Monday, February 20, 2012


A BITTER BILL: Albany is deeply divided on how to respond to the mounting death toll from prescription drug abuse in New York, the New York World reports:


* Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver says his conference has "problems" with Gov. Andrew Cuomo's proposed pension reforms, but is willing to curb overtime and disability abuses, the Daily News writes:

* Assemblyman Jack McEneny introduced a bill to let public employees retire at age 55 after 25 years of service, adding $167 million to state pension costs, at the urging of the Civil Service Employees Association and Public Employees Federation, the Post says:

*  Black and Puerto Rican legislators at caucus weekend disapprove of Cuomo's proposed competitive education grants as unfair to poorer school districts, the Times Union writes:

*  New York counties left to shoulder election costs are scrambling to prepare for the state's possible extra primary, the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle reports:

* Westchester school districts are struggling to explain the 2 percent property tax cap to voters, who thought it would limit their rising property tax bills, Gannett's Westchester bureau reports:

* Liam McCabe, the director of community relations for Staten Island Rep. Michael Grimm, has been suspended from work after he was arrested for assaulting his 14-year-old son after the boy was caught with suspected marijuana at a Brooklyn school, the Post says:


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