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Must-reads headlines from around the city, curated by the WNYC Newsroom.

New York Looks for Role as Democrats Convene (Times Union)
Jimmy Vielkind reports: “The governor is arriving late. The Assembly speaker, who's carrying the New York delegation's flag at the Democratic National Convention this week in his absence, is engulfed in a sexual harassment scandal. And Barack Obama is expected to win New York easily in his re-election bid. So what's on deck for the Empire State's Democrats this week? ‘They need to figure out how to be relevant,’ said Hank Sheinkopf, a Manhattan-based political consultant.”

AG Using Bain to Bury Vito Scandal: GOP Big (NYP)
Fred Dicker reports that Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s investigation of Bain Capital’s tax strategy (reported over the weekend by the New York Times)  is just a way to deflect attention from his role in the Vito Lopez/Sheldon Silver sex harassment scandal: “Schneiderman, an aggressively partisan Democrat who was named by Obama earlier this year to head a national task force on fraud in the home-mortgage industry, initially claimed early last week that his office had no involvement in approving a $103,000 secret deal that was signed by Assembly Speaker Silver (D-Manhattan) to settle claims brought by two women who accused Assemblyman Lopez, the Brooklyn Democratic chairman, of sexual harassment. … But e-mails and other evidence released later in the week showed lawyers in Schneiderman’s office worked closely with Silver’s staff in developing the settlement.”

Exasperated Mom of Disabled Son Says NYCHA Repair Requests Ignored (NYDN)
Greg Smith reports: “Tyrae White and his family can’t wait to ring in the new year — because that’s how long it will take for the housing authority to fix their hot water. But there’s no timetable for the replacement of a bathroom sink at the Castle Hill Houses that rotted off the wall in June. And NYCHA hasn’t said when it’s going to insulate an exposed heat pipe that severely burned White — twice. White, who turned 21 on Friday, has cerebral palsy, an affliction that makes him prone to seizures and unable to walk. So, when the elevator breaks down, it’s difficult for his mother to get him in and out of the building.”

New Report Puts a Harrowing Face on Plight of N.J.’s Working Poor (The Star-Ledger)
Amy Ellis Nutt and Eric Sagara report: “In an unprecedented new study, five years in the making, the United Way of Northern New Jersey presents a harrowing picture of the state’s working poor. The report, called ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed), is a study of the true face of financial hardship in New Jersey, authored by Stephanie Hoopes Halpin, the director of the New Jersey DataBank at Rutgers University. This is no rehash of government poverty statistics. It is, instead, a disturbing look under the hood at exactly what it takes to survive in the Garden State, who can — and cannot — make ends meet. A look at those straining and scraping to get by while living on the edge of financial collapse.”

City Could Save Money by Extending Cops’ Daily Shifts: Study (NYP)
Kirstan Conley and Dan Macleod report: “The city could slash thousands of uniformed cops without damaging the NYPD’s productivity by assigning officers to work longer shifts but fewer days, according to a city study obtained by The Post. The report by the nonpartisan Independent Budget Office suggests lengthening officers’ workdays from 8 hours, 35 minutes to 10 to 12 hours. Their total number of hours per month would remain the same. The study says that if the new scheduling ideas are implemented and officials decide to keep the force at its current level, the department would become more efficient, leading to a safer city.”

Tourists Treating 9/11 Memorial Like a Playground (NYP)
Annie Karni reports: “A year after the memorial’s opening, the almost-cheerful atmosphere at what was supposed to be a solemn site has appalled first responders and victims’ families. Some have compared the $700 million memorial to a ‘Disney attraction,’ down to the weaving lines to get in.”

Sick Leave Bill Battle Reaches New Level (WSJ)
Michael Howard Saul reports: “Public Advocate Bill de Blasio on Friday demanded City Council Speaker Christine Quinn allow a vote on legislation to require employers to provide paid sick leave, directly confronting his presumptive rival in the 2013 mayoral race... In an interview, Mr. de Blasio stepped up his criticism of Ms. Quinn, foreshadowing what is expected to be a fierce battle for the Democratic mayoral nomination next year. Both Mr. de Blasio and Ms. Quinn are busily preparing campaigns, but neither has officially announced.”

School Choice Is No Cure-All, Harlem Finds (NYT)
Kyle Spencer reports: “When classes resume on Thursday, many of its students will be showing up in schools that did not exist a decade ago. The idea, one that became a model for school reform nationwide, was to let parents shop for schools the same way they would for housing or a cellphone plan, and that eventually, the competition would lift all boats. But in interviews in recent weeks, Harlem parents described two drastically different public school experiences, expressing frustration that, among other things, there were still a limited number of high-quality choices and that many schools continued to underperform.”

The Business of Brooklyn's West Indian Day Parade (
Patricia Meschino reports: “According to an impact study funded by Empire State Development Corporation (ESDC) in 2003, the WIADC generated $86 million dollars for every 1 million attendees. Carnival now boasts over 3 million patrons and the economic impact generated via tourism, local purchases and sale of goods consumed along with mass transit use, exceeds $300 million.”