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* Former New York City Comptroller Bill Thompson is the only mayoral candidate who refused to release his tax return to the New York Post, the paper writes: http://nyp.st/IraWOz

* A special prosecutor appointed by the Staten Island D.A.s office is investigating allegations the Working Families Party broke campaign finance laws in 2009 by giving campaign services to candidates through its for-profit Data and Field Services, Crains Insider reports: http://bit.ly/IOPX7s

* Two prominent police union officials are pleading guilty to ticket fixing in the Bronx, the Daily News reports: http://nydn.us/IevBpW

* After being sued by an out of state beer distributor, New York is ending tax and fee exemptions for in-state breweries, a move that could hamper the states growing craft-beer industry, the Wall Street Journal writes: http://on.wsj.com/I2Mtxw

* The Cuomo administration surprised Department of Environmental Conservation employees when it moved around their office furniture without warning, the Times Union writes: http://bit.ly/Id1fGl

* Mayor Michael Bloomberg takes his fifth annual crack at poetry writing in honor of National Poetry month, with a composition that weaves in both Lady Gaga and the New York Aquarium, the Journal reports: http://on.wsj.com/Ib3ypS

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