Monday, December 19, 2011



* Mayor Michael Bloomberg plans to announce this afternoon that Cornell has won the competition to build an applied sciences campus in New York City, the New York Times says:

* State Sen. John Sampson is a business partner with Ravi Batra, the lawmaker's pick for the state's new ethics commission, serving as "of counsel" to Batra's law firm, the Times Union reports:

* Developers and state officials are stretching the rules of a visa program for foreign investors to encourage them to finance several high-profile projects, the Times reports:

* Public Advocate Bill de Blasio has endorsed the controversial living wage bill while City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, courting the business community for a 2013 mayoral run, has not taken a position, the Times notes:

* Queens political operative John Haggerty Jr. Will return $750,000 to Mayor Michael Bloomberg as part of a deal on his sentencing today, which could also include up to 15 years behind bars, the Journal reports:

* State Sen. Jeff Klein benefitted from his "of counsel" position with a personal-injury law firm that sued city agencies while his own firm evaluated some of the same lawsuits for the city comptroller, the Post says:

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