Morning Read: Bloomberg B-Day; Quinn Adds To Living Wage Bill; Seneca Brawl

Mayor Bloomberg turns 70 today, and he stays in office through the end of his term next year he will be the oldest serving mayor in the city’s history.

Michael Grimm and Bob Turner joined their Democratic colleagues in opposing the House GOP’s transportation bill.

Christine Quinn looks set to expand the city’s prevailing wage law to include building service workers.

Joe Lhota disapproves of Bill Perkins’ proposal to ban eating on subways: “The idea that we worked together in the past goes far beyond the reality.  As a legislator, he does nothing but talk and talk and talk, and he does nothing.”

Mayor Bloomberg defended the eviction of churches from schools, saying that the Constitution settled the matter.

A compromise bill to allow churches back in schools has to wait until a lawsuit over the matter is resolved.

Any time an elected official is involved in a bar brawl, it’s not helpful,” says Leonard R. Lenihan, chairman of the Erie County Democratic Committee, on the Mark Grisanti Seneca brawl.

The fight seems unlikely to result in charges being filed.

Michael Powell wonders if the conviction of Westchester Senator Nick Spano for corruption wil reach Forest City Ratner.

John Sampson is using campaign cash to pay legal fees.

Andrew Cuomo doesn’t seem to be inclined to take up Mike Bloomberg’s call to create a new arbitration process in the teacher evaluation fight that would make it easier to fire underperforming educators.

Dennis Walcott told parents on the Upper West Side that the DOE would review the policy for hiring school aides after an aide there was arraigned on charges of sexual abuse.

The sister of Greg Kelly”s accuser took to Facebook to defend her, saying the media “mangled” the story to protect Kelly.

Steve Katz is considering a primary to Greg Ball.

A federal district court judge recommended that the court take over the state’s redistricting process.

A caucus of black and Hispanic lawmakers urged a Cuomo veto of the lines.

A cop killed himself yesterday on his way home after finishing his shift in Queens — becoming the fourth NYPD officer to die by his own hand in less than a month.

After the shooting of an unarmed 18-year-old in the Bronx, the NYPD revised its policy on use of deadly force, giving officers an extra layer of legal protection.

There were a record number of stop-and-frisk arrests last year.

The New Jersey State Senate voted to approve a gay marriage bill in the face of a promised veto by Chris Christie.

Fox News is moving away from The Tea Party.

Another national poll puts Rick Santorum ahead of Mitt Romney.

Ed Kilgore doubts that the Santorum surge will last.

Newt Gingrich dismissed suggestions that he would drop out of the race. Morning Read: Bloomberg B-Day; Quinn Adds To Living Wage Bill; Seneca Brawl