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Wednesday, December 05, 2012

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

Update: Sandy Aid May Fall Short of Requests
(The Record)
Herb Jackson and Melissa Hayes report: “The White House is preparing to ask Congress for an extra $60 billion in disaster aid after superstorm Sandy, the Senate’s top leader said Tuesday. But that’s less than the estimated damage cost – New Jersey and New York alone said Sandy cost nearly $79 billion combined – and that money would also have to fund relief for any disasters that may still come later in the federal fiscal year.”

M.T.A. Chief Weighs Run for G.O.P. Mayoral Nomination
Matt Flegenheimer and Michael Barbaro report: “Though Mr. Lhota’s name has been floated for weeks among the city’s chattering classes, he has come to weigh a candidacy with increasing scrutiny and is expected to decide whether to run in the next few weeks, according to several people with knowledge of his plans. A bid would require him to resign his current post, depriving Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo of his best-known appointee and instantly shaking up the 2013 mayoral campaign.”

After Fatal Subway Shove, Asking: Were There No Heroes?
Michael Wilson and Daniel Krieger report: “The pictures, which were published in The New York Post, brought wide criticism and were derided as ghoulish and insensitive. But the pictures’ mere existence started another conversation across the city on Tuesday, summarized by the television weatherman Al Roker, who, on NBC’s ‘Today Show,’ said: ‘Somebody’s taking that picture. Why aren’t they helping this guy up?’”

Cheering U.N. Palestine Vote, Synagogue Tests Its Members
Sharon Otterman and Joseph Berger reports: “The statement, at a time when the United Nations’ vote was opposed by the governments of the United States and Israel, as well as by the leadership of many American Jewish organizations, reflected a divide among American Jews and a willingness to publicly disagree with Israel. Clergy at several Jewish congregations have, in various ways, spoken out sympathetically about the United Nations’ vote. But B’nai Jeshurun stood out because of its size and prominence, and reaction from congregants was swift.”

Councilman Says He Won't Run for NYC Comptroller
The AP reports: “The City Council's Finance Committee chairman says he's decided not to run for city comptroller so he can devote himself to helping his heavily damaged Brooklyn district recover from Superstorm Sandy. Councilman Domenic Recchia Jr. announced his decision Tuesday. He says his energy, focus and heart’ are in Brooklyn.”

Areas Hit Hard by Sandy Suffer Big Rise in Burglaries (NYDN)
Joe Kemp reports: “The city’s coastal neighborhoods reported an alarming surge of burglaries the month after the superstorm battered the area on Oct. 29 — forcing NYPD brass to beef up patrols. Police ‘extended tours, patrolled with turret lights on at all times, and acquired hundreds of light towers and deployed them in places still without electricity,’ said Paul Browne, the NYPD’s chief spokesman.”

Voting Map Tossed Out Amid Gripes
Laura Nahmias reports: “A group tasked with reshaping New York City’s election map voted Tuesday to withdraw its first attempt after the plan was criticized as politically motivated, unfair to minority voters, and, in one instance, quietly shifted to benefit a Brooklyn assemblyman who stands accused of harassing staff members.”

FB Cozies Up to Madison Avenue
Garett Sloane reports: “Facebook has some new designs on New York City. Mark Zuckerberg’s social network continued its push into the city yesterday by announcing that it will move part of its design team here to be closer to Madison Avenue. It will be Facebook’s first design unit outside its Silicon Valley headquarters, and the company said it would recruit from the city’s pool of design talent to add to its staff of 150 people already here.”

Belmar Unanimously Approves $20 Million Bond Ordinance to Rebuild Boardwalk (The Star-Ledger)
Mark J. Bonamo reports: “The five-member borough council passed the ordinance immediately after its second reading. According to Belmar Mayor Matt Doherty, $17 million of the bond measure, which was introduced at the November 21 council meeting, will go toward constructing a new boardwalk, and the other $3 million will be set aside for ongoing post-storm cleanup efforts. The bond’s costs will come from the borough’s beach utility financial fund, which includes revenue generated from the sale of daily and seasonal beach badges during the summer season.”

Age-Old Booze Cheats
Carl Campanile reports: “New York state is the easiest place for underage drinkers to illegally purchase booze, a new survey shows. About one in six New Yorkers under the age of 21 reported they were able to buy their own liquor over the prior 30 days, according to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health report. New York’s 15 percent average was well above the US average of 8.7 percent and about seven times the rate of the toughest states for teens to buy alcohol: New Mexico (2.5 percent), Idaho and Oregon (2.6). The survey covers the years 2008 through 2010.”

Kathie Lee Gifford’s ‘Scandalous’ Broadway Musical to Shut Down
Gina Salamone reports: “Kathie Lee Gifford’s struggling Broadway musical is shutting down less than four weeks after it opened. Sunday will mark the 29th and final performance of ‘Scandalous: The Life and Trials of Aimee Semple McPherson.’ Gifford wrote the book and lyrics for the doomed show, which has struggled at the box office since opening Nov. 15. It was also widely trashed by critics.”

Manhattan's Only LGBT Bookstore Fighting for Permanent LES Space
Serena Solomon reports: “Manhattan's only bookstore dedicated to LGBT literature is pushing to turn its pop-up shop into a permanent location. The Bureau of General Services Queer Division, or BGSQD, has been operating out of 27 Orchard St. since Nov. 15, creating a community through art and literature events aimed at the gay community. But with the temporary store set to shut down next month, its owner are hoping a fundraising campaign will give the bookstore the initial boost it needs to make the Lower East Side its longtime home.”

Gov. Cuomo’s Christmas Tree Is a ‘Hot Mess’ With a Hot Tiger
(NY Magazine)
Adam Martin reports: “The instant online reaction to Sandra Lee's tweeted photo of her and Gov. Andrew Cuomo's Christmas tree has been fun to read, if pretty mean. The photo, apparently from inside the couple's Westchester home, only went up a couple hours ago. But already it's been labeled a ‘hot mess,’ ‘terrible,’ ‘the ugliest Christmas tree I have ever seen in my entire life,’ and, um, ‘elegant.’"


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