The Morning Read: Friday, February 23, 2007

Rudy Giuliani seeks friendly audiences and doesn’t get tough questions on the campaign trail, according to the New York Times.

He’s more aggressive on the fund-raising trail, aiming for $10 million in the next six weeks.

Bill Clinton made about $40 million for paid speeches in the last six years, according to the Washington Post.

Eliot Spitzer said that health care unions running ads against him are opposed to changing the state’s expensive health care system.

City officials will back away from their plan to cut 17 bus routes as part of a major school transportation overhaul.

Aides to Councilman-elect Mathieu Eugene of Brooklyn said he has a signed lease for an apartment in the district, and that he has repaid himself $30,000 he lent the campaign.

County Executive Tom Suozzi is exempt from a new policy in Nassau that lets only law enforcement personnel use lights and sirens en route to emergencies.

Anthony Weiner filed paperwork for a possible mayoral run in 2009.

And New Paltz Mayor Jason West is running for re-election, but without the slate of candidates he ran with in 2003.

– Azi Paybarah