Wednesday, February 8, 2012



* While New Yorkers overwhelming support Mayor Michael Bloomberg's effort to give bonuses to good teachers and more easily fire bad ones, they trust the teachers union more than the mayor to protect the interest of students, a new Quinnipiac poll finds:

* A 60-second radio ad running in Western New York in support of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's bid to legalize casino gambling is the opening salvo in what is expected to be an onslaught of commercials and newspaper ads promoting the effort, the New York Times says:

* The last-minute canceling of a conference call with reporters by Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has led to speculation that he is closer to reaching a deal with other state AGs on a mortgage fraud settlement, the New York Post says:

* Council Speaker Christine Quinn issued her sharpest criticism of the NYPD's controversial stop-and-frisk policy to date in a letter to Commissioner Ray Kelly, the Wall Street Journal reports:

* Of the 10 elected officials invited by Mayor Michael Bloomberg to ride in the parade honoring the New York Giants, only Comptroller John Liu took him up on the offer, the Post says:

* Manhattan prosecutors will not seek rape charges against Greg Kelly, TV host and son to NYPD's Ray Kelly, with sources telling the Post that text messages sent by the 29-year-old accuser gave the impression the attraction was mutual:

* Hotel operators and employees agreed to a new labor contract that includes pay raises, full health coverage, larger pension contributions and – reflecting a post-DSK world – panic buttons for housekeepers, the Times reports:

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