Monday, March 12, 2012


GOP SENATE HOPEFUL HELPED FOUND CONTROVERSIAL STUDENT NEWSPAPER: Wendy Long is emerging as a serious contender in the race to challenge U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand in November. But her ties to a Dartmouth College newspaper that routinely courted controversy by mocking black, gay, Jewish and female students could complicate her quest for the Senate:


* Mayor Michael Bloomberg had a long, previously undisclosed lunch with President Barack Obama at the White House a few weeks ago, but aides close to each man said the possibility of the mayor joining the president's administration did not come up, the New York Times says:

* Legislative leaders released bills for new Senate and Assembly district lines late last night, as well as plans for a constitutional amendment to reform the process in 2022, the Daily News says:

* Top labor sources tell the Post's Fred Dicker that Cuomo will likely win his fight for a new pension tier, and that union opposition to the measure is largely driven by CSEA President Danny Donohue's quest for the presidency of the national American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees:

* Cardinal Timothy Dolan, who plans on meeting with Gov. Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders today, said the church felt "burned" by Senate Republicans who voted for gay marriage last year, the Daily News reports:

* The state's property tax cap is actually a "property tax levy," varying from school district to school district, and is widely misunderstand by local officials, the Times Union says:

* State legislators to shift a pot of education aid Cuomo has set aside for competitive school grants to poorer school districts in need of funding, the Times Union reports:

* Occupy Wall Street protesters claim they are subject to the same kind of surveillance by the NYPD as Muslims in New York and New Jersey, the Times reports:  


* Cuomo's aides discarded his schedules from the time he was attorney general, when he was preparing a statewide campaign, despite the Times Union having an active Freedom of Information Law request for them:

* State Sen. Jeff Klein, leader of the Independent Democratic Conference, is taken to task by the Post for his law firm's questionable zoning practices, tax breaks and asset reports, as well as owning an "illegal reptilian pet":

* Even as the nation's economy improves, New York's cities and counties are undergoing continued fiscal hardships, thanks largely to rising pension and healthcare costs, the Times reports:

* A city investigation revealed that a job placement agency favored by the Bloomberg administration submitted false reports, but that other possible fraudulent claims will remain unknown because of paperwork destroyed with the city's permission:

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