NEW THIS MORNING

NEW THIS MORNING:

* Gov. Andrew Cuomo is vowing to pass the stricter laws proposed by Senate Democrats to crack down on illegal gun use in the wake of shootings in Colorado and Wisconsin, the New York Post reports: http://nyp.st/Ro5Kz9

* Labor leaders are courting gay rights activists to pressure Council Speaker Christine Quinn over paid sick leave legislation by threatening not to support her mayoral bid, the Post writes: http://nyp.st/RodHEt

* State Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos wants the Assembly to take up a bill making the sale and possession of designer drugs, including bath salts and synthetic pot, a felony, the Daily News reports: http://nydn.us/QDEkpn

* Dozens of executives at companies that do business with the city have bundled nearly $1 million for prospective 2013 mayoral candidates, skirting campaign finance restrictions, the New York World reports: http://bit.ly/TcZoTl

* State Sen. David Storobin disputed charges from political rival Simcha Felder about petition signatures collected to stay on the ballot in November, the News writes: http://nydn.us/O4hRzB

* Five companies reached a settlement with the Environmental Protection Agency to clean up mercury contamination at an Albany-area site, the Associated Press writes: http://on.wsj.com/TfmbOt

* Retiring assemblyman Bob Reilly has hired as his new district office manager a former Teamsters leader expelled from the union this spring, the Times Union reports: http://bit.ly/TeRPvv

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