Morning Read: ‘Did Not Involve Bribes’

Charlie Rangel seeks censure, since his ethical violations did not involve taking bribes or sexual misconduct.

New York’s chief judge Jonathan Lippman will propose a $100 million increase in state financing for lawyers who represent the poor in civil cases that deal with “the essentials of life” like eviction and child support.

States are diverting money intended for emissions control and energy savings into their general funds.

Mike Lupica wonders if Joe Torre was considered for the post of schools chancellor, since he too is a great manager.

Pete King wants Wikileaks designated a “foreign terrorist organization.”

New York lawmakers are unveiling a display of badges of rescue workers killed in 9/11 to push for the passage of the Zadroga Bill.

Kirsten Gillibrand is pushing for unemployment benefits extension.

Shelly Silver and Andrew Cuomo are in “peacemaking talks.”

The Parks Dept. is giving up the idea of selling naming rights to city parks.

State legislators spent $9 million on constituent mailings this year.

Senate Democrats are not keen on approving Gov. David Paterson’s last minute appointments.

In fact, few big changes seem likely in the special session.

A number of new mavericks in the state senate could make the body even more unpredictable.

Cathie Black could get a waiver as early as today.




Morning Read: ‘Did Not Involve Bribes’