NY1 ItCH: A Primary Day ItCH As The Board Of Health Takes A Big Gulp
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On last night’s “Inside City Hall”, city Board of Elections Commissioner J.C. Polanco discussed new procedures his agency is putting in place for tabulating results for tonight’s primaries.
Watch a clip of the interview above.
Tonight’s guests include: City Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas Farley.
INSIDE THE PAPERS
The New York Times
Joseph Berger writes about how some of the primaries in Brooklyn could be a litmus test for the strength of Brooklyn Democratic leader Vito Lopez.
Michael Grynbaum reports: “Fearful that stricter limits on soda sales in New York City could incite a national trend — and a long-term erosion of profits — the nation’s sweetened-beverage companies plan to continue campaigning against Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg’s restrictions on large sodas, even after the plan’s expected approval on Thursday by the Board of Health.”
Matt Flegenheimer looks at how the MTA may be ending the bulk MetroCard discount.
Danny Hakim notes: “The office of the state comptroller, Thomas P. DiNapoli, wrote portions of a controversial sexual harassment settlement involving a prominent assemblyman, according to documents the office released on Wednesday. The office has described its involvement in the negotiation of a settlement of claims against Assemblyman Vito J. Lopez as minimal. But one of the documents revealed that a top lawyer for the Assembly, William F. Collins, disputed that characterization, dismissing an early public statement from the comptroller’s office with an e-mail declaring, ‘This is not true.’ “
Sharon Otterman previews a vote by the city’s Board of Health that would require families to sign a consent form before a circumcision ritual is performed on their sons.
New York Post
Sally Goldenberg notes: “A staffer for City Councilman James Sanders (D-Queens), who is challenging indicted state Sen. Shirley Huntley in a Democratic primary today, was rebuked by the Conflicts of Interest Board for helping to run a nonprofit getting taxpayer funding from Sanders.”
David Seifman reports: “This year’s unusual election cycle proved a bonanza for workers at the city’s Board of Elections, with 83 percent of the staff collecting overtime. Records show that 824 of the board’s 993 employees shared in the OT windfall in the 2012 fiscal year that ended on June 30.”
New York Daily News
Joseph Straw writes: “In an apparent bid to remain a power player even as his time in office wanes, Mayor Bloomberg on Wednesday blasted Washington politicians for allowing the country to walk off the fiscal cliff.”
Moore & Straw report: “Despite a sharp divide in public opinion, Mayor Bloomberg’s proposed ban on large, sugary drinks was set to be approved Thursday by his appointees on the Board of Health.”
Blain & Herbert write: “The first two women to accuse Assemblyman Vito Lopez of sexual harassment have 20,000 reasons to keep quiet about it. The secret $103,000 settlement former staffers Rita Pasarell, 30, and Leah Hebert, 29, reached with the state Assembly featured a provision for a fine of $20,000 if they, Lopez or anyone else involved in the negotiations went public about the agreement or the allegations that led to it. Further, the deal included a stipulation for an arbitrator to award damages in excess of the base fine.”
Wall Street Journal
Laura Kusisto writes: “An ambitious Bloomberg administration plan to remake a corner of Queens with two professional-league sports arenas and a roughly 1-million-square-foot mall is meeting with unexpected and growing opposition that could stymie the effort.”
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