The Morning Read: Thursday, April 17, 2008

Last night was “one of Mr. Obama’s weakest debate performances,” writes the New York Times.

Glenn Thrush said Hillary Clinton showed “no sign of a strategic softening” against Barack Obama.

Chelsea Clinton continues her “Your Future, it’s Bright” tour today.

Former Newark Mayor Sharpe James and one other person convicted yesterday will be sentenced on July 29.

Ray Rivera recaps the slush fund scandal in the City Council, which led to the indictment of two council staffers.

The Villager has a good recap too.

WNYC’s Soterios Johnson weighs in.

The U.S. Attorney who unsealed the indictment on those aides yesterday suggested it’s only the tip of the iceberg.

“I imagine this story will go pretty deep,” said consultant Basile Smikle.

“The case also raises questions about whether agencies under Mayor Bloomberg are adequately reviewing the grant applications,” writes Joseph Goldstein.

The city Department of Investigation was also looking into one of those staffers, and hasn’t explained why the probe took three years.

The New York Post editorial board thinks Michael Bloomberg and Bill Thompson could be tarnished for not catching this probe sooner.

Christine Quinn “certainly does not look like somebody who could run the city, especially in a time when every budget buck counts,” writes Michael Daly.

The scandal “doesn’t say a hell of a lot about the rest of us would-be watchdogs either,” writes Tom Robbins.

City Councilwoman Carmen Arroyo steered $82,500 in taxpayer money to a non-profit that had once employed her sister and nephew.

Errol Louis says there’s more important fiscal issues City Hall should worry about.

David Paterson may remove Port Authority Executive Director Anthony Shorris because of the pace of development at Ground Zero.

Dan Janison says Chris Ward may replace Shorris.

The incoming state police superintendent, Harry Corbitt, admits his agency’s role in “Troopergate” was inappropriate.

That superintendent also revealed he had some financial trouble recently.

Corbitt is profiled in depth here.

David Paterson gets some good coverage…in Plattsburgh.

Robert Harding talks to state senate candidate Joe Mesi.

Domenic Recchia and Marty Markowitz have nice things to say about the new Coney Island development plan.

And former City Councilwoman Eva Moskowitz writes in praise of charter schools.

The Morning Read: Thursday, April 17, 2008