Mid-Morning Read: Bloomberg’s Money, Ithaca’s Security, Kuntzman’s Pose

Sarah Kugler notes the irony in Michael Bloomberg telling New Yorkers to do more with less.

Michael Barbaro shows the upside of working for Bloomberg.

A headline from Our Town: "How a philanthropist billionaire helped find New York’s lost idealism."

Unemployment may rise to 10.5 percent in New York City.

A fan of the Albany Common Council takes e-government into her own hands.

Two Democratic stalwarts in the State Senate support overhauling income tax rates.

Fred Dicker picks up on a story about a do-nothing state employee.

David Paterson’s pick for parole chief withdrew in light of a 14-year-old sexual harassment complaint.

The Buffalo News summarizes the deficit-reduction earlier this week in three words: "gap closed – irresponsibly."

Michael Schenkler thinks Karen Koslowitz should resign from her job as a top aide to the Queens borough president while campaigning for City Council.

Helen Marshall and staff have 31 parking spaces. [3rd item]

More on Frank Gulluscio’s ballot fight in Queens.

Here’s the case for John Catsimatidis.

Catsimatidis says he might run against Bloomberg in a Republican primary, but won’t guarantee it.

Rudy Giuliani offers to help Bloomberg with the Republicans.

The company blamed for the syrup smell wafting into New York City “appeared to be blindsided by the mayor’s announcement.”

That company, Frutarom, "slammed down the phone on a reporter who called for comment."

"Who knew that America's armpit could smell so sweet?" the Post writes.

Columnist Sean Kirst looks at the actions behind the rhetoric of an ‘upstate trade mission.’

Clyde Haberman laments “comedy writers with frat-boy sensibilities seem to feel they have a license to go for cheap laughs about blindness, as if Mr. Paterson were Mr. Magoo come to life.”

Larry Littlefield wonders how and why “the city will somehow be able to contribute less to the pension funds while the Mayor is running for re-election despite massive investment losses.”

Buffalonians lost in the Madoff scheme.

The State Senate rules reformers will host a public hearing in Syracuse today.

Ithaca will tighten security at City Hall after someone threw a shoe at the mayor.

Suffern wonders whether it’s worth it to pay Ryan Karben as a special counsel.

More anger at racist cookies in Manhattan.

The teachers’ union “is not supposed to be part of the management” of schools, Bloomberg said on his radio show this morning.

Extend mayoral control, says the Queens Chronicle.

“It’s ludicrous to abandon what may not be a perfect system,” said a Queens reverend at a forum about mayoral control.

The groundhog that bit Bloomberg is now on t-shirts.

Downtown Express thanks Sheldon Silver.

A New York County surrogate judge recognized the rights of a gay couple married in Canada.

Pondering life at $500,000.

Brooklyn Paper editor Gersh Kuntzman, nude.

So much for Al D’Amato’s fund-raiser for Steve Israel.

Ed Kohler looks at how the Village Voice uses Digg.

And here’s video of a great horned owl at budget hearings earlier this week.