IN THE NEW ISSUE OF CITY & STATE: Minimum-wage jobs are growing in New York, amid a fight in Albany over whether to raise the floor from $7.25 an hour to $8.50. But whether New Yorks low-wage workers get an extra $1.25 per hour has little to do with how badly they need itor even with what economists, business owners and voters say they wantand everything to do with politics in Albany:


* Gov. Andrew Cuomo will ask legislators today to consider decriminalizing small amounts of marijuana in public view as part of a plan to reduce the numbers of young black and Latino men arrested during police stops, the New York Times writes:

* New educational reform group StudentsFirstNY, which is headed by former Bloomberg administration lobbyist Micah Lasher, is launching a six-figure independent expenditure campaign in support of Hakeem Jeffriess congressional bid, the Daily News reports:

* Rep. Edolphus Towns is endorsing City Councilman Charles Barron against Hakeem Jeffries in the race to succeed him, despite his often harsh criticism of Barron in the past, the Wall Street Journal reports:

* New York suburban areas such as Yonkers and Nassau and Suffolk Counties are increasingly turning to public sector layoffs to weather their budget crises, the Journal writes:

* Port Authority Security Chief Louis Barani was ousted after he was found to be secretly discussing lucrative contracts with vendors, the Post writes:

* Cardinal Timothy Dolan refuted reports that he once paid off priests abusing children in Wisconsin after mass yesterday, the Post writes:

* Assemblyman William Boyland, Jr. Is under investigation by the State Comptroller and Albany County District Attorney on grounds he claimed taxpayer-funded reimbursement of false travel expenses, the Daily News writes:

* Las Vegas casino operators such as Caesars Entertainment, MGM Resorts and Sands Las Vegas have told Cuomo Administration operations director Howard Glaser they want to run a megacasino in New York City, the Post writes: