Morning Read: Bloomberg’s Summit, Espada’s Interview, Ognibene’s Run

Michael Bloomberg’s longtime critic, Tom Ognibene, is running for his old Council seat, and supporting Bloomberg. The mayor’s people did not return calls asking if they were endorsing Ognibene.

Meghan McCain, a Republican who supports same-sex marriage, says New York Republicans should support same-sex marriage.

Joel Klein breakfasts at the Regency Hotel with Susan Dominus.

A “technical issue” has led the Bloomberg administration to temporarily stop charging rent to working homeless people living in shelters.

Randi Weingarten criticized Michael Bloomberg���s handling of the flu outbreak.

Nassau Republicans canceled their nominating convention because of the flu.

Broadway theater companies fought down a state tax last year, then quietly added their own $1 “League fee” on tickets to most shows.

Jeff Klein and Hakeem Jeffries said mandatory conferences between lenders and subprime borrowers facing foreclosure have not been effective.

A poll “commissioned by one of the candidates” shows it’s a close race for Manhattan district attorney.

A house on Robert Morgenthau’s upstate farm burned down.

Scott Stringer's lawyer said “there was no awareness before the election” about exceeding the campaign spending limit.

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder was sent a letter asking him to drop legal charges against Roger Corbin in favor of a civil settlement.

Frank Lombardi covers two anti-smoking bills in the City Council.

Pedro Espada did an interview with Gotham Gazette in his Bronx apartment.

Ben likes the new blogger legislation in Albany.

Frank Padavan said he wrote a letter in support of Brian McLaughlin after the former Assemblyman’s family contacted him. Also: “I hope for his sake that Senator Padavan is not threatening me,” said a Democratic campaign staffer who criticized Padavan for the letter.

Candidates for Eric Gioia’s seat are campaigning.

There’s a Green Party candidate for Peter Vallone Jr.’s seat.

The head of the Downtown Independent Democrats has a black eye.

City Council members may vote to block the Dock Street Project because Intern emails between the School Construction Authority and the developer show they may not have considered alternate locations. (Notice the byline.)

Ruben Diaz Jr. was sworn in as Bronx Borough President.

A Mount Vernon Councilman who doesn’t always agree with the mayor there did not get his party’s endorsement for re-election.

Alex Zablocki picks up more Republican backing in his bid for public advocate.

A summit about World Trade Center development was held yesterday.

And Downtown Express weighs in on the development there.


Morning Read: Bloomberg’s Summit, Espada’s Interview, Ognibene’s Run