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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.

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Tonight’s guests include: Federal Judge Frederic Block – who will discuss his memoirs, “Disrobed” -- and our Friday reporters roundtable.

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

Drape & Bogdanich report: “More than half of the 21 racehorses who had fatal breakdowns at Aqueduct Racetrack earlier this year might have been saved had racing authorities more closely monitored their health and the liberal use of prescription drugs to keep them racing, according to an investigation ordered by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo of New York.”

Matt Flegenheimer writes: “He has assailed state officials, the cast of ‘Jersey Shore’ and, as the so-called rat czar under Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani, the city’s outsize vermin population. On Thursday, Joseph J. Lhota, the chairman of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, turned his attention to another adversary: a member of his own board, whom he accused of lying and challenged twice to ‘be a man’ during an unusually heated exchange at the authority’s monthly meeting.”

Flegenheimer also reports: “The Metropolitan Transportation Authority approved new guidelines for advertisements on Thursday, prohibiting those that it ‘reasonably foresees would imminently incite or provoke violence or other immediate breach of the peace.’ “

Al Baker writes: “A coalition of educational and civil rights groups filed a federal complaint on Thursday saying that black and Hispanic students were disproportionately excluded from New York City’s most selective high schools because of a single-test admittance policy they say is racially discriminatory.”

David Chen writes: “A new, watered-down version of a City Council bill that would give workers in New York City paid sick leave is quickly gaining traction among some business groups and union leaders.”

Thomas Kaplan reports: “A state senator from upstate New York who voted for same-sex marriage and was then defeated in the Republican primary this month said Thursday that he would not pursue re-election as a third-party candidate.”

New York Post

Seifman & Macleod write: “Mayor Bloomberg yesterday blasted Bronx DA Robert Johnson for refusing to prosecute some trespassers busted in housing projects — saying the soft-on-crime lawman is dragging the borough back to its bad old days of mayhem.”

Bruce Golding notes: “Pedro Espada Jr. is getting hit from all sides these days. A lawyer hired to defend the disgraced former state senator on tax-fraud charges filed papers yesterday in Manhattan federal court to bail out of the case, which is set for trial in November.”

Erik Kriss reports: “Sandra Lee’s the food maven, but her boyfriend, Gov. Cuomo, is becoming quite the beverage connoisseur. He’s planning a ‘wine and beer summit’ for business leaders in Albany at the end of October — following his well-received “yogurt summit” last month — to help boost the beer and wine industries in the state by improving marketing and cutting red tape.”

New York Daily News

Tina Moore writes: “Giving a lesson about a cruel world, Mayor Bloomberg showed zero sympathy for minority children who are denied entry to the city’s elite high schools.”

Durkin & Lemire reports: “Mayor Bloomberg Thursday did what President Obama would not: met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. But if Bloomberg was trying to step on the President’s diplomatic toes, he wasn’t saying so Thursday.

Have a great weekend. Until Monday.


Bob Hardt

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