Morning Read: For the City, Fewer Parks, Less Money, More Welfare

Now, a spokesman for Kirsten Gillibrand said Chuck Schumer “did the right thing by apologizing,” for using the b-word.

The city would have gotten more money from Robert Morgenthau’s latest settlement if Michael Bloomberg hadn’t tried taking it all.

Here’s more on the Bloomberg-Morgenthau feud.

The Staten Island District Attorney is reviewing the Working Families Party.

Edward-Isaac Dovere shows shows how the Working Families Organization sent money to a group in Oregon, who said the money came from the National Open Ballot Campaign.

The former head of the Working Families Party chapter in Suffolk wants to run for state party chairman.

Scott Stringer and Charles Barron are among the most quotable critics of the M.T.A.

The city is cutting back plans to make schoolyards into parks.

Why is the M.T.A. is always in trouble? Joshua Freeman says politicians don’t fund the agency. Nicole Gelinas says it’s labor costs. Nysa Pranger agrees with Freeman, but wants the agency to cut costs too.

The Post edit board hits Christine Quinn for telling the M.T.A. to use money from the capital budget on operating costs.

Richard Lipsky on Kingsbridge: “[T]his was a bad deal from the jump; and the failure to craft a deal over wages was the final nail” in the coffin.

A City Council committee may approve renaming a street after Sean Bell.
 
There’s a four percent increase in welfare rolls in the city.

The Washington Post has a video interview with Joel Klein.

Marty Markowitz bought a home in Windsor Terrace.

Jeanine Ramirez recalls development battles of 2009.

Howard Dean has an op-ed in The Washington Post opposing the current health care legislation.

And here’s Charles Barron at yesterday’s M.T.A. hearing.