The Morning Read: Monday, April 7, 2008

The delay in passing the state budget may give Michael Bloomberg a little longer to lobby for congestion pricing.

On congestion pricing, Sheldon Silver said, "There isn’t a groundswell of support for it."

So, the program may be “dead,” according to Jacob Gershman.

There’s a lot of talk of Tom Suozzi running for governor.

Christine Quinn influence “withers” because her slush fund is gone, according to the New York Sun.

City Councilwoman and comptroller candidate Melinda Katz is eight months pregnant.

On Chuck Schumer, Marty Connor says, “Chuck’s so powerful now he thinks he can go back and get even with everyone who slighted him over the last 10 years.”

Mark Penn’s departure may not turn things around for Hillary Clinton, but it’ll boost morale in the campaign, writes Thomas DeFrank.

There will be “no dramatic shift in message,” for Clinton with Penn’s departure, says Ben.

According to Dan Janison Glenn Thrush, Penn advised Clinton not to be seen too often with women and children on the campaign trail.

Clinton’s neighbor is for Barack Obama.

Fred Dicker tells the story of Daniel Wiese, a controversial state police officer now on paid leave for his role in Troopergate.

And at the state Democratic Party, “candidates have been interviewed to replace Edna Ishayik as executive director.”.