10/12/2017 07:19 AM EDT

By Jimmy Vielkind in Albany and Laura Nahmias in Manhattan, with Daniel Lippman

In 2009, when the state Senate was engulfed by fighting and coups, Democratic leader John Sampson declared that the internecine conflict had nothing to do with ideology and everything to do with T-Triple-P: Titles, power, pork and patronage. It's a chamber tautology that has endured beyond Sampson, who was convicted of (among other things) lying to the FBI.

There are some new numbers on the pork front today: Republicans who control the chamber have doled out around $210 million in earmarks over the past few years. Their allies in the IDC got $35 million. And the mainstream Democrats? Around $3 million - after pleading with Gov. Andrew Cuomo, not always a reliable friend, to share his allocation. The IDC says this is fine: It's nice to be able to bring home the bacon for everything from security cameras to little league fields. But for progressives who have viewed the IDC's secession as little more than a crass play for T-Triple-P, it's more proof that the conference stands for little more than itself.

HAPPY THURSDAY. How bout dem Yankees??!? Got a tip? Feedback? News to share? Let us know. By email: JVielkind@politico.com, LNahmias@politico.com, and daniel@politico.com, or on Twitter: @JimmyVielkind, @nahmias, and @dlippman .

WHERE'S ANDREW? Speaking at events in Suffolk County and on Staten Island.

WHERE'S BlLL? Visiting a workshop for 3-year-olds and their parents in Queens and holding a press conference afterward, and in the evening, holding a town hall meeting in Manhattan.

The Tabloids - Daily News: "PURE JOY: Yanks KO Indians to cap comeback from 2-game deficit"- New York Post: "DIDI-LIGHTFUL: Comeback Yanks win series on Gregorius's two homers"- See Them

The Tabloids, cont.- Newsday: "'I OWE HIM MY LIFE: Off-duty volunteer firefighter saves driver seconds before LIRR train plows into car"- El Diario: "Alumnos sin un hogar estable"- TRANSLATION: "Students without a stable home" See Them

The Free Papers - Metro New York: "TICKET BLITZ: NYC cyclists suspect they are being unfairly targeted by the NYPD as police ramp up the number of bicycle citations compared to last year"- AM New York: "NYC'S SAFEST CABBIES: Meet the best - including one who's gone 19,000 trips without a crash or ticket"- See Them

The Broadsheets - Wall Street Journal - 1 col., above the fold: "President To Ease Health Insurance Rules" - 4 col., above the fold: "China Seeks Stakes in Tech Titans" - New York Times,- 1 col., above the fold: "BUSINESS GROUPS SOUND AN ALARM AS NAFTA TEETERS" - 3 col., below the fold: "In Historic Shift, Boy Scouts Will Accept Girls" - See Them

QUOTE OF THE DAY: "I think he's going to see lots of problems in his term," Douglas Durst, to POLITICO's Dana Rubinstein, in an interview discussing his plans to battle Mayor de Blasio.

STAT OF THE DAY: 23,452: The number of bicycle summons issued by the NYPD so far in 2017, an increase from the 18,991 summons issued over the same time period in 2016, per Metro New York.

** A message from Communications Workers of America: USIC workers are contracted by Con Ed and National Grid to prevent underground utility damage and explosions. But USIC pays workers substandard wages, provides almost no paid time off and even forces workers to be on call for 24-hours at a time-without pay. Learn more: http://justiceatusic.org/ **


COMING ATTRACTIONS - "Hotel at iconic TWA terminal will evoke glamour of jet age," by AP's Karen Matthews: "When it opened in 1962, the sleek TWA terminal at New York's Kennedy Airport was the embodiment of jet-age style. Now, construction is underway to transform the landmark into a $265 million hotel that will conjure the same glamour, smack in the middle of an airport better known for controlled chaos than comfort.

"The hotel, being built by New York-based MCR Development, will include two new buildings with 505 rooms, a rooftop pool, an observation deck where guests can watch planes take off and a museum stocked with artifacts, including uniforms lent by former TWA flight attendants. But the starring feature will be the long-closed TWA Flight Center, designed by architect Eero Saarinen. The center will be preserved, along with its Charles Eames furniture and Noguchi fountain, as the hotel's lobby." http://bit.ly/2yiIy26

--@AP: "Have a look inside JFK Airport's old TWA Flight Center - a midcentury classic that's being restored for use as a hotel - in this #360video." http://bit.ly/2gdJTAY

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- JUST POSTED -- "Senator Kirsten Gillibrand on Trump, Feminism, and Hitting Her Stride in Washington," by Jonathan Van Meter in Vogue: "Gillibrand tells me that she has been recognized more in the past six months than in the entire eight years since she was appointed to Hillary Clinton's former Senate seat. 'I'm not sure what it is,' she says. 'Maybe it's just seeped in more.' Or maybe it's because she has voted against Trump's Cabinet appointees more times than any other senator and has come out swinging on everything from the president's statements on Charlottesville to his transgender military ban. In other words, she's got newfound street cred among lefties and progressives who were unsure of exactly where she stood in Democratic Party politics." With a pic of Gillibrand by Annie Leibovitz in her Senate office http://bit.ly/2yGesaf

- D.C. REPUBLICANS TO GRIMM: STAY IN STATEN ISLAND - POLITICO's Rachael Bade and John Bresnahan: House Republicans have a message for ex-congressman and convicted felon Michael Grimm: Stay home. The disgraced former New York congressman, who served seven months in federal prison for tax evasion, wants to reclaim his old Staten Island seat, declaring a primary challenge against his successor, GOP Rep. Dan Donovan. The faceoff, which Republicans believe could be a real nail-biter, will pit an ex-con against a prosecutor - with both men trying to paint themselves as the true Trumpian candidate in the race. ... But senior House Republicans want nothing to do with Grimm. They worry the man who once threatened to throw a reporter off a balcony, and brandished a gun during a nightclub altercation with his lady companion's estranged husband, will be a major distraction to their legislative agenda. Grimm could also provide Democrats with ample fodder to flip the swing district. Read more.

WHAT ALBANY IS READING:

- DARK MONEY FLOODS CONVENTION DEBATE - POLITICO New York's Bill Mahoney: Activists who believe the state should hold a constitutional convention are outspending those opposed to the idea, according to campaign filings submitted to the state Board of Elections in recent days. State voters will decide in November whether or not such a convention will be held. Proponents of the vote have identified $768,260 worth of expenditures this year on their disclosure reports, slightly more than the $709,430 spent by the well-heeled coalition that has been formed to oppose the vote. But the filings tell only a small portion of the story.

There's clear evidence that much more money has been spent than has been identified in campaign finance reports, and that most of this undisclosed spending has gone to benefit the convention's opponents. For example, black lawn signs have popped up in every corner of the state urging a "no" vote on the convention question. In some neighborhoods in the Capital Region, the signs have become at least as ubiquitous, if not more so, as lawn signs supporting either Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton a year ago. The signs were created by New York State United Teachers. But an accounting for them doesn't appear anywhere in records submitted to the Board of Elections. Other unions have similarly engaged in campaigning that hasn't been reported. Read more here

- CHARTERS WIN ON CERTIFICATIONS - Wall Street Journal's Leslie Brody: "Shortly after a state oversight body voted Wednesday to let some New York charter schools certify their own teachers, two of the state's top education officials blasted the move. Board of Regents Chancellor Betty Rosa and State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia said in a joint release they 'strongly disapprove' of this 'irresponsible action,' which they said will allow unqualified people to teach. ... But supporters of the change said high-performing charters deserve more freedom to develop their talent pipeline." Read more here

WHAT CITY HALL IS READING:

- "THE BRONX'S QUIET, BRUTAL WAR WITH OPIOIDS" - New York Times's Jose Delreal: "The dramatic rise in opioid-related deaths has devastated communities around the United States in recent years, and has stirred concern among law enforcement and public health officials alike in New York City...Here, the reports about the epidemic and its ravages have mostly centered on Staten Island , where the rate of deaths per person is the highest of the five boroughs. But perhaps nowhere in the city has the trajectory of opioid addiction been as complex as in the Bronx, where overdose deaths were declining until a new surge began at the turn of the decade, and where more residents are lost to overdoses than anywhere else in the city." Read more here.

- DURST WEIGHS COLD WAR AGAINST DE BLASIO - POLITICO's Dana Rubinstein: When Mayor Bill de Blasio publicly suggested last month that Douglas Durst had tried, but failed , to buy influence at City Hall, the billionaire developer responded with an ominous warning. "Winter is coming," Durst said through a spokesman. The cryptic comment - drawn from "Game of Thrones," HBO's violent fantasy about warring dynasties - reverberated in the sometimes primeval world of New York real estate, where Durst runs a fiefdom that stretches from the spire of One World Trade to the fertile soil of western Queens. It's a perch from which he has waged battles against the best-laid plans of politicians past, and often won.

What might he have planned for this mayor? 'I think he's going to see lots of problems in his term,' Durst said in an interview from the 49th floor of his Bryant Park skyscraper. Read more here.

- THE OPAQUE NYPD - AM New York's Len Levitt: NYPD Commissioner James O'Neill's "undisputed amateur mistake is that he accepted the interpretation of state law 50-a by Larry Byrne, NYPD deputy commissioner for legal matters. Byrne's interpretation deems law enforcement personnel records confidential. And O'Neill is now using Byrne's interpretation to block the release of departmental trial decisions and videos, and the disclosure of transfers and promotions...'In the long run, transparency is more important to the integrity of the department than pressure from the unions,' said a former top NYPD official, who spoke under the condition of anonymity to discuss 50-a. And if O'Neill and de Blasio find themselves distrusted by non-white New Yorkers - despite all their talk about their neighborhood policing policy engendering trust - they have only themselves to blame. Read more here

- FLAG FIGHT AT STONEWALL - Associated Press: "Gay rights activists who worked to get a rainbow flag installed permanently at the newly created Stonewall National Monument are upset the National Park Service says the flag isn't actually on federal land but on property owned by the city. The distinction may seem like a minor one because the flag is still flying either way. But to the group that had lobbied for the flag to be added to the site, the Park Service's surprise announcement that the city, not the federal government, would be maintaining the flag and its pole seemed like a betrayal. 'They're trying to make the gay community insignificant," said Scott Gorenstein, a spokesman for Wednesday's flag dedication event. "They're trying to make us disappear. We're saying we are here, this is our flag.'" Read more here

- BACKSTORY - Washington Post's Juliet Eilperin and Darryl Fears: "The plan to celebrate the rainbow flag flying over Stonewall National Monument was going smoothly. Then things got weird.- By Friday evening...the NPS flag that had been flying alongside the rainbow flag was taken down "under the cover of darkness," and a New York City Parks flag was raised in its place. The agency official who had offered to speak at the celebration, Barbara Applebaum, canceled, citing a scheduling conflict...

- Joshua Laird, commissioner of the National Parks of New York Harbor, said in an interview Wednesday that Interior Department officials had made "an inquiry" late last week to his office to determine whether the rainbow flag would be the first one to fly on the grounds of a national monument. But NPS officials determined that the flagpole was on city property, rather than the 7.7-acre patch of land in Christopher Park that constitutes the monument itself.'We did send mixed signals here, which was very unfortunate,' Laird said. 'It became a much bigger deal than we ever expected.'" Read more here

- NYPD HUNTS WEINSTEIN - New York Post's Shawn Cohen, Rebecca Rosenberg and Bruce Golding: "The NYPD has Harvey Weinstein back in its sights - dispatching detectives to search for evidence against the disgraced movie mogul whose been accused of rape and sex assault by at least three women, The Post has learned. Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce on Wednesday ordered investigators in the Special Victims Division "to endeavor to identify and locate and interview any potential victims" of the disgraced movie producer, a high-ranking police source said." Read more here

- VANCE FACES WRITE-IN CHALLENGER - Patch's Noah Manskar: Democratic Socialist and former Brooklyn D.A. candidate Marc Fleidner is trying to upset Cy Vance and win the Manhattan D.A. seat as a write-in candidate next month. Just one problem - he lives in Brooklyn, and has to establish residency in Manhattan before November 7th. Read more here.

- VANCE'S MULLS CHANGE TO CAMPAIGN DONATIONS -POLITICO's Laura Nahmias: A source familiar with Vance's thinking said he is mulling implementing a hard and fast internal rule that would limit campaign donations from law firms with clients before the DA and also institute some kind of time limit, preventing him from accepting such donations for a certain length of time after a case had ended. Read more here

- SPECTRUM ALLEGES UNION SABOTAGE - Daily News's Stephen Rex Brown: "Disgruntled union workers on strike amid contentious negotiations with Spectrum are cutting customers' cable - literally, a lawsuit charges. The cable, internet and phone provider alleges in a lawsuit filed Wednesday in Manhattan Supreme Court that cable techs from IBEW Local 3 have vandalized coaxial and fiber optic cables around the city on at least 125 occasions, screwing up tens of thousands of customers' service.'" Read more here.

2017

- 16 UNIONS SIT OUT ENDORSEMENTS - NY1's Courtney Gross: "One of Bill de Blasio's first tasks as mayor when he entered office in 2014 was to make sure every city union had a contract.He negotiated a lot. But that is not translating on the campaign trail as he seeks a second term...In fact, NY1 has learned that a coalition of at least 16 unions of uniformed workers, led by the police detectives, will not be weighing in on the race, having failed to reach an agreement on a candidate. That coalition includes tens of thousands of city workers, including those in the fire, sanitation, and corrections departments." Read more here.

- MALLIOTAKIS'S FLAWS - Crain's Greg David: "In June, Nicole Malliotakis surprised many people at the Crain's Republican mayoral debate with a reasonable grasp of the city and the issues it faces and a direct and reasonable criticism of Mayor Bill de Blasio's record.... Oh, how Malliotakis has disappointed-and shown she is probably never going to be ready for prime time. Instead of throwing herself into the issues and developing alternatives to de Blasio policies, she has done nothing of substance in the last three months." Read more here

- Malliotakis clarified some of her shakier debate answers in an interview with Gotham Gazette.

TRUMP'S NEW YORK:

- MOOCH FOR PREZ - Daily News: "The Mooch has 2020 vision. Anthony Scaramucci's company SkyBridge Capital has purchased the domain names scaramucci2020.us and scaramucciforpresident.us. Director Minna Urrey, who bought those web properties using her SkyBridge email account, also secured the name fakeloyalty.us when she went on her domain name shopping spree in May." Read more here

FOR YOUR RADAR -- Axios' Steve Levine: "WeWork, the $20 billion office leasing startup, announced a push into the think-tank space [on Wednesday] - a partnership with Steve Jobs biographer Walter Isaacson and the tony Aspen Institute for a series of studies on the future of work and cities." http://bit.ly/2wPkxwB ... WeWork blog post http://bit.ly/2ycMx0N

SOCIAL DATA:

HAPPENING TONIGHT -- Per a tipster: "The World Resources Institute marks its 35th year and holds its Courage to Leader dinner [at Cipriani] in NYC. The event recognizes leaders and organizations that work to tackle today's urgent global environment and economic development challenges. This year's honorees are Darren Walker, president of the Ford Foundation and Feike Sijbesma, chairman and CEO of Royal DSM. Also at the dinner, the Ross Center for Sustainable Cities is announcing the 'WRI Ross Prize for Cities,' a global competition to identify, celebrate and replicate transformative urban initiatives." http://bit.ly/2ydH33I

BIRTHDAYS: NYT's Michael Barbaro is 38 ... Francis Thomas, VP at JPMorgan Chase ... Chris Coffey, head of the New York practice for Tusk Strategies and Tusk Ventures (h/t Patrick Muncie) ... Bill McGahay of Park Strategies ... UAlbany journalism professor Rosemary Armao

MORNING MEDIA, with POLITICO's Michael Calderone:

- BEHIND THE TIMES' WEINSTEIN SCOOP: Reporter Jodi Kantor talks to Slate's Isaac Chotiner: "Megan Twohey and I had a version of one of those journalistic 'aha' moments where you have been putting all these puzzle pieces together and then you begin to grasp that there is a larger mechanism that you are looking at. What we became convinced of, and then very committed to documenting, was that this wasn't a case of a producer hitting on some women at a bar, right? This was much more organized than that."

- GRETA VAN SUSTEREN has a new book coming out on Nov. 17 from Simon & Shuster called "Everything You Need to Know about Social Media (Without Having to Call A Kid)". She told us: "I had the first anchor-blog in 2003, GretaWire, and I thought I knew everything about social media. Then about a year and a half ago, I asked one of my 25 year-old nieces a question about Snapchat, and she said 'seriously?' Then I realized I didn't know much about social media and started researching and writing the book. It's for everybody over the age of 40 who has questions about social media and it's for everybody under age 40 who's sick of answering social media questions." $13.38 on Amazon http://amzn.to/2xyXR87

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REAL ESTATE, with POLITICO New York's Sally Goldenberg and Conor Skelding:

- STANDARD DEVIATION - "City Council Seeks to Reform the 'Most Powerful City Agency That No One Has Heard of,'" by Commercial Observer's Rey Mashayekhi: "Earlier this year, the New York City Council passed legislation to reform the city's Board of Standards and Appeals-the latest political flash point over a body that has, since 1916, held a major influence over the way the city's modern zoning code is implemented. In any instance where a landlord seeks a property-specific zoning variance as an exception to New York City's land-use rulebook, they make their case to the mayor-appointed, five-member BSA-giving it life or death supremacy over development dreams." Read the story here.

You can find the free version of Sally's real estate newsletter here: http://politi.co/2a1DgJk

AROUND NEW YORK:

- Twenty-three women have accused a former Queens priest of sexually abusing them as children.

- The University at Buffalo has begun the process to revoke the honorary degree it granted Harvey Weinstein.

- Cuomo is still keeping some of his campaign contributions.

- A pair of Manhattan Criminal Court judges were caught cursing at each other in the courtroom.

- Twelve New York City hospitals and medical schools are getting rid of blood transfusion machines that could be used to create a 'dirty bomb.'

- Former New York Deputy Secretary of State Felix Strevell is headed to prison for committing federal fraud.

The NYPD is issuing thousands more tickets to bicyclists this year than last year, records show.

THE HOME TEAMS - Politico's Howard Megdal:

Yankees 5, Indians 2: Didi Gregorius homered, then homered again. (The Yankees acquired him for Shane Greene, by the way.) Aroldis Chapman got the final six outs. You'll never go broke betting on the Yankees to exceed expectations.

Next up: the Astros in the ALCS.

#UpstateAmerica: Frank Potenza, 90, is still cutting hair in Cohoes.

#ZooYork: A "quirky" New York bartender is killing it on 'Jeopardy!' where he's on an 11-episode winning streak.

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** A message from Communications Workers of America: USIC is a little-known corporation that plays a huge role in keeping New Yorkers safe. USIC workers are contracted by Con Ed and National Grid to prevent underground utility damage and explosions. But USIC pays workers substandard wages, provides almost no paid time off and even forces workers to be on call for 24-hours at a time - without pay.

This treatment of New Yorkers is unacceptable. The USIC workers who keep New Yorkers safe should not be subjected to low wages and bad working conditions. Their families should not be struggling to get by. Sign the petition now to tell ConEd and National Grid: USIC workers deserve reasonable wages, paid time off, and fair working hours. http://justiceatusic.org/ **

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