Morning Read: Petting Zoo, Pony Rides and a Videographer to Record it All for Posterity

The indictment against Pedro Espada alleges that the Bronx senator used money from his medical center to pay for a birthday party for a young member of his family, complete with a petting zoo, pony rides and a videographer to record it all for posterity. 

Espada is also accused of buying $14,000 in tickets to hit Broadway shows like “Mamma Mia” and “Jersey Boys,” and $8,000 for ballgames and concerts by Kenny G and R&B singer Ne-Yo.

Andrew Cuomo: “This case in my opinion is the most outrageous abuse of public office that I have ever seen.”

The unarmed man shot by Mayor Bloomberg’s bodyguard in a fight over a woman says he is now he’s planning to sue the city for $5 million.

More than half of Manhattan residents are college grads, close to double the national average.

A tax break for train and bus commuters, scheduled to expire this month, is on track to be extended by Congress, Sen. Charles Schumer announced.

Staten Islanders boast of the longest commute in the nation.

Vito Lopez, Denny Farrell and Jose Rivera are among the state lawmakers taking advantage of a loophole that allows them to collect a pension while in office.

Metropolitan New York is being rapidly reshaped as blacks, Latinos, Asians and immigrants surge into the suburbs, while gentrification by whites is widening the income gap in neighborhoods in Manhattan and Brooklyn, according to new census figures released on Tuesda

More and more affluent parents hire high-powered lawyers and advocates to sue the city for reimbursement of their kids’ tuition at fancy private schools, while special needs kids from poorer neighborhoods must go to local public schools.

The Wal-Mart fight is going to Albany.

A number of bodies found on the beach near Babylon lead police to think that a serial killer may be at large.

Residents and business owners are opposed to an historic district in downtown Brooklyn.

A look at why the FDNY remains devoid of minority firefighters.


  Morning Read: Petting Zoo, Pony Rides and a Videographer to Record it All for Posterity