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City Council’s Big Spenders, New Museum Concerns, Tour Bus Hearing

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The Daily News reports, "spending big was no guarantee of victory in the recent City Council races." Of the top 20 spenders, 11 lost in either the Primary or the General Election. Victorious CD1 candidate Margaret Chin made the list of the top 12 spenders. Coming in at #5, she spent $265,242. Defeated incumbent Alan Gerson spent $200, 797.

Governor Paterson blocked passage in the Senate of "Leandra's Law," the proposal that would make it a felony to drive drunk with a child in the car.

According to the Daily News, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver: "wants to weaken the measure to make DWI with kids in the car a
felony only if the driver has a blood-alcohol content of 0.18 – more
than twice the legal limit. Longtime lawmakers claim Paterson
caved in to Silver, his strongest budget ally. They said he could have
let the Senate pass the stronger bill, then used his bully pulpit to
pressure the Assembly."

Members of the House, including our own Rep. Nydia Velasquez, are fighting an unusual tax deal that has lured a leading rum manufacturer from Puerto Rico to to Virgin Islands. 

In New York Magazine, art critic Jerry Saltz weighs in on the page one
story in the New York Times questioning potential "conflicts of
interest" at the New Museum.

The penthouse at the "Palazzo Grey" is back on the market for $7.5 million.

L Magazine's Nightlife Awards: the city's best rooftop is at The Delancey, where there's  "a view of the stars and a bit of marine life right in the heart of the LES."

Now more than a decade "of objectifying dudes," as Time Out put it — the 11th annual "Mr. Lower East Side Pageant" takes place at the Bowery Poetry Club tonight.

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