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POLITICO New York Playbook, presented by Nuclear Matters: CLINTON ratchets up NY campaign -- NYPD probed -- JUAN GONZALES leaves News

04/05/2016 07:20 AM EDT

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

CLINTON TOURS NEW YORK:

-- MANHATTAN: Monday was a day of positive reinforcement for Gov. Andrew Cuomo. The morning that he signed legislation that will bring New York City's minimum wage to $15 an hour over several years and institute a partially paid family leave policy, President Barack Obama issued a statement commending him, and tweeted out his laurels for good measure: "Nobody should have to choose between losing a paycheck & caring for their family. I applaud @NYGovCuomo for taking a big step on paid leave" ... As Cuomo waited in the wings, speaker after speaker heaped praise upon him. When finally he emerged victorious onto the stage, Hillary Clinton strode beside him, to the thump of Bon Jovi's "Work for the Working Man." "We owe the governor a huge debt of gratitude," said Clinton. "But I also really appreciate that what the governor did shows the way to getting an increased minimum wage at the federal level." http://politi.co/1N5AGis

-- NY1'S Errol Louis will be one of three moderators along with Wolf Blitzer and Dana Bash at an April 14 debate between Clinton and Sanders at the Duggal Greenhouse in Brooklyn Navy Yard. http://bit.ly/1N5ALmb

-- ALBANY: Clinton ratcheted up her attacks on Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders' gun control record Monday, telling a private gathering of state legislators near the State Capitol that many of the guns used by New York criminals come across the border from the Green Mountain State. "She said she wants to work to get illegal guns off the street and said it's been part of her work as an elected official to strengthen laws to keep America safe. She said that it's going to be coming out in the very near future that many of the catastrophes that have taken human lives in the State of New York have been the product of guns coming over the border from Vermont," said State Sen. Tim Kennedy, a Democrat from Buffalo. "That's the first I heard it. I think it caught everybody's attention and we're looking forward to learning more about it." http://politi.co/1N5AGyW

-- COHOES: Clinton continued her New York tour Monday evening with a rally in this former Erie Canal manufacturing hub that is arguably the most typical upstate municipality in the Capital Region. Much of the speech Clinton gave at a rally at a high school in Cohoes could have been delivered from any stage in the country. The topics that she focused on for most of her nearly 40-minute appearance, such as health care, student debt, climate change and Donald Trump, were national in scope and sounded well-rehearsed. But she did occasionally wade into issues of local interest, including economic development and the water crisis in nearby Hoosick Falls. http://politi.co/1N5A5gF

-- DE BLASIO AND HILLARY -- WSJ's Josh Dawsey: "Mr. de Blasio and Mrs. Clinton's campaign are planning an event before the primary, and the mayor often chats with Robby Mook, Mrs. Clinton's campaign manager, a spokesman for Mrs. Clinton said. On Tuesday, Mr. de Blasio's wife, Chirlane McCray, is scheduled to headline a 'Women for Hillary' town-hall meeting in Brooklyn. But the mayor finds himself again facing questions about his relationship with Mrs. Clinton. The mayor told political allies-many of whom backed Mr. Sanders-that he agreed with Mr. Sanders on many economic issues but he didn't have the experience to be president." http://goo.gl/JbovUE

-- @Azi: "to me, seems like BDB's most meaningful role in 2016 isn't hitting Trump, but luring @BernieSanders supporters to HRC." https://goo.gl/jqesXB

-- SANDERS TALKS WITH THE NEWS: Read the Daily News Editorial Board transcript: http://nydn.us/1V5HZ1b

-- MM-V HITS SANDERS ON IMMIGRATION: City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito joined some of the country's top Latino lawmakers on Monday to charge that Sen. Bernie Sanders wasn't there for the Latino community when they needed him most. Speaking to reporters on a conference call coordinated by Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign, with the calendar pushing toward New York State's April 19 primary, Mark-Viverito and U.S. Reps. Nydia Velázquez, Luis Gutiérrez and Ruben Gallego knocked Sanders for his "terrible, miserable record" on immigration and accused him of only wanting to curry favor with Latinos now that he's running for president. "The question Latinos have to ask themselves is - 'where was Senator Sanders when we needed him the most?' - He has not been there for us," Velázquez said. "The truth is, at the moment when immigrants were being demonized, Sanders was playing for the wrong team and being with us today does not make up for the years of absence." POLITICO New York's Gloria Pazmino: http://politi.co/1RVeDze

-- Wage fight: "Hillary just headlined a rally for a cause she doesn't believe in ... Clinton believes in a $12 federal minimum wage, not $15. Indeed, in her 'victory' speech Clinton was careful to pledge only to achieve 'an increased minimum wage at the federal level' - a phrase with less ring to it than 'Fight for $15.'" Nicole Gelinas in the Post: http://goo.gl/9E0gxG

** 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. **

TABS -- Post: "Corruption bombshell: FEDS PROBE NYPD: Cops' shady links eyed" -- Daily News: "FAIR-PAY PHONY! Sanders camp rips 'poser' Hil for horning in on gov's historic $15 minimum wage victory" -- amNY: "IT'S ON IN BROOKLYN: Hillary, Bernie agree to April 14 King County debate" -- SEE THEM: https://goo.gl/CoZRMN

-- Hamodia: "Cuomo Signs minimum Wage Law: Invokes call for economic justice of his late father, Gov. Mario Cuomo" -- Newsday: "DEADLY DWI CRASH: BROKEN HEARTS: Beloved LI couple killed when alleged drunk driver hits their pickup" -- El Diario [translated]: #OneNYC; vulnerable neighborhoods

FRONT PAGES -- NYT, 1-col., below the fold: "Cruz is Fuming Because Kusch Won't Bow Out" -- WSJNY, 4-col., above the fold: "Mayor Vies for Role in Race" -- SEE THEM: https://goo.gl/a1MG8m

QUOTE OF THE DAY: "I think what she has basically said is, not to expect bold change from her." -- Bernie Sanders to the Daily News editorial board: http://goo.gl/vQvckQ

HAPPY BIRTHDAY: Assemblyman John McDonald, Post police reporter Tina Moore, David Hill, a Bush 43 Commerce and Treasury Dept. alum now at JP Morgan (h/t Sergio Rodriguera, Jr.), Ben Rosenbaum, senior legislative assistant for Rep. Dina Titus (D-Nev.) and a Kirsten Gillibrand alum ... NYT senior staff editor Jillian Rayfield, a Salon and TPM alum.

LATE-NIGHT BEST - JOHN OLIVER on congressional fundraising - "Lawmakers have to raise money to keep their jobs, but a surprising amount of their job now consists of raising money. John Oliver sits down with Congressman Steve Israel to discuss the costs of political spending." Video http://bit.ly/1qr5w06

--"John Oliver Sticks It To 'A**hole' Yankees By Selling 25-Cent Tickets" - 4-min. video http://huff.to/1S5XIXO

BHARARA WANTS AT LEAST 12 YEARS FOR SKELOS - POLITICO New York's Colby Hamilton: Federal prosecutors asked a judge on Monday to sentence former state Senate majority leader Dean Skelos to at least 12 years in prison, following his conviction in February on eight counts of public corruption charges, and asked that Skelos' son, Adam, be sentenced to more than 10 years. Attorneys in the office of U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara recommended District Court Judge Kimba Wood sentence Skelos to between 151 and 188 months in prison, while suggesting 121 to 151 months for Adam Skelos, who was convicted alongside his father. The 42-page sentencing memorandum comes after requests by defense lawyers that the two be sentenced to community service, rather than face jail time. In blunt terms, prosecutors argued that imprisonment was necessary to address "the egregiousness of the crimes, the duration of the conduct, and the lucrativeness of the schemes," in order to convey "the abiding damage to the democratic process and to the public trust." http://politi.co/1UENbJJ

NO GOOD DEED-"Mayor said he would have blocked Rivington deal," by POLITICO New York's Sally Goldenberg and Laura Nahmias: "Mayor Bill de Blasio said he never would have allowed a nursing home to turn into luxury condos had his administration informed him of the land use deal. The agency that oversaw the deal apparently never told anyone in City Hall when it allowed the deed to the property to be changed in late 2015, spokeswoman Karen Hinton said. And his first deputy mayor, Tony Shorris, did not inform him in February when he first learned the city was freezing deed restriction changes. 'As far as I know, no one in [the] mayor's office knew about the lifting of the deed restriction in 2015 except, of course, the Mayor's Office of Contract Services general counsel who signs off in a very pro forma way,' Hinton added. ... The controversy involves the city's highest-grossing lobbyist, a mystery about the conversion of a health center to high-end condos and an obscure land use process. It is also a source of frustration for a mayor who, by all accounts, strives to be deeply involved in the workings of his administration. (Many describe him as a micromanager.) Asked on Monday whether he would have preferred city officials to keep him informed about the deal, the mayor replied, 'If they had informed me I would've said 'don't do it,' so the answer is yes.'" http://politi.co/1owVIQO

SIREN -- "FBI investigating NYPD for alleged 'gifts-for-favors' scandal," by Post's Shawn Cohen: "The FBI is investigating suspected NYPD corruption focusing on the relationship between two politically connected businessmen and a slew of officers throughout the ranks ... The feds are grilling about 20 cops - including three deputy chiefs and the head of the Upper East Side's 19th Precinct - over gifts and foreign trips that the businessmen may have doled out to them in exchange for favors ... The investigation began with an unrelated deal-gone-awry involving the two businessmen - Mayor de Blasio buddies Jona Rechnitz and Jeremy Reichberg ... They gave a large sum of money to a third party who was supposed to buy discounted liquor for them to sell at a profit, but investors lost their money and the feds opened a fraud probe." http://nyp.st/1USlDAS

YIKES -- "There Were 900 Slashings and Stabbings in the City in 2016, NYPD Says," by DNAinfo's Ben Fractenberg: "Stabbings and slashings were up 20 percent during the first months of 2016, officials said Monday. The number of Felony assaults shot up in the first three months of 2016, driven mostly by a spike in stabbings and slashings, which were up to 899 through March 31, compared with 746 in 2015." http://dnain.fo/1N667t1

MEDIA MORNING - Trump and the Observer: " New York Observer Editor Ken Kurson read and provided input on a draft of Donald Trump's speech last month to a pro-Israel lobbying group, a role that raises questions of conflict of interest given that he also oversees election coverage. On the afternoon of March 21, Trump told reporters that his son-in-law Jared Kushner, a real estate developer, owner of the New York Observer and Orthodox Jew, had helped prepare his speech to be given that night at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee conference. The Observer's report on the speech included the Republican presidential candidate's comments about Kushner's role, but didn't mention any involvement on the part of Kurson. Observer senior politics editor Jill Jorgensen said in a statement that the paper's editorial staffers, including Kurson, would not be permitted going forward to provide any input for the benefit of the Trump campaign. Jorgensen also said Observer journalists should be able to cover Trump 'in the same way they cover every other candidate in the presidential race.'" Huffington Post's Michael Calderone: http://huff.to/1UROCVt

-- "Behind Donald Trump, a son-in-law who is also an adviser," by Reuters' Emily Flitter: "Jared Kushner, a 35-year-old real estate investor and newspaper owner ... has emerged as one of a very few advisers as Trump seeks the Republican nomination ... At times Kushner has urged Trump to behave like a more traditional candidate, stressing the importance of building relationships with politicians and traditionally active donors ... They also say Kushner can use friendships like the ones he has with media mogul Rupert Murdoch and billionaire Ronald Perelman as a bridge to influential people with whom his father-in-law is not close." http://reut.rs/1S5XdwK

--"The New Yorker Tests Readers' Willingness to Pay Up," by WSJ's Jeffrey Trachtenberg: "The initial risk when the weekly literary publication implemented a metered paywall in November 2014 was that Web traffic would falter, and with it, digital advertising dollars. ... Instead of deterring readers, the number of unique visitors rose to 9.7 million in October 2015 from 5.5 million a year earlier, the month before the paywall was implemented ... The New Yorker's print and digital subscriptions rose 2.5% to 1.04 million in the second half of 2015 ... [A] spokeswoman for the New Yorker said its operating profit in 2015 rose 35% on a revenue gain of 1.7%." http://on.wsj.com/1TyILmh

-- Per Gorkana: "Juan Gonzalez has resigned from the New York Daily News as a veteran Columnist after twenty-nine years. He will remain Co-Host of the daily, independent news program Democracy Now!, and his future plans include working on a book about New York politics and teaching journalism at Rutgers University next January. Juan has been recognized for his contributions at the NYDN with two George Polk Awards in 1998 and 2010."

BLOOMBERG ALUMNI -- "The speech the technology industry won't hear from any candidate... but should," by Bradley Tusk in Techcrunch: "The issues that impact technology and startup entrepreneurs are issues nearly everyone faces, nearly every day. Issues like worker classification and national security have captured national attention, but not the eyes of presidential candidates. Not one of the 2016 presidential candidates stands out when it comes to ensuring that common sense technology and entrepreneurship policy will prevail." http://tcrn.ch/1V5PIwi

HOT VIDEO - From Clinton Foundation's Facebook page: "A student at #CGIU 2016 asks President Bill Clinton: 'What would you tell your 20-year-old self that many of us in the audience can also use in our lives?'" 1-min. video http://bit.ly/1RVAZAw

HILLARY HQ PIX -- "Hillary Clinton's Brooklyn campaign headquarters: Inside her quirky NYC office," by AMNY's Jamie Reysen: "The colorful delegate tracker shows Clinton's pledged delegates in blue, far outpacing Sanders' delegates, shown in pink, and it's one of many visual walls that seem geared toward inspiring Clinton's campaign staff. A wall that says 'Hillary for' is littered with Post-its that declare 'Girls,' 'Jobs,' 'NYC' and more. Another is decorated with photos of Clinton and her celebrity supporters, from Leonardo DiCaprio to Beyonce to Bellamy Young, who plays former first lady and presidential hopeful Mellie Grant on 'Scandal.'" 11 Hillary HQ pix on one page http://bit.ly/1W7Uau5

WATCHING WASHINGTON: "Cory Booker Readies for Bigger Moves In the Senate" -- WNYC's John O'Connor: http://goo.gl/dNYDAO

ON SALE NOW -- "Andy Warhol's First NYC Studio Hits Market For $10M," by DNAinfo's Shaye Weaver: "Andy Warhol's first New York City studio was an abandoned, two-story firehouse on East 87th Street that he rented for $150 a month. Now the same building is up for sale for $10 million, according to Cushman & Wakefield, the real estate company brokering the listing. Warhol used the 5,000-square-foot, red firehouse at 159 E. 87th St. - a short walk to the Guggenheim Museum and the Metropolitan Museum of Art - as his first studio outside of his home and it's likely where he created his 'Disaster' series." http://dnain.fo/1RBtGiO

REAL ESTATE -- SHELL SHOCK-"Revealed: The NYC real estate players identified in the Panama Papers leak," by The Real Deal staff: "The Panama Papers - the largest document leak in history - reveal how those operating at the highest levels of wealth and power make use of shadowy offshore shell companies and tax havens. The list includes entities connected to the likes of China's Xi Jinping and Russia's Vladimir Putin, and, according to an analysis by The Real Deal, a number of prominent real estate figures who ply their trade in New York. Stonehenge Partners, Hirokuni Honzawa of Hiro Real Estate, M1 Real Estate, Scott Alper and James Stomber of the Witkoff Group, and nearly two dozen members of the Nakash family appear in the trove, alongside hundreds of politicians, superstar athletes, criminals, and businesspeople from around the world." http://bit.ly/1ox1DFm

FLAT FEAT-"Flatiron Building, Admired but Rarely Copied, Inspires Developers," by Times' Matt A.V. Chaban: "New York is awash with architectural imitators: the rows of identical 19th-century brownstones, the spires and setbacks of the Art Deco era, the Seagram Building knockoffs strewn around Midtown Manhattan in the 1960s and '70s, the luxury fishbowls rising now. Yet one of the city's favorite landmarks, the Flatiron Building, with its prow looming over Broadway and Madison Square Park, has been rarely copied. At least, not until now. ... 'The lots that determine the Flatiron shape have previously been avoided since the resultant interiors are unusual and not easy to market,' Patrice Derrington, director of the Center for Urban Real Estate at Columbia University, wrote last week in an email. 'However, 'as needs be' developers are attending to these less favorable sites, as they eke out every last possibility.'" http://nyti.ms/1owWzAZ

MESS TRANSIT-"Planners: Full L tunnel closure makes the most sense," by POLITICO New York's Dana Rubinstein: "At some point in 2018 or 2019, the MTA will finally get around to repairing the damage to the L train tubes wrought by Hurricane Sandy. Its three options to do so include shutting down the tubes entirely for 18 or so months (including, perhaps, eliminating L train service in Manhattan), closing one tunnel at a time and thereby lessening, but also prolonging the pain, or building a new tunnel to create redundancy while repairing the existing ones. No one familiar with the MTA considers the latter a credible option, because the MTA is cash-strapped and bad at building mega-projects. Nor do they consider it worth the cost. In the debate about the other two options, the Regional Plan Association is taking a side." http://politi.co/1owULrD

-"Industry heavyweights eye a piece of Penn Station's $3 billion redevelopment," by Crain's Daniel Geiger: "A $3 billion plan to renovate Penn Station has attracted some of the city's biggest developers. Several large real estate landlords and builders-including Boston Properties, Brookfield, Related Cos., Silverstein Properties, Tishman Speyer and Vornado Realty Trust-attended a tour of the transit hub on Feb. 25 ... The state agency is overseeing a request for proposals to solicit a developer to improve the station with new retail, upgraded interior spaces and better entrances, including a plan to potentially relocate the Theater at Madison Square Garden and create a large glass opening to the station along Eighth Avenue." http://bit.ly/1owZsBP

OPERA BREAK -- "Kathleen Battle to return to the Metropolitan Opera," by AP's Ronald Blum: "Kathleen Battle is returning to the Metropolitan Opera, 22 years after the company fired her and publicly accused her of 'unprofessional actions.' Battle, who will be 68 in August, is scheduled to sing a recital on Nov. 13 titled, 'Underground Railroad-A Spiritual Journey,' the company said Monday. ... Battle made her Met debut in 1977 and was a favorite of music director James Levine. She walked off the stage during rehearsals in 1993 after battling with conductor Christian Thielemann over tempo and canceled five scheduled performances as Sophie in Richard Strauss' 'Der Rosenkavalier.'" http://yhoo.it/1RBtAYg

THE HOME TEAMS -- POLITICO New York's Howard Megdal: Villanova and North Carolina concluded the best NCAA championship game ever with a Kris Jenkins buzzer-beater to give the Wildcats a 77-74 win and their second national title.

-- The day ahead: either Breanna Stewart of North Syracuse will become the first college player to win four national titles in four years with Connecticut, or Syracuse will pull off the greatest upset in the history of women's basketball.

That's a lot of superlatives. And they're all true.

-- The Yankees also open their season at home against the Astros, and the Mets are in Kansas City.

#UpstateAmerica: Jon Stewart visited Frank Lee, a bull he rescued, at a farm sanctuary in Watkins Glen. http://bit.ly/201ycsK

** A Message from Nuclear Matters: New York's existing nuclear energy plants provide 61 percent of the state's carbon-free electricity and play a vital role in achieving our clean-energy and carbon-reduction goals. Additional premature retirements of safe, reliable nuclear energy plants mean New Yorkers would pay more for electricity, the economy would suffer and we would face substantially higher carbon emissions.

New York has taken an essential step forward to address the premature closures of our nuclear energy plants. The proposed development of a Clean Energy Standard by the Public Service Commission would, for the first time, ensure that existing nuclear plants are valued for their carbon-free attributes.

We urge the state to include all of New York's existing nuclear energy plants, regardless of their geography in the state, in the proposed Clean Energy Standard. All nuclear energy facilities bring significant reliability and clean-air benefits to New York. Learn more: NuclearMatters.com. **

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