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Thursday, October 18, 2012

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

POLITICS
Bloomberg Starts ‘Super PAC,’ Seeking National Influence (NYT)
Raymond Hernandez reports: “Mr. Bloomberg, a billionaire and a registered independent, expects to spend from $10 million to $15 million of his money in highly competitive state, local and Congressional races. The money would be used to pay for a flurry of advertising on behalf of Republican, Democratic and independent candidates who support three of his biggest policy initiatives: legalizing same-sex marriage, enacting tougher gun laws and overhauling schools.”

NYPD
Court Hearing Turns Into a Debate Over Trespassing in Building Vestibules (NYT)
Joseph Goldstein reports: “Over three days of testimony in a Federal District Court hearing over the legality of police stops for trespassing, the focus has at times shifted from a question of tactics to one of location: specifically, the vestibules of apartment buildings. Inspector Kerry Sweet, of the New York Police Department’s legal bureau, testified on Wednesday that the police could arrest someone for trespassing even if the person never made it beyond the vestibule, the exterior lobby where buzzer entry systems are often located.”

INFRASTRUCTURE
City to accelerate $1B in Projects (Crain’s)
Chris Bragg reports: “Two New York politicians who rarely see eye-to-eye, Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Comptroller John Liu, announced a $1 billion borrowing plan Wednesday to accelerate hundreds of small-bore city infrastructure investment projects. The injection will fund road repavement, bridge coating, waterfront infrastructure and improvements to schools, libraries and a police academy in Queens. It is expected to create some 8,000 jobs, mostly construction-related, over two years, Mr. Bloomberg said at a City Hall press conference.”

EDUCATION
Siblings of Deaf Students Barred From Taking Buses to Sign Language School (DNAInfo)
Julie Shapiro reports: “Shirley Gallardo has two daughters at the only public school in New York City that teaches sign language. But she has only one who is allowed on a half-empty school bus. Gallardo, a Bronx resident who is herself hearing impaired, is forced to trek an hour each way to take her girls to the American Sign Language and English Lower School on East 23rd Street because education chiefs refuse to transport Shylene, 8. Shylene's sister Lyana, 5, is eligible for free busing because she is hearing impaired, but Shylene, who does not have a disability, is not — despite being eligible to attend the school, which teaches her to communicate with her mom and sibling.”

POLITICS
A Night of Laughs Amid a Bitter Run for President (NYT)
Sharon Otterman reports: “The archdiocese’s Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation, which will host the glittering dinner at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel on Park Avenue on Thursday, is on track to raise more than $5 million in a single night for charities that assist poor and needy children in the archdiocese, a record for the event, said Alfred E. Smith IV, who is the master of ceremonies in honor of his great-grandfather, the first Roman Catholic to be nominated by a major party for the presidency.”

POLITICS
Republican Committees Raise 150 Percent More So Far in 2012 Than 2008 (Star Ledger)
Michael Linhorst reports: “With a Republican now in the governor’s seat, state Republican committees are raising much more money this year than they did four years ago, according to numbers released by the state’s Election Law Enforcement Commission. Total fundraising by all six of the state’s major Republican and Democratic committees is down eight percent compared to this point in 2008. But the Republican committees have raised nearly 150 percent more than they did four years ago.”

TRANSPORTATION
City E-Mails Outline Policy Debate on Street-Hail Apps (NYT)
Sharon Otterman reports: “In late August, as a taxi-hailing smartphone application neared its debut in New York City’s yellow cabs, David S. Yassky, the chairman of the city’s Taxi and Limousine Commission, presented three options in an e-mail to city officials. The city, which does not allow prearranged rides in yellow taxis, could approve such apps explicitly once they were in use; move to shut them down; or ‘continue to dither in our public statements,” Mr. Yassky wrote. ‘I vote for Option 1,” he said, ‘and I’d like to do it sooner rather than later.’”

HEALTH
'Beyonce' Rooms at Lenox Hill Hospital Putting Newborns at Risk: Nurses (NYDN)
Greg Smith reports: “Affluent new moms are getting a suite deal at Lenox Hill Hospital: Posh $1,700-a-night, full-service ‘Beyoncé’ rooms staffed at the expense of less fortunate city mothers, veteran nurses charge. The executive suites, including the one where the mega-star delivered baby Blue Ivy in January, receive nearly one-on-one nursing care. Two floors above, up to 18 newborns are sometimes tended by a single nurse. The ratio, according to the nurses, is putting the babies’ lives at risk in the prestigious Manhattan hospital. By contract, nurses are only supposed to work with eight newborns at a time.”

EDUCATION
City in a Lather Over Brooklyn Teacher Selling Soap to Students (NYDN)
Marlon Scanterbury reports: “A Brooklyn teacher has been punished for a dirty deed — selling his students bars of soap in exchange for a free pass on homework. Marlon Scanterbury came clean to city investigators and agreed to pay a $4,000 fine for his scheme, which apparently netted him all of 25 bucks. Scanterbury, who earns about $81,000, got in trouble for using a good-behavior incentive program at Canarsie’s Public School 66 to line his own pockets. Under the program, teachers promoted good behavior and academics by giving out keys to deserving students, who could then redeem them for trinkets. Scanterbury put his own twist on it, telling his 11- and 12-year-old students last November that they would earn 10 keys if they bought a bar of homemade soap for $3 or $4.”

POLITICS
House Candidate Frank Morganthaler: 'I am Not a Socialist' (LoHud)
Colin Gustafson reports: “Congressional candidate Frank Morganthaler is fuming after the state Board of Elections placed his name on the Socialist party line of absentee ballots mailed to voters in the 17th Congressional District, which includes all of Rockland County and some central and northern Westchester communities... The registered Republican is running on the ‘We The People’ line against Republican candidate Joe Carvin and incumbent Democratic Rep. Nita Lowey in the November general election.”

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