Morning Read: Nadler Says Bloomberg 'Spews Nonsense;' Room 9 in Exile; Vito Lopez in the Money

Mike Lupica: The President must wish that he could work with the lawmakers in Washington the way Cuomo does in Albany, where this week he again looks like the only politician in the country doing anything.

Cuomo threatened to campaign in the districts of Republican lawmakers who voted against the bill. Six did, along with 2 Democrats.

Lawmakers still face a $2 billion deficit, but Shelly Silver said he was leery of making any further cuts.

Juan Gonzalez can’t understand why Cuomo would install a progressive tax system and stall on the livery cab bill.

The City Council held their first stated meeting in their refurbished chambers. When the press gets to move back into City Hall however is an open question: “Room 9 is never coming back,” Christine Quinn joked. “I’m only kidding. You guys are coming back — some day.”

Fifteen schools were targeted for closing by the Education Department.

Cuomo announced the regional winners of his economic development grants.

New York City lost out, but the business community called the whole thing “a charade.”

Among the big winners was oddly, Vito Lopez, whose scandal scarred non -profit received a nearly $900,000 grant.

Jerry Nadler pushed back on Mayor Bloomberg’s dismissal of his call for a DOJ investigation into Occupy Wall Street, accusing the mayor of “spewing nonsense and so wildly contradicting himself.”

Vinny Gentile paid a $27,000 fine for exceeding spending limits in the 2009 election.

Jon Huntsman on the choice between him, Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich: “We have a choice between a panderer-in-chief, a lobbyist-in-chief, and a commander-in-chief.”

The Port Authority authorized $15.5 million for repairs of the 80-year old George Washington Bridge.

Eric Holder was grilled before Congress over “Fast and Furious.”

Anti-incumbent sentiment is at an all-time high.

House Republicans will vote next week on a proposal to extend the payroll tax cut and unemployment benefits while easing the path for approval of the Keystone XL oil pipeline.

The number of bicyclists in the city keeps climbing.

Occupy Wall Street protesters shut down a OWS-themed Law and Order episode.

 

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