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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 program, Political Anchor Errol Louis spoke with author and essayist Fran Lebowitz about her many concerns with Mayor Bloomberg.

Watch a clip of the interview above.

Tonight’s guests include: State Senate Minority Leader John Sampson; the Political Rundown with Curtis Sliwa and Gerson Borrero.

Watch NY1 Political Director Bob Hardt discuss some of the stories making news today in this morning's Political Buzz below:

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INSIDE THE PAPERS

The New York Times

Kaplan & Chen write: “Richard J. Lipsky, a well-known city and state lobbyist convicted of bribing former State Senator Carl Kruger, has been secretly cooperating with the federal authorities, suggesting that other elected officials could soon find themselves in trouble with the law.”

Michael Grynbaum notes: “The city’s Board of Elections voted on Tuesday to increase the font size on its ballots for the general election in November, after squinting New Yorkers complained they could barely read the names of the candidates in the primaries this month.”

Joseph Goldstein reports: “In a significant blow to New York City’s use of stop-and-frisk tactics, the Bronx district attorney’s office is no longer prosecuting people who were stopped at public housing projects and arrested for trespassing, unless the arresting officer is interviewed to ensure that the arrest was warranted.”

David Chen looks at how the Congressional campaign of Assemblywoman Grace Meng is sometimes overshadowed by the indictment of her father, former Assemblyman Jimmy Meng.

New York Post

Dave Seifman reports: “State Senate Republicans struggling to retain their slim majority are getting a sweet $1 million pre-Election Day gift from Mayor Bloomberg. Sources yesterday said the mayor’s seven-figure contribution to the GOP Senate housekeeping account would show up in the next campaign filing with the state Board of Elections on Oct. 5, just a month before the election.Bloomberg also chipped in $75,000 to the Independent Democratic Conference led by state Sen. Jeff Klein (D-Bronx), who has ties to Republican Majority Leader Dean Skelos and Gov. Cuomo.”

Seifman also notes: “In a remarkable feat of fiscal stupidity, the city Parks Department lost $200,000 last year after it doubled fees at 32 neighborhood recreation centers.”

Erik Kriss notes: “People who rack up at least three alcohol- or drug-related driving convictions — plus one other serious driving offense — over a 25-year period will permanently lose their driver’s licenses, Gov. Cuomo (right) said yesterday.”

New York Daily News

John Marzulli writes: “Blacks and Hispanics scored significantly better on the newly revamped FDNY exam, a shift that could lead to firefighter jobs for a many as 42% of the minority-group test-takers, city officials revealed Tuesday.”

Greg B. Smith reports: “Low-income tenants evicted through no fault of their own wind up homeless because the city Housing Authority is so slow finding them new places to live, a class-action lawsuit charges.”

Wall Street Journal

Andrew Grossman notes: “Michael Grimm, a freshman congressman from Staten Island, has become a rare Republican ally for unions in the building and construction trades. In turn, those unions are backing Mr. Grimm, a candidate who rose to power in 2010 with the help of the tea party—a movement with a strong antiunion streak.”

Until tomorrow.


Bob Hardt

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