NEW THIS MORNING

NEW THIS MORNING:

* Merryl Tisch, the chancellor of the state Board of Regents, is mulling a run for mayor of New York City as a Republican in 2013 as business and civic groups encourage her candidacy, the Wall Street Journal writes: http://on.wsj.com/KEZLlu

* A new Quinnipiac poll released this morning has Governor Cuomo’s approval rating at 71 percent, the highest score for a New York State governor in 11 years: http://bit.ly/M68xgB

* Appearing next to challenger Adriano Espaillat, Rep. Charlie Rangel acknowledged that it wont be easy to win re-election but defended himself against charges of ethical misconduct, the New York Times reports: http://nyti.ms/KbDXko

* Rangel is set to get endorsements from Mayor Michael Bloomberg as well as former mayors Ed Koch and David Dinkins in coming days, the Post writes: http://nyp.st/JMem2g

* Eleven inmates are seeking class-action status for a lawsuit accusing New York City corrections officials of allowing guards to beat inmates without provocation, the Times reports: http://nyti.ms/JOMTs1

* A fire company in the Bronx is used less frequently than any other in New York City but it is still rescued from closure year after year as part of the mayors budget dance with the City Council, the Times writes: http://nyti.ms/L1YgRf

* Public Advocate Bill de Blasio is backing a lawsuit against the states plan for New York Citys taxis, saying the governor and the mayor bypassed the City Council, the Daily News writes: http://nydn.us/KbOlcI

* The Bloomberg administration is looking to target delivery cyclists who ride on the sidewalks with more enforcement agents and higher fines, the Daily News writes: http://nydn.us/L1RdIh

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