The Morning Read: Friday, March 30, 2007

Rudy Giuliani was briefed on Bernie Kerik’s relationship to the construction company which ultimately led to his downfall — before Rudy appointed him as police commissioner.

Eliot Spitzer held a news conference to announce he won’t reveal most of the details from the budget he negotiated behind closed doors with Sheldon Silver and Joe Bruno.

One the few details that did come out is a plan for 50 new charter schools for New York City.

NYC Schools Chancellor Joel Klein does not have the authority to open those schools.

The Post editorial board said Spitzer is “all talk,” and they got really nostalgic for the early Pataki years.

Some legislators feel “powerless” in the budget negotiations.

The Sun’s editorial board says Spitzer’s effort to cut state spending was valiant, but “he would have done better to campaign on those issues.”

Mike Bloomberg will pay money to poor families to take their kids to school.

Al Sharpton says he’s not endorsing Hillary Clinton or any other Democratic presidential candidate yet.

Steve Forbes explains why he thinks Giuliani is the fiscal conservative in the GOP primary [subscription].

Jane Ridley thinks Giuliani came across like “a wuss” in his interview with Barbara Walters.

Bloomberg has plenty of time to decide about the 2008 presidential race.

Here’s a look at Democratic pork in congress.

And Alec Baldwin will pay the college tuition of a girl featured in the Times.

— Azi Paybarah The Morning Read: Friday, March 30, 2007