Weekend in Review: Thompson’s Education Plan, Cuomo’s Moment

Dan Janison says the dire straights of the M.T.A. can be traced back to a decision nine years ago involving now-failed firm Bear Sterns.

Bill Thompson wants to put a twist on mayoral control of schools.

The Daily News editorial board does not approve of Thompson’s plan, which they describe thusly: “Create a committee to select a committee, while bolstering still more committees.”‘

David Dinkins is co-chairing David Weprin’s comptroller campaign; he did not endorse Thompson.

Michael Bloomberg will once again be endorsed by a reverend of the Christian Cultural Center, which apparently “hurts the perception of Thompson.”

Bloomberg praised Barack Obama’s economic plan on “Meet the Press.”

Obama is definitely not a socialist, writes a Princeton professor in the Wall Street Journal.

Infrastructure is our future,” said Bloomberg after he, Ed Rendell and Arnold Schwarzenegger met privately with  Obama.

Andrew Cuomo “now has found his moment like few politicians in the United States,” writes The New York Times.

Scott Murphy got a higher rating from the N.R.A. than Jim Tedisco.

In the wake of reports about Charlie Rangel’s relationship with A.I.G., Cincinnatis wonders why Eric Massa continues to associate with him.

“Just because a reporter with the New York Times has a problem with me doesn’t mean the Congress or America has a problem with me,” Rangel said on Fox News Sunday.

Jeremy Peters is not impressed with how transparent Sunshine Week was in Albany.

Brian Higgins wants David Paterson to stop redirecting money meant for the State Power Authority.

A Rockland County blogger is annoyed that  Kirsten Gillibrand’s  Q&A in Nyack requires at least $100 to get in.

The eight-year campaign to make state buildings more energy efficient has had “mixed success.”

Republicans in the State Senate have been siphoning money away from the RenSquare
project, which means it may not be fully funded. (via RT)

Be warned: two millions gallons of  raw sewage may have been discharged into the Hudson today.

Tom Daschle writes in the Washington Post that he’s not as essential to health care reform as people think he is, and it’s going to happen anyway.

The public  “basically endorses” Obama’s energy plan.

Democrats are not impressed with Tim Kaine’s fund-raising.

The Financial Times
editorial board says anger about A.I.G. bonuses is understandable but not entirely “thought through.” Also, the response “smacks more of a banana republic than good government.” (via Clive Crook)

Two economics professors note that the first thing F.D.R. did was work on “investment incentives,” the same thing Warren Buffet and others are advising Obama to do.

The Wall Street Journal editorial board is just thrilled that Eliot Spitzer condemned it.

Spitzer is on Foreign Policy‘s list of 13 people not to feel sorry for.

The 2008 population estimates from the Census Bureau show Raleigh, Austin and Charlotte with the greatest population gains.

Even Larry Silverstein wants a bailout.