Friday, December 9, 2011



* Gov. Andrew Cuomo threatened Republican Assembly members that if they did not vote unanimously for his tax plan, he would campaign in the district of every member who voted no, the Times Union reports:

* Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver tells the Times he is reluctant to make any more budget cuts this year after the new tax plan cut the state's budget gap to $2 billion:

* Two state agencies created a gerrymandered map of unemployment around the Atlantic Yards project in Brooklyn to help Forest City Ratner get a low-interest loan from Chinese investors, the Atlantic Yards Report says:

* The New York City Council has returned to its newly renovated chambers in City Hall, the Times reports, but the reporters who cover it are still exiled to a temporary trailer in front of the building:

* The Erie County Legislature abruptly delayed approving a new $1.4 million annual lease in a building owned by Republican Carl Paladino after Democratic Executive-elect Mark Poloncarz asked to review the deal, the Buffalo News says:

* The city of Rye will ban stores from giving plastic bags to customers starting in May, and Mamaroneck and White Plains are considering similar bans, the Journal News reports:

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