Elsewhere: More Than I Asked For

Maine senator Susan Collins called the law on 9/11 first responders who were protesting her lack of support for the Zadroga Health Bill.

Andrew Cuomo staffed up.

Ed Towns wrote a letter to Nancy Pelosi explaining why he dropped out of the competition to become the ranking member of the House Oversight committee: “I decided to withdraw my candidacy following a conversation with you when you made it clear I did not have your support” (h/t Liz Benjamin.)

The House Democratic Steering Committee recommended Elijah Cummings over Carolyn Maloney to replace Towns.

David Paterson said that he should have taken the time after his first budget to re-evaluate the staff he inherited from ex-Gov. Eliot Spitzer.

ESPA is optimistic about marriage equality in 2011, despite G.O.P. takeover of the state Senate.

Jimmy Carter thinks that the U.S. is ready for a gay president.

Charlie Rangel says he “got more than I asked for” in the Ethics investigation that he requested.

Mayor Bloomberg’s administration is trying to attract a new college for engineering and applied sciences to New York City.

Unemployment is down in the city, up in the state.

Even without clear candidates, Republican primary debate dates announced for 2012.

Some piling on in the CityTime scandal.

Including Henry Stern.