Briefing: A subpoena deadline passes, talk of a Central Park Five settlement
MAPPING OUT MORELAND — Subpoena deadline passes, angling begins on anti-corruption panel's coming report — Capital's Jimmy Vielkind: “It's a tricky game,” Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, a Democrat and former state senator, said on the radio. “You want to investigate everything that relates to reforms, but you have to do it with the understanding that the reforms are going to have to be passed by the Legislature and signed by the governor.” http://goo.gl/5jvy2H
One Brooklyn Democrat got a poll call about where Moreland should go, the Daily News' Ken Lovett reports: “One question was what recommendations she thought the Moreland Commission should make. It gave her five or six choices, including whether public financing of campaigns should make the list. Others were whether donation limits should be lowered and whether there should be a separate independent enforcement unit within the Board of Elections.” http://goo.gl/taWDdq
JAY SAVINO PLEADS GUILTY — Daily News' Daniel Beekman: The Bronx G.O.P. chairman was accused of taking $15,000 to help put Malcolm Smith on the Republicans' mayoral ballot line. http://goo.gl/s5fs0r
PRESS FREEDOM — Fox News reporter stretches New York's press shield law — Capital's Jimmy Vielkind: The judges of New York's top court grilled an attorney for Jana Winter, a Fox News reporter who is attempting to use the state's reporter shield law to prevent her from answering a Colorado subpoena related to the Aurora theater shooting. Winter's lawyers argued that the intent of New York's shield law was broad, and should extend to cases involving news gathering by its citizens beyond its borders. "You don't become the global leader of news when you confine your protections to the metro desk," said Christopher Handman, Winter's lawyer. http://goo.gl/phbrKU
ON AIR TODAY: Comptroller-elect Scott Stringer will appear on WNYC’s "Brian Lehrer Show," which begins at 10 a.m. And former White House chief of staff John Podesta will appear on NY1’s Inside City Hall, at 7 p.m.
Podesta attended a Ready for Hillary meeting in Manhattan on Tuesday night, reports Maggie Haberman. http://goo.gl/5ZrZz6
TONIGHT: “Gotham’s Left Turn: New York Under Mayor De Blasio & The New City Council” is the title of a panel discussion taking place tonight at 6:30 at St. Francis College, 180 Remsen Street, in Brooklyn. Moderator: Fred Siegel, scholar-in-residence. Panelists: Dan Cantor, Executive Director of the Working Families Party; Michael Powell, New York Times columnist; Nicole Gelinas, Senior Fellow at the Manhattan Institute; Josh Greenman, Opinion Editor and Editorial Writer, The New York Daily News; and Azi Paybarah, Capital New York Staff Writer.
COMMON CORE, THANKSGIVING AND CIVIL RIGHTS — King compares state's curriculum shift to Civil Rights movement — Capital's Jessica Bakeman:In a keynote speech for teachers, Education Commissioner John King began by describing a cartoon about turkeys who revolt to avoid becoming Thanksgiving dinner and ended by comparing the state's adoption of the Common Core standards to the U.S. Civil Rights movement. Paraphrasing Martin Luther King, Jr., the commissioner said: “In a real sense, this afternoon, we can say that our feet are tired, but our souls are rested.” http://goo.gl/g767ak
CASINO VOTE DELAYED — Saratoga County officials postponed resolution backing gambling in Saratoga Springs — Times Union's Dennis Yusko: "Since the constituents didn't support the referendum, it made sense for us to pull back and take a look at what we are doing," Saratoga Springs Supervisor Matt Veitch said Tuesday. http://goo.gl/nGiYeM
DILUTING UPSTATE — Bill would expand definition of tax credit zone — Buffalo News' Tom Precious: Critics say the bill not only changes the intent of the tax credit effort approved just seven months ago, but also undermines the upstate economic development purpose by including counties close to New York City – such as Rockland and Putnam. Film companies based in New York City will be happy to use the tax credit to shoot in those nearby counties rather than pay for lodging and other costs of filming in, say, Buffalo. http://goo.gl/TwPvZ4
STORM-PROOFING ELECTION DAY — Schumer Legislation Aims at States — Times’ Thomas Kaplan: “‘Voting is a fundamental American right, and all states should have a plan to ensure that even a serious man-made or natural disaster doesn’t interfere with that right,’ said Schumer… who plans to introduce legislation to require states to develop disaster contingency plans for elections for federal offices. … His legislation would allow states to request federal money to pay for the development of their plans.” http://goo.gl/jH6U5u
NOBAMACARE — Low Enrollment Could Impact New York Hospitals — Capital’s Dan Goldberg: “[H]undreds of thousands of newly insured were supposed to be a boon for the state's 215 hospitals, and bring in an estimated $500 million in additional revenue… about 400,000 people would have to sign up for coverage by March 31. In the six weeks since the enrollment began, less than 25,000 have enrolled in private plans. Separately, Gov. Cuomo's latest budget predicted an additional 400,000 people will sign up for Medicaid in 2014. So far, about 26,000 have signed up.” http://goo.gl/PLZMvR
HOSPITAL PENALTIES — Capital’s Dan Goldberg: “A coalition of labor unions and neighborhood activists have asked a Supreme Court judge to fine state officials $250,000 each day until services at Long Island College Hospital are restored to the level they were in April. … The contempt motion will be litigated on Monday in front of Supreme Court Justice Johnny Lee Baynes in Brooklyn.” http://goo.gl/aNg47L
CENTRAL PARK FIVE SETTLEMENT — Ken Burns to HuffPost Live: “Bill de Blasio, the mayor-elect, has agreed to settle this case. …[they] will not only be exonerated, but they will have justice, they will see some closure, they will be able to be made whole.” [h/t The Wrap’s Tim Molloy] http://goo.gl/EDnzjQ
A spokesperson for de Blasio referred Capital to his January statement saying "we have a moral obligation to right this injustice," but didn't have any updated news of an actual settlement.
DE BLASIO’S ARMY AIMS AT ALBANY — ‘We’ll take our guidance from the campaign’ — News’ Annie Karni: “Christine Marinoni — the wife of Sex and the City actress Cynthia Nixon… wants to mobilize fired-up supporters to help pass de Blasio’s signature campaign promise: a tax hike on the wealthy to pay for universal pre-K.
“‘We’ll take our guidance from the campaign,' Marinoni said. … The mayor-elect faces a tough battle in Albany, where Gov. Cuomo has made clear he does not want to raise taxes.” http://goo.gl/uj8WS0
DE BLASIO’S NEW YORK — News’ Harry Siegel: “De Blasio will have a chance to reset the conversation if he can restrain himself from going too far toward accommodating the teachers union — which bet big on Bill Thompson in the Democratic primary, so he doesn’t owe them much to start with. … [He also] should start by telling the truth about stop and frisk: that pre-policing can be unjust, but it has been one of part of keeping crime down, and can’t be altogether ended. Good citizens citywide are deeply invested in their neighborhoods, and will trust a mayor who talks straight.” http://goo.gl/D83lRT
DE BLASIO’S TRANSITION TEAM — Co-Leader Jennifer Jones Austin — Times' Anemona Hartocollis: “On Sept. 11, 2001, Jennifer Jones Austin, six months pregnant, emerged from the subway with her 3-year-old daughter, Kennedy, to find that one tower of the World Trade Center had fallen.
“They joined the procession fleeing through the dust and debris and across the Brooklyn Bridge. As they walked, the second tower fell, and Ms. Jones Austin, a preacher’s daughter, tried to distract her child by singing ‘Jesus Loves Me.’” http://goo.gl/d0pDPL
Co-Leader Carl Weisbrod — Times’ Kate Taylor: “In 1987, he was given the opportunity to lead that effort, as president of the 42nd Street Redevelopment Project… later… he brought most of 42nd Street between Seventh and Eighth Avenues under public ownership and reached an agreement with the Walt Disney Company to take over the New Amsterdam Theater.
“Mr. Weisbrod said that he had learned two major lessons from the process: the importance of finding talented people to work in city government, and that you actually had to be in a neighborhood if you wanted to transform it. When he joined the Koch administration, the city’s efforts to clean up Times Square were based in City Hall.” http://goo.gl/DDqe3T
LAYOFFS OR SURPLUS — de Blasio’s Labor Pains — Capital’s Gloria Pazmino: “David Gregory, executive director of the Center for Labor and Employment Law at St. John's University School of Law said that if there isn't a reasonable agreement, de Blasio might have to slash jobs. …Harry Nespoli, president of the Uniformed Sanitationmen's Association and chairman of the Municipal Labor Committee said…’there is $7.5 billion dollars reserved…’” http://goo.gl/kEESXW
SOARING — Council rules 1 WTC is tallest building in US — WSJ's Eliot Brown: “In the years after the Twin Towers were destroyed in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, New York leaders vowed to build the country's tallest tower in their place as a show of resilience. The bragging rights to America's tallest tower became clouded over a design decision last year to remove from an architectural shell for the mast, leaving behind steel beams and maintenance platforms that weren't meant to be seen. At the time the building's lead designer, David Childs, criticized the decision. At issue was whether the One World Trade's 408-foot steel mast is considered a "spire" that is part of the building's architecture. A structural spire counts toward the height; but an antenna doesn't. The council's guidelines are brief, calling for buildings to be measured to their "architectural top," including spires but not antennas or other functional equipment. http://goo.gl/Rb5HYW
PUBLIC ADVOCATE-ELECT LETITIA JAMES' EDUCATION AGENDA — 'I just see the inequalities' — Gotham Schools' Geoff Decker: "If charter school advocates are hopeful that de Blasio can be swayed toward more pro-charter positions as the governing process begins, they definitely won’t find such flexibility from James. She speaks of “charter schools” and “public schools” as separate entities, and repeatedly referred to what the money the city spent supporting charter schools could do for other parts of the school system." http://goo.gl/J7SLZz
FROM THE TRANSITION TENT — Empty Classrooms as Dorms for Homeless Students — Gotham Schools' Geoff Decker: "Carmen Farina has a clear vision for how Mayor-Elect Bill de Blasio’s chancellor should lead the city’s schools. That vision includes some big ideas — including converting empty classrooms into dormitories for homeless students to forcing real estate developers to build space for early education...
"Farina has been an unofficial advisor to de Blasio on education, a relationship that dates back more than a decade to when they worked in the same Brooklyn school district. Before he was elected to the City Council in 2001, de Blasio served on the District 15 school board at the same time when Farina was superintendent." http://goo.gl/A2arRi
SPEAKER’S RACE — Anti-Quinn Consultants Aiding Melissa Mark-Viverito — Observer’s Ross Barkan: “[The Advance Group’s president, Scott Levenson said] ‘We’re just helping.’
"[They] spearheaded an early attack against one of Mr. de Blasio’s chief rivals in the mayor’s race, Christine Quinn, on behalf of an animal rights group funded by top de Blasio donors.” http://goo.gl/6xFVP8
INVESTIGATIONS WELCOME — Lawyer for Pine Bush plaintiffs encourages outside probes of anti-Semitism — Capital's Jessica Bakeman: The lawyer representing three Jewish families who are suing a Hudson Valley school district over allegations of pervasive anti-Semitic harassment said he welcomes any outside probes, which the governor and the attorney general say are underway. “I applaud any effort to bring reform to this district, from the governor and from others,” Ilann Maazel said. “It appears the governor was outraged, and he should be.” http://goo.gl/FgD9lA
ANOTHER FRACKING SUIT — Landowners turn to courts to force a Cuomo decision — Capital's Scott Waldman: A group of pro-fracking landowners sent out a draft of a lawsuit they intend to file against the state to raise money for their fight against Gov. Andrew Cuomo's delay on whether or not to lift a moratorium. In the draft suit sent by the Joint Landowners Coalition on Tuesday, the group contends Gov. Andrew Cuomo is needlessly delaying a decision to end a moratorium on fracking for political reasons. Look for the story today on Capital.
TAX CAP OVERRIDES — YNN's Nick Reisman: Three-fourths of municipalities are planning to stay within the cap, according to data compiled by Comptroller Tom DiNapoli. http://goo.gl/Retvwo
WNY REBUKE? — Upstate, voters reject Cuomo agenda — The Buffalo News' McCarthy and Precious: “Nobody suggests Cuomo is in trouble, or that Western New York voters will reject him in 2014 as they did in 2010. Most polls show him still flying high throughout the state. But Tuesday’s results are raising warning flags for 2014. The failure of several key issues closely identified with the governor now pose questions for a Democrat incumbent who has watched his upstate popularity decline since he took office three years ago. … After Cuomo’s intense focus on this region over the past several years, handing out millions of dollars in state money and promising an economic rebirth, a question arises after Tuesday’s results: Are people in Western New York hearing him?” http://goo.gl/z2LgCy
DOUBLE-BILLING SCHEME — Tech company settles, will reimburse millions — Capital's Jessica Bakeman: A technology company that had been over-billing government entities, including counties, cities and school districts nationwide, agreed to reimburse the affected states $11 million, including more than $700,000 to New York, the state attorney general's office announced Tuesday. “This agreement reimburses more than 170 New York government entities for years of overcharges, money that will go toward valuable services for taxpayers at a time when budgets are stretched thin,” Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said in a statement. http://goo.gl/9s4gGL
NADLER vs GRIMM — Fat Reference? — News’ Dan Friedman: The Staten Island Republican asked if his likely Democratic rival will “carry the weight of his good friend Jerry Nadler and support his preposterous toll proposal?” A Rep. Nadler spokesman called the remark “offensive.” http://goo.gl/LTPTXl
#UpstateAmerica: We didn't do so bad here. http://goo.gl/oVOzMw