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POLITICO New York Playbook, presented by AT&T: DE BLASIO and CUOMO compete on Legionnaires' -- SANDRA LEE surgery -- CLINTON'S summer

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

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STORIES NOT STRAIGHT-POLITICO New York's Dan Goldberg and Laura Nahmias: On Monday afternoon, Mayor Bill de Blasio and Governor Andrew Cuomo held competing press conferences addressing the outbreak of Legionnaires' disease in the Bronx, with both men providing different (although not conflicting) information as they sought to reassure the public. De Blasio announced that two more people have died from the bacterial infection, bringing the total to 12 since the outbreak began a month ago. The mayor also said 113 have become ill in the worst legionella outbreak in city history.

There have been no new cases since Aug. 3, a fact that gives city health officials reason to believe they correctly identified the source of the outbreak when they tracked the cases to five cooling towers in the south Bronx. The mayor said that 12 other buildings in the immediate area had tested positive for legionella, though no one is believed to have become ill from those cooling towers.

-- Times' Michael Grynbaum and Thomas Kaplan : "The outbreak of Legionnaires' disease in the South Bronx continued to show signs of waning on Monday. But the maneuvering between state and city officials seemed far from over. In a bizarre communication breakdown - later attributed to a missed voice mail message - Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio appeared to present conflicting information about the scope of the outbreak during simultaneous news briefings on Monday."

-- "Cuomo and de Blasio Offer Differing Answers to Legionnaires' Disease Crisis" -- Observer:

-- "Cuomo continues march through de Blasio territory" -- POLITICO New York's Jimmy Vielkind and Laura Nahmias:

'PERFECTLY COORDINATED' -- The Cuomo/de Blasio events, in 140 characters or less

-- @Azi: "'when it comes to the health officials, they are perfectly coordinated.' - @BilldeBlasio re #Legionnaires"

--@Jill_Jorgensen: "To recap: the state's governor and the mayor of its largest city are now giving dueling, contradictory information on a public health crisis"

-- @PowellNYT: "In which NY's top two leaders embarrass themselves"

-- @ClydeHaberman: "Insanity: There's a health crisis in the Bronx, and mayor & gov hold dueling pressers on it 'cause, you know, it's all abt them."

-- @Nahmias: ".@BilldeBlasio refrains from criticizing @NYGovCuomo. Cuomo is giving out competing, confusing info about major disease outbreak"

-- @Eorden: "Dueling Cuomo/BdB pressers. Cuomo wants statewide Legionnaires protocols.Cue inbox: BdB/MMV "LEAD THE WAY IN SETTING STANDARDS NATIONALLY..""

2017 CHATTER OF THE DAY: "At his briefing on Monday, Mr. Cuomo was asked if he would consider supporting a challenger to Mr. de Blasio in the Democratic primary when the mayor runs for re-election in 2017. At that, the governor smiled. 'Let's stick to government matters right now,' he said." Times' Grynbaum and Kaplan:

BIRTHDAYS: Ashley Cotton, V.P. for external affairs at Forest City Ratner.

TABS: Post: "WOLF OF SKID ROW" -- News: "WHAM BAM! White House staffer shoot but; Prez aide in threat to kill 'cheating' cop beau after luring him for sex" -- amNY: "NICE JOB! NYC employment up 11.3%; State at highest level ever; Hospitality leads way" -- Newsday: "DEATH OF AN INMATE" -- Metro New York: "Making Lena leaner" -- El Diario [translated]: Deadly Legionnaire

FRONT PAGES -- NYT, 2-col. below the fold: "Hotel That Enlivened the Bronx Is Now a Legionnaires 'Hot Spot'" -- WSJNY, 4-col. above the fold: "Outbreak Death Toll Now 12"

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SANDRA LEE TO HAVE ANOTHER SURGERY-Daily News' Ken Lovett: "Sandra Lee, Gov. Cuomo's celebrity chef girlfriend who has struggled to recover from breast cancer surgery , will be going back under the knife Tuesday. While her doctors have talked about the possibility for weeks, Lee in a Facebook post Monday evening, said she and Cuomo decided Tuesday should be the day. 'I did my very best to avoid this (when I tell you I did everything, I mean everything - modern, Eastern and holistic) but infection is an incredible monster,' she wrote."

JOB GROWTH IN NEW YORK CITY, BUT NOT ELSEWHERE-Gannett's Joe Spector: "While New York City booms upstate remains in a swoon. New York had more than 9 million jobs in 2014, a state record, but the increase was largely in New York City, and the statewide labor force continues to decline, a report Monday found. Battling back from the recession in 2008 and 2009, New York added 538,000 jobs since 2009 and last year had the strongest growth since 2000 with 143,000 jobs added, the report from state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli found. But the job market hasn't been a boon everywhere."

SEX OFFENDER PROBLEM -- Post's Jamie Schram and Bruce Golding: "The Big Apple's population of sex offenders has nearly quadrupled since the state started registering them - but the number of cops assigned to keep track of the perverts has lagged dangerously behind, The Post has learned. As of Monday, there were 7,547 convicted sex offenders living in the city, compared with about 2,000 when the NYPD's Sex Offender Monitoring Unit was created in 1997 under the terms of Megan's Law, which created a registry to track convicted sex fiends.

But the ratio of convicted rapists and other sex criminals to unit officers has more than doubled from about 222-to-1 to more than 500-to-1, according to official state statistics. ... There are just 13 detectives and two supervisors assigned to the monitoring unit, up from eight detectives and one supervisor in 1997, state data show."

POLL: DE BLASIO AND UBER -- News' Dan Rivoli: "Most city voters think Mayor de Blasio's effort to curb Uber cars was a reward to his yellow taxi donors. A Quinnipiac University Poll released Monday said voters weren't buying de Blasio's argument that Uber's explosive growth was clogging city streets, with 65% believing that donations to elected officials drove the policy. De Blasio's aborted plan to put a tight limit on the number of new for-hire cars that make up Uber's fleet is unpopular with voters, who oppose it 47% to 40%. Only a third of voters thought it would reduce traffic, while 53% said it would stay the same. ... Among de Blasio's transit troubles is how the Metropolitan Transportation Authority should be funded. Most voters rejected tolls on the free East River bridges, the poll found."

'RESPONSIBLE BANKING' ACT UNCONSTITUTIONAL -- City considers options -- Politico New York's Gloria Pazmino: Lawyers for the City Council are reviewing a federal judge's decision on Monday which ruled that the city's "responsible banking" law is unconstitutional. The legislation, which was passed in 2012 over then-mayor Michael Bloomberg's veto, imposed requirements on financial institutions that receive city deposits to provide specific information about their branch locations, loan modifications and foreclosures, and allows local government to push banks to serve in low-income neighborhoods.

In a 71-page decision, U.S. District Judge Katherine Polk Failla wrote that the legislation was preempted by state and federal laws which already regulate banks. "While the animating concerns of the City Council are valid, the means by which it sought to harness banks to redress those concerns intrudes on the province of the federal and state governments," Failla wrote.

SPEED READS -- "When Tenants Can't Be Evicted, Building Around or Over Them" NYT's Matt Chaban:

-- "New York State Test Questions Tricky for 3rd Graders, and Maybe Some Adults" Times' Kate Taylor and Elizabeth Harris:

-- "Is Quinnipiac Undercounting Democrats in Bill de Blasio's Polls?" Observer's Ross Barkan:

-- "Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders has picked up his first major labor endorsement from the nation's largest organization of nurses. The 185,000-member National Nurses United is endorsing Sanders for the Democratic presidential nomination during an event with the senator in Oakland, California." Associated Press:

TRANSPO BEAT -- "Amtrak exec: Train delays in tunnel may become more common," by AP's David Porter: "Train delays like the ones caused recently by electrical problems in a century-old Hudson River tunnel could become much more common if a new tunnel isn't built."

THE TALK OF WALL STREET -- "How this man went from running with 'The Wolf of Wall of Street' to sleeping on the streets," by Post's Shawn Cohen, Kathleen Culliton and Bruce Golding: "It was the 1980s, greed was good, and William 'Preston' King was on top of the world. The stockbroker - who was pals with 'Wolf of Wall Street' Jordan Belfort - raked in the dough from plum jobs with Merrill Lynch and Oppenheimer & Co., living large in a Soho loft and driving around in a BMW. But the tall, blue-eyed-and-blond regular at downtown dance clubs partied too hard - sucking down Rémy Martin-and-Cokes and snorting mountains of cocaine. The good times turned into a downward spiral that lasted three decades - and led him to a life on the streets, sleeping on empty pizza boxes on a Greenwich Village sidewalk, his family says."

MICHAEL BLOOMBERG on Bloomberg View, "White House Should Leave Politics Out of Iran Deal": "I have deep reservations about the Iranian nuclear agreement, but I -- like many Americans -- am still weighing the evidence for and against it. ... Yet instead of attempting to persuade Americans on the merits, supporters of the deal are resorting to intimidation and demonization."

TRUMP TALK -- WashPost A1, middle of page, "The builder and the brand: Fred Trump made millions with cheap brick; his son's goals were always flashier," by Emily Badger (homepage: "Origins of Trump's luxury empire lie in his father's more blue-collar buildings"): "Donald has made the family name a synonym for luxury, but the origins of the Trump empire lie in Fred's decidedly less elite market: the lower-middle class, the outer boroughs, renters."

HILLARYWATCH - "Hillary Clinton's cruel summer," by Gabe Debenedetti in Exeter, N.H.: "Clinton's look at the issue of college affordability has been in the works since the early days of her campaign. ... [T]he policy rollout comes just before Clinton leaves the campaign trail for vacation ... The campaign is betting on the durability of the candidate's large lead over Republican contenders among young voters in national polls, which is in some cases larger than Obama's over Mitt Romney in 2012."

--"Clinton's $350 Billion Education Plan Would Hit For-Profit Colleges Hard," by BuzzFeed's Molly Hensley-Clancy: "Clinton's so-called 'New College Compact' ... calls for a crackdown on alleged abuses and conflicts of interest within both the for-profit college and loan servicing industries ... Clinton said she would cut bad actors out of the industry, cutting off federal aid to schools that had been proven to mislead students."

ANDREW ROSS SORKIN "Dealbook" column on Times B1, "Stock Buybacks Draw Scrutiny From Politicians": "A renewed focus on the issue has taken place recently as a result of one of Mrs. Clinton's speeches, in which she discussed all the money that companies are pouring into buybacks. ... really got the attention of industry ... Her point tiptoes around a more explosive claim from Senator Elizabeth Warren and Senator Tammy Baldwin that buybacks might be a form of market manipulation. Both senators have urged the [SEC] to investigate."

REAL ESTATE -- RENTER PROTECTION-"New tenant advocacy group targets 'bad' landlords," by POLITICO New York's Sally Goldenberg and Kelly Weill: "As the de Blasio administration engaged in a push to reform rent regulations in June, a coalition of tenant advocates and neighborhood organizations seeking to protect renters from landlord harassment received a $1.25 million boost in City Council funding for the upcoming fiscal year.

"Stabilizing NYC, which formed last year with seed money from Councilman Dan Garodnick, has since created its own version of the typical 'bad landlords' watch list, including seven companies that own or run a combined 509 buildings throughout the city. The group and Garodnick say the additional money will be put toward coming up with permanent solutions-including possible legislation-to push back against predatory landlords, while providing legal services and other assistance for tenants."

TENANT FLOORED-"An Eviction to Make Way for an Ex-Convict's Return," by Times' Ileana Najarro: In one of the more unusual New York housing stories you'll probably read this week, a West Village apartment renter who has lived in her one-bedroom unit for three and a half years is being evicted from the $2,000-a-month space. The reason? A judge has ruled to allow the return of an earlier evictee of the Downing Street apartment-a former tenant who left when he went to prison.

DAKOTA DRAMA-"Board at famous NYC building tried to thwart suit with booze: docs," by Post's Julia Marsh: "'Con artist' board members of the city's most famous apartment building wined and dined a resident wannabe in a two-faced effort to thwart his costly lawsuit, court papers charge. Developer Robert Siegel-who has been fighting for 16 years to move into his multimillion-dollar apartment at the Dakota-cites the alleged trickery in new court papers in his $55 million suit against the Upper West Side building. ... Siegel, CEO of Metropole Realty Advisors, now claims in court papers that devious board members plied him with booze-and even juicy building gossip-to make him think they were all on the same side and delay his lawsuit."

THE HOME TEAMS -- Politico New York's Howard Megdal: Mets 4, Rockies 2: The Mets were befuddled by Jon Gray, a pitcher you haven't heard of because he's new and potentially excellent, not some no-name. But the Mets rallied in the seventh for three runs, first tying the game on a bases-loaded HBP by Curtis Granderson, then taking the lead on a two-run single by Daniel Murphy. Terry Collins said after the game, 'We don't win that game a year ago.' A reporter asked him if it was a game the Mets win three weeks ago. Collins grinned and said, 'I don't have a good answer to that question.'

-- The day ahead: The best player in the WNBA, Elena Delle Donne, makes her only scheduled appearance at The Garden as the Liberty host the Sky. The Mets host the Rockies again. The Yankees are in Cleveland.

#UpstateAmerica: There's a baby boom in South Buffalo nine months after it was walloped by seven feet of snow.

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