Friday, February 17, 2012



* In the wake of scathing reports on his business dealings and fundraising, Congressman Michael Grimm – who had been one of Mitt Romney's most prominent New York supporters – is now outs the outs with the Republican frontrunner, the New York Times reports:

*Groups representing African-American voters in Buffalo slammed the district Republicans are attempting to create for politically vulnerable state Sen. Mark Grisanti, the Buffalo News says:

*Ex-Yonkers Councilwoman Sandy Annabi took $175,000 in payments from two men – including the chairman of the Yonkers Republican Party – not as bribes, but because the GOP chairman was romantically "infatuated" with Annabi, their lawyers argued in federal court, the Times writes:

* The teacher evaluation deal struck Thursday will bring approximately $1 billion in federal funding to the state, the Times Union reports:

* A report released by a pro-gambling group says the state's nine racinos pumped $2 billion into the state economy and $1 billion into its coffers last year, the Post writes:

* The SUV waiting to pick up the Rev. Al Sharpton at LaGuardia Airport yesterday was impounded by police, despite Sharpton raising "holy hell," the Post writes:

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