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The Week That Was in New York Politics, August 31-September 4

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Gotham Gazette's Week in Review, Friday September 4

PHOTOS OF THE WEEK: Mayor de Blasio rides the Staten Island Ferry, via Anna Sanders; de Blasio visits a homeless encampment, via The Daily News

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1. De Blasio & Homelessness: This week, Mayor de Blasio authorized a $10 million emergency measure to provide rental assistance to people facing homelessness. Not long after, the mayor announced the coming resignation of Deputy Mayor Lilliam Barrios-Paoli, after 20 months serving as deputy mayor of health and human services, where she oversees much of the administration's response to the ongoing homelessness crisis. Then, de Blasio visited a notorious homelessness encampment in the Bronx.

2. Cuomo to Puerto Rico: In the midst of the economic crisis in Puerto Rico, Gov. Cuomo "will lead a delegation to Puerto Rico to meet with local officials and discuss the Puerto Rican governments' ongoing healthcare crisis and economic challenges as well as the need for Washington to act." Leaving Monday (September 7) and returning Tuesday, the group will include financial experts and elected leaders, including City Council Speaker and Puerto Rico native Melissa Mark-Viverito, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr., and Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.

3. Cuomo Launches ‘Enough is Enough’: As students head back to college campuses, Governor Cuomo has kicked off his statewide awareness campaign to draw attention to his 'Enough is Enough' sexual conduct legislation, which will take effect in full later this fall. Legislation requires all colleges to adopt a set of comprehensive procedures and guidelines, including a uniform definition of affirmative consent, and expanded access to law enforcement.

4. Safe City Summer: New York City had the safest summer in over 20 years - the NYPD’s newly released crime statistics show that crime and shootings are at historic lows, along with over 40,000 fewer arrests made and 58,000 fewer criminal court summonses issued year-to-date over last year. New York City experienced the safest summer (June 1 through August 31) in the modern crime tracking era of the department. For that summer period, shootings and murders were the lowest they have ever been in the modern CompStat era; the NYPD recorded 82 murders and 345 shootings over the three summer months.


  • $18 million in additional funding for final design and construction support services of the Brooklyn Bridge. Repairs for the iconic bridge are already $92 million over budget and a year behind schedule.

  • 25% wage advantage for New York women who belong to a union over women who aren’t union members

  • $1.25 million is how much a vacant lot in Crown Heights sold for after less than two days on the market.

  • 144 of the state’s struggling public schools have until Sept. 30 for administrators to finish improvement plans and file them with the state.

  • 180 feet is how high a mural of Pope Francis painted on the side of 494 Eighth Avenue in anticipation of the Pontiff's visit to the city will be.


  • 65 years ago around this time, on August 31, 1950, Mayor William O'Dwyer resigned amid rumors of a corruption scandal.


Led by New Office, De Blasio Forms His Brand of Public-Private Partnerships, by Brit Byrd

In Defense of Plazas, From Times Square to Brownsville (opinion)

Advocates Rally to Keep Solitary Confinement in Spotlight, by David King

Bill Puts City Landmarks Law At Serious Risk (opinon)

On Twitter, De Blasio Continues Recent Efforts at Direct Public Contact, by Ben Max

Map Launched to Bring Greater Accountability to Capital Spending, by Brit Byrd


  • Anthony Weiner on WNYC's The Brian Lehrer Show discussing a possible state constitutional convention and the governor-mayor relationship.
  • The New Yorker profiles NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton.
  • Chalkbeat NY looks at the city DOE dragging its feet on allowing schools to change admissions policies aimed at increasing diversity.

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by Meg O'Connor and Ben Max

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