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Compiled by Rebecca C. Lewis
Thursday, April 14, 2022

Weather

A chance of showers and thunderstorms in New York City and Albany, and rain in Buffalo. New York City, high 77; Albany, high 79; Buffalo, high 67.

From City & State

* Subvariants of the omicron strain of COVID-19 that are even more contagious than BA.2 have been detected for the first time upstate and are spreading particularly fast in Central New York.

When you file your taxes this week, think about the $8.4 billion lost every year to Construction Industry Tax Fraud. That doesn’t happen by accident. For a growing number of cheating contractors, it’s a business model. We all lose when contractors commit tax fraud – workers, law-abiding contractors, and taxpayers. That’s why the North Atlantic States Regional Council of Carpenters is proud to stand with hard-working men and women to demand an end to tax fraud.

Heard around town

By Sara Dorn

New York City Public Advocate Jumaane Williams plans to introduce a bill today that would establish a declaration of homeless New Yorkers’ rights, creating a single, succinct document to empower unhoused people.

The legislation before the City Council would allow homeless people to “self-advocate if these rights are violated,” Williams’ office said in a press release. It would also require the so-called Homeless Bill of Rights to be posted at each Department of Homeless Services office, in shelters and on the agency’s website. 

Williams called the rights – which include protections against discrimination and access to legal services – “a base standard, a moral and legal obligation.” The proposal comes as New York City Mayor Eric Adams has ordered sweeps to remove homeless individuals from the city’s subway system and dismantle makeshift encampments.

"We’re in a moment when the homelessness crisis is worsening, a wave of pending evictions threatens to worsen it, and homeless individuals are being targeted, demonized, and dehumanized,” Williams told City & State. “Both inside and outside of shelters, unhoused people feel like they’re left without support, without options, without rights or recourse, amid a system that has failed for so long, and has left people feeling abandoned and powerless.”

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New this morning

* A subway security camera system that failed in a Brooklyn station where a gunman committed a mass shooting on Tuesday had been flagged by New York City Transit workers as malfunctioning two days earlier, The New York Times reports.

* Frank James, who was arrested for opening fire in a subway car Tuesday morning, used a legal handgun in the attack that injured 23 people – because, despite his lengthy criminal record, he was able to buy the firearm since he’d never been convicted of a felony, Politico New York reports.

* Gov. Kathy Hochul’s longtime chief of staff, Jeff Lewis, played a key role in her disastrous decision to name Brian Benjamin as her lieutenant governor and apparently missed major red flags, the New York Post reports.

* New York City officials are expected to announce the revival and expansion of the Gifted and Talented program that could include 100 additional kindergarten seats and 1,000 new third-grade seats for students in the top 10% of their grades, the Post reports.

* Luxury building workers and doormen at more than 3,000 buildings, from modest rentals to Billionaire’s Row supertalls, authorized a strike if they do not reach a deal on a new collective bargaining agreement to succeed one that expires on April 20, The City reports.

* More news below …

We’re expanding our Above & Beyond brand… Submit your nomination for City & State’s inaugural Above & Beyond: Innovators Award! These awards celebrate individual change agents and innovators who transformed their organization and bettered New York with their ideas and leadership. Sound like someone you know? Nominate a colleague, client or friend for this honor!

* New York City celebrated a new hero on Wednesday: a 21-year-old Syrian who moved to the United States five years ago, speaks five languages, lives in Jersey City and helped apprehend the Brooklyn subway shooter, the Times reports.

* New York City Mayor Eric Adams took a tough tone on crime after a bloody night of shootings across the city, celebrating the Brooklyn subway shooting suspect’s arrest, but calling for New Yorkers to meet ongoing street violence with righteous indignation, the Daily News reports.

* New York’s true COVID-19 infection rate remains unclear as scores of at-home rapid test results go unreported, while questions mount about disparities among those using the test kits, Gannett Albany reports.

* State Sen. Phil Boyle, the longest-serving Long Island Republican in the state Legislature, has announced he won’t run for reelection, sparking a fast-moving game of political musical chairs to fill out the GOP ticket, Newsday reports.

* New York City’s Summer Youth Employment Program received an expansion this year to offer the largest number of employment opportunities in the program’s history, yet the program continues to exclude undocumented youth, City Limits reports.

On April 20th, join us at City & State’s Healthy New York Summit to hear new insights and perspectives on the most critical issues and priorities in NY health care from NYC Dept. of Health & Mental Hygiene Commissioner - Ashwin Vasan, and panelists, including: NY State SenateNY FoundlingAssembly, NYC Health + HospitalsAHRC NYC, NYC Council, HealthEfficient, NYS Office of Mental Hygiene, NYC Dept. for the Aging, YMCA of Greater NY, NYC EDC., ComunilifeNYC COVID-19 Test & Trace Corps, PCDC, NYC Mayor’s Office, Ostroff Associates, and more... Register today!

Editorial pages

* The choice of Brian Benjamin as her lieutenant governor blew up in Hochul’s face – and putting him on the ticket without deeper vetting appears to be a damaging rookie mistake – but it does not define her first year as the state’s chief executive, The Buffalo News writes.

* The latest corruption scandal rocks Albany, and its timing is stunning, placing Hochul, with only seven and a half months in office, in a terrible position of her own making that she could have avoided, Newsday writes.

* Unless you believe that wine bottles are exhausted by their trip to New York and need to rest up before continuing to their destination, the so-called “at rest” bill to require imported liquor be stored at a licensed wholesale warehouse for a day is one without merit, the Times Union writes.

Political Personalities with Skye

Female leaders share how their upbringing contributed to their success!

Editor's Note: “Political Personalities With Skye” is part of a new multimedia division of City & State that will include videos and podcasts. The editorial team of City & State is not involved in the scheduling or production of these videos or podcasts. All requests or inquiries for “Political Personalities With Skye” should be sent to skye@cityandstateny.com.

National politics

* The Biden administration is holding internal discussions about sending a high-level official to Kyiv to show further support to Ukraine, with Biden himself and Vice President Kamala Harris remaining candidates to represent the U.S. in the Ukrainian capital, Politico reports.

* President Joe Biden has authorized the National Archives and Records Administration to hand over a new tranche of Trump White House documents to the House committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the Capitol, The Washington Post reports.

Announcements

HAPPY BIRTHDAY: To Gary Axelbank, host of BronxTalk on BronxNet TV … to Ben Lawsky, former superintendent of the state Department of Financial Services and current CEO of the Lawsky Group … to Michael E. Johnson, former Western New York regional director for state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli … to Nassau County Supreme Court Justice Jerry Murphy … to New York City Council Member Crystal Hudson … and to Rachel Atcheson, senior assistant to New York City Mayor Eric Adams.

MOVING ON: At City & State NY, Jeff Coltin has been promoted to City Hall bureau chief, Rebecca C. Lewis has been promoted to senior state politics reporter, Garth McKee has been promoted to manager, sales operations, Amanda Cortez has been promoted to event operations manager, and Isabel Beebe has been promoted to senior associate, digital marketing … Matthew LoCurto has been named chief financial officer of JASA … Lisa S. Goldey has been named executive vice president of people for Goodwill Industries of Greater New York and Northern New Jersey … and Brent G. Weitzberg, Esq., formerly deputy chief of staff to Queens Borough President Donovan Richards, has joined as vice president, government relations with the New York Bankers Association.

Have a birthday, career change, birth, death or life event to announce? Email us: editor@cityandstateny.com.

City & State Jobs

To advertise your 2022 employment opportunities here with City & State, email jobs@cityandstateny.com or call 212-268-0442 ext. 2010. To view more jobs, please visit jobs.cityandstateny.com.

Speechwriter, NY State Office of the Attorney General, New York, NY
The Press Office in the Executive Division of the New York State Office of the Attorney General (OAG) is seeking a Speechwriter. The Speechwriter will work in a fast-paced, collaborative environment with OAG bureau chiefs, press officers and senior staff to synthesize detailed information on the work of the office into clear and compelling speeches, op-eds and talking points that are geared to a variety of audiences. Learn more and apply here!

Director of Scheduling, The Parkside Group, New York, NY
The Parkside Group is seeking to expand our government relations team. Ideal candidates have exceptional organizational skills and strong written and interpersonal communication abilities. Reporting to the Chief Operating Officer, you will manage a high volume of thoughtful interactions with staff members of elected leaders at all levels of government on behalf of experts representing Fortune 500 companies, major labor unions, and non-profit organizations. Interested applicants should send a resume and cover letter to hiring@theparksidegroup.com.

Policy Associate, The Parkside Group, New York, NY
The Parkside Group is seeking to expand our government relations team. Ideal candidates have solid writing and editing skills, general knowledge of NYC government systems and thrive in a fast-paced environment managing multiple competing priorities. Reporting to the Managing Director, you will have the opportunity to cover important hearings, draft materials for a wide variety of client interests, and analyze policy. Interested applicants should send a resume and cover letter to hiring@theparksidegroup.com.

Multiple Positions in Policy, Advocacy and Communications, Citizens' Committee for Children of NY, New York, NY
Join a growing team of professionals working to advance equity, recovery and well-being for New York’s children and families. CCC is recruiting for a Communications and Marketing Associate and two Policy and Advocacy Associate positions to call attention to the needs experienced in households across NYC communities and the policies and budgets needed to ensure all children thrive. Learn more and apply here!.

Director, Prevention, Juvenile Justice, and Equity, COFCCA, New York, NY
The Director of Prevention, Juvenile Justice, and Equity is in charge of the overall coordination of COFCCA’s prevention, juvenile justice, and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) activities statewide.The Director will be a strong advocate for the interests of COFCCA’s provider organizations, children, youth, and families, with a proven ability to analyze policy and practice, and implement effective advocacy strategies. Learn more here!

Public Relations Account ExecutiveAnat Gerstein Inc., Long Island City, NY
Anat Gerstein, Inc., a full-service public relations firm serving the nonprofit sector, is seeking to fill a role at the account executive level (three to five years of experience). We are looking for a creative, high-energy, self-starter who has excellent oral and written communications skills and experience with traditional and social media. Candidates must have a strong interest in social issues and follow New York City and national news. Learn more and apply here.
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This week's magazine

David Banks’ big test

* The New York City schools chancellor has said he’s going to turn around a bloated bureaucracy that has plagued the city Department of Education for years. What chance do his plans have of succeeding where other chancellors have failed?

A new era of transparency?

* In passing her first state budget, Gov. Kathy Hochul fell short of her pledge to usher in a “new era of transparency.” However, the secretive nature of maintaining power in Albany meant that not living up those words may have been inevitable.


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Today's sked

10 a.m. – “The Brian Lehrer Show” features New York City Council Member Pierina Ana Sanchez, WNYC.

10 a.m. – New York City Public Advocate Jumaane Williams holds a press conference to make an announcement on homelessness and shelters, City Hall Steps, Manhattan.

10 a.m. – The New York City Council Committee on Finance holds a hearing on several items. View here.

12 p.m. – State Sen. Shelley Mayer, Assembly Members Amy Paulin, Burdick, Abinanti, Safe Horizon, and survivors of sexual abuse rally for adult survivors act, 

12 p.m. – Community and housing activists join New York City Council Members Carlina Rivera and Sandy Nurse, Comptroller Brad Lander, and other elected officials at a rally at City Hall to call for $3 million for community land trust (CLT) organizing and technical assistance, in the city’s Fiscal Year 2023 budget, Steps of City Hall, Manhattan.

12:30 p.m. – Rep. Jamaal Bowman joins New Rochelle YMCA and the YMCA of Yonkers to announce federal funding for critical community-led services in an effort to promote public safety and childhood enrichment, 50 Weyman Ave, New Rochelle.

1:30 p.m. – New York City Council Speaker Adrienne Adams presides over a stated meeting of the City Council, Council Chamber, City Hall, Manhattan.

3:30 p.m. – Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney, Gov. Kathy Hochul, New York City Deputy Mayor Lorraine Grillo, New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA), Astoria Houses tenant leaders, the Floating Hospital, the Tuchman Foundation, and the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) unveil a temporary medical care unit at Astoria Houses to provide free COVID-19 vaccines and tests, Astoria Houses, 4-03 Astoria Boulevard, Queens.

4 p.m. – Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano proposes his Executive Budget for the Fiscal Year 2023 Executive budget proposal to the Yonkers City Council, Ceremonial Court Room, 4th Floor, Yonkers City Hall, 40 South Broadway, Yonkers.

Kicker

“My fellow New Yorkers: We got him. We got him.” – New York City Mayor Eric Adams, on the arrest of the Brooklyn subway mass shooting suspect, via NY1

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