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Eliot Spitzer began his campaign for comptroller at a circus-like appearance at Union Square yesterday. His wife has yet to join him on the campaign trail. The Democratic party and business leaders have mobilized to oppose his candidacy. Scott Stringer, who has been the frontrunner for the seat so far, was caught by surprise by Spitzer's entry.

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The Daily News found that five of the 25 members appointed to the governor's newly formed Moreland Commission — charged with making recommendations for reforming the state's campaign finance system — failed to file their own financial disclosure forms. The New York Post recommends that the commission look at the reforms in the Public Officers Accountability Act. The New York Times has some guidance for the next mayor on education.

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Gov. Cuomo yesterday followed through on threats to establish a commission to investigate corruption in Albany after the legislature failed to pass any bills addressing the recent rash of scandals there. The commission will recommend cases against public officials and suggest changes to election and campaign fund-raising laws. It can issue subpoenas and examine witnesses under oath and it's slated to issue a preliminary report by year's end. Many of the panels members have ties to the governor. Police Commissioner Ray Kelly and Former Manhattan DA Robert Morgenthau are special advisors to the commission.

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Christine Quinn yesterday said she wants to impose health standards on meals marketed towards kids at chain restaurants. She said those meals should meet the guidelines set by the USDA for school lunches. The standards would apply to chains with at least 15 locations in the city. The change would be made either through legislation, which she may try to pass while still council speaker, or through rules adopted by the Board of Health if she's elected mayor. The proposal was one part of a plan to combat childhood obesity.

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