The Morning Read: September 25, 2006

The Times editorial board wants Mayor Bloomberg to speak out nationally and help raise the federal minimum wage.

The Sun endorses John Faso and says, “We carry no grudge against Attorney General Spitzer.
His campaign has been refusing to speak with reporters of The New York Sun…”

John Faso is asking supporters to pay for lawn signs.

Criminal charges will be filed in Albany by the Republican challenging state Comptroller Alan Hevesi because he turned a state employee into a personal chauffeur. The Post’s editorial board purposefully wonders what “the state’s legal watchdog, Attorney General Eliot Spitzer, has to say” about the issue.

Permits from the city’s Building Department are needed to dismantle the Deutsche Bank building at Ground Zero.

New York City ports will get $26 million for security from the Department of Homeland Security, a 400% boost from last year, but it’s unclear how much other ports around the nation are getting.

David Weprin and Tom White are among the council members who earn six-figure salaries for their work outside the council.

Ned Lamont campaigns on other issues besides Iraq. For example, he supports NAFTA, but not CAFTA.

Bernie Kerik is still part of Rudy Giuliani’s inner circle.

1199/SEIU union leader Dennis Rivera defended the $2 million parties his union threw last year, saying, “To be very honest, not only are we good in politics, but nobody throws a party like we do.”

Ben says that Chuck Schumer may have been right and Jon Corzine may have been wrong about making Bob Menendez a U.S. Senator.

And James McGreevey is addicted to fame.

— Azi Paybarah The Morning Read: September 25, 2006