The Morning Read: August 24, 2006

City Hall is airing frustration about the prospect of negotiating with Eliot Spitzer as governor, reports Diane Cardwell.

Frustration within the administration has escalated to the point that some top advisers have started to view Mr. Spitzer’s planned ascent to the Governor’s Mansion in Albany as “the second coming of Rudy Giuliani,” a reference to the former mayor’s my-way-or-the-highway approach.

George Pataki is sitting on money that local Republicans want, reports Jacob Gershman.

Andrew Cuomo leads Mark Green in the polls and opts out of the next couple of debates.

Mike Bloomberg and Jeb Bush speak to business leaders in the city next week.

And Hillary Clinton meets with Ned Lamont in New York on Friday.
Azi Paybarah