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Monday, October 01, 2012

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

POLITICS
Salary Hikes for Pols Hinge on Silver Probe (NYP)
Fred Dicker reports: “The Joint Commission on Public Integrity’s investigation of Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver’s “confidential” cash settlement with two women who accused Assemblyman Vito Lopez of Brooklyn of sexual harassment will likely wrap up before the Nov. 6 elections, The Post has learned. State lawmakers, sources said, want the probe finished by then to clear the way for a special legislative session right after the elections that could vote to grant lawmakers a much-anticipated pay raise. The “base’’ salary of the lawmakers has been frozen at $79,500 a year since 1999.”


PUBLIC HEALTH
Sunset Park Clinic Will No Longer Offer Abortions (NYDN)
Mark Morales reports: “A Sunset Park abortion clinic has shut down after Catholic protesters drove away doctors and patients, according to the owner of the clinic. The Ambulatory Specialty Surgery Center of Brooklyn on 43rd St., closed earlier this month and will reopen in October as a new medical center providing outpatient surgeries, but not abortion. Catholic leaders claimed the clinic’s closure after 22 years as a victory for their anti-abortion effort. Abortion advocates said they had never heard of a clinic in the city closing under pressure from protesters.”

POLICY
Medicaid Eyed for All Ex-Cons (NYP)
Carl Campanile reports: “Gov. Cuomo’s administration is launching an aggressive plan to sign up thousands of ex-cons for taxpayer-financed Medicaid, which they’ll receive once they leave prison, The Post has learned. Under the initiative, all inmates would automatically apply for the public health insurance for the needy while incarcerated, state Department of Health officials said. Those who meet the income requirements will be placed on the Medicaid rolls upon discharge.”

EDUCATION
Kindergarten Classes Getting Older as More Parents Opt for 'Redshirting (DNAInfo)
Amy Zimmer and Julie Shapiro report: “Four-year-olds in kindergarten could soon be a thing of the past. As New York City parents push for every possible advantage for their kids, experts see a growing trend of redshirting, in which parents delay sending their children to kindergarten so that they have a leg up on their peers academically, athletically and socially when they finally do enter the mix. Some of the city's top private schools are encouraging the practice by pushing back their cutoff date from the fall to the summer — requiring that all children starting kindergarten be at least 5 years old.”

ECONOMY
Jobs Boom has Softer Ripple (Crain’s)
Jeremy Smerd reports: “New York is not just digging itself—and the country—out of its economic hole. It's scratching and clawing for every dollar. The city in August generated 9,100 jobs, staying on the record pace that would make 2012 its strongest year of job growth since numbers were first tracked half a century ago.
The trend has perpetuated all year, astonishing economists. The city again accounted for an outsize portion of the jobs created nationwide (approximately 96,000 in the month). New York makes up 2.9% of the country's labor force but has generated nearly 8% of the nation's job gains this year.”

POLITICS
State Senate Dems Get Campaign Cash from NYS United Teachers (NYDN)
Ken Lovett reports: “The state teachers union is expected to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars to help the cash-challenged Democrats re-take the state Senate — a big money push that will include $500,000 to boost the reelection campaign of Queens Sen. Joe Addabbo. The New York State United Teachers is said to be upset with the Senate GOP majority for backing Gov. Cuomo’s successful efforts to reform the pension system and impose a 2% cap on local property tax hikes, sources said..”

PARKS
Parks Dept. Hires Workers Despite Major Criminal Rap Sheets, Advocates Charge (NYP)
Kate Briquelet reports: “It’s the Department of Perps and Recreation. Advocates say the city Parks Department overlooks the sordid results of its background checks on job applicants — and even puts new hires in the field before the criminal screening is complete.”

CRIME
Lawmaker to File Suit Charging Abuse of His Disabled Son (NYT)
Danny Hakim reports: “Ricky Weisenberg, 54, has a severe mental disability, cannot speak or even cry, and has cerebral palsy. But his parents know their way around the system: his father, Harvey Weisenberg, is a state assemblyman and the Legislature’s most prominent advocate for people with disabilities. So when Assemblyman Weisenberg was informed that his son had been abused at the group home where he resided, he was shocked.”

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