The Morning Read: Friday, March 9, 2007

Charlie Rangel continued his opposition to Eliot Spitzer’s budget, telling the AP that said he is “concerned any time the hospitals are going to get hurt by cuts”.

Rudy Giuliani is back in touch with former NYC Police Commissioner Bill Bratton.

Mike Bloomberg defended his trip to Florida immediately after one of the deadliest fires in the city’s history.

The New York Post editorial board said that Bloomberg “has demonstrated an appalling inability to connect with the people of New York in times of crisis.”

The Sun still wants him to run for president.

The Times editorial board said Christine Quinn will snub organizers of New York’s St. Patrick Day parade “in style in style and in the motherland” by marching in a parade in Dublin.

A national fire fighters union official wrote, but never issued, a letter telling members to say “hell no” to Giuliani’s presidential candidacy.

Frank Lombardi follows the strange political path of Dr. Mathieu Eugene.

Failed comptroller candidate Howard Weitzman may get a job in Eliot Spitzer’s administration after all.

Vito Fossella got a thumbs-up from fiscal conservatives.

And a local community board shot down the idea of renaming a street after late actor Jerry Orbach.

– Azi Paybarah