Wednesday, December 7, 2011



* Gov. Andrew Cuomo relied on aide Andrew Zambelli to poll New Yorkers about the prospect of new taxes before pushing his tax deal, the Wall Street Journal reports:

* Indian casino owners promise to fight the tax deal's push to legalize gambling in New York, saying polls show the public is on their side, the Buffalo News says:

* Science Applications International Corp. Expects to repay New York City at least $232 million for its role in the CityTime fiasco, and reported a $17 million loss for the third quarter, the Post says:

* New York City will expand a pilot program with $2.4 million for financial counselors to help struggling New Yorkers get out of debt, the Wall Street Journal reports:

* Sen. Marty Golden and Assemblyman Peter Abbate held fundraisers at the Public Employee Conference, which the Post describes as "300 labor bosses … whooping it up in sunny Puerto Rico on a union-paid junket":

* The tiny central New York village of Altmar voted 54 to 40 to dissolve itself by June 2013, 200 years after it was first settled, the Syracuse Post-Standard reports:

VETO THE MAIL ORDER PHARMACY BILL: The Mail Order Pharmacy Bill currently before Governor Cuomo will hurt New York businesses and consumers. The Federal Trade Commission, Business Council of New York, National Federation of Independent Businesses, NYS AFL-CIO, American Postal Workers Union and the N.Y. Times all agree: A.5502 is a bad deal for New Yorkers. Medical costs are already skyrocketing; A.5502 will increase prescription drug costs by 10 percent. Go to and tell Governor Cuomo to veto A.5502.

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