Monday, February 27, 2012



* Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver said there is no agreement on redistricting of congressional lines and he does not expect a vote this week, while a court appointment of a special master over the process is also possible, the News reports:

* Assemblymen Carl Heastie, the Bronx Democratic chair, and Keith Wright, the Manhattan party chair, are at odds over redrawing Rep. Charles Rangel's district, with each eyeing a run in it later, says the Post's Fred Dicker:

* More than half of New York City taxi fares are now paid by credit card, and while cabbies say passengers pay bigger tips when they use plastic, fleet owners are taking a larger bite of the pie, the Wall Street Journal reports:

* The NYPD worked with the Erie County Sheriff's Department to conduct anti-terror surveillance of the Somali immigrant community in Buffalo, Leonard Levitt's NYPD Confidential reports:

* New York City plans this spring to print a new Green Book, the thick directory of government phone numbers, for the first time in four years, while also putting those numbers on the Internet for the first time, the Times reports:

* Barry Price, an eighth-grade math teacher in the Bronx, is the only man among the 15 teachers with a top score in the city's controversial ratings, reflecting in part a dearth of male teachers, the Post notes:


* Staten Island Rep. Michael Grimm asked a California federal judge to spare a convicted money launderer from serving jail time, claiming the man helped him with undercover FBI probes, the Daily News reported:

* The Times explored the challenges facing African-American students at Manhattan's Stuyvesant High School, a prestigious public school where only 40 of 3,295 students are black:

* The Buffalo News profiled the rise of political lawyer Adam Perry, a friend of Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown whose firm has received more than $4 million from the city and its housing authority since Brown took office:

* Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr., who once bitterly fought over the Kingsbridge Armory, jointly authored a Daily News op-Ed praising the subsidized deal bringing Fresh Direct to the Bronx:


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