Morning Read: Bloomberg as the Republicans’ Answer, Monserrate Gets a New Lawyer

“[I]f the Republicans were willing and able to nominate Bloomberg type candidates in other parts of the country, the Democratic moment may dissipate pretty quickly,” writes a Columbia professor on Huffington Post.

Anthony Weiner said of Michael Bloomberg and the Republicans, "I would think he would have some influence over that party, as a major contributor and now as their standard bearer.”

Clyde Haberman thinks, ironically, that Bloomberg has been in a bad mood since extending term limits.

“Once again” Bloomberg is “hitching his administration to President Obama,” writes David Seifman.

Pat Lynch was hired by a group supporting mayoral control.

The New York Times won a Pulitzer for “its coverage of the rapid disintegration of Gov. Eliot Spitzer’s political career.”

AMC News wants to interview Michael Bloomberg.

This guy says Bloomberg looks like the rich dad from the TV show "Different Strokes."

Ruben Diaz Jr. is basically assured of becoming Bronx Borough president today, and turns 36 on Sunday.

Charlie Rangel spent $12,000 of campaign cash on food.

Anthony Weiner said about 25 percent of New York City residents spend half their income on rent.

Andrew Cuomo wants to ban companies that donate money to the state comptroller from getting pension business.

Testimony from Hank Morris and David Loglisci will probably clarify some things about the state pension fund scandal.

Morris is linked to the New York City Employees Retirement System, according to the Post.

Hiram Monserrate has a new lawyer: the guy who defended former City Councilman Dennis Gallagher.

Marcos Crespo, who works for Ruben Diaz Sr., is the leading Democrat in the race for the Assembly seat being vacated by Ruben Diaz Jr.

Here’s a nice shot of Sway and Bloomberg from yesterday.

Faulty elevators in public housing buildings may be violating tenants rights, according to a lawsuit.

Community service will not be a graduation requirement in New York City. Not yet, at least.

Ed Koch robocalls for local school elections.

Page Six says Eliot Spitzer took one of his daughters to a movie (in Times Square!) in which an elected official has an affair with a young woman.

Pete King suggested that Muslims were uncooperative with law enforcement.

The New York Post editorial board defended King’s remarks about Islamic terrorists.

It also doesn't want Betsy Gotbaum tweaking mayoral control.

Steve Levy trimmed his Suffolk County employee layoff list.

The police officers in Harrison who made racially insensitive jokes about Barack Obama and others are among the highest paid public employees in the town.

Westchester District Attorney Janet DiFiore, a former Republican, asked Democrats last night to endorse her for re-election, but so far, they haven’t.

And here’s Anthony Weiner speaking at N.Y.U. last night, saying, “Under the present charter, I think that there is less and less rationale for the borough presidents, but some of them have done very good jobs at being advocates.” Morning Read: Bloomberg as the Republicans’ Answer, Monserrate Gets a New Lawyer