First Read 02/15/2020

February 15, 2020
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Cuomo announced that the State University of New York headquarters in downtown Albany will be renamed in honor of H. Carl McCall, the former chairman of the SUNY board of trustees.
Longtime union official and activist Mary Sullivan has been elected president of the Civil Service Employees Association, one of New York’s main public employee unions which represents both state and local government workers.
The Assembly passed legislation that would add strict new rules for a tax break intended to spur the reuse of old commercial buildings, taking a shot at closing a tax loophole that developers have used to avoid paying millions in property taxes.
Children placed in one of New York City’s free pre-K classrooms are likely to show skills linked to long-term positive outcomes, according to results from two national assessment tools announced by Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration.
Officials from Erie County, New York City and elsewhere are pushing back on an additional Medicaid cost-shifting plan that they say could be even worse than what Cuomo recently proposed in his budget.
The questions raised by Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s state budget plan and how New York will close a multibillion-dollar Medicaid gap are fueling uncertainty for beneficiaries, providers and local governments, according to state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli.
Liz Crotty, a former prosecutor in the Manhattan District Attorney’s office, has filed papers to run and try to replace District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. and become the borough’s first female district attorney.
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The Trump administration is deploying U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents to “sanctuary cities,” federal immigration officials said, in an escalation of President Donald Trump’s clash with New York City and other such cities.
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U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers hide their identities, impersonate local police and physically intimidate people who question their behavior. Now, they are using lethal force with impunity, New York City Councilman Carlos Menchaca writes.
NYPD lawyers know the breadth of this state’s shield laws, which protect journalists from revealing sources. Using the Patriot Act as justification to subpoena data on a reporter risks politicizing the anti-terror work that the NYPD performs every day.
We’ve been firm supporters of the Patriot Act from the start, but now the NYPD – or its lawyers – has given the law’s critics some powerful fodder by invoking it to serve Twitter with a subpoena demanding data on the account of a Post reporter.
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