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POLITICO New York Playbook, presented by Nuclear Matters: CUOMO in San Juan -- TAUB testifies -- AIRBNB's New York campaign plan

11/05/2015 07:20 AM EDT

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

LAST NIGHT IN SAN JUAN: Gov. Andrew Cuomo hosted a dinner late Wednesday with officials from New York and his Puerto Rican counterpart, Alejandro Garcia-Padilla, ahead of a rally that Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio are set to attend today. According to a recording of the toasts sent by an attendee, Padilla thanked Cuomo, and said the Caribbean commonwealth would always be "in his corner" for his advocacy in the midst of the island's debt crisis. It's Cuomo's second trip to the island in the last two months, and he's lent his bully pulpit and healthcare expertise to help Padilla re-organize $72 billion in debt. Cuomo said Padilla "did the responsible thing" by taking on the debt, and said New York would open an office in San Juan to meet a challenge issued by Padilla.

"Puerto Rico's problems are New York's problems. ... They are a member of the family," Cuomo told roughly 15 attendees as they gnoshed on salmon at the Morton's Steak House in the lobby of the Hilton Caribe hotel. "This is discriminatory. This is because Puerto Rico does not have the political power in Washington."

Attendees included New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, Public Advocate Tish James, Assemblymembers Marcos Crespo and Nick Perry as well as Dennis Rivera, the former head of SEIU 1199 who retired several years ago to the island of Culebra. The New York officials are in town for the annual fall Somos El Futuro conference. -- Jimmy Vielkind

TAUB TESTIFIES - POLITICO New York's Colby Hamilton: Prosecutors took the first full day of witness testimony in the corruption trial of former Assembly speaker Sheldon Silver to layout the first of the two bribery and kickback schemes they allege Silver undertook. Dr. Robert Taub, the doctor at the heart of the cancer patient referral scheme alleged by US Attorney Preet Bharara's office, took the stand for the government for most of the day, methodically going over the nature of his relationship with Silver. Prosecutors hope Taub, one of their star witnesses, will prove to the jury that Silver pushed Taub to refer mesothelioma patients to the the firm where he was of counsel, Weitz & Luxenberg, where he collected portions of settlements, while funneling state health care funds to Taub's research center at Columbia University.Mild-mannered and dressed in a double-breasted blazer with a multi-colored bow tie, Taub spent hours answering Assistant US Attorney Andrew Goldstein's questions about the details of the doctor's history dealing with asbestos-related cancers and his interaction with Silver related to their intersecting interest.

"I wanted to develop a relationship with him to help fund mesothelioma, and help my patients as well," Taub said, characterizing the settlements firms like Weitz & Luxenberg were able to reach as both fair and necessary for the survivors. He called referring cases to firms as part of a patient's treatment, since mesothelioma is almost always caused by exposure to asbestos.

-- "At the same time, he acknowledged, he initially lied to federal investigators when they knocked on his door one day at 6 a.m. in the summer of 2014 and confronted him about his referrals to Mr. Silver.'I was terrified and panicked, and I irrationally wanted to divorce myself' from the matter, Dr. Taub testified. Later, he said, he realized he had made a mistake and contacted investigators. Eventually, he said, he divulged everything he knew to the government, which reached a non-prosecution agreement in exchange for his cooperation."

QUOTE OF THE DAY: "The definition of transparent is not when a reporter decides he or she wants to ask a question, the mayor must stop and answer that question. That does not equal transparency." -- Karen Hinton, Mayor Bill de Blasio's press secretary, to CBS Marcia Kramer: SEE THE VIDEO:

STAT OF THE DAY: $190,000 and $250,000: The currently say for New York City's five district attorneys, and the salary they would like it to be, according to a letter to a City Hall commission, via News' Erin Durkin:

TABS -- Post: "Russian Airliner Crash: IT WAS A BOMB: Planted in baggage by ISIS, US believes" and the sidebar: "Boss Greed; Witness: How Shel game worked" -- News: "EVIL IN THE SKY: ISIS bomb likely brought down jet; Brits halt all flights in region" -- Newsday: "ISIS BOMB SUSPECTED" -- amNY: "SKY HIGHT: At $6G per square foot, One57 now most expensive luxury apartment building in city"

-- Hamodia: "Crown Heights on Edge Following Stabbing and Assault" -- Epoch Times, sidebar: "East Side Access 60 Percent Done" -- El Diario [translated]: "We cannot afford to pay $15" and sidebar: "Dominicans are leaving New York ... Preferred Florida and New Jersey" -- Observer: "Sid Vicious" with a drawing of Hillary Clinton behind Sid Blumenthal

FRONT PAGES -- NYT, 1-col. above the fold: "HIRED GUNS HELP DE BLASIO SHAPE CITY"S MESSAGE: Consultants Hold Sway: Fees Paid With Private Money - Potential Conflicts Seen" -- WSJNY, 2-col. above the fold: "Car-Theft Ring Said to Target NYC's Airports"

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PIC OF THE DAY: Marcia Kramer confronts Karen Hinton over Bill de Blasio's refusal to take questions.

CAPITOL MOVES: Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie appointed two counsels Wednesday, including Kathleen O'Keefe, who has ties to former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, and Howard Vargas, the lawyer for the Bronx Democratic machine. Bob Megna will leave the Thruway Authority for a position at SUNY Stony Brook.

OUT AND ABOUT -- TOASTING "CBS THIS MORNING" -- per Politico Media Pro: CBS News celebrated 1,000 episodes of its morning show, "CBS This Morning," at 48 Lounge in Midtown Manhattan last night. Co-hosts Charlie Rose, Gayle King and Norah O'Donnell mingled with the crowd, which included CBS CEO Les Moonves, CBS News president David Rhodes, NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton, his wife (and CBS News contributor) Rikki Klieman, NYPD deputy commissioner (and former CBS News reporter) John Miller, "CBS Evening News" executive producer Steve Capus and the morning show's executive producer, Chris Licht. The senior team was there too, led by senior broadcast producer Ryan Kadro, Eva Nordstrom, Lulu Chiang, John Peck, Rick Jefferson, Burgess, Molly Kordares, Diana Miller and Brian Bingham.

-"We are on a mission, a mission to change morning television as we define it," Rose told the crowd, which included representatives from many of the show's major sponsors. "Not to do something in contract to someone else, or because of someone else... It happened because we had leadership from the top, committed to do something different. It happened because we had the remarkable facility and talent of CBS News. It happened because we had a team of people working 24 hours a day to find stories that we thought made a difference. It happened because we happened to have chemistry, whatever that means."

HAPPENING TODAY -- PBA brass plans contract protest -- POLITICO New York's Laura Nahmias and Gloria Pazmino: Leaders of the Patrolmen's Benevolent Association, the union representing 24,000 rank-and-file NYPD officers, are planning a protest Thursday outside the home of Howard Edelman, the New York State Public Employment Relations Board-appointed arbitrator leading negotiations with the city over their members' contracts.

The protest is intended to demonstrate members' displeasure with a draft contract widely circulated on Monday that would give officers 1 percent raises over two years. It will take place outside of the "recently-acquired penthouse apartment of arbitrator Howard Edelman," the union announced in a release. On Wednesday, the union placed an ad in the New York Post targeting Edelman, calling him "mister 1 %" and slamming his proposal to give officers 1 percent raises.

Lynch's script: Lynch's tactics have worked out well for the union in the past. Lynch was able to break the pattern of raises other uniformed unions had already accepted, getting 5 percent increases over a two-year period. Members also received an extra, discretionary 1.5 percent. Then, in 2004, as the union again met with the city to negotiate its contract, Lynch held a noisy protest at 1 a.m. outside then-Mayor-Michael Bloomberg's Upper East Side townhouse.

-- POLICE WORK SLOWDOWN? -- News' Rocco Parascandola, Thomas Tracy, Graham Rayman and Joseph Stepansky: "NYPD brass are on alert for a possible work slowdown among rank-and-file cops following the release of a draft contract proposing a 1% raise over the next two years for Patrolmen's Benevolent Association members, several high-ranking sources confirmed Wednesday. In at least one Brooklyn command, a delegate from the PBA suggested at roll call that cops give 1% while on a patrol - a reference to the raise a state arbiter proposed. The arbiter was assigned to mediate a contract deal after negotiations between the city and the PBA reached a stalemate."

DE BLASIO PROBLEMS -- Communication: "Mayor Dodges Questions" -- CBS' Marcia Kramer:

-- Kramer wanted to ask about inaccurate information she was given about city officials removing a homeless encampment in Soho that, in fact, had not been removed. Post's Michael Gartland:

-- Not just communication -- Daily News editorial: "Politicians seek good PR, but poor messaging hardly explains why the public has soured on de Blasio's handling of crime (32% approval), police-community relations (34% approval), schools (35% approval), and poverty and homelessness (28% approval)."

-- Bad poll numbers, Sharpton on Rep. Hakeem's window -- Bloomberg's Henry Goldman: "[A[ctivists are confronting de Blasio, saying they're disappointed with his performance. They've joined a growing list of critics, including Republicans who blame him for a rise in homelessness and an uptick in homicides, even though they remain near a record low. ... Animal-rights advocates and minorities helped de Blasio, 54, win the election by 46 percentage points, the largest margin ever for a non-incumbent. Exit polls reported he received about 96 percent of the black vote ... Now, only about 50 percent of black voters approve of de Blasio's performance, a Marist College poll reported Tuesday. ... U.S. Representative Hakeem Jeffries, a Democrat representing Brooklyn and Queens who's been mentioned as a potential 2017 rival, would need to see de Blasio's popularity 'drop by more than double digits in the base community before he could consider it possible to bring him down,' [de Blasio ally, Rev. Al] Sharpton said."

-- 'Tale of two de Blasios' -- FOILed! -- DNAinfo's Danielle Tcholakian and Nigel Chiwaya: "As public advocate, Bill de Blasio criticized city agencies for failing to answer Freedom of Information Law requests from media organizations and the public in a timely manner. ... But of the 741 FOIL requests Mayor Bill de Blasio's office received since the start of his term through Oct. 27, 38 percent were delayed for 60 days or more. Public Advocate de Blasio gave the NYPD an 'F' in a 2013 report where he graded 18 agencies under former Mayor Michael Bloomberg's administration."

-- Flashback: "New policy would require any FOIL request involving Mayor de Blasio to be reviewed by his office first" and "De Blasio defends FOIL review plan"

CLICKER - "We Can't Stop Staring at Donald Trump's Gigantic Tie in These SNL Promos"

HAPPY BIRTHDAY: Lobbyist Todd Vandervort , commentator and professor Kenneth Sherrill, photographer Lori Van Buren, Republican election lawyer Jim Walsh, and and Michael Gilbert, former campaign aide for now-retired congressman Gary Ackerman.

AFFORDABLE ART?: "Worries of Market Chill at Sotheby's Auction of Ex-Chief's Collection," by Times' Robin Rogrebin: "The stakes were higher than ever at Sotheby's on Wednesday night, marking the start of a fall season of global art buying as well as one of the biggest gambles for the auction house, which had put $500 million behind a sale of A. Alfred Taubman's collection. If the results from the first bumpy night of his four estate auctions are any indication, Sotheby's may regret assuming so much risk in trying to sell the eclectic estate of its discredited chairman. Over all the sale brought $377 million with fees, just squeaking past the $375 million low estimate.

-- "The art world was looking to the Sotheby's sale as an important test of the overall market as three auction houses embark on 10 days of selling at least $2 billion worth of art. Would Sotheby's post a loss on its "Masterworks" sale of Mr. Taubman's collection, which the auction house had guaranteed for more than $500 million? Would the sale affirm concerns that demand at the top end of the art market may be cooling?"

WHAT'S GOING ON HERE? -- "Mysteries Surround Missing Italian Marathoner After He Is Found Safe," by Times' Liz Robbins: "This much is known: Gianclaudio P. Marengo ran 26.2 miles through the five boroughs in the New York City Marathon on Sunday. How many more miles the Italian runner traveled after finishing the race is still a mystery. Mr. Marengo was discovered, disheveled and still in his running clothes, on a No. 2 subway train early on Tuesday, 40 hours after crossing the finish line. In interviews with the police, he said that he was unable to find his group after he finished the race in Central Park, and that he had dropped his card with the information telling how to return to his hotel in Queens."

CUTTING A DEAL TO SAVE KRAFT-HEINZ - Gannett's Joe Spector: "Kraft-Heinz Co. will keep open three upstate manufacturing plants and seek to find a new operator for a fourth plant under an agreement announced Wednesday with Cuomo and Sen. Charles Schumer. Cuomo and Schumer said the agreement includes state incentives after government officials feared the recent merger of Kraft and Heinz would lead to the plants' closures and the loss of 940 jobs.The deal will keep open three of the four plants for at least the next five years and commits Kraft-Heinz to try to find an operator for a Southern Tier plant over the next one to two years before it would close.Kraft-Heinz indicated last week that the plants could be shuttered as the company reviewed its operations. The state and company committed to each invest at least $20 million into the upstate plants."

LOOMING TROUBLE - POLITICO New York's Dan Goldberg: Last week, the state authorities announced that Health Republic Insurance of New York would not be able to stay in business beyond Nov. 30, an unprecedented failure predicated on the company's finances being "substantially worse" than what was reported in its filings. The effect, since then, has been mounting anxiety among other health providers over the prospect of the unraveling of what had been a model of a functioning state health care exchange. The Department of Financial Services, in a press release, instructed Health Republic's 200,000 customers to choose a new plan from the state-based exchange by Nov. 15 if they want health insurance in December. But no one appears to have checked with New York's other insurers who are wondering how they will handle the logistics of enrolling a population for which they had not planned. Read my full story here:

-- Rep. Chris Gibson, a Republican and possible gubernatorial candidate, is holding conference call tomorrow to discuss the co-op's demise.

PROTECTING THE FREELANCER -- City Council developing protections for workers in gig economy -- Gotham Gazette's Samar Khurshid: There are more than 1.3 million freelancers working in New York City and with the help of the City Council, these workers may soon be afforded certain protections on par with full-time workers. Initially focused on wage protection and health benefits, Council members and advocates are also looking at legislation to expand collective bargaining rights to certain groups of workers in the "gig" economy. The on-demand economy of such workers has mushroomed in the city with Uber and Lyft drivers, cleaners, and the more traditional writers, graphic designers, and other artists.

Eyeing Seattle, where a City Council member is pushing a bill to allow taxi drivers, for-hire drivers, and those from ride-sharing companies like Uber and Lyft to unionize and exercise collective bargaining, Lander is considering a similar path in New York.

Uber's success in the city, and its disruption of the long-standing taxi/black car marketplace, has garnered the for-hire industry new attention. The ability for drivers, who are seen as independent contractors, to unionize would change the game for thousands, and the company.

DAILY TRUMP -- "Trump courted mega-donors he now scorns ... quietly wooed Sheldon Adelson, Paul Singer and the Koch brothers," by Politico's Ken Vogel and Ben Schreckinger: "Trump ... called Adelson and had his staff attempt to set up a meeting in Vegas. After declaring his candidacy ... Trump called Adelson to tout his pro-Israel bona fides ... Trump mentioned that he lives in heavily Jewish New York and that his daughter married a Jewish man, real estate developer Jared Kushner."

--"How Donald Trump Crushed The Haters And Losers In The Publishing World," by BuzzFeed's McKay Coppins: "The first of this year's ill-fated Trump projects was conceived during a backstage interview with conservative Daily Mail journalist David Martosko at the Iowa Freedom Summit in January. Trump's attempts to stoke 2016 buzz at the conservative confab that day had elicited mostly eye-rolls from the incredulous reporters in attendance - but Martosko believed he was serious this time. Spotting a ground-floor investment opportunity, the reporter proposed that Trump collaborate with him on a campaign book ... Trump liked the idea, and Martosko ... spent the following weeks negotiating with the billionaire's aides and pitching the project to publishers."

Graydon Carter, "Trump's Juvenile Vitriol": "What the experts fail to grasp is that, crude as his jerry-built platform is, to many voters there is a kernel of ... 'truth' is too strong a word for it-a kernel of accuracy in many of his more astringent barbs. Jeb Bush does have low energy. The poor fellow is valiantly trying to undo this image, but is there anything so sad as a low-energy person trying to act like a high-energy person?"

Steven Brill in Time, "TRUMP U.: What the litigation over Trump University reveals about the man who would be President" (8 pages in the forthcoming issue): "Trump told me recently ... that he 'loves talking about this,' because the courses were 'fantastic.' He has surveys filled out by students, he said, showing a '98% satisfaction rate' that is 'better than Harvard's.' He is 'dying to go to court,' he insisted. However, his lawyers so far have thrown five years' of procedural roadblocks in front of a trial. ... 'I could settle these cases for peanuts ... but I'm not a settler. When you become known as a settler, everybody sues you.' ... The court papers do suggest a potential saving grace in a Trump campaign and presidency. The tight financial controls ... show that there is a meticulously managed enterprise behind the bluster. Washington could use some of that."

CHRISTIE CHRONICLES -- "Christie Makes Emotional Plea To Rethink Drug Addiction" (6:34) - 2.9 million views on HuffPost Politics Facebook page: "My mother was a smoker -- she smoked her whole life. ... She tried everything ... to quit. She had gum, patches, hypnosis. ... No one came to me and said, 'Don't treat her [for lung cancer], 'cause she got what she deserved. ... Somehow, if it's heroin or cocaine or alcohol, we say, 'They decided it, they're getting what they deserved.'"

BOOKER'S TWEETS -- "Cory Booker will sell you on prison reform, one tweet at a time," by Fusion's Alcione Gonzalez: "Users asked questions asking how lawmakers would help recently released prisoners reintegrate into society; they inquired about improving mental health treatments inside of prisons; and they challenged the ethics of private for profit prisons.

Booker called mental health treatment an urgent issue ... Booker also called private prisons a concern, saying he's pressed the Bureau of Prisons for more accountability."

MEDIA MORNING - VICE, "We're Launching a TV Channel": "[W]e are thrilled to announce our latest venture - VICELAND - a 24-hour cable channel featuring hundreds of hours of new programming." With a 9-min. video intro

-- "'Fair And Balanced' News Channel Comedy Starring Kal Penn From 'Harold & Kumar' Writers In Works At ABC," by Deadline's Nellie Andreeva: "revolves around an aspiring NPR reporter who is swayed to work at a Fox News-type channel. ... The project will be informed by some of Penn's real-life experiences appearing on various news shows as well as serving as correspondent for Vice News and spending two years in Washington as an associate director of the White House Office of Public Engagement and a member of President Obama's National Arts Policy Committee."

FUTURE OF NEWS - "Facebook links with media groups to launch news app," by FT's Matthew Garrahan and Tim Bradshaw: "Facebook is preparing its latest push into news with a new standalone app called Notify that is scheduled to launch next week ... It will feature content from ... companies including Vogue, Mashable, CNN and the Washington Post. CBS, Comedy Central and Billboard magazine are also involved."

HILLARYWATCH - her hawkish Israel op-ed, "How I Would Rebuild Bond With Israel - and Bibi" in The Forward, the national Jewish newspaper: "I will do everything I can to enhance our strategic partnership and strengthen America's security commitment to Israel, ensuring that it always has the qualitative military edge to defend itself. That includes immediately dispatching a delegation of the Joint Chiefs of Staff to meet with senior Israeli commanders. I would also invite the Israeli prime minister to the White House in my first month in office."

RONALD LAUDER ad -- In today's NYT, WSJ, and WashPost, Lauder, the president of the World Jewish Congress, has a full-page ad focused on the need for a constructive meeting between President Obama and Prime Minister Netanyahu on November 9.

-- "Hillary Clinton's Campaign Runs On Pizza," by Vocativ's Brian Patrick Byrne and Kaitlyn Kelly: "According to filings from Q3, Team Hillary spent more than $6,000 on fast food in the months of July, August and September in 21 identifiable chow sessions. A full two-thirds of that was spent on pizza, with subs and donuts taking second and third, respectively ... Bagels are the team's breakfast of choice."

SCHNEIDERMAN BATTLE -- "The Legal Battle Over Obama's Carbon Rule Just Got Bigger," by ThinkProgress' Samatha Page: "The EPA now has the backing of 25 states, cities, and counties who say the risks of not implementing the Clean Power Plan are greater than the expense - if there is one - of implementing it. New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced Wednesday that his office filed a motion on behalf of the coalition to intervene in defense of the EPA."

SPEED READ -- "Ex-Prosecutor Details Robert Durst Case in New Book, but Some Fear It Could Aid Defense," by Times' Charles V. Bagli: "Just when the story of Robert A. Durst, the New York real estate scion who is a suspect in two murders, could not get any stranger, a new book arrives from a former Westchester County district attorney, Jeanine Pirro, describing her quest for justice in his case. As she frequently reminds readers of 'He Killed Them All,' Ms. Pirro donned custom-made armor - Armani suit, Chanel bag and Manolo Blahnik pumps - to pursue an investigation from 1999 to 2005 into the mysterious disappearance of Mr. Durst's first wife, Kathleen. But details in her 313-page account, which was published on Tuesday, are already being challenged by some of her former investigators; friends and relatives of Kathleen Durst; the Durst family; and the original co-author of the book, who was fired in June. Ms. Pirro's critics fear that her memoir could aid Mr. Durst's defense and provide a major headache for prosecutors in Los Angeles."

-- "Princeton grad accused of killing dad plays 'wealthy' victim," by Post's Rebecca Rosenberg: "The Princeton grad charged with shooting his millionaire dad dead whined to a psychologist about the difficulty of getting a fair trial because of his family's wealth and stature ... 'Over the years from what I've seen, the press especially, seems to prey on wealthy, high-profile families,' Thomas Gilbert Jr. whined to shrink Stuart Kirschner in the Oct. 9 interview. 'A lot of high-profile Manhattan families tend to get more harsh, outlandish judgements' ... Two court-appointed psychologists found Gilbert Jr, too ill to proceed but prosecutors disagreed and hired Kirschner to evaluate him. Kirschner testified that he didn't find any evidence of serious mental illness."

HAPPENING TODAY -- "Leading Anti-Violence and Workers' Rights Advocates Convene to Address Impact of Violence in the Workplace": "Futures Without Violence (FUTURES) will be hosting a convening of workers' rights and anti-violence organizations as part of their Workplaces Respond to Domestic and Sexual Violence initiative [today] from 9am to 5pm and [tomorrow] from 9am to 11:30am at The LGBT Community Center on 208 W. 13th St in New York City. ... The two-day gathering will consist of keynote speeches and discussions ... that delve into how to address workplace inequality and domestic and sexual violence within certain industries, including in agriculture, healthcare, and the restaurant industry."

CHANGING CITY -- "Out with the fishmongers, in with the winemongers in FiDi 2.0," by Post's Adam Bonislawski: "[C]elebrity chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten ... plans to open 10,000-square foot restaurant at the Seaport's new Pier 17 development when that space opens in 2017. Despite taking a strong hit during Hurricane Sandy in 2012, the Financial District is shedding its dull, workaday image to become a bustling 24/7 residential neighborhood. Between the completion of One World Trade Center, the arrival of retail spots like Brookfield Place and the rise of high-end condo buildings like 50 West, 30 Park Place and 100 Barclay, much of the excitement has focused on area's western swath. But, led by the ongoing transformation of the Seaport, the Financial District's eastern half is likewise gaining steam, with a wave of commercial and residential developments primed to overhaul the area."

REAL ESTATE -- GRAND BEGINNINGS-"East Side Access on time and on budget (after delays and overruns)," by POLITICO New York's Dana Rubinstein: "Next Tuesday morning, Michael Horodniceanu will take a pickax to the reinforced concrete floor behind the Jacques Torres Ice Cream stand inside Grand Central Terminal and, ceremonially at least, begin digging the hole through which Long Island Rail Road customers will one day descend to a new terminal. Horodniceanu runs big construction projects for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. And depending on the metric, that $10.2 billion Long Island Rail Road terminal-known as East Side Access-is either $6 billion or $7 billion over budget and 12 or 13 years behind schedule. Those sorts of problems are a thing of the past, he insisted Wednesday.

"'We're now on budget, we'll stay on budget,' Horodniceanu said, surrounded by ornamental cabbage in a vest pocket park built by the MTA. And is the MTA's current opening date for the new terminal a realistic target? 'December 2022 is the date I am going to give you,' he said. 'And I am going to tell you something ... We are going to, in effect, give you a date that we feel comfortable with and we look forward to beat that date.'"

AIR STRIKE- "Victorious in San Francisco, Airbnb will increase presence in New York," by POLITICO New York's Sally Goldenberg: "Fresh off a ballot measure win in San Francisco, Airbnb is planning to duplicate its grass-roots campaign strategy elsewhere in the country, including in New York City, where the company is facing the possibility of a steep increase in fines. The company now intends to launch 100 'home-sharing clubs ... in 100 cities over the course of 2016,' Chris Lehane, head of global policy and public affairs for Airbnb, announced in a conference call with reporters on Wednesday.

"One of those clubs will be set up in New York City, where Airbnb's short-term apartment rentals are essentially prohibited and the City Council is considering a bill that would impose fines of up to $50,000 for those in violation of the law. That measure was the subject of a contentious Council hearing last week, during which members grew increasingly angry at Lehane. At the end the two sides agreed to meet in person to discuss sharing data about the company's activity in the city."

WATER WORKS-"Another Twist at Trade Center Hub: Water Leak Delays Opening of Westfield Mall," by Times' David W. Dunlap: "Everywhere, the shopping season is about to begin. Everywhere, that is, except at 'the most complete retail destination in New York City, the most alluring retail landmark in the world,' as the luxury Westfield World Trade Center mall describes itself. A persistent water leak is among the problems that have delayed the opening of the mall, which was supposed to be operating by now, to the first half of 2016. It is the latest setback to bedevil the World Trade Center Transportation Hub, the $3.7 billion rail terminal that will also house Westfield's $1.4 billion shopping center."

THE HOME TEAMS -- POLITICO New York's Howard Megdal: Cavaliers 96, Knicks 86: The Knicks took a 15-point lead early in this one, but the offense really bogged down in a surprisingly winnable game in Cleveland.

-- Hawks 101, Nets 87: The Nets are now 0-5, the first time they started that slowly since finishing 12-70 in 2009-10. So.

-- The day ahead: the Lightning are in Buffalo. The Islanders are in Montreal.

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