Morning Read: The Return of Carl Paladino; Crackdown on Booze at WTC Site; Romney’s Huge July Haul

The Working Families Party continues to push Christine Quinn on paid sick leave, planning to target half a million New Yorkers by email about the issue and knock on the doors of 100,000 prime voters.

Jimmy Vielkind takes a look at the second career of Carl Paladino as thorn in the side of Dean Skelos.

Tom DiNapoli and Andrew Cuomo are looking at proposals for a “super control board” that could step in and take over the finances of counties, cities and municipalities around the state that are facing bankruptcy.

Mayor Mike Bloomberg and two survivors of the Tucson shooting cut an ad urging federal officials to do something about gun violence. 

Mike Gianaris has crafted a package of bills that would give New York State the toughest gun laws in the nation by limiting purchases to one a month, impose a ten-day waiting period on background checks and close background check loopholes, Ken Lovett scoop.

More Lovett: Malcolm Smith has assured his State Senate colleagues that despite his flirtation with running for mayor on the GOP line, he has no intention of caucusing with Republicans in Albany.

Tom Libous failed to provide the addresses of Florida rental properties he owns, in violation of the state campaign finance laws. 

Here this, Mitt Romney? Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand lead the way on tax return disclosure. 

To those of you thinking that you can stop hydrofracking from coming to New York: Sorry, says Fred Lebrun. 

Who do you call when the stuff hits the fan? Aaron Short investigates.

The Port Authority’s high tech emergency response center, designed for use in terrorist attacks and other emergencies, keeps breaking down.

Jeffrey Elmer, the assistant comptroller for labor in John Liu’s office, is stepping down after his office was reprimanded for inflating the pay of furniture movers paid by the city.

The state’s Department of Financial Service is investigating whether life insurance companies are hiding their financial health through dealings with related companies.

The reason behind construction delays? The Port Authority is cracking down on daytime drinking among WTC construction crews. 

The city’s School Construction Authority is expecting to spend $270 million on construction-site injuries and related liability expenses this year— nearly 10 times more than a decade ago, Yoav Gonen reports.

Check-cashing centers are flourishing in poorer parts of the city, but are beginning to undertake some reforms that belie their image as entities that taken advantage of the poor. Critics say they are merely trying to be good citizens to get legislation through Albany that would loosen restrictions on short-term loans.

The copy cat killings of two Egyptian merchants in Brooklyn has fellow shopkeepers worried. 

The Daily News continues its investigation into NYCHA, this time looking into widespread mold that goes untreated. 

They also note that although it takes months for repairs to be completed, the agency recently spent $100,000 to revamp its website and spent $325,000 on a big rally at the Javits Center.

Major repairs on the Lincoln Tunnel are set to begin today. 

Jamestown, in western New York and the birthplace of Lucille Ball, is trying to reinvent itself as the “The Cooperstown of Comedy.”

New York State purchases 69,000 acres of the Adirondacks for environmental preservation. 

How does Mitt Romney deflect bad news? By talking about his veep pick. 

The WaPo takes a look at the final five possibilities: Christie, Jindal, Ryan, Portman and Pawlenty.

The Romney campaign raised over $100 million in July. 

Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign was defined by small money contributions; Ben Smith looks at how Mitt Romney’s is defined by big money contributions in 2012.

Condi Rice and Nikki Haley are slated to speak at the RNC. 

The GOP’s new strategy is to be quiet on gay rights.