NEW THIS MORNING

NEW THIS MORNING:

* Brooklyn Rep. Ed Towns, who was facing a vigorous primary challenge from Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries and Councilman Charles Barron, will not seek re-election, the New York Times reports: http://nyti.ms/JmVD6d

* Despite having his eye on a 2016 presidential run, Gov. Andrew Cuomo does not want a high-profile role at this years Democratic National Convention, the Daily News Ken Lovett reports: http://nydn.us/HBWcue

* A top Cuomo aide kept a 35-page secret dossier on YNN reporter/blogger Liz Benjamin, highlighting her criticism of the administration as generally snarky, Buzzfeeds Ben Smith reports: http://bit.ly/ILQFWM

* NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly is being courted to run for New York City mayor by Republicans, and is said to be open to the idea, Fred Dicker writes in the New York Post: http://nyp.st/HYoZuO

* Albany lawmakers have released a bill that would undo Mayor Michael Bloombergs control of New York Citys school system, the Post reports: http://nyp.st/HY53YW

* A federal grand jury is nearing the end of its review of kickback allegations involving former Senate Majority Leader Joe Bruno, the Times Union says: http://bit.ly/IWQMxH

* Only days before the 1974 gubernatorial election, former Gov. Hugh Carey was targeted for assassination, as shown by recently released FBI files, the Post writes: http://nyp.st/IX2E2X

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