12/06/2017 07:18 AM EDT

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

For the last four years, Gov. Andrew Cuomo, his Democratic bete noir, Mayor Bill de Blasio, and his counterpart across the Hudson, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, danced an awkward dance. Cuomo and Christie quickly established an enduring non-aggression pact, most often manifested through the Port Authority that the governors jointly control. De Blasio and Cuomo quickly began fighting over tax policy, and then everything else.

Come January, the dynamic will shift when Phil Murphy is sworn in as the Garden State's first Democratic governor in eight years. He's been aligned with de Blasio on past policy fights, and in some areas may provide a counter-example on Cuomo's left flank. As our colleagues Dana Rubinstein and Ryan Hutchins write this morning, "If Murphy's expected, out-of-the-gate liberalism underscores Cuomo's own vulnerabilities on the progressive front, it's not the only potential pitfall in their formative relationship. There's also the state of the region's infrastructure and the limited pool of money available to address it."

"They're gonna kill each other," said David Wildstein, the admitted mastermind of the George Washington Bridge scandal and a former Christie appointee at the Port Authority.

IT'S WEDNESDAY. Cuomo is turning 60 today. Got tips, suggestions or thoughts? 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? In Albany, with no announced public schedule.

WHERE'S BlLL? Making closed-door remarks to NYPD Traffic Enforcement Agents.

The Tabloids: - New York Post: "FIX BE IN"- Daily News: Split: "MEDDLE EAST/TOTS O.D. SHOCKER"- See Them

The Tabloids, Continued: - Newsday: "THEY WON!" - El Diario New York: "Cierran filas por los 'Dreamers'" -TRANSLATION: "They close ranks with the Dreamers" See Them

The Free Papers: - AM New York: "LOOMING CRISIS"- Metro New York: "RENTERS RULE"- See Them

The Broadsheets: - New York Times: -1 col., above the fold: "TRUMP'S PLEDGE OVER JERUSALEM RATTLES MIDEAST" - 2 col., with giant photo of Harvey Weinstein: "Feeding the Complicity Machine" - 1 col., left: "RUSSIA BANNED FROM '18 OLYMPICS IN A RARE REBUKE" - Wall Street Journal: -4 col., above the fold: "Mueller Seeks Deutsche Bank Data" - 1 col., above the fold: "Cake Case Muddies Usual Positions In Court" - See Them

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WHAT ALBANY IS READING:

- MINER SWIPES KATKO ON TAX VOTE- POLITICO's Jimmy Vielkind: As she considers a run for Congress, outgoing Mayor Stephanie Miner turned City Hall into the site of a 75-minute speak-out against the federal tax bill and local Rep. John Katko, who voted for the legislation last month. "We have had governments that have insisted on rushing to get ideas passed in the dark of night with no dialogue and no discussion," Miner said. "I have always believed and I have been forced to live it, that if you believe in the quality of your ideas and the public policies that you support, then you should be able to, and indeed, want to talk to the people you represent about the implication of those ideas." More than 150 people spilled into the hallways outside the Common Council chamber to lay out their grievances with the legislation, which passed the Senate this weekend and is heading for a congressional conference committee next week. Five of the nine Republicans in New York's House delegation voted against the tax bill, mostly citing concerns about SALT. But Katko voted for it, along with Reps. Tom Reed of Corning, Chris Collins of Erie County and Claudia Tenney of Oneida County. All the state's Democrats voted against the bill. Read more here

- Rep. John Faso said he will vote against any final tax reform bill that does not address his SALT concerns.

- Cuomo drew condemnation from his GOP opponents for alleging the tax bill last week would "rape and pillage" the state.

- CLARK TO APPEAL PAROLE DENIAL - Journal News' Steve Lieberman: "Judith Clark's lawyers said they will appeal the state Parole Board's denial of her early release from life in prison for her participation in a 1981 Rockland County robbery that led to the murders of two Nyack police officers and a Brinks armored-car guard. The attorneys - Michael Cardozo and Steven Zeidman - said Tuesday the panel used illegitimate reasons to deny Clark early release after Gov. Andrew Cuomo commuted her minimum sentence to 36 years. Clark had been sentenced to 75 years to life for her role as a getaway driver in the armored-car robbery. Police Sgt. Edward O'Grady and Officer Waverly Chipper Brown were killed by gunmen who jumped from the rear of a U-Haul van at the entrance to the state Thruway on Mountainview Avenue. Nyack Detective Arthur Keenan was shot and Officer Brian Lennon was injured. Brinks guard Peter Paige was killed at the Nanuet Mall after the robbers stole $1.6 million. Guard Joseph Trombino was seriously wounded. The lawyers noted the parole board unit found Clark had been rehabilitated in prison but denied her early release. The agency's appeals unit later upheld the parole rejection. Read more here

TRUMP'S NEW YORK

- DEFAMATION CASE RE-AWAKENS TRUMP'S ACCUSERS - POLITICO's Laura Nahmias: Sexual harassment allegations against President Donald Trump dating back to his days hosting the reality TV show "The Apprentice" surfaced again Tuesday in a New York courtroom, where the president's lawyer asked a state judge to dismiss a suit brought by a former contestant who says Trump groped her a decade ago. Summer Zervos filed a defamation suit after Trump issued a statement appearing to dismiss her allegations that he made unwanted sexual advances when she appeared on the show in 2007, including repeatedly kissing her on the mouth, grabbing her breast and thrusting his genitals at her.Whether her suit can proceed hinges in part on questions about whether a sitting president can be sued in state court. Read more here.

- SPIKE IN IMMIGRANT ARRESTS - WNYC's Beth Fertig: "Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) made almost 2,600 arrests in New York City during the Fiscal Year that ended in late September. That's about a 40 percent increase over the previous fiscal year, similar to the national spike . The new data reflect the stark departure under the Trump Administration from former President Barack Obama's immigration priorities. Under Obama, ICE focused mostly on arresting immigrants convicted of crimes. But immigrants merely charged, but not convicted, of crimes are now targeted by ICE along with those who don't have legal documentation. As a result, 26 percent of all immigrants arrested in New York City in Fiscal Year 2017 were not convicted of any crimes, double the share of the previous year. In New Jersey, 40 percent of those arrested were not convicted of crimes versus 25 percent in the previous year." Read more here

- MORE PROBLEMS FOR MANAFORT - Daily News's Jillian Jorgensen: "Somebody snitched on ex-Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort - to the New York City Buildings Department. City officials slapped a stop-work order on Manafort's Brooklyn brownstone - a property that federal prosecutors have alleged is one way Manafort was able to launder millions of dollars he earned overseas. The order isn't related to the money-laundering allegations - it was issued after somebody complained to 311 that there was no DOB work permit posted outside the property at 377 Union Street." Read more here.

- THE 'ZELIG' OF RUSSIAGATE - NY1's Zack Fink: "Self-described prankster Randy Credico recently received a subpoena from the House Intelligence Committee requiring him to appear before the committee late next week. 'It's very bizarre. It's Kafkaesque,' Credico said. Credico, who used to host a weekly radio show, frequently had WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange on as a guest. The two have since become friends, and Credico has gone to visit Assange in London, where he is holed up in the Ecuadorian Embassy to avoid arrest. Investigations are now probing whether the Trump campaign or associates fed hacked information to WikiLeaks, which then published that information at the height of the 2016 campaign. 'I'm in the middle of this quagmire that features people like Paul Manafort, Michael Flynn, 'Papa-lop-o-lous' or however you pronounce his name, and others,' Credico said. 'So my name is now out there with those names.'" Read more here.

WHAT CITY HALL IS READING:

- A LEAD BALLOON - NYCHA chief had "no intent to deceive" when she signed erroneous inspection certification, by POLITICO's Conor Skelding: The chair and CEO of the troubled New York City Housing Authority, Shola Olatoye, said she had "no intent to deceive" anyone when she signed off on forms falsely stating the agency had conducted mandatory lead paint inspections. Olatoye was interrogated by Chairman Ritchie Torres during a lengthy and contentious hearing of the City Council Committee on Public Housing over the ongoing lead inspection scandal. Several questions about what led to the erroneous inspection filings remain unanswered, though, including whether thousands of units cleared by the agency are in compliance with federal lead standards. More here.

- "New York City Council Grills Housing Chief on Lead-Paint Issue," by The Wall Street Journal's Mara Gay: "Initially, Mr. de Blasio said four children living in housing-authority apartments had tested positive for elevated blood lead levels since 2014. Days later, de Blasio officials increased that figure to six. Department of Health and Mental Hygiene officials said Monday those figures don't include children who tested positive for elevated blood-lead levels in 2017. They declined to make those numbers available until early 2018." Read it here.

- "At Hearing on Lead-Paint Test Lapses, Questions Go Unanswered," by The New York Times' J. David Goodman: "Councilman Rafael Salamanca Jr., who represents the South Bronx, asked Ms. Olatoye, 'Why did you wait more than a year before telling the families?' Ms. Olatoye replied, 'We could have communicated in a more precise way.' She noted that families in 4,200 untested apartments that housed children under 6 received a notice in May 2016 saying that the authority needed to check for lead. But that notice did not mention the prior inspection lapses. 'I, too, have lost trust in Nycha and in this administration,' Councilman Salamanca said." Read it here.

- SILENCE FEEDS L TRAIN PARANOIA - Newsday's Vin Barone: "The city and state are failing to properly plan for the looming L train shutdown while keeping the riding public in the dark on travel alternatives, according to a group of elected officials and community leaders that is sounding the alarm. With the most severe service outage in MTA history just over a year away, the city's Department of Transportation and the MTA have not come forward with official plans to work around the shutdown of the L line to and through Manhattan. This has stirred fears that the agencies aren't piecing together a comprehensive strategy to move the 250,000 weekday commuters who rely on the L to get between the borough and Brooklyn each day." Read more here.

- COPS ACCUSED OF RAPE MOUNT AGGRESSIVE DEFENSE - New York Times's Alan Feuer: " From the moment in October when two former New York detectives were charged in Brooklyn with raping an 18-year-old woman in their custody, their lawyers have mounted a strikingly aggressive defense. Their advocacy has at times relied on facts, calling into question the young woman's narrative of the encounter. At other times, though, it has veered toward victim-blaming, suggesting that the woman has a history of drug use and has spoken too freely on social media about the alleged attack. On Tuesday, a lawyer for Edward Martins, one of the defendants, employed both tactics as he undertook his most strident assault so far on the woman's credibility - and on the prosecution's theory of the case. In a forceful motion to dismiss, the lawyer, Mark A. Bederow, accused prosecutors and police investigators of misleading a judge in the early days of the inquiry and derided the woman's report of the encounter as 'patently false.'

- "But Mr. Bederow's court filing, accompanied by phone records, medical reports and images from the woman's Instagram account, indicates that he intends to defend Mr. Martins in a scorched-earth fashion, going after not only the details of her story, but also her personal history. The filing, moreover, sets the prosecution in the context of the recent surge in sexual harassment and assault accusations, alleging that in the current #MeToo climate, "there was immense pressure for the Brooklyn district attorney to seek an indictment for charges that matched" the woman's allegations. Read more here

- FOIL FIGHT - Daily News Editorial : "New York's Freedom of Information Law promises to shine a light on too often obscured inner workings of government. Just write a letter, request a document from the agency that produced it and presto - the information is yours. Except when "no" is the answer. When city or state stalls interminably or claims an exemption to their obligation to share information, the deck is stacked against citizens who believe an agency is wrongfully keeping them in the dark. For the second time in two years, Gov. Cuomo is about to receive on his desk a bipartisan bill that just so ever slightly levels the playing field when those requesting documents believe the government's denial of a FOIL request is so off base that they file lawsuits in hopes a judge will pry the government's records loose.How? By making sure that the attorneys filing the lawsuits get their fees paid by defendants whenever a judge rules that the government was wrong to keep records under wraps. Fair's fair. The crapshoot system now is anything but." Read more here.

- STRINGER STOPS PONTE PAYOUT - New York Times's William Neuman: "The city comptroller's office has stopped the city from paying the former correction commissioner, Joseph Ponte, $24,000 in compensation for unused vacation days, citing the possibility of further investigations related to his improper use of city vehicles, his office said on Tuesday. Mr. Ponte left his post in late June, two months after the Department of Investigation issued a scathing report detailing how he drove a city car 18,500 miles in 2016 on trips to and from Maine, where he owned a home. The investigation also found improper car use by 20 other correction employees, including Mr. Ponte's top deputy, Cynthia Brann, who was recently named by Mayor Bill de Blasio as the new correction commissioner. 'While unused vacation days are typically paid out following separation of service from the city, we will wait for the outcome of any existing or future investigations,' said Devon Puglia, the communications director for the city comptroller, Scott M. Stringer.." Read more here

- Kevin Spacey Comes Down - New York Post: "The MTA finally scrubbed a "House of Cards" ad with a giant photo of Kevin Spacey from a Brooklyn subway station Tuesday evening, hours after The Post reported its existence despite mounting sex abuse allegations against the actor. An MTA worker took down the ad inside the 7th Ave. B/Q station along Flatbush Avenue at 5:45 p.m. with a box cutter, leaving behind a blank space." Read more here

VIDEO DU JOUR - PAT RYAN'S NEW VIDEO for his campaign in NY-19. Per a tipster: "Pat is a former intelligence officer who served two combat tours in Iraq, and has a unique perspective as one of a new group of young veterans running as Democrats. When he returned from Iraq, he started a company to provide better technology to troops overseas. Pat has the endorsements of Rep. Seth Moulton and VoteVets." 2-min. video http://bit.ly/2jYctnS

SPEAKER'S RACE:

- "Cash cow for Council members" - New York Press's Douglas Feiden: "The heated race for City Council speaker has become a fundraising bonanza for elected officials and candidates as aspirants for the city's second most powerful post shower favors - and dollars - on the colleagues whose votes they seek. Never before has so much attention been lavished by so many striving Manhattan politicians on the relatively obscure, and safely Democratic, 49th District City Council seat on the North Shore of Staten Island. The lucky recipient of favors, friendship and funds in the run-up to the November 7 election was incumbent Council Member Debi Rose, who routed a weak GOP challenger to coast to a 24-percent blowout victory. Her political fiefdom is located a distant five miles south of Battery Park. She was ranked by City and State Magazine as "one of the worst members" of the Council - 46 out of 51 - with an attendance rate, 67 percent, that was the third-worst in the chamber in 2016. But none of that kept Council Member Corey Johnson, who represents Chelsea, Hell's Kitchen and Greenwich Village, from joining her on the campaign trail in a district that's much closer to Bayonne, N.J., than it is to Times Square." Read more here

SOCIAL DATA:

MAKING MOVES -- Dynamic SRG, the boutique New York City fundraising firm, has promoted chief development officer Lisa Rossi to partner. She was a recipient of City & State's 40 Under 40 award last year. She started with the firm in 2011 as a senior fundraiser, and has raised millions of dollars for top Democratic candidates and elected officials including Rep. Joe Crowley (D-N.Y.), Borough President Melinda Katz and Councilman Mark Levine.

SPOTTED at The Business Council for International Understanding (BCIU) Eisenhower Global Leadership Awards Gala in NYC on Monday night: Bill Marriott, Tony Elumelu, Maria Caruso-Cabrera, Peter Okoye, Anne Eisenhower, Susan Schwab, Bill Mills, Ambassador Deborah Birx, Ambassador Bowoleksono, Matt Mowers, Ambassador Paul Speltz, Peter Tichansky, MC Michelle Caruso-Cabrera

- Tech:NYC gathered a crowd of NY's tech media, founders, and flacks at the third installment of "The Quarterly", this time at WeWork's new subterranean bar, the Mailroom. Attendees: WeWork exec Gwen Rocco, Meetup's Kristin Hodgson, Flatiron School's Kristi Riordan, Quartz's Alison Griswold, Minibar's Lara Crystal, Turner's Michael Marinello, Bloomberg's Vera Newhouse, WSJ's Benjamin Mullin, Wired's Erin Griffith, Robin Hood's Victoria Grantham, the Mayor's Office's Henry Greenidge, Entrepreneur's Lydia Belanger, and Stu Loeser

HAPPY BIRTHDAY: Gov. Andrew Cuomo is 6-0 ... Dan Levitan of BerlinRosen ... former Rep. Matthew McHugh (D-N.Y.) is 79 ... WSJ reporter Sara Germano ... Yankee Distiller Matthew Jager ... NY1 reporter Michael Scotto

THE HOME TEAMS - POLITICO's Howard Megdal:

The Knicks announced that Tim Hardaway Jr. will miss at least the next two weeks with a stress injury in his lower left leg.

The day ahead: the undermanned Knicks host the Grizzlies.

MORNING MEDIA, with POLITICO's Michael Calderone:

HARVEY WEINSTEIN SURELY COULDN'T HAVE GOTTEN away with decades of alleged sexual misconduct if it weren't for his media enablers. The disgraced film mogul "held off press scrutiny with a mix of threats and enticements, drawing reporters close with the lure of access to stars, directors and celebrity-packed parties," the New York Times reported Tuesday night in a quintuple-byline blockbuster drawn from nearly 200 interviews and documents.

- "Some journalists negotiated book and movie deals with him even as they were assigned to cover him. The studio chief once paid a gossip writer to collect juicy celebrity tidbits that Mr. Weinstein could use to barter if other reporters stumbled onto an affair he was trying to keep quiet," the Times reported. "He was so close to David J. Pecker, the chief executive of American Media Inc., which owns The Enquirer, that he was known in the tabloid industry as an untouchable 'F.O.P.,' or 'friend of Pecker.' That status was shared by a chosen few, including President Trump."

- A few days before the 2016 election, the Wall Street Journal reported how Pecker's American Media once agreed to buy a former Playboy model's story of an alleged 2006 affair with Trump and never published the account, a practice known as "catch and kill" in the tabloid world. The Times reported Tuesday how American Media tried to buy an actress's 2015 account of Weinstein groping her to similarly squash it - though a deal never happened. However, Dylan Howard, the National Enquirer's editor-in-chief and American Media's chief content officer, worked with Weinstein in other capacities and even "dispatched reporters to find information that could undermine accusers," according to the Times.

--Grace Segers started on Monday as City & State's new digital reporter. She previously was the publication's editorial assistant.

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

- Chin, Brewer moving to slow development of residential towers on Lower East Side, by POLITICO's Sally Goldenberg and Conor Skelding: Two Manhattan politicians are preparing a formal application that would block the development of a trio of residential towers on the Lower East Side now that a bill hastening the submission process has lapsed into law. City Council Member Margaret Chin and Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer will submit a formal application to the Department of City Planning that, if approved, would subject the proposed buildings to enhanced public scrutiny. Their hope is that requiring the developers to go through the city's complete land use review process will empower them to demand shorter structures and other perks the neighboring communities are clamoring for. The process culminates in a Council vote, and the legislative body typically defers to the local member. Read the story here

- "Aetna leaves open question on HQ move to New York City," by The Hour's Alexander Soule: "In regulatory documents filed Tuesday in conjunction with its planned merger with CVS Health, Aetna left open the question of whether it will complete a move of its headquarters to New York City from Hartford where it has long been based. Aetna announced plans in June to move 250 headquarters employees to New York City in late 2018 under CEO Mark Bertolini, a move that would cost it $84 million with New York agencies extending $34 million in incentives. In a conference call Monday afternoon, executives stated they hope synergies produced in the deal will generate $750 million in benefits to the combined company, including the streamlining of overlapping corporate functions. In response to employees' questions about whether Aetna will move forward with plans to occupy space in New York City if the $69 billion merger is completed, the company stated 'all real estate locations will be evaluated ... during the integration planning process,' without elaborating how Hartford might play into those decisions. CVS has its own headquarters in Woonsocket, R.I." Read the story here

AROUND NEW YORK:

- A New York City Department of homeless services staffer was accused of sexually assaulting shelter residents at the Auburn facility in Brooklyn.

- An NYPD surgeon was among a string of people arrested Tuesday in a wide ranging federal Medicaid fraud scheme.

- A federal judge pushed back by two months the corruption trials against outgoing Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano and former Town of Oyster Bay Supervisor John Venditto.

- Former Rep. Steve Israel, a published novelist, collected a list of book recommendations from former Congressional colleagues in the Washington Post.

- Curtis Sliwa is calling for an end to the position of Public Advocate.

- Two taxi medallion owners' suit to keep the industry alive was dismissed in court Tuesday.

#UpstateAmerica: Lake George NIMBYs defeated an attempt to bring a brew-cycle to town.

#ZooYork: A New York City Advertising company is launching a campaign to boycott this week's upcoming SantaCon, in which adults wear Santa costumes, drink heartily and irritate other New Yorkers.

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