Wednesday, March 7, 2012


TRANSPORTATION IN THE SPOTLIGHT: The new issue of City & State spotlights New York transportation and infrastructure. Tolls could keep roads and bridges intact, but government remains leery (; Port Authority chief Patrick Foye sees a "peace dividend" funding boost as the World Trade Center rebuilding nears completion ( and transportation planners look to tax increment financing to pay for improvements (


* Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand's popularity and re-election prospects are rising among New York voters, with a new Siena poll showing her favorability rating at 54-24 percent:

* Gov. Andrew Cuomo's pension reform plan for New York City unions faces legal hurdles because it lacks a report from the city actuary and a home rule vote from the City Council, the Daily News' Juan Gonzalez reports:

* The Cuomo administration is concerned with the impact of military base closures on New York, with the Utica Observer-Dispatch reporting he wants $500,000 in planning funds ( and the Watertown Daily Times reporting Lt. Gov. Is in Washington working with New York's Congressional delegation about it (

* The controversy over the NYPD's surveillance of Muslims has led to deeper scrutiny of Police Commissioner Ray Kelly, who is taking his newfound criticism seriously, the Times says:

* Suffolk County may run out of money next month as it faces its worst fiscal crisis in history, County Executive Steve Ballone said in declaring a financial emergency, the Times reports:

* The Brooklyn Public Library has installed a printing press called the Espresso Book Machine to instantly publish any of 8 million books on demand, as well as new titles by independent publishers, the Wall Street Journal says:

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