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“Inside City Hall,” an hour-long look at New York politics, can be seen on NY1 News weekdays at 7 and 10 p.m.

On Friday night’s “Inside City Hall”, newly elected Brooklyn Democratic Party Chairman Frank Seddio was asked if he thought his predecessor -- embattled Assemblyman Vito Lopez -- should resign.

Watch a clip of the interview above.

Tonight’s guests include: author and commentator Fran Lebowitz as well as our Consultants Corner.


The New York Times

Thomas Kaplan follows Gov. Cuomo on his weekend trip to the Adirondacks – and looks how the governor likes to send his commissioners on the road.

Russ Buettner reports: “Bernard B. Kerik, the disgraced former police commissioner of New York, will return to the city in the coming days, though certainly not triumphantly, and not yet as a free man. Mr. Kerik, who is an inmate at a federal prison in Maryland, is scheduled to be taken to the Bronx to testify for the prosecution at the perjury trial of two of his former friends, Frank and Peter DiTommaso, the Bronx district attorney’s office said. “

New York Post

Campanile & Fenton write: “Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver has a strong female voice defending him against allegations he improperly funneled hush money to two of Assemblyman Vito Lopez’s sex-harassment accusers. The thing is, Silver’s ‘female’ supporter is a man — and he’s one of the powerful Democrat’s own staffers.”

In his column, Fred Dicker reports: “Gov. Cuomo, in a startling move, has decided to ‘privatize’’ the running of the famed Aqueduct, Belmont and Saratoga thoroughbred tracks with a new management company that will replace the scandal-scarred New York Racing Association, The Post has learned.”

David Seifman writes: “They’re supposed to be focused on customer service, but two-thirds of city agencies aren’t meeting the administration’s own standard of answering e-mails and letters within 14 days. Figures released last week show that only 11 of 36 agencies hit the target every time last year.”

New York Daily News

A News trio reports: “It soon may be easier in a New York hospital to get an extra blanket or a bedpan than a Snickers bar or a can of Coke. Mayor Bloomberg’s Health Department, which has already done Hizzoner’s bidding by banishing sugary and fatty foods in public hospitals, has convinced a number of private health-care facilities to junk the junk, the Daily News has learned.”

In his column, Ken Lovett writes: “Two of the biggest scandals in state government in recent vintage have found a nexus. State Ethics Commission Executive Director Ellen Biben will no longer oversee remaining sentencings tied to a massive state pension fund pay-to-play scandal for state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s office because she is now investigating the Vito Lopez sex harassment scandal and the extent of involvement by Schneiderman’s staffers in a secret settlement in the case brokered by Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver.”

Wall Street Journal

Michael Howard Saul reports: “When Mayor Michael Bloomberg leaves office next year, the city's financial and real-estate leaders stand to lose an important advocate, and they worry they won't find a City Hall candidate whose world view matches the outgoing mayor's.”

Until tomorrow.

Bob Hardt

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