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Morning Headlines | Selected by the WNYC News Hub

Monday, December 10, 2012

ows, protesters, nypd, police Protesters and police clash on the Lower East Side on May 1, 2012. (Stephen Nessen/WNYC)

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

POLICY
City Is No Longer Reporting the Costs of Its Settlements of Federal Cases (NYT)
Colin Moynihan reports: “The New York City Law Department has quietly adopted a practice of withholding from public filings how much it pays to settle most federal court cases filed against the city or its employees... Law Department officials, who discussed the policy but did not agree to be quoted by name, acknowledged that in a majority of federal court cases that it settles, courthouse records no longer disclose how much the city paid out. The officials said that settlement amounts, however, remain available to those who file a Freedom of Information request or call the Law Department.”

EDUCATION
Poor Schools Struggling to Meet State Standards, Years After Critical Ruling (NYT)
Vivian Yee reports: “Six years after a landmark court ruling required New York State to increase spending on public education, many schools in poor districts lack basic resources, and some do not even meet minimum state standards in certain areas, according to a report to be released on Monday by researchers affiliated with Teachers College at Columbia University.”

POLITICS
Republican Voters Hate Chris Christie (NY Magazine)
Dan Amira writes: “Hate may be too strong a word. Okay, it's definitely too strong a word, but it made for a better headline than "Republicans Like Chris Christie Less Than They Like Every Other Potential 2016 Hopeful," which is not an exaggeration. According to a PPP poll, Christie's net approval rating among Republican voters nationwide is only +21, which is 10 points lower than Rand Paul, 21 points lower than Sarah Palin, and a staggering 38 points lower than Paul Ryan.”

TRANSPORTATION
Why The Latest Delay To The Bike Share Program May Not Be The Last (Gotham Gazette)
Cody Lyon reports: “[W]hile the program appears to be lurching forward, there are signs that the Canadian-based sole supplier of bikes and technology for the bike share, known as Bixi, is in financial trouble and is straining to meet its obligations in other U.S. cities. Recently put up for sale, the company and its U.S. partner, Alta Bicycle Share, have been incapable of delivering 54 new bike stations for the expansion of the Washington, D.C., program, according to The Washington Post. There are also delays with the launch of Bixi-based systems in Chicago and San Francisco, though not necessarily because of difficulty obtaining equipment.”

POLITICS
New State Senate Coalition Reaching Out to Dems Outside Power Scheme (NYDN)
Ken Lovett reports: “Facing criticism that minority-group members were being shut out by a new power coalition, Senate leaders are considering spreading committee chairmanships around the chamber. The newly created Senate governing coalition consisting of Republicans and a breakaway faction of five Democrats may give some committee chairmanships to Democrats who aren’t part of the power scheme, sources told the Daily News.”

POLITICS
Speaker Quinn Backs Campaign Financing Bill (NYDN)
Erin Durkin reports: “The mayoral contender supports a bill to be introduced Monday that would allow unions and corporations to spend unlimited amounts — and coordinate with the campaigns of their favored candidates — as long as their efforts are aimed exclusively at their own members or shareholders. The city Campaign Finance Board charged the move would “eviscerate” the strict spending limits imposed on candidates who participate in the public financing system.”

TRANSPORTATION
City's Public School Buses Were Involved in 1,700 Accidents Last Year (DNAinfo)
Jill Colvin reports: “New York City school buses were involved in 1,700 accidents last year — an average of nearly five per day, DNAinfo.com New York has learned. The accidents — all of which were caused by the public school bus drivers, Department of Education records show — resulted in more than 900 injuries, according to safety records obtained through the state’s Freedom of Information Law. The revelation follows a slew of bus crashes involving special-needs students across the city..”

POLITICS
Major Renter to Students to Pay Millions for Civil Fraud (NYT)
Sam Dolnick reports: “The founder of a nonprofit group that has rented affordable apartments to a generation of New York City college students siphoned millions of dollars from the agency through a shell company, using the group’s money to fly back and forth to a second home in Aspen, Colo., and to pay for a luxury penthouse in Brooklyn, an investigation by the state attorney general’s office has found.”

WALL STREET
Wall Street Workers Expecting Worst Bonus Season Since 2008 (NYT)
John Aidan Byrne reports: “With the economy still struggling, Wall Street workers are expecting the worst bonus season since the crash of 2008.State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli estimates that the average bonus this year will be $101,000 — a 16.5 percent decline from last year and almost a 50 percent decline since 2006, when the average was $191,360.”

OPINION
Revealed: How Cult-Like Band Exploits Voter Deception to Wield Political Power in NYC (NYDN)
The Daily News reports that the Independence Party gains much of its influence from voter confusion: “The Daily News Editorial Board interviewed 200 New York City residents who are carried on Board of Election records as having joined the Independence Party in 2010 and 2011. The question posed to this randomly selected sample was simple: Had they registered as a member of any political party? Fully, 169 — or 85% — disavowed any knowledge of the Independence Party. The Daily News also interviewed 100 registered Independence Party voters who are listed by the Board of Elections as holding positions on Independence Party county committees. ... Sixty-four of the supposed committee members said they were surprised to learn that records showed them as serving on the panels, and 23 reported no knowledge of belonging to the Independence Party at all.”

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