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Shelly & the WFP, Charter School Funding, Hawk Watch

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The News reports Sheldon Silver gave $5000 to the Working Families Party about a week before…

…the party received a subpoena from the US Attorney’s Office for the Southern District seeking information in connection with work done by the WFP’s for-profit arm, Data & Field Services, during the fall elections… The WFP played a big role in helping Silver defeat two primary challengers – his first in more than two decades – back in 2008. The speaker handily defeated his opponents, winning 68 percent of the vote. Silver’s filing shows he hasn’t been too focused on fundraising of late. He started the six-month period with $2.67 million on hand, spent $102,171 and raised just $51250. The speaker has $2.62 million on hand. Silver has continued his relationship with BerlinRosen, the consulting firm he hired for the 2008 primary. The firm is actually his biggest expense, accounting for $60,000 worth of his expenditures.

In the Post, Frederic Dicker says Shelly’s relationship with David Paterson is “beyond repair.”

Charter schools: the Times urges NYS lawmakers to work out their differences before “hundreds of millions of federal (education) dollars slip through their fingers.”

The Daily News: LES residents captivated by two red-tailed hawks.

Wrapping up the LES Cup, “one of the biggest NYC ping pong events of the year.”

Urban Daddy features Panda, the “seemingly placid, hidden-away coffee shop and gallery space on the Lower East Side that, come nightfall, morphs into an arty clubhouse, bar and late-night dance party that might just get a little…unruly.”

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