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Monday, December 05, 2011

POLITICS
Gov. Cuomo Pushes New Tax Rates for Big Earners (NYT)
Thomas Kaplan reports: “ Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Sunday called for “comprehensive reform” of New York’s tax code that would mean higher tax rates for the wealthy and a tax cut for the middle class, according to officials briefed on the plan...Mr. Cuomo was expected to call lawmakers back to Albany as soon as this week to take up some of his proposals.”

CRIME
Grand Jury Delay for Accused Bomber (WSJ)
Pervaiz Shallwani reports: “A Manhattan grand jury was scheduled to announce a decision in the case of Jose Pimentel on Monday, but the district attorney's office agreed to push it back a month to allow both sides time to gather more information, defense attorney Lori Cohen said. … The case drew scrutiny because the Federal Bureau of Investigation, which normally probes terrorism cases, declined to pursue charges against Mr. Pimentel. In part, the agency considered the informant to be a potentially shaky trial witness, law-enforcement officials told The Wall Street Journal.”

IMMIGRATION
Queens Pols: New Obama Guidelines Not Slowing Pace of Deportations (NY Daily News)
Clare Trapasso reports: “New federal guidelines designed to focus deportations on those with criminal histories doesn’t seem to have slowed the tide of illegal immigrants sent back to their home countries, local leaders said.… The directives allow prosecutors to take a person’s criminal history, community ties and length of time in the country into account, immigration experts said.”

HEALTH
Access to Doctors Varies Widely Across Neighborhoods (WSJ)
Shirley S. Wang reports: “Large swaths of the city failed to meet federal recommendations for the number of primary-care physicians needed for adequate care, according to findings expected to be released Monday by the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. And one-third of adults who did have a primary-care doctor reported they had to wait more than two days for an acute illness or injury, according to the findings.”

EDUCATION
City Took 5 Years to Probe School’s Grade Scam (NY Post)
Yoav Gonen reports: The probe cleared two administrators but found a former assistant principal guilty of falsifying grades and course credits on the transcripts of 10 students so they could graduate. At this point, none of the three administrators still works at the school, and only one of those cleared still works for the DOE. The finished report is dated Nov. 4, 2010; the students were wrongly awarded their diplomas back in September 2005.”

CITY
Zuccotti Park Owners Owe $139,000 in Back Taxes (NY Daily News)
Erin Einhorn reports: “The city Finance Department says park owner Brookfield Properties and its parent company, Brookfield US Corp., currently owe the city more than $139,000 in unpaid business taxes from 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009. ...Brookfield disputes the debt, blaming an error by the city.”

POLITICS
Andrew Hevesi Poised to Use New Assembly Powers to Hunt Corruption on Cuomo’s Turf NY Daily News)
Kenneth Lovett reports: “The assemblyman son of jailed former state Controller Alan Hevesi may be gearing up for a nasty personal war against the man who put his father behind bars — Gov. Cuomo. Assemblyman Andrew Hevesi (D-Queens) was quietly put in charge earlier this year of a committee that has subpoena power to investigate Cuomo and the executive branch agencies.”

CRIME
Cops Transfer Case of Missing Coffee Shop Owner to Missing Persons (Brooklyn Paper)
Eli Rosenberg reports: “The case of the vanished Ditmas Park cafe owner has been transferred to the NYPD’s “Missing Persons” division, a sign that cops no longer believe that the disappearance is a criminal matter, The Brooklyn Paper has learned.”

REAL ESTATE
Thor Equities Plans Midtown Retail, Hotel and Residential Complex (WSJ)
Craig Karmin reports: “The development and management company, already a major investor in Manhattan retail property, has agreed to acquire three connected buildings at 516 to 520 Fifth Avenue and 43rd street from developer RFR for an undisclosed price.”

OWS
Occupy Wall Street Protester Gets Wall Street Job (NY Post)
Cynthia R. Fagen reports: “Down-on-her-luck protester Tracy Postert spent 15 days washing sidewalks and making sandwiches at Zuccotti Park — then landed a dream job at a Financial District investment firm thanks to a high-powered passer-by who offered her work.”

POLITICS
Bruno and Boyland Could Get Legal Fees Reimbursed (Times-Union)
James M. Odato reports: “Under a not-so-well-known section of the New York Public Officers Law, state employees and elected officials whose criminal charges are dropped can get their legal fees reimbursed by taxpayers. Former Sen. Majority Leader Joseph L. Bruno will invoke that provision when he petitions Attorney General Eric Schneiderman in the near future for hundreds of thousands of dollars in recoveries.”

CULTURE
Historic Steuben Glass Shuts Down Factory, Manhattan Store to Close (CBS)
CBS Sunday Morning profiled the historic Steuben Glass, which closed its Western New York factory and will soon close its Manhattan store.

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