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Tuesday, October 16, 2012

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

EMPLOYMENT
New York’s Rising Jobless Rate Poses Test for Cuomo (NYT)
Danny Hakim reports: “While the nation’s unemployment rate has been declining over the last year, New York State’s has been rising sharply, presenting a challenge for Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo as he tries to build an image as a fiscal centrist who can transform the state’s business climate. Over the last 12 months, New York has been the only state with a statistically significant increase in its unemployment rate, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.”  

POLICY
Syracuse University Applies to Run Agency To Police Abuse of Disabled People (NYT)
Danny Hakim reports: “The Cuomo administration is strongly considering a surprise bid from Syracuse University to run a new federally financed nonprofit agency that will monitor treatment of people with developmental disabilities and mental illnesses, according to people involved in the process. The university’s application, however, is being questioned by some disability advocates.”  

EDUCATION
Troubled City Teachers Still in Supposedly Shutdown 'Rubber Rooms' (NYDN)
Ben Chapman reports: “More than two years have passed since city officials and the teachers union announced with great fanfare that they’d found a way to shut down the infamous “rubber rooms” where as many as 800 teachers languished — sometimes for years — awaiting disciplinary hearings. Since then, the number of teachers collecting a salary to twiddle their thumbs while their disciplinary cases plod through the system has dropped dramatically to just over 200 teachers, but a new kind of rubber room has emerged in its place.”  

TRANSPORTATION
NJ Transit Still Paying Price for Canceled Hudson River Rail Tunnel(The Star-Ledger)
Mike Frassinelli reports: “NJ Transit doesn't have much to show for it, but the agency is still paying out millions of dollars in closing costs for the aborted plan to dig a commuter rail tunnel to Manhattan. A Hudson County jury awarded $8.15 million to two property owners who had their land in Hoboken and Weehawken taken by eminent domain — about five times what the agency thought it was worth.”

BUSINESS
Development Deal to Bail Out Yankee Stadium Parking Lot Fiasco Stalls (Crain’s)
Daniel Beekman reports: “Talks between the city and a real estate developer have stalled and officials are no longer pursuing the partnership, the Daily News has learned. Officials hoped a project with Jackson Development and Joy Construction would bail out Bronx Parking Development, the nearly bankrupt company that owns and operates the Yankee Stadium parking system.”

POLITICS
Party Switch Could Alter 2013 Race (WSJ)
Michael Howard Saul reports: “In a move that could boost the competitiveness of the race for the GOP mayoral nomination, media executive Tom Allon has exited the Democratic Party to run for mayor as a Republican next year... Several GOP leaders said they welcomed Mr. Allon to the party, but they voiced disappointment with his pledge to wage a primary battle should they choose to endorse another candidate. Several said they were also displeased by his silence in the presidential contest.”  

ECONOMY
Saint Peter’s University Sociology Prof Says City’s Top-Down Policies Shrink Middle Class (Star-Ledger)
Terrence T. McDonald reports: “Surging economic growth along Jersey City’s waterfront over the past two decades has resulted in widening income disparity and a shrinking of the city’s middle class, a Saint Peter’s University sociology professor concludes in a new report. Meanwhile, the city’s poverty rate has remained at close to 20 percent since 1990, with rates double among blacks compared to whites, while the number of residents earning more than $75,000 a year has skyrocketed, the report finds.”

SPORTS
NCAA Moves Championships from N.J. Due to Sports Gambling Law (Bloomberg)
Eric Matuszweski reports: “The National Collegiate Athletic Association will relocate five championships from New Jersey after the state adopted regulations for sports wagering at racetracks and Atlantic City casinos. NCAA rules prohibit holding any championship session in a state with legal wagering that’s based on single-game betting involving a point spread or money line. While sports gambling is still prohibited in New Jersey by a 1992 federal law, the state has filed a lawsuit challenging the ban. Yesterday’s action by the state’s Division of Gaming Enforcement will allow casinos and racetracks to apply for licenses to provide sports wagering starting Jan. 9, 2013, with the applications costing $50,000.”

POLITICS
Bergen County Sheriff's Office Leads State in Double-Dipping (Star-Ledger)
Myles Ma reports: “Michael Saudino is the highest-earning sheriff in the state, New Jersey Watchdog reported. Saudino earns $138,000 from Bergen County, on top of his $129,984 pension as the retired chief of the Emerson Police Department. The Bergen County Sheriff's Office leads the state in double-dipping, New Jersey Watchdog reported. Saudino and his four undersheriffs earn nearly $1.1 million dollars in salaries and pensions..”

POLITICS
N.J. Minimum Wage Resolution Gets Hearing (The Record)
Juliet Fletcher reports: “Senate Democratic leaders argued Monday that the state’s minimum wage needs future regular increases – and are banking on the state’s residents agreeing with them. Under a resolution proposed by Senate President Steve Sweeney, voters would face a question on the 2013 ballot proposing an amendment to the Constitution to not only raise the minimum wage by $1 to $8.25, but also to tie future increases to the Consumer Price Index, a measure of inflation.”

OWS
Trinity Church Cancels Halloween, Citing 'Abusive' Occupy Wall Street Camp (DNAInfo)
Victoria Bekiempis reports: “Trinity Church has canceled its popular, long-running Halloween festivities, citing ‘escalating illegal and abusive activity’ related to an Occupy Wall Street-affiliated camp set up in front of the place of worship. Trinity's Rector Rev. Dr. James H. Cooper wrote Sunday in a statement on the church's website that the ‘decision was made out of an abundance of caution as we continue to face safety issues arising from the sidewalk camp in front of Trinity Church.’”

ADA
Rosa Mexicano Accused of Accessibility Issues (Crain’s)
Lisa Fickenscher reports: “Rosa Mexicano restaurants may be festive for some diners, but not for those who can't even get in, according to a complaint alleging multiple violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act. All three of its eateries in the city—at 61 Columbus Ave., 1063 First Ave., and 9 E. 18th St.—are accused of having inaccessible front entrances and bathrooms, as well as other violations, by federal prosecutors in Manhattan. The complaint is part of a Department of Justice effort announced last year to evaluate the 50 most popular restaurants as determined by the Zagat Survey and whether they are complying with the Americans with Disabilities Act. This is the first lawsuit against a New York City restaurant stemming from the initiative.”  

ELECTION-MANIA
Dog Owners in Fort Greene Show Their Politics With Poop Bags (DNAInfo)
Janet Upadhye reports: “Who's Your Doggy? has a new take on polling the public about the upcoming presidential elections. The company is selling dog bags featuring the faces of Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, giving customers the chance to show support for their favorite candidate by scooping poop with the face of their opponent. Dog owner Dawn Robinson opted for the Romney bags saying, ‘I would have a real issue with scooping poop with Barack's face.’ And she wasn't the only one who felt that way. Just two days after the bags were stocked in the store, eight people had bought Romney bags, while no one had bought a bag with the president's face.”

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