Tuesday, January 31, 2012


SCANDAL BOOSTS UNIONS' BID TO OPEN HOUSING CONTRACTS: The arrest of a New York City housing official has spurred a union-backed bill to require more disclosure of affordable housing contracts, over the concerns of the city housing commissioner: http://bit.ly/zwpFMn


* The state is considering selling its Shirley Chisolm State Office Building in Brooklyn because a private developer talked about buying it, but Sen. Velmanette Montgomery vows to fight the move, the Daily News says: http://nydn.us/zEY5ct

* Mayor Michael Bloomberg's administration wants Gov. Andrew Cuomo to scrap the 2010 teacher evaluation law by putting new language in the state budget making it easier to fire bad teachers, the Wall Street Journal reports: http://on.wsj.com/zAhUUM

* Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver went along with what Cuomo wanted in his freshman year as governor, but the speaker is now staking out his own agenda as the budget cycle progresses, the Gannett Albany bureau writes: http://on.rocne.ws/w5F23f  

* The Port Authority will spend tens of millions of dollars to build a temporary loading dock for 1 World Trade Center because the permanent one won't be ready when tenants move in, the Post's Steve Cuozzo writes: http://nyp.st/wYTZrz

* City Council Speaker Christine Quinn will return a $4,950 donation made in 2007 by Suzanne Raffaelli, an actress and model who was a straw donor for convicted fraudster Norman Hsu, the Post says: http://nyp.st/xTHjsk

* Julian Schreibman stepped down as head of the Ulster County Democratic Committee to run for retiring Rep. Maurice Hinchey's seat, but acknowledged the seat could be redistricted out of existence, the Daily Freeman reports: http://bit.ly/A3K4Lm

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