Thursday, December 15, 2011



* City Comptroller John Liu's approval rating has plummeted to 38 percent from its May level of 57 percent, according to a Quinnipiac poll released today:

* The city's Panel for Educational Policy approved Eva Moskowitz's plan for a charter school in Brooklyn, aiding her quest to expand into the city's affluent neighborhoods, the New York Times reports:

* Three-quarters of state school districts would have gone over Gov. Andrew Cuomo's property tax cap had the law been in place this year, the Ithaca Journal writes:

* Cuomo admitted that "many" potential appointees to his new ethics panel turned him down, because of Albany's bad reputation, the Times-Union writes:

* FBI Director Robert Mueller has had difficulty convincing employees not to criticize the NYPD over its handling of the Jose Pimentel terror case, the Daily News reports:

* The MTA wants transit workers to do more subway cleaning, which could become an issue as the transit workers union enters contract negotiations next month, the News writes:

* Robert DeNiro is cohosting a fundraiser for Community Board 1 Chair Julie Menin's campaign for Manhattan borough president, the New York Post writes:

* Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez, who was arrested during the city's raid of Zuccotti Park last month, is featured in Time Magazine's "Man of the Year" salute to protesters:

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