Democrats now have a numerical majority in the state senate

Briefing: Tkaczyk. (Cecilia Tkaczyk's facebook)
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2013

Public Advocate Bill de Basio settled a lawsuit he filed against Mayor Michael Bloomberg and is now analyzing the data city agencies turned over about fining small businesses. [Chris Dolmetsch]

Headline: "In NYC Mayoral race, Irish American Christine Quinn holds lead in money and poll" [Antoinette Kelly]

Joe Lhota said the number one priority for his campaign right now is fund-raising. [Anna Sale]

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Lhota said he has "this insatiable appetite to understand how things operate." [Celeste Katz]

Where did George McDonald's $120,000 loan come from? [Chris Bragg]

Former Cuomo aide Austin Shafran is running for City Council and will be in a primary against Paul Vallone and Matthew Silverstein. [Ross Barkan]

Shafran is using Red Horse strategies. [Chris Bragg]

Freshman Assemblyman Rafael Espinal is running for the City Councilman seat held by the term-limited Erik Dilan. [Colin Campbell]

City Council candidate Yetta Kurland was endorsed by the Progressive Change Campaign Committee. [Nick Powell]

Crunching the numbers in Kurland's race against Corey Johnson. [Andrea Swalec]

City Hall / City Council

February 15 is the new deadline for the mayor and teachers union to strike a deal on teacher evaluations, even though they already missed the deadline for qualifying for hundreds of millions of dollars in state education aide. [Liz Benjamin]

Critics of stop-and-frisk, including City Councilwoman Melissa Mark-Viverito, are organizing the opposition. [Jeff Mays]

Albany

New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is mitigating acid rain in the Adirondacks. [Rick Karlin]

New York State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli said that the state projected a 1.2 percent tax growth, but collections are down $48.3 million. [Joseph Spector]

Here's the part of Cuomo's new gun law that prevents public disclosure of who has a gun permit. [Jimmy Vielkind]

"Cecilia Tkaczyk’s win today changes everything and changes nothing for the balance of power in the Senate." [Nick Reisman]