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Senate leaders say they have the votes to pass Zadroga. The Post calls Sen. Tom Coburn, who is threatening to

Senate leaders say they have the votes to pass Zadroga.

The Post calls Sen. Tom Coburn, who is threatening to block the bill, “The Grinch.”

Mayor Bloomberg wants local jurisdictions to take over juvenile prisons from the state. A state official fears that the plan will drain money for juvenile programs elsewhere in the state.

The DN is in favor of the Bloomberg plan.

Carolyn Maloney says that Jon Stewart has been a better advocate for the bill than Barack Obama.

Gov.-elect Andrew Cuomo is expected to name Ellen Biben, for the past four years his special deputy attorney general for public integrity, as the state’s new corruption-fighting inspector general. She  would replace hard-charging Joseph Fisch, who is retiring.

New York will have 27 House seats, down from 45 in the 1940’s.

The city should get out of the redistricting mess unscathed.

Pedro Espada can collect a pension of $9,000 a year.

The state comptroller rejected a new $118 million contract between New York City Transit and a Virginia engineering company whose huge information technology project it has designed for the city is now at the center of an alleged $80 million corruption scheme.

Gov. David Paterson has just three remaining bills that he can sign or veto — and all of them were sponsored by the state’s next attorney general, state Sen. Eric Schneiderman.

A top aide to outgoing majority leader John Sampson runs some shady businesses.

Gov. Paterson is running out of campaign cash to pay his legal bills and ethics violation.

New York City’s schools are taking advantage of the economic downturn to expand.

A federal judge sentenced an ailing former safety inspector to more than five years in prison for faking hundreds of asbestos and lead test reports, saying that his crimes were monumental and had put New York City’s residents at risk.

The Environmental Protection Agency plans to begin inspecting school buildings in New York City next month for contamination with the toxic chemicals known as PCBs in response to a pilot study that found that the substance was leaking from old light fixtures in some schools. The Bloomberg administration says that the measure would impose a $1 billion unfunded mandate on city taxpayers.

The New York Times has sued the New York Police Department, saying the department had routinely violated a state law that requires government agencies to provide information to the press and the public.


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