CLINTON braces for TRUMP(S) at Hofstra — ‘LIAR’ story weekend — CUOMO reacts to corruption charges – Politico

09/26/16 07:38 AM EDT

By Azi Paybarah in Manhattan and Jimmy Vielkind in Albany, with Daniel Lippman and Addy Baird

HOFSTRA PRE-GAME — “Clinton campaign braces for milder, gentler Donald Trump,” by POLITICO’s Glenn Thrush: “Jennifer Palmieri, Hillary Clinton’s communications director, has been telling reporters her candidate is preparing diligently for either one of the Two Donalds who might show up to the big debate at Hofstra on Monday. … Donald No. 1 (None of that ‘Mr. Trump’ deference for Clinton) is the growling orange Rottweiler of the Republican primaries; Donald No. 2, the one who has clawed back in the polls to par with Clinton, is more like a Mitt Romney impersonator, a domesticated candidate who loves him a good Teleprompter and a “we’re all in this together, people” quote. … When I ask her which Trump Clinton is really prepping for, Palmieri predicted Trump will do No. 2 in front of the biggest televised audience for any debate, ever.”

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“How to Watch the First Debate and How It Works,” by the Times’ Nick Corasaniti:

CUOMO RESPONDS TO CORRUPTION CHARGES — POLITICO New York’s Jimmy Vielkind: “I had no idea about anything that was contained in that complaint,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Friday. He was speaking to reporters in Buffalo, site of the $900 million factory for SolarCity that, until Thursday, had been a signature accomplishment. But an 80-page criminal complaint that charged three of the Democratic governor’s long-term allies — Joe Percoco, Todd Howe and Alain Kaloyeros — has cast a shadow on the project and the integrity of an administration that rode into office promising to “clean up Albany.” Cuomo’s response had three major components: contrition, course-correction and, finally, denial.

The governor announced to a well-heeled crowd at the Queen City’s Albright-Knox Art Gallery that Thursday was an “emotional” day for him, watching with sadness as his “longtime friend” Percoco, whose kids he watched grow up, faced charges in a federal courtroom. (They defendants have pleaded not guilty.) Cuomo then promised that economic development efforts would continue — and even accelerate. The governor announced that Howard Zemsky, a real estate developer who helped rejuvenate Buffalo’s Larkinville neighborhood, would take over management of the SolarCity project. The project has been fully built and is scheduled to open next year, but has not yet been equipped.

— Here’s a two-page memo describing changes to contracting procedures developed by Cuomo’s outside review of the Buffalo Billion program.

— Last week, Empire State Development tabled funding for a SUNY Poly project just as the charges were announced. Officials in Albany said they were optimistic their nanocomplex will survive the loss of Kaloyeros, but a trio of lawmakers from the Utica area called for his permanent removal as the president of the school.

IT’S MONDAY — #Debate2016 — Clinton and Trump at Hofstra tonight — Got a tip? Feedback? News to share? Let us know. By email:,,,, or on Twitter: @Azi, @JimmyVielkind, @dlippman, and @addysue.

TABS — Daily News, with a pic of Arnold Palmer: “LONG LIVE THE KING: Golf’s first legend dead at 87” — Post, with a pic of Palmer: “KING OF GOLF: Links legend dead at 87” — Newsday: “FACE TO FACE ON LI: Trump and Clinton debate at Hofstra tonight.” — Hamodia: “Clinton, Trump Look to Overcome Weakness on Debate Stage” — SEE THEM:

FREEBIES — Metro: “ROUND 1: Millions expected to tune in for candidates’ first face-to-face showdown” — amNY: “FACE OFF: What you need to know for tonight’s presidential debate” — SEE THEM:

BROADSHEETS — NYT, 1-col., above the fold: “Rift on Race And Gender Frame Debate: A Battle Over National Identity and Values” — WSJ, 5-col., above the fold: “Rivals Brace for High-Stakes Clash” — SEE THEM:

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “What’s breathtaking is the mayor’s haplessness in solving major problems … Perhaps we’d be further along in the homelessness crisis if he paid attention to detail and he wouldn’t have to rely on personal attacks.” — City Comptroller Scott Stringer to WSJ’s Josh Dawsey:

ON THIS DAY in 1957 — Bernstein and Sondheim’s “West Side Story,” the musical which brings Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” to the gang-ridden streets of 1950’s New York City, opens at the Winter Garden Theater. Look back at the Playbill:

EXCLUSIVE: DE BLASIO STAFFS UP THE CCRB — POLITICO New York’s Colby Hamilton: Mayor Bill de Blasio will add two new members to the Civilian Complaint Review Board, his office is set to announce Monday. Frederick Davie, the executive vice president of the Union Theological Seminary at Columbia University, and Angela Fernandez, the executive director and supervising attorney of Northern Manhattan Coalition for Immigrant Rights, are the latest de Blasio appointments to CCRB. Their selection brings specific experience advocating for LGBT and immigrant communities to the board, according to the mayor’s office…Davie and Fernandez join de Blasio’s most recent appointment to the board, and its new chair, Maya Wiley, who left de Blasio’s administration as counsel to the mayor to take the post in June.

NEW AD: Images from the Chelsea bombing earlier this month are featured in a new television ad from the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association, which is engaged in an ongoing contract dispute with the de Blasio administration. SEE THE AD:

DE BLASIO REDACTS HIS OWN EMAILS — NY1’s Grace Rauh: “Mayor Bill de Blasio likes to share news stories with his so-called ‘agents of the city.’ After a former aide, Peter Ragone, sent de Blasio an Associated Press story about the mayor’s attempt to push the Democratic presidential candidates to the left, the mayor forwarded the article, just before midnight, to two key outside advisers: Jonathan Rosen, who co-founded the political PR firm BerlinRosen, and John Del Cecato, a Democratic strategist. He included a comment with the story as well, but the city redacted it….

“When the mayor had something to say, it was often blacked out. When de Blasio sent a New York Times story about stagnant middle-class incomes to top city advisers, Del Cecato and his wife, Chirlane McCray, his note to the group was redacted. It was the same with a New Yorker story about Hillary Clinton that he forwarded to his wife and Del Cecato. The mayor’s message is blocked. ‘These emails show how ridiculous it is to designate these consultants as agents of the city,’ said Dick Dadey of Citizens Union. ‘These emails, in particular, are benign. They are talking about political stories and news stories, and for them to be protecting the mayor’s comments just shows how ridiculous this whole matter is.”

STRINGER ATTACKS DE BLASIO’S COMPUTER SCIENCE PLAN — Daily News’s Erin Durkin: “City Controller Scott Stringer took another shot at Mayor de Blasio Sunday, calling it “ridiculous” that his “lackadaisical” plan for computer science education will take 10 years to complete. De Blasio has promised computer science classes in all city schools by 2025, a decade after the plan was announced last year. Stringer, who has declined to rule out challenging de Blasio for mayor next year, said on the John Catsimatidis AM 970 radio show that the plan should be sped up. “I want to do this now. We cannot have a lackadaisical approach to computer science,” he said.”

— De Blasio Accuses Stringer of ‘Grandstanding’’ — POLITICO New York’s Laura Nahmias: Mayor Bill de Blasio accused City Comptroller Scott Stringer of “grandstanding” on Friday, one day after Stringer released a proposal to convert vacant city-owned land into affordable housing as part of a broad critique of the administration.

De Blasio, speaking on his weekly segment on WNYC, was asked to respond to Stringer’s speech on Thursday to the Association for a Better New York in which he criticized the mayor’s affordable housing policies as too narrow to be effective.

Stringer argued the de Blasio administration had missed a significant opportunity to convert land on the more than 1,100 vacant lots the city already owns to build affordable housing, creating a land bank and land trust that would partner with nonprofit affordable housing developers to build what Stringer has estimated could amount to 57,000 units of affordable housing citywide. De Blasio was clearly exasperated when asked to respond to the idea Friday. “I think it’s breathtaking how little the comptroller understands about this issue,” de Blasio told WNYC host Brian Lehrer.


TONIGHT’S THE NIGHT — Donald Trump will face off with Hillary Clinton live from Long Island’s Hofstra University at 9 p.m. in a debate that will be watchable on all the major networks, as well as an array of live-streaming options for the non-TV set. What to say about this? It’ll be a huge night and a moment of truth for moderator Lester Holt of NBC. There’s potential for astronomical ratings. (100 million viewers overall?!) The news cycle’s about to get even more bonkers than it already has been. I mean really there’s so much to say but I’m going to pass the mic…

Hadas Gold: “Despite cries from Clinton allies for more media fact-checking in the wake of Matt Lauer’s failure to correct Donald Trump’s assertions at NBC’s commander-in-chief forum, none of the major networks has publicly committed to doing concurrent on-screen fact-checking during the debate, when the audience is highest. That would leave the moderator, NBC News anchor Lester Holt, on his own in deciding whether to weigh in on the candidates’ claims – as both sides tried to publicly pressure him over the weekend.”

Michael Calderone: “Television anchors seek out the biggest stage possible, and moderating a presidential debate brings prestige. But along with it comes intense pressure that’s only been heightened this election cycle. … Into this highly charged atmosphere steps the 57-year-old [Holt], a seemingly unflappable presence on the air for decades, who’ll face intense scrutiny.”

Jim Rutenberg: “The good news is that the debates are finally upon us, providing the fourth estate with a great chance to set the record straight and to nudge the presidential discussion onto the level ground of established facts. In other words, a chance to live up to its calling. And, yes, that is going to require the debate moderators to interject with the truth when either candidate makes an obviously false statement.”

FOUR NEWSPAPERS, ONE LIAR — Brian Stelter reports for CNN Money: “On the weekend leading up to 2016’s first presidential debate, four news organizations came to a similar and sweeping conclusion: Donald Trump lies more often than Hillary Clinton. In a normal election year this would be extraordinary. On Sunday editors and reporters at the newsrooms used another word: necessary. The New York Times story — ‘A Week of Whoppers’ — came out first on Saturday. Politico, The Washington Post and The Los Angeles Times all followed within hours. Several of the editors who were involved said the timing was a coincidence. But there was clearly a desire to publish stories before Monday’s debate, when Trump and Clinton’s truthfulness will surely be at issue.”

IN SHOCKING MOVE, NYT DOES NOT ENDORSE DONALD TRUMP — From the editorial board’s official thumbs-up for HRC that ran in Sunday’spaper: “In any normal election year, we’d compare the two presidential candidates side by side on the issues. But this is not a normal election year. A comparison like that would be an empty exercise in a race where one candidate – our choice, Hillary Clinton – has a record of service and a raft of pragmatic ideas, and the other, Donald Trump, discloses nothing concrete about himself or his plans while promising the moon and offering the stars on layaway.”

ROLLING STONE HAS SOLD ALMOST HALF OF ITSELF — via WSJ: “BandLab Technologies Ltd., a closely held Singapore-based social music company, has purchased a 49% stake in the storied music brand, including the magazine and its digital assets. Terms weren’t disclosed. However, the investment doesn’t include ownership in closely held Wenner Media LLC, Rolling Stone’s corporate parent. The move comes as many publishers are seeking to broaden their portfolios to become less dependent on print advertising revenue.”

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ON THE MOVE: Our very own Scott Waldman is leaving Albany at the end of this week and will soon join the staff of ClimateWire in Washington to cover climate change. Congrats, Scott! Taking over on the energy/environment beat will be Marie French, who had been covering health care and state government for the Albany Business Review. This comes as Politico’s States operation hires ace California state politics reporter David Siders to join Carla Marinucci in California.

Also on the journalism side of things: David Howard King announced on Twitter that he’s signed on as editor of The Alt, a new weekly publication being developed by the owners of the Schenectady Gazette. The Gotham Gazette is looking for someone to take over for David covering state government.

— Jill Jorgensen, senior politics editor at the Observer, is leaving to write about food and drinks at amNY. Jorgensen’s last day is Friday, Oct. 3:

TOO MANY HIKERS – Times Union’s Rick Karlin: “The High Peaks is becoming known for something else, such as mountain-top keg parties, crowds of people ascending rugged rock faces wearing nothing more on their feet than flip flops, and even human waste littering some of the trails. The High Peaks have become victims of their own success, being overrun with people, some of whom are unprepared for a wilderness trek or who treat the “Forever Wild” area like a vast tree-lined amusement park, according to advocates and organizations that have long looked after the region. ‘These mountains are just getting pounded,’ said Neil Woodworth, executive director of the Adirondack Mountain Club which organizes trips into the region and works for its protection. ‘It’s really kind of getting out of hand,’’ he said, noting that for the past few years, unusually large crowds have descended on the High Peaks during summer and on fall weekends.”

JOHN EGAN, THE STATE’S BUILDER, 86 – Times Union’s Tim O’Brien: “John C. Egan, who served under seven governors of both parties and helped shape the Capital Region as a key member of the team that constructed the Harriman Office Campus, Empire State Plaza and other state facilities, died Friday at age 86. Egan also served as the chief executive officer of Albany International Airport from 1995 to 2003, overseeing development of the airport complex. After stepping down as General Services commissioner in 2010, he went on to become president of Renaissance Corporation of Albany, a philanthropic organization. Egan had first served as OGS commissioner from 1980 to 1989 under governors Hugh Carey and Mario Cuomo. He was named to the post again in 2007 by Gov. Eliot Spitzer. He spent more than 50 years in state service, including stints as executive director of the New York State Dormitory Authority and state Transportation Commissioner.”

YOU SAY GOODBYE — “Blue Ribbon Bakery Kitchen To Close After Nearly 20 Years in the Village,” by Eater’s Serena Dai: “The brothers behind the Blue Ribbon restaurant empire will be shutting the doors of West Village standard Blue Ribbon Bakery Kitchen this fall. Eric Bromberg tells Eater that after nearly 20 years at 35 Downing St., he and his brother Bruce must leave the space that houses a nearly 150-year-old wood fired oven. The bakery and restaurant will close at the end of November, a result of the lease ending. Bromberg declined to specify what happened with the landlord, only noting that the relationship ultimately had to end… Blue Ribbon Bakery eventually became known for its accessible American food, including its fried chicken and bone marrow. It also made a slew of breads like matzoh, rye, and challah out of the oven, which is in view to diners and customers. The Brombergs won’t be trying to recreate the restaurant elsewhere, considering the importance of the historic oven in the restaurant. All the employees will be offered jobs at Blue Ribbon’s 19 other restaurants, including a new one opening in FiDi later this year. They’ll be planning more special events at Bakery before the opening, but mostly, Bromberg hopes that people will come to check out the oven before the closure. ‘It’s such an extraordinary piece of New York history,’ he says.”

AND I SAY HELLO — “Crown Heights Residents Say New Bar’s Name Is Racist,” by Gothamist’s Emma Whitford: “The owner of Crow Bar, a new bar on Franklin Avenue in Crown Heights, refuses to bow to criticism that his latest venture broadcasts a racial slur above its entrance. Crown Heights was known as Crow Hill in the 19th century, and while historians debate the origin of this moniker, at that time the word ‘crow’ was used as derogatory term… Crown Heights is predominantly black, though its demographics have shifted in recent years. Dan Wilby, who owns Crow Bar and the Hollow Nickel in Boerum Hill, does not live in Crown Heights, and he said he didn’t know much about the neighborhood before he started planning for the bar… He told Gothamist this week, ‘Honestly Crown Heights doesn’t have a lot of real rich history to it that I could find recorded.’ … What he did find were references to Crow Hill…

Zaheer Ali, an oral historian at the Brooklyn Historical Society, said… ‘Most historians suggest that the name originated as a derogatory term in reference to the earliest black residents of the settlement, which would become Crown Heights.’ … Wilby bristled when asked to comment on this interpretation. ‘If people are offended I’m sorry,’ he said. ‘It’s not the intention of it, but it’s a free world I guess.’”

AT THE MUSEUM — “Albright-Knox Gallery Receives $42.5 million gift, will change name,” by Artnews’ Andrew Russeth: “The Albright-Knox Gallery in Buffalo announced Friday that investor and art collector Jeffrey Gundlach has donated $42.5 million to the museum. To recognize the gift, the Albright-Knox will be rechristened as the Buffalo Albright-Knox-Gundlach Art Museum… This is not the first time that the museum has added a name to its title in honor of a donation. The museum grew out of the Buffalo Fine Arts Academy, which was founded in 1862, with the Albright Art Gallery being officially dedicated in 1905, named for John J. Albright, who funded the construction of the original exhibition building. The Knox name came was added in 1962, when Seymour H. Knox, Jr. helped funded a Gordon Bunshaft–designed expansion… The investor is known for being rather outspoken on issues of finance and politics. Back in June, while noted that he was not backing any candidate, he predicted that Donald Trump would win the presidency because ‘[p]eople aren’t getting along, they’re not happy because of technology taking jobs, and sort of this long, slow grind of a new economy.’”

NOT YOUR MOTHER’S DEBATE TACTICS — “Trump Campaign Purchases National Snapchat Geofilter to Woo Millennials,” by Independent Journal Review’s Joe Perticone: “The campaign for Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump purchased the national Snapchat geofilter ahead of Monday’s debate at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York, Independent Journal Review has exclusively learned. The national geofilter advertisement, which can only be purchased by one advertiser per day on Snapchat, is the first purchase of its kind by a presidential campaign. The geofilter, which can be seen below, will preview the debate as ‘Donald J. Trump vs Crooked Hillary,’ in addition to being adorned with Trump’s slogan, ‘Make America Great Again.’ And while this is the first national purchase, Snapchat geofilters are no stranger to political campaigns. Previously, the Trump campaign purchased regional, on demand geofilters to promote rallies the billionaire candidate held. At the Republican National Convention in Cleveland this July, the Hillary Clinton campaign bought geofilters to criticize Trump on location.”

REAL ESTATE, with POLITICO New York’s Sally Goldenberg:

—”Building owner refused to rent office space to Hillary Clinton,” by New York Post’s Isabel Vincent and Melissa Klein: “No Clintons allowed! That’s what Hillary Clinton found out when she planned to rent office space in a tony midtown tower after she stepped down as Secretary of State. Clinton had reached an agreement in 2014 to sublease the entire 32nd floor at 444 Madison Ave., and her staff was busy setting up a computer and phone network, according to emails — reviewed by The Post — from the Denver-based tech company that set up her private server. The IT firm, Platte River Networks, was buying equipment, and arrangements were even being made for the upkeep of the office alarm system. The deal was so far along that Clinton’s staff was arranging for the care of plants left behind by a previous tenant, the emails show. …

“But as [Huma] Abedin toured her boss’s future private office in early 2014 just days before the transition, the news came that the owner of the building — Westbrook Partners — was refusing to rent to Clinton. … The billionaire behind the Art Deco tower wanted nothing to do with Clinton, the source told The Post. Westbrook Partners, a real estate investment firm, was founded by Paul Kazilionis in 1994. Kazilionis, 59, is a registered Republican who owns two waterfront mansions on Jupiter Island, Fla. and a $6-million home in Nantucket, Mass., public records show. The company, which is close-lipped about its $20 billion global real estate empire, is known for its tough stance against tenants.”

—”Big pharma firm eyes 55 Hudson Yards spread,” by The Real Deal’s Rich Bockmann: “Intercept Pharmaceuticals, a drug maker racing to find a cure for a little-understood liver disease, is in advanced discussions to take space at 55 Hudson Yards, sources close to the negotiations told The Real Deal. The firm, which went public in 2012, is looking to lease somewhere between 90,000 and 150,000 square feet at the 51-story property, a joint venture between Related Companies, Oxford Properties and Mitsui Fudosan, sources said. Intercept’s space would be sandwiched between the offices of two law firms: Boies, Schiller & Flexner, and Millbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy. Asking rents for the mid-rise floors are around $100 per square foot, sources said.”

—”City indicts Upper West Side building owner for crumbling façade that killed toddler,” by Crain’s Joe Anuta: “The city has brought criminal charges against the owner of an Upper West Side building whose façade crumbled and killed a two-year old girl in 2015, officials announced Friday. Last May, part of a stone windowsill fell eight stories from 305 West End Ave., killing Greta Green, a two-year-old who was sitting on a bench with her grandmother. A subsequent investigation found that the building owner had ignored several warning signs that the exterior walls of the property were unsafe, the city said, and that an engineer who had been paid to inspect the façade did not follow protocol. Now the New York City Law Department is prosecuting the owner of the building, Esplanade Venture Partnership and its principal, Alexander Scharf, for violating maintenance laws and letting the façade of the property deteriorate.”

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WEEKEND WEDDINGS — “Christina Rexrode and Nick Zaccardi: A Wayward Trip Pays Off,” by NYT’s Vincent M. Mallozzi: “The bride, 33, is a reporter who covers the banking industry for The Wall Street Journal in New York. She graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. … The groom, 30, is an Olympics writer for NBC Sports in Stamford, Conn. He graduated from the University of Florida. … According to Ms. Rexrode, she and Mr. Zaccardi met in 2013, when they sat next to each other at a membership class at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York.” With pic

–“Emma Kynoch, Marc Lowenstein”: “The bride, 31, is a recruiter for the financial product analytics and sales division of Bloomberg, the media and financial technology firm in New York. She graduated from the University of Michigan. … The groom, also 31, works in New York as a marketing manager for bands on behalf of Milestone Music Management, a company in Asheville, N.C. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin.” With pic

–“Alexandra Levy, Robert Richardson”: “The bride, 25 … is a production associate in New York for CBS News, where she is part of a production team working on the program ‘CBS This Morning.’ … The groom, 26, is a compliance specialist in Jersey City for the Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation, a securities depository.” With pic

BIRTHDAY: Tech flack Steve Janack … Jordan Cohen, NYT’s senior manager of comms … Capitol Pressroom producer Alyssa Plock, communications consultant Risa Heller … Xavier Perez, scheduler for City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer … Margaret Forgione, Department of Transportation’s chief operations officer Kim Wiley-Schwartz, Department of Transportation’s assistant commissioner of Education and Outreach … Lydon Sleeper, NYC Economic Development Corporation’s SVP for government and community relations … Marc Landis, attorney and Democratic activist on Manhattan’s West Side … Andrew Goldston, press secretary for the Manhattan Borough President’s office … Jen Chung, co-founder of … Jessica Bakeman, education reporter for POLITICO Florida … former Rep. Sue Kelly (R-NY) is 8-0 (h/t Legistorm) … Erin Cunningham, senior fashion editor at Refinery29 and a Daily Beast alum … and composer and Brooklyn native, the late George Gershwin.

THE HOME TEAMS — POLITICO New York’s Howard Megdal: Fordham’s own Vin Scully made his final call at Dodger Stadium in this, his 67th and final season as voice of the Dodgers. It turned out to be a game-winning home run that clinched the division for Los Angeles.

— Mets 17, Phillies 0: As their pursuit of the wild card reaches a final, feverish week, the Mets have taken their games into the realm of the absurd.

— Blue Jays 4, Yankees 3: The loss all but ends New York’s pursuit of a wild card, with a 5 1/2 game deficit and a week to go.

— Redskins 29, Giants 27: Eli Manning uncharacteristically threw two fourth-quarter interceptions, including one on the final drive that kept the Giants from a game-winning field goal and a 3-0 record.

— Chiefs 24, Jets 3: Eight Jets turnovers, including six interceptions by Ryan Fitzpatrick, left coach Todd Bowles and all who watched absolutely stunned.

— Bills 33, Cardinals 18: Maybe it really was the offensive coordinator’s fault!

— The day ahead: The Mets are in Miami. The Yankees are in Toronto.

#UpstateAmerica: A Charlotte Police Officer who hugged a demonstrator in a viral image is from Hamburg.

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