Morning Read: ‘There Is a High Level of Ire’

Simcha Felder helps Dov Hikind put on a bulletproof vest. (Photo: Getty)

In a sign that he might actually be a Democrat after all, the New York Post devoted an entire editorial attacking Senator-elect Simcha Felder as “the devil” and part of a group of Albany politicians who “sell their souls all the time.” The publication added, “And it’s not just seats for sale — but actual legislation, too. (Never mind Gov. Cuomo’s boasts of having ended sleaze and dysfunction in state governance.)”

“I’m disappointed, yes, but people can always change their minds,” Senate Minority Leader John Sampson said on Inside City Hall.

Meanwhile, Brooklyn’s Democratic chairman, Frank Seddio, is looking for ways to “expel” Mr. Felder. As others have noted, one wonders if they will do the same with breakaway Democratic Senator Diane Savino, who represents parts of southern Brooklyn, or District Leaders Charles Barron and Dov Hikind, who have used their positions to promote the Freedom Party and Republican Party respectively.

The deadline to enter the Republican mayoral field is very close, according to Brooklyn’s Republican chairman, Craig Eaton. “The train is going to leave the station very shortly,” Mr. Eaton said of MTA head Joe Lhota potentially running. “It’s incumbent on us, as the county chairs, to make a decision within the next two weeks to 30 days.”

Another potential GOP candidate in 2013, supermarket mogul John Catsimatidis, may be working with convicted felon Richard Lipsky in his opposition to a FreshDirect subsidy in the Bronx. Mr. Lipsky previously plead guilty to bribing former Senator Carl Kruger.

Governor Andrew Cuomo apparently blindsided the congressional delegation by asking for $30 billion in federal aid without discussing it with legislators first. “The entire delegation is annoyed,” one congressional source told the Daily News. “There is a high level of ire.” Morning Read: ‘There Is a High Level of Ire’