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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

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

VOTING
City Fails Bengali Ballot Test; Elections Board Says It Has Plan — Maybe (Gotham Gazette)
Cristian Salazar reports: “Asian Americans continue to face "many barriers in exercising their right to vote" in several jurisdictions throughout the county, including in Queens, a civil rights group says. In a report on local compliance with federal laws for language assistance at the polls, the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund said yesterday that New York City was the only one of four jurisdictions in the U.S. that failed in its obligation to translate ballots into Bengali.”

ELECTIONS
Judge Blocks N.J. Media From Interviewing Voters Exiting Polls on Election Day (The Record)
Anthony Campisi reports: “A federal judge in Trenton ruled Tuesday against a coalition of more than 100 New Jersey newspapers that sought to allow reporters to interview and photograph voters as they leave polling places on Election Day. District Judge Joel A. Pisano said at a hearing that the state’s restriction on certain activities near the state’s 3,200 polling places was content neutral and designed to protect voters from obstructions as they head to the polls.”

HEALTH
Columbia Reverses Decision to Cut Funds for Student Abortions (DNAInfo)
Emily Frost reports: “Columbia University announced it has reversed its recent decision to only fund the abortions of students covered by its Student Medical Insurance Plan. In the past, the university covered the abortions of all students whether insured by its health plan or not, through a mandatory student health programming fee. But this year abortions became part of its health plan, and the university reduced the fee from $900 to $824, leaving those who opted out without financial support for the service from the university.
The policy shift was reported by Columbia student website Bwog.

HEALTH
$19.5M in State Aid for AIDS Programs; $1.3M Going to Passaic County (The Record)
Melissa Hayes reports: “Governor Christie and Health Commissioner Mary O'Dowd announced $19.5 million in state funding for community programs that prevent and treat HIV and AIDS. Christie and O'Dowd made the annual funding announcement Tuesday morning at Hyacinth AIDS Foundation, which is receiving the largest award this year, $2.1 million.”

EMPLOYMENT
Jobless Rates Drop in All Five Boroughs (WSJ)
Anjali Athavaley reports: “Unemployment rates in each of the five boroughs declined in September from levels a year ago, according to data released Tuesday by the state Labor Department. It will come as welcome news in New York City, where the jobless rate has been on the rise for most of the year even as the statewide economy has been adding jobs. The city unemployment rate reached a peak in June of 10% and began declining in August, according to seasonally adjusted figures. The city’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell to 9.5% last month.”

DEVELOPMENT
Quinn Skips Hearing on Chelsea Market Expansion (WSJ)
Laura Nahmias reports: “Many were hoping for a glimpse into City Council Speaker Christine Quinn’s views on the expansion of Chelsea Market at a hearing Tuesday, but the potential 2013 mayoral contender didn’t attend the showdown over one of her district’s hottest topics. Quinn hasn’t yet taken a position on proposal by Jamestown Properties to expand Chelsea Market, a block-long complex of retail shops and offices Ninth Avenue between 15th and 16th streets. As the council member who represents the area, Quinn’s approval is essential for the project to move forward.”

MEDIA
Karmazin Plans Exit as Liberty Gets Sirius (WSJ)
Laura Nahmias reports: “Mel Karmazin resigned as chief executive of Sirius XM Radio Inc., throwing in the towel after an extended battle with John Malone's Liberty Media Corp. over control of the satellite-radio broadcaster. The 69-year-old Mr. Karmazin said he would depart effective Feb. 1, a month after his contract expires. His exit comes as Liberty, which has raised its stake in Sirius to 49.6% in recent months, is awaiting clearance from the Federal Communications Commission for approval to exercise control.”

BUSINESS
High Spirits Expected at Cuomo’s Alcohol Summit (The Business Review)
Adam Sichko reports: “Wine makers, beer brewers and liquor distillers will convene in Albany today to pitch Gov. Andrew Cuomo on ways the state can help grow their businesses. The aim is to create an ‘action plan’ to better market craft beer, wine and liquor businesses, encourage new ones to open and, ideally, identify regulations that can be relaxed to help stimulate growth.”

POLITICS
Bloomberg Says SuperPAC Could Back a Mayoral Candidate in 2013 (NYDN)
Erin Durkin reports: “Next year’s mayor’s race was thrown for potentially game-changing loop on Tuesday when Mayor Bloomberg left open the possibility of using his massive fortune to help choose his successor. The news could dramatically shift the race in favor of Bloomberg ally Christine Quinn — or even theoretically open the door for a candidate like Police Commissioner Ray Kelly, who has so far said he doesn’t plan to run.”

NYPD
Federal Judge Rules $10 Mil Suit Against City in Taser Death can Proceed (NYDN)
John Marzulli reports: “A federal judge will allow a mother of a Brooklyn man who fell 10 feet and died after a cop Tasered him to sue the city for using excessive force. Judge Sandra Townes rejected a city effort to dismiss the $10 million suit against two cops because there is enough evidence they violated police guidelines in using the stun gun to bring down Iman Morales even though he was standing on a second-floor ledge.”

POLITICS
Why Cuomo Might Prefer a Republican Senate (Buffalo News)
Tom Precious reports: “In the GOP, Cuomo has found allies willing to help him stay to the right of the Democratic-led Assembly, particularly on fiscal matters. Even on some major social matters, they have helped him – or did not stand in his way – when he picked off four Senate Republicans to help pass last year’s gay marriage rights law. There is a reason Albany has not featured the chaos it saw a couple of years ago, and it is not just because Cuomo is governor.”

TRANSPORTATION
Public Asked for Ideas on Bronx’s Transportation Future (DNAInfo)
Jeanmarie Evelly reports: “Every four years, the New York Metropolitan Transportation Council (NYMTC) has to come up with a long-term plan for the region’s transportation-related investments in order to qualify for federal funding... The Council held an open house at the Bronx Museum of the Arts last week to get public feedback for the plan, which encompasses nearly every mode of transportation, be it walking, bicycling, driving, public transit or freight travel.”

PUBLIC FINANCE
Tax Foundation: New Yorkers Carry Heaviest Tax Burden in the Nation (Syracuse.com)
Glenn Coin reports: “The nonprofit Tax Foundation says New Yorkers once again paid a higher share of their income in state and local taxes than their counterparts in any other state. The combined state and local tax burden in New York was 12.8 percent of the total state income for the year 2010, according to a foundation report released today. Not only was New York No. 1 in 2010, it has had the highest ranking in each of the 12 years cited in the report dating back to 1977.”

 

 

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