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NY1 ItCH: An ItCHY Debate Night As Kerik Weeps

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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, we asked MTA Chairman and CEO Joe Lhota if upcoming public hearings could change his mind about proposed fare hikes.

Watch a clip of the segment above.

Tonight’s program will feature our NY1 Wiseguys and an exclusive tour of the Four Freedoms Park on Roosevelt Island. And don't miss our live coverage of tonight's presidential debate starting at 9 p.m. – complete with snap polls during the debate. It will be followed by a live special edition of “Inside City Hall” with reaction and analysis.

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

Danny Hakim reports: “While the nation’s unemployment rate has been declining over the last year, New York State’s has been rising sharply, presenting a challenge for Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo as he tries to build an image as a fiscal centrist who can transform the state’s business climate.”

“Gotham” columnist Michael Powell reflects on Mayor Bloomberg’s praise of British Prime Minister David Cameron.

David Chen notes: “The field of likely Democratic candidates for New York City mayor narrowed by one on Monday when Tom Allon, a newspaper publisher waging a long-shot bid, announced that he would switch to the Republican Party to increase his odds of making it to the 2013 general election ballot.”

Mosi Secret reports: “A prominent lawyer who has been involved in some of New York City’s most controversial criminal cases said he would run for Brooklyn district attorney, a move that would expand the field running against Charles J. Hynes, a longtime incumbent whose hold on the office has weakened amid mounting criticism.”

New York Post

Jen Fermino writes: “The MTA yesterday released four competing fare-hike plans — including one that features a once-unimaginable $125 monthly MetroCard. Each plan includes a $1 surcharge on every new MetroCard sold. Refills for existing cards would not have a surcharge. Two proposals keep the MetroCard base fare at $2.25, while the other two hike it to $2.50.”

Shields & McNulty report: “The New York congressional delegation called on the White House yesterday to spare $38 million in health-care and compensation money for 9/11 first responders slated to be cut at the end of the year if Congress can’t come up with a spending agreement.”

New York Daily News

Daniel Beekman writes: “Disgraced ex-NYPD Commissioner Bernie Kerik returned to the city he once policed with with an iron fist, weeping on the witness stand Monday as he recounted his harrowing fall from 9/11 hero to jailbird. Rail thin and clean-shaven without his signature mustache, Kerik, 57, arrived at the Bronx Hall of Justice in a prison jumpsuit and handcuffs, but changed into a snappy blue suit with a red and blue tie before he took the stand.”

Until tomorrow.


Bob Hardt

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