The Morning Read: Wednesday, March 28, 2007

State lawmakers added $850 million to the budget ahead of the April 1 deadline.

Moving up the date of New York’s Presidential primary may mean seeing less of Hillary Clinton and Rudy Giuliani.

Democrat Matthew Titone and Republican Lou Tobacco won special elections yesterday for the state Assembly.

Hillary will be raising money privately in Massachusetts.

Barack Obama has a new way of campaigning in New Hampshire.

An online survey of potential voters — the one pushed hard all day yesterday by Drudge — showed that 50 percent of respondents would not vote for Hillary Clinton.

Rudy Giuliani said that setting a timetable for pulling out of Iraq “made no sense to me.”

Mike Bloomberg defended the police surveillance leading up to the Republican National Convention in 2004.

The police will have to go “hat-in-hand” to bus and rail agencies to get federally authorized money to protect the mass transit system.

The MTA will stop giving health care to its board members, a practice AG Andrew Cuomo said shouldn’t have been allowed.

– Azi Paybarah