Morning Read: The Cuomo Takeover

Andrew Cuomo will punish and pick off legislators who oppose his agenda. He “won’t support any candidate who does not support charter schools.”

Cuomo tried clearing the AG field by attempting to block two unions from endorsing Eric Schneiderman, and asking Sean Coffey to run for comptroller.

Cuomo would limit state spending to the rate of inflation.

Cuomo wants to replace Empire Zones with a “corporate tax-credit” program. Critics say it’ll only benefit companies already planning to expand.

Cuomo wants lawmakers to literally sign onto his agenda.

Cuomo will announce soon.

Regional rumor of the day: Lt. governor Jerry Jennings.

Rick Lazio says Cuomo is “an Albany incumbent insider.’

Alan Hevesi’s former top adviser, Hank Morris, is now barred from the securities industry.

Vito Fossella said he’ll consider running in the next few days.

Staten Island residents are split on Fossella’s return.

The vote to endorse Fossella happened so quickly, even critics were counted as voting for it.

Devlin Barrett has an overview of the Fossella drama.

Under Bloomberg, 4th grade test scores improved, but 8th scores didn’t.

Mort Zuckerman: “[T]ake labor negotiations out of the hands of vulnerable legislators and assign them to independent commissions.”

Clyde Haberman, a “Vietnam-era soldier,” says Richard Blumenthal didn’t misspeak. He lied.

Mike Schenkler:  Democrats wasted their control of the State Senate.

Bill Perkins canceled a charter school hearing.

The Republican Civil War will deepen at the convention.

Everyone in Bayside wants Ann-Margaret Carrozza’s Assembly seat.

Pedestrian malls don’t let buses move faster.

Bloomberg, Scott Stringer and Julie Menin support building a mosque near Ground Zero.

And here’s a Cuomo campaign ad, created by a student: “Vote Cuomo for governor: A new direction for New York politics.”

Morning Read: The Cuomo Takeover