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Wednesday, December 14, 2011

HEALTH
Aiding Disabled, Nonprofits Rake in State Money (NYT)
Russ Buettner writes about how lax regulation of the state’s Community Rehabilitation program has allowed non-profits to rake in big bucks in recent years. “And it helps explain how New York’s costs of caring for developmentally disabled people have ballooned in recent years, creating the nation’s most generous system of Medicaid-financed programs, with little scrutiny of its efficiency or results. Indeed, New York reimburses the nonprofit providers for home care visits for the developmentally disabled at such beneficial rates …  that the money has propped up failing nonprofit providers and built juggernauts out of modest ones.”   

INFRASTRUCTURE
Post Offices to Remain Open Until May Under New Deal (NY1)
NY1 reports: “The United States Postal Service is holding off on plans to close 3,500 facilities across the country, including 34 in New York City. The moratorium was announced Tuesday as part of a deal with the Senate.”

BUSINESS
Midtown Bars Look to Rebound With Return of the Knicks (DNAinfo)
Jill Colvin reports: “Bars serving Madison Square Garden fans are counting down the days to the Knicks' return — but most won't be open to celebrate their homecoming day.” The season kicks off on Christmas Day.
  
EDUCATION
Stony Brook University Gets $150 Million Gift (NYT)
Richard Perez Pena reports: “On Wednesday, Mr. Simons, 73, and his wife, Marilyn, will announce the biggest gift by far in SUNY’s history, $150 million to Stony Brook. It is the sixth largest donation ever made to an American public university, according to The Chronicle of Higher Education, and is twice as large as the previous record for a gift to a public university in New York — the $60 million that the Simonses’ foundation gave to Stony Brook in 2008.”

TRANSPORTATION
Judge: Selling MetroCard Swipes is Not Larceny (NYT)
Michael M. Grynbaum reports: “On Tuesday, New York’s most powerful court ruled that the MetroCard scheme did not, in fact, meet the legal definition of petty larceny ... This decision came as some surprise, not only to the Manhattan district attorney’s office, which routinely prosecutes this type of scheme as petty larceny, but also to senior subway officials, who for years had assumed that profiting off the unauthorized sale of a subway trip was a clear-cut case of theft of fare.”        

CRIME
Shooting Suspect’s Gun Came From Same Store as 1990 Killing (NY Daily News)
Edgar Sandoval and Corky Siemaszko report: “In August 1990, little Rayvon became the poster boy for victims of senseless gun violence when he was felled in his Bronx apartment by stray shots that pierced a metal door and cut him down in his walker. Now, Figoski — a 47-year-old father of four — has become the face of New York’s futile fight to stop the flow of deadly guns from Virginia’s gun dealers up the so-called Iron Pipeline to the city.”

CRIME
‘Ticket-Fixing Cop’ Nixes Deal (NY Post)
Jamie Schram reports: “The veteran officer, Jose Ramos, was offered the deal along with five years post release supervision in exchange for a guilty plea to a smorgasbord of charges during a hearing Friday in Bronx Criminal Court. Over the weekend, Ramos’ attorney, John Sandleitner, reviewed the matter and is now defiantly pressing forward.”

HEALTH
Gov. Cuomo Signs Law the Bars Insurers From Forcing People to Use Mail-Order Pharmacies (NY Daily News)
Kenneth Lovett reports: “Gov. Cuomo said Tuesday he signed into law two controversial bills regulating insurance companies, including one blocking them from requiring policy-holders to get medication from mail-order pharmacies.”

ECONOMY
Living Wage Bill “Watered Down” (NY Daily News)
Reuven Blau reports: “The new changes to the bill, which is sponsored by Councilman Oliver Koppell (D-Bronx), include exempting companies with existing development deals if the agreements with the city are renewed, sources say. Another amendment would specifically make retailers with stores in heavily subsidized developments subject to the bill, and not just the landlords of such buildings.”

CRIME
City Council Will Look At Role of Drivers in Prostitution (NYT)
Christine Haughney reports that city council will consider two pieces of legislation that would penalize drivers who knowingly transport prostitutes.

REAL ESTATE
City Plans for DUMBO Warehouse Derailed (Crain’s)
Amanda Fung reports: “A New York State judge ruled late Monday that the city could not transfer and develop the historic Tobacco Warehouse in Brooklyn's Dumbo without changing state law. The decision further reinforces a federal court ruling in July, which said the National Park Service and the state could not turn the historic building over to the city for private development.”

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