Morning Read: Bloomberg Drops Some Budget Goals, Mineola Pays Great

Michael Bloomberg is abandoning his plan to get public employees to start paying for their health coverage.

He’s also lowered the number of layoffs he’s seeking.

The plastic-bag tax looks like it’s going forward.

At least one person wants Bloomberg to Tweet updates about swine flu, like Arnold Schwarzenegger is doing.

Stabilized-rent hikes may not go up as much as they have before.

A Bloomberg pollster, Bernard Whitman, writes in Forbes that the marriage equality movement has picked up moment so quickly because, basically, more gays have came out of the closet.

Clyde Haberman says breaking up New York is hard to do.

The Times editorial board wants an independent board to oversee the state pension fund.

David Dinkins endorsed Bill Thompson, but won’t speak ill of Michael Bloomberg.

A Bloomberg appointee bashed Mexicans in an essay on Huffington Post.

Bloomberg called his appointee’s writing “inappropriate.”

Yoav Gonen watches the Randi Weingarten-Eva Moskowitz debate.

Suffolk County Legislator and possible senate candidate Jon Cooper married his partner, Robert.

The Mineola Village board voted themselves a 61 percent raise, after not having a raise in 16 years.

David Saltonstall writes, “Vice President Biden took an express train to Stupidville” for his comments yesterday.

Chris Shays lost his congressional seat, and had his campaign account looted.

There was some pushing and shoving at the campaign kick-off event for the Westchester County DA.

Print-blog tension in the White House press room?

Morning Read: Bloomberg Drops Some Budget Goals, Mineola Pays Great