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Monday, June 11, 2012

NYPD
Police Unit Draws Scrutiny for Its Handling of Crashes Involving Pedestrians (NYT)
J. David Goodman reports on lawsuit that could shed light on the NYPD’s Accident Investigation Squad: “At the Council hearing in February, John T. Cassidy, the police deputy chief in charge of transportation, acknowledged that the accident investigation squad would not respond ‘if there is not ‘a likely to die,’ or a death.’ The complaint says the department’s policy is a direct violation of state traffic law, which calls for investigations of all crashes that cause serious injury, whether or not anyone is killed.”

COURTS
What Price is N.J.’s Judiciary System Paying for Gov. Christie’s Battle With Senate Dems? (Star-Ledger)
MaryAnn Spoto reports: During his first 875 days in office, New Jersey’s Supreme Court has had a full complement of seven justices for only 122 days. And for the past 101 days, there have been only five justices. Legal experts say this very public dispute threatens to tarnish the Supreme Court’s national reputation for setting precedents and handing down landmark rulings. And they worry the fallout could eventually hurt New Jersey residents who rely on judges for fair decisions.”

OWS
Trespassing Case Adds Strain to Church’s Tie to Occupy Protesters (NYT)
Colin Moynihan reports: “As about a dozen people arrested that day prepare for trials scheduled to start on Monday in Manhattan Criminal Court, the disagreements between the occasional allies are still simmering. In recent weeks Occupy supporters have cited the tradition of Christian charity while imploring Trinity to forgive the trespassers.”

POLITICS
Attorney General Investigates $33,000 State Grant Tied to City Councilman Ruben Wills' Nonprofit (NYDN)
Kenneth Lovett reports: “State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is probing a $33,000 state grant that is unaccounted for after it was doled out to a nonprofit tied to City Councilman Ruben Wills, the Daily News has learned. Schneiderman’s investigators, frustrated by the Queens councilman’s failure to fully comply with a subpoena, have filed a motion in Manhattan Supreme Court to compel New York 4 Life to open its books, sources told The News... New York 4 Life was supposed to use the money to fund a breakfast for single mothers; a luncheon for single fathers; a campaign to fight childhood obesity, and a program to “adopt” a commercial strip.”

DEVELOPMENT
Domino Sugar Factory site in Brooklyn May be Sold for More than $160 Million (NYDN)
Jason Sheftell reports: “A potential blockbuster deal would sell the highly desired 12-acre Domino Sugar Factory site to DUMBO’s Two Trees Management Co., the Daily News has learned. The tentative price tag of more than $160 million would give the company control of perhaps the best piece of East River property left in the city — and some of the choicest real estate in the world. If the deal goes through, it would immediately become the top project in Brooklyn’s burgeoning Williamsburg neighborhood.”

PRESERVATION                                                   
Saving Ellis Island Hospital (Crain’s)
Cara Eisenpress reports: “The approximately 600-bed hospital complex once treated millions of new immigrants. Today it sits dilapidated and empty, awaiting funding for a fix-up that has yet to come. The National Trust for Historic Preservation this week put Ellis Island Hospital on its list of endangered historical places.”

INFRASTRUCTURE                                                   
Fashion BID Seeks a New Label for Itself (Crain’s)
Adrianne Pasquarelli reports: “The Fashion Center Business Improvement District has worn its name proudly for nearly two decades. Yet come 2013, a wardrobe change of sorts will take place. As designers exit the garment center, replaced by new tenants including hoteliers and visual arts firms, the BID has decided that it's time for a new name, symbolically signaling an end to the era of buttons, needles and thread.

SPORTS
NY Giant Offensive Lineman David Diehl Arrested on Suspicion of Drunk Driving (NYDN)
Three Daily News reporters write: “Big Blue’s stalwart offensive lineman wrecked his car about 8:20 p.m. in Astoria after hanging out at a local bar to watch the Croatian soccer team beat Ireland 3-1 in the European Championship tournament. No one was injured in the smash-up.”

ENVIRONMENT                                                   
Banks Look to Burnish Their Images by Backing Green Technology Firms (Crain’s)
Nelson Schwartz reports: “In the wake of a $30 billion commitment to new environmental investments by Wells Fargo in April and a $40 billion promise from Goldman Sachs this month, Bank of America will announce a 10-year, $50 billion initiative of its own on Monday. Facing bad publicity on practically every front, the big banks are highlighting what has quietly become a hot growth area in recent years — backing projects and companies in sectors like renewable energy, emissions reduction and reduced-carbon transportation.”

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