The Morning Read: Thursday, October 18, 2007

Steve Stark explains why Michael Bloomberg is very unlikely to make a third-party run for president.

Hillary Clinton wants to reinstate a tax on companies to pay for cleaning up toxic sites.

Rudy Giuliani’s conservative support may not be so strong.

Eliot Spitzer’s spokesman denies they cut local spending for one of their Republican critics.

In reference to funding that local project, Spitzer office had previously said in an email that they were “prepared to process this project along with the other items.”

That critic, James Tedisco, also had some of his mailings blocked.

Investigating Troopergate costs more than the alleged wrongdoing itself.

Alan Hevesi took a whack at his successor, Tom DiNapoli.

Andrew Cuomo gets blamed for some gridlock in the Brooke Astor case.

The suspicious package which briefly led to a limited evacuation of 17th Floor of 250 Broadway was aimed at Christine Quinn.

The Sun notices that Yvette Clarke introduced her first bill in Congress.

Kirsten Gillibrand does some good fund-raising.

And Norman Hsu tried to kill himself.