Morning Read: ‘Betting on How Late the Persistently Tardy Mayor Will Be’

Today's Daily News.

New Jersey Headline of the Day: “In New Jersey, Leader of an Agency Under Investigation Is Given a Judge’s Robe.”

Regular Headline of the Day: “Diaz: Cuomo’s New York recalls … Sodom and Gomorrah?”

The New York Post reports that members of Bill de Blasio‘s team, waiting for job placements as his administration takes shape at a record-slow pace, “have so little to do that they’re watching Netflix and playing cards while on the government payroll … [or] learning a second language or going on afternoon shopping sprees downtown.”

More from the Post: “The bored staffers have even been betting on how late the persistently tardy mayor will be at his press conferences. All are collecting salaries. ‘They’ve very demoralized, very frustrated and very bored. There’s a lot of tension because none of them knows what’s happening,’ said the source.”

According to a front-page Daily News story, Gov. Andrew Cuomo will unveil a pre-K expansion statewide today without including Mr. de Blasio’s tax hike on the rich: “An improving economy and belt-tightening by the state has made the money available, the sources said.” The budget will be announced at 2 p.m.

Capital New York previews Mr. Cuomo’s speech: “Many of the major parameters that Gov. Andrew Cuomo will announce in his executive budget proposal on Tuesday afternoon are already known … But there are several key questions that will determine just exactly how the Democratic governor will pay for the programs in his election year spending document.”

Former Councilman Robert Jackson is weighing a run for State Senator Adriano Espaillat‘s seat–perhaps under the assumption that Mr. Espaillat will defeat Congressman Charlie Rangel, vacating his Washington Heights-based district in the process. “I love public service,” Mr. Jackson told the News. “I have a lot to offer. I want to use that experience in Albany.”

Meanwhile, Congressman Michael Grimm slammed another News report–one which his lawyer declined to comment on–as a “one-sided hit piece.” He further said the transactions highlighted in the “donor swapping” story “are completely legal and common, and would be frequently seen in the vast majority of [congressional] Members’ filings.”

And former Congressman Anthony Weiner went on Fox News’ Kelly File for some reason:

Morning Read: ‘Betting on How Late the Persistently Tardy Mayor Will Be’