NEW THIS MORNING

NEW THIS MORNING:

* New Yorkers disapprove of Mayor Michael Bloombergs handling of the schools, approve of the public release of teacher evaluation scores and overwhelming support the use of restaurant letter grades, a new Quinnipiac Poll says: http://bit.ly/x6DzwB

* A new poll found 71 percent of state teachers support giving new teachers a choice of a 401(k)-style retirement plan, but teachers oppose changing existing pension rules, the Empire Center for New York State Policy says: http://bit.ly/AotlXF

* A senior Cuomo official tells the New York Times that a deal to expand the states DNA database is very close, and that the governor is willing to drop the 401(k) option of his pension reform plan if lawmakers approve a new, less generous tier for state workers: http://nyti.ms/AozVM9

* At a campaign finance workshop for Asian Americans, participants questioned whether Comptroller John Lius legal woes were a result of racial profiling by federal prosecutors, the Times reports: http://nyti.ms/yWItBy

* A video showing Rep. Peter King allegedly accompanying U.S. Marshals in the pursuit of a fugitive suspect is being investigated for possible violation of federal policy, the Wall Street Journal reports: http://on.wsj.com/wV2SUL

* Central New York officials are calling on Albany to consolidate all of the states primary elections on June 26, arguing the three different dates amount to a costly mandate for municipalities, the Post Standard reports: http://bit.ly/xvKdJS

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