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–State election law is under new scrutiny after it became apparent that local State Sen. Daniel Squadron’s replacement will be chosen by Democratic Party bosses, not the people-at-large. “Ethics watchdogs said Mr. Squadron should have finished his term or indicated his plans earlier to thwart the (county) committee-selection process.” In an interview, Squadron said the timing of his new job helping to elect Democrats to national office could not be helped.  “A more open process would have been vastly preferable had this opportunity to focus on changing the tide nationally allowed for it. It’s another sign that Albany needs to be reformed,” said Squadron. [Wall Street Journal/subscription required]

–Opinion: Brooklyn political club leaders highlight the fact that State Sen. Daniel Squadron’s successor could be picked by the chairs of his district’s county committees, rather than by the full membership of those committees. [Gotham Gazette]

–Here’s a ranking of City Council members based on attendance, number of bills introduced and enacted and responsiveness to constituent questions. District 1 Council member Margaret Chin is #22. District 2 Council member Rosie Mendez is #20. [City & State]

–A toll for the Williamsburg, Manhattan and Brooklyn bridges? Congestion pricing proposals are back on the table as New York’s transportation crisis intensifies. [New York Times]

–Abrons Arts Center releases its schedule for the new season. Highlights include a parody of Edward Albee’s “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” by Elevator Repair Service. Abrons’ new creative director, Craig Peterson, noted, “Gun control, immigration and gentrification are central themes in the performances and exhibitions that will take over our stages and galleries in the coming months.” [New York Times]

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