Morning Read: Newt and Ron Take Manhattan, Fidler and Storobin May Never See Senate Chamber

Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul are both appearing in the Empire State today to push their doomed presidential campaigns ahead of the primary election in New York. Mr. Gingrich will be at tonight’s state GOP dinner in Midtown Manhattan and Mr. Paul is holding a Town Hall at Cornell University in Ithaca.

The winner of the hotly contested State Senate race between Lew Fidler and David Storobin might never make it to Albany.

Meanwhile, Carl Kruger, the man Mr. Fidler and Mr. Storobin are fighting to replace, pleaded for mercy from the judge at his sentencing for corruption charges citing his “overwhelming” remorse and “birth into fatherless poverty.”

A bill to legalize mixed martial arts in New York passed the State Senate yesterday, but Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver said he has “mixed feelings” about the sport. 

Former New York Stock Exchange chair Dick Grasso is bringing together wealthy donors to encourage NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly to run for mayor on the GOP ticker.

Amid a growing push for campaign finance reform, Assembly Speaker Silver said he “intends to proceed” with two bills designed to establish public financing of political campaigns in New York.

At the corruption trial of former State Senator Pedro Espada Jr., Mr. Espada’s attorneys blamed accountants at his taxpayer-funded non-profit company for not stopping him from using his expense account on personal expenses.

New York Republican Party Chairman Ed Cox and Queens State Senator Michael Gianaris will present the rebuttals at the annual Legislative Correspondents Association show next month in Albany.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg wants to encourage more city mothers to breastfeed.

Mayor Bloomberg is also pushing a policy that would require landlords to adopt smoking policies in residential buildings.

Former Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice was the top choice to be Mitt Romney’s vice presidential pick in a CNN/ORC International poll of Republicans and right-leaning independents.

Three Secret Service agents have been ousted following the Colombian prostitution party scandal.

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee in the U.S. Senate has a fundraising edge over their Republican rivals.


Morning Read: Newt and Ron Take Manhattan, Fidler and Storobin May Never See Senate Chamber