Morning Read: Chris Ward Departs; de Blasio Pays; Bill Thompson Shrugs

Port Authority head Chris Ward plans to resign at the end of October, Michael Grynbaum reports. His departure, combined with that of M.T.A. chief Jay Walder later this year, will create a formidable challenge to Andrew Cuomo.

Ward received praise for his role in spurring on the rebuilding of the World Trade Center. As earlier as last week he said he would stay on the job for as long as Cuomo wanted him.

Bill Thompson say he wouldn’t have raised a fuss if Mike Bloomberg had just paid for ballot security out of his own campaign account, rather than washing it through the Independence Party.

Bloomberg defending his decision to pay for the legal fees of his top aides.

Bill de Blasio ponied up $300,000 in fines for illegal signs from his 2009 race for public advocate.

Andrew Cuomo sent out 3,500 layoff notices to members of the Public Employee Federation who voted down their contract with the state earlier this week. PEF president Ken Brynien said he called Cuomo’s office several times to get him to reconsider, but his phone calls were not returned. Read More

Morning Read: Chris Ward Departs; de Blasio Pays; Bill Thompson Shrugs