Morning Read: Cuomo’s Phone Calls, Bloomberg’s ‘New Normal’

2012: “Donald Trump, fiddling with birth certificates, is an amateur compared with Mr. Gingrich at sliming the Obama administration — as well as Democrats, Muslims, blacks and gay men and lesbians.” [New York Times]

Same-Sex Marriage: Cuomo hasn’t called legislators directly. [Duncan Osborne]

City Hall: Bloomberg “can’t even buy himself support anymore.” 40% poll number is the “new normal.” [Adam Lisberg]

Albany: “Not surprisingly, the Legislature doesn’t want to pass real ethics reform,” says Albany. [Ken Lovett]

Living Wage: Activist who say living wage study was written by biased economist had different things to say when the same economist was critical of Wal-Mart. [Sally Goldenberg]

Homeless: Bronx Councilwoman reveals she was once homeless; spoke at Bloomberg ribbon cutting for new facility. [David Seifman]

Tickets: “There’s no such thing as ‘diplomatic immunity’ from paying parking tickets” says Grimm, who joins Reps. King and Towns in trying to remove DPL plates from scofflaw diplomats. [SA Miller]

Probe: Auditors comb through discretionary spending by Buffalo Common Council. [Brian Meyer]

Corruption: Details of the home former State Senator Leibell built with help of a contractor who provided “deeply discounted” work. [William Rashbaum]

Rate Hike:Cuomo and Bloomberg try staving off a 12 percent spike in electric bills next month. [Devlin Barrett]

Pay Hike: Control board blocks retroactive raises for Buffalo firemen. [Brian Meyer]

One World Trade: After spending $10 million, no shimmering glass around base of the building. [Charles Bagli] Morning Read: Cuomo’s Phone Calls, Bloomberg’s ‘New Normal’