Morning Reads: Silver Defends Cuomo, Bette on Plastic Bag Fee, Remembering Lou Reed

Sheldon Silver defends Governor Cuomo, who’s under fire from some Democrats for the Republican romp in this week’s state Senate elections (Capital).

Could a toll system on East River crossings be the answer to closing the MTA’s huge budget gap? (NY1)

Bette Midler signs on to Council member Margaret Chin’s campaign for a 10 cent plastic bag fee (Observer).

The Hunt: three recent college grads finally find a space to call their own (NYT).

Recap: Tits of Clay tribute to Lou Reed at Mercury Lounge (Pop Matters).