Friday, May 11, 2012


WINNERS AND LOSERS: This week the political was also personal, as President Obama came out in support of gay marriage, citing the New York State Senate's marriage vote as an influence. Who says Albany legislators don't have any clout! But brief moments of self-congratulation were overtaken by the grim realities of the stump, and so by Thursday we were back to parsing the polls, pundits and policy that leave some winners and others the inevitable losers:



* Charles Hynes, the Brooklyn district attorney, follows different rules when dealing with abuse cases involving the ultra Orthodox Jewish community, like keeping the names of convicts secret, the New York Times reports:

* Democratic Rep. Bill Owens got a $20,000 trip to Taiwan that was arranged by the government's lobbyists, a violation of Congressional ethics rules, ProPublica reports:

* Most New York City voters support the living wage bill and the new bike rental program and want to live in buildings that ban smoking, though they don't want City Hall to push for bans, according to a Quinnipiac University poll:

* Jurors indicated they are finally coming to a decision in the embezzlement trial of former lawmaker Pedro Espada Jr., who told reporters that "evil spiritual powers" were at play in their deliberations, the Times writes:

* All of New York City's Democratic House members voted for a long-shot resolution pushing back against the NYPD's monitoring of Muslims, the Wall Street Journal reports:

* State lawmakers have introduced legislation to close a loophole that allows people to watch child pornography on the Internet, instead making it a felony in the wake of a ruling that it is legal, the Daily News writes:

* The Green Book, New York City's official government directory, is going live online today after the Bloomberg administration waited since 2008 on updating the print publication, the Times reports:


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