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POLITICO New York Playbook: DE BLASIO'S (Election-year) Speech in Harlem -- ICE RAIDS throughout NYC -- CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE Season in Albany

02/13/2017 07:00 AM EDT

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

ICE CONFIRMS 40 ARRESTED AS PART OF RAIDS IN NYC - Gothamist's Emma Whitford: "Immigration and Customs Enforcement has conducted dozens of operations in the metropolitan area in the last week and arrested approximately 40 people, according to a leaked ICE memo acquired and published by the New York Immigration Coalition. The leak comes on the heels of reports Saturday night that ICE had arrested and detained five men of Mexican nationality in Staten Island. Reports of ICE activity in the five boroughs also follow a week of heightened tension among immigrant communities and activists, with confirmation of raids and targeted arrests in at least six states including California, the Carolinas, Georgia, and Illinois. Advocates based in Hudson, New York also confirmed at least four people detained by ICE this month. While ICE has issued statements describing the arrests as 'routine,' advocates say they are troubled by the pace and scale of ICE operations, which they believe may indicate President Donald Trump is firing up the deportation machine. ... According to the ICE memo, the 'vast majority' of the arrests, 'nearly 95%,' were of people with pre-existing criminal convictions. The memo describes the actions as 'routine, daily targeted operations' conducted to arrest 'public safety threats,' including individuals who have been deported previously, or have criminal or gang convictions. The memo, which does not include details on specific operations within the five boroughs, also emphasizes that the arrests were not large-scale raids or sweeps, calling such reports 'false, dangerous and irresponsible.'" Read more.

-- FIVE ARRESTED AND DETAINED BY ICE ON STATEN ISLAND - POLITICO New York's Laura Nahmias: Five people were arrested and detained by federal immigration agents on Staten Island over the course of the past week as part of what immigration advocacy organization Make the Road New York said was evidence of President Donald Trump's administration "doubling down on its war against immigrant communities." It was not immediately clear whether the people said to be detained as part of the raids are people who would have not been arrested by immigration officials under the policies of the previous presidential administration, or whether the raids represent an increase in enforcement efforts on Staten Island. Read more.

DE BLASIO ANNOUNCES RIGHT TO COUNSEL INITIATIVE -- POLITICO New York's Gloria Pazmino: Tenants facing eviction proceedings in New York City Housing Court will have free universal access to legal services under a new $93 million city allocation announced by Mayor Bill de Blasio and City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito on Sunday. The funding would be phased in over the next five years, making New York City the biggest city in the country to offer universal access including free legal advice to all tenants in housing court and full legal representation for low-income tenants. The city estimates at least 400,000 people would be served by the program every year when it's fully implemented. De Blasio and Mark-Viverito made the announcement at an affordable housing rally in the Upper West Side.

As de Blasio enters his re-election campaign, the move could help to appease critics that his affordable housing plan is not moving fast enough, specifically those who say the city has not gone far enough to protect affordable housing. "To anyone being forced out of their home or neighborhood, we are fighting for you," de Blasio said Sunday. "This is still your city."

The City Council is expected to draw up legislation to write the program and funding into law.

The new funding would be in addition to the city's current $62 million per year allocation to expand legal services for tenants, which first launched in 2014. City officials said the funding will be phased in over the next five years, beginning with $15 million in Fiscal Year 2018, and reaching $93 million by 2022. Free legal representation in court would be available to New Yorkers whose household income is below $50,000 - 200 percent of the federal poverty level for a family of four. Legal counseling would be available to those who make more money. Read more.

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TONIGHT -- NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio gives his State of the City speech in Harlem tonight. At least one group is expected to protest, because of "de Blasio's commitment to Broken Windows policing." NYT reporter J. David Goodman said, "In a lot of ways, the speech is an election of 2017 speech."

TABS -- Post, main: "BEGGING FOR TROUBLE: DeB legal fund hit as ethics trap" - top: "Pol on Oakley: 'Like Garner without choke'" -- News: "WAVE OF FEAR: Immigs around city keep out of sight after deport raids" -- SEE THEM

-- Newsday: "NASSAU COPS EXPAND TOOLS TO FIGHT CRIME" -- El Diario [translated[: They condemn raids -- SEE THEM

FREEBIES -- Metro: "RIGGED? An inside look at how easy (and difficult) it is to fix pro sports games in America" -- amNY: "THE BRONX IS UP: How boro is poised to be real estate's next big thing" -- SEE THEM

BROADSHEETS -- WSJ, 1-col., above the fold: "Flynn's Position Grows Tenuous" -- NYT, 2-col., above the fold: "Tensions and Chaos Rattle National Security Council" -- 4-col., below the fold: "Slide in New York Subway's Service Leave Straphangers Fuming" -- SEE THEM

MAGAZINES -- City & State NY: "DE BLASIO'S NEW YORK" -- Crains: "Lights, Camera, Catering" -- SEE THEM

GILLIBRAND ON 2020: "No, I am running for Senate. I'm running for Senate in 2018," she told John Catsimatidis Sunday on his radio show "Cats Roundtable" on 970 AM in New York. "And I really love my job and I feel like I can make a huge difference for New Yorkers, fighting for them."

QUOTE OF THE DAY: "I saw this as Eric Garner without the chokehold." -- Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, on Charles Oakley's ejection from MSG. Read more.

BONUS QUOTE: "I said these kids need someone to empty their heart out to, someone to tell what they're feeling and to get out of their system when a mother or father is not available. I told the principal those kids need spiegare." ~ Matilda Cuomo to Paul Grondahl, who caught up with her after she was inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame

ON THIS DAY in 1977 -- "Guys and Dolls" closes after a run at the Broadway Theatre. See the Playbill.

CUOMO'S M.T.A. CUT -- Daily News' Dan Rivoli: "The suffering subway, bus and rail system may have less money to move New Yorkers. A line tucked deep in Gov. Andrew Cuomo's executive budget from last month calls for a $65 million cut to a chunk of money the state gives to the MTA - down to $244 million from $309 million last year. The 21% cut, if it survives the budget process, would hit the MTA at a time when commuters are fuming over frequent delays, spotty service, overcrowding and constant fare hikes . 'If Gov. Cuomo wants to take credit for opening the Second Ave. subway, he also has to take responsibility of the day-to-day operations in the rest of the subway system,' said John Raskin, director of the Riders Alliance." Read more.

ANOTHER CUOMO PAY TO PLAY REPORT -- Times Union's Chris Bragg: "When Cuomo announced $1.5 billion in grants last March to fund health care capital and infrastructure improvement projects, only eight of the 162 grants went to private businesses. By far the biggest winner of the private firms was Crystal Run Healthcare LLP, a rapidly expanding company based in the Hudson Valley that seemed flush with cash even before $25.4 million in state subsidies arrived. ... Crystal Run Healthcare LLP, its top executives and Teitelbaum's wife have given at least $400,000 to Cuomo's campaign committee since 2011, according to campaign finance records. That includes a flurry of 10 $25,000 donations between Oct. 29 and 30, 2013. The contributions were made two months before Cuomo announced a plan to use more than $1 billion in state funds for capital projects, including the ones built by Crystal Run. Of the donors who gave over the two-day period, seven of the Crystal Run executives or doctors had not given a campaign donation in a New York election for at least a decade. ... In a statement, Cuomo spokesman Rich Azzopardi said, 'No donation of any size impacts a government action, period, and it is both irresponsible and a disservice to the Times Union's readers to imply otherwise.'" Read more.


-- IS IT APPROPRIATE FOR ANDREW SULLIVAN TO BE WRITING THAT TRUMP IS A HEAD CASE? "I'm a human being, and I can tell if someone is saying things that we know not to be true and never corrects it," the veteran political blogger and columnist told Brian Stelter when asked this question on CNN's "Reliable Sources" yesterday. "God knows, I wish I weren't here having to say this. No one wants to be here saying this. I don't want to believe the president of the United States is just delusional or cannot accept reality -- of course, not. It pains me. It gives me great pain and concern and distress. But at some point, being a writer or a journalist requires one to simply say what one is seeing in front of one's eyes. And sometimes, you have to say that in plain English." Full clip.

-- PROTIP: If you wanna get an audience with the president, go on TV. POLITICO's Hadas Gold reports : "Seemingly every morning brings another series of tweets from the president responding to what he watched on television. ... These tweets ... have been noticed by powerful people, who are now scrambling to get on the TV programs that the commander-in-chief watches faithfully every day. Senior staffers on Capitol Hill say morning hits on 'Morning Joe' and 'Fox & Friends' are 'hotter' gets. One Republican strategist who has worked on presidential campaigns said he now advises clients to promote their message in outlets the president is watching."

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GETTING ARRESTED -- POLITICO New York's Jimmy Vielkind: The legislative session is slowly gaining steam, marked by a lingering tension between Cuomo and lawmakers. But this year stands out for another reason: civil disobedience. Four times in the last six weeks, demonstrations at the Capitol have ended in arrests. The numbers are small - fewer than a dozen people - and the issues vary. The events have been organized by VOCAL-NY , a two-decade-old advocacy group that was founded to help people with AIDS. VOCAL-NY co-director Jeremy Saunders said the current political climate inspired his organization's in-your-face approach. "We are emboldened by the recent elections," he said. "The loss of Hillary Clinton was a wake-up call: you told us we had to wait ... your strategy was wrong." ... "If those are their issues, it's insane their bad performance art is aimed at an administration that is fighting to ensure millionaires don't get a tax break, that indigent legal services is extended statewide and -- unlike the previous proposal -- is actually funded and is pushing the Legislature to sign the homeless MOU that we signed months ago," said Cuomo spokesman Rich Azzopardi. "If they have other motivations, maybe we'll get an idea what they are once the new disclosure rules kick in." Read more.

HHC LAYS OFF 70 WORKERS -- New York Post's Melissa Klein: "The ailing city Health and Hospitals system just axed 70 workers despite a restructuring report issued in April that promised no layoffs. Some of those cut worked at the flagship Bellevue Hospital Center where staffers said the layoffs came without warning last week. 'They call you up and say come to HR and the next thing you know, you're being escorted out,' one staffer said of her pink slip.

One insider said 15 Bellevue employees were cut, but administrators for the hospital system would not provide details on where the layoffs took place. 'Our senior managers identified approximately 70 redundant managerial level, non-clinical positions that are no longer essential and have been eliminated. The identified redundancies have been addressed, so no future actions are needed,' said system spokesman Robert de Luna." Read more.

IBM TO OVERHAUL CITY'S 311 SYSTEM -- New York Post's Kirstan Conley: "IBM will team up with Microsoft to build out the new Watson-based system, which will replace the 15-year-old Oracle software that now helps 311 operators answer city residents' queries and service complaints. Watson will provide more user-friendly and practical responses to 311 questions than the existing system, its advocates say. The new system is also expected to do a better job understanding and responding to data. Several people linked to other companies and city political insiders are grumbling about the $24 million deal, expected to be formally announced Monday by the city Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications. DynTek, an IT consulting firm, offered to upgrade the Oracle system at a cost of $5 million, said sources. 'When you have a proven 311 system that you could upgrade at a fraction of the cost, this seems like an award to friends of the mayor,' fumed one source." Read more.

RIP -- "Harvey Lichtenstein, Who Led Brooklyn Academy of Music's Rebirth, Dies at 87," by NYT's Robert Berkvist: "Harvey Lichtenstein, who transformed a moribund Brooklyn Academy of Music into a dynamic showcase for cutting-edge performing arts and its Fort Greene neighborhood into a cultural hub during his 32 years there as the executive producer, died on Saturday at his home in Manhattan. He was 87. His son John confirmed his death. He said Mr. Lichtenstein had a stroke about seven years ago, and had been in declining health over the past few months. When Mr. Lichtenstein arrived at the academy in 1967, its stately building on Lafayette Avenue, erected in 1908, needed extensive and costly renovation. Portions of it had been rented out, and there had even been talk of tearing down the building and using the site for tennis courts. Many members of Mr. Lichtenstein's target audience, especially Manhattanites, viewed the neighborhood - the Fort Greene section of Brooklyn - as undesirable... Even so, Mr. Lichtenstein was determined to open the Brooklyn Academy, also known as BAM, to all that was new and exciting, and he wasted no time getting to work." More at NYT.

NO LONGER AT THE MUSEUM -- "Shia LaBeouf's anti-Trump New York exhibit shuttered over safety concerns," by Reuters' Joseph Ax: "A New York City museum has shut down an exhibit protesting U.S. President Donald Trump co-created by actor Shia LaBeouf, saying the installation titled 'He Will Not Divide Us' had triggered threats of violence and endangered public safety. LaBeouf and two artists had set up a live-streaming camera outside the Museum of the Moving Image in Queens on Jan. 20, the day that Trump was inaugurated, and encouraged members of the public to repeat 'he will not divide us' into the camera. The exhibit was intended to continue through Trump's four-year term. LaBeouf was arrested on Jan. 26 after getting into an altercation with a 25-year-old man at the museum, according to police. The actor allegedly pulled the man's scarf, scratched his face and shoved him, police said. In a statement on Friday, the museum said the camera had 'created a serious and ongoing public safety hazard.' ... The New York City Police Department confirmed it had assigned a foot post to the location 24 hours a day. Police said only one other person had been arrested outside the museum since LaBeouf: a 21-year-old man on Feb. 2 accused of throwing eggs at another person. On Friday morning, the live stream showed the words, 'The museum has abandoned us,' in capital letters, an image that LaBeouf shared on Twitter." Read at Reuters.

COMING ATTRACTIONS -- "Pro-Republican PAC gears up to oppose Cuomo 2020," by Albany Times Union's Matthew Hamilton: "A national pro-Republican political action committee is preparing to ramp up efforts to oppose Gov. Andrew Cuomo - not in expectation of his likely run for a third term next year, but with an eye to his potentially seeking the presidency in 2020. Cuomo, who is considered to be on the short list of Democratic candidates for the next presidential election, says he remains focused on being governor. But that isn't stopping America Rising, which digs up and spreads opposition research primarily for federal-level races, from building up its opposition to the governor early." Read more

HAPPENING TODAY -- "New Coalition Launches Opposing Restrictive Scheduling Bills in NYC City Council": "A new coalition of local small businesses, employers and employees is kicking off a campaign today calling on the City Council to protect the city's restaurant and retail industries. The coalition, We Serve New Yorkers, is taking aim at the proposed 'Fair Workweek' legislation. The coalition had restaurant owners and operators at City Hall last week warning members that the package of bills would have serious repercussions for the employees they are intended to help - both in the restaurant industry and the retail industry. The campaign is focused on educating the Mayor's Office and City Council officials about the consequences of these bills for business owners and employees."

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

-"De Blasio adds nearly $2B for citywide housing program to cover lower-income tenants," by POLITICO New York's Sally Goldenberg: "Mayor Bill de Blasio's long-term housing plan will cost another $1.9 billion to cover lower-income tenants, whom advocates and elected officials have argued cannot afford much of the government-subsidized housing the administration is financing. The mayor will add the additional expense to his 10-year capital budget in the coming months. The funds will be spread over seven years to increase housing opportunities for 10,000 households earning less than $40,000 a year, City Hall officials said Friday. Half the money would go to low-income seniors, the officials said in a press release. Another 500 units would be reserved for veterans. With this announcement, the public cost to bolstering the city's stock of rent-regulated housing is now $10.1 billion over a decade, which is expected to pay for 80,000 new units and the preservation of another 120,000 existing ones." Read more.

-"State housing commissioner tapped to become director of operations, sources confirm," by POLITICO New York's Sally Goldenberg and Jimmy Vielkind: "James Rubin, the state's top housing official, is slated to become Gov. Andrew Cuomo's next director of state operations, multiple sources confirmed to POLITICO New York on Friday. Rubin, commissioner of the state Homes and Community Renewal agency, has already begun telling state colleagues of his new assignment in a recent email, the sources said. ... Rubin worked to implement a robust affordable housing plan, but was persistently stymied by Albany politics. In early 2016, a law governing the 421-a tax break expired when labor unions and real estate officials could not agree on wage mandates. ... In addition, Cuomo's $2 billion plan to create 100,000 units of housing for low- and middle-income tenants and another 6,000 apartments for formerly homeless New Yorkers in need of social services has been held up by the state Legislature." Read more.

Following POLITICO's report, Cuomo's office on Friday announced the staffing change. In addition to Rubin's ascent, the governor's office announced the appointment of Frank Hoare as deputy secretary of legislative affairs.

-"New York Law Firm Renews Midtown Lease," by Wall Street Journal's Grant: "A prominent New York law firm has renewed its lease in a Midtown office tower for less square footage than it currently occupies, in the latest sign that businesses are using space more efficiently. Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP has signed a 15-year lease for 265,000 square feet in the 47-story skyscraper at 1177 Sixth Avenue. The law firm currently occupies about 50,000 square feet more than that, according to Moshe Sukenik, vice chairman of Newmark Grubb Knight Frank, which represented Kramer Levin in the deal. Law firms these days are able to accommodate the same number of lawyers in less space because such amenities as law libraries have migrated online. A quarter-century ago, it was common for firms to have a legal assistant for each lawyer. Today the ratio is more like one to seven, Mr. Sukenik noted." Read more.

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