NEW THIS MORNING

NEW THIS MORNING:

* The feds are investigating allegations that Mayor Michael Bloomberg was the subject of a multi-million-dollar blackmail scheme by a former 2001 campaign photographer who claims she was sexually assaulted by his consultant in front of former deputy mayor Ed Skyler, the New York Post says: http://nyp.st/v7zNd5

* Gov. Andrew Cuomos State of the State speech tomorrow will include a pledge to not raise taxes or fees (again) to close the estimated $2 billion state budget gap, the Posts Fred Dicker reports: http://nyp.st/uDGEUQ

* City hospitals are paying millions each year to continue treating patients well enough to be sent home but arent because they are illegal immigrants, lack insurance or appropriate housing, the New York Times reports: http://nyti.ms/vxdIYe

* The growing number of residents who rely on food stamps is creating bureaucratic headaches and dangerous overcrowding at the citys job centers, the Wall Street Journal says: http://on.wsj.com/vk8hrS

* Ulster County Executive Mike Hein accused Bloomberg and the city Department of Environmental Preservation of polluting his countys waterways in their effort to transport clean drinking water from the Catskills region, the Daily News says: http://nydn.us/sOfeif

* An analysis found 324 bills of the 14,000 introduced in Albany each year were perennial, keeping the same titles and same sponsors since 1995, the Times-Union reports: http://bit.ly/rA3Yow

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