Morning Read: Why A Brothel Is Not Like The MTA

The Manhattan Madam and Andrew Cuomo at last night’s debate: “The key difference between the M.T.A. and my former escort agency is I operated one set of books and I offered on-time and reliable service” vs. the need to “find savings in education.”

And Carl Paladino: “My plan scares to death…these politicians in Albany. That’s why they call me crazy.” 

Jimmy McMillan summarized his plan thusly: “It all boils down to one thing, rent, it’s too damn high.”

Warren Redlich, on why he is an unusual candidate for governor in this state: “I’ve never been caught with a prostitute, my father wasn’t governor, and I’ve never been convicted of a crime.”

Paladino left the debate early to use the restroom. “When you gotta go, you gotta go,” his campaign manager said.

A political science professor at Iona called the debate “a travesty.”

Bill Hammond thinks New Yorkers deserve better.

New York has turned into a major battleground over the future of the House of Representatives, with Democrats forced to defend at least a half-dozen Congressional seats from unexpectedly strong Republican challenges.

Kirsten Gillibrand has opened up a huge lead over Joe DioGuardi.

Nicole Bell gets a boost in a ballot redesign for the special election to replace Tom White.

Nobody remembers that Obama cut taxes.

Sarah Palin can see 2012 from her house.

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  Morning Read: Why A Brothel Is Not Like The MTA