Mid-Morning Read: Kennedy, Bloomberg, Paterson

Joe Scarborough thinks Caroline Kennedy needs to stop giving interviews and work more behind the scenes.

Mort Zuckerman defended how his newspaper quoted Kennedy.

Kennedy tells the Buffalo News her celebrity status is a plus.

But it’s certainly made this nomination process a unique one for David Paterson.

“I’m not seeing a whole lot of liberal punditry willing to go to the mat for Caroline Kennedy,” writes a blogger by Cincinnati.

Another says, “She seems like a perfectly delightful socialite.”

Al Giordano says Kennedy is the Carmello Anthony of politics, and that “can do more for New York than any of the others being mentioned for that senate seat.”

Sheldon Silver said Kennedy is “sponsored” by Michael Bloomberg.

Some “crucial voting bases” that Michael Bloomberg needs to win over got some good news on transportation.

Christine Quinn pays to employ staffers for some City Council members.

Chuck Schumer hopes to get $4 billion for New York transportation from Barack Obama and Congress.

Another $5 billion could come to New York for Medicaid.

Local lawmakers awarded one company the rights to film their public meetings, in part because they feared another company bidding on the contract might allow the local supervisor to edit the video unfavorably.

Representative-elect Paul Tonko is staffing up.

Twenty-five years of Judith Kaye on the bench.

Tom Daschle will hold a forum tonight in Batavia.

David Paterson mulls a bill that would require probation violators to appear in court within 10 days.

This year is “once-in-a-millennium” for state political activity.

An audit finds Newburgh misappropriated federal money meant for the poor.

Roy McDonald is sworn in as a state senator.

It was a good year for filing Freedom of Information requests, reports Cara Mathews.

Michael Bloomberg’s congestion pricing and term-limits extension were among the top 10 stories of the year.

Washington Square Park News likes to think about what Bloomberg probably won’t do next year [link fixed].

Networks have stopped sending full-time reporters to Iraq.

Here’s Fred Dicker’s list of winners and losers.

The Lower Manhattan Development Corporation gives money to Sheldon Silver’s favorite community groups, says the New York Post.

Sorry, no jobs for college students on Long Island.

Dan Janison thinks Republicans could take over the Nassau County legislature.

Critics find fault with Yorktown’s worker compensation policies.

Bklynpol on Room8 meditates on Bloomberg’s relationship with Howard Wolfson.

The city rejected Sean Combs’ offer to donate $1 million to charity.

And here’s Caroline. Mid-Morning Read: Kennedy, Bloomberg, Paterson