Morning Read: 'I Would Defer to the Rabbis'

Ah...memories. (Photo: Getty)

Ah…memories. (Photo: Getty)

The New York Times took another look at John Catsimatidis, described here as an “ample-bodied, idiosyncratic man who styles himself as a ‘common billionaire.'”

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was hospitalized yesterday for a blood clot.

“The mayor spoke to The Post Friday in a rare year-end chat as he munched on two peanut-butter-filled cracker sandwiches and sipped from a container of coffee in the City Hall ‘bullpen,'” the New York Post reported on one of Mayor Michael Bloomberg‘s exit interviews.

Speaking of Mr. Bloomberg, it sure looks like he has a fun schedule tonight:

11:30 PM Live Interview Airs on ABC’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest
ABC Television

11:40 PM Live Interview Airs on NBC’s New Year’s Eve with Carson Daly
NBC Television

11:59 PM Lowers 2013 New Year’s Eve Ball with the Radio City Rockettes
Times Square
The Countdown Stage

Although Senator Marty Golden decisively won his southern Brooklyn district last November, the recently released New York City election results indicate he may have lost his signatory neighborhood, Bay Ridge, to Democratic challenger Andrew Goundardes.

Comptroller John Liu weighed in on the Republican field for mayor recently, telling dinner companions, “It looks like there will be a Republican primary, which I hope for. The more in there the better; let them kill themselves first. But I think there’s still more Republicans to join [the campaign]. I’m glad to see Joe Lhota is getting a ‘honeymoon period,’ which I think will be over in a relatively short time.”

He also commented on the controversial circumcision practice in the Orthodox Jewish community, which Mayor Bloomberg’s administration recently rolled out a new consent form for. “I would defer to the rabbis,” Mr. Liu said. The move makes him the second Democratic mayoral candidate to speak out on the topic, after former Comptroller Bill Thompson.

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