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Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Officer Punished For DWI Bust of Prosecutor (NY Daily News)
Police sources tell the Daily News that an officer was punished for refusing to cut a Bronx assistant DA a break after she was caught driving while intoxicated on the Major Deegan in August. After being involved in a three-car accident, Jennifer Troiano stumbled into traffic and claimed that she would get her ticket fixed. Officer Elliot Zinstein made the arrest and was later transferred out of the Bronx.

POLITICS
Union City Names New Cultural Center After Former Mayor/Convicted Felon (WSJ)
William V. Musto was convicted of taking federal money meant for schools and giving it to the mob and contractors. He was sent to prison in 1982 and died in 2006. Union city officials say they were responding to requests from Union City residents to honor the man they say was a “champion of the people.” He was re-elected one day after his conviction.

REAL ESTATE
Landlords Have Wish List in Exchange for Rent Regulations (WSJ)
Rent regulations expire on Friday, but talks between lawmakers and property owners have expanded beyond that topic. Before giving their support, they want tax breaks on new apartment buildings, a tax cap on some newer large buildings and legislation to reverse a court order that lowered the rent of some apartment buildings.

CITY
Ball Fields at $120 Million Randall’s Island Rarely Used
(NY Daily News)
Critics say the multi-million effort to revamp Randall’s Island took money from neighborhood ball fields and that no one needed those many fields to begin with. The park also features golf and tennis centers, but no basketball courts. The Parks Dept. says it’ll work harder to let people know what’s offered on the island.

POLITICS
Wage Bill Watered Down (NY Daily News)
The proposed wage bill would require companies who get city subsidies to pay their employees higher wages. Now, in order to get the measure passed, city council members are considering only applying the law to companies who get subsidies of $1 million or more, as opposed to $100,000. Mayor Bloomberg has called the bill a “job-killer.” City Council Speaker Christine Quinn hasn’t taken a position on the bill.

HEALTH
Progress Claimed in Reporting Abuse at Group Homes (NYT)
The commissioner of New York state’s Office for People With Developmental Disabilities says about 40 percent of recent allegations of physical abuse of the developmentally disabled at group homes and institutions were not reported to law enforcement. Courtney Burke says that’s actually an improvement: Since she took over the agency in March, 60 percent of allegations were reported, up from 17 percent.

INFRASTRUCTURE
The New Concrete ‘Boardwalk’ is Already Cracking (Sheepshead Bites)
A Sheepshead Bay blog provides photographic evidence that the months-old boardwalk between Ocean Parkway and Brighton 1st Road is already cracking after only one winter. The writer adds: “Also, the concrete is staining and shows off gum spots remarkably well.” The part-concrete boardwalk was chosen by the city in place of one made from just boards or just concrete.

BUSINESS
Edgier Tony Awards Attract More Viewers (Crain’s)
Nine percent more people in the 18-49 demographic watched the Tonys this year, and the awards ceremony attracted two percent more viewers overall.  

POLITICS
NJ Lawmakers Closest to Union Bill (The Star-Ledger)
Lawmakers came closer to striking a deal on overhauling public employee benefits after they agreed to shift more medical costs onto workers while protecting future collective bargaining rights. No one knows how Gov. Chris Christie feels about all this though, since he’s been pretty quiet on the subject. The governor has criticized what he calls overly lavish pension and health benefits for the state’s public employees.

EDUCATION
State Graduation Rates to be Released Today (The Star-Ledger)
The state education department will release graduation rates at New York’s public high schools today. They’ll be released on the DOE’s Web site: www.nysed.gov.

HEALTH
Mishandled Call Could Have Prevented Death of NJ Girl (The Star-Ledger)
The Department and Children and Families Commissioner admitted yesterday that a call was mishandled by the Division of Youth and Family Services nine days before an 8-year-old was found dead in her Irvington apartment. The caller said he was concerned about "the height and weight’’ of two children, and curious "why their mother had to carry them.’’ The DYFS worker wrote notes on the call, but did not think it merited a follow-up visit. Christiane Glenn died of malnutrition and an untreated broken leg.

OPINION
Editorial: Redistricting Reform Must Happen Now (The Times Union)
New York State lawmakers have their hands full during this last stretch of the current legislative session with rent regulations, the property tax cap and gay marriage, but the Times Union editorial board is reminding them of one more thing on their to-do list: redistricting reform. Many lawmakers campaigned on a promise of reform, but if they don’t tackle the problem now, the state will be “stuck with this rigged system” for another 10 years.

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