Adams’ inner circle — Cuomo’s Covid-19 death count ‘a little strange’ — Sunday haircuts, decriminalized

Let the transition video games start. It’s wager Eric Adams would be the subsequent mayor of New York City, and he isn’t ready till the overall election to start out shoring up an administration. Sally Goldenberg and Joe Anuta break down the potential prelim rounds:

THE TEAM: Top marketing campaign advisers — labor operative Katie Moore and consultants Nathan Smith and Evan Thies — are staying put for now, in keeping with an Adams consultant. They’ll be part of Deputy Borough President Ingrid Lewis-Martin, who has described herself as Adams’ “sister ordained by God,” in laying the groundwork for an Adams City Hall.

Brooklyn Democratic Party counsel Frank Carone is Adams’ private lawyer and, together with lobbyist Vito Pitta, will doubtless have a task in placing collectively the items of a brand new administration. State assemblymember and Brooklyn celebration head Rodneyse Bichotte Hermelyn mentioned she’s hoping to assist to the transition effort as effectively.

Adams has been looking for outdoors recommendation too, from Eagle Academy Foundation head David Banks; Sheena Wright, head of United Way of New York; and former NYPD Police Commissioner Bill Bratton, in keeping with his group.

THE RECRUITS: Politicians who endorsed Adams comparable to Bronx Borough President Rubén Diaz Jr. and City Council Members Laurie Cumbo and Ydanis Rodriguez are reportedly being thought-about for City Hall jobs. Two Borough Hall staffers near Adams — Stefan Ringel and Ryan Lynch — are more likely to be supplied administration positions as effectively, a supply advised POLITICO.

Adams’ camp has reached out to the personal sector, together with Google exterior affairs head William Floyd, combing for resumes and chats. He’s additionally mentioned he needs to rent a feminine police commissioner and NYPD Chief of Patrol Juanita Holmes is among three candidates into account.

THE PASSING OF THE TORCH? Adams has 5 months earlier than the overall election to get a tentative group in place, and at an occasion final month he mentioned he needs Bill de Blasio’s assist. He known as on the mayor to start making commissioners accessible to each his group and Republican nominee Curtis Sliwa.

“We can’t wait till the election is over and say we need to begin from scratch,” Adams mentioned. “On July 13 we should always sit down and begin a easy transition to what this metropolis goes to appear to be. My group goes to be prepared to take action.”

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WHERE’S ANDREW? No public schedule but, however we’re listening to about an occasion on curbing gun violence in New York City with particular visitor Eric Adams.

WHERE’S BILL? Holding a media availability.

ABOVE THE FOLD — “Democrats unveil $3.5T go-it-alone plan to fulfill Biden’s agenda,” by POLITICO’s Caitlin Emma and Jennifer Scholtes: Senate Democrats introduced a high line finances quantity late Tuesday that may propel their plan to enact the complete array of President Joe Biden’s social welfare and household support guarantees with out Republican votes. The proposal units an general restrict of $3.5 trillion for the spate of Democratic coverage ambitions that gained’t make it right into a bipartisan infrastructure deal, if Congress can attain one… Democrats’ large party-line package deal is anticipated to incorporate insurance policies like Biden’s proposal for 2 years of free group faculty, paid depart, well being care subsidies, extending the boosted youngster tax credit score and serving to households cowl youngster care prices.

New York’s Commitment to Gateway Project Unclear As Urgency Grows,” by WNYC’s Stephen Nessen: “After years of delay and a damaged promise from the Trump administration, the Gateway Project to construct a brand new Hudson River practice tunnel and restore the prevailing, Sandy-damaged one is poised to maneuver ahead with federal help from each President Joe Biden and Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg. But as an August deadline looms to verify native funding commitments, it’s now Governor Cuomo who could possibly be holding up the 10-year, $11 billion tunnel venture as a result of he has but to comply with New York’s share.

“At a gathering Monday, wherein representatives from each states and the Port Authority convened, Gateway Development Corporation Chairman Steven Cohen dismissed considerations that Cuomo would withhold New York’s share of funding. Cohen mentioned he was assured that New York, New Jersey, and the Port Authority would finalize their funding commitments, and ship these paperwork to federal officers by the August twenty seventh deadline… Cuomo, nevertheless, has thrown chilly water on the newest tunnel restore plan, repeatedly citing expedited work on the MTA’s Carnarsie tunnel repairs as a attainable mannequin for Gateway.”

NYC’s next mayor faces $5.4B budget deficit after de Blasio adds another $300M,” New York Post’s Nolan Hicks and Bruce Golding: “Mayor Bill de Blasio is leaving his successor a finances with a $5.4 billion deficit, as he and the City Council have added one other $300 million in hiring to the Big Apple’s payroll, in keeping with a brand new evaluation Tuesday. The spending — which will likely be used to fund about 4,000 jobs — was quietly included within the $98.7 billion 2022 fiscal yr finances that the City Council authorised final month, a report by Citizens Budget Commission discovered. The transfer reversed a hiring freeze that de Blasio included in his January spending plan, in keeping with the CBC. It additionally provides to the $5.1 billion finances deficit that the CBC projected final month. The new employees would assist swell the town’s workforce cap to an all-time excessive of 337,294, simply shy of what was anticipated earlier than the COVID-19 pandemic wrecked the Big Apple’s financial system, the CBC mentioned.”

Manual Recount Likely in Race for Bill Perkins’ Council Seat, BOE Says,” by THE CITY’s Rachel Holliday Smith: “An extraordinarily tight City Council race in Harlem is on observe for a hand recount. Only 104 votes now separate incumbent Bill Perkins from Kristin Richardson Jordan, a political newcomer who has a slight edge over the longtime politician, the Board of Elections revealed Tuesday after including new absentee ballots to its major tally. That distinction — simply 0.4% of the whole votes forged within the race — is inside the 0.5% threshold mandated by state regulation for an computerized handbook recount. Voters forged a complete of 25,626 ballots within the race, BOE data present. In the BOE’s preliminary launch of first-choice votes after the first, Perkins — who former staffers say has suffered from obvious reminiscence points for years and shocked some observers by even operating for reelection — got here out on high. But the 71-year-old politician was in the end overtaken by Jordan, 34, in subsequent tallies. The BOE mentioned the race is the one contest within the metropolis that might doubtless have to go to a recount following New York’s June 22 major.”

Amid losing pattern, city comptroller may not be a good stepping stone for higher office,” by NY1’s Juan Manuel Benitez: “We need to journey far again to 1974 to discover a New York City Comptroller ascending to the workplace of mayor. It was Abe Beame, who managed the town throughout 4 turbulent years after which misplaced his re-election. Five of the six comptrollers after him have tried the identical political promotion to no avail, beginning together with his successor as fiscal watchdog, Harrison Goldin, and ending with the present occupant of the workplace, Scott Stringer. ‘City jobs are robust launching platforms,’ defined Elizabeth Holtzman, a former metropolis comptroller. ‘Not to say inconceivable, however robust. I don’t assume there’s a curse, however there undoubtedly isn’t a blessing.’ Holtzman turned the primary feminine metropolis comptroller in 1990, after having served within the U.S. Congress.”

Q&A WITH ALVIN BRAGG: “Restorative Justice Requires an ‘All-of-the-Above Approach,’” by Ankush Khardori for The American Prospect: “We want to handle the urgency, however not with outdated instruments…. We need to have good prosecutions. My idea of prosecutions is you observe the cash; it can take you to essentially the most culpable individual. On gun trafficking, there are folks sitting far afield profiting off of weapons coming into Manhattan. We even have an all-of-the-above kind of method. We’ve bought nice Cure Violence teams. We have to put money into them — of us who’re actually operating to the fireplace when there’s an occasion to forestall a retaliation. We even have to make use of conventional regulation enforcement as effectively. Someone’s discharging a gun — that’s one thing that’s bought to be prosecuted. ”

New York takes conservative approach counting virus deaths,” by The Associated Press’s Marina Villeneuve: “The federal authorities’s count of the COVID-19 death toll in New York has 11,000 extra victims than the tally publicized by the administration of Gov. Andrew Cuomo, which has caught with a much more conservative method to counting virus deaths. The discrepancy in death counts continued to widen this yr, in keeping with an Associated Press assessment, even because the Democrat has come below hearth over allegations that his workplace purposely obscured the variety of deaths of nursing house residents to guard his fame. New York state’s official death count, introduced day by day to the general public and on the state’s Department of Health web site, stood at round 43,000 this week. But the state has offered the federal authorities with information that reveals roughly 54,000 folks have died with COVID-19 as a trigger or contributing issue listed on their death certificates.”

It’s no longer illegal to cut hair on Sundays in New York. (Yes, really.),” by USA Today Network’s Jon Campbell: “Rest straightforward, barbers and hair dressers: Cutting hair on Sundays will now not make you a possible prison in New York. Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a invoice into regulation Tuesday repealing an outdated, not often enforced part of the state’s normal enterprise regulation that made it unlawful to ‘interact within the enterprise of’ reducing hair, shaving or different barber-related work on Sundays. Anyone who broke the regulation may technically have been charged with a misdemeanor and a fantastic of as much as $5 for a primary offense, although the regulation would not seem to have been utilized in many years. A second offense carried a fantastic of as much as $25 and a possible jail sentence of as much as 25 days.”

Binghamton mayor announces bid for state Senate seat,” by Spectrum’s Vince Briga: “Binghamton Mayor Rich David has made it official. After ending his time period as metropolis chief, he plans to run for the New York state Senate subsequent yr. Joined by dozens of supporters, together with departing state Sen. Fred Akshar, David introduced his choice Tuesday afternoon. Akshar is leaving the Senate seat for a run at Broome County sheriff. David mentioned lots of the identical causes he was motivated to run for mayor are driving him to hunt the 52nd Senate District seat, together with bettering infrastructure and supporting regulation enforcement.”

FIRST IN PLAYBOOK: With only one month left within the Child Victims Act look-back window, a regulation agency representing sexual abuse survivors is asking New Yorkers to determine 177 alleged abusers the agency says could proceed to pose threats to youngsters. Jeff Anderson & Associates is launching an advert marketing campaign as we speak seeking more information on a list of Catholic clergymen, church officers, church workers and others who’ve been named in civil fits. The attorneys say they’ve been unable to find out whether or not greater than 100 of the people are useless or alive and whether or not they’re round youngsters. For the following 25 days, adverts will run on Facebook and group data web sites asking for extra figuring out data.

#UpstateAmerica: Oh boy, electric scooters are coming to the Capital Region. Don’t do this.

— Two NYPD cops filed civil suits after clashes final yr with protesters on the Brooklyn Bridge, saying they have been “assaulted, with out provocation.”

— Seventy-seven girls have filed lawsuits alleging sexual abuse in opposition to an ex-Long Island pediatrician who was stripped of his medical license in 2000.

— AG Tish James is co-leading a coalition of 18 attorneys normal who say the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration ought to boost car seat safety rules.

— GlobalFoundries is set to expand its laptop chip manufacturing complicated in Malta.

— Heiress Clare Bronfman continues to pay the legal fees of NXIVM cult chief Keith Raniere from behind bars.

— Tens of hundreds of individuals have signed a petition calling on the Queens DA to reopen the case of a disabled man convicted of murdering a jogger.

— The Museum of Chinese in America is reopening after its archives were destroyed, amid protests from some in the neighborhood.

— Five IDNYC places of work are additionally reopening after over a year of closure due to the pandemic.

— Someone take this Corvette off the state’s arms!

— Jeff Goldblum posed for photographs and serenaded a pair of newlyweds in Brooklyn.

— Another Chick-fil-A debate continues to heat up, this time over future Thruway rest-stop places.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY: Washington Free Beacon’s Eliana Johnson … ABC’s Devin Dwyer … The Guardian’s Daniel Strauss … Facebook’s Nkechi NnejiDavid Goodman … CNN’s David Shortell … WSJ’s Nicole FriedmanCaroline Kelly James Capalino … NYT’s Matina Stevis-GridneffHoward Lutnick … Deloitte’s Dayton PotterJulie Wood

(was Tuesday): Carolyn Strauss Eric Kohlmann

WEEKEND WEDDING — Erin Magnuson and John Whitelaw, who’re each VPs at Morgan Stanley, have been married this weekend on the Sullivan House in Block Island, Rhode Island. The couple met at Yale University in 2012. PicAnother pic

WELCOME TO THE WORLD — Anja Crowder Morice, expertise producer for “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” and an ABC News alum, and Peter Morice, COO at Teg Energy Group, welcomed Sophie Amelia Morice on July 6. Pic Another pic

MEDIAWATCH — Julián Castro is becoming a member of NBC News/MSNBC as a political analyst. … ⁦@edmundlee: “Former New York Observer media reporter ⁦@gabrielsnyder⁩ launches ⁦@offtherecordnyc⁩, ‘a day by day e mail e-newsletter reporting on the media business.’ That this maybe must exist is noteworthy. Also, Gabe is reviving the ‘OFF THE RECORD’ moniker.” … Jackson Richman has began as a author for Mediaite. He is a former Washington correspondent at

MAKING MOVES — Sasha Moss is now a public coverage supervisor at Coinbase engaged on stakeholder engagement. She most just lately was senior director at InSight Public Affairs.

SPOTTED at a e-book celebration hosted by Mike Bloomberg on Monday night time to rejoice the publication of Gary Ginsberg’s new e-book, “First Friends” ($21.85 on Amazon) at Bloomberg Philanthropies: Blair and Cheryl Effron, Patti Harris, Kevin Sheekey, Walter and Cathy Isaacson, Wes Moore, Suzanna Aron, Sol Shapiro and Kerith Aronow, Howard Wolfson, Michael Lynton, Brynne Craig, Chris Licht, David Gergen, Kate Bolduan, Jake Siewert, Tammy Haddad, Claire Bingham and Joe Finnerty, Rick Stengel, John Avalon, Jim Rutenberg, Holly Peterson, Stu Loeser and Doug Band.

The Astor Place Kmart Was My Place to Be Normal,” by Curbed’s Jerry Saltz: “There are ghosts throughout this estuary non-neighborhood. I used to stay in a druggy condominium constructing on Avenue B with a supplier’s canines patrolling the hallways and no warmth in winter. Later I moved to a pleasant condominium in Greenwich Village and will really feel the gentrification simply really fizzling out on this curious architectural hall because it handed Kmart. I’ve by no means preferred the house proper there. One at all times appears to be like as quick as one can to the magisterial Cooper Union or the spinning black public sculpture. Now there’s a red-orange shiny boring Jeff Koons balloon canine within the glass foyer of a brand new, nondescript glass-wall constructing.”

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