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Monday, July 09, 2012

POLITICS
Cuomo for President? Who Said That? Well, Dad (NYT)
Danny Hakim reports: “Mario M. Cuomo never ran for president, but he seems to be warming to the idea that his son might. One recent Saturday, Mr. Cuomo, the former governor, showed up at his former residence, the Executive Mansion, and broached the unbroachable: before a crowd of about 100 relatives, friends and advisers gathered to mark his 80th birthday, he called his son, Andrew M. Cuomo, “the best governor in modern times,” and, according to several of those present, mused at length that the younger Mr. Cuomo might someday ‘have an opportunity to serve at a higher level, to serve the people of the United States.’”

DEVELOPMENT
City Hall: Supersize Midtown's East Side (Crain’s)
Theresa Agovina reports: “With 14 Fortune 500 headquarters clustered in the office towers on midtown's east side near Grand Central Terminal—the greatest density of such companies in the U.S.—the area looms large in the international business world. But fearing that midtown east's aging building stock will diminish the district's corporate allure, the Bloomberg administration is finalizing a rezoning blueprint that would encourage office teardowns and the construction of even bigger commercial towers with premium amenities. It may also include a proposal said to be favored by Planning Commissioner Amanda Burden: turning Vanderbilt Avenue, the short block west of Grand Central, into a pedestrian-only street.”

POLITICS
Espaillat To Concede 13th Congressional District Race to Rep. Charles Rangel (NYDN)
Kenneth Lovett reports: “State Sen. Adriano Espaillat is expected to concede Monday to Harlem Rep. Charles Rangel for the second time, sources told the Daily News. Espaillat is planning to announce he will drop his lawsuit challenging Rangel’s victory, effectively ending a bitter, drawnout primary fight that highlighted flaws in the city’s electoral process.”

CRIME
Pondering Solitary Future for Gangster Held in Isolation for Years (NYT)
Benjamin Weiser reports: “The plea bargaining was long and difficult. The defendant, Peter Rollock, the leader of a Bronx narcotics gang, had been charged in seven killings. Federal prosecutors wanted the death penalty; any plea deal would have to include a mandatory life sentence. But prosecutors had another demand: because Mr. Rollock, then 25, had been accused of ordering some of the killings from jail, he would be placed in solitary confinement and barred from communicating with virtually all outsiders.”

DEVELOPMENT
As Brooklyn Gentrifies, Some Neighborhoods Are Being Left Behind (NYT)
Joseph Berger reports: “The sudden physical and cultural transformation has been endlessly debated. Yet to many longtime residents in some of the borough’s unaffected corners — in the rough-edged and timeless Brooklyn that has endured in places like Gerritsen Beach, Marine Park, Sheepshead Bay, Brownsville and East New York — the renaissance is still being watched with amusement, nervousness and even dismay.”

HARBOR
Ship’s Wake Damages Gangway at Museum (NYT)
Eric Newcomer reports: “A long-decommissioned submarine faced an unusual adversary early Sunday — the wake from a huge cruise ship that was trying to dock at a nearby Hudson River pier.  The wake rocked the submarine, the Growler, which has been one of the exhibits at the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum, at West 46th Street, since 1989. According to a spokeswoman for the museum, a gangway leading to the Growler was damaged when the cruise ship, the Norwegian Star, fired up its thrusters.”

POLITICS
State Island’s City Council Delegation Brings Home the Bacon (Staten Island Advance)
Tom Wrobleski reports: “Cyber counseling via the Internet. Free opera concerts and dance therapy. After-school activities for special-needs kids. That's where some of the expense money brought back to Staten Island by the borough's City Council delegation is going.The councilmembers brought home $2.1 million in expense money in the Fiscal Year 2013 city budget, giving a big boost to 274 borough organizations in troubled economic times.”

DEVELOPMENT
Hallets Point project could break ground as early as fall 2013 (NYDN)
Clare Trapasso reports: “A proposed, billion-dollar residential and retail project on a desolate stretch of Astoria’s waterfront could break ground as early as fall 2013 — much to the delight of local community leaders. The Hallets Point project, which would create about 2,200 units of housing in seven residential towers, a supermarket and a park along the East River, is expected to begin the city review process within the next few months, a project official said.”

DEVELOPMENT
Overweight patients weigh down city’s hospital budget (NYPost)
David Seifman reports: “So many grossly overweight patients are showing up at the city’s municipal hospitals that administrators have been forced to buy heavy-duty equipment that can safely hold them — from $5,500 wide-body motorized wheelchairs to a $650,000 X-ray machine for New York’s XXXL-size customers. Even commodes have been upgraded. Jacobi Medical Center in The Bronx boasts that it now has 40 new toilets ‘specifically designed to support up to 500 pounds.’”

COUPLES
Bx. DA Jails Frisked Gun Thugs, and Judge Wife Lets ‘Em Go Free (NYP)
Phillip Messing writes about the wife of Bronx DA Robert Johnson, Judge Dianne Renwick: “The former public defender and longtime defendants’ advocate was part of the 3-2 appellate-court majority last week that ruled cops had no right to frisk Jaquan Morant two years ago — even though he was carrying a loaded 9mm pistol. Her decision appears to fly in the face of the anti-gun campaigns of her DA husband and is seen as a major setback to the NYPD’s controversial stop-and-frisk program.”

POLITICS
Protesters Assail Romney's "Koch Addiction" Outside Hamptons Fundraiser (Gothamist)
Christopher Robbins reports: “The Obama campaign recently signaled that the First Family won't be vacationing on Martha's Vineyard this year, nor will the president be holding any glitzy fundraisers in the Hamptons. These seem like transparent efforts to prevent their campaign to be associated with the current scene in front of David Koch's Long Island estate, where Mitt Romney is stopping by as part of a three-event, $3 million fundraising effort... According to David Segal, the spokesman for the Long Island Progressive Coalition, one of several organizations protesting the fundraisers, there are around 150 protesters along the road that acts as Koch's driveway.”

LABOR
SI man sues parents over ice-cream company OT payments (NYPost)
Rich Calder and Mitchel Maddux report: “A Staten Island man has filed suit against his father and stepmother, claiming they never paid him overtime for working at the family ice-cream company.
Nicholas Piazza, 29, of Tottenville, says that because the ice-cream business is seasonal, he often was required to work as many as 80 hours at Piazza’s Ice Cream & Ice House. But he claims he earned only $10 an hour at the ice-cream distribution firm.”

YIKES
Great White Shark Shuts Down Cape Cod Beach (Gothamist)
Christopher Robbins reports: “A great white shark closed Nauset Beach in Cape Cod yesterday, presumably giving Richard Dreyfuss an irresistible urge to charter a boat to Massachusetts. "So I looked behind me, and that's when I saw the shark; it was pretty much right there," kayaker Walter Szulc Jr. told a local news  affiliate. "It was good-sized, it had a fin sticking out, so I just turned and paddled," Szulc added nonchalantly, as if he hadn't just come within feet of prehistoric killing machine.”

CULTURE
Busy Couple Hires Romance Consultant to Plan Their Dates (The Daily)
Melissa Arseniuk reports: “Instead of calling it quits, Bianca Caampued, a 27-year-old PR specialist and Aaron Small, a 24-year-old business consultant, decided to outsource. They posted want ads on Craigslist and elance.com looking for a date planner, offering $12.50 an hour. They soon hired Brenndon Knox, an unemployed 25-year-old who quickly dubbed himself their ‘Secretary of Romance.’ A Wisconsin-based college student named Holly was brought on board to help coordinate logistics.”

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