Morning Read: Bye, 2009

Ben Fried has a recap of 2009’s most memorable moments, and names Pedro Espada Jr. elected official of the year.

Joel Klein may ease restrictions on school bake sales.

The Post slams the NYPD for an “appalling” security breach: “Law-enforcement officials acknowledged the van had sat on Broadway between 41st and 42nd streets — just a block from the NYPD’s Times Square command post — since around noon on Monday and had not moved.”

The story is hard to miss.

Having a five-member Republican caucus in the City Council “puts us in play in just about everything that happens in this body,” said Jimmy Oddo.

Another result of having slightly fewer Democrats in the Council: some committees may be eliminated.

Robert Morgenthau sends one last shot at Michael Bloomberg.

David Seifman looks at new laws coming into effect.

Tomorrow’s swearing-in ceremonies are scheduled to be less than an hour long.

Bloomberg’s mother won’t be there.

A professor in New Hampshire says Bloomberg “governs as a post-partisan candidate. It’s kind of an individualistic thing; it’s not a movement you can look to.”

Errol Louis previews the Board of Elections vote on Tuesday for new voting machines: “At stake is nothing less than the future of democracy.”

Peter King gets the wood of Newsday.

Something I missed earlier: Carolyn Maloney chatted with protesters outside her office.

The Wall Street Journal slams Eliot Spitzer because “his old office has been denying requests for his AIG emails.”

And pictured above is Bloomberg with former City Council Speaker Gifford Miller, and an angry-looking City Council, announcing the 2002 city budget, from the La Guardia Community College’s Wagner Archives. Morning Read: Bye, 2009