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Thursday, January 03, 2013

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

POLITICS
Cuomo Backs Gun Show at Plaza (Times Union)
Jimmy Vielkind reports: “Despite protests from gun control advocates that it sends the wrong message, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Wednesday that he sees no reason why the state-owned convention center at Empire State Plaza shouldn't move forward with plans to host a gun show later this month.”

TRANSPORTATION
As Taxi Fares Increase, Riders’ Tips Fail to Keep Pace (NYT)
Matt Flegenheimer reports: “According to data compiled by the city’s Taxi and Limousine Commission, overall ridership has remained remarkably stable since the increase, falling just 1.67 percent compared with the same period in 2011. A review of tips for cabbies, however, introduces a wrinkle. For riders who pay by credit card, tips have fallen, as a percentage of the fare, to 15.5 percent. An earlier review by the commission found that credit card tips exceeded 20 percent in fall 2009. Data from October and November of 2010 and 2011 placed average credit card tips closer to 17 percent. Data is not available for tips made in cash.”

POLITICS
Sources: Sen. Sweeney Meets With Sen. Codey to Discuss Running for Governor (Star-Ledger)
Jarrett Renshaw reports: “The unlikely meeting between the bitter rivals from opposite ends of the state took place in New Brunswick, according to two sources familiar with the meeting who requested anonymity because of the sensitivity of the discussions. Sweeney ousted Codey as Senate president in 2010, opening wounds that have yet to heal. Codey, who stepped in as governor for 14 months several years ago, is considering whether to seek a full term in the governor’s mansion this year, and so is Sweeney.”

POLICY
NYC’s Rules on Mental Illness and Guns (City Limits)
Jarrett Murphy looks at the rules and regulations governing gun ownership in New York State and in New York City.

CRIME
Camden Says It Has Green Light on Police Layoffs (Philadelphia Inquirer)
James Osborne reports: “The ruling by the commission, which oversees the hiring of government workers in New Jersey, is a critical step in creating the new force, which officials say will increase the number of police in Camden to about 400 officers - at the same cost as the current department - by reducing compensation packages. Camden, routinely ranked as one of the country's most violent cities, recorded 67 homicides last year, a record for the former manufacturing center.”

HOUSING
Mapping Brooklyn's Spiky Gentrification (Atlantic Cities)
Richard Florida reports: “That Brooklyn houses one of New York City's hottest real estate markets is old news. But a look at some new data shows how uneven and concentrated the borough's transformation is. A number of Brooklyn neighborhoods have seen their residential property values appreciate at an incredible clip.”

POLITICS
State Comptroller Sues Qualcomm for Data on Its Political Contributions (NYT)
Nick Confessore reports: “The suit by the comptroller, Thomas P. DiNapoli, was a novel and potentially significant tactic in the running battle over corporate political spending in the post-Citizens United era, after a 2010 Supreme Court ruling that opened the door to unlimited political spending by corporations and unions.”

CRIME
Cleared in One ‘95 Killing, 3 Seek Reversal in Another (NYT)
Colin Moynihan reports: “For the three who remained behind bars, another barrier to freedom awaited. The men, Devon Ayers, Carlos Perez and Michael Cosme, had been convicted not only of killing Baithe Diop, the livery driver, but also a second person, Denise Raymond, in the same neighborhood, just days before Mr. Diop’s death. On Wednesday, lawyers for the three men asked Justice Denis J. Boyle of State Supreme Court in the Bronx to set aside their clients’ convictions or grant them a new trial.”

POLITICS
N.J.’s Most Visible Gay Rights Activist Steps Down, Takes Rutgers-Newark Job (Star-Ledger)
Matt Friedman reports: “Steven Goldstein, New Jersey’s most visible gay rights activist, is stepping down from leading the advocacy group he founded to take a job at Rutgers-Newark. Goldstein will leave his post as chairman of Garden State Equality, which he formed in 2004 to fight for equality for the lesbian, gay bisexual and transgender community. He has been named Associate Chancellor for External Relations at Rutgers-Newark.”

POLITICS
What Will Gun Control Mean in the 2013 Mayor's Race? (Capital)
Dana Rubinstein reports: “There's no dispute in New York City, practically speaking, about rules governing the purchase and use of legal guns. Bloomberg created new handgun restrictions in 2006 that none of the current candidates shows any sign of wanting to revisit after next year.  But the city's street-level campaign to stem the proliferation of illegal guns is another thing entirely.”

EMPLOYMENT
MTA Executive Files Lawsuit Claiming Discrimination Because she is a Lesbian (NYDN)
Pete Donahue reports: “A pioneering female executive at the MTA has filed a discrimination lawsuit claiming she was mistreated for being a lesbian. Sherry Herrington - the first female operations chief at the Metro-North Railroad - claims she was singled out and reprimanded simply for recommending her live-in-companion for a railroad job. Herrington maintains she didn’t pull any strings for the woman, who was qualified for the post, according to Herrington. ’This is in contrast to the rampant nepotism that is regularly practiced by the MTA at the highest levels of authority without question or repercussion,’ the lawsuit states.”

PARKS
$1M Wetland Proposed for East River Park (DNAinfo)
Serena Solomon reports: “Migrating birds may soon have a plush new place for food and lodging as they pass through New York City. The Lower East Side Ecology Center (LESEC), a recycling, composting and educational organization, is planning to develop a wetland ecosystem in the East River Park. The proposal, likely to cost about $1 million, would use gravel and native plants to naturally filter water while also providing food and shelter for local birdlife.”

SANDY
Anonymous Donor Gives Seaport Museum $500,000 for Post-Sandy Repairs (DNAinfo)
Irene Plagianos reports: “The South Street Seaport Museum was the recipient of an unexpected gift this holiday season. Just a couple days before Christmas, the Hurricane Sandy-battered museum was sent a $500,000 check in the mail from an anonymous donor.”

EMPLOYMENT
Cablevision Sues Union (Crain’s)
Chris Bragg reports: “The suit raised the stakes of an already bitter labor dispute. Cablevision has been warring with the Communication Workers of America at least since  400 employees in Brooklyn voted to unionize with the CWA earlier this year. The union charges the company has punished those workers while rewarding with a pay raise employees in the Bronx who voted in June not to collectively bargain. In November, Brooklyn elected officials expressed concern that Cablevision had not yet negotiated a contract with workers in the borough. In mid-October, in the midst of an ongoing union campaign to strike a contract with Cablevision, the CWA released a report stating that Brooklyn’s Cablevision customers get 25% slower Internet than those in the Bronx.”

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