The Morning Read: Monday, April 14, 2008

Eliot Spitzer is spending time at his father’s real estate company, but according to Danny Hakim, he’s there to meet

Eliot Spitzer is spending time at his father’s real estate company, but according to Danny Hakim, he’s there to meet with his lawyers, not run the business.

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Both Spitzer and George Pataki may be subpoenaed as part of Andrew Cuomo’s probe of the state police.

David Paterson is keeping some Spitzer aides on, including fund-raiser Cindy Darrison.

Dan Janison talks to top Paterson aide Bill Cunningham, who is also an ally of the governor’s father, Basil.

Sheldon Silver thinks Michael Bloomberg’s aides are spinning the story that the mayor wants to seek a third term to keep him from becoming a lame duck for as long as possible.

Consultant George Arzt thinks Bloomberg can explain his earlier opposition to term limits by saying his position has had “a natural progression.”

The New York Sun sees this as a fight between Bloomberg and very wealthy term-limits advocate Ron Lauder.

Buried in the last line of this New York Times story about Bloomberg’s alleged ambition to seek a third term is the fact that the change couldn’t be made in time to help the mayor.

Here’s more on the Brooklyn City Council’s delegation emergency meeting yesterday, where they discussed Christine Quinn.

Plans to develop the West Side Rail Yards are in “disarray,” says Charles Bagli.

Anthony Weiner wants the I.R.S. to do your taxes for you.

Scott Stringer will release a report saying new apartments are being built faster than the school system can accommodate them.

The death penalty, which in New York is essentially off the books, still costs taxpayers lots of money.

A judge plans to sue the city after slipping on a wet floor in a court house.

The New York Post editorial board wants Christine Quinn to get rid of all the pork in the city budget.

Bloomberg News has a headline that could be straight out of Bloomberg pollster Doug Schoen’s book.

There’s more on Barack Obama’s alleged Catholic problem.

The Washington Post editorial board is critical of Obama’s shift away from public financing.

The Morning Read: Monday, April 14, 2008