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DE BLASIO AT ALL-TIME LOW-POLITICO New York's Laura Nahmias: Mayor Bill de Blasio's disapproval rating has hit an all-time high, a Quinnipiac poll released Wednesday found, with almost half of New Yorkers saying he doesn't deserve a second term and more than half of voters saying his leadership is lacking. Forty-seven percent of New Yorkers don't think de Blasio deserves to be re-elected, the poll found. And while de Blasio's citywide approval rating is still 44 percent-the same as in a May 12 Quinnipiac survey-his disapproval rating has climbed to its highest in any Quinnipiac poll since he took office: 44 percent. In May, that rating was 40 percent. That disapproval rating has risen significantly since de Blasio took office, when his disapproval rating stood at 13 percent citywide. Still, more voters approve of de Blasio's performance than approved of Michael Bloomberg's at roughly the same point in his mayoralty, when separate Quinnipiac polls showed his approval rating between 31 percent and 38 percent. http://politi.co/1K4oQCI
-- Since January, Cuomo's approval rating in New York City has dropped sharply: 13 percent among all voters (from 71 percent to 58 percent). Among Democratic voters, he dropped 15 percentage points (from 78 percent, to 63 percent); 17 percentage points among black voters (from 79 percent to 62 percent); and 13 percentage points among white voters (from 66 percent to 53 percent).
De Blasio's decline during that time was not nearly as dramatic. Since January, de Blasio's overall approval rating declined 5 percentage points (from 49 percent to 44 percent); 6 percentage points among Democratic voters (from 62 percent to 56 percent); 14 percentage points among black voters (78 percent to 64 percent); and held steady among white voters, at 32 percent. Still the governor's standing is currently higher than the mayor's.
-- Times' Matt Flegenheimer: "Mayor Bill de Blasio has stumbled to the worst net approval rating of his tenure ... placing his popularity with New York City voters well behind that of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo - his counterpart in a protracted municipal feud. ... The poll released on Wednesday seemed to suggest frustrations with Mr. de Blasio in areas central to his political brand, including efforts to bridge income inequality." http://goo.gl/pIooUV
-- NY1's Grace Rauh: "Mayor Bill de Blasio's poll numbers are hurting. 44 percent of New Yorkers approve of the job he's doing ... Meanwhile, black New Yorkers continue to give de Blasio much higher marks than white residents, a fact trumpeted on Twitter by Howard Wolfson, a former deputy mayor in Michael Bloomberg's administration. Wolfson wrote, 'Amazing. Guy who ran on ending 'two cities' has a bigger gap btwn white and AA approval (32 points in new Q poll) than Bloomberg ever did.'" http://goo.gl/0eBofk
-- News lede: "As voters get to know Mayor de Blasio better, they like him less." http://goo.gl/X8YRy2
SANDRA LEE'S SETBACK - Glenn Blain and Ken Lovett for the Daily News: "Sandra Lee fears her recovery from breast cancer surgery could be complicated by a preexisting autoimmune disorder, a source close to the celebrity chef told the Daily News. Lee, the longtime girlfriend of Gov. Cuomo, suffers from lupus anticoagulant, which puts her at risk of blood clots, the source said. The condition has forced Lee to take blood thinners on long air flights. The 49-year-old Lee was rushed to the hospital Tuesday night after suffering a fluid buildup. She remained hospitalized Wednesday, hooked up to an IV, and has undergone a battery of tests, the source said." http://nydn.us/1ImoHwy
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"JON STEWART" MARATHON: Classic "Daily Show" episodes run continuously all day on Comedy Central, 10:28 a.m. to 8:56 p.m.
--FINAL EPISODE at 11 p.m. -- The Wrap's Tony Maglio: "Stewart's final ... episode is set to run about [50 min., which is] 20 minutes longer than normal ... [A] one-hour special, 'The Daily Show with Jon Stewart: News Your Own Adventure' [airs at 9:20 a.m. and 8:56 p.m.] ... Stewart started as host on Jan. 11, 1999. South African comedian Trevor Noah will take over ... Sept. 28." http://bit.ly/1IYqKdo
--LATE-NIGHT BEST - "[Jon] Stewart Realizes That Despite Web Headlines, He Didn't Actually 'Eviscerate' Anyone" -- Video http://bit.ly/1SRCTWq
WORKERS SHUN PENSION ALTERNATIVE-POLITICO New York's Jimmy Vielkind: Hundreds of unionized workers marched on the Capitol, insisting the new retirement plan would be "devastating" to working New Yorkers. The AFL-CIO said in 2012 that offering a 401(k)-style plan-instead of the traditional pension-to new public workers would "pull billions of dollars out of the state and city pension systems to turn over to Wall Street financial firms." They denounced Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat in the second year of his first term, as "Governor One Percent" and vowed to run him from office. They fought to pare back the 401(k)-style option, and their sway was strong enough that the final State Assembly vote on Tier VI, as the plan is known, stretched for hours overnight as the ruling Democrats struggled to corral the necessary supporters.
More than three years later, figures show a tiny fraction of government employees-580, as of the end of June-have opted into the 401(k)-style defined contribution retirement program since it took effect on July 1, 2013. Employees and employers have contributed $6.3 million to a plan managed by the State University of New York, its spokesman said, adding that 2,844 public employers have been plugged into the system, even if their workers aren't opting in. So is 580 employees a success? The number is harder to place in context because it's unclear how many new state and local government employees met the eligibility requirements for the defined contribution plan: a starting salary of $75,000 or more and a position "exempt" from collective bargaining. State officials estimate the opt-in rate at roughly 50 percent after crunching hiring and salary data for state government entities and authorities. The group includes several newly elected state legislators from both parties and dozens of aides to Cuomo and Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. http://politi.co/1IYa5GS
-- The Empire Center's E.J. McMahon says the popularity of the defined contribution plan justifies its expansion. http://bit.ly/1IYa9qe
DEBATE WATCH PARTIES -- DNAinfo's Savannah Cox: Manhattan -- Jake's Saloon, 206 W. 23rd Street, Chelsea: New York City for Bernie Sanders hosts a GOP debate watch party with GOP bingo. ... Women's National Republican Club, 3 W. 51st Street., Midtown: New York City Log Cabin Republicans will offer viewers hors d'oeuvres, cheese and crudités in the Pratt Lounge starting at 7 p.m. A cash bar will also be available, and after the debate guests are invited to join a discussion with a special guest commentator. RSVP at email@example.com ... Pacific Standard, 82 Fourth Avenue ... Park Slope: At 8 p.m., Drinking Liberally hosts an evening of debate watching, bingo and post-debate Daily Show viewings." http://goo.gl/tfEb7a
HAPPENING TODAY -- "De Blasio, Facing Criticism, Is Taking On Homelessness With $22 Million Initiative," by Times' Michael M. Grynbaum and Nikita Stewart: "The question has leapt from dinner parties to community boards to the nightly news, its implications echoing in the highest echelons of City Hall: Why are there so many homeless people in New York? On Thursday, Mayor Bill de Blasio is set to appear with his wife, Chirlane McCray, to announce a $22 million mental health initiative that his administration says will aid the homeless. For the mayor, a Democrat who has staked his administration on battling inequality, dealing with what seems to be a growing homelessness problem is as much about social reform as political survival. His critics have seized on what they say is a classic urban quality-of-life issue, arguing that Mr. de Blasio's liberal policies are driving the city backward." http://nyti.ms/1DsNtwd
BAD PLANNING -- After criticism, City Hall backs off D.O.C. training facility -- POLITICO New York's Gloria Pazmino: Mayor Bill de Blasio's office did an abrupt about-face Wednesday over plans to use the Queens Detention Complex as an additional Department of Corrections training facility, after receiving sharp criticism from the correction officers' union and key Queens officials, who say they were never briefed on the decision.
The reversal came hours after the Correction Officers' Benevolent Association president Norman Seabrook released a statement slamming a plan to use the Kew Gardens complex as an additional facility to train the next class of recruits-which happens to be the largest trainee class in the history of the department with more than 600 members. "Cramming our future correction officers into a facility that is completely lacking in the most basic functionality is yet another example of the Department of Corrections' wrong-headed decision-making process that excludes the people who are actually affected by their choices," Seabrook said. De Blasio spokeswoman Monica Klein told Politico New York that D.O.C. was able to rework its training schedule to accommodate all the recruits in the current training academy, located in Middle Village.
-- D.A. Brown pushes back: In a statement sent to Politico New York, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown railed against the city's "unilateral decision" to move D.O.C.'s training facility to the Kew Gardens building, calling the plan "an unimaginable nightmare. [W]hile the Queens House of Detention would be an ill-advised solution for the needs of the Department of Corrections and its members, alternatively, it would fulfill the requirements of my office for a modern, consolidated and comprehensive physical plant-without burdening the community with increased pedestrian and road traffic," Brown said. http://politi.co/1MQbWxf
Bratton: We're letting too many people out of jail -- Politico's Conor Skelding: The city is letting too many people out of jail, police commissioner Bill Bratton said in a radio interview Wednesday.
"There are people in our society, I'm sorry, they're criminals. They're bad people. You don't want to put them in diversion programs; you don't want to keep them out of jail. We need to work very hard to put them in jail and keep them there for a long time, because they're a danger to the rest of us, and that's the reality," he said on "The John Gambling Show" on A.M. 970. ... "They have a role to play, the social service programs," he continued. "We need a degree of balance, and I think unfortunately it's been tipping too much on the side of ... letting them out." http://goo.gl/GuH0eX
-- Post headline: "Bratton: Keep the bad guys in jail!" http://goo.gl/L5ed9L
BILL: RELEASE POLICE BODY CAMERA VIDEO -- News' Ken Lovett: "Two state lawmakers are set to introduce legislation to ensure that videos from police body and dashboard cameras can be released to the public. 'The taxpayers, which are paying for the police, body cameras and dashboard footage, have a right to know what their officers are doing,' said Assembly bill sponsor Dan Quart (D-Manhattan). Quart and Senate bill sponsor Daniel Squadron (D-Brooklyn) will unveil the bill Thursday. The legislation would prohibit the videos from being considered private personnel records. But the sponsors say the legislation seeks to protect the privacy rights of uniformed personnel by requiring that any identifying information, like their faces, be redactedbefore videos are released." http://goo.gl/hYV9jX
2021 -- Looking at Ruben Diaz, Jr. -- Observer's Will Bredderman: "The borough president is coy when talking about running for future office-'we'll see what happens'-but it is an open secret that he hopes to run for mayor in 2021, the same year that his presumptive third term in Borough Hall will end. He will not be the first Bronx politician to aim to become the city's first Hispanic mayor. ... 'This is about the person who has the ability to articulate a vision to the City of New York. That person will be the mayor,' said [former Bronx Democratic boss Roberto] Ramirez, now partner in the MirRam Group consulting firm ... 'The Bronx is ripe. The Bronx with the speaker to the New York State Assembly. The Bronx with the speaker to the City Council, the Bronx with a very charismatic borough president, the Bronx is ripe to have someone reach that highest level office.'" http://goo.gl/m4wsB9
THE TALK OF WALL STREET -- J.P. MORGAN MOVES TO JERSEY CITY- WSJ's Grand and Heather Haddon: "J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. has cut a deal to move 2,150 jobs from Manhattan to Jersey City, taking advantage of a $19 million incentive package offered by the state of New Jersey. The largest U.S. bank by assets has leased 400,000 square feet of a building at 545 Washington Boulevard, according to Harrison LeFrak, vice chairman of the family controlled business that owns the building. The groups being moved to the building are primarily involved in technology and operations, he said. J.P. Morgan last year bought the building next door, 575 Washington Boulevard, where it consolidated its New Jersey operations. Gov. Chris Christie has been aggressive in offering incentives to attract and retain businesses and jobs in the state. The J.P. Morgan incentive package follows a move by the state's Economic Development Authority last year to award J.P. Morgan $225 million in tax credits to create 1,000 jobs in Jersey City and retain 2,612 positions." http://on.wsj.com/1KSIJm6
MEDIA MORNING -- "TMZ About to Get Taste of Own Bitter Medicine ... From The New Yorker," by Hollywood Reporter's Matthew Belloni and Chris Gardner: "The New Yorker is finalizing its own aggressive exposé - more than a year in the works - about the unorthodox reporting tactics of the Warner Bros.-owned TMZ and its controversial founder. [Harvey] Levin, 64, has been warning TMZ employees both past and present not to speak to writer Nicholas Schmidle, whose ... previous subjects include the hunt for Osama bin Laden ... and war crimes in Kosovo." http://bit.ly/1W37ajV
#PatakiWatch: Pataki told Newsday that he thinks "it's wrong that TV decides who is a credible candidate." http://nwsdy.li/1hkl4hO
IF YOU ONLY CLICK 1 THING - Vanity Fair September issue, "The devil and Chelsea Clinton ... A Clinton to the Core ... How Chelsea Clinton Took Charge of Clintonworld," by Evgenia Peretz: "Gone is the Chelsea who tried to blend in as just another Stanford-educated grind. She has fully embraced being a Clinton and is now deliberately, willfully, on the road to greatness. She recently admitted that running for office one day is 'absolutely' a possibility. ... But the question of whether Chelsea can lead remains to be seen, and if ever there were a moment to show some creative vision, it would be now." http://vnty.fr/1KS5mEe
HILLARYWATCH - "Clinton confronts her negatives," by POLITICO's Gabe Debenedetti and Annie Karni : "From June through July, she's gone from 44 percent favorability to 37 percent - a shift that saw her net favorable score go from +4 to -11 - and Quinnipiac surveys show a similar fall, from 45 percent to 40 percent. ...
"Clinton aides ... privately acknowledge concern about her inability to control the narratives that drive national coverage ... but they insist that she's in good shape as long as she continues to lead her potential GOP rivals in nationwide polls. ...
"On a conference call with reporters on Wednesday, top Clinton campaign strategist Joel Benenson attributed the dip to the candidate's return to full-time politics ... and also to unfavorable and at times adversarial news coverage ... Clinton has ratcheted up her anti-Republican rhetoric on the campaign trail, repeatedly attacking Bush, Walker and other ... GOP ... candidates." http://politi.co/1eUy7Vn
CHRISTIE PORT PATRONAGE, CONTINUED-- "Backing Christie Is Good Business for Bridge-and-Tunnel Lawyers," by Bloomberg Businessweek's David Kocieniewski and David Voreacos: "It was early 2010, and Chris Christie had just been sworn in as governor of New Jersey. His appointees to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey were pressing to have DLA Piper fired. The reason: A powerful Republican at the firm had refused to endorse Christie in the election ... Port Authority officials resisted ... Still, DLA's billings from the WTC project dropped as it was passed over for new work. Christie ... made the call himself about which firms got work from the PA-and which didn't-say two people involved in the process. ... Former PA officials say that within months of Christie's inauguration, his allies came to them with the names of law firms they were expected to hire and fire. ... Atop the list of favored law firms was Dughi Hewit, a 24-lawyer Cranford firm, where Christie spent his first 15 years as a lawyer." http://bloom.bg/1UpOJ7s
COMING ATTRACTIONS - "Get ready for movie ticket prices to approach $30," by Post's Lou Lumenick: "The Regal chain just announced that a couple of its Manhattan theaters are being equipped to dispense '4-D' effects, which include not only smells but vibrations, wind, fog, rain and lighting effects to 'enhance' movies - for a hefty added charge, of course. ... [With] an additional surcharge for 3-D, and higher base ticket prices in New York, and you're talking about a ticket approaching $30." http://bit.ly/1UpO9qe
REAL ESTATE -- TOWER POWER-"Brooklyn may soon get a tower as tall as the Empire State Building," by Crain's Daniel Geiger: "Brooklyn could soon have a residential skyscraper as tall as the Empire State Building. Developer Michael Stern, the builder of one of the tallest luxury condo towers on Manhattan's Billionaires' Row, and real estate developer Joe Chetrit have struck a $90 million deal to acquire the former Dime Savings Bank of New York, located adjacent to the famed restaurant Junior's in downtown Brooklyn." http://bit.ly/1MNmSg6
CONSTRUCTION DANGER-"Two charged in construction worker's death," by Politico New York's Colby Hamilton: "Employees of two construction firms and the firms themselves have been charged in connection with the death of a worker killed on a site in the meatpacking district that officials say received multiple warnings about unsafe working conditions. Wilmer Cueva, a foreman for Sky Materials Corp., and Alfonso Prestia, general contractor with Harco Construction L.L.C., were indicted, along with the companies, in Manhattan state Supreme Court Wednesday on manslaughter, criminally negligent homicide and reckless endangerment charges in the death of Carlos Moncaya." http://politi.co/1MNjX73
M.I.Z. ROLLOUT-"De Blasio administration shifts stance on housing subsidies," by Crain's Joe Anuta: "In a change from last year, the de Blasio administration will let some residential developers double or even triple-dip into subsidy pools by using the same group of affordable apartments to qualify for a variety of programs-a practice it initially pledged to eliminate." http://bit.ly/1IOtTup
THE HOME TEAMS -- Politico New York's Howard Megdal: Red Bulls 1, Impact 1: An excellent performance from the Red Bulls almost meant three points on the road, but Felipe Martins' free kick hit the post on what turned out to be the final play of the game.
Mets 8, Marlins 6: Matt Harvey absolutely dominated, but the Mets scored more than four runs for the fourth straight game and followed their sweep of the Nationals with a sweep of the Marlins-after allowing the Marlins to score six in the ninth and put the tying runs on base. The hope is this isn't a harbinger of doom for the bullpen, especially six days after the Mets gave up a 7-1 lead to the Padres and lost last Thursday. The good news is the Nationals lost again, and the Mets are up two games in the NL East.
Red Sox 2, Yankees 1: Some good signs in this one despite the loss. Carlos Beltran homered. And Luis Severino, the team's best pitching prospect, made his MLB debut, allowed just one earned run over five innings, didn't walk a batter and struck out seven.
The day ahead: The Yankees host the Red Sox again.
#UpstateAmerica: A Pittsford man trained for hours each day to become the world's best lumberjack. http://bit.ly/1HrYU1Z
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