MTA Adding 500 More Cops + Fusion Voting & Public Campaign Financing Debated

Local News

  • Brooklyn Eagle polled all 51 Council Members for their views on the Mayor’s plan to replace Rikers with four smaller jails and found that the plan will likely pass thanks to City Hall conceding reduced sizes for all four new sites.
  • The de Blasio administration is putting another $43 million into the city’s lightly-used ferry system. The ferries carry only 18,000 passengers a day. Some, including Comptroller Scott Stringer, say this money could be better invested in the bus or bike system.
  • The City Council is planning to repeal a two-year old ban on conversion therapy. The move comes after an anti-LGBTQ hate group based in Arizona filed a lawsuit challenging the ban’s legality. Rather than take the risk of having the courts weigh in, the Council will rely on state law, which will allow for adults in the city to undergo conversion......
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Con Ed Feels the Heat + Cuomo Proposes Primary Day Shift

LOCAL NEWS

  • The State Legislature and City Council held dueling hearings that grilled Con Edison leadership for their power failures this summer, and legislators pondered proposals for government intervention that would threaten Con Ed’s monopoly and/or carry out a public takeover of the electric utility.
  • Crime continued to fall, as did arrests for low-level misdemeanors, during the recent NYPD slowdown.
  • Union density in New York City dropped to 21.8% this year, the City’s lowest rate of unionization since 2012.
  • Andrew Cuomo has hired the former assistant counsel to the New York State Senate Republicans to oversee the budget process.
  • Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez will propose a version of State Senator Julia Salazar’s good cause eviction bill to the US Congress, in addition to other tenant protection bills.
  • Following a pressure campaign from local healthcare activists, Brooklyn Representative and potential future House Speaker......
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NYPD Officers Who Raped Brooklyn Teen Get Probation + Panel Recommends Eliminating Gifted & Talented Programs

LOCAL NEWS

  • Two NYPD officers who raped 18 year old Anna Chambers were sentenced to no jail time in a secretive court hearing last week. Eddie Martins and Richard Hall had pleaded guilty to 11 charges and admitted they had sex with Chambers while she was held in their custody. The light sentencing comes on the heels of the acquittal and firing of NYPD Officer Daniel Pantaleo, who killed Eric Garner in 2014. 

  • The family of Eric Garner filed a lawsuit seeking to bring Mayor de Blasio and Police Commissioner O’Neill before a judge to answer questions about their handling of Garner’s killing. The family also filed a freedom of information request seeking exhibits and transcripts from the disciplinary trial of Officer Daniel Pantaleo, who was fired last week. The lawsuit relies on a rarely-used section of the City Charter, allowing any five citizens who pay taxes in the......

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Pantaleo is fired + Public Campaign Finance Commission meets

Local News

  • Daniel Pantaleo, the NYPD officer who killed Eric Garner in 2014, was finally fired on Monday. NYPD officers have reacted angrily to Pantaleo’s firing, insisting that cops are now “afraid to put their hands on people.” Patrick Lynch, head of the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association, called for a work slowdown in response.
  • The 9-member New York State Public Campaign Financing Commission, tasked with developing a system of public funding for state elections, held its first meeting on Wednesday. The nine-member group will also determine whether to end fusion voting, which allows candidates to run on more than one ballot line and gives third parties more influence in elections. The commission was created in this year’s state budget as a compromise after legislators failed to create a public campaign finance system for state elections, and the deadline for their report to the state......
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Hotel Trades Council Spies on NYC-DSA + Next Steps for Queens

Local News

  • Politico detailed NYC-DSA’s rank and file strategy to push the City’s unions to the left. One of the most conservative and Cuomo-aligned unions in the City, the Hotel Trades Council, is believed to have recently ordered its staffers to spy on NYC-DSA chapter meetings.
  • This past Monday, Gregory Russ began his tenure as NYCHA chairperson. Formerly head of Minneapolis’s public housing authority, Russ has faced criticism for embracing the controversial federal RAD program, which allows private non-profit developers to control public housing units through funding for repairs. Russ replaces former NYCHA chairperson Shola Olatoye, who resigned in April following a lead paint inspection scandal. Russ will be paid an annual salary of $402,628, a 73% increase from his predecessor’s.
  • City Council members Mark Gjonaj and Margaret Chin have proposed a bill to legalize hostels in NYC.
  • The New York Times’ crime......
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