NYPD’s pepper-spray use comes into question, and so do the numbers attached to a city-backed jobs program

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Anthony Bologna, (Jim Kiernan via Gothamist)
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The number of job seekers who found employment through city-backed job centers has reportedly been overstated. Michael Powell details in his column what seems to be a systematic effort to bump up numbers and make it appear that nearly everyone handled by the organization was placed into work.

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Rich Republican donors like Ken Langone, Phil Singer, David Koch and others want Chris Christie to run for president. [Nicholas Confessore]

The officer who pepper-sprayed women--which was captured in a widely-seen video--was Deputy Inspector Anthony Bologna. [Christopher Robbins]

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The NYPD may not be "nimble" enough to deal with disorganized (and slightly "uninformed") Occupy Wall Street protesters. [Joseph Goldstein]

The New York Post editorial page defends the use of pepper-spray when verbal commands from the NYPD are disobeyed, but doesn't directly address the incident of women who were pepper-sprayed while standing behind police netting. [New York Post]

The NYPD commissioner's claim of being able to take down an airliner might be slightly overstated. [Parascandola, Straw and Siemaszko]

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Cost overruns in another digital project overseen by City Hall will be probed by the City Council. [David Halbfinger]

More allegations that numbers were inflated by a nonprofit that helped the city find jobs for unemployed residents. [Michael Powell]

Forty-seven percent of Democratic voters said a Bloomberg endorsement may actually deter them from supporting a candidate, according to a poll, which would not appear to be good news for Christine Quinn. [Erin Einhorn]

Councilman Lew Fidler wants to require the D.O.T. to get neighborhood permission before installing bike lanes. [Sally Goldenberg]

Former deputy mayor Kevin Sheekey said he "never" would have recommended sending campaign money to John Haggerty if he knew how Haggerty was really spending it. [Michael Howard Saul]

Former councilman Tom Ognibene will challenge Queens G.O.P. Chairman Phil Ragusa in a vote tomorrow, but is open to a compromise. [Lisa Colangelo]

City Comptroller John Liu's aide, Alan van Capelle, is leaving to take a job with Jewish nonprofit. [City Hall News]

A cupcake sale in California gets very political. [Malia Woolan]

Behind the Mickey Mouse and Elmo faces are struggling, undocumented immigrants. [Sumathi Reddy and Amber Benam]