The Morning Read: Wednesday, December 20, 2006

As you may have heard, Joe Bruno held a press conference yesterday afternoon to announce he was under investigation by the F.B.I. Bruno said he made the disclosure after learning that reporters had discovered the existence of the probe.

The Post’s Fred Dicker says he was digging around Bruno’s consulting firm, Capital Business Consultants.

The Daily News says it’s all about his relationship to businessman Jared Abbruzzese.

Flashback: The Times had an investigative piece on Bruno’s relationship to Abbruzzese, who is bidding for a contract to operate the state’s horse racing tracks, on Saturday.

The investigation “doesn’t come as a shock,” says the Post editorial page, more in sorrow than in anger.

Bruno’s business dealings “demand a close look by Cuomo,” says the News’ editorial page, more in anger than in sorrow.

The old gang–Peter Powers, Randy Mastro, Howard Safir, Andrew Eristoff–all turned out for Rudy’s $2,100-a-plate fundraiser at the Mariott Marquis in Times Square.

Not coincidentally, John McCain released a list of 57 important New York supporters.

Newsday says the turnout for Rudy’s event “appeared to fall short” of what was neccessary to raise $1 million.

The Washington Post warns that conservatives and “activists in key primary states are skeptical” about a Rudy run.

Mayor Bloomberg is casting doubt on the city’s ability to raise the funds neccessary to host the 2008 Democratic Convention.

Republican Virginia Gov. Jim Gilmore is considering a run for president.

Rahm Emmanuel’s successor at the DCCC will be Maryland Rep. Chris Van Hollen.

The Albany DA confirms he is negotiating a plea deal with Alan Hevesi.

“He can either go to Florida or go to Attica,” a “high-ranking Democrat” tells the News.

Sheldon Silver is poised to approve the Atlantic Yards project, the Post reports.

Eliot Spitzer isn’t getting his first choice to be health commissioner.

Ellis Henican says it’s time for Peter Kalikow and the MTA to take over the Long Island Railroad.

–Andrew Rice The Morning Read: Wednesday, December 20, 2006