The Morning Read: Wednesday, March 6, 2007

Sheldon Silver will introduce a bill to move the state’s new presidential primary from March 4 to February 5.

Rudy Giuliani defended his third wife against the criticisms from his son.

Al D’Amato is supporting John McCain over Rudy Giuliani.

Barack Obama raised money in Manhattan last night at the home of L.A. Reid.

Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama will now battle for the Jewish vote.

KT McFarland’s Park Avenue duplex may be up for sale (last item).

After taking a plane trip with Bill Clinton, Malcolm Smith is still undecided about whether to endorse Hillary for president.

The ads by a teachers union against Eliot Spitzer get an “F” for accuracy, says Bill Hammond.

The Albany County DA arraigned 11 people in a nationwide prescription drug smuggling operation.

Here’s a video clip about the head of the state lobbying commission, who spent more than two hours at a curling match during business hours and then allegedly fired the whistle blower.

Mike Bloomberg wants more red-light cameras in order to improve traffic safety.

Bloomberg’s plan to give principals more autonomy drew criticism from City Council members.

The city’s Department of Education will spend $80 million to computerize statistical information about students, and will eventually make that information available to parents online.

A Rikers Island inmate ordered a hit on NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly.

Today is the second day of testimony for cops who fired shots at Sean Bell.

Lou Tobacco got the GOP endorsement for the Assembly seat on Staten Island vacated by Vinny Ignizio, who is joining the City Council.

The Times-Herald Record looks at whether freshman Rep. John Hall could be barred from receiving the sacrament because he’s pro-choice.

And Governor Jon Corzine declined to answer reporters’ questions about the new disclosure that he gave more gifts and money to his one-time girlfriend, Carla Katz, a major union leader.

— Azi Paybarah The Morning Read: Wednesday, March 6, 2007