Monday, March 5, 2012


THE GENERATION GAP: The new issue of City & State spotlights the generation gap in Brooklyn politics, where an aging black leadership faces new challengers (, focuses on how New York's resistance to raising tolls complicates transportation repairs (, and highlights City Council photographer William Alatriste's unique view of government ( Read the full issue at

MINORITY FURY GROWING OVER NEW CONGRESSIONAL MAPS: The state's powerful Black, Hispanic and Asian caucus is condemning legislative leaders for redrawing Congressional districts in what it calls a "slap in the face" to minority communities:


* Gov. Andrew Cuomo's favorability has fallen 5 points to a still-enviable 69 percent, a new Siena College Poll says, but only 50 percent of New York state voters believe the new teacher evaluation system will improve education:

* New redistricting maps will no longer force four city Democratic senators into primaries for two seats, but Queens Sens. Toby Ann Stavisky and Tony Avella will still be in the same new Asian-majority district, the Daily News says:

* City Comptroller John Liu tells New York magazine he is not worried about the federal probe into his fundraising but adds, "This is not to say I believe our system of justice is perfect":

* The Senate's Independent Democratic Conference says pension management fees paid to Wall Street firms have skyrocketed 163 percent to $425 million last year under state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, the Post reports:

* Cuomo's budget team pushed the state teacher pension system to remove a constitutional question about raising contribution rates from its formal fiscal analysis, the Daily News says:  

* After Yankee pitcher Cory Lidle died in a 2006 plane crash, the NYPD probed for a terrorism link in at least five local mosques and Islamic Centers, Leonard Levitt's NYPD Confidential reports:

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