Tuesday, February 28, 2012



* New York cities struggling with rising pension bills are increasingly borrowing from the same state pension fund they owe money to, delaying costs while banking on an economic rebound, the New York Times reports:

* State education officials are considering legislation to shield teachers from further disclosures to protect a statewide evaluation system after the release of New York City teacher rankings, the Wall Street Journal writes:

* Some parents of students at PS 89 in the Bronx, which had the most poorly rated teachers in 2010, plan to send their kids elsewhere, though a school official dismissed the flawed rankings, the Post reports:

* Sen. Mark Grisanti was banned from Seneca casinos after an altercation earlier this month, while former Assemblyman Jack Quinn, a potential replacement candidate, still backs Grisanti, the Buffalo News reports:

* A staffer of former state Senate Majority Leader Pedro Espada Jr.'s healthcare firm will testify that he asked his campaign to use straw donors to get around campaign finance limits, the Post writes:

* The Occupy Wall Street movement is set to get corporate funding from the founders of Ben & Jerry's and other business leaders, with $300,000 raised so far and a $1.8 million goal, the Journal writes:

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