Morning Read: 'A Bunch of Incompetents'

Councilman Robert Jackson will officially announce his long expected bid for the Manhattan borough presidency on the steps of City Hall Sunday afternoon.

The Senate hopes to complete the long-delayed federal Hurricane Sandy recovery aid package on Monday.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg became a bit of a punching bag at a forum featuring many of the likely mayoral candidates last night.

Mold was also a hot topic at the forum.

There is a “major fight brewing” between Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and Governor Andrew Cuomo where planned casinos will be located in New York State and, specifically, whether any will be placed in the five boroughs.

Assemblyman Vito Lopez won’t be testifying in the state ethics investigation into the sexual harassment allegations made against him by by four female former aides.

New York is bracing for twice the expected budget shortfall as the federal government tries to reduce its healthcare costs for the severely disabled.

Opposition from teacher’s unions and local governments is making the passage of Governor Cuomo’s budget more contentious than he might have hoped.

Staff for State Senator Malcolm Smith received $58,500 in raises after he defected from the Democratic conference and joined the breakaway Independent Democratic Coalition.

Former Republican gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino is considering a run for Buffalo school board predicts that, if he runs, he would “destroy” the nine members of the board whom he described as “a bunch of incompetents who are in way over their heads.”

Councilman Jumaane Williams criticized the Bloomberg administration for what he described as the “villainization of bus drivers and matrons in the media” in the wake of the bus strike.

Ashley Dupre, best known as the woman at the center of ex-Governor Eliot Spitzer’s prostitution scandal, is expecting a baby.