Morning Read: Capel Named New Dem Head; Stop-And-Frisk Drop-off; Romney Punches Back Against Reid

Andrew Cuomo is set to name Rodney Capel as the next executive director of the state party.  Mayor Mike Bloomberg

Andrew Cuomo is set to name Rodney Capel as the next executive director of the state party. 

Mayor Mike Bloomberg continues to almost single-handedly fund the city’s five Republican county organizations after they let him run on their line in 2009, giving $230,000 this year alone.

Kathy Hochul hit Chris Collins hit for making part of his manufacturing fortune in China. 

A writer for The New Republic slams Mayor Bloomberg’s breastfeeding initiative, calling it “pure and simple snobbery.”

Peter King wants the FBI to expand its leak probe after news broke that the U.S. was stepping up its involvement in Syria. 

Michael Benjamin thinks that for all the Malcolm Smith for mayor talk, it does show that there is a “a route to the mayoralty outside the Democratic political clubhouse” on that “would combine Republican voters, the Orthodox Jewish bloc, outer-borough ‘Koch Democrats’ and minority voters.”

After a public outcry, the number of stop-and-frisks in New York City plummeted by a third. 

An activist who recorded a cop body-slamming a suspect wants everyone to start videotaping the NYPD. 

Andrew Cuomo will convene a yogurt summit in Albany this month to help the state’s diary industry better compete for the booming Greek yogurt market.

The Post think that the national day of support for Chick-Fil-A was a rebuke to Christine Quinn.

Federal prosecutors are suing the city for not permitting police officers to accrue pension benefits while they serve in the military. 

A non-profit civic organization warned Mayor Bloomberg in a letter last year about unspent reserves at cash at NYCHA.

A key figure in the CityTime scandal landed under house arrest yesterday — after prosecutors said he’d been communicating with two fugitive co-defendants and may have been planning to flee the country, Bruce Golding reports.

A law signed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo will force sex offenders to have the picture taken and posted on the state’s public sex offender registry every 90 days.

Ravi Batra threatened to quit the state’s new ethics panel unless they reversed a decision to allow some donors to keep their names shielded from the public.

Andrew Cuomo defended the panel, saying “We tend to frown on retroactive laws because people operated under one set of laws and one set of expectations, and then you change the rules…to do that retroactively, we frown upon as a state and a society and I understand why.”

The city has declined to defend Anthony Bologna, the high ranking NYPD officer videotaped pepper spraying Occupy activists in the face last year, in a civil lawsuit.

Cy Vance’s office said they broke up two well-known gangs in Harlem with a score of arrests. 

A new report from the Bloomberg administration found wide disparities in the energy use of buildings throughout the city.

Interfaith Medical Center in Bed-Stuy is running out of money and may seek a state bailout. Hospital officials blame say a merger with two nearby hospitals that fell through is to blame.

The city will held a special graduation ceremony to those students wrongly denied the right to graduate 8th grade due to test scoring error.

Spending in the presidential race is approaching half-a-billion dollars. 

Mitt Romney said that Harry Reid’s claim that he has paid any taxes some years is untrue. 

Barack Obama talked about his plans to reduce the national debt in Florida. 

Michelle Obama is set to attend a series of fundraisers in western Massachusetts. 

Romney’s veep possibilities auditioned for the job of head cheerleader at a summit in Colorado. 

The Romney camp just made an $8.7 ad buy, with the ads targeted for different messages in different states.

New job numbers are due out this morning, and if they are–as expected to be–sluggish, it means that Obama may be running out of time on his economic message. Morning Read: Capel Named New Dem Head; Stop-And-Frisk Drop-off; Romney Punches Back Against Reid