NEW THIS MORNING

PROMISING NO MORE DRAMA, DAN GARODNICK DECLARES FOR CITY COMPTROLLER: Manhattan City Councilman Dan Garodnick will announce his candidacy for city comptroller in 2013 via a video message sent to supporters today and obtained by City & State: http://bit.ly/HQALW5

NEW THIS MORNING:

* Thousands of state workers rushed to sign up for more generous pension benefits last week before a new pension tier kicked in starting April 1, the New York Times reports: http://nyti.ms/HNi0Gu

* Democrats hope to retake the House with gains in New York, but redistricting has made Reps. Kathy Hochul, Louise Slaughter, Bill Owens and Timothy Bishop more vulnerable, the Times writes: http://nyti.ms/H96yF9

* Seven New York City schools set to be shuttered will stay open, but the Bloomberg administration will still close and reopen 26 other schools with many new employees, the Wall Street Journal reports: http://on.wsj.com/HamaZv

* About $30 million in state aid to schools, or bullet aid, has not been designated yet, and is facing criticism as pork spending that benefits incumbent lawmakers, writes the Times Union: http://bit.ly/H9kQpl

* Assemblyman Dov Hikind called for Brooklyn Colleges provost to be ousted in the wake of accusations of an anti-Jewish hiring bias at the school, the Post reports: http://nyp.st/Hc87Py

* New York taxpayers can already make a charitable donation to any of eight organizations on their tax forms, yet state lawmakers want to add lines for meals to the elderly, state parks and the arts, the Times Union reports: http://bit.ly/HaJfpO

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EDITORIAL PAGES:

* A civil rights challenge to the NYPDs stop and frisk policy in rental buildings should prompt the Bloomberg administration and Police Commissioner Ray Kelly to curb abuses, the New York Times opines: http://nyti.ms/HPPJvK

* Young conservatives going undercover to try to embarrass liberal organizations are targeting the Industrial Areas Foundation in the state, though one recent attempt failed, writes the Times Michael Powell: http://nyti.ms/HatzDb

* CUNYs professors union is opposing plans to raise standards at community colleges and let students choose more classes, which shows theyre worried about themselves, not students, the Post says: http://nyp.st/HKe8ou

* Luis Gonzalez, the presiding judge of a New York appeals court, took cronyism to another level by hiring family and friends, and a state commission let him off too easy, writes the Daily News: http://soc.li/ICLOObC

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