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Suffolk County's district attorney Thomas Spota filed a lawsuit with two other elected officials arguing the county's term limits don't apply to them.
Spota, a Democrat who used to be a Republican, is term-limited and the Wall Street Journal notes he's running without opposition from any political party, which is not uncommon. (See: Richard Brown in Queens.)
The Journal writes that Spota's "tenure hasn't been without controversy" and notes "he cut a deal not to prosecute former County Executive Steve Levy."
The deal was far broader than that, even. As the New York Times editorial board wrote last March, Spota investigated Levy for improper fund-raising activities. The result of the investigation was that Levy decided not to seek re-election and handed over his $4 million campaign war chest to Spota's office. Spota's office declined to elaborate on how that agreement was reached or explain what Levy did wrong or what they were going to do with the money.
"Is this really something for Mr. Levy and Mr. Spota to decide and then cover up between themselves?" the Times asked.
A budget watchdog says that Liu's plans for defending pension benefits and investing money in local projects is potentially more harmful that anything proposed by his likely rivals. [Nicole Gelinas]
The Suffolk County D.A. filed a lawsuit with two other local electeds arguing the county's term-limits law doesn't apply to them. [Will James]
The New York City Campaign Finance Board still hasn't said whether or not Michael Bloomberg violated election rules by not immediately disclosing the $1 million he gave to the Independence Party. [David Seifman]
A two-part PBS movie about Bill Clinton doesn't really touch on the major events that have roots in his administration: the terrorist attacks in 2001 and the market crash of 2008. [Alessandra Stanley]
Grimm suspended an aide, Lian McCabe, who was arrested after he grabbed his teenage son's arm and "shook him about the body." [Tom Wrobleski, Jillian Jorgensen and Ryan Lavis]
The incident happened in front of police officers at the Math and Science Exploratory School in Boerum Hill. "McCabe was handcuffed and his son refused medical attention" for bruising on his arm. [Doug Auer and Kirstan Conley]
Grimm is trying to shrug off the bad news. [Daniel Prendergast]
Jesse Jackson shifts the conversation from how the newly drawn lines affect lawmakers to how they affect "those who have been vulnerable over the years." [Ken Lovett]
A Times editorial board member encourages Cuomo to veto the lines, as he promised to do. [Eleanor Randolph]
“I want to keep the idea of early retirement out there for discussion" said Assemblyman Jack McKeneny, who introduced a bill that could cost the state's pension system an additional $167 million. [Carl Campanile]
Silver outlines the opposition to Cuomo's pension reform: Assembly Democrats "don’t want a 63-year-old fireman running up the steps of a burning building or a 62-year-old police officer chasing a potential murderer down the street." [Ken Lovett]
The NYPD tracked Muslim Student Associations as far as Yale and the University of Pennsylvania and issued a weekly "MSA" report. [Chris Hawley]
A tabloid editorial board wants to know who is on Keith Wright's judicial screening panel. [Daily News]
Stephen Goldsmith was cleared of all charges involving the fight with his wife on July 30 in his Washington D.C. home. [Rich Calder]
A Times columnist argues against austerity measures. [Paul Krugman]
State Senator Jeff Klein will have to pay more taxes now that the Bronx building his district office is located in will be rezoned as a commercial property. [Michael Gartland]
"Sens. Ben Nelson, D-Neb. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., and Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., enjoy New York Micro-brews purchased by Sen. Jeanne Shaheen to pay off her Super Bowl bet on Capitol Hill in Washington on Friday, Feb. 17, 2012. "
"Sens. Ben Nelson, D-Neb. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., and Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., enjoy New York Micro-brews purchased by Sen.Jeanne Shaheen to pay off her Super Bowl bet on Capitol Hill in Washington on Friday, Feb. 17, 2012. "