The Morning Read: Tuesday, April 3, 2007

Barack Obama got “crucial early support from Chicago’s thriving black professional class” on his way to raising what aides say is more than $20 million.

New Jersey Governor Jon Corzine endorsed Hillary Clinton.

“Spitzer promised reform, and delivered something completely different,” wrote the Post editorial board.

The Times editorial board had a different take, saying Spitzer “made some compromises, but in exchange he won important and fundamental changes.”

The Daily News editorial board praised Spitzer’s spending on public schools in New York.

So did some education advocates.

The Sun’s editorial board blamed the UFT president for the restrictions on charter schools.

Mike Bloomberg also criticized the restrictions on charter schools.

Bill Hammond thinks too much education money went to Long Island.

Andrew Cuomo won a $3.27 million settlement from NYU, St. Johns and other schools stemming from their student loan programs.

State lawmakers spent $170 million on local pet projects.

$3 million went to Joe Bruno’s own district.

To live in New York’s middle class, a family of four would need to earn $75,000 annually.

Likely 2009 mayoral candidates test-drove their pitches on middle class issues.

Critics of the police surveillance program prior to the Republican National Convention said documents on some police procedures have never been made public.

Bloomberg said he’ll veto the metal bat ban.

The city’s housing market is on the rise.

And two more victims of the terrorist attacks on September 11th were identified.

– Azi Paybarah