Thursday, August 16, 2012



* A Quinnipiac poll finds that 69 percent of black voters in New York City oppose stop-and-frisk, 57 percent of whites support the policy, but 64 percent of all voters approve of Police Commissioner Ray Kelly's job performance:

* Police used some level of physical force in more than 20 percent of its stops across the city last year, though those stops seldom translate into arrests, causing black and Latino leaders to question officers' judgment, the New York Times writes:

* State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli argued the New York Thruway Authority must "look within" for savings before it considers a proposed 45 percent increase in truck trolls that would negatively affect consumers, the Associated Press writes:

* A coalition of labor unions and liberal advocacy groups launched a new campaign to tie Mitt Romney to defenders of Mayor Michael Bloomberg's education policies in hopes of influencing the 2013 mayoral race, the Times reports:

* New Yorkers will shell out an average $5,542 more in taxes next year if President Obama and Congress cannot agree on an extension of the current rates, according to a Tax Foundation study, the Post notes:

* A state-funded program that would put 150 cameras in two Brooklyn Orthodox Jewish neighborhoods has stalled over concerns police may not have access to footage of certain crimes, including sex abuse, the Daily News reports:

* Bronx public housing residents are suing the city's Housing Authority over poor living conditions in their buildings, including a burgeoning rat infestation, the News writes:

* Union workers at Con Edison overwhelmingly voted for a new labor contract yesterday after Govenor Cuomo brokered a deal between the utility and its workers last month, the Wall Street Journal reports:

* Senator Chuck Schumer and Rep. Louise Slaughter helped save Rochester's iconic Hickey Freeman clothing company by convincing banks to give the manufacturer a new line of credit, the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle reports:

* Cuomo held the state's first ever "Yogurt Summit" in Albany, noting the industry's explosive growth in the region and the addition of several new factories, the Times writes:

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