By Jimmy Vielkind in Albany and Laura Nahmias in Manhattan, with Daniel Lippman
Here’s a test for you today, if you’re feeling particularly bold: Turn to your neighbor on the subway/in the coffee line and ask them if they know Tuesday is an election day in New York state. Chances are they’ll have no idea.
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New York’s congressional primaries, typically embarrassingly low-turnout affairs, are taking place Tuesday, just as everyone begins to slip into their summer stupor, on a separate day from New York’s state and local primary races, which are scheduled in September. But this year’s primaries are drawing the most outside attention they have in years. One of the most notable trends? That the massive slate of candidates who have emerged to battle each other for the right to take on Republican incumbents like Elise Stefanik and John Faso in upstate districts have virtually no political experience, as >Bill Mahoney reports this morning.
Another trend: the wave of progressive insurgents trying to unseat long time Democratic incumbents in reliably blue districts around New York City. As Gloria Pazmino and Heather Caygle report today, Rep. Joe Crowley is facing a challenge in Queens from Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a Bernie Sanders supporter who’s built a case for her candidacy in part on the fact that Crowley, an older white man, doesn’t look like the district he represents. “There is a profound mismatch between the community and its representation,” Ocasio-Cortez told POLITICO. “What is new about candidates that are not people of color, that are not women, that aren’t working-class, that don’t advocate for progressive policies?”
Crowley and other incumbents like Yvette Clarke, Carolyn Maloney and Eliot Engel aren’t expected to lose their seats to the young upstarts challenging them, in no small part because of how difficult it is to unseat an incumbent, particularly in primaries where few voters turn out. But challenges like Ocasio-Cortez’s may have other unanticipated side effects for Crowley, who’s long been considered a candidate for house leadership. Ocasio-Cortez is demonstrating cracks in his armor.
“Once there is an initial threat, a challenge in his dominance, it changes people’s perception on the Hill about his power,” one Democratic operative told POLITICO. “Even in the most perfect of worlds, he would have a challenge making the case for leadership beyond the fact that it’s just his turn. So members in the conference are going to see this race, and ask why take a risk with Crowley when he might not be in office in a few cycles.”
WHERE’S ANDREW? Holding a press conference about the LaGuardia AirTrain at the World Trade Center.
WHERE’S BlLL? Appearing live on MSNBC’s Morning Joe in the morning and then visiting an apartment in Campos Plaza with Interim NYCHA Chair Stanley Brezenoff before holding a press conference to announce an expansion of the city’s rental assistance demonstration program in NYCHA housing. Later, he’ll make his regular weekly appearance on NY1’s Inside City Hall. Sally’s got more about the NYCHA announcement below.
The Tabloids: — New York Post: “SICK BOAST”—
Daily News: “PRIDE AND PREJUDICE”— >See Them
More Tabloids: — Newsday: “TRYING TO REDUCE YOUTH VAPING”—
El Diario New York: “que berraquera!”— Translation: “What tenacity!”— >See Them
The Free Papers:— Metro New York: “JUSTICE FOR JUNIOR”—
AM New York: “A MARCH OF DEFIANCE”— >See Them
The Broadsheets:— New York Times: — 1 col., above the fold: “ERDOGAN EXTENDS POWER IN TURKEY, WINNING ELECTION”— 1 col., above the fold: “Trump Wants No Due Process at U.S. Border”— 4 col., above the fold: “An Environmental Win Falters. Why? Some CLues Point to China.”— 2 col., below the fold: “How Affair Between Journalist And Senate Aide Rattled Media”— 3 col., below the fold: “Sanders’s Allies Stumble as His Cause Takes Off”—
Wall Street Journal: —1 col., above the fold: “Trump to Curb U.S. Tech Deals by Chinese”— 4 col., above the fold: “Erdogan Wins Turkish Vote”— 2 col., below the fold: “Short of Workers, Robots Man the Grill”— > See Them
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WHAT ALBANY IS READING:
— CANDIDATES MARCH AT PRIDE PARADE — New York Times’ Vivian Wang: “The governor brought a hulking tractor-trailer with confetti guns, thousands upon thousands of rainbow-printed signs and a coterie of elected officials. His Democratic challenger brought a modest pickup truck with glittery blue tassels, a small but vigorous musical quartet and Lea DeLaria, an actress from the television show ‘Orange Is the New Black.’ He was deliberate and orderly, marching behind a banner emblazoned with his name — ‘Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’ — and the words ‘New York State of Love,’ pausing every few blocks for photographers while a member of his contingent pronounced his achievements through a loudspeaker. She zigzagged across the street, now on one side, now the other, her face flushed and sweaty as her wife tried to tug her away from revelers screaming her name — ‘Cynthia Nixon!’ — or just ‘That’s the lady from ‘Sex and the City.’’ As Mr. Cuomo and Ms. Nixon, rivals in September’s Democratic primary for governor, marched Sunday along the rainbow-bedecked route of New York City’s Pride parade, their contingents soon appeared to take on the characters of their campaigns: his marked by his established title and accomplishments; hers fueled by her grass-roots activism but also, in no small part, by her celebrity.” >Read more here
— Nixon’s son Seph >came out as transgender.
— Cynthia Nixon and Rep. Joe Crowley’s primary challenger, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, are> set to endorse each other today.
— Cuomo announced the >endorsement of New York City Council Speaker Corey Johnson and said he was telling state agencies to make sure transgender New Yorkers >don’t face discrimination finding health care or insurance.
— ANOTHER NEW SPEED CAMERA BILL — Times Union’s David Lombardo: “The state Senate Republicans and their ally, Brooklyn Democrat Simcha Felder, introduced a bill on Friday to use speed cameras around New York City schools for an additional six months to pay for new new traffic safety measures. The bill essentially transitions away from the use of speed cameras to stop signs and traffic lights, which would be funded with revenue generated from six months of speed cameras. The bill also requires signs warning motorists of the cameras and doubles fines for infractions in these areas. The introduction of the legislation was first reported by New York StateWatch. The full text of the bill, which is sponsored by Felder and Republicans Marty Golden and Andrew Lanza, is available below. The state Senate did not address the July 25th expiration of speed cameras in New York City before they adjourned for the end of the legislative session on Wednesday. Felder has received the bulk of the blame for the measure failing to receive a vote in the chamber.” Read more here
— NYC DEMS RALLY — New York Post’s Reuen Fenton and Natalie O’Neill: “Mayor de Blasio and dozens of advocates held a rally Sunday to demand that state senators renew speed cameras near schools after the lawmakers failed to extend the street safety program last week. ‘This one’s a no-brainer —the Republican majority in the State Senate has a simple job to do and they didn’t do it,’ de Blasio told a crowd of 40 in Union Square. ‘Thousands and thousands of kids need to be protected.’ Children attending summer school will be put in danger when the cameras are shut down next month, he said. ‘On July 25, these cameras get turned off. And don’t believe the hype that says, ‘Oh, we have all summer to work it out.’ We don’t. There’s a thing called summer school,’ de Blasio said. ‘Don’t let the Senate off the hook on that one. We need these cameras on all summer to protect so many kids who go to summer school, and we need them back on for the school year, when literally tens of thousands of lives are on the line.’” Read more here
WHAT CITY HALL IS READING:
FDNY CHIEF WHO LED 9/11 RECOVERY DIES — Daily News’s Esha Ray: “In the dark days after the Sept. 11 terror attacks, the FDNY turned to Chief Ronald Spadafora to lead the department’s rescue and recovery efforts at the World Trade Center site. He died Saturday of cancer caused by toxins he was exposed to Ground Zero.
He was 63.” >Read it here.
PARKS PROBLEMS — New York Post’s Rich Calder: “The city Parks Department’s shoddy oversight over how private contractors handle department construction projects has cost taxpayers nearly $5 million, including nearly $800,000 at President Trump’s fancy golf course in The Bronx, city Comptroller Scott Stringer said.” >Read it here.
TRUMP’S NEW YORK
THE GUARDIANSHIP BILL — Daily News’s Ken Lovett: “Undocumented immigrant parents facing possible deportation from New York would be able to choose a guardian to care for their kids under a bill that won final approval in the Legislature last week. The bill would expand the standby guardianship law created in the 1980s during the AIDS crisis that has mainly been used by parents diagnosed with a terminal illness to transfer guardianship of their kids to someone they know and trust. If the bill is signed into law by Gov. Cuomo, the guardianship law will expand to cover people facing “administrative separations” such as arrest, detention, incarceration and deportation, but whose kids will remain in the U.S. It would allow undocumented immigrants in New York to designate a “standby guardian” for their kids by filling out a form that is signed by a witness.” >Read it here.
MUELLER HAS QS FOR CREDICO — Daily Beast’s Betsy Woodruff :“Bob Mueller has some questions for comedian Randy Credico, according to the comedian himself. Credico told radio host Jimmy Dore on Sunday evening that the special counsel has reached out to him for a voluntary interview. And Credico isn’t going to play ball. He told The Daily Beast he won’t talk to the special counsel unless he gets subpoenaed. ‘The last thing that I would like to be known as is a rat,’ Credico told The Daily Beast. ‘I didn’t talk to the House committee and I’m not going to talk to the Senate committee.’Credico has long interested congressional investigators working on the Russia probes because of his relationship with Trump ally Roger Stone. Stone reportedly claimed to the House intelligence committee that Credico was a backchannel between him and Wikileaks founder Julian Assange. Stone made comments about Wikileaks during the election that appeared prescient, so any connections between him and Assange are of interest to Russia investigators.” Read it here.
— Tiffany Trump came to the Pride Parade
Alec Baldwin took to the stump for Liuba Grechen Shirley, a candidate in the Democratic primary in New York’s 2nd district, where she’s running to replace Pete King.
— “A gay rights group blasted congressional candidate Suraj Patel for creating >a fake profile on a gay dating app. ‘On the day of NYC Pride, where hundreds of thousands will be brave and courageous coming out as their true authentic selves for being LGBT, Suraj Patel’s actions are unethical and demonstrates he’s out of touch with issues that LGBT people face every day,’” David Kilmnick, head of New York’s LGBT Network >told the New York Post.
OP-EDS AND EDITORIALS
“It’s Time to Integrate New York’s Best Schools” — New York Times Editorial Board: “It is a bitter irony, or just a deeply damning fact, that the spirit of Jim Crow would prove so stubborn in a city whose leaders pride themselves on their enlightened politics. Without aggressive action, New York will continue to fail its black and Latino students, a waste of their potential and its own.” >Read it here.
MOVES: Daniel Coates, formerly Director of Multi-State Initiatives at Make the Road Regional, is joining the Riders Alliance as Director of Campaigns and Organizing.
Leecia Eve Staffs Up— Daily News’s Ken Lovett: “Eve... has begun staffing up by dipping into her ties to Gov. Cuomo and Hillary Clinton.Eve, a Verizon lobbyist and former aide to Cuomo and Cinton, has hired as her campaign manager her brother, Ichor Strategies founder
Eric Eve. Eric Eve is a former political affairs special assistant to President Bill Clinton, ran Al Gore’s 2000 New York presidential primary campaign, and served as a first deputy New York City controller.Leecia Eve also tapped
Basil Smikle as a campaign senior adviser. Smikle once served as Cuomo’s hand-picked executive director of the state Democratic party and as a senior aide to Hillary Clinton during her first run for U.S. Senate in New York, and later served on her Senate staff.
Donna Milrod , a financier and former chief administrative officer of the Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation, will serve as Eve’s campaign treasurer.Her consulting team will consist of former Clinton and Cuomo aide
Peter Kauffmann , who will handle communications,
pollster Tom Kiley .
Joe Trippi and
Julie Norton will oversee paid media and ads.
Maggie McKeon , a former spokeswoman for Gov. David Paterson who works for Kauffmann, will serve as Eve’s campaign spokeswoman.” >Read it here.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY: N.Y. Post’s
Reuven Fenton …
Michael Napolitano …
Zach Fannin …
Jeremy Bearer-Friend, acting assistant professor of tax law at NYU School of Law …
JR Thornton, author of “Beautiful Country,” is 27 …
Russell Murphy of Risa Heller Communications … UAlbany professor
MORNING MEDIA, with POLITICO’s Michael Calderone:
THE NEW YORK TIMES REPORTED on Monday's front page on the personal life of a Times reporter. The 3,300-word >piece, written by Michael Grynbaum, Scott Shane and Emily Flitter, and including contributions from five more Times journalists, delves into Ali Watkins's three-year romantic relationship with James Wolfe, a former Senate Intelligence Committee aide who was >recently charged with lying to investigators about his contacts with reporters.
- The affair between Watkins, 26, and Wolfe, 57, "has rattled the world of Washington journalists and the sources they rely on," they write. A rising star, Watkins quickly moved through McClatchy, HuffPost, BuzzFeed, and POLITICO, before joining The Times in December. Times management is currently examining her work history along with her decision not to inform editors for four months that her phone and email records were seized in a leak investigation.
- "The most important issue here remains the seizure of a journalist's personal communications, which we condemn and believe all Americans should be deeply concerned about," Times spokeswoman Eileen Murphy responded in the piece. Ryan Grim, the Washington bureau chief of The Intercept, and Watkins' former editor at HuffPost, questioned the Times's investigative pursuit.
- "What I see is the Trump administration seizing a reporter's records and tricking the press into writing about her sex life," Grim said in the piece. "It's appalling what the Trump administration is doing and I don't think you should enable it."
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REAL ESTATE, with POLITICO New York’s Sally Goldenberg:
— Protests to greet developers’ sweeping plans for Lower East Side, by POLITICO’s Sally Goldenberg: A team of developers planning four new towers on a desolate swath of Manhattan's Lower East Side have agreed to spend $55 million on subway station and playground improvements. But that funding is unlikely to sway local politicians, who will march in protest of the project on Monday morning. The builders — JDS Development Group, a joint venture of CIM Group and L&M Development Partners, and Starrett Development — will announce the community perks ahead of a City Planning Commission meeting to certify this proposal Monday afternoon and begin a public review process. With $40 million, the developers will work with the MTA to build a new entrance to the East Broadway F train station at the corner of Rutgers and Madison streets, expand staircases and install new elevators. The developers say the changes would make the station accessible to people with disabilities. The remaining $15 million would pay for new equipment and renovations to Coleman, Captain Jacob Joseph and Little Flower playgrounds. Read the story> here
KEEPING EAST HARLEM AFFORDABLE— WNYC’s Jessica Gould: “Many people who have lived in East Harlem for a long time are feeling squeezed. Rents have increased 40 percent in the past three years and private development is taking off. The city also recently >rezoned much of the neighborhood with plans to invest over $200 million and allow for the construction of nearly 3,500 new apartments, about a quarter of them designated as affordable housing units. But many residents opposed the rezoning and worry that even those “affordable” apartments will be out of their reach. As the neighborhood gentrifies, the people who live in the many public housing complexes say they’re feeling increasingly isolated.” >Read it here.
— “SL Green Nabs 245 Park Avenue,” by Commercial Observer’s Cathy Cunningham and Max Gross: “SL Green Realty Corp. is in the process of closing on one of the top prizes in New York real estate, 245 Park Avenue which HNA purchased last year for $2.2 billion. HNA is remaining a partial owner of the 1.7-million-square-foot property. By press time, Commercial Observer could not ascertain how big a percentage of the ownership SL Green was acquiring. Sources close to the deal said that SL Green now has a ‘preferred position’ in the asset. While the exact final figures are still unknown, sources have said that the purchase price for SL Green’s position will be less than the $1,282 per square foot that HNA paid back in 2017, according to Bloomberg. This is another instance of a significant Chinese company taking a step away from the New York real estate market, which has seen a significant retreat in the last year including the Waldorf-Astoria being sold by Anbang.” Read the story >here
You can find the free version of Sally’s real estate newsletter here: >http://politi.co/2a1DgJk
AROUND NEW YORK:
— The Asian population upstate >has been booming, growing by 46 percent in both Erie and Albany counties since 2010.
— The redesigned Javits Center >will include a vegetable garden on the roof.
— Lackawanna officials >might tear down the 50-year old annex to their city hall, often described as one of the ugliest buildings in the country.
THE HOME TEAMS — Howard Megdal:
Sparks 80, Liberty 54: It's getting increasingly hard to see who will be Tina Charles' necessary second option in New York, not to mention how the Liberty crack a really solid top eight in the league and qualify for the playoffs. Long way to go, but Katie Smith's team is struggling right now.
Dodgers 8, Mets 7: Old friend Justin Turner homered in the eleventh inning to send the Mets to their sixth straight loss. Here's >a throwback story from our archives on Turner. Turner is hitting .299/.375/.483 since the Mets non-tendered him, with a pair of top-ten MVP finishes.
Rays 7, Yankees 6: Well, that was unexpected. Jake Bauers homered in extra innings to complete a sweep. More concerning is Gary Sanchez leaving the game with an injury, and heading to the DL, according to manager Aaron Boone.
The day ahead: The Mets host the Pirates. The Yankees head to Philadelphia.
#UpstateAmerica: Barack Obama spent his weekend >fishing in the Adirondacks.
#ZooYork: The >most fabulous looks from this weekend’s pride parade
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