The Morning Read: August 18, 2006

Jonathan Hicks leads his debate story with Mark Green’s “withering attacks” on Andrew Cuomo , and Maggie writes that Green lobbed “shot after shot” at Cuomo’s record while the frontrunner mostly stayed above it all.

Did it work? In our comments section, “Reality Check” says, “This one goes to Cuomo who appeared the most mature and statesman like of the four candidates,” while “Vanessa” counters that Cuomo “can’t just pretend he’s above everyone else and not respond, he has an obligation to the people to respond if he’s asking for our votes.”

The Times gives Tony Avella the Public Lives treatment under less-than-ideal circumstances as he struggles to contain fallout from a racially motivated attack on four Asian constituents.

Tom Suozzi got some coverage for his specifically laid-out $2.5 billion plan to improve public schools, but gets the dreaded “vows to remain in race” headline.

Mike Bloomberg made his pitch in Chicago for the 2008 Democratic convention with lines like this: “I haven’t been in the company of such a large group of passionate, dedicated Democrats since I was one.”

The Sun has an interview with KT McFarland in which she calls for alternative fuel production in New York and other states as part of a strategy to deal with Iran.

More good news for Spitzer: a federal appeals court has sided with the attorneys general of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut in their quest to require Midwestern power plants to cut emissions.

In what’s being called a “final slap at the legislature,” George Pataki vetoed 70 bills that include pension sweeteners for public employees and a plan to collect cigarette taxes from Indian tribes.

And the governor also vetoed a bill that would have given city police commissioner Ray Kelly a seat at the board of the Port Authority, a move that drew the public ire of the mayor.

– Josh Benson