The Morning Read: Wednesday, July 30, 2008

David Paterson called the legislature back into session last night, but didn’t indicate he‘d layoff state workers or cut health care programs

He may call for a hiring freeze and a reduction in the size of the state workforce today.

Paterson already said he may sell or lease public assets.

Some Democrats, like Richard Brodsky, are wary that Paterson may push for a property tax cap.

Some state workers literally stopped in their tracks to watch Paterson’s speech.

Dan Janison said the speech will position Paterson as the guy who told you so, rather than the guy cleaning up the mess.

Tom Precious writes, “If Paterson hoped legislative leaders would rush to his side to make serious cuts in the current budget, Tuesday evening must have been a disappointment.”

The New York Sun’s editorial board appreciates Paterson’s message, but says, “[W]e could have done without the melodrama.”

The New York Post editorial board speaks to Trudi Renwick, and is optimistic about Paterson’s fiscal prudence.

Fred Dicker is skeptical.

The Daily News editorial board wonders how Paterson will live up to his rhetoric.

John Faso, who crafted George Pataki’s first budget, has some adivce.

A cartoonist doubts Paterson will get the backup he needs.

Michael Bloomberg’s property tax cut may get axed.

Here’s more on Anthony Weiner  and some lady admirers.

Darren Dopp has more complaints about the Troopergate investigation.

Sharpe James was sentenced to 27 months in prison.

But a lot of people wrote letters to the judge on his behalf.

Al D’Amato scrapped plans for condos.

The police union defends the officer who pushed a Critical Mass bicylist off his bike.

The price of construction has skyrocketed.

The AFL-CIO defends Barack Obama’s American-ness.

The Chicago Sun-Times reports that Obama is still not connecting with working class women voters.

John McCain said he would work with Nancy Pelosi and he agrees with Al Gore in an interview with the San Francisco Chronicle

Obama told the House Democratic Caucus in a closed-door meeting, "I have become a symbol of the possibility of America returning to our best traditions," which is probably true, but not something one is supposed to say about oneself.