Mid-Morning Read: ‘The Orgy of Self Interest’

In Binghamton,Paterson said the “orgy of self-interest” in Albany could lead the state to bankruptcy.

Democrats discover Republican riches in Albany: a $50,000 car with leather seats, a TV studio on Long Island, and countless patronage jobs.

Here’s The New York Times’ analysis a of the $789 billion stimulus bill.

State officials are getting ready to spend it.

Paterson said he’s not worried about Andrew Cuomo’s campaign-y comments, and said he’ll think about 2010 later.

Cuomo is looking into the bonuses of Merrill Lynch employees.

Kirsten Gillibrand met with Michael Bloomberg and joked about getting shooting lessons from him.

A conservative blogger misses the old, gun-loving Gillibrand.

Malcolm Smith is not yet on board with the millionaire’s tax–which Sheldon Silver’s is pushing.

Christine Quinn also wants to raise taxes on high-income earners.

“If patriotism is sometimes the last refuge of scoundrels, than tax hiking is certainly the last refuge of the ideologically brain dead,” writes Richard Lipsky.

If you have ideas on how to fix the budget crunch, you can text the State Senate.

Just before his confirmation, Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman said he thought there needed to be a permanent solution to the issue of judicial pay.

On Room 8, Gary Tilzer lashes out at the media and good government groups for being “MIA” on the issue of ballot access.

Republican Assemblyman Greg Ball considers running for Congress against Representative John Hall, a Democrat.

The controversy over the Independence Party’s endorsement in the Port Chester’s mayoral race goes to state court.

“It’s something I should have done a long time ago,” said Caesar Trunzo about stepping down as Islip Republican Chairman. Possible replacements include Frank Tantone and Robert Cicale.

When Steve Levy tells reporters, “I’ll be around for your one-on-ones,” he doesn’t really mean in, explains an aide.

The Dutchess County legislature wants to raise their hotel-bed tax.

Rent Jon Corzine’s pad in Sagaponack.

The city’s “e-condom” now has a Facebook application.

Here’s more on Bloomberg’s visit last week with Republicans in Queens Village.

A blogger likes what he hears from Christine Quinn’s interview with Irish radio.

County Executive Michael Hein talks about bipartisanship.

Jimmy Oddo wants to protect the trees.

On Staten Island, City Council candidate Debi Rose rallied with DC37.

One of her rivals in the race, Ken Mitchell, was endorsed by the Conservatives.

Jim Molinaro interviews with the Republican Party tomorrow night.

Get ready for…elections for Community Education Council members!

And here’s Jim Tedisco‘s campaign video.

Mid-Morning Read: ‘The Orgy of Self Interest’