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POLITICO New York Playbook: CUOMO's homeless order -- DE BLASIO's new Albany posture -- RIP Music Row

01/04/2016 07:32 AM EDT

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

CUOMO MOVES ON HOMELESSNESS - POLITICO New York's Laura Nahmias: Gov. Andrew Cuomo issued an executive order Sunday morning requiring the state to move all homeless people living on the street into shelters during inclement weather or when the temperatures fall below freezing. The governor also ordered all homeless shelters to extend their hours so that their residents may remain indoors during bad weather. "Well, this is a state's New Year resolution, a New Year resolution for the State of New York and in many ways, it's keeping with the spirit of the holiday season, right?...It's about love. It's about compassion. It's about helping one another and basic human decency," Cuomo said Sunday morning during an interview on NY1 about the order, which is scheduled to take effect January 5.

Cuomo's surprise announcement comes as he and his top staff have been working for weeks to develop a larger plan to address homelessness in New York City, after Mayor Bill de Blasio and the governor failed to reach an agreement on a joint plan to build thousands of new units of supportive housing for the homeless and mentally ill over the next 15 years. Instead, de Blasio announced in November that the city would fully fund the creation of 15,000 new units of supportive housing over the next 15 years, without Cuomo, while calling on the state to do the same. Since then, Cuomo and his top level commissioners have been meeting with an array of homeless services providers to solicit ideas on what else the administration could do to help resolve homelessness. And in November, a top aide to the governor accused de Blasio of being unable to manage the problem himself ...

HAPPENING TODAY: Cuomo will visit the headquarters of SEIU 1199 for a rally in support of a $15 minimum wage, which that union and others will be supporting with a $3 million campaign, the Daily News reports.

STATE OF THE STATE PREVIEW - Cuomo phones NY1: "Top of my agenda is going to be ethics reform. We have done a lot in Albany, but we haven't done enough. And I'm going to push the legislature very hard to adopt more aggressive ethics legislation, more disclosure, more enforcement, etc. That's going to be right up at the top of the agenda. Economic development, which in Upstate New York means basically restoring the economy, and in downstate New York it means growing the future economy - the high tech economy, having the transportation infrastructure to do that - and making sure the economy is working for everyone, right? Back to social justice: we have very high unemployment among young minority males, black and brown, and it's just unacceptable. We have to make special economic initiatives there.

"On education, we have failing schools in this state, today, where we have over 100,000 students in schools that we call "failing" schools. Failing schools are schools that don't reach the basic minimum requirement by SED, the State Education Department, and many of these failing schools have been failing for over 10 years, believe it or not. And the system, the bureaucracy, has been too tolerant, in my opinion. And we are - we're going to be focusing on the closing schools, we're going to be investing in the school system to make sure we're doing everything we can on the state side. So we're going to have a very robust agenda and then the progressive government side that is very important to me."

-- Cuomo aides met with advocates in December to discuss paid family leave, a sign that the governor may be pursuing the issue this legislative session.

DE BLASIO, MODESTLY, IN ALBANY -- Associated Press' Jonathan Lemire: "As the calendar turns to 2016, the state budget season will again begin, kicking off with Cuomo's State of the State address on Jan. 13. De Blasio, saddled with slumping poll numbers, now faces the prospect of making his case to a potentially vengeful governor and a Legislature shaken by the corruption convictions of two former leaders.

"The mayor himself will journey north to Albany to deliver budget testimony in the next few weeks but will then likely remain largely in a behind-the-scenes role, according to interviews with administration officials and those close to the budget process. That echoes City Hall's strategy of a year ago, which was adopted after de Blasio became a polarizing figure amid his battle with Cuomo and his failed attempt to help wrest control of the Senate away from Republicans.

"This year, there will likely be no bold ask like in 2014, when de Blasio pitched a tax increase on the rich to pay for free universal prekindergarten, and there isn't a ticking clock like a year ago, when rent regulations that would have affected 2 million New Yorkers were on the verge of expiring. Instead, administration officials aim to avoid unnecessary drama and focus on some of its core agenda items." SEE THE LIST:

ICYMI: "De Blasio's team vying for state Senate control" -- Post's Michael Gartland and Carl Campanile:

2017 CHATTER OF THE DAY: "Cuomo is desperate to take down de Blasio in 2017" -- Post's Fred Dicker:

QUOTE OF THE DAY: "We're talking about scooping people up who might be resistant ... And then what are you going to do? Restrain them at the shelter?" - Thomas Main, a professor at the School of Public Affairs at Baruch College, on Cuomo's executive order on forcing homeless people indoors when the weather is below freezing, via NYT:

NEW ACQUISITION: Patrick Rheaume has been hired as press secretary for Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams. Today is his first day! Rheaume previously worked as press secretary for Rep. Yvette Clarke.

TABS -- Daily News: "Backlash against Cuomo shelter plan: WHEN HELL FREEZES OVER! Can't force us off streets: homeless; Blaz, experts say gov lacks authority" -- Post: "FREE RIDE: Media blitz saves Trump $40M in ads" -- amNY: "DESTINATION STATIONS: A look inside 11 of the coolest subway stops" -- Hamodia: "Trump Brushes Off Terrorist Video Citing His Words" -- Epoch Times: "De Blasio Readies NYC's Pitch in Often Unfriendly Albany"

FRONT PAGES -- NYT, 3-col. below the fold: "A Chief's Fall From Power: Lawman's Arrest Jolts a Long Island Political Machine" -- WSJNY, 3-col. below the fold: "Christie Absences Go Noticed"

DON'T TIP YOUR SERVER? - Times Union's Steve Barnes: "Davidson Brothers Brewing has abolished tipping at its Glens Falls brewpub, according to an announcement from the company. Davidson cites the 50 percent hike in the minimum wage for tipped employees, from $5 to $7.50 per hour, which just went into effect and which Davidson says would cost an extra $200,000 annually that would be passed along to customers. The announcement says tips are prohibited. Instead, an 18 percent surcharge will be added to each check; by calling it a surcharge, not a gratuity, the company will be able to distribute it among all employees. (By law, tips cannot be shared except among tipped servers.) ... In the past, only a very select group of high-end restaurants - the former Charlie Trotter's in Chicago, Per Se in Manhattan and The French Laundry in California - operated on the no-tip/automatic-surcharge model. However, responding to mandatory higher minimum wages for tipped employees and other changes in the industry, a growing number of restaurants are adopting the policy. Grub Street has a list of those in New York City that are tip-free zones. I expect to see more Capital Region restaurants institute the change."

THE SALTY STAKES -- POLITICO New York's Dan Goldberg: Later this month, a judge will consider whether New York City's requirement that chain restaurants post warnings on salty foods is a legitimate effort to protect public health or a regulatory overreach.

If the board loses this case, which the judge will begin considering on Jan. 19, the activist role it has played in the city's public health firmament for two centuries could be permanently diminished. And because the New York City health authorities have so regularly provided a model for action elsewhere, a setback here could reverberate around the country. "This is a rule where they are simply requiring restaurants to provide information to avoid a health risk," said Tom Farley, who was health commissioner during the Bloomberg administration. "If they can't even do that, then the courts have really limited the value of the Board of Health and put New Yorkers at risk." The 2016 fight has its roots in power struggles that are nearly as old as the nation. For nearly 200 years, the city's Board of Health and the city's business interests have clashed over public health policy.

JUST WONDERING -- 40 Questions for New York Politics in 2016 -- Gotham Gazette's Ben Max: "1. How will the Cuomo-de Blasio feud play out? 2. Who's next for Preet Bharara? 3. What will Albany do about preventing public corruption? 4. What kind of Assembly reforms will Speaker Carl Heastie allow in terms of the ways in which his legislative house conducts its business? 5. How does the Governor's minimum wage push wind up? 6. What happens with the 421-a tax break/affordable housing program? 7. Will the de Blasio administration show significant progress in turning around struggling schools? 8. What happens with mayoral control of city schools, as dictated by state policy? 9. What do teacher evaluations look like next, as dictated by state policy? 10. What's the future of the Common Core in New York? ... 22. Will the City Council move any bills that the mayor isn't behind - like the Right to Know Act? ... 32. What will happen with Uber? ... 38. How are New York officials involved in the presidential race?"

#POLICEBEAT -- THE HISTORY OF BRATTON AND KELLY -- NYT's N.R. Kleinfield and J. David Goodman: "'We haven't been bosom buddies, no question about it, but we've always been polite to each other,' Mr. Kelly said in a telephone interview on Thursday. 'I think we can have, or we have had, a peaceful coexistence.' He added: 'This is the first instance that I can remember where there was acrimony.'"

HAPPY BIRTHDAY: Marc Brumer, communications director for Senator Kirsten Gillibrand ... Alex Gomez, a spokesman for the United Federation of Teachers ... and Richard Hake , morning news host and reporter at WNYC.

LONG READ -- 'MYSTERY POWERBROKER' -- Wayne Barrett in City & State NY: "In 1976, the year Silver was first elected, Steingut's chief counsel was Daniel Chill, and all these years later it was Chill, an obscure embodiment of the permanent government, who was the mystery man at the heart of the criminal case against Silver. Counsel to all six speakers since the 1970s, Chill introduced Silver to Dr. Robert Taub, the Columbia oncologist whose testimony helped convict Silver. Taub testified that he then began steering prized asbestos patients to Silver's law firm, and subsequently got a half-million in state research grants through Silver. The firm, Weitz & Luxenberg, paid Silver a $3 million slice of the Taub bonanza.

"Though Chill never appeared as a witness at Silver's trial, trial exhibits and testimony indicate that he was part of the Taub deal each step of the way. U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara and Silver's lawyers agreed to a stipulation that allowed some of Chill's actions to enter the record without Chill's testimony, suggesting that the government did not want to put him on the stand. Chill did not respond to multiple requests for comment. ... New Speaker Carl Heastie has continued to use Chill, who filed a brief on Heastie's behalf in September."

-- POLITICS AND LITERATURE -- Observer's Ross Barkan, on Medium: "[T]he end of Obama era will be personal for me. ... It will have everything to do with what makes him sui generis: a politician who reads. ... Barack Obama may be the only elected official I know of who proudly consumes novels and makes an effort, despite his hectic schedule, to connect with the world of contemporary fiction. ... The literary novel can seem antiquated and highfalutin, divorced from hardscrabble reality. You can't feed your family with it. You can't fix your alternator with it. It can be needlessly hard to understand. More politicians, though, would be better off treading beyond nonfiction, the raft of histories and law books and biographies that usually serve as their reading diet. ... The best novels shun the nauseating binaries and zero sum squabbling that characterizes so much of local and national politics. In politics, you are forced to conform to a certain sets of ideals which go unquestioned, even if they deserve to be debunked."


WALK THIS WAY-- Traffic deaths are down 22 percent since Mayor de Blasio launched his Vision Zero plan. Post's Danielle Furfaro:

NJ SHOOK -- A 2.07 earthquake was felt in northern New Jersey on Saturday. Post's Yaron Steinbuch:

HOTLINE BLING -- 311 complaints are up 10 percent this year. Post's Aaron Short:

FOWL FOOD -- New York City's first Chik-Fil-A was cited for health code violations. Post's David Li and Leonica Valentine:

INDY VOTERS: "As pollster Hart has noted, independents have moved away from Clinton over last 12 months, with only 32% now able to envision supporting her. A recent Zogby poll shows Trump polling at 56% among independents - close to double his support among Republicans. But it seems unlikely that Trump's recent string of virulent invective attacking Bill Clinton - who he once supported and publicly praised - will be convincing to these voters." Doug Schoen, in the News:

MEDIA MORNING - "Daniel Roberts is joining Yahoo Finance as a writer, covering technology and the business of sports. As part of his new role he will also contribute to Yahoo Sports ... He spent more than five years at Fortune Magazine."

REAL ESTATE -- COST CONTROL-"Facing Increase, Rent-Controlled Tenants Complain of Being Singled Out," by Times' Mireya Navarro: "At a time when rent-stabilized tenants in New York City are enjoying a freeze in their rents, another group of regulated tenants - the dwindling minority in rent-controlled apartments - is facing an increase of up to 9.6 percent over the next two years. The proposed increase has outraged advocates for the mostly older tenants in about 27,000 rent-controlled apartments in the city, but it is all but certain to take effect in January. In arriving at the increase, state officials said they were bound by a state-mandated mathematical formula that considers landlord costs like real estate taxes and operational expenses. But the state, which updates rents every two years for rent-controlled apartments, does not consider factors like housing affordability and tenants' income for rent-controlled units, which the New York City Rent Guidelines Board does when adjusting rents for rent-stabilized apartments annually."

-- Former HPD Commissioner Wendell Walters is delaying his jail term to sell off his brownstone. Daily News' John Marzulli:

SMOOTH ENTRY-"New York Discovers Keyless Entry Systems," by Times' Michelle Higgins: "In the next few months, residents at a handful of buildings in the city will be able to walk up to their apartment doors and go inside without fumbling for keys. And if the dog walker or cleaning service comes by while they are out, residents can use an app to let them in remotely. Ditto for deliveries. Keyless entry systems are starting to make their way to your apartment door. ... Latch, a new keyless entry system from a two-year-old start-up with the same name, is being introduced at a range of properties, from a four-unit East Village walk-up to a 431-unit luxury doorman rental in Chelsea, managed by real estate firms that have invested in the technology, like Corigin and Pan Am Equities."

SOUND OF SILENCE-"Accordion Store's Departure Signals End of Manhattan's Music Row," by Times' Patrick McGeehan: "For decades, musicians from around the world flocked to a segment of West 48th Street in Manhattan that was known as Music Row. Both sides of the block, just off Times Square, were lined with shops that sold and repaired guitars, drums, keyboards and other instruments. But the music finally died there in December when the last holdout, Alex Carozza, packed up his accordion store and 50 years of memories and moved off the block. Now, all that is left of Music Row are the signs and awnings that beckoned to virtuosos and neophytes alike. The block is haunted by empty buildings and the occasional tourist straining for some echo of its harmonious past. Where once there were Manny's and Rudy's and New York Woodwind and Brass, Frank Wolf Drummers Supplies and We Buy Guitars, now there are demolition crews, 'for rent' notices and a construction office for the glass tower going up around the corner."

THE HOME TEAMS -- POLITICO New York's Howard Megdal: Bills 22, Jets 17: With a win against a team with nothing to play for, the Jets would've made the playoffs. Instead, a Ryan Fitzpatrick interception just after the two minute warning insured they wouldn't. It was a very Jets ending to a 10-6 season.

-- Eagles 35, Giants 30: Another late loss in a winnable game, and reports indicate it might have been Tom Coughlin's last.

-- Knicks 111, Hawks 97: Arron Afflalo had his best game as a Knick, and one of the best games any Knick ever had-38 points, 14-for-17 from the field, 7-for-8 from three.

-- The day ahead: the Celtics are in Brooklyn to visit their future draft picks. Manhattan-Siena and Iona-Niagara provide a pair of intrastate men's basketball matchups.

#UpstateAmerica: Meet 'Pinto Ron,' the dean of Buffalo Bills tailgaters.

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