Morning Read: Santorum’s Big Night; Kelly Cleared; Quinn Urges Stop-And-Frisk Review

Last night was a big one for Rick Santorum, who scored victories in all three primaries.

Nate Silver sees a race stretching on.

The night was a tough one for Newt Gingrich, whose efforts to make the race a two-man contest have collapsed.

The Obama campaign is counting on Haim Saban, the man behind the Might Morphin Power Rangers, to fund a significant portion of their Super PAC.

Obama leads all Republicans in Virginia.

The House GOP dropped a provision of the insider trading bill that would have banned companies from seeking “political intelligence” gleaned from lobbyists.

Cy Vance dropped rape charges against Greg Kelly.

Eric Schneiderman suddenly dropped out of a conference call with reporters yesterday evening, leading to speculation that he is close to joining the 50-state settlement against the banks over their mortgage practices.

Christine Quinn wrote a letter to Ray Kelly to alter the NYPD’s stop-and-frisk policy, her strongest criticism of the policy to date.

Mayor Bloomberg invited ten local pols to parade with him and the Giants yesterday, but only John Liu took the offer up.

Tom DiNapoli praised Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s budget proposal for its fiscal restraint, but warned that the governor also wants to use the budget to grab power and reduce public oversight and accountability.

The battle for casino gambling in New York has been joined, but it is mostly a battle between rival casino operators, as the anti-casino opposition has mostly been muted.

John Rhea has stirred things up at NYCHA, but his brusque manner has led to an exodus of senior staff.

The battle over teacher evaluations is headed to court, despite Gov. Cuomo’s insistence that the teacher’s unions quickly come to a compromise or risk having one imposed upon them.

Operators of the biggest hotels in New York City have agreed to a long-term contract that will give housekeepers and other employees pay raises, fully paid health coverage, larger pension contributions and, after L’Affaire DSK, personal panic buttons to warn authorities after they are attacked. The last part was pushed by Rory Lancman, who hailed the move the same day he announced a run for Congress.

A Port Authority audit revealed $4 billion in cost overruns at the World Trade Center.

Bettina Damiani of Good Jobs New York slammed the Bloomberg and Cuomo for sealing the deal for a new Fresh Direct operating plant in the Bronx before a public hearing tommorow, calling the $83.5 million deal a “mockery of the public process.”

Harvard grad Jeremy Lin is the Knicks newest star, but he still sleeps on the couch of his cousin, an NYU dental student.

In what is surely a coincidence, attendance at city public schools was off by about 20,000 yesterday, the same day as the Giants victory parade.

Chuck Schumer and Curtis Sliwa witnessed an impromptu in-air stand-up routine from 30 Rock star Tracy Morgan on the flight back from Indianapolis following the Giants Super Bowl win.

Budget cuts are threatening the Adirondacks.

The city has agreed to pay $15 million to 22,000 mostly homeless New Yorkers who were arrested for loitering using laws that were struck down decades ago.

Trinity Church is leading the effort to rehabilitate the area around Hudson Square.

An Albany lawmaker is leading an effort to have small businesses appeal their fines.

Connecticut governor Dan Malloy has no desire to be an emperor, but critics would just like to see real budget cuts.