Morning Read: Welcome Joe Lhota; Tea Leaf Reading In Haggerty; Bloomberg Tires of Groundbreakings

In naming Joe Lhota as new head of the M.T.A., Gov. Andrew Cuomo looked not to a transportation expert but to an accomplished and pugnacious veteran of the city’s political world. It is a bet that on the side of political acumen and financial skill over transit wonkery.

Lhota, a former Giuliani aide, wasn’t a “yes-Rudy,” but did call around to area businesses to insure that they didn’t sponsor a table at a gala for the Citizens Budget Commission, a frequent Giuliani opponent.

Lhota’s main challenge, says The Post, is fending off the TWU.

Mayor Bloomberg seems a little tired of his job. At a ceremonial groundbreaking, before putting ceremonial shovel into ceremonial dirt, he said, “I can’t wait for the last one. You have no idea.”

The local community board confronted Occupy Wall Street protesters yesterday.

Tea leaves seem to point to an acquittal for John Haggerty.

The gas industry warned that the new Dept. of Environmental Conservation rules on hydrofracking are too onerous and could keep drillers out of the state.

The taxi workers union is joining the AFL-CIO.

The city of Albany must pay the Times-Union’s legal fees related to a FOIL request.

Chris Ward said he is not ruling out running for mayor.

Two taxi medallions were sold yesterday for $1 million apiece.

David Yassky concedes that the city may have to succumb to a federal court order to provide more handicapped accessible yellow taxis.

Two of the city’s largest hospital groups Continuum Health Partners and NYU Langone Medical Center are exploring a partnership that could alter the balance of power in New York City health care and that could, critics fear, drive up costs by reducing competition.