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POLITICO New York Playbook: GOVS' tunnel plan -- GE cutting NY jobs -- BLOODY THURSDAY at the News?

09/16/2015 07:25AM EDT

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

THE GOVERNORS' TUNNEL PLAN: After several weeks of back-and-forth, Governors Chris Christie and Andrew Cuomo offered to cover half the cost of a new cross-Hudson rail tunnel connecting their states. Cuomo, speaking to reporters at a hastily arranged availability at his office, said the cost could be as high as $20 billion. He continued to shirk overall responsibility for the project, but said his new position is designed to "break the logjam."

Cuomo said his offer was the "end point" of negotiations, and noted that he had previously called for the feds to pay "the lion's share." U.S. Transportation secretary Anthony Foxx called the statement a "big step forward." "We will engage with local officials immediately to initiate the work necessary to assign more reliable cost figures and eligibility for federal grants within existing programs," Foxx stated. "We will work towards the goal of an equitable split between the states and the federal government using our existing grant and financing programs and whatever new resources can be provided by Congress."

-- Here is the governors' letter:

SCHNEIDERMAN'S TECH AGENDA - POLITICO New York's Colby Hamilton: As federal "dysfunction" forces them to step up regulatory efforts, state and local governments need to develop new policies for the growing tech sectors in order to balance the need for protecting public interests and supporting innovation, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman plans to tell a NY Tech Meetup event in New York on Tuesday evening. According to portion of remarks provided to POLITICO New York ahead of the speech, Schneiderman will say he believes New York state government and the tech sector are on a course to "meld and intertwine" in the coming years - in part because power has been flowing from Washington back to states in a process that "is not going to end any time soon." "When federal laws and regulatory agencies are no longer able or, in some cases, no longer willing to handle the challenges of regulating markets protecting public health and safety or protecting the general welfare, state governments have to step in," Schneiderman says in his remarks.

EDUCATION SPEECH TODAY -- AP's Jonathan Lemire: "Mayor Bill de Blasio is poised to unveil the next phase of his education agenda today in a major speech that will tout his massive pre-kindergarten expansion as the foundation for a series of new policy initiatives aimed at improving standards and leveling the playing field for students in the nation's largest school system.

-- "De Blasio, in an exclusive interview with The Associated Press on Tuesday, said he would outline a series of expansive new proposals meant to achieve three major goals: to have all children reading by third grade, to improve on-time graduation rates and to give all students a shot at attending college. And while the mayor's primary audience will be the parents of the city's 1.1 million students, he'll also be using the speech to reiterate his case to the governor and lawmakers in Albany for more state education funding and a lengthy renewal of mayoral control of the public school system.

-- "'We've known for a long time we didn't have equity in our school system. We literally said for generations, 'That's a good school, that's a bad school.' That's not acceptable,' de Blasio told the AP at the Bronx Latin School, the planned site of his speech. 'My goal is that every school and every child have what they need to succeed.'"

-- "De Blasio to tie education agenda to economic inequality" -- WSJ's Josh Dawsey and Leslie Brody: De Blasio ... is slated to announce a new partnership with New York City's business community to bring more computer science and other technology programs to low-income schools. He will also call for more reading specialists to help children who are struggling in the early years of their education and expand other programs targeted at the city's most challenged schools, according to people familiar with the matter. The speech isn't expected to make new policy or proposals on charter schools, which were a flashpoint of the mayor's first year in office. However, the administration plans to announce more cooperation between some district schools and charter schools, where principals and school officials will share best practices with each other."

-- Tech ed -- Times' Kate Taylor and Claire Cain Miller: "To ensure that every child can learn the skills required to work in New York City's fast-growing technology sector, Mayor Bill de Blasio will announce on Wednesday that within 10 years all of the city's public schools will be required to offer computer science to all students. Meeting that goal will present major challenges, mostly in training enough teachers. There is no state teacher certification in computer science, and no pipeline of computer science teachers coming out of college. Fewer than 10 percent of city schools currently offer any form of computer science education, and only 1 percent of students receive it, according to estimates by the city's Department of Education. Computer science will not become a graduation requirement, and middle and high schools may choose to offer it only as an elective."

-- @JarretMurphy, executive editor and publisher of City Limits: "Mayor's computer science push My elder son had computer ed in grades 3-5. Meh. Foreign language a better use of time?"

STAT OF THE DAY -- 90,000, or one-third: Number of public high school students in New York City who go through metal detectors each day before class. In the Bronx, two-thirds of public high school students go through metal detectors. On Staten Island, none do. via WNYC:

QUOTE OF DAY: "There's no requirement that things are run by his office to approve before I do them." -- NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton, on Mayor de Blasio, via WSJ's Mara Gay and Josh Dawsey:

TABS -- Post: "TICKET TO CURSE: Judge OK's F-bombs by drivers" -- amNY: "HANGING OVER OUR HEADS: Sidewalk sheds are a sign of NYC's growth - and a nuisance, many say." -- Metro: "Gone in a Flash: Shutter speed. A couple documenting old-style storefronts finds them disappearing." -- El Diario [translated]: Controversial scanning.

FRONT PAGES -- NYT, 1-col. above the fold: "OBAMA CONSIDERS TALKS WITH PUTIN ON SYRIAN CRISIS: A Personal Cold War: Trip to U.N. May End President's Isolation of Russian Leader" -- WSJNY, 4-col. above the fold: "Rail Tunnel Plan Advances"

HAPPY BIRTHDAY: Gannett reporter Jon Campbell, WNYC reporter Ilya Marritz, Democratic political consultant Evan Thies , and POLITICO States co-editor Josh Benson.

TODAY IN ALBANY: Steakhouse 677 Prime is re-opening after a renovation, and a festival will mark the 50th anniversary of the Empire State Plaza.

GENERAL ELECTRIC CUTTING NEW YORK JOBS - The Business Review's Chelsea Diana: "General Electric might shift 500 jobs in Schenectady, New York, Texas, South Carolina and Maine to outside the U.S., citing the Export-Import Bank closure. Of the 500 jobs, 100 would be from Houston, with the remaining 400 from Schenectady, Maine and South Carolina. The jobs would be moved to France, Hungary and China, according to a statement. The move comes as GE is bidding on $11 billion of projects that require export financing. French export credit agency COFACE has agreed to provide a line of credit for global power projects. GE said the jobs would be moved if the company is successful in winning the new contracts."

-- Here is what Schenectady political leaders had to say about the possible job loss.

-- Experts presume Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy has asked Barack Obama to help persuade GE to keep its headquarters in the Nutmeg State.

BRATTON'S INFLUENCE IN DE BLASIO'S NEW YORK -- WSJ's Mara Gay and Josh Dawsey: "When he said he wanted to continue with the so-called broken-windows approach to crime, which focuses on quality-of-life infractions, Mayor Bill de Blasio defended him, even though many of the mayor's liberal allies said that the strategy unfairly targeted minorities. When he wanted 1,000 new officers, he forged an alliance with City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and won about 1,300. And when this summer he floated the idea of tearing out the pedestrian plaza in Times Square, he didn't tell Mr. de Blasio ahead of time, leaving the mayor unprepared for the question at a news conference only minutes later.

-- "We do, to the best of our ability, attempt to keep him and his press office informed," Mr. Bratton said in an interview. But, he said, "I'm under no ... there's no requirement that things are run by his office to approve before I do them."

-- "For some liberals, who elected Mr. de Blasio along with a coalition of minorities after he promised broad changes to policing, the power Mr. Bratton is afforded by the mayor amounts to a betrayal. 'He seems to be able basically do whatever he pleases,' said City Councilman Ritchie Torres of Mr. Bratton. Mr. Torres, a Bronx Democrat, is the sponsor of the Right to Know Act, proposed city legislation that would place restrictions on some street searches. 'Police reform is moving, but I don't think it's moving as fast as anyone hoped,' said Jumaane Williams, a Brooklyn councilman."

TICKET TO WALK-- "Is there any rhyme or reason to how the NYPD enforces jay-walking?" - Village Voice's Jon Campbell: "By the end of the year, according to NYPD statistics, jaywalking summonses had nearly quadrupled the average for the previous six years. ... If jaywalking enforcement is driven, at least in part, by the desire to reduce pedestrian injuries and deaths, it's hard to see any logic at all in the numbers. Most of the areas with the highest pedestrian fatalities are in Manhattan. But of the five most heavily targeted precincts, none are in Manhattan, and only two are listed in the highest danger category on the city's Vision Zero map, which codes various precincts by the frequency of traffic accident fatalities and injuries per square mile. Some precincts listed in the highest danger category, like the 19th, on the Upper East Side, don't even crack the top 50 for jaywalking enforcement.

-- "The precinct that issued the most summonses in 2014, for example, was the 46th, in the South Bronx, which issued 242 tickets. That makes some sense, since that precinct has relatively high rates of pedestrian deaths. The next most common area was the 44th Precinct, also in the South Bronx, where 193 tickets were issued. That precinct wasn't considered among the most dangerous. The 69th Precinct, which includes Canarsie, Brooklyn, was third for the highest number of summonses. That's also an area with relatively high pedestrian fatalities. But two other relatively low-risk South Bronx precincts, the 48th and the 40th, rounded out the top five.

-- "Even Manhattan's 24th Precinct, home to the 96th Street intersection where [84-year-old Kang] Wong was arrested, didn't see a significant crackdown as part of Vision Zero. Only 15 of the 1,979 jaywalking tickets issued in 2014 came from the 24th. Even in precincts where police have explicitly blamed pedestrians for accidents, there's been no corresponding crackdown."

BROOKLYN TREE -- De Blasio behind disappearance of Park Slope willow oak tree -- DNAinfo's Leslie Albrecht: "Locals were mystified when a city crew chopped down the towering willow oak shading the east side of Seventh Avenue between 10th and 11th streets in early August. Who was behind the arborcide? Park Slope's most powerful ex-resident.

-- "Locals spotted de Blasio and first lady Chirlane McCray inspecting the tree's roots on a Saturday in late July. The mammoth sits around the corner from the family's 11th Street house, which is currently being rented out. When neighborhood resident Michael Hearst walked by, he said he asked them if they were branching out into tree maintenance. Hearst said McCray joked back: 'We're full service around here.' That wasn't too far from the truth. The mayor, a frequent visitor to his old neighborhood for exercise sessions and coffee at Colson Patisserie, noticed the tree needed attention and alerted the city's Parks Department, which maintains the tree, a spokeswoman for the mayor said."

WHERE ARE DE BLASIO'S CELEBRITY FRIENDS? -- Observer's Ross Barkan: "[A]lmost two years into Mr. de Blasio's tenure, especially as his popularity sags, Mr. de Blasio hasn't leaned on celebrity surrogates as much to give him a boost in the public eye-at least, compared to his days on the campaign trail. In his high-profile showdowns with Uber and Gov. Andrew Cuomo, for example, the mayor has kept his star powder dry. Star-studded press conferences don't happen. [According to de Blasio spokeswoman Karen Hinton, some will be coming into the spotlight. For example:] Chris Hayes, the liberal MSNBC host, will do a robocall to promote universal prekindergarten, a signature de Blasio administration initiative."

RAY KELLY CRITICIZES OFFICER FOR JAMES BLAKE INCIDENT -- Also hits Bratton for 'epiphany' on stop-and-frisk -- POLITICO New York's Azi Paybarah: Former New York Police Department commissioner Ray Kelly thinks the undercover officer who tackled and handcuffed retired tennis pro James Blake last week outside his Midtown hotel acted inappropriately.

-- "I see it as inappropriate, there's no question about it," Kelly said Tuesday morning during an interview on WNYC's "Brian Lehrer Show." Kelly, who recently published a memoir about his nearly five decades in law enforcement, explained how he thought the officer should have acted: "You go up and introduce yourself [and] use other members of the team to surround the person" so they don't run.

-- Kelly also defended his unprecedented 12-year tenure running the NYPD under former mayor Michael Bloomberg, when the number of recorded stop-and-frisks rose from 97,000 in 2002 to a peak of 686,000 in 2011. ... Lehrer played a clip of Bratton saying that he and Kelly agreed on the need to use stop-and-frisk but strongly disagreed "on magnitude." Bratton said in the clip, "I believe that it was overused."

-- Kelly said he found Bratton's remarks difficult to believe and pointed to the use of stop-and-frisk in Los Angeles under Bratton's leadership. "When he was the chief in Los Angeles, if you norm for population, they had the equivalent of 560,000 stops, in New York numbers. So this is a little bit of an epiphany," Kelly said. HEAR THE WNYC INTERVIEW:

SHARPTON AIDE RETURNS -- News' Jennifer Fermino: "Former City Hall aide Rachel Noerdlinger - who stepped down after an uproar over her ex-con boyfriend - is once again working with the Rev. Al Sharpton. Noerdlinger, who had been Sharpton's top press strategist before leaving for the gig with Mayor de Blasio's wife, Chirlane McCray, is representing the activist and his National Action Network in her new job at PR firm Mercury Public Affairs. She will accompany Sharpton next month on a trip to Cuba, where the civil rights leader is meeting with officials to make sure that Afro-Cuban businesses benefit during the normalization process with the U.S. Sharpton said he is eager to work with his former aide again. 'I'm excited about it,' he said. 'No one can learn this organizing stuff overnight, and Rachel has been there the last decade and a half.'"

MEDIA MORNING -- Waiting for cuts at the Daily News: Employees of the tabloid are bracing for cuts that are expected to come down tomorrow. "Something is going down on Thursday," one source told POLITICO Media's Joe Pompeo, while others said word is the anticipated layoffs will be company-wide and impact "top earners." Sources said columnist Mike Lupica has a target on his back; he is said to be one of the highest paid newsroom staffers behind editor in chief Colin Myler, who announced his resignation last week and will be replaced at the end of the year by executive editor Jim Rich ( ). Faced with a challenged advertising market and plummeting print circulation, the News has weathered various downsizings in recent years. A source familiar with its finances pegged its annual losses between $20 million and $30 million, which might explain why owner Mort Zuckerman took it off the market last month after the paper failed to drum up viable bids. A News rep did not return an email.

--"The Daily Beast poaches Mediaite editor Andrew Kirell," by Jeremy Barr: "Kirell, in taking over the Cheat Sheet, will replace Justin Miller, who after two years in charge of the feature will become U.S. News editor, [John] Avlon announced."

--"Jeff Bezos (finally) pumps up the Post with Prime," by Ken Doctor: "In a potentially game-changing move, Amazon will begin offering free to dirt-cheap subscriptions to The Washington Post to its tens of millions of Prime members, I've learned. The program begins today."

FUTURE OF NEWS - "Sidewire Launches News Analysis Platform" - forthcoming release: "Sidewire, Inc. announced the launch of its news analysis platform and iOS application. ... [M]ore than 100 political newsmakers have already activated accounts on Sidewire. The growing community of newsmakers include: representatives from presidential campaigns, Congressional leaders, nationally recognized analysts and journalists from the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, the Washington Post, ABC, NBC, and many more."

HILLARYWATCH -- "Hillary Clinton Expected To Fundraise At The Mob's Old White House," by BuzzFeed's Jim Callaghan: "Clinton will be at the old home of Gambino boss Paul Castellano collecting checks from supporters in New York's Albanian-American community, her host, Sal Lusi, confirmed. Lusi, whose family business maintains the facades of Manhattan skyscrapers and who has no ties to the home's former inhabitant, is a Republican who said he's hosting the event at the insistence of his own father, who he said 'worships' the Clintons for their support of ethnic Albanians in Kosovo. ... Years before Lusi bought the 10-bathroom home in 2009 for $3.1 million, the house was the favorite relaxation spot for Castellano, who was shot to death on 46th Street on orders from his rival John Gotti in 1985."

REAL ESTATE -- THROUGH THE ROOF-"Construction of public, private institutions skyrocket, report finds," by POLITICO New York's Sally Goldenberg: "New York City's building boom has been bolstered by a steep increase in construction of schools, hospitals and other institutions during the first half of 2015, a new report shows. Throughout the city, public and private institutions were responsible for $2.9 billion in construction projects during the first six months of this year, according to the New York Building Congress, which reviewed construction data from Dodge Data & Analytics.

"By comparison, construction for similar institutions were valued at $796 million in New York City during the same time period last year, the Building Congress found. Public schools and hospitals are driving the construction boom, with development of elementary and secondary educational facilities totaling 37 percent, or $8.5 billion, of the institutional construction starts over the past seven years."

HEADING NORTH-"Compass raises $50M in Series C; now valued at $800M," by Real Deal's E.B. Solomont and Hiten Samtani: "Compass just raised $50 million in a Series C financing round, The Real Deal has learned. The investment, led by Institutional Venture Partners, values the two-year-old brokerage at about $800 million, according to sources familiar with the company. ...

"The funding, the largest ever raised by a residential brokerage and among the most raised by any real estate technology company, highlights Compass' ability to wow the venture capital world, even as the startup continues to be met with skepticism by traditional brokerage rivals."

DAKOTA DRAMA-"Suit Accusing Dakota Co-op Board of Bias Against Blacks and Hispanics Fails," by Times' James C. McKinley Jr: "A judge in Manhattan has dismissed a lawsuit brought by the financier Alphonse Fletcher Jr. against the Dakota building, ruling that Mr. Fletcher had failed to provide evidence that the celebrated building's co-op board had discriminated against him because he is black. The ruling was the latest in a series of reversals for Mr. Fletcher, a former Wall Street wunderkind who rose to become a prominent hedge fund manager and philanthropist but who has struggled in recent years, seeing one of his funds forced into bankruptcy and tax liens placed against some of his properties."

THE HOME TEAMS -- POLITICO New York's Howard Megdal: Rays 6, Yankees 3: Alex Rodriguez and Greg Bird homered, but a J.P. Arencibia bloop single in the eighth out this one out of reach. Blue Jays lead the Yankees by three games.

-- Marlins 9, Mets 3: It was bound to happen sometime. The Mets finally lost, Jacob deGrom got knocked around. The magic number remains 10.

-- The day ahead: the Mets host the Marlins. The Yankees are in Tampa Bay. The great Giovinco and Toronto FC come to Yankee Stadium to face NYCFC. The Red Bulls are in New England to play the Revolution.

#UpstateAmerica: You can drop an F-bomb while paying a speeding ticket in Liberty, a federal court ruled.

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