Monday, December 12, 2011


LIVING WAGE OPPONENTS TRY TO PEEL OFF SPONSORS: City Council Speaker Christine Quinn has not yet said whether she will allow a living wage bill to be debated on the floor – but opponents have already launched an aggressive campaign to neutralize some of the bill's 29 sponsors:


* Former stock exchange chairman Dick Grasso, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr., and former Port Authority Commissioner Chris Ward are among the many candidates mulling mayoral runs in 2013, the New York Times reports:

* New York Police Department Commissioner Ray Kelly has developed 40 new police protocols for undercover officers since the fatal shooting of Sean Bell in 2006, the Wall Street Journal reports:

* Appointments to Gov. Andrew Cuomo's new Joint Commission on Public Ethics are expected to be announced today, the Journal writes:

* Despite stated opposition to outside contracting, Comptroller John Liu's office approved $9.9 million in contracts with private law firms over the last three months, including $754,284 to the law firm where State Sen. Jeff Klein is a partner, the New York Post writes:

* Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand may have a Republican challenge next year from Marc Cenedella, the wealthy founder of job search website, the Post's Fred Dicker reports:

* Port Authority boss Pat Foye has ordered an investigation into agency employees possible misuse of company cars, the Post says:

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