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Christie Vows to Hound Congress for Full $60.4B in Sandy Relief (The Record)
Three Record reporters write: “Christie has already visited with congressional leaders and President Obama. But that was before the president outlined his massive request to aid the rebuilding from superstorm Sandy’s historic damage. And it was before Republicans started to speak publicly about slashing that request, saying Christie and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo did not give them enough details.”

OSHA Says It Is Investigating Garage Employee’s Drowning (NYT)
J. David Goodman reports: “The investigation, by the Manhattan office of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, is examining possible violations of federal safety standards at the garage and, if any exist, what connection they may have to the death of Anthony Narh, a 58-year-old immigrant from Ghana who worked overnights there, a Labor Department spokesman said. Among the 43 victims of the storm in New York City, Mr. Narh appeared to be the only one to have died while at his place of work.”        

Princeton Review to Pay Millions After Forging Records (NYT)
Al Baker reports: “The Princeton Review, well known for its private test-preparation courses and guidebooks for the SAT and other tests, also provided tutoring to poor-performing New York City public school students through a federally financed program. According to the United States attorney’s office, from 2006 to 2010 Princeton Review site managers, under pressure from supervisors to meet quotas, forged students’ signatures on daily attendance sheets. Some of the attendance forms contained misspellings of students’ names, or reflected a student as present who was actually absent.”    

NYU Hospital Closure Leaves Expectant Moms Scrambling (DNAinfo)
Leslie Albrecht reports: “Almost two months after the storm, many moms are scrambling to make new plans for childbirth in the absence of NYU Langone. The hospital, which handles about 5,100 births a year, hopes to have its obstetrics unit up and running by Jan. 14, said Dr. David Keefe, the chair of NYU's obstetrics and gynecology department. But NYU's ongoing closure has added fresh anxiety to the already stressful process of giving birth for many expectant parents. Some say they have been confused by conflicting reports.”

Cornell’s Tech Campus Moves Forward With Community Board Support (DNAinfo)
Aidan Gardiner reports: “Wednesday night, Community Board 8 approved the plans, sending them next to the Manhattan Borough President and eventually the City Council. ‘We are appreciative for the support of our new neighbors and assure them that the construction and operation of the campus will be handled in a way that protects, respects and welcomes the rest of the Island,’ Cornell Tech Vice President Cathy Dove said in a statement.”

Newark Must Release Facebook Grant Emails: Judge (WNBC)
David Porter reports: “The ruling released Thursday by state Superior Court Judge Rachel Davidson stems from a lawsuit brought by the American Civil Liberties Union on behalf of a group representing Newark schoolchildren. The suit sought greater transparency about who was overseeing the spending of the money. The Associated Press and other news outlets also have made such requests under the state's Open Public Records Act.”

In Newark, the Pros and Cons of the Men Intent on Succeeding Booker (PolitickerNJ)
Max Pizarro reports: “With Newark Mayor Cory Booker fixing his gaze on Senate 2014, the men who want to succeed him are beginning to jockey with renewed intensity. They are: West Ward Councilman Ronald C. Rice, North Ward Councilman Anibal Ramos, South Ward Councilman Ras Baraka and former Assistant Attorney General Shavar Jeffries.”

Pension Funds Reconsider Investments in Gun Makers (Associated Press)
Michael Gormley reports: “From California to New York, teacher and public-worker retirement funds are reconsidering their investments in gun makers and confronting an uncomfortable fact: Their pensions have supported the manufacture of deadly weapons, in some cases the same type of gun used in the Connecticut school shooting.”

Paterson’s Radio Show Is Being Dropped (NYT)
Danny Hakim reports: “Former Gov. David A. Paterson’s career as a radio host on WOR-AM (710) lasted little more than a year. On Thursday, Mr. Paterson and another radio personality, Dr. Joy Browne, were dismissed as part of a takeover of the station by Clear Channel. The sale of WOR to Clear Channel closed on Thursday. Four other full-time employees were also let go.”  

The Good News in the Fare Increases, Relatively Speaking (NYT)
Andy Newman reports: “There was one relatively good piece of good news arising from the subway and bus fare increase announced Wednesday, ‘relatively’ being the key word. Under the new fare structure, the ‘break-even point’ for a 30-day unlimited MetroCard – that is, the point at which the unlimited card becomes a better deal than the pay-per-ride card – comes sooner, at 48 rides instead of 50.”  

City’s Incarceration Rate Plummets as Nation’s Climbs (NYT)
Marc Santora reports: “In 2001, there were 699 inmates per 100,000 residents in New York City, a rate that exceeded the national figure of 620 inmates per 100,000 residents, according to data provided by the city. By a decade later, the situation had reversed, with the city’s incarceration rate lower than the nation’s. In 2011, there were 474 inmates per 100,000 residents compared with 650 inmates per 100,000 residents nationwide. Over that 10-year period, the city’s incarceration rate decreased 32 percent while the national rate rose 5 percent.”  

Police Dept. to Use Internet to Try to Stop Mass Shootings (NYT)
Michael Wilson reports: “Top intelligence officials in the New York Police Department met on Thursday to examine ways to search the Internet to identify potential “deranged” gunmen before they strike, Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly said.”