Friday, January 13, 2012



* Council Speaker Christine Quinn is finalizing a compromise measure on the controversial living wage bill that would include a higher minimum wage for building service workers but not retails workers, Crain's reports.  Http://

* In pursuit its efforts to build casinos in New York, Genting hired a small army of lobbyists, making up for the Malaysian company's lack of familiarity in the U.S., the New York Times reports:

* Despite Cuomo's claims that the state ultimately controls the process, records show that New York City actually has a surprising amount of the power over whether a new casino and convention center are built in Queens, the Wall Street Journal says:

* Two officials from Comptroller John Liu's labor law division were forced out over a battle to set a prevailing wage for union furniture movers, the Post says:

* The EPA says the state's rules for regulating hydrofracking are inadequate, and questions whether the state Department of Environmental Conservation has the capacity to oversee the drilling process, the Times Union reports:

* Julie Menin, the influential chair of Community Board 1, has raised a staggering $450,000 for her Manhattan borough president campaign since mid-November, the Times says:

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