The Round-Up: Tuesday

Budget officials acknowledge that Bloomberg can’t deny New Yorkers their $400 homeowners’ rebate without City Council approval, nor can he charge 6 cents for plastic bags without Albany’s consent. [NY Times]

The first arrest is made in the ongoing LIRR disability scandal, as a former LIRR pension manager is charged with taking money to help employees get disability payments. [NY Times]

Even after a concerted push by the MTA to improve cleanliness and reliability on the 7 and L lines, riders surveyed still only gave them a C—the same grade MTA got last year. [NY Times]

In a surprise move, state Republicans decide to vote on Paterson’s budget-reduction plan today.  read more »

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