Morning Read: More Trouble for John Liu; West Side Rebirth; Battle Begins For Towns Seat

With the state budget worsening and lawmakers from both parties anxious about their re-election campaigns next year, Fred Dicker says that there’s growing fear in the business community and among Cuomo’s backers that Senate Republicans will go back on their pledge to support his effort to let the millionaire’s tax expire.

The Wall Street Journal takes a look at the impending Ed Towns–Hakeem Jeffries–Charles Barron slugfest.

A major achievement of the Bloomberg era–the development of the Far West Side–grew out of the failure of the 2012 Olympic bid.

Top John Liu deputy and former City Councilman Simcha Felder is considering running as a Republican for the State Senate in the new “Jewish district” likely to be carved out of Carl Kruger’s former seat.

John Liu announced that he is returning around $20,000 in donations.

The Post wonders how John Liu can return money to donors who may not exist.

David Seifman found red flags in John Liu’s 2009 fundraising operation.

Jimmy Vielkind details how Mark Poloncarz’s upset victory for Erie County executive was bolstered by labor groups “independent expenditures,” the first time the tactic had been tried on the state level.

A look at the “friendless journalists” (are there any other kind?) burial plot at Cypress Hills Cemetery in Brooklyn.

Is Columbia reneging on its community benefits agreement that was drafted as part of its Manhattanville expansion?

The G.O.P. is catching up with the social media skills of President Obama.

At his Sunday press conference, Chuck Schumer warned that local malls could track shoppers via their cell phones.

Bicyclists continue to violate speed guidelines in Prospect Park.

An East Harlem bike lane received a setback despite the support of Council Member Melissa Mark Viverito.

The CUNY Board of Trustees is expected to hike tuition 30 percent over the next four years at a meeting today.

The Bloomberg administration is trying to crackdown on bogus non-profits falsely claiming property tax exempt status after ignoring the problem for four years.

The fight over residential parking permits in Brooklyn is dividing one-time allies.

Jose Peralta would like food carts to post letter grades.

A $33 million HPD program to crack down on residential buildings in the worst states of disrepair is flailing.

The state Dept of Health and Comptroller Tom DiNapoli are slated to square off over a contract for a company that runs a Medicaid payment system and which DiNapoli says is inefficient.

 

Morning Read: More Trouble for John Liu; West Side Rebirth; Battle Begins For Towns Seat