Wednesday, July 4, 2012


RANGLED: And in other news, City & State's Laura Nahmias delves into the New York City Board of Elections' reluctance to assume blame for vote-count problems: 



* New York City's Economic Development Corporation will split into two parts after the state attorney general's office found that the agency illegally lobbied the City Council on behalf of Mayor Bloomberg, the New York Times reports:

* Lawyers for state Sen. Adriano Espaillat are floating the possibility of a rematch if Rep. Charlie Rangel's victory margin keeps shrinking, but a redo election faces steep challenges, the Wall Street Journal writes:

* A Manhattan appeals court overturned the conviction of a teenage boy found carrying a loaded handgun, its second such decision in the past week, the New York Post fumes:

* ConEd management and union officials hope new talks on Thursday will resolve a labor dispute and end a lockout threatening 8,500 utility workers, the New York Daily News reports:

A former top aide to City Comptroller John Liu is facing "mountains of evidence" against her, the Post writes:

* Former Gov. Eliot Spitzer will join NY1's Inside City Hall on Tuesdays with former Mayor Ed Koch and former Senator Alfonse D'Amato, the News writes:

* Albany Common Council president Carolyn McLaughlin launched her campaign for State Assembly, where she will face Cohoes Mayor John T. McDonald III in September's Democratic primary, the Times-Union notes:

* City Councilmembers are urging Schools Chancellor Dennis Wolcott to reconsider the longstanding ban on cell phones in public schools, the Times notes:

* Erstwhile political star Rep. Bob Turner is spending his Fourth of July in Breezy Point, getting used to his second stint in retirement after losing the Republican Senate primary, the Times writes:

* Narrowsburg, NY canceled its annual fireworks display this Independence Day after the US Fish and Wildlife told the town it could face $200,000 in fines if any explosives harmed any nesting bald eagles, the Times explains:

* Mayor Bloomberg reads a pun-crammed speech at the annual Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest weigh-in and asks his speechwriters, "Who wrote this s---?," the News records:


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