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“Inside City Hall,” an hour-long look at New York politics, can be seen on NY1 News weekdays at 7 and 10 p.m.

On Friday night's program, Academy Award-winning Actor Jeremy Irons told Inside City Hall’s Errol Louis that local politicians need to take action to deal with trash disposal, which he calls a global crisis.

Watch a clip of the interview above.

Tonight’s program includes: A debate between State Senate candidates Adriano Espaillat and Guillermo Linares; Our Consultants Corner.


The New York Times

Hakim & Rashbaum look at the roles of State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli in the settlement of sexual harassment charges against State Assemblyman Vito Lopez.

New York Post

Dave Seifman writes: “Former City Council Speaker Peter Vallone’s lobbying firm was hit with a mind-boggling $470,000 fine — but got it knocked down to $70,000 after it hired the former head of the State Lobby Commission to plead its case before a judge. The fine was for failing to file annual reports with the City Clerk’s Office for each client that pays the firm $2,000 or more a year.”

Joshua Saul notes: “City investigators saved taxpayers nearly a billion dollars last year by busting government-benefits hustlers, according to documents obtained exclusively by The Post.”

In his column, Fred Dicker writes: “Gov. Cuomo confronted several increasingly troubling issues — including the coverup scandal that has weakened Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver — during a hush-hush weekend Adirondack rafting retreat with several top aides, The Post has learned.”

Dicker & MacIntosh report: “A former state Assembly worker now running for state Senate yesterday claimed she, too, was once the subject of harassment by Albany pols and called for an investigation into Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver.”

Sally Goldenberg writes: “The minister of a Harlem church yesterday gave Mayor Bloomberg a thumbs-up for reducing crime — and lauded stop-and-frisk, a practice critics say is racist.”

New York Daily News

Doug Feiden writes: “An Inwood man who has planted a field of U.S. flags in Battery Park for the past six years to commemorate 9/11 will again unfurl the Stars and Stripes on Sept. 11 — now that the Parks Department has reversed itself and given him the green light.”

In his column, Ken Lovett notes: “State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman says the Assembly has the power under state law to boot Assemblyman Vito Lopez over allegations of sexual harassment. ‘If the Assembly wanted to, they can convene a committee,’ Schneiderman told the Daily News, explaining the removal process. ‘The only requirement is that there is an investigation by a committee that issues a report to the full house.’ A vote is then held.”

Wall Street Journal

Lisa Fleisher writes: “New York state's first system to grade teachers using students' standardized test scores is turning out to be anything but standardized. More than two years after a new law required a complete overhaul of teacher and principal evaluations, the state Education Department has begun approving dozens of agreements hammered out between local districts and unions.”

Brown & Mann note: “As the 11th anniversary of the World Trade Center attacks approaches, a picture is emerging of one of the terror event's often-overlooked legacies: the toll that rebuilding the site has taken on the region's aging infrastructure. The $7.7 billion that the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has committed over more than a decade to remake the 16-acre site has meant that long-planned repairs and expansions at its other properties, especially at the area's three major airports, have been put on hold or scrapped altogether.”

Until tomorrow.

Bob Hardt

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