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Monday, November 21, 2011

POLITICS
Trade Unions Say Living Wage Bill Will Kill Jobs (NY Daily News)
Reuven Blau reports: “Three city trade unions are bucking their labor colleagues and trying to crush a bill that would bump the minimum wage at some companies to $10 an hour. The unions representing private-sector carpenters, painters and masons are urging lawmakers to reject the controversial measure that they say will kill jobs.”

CRIME
Lack of Space for Solitary Confinement at Riker’s Leads to Violence (NY Daily News)
Reuven Blau reports: “Nearly 1,000 city jail inmates who should be locked in solitary confinement aren’t — because there’s no space. These misbehaving cons are free to roam among the jails’ general populations, contributing to a recent spike in violence, union officials say.”

POLITICS
Harry Wilson Could Challange Kirsten Gillibrand in 2012 (NY Post)
Fred Dicker writes: “Republican Harry Wilson, a wealthy investor and friend of Mayor Bloomberg who ran a strong, but losing, campaign for state comptroller last year, said yesterday he’s giving ‘serious consideration’ to challenging the once-moderate but now ultra-liberal Gillibrand in the 2012 balloting.”

EDUCATION
Most of CUNY’s 2-Year Students Drop Out (WSJ)
Joseph De Avila reports: “Most City University of New York community college students drop out before graduating, squandering the system's resources as enrollment soars, according to a report set to be released on Monday. The study by the Center for an Urban Future, a Manhattan think tank, highlights a problem with national implications: Too many students arrive at community colleges without having learned basic reading and math concepts.”

REAL ESTATE
9/11 Museum Is Delayed (WSJ)
Jennifer Maloney and Eliot Brown report: “The planned 2012 opening of the Sept. 11 museum at the World Trade Center is in jeopardy amid a dispute over hundreds of millions of dollars in unexpected costs related to redeveloping the site, people familiar with the matter said.”

TRANSPORTATION
Starting in August, $88M Lincoln Tunnel Overhaul Will Close Some Lanes (Star-Ledger)
Steve Strunsky reports: “An overhaul of the Lincoln Tunnel helix will force the closing of all its eastbound lanes during off-peak hours for at least a year starting in August, forcing cars, trucks and buses onto Hudson County streets, officials said.”

POLITICS
Will John Catsimatidis Run For Mayor? (Crain’s)
Lisa Fickenscher reports: “Mr. Catsimatidis' $4 billion empire includes vast real estate holdings, an oil refinery, an aviation business, and a chain of 32 supermarkets in Manhattan. But the man of means prefers to play up his humble roots as the son of Greek immigrants whose father worked in low-paying restaurant jobs....The narrative has served him well — and may be dusted off again if Mr. Catsimatidis runs for mayor of New York City in 2013. He announced his candidacy in 2009 and then withdrew it when Mayor Michael Bloomberg changed the term limits law to allow himself to run for a third term.”

CRIME
Authorities Release Video of Porn Store Employee’s Suspected Killer (NY1)
Erica Ferrari reports: “Police have released surveillance video of the suspected killer of a Brooklyn porn shop worker.Police say he struggled with another man and suffered head trauma.Authorities are looking at robbery as a possible motive.Police say following the assault the suspect took some DVD containers and tried to take money from the register before leaving the store.”

PUBLIC SAFETY
Prospect Park Takes Steps to Slow Bikers (NYT)
J. David Goodman reports: “On a stretch of Prospect Park’s main drive, bright orange traffic barrels are the most visible symbols of an urgent and emotional debate over whose rights should have priority in Brooklyn’s largest park: pedestrians’ or cyclists’?”

ENVIRONMENT
Global Warming to Open Floodgates on New York City (NY Daily News)
Glenn Blain reports: “Climate change will mean rising waters and powerful storms that could drown tunnels and swamp 34% of city's streets, experts warn.”

OPINION
Editorial: John Liu’s Transgressions (NY Post)
The New York Post editorial board continues to call for City Comptroller John Liu to resign immediately. They say his transgressions include accepting illegal donations, having a “bizarre character,” contract abuse, conflicts of interest, and more.

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