Thursday will be considerably warmer than Wednesday with highs around 50, almost certainly accompanied by a deluge that may lead to flooding in some areas.
State Senator Carl Kruger, a powerful and at times controversial Brooklyn Democrat; a state assemblyman; and an influential lobbyist are expected to turn themselves in on Thursday to federal authorities in Manhattan on corruption charges, according to several people briefed on the matter.
Mr. Kruger had been under investigation by federal prosecutors in Brooklyn who were looking into accusations that he had helped businessmen surmount bureaucratic hurdles in exchange for assistance raising campaign money, but the charges stemmed from an investigation by Manhattan federal prosecutors and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Others, including William F. Boyland Jr., a four-term Democratic state assemblyman from Brooklyn, and Richard Lipsky, a lobbyist, and two hospital executives, were also expected to face charges in the case, according to the people, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the charges had not been made public. [NYT] (Also see The Daily News and The New York Post.)
The number of international scholars working at colleges and universities in the United States — as researchers, instructors and professors — rose to 115,000 last year, an all-time high, from 86,000 in 2001. The globalization of academic positions will most likely lead to more relationships and exchanges abroad, higher education experts say, while giving students a stronger sense that they are world citizens — a widely advertised goal in academia. [NYT]
Peter Applebome examines a push for a Hebrew language charter school in Highland Park, N.J., in the Our Towns column. The debate surrounding the school is a microcosm for the problems created by the popularity of charter schools: it has not been approved locally, but the decision lies with state officials, not local ones, and the school could still become a reality, probably to the detriment of other nearby public schools.
Government & Politics
Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey has built a popular national image as a blunt talker who gives straight answers to hard questions, especially about budgets and labor relations. But his straight-talking veneer is belied by his misstatements, exaggerations and carefully constructed claims. [NYT] The Times investigates some of those claims here.
In a closed-door meeting with gay advocates, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo pledged to deploy his own political popularity and prestige to push for the legalization of same-sex marriage in New York, saying he was prepared to devote his “full attention” to the cause this spring. [NYT]
As Representative Peter T. King of Long Island takes the spotlight this week with his hearings on the radicalization of American Muslims, “Vale of Tears,” his novel about Congressman Cross, an alter ego who faces terrorist attacks in Brooklyn and on Long Island, shows he has long been considering the dangers posed by radical Muslims, as well as what role a mere congressman can play in protecting his country. [City Room] The controversy surrounding Mr. King’s hearings has been dismissed as an overreaction by Islamic voices in America and supported by those who think it will energize extremists who could portray the hearings as an inquisition for nonviolent Muslims. [Daily News]
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After nine years of work, Julie Taymor is stepping aside as director of the $65 million “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark,” its producers announced Wednesday night. They named Philip William McKinley, director of “Boys of Oz,” to replace her and a script doctor to rewrite the show, as they prepared to overhaul the production during the next three months. [NYT] (Also see The New York Post, The Daily News and The Wall Street Journal.)
Janette Sadik-Khan, New York City’s transportation commissioner, spoke in front of a more supportive crowd than she has recently faced on Wednesday: the National Bike Summit, an annual gathering put on by the League of American Bicyclists, an advocacy group. The commissioner, in an upbeat and commanding voice, spoke proudly of the improvements brought by her signature project in New York: bicycle lanes that, she said, slowed down cars, encouraged more cycling and reduced injuries to pedestrians. [NYT]
Housing & Economy
The recession that ended in 2009 caused less damage in New York City than economists previously thought, according to revised jobs data released on Wednesday by the State Department of Labor. [NYT]
Jose Caceres, 25, has been a security guard since last March with the Protection Plus Security Corporation in Manhattan. He recently completed a training course that will grant him the right to carry a gun, and give him a raise. [NYT]
An assistant United States attorney, Jonathan Streeter, told a packed courtroom in New York federal court that the Galleon Group founder, Raj Rajnaratnam, used a network of consultants, company insiders and associates to collect illegal information that led to tens of millions of dollars in illicit profits. [Wall Street Journal]
People & Neighborhoods
The State of New Jersey nearly sold computers with information on the hard drives, including crucial data like Social Security numbers, State Comptroller Matthew A. Boxer reported on Wednesday. [NYT]
This week’s weather report was enough to make residents of Hoffman Grove neighborhood of Wayne, N.J., shudder. Most of the nearly 100 houses were already partly underwater from the heavy rain this week, and forecasters predicted even more rain on Thursday. [NYT]
Crime & Public Safety
A van carrying a group of disabled adults was struck by a city fire truck on Staten Island on Wednesday afternoon, killing one of the van’s passengers and seriously injuring two others, police and fire officials said. [City Room] (Also see The Wall Street Journal and The New York Post.)
Monique Smith, 19, was arrested and charged by law enforcement agents from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals with aggravated cruelty to animals — a felony that carries a sentence of up to two years in prison — along with two misdemeanors, torturing animals and endangering the welfare of a child, after she was tracked for nine months in the killing of a sibling’s hamster. [City Room] (Also see The New York Post and The Daily News.)