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POLITICO New York Playbook, presented by PhRMA: CHARTERS attack de Blasio -- TAXI TV to go dark -- WNYC's new podcast division

10/13/2015 07:22 AM EDT

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

CHARTERS ATTACK -- Charter ad takes aim at de Blasio education agenda -- POLITICO New York's Eliza Shapiro: Charter school advocacy group Families for Excellent Schools is attacking Mayor Bill de Blasio in a television ad for the second time in just a few weeks, this time by targeting his K-12 education agenda. The new ad, called "Reality," started airing on Friday and attempts to rebut the educational policies de Blasio announced during a recent speech. Clips from de Blasio's speech that tout current progress and future goals are accompanied by cheerful piano music, which abruptly cuts to a counterpoint slide with a clunking piano sound. When de Blasio says, "We in fact have a lot to be proud of," the ad cuts to black and reads, "Reality: Nearly half a million of our city's kids can't read."

CUOMO AND DE BLASIO MARCH APART AT COLUMBUS DAY PARADE - POLITICO New York's Dana Rubinstein: Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio didn't march together in Monday's Columbus Day parade-"You know, I normally march, uh, alone," explained Cuomo. But in separate gaggles with the press, they marched in lockstep on one point: Their agreement to fund the MTA's nearly $30 billion, five-year capital program is a good thing. "We're going to buy 1,000 new subway cars, 1,400 new buses," said Cuomo. "So it'll be a more pleasant experience for the rider. But it'll also be better for the economy. And you put that together with the new [La Guardia] airport, new bridges, new roads, New York is going to have a whole different feel."

--"On Columbus Day in New York City, the Party Is No Longer Just for Him," by Times' Sarah Maslin Nir: "In New York City in particular, parading in the would-be circumnavigator's honor can on its face seem a bit out of step with a metropolis of huddled masses arriving here to breathe free, and a beat behind a nation where a movement is afoot to revamp the federal holiday in the name of those he conquered. But amid the tooting of Italian vintage cars and the flap of red, green and white tricolor flags on Fifth Avenue on Monday, it seemed that in New York, the party was no longer just for an explorer but for many other things: the faded hero's Italian culture, the nation's immigrant patchwork and simply the pomp of a parade on a perfect fall day."

REJOICE -- "Taxi TV may be a thing of the past - thankfully," by Post's Danielle Furfaro and Amanda Woods: "The blaring Taxi TV screens that have been irritating passengers for nine years are about to go off the air - and riders have two words for the hated devices: Good riddance! The overly bright displays with constantly broken 'off' and 'mute' buttons will be replaced with smartphone or tablet payment systems if a Taxi and Limousine Commission proposal passes a vote on Thursday. ... Officials have been flooded with complaints about Taxi TV for years and even admit that the obnoxious devices have been a big factor in riders switching to app-based services such as Uber."

DEBATE PREGAME -- In Las Vegas, Mark-Viverito rallies with Clinton against Trump -- POLITICO New York's Gloria Pazmino: Hillary Clinton and Melissa Mark-Viverito stood outside one of Donald Trump's hotels in Las Vegas on Monday night to criticize the Republican presidential candidate on the eve of the first Democratic presidential debate. All Democratic candidates were invited to the rally organized by the powerful Culinary Workers Union, which represents casino and resort workers and is trying to organize Trump hotel workers in Vegas, but only Clinton showed up.

The event provided convenient optics for both women. Clinton took the opportunity to signal her support for the influential union, as she tries to beat back a progressive challenge from Sen. Bernie Sanders, and it afforded Mark-Viverito the chance to be photographed by Clinton's side just a month after endorsing her. The union has been trying to organize Trump hotel workers, which are among the few non-unionized hotel workers in the Vegas strip. "So we are here in solidarity to organize, we also want to send a message to Mr. Trump - that if you are going to run for president then you should represent all the people of the United States, the hard working people, and you should not stand in the way of the right to organize because that's what built the middle class in America," she said.

--Related: Potential de Blasio challenger to endorse Hillary: "Brooklyn Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, a potential challenger to Mayor de Blasio in 2017, is endorsing Hillary Clinton for president Tuesday as the mayor continues to say he's not ready to back the former New York senator. Jeffries will announce his support of Clinton at a City Hall press conference, along with Congress members Yvette Clarke (D-Bklyn) and Greg Meeks (D-Queens)." Post's Carl Campanile:

DE BLASIO SAYS 'LA GUARDIA,' CONJURES LINDSAY -- POLITICO New York's Terry Golway: Mayor Bill de Blasio has assigned himself the role of keeper of the global progressive conscience, seizing on a national issue, income inequality, as ferociously as Ed Koch exploited his support for the death penalty in 1977. As mayor, Koch had no power over the state's capital punishment statute, and arguably de Blasio has about as much power over the chasm between rich and poor. The difference is that Koch put aside campaign rhetoric once he took office, while de Blasio has not.

During his nearly two years in office, he has made it clear that he will not allow mundane administrative duties distract him from the task of re-ordering society as we know it. He recently told the Daily News that is more interested "in being the education mayor, the affordable housing mayor, than the pothole mayor," although he conceded the necessity of ensuring that the streets do not take on the look and feel of a road to Damascus. To that end, the mayor has traveled hither and yon to deliver earnest homilies to fellow communicants of the church of right thinking. His office announced last week the details of an event in Iowa organized by The Progressive Agenda, a group he founded, at which presidential candidates from both parties will be invited to describe their liberal credentials.

TABS -- Post, top: "Monster mash: Mets bash LA, Utley; can clinch tonight" and bottom: "Taxi TV's set to go off the air: SHOW'S OVER!" -- News: "Kicked 'em in the Uts! Mets get revenge on Utley, thumps Bums" -- amNY: CHEW YORK CITY: Zagat's top NY restaurants." sidebar: "METS BACK AHEAD!" -- Newsday: "STATE'S HIGHEST PAID DOCTORS: 57 of 100 ARE ON LI" -- Hamodia, sidebar: "Senate Leader Aims to Lead First Christie Veto Override Vote" -- El Diario [translated]: Renewal underway

FRONT PAGES -- NYT , 1-col. above the fold: "Latest Unease on Right: Ryan Is Too Far Left" -- WSJNY, 1-col. above the fold: "Shutdown Of Insurer Jolts N.Y. Market"

QUOTE OF THE DAY: "He deserves all the boos he gets." -- Bill de Blasio on Chase Utley, via amNY's Emily Ngo:

BONUS QUOTE OF THE DAY: "I realize that The Voice has had a unique journalistic role in New York and the country as a whole" and That deserves to survive and prosper." -- D. Barbey, new owner of the Village Voice, via Times' Marc Santora:

EXTRA BONUS QUOTE OF THE DAY: "It's Hillary time." -- Musician Pharrell Williams, endorsing Hillary Clinton, on Ellen DeGeneres' show, via NYmag's Dayna Evans:

BIRTHDAYS: Paul Simon, musician, SNL host, Alvie Singer nemesis ... Doc Rivers, former NBA player who played on the Knicks 1993-1995.

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CHANGING CITY - "Harlem Church Told to Cool the Late Parties, Locals Decry Gentrification," by DNAinfo's Gustavo Solis: "Mother African Methodist Episcopal Church has to cool the late-night partying after the Borough President intervened on behalf of complaining neighbors. Some locals, however, believe newcomers who don't know or appreciate the role of the church are responsible for the complaints. Gale Brewer asked the church, located on 137th Street between Lenox and Seventh avenues, to stop renting their community center to private parties that go well into 4 a.m. and 6 a.m., keeping neighbors awake. ... [T]he church's pastor agreed to stop the late-night partying."

MEDIA MORNING -- WNYC LAUNCHES PODCAST DIVISION: New York Public Radio's WNYC is launching a production division for podcasts, The New York Times reports. WNYC Studios, which is opening this week, will allow the station to distribute its programs to radio stations around the country, instead of relying only on NPR for syndication. The division has already raised $2 million to fund new programs and has plans to raise an additional $13 million to develop and produce new programming. Already in the works are, among others, "The New Yorker Radio Hour," a "Radiolab" spinoff program, a Vice News program and a show with "Daily Show" senior correspondent Jessica Williams.

--"Meet Barbey, the latest owner to take on the Village Voice," by Politico Media's Joe Pompeo : "If you're The Village Voice, a legendary newspaper that has fallen on hard times, you could do worse than to be sold to a deep-pocketed newspaper lover who's been reading you since the 1970s. Meet D. Barbey. He's no Rupert Murdoch, the 83-year-old media baron and News Corp. chairman who owned the Voice for a memorable stint between 1977 and 1985. But Barbey's an affluent ink-stained wretch all the same. ... Following years of repeated downsizings, its newsroom these days numbers around 10 ... whereas the masthead not too long ago would have boasted 10 staff writers alone. Its free circulation has fallen to around 65,000 ... down from nearly 250,000 a decade ago."

WAKE-UP SCOOP: State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli is auditing the Public Service Commission's oversight of customer complaints, Scott Waldman reports. The audit will begin this week, according to Jennifer Freeman, DiNapoli's spokeswoman. She did not provide a timeline as to when it may be completed or when the results would be public. The PSC handles consumers' complaints about utilities, internet companies and energy service companies. For years, the PSC has been criticized for being too close to the industry it regulates. Many consumers have tried to make complaints to the state about utilities or Internet companies, only to be referred by state regulators back to the company they're complaining about, said Susan Lerner, executive director of Common Cause New York. She praised DiNapoli's audit and said oversight of the PSC is long overdue.

TOM OGNIBENE, QUEENS REPUBLICAN, 71 - Christopher Barca in the Queens Chronicle: "Thomas Ognibene, one of the borough's most active and recognizable Republican fixtures over the last two decades, passed away on Monday after a battle with cancer at the age of 72. Ognibene was first elected to the City Council in 1992, where he served the 30th District, encompassing southwest Queens neighborhoods such as Maspeth, Glendale, Ridgewood, Woodhaven and Middle Village, where he lived with his wife, Margaret, from 1986 until his death. The politician also served as the legislative body's minority leader from 1994 until 2001, when term limits forced his departure from the City Council."

DE BLASIO HIRING -- De Blasio forms a 'regional planning division' -- POLITICO New York's Dana Rubinstein: On Monday night, the Mets' Citi Field hosted its first play-off game. For reasons having little to do with geography, and everything to do with bureaucratic inertia, it wasn't easy to get there if you happened to be coming from New Jersey by train. Mayor Bill de Blasio is in the market for someone whose job it will theoretically be to care about those just sorts of issues. The New York City planning department is hiring a 'regional planning office director,' according to a job posting that appeared on its on its website Sept. 30. The office is a new one, born of de Blasio's OneNYC sustainability plan. According to planning commission chairman Carl Weisbrod, it will at first consist of two people. It might also be the first of its kind.

"I don't believe there's any other city in the country that has a unit in its planning division that actually looks at regional issues," he said.

SPOTTED: Mayor Bill de Blasio and potential challenger, Rep. Hakeem Jeffries were among the 250 attendees at the Sands Point, L.I. house party, hosted on Sunday by attorney Howard Fensterman, a law partner of Brooklyn Democratic Party law chairman Frank Carone. One attendee said de Blasio walked over to Jeffries, put an arm on his shoulder, and the two men traded pleasantries, briefly. But another source with direct knowledge of the situation said the two men did not talk at the event, and haven't since late last month, at the funeral service for Carey Gabbay, the slain gubernatorial aide. -- Azi

DEBATE WATCH PARTIES -- Manhattan: Uptown: Harlem4Obama, starting at 6 p.m., Angel of Harlem, 2272 Frederick Douglas Blvd.; -- Downtown: Clinton campaign, and Rep. Carolyn Maloney, starting at 7 p.m., at SideBAR, 118 East 15th Street -- Manhattan Young Democrats, starting at 8 p.m. ("Hooting' & Hollering' is encouraged") at Village Pourhouse, 64 3rd Avenue -- West Village: Stonewall Democrats of NYC, starting at 7:30, at Stonewall Inn, 53 Christopher Street

-- Brooklyn: Boerum Hill: Brooklyn Young Democrats, starting at 7 p.m., Die Koelner Bierhalle, 84 St. Marks Place -- Prospect Heights: McMahon's with Public Advocate Letitia James, 39 5th Avenue, starting at 8:30 p.m. -- Cobble Hill: Bernie Sanders supporters, starting at 8 p.m., at Mazzat Restaurant & Bar, 208 Columbia Street; -- Bed-Stuy: Democratic Action,a pro-Hillary Super PAC, starting at 7 p.m., at Bed-Vyne Brew Bar, 370 Tompkins Avenue;

-- Bronx: Bronx Democratic County Committee Headquarters, 1640 Eastchester Road, with County Chair Marcos Crespo, starting at 8 p.m.

HILLARYWATCH -- STORY OF THE DAY - "A 'Cancer' on the Clinton Candidacy: Inside the seven-month war within her campaign over the email scandal that just wouldn't go away," by Glenn Thrush and Annie Karni in Politico Magazine: "Halfway through her long and humbling summer, Hillary Clinton ran into an old friend who wanted to know how she was bearing up under the pressure of near-daily revelations about the use of her private email server during her time in the State Department. Clinton was unmistakably unhappy. 'I am having two problems,' she bluntly told the supporter at a social event. 'On the one hand, I feel like I'm rolling out a lot of substantive programs on issues that people care about. We're getting one day's news coverage. But there's nothing larger knitting it together. We're not breaking through. ... And my team needs to get their act together on the email response.' ...

"She'd repeatedly tell her staff 'I have done nothing wrong' and maintained she was simply following the example set by George W. Bush's first secretary of state, Colin Powell ... Then there was Bill Clinton. The former president, despite a low-key public role, was in fact already occupying an expansive strategic role in the campaign that had been denied him in 2008 ... and he was offering what seemed to be contradictory advice: He wanted the pushback effort to be much more aggressive but also advised his wife to ignore the calls for candor. 'No matter how much you give them, it won't be enough,' he lectured an ally when the story first came out ... 'Just shut it down. ... Run your campaign and move on.'"

BREAKING - "Clinton server's software had hacking risk," by AP's Jack Gillum and Stephen Braun: "The private email server running in Hillary Rodham Clinton's home basement when she was secretary of state was connected to the Internet in ways that made it more vulnerable to hackers."

TWEET DU JOUR -- @KenVogel: "Top Hillary donors gather in SF to gripe about Biden's 'staged' grieving on TV & to do tequila shots." LINKS TO ... "What top Clinton donors really think: Behind the scenes with Hillary's big-money elite," by Politico's Annie Karni in S.F.: "[A]t a private dinner in San Francisco on Wednesday night, where megadonor Susie Tompkins Buell held court before a group of about 15 major party donors and Clinton loyalists at Sam's Restaurant, an old-school seafood joint[,] ... many worried [Biden] will fracture the party. ... When [Bernie Sanders'] name surfaced, the group of stalwart Clintonites expressed confusion over how the 74-year-old pol has inspired enthusiasm among young voters, even young women. 'Youth like anything different that feels rebellious,' Buell said. 'They're naive.'"

REAL ESTATE -- BY THE NUMBERS-"Housing program sees huge spike in construction," by POLITICO New York's Sally Goldenberg and Brendan Cheney: "As real estate developers awaited news of several government benefits they have enjoyed for years - programs they assumed would change under a new administration at City Hall - they seized on one of those policies with unprecedented speed.

"The city's voluntary inclusionary zoning program, which rewards developers who set aside apartments for low rents by allowing them to build more units overall, yielded more than triple the number of units in fiscal year 2015 than it did previous year, according to data from the city Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD). The city closed on 3,031 apartments through that program in FY 2015, compared to 936 the year before. ...

"'It's the real estate market , it's interest rates and it's uncertainty about the future that forced people to move ahead more quickly than they would've ordinarily. It's some unknown combination of those things,' said one real estate executive who would speak only on background."

PRICE IS RIGHT-"This Apartment Is Not $1 Million. It's Only $999,000," by Times' Matt A.V. Chaban: After failing to sell his Greenwich Village pad for $1.5 or $1.195 million, David Goldsmith dropped it to $999,000 to lure buyers "It turns out he has a lot of company. Earlier this month, the median price for an apartment in Manhattan reached nearly $1 million, with reports from brokerages the Corcoran Group and Douglas Elliman placing the price for a typical home at $999,000 and $998,000, respectively. That number may soon rise into the seven figures. Yet even if prices continue to soar, the number of apartments marketed at just under a million dollars is likely to persist."

CHECKING IN-"De Blasio defends hotel conversion law in face of REBNY suit," by POLITICO New York's Sally Goldenberg: "Mayor Bill de Blasio defended his administration's four-month-old law curtailing hotel conversions into residential space amid a legal battle with the powerful Real Estate Board of New York. 'We obviously think the bill was appropriate,' de Blasio said on Monday in response to a question about REBNY's recent lawsuit regarding the measure. ... The law, which took effect in June, prohibits any hotel in Manhattan from converting more than 20 percent of its space for residential use for the next two years, while City Hall studies the trend of hotel conversions."

THE HOME TEAMS -- POLITICO New York's Howard Megdal: Mets 13, Dodgers 7: Matt Harvey staked the Dodgers to an early 3-0 lead. Then the Mets scored ten runs over three innings against Dodgers Brett Anderson and Alex Wood. Curtis Granderson had a bases-clearing double to give the Mets the lead. Travis d'Arnaud homered. Yoenis Cespedes pulled a ball 431 feet into the second deck in left field. Wilmer Flores had three hits and handled his chances at shortstop flawlessly, while Ruben Tejada drew a delirious ovation when he limped onto the field for pregame intros. As for Chase Utley? Booed mercilessly in pregame, he never saw action on the field at all. The Mets lead the series, 2-1, with a Game 4 tonight at Citi Field.

-- The day ahead: Game 4. 8:07 first pitch at Citi Field. Steven Matz for the Mets. Clayton Kershaw, he of the 301 strikeouts this season (and Game 1 loss), for the Dodgers on three days rest. Mets win, and it's on to the NLCS. Lose, and a Game 5 trip back to Los Angeles looms.

-- "Home Stretch: A Q&A with American Pharoah's manager Justin Zayat" -- City and State's Jeremy Unger: "Zayat, a native of the New York metropolitan area, sat down with City & State's Jeremy Unger to discuss the end of American Pharoah's career, whether the New York Racing Association board should cede control to private leadership, and his favorite racetrack in the world."

#UpstateAmerica: There is a replica of the Star Trek set inside a vacant Dollar General store in Ticonderoga and fans are filming a new web-only version of the show there.

BEER BREAK -- "Greenpoint Brew Tour Explores 'Best Neighborhood for Beer in New York,'" by DNAinfo's Serena Dai: "A new beer tour will kick off by exploring craft beer menus in Greenpoint, a neighborhood the guide called the best in the Big Apple for sipping suds.

Orr Shtuhl, a former beer columnist who teaches classes at Murray's Cheese Shop and Bedford Cheese, has been exploring beer bars in New York City for about five years. ... The tour, which costs $75 and includes full-sized beers at bars visited, will begin on Oct. 20. Each tour will stop at three bars, where Shtuhl will explain the pub's background, talk about the menu and help choose three beers for attendees to try."

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