color: #000000; text-decoration: underline;">Union Run By De Blasio’s Cousin Gave to Group That Supported Mayor’s Campaign</a>&nbsp;(Daily News)</p> <p style="font-family: museo_sans, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 18px;"><a href="http://www.lohud.com/story/news/politics/albany-watch/2014/05/26/state-workers-compensation/9586709/" target="new" style="color: #000000; text-decoration: underline;">State Workers Earning More Than $100k Jumps in 2013&nbsp;</a>(Lower Hudson Journal)</p> <p style="font-family: museo_sans, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 18px;"><a href="http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702304479704579579912112246926?mg=reno64-wsj&amp;url=http%3A%2F%2Fonline.wsj.com%2Farticle%2FSB10001424052702304479704579579912112246926.html" target="new" style="color: #000000; text-decoration: underline;">Citi Bike Asked to Pay Lost Parking Revenue</a>&nbsp;(WSJ)</p> <p style="font-family: museo_sans, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 18px;"><a href="http://www.capitalnewyork.com/article/city-hall/2014/05/8546018/mccrays-mayors-fund-goals-begin-take-shape?top-featured-1" target="new" style="color: #000000; text-decoration: underline;">Mayor;s Fund Goals Start to Take Shape</a>&nbsp;(Capital)</p> <p style="font-family: museo_sans, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 18px;"><a href="http://www.capitalnewyork.com/article/albany/2014/05/8546015/open-doubts-wfp-prepares-meet" target="new" style="color: #000000; text-decoration: underline;">Doubts As Working Families Party Prepares to Meet</a>&nbsp;(Capital)</p> <p style="font-family: museo_sans, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 18px;"><a href="http://www.ny1.com/content/news/209280/citi-bike-marks-one-year-anniversary" target="new" style="color: #000000; text-decoration: underline;">Citi Bike Marks One Year Anniversary&nbsp;</a>(NY 1)</p> <p style="font-family: museo_sans, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 18px;"><a href="http://www.timesunion.com/news/article/Municipal-identification-card-may-aid-immigrants-5505752.php" target="new" style="color: #000000; text-decoration: underline;">Municipal Identification Card May Help Immigrants, Homeless</a>&nbsp;(Times Union)</p> <p style="font-family: museo_sans, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 18px;"><a href="http://www.dnainfo.com/new-york/20140527/arverne/pricey-beach-bathrooms-wont-be-installed-for-summer" target="new" style="color: #000000; text-decoration: underline;">Pricey Beach Bathrooms Won’t Be Installed In Time For Summer</a>(DNAinfo)</p> <p style="font-family: museo_sans, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 18px;"><a href="http://www.crainsnewyork.com/article/20140525/BLOGS04/140529919/right-sizing-housing-is-tricky-business" target="new" style="color: #000000; text-decoration: underline;">Right-Sizing Housing is Tricky Business</a>&nbsp;(Crain's)</p> Today's Lead: Former Assembly Member Sentenced to Three Years 2014-05-22T12:00:13+00:00 2014-05-22T12:00:13+00:00 http://www.gothamgazette.com/eye-opener/138-eye-opener/5045-todays-lead-former-assembly-member-sentenced-to-three-years Mike Muller mmuller@gothamgazette.com <p><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/eyeopenerbw2.jpg" alt="eyeopenerbw2" height="333" width="500" /></p> <p>Former Bronx Assembly Member Eric Stevenson was sentenced Wednesday to <a href="http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702303980004579576493930042388" target="_blank">three years in prison</a> after his conviction earlier this year for accepting $22,000 in bribes. The sentence was less than prosecutors asked for, but more than Stevenson's attorney requested. Stevenson will have to surrender by Sept. 2. Preet Bharara, the U.S. attorney in Manhattan, brought the charges. Prosecutors also contend that Stevenson <a href="http://nypost.com/2014/05/16/convicted-former-assemblyman-didnt-live-in-his-own-district-prosecutors/" target="_blank">didn't live in the legislative district</a> he represented. His district, the 79th, is among 10 seats in the Assembly that are now <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/22/nyregion/former-bronx-assemblyman-sentenced-for-corruption.html" target="_blank">vacant</a>. Two seats are also empty in the Senate. <a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/government/4908-new-york-state-assembly-79th-district-bronx" target="_blank">The race</a> to fill Stevenson's old Assembly seat is heating up as the summer approaches.</p> <p><em>New from Gotham Gazette</em><br /><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/government/5044-scrutiny-solitary-confinement-rules-grows-prisons-jails" target="_blank">Solitary Confinement Scrutiny Grows</a><br />David King reports on the continuing debate over the rules for solitary confinement in New York prisons and jails, including several bills that are being debated in Albany that would change solitary codes.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><em>ICYMI from Gotham Gazette</em><br /> <a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/government/5040-part-time-work-doesnt-pay-new-york-unemployment-benefits-rules" target="_blank">When Part Time Work Doesn't Pay: New York's Unemployment Rules</a><br />David King takes stock of New York's unemployment benefits rules, how they differ from many other states, and a bill that is being proposed in Albany to modernize them.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/government/5036-everything-dot-nyc" target="_blank">Everything Dot NYC</a><br />A deep dive into the issue of .nyc website domain names, which are just becoming available through the City and a third-party provider. The planning has been going on for years, but controversy is growing as the rollout begins.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span style="font-weight: bold; font-size: 20px;">Other Stories We're Following</span></p> <!-- IN THE PRESS --> <p><a href="http://www.capitalnewyork.com/article/albany/2014/05/8545844/cuomos-realpolitik-offer-campaign-reform-advocates" target="new">Cuomo Offers Campaign Finance Reform, Revokes Other Reforms</a> (Capital)</p> <p><a href="http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/financial-firms-fear-teachers-contract-raise-deficits-article-1.1801458" target="new">Financial Firms Sell Municipal Bonds Over Teachers Contract</a> (Daily News)</p> <p><a href="http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702303980004579576374284202170" target="new">NYPD Boost Focus on Identity, Electronics Thefts</a> (WSJ)</p> <p><a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/22/nyregion/one-step-forward-one-back-for-mta-on-union-contracts.html" target="new">One Step Forward, One Back for MTA on Union Contracts</a> (NY Times)</p> <p><a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/22/nyregion/rising-hazard-for-civilian-staff-at-rikers-attacks-by-mentally-ill-inmates.html" target="new">Inmate Attacks on Civilian Staff Climb at Rikers</a> (NY Times)</p> <p><a href="http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702303480304579576041657436968" target="new">After East Harlem Blast, Many Residents Still Homeless</a> (WSJ)</p> <p><a href="http://www.capitalnewyork.com/article/city-hall/2014/05/8545845/lich-advocates-strike-last-minute-deal" target="new">LICH Advocates Strike a Last-Minute Deal</a> (Capital)</p> <p><a href="http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/city-plans-attack-economic-segregation-article-1.1801477" target="new">City Plans to Attack Housing Segregation </a> (Daily News)</p> <p><a href="http://www.crainsnewyork.com/article/20140521/REAL_ESTATE/140529971/2-affordable-housing-programs-to-launch-in-2015" target="new">Two Affordable-Housing Programs to Launch in 2015</a> (Crain's)</p> <p><a href="http://www.wnyc.org/story/911-distress-train-crash/" target="new">911 Sent Eight Trucks to Wrong Location in Train Derailment</a> (WNYC)</p> <p><a href="http://www.theverge.com/2014/5/21/5738230/airbnb-makes-peace-with-new-york-attorney-general-on-privacy-and" target="new">Airbnb Makes Peace with New York Attorney General</a> (The Verge)</p> <p><a href="http://www.wnyc.org/story/forget-river-vus-how-about-river-living/" target="new">Flood-Resistant Neighborhood Would Be 80 Years in the Making</a> (WNYC)</p> <!-- END IN THE PRESS --> <p><img src="http://www.gothamgazette.com/images/eyeopenerbw2.jpg" alt="eyeopenerbw2" height="333" width="500" /></p> <p>Former Bronx Assembly Member Eric Stevenson was sentenced Wednesday to <a href="http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702303980004579576493930042388" target="_blank">three years in prison</a> after his conviction earlier this year for accepting $22,000 in bribes. The sentence was less than prosecutors asked for, but more than Stevenson's attorney requested. Stevenson will have to surrender by Sept. 2. Preet Bharara, the U.S. attorney in Manhattan, brought the charges. Prosecutors also contend that Stevenson <a href="http://nypost.com/2014/05/16/convicted-former-assemblyman-didnt-live-in-his-own-district-prosecutors/" target="_blank">didn't live in the legislative district</a> he represented. His district, the 79th, is among 10 seats in the Assembly that are now <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/22/nyregion/former-bronx-assemblyman-sentenced-for-corruption.html" target="_blank">vacant</a>. Two seats are also empty in the Senate. <a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/government/4908-new-york-state-assembly-79th-district-bronx" target="_blank">The race</a> to fill Stevenson's old Assembly seat is heating up as the summer approaches.</p> <p><em>New from Gotham Gazette</em><br /><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/government/5044-scrutiny-solitary-confinement-rules-grows-prisons-jails" target="_blank">Solitary Confinement Scrutiny Grows</a><br />David King reports on the continuing debate over the rules for solitary confinement in New York prisons and jails, including several bills that are being debated in Albany that would change solitary codes.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><em>ICYMI from Gotham Gazette</em><br /> <a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/government/5040-part-time-work-doesnt-pay-new-york-unemployment-benefits-rules" target="_blank">When Part Time Work Doesn't Pay: New York's Unemployment Rules</a><br />David King takes stock of New York's unemployment benefits rules, how they differ from many other states, and a bill that is being proposed in Albany to modernize them.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/government/5036-everything-dot-nyc" target="_blank">Everything Dot NYC</a><br />A deep dive into the issue of .nyc website domain names, which are just becoming available through the City and a third-party provider. 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