Wednesday, November 30, 2011

The New York Times

Weiser & Secret report on the new federal indictment against State Assemblyman William Boyland Jr.: “In the new case, prosecutors said Mr. Boyland, a Democrat, had the temerity to continue to commit bribery — they say he solicited more than $250,000 in bribes — even after he had been charged in the Manhattan case.”

Thomas Kaplan writes: “Harshly criticizing Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo for the tactics he used to win approval of same-sex marriage, a state judge has ruled that a lawsuit challenging the enactment of New York’s Marriage Equality Act can proceed. Acting Justice Robert B. Wiggins of State Supreme Court in Livingston County, in the Finger Lakes region, wrote that it was possible that the Republican majority in the State Senate had violated the state’s open meetings law as it discussed whether to bring the marriage bill to a vote.”

“About New York” Columnist Jim Dwyer looks at the battle over the Living Wage Bill: “This is a mighty battle about crumbs for a few people.”

Sam Dillon reports: “New York has the most effective school-choice system of any of the nation’s largest school districts, allowing students and parents the most freedom and providing them with the most relevant information on educational performance, according to a new Brookings Institution report scheduled for publication online Wednesday.”

Colin Moynihan writes: “One of the main government witnesses in the corruption trial of City Councilman Larry B. Seabrook testified on Tuesday that she had consulted a doctor about her diminishing memory, then offered contradictory accounts on several important points in the case.”

Charlie Bagli notes: “For the second time in six years, the tenants at Stuyvesant Town and Peter Cooper Village are seeking to buy the financially troubled complexes, which have served as a leafy refuge for generations of middle-class families in high-priced Manhattan.”

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