Friday, May 17, 2013

Will Silver Going After Vito Lopez Break the Bear Mountain Compact?

Will Albany Let Vito Lopez Pick the Date He Leaves?
Update Cuomo, Silver Says Vito Lopez Exit Date is Unacceptable
Update From Assembly: Assemblymember Lopez should no longer be in public office. We will move forward with our resolution on Monday.

 Breaking NYT Wants Vito and Silver Out

Mr. Lopez should be expelled from the Assembly now. And Mr. Silver — whose colleagues made last-minute efforts to redact critical details from the report — should be replaced as speaker. Enough

I am gratified that Staten Island District Attorney Dan Donovan has concluded, after an exhaustive investigation, that there is no basis for brining criminal charges against me. I have maintained my innocence throughout this matter and I believe no criminal investigation should ever have been conducted. I have made no secret that I intend to run for New York City Council in November, which requires me to resign my current term. Nevertheless, because the citizens of my district voted me back into office last November by an overwhelming majority, I feel obligated to serve out this session of the Assembly. I therefore announce that as of June 20, 2013, the last day of the session, I resign my position.

I expect to run a vigorous campaign on the issues facing the citizens of my community and hope to continue to serve them as a member of the City Council. I believe that the voters of the community should decide who should represent them.*Amid Calls For Expulsion, Lopez To Resign Next Month(YNN) * Vito Lopez, Facing Possible Expulsion, Says He’ll Resign (NYT) * statement - Vito Lopez should not spend another day in office, let alone a whole month. He should resign effective immediately.  Assemblyman Kavanagh: Lopez "should not be permitted to leave the Assembly @ the time or in the manner of his choosing" *

What Ever Happens In Albany,Such As Extramarital affairs Stay In Albany, Stays Secret (Wikipedia)
Sheldon-come-lately(NYP) Now he moves to boot Gropez.  Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver — amid calls for his own ouster — will move today to toss disgraced Brooklyn Assemblyman Vito Lopez from the Legislature. Silver announced last night that he would introduce a resolution to begin the process of expelling the sleazy Brooklyn lawmaker in the wake of a scathing report by a state ethics committee that found Lopez sexually harassed women in his office and violated the state’s Public Officers Law.This came hours after Cuomo called for Lopez to resign and said Assembly should expel him if he didn’t do so. Assemblywoman Crystal Peoples-Stokes said most of her Democratic colleagues aren’t looking to oust Silver and have “accepted his apologies for handling the situation in the wrong way.”

If Women Journalist and Elected Officials Do Not Rise Up to End the Bear Mountain Compact Now They Will Remain As Second Class Citizens in Albany and Government
The last time a member of the Assembly was expelled without conviction was 1920, when five Socialist Party members were expelled for disloyalty. After Silver introduces the resolution, the Assembly must vote to send it to the Ethics and Guidance Committee to consider the full JCOPE report and to recommend appropriate sanctions, including expulsion. The committee must then refer a second resolution back to the full Assembly for a final vote. * Vito pals are deserting a stinking ship(NYP) * Silver to Seek Lopez’s Expulsion From Assembly Over Harassment Claims(NYT) * Silver Takes Step to Expel Assemblyman(WSJ) * Albany’s corrupt culture will not change as long as Silver is speaker - Opinion - The Buffalo News Vito Lopez to resign - claims it's due to council run, not harassment scandal(NYP)
* Cuomo Urges State Assembly To Oust Lopez Following Ethics Report(NY1) * NY1 Online: State Senate Leader Calls For Lopez's Resignation, Real Ethics Reform * Pervy pol Vito Lopez could face criminal charges outside Brooklyn: legal experts(NYDN) * Cuomo and Republican Comments On Lopez Indicate Stalemate For Rest of Session: (Gotham Gazette) * For all your Vito Lopez backgrounder needs: state contracts with Lopez-connected Ridgewood-Bushwick Council.  * Note that Vito Lopez is also a double dipper: He retired on Dec. 31, 2010, and gets an annual pension of $64,634.28. Rabbi David Niederman stands fully behind the Hon. Vito Lopez who always helped us despite d character Assassination on his personnal life.* Faulted for Sex Harassment, Legislator Will Quit Albany(NYT) * Here's the Speaker Silver resolution recommending expulsion for Vito Lopez 
* Vito Lopez, The $64,634 Man (Updated)(YNN) * The Green Party called on “Democrat-WFP lawmakers” to oust Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver.* Frank Seddio on Vito Lopez, "If my daughter was treated that way it would've been handled very differently...he would've been hospitalized."
. on Vito Lopez: "Whether he’s delusional, I don’t know, but we can’t have him around. … He’s clearly a depraved individual."

DA Donovan: The Hush Fund Cause 2 Addition Women to Be Sexually Harassed
The move came as Gov. Cuomo fielded questions about whether Silver should keep his own position, considering what the report revealed about his actions. “It is not my place to say who the speaker is and who the speaker should be,” Cuomo said in a bob-and-weave press conference yesterday.
"Donovan also found no criminal activity in the secret settling and confidentiality agreements of some of the complaints made against the Brooklyn Democrat but sharply criticized Albany’s handling of it, casting blame on Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and the attorney general and comptroller’s offices. He said the secretive process may have resulted in two more women being sexually harassed, sometimes to tears, by Lopez. “Resolving the complaints in this secretive manner ... apparently encouraged him to continue the inappropriate conduct,” Donovan wrote." Angela Battaglia, Lopez’s longtime girlfriend, was seen riding in a silver Acura with the revolting assemblyman in Queens yesterday.

Profiles in Cowardice
The Daily News Should Call for A Moreland Commision to Get to the Bottom of the Cover Up and Corruption in Albany
The Daily News calls Assembly Democrats “cowards and hypocrites” for denouncing Assemblyman Vito Lopez for his sexual harassment allegations yet exonerating Speaker Sheldon Silver for enabling Lopez: D-News editorial: "Ethics commission failed to render a verdict about Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver’s conduct." Well, why should LEC, Assembly Ethics Cmte, JCOPE & Donovan be enough? Makes sense to have a FIFTH body look into this, no? * Headline of the Day: “Sheldon-come-lately” * Silver’s Escape Hatch(YNN) * .: "Silver himself should be ejected as leader of the Assembly."

Was the Hush Fund Set Up Because Lopez Was Blackmailing Silver and Others? Will It Come Up Now That Silver is Trying to Dump Vito?
In a letter written to a state ethics panel, the lawyer for Lopez, Gerald Lefcourt, accused Silver of inappropriate conduct himself, alluding to rumors of “serial and sometimes overlapping” personal relationships.

Attorney Gerald Lefcourt wrote in a letter to the state ethics panel that Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver has engaged in his own personal relationships with staffers, and so have several other officials.

Accusing Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver of inappropriate personal conduct. “It is no secret, except perhaps from the public, that stories of the speaker’s serial and sometimes overlapping personal relationships with his own staff have long circulated in Albany,” attorney Gerald Lefcourt wrote in a letter to a state ethics panel.He went on to suggest that those relationships may have led the Assembly to quietly settle two initial harassment complaints against Lopez with $103,000 in taxpayer funds.  In his October submission, Lefcourt also listed several public officials in Albany who, he claimed, have “engaged in far more serious conduct” than Lopez. Among them was Assemblyman Peter Abbate (D-Brooklyn), “rumored to have fathered a child with a staff member” in 1995, Lefcourt said.

In 2003 NY Magazine's Michael Tomasky Wrote That the Bear Mountain Compact Was Coming to An End
No more Bear Mountain Compact: Albany’s days as Sin City are coming to an end. In his article for New York magazine, Michael Tomasky traces the secrecy in Albany "back to the days [in the 19th and early 20th centuries] when the Democratic hotel was the De Witt Clinton, the Republican hotel was the Ten Eyck, and one didn't pry too deeply into who was sleeping where

From 3 Days Ago

A momentary Bill Thompson headline on the Vito Lopez story(May 14th, 2003, Capital)


Vito Lopez is not fit to serve in any public office whatsoever. When will D.A. Hynes condemn him for this pattern of abuse against women?


Mayoral Campaign

The Media Fake Journalist Tweeds Are Throwing Mud Given to Them By the Other Candidates Consultants Before Weiner Gets Into the Race
This Race is Going to Be Great

Rent-hike tenants whack Weiner(NYP)  Leery tenants could supplant lewd texts as a rising problem for Anthony Weiner. Michael McKee, one of the city’s leading tenant advocates, skewered Weiner in a full-page article — headlined “Why No Tenant Should Vote for Anthony Weiner” McKee said the ex-congressman double-crossed tenants as a city councilman in 1994 and voted to decontrol rent-stabilized apartments renting for $2,000 or more when they become vacant or if the occupant makes at least $175,000 two years in a row. The limits are now $2,500 and $200,000. “Anthony Weiner was one of those who promised to stand with tenants,” McKee wrote, but after some arm-twisting by then-Council Speaker Peter Vallone Sr., Weiner switched sides and helped pass the bitterly fought bill by 28-18.

Weiner’s Wife Didn’t Disclose Consulting Work She Did While Serving in State Dept.(NYT) * Huma Abedin, the wife of former Rep. Anthony Weiner, worked as a part-time consultant for the State Department while also representing outside clients, including Hillary Clinton, making her a “special government employee”, Politico reports * Weiner Appears To Film Campaign Video While Mayoral Rivals Court Municipal Workers(NY1)
* He's not taking any chances! Weiner expected to announce mayoral run via video to avoid hecklers(NYDN)
* Weiner's mayoral preening puts wife, Clintons back on hot seat(Newsday)
* The (helpful) friends of Anthony Weiner(City and State)
* Local Support For Vito Lopez May Wane As He Steps Down From Assembly(NY1)

De Blasio Offers Plan to Help Immigrants Assimilate(NYT)
Bill de Blasio, the public advocate and a Democratic mayoral candidate, called on the State Legislature to allow illegal immigrants to obtain driver’s licenses.Bill de Blasio, a Democratic mayoral candidate, said he would propose a City Council bill to create a municipal identification card for illegal immigrants to allow them to open bank accounts and sign leases

Quinn Camp Excoriating Thompson on D’Amato(NYT)
Christine C. Quinn’s mayoral campaign attacked a Democratic opponent, William C. Thompson Jr., for accepting financial backing from Alfonse M. D’Amato, a former Republican senator.after endorsement, seemed likely MT : Thomspon got support of Bx Dem Party v

New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn sent an email to her supporters yesterday criticizing her Democratic mayoral opponent Bill Thompson for accepting campaign contributions from former Republican senator Alfonse D’Amato, the Times reports * In Rare Attack, Quinn Criticizes Thompson over D'Amato Support The campaign of New York City mayoral candidate Christine Quinn unleashed a harsh attack Thursday on rival Bill Thompson, denouncing him for accepting the support of former U.S. Sen. Al D'Amato, whom the campaign labeled as an “enemy of women's equality.”

. appeals case v , saying flawed syst let "social deviants" Vito Lopez & Anthony Weiner use public $ for personal agenda

Carrion has already met thresholds. Albanese is on his way. I believe Salgado will squeek to $250K.
Slew of Brooklyn District Leaders Endorse John Liu

SEIU is endorsing Bill de Blasio
De Blasio run for mayor gets boost with union endorsement - (NYP)

Mayoral hopeful Jimmy McMillan from The Rent is Too Damn High Party has earned a nod from none other than Papaya King. 

With knock at Lhota and Dems, Staten Island GOP state Sen. Lanza backs Catsimatidis for mayor(SI Advance)




Carrion Mocks His Democratic Mayoral Rivals While Presenting Centrist Platform(NY1)

In Document, Lhota Puts His Worth at $13 Million(NYT)

Campaign 2013

NYP Buys the Vallone Brand
The NYP Praises Peter Vallone to Help His Son Boro President Chances
Cops and pols(NYP Ed) Mayor Bloomberg rightly gets credit for making New York the safest big city in America. But new data the mayor cites reminds us of two striking facts. First, violent crime in nearly every New York neighborhood today is lower than it was for the safest New York neighborhood 20 years ago: the Upper East Side. Second, this achievement has its roots in decisions taken two decades ago by a very different City Council, led by then-Speaker Peter Vallone Sr.

DA Candidate George Goes After CBS TV Show About Hynes

Lawyer Criticizes Brooklyn Prosecutor Over TV Show(NYT)
A lawyer sought an injunction to prevent a CBS series about the office of the Brooklyn district attorney, Charles J. Hynes, from including anything about his client, a landlord charged after a fatal fire.

Adams: I Go to Korea With My Money
In a letter to the ed., Brooklyn Sen. Eric Adams says person funds paid for his personal companion on a trip to KoreaState Senator Eric Adams, one of the lawmakers secretly recorded by ex-State Sen. Shirley Huntley, is trying to clear his name as he soldiers on with his campaign for Brooklyn borough president. “There’s nothing on those tapes that’s detrimental to me. Nothing. Nothing,” he told the Brooklyn Young Democrats earlier this week, warning scheming colleagues to steer clear. “If you come and talk to me about breaking the law, you’re gonna find my handcuffs,” he said. “I’m not here to break the law. I’m here to serve the people of the state and I’m consistent about that.” See the rest of his remarks here:

Dem Boss Wright Hiding Under the Table
Manhattan Democratic Party leaders decided last night not to endorse any candidate in the race to succeed Mayor Michael Bloomberg, according to the Daily News. Party Chair Keith Wright told the paper the move was not intended as a slight against either City Council Speaker Christie Quinn or former Comptroller Bill Thompson, who both live in the borough. “We thought it wise that we do not endorse as a county because a lot of our clubs throughout the borough have already decided to endorse candidates,” he reportedly said. The group is also choosing to stay out of the public advocate and borough president races.

Breaking from Vito, Brooklyn Dems won't endorse for mayor, advocate 

Vallone may snag surprise endorsement for Halloran seat(CrainsNY)

NY gets an F in @Publici/Follow the Money survey of state disclosure of independent campaign spending.

CM Dickens Owes Taxes

The New York City Department of Finance plans to auction off tax liens on two Harlem properties owned by Councilwoman Inez Dickens and give the buyers of the liens the right to collect on the debts owed, the Daily News writes:  * NYC City Councilwoman Inez Dickens — a top contender to be the next City Council speaker — is so far in arrears on property taxes that the city plans to sell the debt to a collector. 

Bloomberg Worth Every Penny

Mayor Bloomberg’s take home pay on his $1-a-year salary jumped from 93 cents to 95 cents, due to a change in payroll taxes.

US Attorney No Conspiracy

20130516_201259U.S. Attorney Rejects Idea of Corruption Conspiracy Against Minority Pols

BOE Extra $$$

The company that made the new electronic scanners for the Board of Elections said that they would send a team of consultants and technicians to handle a potential runoff in the coming mayoral election, but for an additional fee, the New York Daily News reports

Bloomberg: Bring back the old machines or risk mayoral chaos till 2014
Bloomberg Warns City Could Be Mayor-Less Come January

Park Fund Raiser

A Curious Cost/Benefit Analysis of a Park Fund-Raiser(NYT)

Do BPs Need Large Staffs

Half of Helen's staff in jeopardy(Queens Crap)

From the Queens Courier:
Half the staff at Borough Hall could get pink slips if cuts proposed by Mayor Michael Bloomberg go through. Borough President Helen Marshall’s office is expected to receive about $3.14 million in funding for the 2014 fiscal year—nearly $1.8 million less than last year—officials announced at Marshall’s Borough Board meeting on Monday, May 13.


A financial disclosure form filed with the state’s Joint Commission on Public Ethics shows that Gov. Cuomo’s net worth is about $1.8 million and that his adjusted gross income for 2012 was $187,499, the bulk of it from his salary as governor, the Times-Union reports: 
The bulk of his assets are reportedly managed by a blind trust at AMG National Trust Bank.

Fort WTC

Furor over NYPD’s planned Fort WTC (NYP) The NYPD yesterday revealed its plan to build a fortress around the World Trade Center site once it’s completed — and the measures have downtown residents up in arms.  The $40 million police proposal would limit traffic over a 16-acre swath of the..* With Security, Trade Center Faces New Isolation(NYT) Planners and residents of Lower Manhattan imagined a new World Trade Center that would be integrated in the neighborhood, but now they fear that security measures will keep it isolated as ever.

City Planning

Who will fill Amanda Burden's shoes?(CrainsNY)
New York's real estate community is already handicapping the race to replace the dynamic City Planning Commissioner, who will step down when Mayor Michael Bloomberg's term ends.

Developer May Swap Land for More in Hudson Yards(NYT)


Schools Chancellor to Strike Back at Candidates Critical of Mayor’s Policies(NYT)

Suit Claims City's Gifted-and-Talented Selection Process Is Flawed(WSJ)
In the Post, Eva Moskowitz, founder and CEO of Success Academy Charter Schools, takes issue with the New York City mayoral candidates’ attacks against charter schools:

Court Upholds Last Year's Decision To Block City School Closures(NY1)

Hey, the world needs plumbers, too! Mayor Bloomberg advises students to skip college and clear clogged drains(NYDN)

MTA Flood

For M.T.A., Flood Plan Is Still a Work in Progress(NYT)
The authority detailed Hurricane Sandy’s lingering effects on the subway system and said that in the near future, sand bags and plywood would continue to be a crucial line of defense

Taxi And Limousine Commission Drives Unlicensed "Dollar" Vans Off The Road


Smoke Free

Building kicks butt (NYP) A towering 650-unit condominium complex in Manhattan has become the largest smoke-free residential building in the country, homeowners said yesterday. “I can finally breathe,” said Deloris Seiler, 82

Holland Tunnel Plaza

A New Public Space Opens(WSJ)
A new public space sprouted up in Lower Manhattan, a triangle of gravel, patio tables and greenery right next to what is arguably one of the least bucolic spots in the city: the entrance to the Holland Tunnel.


State Grants Oneida Indians Exclusive Territory for Casino(NYT)
The deal helps Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo as he seeks to expand casino gambling and settles longstanding tax and land claim issues that have cast shadows over the Oneidas’ relationship with their upstate neighbors.The Oneida Indian Nation signed a deal with the Cuomo administration and local governments that assures them exclusive territory for their central New York casino in exchange for 25 percent of the casino’s net slots revenue going to the state, the Associated Press reports: * The Oneida Indian Nation signed a deal with the Cuomo administration and local governments that would guarantee them exclusive territory for their central New York casino in exchange for revenue payments to the state of around $50 million a year.
Seneca leader criticizes governor
Despite Nassau and Suffolk county officials pushing hard for the governor to allow slot machines on Long Island, a Cuomo spokesman said the idea wasn’t being discussed as part of his larger plan to expand casino gambling in the state, the New York Post writes: 
F.B.I. Tapes Give Glimpse Into World of High-Stakes Gambling

Trash Jobs Lottery

EXCLUSIVE: Take a chance on trash! Anticipating crush of candidates, NYC mulls lottery for shot to take next Sanitation test(NYDN)
Report: City's Strongest May Consider Exam Lottery


'Village Voice' fires Michael Musto in yet another round of cuts
Michael Musto and Robert Sietsema Leave Village Voice

Raindrops and scandals wash away reeling Obama's fake veneer(NYP)
Scandal Machine(NYT)
Behind their loud condemnations of President Obama, Republicans continue to damage the economy and society.
House Republicans Plot Debt-Ceiling Strategery(NY Mag)
Bumbling feds lose track of terror duo(NYP)

IRS official overseeing Obamacare actually oversaw person who oversaw division that included section that oversaw unit that sent letters.
This Is No Ordinary Scandal   

Hillary and the 9 dwarves(Wash Post) Writing about the 2016 Democratic presidential race really means writing about two races.
Joe Scarborough: ‘It’s been a bad week’ for Obama. Video:
Obama's Tapped-Out Trust - George Will, Washington Post
Behind the IRS Mess: A Campaign-Finance Scandal - Steven Rattner, NYT
This Is No Ordinary Scandal - Peggy Noonan, Wall Street Journal
Scandals Could Backfire on Republicans - Howard Fineman, Huffington Post
Benghazi E-Mails Unleash Flood of Questions - Oren Dorell, USA Today
White House Should Try the Truth - Charles Krauthammer, Wash Post
Nope, Still No Cover-Up - Andrew Rosenthal, New York Times
Strange Goings-On at the White House - John Fund, National Review
3 Years In, ObamaCare Faces Steep Challenges - Susan Page, USA Today
What's at Stake If the Health Law Is Repealed - Kathleen Sebelius, Huff Post
Don't Blame Big Government for Scandals - Alec MacGillis, New Republic
IRS Scandal Started at the Top - Kimberley Strassel, Wall Street Journal
Republicans' Desperate Measures - Robert Shrum, The Daily Beast
The Ultimate Ad Hominem President - Peter Wehner, Commentary
AP Incident: What Will Press Advocate Clinton Say? - Scott Conroy, RCP
Gay Marriage and the Right to Be Ordinary - Gov. Deval Patrick, Wash Post
Feds to Students: You Can't Say That - Greg Lukianoff, Wall Street Journal
The National Rifle Association’s Political Victory Fund released a statement claiming victory over Bloomberg’s Mayors Against Illegal Guns in a Nebraska mayoral race.


The Republicans' Scandal Machine - New York Times
Benghazi Scandal: Obama's Buck - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Republicans' Phony Libya Focus - Washington Post
Can Government Get Anything Right? - New York Post
IRS Scandall Falls Right In McConnell's Wheelhouse (Hill)
CBS News' Major Garrett Reports That 'Republican' Source Fed ABC News Fake Benghazi Emails (VIDEO)
So much for immigration reform being a drag: favorability w/ very conservatives up 10 pts from April:
Bob Woodward compares Benghazi to Watergate (VIDEO) 
Rep. Charlie Rangel, who was once censured by the House for ethics violations that included tax evasion, spoke out against tax abuse at a hearing today. 
Bloomberg’s Mayors Against Illegal Guns is out with a new ad targeting Arizona GOP Sen. Jeff Flake over his  vote against a failed measure to expand gun-purchase background checks last  month. 
Republicans Should Go Easy on Obama - Charlie Cook, National Journal
IRS Targeting Hit Tea Party Groups Hard - Susan Ferrechio, DC Examiner
Treasury Dept Knew of IRS Inquiry in 2012 - Jonathan Weisman, NY Times
President Obama Is Not Doing His Job - Andrew Napolitano, Reason
A Series of Overrated Scandals - Jacob Weisberg, Slate
Officials on Benghazi: Incompetence, Not Malice - Sharyl Attkisson, CBS
White House Ensures Scandal Mess Continues - Ed Rogers, Washington Post
ObamaCare 37, Republicans 0 - Michelle Cottle, The Daily Beast
In Defense of Richwine & Murray - Michael Barone, Washington Examiner
Obama Urged to Create Broad Plan on Veteran Issues - Dustin Walker, RCP
Black-Hat Bitcoin's Days Are Numbered - Tim Fernholz, Quartz
Dear Class of 2013: You've Been Scammed - Brett Arends, MarketWatch
Is Sex Still Sexy? - Emily Esfahani Smith, The Atlantic

Law and Order

Slay kin rip into suspect (NYP) The family of a 14-year-old Brooklyn girl whose body was dumped and burned on a beach after she was killed called the suspect a coward for allegedly suffocating her because he thought she was pregnant.

In Federal Trial, Weighing the Importance of How Often Police Stops Yield an Arrest(NYT)

37 file suits in NY ferry crash(WSJ)

Joy emerges amid grief (NYP) The Upper West Side couple whose two children were allegedly butchered by their nanny announced yesterday that they’re expecting a baby boy this fall — roughly a year after their nightmarish loss.  Marina and Kevin Krim posted the joyous news on a... * NYC parents of slain children expecting baby boy(WSJ) * Mother of Children Slain in Nanny Case Is Pregnant(NYP)

The truth about the NYPD anti-gang crusade: No one knows how social media evidence will hold up in court.

‘Blow’ on that pizza! (NYP) Here’s a new twist on ordering “coke” and a slice. A Brooklyn pizza deliveryman was using his Papa John’s job as a cover for his real occupation — dealing cocaine, city narcotics prosecutors said yesterday in announcing his arrest.

Ex-Mike cop in shoot ’fess (NYP) A former member of Mayor Bloomberg’s security detail admitted yesterday on the stand that he shot at his then-girlfriend’s ex — and that he didn’t report the shooting out of fear that it would “bring attention” to him and his high-profile unit....

I killed mark (NYP) The Ponzi monster is now tormented by his own demons. In an interview from prison, Bernie Madoff said he’ll be forever haunted by the suicide of his oldest son, and he can’t sleep at night because he blames himself for the 2010 tragedy.

Trial Opens in the Killing of a Young Basketball Star(NYT)
The last moments in the life of Tayshana Murphy, an 18-year-old who was shot in her Upper Manhattan public housing project, were recounted in State Supreme Court.

Maine Man Charged in Brooklyn Teen's Death(WSJ)
Maine Man Charged In Death Of Brooklyn Teen(NY1)A 20-year-old man from Maine was arrested and charged on Thursday with killing a 14-year-old Brooklyn girl whose death had remained a mystery since her burned body was discovered on a desolate beach in January, police said.

Man May Face Jail for Refusing to Testify in Bomb Case, Again(NYT)
A lawyer for the man, Gerald Koch, said she believed he would be cited for contempt during a court appearance next week, an action that could put him behind bars.

5th Ave. Poker, With $25,000 Chips and an F.B.I. Ace in the Hole(NYT)


 Shame gang(NYP) A criminal Palestinian gang busted for smuggling $55 million worth of illegal cigarettes into New York City had direct ties to Middle East terrorists — and may have funded violent groups like Hamas and Hezbollah with their profits, authorities said. * 16 Accused of Smuggling Cigarettes Worth Millions(NYT) * Authorities Claim Local Cigarette Smugglers Have Possible Terror Ties(NY1)