The Morning Read: Tuesday, January 2, 2007

Scandals help Eliot Spitzer’s push to change Albany.

Andrew Cuomo gets sworn in under Spitzer’s shadow.

Cuomo backs an independent review of Spitzer’s decision to grant George Pataki 24-hour security.

Errol Louis takes note of Spitzer’s use of uplifting images, but wonders if that’ll translate to something tangible.

The new head of the MTA will ride all the subways, buses, trains and cross all the bridges and tunnels.

The head of the city’s Independent Budget Office gets profiled.

Ben obtains Rudy Giuliani’s campaign plans, which say his main problems are his private business, disgraced former aide Bernie Kerik and his positions on social issues.

Giuliani considers changing his role in the consulting company he founded.

And a troop surge will almost certainly be part of the president’s plan for Iraq, the WSJ reports.

— Azi Paybarah

The Morning Read: Tuesday, January 2, 2007