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JON LENTZ Editor-in-chief

Donald Trump beat Hillary Clinton on Long Island last fall, but only narrowly. Trump won Suffolk County comfortably, but fell short in Nassau County, with a combined margin of victory of fewer than 20,000 votes. The divide extends to other elected offices. The region’s four House seats remain evenly split, filled by Republican Reps. Peter King and Lee Zeldin and Democratic members of Congress Kathleen Rice and Tom Suozzi. Nassau County is led by Republican County Executive Ed Mangano, and Suffolk’s county executive is Democrat Steve Bellone. And while the GOP once enjoyed a monopoly on the region’s nine state Senate seats, Democrats picked up two seats last year. It’s the kind of place where the politics are neither red nor blue but solidly purple, and where elected officials are often drawn toward the middle, not the extremes. But Long Island officials also defy expectations – including King, the subject of this week’s cover story, who has recently become one of the president’s biggest fans.

CONTENTS BOCHINCHE & BUZZ ... 6 Gerson Borrero has gossip on the women running Rikers and more

LONG ISLAND’S TO-DO LIST ... 10 5 issues Long Island leaders are tackling now

NEW YORK NONPROFIT MEDIA ... 34 Andrew Hevesi will continue pushing his homeless subsidy bill

SLANT ... 36

The ACLU’s Chad Marlow says it’s crucial the NYPD keeps its data from the feds

WINNERS & LOSERS ...42

Who was up and who was down last week

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How the congressman learned to love Donald Trump

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SHELDON SILVER What the ruling means for the former Assembly speaker – and other disgraced pols ... 8

THE INFLUENTIALS The 25 movers and shakers on Long Island you need to know ...23


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BÜRGERMEISTER DE BLASIO GOES GLOBAL

POLICE FAMILY SHOWS UP FOR OFFICER FAMILIA Nearly 25,000 police officers from 85 departments filled the Bronx’s Grand Concourse in their dress blues on Tuesday, standing proud at the funeral for Miosotis Familia, an NYPD officer who was murdered while sitting in a police command vehicle on July 5 while working in the Bronx. Familia, who was remembered as a mediator, was the sixth NYPD officer to be killed while on duty in the past three years.

Track maintenance at New York Penn Station began at the start of the week, but so far the “summer of hell” has felt like the summer of heck. Fewer trains used the nation’s busiest transit hub, but contingency plans – on average – worked well, with no major calamities. Commuters aren’t exhaling yet – there’s still more than a month to go.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio flew to Germany for the G-20 summit just hours after announcing the trip, defying criticism coming from a number of angles. The last-minute decision also kept New York reporters from covering the trip in person, but the de Blasio administration said it didn’t commit until it learned the date of murdered NYPD Officer Miosotis Familia’s funeral. Many officers were still offended that the mayor would leave town while the NYPD mourned, and some turned their backs on de Blasio at the funeral. De Blasio attended events around the G-20 summit in Hamburg, including a rally to oppose Trump. Rally organizers paid for de Blasio and his aides, but city taxpayers footed the bill for his NYPD security.

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C&S: You coined the phrase “net neutrality” over a decade ago. Now the Trump administration has said that it wants to deregulate broadband internet service companies. Is this something easier said than done? TW: One, people don’t like it. I don’t know if that’ll stop him, but it’s certainly not popular by any stretch to the imagination. Last time I checked, there’s not that many people rooting for a higher cable bill or excited about paying more for Netflix. There’s no political constituency at all, so that’s one barrier. That doesn’t necessarily stop him, but the second barrier, I’m dubious that the courts will uphold the retraction of net neutrality. They just installed the net neutrality laws two years ago and you’re not allowed to just completely, randomly change the regulations that quickly without things changing.

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C&S: Should the internet be regulated as a public utility? TW: Yes. I think it’s become essential to people’s lives. I think that basic broadband access – it’s just like electricity or water at this point. I mean, when you get a new house, what do you do? You get water, you get broadband. C&S: How would a rollback harm freedom of the press, considering so many internet providers have their own news outlets? TW: The temptation to help out your own stuff and punish other people is very great. Why wouldn’t you? There’s a history of this stuff being used for political purposes. If there’s no rules on that, then why not? I think history suggests that there are serious threats to free expression.

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GOV. ANDREW CUOMO keeps losing friends on Long Island. Dean Skelos cooperated with Cuomo on same-sex marriage and gun control, but a corruption scandal knocked the former state Senate majority leader out of office. Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano was another reliable Republican ally until he too was hit with corruption allegations. And it’s an open question how long state Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan’s collaboration with Cuomo can last, considering the growing criticism of the GOP’s partnership with the Independent Democratic Conference. But for the longest time, Cuomo has cultivated a bromance with another Long Islander: Billy Joel. They’ve ridden motorcycles together on the anniversary of Sept. 11 and to publicize the battle against breast cancer. Joel named Cuomo as godfather to his daughter. Cuomo put Joel’s songs on his Spotify playlist. And in a memorable feature in Beach magazine, Joel was interviewed by the governor himself.

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Releases “The Stranger” in 1977

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TRAVEL Upcoming concerts in Chicago, Minneapolis, New York and Boston

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TWO MUJERES RUNNING RIKERS If Mayor Bill de Blasio paid more attention to what’s happening in New York City instead of jetting off to faraway places, he would have noticed that there are two well-respected women running the city Department of Correction. Bochincheros are saying that it might even help the mayor with the search to replace Joseph Ponte, the ex-correction commissioner who resigned in May after he admitted to driving more than 18,500 out-of-state miles on the city’s dime, mostly to his home in Maine. It appears that this is the first time the department is being led by two women. More importantly, the buzz is that they’re doing well and can handle the politics around Rikers Island. One of them is Cynthia Brann, who was hired as deputy commissioner of quality assurance and integrity in August 2015. A senior insider bochinchero described Brann as “a competent, knowledgeable and seasoned person.” Then there’s Hazel Jennings, who was appointed bureau chief of facility operations in February 2016. B&B was told that, like Brann, Jennings is also “highly knowledgeable, no-nonsense and effective.” According to another bochinchero, “They’re already holding people accountable.” The buzz is that the current circumstances allow for a promotion from within. “The mayor shouldn’t make the same mistake again,” one bochinchero said. “He can’t bring in a person with expertise in running a prison. Rikers is a jail. We’re a holding pen.” Other bochincheros agreed that this is a recurring problem. “Whoever de Blasio recruits from the outside will take about a year to figure out how the department and Rikers work,” one said. Sounds reasonable. Pero, there may need to be some clarity with Brann’s role in the Ponte scandal.

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ASTORINO AND SLIWA, NO MAS AMIGOS Not too many people can blame Rob Astorino for being pissed off at Curtis Sliwa. (Everybody hates Curtis in New York City.) After all, the Westchester County executive is considered the founding member of the state Reform Party. So, one would think that even after the court battle for control of the party – which was won by Sliwa and Frank Morano – they might endorse Astorino for re-election as a way to kiss and make up. Not in Sliwa’s world. The Reform Party has instead endorsed state Sen. George Latimer – a Democrat – over Astorino. Sources told B&B that Astorino is fuming. “You’ve destroyed a 20-year friendship,” Astorino told Sliwa in a heated exchange between the former amigos. For his part, Sliwa, in his capacity as party chairman, told Astorino, “You’ve strayed away, Rob. You’re no longer a reformer.” Besides the current feud, the problem for Astorino is that if he wins his re-election, he’d want the Reform Party’s backing to run for governor in 2018. The thinking here is that the Republican nomination to challenge Gov. Andrew Cuomo is up for grabs, and the Reform Party might want to back another horse. This may be a vergogna, or shame in Italian, but it’s good bochinche. And I’m sure Cuomo is smiling.

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WHAT’S IN A A knowledgeable insider political bochinchero told B&B, “Of the six candidates running for Brooklyn DA, only Vincent Gentile has obtained a Chinese name (on the ballot),” referring to the practice of New York City politicians choosing a Chinese name for elections, as mandated by federal law. Gentile, a term-limited city councilman representing Bay Ridge, is running against a field of candidates that includes acting District Attorney Eric González, Pat Gatling, Ama Dwimoh, Anne Swern and Marc Fliedner – all of whom have worked as prosecutors in the Brooklyn DA’s office. Even though the other wannabes have never run for office, the bochinchero points out, “They really need to get on the stick, or else nobody in Sunset Park (the third Chinatown) will know which Chinese names correspond with which candidates on Election Day.” That would be the Tuesday, Sept. 12, Democratic primary in this Year of the Rooster on the Chinese calendar. By the way, 2016 was the Year of the Monkey and 2018 will be the Year of the Dog. Given the results of last year’s presidential election, interpret that as you will.

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By FRANK G. RUNYEON and GRACE SEGERS THE CORRUPTION CONVICTION against former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver was overturned on Thursday, jolting the political and legal landscape, and raising questions about whether other officials previously convicted of corruption might also have their legal fortunes reversed. “We are grateful the court saw it our way and reversed the conviction on all counts,” Steven Molo and Joel Cohen, lawyers for Silver, said in a statement. The U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Southern District of New York, which prosecuted the case against Silver, said they would retry the case, but a spokesperson said that it was “too early to say” when the office will begin the process. Experts previously believed the odds were stacked against Silver’s appeal, and the decision could indicate future difficulty in prosecutors obtaining convictions for public corruption. The ruling is in line with a trend toward a narrowing definition of corruption, legal experts said. The federal appeals court’s decision to overturn the case hinged on the 2016 precedent-setting U.S. Supreme Court case, McDonnell v. United States, where the court narrowed the definition of “honest services” fraud – a statute under which Silver was also convicted, in addition to Hobbs Act extortion and money laundering. But several legal experts told City & State they believe that despite the setback for the U.S. Attorney’s office, Silver would not escape a second conviction. Former U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara, who first brought the case against Silver, tweeted earlier Thursday, “The evidence was strong. The Supreme Court changed the law. I expect Sheldon Silver to be retried and re-convicted.” Zephyr Teachout, a law professor and corruption expert who ran in the Democratic primary for governor in 2014, echoed Bharara’s opinion. She said that the ruling rested on a shift in how the “honest services” statute is interpreted between the time Silver was convicted in 2015 and when the Supreme Court decided McDonnell in 2016. “The 2nd Circuit is saying we can’t be sure that jury instructions wouldn’t have made a difference, so we’ve got to throw this out, but it certainly leaves the door open for


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retrial and reconviction,” Teachout said. The appeals court found statements by the prosecution and jury instruction by the trial judge to be overly broad, explained Vincent Bonventre, a professor at Albany Law School and director of the Center for Judicial Process. Silver may have taken actions to benefit others in exchange for payments, but these did not fall under the specific definition of “official acts” that is necessary to convict on corruption charges. Bonventre was referring to the change that occurred after Silver had been convicted by a jury in the District Court of the Southern District of New York in 2015, when the Supreme Court narrowed the definition of an “official act,” the basis for corruption charges, in the McDonnell case. In that decision, Chief Justice John Roberts wrote on behalf of the court that an official act “must involve a formal exercise of governmental power, and must also be something specific

and focused that is ‘pending’ or ‘may by law be brought’ before a public official.” Using the definition outlined in the McDonnell case, Judge Jose Cabranes wrote in the decision Thursday morning by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd District that the district court’s instructions to the jury about what constitutes an official act was in error. He added that “it is not clear beyond a reasonable doubt that a rational jury would have reached the same conclusion if properly instructed.” Bonventre said that the appeals court decision was tantamount to saying, “We don’t know why the jury convicted Sheldon Silver.” Jury members may have convicted Silver on the basis of what prosecutors and the judge told them, “which is that anything that Sheldon Silver might have done as speaker of the Assembly was one of those official actions,” Bonventre said. He added that these directions conflict with the Supreme Court’s decision in McDonnell. While the high court’s narrower definition for an official act requires more precise evidence, connecting payments and actions, Teachout said, prosecutors would have strong enough evidence in the Silver case to re-convict under this higher legal standard. Jennifer Rodgers, executive director of the Center for the Advancement of Public Integrity at Columbia Law School, also thinks that Silver will likely be convicted when the

retrial goes forward and a jury has been “properly instructed” of the definition for an official act. Even after the acts that the 2nd Circuit court ruled as not official are removed from the charges, Rodgers said there is still a “ton of evidence” that Silver was engaged in corrupt activity. Rodgers also believes that the ruling to overturn Silver’s conviction should not be seen as a sign that the 2nd Circuit will rule similarly in the case of former state Senate Minority Leader Dean Skelos, who is appealing his conviction of corruption charges using arguments based on the McDonnell decision. “There were a few things in Silver that were different from Skelos that were important to the Second Circuit in deciding Silver,” she explained. Rodgers said that the Silver case included charges that “the government said were official acts that clearly should not have been under McDonnell.” “Skelos doesn’t have those. I think all of the conduct charged against Skelos is really official,” Rodgers said. She also noted that there were some aspects unique to the Silver case that had factored into the judges’ decision-making that would not apply to the Skelos case, such as issues regarding the statute of limitations for considering some charges. In future corruption cases, Teachout notes, prosecutors may be less likely to reach for the “honest services” statute as readily because it’s been weakened and will likely turn to other laws to pursue corrupt officials. In the wake of the ruling in the Silver case, some are looking at tools other than legal prosecution to end corruption in the state. Dick Dadey, the executive director of the Citizens Union, a nonpartisan organization that encourages good governance, said that New Yorkers need to address the recent spate of scandals through a constitutional convention. “If you want a prime example of what corruption is in New York state, this is it,” said Dadey. “Legislation is not going to pass that’s going to prevent the kind of corruption that Sheldon Silver was involved in, so New Yorkers need to step up and call for a constitutional convention when they vote in November.”


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LONG ISLAND IS a patchwork of suburban towns and villages, stretching from the wealthy enclaves and densely populated communities dominating Nassau County in the west to the more rural areas in the far eastern reaches of Suffolk County. But while many Long Island residents commute into New York City for work, it’s more than a bunch of bedroom communities and there are plenty of political and policy matters that local leaders are confronting every day, from high property taxes to major infrastructure projects like adding a third track to the Long Island Rail Road. To get up to speed on these and other key issues on Long Island, we reached out to U.S. Rep. Pete King, state Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan, state Sen. Todd Kaminsky, Assemblyman Steve Englebright and the three candidates for the Nassau County executive – former state Sen. Jack Martins, Nassau County Legislator Laura Curran and Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos.

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LIRR’S THIRD TRACK The two railroad tracks running from Brooklyn out to Hicksville had no problem carrying the first riders on the Long Island Rail Road – in 1837. But 180 years later, the span can be a bottleneck for 300,000 daily LIRR commuters. That may be changing. Last Tuesday, after weeks of political brinkmanship, state Senate leadership signaled that they will approve public funding to lay a third set of tracks to reduce worsening train traffic and delays. In 2016, an estimated 7.5 million passengers were “inconvenienced” by 17,384 late or canceled LIRR trains, or roughly 7 percent of all trains, state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli’s office reported. LIRR anticipates further problems while repairs at New York Penn Station are underway during what Gov. Andrew Cuomo termed the “summer of hell.” “Living in the suburbs cannot work if you’re unable to get predictably to and from New York City,” said state Sen. Todd Kaminsky. “We need to make the necessary investments in our rail infrastructure.” For years, plans to add another track were snagged by Long Islanders living near the tracks who did not want the railroad to cut into their property. Last year, Cuomo unveiled a new plan that would not need to slice into anyone’s backyard. The plan aims to lay 9.8 miles of new track on the Main Line, build sound-blocking walls and make station improvements along with new underpasses and overpasses – so driv-

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ers won’t have to wait at crossings, according to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Local traffic, noise and air pollution would all be reduced as well, the plans note. Long Island lawmakers placed the project in jeopardy in the waning days of the legislative session when state Sen. Kemp Hannon introduced a bill to commit $1.95 billion to accelerate repairs and improvements for signals and communications equipment. His opponents said the move aimed to defund the third track expansion project – which also costs $1.95 billion – but after winning concessions, Republicans closed the deal after weeks of political grappling among state Senate leaders and the governor. State Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan, who also represents Long Island, said last Tuesday that his representative on the MTA’s Capital Program Review Board would “vote to allow the proposed third track project to move forward.” “All along, we have listened to our constituents and endeavored to do the right thing,” Flanagan said in a statement.

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PETE KING

Rep. Pete King called Long Island’s top law enforcement officials to the federal courthouse in Central Islip for a hearing of the House Counterterrorism and Intelligence Subcommittee. It was just two miles from where the bodies of four young men had been found, in the latest deaths attributed to members of the gang Mara Salvatrucha, best known as MS-13. King led the questioning, asking officials from the FBI and the Suffolk County Police Department about what could be

done to shut down MS-13. The gang is responsible for at least 11 Suffolk County murders in the past year, many of them targeted killings of teenagers. “It appears MS-13 has gamed the system,” King said. According to him, many of the gang members came into the country by crossing the U.S.-Mexico border as unaccompanied minors. The young people, mostly from El Salvador, are picked up there and sent to live with family and friends in Central Islip and the surrounding towns while they await their immigration hearings. “We have to be careful about how we address it. Could be interpreted the wrong way,” said King, with illegal immigration being such a controversial topic. “It could turn the community against us, and we need community support.” U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions faced protests in Central Islip when he spoke in April about cracking down on MS13. Many in the community fear the Trump administration will use the violence as pretext for widespread deportations. While many of the MS-13 gang members are Spanish-speaking immigrants, so are most of the victims. King said that because many in the area are undocumented or don’t speak English, the violence has stayed out of the news. “The average person is barely aware of the horrible nature of these deaths and the fact that they’re occurring,” he said. One of the solutions suggested at the congressional hearing was better oversight for unaccompanied minors. Suffolk County Police Commissioner Timothy Sini agreed: “If we don’t provide for these unaccompanied minors, MS-13 will.”

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A series of political scandals are eroding public trust in government on Long Island. In 2015, former state Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos, a Republican from Long Island, was found guilty on eight counts of bribery, extortion and conspiracy. Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano pleaded not guilty late last year to corruption charges, alongside former Oyster Bay Town Supervisor John Venditto. Venditto was also indicted on separate corruption charges last month, along with several other town officials. Not surprisingly, ethics reform become a focal point of the Nassau County executive race, as three candidates vie to replace the embattled Mangano this fall. Republican candidate Jack Martins, Democrat Laura Curran and Republican turned Democrat George Maragos have named ending corruption as a top priority. Martins draws on his record in the state Senate. “I certainly feel it is the responsibility of an executive to bring people together and to build consensus around ideas,” he said. “I do think I’m uniquely positioned to be able to do these things because that’s what I’ve done my entire time in elective office.” The Maragos campaign, meanwhile, is employing a different strategy, using only small donor contributions and denouncing entrenched corruption. “The pay-to-play culture was allowed to grow unabated and unchallenged and became ingrained within the political system,” said Maragos. He not only is refusing donations from what he calls “special interests,” but hopes to ban all vendor

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contributions to political campaigns and candidates. Maragos believes this is the “huge differentiating factor” between himself and the other candidates. In her campaign, Curran strongly emphasizes the immediate need for independence in the county Board of Ethics and with a new inspector general position, but her background outside of the Nassau County political machine is also a significant part of her pitch to voters. She is a former reporter who became involved in politics by serving on the Baldwin Board of Education. She said that her four-year service as a county legislator does not conflict with her image as a political outsider, separate from corrupt Nassau politics. “I just think the kind of candidate I am symbolizes the fresh start that I want to give Nassau County,” she said.

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PROPERTY TAX CAP

JOHN FLANAGAN

In 2011, Gov. Andrew Cuomo persuaded state lawmakers to cap property tax hikes at 2 percent a year or the rate of inflation, whichever is lower. In 2015, the state Legislature renewed the cap through 2020. And earlier this year, the state budget included measures to bolster the law, including a requirement that local governments hold public hearings on ways to cut costs through shared services. But state Senate Republicans still want to go a step further.

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This past session, they made another push to make the tax cap permanent, although it failed to advance in the Assembly. “Prior to the property tax cap, communities throughout the state were faced with skyrocketing increases and uncontrolled local spending,” Flanagan said in January after the state Senate passed the permanent extension. “The cap has been enormously successful in stopping those unsustainable tax increases.” Although it has proven to be beneficial for Long Island homeowners, local government officials argue that it forces them to cut programs and services. The tax cap has greatly affected schools in particular, with school district property taxes taking up more than 60 percent of homeowners’ property tax bills. The baseline property tax cap is 1.26 percent for the 201718 fiscal year, an increase over the 0.12 percent cap from the prior year. Districts whose proposed spending plans go over their individual caps can override the tax cap with at least 60 percent support from voters. This school year, all of Long Island’s public school districts plan to stay within their property tax caps for the first time since the limit was implemented, according to the state comptroller’s office. Last year, nine schools districts voted for cap overrides, and seven of those override attempts were successful. “Making the tax cap permanent brings additional certainty to businesses, taxpayers and families,” said Scott Reif, a spokesperson for Flanagan. “Putting the property tax cap in place slammed the door on those property tax increases so they’re more manageable. Our position has always been to make it permanent.”


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WIND ENERGY

STEVE ENGLEBRIGHT

Many countries have been transitioning to more environmentally friendly sources of energy, but the U.S. continues to rely heavily on fossil fuels with only 10 percent of the total energy used coming from renewable sources. If there is hope that the U.S. will further develop its clean energy production capacity, New York could lead the way. The Long Island Power Authority contracted with Deep-

Extreme West Coast Heatwave: Any Meaning for New York? BY NORRIS MCDONALD

In the waning weeks of June, three West Coast states were suffocated by a two-week heat wave that brought record high temperatures and a slew of infrastructure problems.

It is a sign of what is to come for the Empire State if carbon emissions are not curbed. California, Arizona and Nevada experienced elongated 100-plus degree temperatures as high as 119 during the week of June 19th. As would be expected, all three states also experienced rolling power outages due to excessive electricity demand as the use of air conditioning spiked. What's more, nearly 50 flights were grounded out of Phoenix as planes could not take off, and city streets and highways throughout California buckled. Scientists say if the country’s current carbon emissions are not curtailed quickly, such extreme temperatures could impact all 50 states by the year 2100.

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water Wind earlier this year to build the largest offshore wind farm in the country. The first part of the project, known as the South Fork wind farm, plans to put 15 wind turbines capable of producing around 90 megawatts of clean, renewable energy. The best part? It will be located 30 miles off the coast of Montauk, far enough that it won’t be visible from Long Island’s beaches. Although, they may be able to be seen from the west coast of Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts. The South Fork wind farm could be the first installment of Deepwater One, an offshore wind farm planned to one day have as many as 200 turbines. The plan received support from a bipartisan coalition of Long Island politicians as well as Gov. Andrew Cuomo. In a statement, Cuomo said, “This project will not only provide a new, reliable source of clean energy, but will also create high-paying jobs, continue our efforts to combat climate change and help preserve our environment for current and future generations of New Yorkers.” Assemblyman Steve Englebright of Long Island, a longtime advocate of renewable energy, was one of the politicians who supported the initiative. “Wind power is not viewed as something that is speculative,” he said. “It’s now clearly a very viable mode of generating electricity. It’s been tested and proven. It’s now ready for a large-scale implementation.” The South Fork wind farm could begin construction as early as 2019 and could be operational as early as 2022.

According to the journal of Nature Climate Change, at the current rate of carbon emission output and increase, 74% of the planet’s population will experience more than 20 days of deadly heat by the year 2100. Today, only 30% do. Researchers say New York, a city already challenged with aging municipal infrastructure and overworked power grids, will likely have more than 50 days annually of triple-digit, crippling heat by 2100, similar to what California, Arizona and Nevada just survived. Some will argue that the entire country must be converted to wind and solar energy, but they are not without limitations. Two towns in upstate New York, fed up with having windmills shoved down their throats to power downstate communities, have sued for more stringent siting rules. They don't want these things in their backyard. New York State has just achieved a milestone, with statewide wind and solar capacity finally reaching 44 megawatts (MW), enough to power 44,000 homes. After years and hundreds of millions in state and federal subsidies, it’s still a far cry from approaching the over 2,000 MW that will be needed to replace Indian Point, the centerpiece of downstate's energy grid, which is closing in 2021.

It is worth noting that Texas is now facing a heat related energy crisis. While wind farms there account for roughly a fifth of the state’s total electricity output, as temperatures soar into the triple digits, the state’s wind turbines have slowed drastically, with output reduced to about 33% of expected electricity output. While we should all love solar, and hope wind power is seen as less intrusive by its host communities, New York needs to step up its non-greenhouse gas emitting power generation game to rapidly replace Indian Point's capability of powering 2 million homes. Closing this facility seems inconsistent with the state's need for more non-greenhouse gas emitting electricity, not less. Norris McDonald is president of the African American Environmentalist Association (AAEA). Founded in 1985, the AAEA is one of the nation’s oldest African American-led environmental organizations. The AAEA is dedicated to protecting the environment, enhancing human, animal and plant ecologies, promoting the efficient use of natural resources and increasing African American participation in the environmental movement.

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eyebrows moving like Donald Trump. King’s eyebrows, as often seen on TV, are his most prominent feature. Thick, and shades darker than his silver hair, they’re permanently arched, enhancing whatever mood he’s in. When he’s listening intently, they raise high on his forehead, welcoming questions. When he’s angry – defending police officers on TV, or expounding on national security – they strike down across his face like slashes – the shape of intensity. And when he’s telling a story, like the one about President Donald Trump mentioning him by name in front of all his House Republican colleagues, King’s eyebrows dance, his eyes get a faraway look and his weathered face beams a thousandwatt smile. “Personally, we’re getting along very well,” King says of Trump. “In fact, when he comes in to speak with Republicans, he’ll sometimes single me out to speak.” King says he supports Trump in some of the areas that have brought Trump the most controversy: his aggressive speaking style, and his stances on immigration and counterterrorism. That King could be here, proudly backing Trump and touting a personal relationship with the 45th president, would have surprised most political observers and his Long Island constituents just 18 months ago. While some Republicans were on the Trump train all along, and others have always been against him, King went through an evolution. The longestserving Republican member of Congress in Trump’s home state of New York, King refused to endorse Trump in the primary election and called him morally and intellectually unfit to be president. Today, he offers consistent public support – often glowing – of the president. And King learning to love Trump explains a lot about the Long Island congressman’s South Shore district, his all-consuming love of politics and even the president’s personal touch.

THERE’S A STORY KING LIKES TO tell about when Trump gave him a shoutout at a House Republican meeting on repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare. As he tells it, Trump was pitching members of Congress to support legislation that would replace Obamacare when the president got into it with one of the conference’s most conservative members, Rep. Mark Meadows of North Carolina.

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“And then Trump says, ‘If you don’t go the right way, I can always come after you.’ And then I guess he realized he – he saw from the look on the guy’s face that the guy was taking it personally,” King recalls. “(Trump) goes, ‘Wait a minute, we were just kidding around. Ask Pete King, he and I grew up in Queens. That’s the way we talk to each other.’” King laughs at the memory. “But we get along fine,” he concludes. It’s a remarkable turnaround for King, a hawkish, self-described conservative who’s been in politics for four decades. In many ways, you could expect the career politician to dislike the isolationist candidate who rejected the political class. Like many of his fellow establishment Republicans, he was slow to accept Trump. The congressman shared platitudes about Trump’s entrance to the presidential race in the summer of 2015, saying he’ll “add a lot to the race” and that he “talks like a real person,” but seemed to sour on him as the Republican primary race dragged on. King took offense at Trump blaming President George W. Bush for the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, and by Super Tuesday, King told the Daily News he may have to get out of politics if Trump were to win the Republican nomination. “Listen, it’s not going to happen,” he said. “Right now I’m just focusing on Marco Rubio becoming the nominee. I’m not going beyond that.” Rubio dropped out of the race soon after, and by the time the New York primary came along in April, King was a man without a candidate. “I hate Ted Cruz,” he said on “Morning Joe.” “I think I’ll take cyanide if he got the nomination.” But King was so hesitant about Trump that he instead cast his primary vote for the mainstream Republican longshot, Ohio Gov. John Kasich. Trump, he said, “has to show substance” and go beyond the “name-calling and the sound bites.” But when Trump became the presumptive nominee, King got in line with the vast majority of other congressional Republicans and gave him a reluctant endorsement. On the cable networks, where he thrives as a Long Island everyman who’s quick with a quip, King became an eloquent defender of Trump ahead of the general election, mostly avoiding alternative facts-style doublespeak, but never failing to explain what the candidate really meant. It scored him an invite to Trump’s election night party in Manhattan, where King says Trump thanked him for the support. The appearances have only


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“WAIT A MINUTE, WE WERE JUST KIDDING AROUND. ASK PETE KING, HE AND I GREW UP IN QUEENS. THAT’S THE WAY WE TALK TO EACH OTHER.” ramped up since Trump took office, a role he’s happy to play. “There’s not many Republicans in Congress supporting President Trump on the gut issues,” he says. “How many are out there defending him on Russia? Defending him on the travel ban? So that’s why those issues are gut issues I support him on ... I’ll go against him, but I’m going to put my emphasis on defending him.”

Even some Democrats see this as good strategy. “He wears that mantle of being the safety and security guy,” Jerry Kremer, a former Long Island assemblyman, says of King. “And I think that most people beyond that don’t pay attention to what he does.” King’s support for Trump certainly goes beyond the screen. He voted for the American Health Care Act and has voted with the president’s positions 91 percent of the time, according to FiveThirtyEight.

He has also embraced Trump on Twitter. Before Trump’s election, King’s feed was a mix of pictures with Scouts and Little Leaguers and tweets about the New York Mets. These days, he insults The New York Times as an “out of touch, liberal rag” and compliments Trump profusely, tweeting support for the ban on travel from a number of Muslim-majority countries, missile strikes in Syria and his speeches in Saudi Arabia and Poland. The only hint of criticism was on March 26, when he encouraged Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan to “reach across the aisle” on health care reform.

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touch. While comparing Trump to other politicians has become a cottage industry – think Barry Goldwater, Ronald Reagan, Adolf Hitler, hell, even Bernie Sanders – King is one of the easiest cases to make. Both were born and raised in Queens: King was born in 1944 and raised in Irish Catholic Sunnyside; Trump born in 1946 and raised in the affluent Jamaica Estates. Both are showmen, drawn by the lure of TV cameras. Both pride themselves on being politically incorrect – King has faced opposition for his comments on Muslim communities and received death threats after calling pop star Michael Jackson a “pervert” and a “lowlife.” Trump flirted with a 2014 run for New York governor and openly considered running for president many times before his successful run. King has flirted with runs for higher office a number of times in

his career, including openly mulling a 2016 presidential run. Trump has the hair. King has the eyebrows. Of all the similarities, the Queens connection matters most to King. The congressman has lived on Long Island since 1967, but he remains a Queens resident at heart. “Your early years have a big impact,” he says, “because you’re stuck there. When you get older you’re running all over the place.” King sees that same quality in Trump, whether or not the real estate mogul likes it. “I know he’s the big Manhattan guy, but he really is basically an outer borough guy,” King says. “He doesn’t want to admit it, but I mean, that style … I think people on the East Side (of Manhattan), despite what he would like, will never accept him. Even if he’s – that’s just not their style. Guys I grew up with? They think he’s like

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one of the guys on the street corner. I mean he’s like – with all his billions and jets and hotels and golf courses – he’s very much the guy they hang out with.” It’s a remarkable change from King, who said during the primaries that “no tough guy ever came out of Jamaica Estates.” Some 18 months later, that same “outer borough guy” that won the votes of the guys King grew up with has won King over too. The congressman mentiones a Capitol Hill Club meeting last summer for House Republicans to meet Trump before the Republican National Convention. King had offered a half-hearted endorsement by this point, but as one of the few faces Trump recognized among the crowd, he apparently felt comfortable calling King out. As King tells the story, Trump was explaining that in business, you usually


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TRUMP Nobody’s flip-flopped on DONALD TRUMP quite like REP. PETE KING. Here’s what he’s said about the commander in chief in recent years.

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JULY 2015

MAY 2016

“I think that it’s great Donald Trump is in the race. If it goes further, we’ll see. I like Donald Trump, he’s been good to me. He supported me at rough times when I was being attacked by others.”

“I’m not one of those guys that’s anti-Trump. Yes I endorsed him, as the nominee of the party. I don’t intend to be campaigning for him. I have too many real differences with him. National defense for instance, the way he casually talks about nuclear weapons to Korea and Japan. … He misrepresents the TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership).”

ON MSNBC

JANUARY 2016

IN NATIONAL REVIEW

“(U.S. Sen. Ted) Cruz isn’t a good guy, and he’d be impossible as president. People don’t trust him. And regardless of what your concern is with Trump, he’s pragmatic enough to get something done. I also don’t see malice in Trump like I see with Cruz.”

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“He is not fit to be president – morally or intellectually. … America needs a president with the strength and quiet dignity of George W. Bush, not a feckless pretender like Donald Trump who has descended into a poor man’s imitation of Michael Moore.”

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ON CNN

WOLF BLITZER: “If Trump is the nominee, could you vote for him?” PETER KING: “It would be difficult. He’s the nominee of the party, I’d have to see what happens between now and November.”

ON MSNBC

JUNE 2016

ON MSNBC

“What he said (about the Hispanic judge overseeing the Trump University lawsuit) was racist, there’s no doubt about it. I make the distinction from all I know and know of him, Donald Trump himself is not a racist. He’s careless in what he says. He’s reckless in what he says. But to me, you have to make a choice between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. And while I get along personally with Hillary Clinton, I have serious issues with her in the Supreme Court, I’d have serious issues about Syria ... and so, as of this moment, to me that has to tip the balance in Donald Trump’s favor.”

OCTOBER 2016

ON “THE BERNIE AND SID SHOW”

“There are people in the party who they resent the style, they resent the fact that even though he may have conservative positions, he doesn’t act like the buttoned-down Republican businessman. They would love to have guys come in who act very starchy and very aloof and very sophisticated. Trump is too much like, with all his money, he’s still too much like the kid on the Queens street corner. He’s too New York for them.”

APRIL 2016

ON CNN

“Donald Trump, to be an effective candidate in the general election, has to show substance. He has to show that he’s gone just beyond, you know, the name-calling and the sound bites and, again, he’s not my first choice for candidate but he’s got to show that he knows what he’s talking about.”

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ON “THE CATS ROUNDTABLE”

“I agree with 90 percent of what he’s doing, but then maybe slow down on some of the tweets and just focus on getting the job done.”


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know who’s on your side, but you never know in politics. Trump then pointed out King in the crowd and mentioned that he’s donated to the congressman in the past. “So one night I’m watching television, they say, coming up next is Congressman Pete King,” Trump said, according to King. “I think, wow! I’m looking forward to this. Gets up, boom! He said ‘Trump is no good, Trump is this!’” At this point in telling the story, King gives a lighthearted sigh. Then, King continues, Trump said, “Now we’re great friends.” King laughs and responds, “Yeah, we’re great friends.” But was King’s shift from foe to friend driven by political expediency? It’s complicated, says Kremer, who’s known King since the 1970s. “He’s really not reluctant to go against the tide. He’s not a go along to get along guy,” Kremer says. “But on the other hand, he’s still flexible enough. He’s a very smart guy in the sense that he can put his finger to the wind and, even if he’s taken a strong position in one direction, he’s open to changing.” By October, King was New Yorksplaining Trump to fellow Republicans. People in the party resent the fact that Trump doesn’t act like a “buttoned-down Republican businessman,” King told WABC radio. Trump is “still too much like the kid on the Queens street corner. He's too New York for them." By January, it was King who was bringing up the old neighborhood to Trump. After the president gave his first address to a joint session of Congress, King caught him walking out of the chamber. “It’s great to see a Queens guy up there giving that speech,” King told him. “How’d I do?” Trump responded.

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love for Trump doesn’t just come from an instinctive geographic respect. It comes from his deep love for politics – a love that, ironically, may have been his biggest obstacle to supporting Trump in the first place. King is New York’s senior House Republican, having taken office with former President Bill Clinton in 1992, but his career in politics started well before that, when he was elected to the Hempstead Town Council in 1977. He served as Nassau County comptroller from 1982 to 1992, but representing the suburban county was never enough for his political appetite. He ran for state attorney general in 1986, and, over the years, gained

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a measure of international prominence – or notoriety – as a U.S.-based advocate for the Irish Republican Army and its associated political party, Sinn Féin. His full-throated support for what many considered to be a terrorist group has dogged him since, especially when King held a series of controversial hearings on Muslim radicalization in the United States in 2011, when King was accused of hypocrisy and an anti-Muslim bias. For his part, King has largely left Irish politics behind, swearing off the IRA in 2005 and telling the group to disband. King the politico, though, looks back on his involvement with pride. His Massapequa Park office is filled with memorabilia, including a signed copy of the 1998 Good Friday Agreement, which he helped negotiate as a congressman, and numerous photos of him smiling with Clinton and former British Prime Minister Tony Blair. But his office decor is more American than Irish. His political button collection takes up half a wall, with hardware running the gamut from Franklin D. Roosevelt to George H.W. Bush. He even has a button for his opponent in the 1986 attorney general race, Bob Abrams. “Shows how open minded I am,” King says. His love of politics also colors his side gig as the author of three historical novels, two about the Troubles in Ireland, and one about the Sept. 11 attacks. They star Sean Cross, an Irish-American Long Island congressman and thinly veiled stand-in for King himself. His passion has rubbed off on his kids too. His son, Sean King, works for former Sen. Al D’Amato’s political consulting firm, Park Strategies. His daughter, Erin King Sweeney, is a lawyer and serves on the Hempstead Town Council. But King’s love of politics isn’t indiscriminate. He seems to favor open, intelligent debate over politically gimmickry. He was one of the few Republicans to vote against Clinton’s impeachment, and has a longstanding dislike of former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who led the charge. King abhors Cruz, and describes his Senate floor filibuster, which included the reading of a Dr. Seuss book, as “the marks of a carnival barker, not the leader of the free world.” Yet King refuses to hold town halls in his district, saying he thinks they would turn disruptive. “I’d just be enabling aberrant behavior,” he says. Much of our interview is taken up by King talking about the political process. He relishes in considering an issue from

every side, explaining how he understands why constituents with pre-existing medical conditions fear losing health care if Obamacare is repealed, even though, “that’s not going to happen in New York,” because of the state’s Democratic control. As King tells it, his repeal vote was measured, and not a cause for celebration. So how does such a congressman come to love Trump, the reality TV star and political neophyte who led chants of “lock her up”? Part of it may be his reverence for the office of the president. Photos of King with the past four presidents – Clinton, Bush, Obama, and now Trump – adorn his office walls. He proudly displays photos of his two grandchildren with former first lady Michelle Obama. King, who once dreamed of holding the office himself, admits it’s flattering to be noticed by the president. “Maybe I’m kidding myself – I think it’s somewhat genuine with him,” King says of winning Trump’s attention. “Now listen, bottom line is, he’s not going to fall on a sword for me, I don’t mean that, but I think we have, uh, a pretty good relationship,” King says. “I hope I wouldn’t fall for the ego.” King’s few criticisms of Trump seem to stem from this respect for the office, and a frustration with Trump’s political inexperience, rather than of the man himself or his politics. He argues that Trump should have gotten an early legislative win on an infrastructure bill, instead of getting bogged down by health care. His proposed budget cuts to areas of homeland security, such as the Transportation Security Administration and Federal Emergency Management Agency, were the result of a singular focus on the bottom line. And he needs to learn not to respond when somebody says something bad about him on television. “Ignore that shit,” King says. Will that change with time? “No,” he says. “At this stage, we have to learn to work around it.”

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King’s growing respect for Trump was a political calculation. “If you had asked me last April, I’d say, Trump is going to lose by 10. At least,” King says of his district. Instead, Trump won by nine percentage points. New York’s Second Congressional District was one of only 21 districts in the country where Obama won in 2012 and Trump won in 2016. Obama beat Mitt Romney in King’s district with 52 percent


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in 2012, but Trump appealed to voters there in a special way, winning the district with 53 percent. King’s district is right in the middle of Long Island, stretching along the South Shore from Levittown and Jones Beach in the west to Long Island’s MacArthur Airport in the east. It’s almost entirely in Suffolk County, but its far western reaches include the corner of Nassau County where King is most often found – his home, in Seaford, and his office, in Massapequa Park. The district changed quite a bit in the 2012 redistricting, going from a heavily white, affluent Nassau County district to the current borders, which encompass more diversity in race and income. Twenty-two percent of the residents are Latino, many from Central America, and almost 10 percent are black. It has a roughly even split of registered Democratic and Republican voters and The Cook Political Report ranks it as having just a slight Republican lean. While King had low expectations for Trump in his district after the primary, there were signs of a huge turnaround by summer. King’s internal polling had Trump winning the district by 10 or 11 points. King was shocked, and doubted the accuracy of the polling, but the numbers continued to hold steady. There were signs all along. King recounted going to a Little League game soon after Trump announced his candidacy in the summer of 2015: “When everyone, including me, was saying, ‘God, he’s saying all these crazy things,’ and being there with parents and grandparents – normal people, not political people, not Archie Bunkers – and they’re saying, ‘Gosh, this guy Trump, he’s the only guy that says what I think.’” Nationally, many voters have turned on Trump since the election – after a peak 47.8 percent approval rating in January, FiveThirtyEight’s weighted polling average had him at 39.3 percent approval in July. But King’s support seems to be holding steady. Kremer thinks the congressman may just be looking after his South Shore constituents. “Most members tend to reflect what the political geography is in his district,” Kremer says. “Clearly if Trump ended up doing well, in a sense, he feels it safe, but nobody knows if that formula is going to hold through to next year.” Lawrence Levy, executive dean of the National Center of Suburban Studies at Hofstra University, agreed there’s likely some calculation involved.

“He will do what he believes is the right thing for his district and the right thing for his party and the right thing for himself,” Levy says. “And right now, it’s a balancing act.”

I’M IN A CONFERENCE ROOM

at King’s district office while our photographer snaps photos for this story. She got enough standard shots, so I make the ask: “Congressman, would you wear this Make America Great Again hat?” “No,” he says. Is it a step too far for the congressman from the district with so many Democrats? Is the hat, which has been burned at rallies at derided as “a symbol of hate,” too controversial? “No, I

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mean nothing,” King continues. “I’m just not a hat guy. I’ll hold it, not wear it.” Holding the hat while the camera flashes, King jokes that his future opponents will use the pictures to campaign against him. Then he considers the numbers. “There are people who will never ever vote for me because I support Trump. And there’s people who would not vote for me if I don’t support him 95 percent of the way,” he says. But he doesn’t think it’ll affect him too much. “I’ve never seen any intensity, for and against.” Then, as always, King brought it home. “I do think (Trump’s) style – he gets more of a benefit of the doubt in New York. Because people understand that.”


SETTING THE RECORD STRAIGHT ABOUT DEVELOPMENT IN THE EAST RIVER 50s The Manhattan community known as the East River Fifties is the only R10 neighborhood in New York City that still does not have protections against the development of supertall skyscrapers on midblocks and quiet, residential side streets – an oversight of administrations past that is long overdue for correction. The East River Fifties Alliance (ERFA), a grassroots organization, has been working with the City to craft a zoning text change that supports appropriately scaled development and embraces the City’s goals of planned growth, increased affordability and contextual protection for residential side streets. The developer of a gargantuan tower planned for 430 East 58th St., who moved ahead while knowing that a zoning change was being proposed, has attacked this citizens’ initiative -- spouting misstatements and not-so-thinly veiled threats to the community’s residents in the hope of discrediting the proposal. Let the debunking begin. FICTION

The Sutton 58 supertall (and others like it) will rise in the East 50s. It’s as-of-right and there’s no way to stop it.

FACT

If this rezoning is approved by the City Planning Commission and enacted into law by the City Council before the developer has completed a significant amount of foundation construction, the project, as planned, will be stopped and others will be subject to the right-sizing.

FICTION

The coalition is just a front for a handful of wealthy residents of one co-op, The Sovereign, who don’t want their views to be blocked.

FACT

ERFA is composed of nearly 2,200 residents of 351 buildings and many of the city’s leading civic organizations. Community Board 6 unanimously supports the proposed rezoning, and contrary to what the developer has suggested, no one from CB 6 lives in The Sovereign.

FICTION

The proposed re-zoning is a downzoning in disguise that would inhibit the production of market rate housing.

FACT

This plan is not a downzoning. Overall zoning remains R10, unlike surrounding neighborhoods that were previously rezoned with severe R8 and R8b height limits imposed on their midblocks.

FICTION

By requiring developers to provide more affordable housing in exchange for bonus FAR than is required in surrounding areas, the proposal would steer development away from the proposed rezoning area and toward those other areas.

FACT

The affordable housing incentives included in ERFA’s proposal are modeled on an existing program adopted by the City in 2005 which has already proven to be successful at motivating the increased creation of affordable housing. Under that program, certain areas are designated as Inclusionary Housing Designated Areas in which more affordable housing is required in exchange for bonus FAR than would be required under existing R10 zoning.

FICTION

The coalition’s proposed 260’ height limit is unrealistic in the context of Manhattan high-rise development.

FACT

It is not unrealistic. In fact, more than 90 percent of the buildings in the proposed rezoning district are at or below 260 feet.

FICTION

The supertall will enhance the community.

FACT

Construction has already damaged the community. The developer of Sutton58 has received a stop work order and summons from the Department of Buildings for damaging an adjoining, early 20th century low-rise building at 434 East 58th Street – perhaps failing to safeguard the public and property while rushing to get a foundation poured before a zoning change is enacted. This was after it had been suggested to residents of an adjoining building that harm could befall their home (and so they might consider taking a buy-out). The developer removed 23 low-priced housing units from the community when it tore down three buildings to make room for a supertower which is likely to be left largely vacant by absentee owners.

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WHEN THE GOVERNOR latches on to a major regional infrastructure project, much of the planning and political strategizing has already been done by local officials and advocates. When politicians tout New York’s vibrant high -tech research sector, it is thanks to business leaders and academics who are driving the creation of good jobs. And when lawmakers hold press conferences to announce new legislation, they’ve often relied on lobbyists and consultants to build support and get it across the finish line. Many of the individuals who carry out these tasks behind the scenes are not elected, but they are often just as powerful as the officials that are voted into office. In this issue, we identify some of these key players on Long Island – the Influentials. You’ll meet political consultants whose reach extends beyond the region, campaign donors who are having an impact on the national stage and government officials who are determining how taxpayer dollars are spent. In the following pages, we recognize their acumen and their achievements.

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PATRICK DOLAN Majority Owner, Newsday Media Group

Thanks to its control of Madison Square Garden, the New York Knicks, the New York Rangers and AMC Networks, the Dolan family is a force to be reckoned with. And while James Dolan garners plenty of headlines as owner of the Knicks, his lesser known brother, Patrick Dolan, has plenty of sway as majority owner of Newsday Media Group. Patrick Dolan also runs News 12 Networks. Cablevision, another Dolan family company that included Newsday, was sold to European telecommunications company Altice in 2016. But Patrick Dolan led a group that bought back a 75 percent ownership stake in Newsday just a few weeks later. Patrick Dolan has said that he and his father, Charles, are “deeply committed to preserving” the journalism that Newsday provides Long Island.

ROBERT MERCER

JAMES SIMONS

Co-CEO, Renaissance Technologies

Founder, Renaissance Technologies

Any serious political campaign requires money, and to raise funds candidates must appeal to the small circle of millionaire and billionaire elites who have resources, and an interest in public affairs. One of the more notable donors is Robert Mercer, who made billions of dollars as coCEO of Renaissance Technologies, a hedge fund. Mercer has donated millions to conservative campaigns across the country and emerged as a major supporter of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign. Mercer, who funded a pro-Trump super PAC, reportedly was a factor in the appointments of Kellyanne Conway and Steve Bannon to the Trump administration. Although Mercer rarely does interviews and typically stays out of the spotlight, the Long Islander is a major power player in American politics.

James Simons is a renowned mathematician and founder of the successful hedge fund Renaissance Technologies. Under the direction of Simons, Renaissance was one of the first hedge funds to utilize quantitative analytics and mathematics to optimize strategic investing. As of 2015, he was managing around $65 billion in assets. The Long Islander uses his money to contribute to the Democratic Party, funneling millions of dollars into super PACs including a $5 million contribution in 2016 to the Democratic super PAC Priorities USA Action, which supported Hillary Clinton. He and his wife had given away $2.1 billion to charity through 2015. Like his hedge fund partner Richard Mercer, Simons is a New York power player who also makes waves on the national level.


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SEYMOUR LIEBMAN

DANIEL EICHHORN

Chief Administrative Officer and General Counsel, Canon USA

Incoming President and Chief Operating Officer, PSEG Long Island

Seymour Liebman is the chief administrative officer of Canon USA and the first non-Japanese executive to be appointed to a top role in the camera company. He has been with Canon for more than 40 years and has been essential in transitioning the company into the 21st century. In 2013, Canon ranked No. 3 in overall patents, producing more patents than companies such as Google, Apple and Microsoft. Liebman is also a practicing Jew, who is known for his commitment to his faith. He has appeared on Long Island Press’ “50 most influential Long Islanders” lists and is a recognized face throughout the state’s power circles. Representing such an established company on Long Island, Liebman is someone whose opinions carry weight.

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Daniel Eichhorn helps keep Long Island energized – literally. As the incoming president and chief operating officer of PSEG Long Island, Eichhorn will oversee the Long Island Power Authority’s electric transmission and distribution system starting in October. Eichhorn has served as vice president of customer services for PSEG Long Island since 2013, an important position as the utility has made major investments since Superstorm Sandy and other natural disasters. His promotion to the top post was announced last month. Previously, he worked at PSE&G in New Jersey for 25 years. And while he will replace outgoing President David Daly, Eichhorn will still be able to rely on Daly, who will serve as the chairman of PSEG Long Island.

STUART RABINOWITZ President, Hofstra University

Since taking over as president of Hofstra University in 2000, Stuart Rabinowitz hasn’t limited himself to academics. He has served as a co-chairman of the Long Island Regional Economic Development Council since Gov. Andrew Cuomo launched it in 2011. Cuomo also named Rabinowitz to the state’s siting board for casino expansion, another top economic development priority for the governor. Rabinowitz also serves on the Long Island Association board. And on the academic front, he launched the National Center for Suburban Studies, and continues to position Hofstra as “a school that serves first-generation college students.” The school has also raised its national profile during his tenure, most notably by hosting a presidential debate on campus three election cycles in a row.


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SAMUEL STANLEY

STEVE ISRAEL

President, Stony Brook University

Chairman, Long Island University Global Institute

Since its founding in 1957, Stony Brook University has developed into a top-notch research institution – and Dr. Samuel Stanley is continuing to build on that reputation. A point of pride for the SUNY system, the school has won major research grants and is a top employer on Long Island, generating an estimated $4.7 billion annually in regional economic impact. As a member of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Long Island Regional Economic Development Council, Stanley has emphasised projects related to the smart grid, energy storage, renewable energy and biotechnology. In 2013, the school launched an innovative program for third-graders from low-income neighborhoods, and he and his wife established scholarships for lower-income students who aspire to be physician-scientists.

Steve Israel has long driven the conversation on Long Island as a congressman, Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee chairman and even a novelist. In January, he retired from Congress after 16 years, but his work isn’t complete. Israel is still influencing Long Island politics on campus, instead of on Capitol Hill. Israel is the new chairman of the Long Island University Global Institute, which aims to bring foreign policy experts to campus and offer resources for students. Whether publishing opinion pieces for The New York Times, contributing to CNN or sharing his thoughts on Twitter, Israel uses his writing to stay involved with the big political issues. As an educator and author, he’s still leading Long Island’s most important conversations.

BRUCE STILLMAN

DOON GIBBS

President and CEO, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory

Laboratory Director, Brookhaven National Laboratory

Cancer affects millions of people each year and is a leading cause of death in the U.S. Bruce Stillman’s life’s work is to stop this. The president and CEO of Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, a top-ranked molecular biology and genetics research center with a staff of more than 600 researchers and technicians, Stillman has been at CSHL since coming on as a postdoctoral fellow in 1979. He had big shoes to fill when he took over as director in 1994, replacing James Watson, the Nobel laureate for his work co-discovering DNA’s double helix. Stillman, one of the top cancer researchers in the world, has built on Watson’s work while studying the process of DNA replication and its effects on cancer.

The Brookhaven National Laboratory is a world-class facility known for everything from energy and nuclear physics research to the commercialization of technologies. Doon Gibbs, who became director of the U.S. Department of Energy laboratory on Long Island in 2013, started off as an assistant physicist in 1983, advancing to the managerial board and becoming deputy laboratory director of science and technology in 2007. Over the years, Gibbs has facilitated the growth of basic energy science programs, and the construction of the new Center for Functional Nanomaterials and the Interdisciplinary Science Building. Additionally, he oversees the laboratory’s 3,000 employees, more than 4,000 facility users and an annual budget exceeding $600 million.


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ADAM BARSKY Chairman and Director, Nassau County Interim Finance Authority

Typically, elected officials decide how taxpayer money is spent. But in Nassau County, the Nassau County Interim Finance Authority has a lot of power over the county’s spending – and the person running NIFA is Adam Barsky. A former budget director for New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani and a former deputy secretary to Gov. George Pataki, Barsky was appointed to the state monitoring board by Gov. Andrew Cuomo last year. He is tasked with ensuring that Nassau County balances its budgets. Just last month, NIFA instructed the county to cut about $100 million from its 2018 budget. Barsky also brings plenty of experience from the private sector, most recently as executive vice president and chief risk officer at the Israel Discount Bank of New York.

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JOSEPH MONDELLO

President, Long Island Rail Road

Chairman, Nassau County Republican Committee

The Long Island Rail Road is the country’s largest commuter railroad, with an annual ridership of more than 87 million and a nearly $2 billion budget. Ensuring that the trains run on time is Patrick Nowakowski, the LIRR’s president since 2014. It’s a task that has grown more difficult with extensive repair work at New York Penn Station during the “summer of hell,” but it’s gone relatively smoothly so far, thanks to Nowakowski and his colleagues at the MTA. He’ll also get a boost down the road with the LIRR third track project getting the green light. Prior to running LIRR, the transportation veteran was executive director of the Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project and served more than 27 years with the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority.

If you live in Nassau County, your local politics have been influenced by Joseph Mondello. Under his leadership as chairman of the Nassau County Republican Committee, the county legislature and several towns have remained under GOP control. Mondello has a strong connection to the town of Hempstead, where he served as a councilman and presiding supervisor. Mondello promoted fiscally conservative policies in Hempstead and as chairman of the county Republican Committee in the 1980s and 1990s, which laid the groundwork for Republican leadership on a local and county level today. He has also chaired the Republican State Committee, orchestrating party victories on the state level.


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RICH SCHAFFER

PATRICK FOYE

Chairman, Suffolk County Democratic Committee

Executive Director, Port Authority of New York and New Jersey

Sworn in as Babylon town supervisor at the age of 29 in 1992, Rich Schaffer was the youngest person to serve as chief executive in the town’s history. Since then, he’s served five full terms and is currently serving his sixth. During his service in Babylon, he’s returned more than $21,000 of his wages to the town treasury. As supervisor, Schaffer has reduced the size of town government, created new parks, invested in Babylon’s infrastructure and practiced a steady budget. He focuses on improving the economy and the environment by committing himself to Long Island Green Homes and renewable energy. Politically, his reach goes even further. He has served as the influential chairman of the Suffolk County Democratic Committee since September 2000.

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey is a network of airports, commuter rail lines, bus terminals, tunnels, bridges and ports – and a real estate portfolio that includes the World Trade Center site. Tasked with running it is Patrick Foye, who was appointed as executive director by Gov. Andrew Cuomo in 2011. He stayed on through the Bridgegate scandal, in which he ordered the George Washington Bridge lanes be reopened. Under his leadership, the Port Authority has completed several buildings at the World Trade Center site while planning for a new bus terminal and improved transportation options crossing the Hudson. The Long Island resident started out as a lawyer, and worked for the Long Island Power Authority and served as deputy Nassau County executive.

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ALFONSE D’AMATO Founder and Managing Director, Park Strategies

No stranger to powerful roles, former three-term U.S. Sen. Al D’Amato founded Park Strategies in 1999. The lobbying firm has made a name for itself over the years with a rapidly growing clientele. Besides New York City and Long Island, the firm has expanded its locations to Buffalo, Albany, Washington, D.C., and even Taipei, Taiwan. As the firm’s managing director, D’Amato uses his government experience to help major clients such as Nassau Health Care Corp. and Northwell Health. The Republican also has a platform as a regular on NY1, offering his insights on the latest political developments. And while he’s a proud supporter of President Donald Trump, D’Amato is well regarded by both parties, making him influential on both sides of the aisle.

MICHAEL BALBONI

ROBERT ZIMMERMAN

President and Managing Director, RedLand Strategies

Founder and Partner, Zimmerman/ Edelson Inc.

Michael Balboni is a veteran of state government, including a nearly decadelong stint in the state Senate and an appointment as deputy secretary of public safety. After the Sept. 11 attacks, he was named chairman of the newly created state Senate Homeland Security Committee and drafted major legislation aimed at protecting New York. He transitioned to the private sector in 2009 and founded the consulting firm RedLand Strategies in 2012. Balboni has worked with companies such as JP Morgan Chase, Raytheon Co. and CSX Transportation and has also helped municipalities develop emergency management plans. But he’s never strayed too far from government work, regularly representing local governments and serving on state committees for Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

Robert Zimmerman is a longtime public relations consultant whose work extends far beyond the Zimmerman/ Edelson Inc. headquarters in Great Neck, with a scope that is national and even international in reach. An expert in media relations and crisis management, he is also a national Democratic committeeman and an influential party figure on Long Island. A consultant, not a lobbyist, Zimmerman has been appointed to commissions, boards and task forces by a who’s who of Democratic figures, including former Presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer. Zimmerman often appears on networks such as CNN, MSNBC and Fox to give his insight as a political analyst.


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RESI COOPER Consultant

ARTHUR “JERRY” KREMER Chairman, Empire Government Strategies

Resi Cooper employs her Long Island background for consulting on the state and national levels. She was the regional director for then-U.S. Sen. Hillary Clinton, and the political director for her 2006 re-election campaign. In 2016, she directed state operations for Clinton’s successful primary campaign in New York. Cooper has worked as a liaison with the Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force, and is currently a member of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Long Island Regional Economic Development Council. She has represented prominent clients, including Stony Brook University, Nassau County and Con Edison. Whether working with politicians, private companies or nonprofits, Cooper is the woman behind the scenes for many of Long Island’s most important political issues.

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While serving for more than 20 years in the Assembly, Arthur “Jerry” Kremer had the distinction of becoming the only Long Islander to lead the powerful Ways and Means Committee. Today, he is chairman of Empire Government Strategies, the lobbying firm he founded that has experienced rapid growth. He also is a partner at Ruskin Moscou Faltischeck, where he chairs the municipal and regulatory affairs department. He chairs the New York Affordable Reliable Electricity Alliance, as well. Kremer has been a political analyst and commentator, offering his opinions on TV and in written commentaries. He is also a key member in many Long Island organizations, serving on the boards of Hofstra University and the Tilles Center for the Performing Arts.

MICHAEL DOWLING President and CEO, Northwell Health

As president and CEO of New York’s largest integrated health care system, it may be hard to believe that Michael Dowling immigrated to New York from Ireland at the age of 17 to work on the docks. By the 1980s, he was serving in various roles in Gov. Mario Cuomo’s administration, and later was a health insurance executive. Since 2002, he has led Northwell Health, formerly the North Shore-LIJ Health System. Today, Northwell Health has more than 62,000 employees across Long Island, New York City and Westchester County, making it the state’s largest private employer. With a total of 22 hospitals, four skilled nursing facilities and more than 550 outpatient facilities, it cares for 1.6 million patients annually.


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KEVIN LAW

JOHN BARRES

President and CEO, Long Island Association

Bishop, Roman Catholic Diocese of Rockville Centre

Kevin Law leads the Long Island Association, one of the most influential nonprofit business organizations in the state. The LIA works with small and large businesses and local and state government officials to push for policies that promote growth in the regional economy. Previously, Law headed the Long Island Power Authority, a nonprofit municipal electric provider, where he contributed to the launch of the largest public utility energy efficiency program in the country. Law was also appointed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo as a co-chairman of the Long Island Regional Economic Development Council, marking him a key player in the business community. Cuomo also had Law oversee the siting process for new casinos in New York.

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Rockville Center, which encompasses both Nassau and Suffolk counties, is the eighth largest in the U.S. It is one of the largest bastions of Catholicism in the country with nearly 1.5 million parishioners, and leading the flock is newly appointed Bishop John Barres. As the top representative of the Catholic Church on Long Island, Barres is in a position to get his message across and weigh in on key policy issues. Long Island politicians and residents should take notice of the new bishop’s agenda, who has stated that the church must emphasize inclusiveness, particularly in regards to immigration, which is a controversial topic as Long Island becomes more diverse.

ALAN GUERCI

JOHN DURSO

President and CEO, Catholic Health Services of Long Island

President, Long Island Federation of Labor

Alan Guerci is the president and CEO of Catholic Health Services of Long Island, which is the largest faith-based health care system on Long Island. Catholic Health Services runs six hospitals, including the top-ranked St. Francis Hospital, as well as a number of nursing homes throughout Long Island. A cardiologist by training, Guerci brought more than two decades of experience to Catholic Health Services when he took the reins in 2013, including as executive vice president and as president and CEO over Mercy Medical Center, St. Joseph Hospital and St. Francis Hospital, where Guerci spearheaded a major expansion. He now finds himself as an important player on Long Island and a voice in the state’s future health care debates.

Despite declining union membership nationwide, New York remains an organized labor stronghold – including on Long Island, where John Durso is a powerful defender of unionized workers. As president of Local 338, which includes the Retail, Wholesale, Department Store Union and the United Food and Commercial Workers, as well as being president of the Long Island Federation of Labor, he represents the interests of more than 250,000 workers. Durso is also a member of several citywide, countywide and statewide advisory boards and councils, as well as the boards of charities. He is also the chair-elect at the United Way of Long Island. Durso has a deep commitment to civic duty, much like one of the men he admires: Theodore Roosevelt, who had a home on Long Island.


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QUEENS ASSEMBLYMAN ANDREW HEVESI’S HOME STABILITY SUPPORT BILL AIMED TO COMBAT HOMELESSNESS THROUGH RENTAL ASSISTANCE.

‘I’M NOT GOING TO MAKE THE SAME MISTAKE AGAIN’ Andrew Hevesi dissects what happened to his homeless subsidy bill – and why he won’t stop pushing for it By DAN ROSENBLUM

BILL THAT MAY have started to chip away at New York’s homelessness problem stalled in the Republican-dominated state Senate, where legislators weren’t as familiar with “the severity of the crisis,” or didn’t fully appreciate how it could help their districts, according to the bill’s lead sponsor. The Home Stability Support bill, proposed by Assemblyman Andrew Hevesi of Queens, would have offered rental assistance to help bridge the gap between public assistance subsidies and the actual market rate for an apartment. “I take responsibility for not doing my complete due diligence with the Senate,”


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he said. “That’s why we weren’t able to get it through this year and I’m not going to make the same mistake again.” Hevesi plans to reintroduce the bill next year. While New York City’s homeless shelter population has grown to more than 60,000, the city and state have sparred – in subtle and not-so-subtle ways – over how to address the problem. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration has pledged to build or preserve 200,000 units of affordable housing over a 10year period and proposed a plan to open 90 additional homeless shelters over the next five years. Meanwhile, the state has committed to building 20,000 units of supportive housing over the next 15 years, the first 6,000 units of which have been funded in this year’s state budget.

ments have the option of paying the remaining amount. In New York City, the plan would cost the government $11,224 per year for a family of three, as opposed to $38,460 for shelter placement, according to the plan’s backers. The bill was initially estimated to cost $450 million in state and federal funds, but Hevesi said that the uncertainty of federal support led legislators to propose budgeting $300 million in state money, released over five years. Without those state subsidies, Hevesi predicted homelessness would continue to exist at crisis levels. A state Senate GOP spokesman did not return a request for comment. Hevesi said he will spend the six months before the next legislative ses-

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Rachel Fee, executive director of the New York Housing Conference, said she was disappointed the bill wasn’t funded, but said the governor’s housing plan – which included $2.7 billion for affordable housing in the state budget – marked a victory. The organization is waiting to see what happens with proposed federal budget cuts to HUD that could lead to about $1 billion in losses for the state, potentially affecting Community Development Block Grants, Section 8 vouchers and public housing. “Exactly which specific programs will receive a hit – and also the severity of the impact to tenants – is what we’re waiting to see, and also what we’re advocating against,” she said. “There is a real threat of cuts to HUD programs resulting in an increase in homelessness in New York.”

“MAYORAL CONTROL HAS ABSOLUTELY NO RESONANCE OUTSIDE OF NEW YORK CITY. ... THE HOMELESS CRISIS IS IN EVERYBODY’S DISTRICT STATEWIDE.”

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— Assemblyman ANDREW HEVESI Hevesi’s bill was aimed at helping those who were pushed into homelessness by the high price of living in New York. The monthly shelter allowance – a payment to help low-income New Yorkers pay for a place to live – is $215 for a single adult, far below the $1,352 monthly fair market value of a studio apartment in the New York metro area, as determined by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The inability to find housing on that subsidy has been blamed not just for homelessness, but the growth of so-called “three-quarter” houses. Those houses may have cramped living conditions, building code violations and – in the most egregious cases – generate fraudulent kickbacks to unscrupulous landlords. Under Hevesi’s proposal, state subsidies would pay up to 85 percent of the fair market rent, while local govern-

sion reaching out to state senators, particularly Republicans. Asked whether he could keep the debates free of the political wrangling that nearly led to a temporary lapse of de Blasio’s control over city schools, Hevesi said the issue transcended the five boroughs. “Mayoral control has absolutely no resonance outside of New York City. It’s completely irrelevant,” he said. “The homeless crisis is in everybody’s district statewide.” The bill had been embraced by de Blasio, advocates for the homeless, members of the state Senate’s Independent Democratic Conference and the Rent Stabilization Association, a trade group representing landlords. More than a dozen New York City Council members also backed a nonbinding resolution to Albany supporting the bill.

The organization is also lobbying against the reduction of the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit, which has helped finance thousands of affordable residential units statewide. A significant percentage of young people who age out of foster care become homeless so another bill, proposed by Hevesi in the Assembly and by fellow Queens Democrat Tony Avella in the state Senate, would have doubled their monthly subsidy to $600. In a 2015 study of youths leaving the foster care system to live independently, 20 percent stayed in a family shelter, 7.6 percent in a single adult shelter and 14.7 percent had a jail stay within six years. Though their bill was also not passed this session, both houses of the state Legislature passed a bill that expands the scope of who can be named a legal guardian of a foster child to include some unrelated people who have a positive relationship with the child.

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• Front-line hero Jessica Gulmi brings Northside Center for Child Development’s mental health program into public schools to help students who are facing emotional, behavioral or learning challenges.

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IS DE BLASIO ANTI-TRUMP? PROVE IT WITH THE POST ACT By CHAD MARLOW

HEN DONALD TRUMP ran for president, he repeatedly told the American public that, if elected, he would focus his efforts on identifying and deporting millions of undocumented immigrants, on surveilling Muslims in the United States and banning them from entering the country, and promoting even more aggressive policing against communities of color. Say what you will about Trump, but at least in this regard, he has been a man of his word. But here is an important obstacle to the aforementioned agenda: Trump needs more personnel than are available to him at the federal level to fully execute these policies, which involve targeting millions of people nationwide and hundreds of thousands in New York City alone. Accordingly, Trump needs to enlist the help of local law enforcement, and he has been trying to do just that. Case in point: On Jan. 25, Trump signed an executive order reviving “programs that allow the federal government to work with local and state law enforcement agencies ... to share information to help track and deport (undocumented immigrants),” The New York Times reported. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has made it clear that the NYPD will not actively assist Trump in pursuing his unlawful and unconstitutional agenda. That’s good, but not good enough. The problem with de Blasio’s approach is that it does not prohibit the NYPD from passively assisting the president by giving the Trump administration access to NYPD surveillance data.

While the NYPD is less than transparent about its use of surveillance technologies, we do know one thing for certain: They use them a lot. The NYPD has publicly acknowledged extensive use of technologies like automatic license plate readers, surveillance cameras and “Stingray” cell site simulators that turn people’s cell phones into tracking devices. One critical piece of information the NYPD has not revealed is whether it has entered into any data-sharing agreements that would enable the federal government, directly or indirectly, to access its surveillance data. This is an important question because once that data is in the hands of the feds, there is nothing to stop members of the Trump administration, like Attorney General Jeff Sessions, from using it to go after immigrants, Muslims and other vulnerable communities. This concern is not science fiction. Brian Hofer, the chairman of Oakland’s Privacy Advisory Commission, “has a paper trail” showing that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has been accessing the Oakland Police Department’s automatic license plate reader data and using it to target immigrants. Oakland, like New York, is a sanctuary city. Does the NYPD have such data sharing agreements with the federal government? Does it share surveillance data with other regional, state or local entities that then make it available to the feds? The public has no idea. The New York City Council has no idea. The NYPD has the unchecked authority to decide, in secret, when and


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under what terms it acquires and uses surveillance technologies, and with whom it shares the data. The only way to change that practice is to change the law. That is why the City Council needs to adopt the Public Oversight of Surveillance Technology Act. Instead of allowing the NYPD to secretly and unilaterally approve the acquisition and use of surveillance technologies, the POST Act would require the department to provide just enough information to the council and the public to enable them to engage in a thoughtful discussion about these technologies and to raise any concerns with the mayor and police department. In an attempt to defeat the bill, the NYPD is claiming the POST Act would reveal “state secrets” to terrorists and criminals. A simple reading of the bill reveals that is clearly not the case. In truth, the basic surveillance technology “description and capabilities” information the NYPD would report under the POST Act can already be found using a simple Google search.

Nothing in the POST Act requires the disclosure of granular, technical specifications about any surveillance tool nor requires the NYPD to provide precise details regarding where and when they employ various technologies. The bill’s additional disclosure requirements merely cover whether the NYPD is using a technology in a lawful and constitutional manner, who is given access to the data, and some basic information about data retention and security. Seattle, Nashville and California’s Santa Clara County – home of Silicon Valley – have already enacted laws that are similar to the POST Act, but provide their local city councils with far greater authority than what is under consideration in New York City. States like California and Maine and 17 other U.S. cities are pursuing similar laws. If these surveillance transparency laws compromised public safety, would we be seeing such a groundswell of support from coast to coast? Of course not.

The POST Act would serve to make New Yorkers safer, because it would undermine the Trump administration’s ability to secretly use NYPD surveillance data to target groups the president disfavors. This is an important gut-check moment for de Blasio and City Council members who have spoken out strongly against the president’s agenda but have had few opportunities to meaningfully hinder his efforts. Ultimately, it will take concrete action – not mere rhetoric – to protect our city’s vulnerable communities. If the mayor and City Council are truly committed to making New York a sanctuary city and to being part of the resistance to the Trump administration’s unlawful and unconstitutional policies, then they must pass the POST Act.

Chad Marlow is the advocacy and policy counsel for the American Civil Liberties Union.


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Notice of Qualification of Pitch Monkey Productions, LLC. Authority filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 06/07/17. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in California (CA) on 06/01/17. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 8383 Wilshire Blvd., Ste. 1000, Beverly Hills, CA 90211, also the address to be maintained in CA. Arts of Org. filed with the Secy. of State of CA, 1500 11th St., Sacramento, CA 95814. Purpose: any lawful activities. Notice of formation of Monkey Valley Enterprises LLC. Arts of Org filed with Secy of State of NY (SSNY) 01/18/2017. Office loc: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of process to the LLC: 9 W. 10th St, #4R, NY, NY 10011. Purpose: Any lawful purpose. Notice of Qualification of AssuredPartners NL, LLC Appl. for Auth. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 05/26/17. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 07/06/11. Princ. office of LLC: 2305 River Rd., Louisville, KY 40206. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to c/o Corporation Service Co., 80 State St., Albany, NY 12207-2543. DE addr. of LLC: 2711 Centerville Rd., Ste. 400, Wilmington, DE 19808. Cert. of Form. filed with Jeffrey W. Bullock, Secy., 401 Federal St., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: Insurance services.

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July 17, 2017 Notice of Formation of Polaris Strategy LLC. Arts of Org filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) 3/30/17. Office loc: NY County. SSNY designated agent upon whom process against LLC may be served and shall mail process to: c/o US Corp Agents, 7014 13th Ave, Ste 202, Brooklyn, NY 11228. Purpose: any lawful act. Notice of Qualification of Daybreak Solar, LLC. Authority filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 05/23/17. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 04/21/17. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 111 Eighth Ave., NY, NY 10011. Address to be maintained in DE: 160 Greentree Dr., Ste. 101, Dover, DE 19904. Arts of Org. filed with the Secy. of State, Division of Corporations, John G. Townsend Bldg., 401 Federal St., - Ste. 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: any lawful activities. Travel Souly, LLC filed with SSNY 5/23/17. Office loc: NY County. SSNY designated as agent upon whom process against LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: The LLC, Attn: US Corp Agents, Inc., 7014 13th Ave, Ste 202, Brooklyn, NY 11228. Purpose: Any Lawful Purpose. Notice of Formation of YH Lex Estates LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with NY Dept. of State on 5/19/17. Office location: NY County. Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: Solomon Blum Heymann LLP, 40 Wall St., 35th Fl., NY, NY 10005, principal business address. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Notice of Formation of Honos Consulting, LLC filed with SSNY 3/2/17. Office loc: NY County. SSNY designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to LLC: 7014 13th Ave STE 202 Brooklyn, NY 11228. Purpose: any lawful act or activity. Notice of Formation of Stone Sherick Consulting Group (NY), LLC. Arts. Of Org. filed w/ Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 3/28/17. Office in NY County. SSNY designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to c/o Stone Sherick Group Consulting, LLC, 230 N. 2nd St., Ste. 3D, Phila., PA 19106, registered agent upon whom process may be served. Purpose: Any lawful act/activity. M & N NEWBURGH DEVELOPMENT, LLC, Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 07/08/2016. Office loc: NY County. SSNY has been designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: The LLC, 465 Tenth Ave., 2nd Fl, NY, NY 10018. Purpose: Any Lawful Purpose.

Notice of Formation of NYIM LLC. Arts of Org. filed with New York Secy of State (SSNY) on 2/10/17. O f f i c e location: New York County. SSNY is designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 25 Robert Pitt Dr., Ste 204, Monsey, NY 10952. The name and address of the Reg. Agent is Vcorp Agent Services, Inc., 25 Robert Pitt Dr., Ste 204, Monsey, NY 10952. Purpose: any lawful activity. Notice of Qualification of ABM Electrical Power Solutions, LLC. Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 6/2/2017. Office location: NY County. Princ. bus. addr.: 14141 Southwest Fwy., Ste. 477, Sugar Land, TX 77478. LLC formed in DE on 12/7/1998. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: CT Corporation System, 111 8th Ave., NY, NY 10011, regd. agent upon whom process may be served. DE addr. of LLC: 1209 Orange St., Wilmington, DE 19801. Cert. of Form. filed with DE Sec. of State, 401 Federal St., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Notice of Qualification of Pantheon Real Assets Opportunities Fund, L.P. Authority filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 06/05/17. Office location: NY County. LP formed in Delaware (DE) on 05/17/17. SSNY designated as agent of LP upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Pantheon Ventures (US) LP, New York, 1095 Avenue of the Americas (6th Ave.), 24th Fl., NY, NY 10036. Address to be maintained in DE: 160 Greentree Dr., Ste. #101, Dover, DE 19904. Name/ address of genl. ptr. available from SSNY. Cert. of LP filed with Secy. of State, 401 Federal St. #4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: any lawful activities. JODI DELL DESIGNS, LLC, Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 04/27/2017. Office loc: NY County. SSNY has been designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Jodi Dell’Aquila, 210 W 70th St. Apt 604, NY, NY 10023. Reg Agent: Jodi Dell’Aquila, 210 W 70th St. Apt 604, NY, NY 10023. Purpose: Any Lawful Purpose. Notice of Qualification of ARROWS UP, LLC. Authority filed with NY Secy of State (SSNY) on 6/2/17. Office location: New York County. LLC formed in Colorado (CO) on 8/11/16. SSNY is designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 111 8th Ave, Fl. 13, NY, NY 10011. Principal Address of LLC: 450 Crossen Ave, Elk Grove Village, IL 60007. Cert. of Formation filed with CO Secy of State, 1700 Broadway, Ste 200, Denver, CO 80202. Purpose: any lawful activity.

Notice of Formation of 122 E 22ND ST CO-INVEST, LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 06/09/17. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to Corporation Service Co., 80 State St., Albany, NY 12207-2543. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Notice of Qualification of Pier 4 Marina Owner Mezz, L.L.C. Authority filed with Secy of State of NY 04/18/17. Office loc: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware 03/31/17. SSNY designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: c/o National Registered Agents, Inc., 111 Eighth Ave., NY, NY 10011. Address required to be maintained in home jurisdiction: National Registered Agents, Inc., 160 Greentree Dr., Ste. 101, Dover, DE 19904. The name and address of the authorized officer in the jurisdiction where a copy of its arts. of org. are filed is: DE Secy of State, Div. of Corps., John G. Townsend Bldg., Federal & Duke of York Sts., P.O. Box 898, Dover, DE 19903. Purpose: Any lawful purpose. Notice of Qualification of FINANCIAL DATA SERVICES, LLC. Authority filed with NY Secy of State (SSNY) on 5/1/17. Office location: New York Co. LLC formed in Florida (FL) on 12/28/93. SSNY is designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 111 8th Ave, NY, NY 10011. DE address of LLC: 4800 Deer Lake Dr. E, Jacksonville, FL 32246. Cert. of Formation filed with FL Secy of State, Clifton Bldg, 2661 Executive Center Circle, Tallahassee, FL 32301. The name and address of the Reg. Agent is CT Corporation System, 111 8th Ave, NY, NY 10011. Purpose: any lawful activity. NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION of Greenwich Village Social Club, LLC. Authority filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 4/4/17. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in DE on 1/5/17. SSNY designated agent upon whom process may be served and shall mail copy of process against LLC to: 7014 13th Ave., #202, NYC 11228. Principal business address: 47 W. 126th St., #4, NYC 10027. DE address of LLC: 300 Delaware Ave., #210-A, Wilmington, DE 19801. Cert. of LLC filed with Secy. of State of DE located at: 401 Federal St., #4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: any lawful act.​ Notice of Formation of Abbey Place, LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with NY Dept. of State on 6/5/17. Office location: NY County. Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: 71 Fancher Rd., Pound Ridge, NY 10576. Purpose: any lawful purpose.

Notice of Formation of JKO Capital LLC. Art. of Org. filed with SSNY 4-17-17. Office Location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of the LLC for service of process. SSNY shall mail a copy of any process to c/o Jonathan Ko, 1160 3rd Avenue, Apt. 6J, NY, NY 10065. Purpose: Any lawful act or activity. COLMAN ART ADVISORY, LLC, Arts. of Org. filed with SSNY 5/1/2017. Office loc: NY County. SSNY designated as agent upon whom process against LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: US Corp. Agents, Inc., 7014 13th Ave, Ste. 202, Brooklyn, NY 11228. Purpose: Any Lawful Purpose. Notice of Formation of FT 328, LLC. Arts of Org. filed with New York Secy of State (SSNY) on 5/3/17. Office location: New York County. SSNY is designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 176 7th Ave, #1B, NY, NY 10011. Purpose: any lawful activity. Notice of Formation of Park Slope Plaza Associates West LLC. Arts of Org. filed with New York Secy of State (SSNY) on 6/5/17. Office location: New York County. SSNY is designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 14 W 23rd St, Fl. 5, NY, NY 10010. Purpose: any lawful activity. Notice of Formation of PB Organizing Services, LLC Arts of Org filed with Sec of State of NY 05/23/2017. Office loc: NY County. SSNY designated agent upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail process to LLC: 910 5th Ave, #7B, NY, NY 10021. Purpose: Any lawful act. Notice of formation of Eken Design, LLC. Arts of Org filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) 5/2/2017. Office loc: NY County. SSNY designated agent upon whom process may be served against LLC to: US Corp. Agents, Inc., 7014 13th Ave, 11228. Princ bus addr: 75 E End Ave, #17B, NY, NY 10028. Purpose: any lawful act. Notice of Formation of Matchabar Bottling LLC. Arts of Org. filed with New York Secy of State (SSNY) on 4/3/17. Office location: New York County. SSNY is designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 111 John St, Ste 2510, NY, NY 10038. Purpose: any lawful activity. VISIONARISTS LLC, Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 06/21/2016. Office loc: NY County. SSNY has been designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Visionarists LLC, 114 West 26th St., FL 8, NY, NY 10001. Purpose: Any Lawful Purpose.


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July 17, 2017 Notice of Formation of 264 BC, LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 06/07/17. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to c/o Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP, 1285 Ave. of the Americas, NY, NY 10019-6064. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Notice of Formation of 372 CPW 12X, LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 06/12/17. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to c/o Edmonds & Co., P.C., 501 Fifth Ave., 19th Fl., NY, NY 10017. Purpose: Any lawful activity. THE SLURP LLC, Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 01/19/2017. Office loc: NY County. SSNY has been designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: The LLC, 49 East 96th St., Apt #16B, NY, NY 10128. Reg Agent: Chin Chin Ip, 49 East 96th St., Apt #16B, NY, NY 10128. Purpose: Any Lawful Purpose. Notice of Formation of PERFECT JSK 6701 18 AVE LLC. Arts of Org. filed with New York Secy of State (SSNY) on 6/1/17. Office location: New York County. SSNY is designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 202 Centre St, FL. 6, NY, NY 10013. Purpose: any lawful activity. Notice of Formation of X91 Design Studio LLC. Arts of Org. filed with NY Secy of State (SSNY) 4/4/17. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: US Corp Agents Inc, 7014 13th Ave, Ste 202, Brooklyn, NY 11228. Purpose: any lawful activity. Notice of Formation of GREAT EMPIRE BEVERLY REALTY LLC. Arts of Org. filed with New York Secy of State (SSNY) on 4/10/17. Office location: New York County. SSNY is designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 139 Centre St, #310, NY, NY 10013. Purpose: any lawful activity. Notice of Formation of NEUROMODULATION, LLC. Arts of Org. filed with NY Secy of State (SSNY) 6/9/17. Office loc: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: LLC c/o Zahn Ctr. 160 Convent Ave, Grove School of Engin. R. B20, NY, NY 10031. Purpose: any lawful activity.

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Notice of Qualification of Maple 80 Maiden Minority Owner, LLC. Authority filed with NY Secy of State (SSNY) on 6/7/17. Office location: New York County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 6/6/17. SSNY is designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 111 8th Ave, NY, NY 10011. DE address of LLC: 160 Greentree Dr., Ste 101, Dover, DE 19904. Cert. of Formation filed with DE Secy of State, 401 Federal St. Ste 4, Dover, DE 19901. The name and address of the Reg. Agent is National Registered Agents, Inc., 111 8th Ave, NY, NY 10011. Purpose: any lawful activity. Notice of Qualification of RIVERBOAT ENERGY LLC. Authority filed with NY Secy of State (SSNY) on 6/7/17. Office location: New York Co. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 6/6/17. SSNY is designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 111 8th Ave, NY, NY 10011. DE address of LLC: 1209 Orange St, Wilmington, DE 19801. Cert. of Formation filed with DE Secy of State, 401 Federal St. Ste 4, Dover, DE 19901. The name and address of the Reg. Agent is CT Corporation System, 111 8th Ave, NY, NY 10011. Purpose: any lawful activity. Notice of Formation of 16E39 LLC. Arts of Org. filed with New York Secy of State (SSNY) on 5/8/17. Office location: New York County. SSNY is designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 213 W 35th St, Fl. 7, NY, NY 10001. Purpose: any lawful activity. Notice of Formation of ANTILLIANO INDUSTRIES LLC. Arts of Org. filed with NY Secy of State (SSNY) on 6/19/17. Office location: New York County. SSNY is designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 187 Wolf Rd, Ste 101, Albany, NY 12205. The name and address of the Reg. Agent is Business Filings Incorporated, 187 Wolf Rd, Ste 101, Albany, NY 12205. Purpose: any lawful activity. Notice of Qualification of 561 Pacific Street Owner LLC. Authority filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 06/09/17. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 12/16/15. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: c/o Adam America Real Estate, 850 Third Ave., Ste. 13D, NY, NY 10022; Attn: Omri Sachs. Address to be maintained in DE: National Registered Agents, Inc., 160 Greentree Dr., Ste. 101, Dover, DE 19904. Arts of Org. filed with the DE Secy. of State, 401 Federal St., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: any lawful activities.

NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION OF Reach Contact LLC. A 
 ppl for Auth filed with Secy of State of NY (SSNY) 03/15/17. Office loc: NY County. LLC formed in DE 10/20/2015. SSNY designated as an agent upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of process against the LLC to: 8 
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. Purpose: any lawful act or activity. Notice of Qualification of KAERCHER CAMPBELL & ASSOCIATES INSURANCE BROKERAGE OF NEVADA, LLC. The fictitious name is: Kaercher Insurance Agency LLC. Authority filed with NY Secy of State (SSNY) on 6/13/17. Office location: New York Co. LLC formed in Nevada (NV) on 11/16/05. SSNY is designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 111 8th Ave, NY, NY 10011. NV address of LLC: 9555 Hillwood Dr., Ste 140, Las Vegas, NV 89134. Cert. of Formation filed with NV Secy of State, 202 N Carson St, Carson City, NV 89701. The name and address of the Reg. Agent is CT Corporation System, 111 8th Ave, NY, NY 10011. Purpose: any lawful activity. Notice of Formation of Riverdale Osborne Towers Venture LLC. Arts of Org. filed with NY Secy of State (SSNY) on 5/8/17. Office location: New York County. SSNY is designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 28 E 28th St, Fl. 9, NY, NY 10016. Purpose: any lawful activity. Notice of Qualification of 97 GRAND AVENUE BK LLC. Authority filed with NY Secy of State (SSNY) on 06/14/17. Office location: New York Co. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 06/05/17. SSNY is designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 111 8th Ave, NY, NY 10011. DE address of LLC: 1209 Orange St, Wilmington, DE 19801. Cert. of Formation filed with DE Secy of State, 401 Federal St. Ste 4, Dover, DE 19901. The name and address of the Reg. Agent is CT Corporation System, 111 8th Ave, NY, NY 10011. Purpose: any lawful activity. Notice of Formation of 135TH STREET ASSOCIATES ACQUISITION, LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 06/14/17. Office location: NY County. Princ. office of LLC: 60 Columbus Circle, NY, NY 10023. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to Corporation Service Co., 80 State St., Albany, NY 12207-2543. Purpose: Any lawful activity.

Notice of Formation of 105TH IH ASSOCIATES ACQUISITION, LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 06/14/17. Office location: NY County. Princ. office of LLC: 60 Columbus Circle, NY, NY 10023. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to Corporation Service Co., 80 State St., Albany, NY 12207-2543. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Notice of Formation of 101 H 2040 WHITE PLAINS 2 LLC. Arts of Org. filed with New York Secy of State (SSNY) on 6/15/17. Office location: New York County. SSNY is designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 111 8th Ave, NY, NY 10011. The name and address of the Reg. Agent is National Registered Agents, Inc., 111 8th Ave, NY, NY 10011. Purpose: any lawful activity. Notice of Formation of 315 82ND STREET LLC. Arts of Org. filed with New York Secy of State (SSNY) on 5/19/17. Office location: New York County. SSNY is designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 222 Broadway, Fl. 19, NY, NY 10038. Purpose: any lawful activity. Notice of Formation of FunFit Kids, LLC filed with SSNY on 5/1/2017. Office: NY County. SSNY designated agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to LLC: 215 W 84th St, Unit 607, NY, NY 10024. Purpose: any lawful act or activity. NOTICE OF FORMATION of GLOBAL MEDIA MEGACORP LLC. Art of Org filed with Secy of State of NY (SSNY) on 05/30/17. Office loc: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to the LLC, 96 Perry St., B3, NY NY 10014. Purpose: any lawful activity. Notice of Formation of NORTH RIVER ASSOCIATES LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 06/19/17. Office location: NY County. Princ. office of LLC: 333 W. 57th St., Ste. 107, NY, NY 10019. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to the LLC at the addr. of its princ. office. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Notice of Formation of ALLISON COOPER FLOWERS LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 06/20/17. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to Corporation Service Co., 80 State St., Albany, NY 12207. Purpose: Any lawful activity.

Notice of Qualification of 177 INVESTOR LLC Appl. for Auth. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 06/23/17. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 06/15/17. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to c/o Corporation Service Co. (CSC), 80 State St., Albany, NY 12207-2543, regd. agent upon whom and at which process may be served. DE addr. of LLC: c/o CSC, 251 Little Falls Dr., Wilmington, DE 19808. Cert. of Form. filed with Jeffrey W. Bullock, DE Secy. Of State, Townsend Bldg., 401 Federal St., Ste. 3, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Notice of Qualification of 177 FORT WASHINGTON NE LLC Appl. for Auth. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 06/23/17. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 06/15/17. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to c/o Corporation Service Co. (CSC), 80 State St., Albany, NY 12207-2543, regd. agent upon whom and at which process may be served. DE addr. of LLC: c/o CSC, 251 Little Falls Dr., Wilmington, DE 19808. Cert. of Form. filed with Jeffrey W. Bullock, DE Secy. of State, Townsend Bldg., 401 Federal St., Ste. 3, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Notice of Formation of 140W28 LLC. Arts of Org. filed with New York Secy of State (SSNY) on 5/8/17. Office location: New York County. SSNY is designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 213 W 35th St, Fl. 7, NY, NY 10001. Purpose: any lawful activity. Notice of formation of Crashbox Theater Company LLC. Arts of Org filed with Secy. Of State of NY (SSNY) 6/9/17. Office loc: NY County. SSNY designated agent upon whom process may be served against LLC to: 1685 Gates Ave. #1L Flushing, NY 11385. Princ. bus. addr: 1777 1st Ave, #3S NY, NY 10128. Purpose: any lawful act. Notice of Formation of 525 8TH LLC. Arts of Org. filed with New York Secy of State (SSNY) on 5/8/17. Office location: New York County. SSNY is designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 213 W 35th St, Fl. 7, NY, NY 10001. Purpose: any lawful activity. Notice of Formation of 2246 Victory Realty LLC, Filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 6/28/17. Office location: Richmond County, SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to The LLC, 42 Lakeland Road, Staten Island, NY 10314. Purpose: any lawful activity.

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MSP HOSPITALITY, LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 06/08/17. Office: New York County. SSNY designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to the LLC, 245 8th Avenue, New York, NY 10011. Purpose: Any lawful purpose. Notice of Formation of Framework Consulting New York, LLC. Arts of Org filed with Secy of State of NY (SSNY) on 06/14/2017. Office loc: NY County. SSNY designated agent upon whom process against LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of process against LLC to princ. Bus. addr.: 915 Broadway, NY, NY 10010. Purpose: any lawful act or activity Notice of formation of GFG Broadway LLC. Arts of Org. filed with NY Secy of State (SSNY) 6/6/17. Office loc: NY County. SSNY designated agent upon whom process against LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Athina Balta Law Group PLLC, 100 Park Ave Ste 1600, NY, NY, 10017. Purpose: Any Lawful Purpose. Notice of Formation of Courageous Integrity LLC, Arts of Org filed with SSNY 5/5/17. Office: NY County. SSNY designated agent upon whom process may be served against LLC to: Corp. Filings of NY, 90 State St, Ste. 700, Office 40, Albany, NY 12207. Purpose: any lawful act. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT A LICENSE, SERIAL # 1303766 FOR LIQUOR, WINE, & BEER HAS BEEN APPLIED FOR BY THE UNDERSIGNED TO SELL LIQUOR, WINE, & BEER AT RETAIL UNDER THE ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE CONTROL LAW AT 374 GRAHAM AVE BROOKLYN, NY 11211. KINGS COUNTY, FOR ON PREMISE CONSUMPTION. CONCORD HILL INC. Notice of Qualification of CBOE V, LLC. Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 3/28/17. Office location: NY County. Princ. bus. addr.: 400 S. LaSalle St., Chicago, IL 60605. LLC formed in DE on 9/23/16. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: CT Corporation System, 111 8th Ave., NY, NY 10011, regd. agent upon whom process may be served. DE addr. of LLC: 1209 Orange St., Wilmington, DE 19801. Cert. of Form. filed with DE Sec. of State, 401 Federal St., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Notice of Formation of Porter Grey LLC. Arts of Org filed with Secy of State of NY (SSNY) 4/6/17. Office loc: NY County. SSNY designated agent upon whom process may be served against LLC to: 420 Lexington Ave, Ste 300, NY, NY 10170. Princ bus addr: 211 E 43rd St, Ste 647, NY, NY 10017. Purpose: any lawful act.


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Notice of Formation of URBAN ARTISAN DM1 LLC. Arts of Org. filed with New York Secy of State (SSNY) on 8/4/14. Office location: New York County. SSNY is designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 107 W 86th St, #3C, NY, NY 10024. Purpose: any lawful activity.

UPTOWN TASTE LLC Art. Of Org. Filed Sec. of State of NY 3/16/2017. Off. Loc.: New York Co. SSNY designated as agent upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY to mail copy of process to The LLC, c/o D’Von Gholston, 366 Convent Ave., Apt# 1B, New York, NY 10031. Purpose: Any lawful act or activity.

FAMILY COURT OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK CITY OF NEW YORK: COUNTY OF QUEENS SUMMONS Docket No.: B-11292/16 ------------------------------X In the Matter of NYLA GABRIELLE BETTS A/K/A KAYLA BETTS A/K/A KHALA MARIE BETTS,

Notice of Qualification of NAPIER PARK AIRCRAFT LEASING ROLLOVER Feeder FUND I LLC. Authority filed with NY Secy of State (SSNY) on 6/6/17. Office location: New York County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 6/5/17. SSNY is designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 280 Park Ave, Fl. 3, NY, NY 10017. DE address of LLC: 1209 Orange St, Wilmington, DE 19801. Cert. of Formation filed with DE Secy of State, 401 Federal St. Ste 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: any lawful activity.

Notice of Formation of 101 H 230th & Broadway LLC. Arts of Org. filed with New York Secy of State (SSNY) on 6/21/17. Office location: New York County. SSNY is designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 111 8th Ave, NY, NY 10011. The name and address of the Reg. Agent is National Registered Agents, Inc., 111 8th Ave, NY, NY 10011. Purpose: any lawful activity.

A dependent child, under the age of 14 years, to the custody of Little Flower Children and Family Services of New York, alleged to be a permanently neglected and abandoned child, pursuant to Section 384b of the Social Services Law. -----------------------------X IN THE MATTER OF THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK:

Notice of Qualification of 151-10 35TH AVENUE, LLC Appl. for Auth. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 06/14/17. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 06/09/17. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to c/o A&E Real Estate Holdings, LLC, 1065 Ave. of the Americas, NY, NY 10018. DE addr. of LLC: Corporation Service Co., 2711 Centerville Rd., Ste. 400, Wilmington, DE 19808. Cert. of Form. filed with Secy. of State, Div. of Corps., John G. Townsend Bldg., 401 Federal St., Ste. 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Notice of Formation of 338W36 LLC. Arts of Org. filed with New York Secy of State (SSNY) on 5/8/17. Office location: New York County. SSNY is designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 213 W 35th St, Fl. 7, NY, NY 10001. Purpose: any lawful activity. Notice of Formation of 182-186 SPRING STREET HOLDINGS LLC. Arts of Org. filed with New York Secy of State (SSNY) on 3/23/17. Office location: New York County. SSNY is designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 90 State St, Ste 700, Office 40, Albany, NY 12207. Purpose: any lawful activity. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT A LICENSE, SERIAL # 2208618 FOR LIQUOR, WINE, & BEER HAS BEEN APPLIED FOR BY THE UNDERSIGNED TO SELL LIQUOR, WINE, & BEER AT RETAIL UNDER THE ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE CONTROL LAW AT 103 MAIN ST WARWICK, NY 10990. ORANGE COUNTY, FOR ON PREMISE CONSUMPTION. AJ BAIRDS INC.

Notice of Formation of ENTERTAINMENT ACCESS LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 06/30/17. Office location: NY County. Princ. office of LLC: 710 Broadway, 6th Fl., NY, NY 10003. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to the LLC at the addr. of its princ. office. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Notice of Formation of Southern Success LLC. Arts of Org. filed with New York Secy of State (SSNY) on 6/28/17. Office location: New York County. SSNY is designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 935 Broadway, Fl. 5, NY, NY 10010. Purpose: any lawful activity. Notice of Qual. of LES DEV LLC, Authority filed with the SSNY on 06/22/2017. Office loc: NY County. LLC formed in DE on 03/07/2017. SSNY is designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 10 Bleeker St.,, #7A , NY, NY 10012. Address required to be maintained in DE: 1209 Orange St., Wilmington, DE 19801. Cert of Formation filed with DE Sec of State, 401 Federal St., Ste 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: Any Lawful Purpose. NOTICE OF FORMATION of Primecast Ventures, LLC. Arts of Org NY (SSNY) on 4/17/2017. Office loc: NY County. SSNY designated agent upon whom process may be served against LLC to: US Corp. Agents, Inc., 7014 13th Ave. Ste. 202, Brooklyn, NY 11228. Purpose: any lawful act. Notice of Formation of Image Charlton Investors LLC. Arts of Org. filed with New York Secy of State (SSNY) on 6/5/17. Office location: New York County. SSNY is designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 11 E 44th St, Ste 1900, NY, NY 10017. Purpose: any lawful activity

TO: BARBARA ELINE BETTS COMMISSIONER OF SOCIAL SERVICES OF THE CITY OF NEW YORK A verified Petition having been filed in this Court alleging that the above-named child in the care of Little Flower Children and Family Services of New York, the petitioner, is a permanently neglected and abandoned child as defined by Article 6, Part 1 of the Family Court Act and Section 384-b of the Social Services Law, a copy of said petition being annexed hereto; YOU ARE HEREBY SUMMONED to appear before the Family Court at 151-20 Jamaica Avenue, Jamaica, New York, Part 3, 4th floor on the 5th day of September, 2017 at 2:30 o’clock in the afternoon of said day to show cause why the Court should not enter an Order depriving you of all the rights of custody of NYLA GABRIELLE BETTS A/K/A KAYLA BETTS A/K/A KHALA MARIE BETTS, awarding the custody of said child to the petitioning authorized agency as a permanently neglected and abandoned child as provided by law. PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that if said child is adjudged to be a permanently neglected and abandoned child, and, if custody is awarded to said authorized agency, said child may be adopted with the consent of said authorized agency without further notice to you and without your consent. In the event of your failure to appear, said failure to appear will result in the termination of all your parental rights to the child. PLEASE TAKE FURTHER NOTICE that your failure to appear shall constitute a denial of an interest in the child, which denial may result in the transfer or commitment of the child’s care, custody, guardianship or adoption of the child, all without further notice to the parents of the child. PLEASE TAKE FURTHER NOTICE that you are entitled to be represented by an attorney, and, if you cannot afford to retain an attorney, one will be appointed to represent you by the court free of charge to you. Dated: June 02, 2016 By Order of the Court Michael McLaughlin Clerk, Family Court, Queens Co.

PUBLIC NOTICE New York City Dept. of Consumer Affairs Notice of Public Hearing Notice is hereby given, pursuant to law, that the NYC Department of Consumer Affairs will hold a public hearing on WEDNESDAY, JULY 26TH, 2017 at 2:00 P.M. at 42 Broadway, 5th floor, on a petition for BAR GIACOSA CORP. to ESTABLISH, MAINTAIN, AND OPERATE an unenclosed sidewalk cafe at 270 6TH AVE in the Borough of Manhattan for a term of two years. REQUEST FOR COPIES OF THE REVOCABLE CONSENT AGREEMENT MAY BE ADDRESSED TO: DEPT. OF CONSUMER AFFAIRS, 42 BROADWAY, NEW YORK, NY 10004 ATTN: FOIL OFFICER 66 PEARL, LLC, Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 06/29/2017. Office loc: NY County. SSNY has been designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: C/O W Brothers Management, LLC, 350 5th Ave., Ste. 6540, NY, NY 10118. Purpose: Any Lawful Purpose. Notice of Formation of WEST 48TH HOLDINGS LLC. Arts of Org. filed with New York Secy of State (SSNY) on 4/19/17. Office location: New York County. SSNY is designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 250 Bowery, FL. 2, NY, NY 10012. Purpose: any lawful activity. Notice of Formation of SE ASIA (TYPE B) NOMINEES LLC. Arts of Org. filed with NY Secy of State (SSNY) on 6/28/17. Office location: New York County. SSNY is designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 111 8th Ave, NY, NY 10011. The name and address of the Reg. Agent is CT Corporation System, 111 8th Ave, NY, NY 10011. Purpose: any lawful activity. Notice of Formation of BELLATOUR, LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 07/10/17. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to Rick A. Davidson, 151 W. 21st St., Apt. 6E, NY, NY 10011. Purpose: Any lawful activity. NOT MY LAST LLC, Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 05/03/2017. Office loc: NY County. SSNY has been designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Double A Property Locating Services, Inc., 733 3rd Ave. 15th Fl, NY, NY 10017. Purpose: Any Lawful Purpose.

Notice of formation of GD Spring LLC filed with the Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 7/5/17. Office loc.: New York County. SSNY is designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. The address SSNY shall mail copy of process to is c/o Leonard Budow, Esq., 101 Park Ave., 17th Fl., New York, NY 10178. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Cellco Partnership and its controlled affiliates doing business as Verizon Wireless (Verizon Wireless) proposes to install wireless telecommunications antennas at two locations. At the approx. vicinity of 172-20 90th Avenue, Jamaica, Queens County, NY 11432, antennas will be collocated on the roof-top of the building, with an overall height of 59 feet. At the approx. vicinity of 63-35 Fresh Pond Road, Queens, Queens County, NY 11385, antennas will be collocated on the rooftop of the building, with an overall height of 64 feet and 3 inches. Public comments regarding potential effects from these sites on historic properties may be submitted within 30 days from the date of this publication to: Trileaf Corp, Natalie, n.kleikamp@ trileaf.com, 10845 Olive Blvd, Suite 260, St. Louis, MO 63141, 314-997-6111. Notice of Qualification of SWTO LLC. Authority filed with NY Secy of State (SSNY) on 6/30/17. Office location: New York Co. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 3/5/01. SSNY is designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 111 8th Ave, NY, NY 10011. DE address of LLC: 1209 Orange St, Wilmington, DE 19801. Cert. of Formation filed with DE Secy of State, 401 Federal St. Ste 4, Dover, DE 19901. The name and address of the Reg. Agent is CT Corporation System, 111 8th Ave, NY, NY 10011. Purpose: any lawful activity. Notice of Qualification of DYNAMIC WORLDWIDE GROUP, LLC. Appl. for Auth. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 07/07/17. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 08/09/11. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to c/o Corporation Service Co., 80 State St., Albany, NY 122072543. DE addr. of LLC: 251 Little Falls Dr., Wilmington, DE 19808. Cert. of Form. filed with DE Secy. of State, Div. of Corps., PO Box 898, Dover, DE 19903. Purpose: Any lawful activity. LuvNix, LLC Arts of Org. filed with NY Secy of State (SSNY) 5/17/17. Office loc: Richmond County. SSNY designated agent upon whom process against LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Attn: Cheyenne Mosseley, 900 Spectrum Dr, Austin, TX 78717. Purpose: Any Lawful Purpose.

PUBLIC NOTICE New York City Dept. of Consumer Affairs Notice of Public Hearing Notice is hereby given, pursuant to law, that the NYC Department of Consumer Affairs will hold a public hearing on WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 9TH, 2017 at 2:00 P.M. at 42 Broadway, 5th floor, on a petition for 109 WEST BROADWAY FOOD & WINE LLC to ESTABLISH, MAINTAIN, AND OPERATE an enclosed sidewalk cafe at 109 WEST BROADWAY in the Borough of Manhattan for a term of two years. REQUEST FOR COPIES OF THE REVOCABLE CONSENT AGREEMENT MAY BE ADDRESSED TO: DEPT. OF CONSUMER AFFAIRS, 42 BROADWAY, NEW YORK, NY 10004 ATTN: FOIL OFFICER Notice of Qualification of R1DEMAND, LLC. Authority filed with NY Secy of State (SSNY) on 6/28/17. Office location: New York County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 6/12/17. SSNY is designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 187 Wolf Rd, Ste 101, Albany, NY 12205. DE address of LLC: 108 W 13th St, Wilmington, DE 19801. Cert. of Formation filed with DE Secy of State, 401 Federal St. Ste 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: any lawful activity. Notice of Formation of Procuratio, LLC. Arts of Org. filed with New York Secy of State (SSNY) on 5/16/17. Office location: New York County. SSNY is designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 111 8th Ave, NY, NY 10011. The name and address of the Reg. Agent is National Registered Agents, Inc., 111 8th Ave, NY, NY 10011. Purpose: any lawful activity. Notice of Formation of Bird Dog Advisors LLC. Arts of Org. filed with New York Secy of State (SSNY) on 6/2/17. Office location: New York County. SSNY is designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 521 5th Ave, Fl. 17, NY, NY 10175. Purpose: any lawful activity. Notice of Formation of 439-441 48TH INVESTORS LLC. Arts of Org. filed with New York Secy of State (SSNY) on 4/27/17. Office location: New York County. SSNY is designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 250 Bowery, FL. 2, NY, NY 10012. Purpose: any lawful activity.

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Topics Include: Effects the Trump Administration will have on the Privatization of NY Schools Opportunities and Challenges Behind New York’s Higher Education Education Think Tank: Ideas, Solutions and Innovations Featured Speakers:

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Who was up and who was down last week

LOSERS SHELDON SILVER He’s baaack! A federal appeals court overturned Preet Bharara’s hard-won corruption conviction against the powerful former Assembly speaker. Shelly must have been smiling as legal experts bemoaned a 2016 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that has whittled down the definition of honest services fraud. Prosecutors promised to retry him, but he’s not Shel-done – at least for now.

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WINNERS

The “summer of hell” got off to a surprisingly bearable start this week. But with track work expected to last at least until Labor Day, downstate denizens are likely to be dealing with delays, derailments and other disasters that will make for many losers – or at least those who aren’t lucky enough to be shuttled from borough to borough in an SUV. Before we get ahead of ourselves, here are last week’s Winners & Losers.

EDITORIAL editor@cityandstateny.com Editor-in-Chief Jon Lentz jlentz@cityandstateny.com, Features and Opinions Editor Nick Powell npowell@ cityandstateny.com, Editor-at-Large Gerson Borrero gborrero@cityandstateny.com, New York Nonprofit Media Editor-at-Large Aimée Simpierre asimpierre@nynmedia. com, Managing Editor Ryan Somers, Digital Editorial Director Derek Evers devers@cityandstateny.com, Senior Reporter Frank G. Runyeon frunyeon@cityandstateny.com, Staff Reporter Jeff Coltin jcoltin@cityandstateny.com, Staff Reporter Dan Rosenblum drosenblum@nynmedia.com, Copy Editor Eric Holmberg, Editorial Assistant Grace Segers gsegers@cityandstateny.com PRODUCTION creativedepartment@cityandstateny.com Creative Director Guillaume Federighi, Senior Graphic Designer Alex Law, Graphic Designer Kewen Chen, Junior Graphic Designer Aaron Aniton, Digital Content Coordinator Michael Filippi, Multimedia Director Bryan Terry

DONALD TRUMP JR. Junior’s response when a Kremlin-connected attorney reached out in order to help him take down Hillary Clinton? “I love it.” Although the president’s eldest son insisted that meeting with an attorney who had damaging information on an opponent is a routine campaign tactic, some critics say that the emails are hard evidence of collusion.

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Vol. 6 Issue 27 July 17, 2017

The

issue Do SILVER (and SKELOS) have anything to celebrate? 25 LONG ISLANDERS you need to know

THE BEST OF THE REST

THE REST OF THE WORST

KAREN BLATT & FRANK TASSONE

SAL ALBANESE

Their task force to redraw districts is out of a job, but somehow they’re still getting paid.

COURTNEY GROSS

Years later, the NY1 reporter finally got the NYPD to release body camera footage.

JIMMY VAN BRAMER

Thin Mint? The homeless Girl Scout troop the councilman supported is expanding.

DAVID WILDSTEIN

The Bridgegate mastermind avoided jail time for snitching on his conspirators.

With friends in high places, it’s a new era for PETE KING

When your car gets towed, check the facts before blaming your opponent.

BILL DE BLASIO

Nobody’s gotten this much flak while traveling to Germany since the ’40s.

ANDREW CUOMO

Transit woes have tanked his popularity. Good thing he doesn’t control the MTA?

KEMP HANNON & ELAINE PHILLIPS

Everybody’s on board with the LIRR third track, despite their attempt to sabotage it.

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OFFSHORE WIND IS READY TO POWER NEW YORK. New York State is working to responsibly bring more clean, renewable energy to Long Island and New York City – areas that together account for 45 percent of the State’s annual electricity use. Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s unprecedented commitment is to develop up to 2.4 gigawatts (GW) of offshore wind by 2030, enough to power 1.25 million homes. Offshore wind will bring: • Significant investment in coastal communities • Real opportunities to create thousands of jobs • More reliable, resilient grid and electricity supply • Clean, renewable, and locally produced power Our approach is to start with an Offshore Wind Master Plan that encourages cost effective development of offshore wind in a manner that is sensitive to environmental, maritime, and economic issues and communities. With NYSERDA taking the lead, New York State is encouraging those with a vested interest to get involved – learn more, attend public information meetings, comment on the Master Plan, and follow the progress. Together we can provide clean, renewable energy for generations to come.

Visit nyserda.ny.gov/offshorewind for more information and to submit your comments on development of the Offshore Wind Master Plan by August 31, 2017.

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