The Morning Read: September 22, 2006

Arnold Schwarzenegger on Mike Bloomberg: “He’s my soul mate. He’s the man.”

Errol Louis thinks the mayor needs to “dream bigger, talk louder and invest more political capital” if he wants to solve the city’s poverty problem.

The Times looks at whether John Faso left the legislature and then lobbied them on a huge financial deal. His spokesman said it wasn’t lobbying, but rather, “advising on how to get the process done.”

Faso also wants to cut income taxes for couples earning under $50,000 and individuals earnning under $25,000.

State Comptroller Alan Hevesi had a state employee drive his wife around for three years.

Andrew Cuomo and others rip Jeanine Pirro over the freed Westchester inmate she refused to help while she was D.A.

The number of students reading at grade level drops sharply between fifth and sixth grade, according to a new state report. Students in charter schools did better, according to The Post.

Charles Bagli can hardly believe that, “Now, at long last, finally, for sure, the new framework for rebuilding at ground zero is in place. A firm deal was approved yesterday. Really.”

The crowd at this year’s Clinton Global Initiative is pledging to do more than last year.

Columbia withdraws its invitation to Iran’s President.

Councilman Dan Garodnick gets the Public Lives treatment.

And one Brooklyn brownstone goes hot pink.

— Azi Paybarah The Morning Read: September 22, 2006