Wednesday, May 2, 2012



* State Senate Republicans designated nearly $10 million in "bullet aid," or unobligated education funds, to their own districts, infuriating Democrats in the process, the Times Union reports:

* At least 50 people were arrested as thousands joined Occupy Wall Street's May Day protests across New York City, but the movement fell far short of a general strike, the Wall Street Journal writes:

* The state's Medicaid Redesign Team saved $2.3 billion last year and came in $14 million under the program's cap, even as the Medicaid rolls increased by 140,000 people, the Times Union reports:

* Starting next year, New York will become the first state to require new lawyers to work 50 unpaid hours before getting licensed to practice law, the New York Times writes:

* A Bloomberg administration report shows that a relatively small group of doctors are behind most of the prescriptions for opioid painkillers such as oxycodone, the Journal reports:

* Powerful City Council members like Domenic Recchia and Erik Dilan get millions more in discretionary funds, while Councilman Dan Halloran and his predecessor, Tony Avella, got the least in recent years, the Post writes:

* The New York Times' coverage of local politics has shrunk over the years, but the influence of its endorsement in elections has skyrocketed, the New York Observer says:


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