Morning Read: ‘Although, For Many, This Matter Is Taken as a Joke’

The Post's cover today. (photo:

The Post‘s cover today. (photo:

Headline of the Day: “Anthony Weiner Rejoins Twitter in Second-Worst Way Possible.”

The New York Post reacted to former Rep. Anthony Weiner‘s new Twitter account: “Weiner has unzipped a new Twitter account. But it’s not as big as it once was … He declined to say whether Huma had placed parental controls on his account or whether he trusted himself with the technology.”

While The New York Times took a glance at Mr. Weiner’s apartment, which is apparently valued at $13,000 a month and owned by a landlord close to former President Bill Clinton. “The Weiner family and their landlord say the arrangement is nothing special,” the report reads, noting, “They declined to provide proof of their rent, like a lease or canceled check.”

Councilman Dan Halloran already has his first Republican opponent in the form of former Council contender Dennis Saffran, who narrowly lost to Tony Avella in 2001. Mr. Saffran said he’s running to restore “the tradition of integrity and honesty in government” and name-checked former Mayor Rudy Giuliani, who shares a name with a potential GOP rival.

The F.B.I. agent probing Comptroller John Liu‘s campaign finances testified in court that he felt the alleged criminal wrongdoing went deeper than Mr. Liu’s treasurer and donor, who are being charged. “The undercover operation could have gone on further,” the special agent said, adding that he told his colleagues, “Everything points to the next level.”

While IrishCentral looked at redhead discrimination in the N.Y.P.D. and what Council Speaker Christine Quinn is going to do about it. “Christine Quinn, the Irish American mayoral hopeful, quipped ‘The way to put red-hair discrimination to end is to have a red-haired mayor.’ She added ‘For full disclosure, this is not my natural hair color.’ Although, for many, this matter is taken as a joke …”

And another mayoral hopeful, Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, unveiled a “Transparency Report Card” for city agencies this morning. “The City is inviting waste and corruption by blocking information that belongs to the public,” Mr. de Blasio said in a statement. “That’s the last thing New York City can afford right now. We have to start holding government accountable when it refuses to turn over public records to citizens and taxpayers.”

There was a sustainability-focused mayoral forum last night, where businessman John Catsimatidis stood out and all three Republican contenders criticized the national party: