Morning Read: Bloomberg’s Joke, Espada’s Lease, Mom’s Debate

"I'm going to bite him," Michael Bloomberg joked on his radio show, referring to the groundhog on Staten Island.

The New York Times settled a lawsuit over their story last year about John McCain’s close relationship to a lobbyist.

“Mr. Chávez did something that New York’s mayor, Michael R. Bloomberg, would not bring himself to do,” writes Clyde Haberman.

Jews in Venezuela “are just plain scared” of Hugo Chavez, now that term limits there are gone.

Here’s the New York Post’s last word on the cartoon.

“It was a sorry excuse for an apology,” the Daily News writes in a news story.

The founder of Brooklyn for Barack is writing a screenplay based on his experiences over the last two years.

Gatemouth’s latest reason to resent Bloomberg: Fred Newman.

Adolfo Carrion said his successor must have a “growth agenda.”

Carrion will discuss how he tried fighting unemployment in the borough.

Brooklyn Papers hits David Yassky and others over a crackdown on news boxes, which, ironically, the newspaper doesn’t have.

Dick Ravitch likes the idea of a gas tax, but said there’s “no will” for it among state lawmakers.

A challenger to City Councilman Larry Seabrook of the Bronx channels Barack Obama [bottom story].

Pedro Espada terminates his lease in a building owned by John Catsimatidis.

Marty Markowitz wants federal stimulus funding to build the Atlantic Yards project.

A site making fun of the Union Square Partnership survives.

Challenger Pete Gleason said if he can’t debate City Councilman Alan Gerson, why not have their mother’s debate [last item]?

“I want to experience humanity to its fullest,” said a student from New Jersey who joined the weird protest at NYU.

In Jackson Heights, City Council candidate Julissa Ferreras said she’s had little contact with her former boss, Hiram Monserrate, who she’s trying to replace.

Unions working at Shea Stadium/Citi Field are “not hiring Hispanics, African-Americans or Asians,” said another candidate in that race, Eduard Giraldo.

The Queens Ledger endorses Francisco Moya for the seat.

In Howard Beach, City Council candidate Geraldine Chappey evades questions, and gets testy with the audience.

One of her rivals, Eric Ulrich, gets endorsed by the Queens Chronicle.

Ulrich, a Republican, is the unexpected front-runner, says City Hall News.

The Queens Ledger wants to see Liz Crowley’s new office.

A local chapter of DC37 deals with layoffs.

The Queens Chronicle opposes the millionaire’s tax.

Mike Schenkler says the federal stimulus package is too big to fail.

Dee Richard hangs out at Frank Padavan’s swearing-in ceremony.

Jim Genarro’s spokesman gets some love on a local gossip page, in part because he “has often contributed” to it. [last item]

KT McFarland does another stint at Fox’s Situation Room, at 11.

Charles Rangel spoke to some Columbia University students about the Middle East.

Bill Perkins doesn't assume a bad economy will lead to an increase in crime.

March 6 is the new deadline for students to declare their candidacies in elections at Columbia.

A guy who sold his home, but bought another a few blocks away, can’t seem to get his $400 rebate check from the city [2nd to last letter].

The Park Slope Food Co-op considers banning some food from Israel.

And here's Anthony Weiner discussing the stimulus bill on Fox. Morning Read: Bloomberg’s Joke, Espada’s Lease, Mom’s Debate