CONGRESSIONAL PRIMARY COVERAGE: Our online primary polls have Grace Meng, Nydia Velázquez and Hakeem Jeffries leading their respective primary battles, while Charlie Rangel and Adriano Espaillat are locked in a tight race. For on-the-scenes coverage of the actual races, check for updates all day on The Notebook as we blog from Brooklyn, Queens and Manhattan following the congressional primaries to their exciting conclusion:


* Campaign officials and political consultants predicted low turnouts in primary elections for House seats and in the lone statewide primary, the New York Times writes:

* Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the City Council agreed on a $68.5 billion budget, restoring hundreds of millions of dollars in proposed cuts to after-school programs, fire service and libraries, the Wall Street Journal says:

* As Bloombergs third term comes to a close, City Hall is now starting to experience a phenomenon rarely seen in the loyal pastures of Bloombergland: an exodus, the Times says:

* New York taxpayers shelled out nearly $2 million last year to cover late bill payments by the state government, a 38 percent increase from the prior year, the Post reports:

* Brian Kolb, the state Assemblys top Republican, called a possible post-election deal to raise lawmakers pay in exchange for cutting their per-diem payments extortion, the Post writes:

* The states plan for hydrofracking in the Marcellus Shale might cause conflicts in municipalities where members of the town boards own land and could profit by leasing gas rights, the Democrat and Chronicle says:

* Gov. Andrew Cuomo believes a property tax abatement for hundreds of thousands of condominium and co-op owners in New York City will be preserved, despite his rejection of its renewal, the Times writes:

* A federal appeals court has returned to the New York state courts a dispute over whether the Shinnecock Indian tribe should be able to build a casino in the town of Southampton, the Times Union reports: