Morning Read: Bloomberg Hires Wolfson, Plays Nice in Albany

Howard Wolfson joins Michael Bloomberg’s City Hall administration. The A.P. notes it’s “likely to revive questions about whether Bloomberg may still have White House aspirations.”

Wolfson will shape policy and communication strategies.

Wolfson will earn $200,096.

Harold Ford visited Albany. “He asked a journalist for permission to step on the Million Dollar Staircase.”

A.C. Kleinheider notes Ford contemplated running for governor in Tennessee about ten months ago.

A student paper at N.Y.U. covers Ford, their teacher.

The Post slams Kirsten Gillibrand for attacking Ford and not protecting banks.

The Times urges Democrats to pass health care reform, despite Massachusetts.

Chuck Schumer and Orin Hatch propose a tax cut for companies that hired recently unemployed workers. They note it’s different from the pay-roll tax holiday (which Ford supports) because “this proposal is not biased toward either low-wage or high-wage workers.”

Seneca Indians target Gillibrand, but not Schumer, over cigarette policies.

Bloomberg can’t use RICO laws to tax online cigarette sales.

Bloomberg nicely objected to David Paterson’s budget.

Paterson’s budget director “accused the city of ‘selective accounting’ by including two years’ worth of revenue-sharing reductions in a single city budget year.”

Paterson wants restrictions on pharmaceutical gifts to doctors.

Steve Levy said it’s too late for him to switch parties, but if Republicans want him, so be it.

Tony Avella plays nice, but Senate Democrats may not want him.

A Nassau County legislator proposed a 42 percent pay-hike for himself and others.

A former Nassau County legislator pleaded guilty to federal felony tax charges.

Bruce Blakeman talks to Page Six.

Lee, Higgins and Slaughter wrote a letter to the F.A.A.

Bob Herbert, Obama cynic.

And pictured above is Wolfson, hanging out with reporters as Bloomberg chatted with Republican county leaders.


Morning Read: Bloomberg Hires Wolfson, Plays Nice in Albany