Morning Read: Hollowing Out

By highlighting neighborhood projects and initiatives aimed outside of Manhattan, Mayor Bloomberg’s State of the City sounded almost like a State of the Borough, Hernandez/Chen report.

Lillian Roberts: “Mayor Bloomberg chose to take the low road in his State of the City address; attacking city workers and the modest $17,000 per year pensions they’ve acquired after making contributions during decades of dedicated service and sacrifice.”

Jimmy Oddo: “In this fiscal climate, you are not going to get a lot of razzle-dazzle.”

Peter Vallone: “I thought it reminded people of why he was elected. It was powerful. He took on Albany, he took on the special interests. He took on who needed to be taken on to solve our budget crisis.”

Andrew Cuomo is considering reducing the state workforce by up to 15,000 jobs.

Cuomo got into a shouting match at the executive mansion with liberal Assembly Democrats.

The Conservative Party is preparing a massive grassroots effort to drum up support for Cuomo’s agenda.

The panel on mandate relief met.

Joel Klein, who once slammed defined benefit pensions as “hollowing out public education,” is collecting $34,000 annually in a pension himself.

Cathie Black was booed and heckled during her first appearance at a public meeting.

Tom DiNapoli’s campaign account is $30,000 in the red.

DiNapoli said the state could be $11 billion in the red next year.

How did a Bronx school have such high graduation rates? By graduating almost everybody, no matter how they performed.

Credit (or blame) Joe Lieberman leaving the Senate to Markos Moulitsas, the founder of the Daily Kos.

An early look at the race to replace him.

A plan for teachers accused of misconduct to have a hearing within 100 days.

A number of top aides to the Central Labor Council have left to protest new president Jack Ahearn.

Both Mike Bloomberg and Chris Christie are claiming the Jets as their own.

Morning Read: Hollowing Out