Morning Read: Smith’s Delay, Thompson’s Donors

Malcolm Smith has effectively stalled the M.T.A. bailout with only 20 days left. As to Smith's main problem, a transit

Malcolm Smith has effectively stalled the M.T.A. bailout with only 20 days left.

As to Smith's main problem, a transit blogger writes, the authority is open to $2 tolls simply because it's politically palatable.

Richard Ravitch is leading the lonely fight to get it done, again.

Bill Thompson has a lot of money from lobbyists with business before the city.

Queens Crap says the Daily News editorial board is wrong: David Paterson is responsible for the two hospitals that closed.

Scott Stringer supports a ban on natural gas drilling in New York State.

In his new post at the DCCC, Joe Crowley faces $16 million in debt.

Two of Michael Bloomberg's small high schools are failing.

Cyrus Vance, a lead candidate to replace Robert Morgenthau, once represented a union guy with mob connections.

And if you ever wanted to see the governor's legs, here they are, courtesy of Fred Dicker and Runner's World. Morning Read: Smith’s Delay, Thompson’s Donors