The Morning Read: Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Joe Bruno announced to State Senate Republicans he’s not seeking re-election.

Bruno aides denied he’s retiring as part of a deal with federal investigators.

Corky Siemaszko recalls Bruno’s troubles.

Liz says a number of other Republicans may also step aside.

Fred Dicker says the departure is bad for Republicans, and for David Paterson.

It’s the "end of an era," says the Gazette.

Michael Bloomberg said of Bruno, “[W]hen we have asked him for leadership he has delivered.”

Bruno‘s likely replacement, Dean Skelos of Long Island, “is a curious blend of populist, conservative and moderate Rockefeller Republican politics,” writes Jacob Gershman.

A newspaper in Tom Libous’ district says he’s in line to replace Bruno.

“Some of Bruno’s members were ashen and close to tears as they left a closed-door meeting with him,” reports the Daily News.

One State Senator said the meeting “was like a wake.”

Bruno informed Paterson of his retirement at around 6 p.m.

Things aren’t looking much more optimistic for Republicans on Staten Island.

There are grumblings about a tax increase in City Hall.

A writer from Rochester wants Paterson to get a seeing-eye dog and cane.

The M.T.A. may cut $2.7 billion worth of capital projects from their budget.

Local reading and math scores are up.

Arnold Schwarzenegger isn’t running for office, but he’s still raising money.

Barack Obama’s campaign asked a Muslim Congressman (also the only Muslin Congressman) not to speak in favor of his candidacy.

And one newspaper notes that Obama is just another lefty.
The Morning Read: Tuesday, June 24, 2008