The Morning Read: Friday, July 11, 2008

Charlie Rangel has four rent-stabilized apartments, one of which he uses as a campaign office.

In total, Rangel paid $3,894 per month in rent last year.

CBS refers to it as a “sweetheart deal.”

The New York Sun’s editorial board finds fault with “the entire system of government price controls on housing.”

David Paterson also has a rent stabilized apartment in the same complex as Rangel’s.

Contributors to Eliot Spitzer’s 2010 reelection committee will get about a 20 percent refund.

Assemblywoman Ellen Young is recovering in a wheelchair after being hit by a car.

Michael Bloomberg is opening two lanes of Broadway to motorists.

A columnist in Gay City News defends Barack Obama from criticism he’s drifting to the center, writing that critics “have lost sight of the fact that it is a politically cruel world out there.”

Peter Vallone, Jr. regrets supporting the new campaign finance law, and wants to roll it back.

Melinda Katz lost in her effort to set up a campaign account just in case of a run-off in the comptroller’s race.

The New York Post editorial board thinks she should sue.

That editorial board also takes a shot at “reform by press release.”

Peter Spencer checks out CouncilStat.

Mike McLaughlin looks at the trouble the G.O.P. is having putting up a candidate for Vito Fossella’s seat.

Andrew Cuomo announced that AOL and AT&T are the latest companies to agree to block access to child porn.

The organization Friends of the High Line is profiled.

Welcome back, Labor Day parade!

Gay City News critiques the city’s efforts to fight AIDS.

More than 8,000 signatures were submitted between two candidates running in the upstate 51st senate district.

And Tom Golisano inspires a political cartoonist The Morning Read: Friday, July 11, 2008