Morning Read: Meng Proclaims Innocence; More On ‘The Magenta Yenta’; Adelson After Obama-Voting Jews

The National Review takes a closer look at Huma Abedin’s alleged Muslim Brotherhood ties.

Jimmy Meng, father of Democratic Congressional candidate Grace Meng, denied his involvement in a bribery scheme, telling reporters as he left the courthouse after his arraignment,  “I didn’t do anything. I don’t believe you guys should even report this.”

According to The Daily News, investigators hoped to flip Meng to ensnare City Comptroller John Liu, who is already undergoing his own investigation into campaign finance irregularities.

Danny Hakim has the back story on the Cuomo administration’s efforts to keep the infamous Trooper-gate memo secret: one line in it gives allies of Eliot Spitzer ammunition that then-AG Cuomo didn’t treat him fairly.

Mike Bloomberg op-eds against those who say that now is not the time to talk about gun control: “It’s as if as a country, we cannot mourn the dead and protect the living at the same time.

Few of the dozen speakers at yesterday’s Board of Health hearing on the Bloomberg Big Soda Ban represented the average soda-drinker on the street. 

The Health Dept’s next focus is alcohol abuse.

ABC News reports that Mindy Meyer has been nicknamed “The Magenta Yenta.”

Mike Bloomberg clarified: he doesn’t really want the police to go on strike to protest lax gun laws.

Bloomberg also donated $2.5 million to launch the start of construction yesterday of the New York Genome Center, a 170,000 square-foot space in SoHo that will become one of the largest DNA analytics facilities in the nation.

Andrew Cuomo signed a bill that would provide greater tax credits for post production film work in New York, even if the TV show or movie was not shot in the state.

The unemployment rate in Brooklyn and the Bronx rose. 

State Senators ducked the Times-Union’s phone calls about a legislative pay raise. 

Senate Democrats are renewing a push for the minimum wage.

An audit by Comptroller Tom DiNapoli found that the state overpaid by $33 million in Medicaid funds.

The city obtained the last section of the High Line necessary to complete the park.

More than 10,000 gay and lesbian couples were issued marriage licenses in the year since same-sex marriage became legal in New York.

NYU faculty are set to sue over the university’s expansion plans. 

Sylvia Woods was eulogized for over four hours at Abyssinian Baptist Church, with luminaries like Bill Clinton, Mike Bloomberg and David Dinkins paying tribute.

The first court martial trial in the death of Danny Chen got under way. 

Low-wage workers marched in Manhattan for better working conditions. 

A state supreme court judge upheld an arbitrator’s ruling forbidding the city from closing dozens of low-performing schools. The ruling could jeopardize $58 million in federal funding the city is set to receive.

Former City Council Speaker Gifford Miller’s development firm is behind an effort to build a “small city” in a desolate stretch of the South Bronx.

A Romney adviser said that Barack Obama doesn’t fully appreciate America’s “Anglo-Saxon heritage.”

Sheldon Adelson is now using his billions to court Jews who regret voting for Barack Obama. 

Mitt Romney criticized Barack Obama’s Syria policy without saying what he would do differently. 

The AP says that Romney’s Bain ties lasted beyond his official exit from the firm.

Two veep shortlisters–Bobby Jindal and Bob McDonnell–are in Iowa this week.