NY1 ItCH: Meng Sweats As The Soda Wars Rage
Updated: 07/25/2012 10:19 AM
By: Bob Hardt
“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”, our NY1 Wise Guys discussed the Cuomo administration’s decision to remove some sensitive papers from the state archives.
Watch a clip of the segment above.
Tonight’s guests include: Former Lt. Gov. Richard Ravitch; our Political Rundown with Curtis Sliwa and Gerson Borrero.
Watch NY1 Political Director Bob Hardt discuss some of the stories making news today in this morning's Political Buzz below:
INSIDE THE PAPERS
The New York Times
Kirk Semple reports: “A military prosecutor on Tuesday opened the first court-martial in the death of Pvt. Danny Chen, a Chinese-American from Lower Manhattan, by declaring that he committed suicide last year while serving in Afghanistan after enduring repeated abuse by a fellow soldier, including racial taunts and a physical attack.”
Michael Grynbaum rounds up yesterday’s public hearing on the mayor’s proposed sugary-drink ban.
Chen & Secret write: “A Queens Democratic power broker who was the first Asian-American to serve in the State Assembly was arrested on Tuesday, accused of soliciting $80,000 from a friend facing criminal charges, while claiming he could bribe prosecutors. The power broker, Jimmy K. Meng, 68, of Bayside, who faces one count of federal wire fraud, served in Albany in 2005 and 2006. He is the father of Assemblywoman Grace Meng, who last month won a fiercely fought four-way Congressional primary to become the Democratic nominee in November to represent a heavily Democratic slice of eastern and central Queens.
Lisa Foderaro notes: “New York City has acquired the third and final section of the High Line, the old elevated railroad structure on the West Side of Manhattan, from CSX Transportation, clearing the way for completion of the park.”
Kate Taylor reports: “More than 10,000 gay and lesbian couples were issued marriage licenses in New York State in the year since same-sex marriage was legalized. Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg announced on Tuesday that at least 7,184 same-sex couples had been issued licenses in New York City since July 24, 2011, when the state’s Marriage Equality Act took effect. In the rest of the state, as of July 16, at least 3,424 same-sex couples had received licenses, according to the State Health Department.
New York Post
Sutherland & Oliveira write: “Con Ed is guesstimating this month’s electricity usage while meter-reading workers remain locked out due to failed union negotiations — and customers tell The Post they’re being overcharged as a result.”
Carl Campanile reports: “The next city health-care crackdown: alcohol abuse. Having attacked smoking, trans fats and sugary drinks, the Bloomberg administration is ramping up its campaign against alcohol abuse, The Post has learned.”
Josh Margolin notes: “City Councilman Peter Vallone Jr., the Public Safety Committee chairman, took care of some critical public-safety business at the Jersey Shore on Saturday when he and his two brothers rescued two girls from rough surf in Long Branch.”
Yoav Gonen writes: “The city can’t proceed with plans to significantly change the staffs at 24 struggling schools because the move would violate union contracts, a Manhattan judge ruled yesterday. The decision by Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Joan Lobis upheld an arbitrator’s earlier decision finding that the Department of Education was using school closures as a means to go around seniority job protections for teachers and principals.”
New York Daily News
Glenn Blain reports: “Gov. Cuomo on Tuesday signed legislation intended to boost the state’s film and television industry by granting larger tax credits for editing and other postproduction work — even if the programs are not filmed in New York.”
Tina Moore writes: “The New York Genome Center missed out on the $100 million genius school grant last year, but Mayor Bloomberg reached into his own pocket for a $2.5 million consolation prize.”
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