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What to watch for this week in New York politics:
This week we're watching the end of the legislative session in Albany - seven scheduled days left! - and the final city budget negotiations here in New York City.
There are seven legislative session days left in Albany, if lawmakers use all of them, including this week’s four meetings Monday through Thursday. Mayoral control of New York City schools must be dealt with - it is due to expire at the end of June. There are a variety of other high-profile issues that may see legislation, but lawmakers might do a bare minimum and get out of town. All 213 seats in the Assembly (150) and Senate (63) are up for election this fall and legislators may be eager to devote their full-time attention to their home districts, campaign fund-raising, and re-election efforts. [Read our rundown of the key issues at play that may actually get dealt with, and a few high-profile ones that seem to be completely off the table.]
We may see a city budget deal this week, well before the June 30 end of the fiscal year. There are whispers that the Council wants to vote a new budget through on Thursday at its full-body stated meeting, which could mean a deal-in-concept announced early this week. [Read our rundown of some of the final issues that have been sticking points and on the negotiating table.]
As always, there's a great deal happening all over the city, with many events to be aware of - see our day-by-day rundown below.
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The run of the week in detail:
At 9 a.m. Monday, City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito will speak at the Proud to Be Latina 6th Annual Empowerment Leadership Conference at New York Law School.
On Monday at 9:30 a.m. at the New York Public Library, "Mayor de Blasio will host a Global Mayors’ Meeting on Ending AIDS in Cities. The event is being convened by the Mayors of Paris and New York, UNAIDS, UN-Habitat and the International Association of Providers of AIDS Care, with the support of the M·A·C AIDS Fund."
At 10 a.m. Monday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo is making an announcement at Walkway Over the Hudson State Park in Poughkeepsie.
On Monday morning at 10:15 at City Hall, “charter school leaders, parents of waitlisted kids, New York City Charter School Center officials, announce strong demand for charter schools and sky-high lottery and waitlist numbers,” according to City & State NY.
At 11 a.m., over 200 faith leaders from across New York State will “release a letter on Monday, June 6th addressed to Governor Cuomo, Senator Flanagan and Assembly Speaker Heastie calling on them to pass legislation that would raise the age at which youth are charged as adults in New York.”
Also at 11 a.m., Speaker Mark-Viverito will speak at a rally in front of Trump Tower denouncing "Donald Trump's outrageous claims about Indiana-born American Judge Gonzalo Curiel."
Both houses of the state Legislature are in session on Monday afternoon in Albany.
Monday evening, Speaker Mark-Viverito and city schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña will appear at "I am Latino in America" with Soledad O’Brien at Museo del Barrio.
Both houses of the state Legislature are in session on Tuesday in Albany.
At 8 a.m., NYC Small Business Commissioner Gregg Bishop, City Council Member Robert Cornegy, and Jeff Merritt, the Director of Innovation for the Mayor’s Office of Tech and Innovation, will discuss “current regulatory issues small businesses are facing” at City and State NY’s “On Small Business” forum.
At 9:30 a.m., the CUNY Urban Food Policy Institute will hold a forum to “analyze how food policy advocates can use the 2016 Presidential and Congressional elections to advance policy goals of the various strands of the food justice movement.”
At the City Council on Tuesday:
- At 9 a.m., the Subcommittee on Zoning and Franchises will meet.
- At 9:30 a.m., the Committee on Land Use will review a bill that would set a time period for places to be considered for landmark status and another that would establish “a publicly accessible tracking database of all commitments made by the city.” The Committee will also review several land use applications.
- At 1 p.m., the Committee on Sanitation and Solid Waste Management will hold an oversight hearing on reducing food waste in the city.
At 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, City Director of Food Policy Barbara J. Turk and Kathryn Edin, Bloomberg Distinguished Professor at Johns Hopkins University, will discuss “poverty and hunger” at the Brooklyn Historical Society.
Both houses of the state Legislature are in session on Wednesday in Albany.
At the City Council on Wednesday:
- At 10 a.m., the Committee on General Welfare will review eight newly-introduced bills that would require the city to more closely monitor the welfare of children in foster care, as well as one resolution that would extend housing subsidy eligibility for youth who aged out of foster care.
- Also at 10 a.m., the Committee on Public Safety and the Committee on Oversight and Investigations will hold a joint hearing to review two bills that would require the NYPD to more proactively prevent and regulate police misconduct.
At 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, the City Council will hold a celebration of LGBT pride in the Council Chambers featuring Council Members Daniel Dromm, Corey Johnson, Carlos Menchaca, Rosie Mendez, Ritchie Torres, James Vacca, and Jimmy Van Bramer.
Both houses of the state Legislature are in session on Thursday in Albany.
“The next public meeting of the New York City Campaign Finance Board will be held on June 9, at 10:00 AM.”
At the City Council on Thursday: at 1:30 p.m., the City Council will hold a stated meeting. As usual, it will be prefaced by the Speaker’s pre-stated press conference.
Friday and the weekend
At the City Council on Friday: at 1 p.m., the Committee on Technology will hold a hearing on two bills; one that would require all businesses to allow customers to dial 911, and another that would require the Commissioner of Information Technology to report on misrouted 911 calls near the geographic boundaries of the city.
On Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson will hold another Begin Again event, which allow residents the chance to easily clear summons warrants, at St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Bushwick.
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by Aaron Holmes & Ben Max