NEW THIS MORNING

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* Con Edison laid off 8,000 utility workers on Sunday as union contract talks broke down amid the worst heat wave of the summer, the Daily News reports: http://nydn.us/OPl7kx

* The states largest public employees union wont negotiate with the Cuomo administration until the state agrees to give members bonuses for dropping out of its health insurance plan, the New York Posts Fred Dicker learns: http://nyp.st/KVxDxt

* The citys public housing authority will crack down on residents who improperly install air conditioners in their apartments after two units fell from an Upper East Side project this summer, the Times writes: http://nyti.ms/LQfHpz

* Brooklyn Assemblyman Nick Perry has hired an ally of Gov. David Paterson who was once charged with forgery for trying to dig up dirt on a rival legislative staffer, the Newss Ken Lovett reports: http://nydn.us/M0xcQg

* The New York City Fire Department is rethinking its tactics for treating residential fires as they burn down 20 vacant houses in Governors Island this week, the Times says: http://nyti.ms/LKwbxu

* A new state law requires that any public school student suspected of suffering a concussion must be removed from play and cannot return without authorization from a doctor and a 24-hour wait period, the Albany Times-Union reports: http://bit.ly/MNBds7

* The Institute for Family Health, the states largest network of community health centers, applied to manage former state Sen. Pedro Espadas Soundview Health Center after his conviction, the Wall Street Journal notes: http://on.wsj.com/KVJMCL

* A senior investigator for Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and former police officer is collecting a city pension and earning a state salary of $83,375 while doing little actual work, the Times-Union maintains: http://bit.ly/OacKPd

* The Seneca Gaming Corporation will upgrade two main areas of its Niagra Falls casino to coincide with its 10-year anniversary, the Buffalo News reports: http://bit.ly/KLPNgz

* A Post survey shows that New Yorkers, including Taxi Commissioner David Yassky, largely failed a test taxi drivers take to obtain their licenses: http://nyp.st/MMP9DK

WEEKEND ROUNDUP:

* Rep. Charlie Rangels victory margin over state Sen. Adriano Espillat shrank to 802 votes this weekend with all precincts reporting and more than 2,000 absentee and affidavit ballots to be counted, the Post reports: http://nyp.st/QL9EAQ

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