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POLITICO New York Playbook, presented by Nuclear Matters: NYC Muslim outreach -- CUOMO's homelessness meetings -- JEFF ZUCKER's future

12/04/2015 07:45 AM EDT

By Azi Paybarah in Manhattan, Jimmy Vielkind in Albany, and Mike Allen in D.C., with Daniel Lippman

AFTER PARIS NYC REACHES OUT TO MUSLIMS -- AP's Jonathan Lemire reports: In the aftermath of last month's terror attacks in Paris, New York City officials have bolstered security and quietly stepped up outreach efforts to Muslim residents, trying to calm fears of possible hate-filled retaliation while trying to extend government services to a community that often has felt neglected. The city has increased its presence in Muslim neighborhoods, sending staffers to visit mosques and build better relationships with imams and worshippers. Police officials have briefed community leaders on new counterterrorism procedures.

Happening today -- Mayor Bill de Blasio [will] deliver a speech at an Islamic community center, reaffirming that the city's 800,000 Muslims have the same rights as all New Yorkers while pledging protection from any hate crimes, the mayor's aides told The Associated Press on Thursday. De Blasio's speech at the Jamaica Muslim Center, or Masjid Al-Mamoor in Queens, is the most high-profile move the administration has made to calm jittery Muslims since the Nov. 13 attacks that killed at least 129 people in Paris, and this week's slaying of 14 people in San Bernardino, California. But it's far from the only step the administration has taken to reach out to Muslims, some of whom deeply feared discrimination after 9/11.

Teams from the mayor's office and city council have spent time at mosques and community centers, hoping to improve relations with imams who could also advocate city services, such as free pre-kindergarten and municipal identification cards, that would improve some Muslims' level of civic engagement and potentially ward off alienation. "This is a community that has not always had the best relationship with city government," said Marco Carrion, head of the mayor's community affairs unit. "Some have never seen a helpful government and welcomed us with open arms. But other times we face real resistance and mistrust." READ MORE HERE:

WAKE-UP SCOOP: Gov. Andrew Cuomo has held several meetings this week at his midtown Manhattan office with nonprofit groups and top members of his administration to discuss the city's ongoing homeless crisis, sources familiar with the talks told POLITICO New York's Laura Nahmias. The governor held one meeting on Monday with nonprofit groups that handle outreach efforts for the homeless and seemed particularly taken with the idea of tackling street homelessness, those familiar with the gathering said. The administration also held meetings on Wednesday and Thursday with the nonprofit groups to discuss youth homelessness, homeless victims of domestic violence and homeless veterans. Another meeting is planned for Friday morning at the governor's office on Third Avenue to discuss mental health and substance abuse among the homeless, the sources said. Sources familiar with the meetings said administration officials have been asking representatives from the nonprofit groups what they want to see done to address the homeless problem. The officials have emphasized the state's limited financial resources and have asked for suggestions on how regulatory changes could help ease the crisis.

-- This is occurring after a Tuesday night meeting between Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, which was described by the New York Post as repairing relations between the two men.

-- Sources told the Wall Street Journal that the meeting wasn't fruitful. Aides disputed that: "There were only four people at the dinner on Tuesday, and we are the only ones with knowledge of the discussions that night," said Emma Wolfe, a top aide to Mr. de Blasio, and Melissa DeRosa, a top aide to Mr. Cuomo. "The company and conversation was constructive-the fish, however, was dry."

-- After the dinner, the state and city reached an agreement about tax-exempt housing bonds, and on Thursday the two joined Attorney General Eric Schneiderman in announcing the results of a crackdown on 128 landlords receiving 421-a tax breaks without offering the required rent-stabilized leases.

TIPS, BY NEIGHBORHOOD -- "What your neighborhood says about how you tip for takeout," by Post's Jennifer Gould Keil: "The more New Yorkers pay in rent, the less they tip for their takeout food, according to a new study from the Web sites StreetEasy and Seamless. Residents of more affordable areas of the city, such as Bushwick, Sunset Park and Greenpoint in Brooklyn, regularly tip more than 15 percent - which is higher than those in posh neighborhoods, such as Manhattan's Carnegie Hill, where residents shell out an average of 12.2 percent for tips. The study found 17 of the 20 worst-tipping neighborhoods were in Manhattan, while middle-class areas Astoria and Ridgewood in Queens ranked in the top 10."

PIC OF THE DAY: Sandra Lee, painted pink on the cover of Gotham Magazine.

SNEAK PEEK -- RIKERS ISLAND PEP TALK: Mayor Bill de Blasio will deliver remarks at a Department of Correction graduation this morning to announce slight progress in his administration's plan to increase officer safety.

So far this year, serious assaults on staff are down 11 percent, while use of force with serious injuries are down by 17 percent, aides to de Blasio told POLITICO New York. So far, the city has committed $200 million towards officer safety and training, $72.5 million for complete camera coverage at the jail, x-ray machines, lock replacements, riot gear, and other safety equipment, as well as $51 million to hire of additional officers. -- Gloria Pazmino

TABS: DAILY NEWS: "HE'S A TERRORIST Syed Farook joins long list of murderous psychos enabled by NRA's sick gun jihad against America in the name of profit" -- NEW YORK POST: "TERRORIST Mass killer 'radicalized' In contact with jihad followers He traveled to Pakistan" -- AM New York: "OFFICIALS SUSPECT TERROR LINK" NY Metro: "WAS IT TERRORISM?"

FRONT PAGES: NYT: "ARMS STOCKPILE IS FOUND IN HOME OF TWO SUSPECTS FBI Investigating California Rampage as a Potential Act of Terrorism" -- Below the fold: "Pentagon Opens All Combat Roles to Women: 'No Exceptions'" -- WSJ GNY: "New York Education Task Force Report Expected Soon"

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SILVER'S CAREER A TRAJECTORY OF CORRUPTION - Wayne Barrett for City & State: "The poetic irony of the Silver verdict was that a jury of mostly blacks and Latinos, and mostly women, convicted a man with such an ignominious history on race and harassment issues. Of all of Silver's crimes, the most disturbing was his abuse of cancer research funding, steering it to a doctor who sent him lucrative asbestos referrals. Everyone has felt cancer in their lives - afflicting family, friends or themselves. Silver's brother succumbed to the disease shortly before the speaker started trading precious funding for millions in his bank account. Every dollar spent on research to fight cancer should be awarded on the comparative merits of the research, carefully vetted by medical experts. Silver's half-million in grants were delivered in a dark alley, a silo of secrecy, payoffs without conscience. The Assembly's Democratic conference is filled with the high-minded, progressives on almost every big-picture social issue. But, faced with the greatest moral test of their lives, they looked away for years, shrugged, wrestled to find fine lines, and prospered from their silence, too ambitious or fearful to take on the elephant in their conference, a leader who advertised his conflicts, if not his criminality."

-- Silver filed for his pension on Tuesday, and could be eligible to receive over $98,000 a year.

NYPD STOPS CONTINUE DRAMATIC DECLINE UNDER DE BLASIO- POLITICO New York's Brendan Cheney: There were 4,747 police stops in the third quarter of 2015, according to information provided to POLITICO New York by the New York Police Department, showing that the number of police stops have continued to decrease significantly under Mayor Bill de Blasio, after an even greater decrease under then-Mayor Michael Bloomberg. The number of stops in the third quarter, which includes July, August and September of 2015, is a 67 percent decrease from de Blasio's first three months as mayor in January, February and March of 2014 when there were 14,261 stops.

THE TALK OF WALL STREET -- "2015 Becomes the Biggest M&A Year Ever," by WSJ's Maureen Farrell: "A series of 112 deals ... pushed global M&A volume to $4.304 trillion ... That pushed 2015 to date ahead of 2007's total, when the previous record of $4.296 trillion of mergers was struck. ... [C]ompanies [are merging] at a breakneck pace, encouraged by increased boardroom confidence, cheap debt, pressure to become more efficient in a slow-growth economy and a desire to keep up with consolidating rivals."

MEDIA MORNING -- "Will CNN's Jeff Zucker run for New York mayor?" by CBS' Rebecca Shabad: "In an interview with Buzzfeed's Ben Smith at The Paley Center for Media, Smith asked Zucker whether it might still be true that he would consider running for elected office. Zucker nodded and said, 'I would still think about that, yeah.' ... [W]hen Smith mentioned running for mayor of New York, Zucker thought about it for a second. 'You know, I would consider anything.'"

--"HuffPost Politics gets 'good news' traffic boost," by Hadas Gold: "The Huffington Post has been categorizing its 'Good News' vertical as Politics on ComScore ... affecting audience numbers for its politics category by millions, though in a way that falls within ComScore rules. ... In October, the Good News vertical contributed about 6.5 million unique visitors to the HuffPost Politics section's 20 million unique visitors for the month, according to ComScore."

EAT BEAT - "Arby's is latest fast food chain to storm back to Manhattan," by Post's Lisa Fickenscher: "Arby's, the 3,400-unit Atlanta-based sandwich chain, is the latest fast-food heavyweight to beat a path to Manhattan in the past few months - after pulling up stakes here about seven years ago. The chain ... will open a Midtown store at 40th Street and Eighth Avenue in mid-December. Arby's follows Panda Express, which returned to the city after closing its downtown eatery in 2001."

--"Starbucks Is Now Selling Bagel Balls, The Doughnut Holes Of Bagels," by BuzzFeed's Venessa Wong: "After a few Starbucks outlets in New York City tested demand for tiny cream cheese-stuffed bagel balls this summer, the bite-size dough globes from Bantam Bagels have rolled into about 515 stores in the city, as well as a some locations in Philadelphia and Indianapolis. ... So far this year, [Bantam] has sold more than 2 million bagel balls, with sales of over $2.1 million. As it develops corporate partnerships, Bantam also began offering its bagel balls on Delta flights out of LaGuardia Airport about a month ago. ... Starbucks offers three flavors of bagel balls: french toast, everything, and classic. Each are filled with different cream cheese flavors. French toast gets a buttery, maple cream cheese; everything has veggie cream cheese; and classic gets plain old cream cheese."

TRANSPO TIPS - "12 Tips From a Pilot on Mastering New York City Airports (Even LaGuardia)," by New York Mag's Katie Van Syckle: "1. Take the Newark Airport Express for $16. ... 2. Let someone else move your car. ... 3. Global Entry, TSA Pre-Check. ... 5. Stop and enjoy the art. ... 8. Hang out in LaGuardia's Marine Air Terminal during a long delay. ... 10. Make an appointment to visit JetBlue's T5 farm. ... 9. Slow down and take in Eero Saarinen's TWA terminal."

CHRISTIE CHRONICLES -- JEFFREY GOLDBERG interviews CHRISTIE for, "Chris Christie: 'Iran is a Greater Threat Than ISIS': The New Jersey governor on foreign policy, Marco Rubio, and the fine art of ball breaking.":

HILLARYWATCH -- "Hillary Clinton Fortifies Ties and Fund-Raising With [DNC]," by Times' Maggie Haberman: "Trying to build up her arsenal for a general election, Hillary Clinton's campaign is asking donors to write big-money checks to the [DNC] ... In recent weeks, Mrs. Clinton's campaign aides have started to scrutinize ... [the DNC's] core functions ... The reviews have been undertaken at the request of Mrs. Clinton's campaign manager, Robby Mook, who has taken a particular interest in how the research and communications operations are functioning ... Mook, in the days before Thanksgiving, was spotted in meetings at the D.N.C. headquarters. He asked for a review of the opposition research capabilities of the party committee, and came away with concerns ... Among them was that the committee's communications department has become skeletal in recent months, with a string of departures."

TRUMP TALK -- "Trump picked stock fraud felon as senior adviser," by AP's Jeff Horwitz: "Trump tapped a man to be a senior business adviser to his real-estate empire even after the man's past involvement in a major mafia-linked stock fraud scheme had become publicly known ... Sater's criminal past and mafia links came to light in 2007 ... [L]ess than three years later, Trump renewed his ties with Sater. Sater presented business cards describing himself as a senior adviser to Donald Trump, and he had an office on the same floor as Trump's own office in New York's Trump Tower ... 'Felix Sater, boy, I have to even think about it,' Trump said, referring questions about Sater to his staff. 'I'm not that familiar with him.'"

--@blakehounshell: "World's greatest memory suddenly falters".

MAKING IT OFFICIAL -- Speaker suggests an increase in pay, declines to say how much -- POLITICO New York's Gloria Pazmino: City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito made an official pitch on Thursday asking the city's Quadrennial Advisory Commission to approve raises for the council, but declined to specify how much the raises should be. In a letter submitted to the commission, Mark-Viverito cites the rising cost of living in the city, saying member salaries are no longer on par with private and public sector jobs with similar duties and obligations. The speaker also argues the 51-member body has become "more productive" and its work "more complex" over the last ten years - the last time the members received a raise.

"It is critical that Council Member compensation accurately reflect the essential nature of their service, as well as the economic realities of living in the City; not just for the benefit of current Council Members but so the institution can continue to attract future legislators who are the very best our City has to offer," Mark-Viverito writes. "I therefore believe it is clear that Council Member salaries should be increased." The Quadrennial Advisory Commission, a three-member panel, was convened by Mayor Bill de Blasio in September to study whether the city's elected officials deserve pay raises. READ THE LETTER:


-- "NYC City Council members seeking 71% raise - bringing their salaries up to $192G" -- Daily News:

-- "Council does damage control after a pay-raise report" -- POLITICO New York:

REAL ESTATE -- TRADING FIRE-"Stringer report draws ire of de Blasio administration and city council," by POLITICO New York's Sally Goldenberg and Gloria Pazmino: "Mayor Bill de Blasio's administration and members of the City Council railed against Comptroller Scott Stringer on Thursday, following the release of a report by his office which they say misrepresents de Blasio's affordable housing and rezoning plan for East New York. Stringer's new 8-page report makes several arguments regarding the administration's plans to rezone a portion of East New York in Brooklyn."

BIG DEAL-"Building Block$: 2 Midtown office towers to be sold for over $3B," by Post's Lois Weiss: "Two trophy office buildings that comprise a full block in Midtown are selling to two different parties for a combined total of more than $3.6 billion. The Post has learned that 787 Seventh Ave. will be in the hands of CalPERS, the California public employees pension fund, sometime next year for just over $1.9 billion. Additionally, the adjacent 1285 Ave. of the Americas is being purchased by Scott Rechler's RXR Realty for $1.7 billion, the Real Deal reported on Thursday. Both buildings have about 1.7 million feet of space."

LAND GRAB-"Gowanus Developer Tries to Fend Off City's Sewage Tank Land Seizure," by DNAinfo's Leslie Albrecht: "A developer trying to stop the city from seizing its future waterfront development site to install sewage tanks has offered an alternative - saying they'd like to donate a piece of the land as public greenspace. Alloy Development, which wants to build a commercial project at 234 Butler St. and 242 Nevins St., attempted to head off a city plan to use eminent domain by announcing Tuesday that it wants to donate a portion of the block for a park or open space."

THE HOME TEAMS-POLITICO New York's Howard Megdal: Avalanche 2, Rangers 1: Matt Duchene and Chris Wagner scored for the Avalanche.

The day ahead: The Lopez Battle Royale, Knicks vs. Nets at The Garden. In men's college hoops, Manhattan travels to Siena. Iona goes to Marist. Columbia hosts St. Joe's. In hockey, the Blues come to Barclays to face the Islanders. The Coyotes come to Buffalo.

#UpstateAmerica: The actor who played the farmer in "Babe" and Andrew Mellon on "Boardwalk Empire" was tossed out of a hearing on a proposed natural gas plant in the Hudson Valley.

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