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POLITICO New York Playbook: DE BLASIO's top deputy adjusts course -- NYPD cuts off discipline info -- NYT/CBS partnership in peril?

08/25/2016 07:26 AM EDT

By Azi Paybarah in Manhattan and Jimmy Vielkind in Albany, with Daniel Lippman and Addy Baird

THE SHORRIS MODEL - POLITICO New York's Dana Rubinstein and Sally Goldenberg: The City Hall structure set up by Mayor Bill de Blasio when he came to office in 2013 made first deputy mayor Tony Shorris "the man to whom virtually the entirety of city government would report to or liaise with. All deputy mayors, all agency heads, everyone...That structure, and Shorris in particular, would allow the de Blasio government to be 'streamlined,' 'effective,' and capable of making decisions 'very quickly.' The reality has not always lived up to the rhetoric. 'My job is to fix systems where they don't yield results we want,' [Shorris] said, in an interview. 'So we had to go back and fix what happened at Rivington. We made a bunch of changes. It won't happen again.' The question is whether those changes will produce a meaningful result.

NYPD STOPS SHARING POLICE DISCIPLINE INFO -- Daily News' Rocco Parascandola and Graham Rayman: "Citing a clause in a 40-year-old law, the NYPD has suddenly decided to keep records regarding the discipline of officers under lock and key - and will no longer release the information to the public, the Daily News has learned. Critics say the policy change flies in the face of openness claims by Police Commissioner Bill Bratton and Mayor de Blasio. Instead, it raises concerns that the outcomes of department trials could be cloaked in secrecy - even proceedings in headline-grabbing cases like the chokehold death of Eric Garner. ... For decades, reporters have had access to a "Personnel Orders" clipboard hanging in the department's public information office. It listed administrative cases closed out either by a plea deal or by an internal trial held at 1 Police Plaza. It also listed promotions and retirements."

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TABS -- Daily News: "HIDING BEHIND THE BADGE: NYPD ends making discipline info public; Cites obscure law to justify new secrecy; Critics last move as anti-transparency" -- Post: "HUNGER GAMES: DA made cops buy his meals" -- SEE THEM:

-- Newsday: "DEADLY QUAKE IN ITALY" -- Hamodia: "Qatari State Fund Buys Stake in NY's Empire State Building"

FREEBIES -- amNY: "FALL MOVIE PREVIEW" -- Metro: "PLAY & REPEAT: The new fall albums..." -- SEE THEM:

BROADSHEETS -- NYT, 1-col., above the fold: "Trump's Goal: Stay on Script About Clinton" -- WSJ, 1-col., above the fold: "Clinton Charity Rethinks Changes" -- SEE THEM:

QUOTE OF THE DAY: ""Mayor de Blasio will continue to trust and support our NYPD, and he'll continue to reject the divisive worldview of Donald Trump, Ray Kelly and Rudy Giuliani." -- Eric Phillips, press secretary for Mayor de Blasio, via POLITICO New York:

BONUS QUOTE: "Hillary Clinton is a bigot who sees people of color only as votes, not as human beings worthy of a better future." -- Donald Trump, via NYT's Nick Corasanti:

2017 CHATTER OF THE DAY: "I'll say this here, I'll say this anywhere: next year, I will be honored to have Gov. Andrew Cuomo's support for any position that I run for if he would give it to me." -- Ruben Diaz Jr., Bronx Borough President, via DNAinfo's Eddie Small:

STAT OF THE DAY -- 22: Number of kindergarten through second grade students suspended from NYC public school last year for weapons possession, via Chalkbeat's Alex Silverman:

ON THIS DAY in 1985 -- At 20 years old, Mets pitcher Dwight Gooden becomes the youngest pitcher in the MLB to win 20 games in one season. The Daily News on the historic win:

CUOMO SIGNS REFORM BILL - POLITICO New York's Bill Mahoney: More than two months after a message of necessity was used to hasten the passage of an end-of-session reform agreement, Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed the measure into law. There's now some clarity as to when its various provisions will take effect. The prohibitions on certain activities by independent expenditure committees will start in 30 days, and the new disclosure requirements in place for lobby clients will be in effect by next January's filing deadline. A regulation from the Joint Commission on Public Ethics is written to require many of these clients who haven't needed to disclose anything in the past to release names of donors from as far back as January. A requirement that people paid by campaign committees register with the Department of State will take effect in sixty days. In theory, this means it'll be on the books for the closing days of this year's election, though the DOS has yet to publish regulations detailing how this will work.


-- IMPERILLED POLL -- Morning Media has learned that the future of The New York Times/CBS News poll, one of America's oldest and most influential public opinion polls, is up in the air. At issue is the departure, after the 2016 election, of the Times' remaining veteran pollsters who worked with CBS. Two of them, Megan Thee-Brenan and Dalia Sussman, recently took voluntary buyout packages and will leave the Times at the end of the year. Another, former polling director Marjorie Connelly, who had worked in the unit for more than 20 years, took a buyout in 2014. CBS has indicated privately, according to a source familiar with the matter, that it is only interested in working with experienced, traditional pollsters at the Times.

Officially, sources said, CBS and the Times have not had any formal conversations about dissolving the 41-year-old polling partnership, which was the first such collaboration between two major U.S. news organizations. But there is growing speculation that they will go their separate ways after the election. Reached by phone Wednesday afternoon, CBS News polling director Sarah Dutton did not have a comment. Times spokeswoman Eileen Murphy said, "We remain committed, as we have always been, to high quality public opinion research and it's something that is being considered as we work on envisioning our future newsroom."

-- SHANE SMITH JUICES DISNEY SALE SPECULATION -- "It makes sense for them and it makes sense for us," the Vice Media chief told The Hollywood Reporter yesterday at the Edinburgh TV Festival. "And then I could finally say Rupert Murdoch doesn't f-ing own Vice."

More: "You've already seen huge consolidation this year, next year will be a bloodbath," Smith told reporters at the festival. "Fox has already made a bid for Time Warner, Apple has made a bid for Time Warner and also wants to buy Netflix. If Viacom continues its Shakespearean implosion -- which is a glory for me to watch -- we will have everyone snapping off bits.

In the next six months everyone is going to try and buy everyone else and we will be sitting there laughing our heads off."

-- WHAT DID LES MOONVES AND BILL DE BLASIO TALK ABOUT FOR 10 MINUTES ON JUNE 20? The New York mayor's June public schedule, released earlier this week, shows a 10-minute call with the CBS chief between 4:40 and 4:50 that afternoon. As my colleague on the City Hall beat, Laura Nahmias, points out, the last time the two men had a publicly documented phone chat was in 2014, when De Blasio was imploring Moonves to keep the "Late Show" in New York. Alas, the June 20 tête-a-tête remains a mystery for now. "Not commenting on the nature of the call," a City Hall flack told Laura. A rep for Moonves didn't respond to an email from Morning Media. In November, Moonves was one of more than a dozen media and tech bigwigs who had a meeting with De Blasio about ways the city could support their industries (

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POLICE SURVEILLANCE -- Ray Kelly blasts NYPD Inspector General's 'pathetic' report -- POLITICO New York's Azi Paybarah: Former police commissioner Ray Kelly, who built out the department's anti-terrorism capabilities after the 2001 terrorist attacks, said Wednesday a report by the Inspector General for the NYPD was "a pathetic attempt at another political hit job" by the mayor. "Maybe he thinks this will help him in the election," Kelly said on AM 970. Kelly, who has been talked about as a possible mayoral candidate next year, said he was "incensed" by the report, which criticized the NYPD for not re-authorizing surveillance and investigation techniques of political activists as mandated by the Handschu Agreement, guidelines that regulate police behavior regarding political activity. ... Kelly then took a swipe at the investigation commissioner, Mark s, whose office released the report and who previously was Mayor Bill de Blasio's campaign treasurer. Kelly said the report emphasized a minor, clerical error. "That's what you get when the commissioner of investigation is the chairman of your campaign finance committee."

DUFFY PUSHES FOR UPSTATE CAUCUS - Gannett's Jon Campbell: "A handful of business groups are urging upstate lawmakers to put aside their party enrollment and focus on their binding tie: Geography. Unshackle Upstate, a coalition of business organizations, is joining with its member groups to urge the creation of a caucus of state lawmakers who hail from north of New York City's suburbs to push for issues important to upstate. Former Lt. Gov. Robert Duffy, who now heads the Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce, endorsed the idea with an op-ed in the Rochester Business Journal this week after Unshackle Upstate first floated it on the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle's opinion page earlier this month. The vision laid out by the business groups calls for a single upstate caucus including members of both parties and both houses of the state Legislature. Duffy said the idea would be for the caucus to identify and push for two or three major issues each year in Albany, where the Senate and Assembly are currently led by lawmakers from Long Island and New York City, respectively."

AUDIT CRITIQUES STATE'S IT MAKEOVER - Times Union's Casey Seiler: "A new audit from the office of state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli found "significant deficiencies" in the "transformation" of information technology services at state agencies - a process that is now in its fourth year and remains ongoing. Indeed, the audit noted that officials at the Office of Information Technology Services changed their assessment of how long the transformation should take as the years went by. In March 2015, the agency's timeline was three to five years; by February 2016, it was 'up to a decade.' In assessing the course of the transformation, a move recommended by Gov. Andrew Cuomo's SAGE Commission, the audit found 'little or no evidence that many basic planning steps were performed.'"

2017 -- Diaz's donor, contract awardee -- Observer's Jill Jorgensen: "Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr ... received nearly $100,000 in donations connected to a Queens-based construction company that went on to be awarded $1.4 million from Diaz Jr.'s fiscal year 2011 capital budget to build an apartment building on vacant land on Pelham Parkway. (The company, MJM Construction, never received the money because the apartments were never built, and they no longer own the land, which is still slated for housing development.) Diaz Jr.'s office said the capital budget money, which is controlled entirely by the borough president's office, was allocated to MJM because they proposed a project-middle-income units, a spokesman said-in line with the office's goals, and said the developer was vetted by the Department of Housing Preservation and Development. ... While there's no evidence the donations and the capital allocation were connected, it's a stark example of what seems to be a universal truth of politics: many of those who donate to a politician will also seek approvals, money or contracts from those politicians once they're in office."

-- The Underdogs: Meet Democrat Josh Thompson and Republican Michel Faulkner -- WSJ's Mara Gay:

2018? -- "[I]t appears that Assemblyman Blake is looking beyond this September primary, and November general election, to a probable run for congress in two years." Bronx Voice's Robert Press:

EAT BEAT -- "Chicano Eatery and Art Gallery Gets 2nd Liquor License Denial," by DNA Info's Allegra Hobbs: "A Chicano restaurant and art gallery that secured a competitive start-up grant to launch has been shot down for the second time in its quest to secure a liquor license.

Community Board's 3's State Liquor Authority Subcommittee on Monday for the second time voted to deny a liquor license for Cholo Noir, a west-coast Mexican barbecue joint that would also showcase the work of local Latino artists, arguing the community could not afford another liquor-slinging establishment in an already booze-soaked area. Cholo Noir first appeared before Community Board 3's State Liquor Authority Subcommittee in June to request a full liquor license for its space at 503 E. Sixth St. The subcommittee at the time recommended to deny the license, stating there were not enough community benefits to warrant yet another license in a neighborhood already overrun with nightlife... If the State Liquor Authority decides to uphold the subcommittee's recommendation, said the owner, the business may have to prematurely shutter without the revenue from cocktail sales."

EXTRA, EXTRA -- "The Met Museum Extends Hours for the Final Weekend of 'Manus x Machina,'" by NYT's Joshua Barone: "The Metropolitan Museum of Art has just added a little more time to see 'Manus x Machina: Fashion in the Age of Technology.' Six hours, to be exact. On Sept. 2 and 3, during the exhibition's final weekend, the Met will keep its doors open until midnight, an extra three hours. The museum's other galleries will be closed, but the exhibition, the Great Hall Balcony Bar - and the "Manus x Machina" exhibition shop, of course - will be open for business. This adds to the already prolonged farewell to the show, which explores the convergence of couture and technology and was originally slated to close on Aug. 14."

EXTRA SHOW -- Gersh Kuntzman's "Murder at the Food Coop" will play an extra show at the Flamboyan Theater at the Clemente, on August 28. DETAILS:

GOING OUR WAY? -- "The NYC subway may have limited mobile ticketing as soon as next year," by The Verge's Andrew J. Hawkins: "Earlier this year, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority said it hoped to have its new mobile, high-tech fare payment system for the New York City subway installed by 2020. But e-ticketing may be coming to the nation's largest rapid transit system sooner than we thought. That's because two companies, Mastercard and Boston-based Masabi, are currently in talks with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to expand their recently launched e-ticketing app for the agency's commuter rail lines to New York City's subway system as soon as next year.

The plan is to install thousands of e-readers in hundreds of subway stations to allow Metro North and Long Island Rail Road passengers who bought their tickets online using the MTA's eTix app to seamlessly transfer onto the subway system. To be sure, this is not the major overhaul that the MTA put out for bidding earlier this year. However it would represent a significant step toward the agency's ultimate goal to replace the iconic MetroCard with a more high-tech fare payment system."

REAL ESTATE, with POLITICO New York's Sally Goldenberg:

ANOTHER HOUSING OBSTACLE FOR DE BLASIO'S PLAN? -- POLITICO New York's Emily Julia Roche: In another possible blow to Mayor Bill de Blasio's plan to include mandatory below market rate housing in new residential developments, City Councilman Corey Johnson said Wednesday he "will not approve a project that does not adequately serve the needs of the community that I am elected to represent."

"Significant underfunding and capital needs would persist even following the infusion from the private transaction contemplated by this proposed project," Johnson said during a City Planning Commission hearing. He was referring to the purchase of Pier 40's air rights for the St. John's Terminal warehouse complex from the Hudson River Park Trust, a joint city-state partnership that manages the park. Johnson's statements come at the same time similar projects are facing opposition from Council members in districts where developments with affordable housing components are going through the land use process, including Inwood and Sunnyside, Queens. Traditionally, if a development requires a rezoning, and the Council member in whose district the development will be built does not support the proposal, the Council votes it down.

AIRBNB'S IMPACT ON RENT - FiveThirtyEight's Ariel Stulberg: "Airbnb and other short-term rental platforms have been a boon to travelers in recent years, offering lodging that is cheaper, better located or more interesting than traditional hotels. But as such platforms have grown, housing advocates have become increasingly concerned that what's good for visitors is bad for residents - that as more landlords rent out their units to out-of-towners on Airbnb instead of offering them to locals to live in, they are exacerbating already severe housing shortages in cities such as New York and San Francisco, driving up rents. Airbnb and its backers dispute that charge, arguing that most spaces offered on its platform would otherwise be vacant. Figuring out who's right has been difficult, because Airbnb has released only extremely limited reservation data. But a FiveThirtyEight analysis of Airbnb booking and revenue data provided by consulting firm Airdna gives the most rigorous look to date at how many units Airbnb could be taking off the rental market nationwide. It shows that Airbnb's impact is probably still small in most cities, but it also shows that a disproportionately large share of the company's revenue comes from the listings that most worry its critics - homes that are rented out for a large portion of the year. That could give the company an incentive to focus on increasing such listings as it grows - something some experts believe may already be happening."

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BIRTHDAYS: Assemblywoman Pamela Harris of Brooklyn ... Republican congressional candidate John Faso, a former minority leader of the New York State Assembly and 2006 Republican gubernatorial nominee ... Steve Levy, the former Suffolk County Executive ... Andrew Moesel, former reporter for the Queens Tribune who later worked for Democratic consultant Hank Sheinkopf ... actor Sean Connery, aka, the original 007 ... television chef Rachel Ray, a native of Glen Falls, NY ...alt rocker Elvis Costello ... Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford ...and Ivan the Terrible, the first czar of Russia.

THE HOME TEAMS -- POLITICO New York's Howard Megdal: Cardinals 8, Mets 1: Jacob deGrom got knocked around, while Carlos Martinez is one of the best pitchers in baseball and has his velocity back. So: a mismatch.

-- Yankees 5, Mariners 0: Seven shutout innings for Masahiro Tanaka and another home run for Gary Sanchez who, as previously mentioned, is very much for real.

-- The day ahead: The Mets are in St. Louis. And might I remind you to listen to Fordham's own Vin Scully call Dodgers games while you still can. This is his 67th and final season. And he is the best there ever was.

#UpstateAmerica: A man dressed as a combination of Batman and Captain America evaded authorities after stealing beer from a mini-mart in Salamanca.

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