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POLITICO New York Playbook, presented by the United Federation of Teachers: DE BLASIO's lobbying pledge MIA -- TRUMP's NYC tax issue -- SADIK-KHAN on biking

03/09/2016 07:15 AM EDT

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

AS LOBBYING INCREASES, DE BLASIO PLEDGE GOES UNFULFILLED -- POLITICO New York's Laura Nahmias: Mayor Bill de Blasio promised in his 2013 run for the office that he would have the most transparent mayoral administration in history. As part of that pledge, he vowed that he would continue a practice of proactively disclosing all meetings he'd had with lobbyists. But he also promised to go even further - requiring "that city officials in executive agencies publicly disclose meetings with registered lobbyists on a monthly basis," according to "One New York - Rising Together," the 75-page book of policy promises he released in June 2013 as he embarked on his mayoral campaign.

More than two years after he first took office, de Blasio has yet to fulfill that pledge. A de Blasio spokeswoman said the mayor is in talks about requiring city officials to disclose their lobbying meetings. "The Mayor's position is that lobbyist meetings with officials at city agencies should be reported. The administration is discussing changes to require lobbyists to report meetings with city officials, in addition to other ways to improve reporting, such as encouraging more frequent reporting and more details about subject matter," said de Blasio spokeswoman Karen Hinton. Hinton offered no timeline for when those talks would conclude.

SENATOR WANTS NIAGARA TO PART WITH MOSES - POLITICO New York's Bill Mahoney: "The Power Broker" may weigh down countless bookshelves in the state Capitol, but for New Yorkers who don't happen to be students of politics or urban planning, Robert Moses isn't exactly a household name anymore. People who live near Long Island's Robert Moses Causeway or the Saint Lawrence River's Robert Moses State Park or Manhattan's Robert Moses Playground have certainly heard the onetime master builder's name, but it's unlikely to conjure much of anything for them.

This is the case made by politicians from Niagara County, where Moses was the primary mover behind a hydroelectric power station, Niagara Falls State Park and a parkway, and where they say his name is actually a detriment to their tourism industry. "Tourists see the Robert Moses Parkway, they don't know what that is," said Dennis Virtuoso, minority leader of the Niagara County Legislature. "But if they see the Niagara Scenic Parkway, they're more apt to take it for a scenic view." Last fall, Virtuoso passed a resolution calling on the state to rid the highway of its connection to Moses. Republican state Sen. Rob Ortt complied, and introduced a bill last month that would change its name. It passed unanimously with no debate on Tuesday.

HOOSICK FALLS AWAITS ITS WINDBREAKER MOMENT - POLITICO New York's Scott Waldman: Gov. Andrew Cuomo's windbreaker has yet to make an appearance in Hoosick Falls. Cuomo's fashion choice for disasters and emergencies has become a familiar sight for many New Yorkers, whether he's standing on New York City streets flooded after Hurricane Sandy, trudging along a snow-crippled Buffalo highway or issuing statements in front of a burning transformer at the Indian Point nuclear facility. Typically, the speed of his response projects the image of a man in charge, quickly and calmly taking control of an emergency while all hell is breaking loose. It's carefully reinforced by communications staff members who tweet photos of the governor hooking up a snow-bound car to a tow truck or poking his face in the cab of a big rig to check on the driver.

But Cuomo has yet to set foot in Hoosick Falls, where about 4,000 people can't drink their water because it contains a toxic chemical linked to cancer and other serious health problems. It's one of the most significant ecological crises during his tenure as governor, and the Cuomo administration has been criticized for its slow response - for the better part of a year, the state Department of Health didn't act on concerns raised by the federal Environmental Protection Agency.

LAST NIGHT -- Cop stable after being shot in shoulder -- POLITICO New York's Azi Paybarah: An NYPD detective is in stable condition at Elmhurst Hospital after being shot in the shoulder by a fellow officer as they tried to arrest suspects who were allegedly selling heroin, police officials said Tuesday night. One suspect was arrested and another was shot and is being treated at another hospital. A third suspect fled the scene and is being sought. "Tonight's shooting is an important reminder of the critical and dangerous work our police department does each day. The team of police officers involved in tonight's incident represents the best of the NYPD, and I want to thank them on behalf of our city for their actions tonight," de Blasio said in a statement.

TABS -- Post: "A LA CART: NYC homeless woman has 20 grocery carts; 14 laundry carts; 8 suitcases; 2 plastic crates; 1 dolly" -- Daily News: "APPALL O'NEILL: Trump showers 'love' on news member of hate brigade: ex-Yankee hothead Paul" -- amNY: WI-FINALLY: 2,000 new city buses on their way - all with free internet and USB ports" -- Metro: "RIDING IN STYLE: The MTA will be adding 2,042 new state-of-the-art buses to its transportation fleet in the next five years. Commuters can expect the first batch next month" -- SEE THEM:

-- Hamodia: "New NYC Buses Are Radical Break With the Past" -- El Diario [translated]: Interview: Sanders defends his record with Latinos -- Newsday: "FEDS: SPOTA SHIELDED WALSH"

FRONT PAGES -- NYT, 2-col., above the fold: "SANDERS IS VICTOR IN MICHIGAN UPSET: TRUMP TAKES TWO" -- WSJNY, 5-col., below the fold: "With Little at Risk, de Blasio Leads the Trump Bashing"

QUOTE OF THE DAY: "He made the right decision. Even Teddy Roosevelt couldn't pull it off" -- Alfonse D'Amato, on Bloomberg 2016, via NY1.

BONUS QUOTE OF THE DAY: "Tell the judge to get off my c***, put the DA in a box," -- Sean Chung, a 20-year-old Queens rapper whose lyrics got him sent to Rikers, for threatening a district attorney, via Christina Carrega-Wooby:

STAT OF THE DAY: "Since Mr. Trump declared his run for the White House last June, Mr. de Blasio has said Mr. Trump's name at least 70 times at public appearances, written unsolicited statements attacking him, frequently analyzed his political chances on television and brought him up unprompted at public events." -- WSJ's Josh Dawsey:

** A message from the United Federation of Teachers: Albany still owes NYC public schools $2 billion - with a b. That's money our schools need. See how much money your child's school is owed and what that money could buy: **

WHAT'S THE MATTER WITH LONG ISLAND? "Long Islanders Say None of the Above for President" -- WNYC's Janet Babin: "Voters registered in New York's Long Island are relatively split among Democrats, Republicans and Independents. But no matter their party affiliation, many are dissatisfied with the current frontrunners in the U.S. Presidential Election. ... Voter frustration on Long Island is also showing up in election polls. A Newsday/News 12 Long Island/Siena College survey found that in a head-to-head match up between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, Trump would win but only by three percentage points, well within the poll's margin of error. Most telling is that many voters told the survey-takers they would choose none-of-the-above in that matchup."

EXECUTIVE MOVES: Educational Alliance hired Anya Hoerburger as their senior vice president for development and communications, handling the agency's fundraising, media outreach and branding efforts. Previously, she worked at InterMedia Partners, LP, and as finance director for Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle, where she led the fund-raising effort for the senator's re-election campaign. Alliance President and CEO Alan van Capelle said in a statement he is "thrilled" to bring Hoerburger on board.

SUGAR WARNING -- POLITICO New York's Dan Goldberg: Restaurants in New York City could soon be forced to warn consumers about the dangers certain foods pose to diabetics and pre-diabetics. Councilwoman Inez Barron, a Democrat from Brooklyn, will introduce legislation on Wednesday that requires the city's health department to create a poster detailing the "risks of excessive sugar and other carbohydrate intake for diabetic and pre-diabetic individuals." The legislation is likely to face stiff opposition from the restaurant industry, which has traditionally opposed these types of warnings. "New York City has changed nanny state from a noun to a verb," said Christin Fernandez, a spokeswoman for the restaurant association. "This is 'nanny stating' at its very worst. The City has taken it upon itself to endlessly target the restaurant and foodservice industry with mandates that offer no solution to underlying health problems."

CUOMO STEPS IN ON 1WTC EVENT - POLITICO New York's Dana Rubinstein: Neither the chairman of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey nor Cuomo is pleased with the Durst Organization's effort to ban first responders from raising money by climbing One World Trade Center's stairs. The Durst Organization, which co-owns One World trade with the Port Authority, said it would not allow a "stair climb" by Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation, an organization named for a fireman who ran through the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel to the falling towers and then died. On Tuesday morning, John Degnan, the Gov. Chris Christie-appointed Port Authority chairman, emailed Douglas Durst, the chairman of the Durst Organization, urging him to reconsider. Cuomo's press office issued a statement from the governor. In it, Cuomo suggested that the stair climb might happen after all, thanks to his intervention.

ASSEMBLY SET TO RELEASE WOZNIAK HARASSMENT REPORT - Buffalo News' Tom Precious: "Assemblywoman Angela Wozniak, a Cheektowaga Republican member of the State Assembly - who came to office following the resignation of her predecessor amid sexual harassment allegations - is set to be sanctioned Wednesday for her own alleged lapses in behavior with a staff member. Wozniak is expected to be rebuked by an ethics committee that has been investigating allegations that she sexually harassed a male staffer, according to two Assembly sources with information about the case. Wozniak, who succeeded former Assemblyman Dennis Gabryszak following his own sexual harassment run-ins, has been under investigation since last year by the Assembly Ethics Committee for claims she coerced a male member of her staff into having sex. The freshman lawmaker could not be reached for comment Tuesday night."

NO CHARGES FOR OFFICE IN RAMARLEY GRAHAM SHOOTING -- NYT's Marc Santora and Benjamin Weiser: "A family's four-year quest to hold a white New York City police officer criminally accountable for the fatal shooting an unarmed black teenager in the bathroom of his Bronx home ended on Tuesday, when federal prosecutors said there was not enough evidence to pursue criminal charges. The family of the teenager, Ramarley Graham, has waged a public battle, pressing for Officer Richard Haste, who shot Mr. Graham, to be held to account. Officer Haste had been indicted in state court for the shooting, but the manslaughter charges were thrown out because of a prosecutorial error. A second grand jury then declined to indict him."

-- PREET BHARARA DECLINES: Bharara made the announcement on Tuesday after meeting with the family of the victim, Ramarley Graham, in his office in lower Manhattan. Bharara announced in 2014 that he was looking into the matter. The mistake, while tragic, is not criminal, according to Bharara's office. In their summary, they wrote, "Although Officer Haste ultimately was proven to be mistaken in his belief, the determination as to the willfulness of his actions must be assessed in light of his knowledge at the time of the shooting. The investigation revealed no evidence to refute Officer Haste's claim that he shot Mr. Graham in response to his mistaken belief that Mr. Graham was reaching for a gun." -- Azi:

-- Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr.: "[T]he U.S. Attorney's office has failed to set an example for our nation. Given what we know about the facts of this case, how could they not have convened a grand jury? The U.S. Attorney owes our community a real explanation."

PEDESTRIAN PLAZA RULES -- POLITICO New York's Gloria Pazmino: A new bill in the City Council could give the Department of Transportation authority to decide exactly how pedestrian plazas are used across the city. Councilman Corey Johnson, a Democrat from Manhattan whose district includes Times Square, will introduce legislation this week to regulate the plazas and give the department rule-making authority over the spaces. "The bill will create a process where community boards, borough presidents and council members can have a public review and work with the Department of Transportation and create rules for each pedestrian plaza," Johnson told POLITICO New York. The measure, which is also being sponsored by Councilman Dan Garodnick, would apply both to plazas already in existence and any that might be built in the future. Johnson said the new bill will allow the city agency to create rules pertaining to desnudas, costumed characters and how the space is used, and by whom.

PR FIRMS SUE OVER LOBBYING REGULATION - POLITICO New York's Bill Mahoney: Five public relations firms have brought a federal suit seeking to block the Joint Commission on Public Ethics from enforcing the portion of a recent advisory opinion that would treat people paid to discuss legislation with editorial writers as lobbyists. JCOPE's opinion, which sought to clarify the types of grassroots activity that should be considered lobbying, identified activities such as setting up meetings with legislators and urging editorial boards to back government actions. The commission argued that people who are paid over $5,000 a year to engage in these activities should be considered lobbyists under existing state law and need to disclose information such as how much they're paid and which bills they advocate for or against. The PR firms campaigned against the opinion for months. JCOPE ultimately narrowed it to capture only those who engaged with editorial writers and not the media as a whole, but they also opposed the final version.

THAT'S RICH: Trump got tax break meant for couples making $500K or less; Trump spox: It's NYC's 'error' -- Crain's Aaron Elstein: "Trump's income is low enough to qualify for a New York state property-tax break that most high-rollers don't get. It's called the STAR program, which stands for the New York State School Tax Relief Program and has been around since 1997. It offers an approximately $300 annual benefit for those who qualify. Hundreds of thousands of New York homeowners get it. Here's where it gets interesting for Trump: To be eligible for STAR, a married couple must have annual income of $500,000 or less. One wouldn't think a guy as rich as Trump claims to be would qualify, but records filed with the city's Department of Finance show he received a $302 STAR benefit on his latest property-tax bill for his Trump Tower penthouse on Fifth Avenue. Trump's campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, said the tax benefit was 'an error on the part of the city of New York' and that Trump received the benefit over the past three years even though he hadn't asked for it since 2009."

-- WSJ's Richard Rubin: "'Mr. Trump should not have received this benefit after the income limit law changed,' said Amy Spitalnick, a city spokeswoman. 'He should immediately return its value to state taxpayers.' Hope Hicks, a spokeswoman for Mr. Trump, said the error was the city's fault. She didn't reply to a question about whether Mr. Trump would refund the money."

DIVERSITY PUSH FOR NYC ELITE HIGH SCHOOLS -- News' Ben Chapman: "The state Senate's Independent Democratic Conference wants to pay for new gifted programs and tutoring in Big Apple public schools with the state budget that's being negotiated now. The group looks to fund outreach workers at each of the city's eight elite specialized high schools - including Manhattan's Stuyvesant High School and Brooklyn Technical High School - to help improve their dismal picture on diversity. ... The independent Dems' new education programs would cost $5.18 million per year and require the city to hire at least 40 new educators, a [State Senator Jeff] Klein spokeswoman said."

SHARPTON BACKS DE BLASIO'S AFFORDABLE HOUSING PLAN -- AP: The Rev. Al Sharpton is supporting New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio's much-debated rezoning plan. Sharpton told The Associated Press on Tuesday that New Yorkers of color have been "pushed out of neighborhoods they built" due to expensive development. The civil rights leader, often a de Blasio ally, praised the plan for its "tough new rules" on developers and protections for working families. He said he would "fight" for it to pass the City Council. De Blasio's administration and the council have been locked in negotiations over the requirements for affordable units. Some housing advocates believe the plan doesn't create enough apartments for the city's poorest residents. A council vote is expected this month.

-- Related: "Changes to 'sliver law' nixed from zoning negotiations, sources say," by POLITICO New York's Sally Goldenberg: "The de Blasio administration has agreed to scrap a proposal that would have undermined the so-called 'sliver law' as part of ongoing negotiations over its rezoning plans, which are set to be voted on by the City Council later this month. Multiple sources familiar with the intense, closed-door talks said City Hall will strike the provision from the Zoning for Quality and Affordability (ZQA) plan in a move to win over Manhattan members who want the existing sliver law to remain intact. The regulation was put in place to prevent tall, narrow buildings from being erected next to shorter adjacent buildings - a concern almost exclusively in Manhattan. The mayor's ZQA plan, which would overhaul the city's arcane zoning code to allow for more residential construction - and ultimately more affordable housing - included limiting the sliver law as one of dozens of proposals that are under negotiation with the council."

MEDIA MORNING - "Stellene Volandes Named Editor-in-Chief of Town & Country": "Volandes has been executive style director of Town & Country since 2014. She will continue to report to Jay Fielden, editorial director of Town & Country and incoming editor-in-chief of Esquire. The announcement was made by Hearst President and CEO Steven R. Swartz, and Hearst Magazines President David Carey."

DEEP DIVE - JANETTE SADIK-KHAN in NYMag, "The Bike Wars Are Over, and the Bikes Won," in an adaptation of "Streetfight: Handbook for an Urban Revolution": "We succeeded in building as many bike lanes after the bikelash as before it. The number of riders doubled from 2007 to 2013, representing a fourfold increase measured over a decade. We launched Citi Bike in the final months of our time in office. The system is in the process of doubling in size and has surpassed 25 million rides in less than three years, part of a quadrupling in bike ridership citywide since 2000. New York now has more than 1,000 miles of bike lanes ... None of the bike-lane opponents' predictions has come to pass. City streets have never been safer, more economically thriving, or offered more transportation options than they do today."

HOWARD WOLFSON interviewed by KATIE COURIC -- On the $1 billion price tag to get Bloomberg's name out there - "You know, obviously, we would've had to do an enormous amount of advertising. He was prepared to spend $1 billion on that to get his name out there... we said to him, 'You know, this might cost $1 billion to do this.' And he sort of looked at it, he goes, 'It's just a number.'"

KEITH OLBERMANN in WashPost, "I can't stand to live in a Trump building anymore": "Okay, Donnie, you win. I'm moving out. Not moving out of the country - not yet anyway. I'm merely moving out of one of New York's many buildings slathered in equal portions with gratuitous gold and the name 'Trump.' Nine largely happy years with an excellent staff and an excellent reputation (until recently, anyway) - but I'm out of here. I'm getting out because of the degree to which the very name 'Trump' has degraded the public discourse and the nation itself."

DAILY TRUMP -- "Trump on Nancy Reagan: 'She was never very beautiful,'" by Politico's Michael Kruse: "Earlier this week, after the death of Nancy Reagan, Donald Trump on Twitter called her 'the wife of a truly great President' and 'an amazing woman.' 'She will be missed!' he wrote. In 2004, though, Trump wasn't as enthusiastic about the wife of the 40th president and the Republican Party icon. 'She was never very beautiful,' he said ... toward the end of an interview longtime gossip columnist Liz Smith conducted with Trump in June of that year."

REAL ESTATE -- HISTORIC PRESERVATION-"East New York Buildings Threatened by Rezoning Could Become Landmarks," by DNAinfo's Camille Bautista: "Two historic buildings threatened with destruction under East New York's proposed rezoning are one step closer to being protected with landmark status. The Empire State Dairy complex on Atlantic and Schenck avenues was calendared for consideration by the city's Landmarks Preservation Commission on Tuesday. Under Mayor Bill de Blasio's plan to rezone East New York and bring thousands of affordable housing units to the neighborhood, the site which consists of several buildings 'could be demolished or substantially altered,' according to the proposal's Final Environmental Impact Statement."

TOWER POWER-"Salesforce plans takeover of MetLife Tower near Bryant Park," by Bloomberg News via Crain's: " Inc. is stepping up its presence in New York City with a plan that would give it naming rights to a Manhattan skyscraper. The developer of cloud-based business software said it will take space at 3 Bryant Park, a 41-story, 1.2 million-square-foot tower in midtown. Under the deal, the building would be renamed Salesforce Tower New York, and the company's logo would replace that of MetLife Inc. at the top of the property after the insurer leaves, said Elizabeth Pinkham, executive vice president for global real estate at San Francisco-based Salesforce. The company is expanding its operations around the world as it looks to bolster its reach with new customers."

STEPS TO AGREEMENT-"In 1WTC 'stair climb' kerfuffle, Port and Cuomo urge Durst to reconsider," by POLITICO New York's Dana Rubinstein: "Neither the chairman of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey nor Gov. Andrew Cuomo is pleased with the Durst Organization's effort to ban first responders from raising money by climbing One World Trade Center's stairs. On Monday, POLITICO New York reported that the Durst Organization, which co-owns One World trade with the Port Authority, would not allow a 'stair climb' by Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation, an organization named for a fireman who ran through the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel to the falling towers and then died. On Tuesday morning, John Degnan, the Gov. Chris Christie-appointed Port Authority chairman, emailed Douglas Durst, the chairman of the Durst Organization, urging him to reconsider."

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