Morning Read: Loeser Out At City Hall; Eric Adams Gets An Assault Rifle; Mitt Romney’s Wimp Factor

More City Hall defections: Stu Loeser is leaving his post as Bloomberg’s press secretary. 

Will Andrew Cuomo’s penchant for secrecy derail his White House ambitions?

Shelly Silver’s supports Cuomo’s use of text messaging that leaves no record behind.

Nearly half of Hakeem Jeffries donations came from out of his district.

Eric Adams drove upstate to buy a high-powered assault rifle, and brought it back to New York City to show how easy it is to smuggle illegal guns into the five boroughs.

Pete Donohue tweaks Daniel Squadron, Marty Golden and Domenic Recchia for taking credit for recent MTA service restorations.

A new audit by comptroller Tom DiNapoli found that the MTA rigged the bidding process for retail space in Grand Central Terminal in order to permit a new Apple store to go there.

Mindy Meyer’s 15 minutes stretch on.

Shirley Huntley and Suzi Oppenheimer missed more days of the Senate session than any of their colleagues.

The Public Service Commission, explained.

Campbell Brown op-eds against the New York City teacher’s union, for protecting “sexual predators.”

New York and dozens of other states are considering new standards for teacher certification, de-emphasizing tests and written essays in favor of a more demanding approach that requires aspiring teachers to prove themselves through lesson plans, homework assignments and videotaped instruction sessions, Al Baker reports.

John Liu op-eds against privatizing the city’s parking system. 

New York State’s health care system is paying $24 billion to cover the hospital and emergency costs of preventable illnesses among minority residents.

A Brooklyn woman received a $225,000 payout from the city after she was punched by a police officer she called a “rookie” who was trying to ticket her for bicycling on the sidewalk.

Almost a million square feet of office space is coming to the Financial District. 

Ryan Lizza profiles Paul Ryan. 

Bill Clinton will get a high profile convention speech. 

So-called “dark money” is now accounting for half of all election spending. 

The top priorities for Americans, according to a new Gallup survey: Creating good jobs, reducing corruption in the federal government, and reducing the federal budget deficit.

Barack Obama is back in New York City for a fundraiser, while Mitt Rommey is in Poland.

Candidates now have to look overseas to find campaign cash. 

Newsweek asks: Is Mitt Romney a wimp?

Morning Read: Loeser Out At City Hall; Eric Adams Gets An Assault Rifle; Mitt Romney’s Wimp Factor