Both Sides Sharpen Knives
Following Christie’s lead in seeking to impose a cap on school superintendents’ salaries?
Cuomo Cuomo, Pushing School Cuts, Offers a Target: Superintendent Salaries (NYT) * Pols sharpen knives for Cathie Black; Gov. Cuomo gets support from ... Tea Party group? * Gov. Cuomo is driving home the need to cut the State Police budget NYS Police command’s take home some 1,400 company cars (NYP)* Silver lining up with gov on ethics reform (NYP) * In exchange for a funding cut, Cuomo would allow SUNY schools to enter into public-private partnerships. * Bloomberg told state lawmakers it’s up to them to push for congestion pricing, or whatever alternative they can come up with. Because he won’t. (WNYC)
Unions Accounting for Taxes and a $2 Billion Shift The state's most powerful labor unions are assembling a new coalition to pressure Albany into extending a temporary tax hike on the wealthy. * “What Gov. Mario Cuomo delivered, his son now proposes to take away,” two prison experts write. But at what cost?(WSJ)
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Bloomberg Defends City
Mayor Tells Legislature That Lost Aid Will Ensure Layoffs (NYT) * Cuomo's Budget Czar Says Bloomberg's Math is Fuzzy (NYO) * State Budget Director To City: Buzz Off? (DN) *NYC Comptroller John Liu To Albany: Don't Balance State Budget On The City's Back* So how do guv, mayor win pension reform? Crain’s New York Business * Bloomberg fights for $1B in NY state funding (NYP) * Budget Wars: The Mayor Strikes Back * Hizzoner raised the specter of shuttering one-third of New York City’s senior centers during testimony before the state Legislature. He warned that Gov. Cuomo’s proposed budget would force the city to slash an estimated $2.1 billion — “virtually all in personnel.” (WSJ)
Mayor Bloomberg won’t push for congestion pricing again. * Dan Collins writes up the end of the “mutually self-interested” relationship between AFT President Randi Weingarten and Bloomberg. * Q. and A. on PCBs in City Schools (NYT) * Time Runs Out for Snow-Bound Cars (NYT) * Albany Weighs Raising Graduation Standards (NYT)
Marty Fined Forgetaboutit
Brooklyn Borough Chief Is Fined The Brooklyn borough president, Marty Markowitz, agrees to pay a fine for using his chief of staff as his lawyer for the closing of his home. (NYT)
State Vs. City
Bloomberg in Albany went for a “all for one, one for all” message, exhorting NYC’s assembly members and senators to “stick together to protect the voters who sent you here.” Bloomberg Calls On Governor To Reduce Cuts To City (NY1)
Battle Begins for New York Budget Gov. Andrew Cuomo's proposed state budget increases New York City's deficit for the upcoming fiscal year by an estimated 58%, creating an "immediate $1.4 billion gap" on top of an already existing shortfall of $2.4 billion. (WSJ) * Budget Fight: Liu says state cut to NYC is bigger than Cuomo says, but not as big as Bloomberg says. (Wall Street Journal) * Will City Pensions Be Cut? Mayor Bloomberg calls for cuts in benefits for new New York City employees. Should — or will — they be adopted? (NYT Ed) * Bloomberg To Testify On Funding Cuts (NY1) * Retire the system -- it's time to listen to Mayor Bloomberg on pension reform (DN Ed) * B'klyn turnaround teachers face ax (NYP)* Bloomberg’s Albany Testimony, A Preview * NYC Comptroller John Liu, and others, will join the mayor in Albany.* Lawmakers from Queens and Brooklyn want to kill congestion pricing before it rears its head again in Albany.* Bloomberg says his harsh plan to cut city workers' pensions is strong medicine for an ailing budget - but his prescription won't cure it for a long, long time. (NYDN) * Room for Debate: Will New York City's Pensions Be Cut?
Bloomberg in Bermuda
Mayoral Sign-Out Sheet? Secretive Jaunts Spur a Thought (NYT) * NYC lawmakers and reporters are no longer satisfied with not knowing where Bloomberg spends his weekends. “City Hall seems apoplectic,” according to Michael Barbaro.
Bloomberg's Super Phone?
Contacting Bloomberg: He has a special phone on his plane so he can be in touch when he leaves town. (The New York Times)
Stagnant Economy Rising Taxes Squeezing Homeowners Out
With home values plummeting thanks to the stagnant economy but property taxes surging because of the city's "Byzantine" math, Staten Island homeowners and lawmakers are gearing up for battle with the taxman. (SIA)
Bye Bye PBS'S Big Bird
Arianna Joins the Big Boys
When HuffPost Met AOL: "A Merger of Visions" (Huff Post) * AOL buys The Huffington Post for $315M (NYP) * Betting on News, AOL Is Buying The Huffington Post (NYT) * AOL to Acquire Huffington Post (WSJ) * AOL buys The Huffington Post for $315M (NYP) * Did The Huffington Post Win the SEO Game With Today's AOL Acquisition? (Village Voice)
Traffic Deaths Tick Up Slightly
Traffic Deaths in the City Rose Slightly Last Year (NYT) * Traffic Deaths Tick Up in the City(WSJ) * City traffic deaths are second lowest in history - with slight rise over last year (DN) * City traffic deaths dive(NYP)
Westside Bike Lane 2.0
Manhattan lawmakers have reached a bike lane compromise. The outer boroughs are still working on it.
GOP Presidents Send Financial Crooks to Jail Dems Fine them
Bush's Justice send Enron's crooks to jail. Reagan justice department sent dozens to jail after the saving and loan scandal. The current scandals of Wall Street and the pensions funds has resulted in fines and no jail time.
Washington Wall Street Two Step
Somehow the bums in the SEC who missed the Madoff corruption now work for Wall Street Firms. SEC officials who missed Madoff now in top spots at major law firms (NYP) * News Hub: Madoff Trustee vs. New York Mets (WSJ)
Wall Street Indian Giving?
Judge them in open court: Legislature should open Commission on Judicial Conduct proceedings to view (DN Ed) * The TU wants a public debatesays the DN. over judging whether judges are fit to serve. Ditto,* NY builds judges po$h legal 'pads' (NYP)
Black man suing FDNY finds noose in his work locker (DN)
WTC Cover Up?
Ground Zero: “The memorial will wipe away all evidence of the attacks and replace it with trees and waterfalls. This is like covering Gettysburg with asphalt.” (nydailynews.com)