Morning Read: So-Called Interests Keeping Their Powder Dry

The mayor of Schenectady is resigning in favor of a post in Cuomo’s administration.

Congressional Republicans broke ranks in helping Democrats block an extension of the Patriot Act.

Lawmakers are frustrated with the vagueness of Cuomo’s budget, which Dean Skelos said is a stalling tactic.

One example: Cuomo’s Spending and Government Efficiency Commission hasn’t met, or even been fully organized.

James Tedisco said Cuomo threatened to shut down the government if a budget isn’t passed by April 1.

The prosecution of an ex-Bloomberg aide offers a troubling glimpse of how the mayor ran his election campaign.

Arts advocates are asking Cuomo to cut less money from the New York State Council on the Arts.

The Times urges Democrats to prioritize filling judicial vacancies.

School officials are furious that Cuomo suggested they are paying superintendents too much.

Rumor is that Jay Jacobs’ tenure as state Democratic party chairman may soon be finished.

New York City is mulling whether to extend a tax break for developers.

Even with a diminished budget, Senate Democrats are hiring at the same rate as Republicans.

The House will vote on a possible $100 million cut to funding for the NYPD.

Obama has proposed federal relief for states indebted by unemployment benefits.

Watchdog groups want Sandra Lee’s finances to be made public.

The Republican presidential nominating process is getting underway.

Chris Christie’s strong approval rating could give him an incentive to join the fray.

Polls show that Rahm Emanuel is doing pretty well, too.

Steve Kornacki writes that Cuomo’s budget strategy has killed his chances at the White House.

Morning Read: So-Called Interests Keeping Their Powder Dry