Thursday, February 2, 2012



* City Council Speaker Christine Quinn's close friendship with one of the city's most prominent lobbyists, Emily Giske, draws scrutiny from the New York Times of Quinn's decisions in office that have helped Giske's clients:

* NYU professor Pedro Noguera resigned from the SUNY board of trustees, which approves charter schools, because he said many are now rivals to traditional public schools, the Wall Street Journal says:

* The MTA has agreed in contract talks to give subway operators three paid days off if their train hits someone who survives, while the old contract only gives paid time off if the victim dies, the Post says:

* More than 600,000 New York City homeowners received a tax rebate up to $60 higher than they should have because of a late change to state tax law last year, and will have to repay it on their next property tax bill, the Post reports:

* More than 50,000 members of eight state unions are still without a contract even after Gov. Andrew Cuomo's administration booked $450 million in savings from labor, the Times Union says:

* Southern Tier families are still struggling with the loss of 167 nursing home beds in Tropical Storm Lee, forcing some patients into long-term care more than 50 miles from home, the Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin reports:

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