NEW THIS MORNING

NEW THIS MORNING:

* In his State of the Union last night, President Barack Obama named Attorney General Eric Schneiderman to head a special unit that would investigate and prosecute mortgage fraud, the Huffington Post reports: http://huff.to/A3VSAm

* NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly acknowledged cooperating with filmmakers in a graphic documentary portraying U.S. Muslims in a harsh light, though he now regrets it, the New York Times reports: http://nyti.ms/youUlI

* For $50,000, corporate donors can sit with Gov. Andrew Cuomo at his Democratic governors fundraiser, which contrasts with his push to limit campaign contributions, the Times says: http://nyti.ms/wu2MWd

* GOP presidential hopefuls are gearing up for New Yorks April primary, as the unsettled field could make the state unexpectedly relevant, the Times Union reports: http://bit.ly/wZYNQI

* A new report ranks New York 13th among the nation for its efforts to improve teacher quality, giving it a C rating, up from a D-plus two years ago, the Associated Press reports: http://bit.ly/wNWoo4

* Senate Republicans are proposing the first Asian-majority district in Flushing, Queens, and an Orthodox Jewish-majority district in Borough Park in Brooklyn, the Daily News writes: http://nydn.us/xIS1wc

* Transport Workers Union head John Samuelson said he wouldnt rule out a subway strike in the unions negotiations with the MTA, the Post reports: http://nyp.st/yfHRzS

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