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Gambling Group Gave $2 Million to a Cuomo Ally (NYT)

Three NYT reporters write: “Genting, a subsidiary of Southeast Asia’s largest gambling company, made an additional contribution of approximately $400,000 to the group allied with Mr. Cuomo during 2011. The New York Gaming Association, a trade group founded by Genting and other companies that operate racetracks and electronic slot machines, chipped in the $2 million.”


TWU Set to Endorse Manhattan State Sen. Adriano Espaillat (City & State) 

Morgan Pehme reports: “The transit workers union’s leadership unanimously voted to back Espaillat, the source added, and could well provide a major boost, not only because of the union’s size, but because of its heavily African-American membership. Espaillat is running in a five-way race that includes veteran Rep. Charlie Rangel — and Espaillat is trying to cut into Rangel’s Harlem-based black base.”

Congressional Hopefuls Tout Endorsements (NYDN) 
Lisa L. Colangelo reports: “Assemblyman and congressional hopeful Rory Lancman will be endorsed by former Public Advocate Betsy Gotbaum on Tuesday... Insiders are hoping the endorsement will firm up support among female and Jewish voters — two key blocs in the heated Democratic primary for the re-drawn 6th Congressional District seat. Lancman is facing off against Assemblywoman Grace Meng, City Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley and newcomer Robert Mittman in the primary later this month. Republican Councilman Dan Halloran has said he also plans to run for the seat. Meng was recently endorsed by Ackerman while Crowley has the backing of the city’s police and fire unions. 


How Much Can $1.25 Change Someone’s Life? (City Hall)  

Laura Nahmias reports: “Five days a week Michelle Dawkins wakes up at 2:30 a.m. and drives from her Bronx apartment to begin her shift at JFK Airport... From 4:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Dawkins... will make $7.25 an hour, or $58 for the day. If Dawkins, 42, doesn’t require an unpaid sick day, and if the airport needs her for 40 hours each week.. she will make $15,080 over the course of a year. Under a new proposal currently being debated in Albany, Dawkins and the 91,000 other New Yorkers who make the federal minimum wage will see that hourly wage increase by $1.25. 



Judge Deals Potentially Fatal Blow to Taxi Plan (Capital New York)

Dana Rubinstein reports: “On Friday evening, New York State Acting Supreme Court Justice and former cabbie Judge Arthur Engoron dealt a potentially fatal blow to Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s ambitious “borough taxi” plan. Just days before New York City’s Taxi and Limousine Commission was to issue its first licenses for a new fleet of lime-green taxis that would provide street-hail service to the outer boroughs, Engoron issued a temporary injunction and implied it would be a permanent one.


MTA Buys Replacements for Subway Clunkers (WSJ)

Judy McKinnon reports: “Montreal-based plane and train maker Bombardier Inc. said it has received a contract worth about $599 million to deliver 300 subway cars for use in New York City’s transit system.

The company said the new cars will be built at its Plattsburgh, N.Y., manufacturing plant, with 10 pilot cars set to be delivered to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority in the third quarter. The rest will be delivered between mid-2015 and early 2017.


Tenants Forced from Homes After Landlord Illegally Removed Fire Escapes (DNAInfo)

Meredith Hoffman reports: “Around 200 residents of a University Heights apartment building have been forced out of their homes after their landlord removed the building's fire escapes while repairing the façade, according to officials and city records. The seven-story building at 2400 Webb Ave., which contains 76 apartments, is not fireproof and does not have a sprinkler system, sources said.


Labor Dispute Threatens Belmont Stakes (NYDN)

Three NYDN reporters write: “A down-to-the-wire labor dispute is threatening to stop I’ll Have Another’s Triple Crown chances at the Belmont Stakes. The union representing the maintenance crew and starters at the famed track could go on strike Friday — a day before the Thoroughbred attempts what no horse has done since 1978. The New York Racing Association — which was taken over by Gov. Cuomo last week after a string of embarrassments — has been in contract negotiations with IBEW Local 3 for two years. But with more than 120,000 racing fans expected at Belmont Park and millions watching on TV this Saturday, the stakes have never been higher.


Park Slope’s Tea Lounge May Become International Chain (Brooklyn Paper)

Natalie O’Neill reports: “The Tea Lounge — the neighborhood’s longtime home for laptop-clacking writers and mommy meet-up groups — will become a chain with in-the-works franchise locations under consideration in Long Island, Virginia, and Kuwait, said owner Jonathan Spiel.”


Column: Brooklyn D.A. Charles Hynes Appeared to Block 1994 Kidnapping Case (NYT)

Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes has recently come under fire for his handling of child sex abuse cases within the ultra-Orthodox community. Michael Powell talks to a retired Brooklyn police officer who says Hynes tried to stop him for arresting a rabbi who kidnapped a 13-year-old boy back in 1994 and -- after he was pressed to make charges -- set up a no-jail plea bargain, which was later overturned.