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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 last night’s “Inside City Hall”, Duke University Professor William Chafe joined us to discuss his new book "Bill and Hillary: The Politics of the Personal”.

Watch a clip of the segment above.

Tonight’s guests include: Our NY1 Wise Guys and author and essayist Fran Lebowitz.

INSIDE THE PAPERS

The New York Times

Thomas Kaplan reports: “One of the four Republican state senators who voted for same-sex marriage claimed victory Monday in a close primary against an opponent critical of his vote, while another of the four appeared increasingly certain to lose his party’s nomination over the issue.”

Cowan & Rashbaum write: “The campaign headquarters of Representative Michael G. Grimm on Staten Island was broken into over the weekend, and a computer server containing ‘confidential campaign files and polling data’ was erased, the campaign said in a statement.”

Ben Weiser notes: “A prominent New York lobbyist convicted of bribing former State Senator Carl Kruger has been secretly cooperating with the federal authorities and is asking a judge for leniency when he is sentenced on Friday, newly filed court documents show.”

David Chen reports: “Acknowledging the “considerable challenges” bedeviling his agency, John B. Rhea, the beleaguered chairman of the New York City Housing Authority, unveiled a plan Monday to squeeze hundreds of millions of dollars out of parking lots, walkways, open spaces and other areas.”

New York Post

Kriss & Sophia write: “Assemblyman Sheldon Silver’s office yesterday dressed down staff writer Bill Eggler, who used a female alter ego in media blog postings to defend the speaker from charges he improperly funneled hush money to two of Assemblyman Vito Lopez’s sex-harassment accusers.”

Dave Seifman reports: “The City Council yesterday overrode Mayor Bloomberg’s veto of a union-backed bill requiring non-union developers on affordable-housing projects to provide quarterly-wage and other data.”

Seifman also notes: “Want to know why your favorite restaurant or deli got a less-than-stellar grade on its health inspection? Soon the answer will be a smartphone click away.”

New York Daily News

Ken Lovett reports: “Assembly approval of a taxpayer-funded settlement in the Vito Lopez sexual harassment scandal has spurred a renewed push to limit how long a lawmaker can serve as a legislative leader or a committee chair. Sen. Joseph Griffo (R-Utica) and Assemblywoman Sandra Galef (D-Westchester) want to revisit an earlier bill that would cap at 12 years the time one could serve as Assembly speaker, Senate majority leader or a minority leader. Committee chairmanships would be restricted to eight-year stints.”

Erin Durkin writes: “Families are being turned away from city homeless shelters at an alarming rate, a new report shows.Over the past year, just 35% of families with children who applied to stay in city shelters were accepted, down from 52% in 2007, according to a new report by the Coalition for the Homeless. The advocacy group charges that the city is turning away families who would have previously qualified as it struggles to deal with the surging demand for shelter service.”

Wall Street Journal

Michael Howard Saul reports: “Mayor Michael Bloomberg recently held private meetings with Democratic mayoral hopefuls Scott Stringer and Bill Thompson, raising questions with each of them about the viability of their candidacies, several people familiar with the conversations said.
The mayor didn't advise Mr. Stringer, the Manhattan borough president, or Mr. Thompson, a former city comptroller who came close to beating Mr. Bloomberg in 2009, not to run, those people said. But he signaled he is leaning toward supporting City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, a longtime ally who leads polls for the 2013 race and has raised the most money, the people said.”

Until tomorrow.


Bob Hardt

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