Morning Read: Thank A Vet

Why Cathie Black? “The mayor relied on someone he knew through business and social networks, someone squarely in his comfort zone of wealthy and socially prominent Upper East Side residents, someone with whom he has shared many friends and colleagues, dinners and drinks,” the NYT reports.

In choosing Black, Bloomberg passed over even other outsiders with more pedagogical experience.

Clues into how Black may manage city schools by looking at her book.

Black reached out to the teachers and principals unions, Shelly Silver and Christine Quinn.

The debate over capping property taxes is emerging as a crucial test of Gov.-elect Andrew Cuomo’s relationship with the other Democratic heavyweight in Albany, Assembly speaker Sheldon Silver.

New York’s black Democrats face a loss of clout.

Andrew Cuomo visited Sing Sing and a mental ward on Wednesday, in what The Times calls “an apt dry run.”

Cuomo disagrees that his transition team lacks diversity.

The Maffei campaign is urging patience.

Brian Kolb will remain minority leader.

The Tea Party is rallying to the support of…Bristol Palin.

The Onion is riding Joe Biden hard.

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