Capital Playbook: City Hall details Garner reaction as de Blasios tour Italy

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‘MAJOR ISSUE’ -- Following the New York Times’ publication of that 6,400-word piece laying out a damning timeline detailing the Cuomo administration’s interference with the Moreland Commission, Buffalo News veteran Bob McCarthy writes: Alleged political interference by Andrew M. Cuomo’s administration into the Moreland Commission … is now emerging as a major issue in a suddenly intensified statewide campaign. … The governor’s press office, meanwhile, followed a business-as-usual routine – issuing no fewer than seven releases throughout the day, hailing everything from state influence in retaining Stephen Colbert’s television show for New York City to announcing an effort to strengthen data collection for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender New Yorkers. http://bit.ly/1nim3i8

--“Andrew Cuomo has a reform to sell you,” by Capital’s Josh Benson: “[W]hat the Times has done, in a potentially governorship-defining piece of work, … is lay out in highly entertaining detail how the administration's cynical manipulation of this hand-picked group of untouchables actually worked. Investigative red lines, explicitly political reprimands, an administration mole—it's memorable stuff. … And there may be another shoe: The investigation by U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara into the Moreland wreckage, which as my colleague Blake Zeff pointed out on this site, could cause the governor far more serious trouble than anything to date.” http://bit.ly/1z6GYbS

--Times’ lead editorial is “Gov. Cuomo’s Broken Promises”: “Cuomo ran for office four years ago promising first and foremost to clean up Albany. Not only has he not done that, but now he is looking as bad as the forces he likes to attack. Last year, Mr. Cuomo created an independent commission that he promised could go anywhere — even his own office — to root out corruption. But a report in The Times on Wednesday showed that he never intended to keep that promise. The commission was not independent.” http://nyti.ms/1kWYWW3

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CHOOSE YOUR NEWS: Wall Street Journal, “Mayor's Absence From Funeral Draws Ire” http://goo.gl/bWjzYk … Times, “Quick Action After Chokehold Death Has Shielded the Mayor from Ire, for Now” http://goo.gl/sROgD1

CITY HALL MANAGES A CRISIS -- Insiders discuss their strategy: While Bill de Blasio vacations in Italy, top City Hall officials gave the Times and Eyewitness News a tick-tock, behind the scene look at how they handled the aftermath of Eric Garner’s death. The administration allied itself with Garner’s family, expressing sympathy for their loss, removing the gun and the badge from the main officer involved, and signaling deeper change is coming to the NYPD. In the long run, the administration will be judged by what tangible changes come to the NYPD in the wake of Garner’s death.

One notion, pushed by Public Advocate Letitia James, is to videotape “all” street encounters with the NYPD. Roy Richter, head of the Captains Endowment Association, told Capital videotaping officers is “an issue we have to deal with, pretty much in the near future,” and “I’m not necessarily a person that’s opposed to it, but there’s a whole number of features of it that need to be ironed out that needs to protection involved.”

Expect more suggestions for how to change the NYPD. The Rev. Al Sharpton and Garner’s family are meeting with federal officials in the U.S. Attorney’s office in Brooklyn at 10:30 this morning. Also this morning, the heads of the different police unions are meeting with police commissioner Bill Bratton at police headquarters.

--Times A23, “Quick Action After Chokehold Death Has Shielded the Mayor from Ire, for Now,” by Nikita Stewart: “After … de Blasio watched a video of Eric Garner slipping into unconsciousness as the police subdued him last Thursday, he issued an order. … ‘The mayor said, “We should put our bodies on the situation,”’ said Emma Wolfe, director of intergovernmental affairs and a longtime confidante … The de Blasio administration’s assertive outreach so far appears to have helped contain the initial fallout from Mr. Garner’s death.

“There have been protests, and even calls for Police Commissioner William J. Bratton to resign. And there is still anger, particularly on the northern tip of Staten Island, where Mr. Garner lived and died. But so far there has been no widespread criticism of Mr. de Blasio, who delayed by one day his departure for a vacation in Italy to discuss the episode with city officials and community leaders.” http://nyti.ms/1pJVII2

--Azi : “De Blasio declined on Wednesday to say whether he would have attended the funeral of Eric Garner. Asked about the Garner funeral while on vacation in Italy, de Blasio told reporters: ‘I don’t deal in hypotheticals, you know that. The important thing is I reached out to his widow and to his mother and we had a very good conversation. And I expressed to them our full belief that there had to be a very full investigation, there would be, and I wanted them to know I felt a deep sense of sorrow for them and their loss.’” http://bit.ly/1z46771

--Times p. A25, with small A1 refer -- “City Seeks Cultural Groups’ Help to Broaden Appeal of Municipal ID Cards,” by Robin Pogrebin: “The much-heralded municipal identification card … will make it easier for undocumented immigrants in New York City to check out library books and sign a lease. It might also come with free membership to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. To broaden the appeal of a card that will be available to all New Yorkers early next year but is designed to help those who do not have a driver’s license or other official identification, the administration has asked some of the city’s most prominent cultural institutions to offer benefits, like memberships or discounted tickets, to cardholders.” http://nyti.ms/1nWPPEF

HOW THEY SPEND IT - “Inside the summer camps for the 1%,” by Post’s Jane Ridley: “Sitting down for gourmet fish and chips and sushi at the Ocean Grill, 14-year-old Melano Popiashvili and her pals discuss their morning horseback ride through Central Park and the fun afternoon that lies ahead — a chauffeur-driven tour in a stretch limousine that will stop by FAO Schwarz and a tony equestrian store. … The glamorous trip to the city — a $600 optional extra for lucky students enrolled at the International Riding Camp in the southern Catskills — is arguably the highlight of the 2014 summer program operated by the ritzy upstate stables complex.

“Other attractions include up to 4.5 hours per day of horseback riding, water-skiing on a nearby lake and the chance to spend a luxury three-night break in the Hamptons.We’re one of the premiere camps in the world for girls who live and breathe horses,’ says Arno Mares, founder and director of the $2,150-per-week institution (the discounted price for an eight-week stay totals $12,500).” http://bit.ly/1pJTnNb

QUOTE OF DAY: "I'm the guy who does his job. You must be the other guy." -- U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Preet Bharara, on the Charlie Rose Show, quoting a line from the movie, The Departed

FRONT PAGES -- Times, 2-col above the fold: “Civilians as Human Shields? Gaza War Intensifies Debate” -- WSJ Great NY, 6-col above the fold: “Citi Bike Poised foraBig Infusion of Cash” -- News: “BUBBA ABUSED BY HIS MOM” -- Post: “BOOTIN’ PUTIN: Fury at Vlad’s daughter living in Holland” -- amNY: “HUH?: Subway group says service advisories need a makeover” -- Metro: “Mind Games”f

BLOOMBERG SPARS WITH STATE DEPARTMENT, WOLF BLITZER -- Capital’s Sally Goldenberg: Former mayor Michael Bloomberg said he "couldn't disagree more" with the U.S State Department's travel warning for Israel during a contentious televised interview on Wednesday afternoon. "Everybody seems comfortable," Bloomberg said, standing beside Jerusalem mayor Nir Barkat during an interview on CNN with Wolf Blitzer. Bloomberg grew testy when Blitzer followed up by asking if the department's decision was "political." "Don't be ridiculous. Why would you think that?" Bloomberg began, calling the question "an outrage." http://bit.ly/1odBEQq

--Bloomberg, to Fox News’ Neil Cavuto, on whether he thinks the FAA ban on U.S. flights to Israel is an overreaction: “[C]ompared to the security getting on and off American airlines, El Al security is infinitely better. … The FAA’s got a job to do and I think the FAA by and large does a very good job. I’m a pilot registered by the FAA, … and I think they do a good job. But in this case I think that if it hadn’t been for the Malaysian Airline disaster they probably never would have never done this. But this is not the same thing.” http://bit.ly/1A9QmwV

--On whether Bloomberg would be interested in buying CNN: “I can’t think of why we would be interested in buying CNN. We’ve got a business, we’ve got to reinvest in our business and work very hard. … You never say never, but in this case I can say probably never.”

--Bloomberg View, “Why I Flew to Israel,” by Michael R. Blooomberg: “When terrorist plots to attack the city’s subway emerged, as they would from time to time, I made sure to be seen riding it to work, as usual -- and encouraged New Yorkers to keep doing so as well. And we responded to the devastating aftermath of the Sept. 11 attacks by opening the streets of Lower Manhattan as quickly as we possibly could. In each case, we refused to allow the possibility of additional terrorist attacks to deter us from carrying on with our everyday lives.” http://bv.ms/1A9QBrH

EAT BEAT -- “Eat Waffle Sliders and Drink Belgian Beer at This New Hell's Kitchen Bar,” by DNAinfo’s Mathew Katz: “The Jolly Monk, a Belgian beer bar that opened this week, brings not only craft brews to Hell's Kitchen, but also a full menu of specialties from the beer-and-waffle-loving country.Using its own waffle iron and homemade batter, the bar at 701 Ninth Ave. has created waffle-centric savory dishes, including beef waffle sliders covered with blue cheese and onions and a chicken waffle sandwich, where the bun is replaced by the Belgian treat. … The 75-person bar also has Belgian favorites like mussels, served with six different kinds of sauce, and hand-cut french fries served with mayonnaise.” http://dnain.fo/1pedxNL

FUN CLICK -- “18 Graphs That Show What The New York Times Talks About,” by BuzzFeed’s Katie Notopoulos: “The New York Times just launched a cool data tool called Chronicle that graphs mentions of words and phrases over time. It’s a fascinating look at what the paper and the country cared about since 1851. Try it out! It’s awesome. … 5. Staten Island vs. Queens vs. Manhattan vs. Brooklyn vs. Bronx Contrary to what it feels like, the Times has gotten LESS obsessed with Brooklyn. Brooklyn mentions peaked around 1894 – the year the borough officially joined New York City.” http://bzfd.it/1kd2oRA See the tool yourself: http://bit.ly/1lxKMdN

GENDER GAP -- Crain’s Thornton McEnery: “As part of its 2014 Innovation Economy Outlook Survey, Santa Clara, Calif.-based Silicon Valley Bank polled 1,200 tech executives around the globe on the number of women in boardroom or C-suite executive positions at their respective firms. The results showed that only 45% of all U.S.-based tech companies have at least one woman in such a role, but in the New York City market, just 38% do. It was the lowest of all regions in the survey. … But if Silicon Valley is faring poorly in terms of gender equality in corner offices, Silicon Alley's results are positively woeful. At 38%, New York is well behind both the Valley (44%) and Boston (48%), the two geographic areas with which it competes in almost every other metric.” http://goo.gl/fafL1o

--“I Was the Sick Passenger,” by Anne McDermott on NYT’s Opinionator blog: “I was the sick passenger on the No. 2 train, the one responsible for the line’s delay. It was I who kept New Yorkers from their destinations, and prompted the notice that thanked them for a quality they’re not known to have. It was a recent Tuesday evening, at the tail end of rush hour. … I was inconveniencing hundreds of strangers. How many times had I cursed under my breath when trapped underground? I tried to get up but I couldn’t. Another woman rubbed my back. She said, ‘There’s no hurry, just take your time.’ I wondered if I’d woken up in the Midwest.” http://nyti.ms/UuBJD2

THE LATE SHOW WILL STAY IN NEW YORK—Los Angeles Times’ Patrick Kevin Day: "Les Moonves and CBS have made the right decision in choosing to continue investing in New York, and as David Letterman passes the baton to Stephen Colbert, I look forward to watching 'The Late Show' from the historic Ed Sullivan Theater for years to come," Cuomo said in a statement. While Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti had urged CBS to bring "Late Show" to L.A. in April, to counterbalance the loss of "The Tonight Show" to New York, no one really expected "Late Show" to switch coasts. Colbert has been a longtime resident of New Jersey and has three young children there with his wife, Evelyn. …

“By staying in New York, CBS is now eligible for $11 million in tax credits over five years, as well as $5 million in grants from Empire State Development to offset costs of renovating the Ed Sullivan Theater for Colbert's tenure. http://lat.ms/1kWimu3

-- As Alex Weprin points out, CBS donated over $50,000 to Cuomo’s campaign account through various entities over the last six months. http://bit.ly/1uh1MOQ

THE HOME TEAMS -- Howard Megdal: Mets 3, Mariners 2: Bartolo Colon's perfect game bid was foiled by a Robinson Cano single with two out in the seventh.

--Yankees 2, Rangers 1: This one got called in the fifth inning due to weather, but Brett Gardner homered before the premature curtain.

--A.C. Milan came to train with the New York Cosmos, but a promised scrimmage didn't happen.

#UpstateAmerica: Robert Panara, who lost his hearing at age 10 and helped found the National Technical Institute for the Deaf at RIT, 94. http://on.rocne.ws/1jWrtjd

COFFEE BREAK -- “5 Spots for Your Dog to Swim in New York City,” by DNAinfo’s Janet Upadhye: “The dog days of summer can be unforgiving for your furry friend, who can easily get overheated on hot days. Thankfully, relief can be found across the city. … Prospect Park Dog Beach, Park Slope … Francis Lewis Park, Beechurst … The pier at Louis Valentino Junior Park, Red Hook … Sherry Park Dog Run, Woodside … Water4Dogs at 77 Worth St., Civic Center”. http://dnain.fo/1kdoPWS