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NY1 ItCH: De Blasio Is Taxing On An ItCHy Friday

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INSIDE THE PAPERS

The New York Times

Joseph Goldstein writes: “A federal judge in Manhattan declared on Thursday that the rules against loitering in public housing complexes were unconstitutionally vague, and gave the police too much discretion about whom to arrest.”

Michael Grynbaum reports: “Bill de Blasio, the New York public advocate, laid out a provocative plan on Thursday to finance education programs by raising income taxes on the city’s wealthiest residents, an early populist salvo in his presumptive campaign for mayor.”

David Chen reports: “Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg will not be voting for his successor in next year’s citywide primaries, unless he acts by Oct. 12 — of this year. New York State has one of the most unforgiving rules in the country when it comes to eligibility for voting in party primaries. Anyone who wants to vote in the 2013 Democratic mayoral primary — and all of the anticipated major candidates are Democrats — but is not affiliated with a party (like Mr. Bloomberg), or wants to switch parties (as Mr. Bloomberg once did), must take action almost a year before the actual vote.”

Danny Hakim notes: “The state paid out at least $5 million to settle sexual harassment cases from 2008 to 2010, according to newly released records provided by the New York attorney general’s office under the Freedom of Information Law.”

New York Post

Erik Kriss reports: “State Assemblyman Vito Lopez’s Republican challenger jumped back into the race against the scandal-scarred pol yesterday, a day after he said he was going to drop his campaign.”

Fenton & Golding writes: “He may be a crooked ex-pol with a trip to the slammer in his future, but Pedro Espada Jr. insists he’s still a ‘VIP.’ The former state Senate majority leader interrupted a court proceeding yesterday when his disgruntled defense lawyer knocked him as a has-been.”

David Seifman reports: “Mayor Bloomberg yesterday sent the state Parole Board a letter urging that Police Officer Edward Byrne’s killers be kept behind bars ‘both now and in the future.’ To set them free, he wrote, would be ‘appalling’ to all New Yorkers.”

And Seifman also notes: “Mayor Bloomberg yesterday defended Police Commissioner Ray Kelly’s decision to restore gun rights to one of the cops involved in the shooting of Amadou Diallo.”

Carl Campanile looks at what zip codes contain the biggest political donors.

New York Daily News

Ken Lovett writes: “Senate Democrats have cut into the campaign cash advantage enjoyed by Senate Republicans in the battle for control of the chamber. With about a month to go before the crucial elections, the Senate GOP on Friday is expected to report having $3.2 million on hand. The Dems will report roughly $1.2 million in the bank. up from $692,000 in July.”

Have a great weekend. Until Monday.


Bob Hardt

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