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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”, nuclear scientist Julio Friedmann discussed new advances in hydrofracking that he says could dramatically alter the debate over the controversial procedure.

Tonight: full coverage of the presidential debate; New York Times Political blogger Nate Silver discusses his new book; our Political Rundown with Curtis Sliwa and Gerson Borrero.

Programming note: We will have a special half-hour edition of “Inside City Hall” at 10:30 p.m. following the debate with full reporting and analysis of the showdown between President Obama and Mitt Romney.

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

Russ Buettner reports: “City lawyers have subpoenaed notes and outtakes from the film, The Central Park Five,’ which includes in-depth interviews of the five men, who as teenagers came to embody racial tensions in a city overtaken by rampant crime.”

Ruderman & Goodman write: “More than 13 years after the police shooting of Amadou Diallo, Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly has agreed to restore a service weapon to one of the four New York City officers involved, a decision that Mr. Diallo’s mother characterized as a betrayal.”

Matt Flegenheimer notes: “Two years after a budget shortfall prompted deep cuts in subway and bus service, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s finances have improved ‘appreciably,’ according to a report the New York State comptroller’s office released on Tuesday.”

David Chen writes: “East Harlem would be split in two, and represented by two New York City Council members, including one from the Bronx. Two neighborhoods in Brooklyn and Queens with fast-growing Asian-American populations would be quartered, making it much more likely that the areas would continue to lack Asian-American elected voices. And Manhattan, despite growing at a healthy clip, would cede one City Council seat to the Bronx. Those are among the grievances that have gained momentum in recent weeks among advocates for minorities and government watchdogs, in response to the map proposed by the city’s Districting Commission to delineate, block by block, the future boundaries of City Council members’ districts.”

Thomas Kaplan follows Gov. Cuomo’s economic road trip.

New York Post

Sally Goldenberg writes: “Small businesses that complain of being besieged by city fines for obscure rules and regulations may soon get a reprieve. The City Council announced yesterday it is examining outdated and onerous laws and will recommend that the Bloomberg administration modify them or remove them from the books altogether.”

Goldenberg also notes: “City Council Speaker Christine Quinn split with Mayor Bloomberg yesterday over an NAACP complaint about the use of entrance exams as the only criteria for getting into the city’s elite high schools.”

New York Daily News

Lovett & Blain write: “Friends of pervy Assemblyman Vito Lopez are urging him to steer clear of Albany even if he continues to cling to his legislative seat, the Daily News has learned.”

Until tomorrow.


Bob Hardt

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