WILL IT NEVER END?—Lawmakers in both houses of the Legislature adjourned Wednesday evening, more than 24 hours after Governor Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders announced a ‘framework’ on a half-dozen or more outstanding issues. Though lawmakers are scheduled to return to the Capitol Thursday morning, their departure Wednesday evening indicates their leaders are not close to a final deal and that no legislation will be printed before midnight. Wednesday saw conflicting accounts from lawmakers about how close they might be to finishing their work. The session was scheduled to end last week but went into overtime as several issues remain unresolved, including rent regulations, which expired nine days ago.
Republican Senator John DeFrancisco said Wednesday afternoon that the printing of final bills was being held up amid discussions over “all the little details.” But shortly afterward, Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie said, “We’re not close.” http://bit.ly/1GrrYY1
— New York City Democrats were displeased with the deal framework announced Tuesday.
“Disappointment with the package is widespread, but I think there is universal agreement that Heastie did everything possible in support of the Assembly’s agenda. People’s unhappiness is focused on the governor and the Senate Republicans,” Gottfried said. Manhattan Democratic Senator Liz Krueger was more blunt: “The city of New York got hosed.”
— The mayor took a quieter approach: On Wednesday, Bill de Blasio repeatedly avoided offering his take on a series of damaging outcomes for him, including extending mayoral control of public schools for just one year and falling short of his proposed reforms for rent laws. “Albany is continuing its session as we speak,” he told reporters after an education press conference in East Harlem … Since taking office last year, de Blasio has struggled to figure out the best strategy for dealing with Albany and, in particular, the governor. His aides privately admit they are still trying to figure it out, and one City Hall official said the administration is considering strengthening the coalitions it forms to push its agenda. http://bit.ly/1LphEWj
CUOMO AND DE BLASIO FEUD A FACTOR IN ANEMIC SESSION — Times’ Michael M. Grynbaum and Thomas Kaplan: “Cuomo had a prediction: He and Mayor Bill de Blasio were going to get along famously. ‘This,’ Mr. Cuomo declared in February, ‘will be the best relationship between a mayor and governor in modern political history.’ That was then. By Wednesday, as an anemic session of the New York Legislature trundled to a close, both men had emerged looking diminished — their policy goals damaged and their acrimony stronger than ever. Rather than collaborate on mutual goals, likehigher wages and immigrants’ rights, the state’s two most powerful Democrats spent much of this year at loggerheads, by turns frustrated and baffled by the other, unable to find common ground and, ultimately, powerless to overcome a stubborn, unsettled Legislature.” http://nyti.ms/1GrrQbf
— An unnamed Cuomo official, with an eerily familiar tendency to ask himself questions and then answer them, told the Daily News that de Blasio doesn’t quite get Albany.
“He is more politically oriented in terms of his approach … and then he makes it almost impossible for him to achieve success,” the Cuomo official said. … “How did the mayor think he was going to get mayoral control? ‘Well the Assembly will support me.’ They didn’t,” the Cuomo source said. “I think he puts himself in these situations.”
— Flashback: “Got Questions for Cuomo? So Does He.”
Albany reporters seemed to recognize the ‘Cuomo official’:
— WSJ’s @Eorden: “This top Cuomo official sounds familiar to me. Very familiar.” https://goo.gl/6J1D58
— Capital’s @Nahmias: “.@eorden this top Cuomo official is quoted asking him or herself a question and then answering the question. Hmmm…” https://goo.gl/3am1Od
— Gannett’s @JonCampbellGAN: “This speech pattern/style sounds awfully familiar.” https://goo.gl/AmtzAK
— WSJ’s @mikevilensky linked to a Laura Nahmias story about Cuomo’s distinctive rhetorical style, and wrote “just leaving this here” https://goo.gl/pn9lVd
— @AnthonyWeiner: “New idea for an Albany blind source: “An official so senior in the Cuomo administration that he literally can’t be fired” https://goo.gl/j5Egyl
FLASHBACK: Best anonymous attribution, ever: Post’s Fred Dicker, January 2009: “the source of the information is about as close to him during the day as his wife is at night.” http://goo.gl/OELc4y
NYT headline: “Cuomo and de Blasio’s Feud Is a Factor in an Anemic Legislative Session” http://goo.gl/QhWlDm
— Post, quoting a “Cuomo source”: “A lot of this is about a political position or philosophy — and then he makes it almost impossible for him to achieve success.” http://goo.gl/J1URDk
QUOTE OF THE DAY: “Albany is transactional, and the mayor is mission-driven. That’s a bad combination.” — Kathy Wylde, president and CEO of the Partnership for New York City http://goo.gl/HK8m3u
BONUS QUOTE OF THE DAY: “Hindsight is 20/20 … But I always would have coupled rent regulations with 421-a. In terms of negotiation, seemingly, it was your only card.” — State Senator James Sanders of Queens, a de Blasio ally http://goo.gl/QhWlDm
WELCOME TO THE WORLD! Hearty congratulations to Jessica Bassett Allen, a vice president in SKDKnickerbocker’s Albany office, and her husband Jason as they welcomed the early arrival of their first child, Jackson Charles Allen. He came early Tuesday morning. All are well, reports Morgan Hook of SKD.
TABS — Post: “NOW THEY ARE ARMED: Killers have hunting rifles” — News: “‘We are Boston strong. We are America strong. Choosing to mess with us was a terrible idea. How’s that for your victim impact statement.’” — amNY: “GROSSERY STORES” — Metro: “COURT DRAMA INSIDE AND OUT” — El Diario [translated: Bad taste for tennants
FRONT PAGES — NYT, 1-col. above the fold: “MOST U.S. ATTACKS ARE HOMEGROWN AND NOT JIHADIST; Terror Toll Since 9/11; A greater Threat From Domestic Radicals, Law Officers Say” — WSJNY, 4-col. above the fold: “Lawmakers Pass alimony Overhaul”
DE BLASIO’S UNPAID INTERNS — Capital’s Kelly Weill: Advocates for paid internships are accusing the de Blasio administration of falling short of its own progressive rhetoric when it comes to intern compensation. De Blasio has been a progressive advocate for increasing the minimum wage—pushing for $13 per hour in New York City—even as approximately 150 interns in his office, many of whom work full-time, go entirely unpaid by the administration.
“If de Blasio wants to lead an administration that addresses the tale of two cities, as he calls it … he needs to take a much more progressive stance on this issue,” Eric Glatt, a member of Intern Labor Rights told Capital. “It’s alarming that any progressive or nominal progressive like de Blasio wouldn’t bat an eye at it.”
De Blasio has previously said that unpaid interns deserve some employee rights. In April 2014, he signed a bill allowing unpaid interns to sue employers for harassment or discrimination. (Unpaid interns were previously unable to press charges against employers in New York, as the city’s civil rights code did not recognize them as employees.) http://capi.tl/1GxRI47
POMP AND CIRCUMSTANCE: Michaela Kennedy Cuomo, the youngest daughter of Kerry Kennedy and her ex-husband, the governor, graduated Tuesday from Byram Hills HIgh School, according to the Armonk Daily Voice. http://bit.ly/1BMPRNu
#PatakiWatch: Pataki (on the day he turned 70) accepted maple syrup from Chuck Morse, head of the New Hampshire Senate. http://bit.ly/1Jk3m9X
POLL SHOWS MOST OF NEW JERSEY OPPOSE CASINOS OUTSIDE OF ATLANTIC CITY— CBS New York: “A new poll finds most New Jerseyans don’t want casino gambling in other parts of the state beyond Atlantic City. The Fairleigh Dickinson University PublicMind poll comes at a crucial time, as New Jersey lawmakers consider a slew of proposals to allow casinos in northern and central New Jersey. The poll released Wednesday finds 56 percent opposed to casinos somewhere other than Atlantic City, and 37 percent in favor.” http://cbsloc.al/1GIzWym
CORRECTIONS OFFICER ARRESTED IN DANNEMORA BREAK — Albany Times Union’s Keshia Clukey: A guard from the Clinton County Correctional Facility has been arrested for his alleged role in aiding the escape of two inmates from the maximum security prison in Dannemora on June 6, his attorney told CNN on Wednesday. Gene E. Palmer, 57, was arrested Wednesday and is due to be arraigned in Plattsburgh town court tonight. The investigation into the escape of David Sweat, 35, and Richard W. Matt, 48, on June 6 has recently focused on whether Palmer may have provided pliers or other hand tools to the escapees, according to a law enforcement official briefed on the investigation, the Times Union reported Tuesday. Palmer, 57, who was assigned to Clinton Correctional Facility, has worked for the state Department of Corrections and Community Supervision for more than 25 years.” http://bit.ly/1Lplpel
— Law enforcement officials said both escaped inmates Richard W. Matt and David Sweat were likely armed and injured. http://nyti.ms/1GIC7C5
HIGH NOTE — Queens-based rapper Nas, on racial inequality in America: “As a black man, I find it difficult to understand that our biggest export (our American culture) comes from us. The people in the streets … The way the world dresses, talks, what they listen to, what they watch… That all comes from us. How can we be the ones responsible for America’s biggest export & fear for our lives like we shouldn’t belong here.” via HuffPost: http://goo.gl/57g6Y0
THE DEAL DE BLASIO REJECTED — News’ Jennifer Fermino: “The de Blasio administration rejected a last-minute deal from Senate Republicans that would have increased the city’s minimum wage because it was tied to the mayor supporting a pension boost for cops and firefighters, sources told the News.
“The deal would have hiked the minimum wage to $11.50 an hour in New York City, which is just under the $15 an hour de Blasio has been asking for. In exchange, Senate leaders wanted the mayor to agree to support an Albany bill that would give newly hired cops and firefighters 75% of their salaries if they retire on disability.
“That bill needs a home rule message from the City Council to pass, which de Blasio’s support would almost guarantee. The mayor hasn’t supported it because he thinks it’s too expensive, and is pushing a competing proposal that gives some disability pensions just 50% of their incomes for retirement.” http://goo.gl/emZlsy
— CBS’ Marcia Kramer: “Sources said de Blasio was willing to agree to the pension deal for firefighters but not for the police union. When asked about that, the mayor said: ‘You know, in my role, I cannot just think of the budget we’re about to vote on in a few days. I have to think about what the city is going to be like in five years, 10 years, 20 years. And the legislation passed by the City Council is a fair compromise, and that’s what we stand by.’” http://goo.gl/bf1Jes
MEDIA MORNING — “Alessandra Stanley Moves to New Beat, Covering Inequality in America” — Times executive editor Dean Baquet emails the staff: “After a dozen remarkable years as chief television critic, Alessandra Stanley has decided to return to reporting. As part of The Times’s deepening focus on economic inequality in America, she will be creating a new beat: an interdisciplinary look at the way the richest of the rich — the top 1 percent of the 1 percent — are influencing, indeed rewiring, the nation’s institutions, including universities, philanthropies, museums, sports franchises and, of course, political parties and government. This is a subject both intensely timely and well suited to Alessandra’s skills as an observer, reporter and writer … she’ll be reporting on what she describes as the ‘psychology, rituals, costs and contradictions’ of a new generation of American titans.” http://bit.ly/1LDJpZ9
–“Farewell to Circa News,” by Matt Galligan on Medium: “It’s with great disappointment that we let you know that Circa News has been put on indefinite hiatus. Producing high-quality news can be a costly endeavor and without the capital necessary to support further production we are unable to continue. … We have now reached a point where we’re no longer able to continue news production as-is.” http://bit.ly/1FCAh1H
–“Larry Kudlow and NRSC Renew Discussions on Senate Run,” by National Review’s Eliana Johnson: “[I]n the NRSC’s search for candidates to take on Chuck Schumer in New York and Richard Blumenthal in Connecticut, it has landed on Kudlow, 67, who owns residences in both states, as a potential challenger. The organization … is planning to conduct polls on the potential matchups.” http://bit.ly/1GzF44R
—“Inside Cablevision’s War With Big Labor,” by M.L. Nestel in The Daily Beast: “the bruising three-year war of attrition that Dolan and Cablevision, the multibillion-dollar cable company he runs, have fought with the Communications Workers of America (CWA) union that some employees voted to join in 2012. Allegations of misconduct have been hurled at both sides. … In recent months, regional offices of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) … has accused Dolan and Cablevision of violating federal labor law by allegedly threatening employees, bargaining in bad faith, unfairly firing employees, and raising the salaries only of non-union workers.” http://thebea.st/1KbqHcp
HOW THEY SPEND IT — “Alibaba’s Jack Ma Buys $23 Million Property in New York’s Adirondacks,” by WSJ’s Sarah Tilton: “Jack Ma, the Chinese billionaire and co-founder of e-commerce giant Alibaba, has quietly made a new acquisition: a 28,100-acre property boasting trout streams, woodlands and a maple-syrup operation in New York’s Adirondacks.
Mr. Ma paid $23 million for the sprawling upstate New York property, which he bought principally for conservation purposes, but also plans to use as an occasional personal retreat.” http://on.wsj.com/1GzN31y
BATTLE ROYALE — “New York City Escalates the War on Rats Once Again,” by Times’ Matt Flegenheimer: “For centuries, New York City’s white whale has been the common rat.
Traps have been set and poisons brewed, to little apparent effect. Emergency conclaves have been called at City Hall. There have been 109 mayors of New York and, it seems, nearly as many mayoral plans to snuff out the scourge. Their collective record is approximately 0-108.
… Yet across the city, a new administration is betting that New York — long the Chicago Cubs of rodent control — might just be due. The city budget, agreed upon this week, includes $2.9 million in rat plan money. Mayor Bill de Blasio described the animals, with a touch of swagger, as ‘one New York City institution that we’re happy to get rid of.’” http://nyti.ms/1eIr2rC
EAT BEAT — “Whole Foods chain faces NYC probe after investigators found ‘worst case of overcharges,’” by News’ Sarah Ryley and Reuven Blau: “The city has launched a probe of Whole Foods Markets after investigators nabbed the upscale food purveyor for routinely overcharging customers on groceries during dozens of inspections dating back to at least 2010 … The most recent spate of violations came during a sting operation the Department of Consumer Affairs conducted in the fall that specifically checked the accuracy of the weight marked on pre-packaged products. Inspectors weighed 80 different types of items at Whole Foods’ eight locations in the city that were open at the time. They found every label was inaccurate, with many overcharging consumers.” http://nydn.us/1GJsRO3
–“New York ‘League of Kitchens’ gives immigrant cooks cash, confidence,” by Reuters’ Leslie Gervitz: “The League of Kitchens initiative solves at least two problems: It provides talented, immigrant home cooks with cash and New York foodies with a chance to do more than just sit in the kitchen and listen to stories of the old country. … The League of Kitchens [is] a business where foodies and tourists learn how to make Afghani, Argentinian, Bangladeshi, Greek, Korean, Indian, Lebanese or Trinidadian dishes from women who grew up eating and cooking the cuisine themselves.” http://yhoo.it/1NdsRHU
CHANGING CITY — “The Bronx Is Back to Ordinary, and That’s Progress,” by Newsweek’s Alexander Nazaryan: “Once branded the worst slum in America, Charlotte Street today looks suspiciously like suburban Connecticut. Let the record show that this South Bronx strip bears no resemblance to the post-nuclear wasteland visited by President Jimmy Carter in 1977, when it earned its infamous distinction. Nor the one that, three years later, Ronald Reagan compared to London during the Blitz, except that no Luftwaffe had come to flatten the Bronx. This was not a battle but an implosion. Everyone was a victim or a captor. If there were conquerors, they were of the furtive sort, hoisting no flags.” http://bit.ly/1Ndt3a8
–“NYPD a long way off from matching city’s racial makeup,” by Post’s Shawn Cohen and Bob Fredericks: “The two Police Academy graduating classes since Bratton took office in January 2014 were just 10 percent African-American — far below the 16 percent figure for black cops currently on the force.” http://bit.ly/1NjfYwy
MILESTONE — “Writer Larry Kramer turning 80 but ‘the fight’s never over,’” by AP’s Mark Kennedy: “He refuses to go quietly into that good night. Larry Kramer continues to rage. The playwright and activist turns 80 on Thursday and neither recent illness nor the glow of a new marriage has softened the urgency of his demands. … Kramer, who wrote ‘The Normal Heart’ and founded the advocacy group ACT UP, is angry that AIDS infection rates aren’t falling and there’s still no cure … His fiery temper, which roused thousands to protests in the early years of the epidemic, is part of a new HBO documentary airing Monday … ‘Larry Kramer in Love & Anger’ … [It] shows Kramer from his troubled relationship with his father to his suicide attempt at Yale, from his divisive 1978 novel ‘Faggots’ to his role in both the Gay Men’s Health Crisis and ACT UP.” http://yhoo.it/1GsgVOj
HILLARYWATCH — “Clinton aims to raise just the right amount for ‘16 campaign,” by AP’s Julie Bykowicz and Ken Thomas: “[E]ven as Clinton picks up the pace of fundraising this month, the front-runner for her party’s presidential nomination is holding back in some ways — a ‘just enough’ strategy that her supporters say will pay off over time. The goal when she files her first fundraising report next month is to post a number that reassures Democrats she will have the resources to compete with the eventual Republican nominee, but doesn’t chase away the small-dollar donors who would make up her strongest base of support in the general election.” http://yhoo.it/1GzHosn
— “Hillary Clinton Hires The Strategist Who Broke Her 2008 Campaign,” by BuzzFeed’s Ben Smith: “Hillary Clinton has hired the key tactician behind her stunning 2008 primary defeat, a sign both of her campaign’s intense focus on a Democratic Primary that is shaping up as a joke, and of her team’s obsession with avoiding the mistakes of her last campaign. … Jeff Berman has joined the campaign as a consultant, and has quietly been working for Clinton since her launch earlier this month.” http://bzfd.it/1TO8xSq
TRANSPO BEAT: Uber’s response — Crain’s Andrew Hawkins: “Mayor Bill de Blasio and the City Council would destroy popular ride-hailing app Uber’s New York operation with their proposal to temporarily cap the number of new driver licenses, an Uber executive said Wednesday. ‘It’s going to hurt the system,’ Josh Mohrer, the company’s New York City general manager, told Crain’s. ‘It’s going to break it.’
“Mr. Mohrer ticked off a list of possible repercussions if the council passes a bill proposed by the Taxi and Limousine Commission to limit new for-hire vehicle licenses issued by the city: Uber cars would take longer to respond to passengers, fares would increase, customers would flee the service and surge pricing would become more common.
“He claimed the proposal was suspiciously similar to one made earlier this year by the Committee for Taxi Safety, an industry group. City officials said their proposal was not influenced by that group. A spokeswoman for the organization did not respond to a request for comment. ‘It basically would make Uber unreliable,’ Mr. Mohrer said. ‘Clearly this is the taxi industry trying to stop us.’” http://goo.gl/0ruhNb
REAL ESTATE—“Stringer: NYCHA apartments left vacant for years,” by Capital’s Kelly Weill: “Low-income apartments run by the New York City Housing Authority are in high demand, with more than 270,000 applicants on the authority’s waiting list. But some 241 NYCHA units slated for repairs have remained vacant for an average of seven years, costing the agency millions in lost rents, according to an audit released on Wednesday by Comptroller Scott Stringer. Stringer, speaking during a news conference outside the Raymond V. Ingersoll Houses in Brooklyn, criticized the housing authority for its oversight of the vacancies. … According to NYCHA, the agency has 2,342 vacant apartments that have been left empty for a combination of short- and long-term repairs. Stringer’s audit found that these numbers are ‘estimates at best,’ and that NYCHA lacks adequate records on apartment occupancy. http://bit.ly/1dhaMfK
—“Why TriBeCa is still downtown’s nabe to know,” by Post’s Zachary Kussin: “Decades after TriBeCa first emerged as one of Lower Manhattan’s most desirable enclaves, the district finds itself once again in the spotlight. Its prime location — a stone’s throw from buzzing downtown construction — has upped TriBeCa’s commercial offerings, helping give the sleepy nabe a 24-hour vibe. Most of all, available neighborhood development sites are attracting world-class architecture, with prices on the rise and builders placing bets that deep-pocketed buyers will want to be part of the action — in luxury settings, no less. … Roughly 526 condominium units will come to market south of 14th Street in 2015, with 60 percent of them — some 316 — slated for TriBeCa alone, according to data compiled by agents, the Marketing Directors. … It would be an understatement to say that neighborhood builders have never been busier.” http://bit.ly/1dh8MUL
—”South Street Seaport Tops Preservation Trust’s List of Endangered Historic Sites,” by Charles V. Bagli: “The trust contends that the 11-block historic district and its early-19th-century buildings are threatened by a series of development proposals, including one for a high-rise condominium tower on a pier at the foot of Beekman Street. … The announcement is the latest development in what has become a long-running dispute among city officials, a developer, local residents, elected officials and preservationists over how to best protect and invest in the seaport, which needs hundreds of millions of dollars worth of work.” http://nyti.ms/1SLGOQY
–“Idyllic Country Cottage on the Roof of an NYC Building is Every City-Dweller’s Dream,” by Yahoo’s Tess Panzer: “Have you spent much of your life torn between dreams of living an idyllic existence in the countryside and thriving in the heart of a vibrant metropolis? … New York City residents David Puchkoff and Eileen Stukane decided they didn’t want to have to choose, and combined both ends of the residential spectrum in a way that leaves us all very, very jealous. The couple built a beautiful cottage on the rooftop of a West Village apartment building on Greenwich Street, and from the sidewalk below you would never know such a hidden gem existed.” http://yhoo.it/1BNZFql
LIST—‘The 20 biggest power players in New York City real estate,” by Post’s Alexa staff: Norman Foster, Paris Forino, Vladislav Doronin, Matthew Bannister, Saif Sumaida and Amit Khurana, Soo K. Chan, Annabelle Selldorf, Veronica Mainetti, Robert Reffkin, Jamie Drake, Bjarke Ingels, Robert A.M. Stern, Michael Shvo, Ziel Feldman, Aby Rosen, Jonathan Miller, Roman Abramovich, Thomas Juul-Hansen and, finally, Andre Kikoski. http://bit.ly/1BzR76d
THE HOME TEAMS — Capital’s Howard Megdal: Red Bulls 1, Real Salt Lake 0: Despite RSL’s two red cards leading to 11-on-9 for much of the match, the Red Bulls didn’t do much damage at home. In fact, the early goal came when the teams were still even. Still, the three points is a welcome departure from recent form.
— Brewers 4, Mets 1: Three hits wasn’t much of a response to a team meeting called by Terry Collins. But this isn’t on the players or manager, but rather on the inability of the team’s financially compromised owners to provide help.
— Yankees 10, Phillies 2: Ivan Nova returned with some shutout pitching, supported by a balanced Yankees attack.
— The day ahead: the NBA Draft! The Knicks pick fourth. The Nets have picks 29 and 41. The Mets finish their series with an afternoon game in Milwaukee. The Yankees open a series in Houston.
COFFEE BREAK – “4 Daytime Dates to Try This Summer,” by DNAinfo’s Savannah Cox: “From stylish speakeasies to botanical garden mazes, DNAinfo New York has a handful of fun summer day-date ideas that are sure to please — even if your date doesn’t.
For History Lovers … For Music Lovers … For Nature Lovers … For Art Lovers.” http://dnain.fo/1KelemT
#UpstateAmerica: Hoffman’s Playland, rechristened as Huck Finn’s Playland, has re-opened six miles from its original location in a largely empty industrial area of Albany. http://nyti.ms/1LpkDhq
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