Morning Read: Cuomo as Picasso

Jim Alesi and Michael Bloomberg, outside Gracie Mansion. (photo credit: azi paybarah / observer)

Religion:  “Lay Catholics who look at the governor may become confused about what it means to be a Catholic.” [Ronald Rychlak / Washington Post]

Balance: “Purism on the equality front sometimes comes at the expense of clients in need.” [Walter Olson / WSJ]

Fighting: Same-sex marriage opponent sees 2012 battleground states pivotal in the fight. [Maggie Gallagher / WSJ]

Alliance: “[A]s our nominee, the governor was due our support – or at least our non-opposition – in his first session,” said WFP exec dir. [Adam LIsberg / City Hall News]

Praise: “Working with Gov. Cuomo is like taking a painting class from Picasso,” said Lt. Gov Duffy. [Jimmy Veilkind / Times Union]

Support: Bloomberg praises Alesi. [Joseph Spector / Democrat and Chronicle]

July 4: Matilda recalls babysitting kids as Andrew raised money in Texas in 2001. [Cindy Adams / NY Post]

Vito Lopez: His social service group can’t immediately collect money because Schneiderman says they don’t have proper paperwork. [Erin Einhorn / Daily News]

Manhattan DA: Head of sex crimes unit leaving “as the office handles one of its biggest sex-crime prosecutions ever.” [John Eligon / New York Times]

Budget: Fees in NYC going up. [Sally Goldenberg / NY Post]

Jobs: Chip manufacturer demanding incentives from Cuomo; 1,600-job project hinges on deal, due today. [James Odato / Times Union]

Layoffs: 451 notices being sent today to state workers. Could be “rescinded” if unions strike deal with governor. [Rick Karlin / Times Union]

Tax Cap: Cuomo signs bill in Westchester, county with highest taxes. [Joseph Spector / Democrat and Chronicle]

Budget: Gap closed this year is same size as money Bloomberg wants back from CityTime contractor. [Bob Hennelly / WNYC]

Lawsuit: NYC considers suing SAIC over flawed CityTime oversight. [Michael Saul / WSJ]

And players in the Gay Softball World Series accused of being straight. “This is the Gay World Series, not the Bisexual World Series.” [Greg Bishop / New York Times] Morning Read: Cuomo as Picasso