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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”, Federal Judge Frederic Block discussed his new book, "Disrobed", which details some of the memorable cases that have helped shape his time on the bench.

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Tonight’s guests include: Barclays Center developer Ratner and our Consultants Corner.

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INSIDE THE PAPERS

The New York Times

Sharon Otterman reports: “New York’s most powerful politicians have lined up to call for the resignation of Assemblyman Vito J. Lopez, the onetime Brooklyn Democratic kingmaker, since news broke in August that an ethics panel censured him for what it said was the sexual harassment of two female employees earlier in the summer. But there has been a conspicuous silence from religious leaders who have regularly cooperated with him politically in Brooklyn, notably Bishop Nicholas A. DiMarzio, head of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn. The bishop went as far as recording a robocall in 2009 in support of a City Council candidate Mr. Lopez was backing, and when he was recently asked, through a spokesman, what he thought about the allegations, he responded with a carefully worded statement.”

New York Post

In his column, Fred Dicker notes: “The Joint Commission on Public Integrity’s investigation of Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver’s ‘confidential’ cash settlement with two women who accused Assemblyman Vito Lopez of Brooklyn of sexual harassment will likely wrap up before the Nov. 6 elections, The Post has learned. State lawmakers, sources said, want the probe finished by then to clear the way for a special legislative session right after the elections that could vote to grant lawmakers a much-anticipated pay raise.”

Carl Campanile reports: “Gov. Cuomo’s administration is launching an aggressive plan to sign up thousands of ex-cons for taxpayer-financed Medicaid, which they’ll receive once they leave prison, The Post has learned.
Under the initiative, all inmates would automatically apply for the public health insurance for the needy while incarcerated, state Department of Health officials said.”

Mitchel Maddux notes: “A federal judge today will begin presiding over four days of public hearings focusing on changes the FDNY must make under a court-ordered plan to end discrimination in the department’s hiring process. Hundreds of people affected by the decision are slated to offer their critical takes on a proposal to award cash damages to firefighter applicants who failed to secure jobs because of their race.”

Erik Kriss writes: “An ex-state Assembly member who quit over a residency scandal two years ago is heading back into the political scene, helping raise money for state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli. Ann-Margaret Carrozza, who represented an eastern Queens district, is billed as a featured speaker at a DiNapoli fund-raiser on Oct. 17, The Post has learned.”

New York Daily News

Erin Durkin reports: “Sen. Charles Schumer warned Sunday that the price of milk could double if Congress doesn’t pass a new farm bill. The current farm bill, which dates to 2008, expired Sept. 30; a replacement has cleared the Senate but not the House of Representatives.”

Until tomorrow.


Bob Hardt

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