What will Cuomo do with New York this year?
What are Governor Andrew Cuomo's priorities for the upcoming year?
Cuomo will create a new commission to evaluate public education from a "student perspective," reports Ken Lovett in the Daily News. In the Post, Fred Dicker suggests Cuomo legalize hydrofracking and gambling in order to spur the economy and regain the credibility he lost on that issue after his "surprise December flip-flop" on the "millionaires tax."
The Times hopes he'll effectively overrule City Hall and allow applicants to get food stamps without getting finger-printed. And Ray Hernandez of the Times has a short item saying Cuomo's national ambitions and pressure from Democratic Party leaders may make it hard for Cuomo to live up to his promise of having independent redistricting here.
Newt Gingrich makes more references to Mayor Michael Bloomberg's campaign spending. [Carl Campanile]
More Iowa-bashing from a New York columnist. [Mike Lupica]
Album sales for singer Kelly Clarkson get a boost after she endorses Ron Paul. [Brian Browdie]
A columnist explains why the national deficit is nothing like a mortgage. [Paul Krugman]
A lauded rescue worker and police cadet of Pakistani descent wasn't listed by the NYPD as a fallen rescue worker at the Ground Zero memorial because "he was still a student." [Sharon Otterman]
Molotov cocktails made out of Starbucks glasses were thrown at four locations in Queens, apparently targeting Muslims. [Elizabeth Harris]
Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver wants a hearing on the state's mandatory sentencing for gun possession, and thinks the Tennessee tourist who tried to check her handgun in with officials at Ground Zero should get leniency. [Fred Dicker and Selim Algar]
"The governor appears more of a force than ever." [Thomas Kaplan]
Cuomo will form a new commission to look at public education from a "student perspective." [Ken Lovett]
The 2012 checklist for Cuomo: legalize hydrofracking, make spending cuts, enact mandate relief, eliminate member items from the budget, legalize casino gambling. [Fred Dicker]
"Cuomo should issue an executive order ending the city's exemption," a progressive editorial board says, railing against City Hall for requiring electronic finger imaging for food stamp applicants. [New York Times]
Reporters got to see Cuomo's open house for about 15 minutes. [Jon Campbell]
"Lee may have impressed the ladies, but Cuomo charmed the girls." [Erik Kriss]
City Comptroller John Liu hired a well-connected Democratic district leader to a policy-making position on the city pension board, which may violate city rules. [Carl Campanile]
Liu's new hire, John Dorsa, was the guy who tabled the resolution about raising taxes on the rich at the State Democratic Party's meeting in Albany. [@AziPaybarah]
Cops used pepper spray, blocked a reporter from entering Zuccotti Park and obstructed a photographer trying to take photographs. [Colin Moyinhan and Elizabeth Harris]
Actress Ellen Barkin went on a Twitter tirade against Bloomberg and NYPD for how they treated her and Occupy Wall Street protesters. [Laura Italiano and Doug Auer]
Staten Island's new Republican County chairman said one of the people he's met with to discuss running against Kirsten Gillibrand is Betsy McCaughey, the former lieutenant governor. [Tom Wrobleski]
The first murder of 2012 occurred in Brooklyn. [Larry Celona and Jose Martinez]
A Chinatown restaurant that got a B rating from the health department proudly notes Bloomberg was once a customer. [@AziPaybarah]