Morning Read: A Shaken Liu; Cuomo Knocks Spitzer and Paterson; On To Super Tuesday

Asked if he would run for mayor or run for re-election after the arrest of his campaign treasurer yesterday, a “shaken” John Liu told reporters “I’m going to sort out what exactly happened and figure out how to move forward.

Jia Hua, John Liu’s campaign treasurer, likely has the option to “trade up” to federal prosecutors, according to noted defense lawyer Benjamin Brafman. “If you are the campaign treasurer, and you can give them the candidate, you can get a lot of mileage in an effort to cooperate with the government.”

Andrew Cuomo took a bold swipe at both Eliot Spitzer and David Paterson in his speech at the Citizen’s Budget Commission. “Relatively, we have made progress in Albany. It has been 14 months since the governor of the state was indicted or admitted committing major felonies,” he said.

The Post says “Time’s Really Up, John.”

Hou’s father, who owned NY Business Fire Systems, which specializes in helping restaurants meet government fire regulations, is a big Liu backer.

The Justice Dept. is reviewing whether or not the NYPD committed any civil rights violations in its surveillance of local Muslims.

Michael Calderone wonders when The Times will editorialize on the matter.

Columbia University is investigating if Columbia students were spied upon.

Muslims in New York are wondering if they should change their behavior, mindful that the NYPD may be watching.

Scott Stringer is leading the charge against the NYPD’s stop-and-frisk policies.

Citizens Union again pushed Gov. Cuomo to support a Constitutional amendment to require an independent redistricting process after 2020.

An opponent of Corrections Officers union head Norman Seabrook posted a profanity-filled rant he delivered to the rank-and-file at Rikers Island.

Cuomo also announced that investment banker Felix Rohatyn, who helped rescue New York City from its mid-1970s financial crisis, will sit on the board of New York State’s $25 billion infrastructure bank.

Over 1,200 workers top Gov. Andrew Cuomo in pay, chief among them SUNY chancellor Alain Kaloyeros, who was was paid $792,583.

The Department of Environmental Protection is soliciting bids for the city’s first wind turbines, on Fresh Kills landfill in Staten Island.

The state’s Office of Children and Family Services invented its own rules to withhold access on information about children’s deaths.

Mike Bloomberg defended the release of the teacher data reports, “Parents have a right to know every bit of information we can possibly collect about the teacher who’s in front of their kids.

A hyper-aggressive invasive plant is threatening to overrun the Finger Lakes.

Mitt Romney won big in Arizona and barely in Michigan last night.

Rick Santorum’s effort to woo Democratic voters to his side–and Democrats efforts to throw the nominating contest into chaos–failed.

CNN can’t understand why Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul ceded the contests last night.

The next fight is Super Tuesday, but the race is likely to go on from there.

It remains unclear if Rick Santorum’s scrappy style and strident rhetoric on social issues helped him or hurt him in the Michigan campaign.

Morning Read: A Shaken Liu; Cuomo Knocks Spitzer and Paterson; On To Super Tuesday