Morning Read: Liu Speaks; Trouble for Grimm; NYC (Somehow) Third Most Corrupt City

The Times takes another deep dive on Michael Grimm, finding that there remain unanswered questions about his business past and that his associations with a man convicted of stealing $2 million from Texans electricity bills belies his upright image.

John Liu will try to get his mayoral ambitions on track today with a State of the City address, although the speech comes as a top fundraiser of his is being indicted.

Relief! New York is only the third most corrupt city in the nation. Chicago is number one.

The deadline for a deal over teacher evaluations is today.

A source told The Daily News that an agreement is close.

The city is paying two consultants $2 million a year to restructure the city’s public hospital system.

LATFOR may in the end not release Congressional lines at all.

After a member item moratorium due to a lack of funds, Assembly Democrats are once again sneaking pork back into the budget.

Police fear that the sunken granite pools of the 9/11 memorial may be a temptation for would-be suicides.

In pure Christie fashion (“You are a joke”) Chris Christie defended his decision to lower flags to half-staff to honor Whitney Houston.

A City Council hearing found that the police do not devote enough attention or resources to episodes in which a pedestrian or a bicyclist is killed, and as a result, criminal charges are rarely filed unless the driver was drunk or distracted by a cellphone.

2,300 same sex couples that reside outside of New York City but with in New York State got married last year.

Military investigators have recommended that an Army officer and an infantryman be court-martialed in the death of Danny Chen.

A number of wealthy individuals got together to push for campaign finance reform.

The Times urged Cuomo to hurry up with his reform promises.

The postal service denied a FOIA request by Sen Toby Stavisky that requested details on why a local branch of the postal service was closing.

Federal officials may be backing off a threat to stop inspections at the port of Red Hook, which would effectively shutter the port.

Advocates say that poor schools are owed $5.5 billion by the state as part of the Campaign for Fiscal Equity ruling.

President Obama partied with the likes of Jim Belushi and George Clooney during a Hollywood fundraising jaunt last night.

Mitt Romney grabbed the endorsement of the governor of Michigan.

Conservative pundits feel dissed by Romney.


Morning Read: Liu Speaks; Trouble for Grimm; NYC (Somehow) Third Most Corrupt City