The Morning Read: Monday, May 5, 2008

The latest poll from Indiana shows Clinton 49 percent, Obama 43 percent.

Two new national polls don’t line up.

Eli Saslow has a literary take on Bill Clinton’s new role in the campaign.

Marc Ambinder is skeptical that Clinton would be able to pull of the "nuclear option."

Miss Brooklyn–the Frank Gehry building that was the iconic cornerstone of the Atlantic Yards project–is no more.

John Liu said Christine Quinn told members her budget reforms were “premature and ill-advised and she was not going to pursue it any longer.”

The City Council sent taxpayer money to three umbrella organizations, who later sent that money to unregistered charities.

Michael Blooomberg has a new student in London’s newly elected mayor.

Bloomberg is flying there on Friday to chat with him.

Paterson wants to restructure the New York State Economic Development Corporation.

The upstate economic czar has done some questionable spending of taxpayer money.

SEIU Local 1199 “will provide resources exclusively to the GOP this fall,” according to the Times Union. [third item]

Aides to Vito Fossella say the woman he called while in jail is just an old friend.

Republicans and conservatives are sticking by Fossella.

Sheldon Silver said his interest in the law firm Weitz & Luxenberg “is in what I bring in [through referrals].”

Former Spitzer aide Peter Pope, who was involved in the Troopergate scandal, is getting a $165,000 job at a law firm focusing on white-collar defense work. [subscription]

Retiring upstate Republican Congressman Tom Reynolds endorsed a successor.

State Senator Craig Johnson has some problems with the state report on local governments.

The governor also wants a P.B.A. lawyer to fill a key state job dealing with unions, and the New York Post editorial board disapproves.

The Power Authority inspector being investigated by Andrew Cuomo scrubbed his computer totally clean before it was seized.

A state Department of Corrections official resigned after he was accused of having a no-show job.

Albert Pirro and Forest City Ratner are being investigated because a Yonkers lawmaker is suddenly supporting a project they’re building.

The state’s first African-American surrogate judge will get police protection.

Ferry service in New York City will begin May 12.

And Mark Green’s outspoken daughter is married, and keeping her maiden name.