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Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Comptroller John Liu (Jessie Wright-Mendoza for WNYC)

POLITICS
Misconduct Alleged in Liu Funding Case (WSJ)
Matt Day reports: “A lawyer for a former fundraiser for city Comptroller John Liu said Tuesday the federal government tried to pressure his client to help ‘manufacture’ a case against Mr. Liu, a potential candidate for mayor. The attorney, Irwin Rochman, said in a hearing at U.S. District Court in Manhattan that he would seek to have charges dismissed against his client, Xing Wu ‘Oliver’ Pan, because of government misconduct.”

CULTURE
Cuomo Turns to Campaign Finance (Times Union)
Jimmy Vielkind reports: “Reforming the state's campaign finance system will be Gov. Andrew Cuomo's next big thing. The Democrat said Tuesday he would begin touring the state to argue for a system of public matching funds that will blunt the influence wealthy donors have on the political system. Cuomo said his push will likely coincide with this year's presidential election, and may result in legislation before lawmakers return to Albany in January for the next scheduled session.”

POLITICS
Bob Kerry’s Comedy-Writer Wife Pens Essay for Vogue, But Not Everyone is Laughing (NYDN)
Kristina A. Lee writes about Sarah Pauley, a former writer for “Saturday Night Live” and the wife of U.S. Senate candidate Bob Kerry, who’s running to reclaim his seat in Nebraska: “In her essay, titled "The (Not So) Good Wife," Paley bemoaned that her husband is getting back into politics, saying she reacted with ‘hysteria, tantrums, sulking.’ She also joked about trying to orchestrate a sex scandal to end his campaign. According to the Omaha World-Herald, Paley is living in Manhattan with the couple's 10-year old son, Henry, while her husband is on the campaign trail back home.”

JUSTICE
Brooklyn ADA Apologizes for Blackface Facebook Pix, Will Keep Job (Gothamist)
Garth Johnston reports: “Brooklyn Assistant District Attorney Justin Marrus, who we noted yesterday had some unseemly photographs of himself on his publicly accessible Facebook page (think blackface, confederate flags, prison rape), is really sorry about all that, guys. Or at least he told his boss he is—he's not commenting on the story. … Further, District Attorney Charles Hynes has accepted Marrus's; apology, and life at the Brooklyn DA's office will go on, in its own unique way.”

HOUSING
Feds Probing NYCHA Secret Report That Cost $10M (NYDN)
Greg B. Smith reports: “The feds have opened an investigation into a $10 million secret consultant report for the NYC Housing Authority that taxpayers paid for but cannot see. U.S. Housing and Urban Development officials demanded billing invoices for the report by Boston Consulting Group, the former employer of NYCHA Chairman John Rhea.”

CRIME
Official: DNA ties ‘or NYC Death to Occupy Protest (AP)
Jennifer Peltz reports: “A DNA match has created a puzzling new turn in a prominent unsolved killing, linking crime-scene evidence from a drama student's 2004 death to a chain collected after a protest that claimed affiliation with Occupy Wall Street this spring, a law enforcement official said Tuesday.”

CRIME
Teen Severely Beaten, Stabbed in McCarren Park (A Walk in the Park)
Geoffrey Croft reports: “A teenager was savagely beaten, stabbed and nearly killed in a wild melee on Friday night after a violent gang chased the victim through McCarren Park, A Walk In The Park has learned. A hero Brooklynite stepped in the scared the pack away.”

PUBLIC HEALTH
Despite Obesity Concerns, Gym Classes Are Cut (NYT)
Al Baker reports: “In its biennial survey of high school students across the nation, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported in June that nearly half said they had no physical education classes in an average week. In New York City, that number was 20.5 percent, compared with 14.4 percent a decade earlier, according to the C.D.C.”

FINANCE
Claw Is Out for 'Whale' Officials (WSJ)
Monica Langley and Dan Fitzpatrick report: “J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. plans to reclaim millions of dollars in stock from executives at the center of the trading blunder that shocked Wall Street and tarnished the reputation of Chief Executive James Dimon. The nation's biggest bank is expected to claw back compensation from individuals including Ina Drew, who ran the company's Chief Investment Office, or CIO, according to people familiar with the bank's plans. Ms. Drew was a top lieutenant of Mr. Dimon's before she resigned this spring following the disclosure of the trading losses.”

POLITICS
Councilman Peter Vallone Pushes for Law Banning Naming City Property After Living People (NYDN)
Lisa L. Colangelo reports: “Vallone, who fought an uphill battle against the renaming of the Queensboro Bridge for former Mayor Ed Koch, said elected officials could use treasured city icons as political chits.
‘If they were willing to take the Queensboro Bridge away from Queens, there’s nothing stopping them from going after the Manhattan Bridge or the Brooklyn Bridge,’ said Vallone (D-Astoria). ‘It’s a way to curry favor with living people who may be able to endorse you or help your campaign out in other ways and city property should not be used for that.’”

TECHNOLOGY
City's 12,400 Pay-phone Kiosks Will be Wired for WiFi (NYDN)
Tina Moore reports: “The city has found a new use for an old friend. Some of the city’s 12,400 pay-phone kiosks are going to be wired for free WiFi soon, the city plans to announce Wednesday. The pilot program will eventually extend to all five boroughs, Department of Information Technology & Telecommunications spokesman Nicholas Sbordone said.”

CULTURE
Greenhouse Reopens Three Weeks After Bloody Brawl between Chris Brown & Drake (NYDN)
Adam Caparell reports: “Private security was tight and the male-dominated crowd was low-key in the first hours after the reopening of the hotspot on Varick and Vandam Sts. A police cruiser was stationed outside. Co-owner Barry Mullineaux said 17 guards were on duty, more than usual, even though the crowd was lighter than normal.”

 

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