ESPAILLAT VS. RANGEL INCHING CLOSER TO REALITY: Since petitioning began last week, Sen. Adriano Espaillat has already collected enough signatures to qualify for the ballot in the June primary contest against long-serving Congressman Charlie Rangel, setting up another battle for control of Harlem:


* An investigation into cheating on standardized tests in Nassau County led by District Attorney Kathleen Rice will result in photo identification requirements for new test-takers nationwide, the New York Times reports:

* An agreement between the NYPD and Civilian Complaint Review Board will allow substantiated cases of police wrongdoing to be tried by the boards lawyers instead of police, the Times writes:

* City Council Speaker Christine Quinns Standard Hotel fundraiser next week will draw on her support from women and gays, as she seeks to become the citys first openly gay and first female mayor, the Wall Street Journal writes:

* David Bellavia will face off against former Erie County executive Chris Collins for the newly drawn 27th Congressional District seat, in a rare GOP primary, the Buffalo News writes:

* The New York Post claims City Comptroller John Liu is telling backers he wont run for comptroller next year, as he aims to become mayor or nothing at all:

* First girlfriend Sandra Lee is trying to upscale her image in case Cuomo runs for president by courting high-fashion editors like Anna Wintour, and moving away from her semi-homemade brand, the Post writes: