By Azi Paybarah in Manhattan and Jimmy Vielkind in Albany, with Daniel Lippman and Addy Baird
HOW NEW YORK (ALMOST) WOOED GE TO MOYNIHAN - POLITICO New York’s Jimmy Vielkind: Before settling for a site at the Boston Seaport, executives at General Electric looked closely at rehabbing the James A. Farley Post Office, focusing on the Hudson Yards building after touring several sites in Westchester County, documents obtained by POLITICO New York show. The industrial conglomerate was interested in moving to what an executive called “one of the most technologically advanced communities in the United States” that is cropping up on Manhattan’s West Side, including offices for Google. GE’s site selection team toured the Farley Building twice in November of last year, according to emails obtained via the Freedom of Information Law, and prepared a pitch centering on the building for the corporation’s board.
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Emails and other documents reviewed by POLITICO New York show the state’s top economic development officials — and, in one meeting, Gov. Andrew Cuomo himself — spent months courting GE under the heading of “Project Plum,” a company code name for the search to move its headquarters (and the roughly 800 people who work there) from a suburban campus in Fairfield, Conn. after lawmakers in the Nutmeg State changed its tax code in June of last year. The documents also show that New York officials touted the Start-Up NY program, a system of tax free zones rooted in university campuses. Lawyers for Empire State Development — New York’s economic development agency — redacted portions of their correspondence that seem to indicate details about monetary incentives, but the controversial program figured prominently in an initial pitch and was subsequently mentioned in conversations with a GE tax lawyer. http://politi.co/2avHZUv
SILVER LINING -- For de Blasio, Another Grim Poll Offers Better News About 2017 Race -- Times’ William Nueman: “A majority of New York City voters continue to disapprove of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s job performance, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released on Monday, but he would still probably fare well in a matchup against at least two of his potential Democratic primary rivals. The poll results also showed that New Yorkers’ perceptions of Mr. de Blasio remain starkly divided along racial lines, with 75 percent of black voters viewing the mayor favorably, compared with 27 percent of whites.
“Among Hispanics who were polled, 52 percent had a favorable opinion of Mr. de Blasio. The telephone survey, of 1,310 New York voters, was conducted from July 21 to 28, with a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 2.7 percentage points. The results were similar to an earlier Quinnipiac survey conducted in mid-May. In the latest poll, 51 percent of those surveyed said that they disapproved of the way that Mr. de Blasio was handling his job, while 42 percent approved. In the May poll, 52 percent disapproved and 41 percent approved. Those poll results were a departure from a survey in January, when 50 percent said they approved of his job performance while 42 percent disapproved.” http://nyti.ms/2aEt24i
-- amNY’s headline: “Quinnipiac Poll: 51 percent of voters disapprove of de Blasio” http://bit.ly/2aLVG6g
-- POLITICO New York’s Dana Rubinstein: Making matters worse for the first-term mayor is how the public views his ongoing, and apparently never-ending, feud with Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a fellow Democrat. … Sixty percent of city residents approve of how Cuomo is handling his job, compared to 42 percent who approve of de Blasio’s job performance. Thirty-three percent side with de Blasio in the state-city conflict, while 42 percent side with Cuomo. Sixty percent believe the conflict hurts New York City. http://politi.co/2aNDdDg
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TABS -- Daily News: “Make America desecrate: NEWS SAYS: Trump’s vile sullying of slain soldier’s kin takes nation’s to pathetic new low”
-- Post: “CHINA SPY IN FBI: Stole secrets for 5 years”
-- SEE THEM: http://bit.ly/2aJ75D1
-- Newsday: “CHARGED IN SANDY SCHEME”
-- Hamodia: “Lawmaker Roughed Up by NYPD Files Complaint”
FREEBIES -- amNY: “NO VACANCY: Brooklyn homebuyers facing hot competition as inventory shrinks”
-- Metro: “NO GO FOR PERVS”
-- SEE THEM: http://bit.ly/2aqY6bc
FRONT PAGES -- NYT, 1-col., above the fold: “McCAIN REBUKES TRUMP FOR CLASH WITH G.I.’S FAMILY”
-- WSJNY, 5-col., above the fold: “Police Vent Frustration at de Blasio”
-- SEE THEM: http://bit.ly/2aoA6RO
QUOTE OF THE DAY: “These are exactly the kinds of things you want to see from a school system.”
-- Mayor Bill de Blasio , via POLITICO New York’s Eliza Shaprio: http://politi.co/2aN2opE
BONUS QUOTE OF THE DAY: “We know he’s not at City Hall and he’s moseying around the Park Slope Y, so we have to go where he is so he’ll hear our frustrations,” -- PBA President
Pat Lynch, via WSJ’s Josh Dawsey: http://on.wsj.com/2awgWbG
ON THIS DAY in 1858 -- The first mailboxes are installed on the streets of New York City and Boston. Almost 150 years later, they started to disappear, e-culprits abounding (from NYT): http://goo.gl/H00gsd
MORNING MEDIA, with POLITICO’s Joe Pompeo:
IF IT HAPPENED TO HER: Paid Fox News contributor Kirsten Powers, a regular contributor to USA Today’s opinion pages, spoke to Donald Trump in her latter capacity to ask what the GOP nominee would think if his daughter, Ivanka Trump, faced the same kinds of sexual harassment and abuse Trump’s avowed friend Roger Ailes (whom he has defended as allegations mount from multiple women) is accused of having meted out at Powers’ TV network. “I would like to think she would find another career or find another company if that was the case,” he said -- a response Powers wrote was “startling, even by Trumpian standards.” Read her column: http://usat.ly/2aE4Y1v
The question was certainly fair, since Trump’s defenders (as well as Trump and his daughter themselves) have pointed repeatedly to Ivanka’s leadership position in her father’s businesses (and his campaign) to rebut a portrait of Trump as a serial creep. Remember Megyn Kelly’s fusillade of old Trump quotes about women? And that New York Times story relating women’s experiences working for Trump?
WHEN MEDIA BLAMES THE MEDIA: Yesterday, Fox and Friends cohost Steve Doocy asked his viewers the “where was the media then” question. Where the media was supposed to be was fawning over a speech at the Republican convention by Patricia Smith, mother of Sean Smith, who died in the Sept. 11, 2012 attack in Benghazi as they had more lately done after Khizr Khan’s speech. The irony? Fox News didn’t air Smith’s speech -- but both CNN and MSNBC did. http://thebea.st/2aHN6US
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PSC APPROVES CLEAN ENERGY STANDARD - POLITICO New York’s Scott Waldman: The Public Service Commission voted to approve the state's Clean Energy Standard on Monday, establishing one of the nation’s most aggressive carbon-free energy policies. The plan determined that nuclear facilities and solar panels are both worthy of subsidies and essential to the future of the state’s power grid. In the plan's first two years, ratepayers will pay about $1 billion to subsidize three upstate nuclear facilities by forcing utilities to pay above-market rates for the power they produce through zero-emissions credits. The plan will establish nuclear energy as a bridge fuel while the state builds out its renewable portfolio so that half of the electrical grid is powered with clean energy by 2030. http://politico.pro/2aIlT48
-- The Washington Post compared New York’s approach to clean energy with California, which regulators are willing to let nuclear plants die. http://wapo.st/2aKRMep
-- The deal paves the way for Exelon to buy one of Entergy’s reactors. http://bit.ly/2aXX3eA
DEED BLAME -- Stringer blames City Hall, nursing home provider for botched Rivington sale -- POLITICO New York's Sally Goldenberg: “Miscommunication and poor management throughout the ranks of city government, coupled with deception by a nursing home operator, cleared the way for a health care facility's sale to a luxury condo developer, according to a new report. Several weeks after a scathing report by the city's Department of Investigation blamed the loss of the Rivington House nursing home on the de Blasio administration, city Comptroller Scott Stringer spread the blame in a 28-page analysis released Monday afternoon. Stringer, a Democrat who is rumored to be eyeing a challenge to de Blasio in 2017, heaped equal criticism on the administration and the nursing home provider, the Allure Group, for failing to preserve the health care facility.” http://politi.co/2aIuBzL
-- NYT EDITORIAL: “Another day, another investigation into Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration. While the mayor likes to boast that his administration is competent, transparent and accountable, the facts occasionally suggest an entirely different set of adjectives. … Stringer’s findings echo an even more scathing report, from the Department of Investigation, which found not just great obtuseness at City Hall but also stonewalling and the suggestion of a cover-up…” http://nyti.ms/2aFbPIb
-- WNYC HEADLINE: “City Comptroller Finds 'Communication Breakdowns' Led to Rivington Sale” http://bit.ly/2aFf2Yj
RIKERS VIOLENCE DECLINES -- DOC reports big drop in violent incidents involving correction officers -- POLITICO New York’s Colby Hamilton and Gloria Pazmino: The number of violent incidents involving correction officers at Rikers Island has dropped significantly during the first six months of this year, officials will announce Tuesday, the first downward trend at the city jail since 2011.
T he most serious use of force incidents by correction officers against inmates — those resulting in major injuries — dropped by nearly half, from 72 incidents during the first six month of 2015 to 39 during the same period this year, according to data provided by the Department of Correction. Use of force incidents resulting in minor injuries to inmates dropped nearly 18 percent, from 981 during the six months of 2015 to 800 this year, according to the DOC. At the same time, assaults on staff by inmates dropped 20 percent, from 494 during the first six months of 2015 to 394 this year, the DOC said. Serious injuries to correction officers decreased by 45 percent, from 44 incidents to 24 this year. Additionally, fights between inmates resulting in serious injury were also down, from 95 during the first half of 2015 to to 81 this year, the DOC reported. http://politi.co/2arzpbA
PBA FIGHT -- Union that represents officers to demonstrate for better pay and benefits; mayor stands on his record -- WSJ’s Josh Dawsey: “New York City police officers are planning to begin protests outside Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Brooklyn gym and Upper East Side home this week, as they try to highlight frustrations with City Hall and what they see as the mayor’s lackadaisical work ethic. Whether the demonstrations will have any effect on Mr. de Blasio’s re-election remains unclear, as crime hovers near record lows in the city. Some say the moves could backfire, particularly in a Democratic primary where many voters say police need more accountability. … The gym has become an unlikely flashpoint for Mr. de Blasio. Some aides have discouraged the mayor’s daily trip from Gracie Mansion, the Upper East Side, to Brooklyn,
and he has been criticized for the midmorning workout. But the mayor said last week in Philadelphia that the gym centered him and reminded him of his roots, and he liked being back in his old neighborhood daily. Aides to Mr. de Blasio say he does his work for the city at all times of the day. … The union, which already has vowed to oppose Mr. de Blasio’s re-election with an independent campaign, wants higher salaries and more benefits from the city. In November, it lost an arbitration battle for higher raises after turning down a benefits package. Protests are expected to stretch several weeks, a PBA spokesman said. The union also plans to have more meetings with City Council members as it seeks support for raises.” http://on.wsj.com/2avHkCy
RELATED -- Crime stats: Murders are down 4.9 percent; major crimes are down .9 percent; and shooting incidents are down 19.8 percent. POLITICO New York: http://politico.pro/2ask22B
SONG OF THE DAY: Jack Casey, the Troy author and raconteur who is the one-time chairman of the Rensselaer County Republican Party and former State Senate parliamentarian, wrote a folk song about the political climate in 2016. It’s called, “Land of Hate.” http://bit.ly/2avGHc4
SHOWTIME: NYT’s Elisabeth Vincentelli reviews the New York Musical Festival: “The offerings at the annual, three-week-long smorgasbord of new musicals known as the New York Musical Festival are so wide-ranging — they vary drastically in subject and quality — that careless scheduling could cause whiplash among audience members. One moment, you might encounter a drama-club-level show; the next, a production more than ready for prime time.
A successful entry is “Nickel Mines,” a chamber musical that hauntingly navigates a thorny matter — the real-life shooting at a Pennsylvania Amish school in 2006… Radically different, and far less sophisticated, are “Tink!” and “The Last Word,” both of which use familiar brands — Peter Pan and Scrabble, respectively — as starting points.” More from the NY Musical Festival at NYT: http://goo.gl/ZqYgeb
FOOD NEWS: Post’s Lisa Fickenscher -- “Dave 60 NYC, a holding company that owns a minority stake in [popular UES eatery Philippe Chow’s, has] filed for Chapter 11 in Manhattan bankruptcy court. The filing, by Joseph Goldsmith, president of Dave 60 NYC, lists liabilities of up to $1 million. Chow, a star chef, turned his Chinese restaurant, Philippe, into a destination for such A-listers as Carmelo Anthony, Rihanna and Kobe Bryant. He went on to open swank outposts in other cities — although those locations have closed.
Chow had been embroiled in a six-year battle with rival restaurant Mr. Chow over trademark infringement. This comes on the heels of a complaint filed against Philippe in January, alleging the restaurant does not pay its employees the minimum wage, steals their tips and operates a hostile work environment in which kitchen staffers have had plates thrown at them. The case is still being adjudicated.” http://goo.gl/Ncw62g
AND BECAUSE NOT A DAY GOES BY WITHOUT POKEMON GO NEWS ANYMORE -- Cuomo addressed safety concerns, by The Verge’s Adi Robertson: “At the direction of Governor Andrew Cuomo, New York’s correctional department has made playing online games a violation of parole for sex offenders — particularly Pokemon Go. In a statement, Cuomo said that people on the sex offender registry are now banned from ‘downloading, accessing, or otherwise engaging in any internet enabled gaming activities, including Pokemon Go.’ He also published a letter that he sent to game developer Niantic, asking for its cooperation in preventing registrants from signing up.” http://goo.gl/KThfVT
REAL ESTATE, with POLITICO New York’s Sally Goldenberg:
—"Rezoning Gowanus now a consideration on de Blasio's housing agenda," by POLITICO New York's Sally Goldenberg: “After facing staunch community opposition to its zoning plans so far, the de Blasio administration is now proposing a neighborhood rezoning with the support of the local City Council member. City Hall intends to rezone Brooklyn's rapidly gentrifying Gowanus area, which abuts Park Slope and is home to an infamously polluted canal, officials said Monday night. In the fall, the Department of City Planning will study the neighborhood before deciding whether to formally begin the process of rezoning it for more residential development. … ‘We see tremendous potential here for new affordable housing, and to secure and expand good manufacturing jobs,’ de Blasio spokesman Austin Finan said in an email. ‘It's also a chance to give nearby Fourth Avenue a second look, and see if we can realize some of the opportunities missed there years ago.’ Fourth Avenue was rezoned in 2003, when de Blasio represented that area in the City Council. He tried to get the Bloomberg administration to require affordable housing. When he was unsuccessful in that effort, he supported the rezoning anyway, allowing for the changes he now laments.” http://politi.co/2avyQex
—"Fosun Plans Asset Sales in Reversal of $15 Billion M&A Spree," by Bloomberg News: “Fosun Group, one of China’s most acquisitive conglomerates, is preparing to sell as much as 40 billion yuan ($6 billion) in assets as it focuses on raising its credit rating to above junk. After announcing more than $15 billion in overseas acquisitions since 2010, the group plans to disclose the disposals between now and the end of 2017, Liang Xinjun, chief executive officer of flagship unit Fosun International Ltd., said in an interview aired on Bloomberg Television on Monday. … Fosun’s dwindling appetite for foreign trophies -- it owns Club Med, Wall Street’s 28 Liberty building and Cirque du Soleil -- makes it an outlier at a time when the likes of China National Chemical Corp. and Dalian Wanda Group Co. are pushing Chinese companies to their biggest-ever year of overseas acquisitions.” http://bloom.bg/2aIsqMn
—"Who are real estate’s quiet money backers?" by The Real Deal's E.B. Solomont: “Back in 1980 — as oil prices were peaking in the aftermath of the Iranian Revolution — Israeli shipping magnate Sammy Ofer felt the itch to diversify his billion-dollar maritime empire. Enlisting his then 30-year-old son, Eyal, as his proxy, Ofer waded into New York’s real estate market, paying $800,000 for a brownstone on 42nd Street near Fifth Avenue that he quickly flipped for $1.8 million. Over the next three decades, the Ofers steadily expanded their core shipping business as well as their real estate investments in New York and across the United States. … But belying its large investments, the family always took second billing — if that — and has gone to great lengths to maintain anonymity. …
“Like the Ofers, some of these deep-pocketed players have recently become more willing to reveal themselves. In some cases, they’ve been forced into the spotlight as their appetite for investment has shifted from private equity to real estate, where they are seeing greater returns and are less shackled by strict investment timelines. The same goes for newly minted high-net-worth individuals who are more willing to be publicly identified if it means getting a bigger piece of the action.” http://bit.ly/2aIuG6q
You can find the free version Sally’s real estate newsletter here: http://politi.co/2a1DgJk
HAPPY BIRTHDAY: Business Council spokesman
Zack Hutchins , Colonie judge
Norm Massry , Troy developer
Jeff Buell , WSJ’s executive emerging media editor
Carla Zanoni, and novelist, the late
James Baldwin .
THE HOME TEAMS -- POLITICO New York’s Howard Megdal: Yankees 6, Mets 5: Despite a three-run homer from Matt Reynolds, the Mets failed to hold a 5-3 lead, then stranded two runners in scoring position in the tenth.
-- Earlier in the day, the Mets acquired outfielder Jay Bruce, a power-hitting outfielder who is better than his reputation, and old friend Jon Niese, who is a useful swingman.
-- The Yankees traded ageless Carlos Beltran to the Rangers.
-- The day ahead: another Mets-Yankees tilt at Citi Field.
#UpstateAmerica: A Cheektowaga couple is attempting to dine at every Mighty Taco location. http://bit.ly/2arliTG
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