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The Lede: Pot-and-Frisk, a Grimm Past

Azi Paybarah

Grimm Denies Past FBI Incident:"The story has no basis in fact and does not deserve a comment." (SI Advance)

Molinari on Grimm Story:"My recollection is that somebody was giving him [Grimm] a hard time. He asked the bouncer to intervene, but the bouncer would not act. Grimm got into a confrontation and he put all four guys on the deck." (SI Advance)

New Ammo:"Democratic opposition researchers blasted out copies of the New Yorker magazine piece." (NY Daily News)

Illeagal Searches: "An investigation by WNYC suggests that some police officers may be violating people’s constitutional rights when they are making marijuana arrests." (WNYC)

Mayor and Comptroller:"Sixteen months into their concurrent terms as New York City’s top two elected officials, Mr. Bloomberg and Mr. Liu have made it clear that they do not care much for each other." (NY Times)

Bloomberg on Obama:"We should be behind this president, even if you’re a candidate to run against him – which I am not – but I think those out there on the Republican side. One of them said – I don’t know if it was a candidate, but one of the commentators – he hopes he fails. That’s sick." (Capital Tonight/YNN)

NJ Property Tax Cap:“The experiment seems to be failing at this point. I don’t have an answer to it, but at this point, it’s not working." (WNYC)

Hevasi and ex-Tyco CEO:"The scammers mingle together with 20 other inmates from 6:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. in the protective custody unit at Mid-State Correctional Facility in Oneida County." (NY Daily News)

Cuomo Best Hope for Gay Marriage:"His predecessor, David Paterson, also supported same-sex marriage, but he was too weak and unfocused to get the job done," say the editors. (NY Times)

"Very Painful":Bloomberg's warning about budget numbers next week. (NY Post)

Good Luck:Lisberg heads to City Hall News. (NY Observer)