The Morning Read: Wednesday, January 24, 2007

A 9/11 worker from Queens whose son joined Hillary Clinton at the State of the Union speech died last night.

Rep. Jerry Nadler called George Bush and Rudy Giuliani “villains” for how they treated Ground Zero workers.

Ben has the entire missing 140-page Giuliani campaign document online. [Note: The link to this item is being adjusted.]

Hillary and Joe Lieberman clashed on Iraq during a hearing yesterday.

Clarence Norman stands trial for selling judgeships in Brooklyn.

Two ethics panels in Albany will merge to crack down on corruption in state government.

Next up for Governor Spitzer are the health care cuts he is expected to propose in his first executive budget.

Spitzer’s promise to ease access to driver licenses may be problematic for him.

Lawmakers continue to interview comptroller candidates in Albany.

Off Track Betting by cell phone may be on its way.

Lillian Roberts won re-election as head of DC37.

Crain’s Insider [no link] says state Senate candidate Craig Johnson is gaining momentum in his special election.

Air America Radio may be bought by a family with ties to Westchester.

And the Boston Globe is closing its last three overseas bureaus [subscription].

– Azi Paybarah