To hear the New York Republican establishment tell it, Rep. Lee Zeldin is already the presumed nominee to take on Gov. Andrew Cuomo next year. To hear Andrew Giuliani tell it? Not so much.
The son of former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani has his eye on the GOP nomination for governor, and the road there leads through the Lewis County Fair, where our Bill Mahoney recently accompanied him. There, Bill writes, Giuliani stopped to pet a cow while touring a corner of the Lewis County Fair where 4-H members displayed prize chickens and the local Holstein club was auctioning off bull semen. I dont do that too much in Manhattan, he said.
The younger Giuliani, perhaps best remembered for his antics as a 7-year-old at his dads inauguration, may be the biggest wild card in the race to face Cuomo or another Democratic nominee. While the state party has moved to crown Zeldin, its not really up to them: Republican voters will decide at a primary next year, and theyve been known to buck the party before, picking the bombastic Carl Paladino over the partys pick in 2010.
Giuliani already has the highest name recognition in the race, by virtue of his famous dad. But hes not relying on that alone, and instead has become a regular presence across upstate New York. Thats why we go to the Lewis County Fair, Giuliani tells Bill. Thats why were going to the Greene County Fair. Thats why well go up to Nascar. Thats why were doing the Empire Farm Days.
Giuliani is an underdog for the nomination, and if he does win, hell be an underdog for the governorship in a state where no Republican has won a statewide election since 2002. Then again, Cuomo is the most vulnerable hes ever been, beset by multiple sexual harassment investigations and calls for his resignation. So expect to see the New York City scion petting more cows in the months to come. Rather than appealing to the few of the party leaders, Giuliani said. Id much rather appeal to the 3 million New Yorkers who are going to vote in June of next year.
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WHERES BILL? Holding a media availability and appearing on NY1s Inside City Hall.
ABOVE THE FOLD Senate negotiators finalize bipartisan infrastructure bill, by POLITICO’s Marianne LeVine: A group of senators finalized legislative language Sunday evening for the long-awaited bipartisan physical infrastructure deal, bringing the Senate one step closer to passing a top priority for President Joe Biden. The finished product comes after Senate negotiators and their staff worked throughout the weekend on text for the bipartisan agreement, which includes $550 billion in new spending on roads, bridges, highways, broadband and water infrastructure.
Senate’s bipartisan infrastructure text shorts some Democratic priorities, by POLITICO’s Sam Mintz and Tanya Snyder: The long-awaited legislative text of the Senate’s bipartisan infrastructure proposal makes cuts to some Democratic priorities, and adds a deficit-financed bailout of more than $100 billion for the Highway Trust Fund. The package still calls for steering $550 billion to needs ranging from highways and railroads to broadband and the electric grid. But the gaps in money for priorities that many Democrats had demanded raise the stakes for the go-it-alone $3.5 trillion reconciliation bill that they plan to pass later without Republican support.
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WHAT CITY HALL’S READING
Mayoral foes Adams and Sliwa say NYC needs more cops on patrol, by New York Posts Steven Vago and Jorge Fitz-Gibbon: The Big Apples mayoral hopefuls are seeing eye-to-eye on at least one thing after a weekend gang shooting wounded seven bystanders outside a Queens laundromat the city needs to put more cops on the streets. Eric Adams, the Democratic candidate and likely next mayor, called Sunday for the formation of a Joint Gangs and Guns Task Force in conjunction with state and federal authorities the same way we responded to terrorism in the city with a Joint Terrorism Task Force. Speaking at the scene of Saturday nights shooting in Corona, the retired NYPD captain also denounced the citys decision last year to disband the NYPDs 600-strong anti-crime street unit, which focused on fighting violence and illegal guns. We need the anti-gun unit, the plainclothes unit, to send a message that we are not going to have the element of uncertainty, with the element of omnipresence, said Adams, Brooklyns borough president.
Police released video of two gunmen in the mass shooting, described as a coordinated attack that wounded ten people.
Broadway Audiences Will Need Proof of Vaccination and Masks, by The New York Times Michael Paulson: Broadways theater owners and operators, citing the ongoing dangers of the coronavirus pandemic, said Friday that they have decided to require that theatergoers be vaccinated against Covid-19 and wear masks in order to attend performances. The policy, announced just days before the first Broadway play in more than 16 months is to start performances, allows children ineligible for vaccination to attend shows if tested for the virus. Some performing arts venues in New York say they will go even further: the Metropolitan Opera, which hopes to reopen in late September, and Carnegie Hall, which is planning to reopen in October, are not only planning to require vaccinations, but also to bar children under 12 who are not yet eligible to be vaccinated.
De Blasio left the door open to requiring vaccines for indoor dining at all restaurants.
The offer of $100is motivating some New Yorkers to get vaccinated.
The MTA is still debating whether to require vaccines for its employees, after the city and state both mandated either the shot or weekly testing for their workers.
Anti-socialist Eric Adams faces new foe in mayoral election, by New York Posts Carl Campanile: Mayoral candidate Eric Adams who says hes running against the far-left socialist movement led by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in New York will actually face off against a socialist foe in the general election. Queens public-school teacher Cathy Rojas, a daughter of Colombian immigrants, has now officially qualified to run for mayor under the far-left Party for Socialism and Liberation banner. Rojas gathered more than 3,750 valid signatures through independent petitioning to run in Nov. 2s general election, said a Board of Election rep.
Democratic mayoral nominee Eric Adams once again distanced himself from his partys left-leaning flank, declaring the United States is not a socialist country.
Rikers Detainee Endured Horrible Conditions Before Dying in Cell, Jails Overseer Finds, by The Citys Reuven Blau: A detainee was held in horrible conditions no pillows, blankets or regular food in an intake pen on Rikers Island for several days before his death in April, according to the citys jail oversight board. Thomas Earl Braunson III, a 35-year-old new father jailed on a parole violation stemming from shoplifting arrest, was found dead in his cell in the Eric M. Taylor Center on April 19 at about 8:30 a.m. Hes one of three men to die in Correction Department custody since April. The day after Braunsons death, two Board of Correction staffers and one board commissioner, Dr. Robert Cohen, visited and found severe staffing and supplies issues with many detainees missing sheets and blankets, according to the initial review obtained by THE CITY through a Freedom of Information Law request.
New York Is Pushing Homeless People Off the Streets. Where Will They Go? by The New York Times Andy Newman and Nicole Hong: As the countrys most populous city strives to lure back tourists and office workers, it has undertaken an aggressive campaign to push homeless people off the streets of Manhattan. City workers used to tear down one or two encampments a day. Now, they sometimes clear dozens. Since late May, teams that include sanitation workers in garbage trucks, police officers and outreach workers have cruised Manhattan around the clock, hitting the same spots over and over.
“The sweeps are part of a broader effort by Mayor Bill de Blasio that includes transferring over 8,000 people from hotels, where they had been placed to stem the spread of the coronavirus, to barracks-style group shelters. The transfers are continuing despite the recent surge in the Delta variant of the virus, though the city told a judge it would delay the moves Monday to address concerns that it was not adequately considering peoples health problems and disabilities.
WHAT ALBANY’S READING
Cuomos accuser is willing to take a polygraph. Is he? by Times Unions Brendan J. Lyons: The woman who accused Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo of groping her at the Executive Mansion last year informed her attorney when they first discussed the allegations in early March that she would be willing to take a polygraph lie-detector examination, and that she would also like the governor to submit to one as well. A spokesman for the governor referred comment to Cuomo’s attorney, Rita Glavin, who late Friday characterized the matter as press ploys. She declined to say whether Cuomo would consent to submit to an independent polygraph examination to answer questions about the female aide’s allegations.
Cuomo spent $106M trying to light New Yorks bridges. Theyre still dark., by POLITICOs Marie J. French: Gov. Andrew Cuomo had plans to bedazzle every state-run bridge in New York City. No matter how rusty and old, or new and polished, each was to get its own multi-colored flashing light show. The new Kosciuszko Bridge linking Brooklyn and Queens got the treatment and a Mothers Day 2017 unveiling that Cuomo heralded as the first stage of his grand vision. The Harbor of Lights was to be choreographed together, synced up with other landmarks in the city and set to their own soundtrack, making for an international tourist attraction and a spectacular light exhibition, Cuomo promised at the time. None of that ever happened. Instead, critics questioned why the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, the Cuomo-controlled agency that owns the bridges, would spend money on optics while complaints about extensive, nearly daily subway delays and shoddy service escalated in 2017 during what became known as the Summer of Hell for public transit riders.
Fried Frank Secures $1.5 Million Contract to Represent NY Health Dept. in COVID Response Probe, by New York Law Journals Ryan Tarinelli: An international law firm secured a $1.5 million contract to represent the state Department of Health in investigations over the states coronavirus response. The contract also indicates that the Manhattan district attorneys office is looking into the matter and made inquiries to the state agency, but its unclear if those requests are at all tied to the Cuomo administrations handling of nursing homes during the pandemic. Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson was selected to represent the state Department of Health in responding to multiple inquiries related to investigations of the States COVID-19 response by law enforcement and other governmental or regulatory bodies, according to the contract. This includes, but is not limited to, inquiries from the U.S. Attorneys Office for the Eastern District of New York[,] the New York County District Attorneys office, and the New York State Office of the Attorney General, among others, the contract reads.
PULL QUOTE: The professional advice we received was well-intended but flawed, and I deeply regret that we followed it, from Bishop acknowledges child predators were sent for treatment by Times Unions Edward McKinley
Bills seek $1.1 billion new stadium in Orchard Park paid for by public, by Buffalo News Tom Precious: The start of any negotiations involving a complex deal whose end product could be expensive, impactful and controversial can be an anxious time. Its an anxious time right now in Buffalo and at the State Capitol in Albany. Preliminary talks have begun between the owners of the Buffalo Bills, the State of New York and Erie County as officials consider a pitch by the team to build a new NFL stadium. In fact, its one of the largest asks for public money in pro sports stadium negotiations: Pegula Sports and Entertainment, the teams owners, have pitched a $1.5 billion proposal for a new stadium in Orchard Park and to help cover some renovation costs to the Pegulas NHL Sabres arena in downtown Buffalo.
#UpstateAmerica: The state will deploy state-of-the-art research equipment to detect shipwrecks in Seneca Lake.
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FROM THE DELEGATION
AOC has spent thousands on security, including $4k-plus to ex-Blackwater contractor, by New York Posts Jon Levine: Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez paid thousands for personal security to a former Blackwater contractor, a review of Federal Election Commission records shows. AOCs campaign dropped at least $4,636 at Tullis Worldwide Protection for security services between January and June of this year according to the filings. The Franconia, Virginia-based company is owned by Devin Tullis, whose other clients include the royal families of both Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, according to his website.
AROUND NEW YORK
Baseball is now the states official sport.
Craig Cipriano, the MTAs bus chief, has been tapped as the interim president of New York City Transit.
Yes, you may cross the border starting Aug. 9, but be sure to check 8 things to know before you visit Canada.
Sales tax revenue is way up, but analysts warn celebrations arent in order yet.
The CDCs updated masking guidelines would apply to roughly one dozen New York counties, but local officials say its unclear how and when new rules should be implemented.
Sharks have been spotted off Long Island. But theres no need to panic. Right?
The city is considering offering a remote education option for children with immunocompromised relatives.
Frank Siller of Staten Island, founder of the Tunnel to Towers Foundation, has begun a 537-mile walk to commemorate the 20th anniversary of 9/11.
Members of Onondaga Nation near Syracuse remember the effects of residential schools on their families.
Three NYPD executivesare collecting department pensions in addition to salaries for their current civilian roles.
The city will rename Coney Island Hospital for Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
De Blasio beat the pressin an Orchard Beach volleyball game, though not without some questionable work by the refs.
Dragon boat racesare returning to Queens.
The company that runs concessions at Port Authority airports has been ordered to conduct an audit of prices after outrage over a $27.85 beer.
SOCIAL DATA BY DANIEL LIPPMAN
HAPPY BIRTHDAY: New Yorkers Lawrence Wright NYTs Matthew Rosenberg Fox News Rich EdsonCaitlin Huey-Burns of CBS Corporate Accountabilitys Gigi Kellett retired Army Col. Jack H. Jacobs former Treasury Secretary John Snow NBCs Dylan DreyerRoger Cohen
(was Sunday): NYTs Azi PaybarahEd Gillespie of AT&T Edelmans Jordan Lubowitz former Sen. Al DAmato (R-N.Y.) Joseph Cayre … Rhoda Smolow … Yeruchim Silber … Shachar Bar-On … Noam Gilboord David Helfenbein of Burford Capital Corrie MacLagganWilliam Dean Singleton turned 7-0
(was Saturday): Edelmans Brian McNeillMark Cuban Matthew Ballard of BCW Global Matt Hutchison of Dow Jones Danielle Meister of WhatsApp APs Elena Becatoros WNYCs Yasmeen KhanSam Frizell U.S. Chambers Lexi Branson
MAKING MOVES John Gans, Obama Pentagon chief speechwriter and author of the NSC history White House Warriors, is leaving the University of Pennsylvanias Perry World House to join the Rockefeller Foundation as managing director for executive communications and strategic engagement.
ENGAGED Maya Serkin, a client success manager at Indigov, recently got engaged to Mike Jones, who works at Jump Trading. The couple met in NYC when Maya had just given her notice at Davidson Kempner. Mike proposed at Tanglewood Music Center in Massachusetts over a private picnic and stunning view of the Stockbridge Bowl. Pic
CLICKER “What Old Money Looks Like in America, and Who Pays For It: Buck Ellison serves bluebloods up for public scrutiny as only one of their own could, by Chris Wiley in NewYorker.com
Met Museum among art institutions to get green funding, by The Real Deal Staff: The Metropolitan Museum of Art in Manhattan dates back to 1880. The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston was built a decade before that. Both iconic and massive institutions hold some of the most important artworks in the world, but they dont exactly hold their own when it comes to energy efficiency. Now, they are among 79 art institutions across the country that have received $5.1 million total from the Helen Frankenthaler Foundation to help upgrade their properties, according to the New York Times. The Met received $50,000 while the Museum of Fine Arts received $100,000.