Morning Buzz, March 27: A Path Through Midtown

Good morning. Today will climb only to a sunny 50 degrees, down from last week’s blast of heat, which is probably for the best.

Here’s what we’re reading this morning, starting with the N.Y./Region section in The Times.

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and state lawmakers reached a deal that establishes oversight for state gambling initiatives, gives $805 million to schools, and could help pass the state’s budget by the April 1 deadline for the second time in two years.

Pivoting from a harsh reputation, lawmakers hope to soften New York’s juvenile justice system and move offenders closer to their homes.

Representative Charles B. Rangel agreed to pay a $23,000 fine for having misused a rent-stabilized apartment as a campaign office in violation of city and state regulations.

City politicians criticized the proposal at the Park Slope Food Co-op to boycott products from Israel a day before its members vote on the issue.

Some Queens streets regained their old names as Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg stripped them of their disliked numbers.


After a year in office, Governor Cuomo distinguishes his administration by involving himself in all aspects of it. [Crain’s New York]

Some state legislators, spurred by the public outrage over the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin, donned hoodies in protest and called for their Republican colleague to withdraw a bill they fear would lead to similar episodes. [Times Union]

During an event at the New School, the city’s comptroller, John C. Liu, proposed a new fund to help New Yorkers save for retirement and dodged questions about his campaign finance controversy. [The Village Voice]

Christine C. Quinn, City Council speaker and favorite to succeed Mayor Bloomberg, said she would have participated in the Occupy Wall Street movement if it took place during her adolescence, according to her forthcoming New Yorker profile. [New York Post, The New Yorker]

Ms. Quinn also called for a boycott of an East Village McDonald’s in an effort to force the establishment to hire security and limit the violence that occurs there. [DNA Info]

The city plans on carving a pathway through Midtown by linking buildings’ existing thoroughfares with crosswalks and speed bumps to shield pedestrians from traffic. [New York Observer]

Occupy Wall Street adapts to new circumstances as the movement decamps north from Zuccotti Park to Union Square. [Runnin’ Scared]

Uptown has the highest rat infestation rate in Manhattan, according to city data, edging out the Lower East Side and East Village, which came in second. [DNA Info]

A Staten Island man who sued his mother after falling at her home settled the lawsuit with her insurance company for $400,000. [Staten Island Advance]

A man was found dead lying near a headstone in a Queens cemetery with his pants down around his ankles and a cowbell beside him. [New York Post]

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