The Morning Read: Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Eliot Spitzer’s budget will likely include $1.4 billion for NYC schools this coming year.

Departing union leader Dennis Rivera has a message for Spitzer: “We’re not going to be a punching bag for anybody.”

Spitzer and Sheldon Silver met but reached no deal about the comptroller, according to Fred Dicker.

Bill Hammond likes how Spitzer is acting tough in Albany.

Nassau County Comptroller Howard Weitzman has a scathing report about Nassau County Clerk Maureen O’Connell, a Republican who just happens to be running for state Senate in next month’s special election.

Mike Bloomberg’s budget doubled the subsidy for the Atlantic Yards Project.

Although Rudy Giuliani supported the assault weapons ban as mayor, he doesn’t anymore, according to a leading supporter in New Hampshire.

LI Rep. Peter King is convinced that Giuliani will run, and he’s on board.

White House spokesman Tony Snow said Hillary Clinton thinks Hillary Clinton needs to take some responsibility for Iraq.

Mitt Romeny skirted federal campaign contribution limits by setting up campaign committees in three states that don’t have those kind of caps.

And if you can get around the Times Select wall, Clyde Haberman looks at the unstoppable activist Michael Harris.

– Azi Paybarah