Kodak files for bankruptcy, Cuomo explains the convention center and the ‘masterful’ company behind it

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The bankruptcy filing yesterday by Kodak, the iconic photography company based in Rochester, takes over the entire front page of the local newspaper.

There's been an outpouring of supportive statements from elected officials saying they're ready to help the area recover.

The Rochester area could certainly use the help, although there's some evidence that Rochester is doing better than other upstate cities. A report yesterday said the five counties surrounding the city of Rochester account "for slightly more than half the 23,500 jobs created in the 52 counties outside New York City and its suburbs."

The bankruptcy is sending an eerie vibe to the city of Buffalo, which knows well the consequences of losing major hometown employers.

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At the Apollo, Obama started singing. [Andy Campbell and Carl Campanile]

CNN Debate

Asked about his ex-wife's remarks, Newt Gingrich rebuked CNN's John King and got a standing ovation. [Zeke Miller]

It was a demonstration of just how winning a proposition it is for conservatives, especially, to attack the media. [Steve Kornacki]

Gingrich's marriage woes are not like those of other presidential candidates. [Karol Markowicz]

SOPA and PIPA

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Critics of the Citizens United decision were denied a permit to protest outside the federal courthouse on 500 Pearl Street. [Colin Moynihan]

Money

The city's unemployment rate went from 8.9 percent to 9 percent, as the nation's dropped from 8.7 percent to 8.5 percent. In 2011, NYC added 389,000 private-sector jobs. [Patrick McGeehan]

It's "pension tension" between DiNapoli -- who opposes a 401(k) defined contribution plan for public workers -- and Cuomo, who supports it. [Erik Kriss and Ikimulisa Livingston]

A conservative editorial page backs Cuomo over Dinapoli in the pension fight. [New York Post]

Cuomo has more budget power than people realize. [John Eligon]

William Rapfogel, the $343,000-a-year head of the Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty, is "supportive" of Cuomo's push to cap executive compensation at nonprofits that receive state funding at $199,000. [Chuck Bennett]

Elected officials react to Kodak's bankruptcy filing. [Democrat and Chronicle]

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City officials hope to double the number of college-ready graduates by 2016. [Rachel Cromidas]

The City Council "seemed to awaken" to this problem. [Anna M. Philips]

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Cuomo defended his convention center plans, telling the Times editorial board, "First, I say, you want government to second-guess the private sector? They’ve had a masterful track record, masterful." He also said the convention center in Queens is aimed at "more of a mass, blue-collar clientele that probably wouldn’t be going to the Broadway shows anyway." [Thomas Kaplan]

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