CUOMOS AGENDA FACES LATINO PUSHBACK: Leaders of Latino community groups pushed back hard on Gov. Andrew Cuomos second-year agenda at a State of the State event in Manhattan last week, criticizing his budget cuts, transportation plan, education strategy and Medicaid approach:


* Gov. Andrew Cuomos budget will include a pension reform plan that covers New York City workers, police and firefighters, forcing them to choose between enrolling in a 401(k) or a pension plan with less generous benefits, the Daily News reports:

* New Yorks teacher unions will have one month to agree to a teacher evaluation plan before Cuomo writes his own plan into the states budget, the Post reports:

* While Cuomos budget will seek to reduce government funded pension plans for employees, it is unclear if he will address state takeover of Medicaid costs, a major concern of those calling for mandate relief, Buffalo News Tom Precious writes:

* City Comptroller John Liu disapproves of a $10 million no-bid contract that would pay a News Corp. Affiliate run by former schools chancellor Joel Klein to track student test scores, the Daily News writes:

* Contract negotiations between the MTA and Transit Workers Union Local 100 are stalling as the union seeks wage increases pegged to inflation, the Journal reports:

* The Occupy Wall Street movement has nearly spent more than $700,000 in donations it received last fall, and its monetary support is drying up, the Wall Street Journal writes:



Elected Officials Crowd Sharpton’s Tribute To Martin Luther King

Elected Officials Crowd Sharpton’s Tribute To Martin Luther King

New Yorkers honored the memory and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday by volunteering and holding events across the five boroughs, including a rally well stocked with politicians at the National Action Network headquarters in Harlem. | Demonstrators protested school closures outside an MLK tribute at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.

Elected Officials Crowd Sharpton’s Tribute To Martin Luther King
Tue, 17 Jan 2012 03:58:22 GMT