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POLITICO New York Playbook, presented by PhRMA: JEFF KLEIN's earmarks -- PREET'S lament -- NYT's milestone

10/06/2015 07:03AM EDT

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

KLEIN LEADS ON EARMARKS WHILE OTHER DEMS GET NOTHING - POLITICO New York's Jimmy Vielkind: Jeff Klein's alliance with Republicans has paid off. Klein, the Bronx state senator who leads the Republican-aligned Independent Democratic Conference, has been awarded $11.7 million in earmarks over the last three years - more than triple the amount of any other senator, data posted Monday show. Most of the senator's requests went to recreational facilities: new or renovated baseball fields in Van Cortlandt Park ($1 million), Throgg's Neck housing project ($1.5 million), and Seton Park ($1.05 million). That park also won $210,000 to renovate basketball and tennis courts. Klein earmarked $500,000 to resurface basketball courts at Waring Park, $1.5 million for basketball and handball courts at Henry Hudson Park and $1 million to convert the roller hockey rink in Loreto Park into soccer fields. Another $1.5 million went to the New York Botanical Garden. A list of State and Municipal Facilities Program projects requested by the Senate - which is controlled by Republicans in a coalition with the IDC that has evolved with the IDC's relative power - did not show any money going to the chamber's mainstream Democrats.

D'AMATO CHARITY ISSUED SUBPOENA BY A.G. - Newsday's Keith Herbert: "The state attorney general's office has issued subpoenas to charities run by former Sen. Alfonse D'Amato, political power broker Gary Melius and prominent Democratic attorney Steve Schlesinger as it tries to determine whether Schlesinger broke state law when he gave away millions of dollars meant for Jewish charities. Two of Long Island's large health care networks, North Shore-LIJ Health System and Nassau Healthcare Corp., also received subpoenas as part of the attorney general's investigation."

COMBATTING BRUTALITY IN PRISONS - Eliot Spitzer for the Marshall Project: "The frequency and breadth of the problem suggest that this is not an instance of 'a few bad apples' - the response one invariably hears when problems are first discerned in any industry or sector. That was the defense articulated by leading financial executives in the early days of the Wall Street corruption cases over a decade ago. Now, as then, the scandals were symptoms of systemic breakdown. The kind of conspiracy of silence that shrouded Wall Street for so long must not be allowed to hide abuses in our corrections system. Fortunately, there are mechanisms for correcting these failings. The governor and attorney general have statutory investigative powers designed for an instance such as this. The governor can create a Moreland Act commission, which, if properly independent, has vast investigative reach."

PIC OF THE DAY: Scott Stringer and Keith Wright in medieval garb.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY: Lobbyist Patricia Lynch, Senate aide Josh Fitzpatrick, Fran Clark of PSC-CUNY and former Rockland County executive Scott Vanderhoef.

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IN DEFENSE OF DAVID DINKINS -- POLITICO New York's Laura Nahmias: Mayor Bill de Blasio on Monday defended the decision he announced last week to rename the downtown Municipal Building at 1 Centre Street after former New York City mayor David Dinkins.

-- Fred Siegel, a senior fellow with the Manhattan Institute, described the decision to name a government building for Dinkins as "bizarre," "inapt" and "off-putting," telling the New York Post that while Dinkins "wasn't a horrible man," he was "an ineffectual mayor." De Blasio, asked at an unrelated press conference to respond to the criticism, was brusque.

-- De Blasio's response: "Look, Let's just take this for what it is, a mayor who did a lot for this city, and was full of love for this city and began, fundamentally began the effort towards a safer city, as he achieved legislation in Albany that got us to the number of police officers and other changes we needed, including the youth programs that were so foundational to the changes in the city," de Blasio said Monday.

-- Defending Dinkins' building: "I am not arguing that David Dinkins was a perfect mayor; he was not. The violence in Crown Heights was not his finest hour. But David Dinkins was an excellent mayor." Steven Cohen, executive director of Columbia University's Earth Institute, via HuffPost:

PREET DOES NOT AGREE -- "Bharara warns of an unfair trading 'bonanza' after Supreme Court decision," by POLITICO New York's Colby Hamilton : "U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara warned during a conference call Monday that U.S. Supreme Court's decision not to review a Manhattan appellate court's narrowing of what constitutes insider trading could lead to 'a potential bonanza for friends and family of rich people with material non-public information.'"

DE BLASIO UNCOMMITTED -- Mayor says Albany has no appetite for congestion pricing -- POLITICO New York's Dana Rubinstein: Mayor Bill de Blasio said that while he's open to the idea, Albany isn't. "I've said it's something that is worth looking at, but as you've heard right now in Albany there's no appetite for it," he said, following an unrelated press conference.

The MTA is facing a multi-billion-dollar hole in its $30 billion plan to fix up the region's subway and mass transit system. Governor Andrew Cuomo and the mayor are engaged in an ugly battle over who should fill the gap. One proposal that's been around, in various iterations, for years now, would put tolls on the East River bridges and along 60th Street and reduce them on inter-borough crossings, like the Verrazano Bridge. Transportation experts like the idea. De Blasio has declared himself open to it. Rodriguez, who chairs the Council's transportation committee, supports it. But the idea also appears to be dead on arrival in Albany.

-- ICYM: "Council transportation chair to endorse a version of congestion pricing"

TABS -- Post: "CC ON THE ROCKS" -- News: "CC CHECKS INTO REHAB" -- amNY: "CC SHOCKER" -- Metro: "GREAT CONCERN" -- El Diario [translated]: High place to shackle [sign: "stop shackling pregnant women"]

FRONT PAGES -- NYT, 2-col. above the fold: "11 PACIFIC NATIONS AND U.S. TO ENDORSE GIANT TRADE PACT" -- WSJNY, 4-col. above the fold: "Deadly Weekend Reverberates"

EAT BEAT - "The Inside Secrets of New York's Most Exclusive Food Tour," by Bloomberg's Chris Rovzar: "A table at Rao's. The fried chicken dinner at Momofuku. There are some near-impossible New York dining experiences that have food nerds foaming at the mouth-and one of them is writer Calvin Trillin's walking tour of Chinatown and downtown Manhattan, held annually during the New Yorker Festival. The $150 tickets sell out in seconds to 35 lucky people, many of whom have waited years for the privilege. On the 14th year of the event, Bloomberg tagged along."

PATTI SMITH'S NEW YORK: Via POLITICO Media's Joe Pompeo-Patti Smith thinks New York is still a "great city," even if it's become too pricey for budding artists to hang their hats here. "It doesn't welcome people who have very little and just want to get a little place and express themselves creatively," the pioneering punk rocker, poet and author said Monday afternoon at the Hearst Tower in a conversation with Esquire editor in chief David Granger to promote her new book, "M Train," out this week. $13.75 on Amazon

-One person in the audience asked Smith what remains her favorite place here in a city that is but a shadow of the gritty New York she knew in the '60s and '70s. "I still love Tompkins Square park and St. Mark's Church. They still look like they always did," said Smith, who now lives in a beach bungalow out in the Rockaways. "I guess what I'm saying is, I like stuff that survived."

MEDIA MORNING -- New York Times asks for Skelos wiretap documents, by POLITICO New York's Colby Hamilton: "An attorney for the New York Times has sent a letter to the judge overseeing the case against state Sen. Dean Skelos, asking why two key documents related to a wiretap on the phone of the senator's son, Adam, have not been made available to the public.

In the letter to U.S. District Court Judge Kimba Wood, David McGraw, assistant general counsel for the Times, noted that the two documents - the original application for the wiretap on the younger Skelos' phone as well as a letter explaining why the government decided to shut the wiretap down early - had been sent directly to the court and not added to the case's online docket."

-- "The New York Times Reaches a Milestone, Thanks to Our Readers," by Dean Baquet: "Many news organizations, facing competition from digital outlets, have sharply reduced the size of their newsrooms and their investment in news gathering. But The New York Times has not. We have our subscribers to thank for that."

--"The Times [has] launched Times Insider, an overhaul of its premium digital subscription offering, Times Premier, expanding the subscription to focus more on behind-the-scenes access to The Times newsroom and journalists' experiences and expertise. ... Upcoming Times Insider features will cover topics as varied as what it's like on the campaign trail with Donald Trump, how The Times writes obituaries and how the editorial board chooses which candidates to support in an election. Times Insider will host exclusive live events featuring conversations with Times journalists ... 'Inside the Times' weekly podcasts, hosted by editor Susan Lehman, feature editors and journalists from around the newsroom including Andrew Rosenthal, Editorial Page editor on politics and critics like A.O. Scott on the upcoming film season."

NEW HILLARY AD - Brooklyn has released a new 30-second ad, "Admit," that will air on national cable taking advantage of GOP House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy's Benghazi admission.

HILLARYWATCH -- "Ex-Clinton super PAC official to publish insider account," by MSNBC's Alex Seitz-Wald: "A former official with the now defunct Ready for Hillary super PAC is finalizing a book about his experience with the group that laid the groundwork for Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton's campaign ... Seth Bringman was the first employee of Ready for Hillary after it formed in early 2013, and served as communications director for the next two years. ... The self-published book, due out in several weeks, will give a rare look inside a high-profile political group's successes - as well as offer portraits of Clinton supporters across the country, along with tales from Bringman's travels to 45 states on the group's 'Hillary Bus.'"

POSTCARD FROM THE NEW YORKER FESTIVAL --"Homeland" actor Damian Lewis is starring in an upcoming new show about Wall Street called "Billions" (which Andrew Ross Sorkin is an executive producer on). Lewis told the festival that he met with hedge fund managers like Bill Ackman and Dan Loeb and asked them: "Give me your intellectual defense of being a hedge fund guy, of shorting companies and the one thing they could never really persuade me of, was that playing to a moral code that we might all conventionally understand, it wasn't possible for them to justify what they do. But if they just ever so slightly shifted the goal posts and created a new moral reality for themselves, which is essentially that as long as I don't break the law and as long as the game exists, I'm here to play the game and everything is fine." 5 pix The festival blog

REAL ESTATE -- LEGAL CHALLENGE-"De Blasio administration fighting housing discrimination suit," by POLITICO New York's Sally Goldenberg: "The de Blasio administration, which is seeking to expand the city's affordable housing stock, is challenging a lawsuit that would undo a longstanding policy of reserving 50 percent of low-income, city-funded apartments for residents of the local community.

"In court papers filed in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York on Friday, administration attorney Zachary Carter made a motion to discharge the original suit, which argues the policy leads to racial and ethnic segregation by blocking certain neighborhoods with better schools and government services from those applying to live there."

"'This preference serves to bar city residents living outside of the community district from competing on an equal basis for all available units,' the plaintiffs wrote in the lawsuit last month. ...

"Carter defended the policy, which dates back to the 1980s, and attacked the plaintiffs' statistical arguments. He also insisted that a state mandate related to a popular housing tax break known as 421-a requires a similar 'community preference' policy, so the city would be obliged to enforce this even if it did not have its own practice."

HISTORY V. HOSTILITY-"Locking Horns Over Preservation and Property Rights in Queens," by Times' Matt A.V. Chaban: As the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission prepares for a Thursday hearing to begin clearing a backlog of 95 items that have been stalled for decades, a group of homeowners in the Douglaston section of Queens are fighting the landmark designation. "The vast majority of homeowners in the area proposed for landmarks oversight are opposed to it, arguing for property rights over preservation."

SLUGGISH BROOKLYN-"September DOB Report: Brooklyn development down in 2015," by Real Deal's Will Parker: "After reaching a median rent of more than $3,000, you might think Brooklyn's soaring housing market is showing no sign of an impending slowdown. While it's true that developers are still pushing further out into the borough to stake their futures on people who make crochet Wes Anderson murals, developers aren't approaching the multifamily residential market with the same gusto as they did last year."

THE HOME TEAMS -CC Sabathia will not pitch in the postseason, after releasing a statement that said: "I am checking myself into an alcohol rehabilitation center to receive the professional care and assistance needed to treat my disease." The Yankees expressed uniform support for him, and Sabathia said he expects to return next season. It's a difficult blow for Sabathia, who appeared to be finding his on-field form over his final nine starts.

--The day ahead: The Yankees host the Astros in the AL wild card game for the right to advance to the ALDS.

#UpstateAmerica: The "Ladies Entrance" sign was removed from the now-closed South End Tavern in Troy.

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