Monday, May 21, 2012



* Whether or not the Senate Democrats regain the majority this fall, Senate Minority Leader John Sampson's tenure heading the conference will likely come to an end in 2013 due to a number of failures of leadership, the Daily News' Ken Lovett reports:

* As legislation to raise New York's minimum wage faces strong opposition in the Republican-controlled Senate, several liberal advocates and lawmakers are calling on Gov. Andrew Cuomo to work more assertively for its passage, the New York Times reports:

* The Civil Service Employees Association may kill Cuomo's much-touted plan for an office to prosecute or discipline workers abusing people with mental disabilities who are under state care – unless they get an "absurd" giveback, the Post's Fred Dicker writes:

* A new study from New York City Comptroller John Liu's office says that the wealthiest 1 percent of New York City residents took in nearly one-third of the personal income in the city in 2009 — almost double the comparable proportion nationwide, the Times writes:

* With the Nassau County Police Department stung by a series of scandals, its police commissioner wants to have the power to fire his own officers, something few New York law-enforcement chiefs have, the Wall Street Journal says:

* Cuomo bluntly told officials from the New York Racing Association on Friday that the organization needed to shape and quickly come up with a plan to reform itself, the Times Union writes:



* Council Speaker Christine Quinn wore a sweeping white gown while marrying her longtime girlfriend Kim Catullo on Saturday in one of the most high-profile same-sex weddings of an elected official, the Times reports:

* The Post reveals some defendants and other details of sexual and child abuse cases involving ultra Orthodox Jews, while Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes continues to keep the names secret:

* Former gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino is supporting primary foes of the four state Senate Republicans who voted for same-sex marriage, saying he is going after those who broke promises, the Buffalo News reports:


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