Thursday News Links

The governor threatens to dock the pay of state senators and send state troopers after them if they don't show up in the chamber. The latest nonsense from Albany here.

An analysis by Gotham Gazette shows, in future years,  New York City may very well pay the price for this year's reasonably rosy election-year budget.

Lower East Side rapper "Tru Life" has reportedly turned himself in to the NYPD to face alleged first degree murder charges. According to reports in the hip hop media, "Tru Life," whose real name is Roberto Guzman Rosado, Jr., was involved in the recent stabbings of two men. An 18 year old (unnamed) man died and a second victim, Jason Black, is hospitalized in critical condition. The reports suggest the stabbings were retaliation for the shooting of "Tru Life" associate Michael Slater.

Channel 2 reported on a summer job fair at the Henry Street Settlement.

Damaris Reyes, executive director of "Good Old Lower East Side (GOLES)," is the recipient of the 2009 Jane Jacobs Medal. The award, given out by the Rockefeller Foundation, is presented to people whose work "creates new ways of seeing and understanding the city."

The Times takes note of last night's 2nd annual "Showdown in Chinatown," a celebrity soccer match featuring basketball and soccer stars in Roosevelt Park. An audition for the Knicks, they ask?