Morning Read: Defending Gotbaum’s Office, Courting Hip-Hop

This blogger objects to Michael Bloomberg’s campaign spending.

July 4 is too expensive for Yonkers.

Carolyn Maloney, Peter King and Kirsten Gillibrand all want to re-open the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund.

“Ms. Maloney is a politician of vast experience, and a lady of elegance,” writes the blogger at Tenant Planet.

“I know that Carolyn Maloney will make a damn good Senator,” writes Kos diarist nysmith123.

Chuck Schumer gets lots of hedge fund contributions.

Jacob Gershman argues that Michael Bloomberg should intervene in the Senate. He also says Republicans can’t afford to back down, but Democrats can.

The public advocate candidates, belatedly, protest the 40 percent cut to the office.

The Post notes that Bill de Blasio and Eric Gioia “did little to stop the budget reduction through their roles on the council, but protested it yesterday nonetheless.”

Republican Alex Zablocki criticized it also.

Ruben Diaz Sr. has gay friends, and cries to Liza Minnelli music.

Pedro Espada Jr.’s network of health facilities is popular with the locals. And it’s a “candy store” for prosecutors, he says.

Caroline Kennedy backs Cy Vance, and says the election is too important to skip.

Kennedy said Vance is “exactly the person we need to maintain the traditions in the DA’s office.”

David Yassky speaks for the bee-keepers.

Linda Gibbs defends the city’s new rules to get families out of shelters more quickly, saying, “We believe they are in shelter far longer than they need to be.”

The principals union doesn’t like losing two training days, but the teachers’ union does.

The teachers union also struck a deal that abandons some previous protections in exchange for better pay and smaller class sizes.

The contract teachers struck with the city is unique, and probably won’t be seen with other unions.

The Rent Guidelines Board recommended a 3 and 6 percent hike.

There’s also a $30 to $60 hike for some tenants.

Adam Lisberg and Celeste Katz have more from that meeting.

Eliot Brown has a slideshow of the less fancy, more expensive Atlantic Yards Project.

The cost of the Atlantic Yards Project rose by $1 billion.

The Post edit board doesn’t want the M.T.A. to let Bruce Ratner pay for his project over 22 years.

Jotham Sederstrom says there’s plenty of “wiggle room” in Ratner’s new deal.

SeeThroughNY just posted all the salaries of M.T.A. employees.

Suffolk County legislators hold off on police cutbacks.

A police officer in Harrison runs against his boss in a Conservative Party primary.

The union at the Boston Globe struck a deal for lower pay, a five-day unpaid furlough, and the loss of lifetime job guarantee for 190 employees.

And above is Bill Thompson at a hip-hop festival in Brooklyn. “So many of you in the hip-hop generation are involved,” he says. “I need your help.” Morning Read: Defending Gotbaum’s Office, Courting Hip-Hop