Morning Read: ‘Ground Zero Mosque’ Opens; Cuomo Opens Up; Another Government Shut Down?

Does another government shutdown loom?

State leaders are asking a federal judge to allow New York to keep the September primary in 2012, with the promise that it will be moved to earlier in the year in 2013 and beyond.

Members of the Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic and Asian Caucus in Albany are pressuring Gov. Andrew Cuomo to sign a bill that would allow livery drivers to pick up street hails.

The Ground Zero Mosque opened without any protests.

The poverty rate grew faster in New York City than it did in the rest of the nation last year, according to census figures released today.

Median household incomes fell by five percent in New York City last year.

The Economic Development Corp. failed to spend more than $9.3 million collected from private developers for job creation and training, John Liu wrote in a new audit.

Gov. Cuomo has until today to decide whether or not the state will pick up the health insurance tab for NYC OTB retirees.

Also waiting for Cuomo’s signature: a bill to legalize the sale of fireworks.

The M.T.A.’s plan to take in more debt than ever to pay for megaprojects like the Second Avenue Subway could lead to more massive fare hikes, according to a new audit from Tom DiNapoli.

The first phase of the construction of the Second Ave. Subway is nearing completion.

The rat population seems to be growing in the subways due to budget cutbacks.

NYCHA is considering selling billboard space on the side of its apartment buildings in order to raise cash–ads that could promote booze and fast food.

The delays on the drawing of new legislative lines have hurt Democrats ability to recruit State Senate candidates, and may hamper their efforts to retake the majority.

As early as today Gov. Andrew Cuomo is expected unveil a new website called CitizenConnect, which promises to provide an unprecedented amount of transparency about the doings of the executive branch.

 

Morning Read: ‘Ground Zero Mosque’ Opens; Cuomo Opens Up; Another Government Shut Down?