Morning Read: Living Wage Politics; Liu Gears Up for 2013; Santo, Gingrich Have Demands

Christine Quinn’s leaving of a living wage press conference after a participant heckled the Mayor as “Pharaoh Bloomberg” could be viewed either “as a principled stand that makes her appear mayoral or a fit of pique that could prove a liability,” writes Kate Taylor.

Michael Powell says that the bill isn’t anything to cheer about, noting that Quinn “spent months trimming and cutting the bill down to the size of a hat box,” so that in the  In the end the bill would affect 0.013 percent of the jobs in the city.

Nicole Gelinas concurs: “Why pass a “living wage” at all if it’s not big enough to matter much, good or bad? Politics. The anti-poverty “advocates” and union honchos whose support Quinn needs have seized upon the bill as a top issue.”

The Times meanwhile calls on a higher minimum wage for all.

Many House races in New York and around the country are a rematch from two years ago. 

Could Vito Fossella run for Congress again? “Not never, just not right now,” he told the Washington Post.

Ydanis Rodriguez appears to have offered chief aide David Segal--who was fired when it was revealed that he firebombed in Army recruiting station seven years ago–his job back.

Two of the top contenders to be City Council Speaker–Melissa Mark Viverito and Inez Dickens–showed up a rally on behalf of John Liu in Harlem last night.

At the rally, Liu gave the strongest indication yet he running for mayor, saying “I am ready, willing and able to go into battle for what I think is right for the city of New York.

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo moved  to assert his influence over New York State’s education policy by appointing Richard Parsons to lead a new commission charged with improving student performance.

Martha Stark still has a job at CUNY. 

The reconstruction of Croton Water Filtration Plant was supposed to bring jobs to Bronxites, but so far has failed to do so.

New York City Pension Funds are challenging Walmart’s leadership in the wake of a bribery scandal. 

On the eve of May Day protests around the country, envelopes of white powder were sent to Mayor Bloomberg and six banks around the city.

A new report shows that charter schools have a hard time holding onto principals. 

The DOE laid out social media guidelines for teachers. 

Chuck Schumer vowed that the GSA has vowed to sign a lease at 1WTC by the summer. 

The new Brooklyn Nets logo is designed to “resemble the black-and-white tiles and typeface of old New York subway stations.”

The Brownstone Belt is in revolt over the possibility that a Hooters may open nearby.

With a number of religious themes on Broadway this season, theaters are trying to attract churchgoers.

An Obama ad accuses Mitt Romney of outsourcing US jobs. 

Money is pouring in to Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s recall campaign. 

A month after Romney’s 2008 campaign ended, his son and a top fundraiser started a private equity fund using many of the same connections gleaned from the 2008 race.

Are Asian Americans a 2012 swing vote?

In order to get their endorsements, Rick Santorum wants to ensure the GOP’s policy platform represents conservatives’ interests, while Newt Gingrich wants help retiring his campaign debt and repairing his reputation.