Morning Read: Cuomo Ally on Ethics Board; Storobin Strategy Memo; Spying on Shiites

David Chen’s says  Mike Bloomberg’s budget is “as routine and as free of drama as any in recent memory, with no tax increases or layoffs of teachers, police officers or firefighters.”

Jim Dwyer notes that the budget isn’t as revenue neutral as it seems, and relies are a tried and true method for boosting budget bottom lines: fines.

A top Cuomo official was named to head a watchdog panel on government ethics, leading some to fear for the panel’s independence.

David Grandeau, an Albany consultant who has been a persistent critic of Gov. Andrew Cuomo, was named a $10,000 a month consultant to the Port Authority.

Lawmakers in Albany are scrambling to come up with a plan that would allow religious institutions to continue to use public schools for services.

A strategy memo from David Storobin’s campaign reveals their plan of attack against Lew Fidler: “spreading lies” on Storobin’s ties to anti-Semetic groups; highlighting editorials criticizing Fidler’s acceptance of public matching funds for non-competitive races; bringing up Fidler’s illegal parking problems; and criticizing the councilman for holding an outside job.

A new zoning plan for the Upper West Side could limit the number of chain stores in the area.

The firm that built and manages the new Yankee Stadium parking garages can’t repay $237 million in tax-exempt bonds the Bloomberg administration arranged for it four years ago, new financial records show, and may turn into one of the biggest failures in decades of bonds issued by a New York City agency.

In giving $250,000 to Planned Parenthood, Mike Bloomberg said “politics have no place in health care.”

In his State of the Borough, Scott Stringer proposed a fund to help small businesses receive loans--Mayor Bloomberg was dismissive.

Mayor Bloomberg will join Mitch Daniels on “Meet the Press” on Sunday before the Super Bowl.

An unarmed teenager was shot and killed in the Bronx.

Other cities have a far more robust police accountability system than New York.

The NYPD recommended increasing surveillance of thousands of Shiite Muslims and their mosques as a way to sweep the Northeast for signs of Iranian terrorists, the AP reports.

The Daily News defends the NYPD on the effort.

Tom DiNapoli is aggressively pushing back on Andrew Cuomo’s plan to add a sixth pension tier.

Doug Hoffman refuses to rule out a run in NY-23, even though his two biggest supporters are backing Matt Doheny.

Cellphone service is coming to more subway stations.

Al Sharpton praises Gov. Cuomo’s initiative who to close juvenile jails.




Morning Read: Cuomo Ally on Ethics Board; Storobin Strategy Memo; Spying on Shiites