Morning Read: Rice’s Airplane, More Possible Indy Party Shenanigans, and Levin Aims to Keep Gavel From Rangel

Kathleen Rice flies in a “boutique” aircraft provided by a campaign donor in an arrangement designed to skirt the state’s limits on corporate campaign contributions, according to the DN.

Mayor Bloomberg unveiled a plan that would save $500 million by consolidating various government agencies. He says services will not be affected.

For example, there are 8,000 empty desks sitting around gov’t offices.

David Seifman looks at an apparent pay-to-play endorsement by the state Independence Party.

The Senate Judiciary Committee is slated to vote on Elena Kagan today.

The Senate is expected to extend jobless benefits.

Sander Levin, who replaced Charlie Rangel as head of Ways and Means, is making a major fundraising push in an effort to hold on to his chairmanship.

The key elections this year are in state legislatures.

New York State is $87 million in the hole.

Shakespalin on Twitter. Surprised it took so long.

 

Morning Read: Rice’s Airplane, More Possible Indy Party Shenanigans, and Levin Aims to Keep Gavel From Rangel