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Thursday, September 06, 2012

john liu, chinatown John Liu speaks to reporters afteran event in Chinatown, March 1, 2012. (Jessie Wright-Mendoza for WNYC)

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

POLITICS
Excluded From Democratic Convention List, Liu Tours Asia (NYT)
Su Hyun Lee and David Chen report: “Two months ago, John C. Liu, New York City’s comptroller, said he was “heartbroken” that the state’s top Democrats, skittish about a federal investigation into his campaign fund-raising, had excluded him from their delegate list to the Democratic National Convention. But this week, as most of the Democratic establishment, including all of his presumed major rivals in the 2013 race for mayor, gathers in Charlotte, N.C., Mr. Liu is doing his best to attract attention 7,000 miles away in Asia.“       

BUSINESS
Hunts Point Market Deal Runs Into a New Obstacle (NYT)
Charles Bagli reports: “The Hunts Point Terminal Produce Cooperative notified city officials on Wednesday that it had reached an impasse with the city over the continuing role of the Business Integrity Commission, a city agency created to root out organized crime in the carting industry. The produce operators say that the commission has overstepped its authority and is interfering with business by setting operating hours and showering delivery and storage trucks with parking tickets.“        

POLITICS
Sources Say Assembly Speaker Silver May Lose His Hold on Power (NYDN)
Kenneth Lovett reports: “Half a dozen of Silver’s fellow Assembly Democrats — including some of his allies — say members are starting to smell blood in the water and are assessing whether Silver can survive. ‘He’s still very much in hot water,’ said one Assembly Dem who has been an ally. ‘This is the weakest he’s been (since a 2000 coup attempt),’ said another.”

POLITICS
News Corp. Overlooks Bad News to Pay Rupert (Crain’s)
Aaron Elstein reports: “In face of such scandal and a business environment that is challenging all newspaper publishers, News Corp.’s board decided to generously compensate Mr. Murdoch and other top executives because, at least in the eyes of directors, the company is performing well in the ways that matters most.”

CRIME
Searching for Answers After Violence Mars Parade (NYT)
Joseph Berger reports: “Despite the enhanced security, the West Indian American Day Parade in Brooklyn’s Crown Heights on Labor Day, on Monday, once again ended violently, with two people stabbed to death and two others shot and wounded. On Tuesday, even as Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and police officials tried to play down the episodes — pointing out that there had been more bloodshed linked to the parade in previous years — some people questioned why a beloved cultural celebration had become synonymous with violence and what, if anything, could be done about it.“  

POLITICS
Better Off? Depends: Mayor Says City Has Improved in 4 Years; Data Are Mixed (WSJ)

Three Wall Street Journal reporters take on the mayor’s claim that the city is better off today than it was 4 years ago: “By the numbers, the city has changed in ways that support the mayor's contention. Murders are down about 17% so far in 2012 compared to the same period in 2008, fewer people smoke, and high school graduation rates are up. Average weekend ridership on subways—an indicator of economic activity—hit the highest level in more than 45 years in May. The city now has more jobs than it did before the 2008 financial crisis. Not every statistic shows improvement. Manhattan home prices and commercial rents remain well below the levels of 2008. Record numbers have filled the city's homeless shelter system. And the unemployment rate is stubbornly high, reaching 10% in July, compared with 5.4% in July 2008.”


CRIME
NYPD: 96 Percent of Shooting Victims Black or Hispanic (NYDN)
Rocco Parascandola reports: “The latest NYPD statistics show that crime is centered overwhelmingly in minority-group neighborhoods — buttressing a key argument Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly makes to justify his controversial stop-and-frisk policy. Citing an NYPD analysis of stats for the first six months of the year, Kelly said Wednesday that 96% of shooting victims are black or Hispanic — and in 97% of all shootings, the trigger was pulled by other blacks and Hispanics.“  

PUBLIC FINANCE
Retiree Health Costs Rising (WSJ)
Jacob Gershman reports: “State and local governments in New York will have to come up with an additional quarter of a trillion dollars to pay the entire tab for retiree health care, according to a new report. The $250 billion bill for retiree health coverage is up from $210 billion two years ago, said the study issued by the Empire Center for New York State Policy on Wednesday. Referred to as "other post-employment benefits," or OPEB, the unfunded obligations represent a troubling strain on budgets.“  

CRIME
Man Pleads Guilty to Burglarizing Bon Jovi’s Jersey Shore Home (NYDN)
Rocco Parascandola reports: “A New Jersey man who admitted burglarizing a string of homes at the Jersey shore, including the home of rocker Jon Bon Jovi, is in line for some bad medicine: He’s likely to get five years in prison. Nicholas Tracy, 22, of Beachwood pleaded guilty Tuesday in state Superior Court in Freehold to three counts of theft and burglary from a spree that netted him more than $300,000 worth of jewelry and personal items from the homes..“  

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