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POLITICO New York Playbook, presented by RBC Capital Markets: FRANCIS in NYC -- EMMA WOLFE as envoy to Cuomoland -- JIMMY SIEGEL's new anti-de Blasio ad

09/25/2015 06:58AM EDT

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

FRANCIS ARRIVES IN NEW YORK - Times' Sharon Otterman and Marc Santora: "In his first visit to New York City, the center of global finance and capitalism, Pope Francis used his remarks on Thursday evening to encourage the hundreds of clergy members, brothers and nuns gathered in St. Patrick's Cathedral to live humbly and resist the temptation to treat their ministries as businesses, with success measured strictly by the bottom line. 'We can get caught up measuring the value of our apostolic works by the standards of efficiency, good management and outward success which govern the business world,' he told them in Spanish. Similarly, he said, they should guard against surrounding themselves with worldly comforts, as that can separate them from the poor they are intended to serve. 'Rest is needed, as are moments of leisure and self-enrichment, but we need to learn how to rest in a way that deepens our desire to serve with generosity,' he said. They were pointed, if fatherly, remarks that echoed the themes he has stressed in his papacy but ones that resonated all the more in a newly renovated cathedral surrounded by the luxurious shops of Fifth Avenue."

-- Gov. Andrew Cuomo, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer greeted Francis outside St. Patrick's Cathedral in midtown. According to a Cuomo aide, the pope blessed Lee, who was recently declared free of breast cancer after a double mastectomy. The governor was thankful, and asked the pontiff to say a prayer for his departed father, Mario Cuomo. Francis said he knew Mario was a great man, and assured the current governor that Mario Cuomo was in his prayers, the aide said.

-- PHOTOS: The greeting on Fifth Avenue (, Francis with Cuomo and Lee inside the cathedral (

-- POLITICO's Nahal Toosi in Washington: "Pope Francis stood before a bitterly divided Congress on Thursday and reminded lawmakers of that most golden of rules, 'Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.' Those 'others,' the pope made it clear to the chagrin of some Republicans, include immigrants, the impoverished, political rivals and the Earth itself."

NYSERDA BOARD MEMBER CALLS FOR REVIEW OF SUNY DEAL-POLITICO New York's Scott Waldman: When the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority planning board met this week on a plan to transfer a valuable piece of property to SUNY Polytechnic Institute for $1, one member questioned the wisdom of signing off on such a deal, given the timing - and wondered whether it would stand up to extra scrutiny. With federal prosecutors already probing state contracts, board member Kenneth Daly asked, "is it worth having an independent opinion on this particular issue?" New video released Thursday by NYSERDA showed Daly voicing his concerns about a draft contract between the state authority and the real estate arm of SUNY Poly that POLITICO New York first reported is trying to acquire a nearly 300-acre parcel near the GlobalFoundries chip fab in Saratoga County. SUNY Poly called the transfer of the property part of a previous commitment.

PEACE OFFERING? - DNAinfo's Jeff Mays: "Maybe they really are friends. Cuomo sent Mayor Bill de Blasio a pair of cufflinks featuring the New York State seal soon after the mayor was inaugurated in January of 2014. Nine months later, amid their feud over everything from funding universal pre-K to how to handle the Ebola outbreak, Cuomo sent a copy of his low-performing political autobiography, 'All Things Possible.' The items are just two of hundreds of gifts that de Blasio, his wife Chirlane McCray and his children were sent during his first year in office. DNAinfo New York obtained the list through a Freedom of Information Law request."

TABS -- Post: "HEAVENLY! Francis takes NYC by storm" -- News: "SAINT IN THE CITY: Pope's message of tolerance moves masses at St. Pat's" -- amNY: "THE POPE IN NYC" -- Metro: "Habemus papam"

FRONT PAGES -- NYT, 2-col. above the fold: "POPE, IN CONGRESS, PLEADS FOR UNITY ON WORLD'S WOES: Asks Lawmakers to Harness Power to Solve Issues on Left and Right" -- WSJNY, 6-col. above the fold: "At Last, New York Greets Pope Francis"

LOCAL -- Queens Courier: "BUS STOPPED: Flushing SBS plan gets thumbs down from community board" -- Bayside Times: "CB7 says no to rapid transit." -- Queens Chronicle, mid-Queens: "REQUEST DENIED: CB-5 panel opposes out-of-zone yeshiva growth plan" -- Queens Chronicle, south: "SHOW ME THE MONEY! Study hopes to revitalize Jamaica Avenue" -- Queens Chronicle, northern: "A BUNCH OF (S)BS: CB 7 votes no on bus plan" -- Queens Tribune: "THE RIGHT PRICE: Mayor Bill de Blasio releases plan to mandate affordable housing in new developments." -- Southeast Queens Press: "CHASING THE SUN: SE Queens plays big role in clean energy push"

-- Brooklyn Courier: "BLOODSHED: Four dead in weekend shootings across borough" and "V'Hill school zoning dispute" -- Mill Marine Courier: "BEER AND LOATHING: CB18 says no to slinging suds next to mosque" -- Bronx Times: "D.A. Johnson seeks Supreme Court"

QUOTE OF THE DAY: "It was an emotional day for me," but not necessarily a transformative one. "Check with me tomorrow to see if I'm still telling people to go to hell." -- Rep. Charlie Rangel on Pope Francis' speech to Congress.

BONUS QUOTE OF THE DAY: "What we need is a mayor who cares at least as much about this as he cares about bare breasts in Times Square." -- Ron Kuby, civil rights lawyer, urging the city to require police interrogations be videotaped, via Post's Michael Gartland:

TWEET OF THE DAY: @CTLizB BC nothing says "you're my buddy" like a self serving book no one read and a pair of cufflinks.

VIDEO OF THE DAY- Cuomo and de Blasio share a hug. (h/t TWC's Dan Clark )

HAPPY BIRTHDAY: Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, consumer advocate Bobbi Chase Wilding, Rep. Gregory Meeks (Friday), POLITICO Florida reporter Jessica Bakeman, flacks Risa Heller, Andrew Goldston and Steve Janack (Saturday) and State Sen. Adriano Espaillat and Observer reporter Will Bredderman (Sunday).

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HILLARYWATCH - "In an exclusive NBC News event, Savannah Guthrie will moderate a town hall discussion [Monday, Oct. 5] with Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. The town hall will be broadcast live from New Hampshire on ... Guthrie will also sit down with Clinton for a live one-on-one interview."

ON THE MOVE: Roberta Reardon - who had previously headed the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists when it merged with the Screen Actors Guild - will take over the Department of Labor from Mario Musolino, who will again be executive deputy commissioner. Cuomo also announced he was promoting Sherry Hwang Rodriguez , a lawyer who had handled freedom of information law requests, to the new position of senior policy adviser for labor and workforce. He also announced that Catalina Cruz, a New York City Council aide, would serve as assistant counsel in that area and would direct a task force Cuomo created to crack down on exploited workers. Mongthu Zago was hired to take over FOIL duties. The governor - who the Wall Street Journal has reported does not have a speechwriter - announced that Pam Widener has been hired as "speechwriter for the Executive Chamber." She previously has freelanced for VH1 and HBO.

-- Mark Little, the head of General Electric's global research operations and the top-ranking company official in the Capital District, is retiring at the end of the year.

NEW JOB: Jacob Konbluh has joined Jewish Insider, "a content curation service covering U.S. politics and business news with a Jewish angle, as the NY correspondent. I will also cover the 2016 presidential election," according to an email sent to colleagues and friends. He will continue "covering Jewish events, national politics and Jewish-related issues," for another outlet, JP Updates.

MEDIA MORNING -- "'Today' show wins, beats 'Good Morning America' - with viewers 25 - 54 years old" - N.Y. Daily News: "It was the third week in a row that the program had beaten its arch-rival "Good Morning America" in with the important audience."

CONNECTING DE BLASIO AND CUOMO -- Mayoral aide Emma Wolfe stresses -- WSJ's Erica Orden and Josh Dawsey: "New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio don't have much to say to each other these days. But there is one person in the mayor's administration with whom the governor frequently talks and texts. Emma Wolfe, the mayor's director of intergovernmental affairs, is in regular contact with the governor and his senior staffers, alternately arguing, allaying or negotiating with them. She met with Mr. de Blasio at least 40 times both in April and May, according to schedules from the mayor's office, more than any other person on his staff. Nevertheless, the 36-year-old has spent much of her time in damage-control mode from a range of fights and crises, and the relationship between Messrs. Cuomo and de Blasio-which she is responsible for improving-continues to be strained. ... Before Mr. de Blasio publicly accused Mr. Cuomo over the summer of pursuing 'deal-making' and 'revenge,' Ms. Wolfe warned about the harshness of the comments and the timing of them, though she eventually backed the decision, according to a person familiar with the conversations."

CHANGING CITY -- "How Has Chinatown Stayed Chinatown?" by Nick Tabor in NYMag: "Manhattan's Chinatown has largely resisted the laws of the real-estate market. ... [T]he neighborhood is still populated primarily by low-income Chinese, its storefronts are still dominated by Chinese mom-and-pop operations, and it remains a cultural and commercial hub even for expats in the outer boroughs. It has found ways to keep its internal economy humming even after its garment factories folded in the 1990s and early aughts. While the neighborhood is not immune to pressures - some restaurants are shuttering because of rent escalations, new hotels and luxury apartments are appearing on the periphery, and wealthier tenants are slowly filling vacancies in some of the old buildings - it is, broadly speaking, an exceptionally tight-knit and self-sustaining city unto itself."

DE BLASIO OPPOSES COUNCIL BILL ON FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE -- POLITICO New York's Gloria Pazmino: The de Blasio administration will not support a bill to require heads of nonprofits that receive funding from the city to fill out conflict of interest and financial disclosure forms under a new proposal being reviewed by the City Council on Friday. Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley, a Democrat from Queens who introduced the legislation, said she decided to write the measure in the wake of the Queens Library scandal. Thomas Galante, the library's former CEO, and other executives were found to have spent hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars in lavish dinners, alcohol, and other personal expenses as libraries across the borough were forced to cut hours and fire personnel.

-- "The city gives out hundreds of millions of dollars to nonprofit organizations every single year to do charitable things and over the years we found there were a number of organizations where the executives have stolen or completely mismanaged the tax dollars," Crowley told POLITICO New York in an interview. ... De Blasio spokeswoman Ishanee Parikh: "We do not believe this bill is the right approach to our shared goal of ensuring transparency for nonprofits."

-- Post editorial: "Inside Bill de Blasio's slush fund": "We've long referred to the Campaign for One New York nonprofit as the mayor's personal slush fund, raising millions from folks trying to curry political favor. Now Politico New York, by examining the timeline of gifts to the fund, has confirmed our description."

BEHIND CLOSED DOOR, PARTY INSIDERS REPLACE THE BRONX D.A. -- Democratic officials nominate Robert Johnson and wife for judgeships - Times' James McKinley, Jr.: "Delegates at a judicial nominating convention voted unanimously to give [Robert] Johnson, the longtime top prosecutor for the borough, the nod for an open Supreme Court position, as he had requested last week. They also nominated five others from the Bronx for judgeships, including Dianne T. Renwick, Mr. Johnson's wife. Later, the executive board of the Bronx Democratic County Committee, meeting behind closed doors, voted to give Mr. Johnson's spot on the ballot for district attorney to Justice Clark, a former prosecutor in Mr. Johnson's office who has close ties to the Assembly speaker, Carl E. Heastie, the most powerful politician in the borough. ... [Bronx Democratic County Leader, Assemblyman Marcos] Crespo said that Justice Clark was the only candidate nominated for the district attorney's position during the executive session. She spoke to the committee and left without talking with reporters."

-- Robert Johnson: "What I'm doing is honest ... The thing that the critics have missed is something that I have told so many men and women who have sat down and thought about resigning from my office. One, do what's best for you, and two, don't resign from a job without a job." News' Denis Slattery and Ben Kochman:

NEW CHARTER AD HITS DE BLASIO ON RACE -- created by Jimmy Siegel -- POLITICO New York's Eliza Shapiro: A new television ad produced for the pro-charter group Families for Excellent Schools accuses Mayor Bill de Blasio of forcing minority students into failing schools, according to a copy of the yet-unreleased ad obtained by POLITICO New York. The ad will likely be made public later on Friday, ahead of the group's pro-charter rally on Sept. 30. The rally, which will take the form of a march across the Brooklyn Bridge, is officially intended to help "restore school equality."

-- The ad, entitled "Tale of Two Boys," was produced by Siegel Strategies. The firm's founder, Jimmy Siegel, is well known in New York political circles for producing narrative-driven ads accompanied by swelling piano melodies, and works for Uber, which recently defeated de Blasio in a fight over proposed regulation of the industry. ... The clip puts into stark terms the racial and class politics that FES and its allies have embraced in their fight against de Blasio over the last 18 months. "Because he lives in a wealthy neighborhood, this 6-year-old will attend a good school," the ad's narrator says as the young white boy is walked to school by a white parent. But when the black boy appears on the screen, the narrator says, "Because he lives in a poor neighborhood, this 6-year-old will be forced in a failing school."

RELATED: Rangel, lapsed Catholic, inspired by Pope Francis speech -- POLITICO New York's Azi Paybarah: Rangel, 85, was a Catholic altar boy in his youth but later in life, ceased actively participating in the church. In an interview with POLITICO New York on Thursday, he said, "if anyone can get me back into the church, it's the pope." Rangel was seated on the floor of the House, alongside other Catholic lawmakers, to hear the pope's speech on Thursday. In it, Pope Francis referenced Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King, Catholic activist Dorothy Day and Thomas Merton, a monk whom he called "a man of prayer" and "a thinker."

-- Rangel, 85, was a Catholic altar boy in his youth but later in life, ceased actively participating in the church. In an interview with POLITICO New York on Thursday, he said, "if anyone can get me back into the church, it's the pope." Rangel was seated on the floor of the House, alongside other Catholic lawmakers, to hear the pope's speech on Thursday. In it, Pope Francis referenced Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King, Catholic activist Dorothy Day and Thomas Merton, a monk whom he called "a man of prayer" and "a thinker." Rangel also responded that the pope was not "too political," and said the presidential candidate Francis would support is Hillary Clinton. "No one in my life has been more inspiring," he wrote in the survey. Asked in a phone interview whether Francis can get Republicans and Democrats to work together in Washington, Rangel said, "Hell no."

SPEED READ -- "James Blake, body-slam cop shook hands moments after false arrest," by Post's Shawn Cohen: "The undercover officer extends his hand to Blake, and the former athlete shakes it. Frascatore also pats Blake on the shoulder a few times. The cop and other officers in the sting-gone-awry then start to walk away from the scene outside the Grand Hyatt hotel in Midtown, where Frascatore body-slammed Blake to the sidewalk minutes earlier in a case of mistaken identity. Blake follows the officers and pats lead Detective Daniel Herzog on the arm. The ex-tennis star then engages in another chat with Frascatore."

WHO THEY ARE -- "Big Deal: Meet the Superstar Architect Transforming NYC's Skyline," by Andrew Rice in Wired : Bjarke "Ingels points to a void in the densely packed Manhattan skyline, tracing the profile of a skyscraper that only he sees. From this perspective, Ingels' design resembles a stack of seven blocks, ascending like a staircase toward One World Trade Center, its monolithic neighbor. ... If completed, the tower will be among the tallest buildings in New York City, and the last of four envisioned in the master plan for the redeveloped World Trade Center. The ensemble will ring two cascading pools that pay tribute to the roughly 3,000 people who died in the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. Ingels is not preoccupied with that-he wants to make his own history."

REAL ESTATE -- PIER PRESSURE-"Brooklyn Bridge Park Bigwigs Were Quick to Buy Condos in Disputed Pierhouse," by DNAinfo's Rosa Goldensohn: "Two Brooklyn Bridge Park board members-who helped approve a luxury residential development that critics say blocks coveted views-were among the first to buy condos in the controversial tower last year, DNAinfo New York has learned. David Offensend and Henry Gutman, then-members of the Brooklyn Bridge Park's board of directors, were quick to sign purchasing agreements for apartments at the Pierhouse in March 2014, the park confirmed Tuesday. ...

"The Brooklyn Bridge Park Corporation approved and oversaw the creation of the building on state land and will receive the property taxes generated there. Offensend, who stepped down from the park corporation's Board of Directors in July, and Gutman, who remains on the board, got clearance from the city's Law Department to buy units in the tony building, which includes a screening room, a pet wash station and a 'young adults study' room, according to documents filed with the state."

FOREIGN EXCHANGE-"India: NYC's next investment powerhouse?" by Real Deal's Konrad Putzier: "Thousands of miles away from New Delhi, in Manhattan, a small group of brokers and financiers are hoping that such an economic boom could finally lead to a growing influx of Indian capital into New York real estate. While India's fellow BRIC countries - Brazil, Russia and China - have become important sources of investment in Manhattan properties, Indian investors have largely been a no show."

WISE WORDS-"Alicia Glen: 'Get pissed off' about infrastructure funding," by POLITICO New York's Sally Goldenberg: "Deputy Mayor Alicia Glen has a simple message for New Yorkers troubled by the region's aging transportation infrastructure: Get mad. 'Everybody in this room can wake up every morning and, you know, get pissed off that the nation is not investing in infrastructure. Get riled up. Get pissed off,' Glen told a packed audience at a Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce Breakfast at Metrotech on Thursday morning."

THE HOME TEAMS -- POLITICO New York's Howard Megdal: Mets 6, Reds 4: Steven Matz pitched respectably into the sixth, Daniel Murphy put the Mets ahead in the seventh with a triple, and since the Nationals lost, the Mets' magic number was reduced to three.

-- Yankees 3, White Sox 2: Carlos Beltran's three-run homer provided all the offense the Yankees needed on a night Michael Pineda pitched six strong innings, and the Yankees honored Yogi Berra.

-- Giants 32, Redskins 21: The nightmare of an 0-16 season, with 16 blown 10-point fourth quarter leads, will not come to pass for the Giants. Eli Manning passed for 279 yards and two touchdowns.

-- The day ahead: the Red Bulls host Kaka and Orlando City SC. The Mets are in Cincinnati. The Yankees host the Blue Jays.

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