Good Morning from Buffalo…

Congratulations to Eric Adams.  The Brooklyn Borough President (and former state Senator and policea861beee 754c 4431 bfa2 1232ad58074d officer) won the Democratic Primary in the race for New York City Mayor. As we reported last week, the count was almost as contentious as the campaign, but on Thursday his chief rivals—Kathryn Garcia and Maya Wiley—both conceded to Adamswho celebrated by getting his ear pierced (promises made, promises kept . . . I guess?). The race was close, ultimately Adams bested Garcia by about 8,400 votes. Adams will face Republican Curtis Sliwa in November but that is likely little more than a formality. Some people think the six-month delay between the primary and taking office is a mistake.

Governor Andrew Cuomo was in New York City to declare a “Gun Emergency”. The emergency disaster0e1270d6 52a0 4633 8606 fab9eb7452b0 declaration, which Cuomo said was the first by a state to address current spikes in gun violence, would allow New York officials to quickly coordinate resources and provide funding for community-led efforts to prevent and respond to shootings. The “violence prevention effort” will include the creation of an Office of Gun Violence Prevention, requires—by Executive Order—that all police departments in the state share incident-level data with the Department of Criminal Justice Services, and a $138.7 million investment in intervention and prevention programs that were included in April’s final budget. Read more on the full plan here.

Attorney General Tish James had a big win, announcing the terms of $4.5 billion opioid settlement onb22a12ec ad14 4c0c 898f c9b64680df42 Thursday. “This deal gets one of the nation’s most harmful drug dealers out of the opioid business. If approved, it will put an end to delays and legal maneuvering that could possibly continue for years,” said James. That led to a reminder that while the Attorney General’s Office continues its investigation of Cuomo, relations have, shall we say, deteriorated. The Governor also announced the same opioid settlement with no mention of James or the Attorney General’s Office’s work on the issue. Some—including frequent Cuomo critic Senate Health Chair Gustavo Rivera—took notice. “Another example of others taking credit for the leadership and work of Black women,” said Brooklyn NAACP President and Progressive Political Strategist L. Joy Williams.

In the Nation’s Capital…
Friday, President Joe Biden signed an unusually broad Executive Order that aims to promote competitivea9645532 4f12 4ec1 a9ad ef354d560ab5 markets across the United States and limit corporate dominance that the White House said “puts consumers, workers, and smaller businesses at a disadvantage.” The order targets an array of industries, including healthcare, internet services, big tech, and transportation, and directs more than a dozen agencies to explore over 72 actions expanding labor rights, lowering prescription drug prices, restricting airline fees, and giving bank customers more flexibility to change accounts. The Order continues the trend of the first six months of his Presidency, where Biden has been far more aggressive than his predecessors in using the stroke of his pen to address everything from racial equity to


Outside the White House, Washington was quiet as legislators continue an extended “State Work Period,” butec71ec6a fe30 4a7d bc96 875d42ccd3b5 things will heat up when they return from the Fourth of July Recess this week. United States Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer wrote to the members of the Senate Democratic Caucus on Friday, telling them to be prepared to work through nights and weekends, and possibly to remain in Washington well into the August State Work Period. On infrastructure, Schumer reiterated a commitment to the “two-track” legislative strategy: 1. Passing the bipartisan plan President Biden helped negotiate—which won the key endorsement of the Problem Solvers Caucus in the House last week—and 2. Passing a more ambitious plan driven by progressives through budget reconciliation (as we’ve discussed in more detail in our past few Monday Morning Memos). Democrats remain divided on the approach. When Senator Ed Markey of Massachussetts proposed scrapping the summer break to work on infrastructure (among other things), Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin of Illinois quipped, “Tell Senator Markey to get a life.”

In short, it could be a busy remainder of the summer in the Nation’s Capital. In the meantime, hope to see you by the pool!


-Jack O’Donnell

How productive was the Legislative Session in New York? 

We take a look at what did, and did not get done in our  End of Session Overview.



Client News: Albright-Knox Topping Out 

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As a crane lifted the last steel beam into place on the Albright-Knox Art Gallery‘s new building, money continued to come into the museum’s treasury to meet a patron’s $2.5 million challenge grant. [Read more.]

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The Summer Read Everyone’s Waiting For: The Tish James Report

Few governors in recent New York history have dominated the news cycle — and the levers of government — like Andrew Cuomo, the state’s three-term governor. But in the summer of 2021, with an embattled Cuomo eyeing reelection next year, the future of state politics rests with another statewide official: Attorney General Tish James. [Read more.]

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Chick-fil-A, Shake Shack and More: Here’s What’s Coming to NY Thruway Rest Stops

Coming soon to a New York State Thruway rest stop near you: Chick-fil-A, Popeyes, Shake Shack and more. Applegreen, the Irish convenience store chain taking over the lease on the Thruway’s 27 rest stops, will begin the first phase of a $300 million renovation project later this month. [Read more.]