Tuesday, January 24, 2012


CUOMO FRIEND REPLACED BY CUOMO DONOR ON MEDICAID REDESIGN TASK FORCE: Healthcare consultant Jeffrey Sachs, a friend of Gov. Andrew Cuomo who stirred controversy on the governor's Medicaid Redesign Team, was replaced by trial lawyer Joseph Belluck, who donated more than $60,000 to the governor's re-election campaign this month: http://bit.ly/xgex3J

NEW YORK REDISTRICTING IS THE SAME OLD SONG AND DANCE: The new issue of City & State looks at how the promise of independent redistricting in New York has become a shadow play, with politicians who call for change merely players in the same old process as before (http://bit.ly/x48a6x). Read that story and the rest of our new issue at www.cityandstateny.com.


* Republicans' draft redistricting maps add a 63rd state Senate seat in the Capital Region, perhaps designed for wealthy GOP Assemblyman George Amedore, the Times Union reveals: http://bit.ly/AuSLnT

* A violent film that portrays U.S. Muslims as trying to overthrow their country was shown to nearly 1,500 NYPD police officers, far more than previously disclosed, the New York Times reports: http://nyti.ms/yXtquB

* UFT President Michael Mulgrew has vowed to reach a deal on a new teacher evaluation system, signaling that high-level negotiations could soon resume, the Daily News writes: http://nydn.us/yLATIM

* City Comptroller John Liu will criticize Gov. Andrew Cuomo today for proposing to bypass New York City in a funding package for municipalities across the state, the Wall Street Journal reports: http://on.wsj.com/A60Un6

* Occupy Wall Street lawyers have dropped their challenge to a court ruling that prevented protesters from camping in Zuccotti Park, the New York Post notes: http://nyp.st/xeoqyW

* Of the 33 schools that Mayor Michael Bloomberg wants to shut down, lay off staff and reopen under a new federal program, seven earned high "A" or "B" school ratings from the city, the Post finds: http://nyp.st/A3oWiN

* State Senate Republicans shot down Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver's suggestion of a pay raise for lawmakers, the Post reports: http://nyp.st/yi3tNv

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