NEW THIS MORNING

A BITTER BILL: Albany is deeply divided on how to respond to the mounting death toll from prescription drug abuse in New York, the New York World reports: http://bit.ly/yJgwNP

NEW THIS MORNING:

* Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver says his conference has problems with Gov. Andrew Cuomos proposed pension reforms, but is willing to curb overtime and disability abuses, the Daily News writes: http://nydn.us/zOQf6s

* Assemblyman Jack McEneny introduced a bill to let public employees retire at age 55 after 25 years of service, adding $167 million to state pension costs, at the urging of the Civil Service Employees Association and Public Employees Federation, the Post says: http://nyp.st/yo4Q1C

* Black and Puerto Rican legislators at caucus weekend disapprove of Cuomos proposed competitive education grants as unfair to poorer school districts, the Times Union writes: http://bit.ly/yNaf7l

* New York counties left to shoulder election costs are scrambling to prepare for the states possible extra primary, the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle reports: http://on.rocne.ws/w4blof

* Westchester school districts are struggling to explain the 2 percent property tax cap to voters, who thought it would limit their rising property tax bills, Gannetts Westchester bureau reports: http://lohud.us/zYqRWP

* Liam McCabe, the director of community relations for Staten Island Rep. Michael Grimm, has been suspended from work after he was arrested for assaulting his 14-year-old son after the boy was caught with suspected marijuana at a Brooklyn school, the Post says: http://nyp.st/zTfhTo

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