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03/01/2016 07:41 AM EDT
By Azi Paybarah in Manhattan, Jimmy Vielkind in Albany, and Mike Allen in D.C., with Daniel Lippman
DINAPOLI QUESTIONS FEASIBILITY OF 15 PERCENT DECREASE IN SHELTER POPULATION -- Laura Nahmias: Mayor Bill de Blasio's preliminary budget assumes the city will reduce its homeless shelter population by 15 percent during fiscal year 2017, an estimate that may be too optimistic, state comptroller Tom DiNapoli said in a report published Monday . Deputy mayor for health and human services Herminia Palacio has said she hopes to see a "drastic" reduction in the size of the city's homeless shelter population, but de Blasio himself has avoided attaching a number to the size of the reduction he hopes the city will achieve in the near term. But DiNapoli's analysis found the city's $82.1 billion preliminary budget, released in January, assumes the 15 percent decrease in the number of people living in city shelters. That number may prove difficult to achieve, given the city's still-growing shelter population, DiNapoli's analysis found. http://politi.co/21xK2zr
EVICTIONS DOWN 18 PERCENT ACROSS CITY -- Times' Mireya Navarro: "Evictions in New York City dropped last year to their lowest level in a decade, as the administration of Mayor Bill de Blasio bolstered efforts to prevent more New Yorkers from becoming homeless. Evictions decreased by 18 percent last year, to 21,988 from 26,857 in 2014, even as the number of cases filed by landlords for nonpayment of rent declined by only 2 percent, court and city marshals figures show.
"That was the lowest number of evictions since 2005, when 21,945 heads of household lost their homes, according to Housing Court Answers, a tenant advocacy group that runs the information tables at Housing Court and compiles annual eviction totals. Evictions dropped in 2014, though only by 6.9 percent. Before then, the number had climbed every year since 2005, reaching a peak in 2013, when 28,849 evictions were carried out. The city has allocated nearly $46 million for legal services for tenants in the last two years, and the money appears to be having the intended effect, officials said." http://nyti.ms/1Rh6VfM
NEW YORK'S OVERCROWDING WORSENS -- Times' Kirk Semple: "According to the latest Census Bureau data, about 9 percent of all households - or nearly 280,000 units - in New York City have more than one person per room, a common government measure of crowding. A decade ago, the rate was 8 percent. The change represents nearly a 13 percent increase. By comparison, the national crowding rate is 3.4 percent. ... While the Bronx and Brooklyn have the highest percentage of crowded units among the boroughs, according to Census Bureau data from 2014, the community district with the highest rate of crowding is in Queens and encompasses Elmhurst and southern Corona. There, a quarter of all residential units are considered crowded. A study published in February by StreetEasy.com found that five of the top 10 most crowded neighborhoods in the city were in central Queens." http://nyti.ms/1Rh79n9
DE BLASIO'S DARK MONEY, IN CONTEXT -- AP's Jonathan Lemire: "New York City's campaign finance laws don't allow corporations to give money directly to people running for city office, but that hasn't been a hurdle for some companies trying to influence public policy. They have poured cash into two nonprofit groups affiliated with the city's Democratic mayor, Bill de Blasio, which have used the money to produce glossy advertisements promoting his agenda, produced by the same political consultants who worked on his election campaign. ... Similar nonprofits are proliferating across the country, many of which are backed by 'dark money' given by undisclosed donors. Those supporting de Blasio do eventually disclose their donors, but good government groups ... still worry that such organizations contribute to a culture of influence peddling and evade the intent of laws seeking to limit the influence of special interests on elections. ... One of those nonprofits, the Campaign for One New York, has received more than $1 million in donations from real estate developers since its launch in 2014. Many of those corporate donors have projects underway in the city and have backed the mayor's housing plan. As a mayoral candidate in 2013, de Blasio loudly decried the use of such groups." http://goo.gl/BApk3W
-- @JonLemire: "From @AP: call for probe into @BilldeBlasio 'dark money' group shines light on their rise among governors, mayors" https://goo.gl/2pclDw
-- @Azi: "will the fan of @SpotlightMovie welcome this investigative endeavor ?" https://goo.gl/nu3xOo
-- Gotham Gazette's Samar Khurshid: "Calls for More Transparency, Oversight in Department of Education Contracting" http://goo.gl/p6gxMi
2016 -- A Time photographer was roughed up by Secret Service agents after stepping outside the "press pen" at a Trump event. POLITICO's Hadas Gold: http://goo.gl/3tJEN6
-- Flashback, May 2015: De Blasio once set up a "free speech zone" for protesters at his Rockaway event. DNAinfo's Katie Honan and Nigel Chiwaya: https://goo.gl/aVjPUc
HEASTIE'S FIRST YEAR - POLITICO New York's Josefa Velasquez and Bill Mahoney: The speaker's office on the third floor of the Capitol is dark "like a cave," said Carl Heastie, its inhabitant since last February. "You don't even get natural light in here ... Even when it's a bright sky and bright sun, it doesn't get down in here. It doesn't really shine in here." Since inheriting the office from Sheldon Silver, Heastie has changed the light bulbs and made tweaks to the decor. Gone are the days where a portrait of Al Smith, the Democrat from the Lower East Side who served briefly as speaker and then governor, and is widely credited with helping to centralize power in Albany. Smith has been replaced by a framed poster board with multi-colored children's handprints thanking Heastie after he visited Ithaca this past summer as part of his tour of the state. Adorning the fireplace, adjacent to a desk that he seldom uses, is a roughly 15-foot paper ring garland commissioned by the speaker's young daughter, Taylor, a first grader.
For years, countless Albany observers predicted the Assembly would descend into chaos whenever Silver, who became speaker in 1994, finally left. But Under Heastie, for better or worse, the transition has been smooth and the chamber's public business continues more or less as it had before he took over. http://politi.co/1RdjqZK
THE RENOMINATION OF CHUCK SCHUMER - Jimmy's dispatch from Tarrytown: If you ask officials in the Democratic State Committee what they like about U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer, who was enthusiastically nominated on Monday for a fourth term, they usually respond with a story. And so there were no hiccups and nary a whisper of dissent at Monday's special convention, held at a DoubleTree hotel here over a lunch of ravioli and mixed vegetables. Gov. Andrew Cuomo has put his stamp on the committee, appointing a succession of four chairs in as many years (the last, David Paterson, resigned last year), using it to run advertisements in support of his government agenda and ensuring some of the more rabble-rousing elements couldn't use it as a platform to contradict his political and policy positions. He stopped in to Schumer's convention, beating up on Republicans who, he said, played on division and blamed immigrants or some other for the current middle-class malaise and reiterating to the room what it means to be a Cuomo Democrat. And then he left.
Ernest Hemingway once wrote
that the sole purpose of the cabaret is for "unattached men to find complaisant women. All the rest is a wasting of time in bad air." The same could probably be said of scripted political orgies of adulation: if you're not the one being praised, then why stick around to inhale somebody else's hot oxygen? Not that Schumer seemed to care. In an oddly choreographed scene, the state's top elected Democrats managed to attend the same lunch and trade public praise but not actually speak to each other. http://politi.co/1QoFsfB
** A Message from Nuclear Matters: Providing 61 percent of the state's carbon-free electricity, New York's nuclear energy plants are a necessary and valuable part of the state's energy mix, and deserve the support of state lawmakers for their role in providing New York with reliable electricity while protecting the environment. Learn more: NuclearMatters.com. **
ABOUT LAST NIGHT: No need to pay $500 a ticket to rub shoulders with some of the most influential people in Albany at this event. Lawmakers, as well as staffers, made the rounds at the annual reception hosted by the New York Farm Bureau Monday evening, noshing their way through the spacious convention center. The reception, which was held after the Farm Bureau's annual lobbying day, had everything: a big red tractor, wine slushies, a savory mashed potato "sundae" served in a martini glass, and jalapeno flavored ice cream. Not to mention the various wine, beer, apples, yogurt and cheese vendors that were showcasing just what some the state has to offer.
No one was more excited than Artemis the calf, who was so eager to be bottle-fed by Sen. Rich Funke that he couldn't get steady footing, slipping around the slick floor. Sen. Ruben Diaz Sr. was spotted in his signature cowboy hat with a bag of popcorn in tow. Meanwhile, Assemblyman Andrew Raia and Sen. Tom Croci, both from Long Island, showed some hometown support for the Long Island Farm Bureau, which was sampling a salad of fig, butter lettuce and duck as well as an oyster stew. While Sen. Toby Ann Stavisky snacked on a cider donut, Sen. Marc Panepinto enthusiastically chatted with vendors from the Cortland Beer Company, which was serving its Naked Lap Lager and Industrial IPA. Truly proving that food does bring people, Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan and Senate Democratic Deputy Leader Mike Gianaris were seen sharing a laugh together just outside of the event. -- Josefa Velasquez
TABS -- Post: "TRUMP'S SUPER TUESDAY EXPRESS" -- Daily News: "A SIGN OF THE APOCALYPSE: CNN National Poll: Trump - 49%; Rubio - 16%; Cruz - 15%; Carso 10%; Kasich - 6%" -- SEE THEM: https://goo.gl/s2SVZc
-- Metro: "DEADLY DRIVING: With five pedestrian fatalities between Sunday and Monday, street safety advocates are calling for driver accountability" -- amNY: "WHAT'S HOT: Viral foods, trends ..." -- Newsday: "NEW TOXIC THREAT" -- Hamodia: "On Eve of Super Tuesday, A Wide Range of Views Among Jews" -- El Diario [translated]: We need more resources
FRONT PAGES -- NYT, 4-col. above the fold: "Democrats Prepare a Trump Battle Plan: Urgent Strategizing for a Challenge Few Expected" -- WSJNY, 2-col., above the fold: "Christie Tries Again to Fill High Court Seat"
QUOTE OF THE DAY: "[E]ven if non-Trump victors prevail in a handful of states Tuesday, their wins won't be nearly enough to prevent the businessman from sailing toward the number of delegates needed to secure the nomination (1,237), political scientists claim." -- Daily News' Adam Edelman: http://goo.gl/EZJYEb
BONUS QUOTE OF THE DAY: "Trump is an affront to my humanity in every way and I have no idea how it's possible for Marco Rubio or anyone else to stop his momentum." -- Alexis Grenell, Democratic consultant, on NY1's "Inside City Hall": http://goo.gl/Aty3m4
CARTOON OF THE DAY: "Super Yugeday" via Hamodia: http://goo.gl/nhN7A9
VIDEO OF THE DAY: Mario and Andrew Cuomo are both heard in this minimum wage ad. http://bit.ly/1WSP1Uz
DISTRACTION OF THE DAY -- Tonight: Punderdome, 3000 -- a pun competition. Details: http://goo.gl/rPYKkW
MEDIA MORNING -- A NEW VOICE-Politico's Joe Pompeo reports: Will Bourne has made his first batch of hires since returning to the Village Voice in January as editor in chief (politi.co/1J175Kv ). Following a handful of oustings that included the paper's previous editor in chief and its managing editor, the Voice announced six appointments yesterday, including creative director Andrew Horton (formerly of Businessweek and Billboard); film critic Bilge Ebiri (formerly a New York magazine contributor); and senior writer Nick Pinto (who returns to the Voice after several years of freelancing). The Voice is trying to rebuild itself under its new deep-pocketed owner, Barbey, after years of severe cutbacks and financial losses.
LAW PUB TAKES MORE HEAT -- Pompeo: The Manhattan-based legal news service Law360 has been in the spotlight recently for its now notorious non-compete agreement, which bars departing reporters from covering the law beat at other publications for a year after leaving the company, and which led to a former Law360 reporter losing her job at Reuters. (on.wsj.com/1UHaxuA). As a result, students at the Columbia journalism school are debating whether Law360 should be included in the school's annual career fair this spring. "I have emailed Career Services asking them to consider barring Law360 from the career expo," one student wrote on a private Facebook group in a message shared with POLITICO by a tipster. "These practices should not be tolerated." Reached on Monday, Columbia j-school dean Steve Coll confirmed that Law360 is registered for the expo. "We are aware of the concerns about how their reported noncompete clause might affect journalists and are looking into those concerns," he said.
NEW SALT RULES DELAYED -- POLITICO New York's Dan Goldberg: An appellate judge in Manhattan has delayed enforcement of the city's new sodium rule, just one day before penalties were set to take effect. The decision was celebrated by the National Restaurant Association, which sued the city, claiming the rule is a violation of franchise owners' First Amendment rights, and overstepped the city Board of Health's legal authority. ... The sodium rule requires chain restaurants to post a symbol - a salt shaker inside a triangle - next to food items that contain more than 2,300 milligrams of sodium. They must post a warning that says, "[the] content of this item is higher than the total daily recommended limit (2300 mg)." The $200 fine for violating the rule was to take effect Tuesday, which is why the restaurant association needed the emergency appeal. ... The city has until March 18 to respond. http://goo.gl/Ap4d0H
ENCRYPTION -- Brooklyn Judge Nixes Prosecutor's Push for Apple to Crack iPhone -- POLITICO New York's Colby Hamilton: U.S. Magistrate Judge for the Eastern District of New York James Orenstein wrote in a 50-page opinion Monday that federal prosecutors couldn't compel Apple to unlock an iPhone involved in a criminal case. Prosecutors failed to meet the burdens under the All Writs Act, according to Orenstein, which allows judges to issue orders if they help the court's jurisdiction, are necessary and appropriate and are agreeable to the usages and principles of law. Because Congress has so far opted not to specifically address the emerging issue of smartphone security, even in previously-passed legislation dealing with cybersecurity, Apple argued this was a violation of the usages and principles of law requirement. Orenstein wrote that the debate about "government's legitimate interest in ensuring that no door is too strong to resist lawful entry" versus privacy concerns "must happen today, and it must take place among legislators..." Orenstein's decision can be read, here: http://politi.co/1Uv54cy
-- Related: At 1 p.m., watch Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance testify in D.C. about smartphone encryption: http://goo.gl/hnmdev
POLICE MISCONDUCT -- Watchdog report: Cops illegally enter and search homes -- Times' Al Baker: The Civilian Complaint Review Board is releasing a report Tuesday that "reviewed 180 instances, between 2010 and October 2015, in which agency investigators found that officers carried out improper home entries and searches. They were among the 1,763 complaints about searches and entries that the agency investigated during that five-year period, when the police made more than 15,000 searches over all in New York. ... The department told the review board that in the cases it has reviewed so far, it has imposed discipline in 64 percent of the cases, according to the report. ... Of the 180 substantiated complaints, nearly half of them occurred in Brooklyn. Black people were the subjects in 55 percent of the cases." http://goo.gl/1gGIAT
POLICE WATCHDOG SHORTENS HIS LAW FIRM'S LEASH: The chair of the Civilian Complaint Review Board, Richard Emery, announced on Monday that the law firm he co-founded will not represent clients who are suing the police based on allegations substantiated by the board. "So long as I remain Chair of the Civilian Complaint Review Board (CCRB), my firm Emery Celli Brinckerhoff & Abady (ECBA) will not represent a client who filed a claim that was substantiated by the CCRB while I was Chair," Emery said in a statement to reporters. "While I am Chair of the CCRB, my Firm will not accept a case against an officer, if I served on a Panel of the CCRB which substantiated an allegation against that officer." -- Azi
NAIL SALON INSPECTIONS -- Problems investigating the industry -- Times' Kim Barker and Russ Buettner: "The Labor Department cited more than 40 percent of the salons ... for underpaying employees, directing them to pay $1.1 million in back wages and several hundred thousand dollars in damages ... About 85 percent of the salons failed to maintain adequate payroll records, a violation of state law, making it by far the most common citation, according to The Times's review. Without records, investigators had to accept whatever employees told them they were paid, usually in front of their bosses." http://goo.gl/y5Ztrh
NEW ON THE BENCH -- Former de Blasio aide -- Post's Yoav Gonen: "Continuing a trend of cushy landings for high-level appointees who leave or are pushed out of their posts, Mayor de Blasio has nominated former Homeless Services Commissioner Gilbert Taylor to be a Family Court judge. Taylor resigned suddenly from his $219,773 position on Dec. 15 as the mayor announced a 90-day review to overhaul the struggling agency. Taylor has since been largely out of sight after being retained in a consulting role at full salary to help shape the new homeless policy. ... Taylor has experience in Family Court, where he worked as a supervisory attorney for the Administration for Children's Services. He served as commissioner of Homeless Services for nearly two years under de Blasio, during which the city's shelter population grew by roughly 10 percent." http://goo.gl/S3pJiS
REPLACING RANGEL -- Keith Wright's Assembly campaign spent $70G since he entered congressional race -- Azi: Since Assemblyman Keith Wright announced his intention to run for Congress to succeed Rep. Charles Rangel, his state legislative campaign, Wright for New York, has spent more than $70,000, including $1,500 on fund-raising from Stiles Partners, LLC, the same fund-raiser working on Wright's congressional campaign. According to a filing in January, Wright for New York spent spent $54,333.75 from mid-July to mid-January. And, according to the prior filing, in July 2015, Wright for New York spent an additional $20,436.14, starting from the date Wright announced his congressional candidacy, on June 6. (On that exact date, Wright for New York spent $194 to reimburse an aide for an Uber ride.) ... A spokesman for Wright's campaign, Hank Sheinkopf, told POLITICO New York the expenditures were valid and were associated with Wright's ongoing expenses as a Democratic elected official. http://goo.gl/Tqqufr
-- Flashback, Sunday: State Senator Bill Perkins dropped out of the congressional race. He may have also feared losing his State Senate seat to a Rangel-backed challenger. Perkins only has $30,658 in his State Senate campaign account. Brian Benjamin, a real estate developer and local Democratic operative with ties to Wright and Rangel, has $51,150 in his "Benjamin 2016" campaign account. Benjamin's campaign received $250 this past January from Wright's Assembly campaign committee. http://goo.gl/wWrc6G
BIRTHDAYS: Jesse Campoamor, the director of Community Affairs for the city comptroller, and 1199 alum ... Selvena Brooks, the northeast regional communicator for SEIU and a former City Hall aide ... and Ryan Brumberg, the Republican who unsuccessfully challenged Rep. Carolyn Ryan (NY-14) in 2010.
EAT BEAT - "Midtown Staple Sushi Zen" closes - Grub Street's Chris Crowley: "Part of the city's old guard of sushi temples, the restaurant is known as a mainstay of the city's sushi scene since it opened its doors in 1983, seven years after Hatsuhana, at a time when most New Yorkers couldn't tell their nigiri from their makizushi." http://grb.st/1oLHKuL
WHAT WALL STREET IS READING - "Jamie Dimon on Finance: 'Who Owns the Future?'" by John Micklethwait on the cover of Bloomberg Businessweek: "Dimon reflects on the arc of his career, names his biggest mistakes, argues that banks are more moral than markets, and looks to the future-one in which he expects to compete with fintech companies as well as the Chinese, but where he also expects banks like his own to flourish. 'We like our hand.'" http://bloom.bg/1VOd9aA
--"Goldman Sachs Puts Worker Linked to Donald Trump on Leave," by Times' Susanne Craig and David W. Chen: "A financial adviser who was recently highlighted in an article in The New York Times as the only Goldman Sachs employee to contribute to Donald J. Trump's presidential campaign has been placed on administrative leave ... The employee, Luke Thorburn, made two donations, totaling $534.58, to Mr. Trump's campaign in September ... He also trademarked the phrase 'Make Christianity Great Again' ... The Times confirmed that Mr. Thorburn is associated with a website that sells hats that resemble Mr. Trump's red and blue 'Make America Great Again' caps, replacing the word 'America' with 'Christianity.' Goldman employees are allowed to pursue outside business opportunities, but they first must get clearance from the company. Mr. Thorburn, a financial adviser in the bank's wealth management division, had not received approval before pursuing the hat endeavor." http://nyti.ms/1OL8NeK
HILLARY'S PLAYBOOK AGAINST TRUMP:
--N.Y. Times 4-col. lead, "Democrats Prepare a Trump Battle Plan: Urgent Strategizing for a Challenge Few Expected," by Amy Chozick and Patrick Healy, with Gardiner Harris: "Several Democrats argued that Mrs. Clinton ... would easily beat Mr. Trump. They were confident that his incendiary remarks about immigrants, women and Muslims would make him unacceptable to many Americans. ... But others, including former President Bill Clinton, dismissed those conclusions as denial. They said that Mr. Trump clearly had a keen sense of the electorate's mood and that only a concerted campaign portraying him as dangerous and bigoted would win what both Clintons believe will be a close November election. ...
"[G]roups that support Mrs. Clinton [are] preparing to script and test ads that would portray Mr. Trump as a misogynist and an enemy to the working class whose brash temper would put the nation and the world in grave danger. ... [T]hose themes [would] be amplified later by two prominent surrogates: To fight Mr. Trump's ability to sway the news cycle, Mr. Clinton would not hold back on the stump, and President Obama has told allies he would gleefully portray Mr. Trump as incapable of handling the duties of the Oval Office." http://nyti.ms/1TNHKGn
--WashPost, #2 story on A1, after Super Tuesday lead, "Clinton already looking for Trump's weaknesses," by Anne Gearan and Abby Phillip: "A Clinton-vs.-Trump general election would put [her] head to head with an unconventional candidate who has seized on a current of nationalist and anti-immigrant discontent. Trump has been talking about the general-election matchup for a while, predicting that he will defeat Clinton in unexpected places, including New York and such Rust Belt states as Michigan that Republicans haven't won since the 1980s. ...
"[A] senior [Clinton] campaign aide ... note[d] that Clinton was the first candidate - Democratic or Republican - to criticize Trump directly over his comments about Mexican immigrants and, later, Syrian refugees.
"Several Clinton supporters said that if Trump is the GOP nominee, those comments are likely to be the focus of a major line of attack with the goal of boosting turnout among Latinos and other immigrant and minority voters who are turned off by Trump's rhetoric. ... The crux of Clinton's strategy, several allies said, would be to compare Trump's immigration program to hers: a wall and a hard line on deportation vs. a path to citizenship and an emphasis on keeping families together. ... [H]er occasional appeal to bring more 'love and kindness' into the political sphere appears to have Trump in mind." http://wapo.st/1VOcaao
REAL ESTATE -- BIG DEAL-"Tishman Speyer plans massive LIC office project, looks to raise EB-5 money," by Real Deal's Katherine Clarke: "Tishman Speyer is soliciting funds for a major 1 million-square-foot office project in Long Island City, according to marketing materials provided to prospective Chinese investors. The developer has already inked a 258,000-square-foot lease deal with co-working giant WeWork to anchor one of the new buildings, a 30-story tower slated to go up on the corner of Jackson Avenue and Queens Plaza South ...
"The site is adjacent to Two Gotham Center, a 22-story office building developed by Tishman in 2011 and sold to Canadian investor H&R REIT for $415.5 million that same year. The new buildings, which will be known as 1 and 3 Gotham Center, would be directly across the street from where Tishman Speyer and H&R are building a three-building, 1,900-unit luxury residential complex." http://bit.ly/1oULg6B
STORE CLOSING-"Plan To Bring Department Store to Jamaica Delayed After Deal Termination," by DNAinfo's Ewa Kern-Jedrychowska: "The deal to bring the first major department store to downtown Jamaica in more than three decades, announced nearly three years ago with great fanfare, has recently been terminated ... In May 2013, reps for the Greater Jamaica Development Corporation and the Blumenfeld Development Group said that they had signed an agreement to convert two parking lots on 168th Street, near 90th Avenue, into a massive 160,000-square-foot retail store and a 550-space parking garage. ... But the contract has recently been terminated ... Greater Jamaica is planning to issue a request for proposals sometime this spring." http://dnain.fo/21FmVj7
IN THE WORKS-"City files for 300 affordable units in South Bronx's Melrose Commons," by Real Deal's Kathryn Brenzel: "The city is looking to build a 12-story, mixed-use building as part of its massive Melrose Commons Urban Renewal project in the southwest Bronx. The project's developer, Les Bluestone's Midtown East-based Blue Sea Development Corp., plans to build a roughly 340,700-square-foot building at a city-owned site at 443 East 162nd Street ... The building will consist of 303 affordable housing units across 301,730 square feet of space, along with 25,640 square feet for commercial and 13,300 square feet of community space. Amenities include a fitness room on the ground floor and an outdoor recreation area on the eighth and 11th floors." http://bit.ly/1oUM5fN
THE HOME TEAMS -- POLITICO New York's Howard Megdal: The day ahead: the Blazers come to The Garden-go watch Damian Lillard if you can. The Nets are in Los Angeles to face the Lakers. The Islanders are in Vancouver.
CHOCOLATE BREAK -- "Taste Tons of Sweets and Chocolate Liquor at 92Y Chocolate Fest," by DNAinfo's Shaye Weaver: "Rows of shiny and colorful bon bons, squares of seemingly painted chocolate in a wide range of flavors and a cacao-based liquor for the tasting at 92Y's Buttenwieser Hall at Lexington Avenue and 92nd Street on April 10. Those who sign up will get a chance to taste sweets from several local and regional chocolatiers, and cheese company Lucy's Whey will show chocolate-lovers how to pair their sweets with cheeses while Gotham Wines and Liquors will do wine pairings." http://dnain.fo/1LScJKO
#UpstateAmerica: An Amherst resident called police because "a neighbor was intentionally 'blowing body odor smells' into his unit."
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