Heard Around Town: June 22, 2011

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* Business groups are terrified a bill allowing doctors to bargain collectively with hospitals and health insurers will pass the Senate today. Doctors have been pushing the bill for years as a counterbalance to the growing power of health plans, which they say squeeze patient care to save money. But insurers and the business community believe the New York health care spending will skyrocket if doctors can band together to charge higher rates. It’s rumored to be headed for the… [More]

Heard Around Town: June 21, 2011

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* Former City Council candidate Lynn Schulman’s name was floated yesterday as a potential Democratic nominee for Rep. Anthony Weiner’s seat, but the person who suggested her is somewhat surprising – perhaps indicating Schulman’s candidacy is more than a trial balloon. Queens Councilwoman Karen Koslowitz, who narrowly defeated Schulman in a well-behaved 2009 contest, brought up her former rival’s name to Queens Democratic leader Joseph Crowley, two sources said. Koslowitz is extremely close to the county’s Democratic leadership, and she… [More]

Heard Around Town: June 21, 2011

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* Former City Council candidate Lynn Schulman’s name was floated yesterday as a potential Democratic nominee for Rep. Anthony Weiner’s seat, but the person who suggested her is somewhat surprising – perhaps indicating Schulman’s candidacy is more than a trial balloon. Queens Councilwoman Karen Koslowitz, who narrowly defeated Schulman in a well-behaved 2009 contest, brought up her former rival’s name to Queens Democratic leader Joseph Crowley, two sources said. Koslowitz is extremely close to the county’s Democratic leadership, and she… [More]

Heard Around Town: June 10, 2011

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* Comptroller John Liu is taking a stand on whether city pension funds should disclose the names and annual payments of retired police officers receiving pensions. It’s just not clear which side Liu is taking. He introduced a resolution to the NYCERS board yesterday calling for releasing all payroll information, “subject to reasonable practices to protect information that would constitute an unwarranted invasion of privacy or that could endanger the life or safety of a pension member.” What does that… [More]