Morning Read: Bloomberg’s Speech, Cuomo’s Cap

Mayor Bloomberg delivers the Commencement Address at Goldman Sachs’ 10,000 Small Businesses Program Graduation. May 25, 2011 (Photo Credit: Spencer T Tucker)

Same-Sex Marriage: Bloomberg prepares a major speech, at Cooper Union, at 1 pm. [Howard Wolfson / Twitter]

NY26: “The New York GOP is brain-dead.” [New York Post]

NY26: “[I]nstead of defending Ryan’s plan, [Republicans] should be poking holes in Obamacare. Only then will the benefits of their alternative become clear to the American public.” [Andrea Tantoros / Daily News]

NY26: Should send “shockwaves through the Republican Party” says former Bush speechwriter. [Jill Terreri / Democrat and Chronicle]

NY26: Hochul “managed to avoid association with her own negative campaign ads, while Corwin’s favorable ratings dropped in the polls as her negative spots increased.” [Robert McCarthy / Buffalo News]

Gail Collins: Don’t expect a bipartisan deal on healthcare. [New York Times]

Bill Clinton: “I’m afraid that Democrats will draw the conclusion that because Congressman Ryan’s proposal is not the best one, we shouldn’t do anything. I completely disagree with that.” [Naftali Bendavid and Janet Hook / WSJ]

Bill Clinton: “I think the Democrats are going to have to be willing to give up, maybe, some short-term political gain by whipping up fears on some of these things — if it’s a reasonable Social Security proposal, a reasonable Medicare proposal. We’ve got to deal with these things. You cannot have health care devour the economy.” [Jackie Calmes / The Caucus]

Israel: “Mayor Bloomberg is worried about President Obama’s Mideast peace plan.” [Jonathan Lemire / Daily News]

Tax Cap: Duffy comforts, confronts, mayors. [Rick Karlin / Times Union]

Tax Cap: “[C]ertainly doesn’t meet the smell test [for] being progressive” said NYSUT’s Iannuzzi. [Tom Precious / Buffalo News]

Tax Cap: Editors oppose it. [New York Times]

Tax Cap: Editors back it, with reservations. [Times Union]

Tax Cap: Editors want it passed now; “even more important…must reform or repeal the many state mandates.” [Daily News]

Ticket Fixing: Cops credibility eroding; Bronx courts now “ticket-fixing infected environment.” [NR Kleinfield / NY Times]

Ticket Fixing: “Disgraceful” said Bloomberg. [Jonathan Lemire and Kevin Deutsch / Daily News]

Scandals: Contractor with CityTime admits employee ripped them off; “another black eye for the Bloomberg administration.” [David Seifman and Sally Goldenberg / New York Post]

Pensions: Bloomberg wants to publicize the names of earning of public pension earners. De Blasio and Liu balk; Stringer, Diaz, Marshall and Markowitz oppose. [David Seifman / New York Post]

Ethics: Cuomo, still pushing. [Ken Lovett / Daily News]

Criticism: Not happy with Bloomberg. [Patrice O’Shaughnessy / Daily News]

Bikes: Greenfield wants to require license plates for delivery cyclists. [Erin Einhorn / Daily News]

Bikes: Editors back Kelly over Sadik-Khan, as cops issue more tickets to cyclists. [New York Post]

Teacher Evaluations: Editors say union leader Mulgrew is the roadblock. [Daily News]

Test Grading: No more “restoring tests that fall just below the passing grade.” [Sharon Otterman / New York Times]

BID: Proposing one for Woodside. CB2 chair onboard. So is Van Bramer. [Irving deJohn / Daily News]

Morning Read: Bloomberg’s Speech, Cuomo’s Cap