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POLITICO New York Playbook, presented by Nuclear Matters: SCHNEIDERMAN targets Exxon -- CUOMO and DE BLASIO in Puerto Rico -- NY PLAYBOOK lunch

11/06/2015 07:00 AM EDT

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

TOP DEMOCRATS SHOW 'SOLIDARITY' WITH PUERTO RICO - POLITICO New York's Laura Nahmias in San Juan: Though New York's two top Democrats were in San Juan on Thursday to show "solidarity" with the island territory as it faces a mounting debt crisis, Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio showed little solidarity with each other. Cuomo and de Blasio, both of whom are to deliver addresses Thursday night to kick off the annual Fall Somos El Futuro conference, have so far managed to maintain largely separate schedules. Cuomo arrived Wednesday evening and held a dinner meeting with Puerto Rico Gov. Alejandro Garcia Padilla and other elected officials, including New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, a native of Puerto Rico, and Letitia James, the city's Public Advocate. De Blasio was not in attendance.

-- Cuomo said his relationship with the mayor is "good."

-- The Caribbean commonwealth's debt crisis has cast a shadow over the conference.

SCHNEIDERMAN INVESTIGATING EXXON OVER CLIMATE CHANGE - Times' Justin Gillis and Clifford Krauss: "The New York attorney general has begun a sweeping investigation of Exxon Mobil to determine whether the company lied to the public about the risks of climate change or to investors about how those risks might hurt the oil business. According to people with knowledge of the investigation, Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman issued a subpoena Wednesday evening to Exxon Mobil, demanding extensive financial records, emails and other documents. The investigation focuses on whether statements the company made to investors about climate risks as recently as this year were consistent with the company's own long-running scientific research."

BILLION DOLLAR SURPLUS - POLITICO New York's Jimmy Vielkind: New York will enter its next fiscal year with a surplus of roughly $1 billion, state officials projected in an updated financial plan released Thursday. Most of that money, $650 million, is the result of settlements reached by the Department of Financial Services with several major firms. They include Credit Agricole, which is paying the state $385 million for violating U.S. sanctions and Deutsche Bank, which will fork over $200 million for the same reason. Additionally, higher-than-expected income taxes and "six atypically large estate tax payments" this year have led to a $350 million operating surplus. Most of this cash, $250 million, will be disbursed this year so New Yorkers can get early income tax refunds, but will create wiggle room in the 2016-17 spending plan that Cuomo will release at the end of January.

LATE-NIGHT BEST - HILLARY on JIMMY KIMMEL: Jimmy: "Will you have the head spot at the dinner table now that you would be president? Would the remote for the television be on your side?" Hillary : "Thank you, thank you. Well there are some things that are unchangeable like moving the remote. That is too big of an issue for me to take on. I've got to do world peace, get the economy, and take care of people so [laughter] and I'd like maybe the National Institute of Health or maybe it's Mental Health to try to figure out: what is it about a remote and a man?"

Jimmy: "I think I could explain it but it would be inappropriate on television." ... Hillary: "Maybe we'd better take it offline." ... Jimmy: "President Clinton: would he be the first man, the first gentleman, the first mate? Who decides that?" Hillary : "He said the other day that it was fine for all the talk of me running to break the big hard glass ceiling and become president but he was running to break the iron grip that women had had on being spouse of the president" ...

Jimmy: "He's very popular still. If you were running ... against your husband right now, who would win that race?" Hillary : "He is a terrific campaigner and I think he is good at it, it would be fascinating if he were able to run again, the Constitution says he's not, he would run again. I don't want you to tell anyone that but if he could, he would. ... If I were going to run against him, would I win? Yeah. [then she and the audience laughs]." 4-min. video

TABS -- Post: "PEE SHOOTER: Urine bust nets loaded pistol on career thurg" -- News: "WHERE"S THE BEEF?" -- amNY: "Wage Rage" -- Hamodia: "Noach Dear Elected to 15-year Term as State Supreme Court" -- Epoch Times: "SEEKING JUSTICE IN A LAWLESS CHINA" -- El Diario [translated]: Lethal pleasure

FRONT PAGES -- NYT, 1-col. above the fold: "BLACK VOTERS SEE CARSON'S APPEAL, BUT HE HOLDS OFF" -- WSJNY, 4-col. above the fold: "The Quality-of-Life Gap"

QUOTE OF THE DAY: "There's going to be many opportunities for journalists to talk to me about a number of things, but also for the people to ask me questions directly." -- Mayor Bill de Blasio, via News' Jennifer Fermino:

PIC OF THE DAY: Puerto Rico Gov. Alejandro Garcia Padilla and a sweaty Bill de Blasio have a beer.

BONUS PIC OF THE DAY: "Cuomo kisses Mark-Viverito over NY-Puerto Rico relationship" via Post's Yoav Gonen:

STAT OF THE DAY: Eek. In Manhattan, there are more apartments listed for over $15,000 a month than there are under $2,000 a month. The Real Deal:

CAPITOL MOVES: Eight women were appointed for various roles in the Cuomo administration.

ON THE MOVE -- Kamran Mumtaz 'Bloomberg's magician' heads to D.C. -- News' Jennifer Fermino: "Michael Bloomberg's magician will be working his magic in D.C. Kamran Mumtaz, ex-Mayor Bloomberg's former City Hall spokesman who is famous in political circles for his ability to perform difficult card tricks, has been appointed to lead Citi's government operations in Washington, D.C., ahead of the 2016 elections. Mumtaz will be in charge of communications for government affairs, as well as for operations, technology and cyber security. The Queens native will relocate to the capital for the role."

HAPPY BIRTHDAY: Former tabloid editor and freelance flack Stuart Marques and Bush 43 alum Dan Senor of Elliott Management (Friday), Clinton County Democratic Chairman Marty Mannix, activists Isaac Abraham and Lisa Tyson (Saturday), attorney and civil rights activist Bryan Pu-Folkes (Saturday), the managing editor at the Village Voice Jack Buehrer (Sunday) and New York City Hall spokeswoman Ishanee Parikh (Sunday).

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#LABORNEWS -- FIREFIGHTERS UNION MOVES TO RATIFY CONTRACT -- POLITICO New York's Gloria Pazmino: The rank-and-file firefighters union will move ahead next week with a vote to ratify their contract with the city, union president Steve Cassidy told POLITICO New York. Cassidy, who leads the Uniformed Firefighters Association, had placed the contract on hold until the union that represents rank-and-file police officers, which is currently in arbitration proceedings, reached a deal with the city.

Cassidy's take: "The initial feedback from our members was that they were surprised that the PBA is only receiving an award of 1 and 1, so they now want to vote on our contract as quickly as possible," Cassidy said. "We are having a union meeting next week. It will be discussed at that meeting, and my guess is that we will have a vote to send the contract out for ratification shortly thereafter." Cassidy declined to comment directly on the PBA's tactics or on the contents of the draft contract, but he said it was clear that his own union's strategy had paid off.

"I'm happy that our contract was put on hold because we got incredibly valuable things that we wouldn't have gotten if we had waited until the PBA settled and gone to arbitration, Cassidy said. "We just wouldn't have gotten it." Specifically, Cassidy said he was willing to accept Mayor Bill de Blasio's offer despite "not being happy with the numbers," because he was able to reach a deal in a long-fought battle over disability pension benefits for firefighters.

CUOMO ON RESPONSIBILITY FOR HEALTH CO-OP COLLAPSE - POLITICO New York's Dan Goldberg: Thursday night sought to share responsibility for the shutdown of Health Republic Insurance of New York with the federal government, hours after a Republican congressman and possible challenger blamed the governor for not being more engaged. Cuomo, speaking in Puerto Rico, said the state had been working "hand in glove" with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to unwind the insurer and transition its 200,000 customers - 20 percent of the individual market - to a new carrier in the next nine days. Those Health Republic customers who fail to do so will lose their health insurance on Dec. 1.

... But even as Cuomo sought to distance himself from the biggest disaster to hit New York's otherwise lauded state health exchange, many questioned whether state officials should have seen this coming, or could be doing more to help customers find a new insurer. On Thursday, Republican Rep. Chris Gibson, called for an independent investigation of the state Department of Financial Services, and suggested state regulators missed the warning signs. On Thursday night, in response to Cuomo's comments, Gibson reiterated his call for an investigation. "What remains to be known is whether this was a result of incompetence or dishonesty on Health Republic's part, or negligence on the part of DFS," he said in an email. "Regardless, this happened on Governor Cuomo's watch and New Yorkers deserve an independent investigation to get to the bottom of this."

OFF-BROADWAY GENDER BLUES -From playwrights to set designers, workers behind the curtain at Off-Broadway shows are overwhelmingly men, according to a new study by the League of Professional Theatre Women. In the past five years, less than a third of Off-Broadway plays were written by women, and just 33 percent were directed by women. POLITICO New York's Kelly Weill has the news in the Culture-Business Report:

DEEP DIVE - "ISIS at the Gyro King," by Mark Jacobson in NY Mag: "When two young men were arrested en route to Syria, the Uzbeks of Brooklyn felt upset, maligned, and only a little sympathetic."

"QUALITY-of-LIFE GAP" -- WSJ's Josh Dawsey: "[I]n a phenomenon that could damage the mayor as he runs for a second term, many New Yorkers don't see the sunny progress he likes to highlight. The perspective comes through in more than three dozen interviews with voters across the city, from longtime political observers and in public-opinion polls.

"For some, it is difficult to pinpoint exactly why they believe New York is going in the wrong direction-but they do. Mirroring other polls, a WSJ-NBC4 New York-Marist poll this week showed 55% of registered voters think New York is headed in the wrong direction, the highest number in more than 10 years.

"Concern about the city's quality of life is rising as Mr. de Blasio's approval ratings are falling , a disquieting fact for many close to the mayor. In interviews, many voters who said they don't like the job that the mayor is doing attribute their disapproval to a declining quality of life. Polls show New Yorkers give Mr. de Blasio consistently low marks on handling homelessness and crime, and the Partnership for New York City, the biggest business group, now sends its members a quarterly report to assuage fears."

"BILL DE BLASIO INSISTS his administration has open door policy with press and public" -- News' Jennifer Fermino: "A day after one of his aides got into a heated argument with a TV reporter over his refusal to take questions on homelessness, Mayor de Blasio Thursday insisted his administration had an open door policy with both the press and the public. De Blasio said he has a system for taking questions from reporters that includes plenty of time for "off topic questions" - political-speak for questions on any topic under the sun. He also promised more town hall meetings, in which members of the public can ask the mayor and his officials about city government." -- SEE THE VIDEO , via CBS's Marcia Kramer:

THEY HAVE A PLAN -- East Harlem Tenants Group Rejects De Blasio Housing Plan, Offer Its Own -- Gotham Gazette's David Howard King: An East Harlem tenants group is gearing up to battle Mayor Bill de Blasio over his housing plan, saying that the plan will see local mom-and-pop stores bought out by chains, further incentivize landlords to push tenants out, and destroy the culture of Spanish Harlem. The group, Movement for Justice in El Barrio, is countering the de Blasio rezoning proposal that they call a "luxury housing plan" with a 10-point agenda of its own designed to preserve current housing stock and protect the community from gentrification.

Happening today: Movement for Justice, an immigrant-led community organization formed in 2007, plans to make its opposition and proposals public at a Friday afternoon press conference at the corner of East 103rd Street and Lexington Avenue. Tenants' biggest concerns, which mirror those being seen in other neighborhoods around the city where de Blasio is first looking to rezone to create more density, are led by the administration's plan calling for all new residential development to set aside 25-30 percent for "affordable" housing units, but with affordability rates they say are too high."

MEDIA MORNING -- "Time Inc.'s Record of the 20th Century, in Thousands of Boxes, Is Moving," by Times' David W. Dunlap: "Time Inc., on the verge of leaving its Midtown Manhattan headquarters after 55 years, has donated its archive to the New-York Historical Society, at Central Park West and 77th Street. ... [T]he archive includes a 1937 Oscar; a globe of the Earth, wrapped in 1988 by Christo himself; a receipt for a three-month gift subscription to Time for the 15-year-old John F. Kennedy; and Life's carbon copy of an ad hoc contract signed Nov. 23, 1963, by Abraham Zapruder granting the magazine, for $50,000, exclusive worldwide print rights 'to my original 8 mm color film which shows the shooting of President Kennedy in Dallas on Nov. 22, 1963.' 'It's the 20th century in a few thousand boxes,' Michael T. Ryan, the director of the society's library, said on Wednesday as he and Bill Hooper, Time Inc.'s archivist, prepared for the first shipment. The archive traces the history of Time, Life, Fortune, Sports Illustrated, People and other magazines, as well as the 'March of Time' radio and newsreel series."

FUTURE OF NEWS - "NYT VR [Virtual Reality]: How to Experience a New Form of Storytelling From The Times": "NYT VR is a mobile app that can be used - along with your headphones and optionally a cardboard viewing device - to simulate richly immersive scenes from across the globe. To start, The Times Magazine presents three portraits of children driven from their homes by war and persecution - an 11-year-old boy from eastern Ukraine named Oleg, a 12-year-old Syrian girl named Hana and a 9-year-old South Sudanese boy named Chuol." ... Intro by Jake Silverstein

THE TALK OF WALL STREET - "Goldman Tries Quicker Promotions to Keep Junior Bankers Happy," by Bloomberg's Michael J. Moore: "Goldman Sachs Group Inc. said faster promotions, third-year rotations and more automation of grunt work are among the latest changes it's making to improve life for young investment bankers and head off defections.

The world's top merger adviser will promote all analysts to associates after two years, and let them switch to different teams in their third year to broaden skills ... Top workers will be able to advance from associate to vice president in 3 1/2 years, cutting the previous timetable by 12 months ... The moves mean higher pay for many junior bankers and earlier conversations with managers about future roles at the firm. Once Wall Street banks hire young employees, the biggest threats to retaining them typically come from their buy-side clients, such as investment funds, that start recruitment efforts within months to pick up talent fresh from two-year training programs."

OUT AND ABOUT -- PBS NewsHour co-anchors Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff received the Women's Media Center's Pat Mitchell Lifetime Achievement Award last night at the Center's 10th anniversary gala in NYC. SPOTTED: Amy Schumer, Sally Field, Diane Lane, Pat Mitchell, Gloria Steinem, Carol Jenkins, Robin Morgan, Julie Burton, Sara Just, Beth Hoppe, Dan Barzilay, Jennifer Lawson, Rick Schneider, Barbara Raab, Travis Daub, Nick Massella and additional awardees Laura Bates, Mona Eltahawy, Padmasree Warrior, and Marlo Thomas.

TRANSITIONS -- "MSNBC Producer Carmen Widman Joins Marathon Strategies" as SVP of media relations: "Carmen has worked at MSNBC as a senior level Booking Producer for the past 15 years, collaborating with veteran journalists such as Andrea Mitchell and Lester Holt. ... She has previously worked at WNBC as well as at ABC and News 12."

REAL ESTATE -- BLACKSTONE UNEDITED-"Sweet deal: Blackstone won't have to pay back city's $144M Stuy Town 'loan,'" by Real Deal's Konrad Putzier: "When the city announced an agreement with the Blackstone Group to preserve 5,000 affordable housing units at Stuyvesant Town- Cooper Village last month, it disclosed that the fund manager would receive a $144 million loan from the public Housing Development Corporation in exchange for its efforts. Turns out calling it a 'loan' is a bit of a stretch. Blackstone will never have to pay a penny in either principal or interest, according to the deal's term sheet, meaning what was billed as a loan is de-facto a cash gift from the de Blasio administration.

"The city agreed to give Blackstone a subordinate acquisition loan over $143,718,750 through the HDC or one of its subsidiaries, which 'will have a term of 20 years at 0% interest, with the principal amount of the HDC Subordinate Loan being forgiven annually at a rate of $7,185,937.50 per annum,' according to the document. At the end of the loan's term the principal will be down to exactly zero. Since the interest rate is also zero and the 'loan' is exempt from mortgage taxes per the agreement, Blackstone faces no costs."

EMPLOYMENT BLUEPRINT-"EDC president lays out job-growth vision," by POLITICO New York's Sally Goldenberg: "In its attempt to narrow New York City's wealth gap, the de Blasio administration has expanded free pre-kindergarten to all 4-year-olds and is in the early stages of a citywide plan to require more rent-regulated apartments for low- and moderate-income New Yorkers. Now, the city's Economic Development Corp., an agency many insiders privately acknowledge had been uninvolved in the administration's central activity during the first year of Bill de Blasio's mayoralty, is embarking on its own agenda to expand job opportunities in the city.

"In a wide-ranging speech hosted by Crain's New York Business Thursday morning, EDC President Maria Torres-Springer said the city hopes to dramatically expand commercial office space, grow its biotechnology sector and find an operator at to run the South Brooklyn Marine Terminal. These new initiatives would be coupled with plans to establish a five-borough ferry system, the financial details of which are not yet public."

TAX BREAKS-"Landlords Fail To List 50,000 N.Y.C. Apartments for Rent Limits," by ProPublica's Cezary Podkul and Marcelo Rochabrun: "In late August, Gov. Andrew Cuomo and other top New York officials announced an unusual crackdown on landlords. Nearly 200 building owners were collecting big tax breaks under a program to spur housing, officials said, but hadn't registered their apartments for rent stabilization as the law requires. ... But an investigation by ProPublica found that in reality, state and New York City officials have tolerated the problem for years - and ignored pleas to investigate.

"Nor is it limited to the building owners Cuomo and Schneiderman found - landlords have failed to register thousands of buildings for rent regulation, casting doubt on the legality of leases for about 50,000 apartments across the city."

THE HOME TEAMS -- POLITICO New York's Howard Megdal: The day ahead: the Knicks host the Bucks. Kobe and the Lakers face the Nets at Barclays - the two teams are a combined 0-9 and Kobe is shooting 32%. But the food at Habana? Fantastic!

COFFEE BREAK -- "In Aziz Ansari's 'Master of None,' a new definition of Netflix-and-chill," by WashPost's Hank Stuever: "'Master of None,' Aziz Ansari's refreshingly optimistic Netflix comedy about yet another emotionally tentative, occasionally lovelorn New Yorker, bears at least a passing resemblance to FX's 'Louie,' the ingenious quasi-comedy starring Louis C.K. as a divorced father and comedian who also endures a series of strange personal encounters in the city, seen from the downhill slope that begins in the mid-40s. Adhering to a Woody Allen aesthetic, both men write and star in shows that are about a version of themselves and their worldviews. But halfway through 'Master of None's' 10 episodes (which begin streaming [today]), I realized that I was binging - and straight-up enjoying - a show that could just as easily be called 'Millennial Louie.'" Trailer

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