Morning Read: 'Andrew Cuomo’s Radical Abortion Regime'

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Headline of the Day: “Christie: Not 98%, but Cuomo and I have Sicilian moms.”

Alternative: “Nine Ways Chris Christie Isn’t Andrew Cuomo.”

On Inside City Hall last night, Borough President Ruben Diaz expressed some skepticism of his predecessor, Adolfo Carrión, dropping his party label to pursue a mayoral run on the Independence Party line. “He and I are good friends,” Mr. Diaz said. “But it broke my heart the fact that he left the Democratic Party. I think that a lot of folks looking at this [are] saying, ‘Wait a minute. Not only did you leave the Democratic Party, but you’re not speaking too nicely of the party who gave you and helped you get the same credentials and resume that you’re going to use to put forward for your candidacy.”

One of Mr. Carrión’s rivals, Republican candidate Tom Allon, was even more blunt about the Independence endorsement, expected to come later today. “I call on him, and any other leader seeking the Mayoralty or other citywide office in 2013, to tell the Independence Party that they do not want their endorsement until they rid themselves of anti-Semitic leaders and stop fooling their ‘members’ that they are enrolling as ‘Independent’ voters,” Mr. Allon said in a statement this morning. “All the mayoral candidates should join me in this condemnation and boycott tonight’s vote. Anything less is a vote of support for anti-Semitism and dirty politics.”

Also on Inside City Hall, former Governor David Paterson blasted Mayor Michael Bloomberg for dismissively claiming that “nobody is sleeping on the streets” in New York City. “Is he kidding?” Mr. Paterson asked. “There are plenty of people. You see them out there. Even I see them. The point is that this city has as many homeless people as the mid-80′s when that was a big homeless crisis. … I just don’t understand [how] someone with cognitive reasoning could come to that conclusion.”

State Senator Tony Avella, a candidate for Queens Borough President, held a press conference yesterday fighting for a family’s right to keep a pet pig. “It only points out how ridiculous this is that this family is going to have to move out of the city of New York over this issue,” Mr. Avella argued. “These animals should be considered as therapy animals if properly trained.” Mr. Avella further said he would consider a legislative fix, adding “I think most people would say ‘yeah, why not?’”

And the National Review does not like Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Accordingly, the conservative publication penned an editorial entitled “Andrew Cuomo’s Radical Abortion Regime”: “New York Governor Andrew Cuomo seeks to impose a radical new abortion regime on the state, one that goes far beyond the euphemistic byword ‘choice.’ The bill would in fact limit many choices, for instance the choice of Catholic hospitals and other institutions with moral objections to decline to allow abortions to be performed in their facilities.”