The Morning Read: Friday, February 9, 2007

Federal officials said that the mayor’s sting operation on out-of-state gun dealers may have broken the law.

More records were sought in the federal probe into Joe Bruno.

Newsday describes Eliot Spitzer’s fight with the legislature as “war.”

Spitzer, opting for a boxing metaphor, told donors he’ll win the next round.

Spitzer told the New York Times, “It is now clear who is genuinely for reform and who is not.”

Not unrelatedly, legislative leaders discontinued discussions with the governor’s aides about three major policy proposals.

But one upstate Democratic Assemblyman confirmed he’s spoken with Spitzer’s people about joining the administration.

A state Senator from the Bronx accused of stealing $423,000 in state funds told the court he’s broke.

Former state comptroller Alan Hevesi will pay an additional $5,000 fine.

The lobbying watchdog who went after legislative leaders wants to lead the state’s new ethics agency.

Andrew Cuomo said the state is preparing to sue Exxon Mobil over an old oil spill near the Brooklyn-Queens border.

Three recent polls in battleground states show Hillary Clinton and Rudy Giuliani leading their parties in 2008.

Hillary said Terry McAuliffe may be the best speaker “in the universe.”

And Barack Obama said he doesn’t want to focus on race during his campaign.

– Azi Paybarah