CUOMO FRIEND REPLACED BY CUOMO DONOR ON MEDICAID REDESIGN TASK FORCE: Healthcare consultant Jeffrey Sachs, a friend of Gov. Andrew Cuomo who stirred controversy on the governors Medicaid Redesign Team, was replaced by trial lawyer Joseph Belluck, who donated more than $60,000 to the governors re-election campaign this month:

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* Republicans draft redistricting maps add a 63rd state Senate seat in the Capital Region, perhaps designed for wealthy GOP Assemblyman George Amedore, the Times Union reveals:

* A violent film that portrays U.S. Muslims as trying to overthrow their country was shown to nearly 1,500 NYPD police officers, far more than previously disclosed, the New York Times reports:

* UFT President Michael Mulgrew has vowed to reach a deal on a new teacher evaluation system, signaling that high-level negotiations could soon resume, the Daily News writes:

* City Comptroller John Liu will criticize Gov. Andrew Cuomo today for proposing to bypass New York City in a funding package for municipalities across the state, the Wall Street Journal reports:

* Occupy Wall Street lawyers have dropped their challenge to a court ruling that prevented protesters from camping in Zuccotti Park, the New York Post notes:

* Of the 33 schools that Mayor Michael Bloomberg wants to shut down, lay off staff and reopen under a new federal program, seven earned high A or B school ratings from the city, the Post finds:

* State Senate Republicans shot down Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silvers suggestion of a pay raise for lawmakers, the Post reports: