US Education Secretary Arne Duncan will join Gov. David Paterson in the Red Room at 10 a.m. today for a press conference about “Race to the Top”, in which NY placed second this time to receive up to almost $700 million.

A “well-known (Andrew) Cuomo supporter” says Sen. Eric Schneiderman will be the “rallying point for the status quo” if he’s elected AG.

A source “familiar with Cuomo’s thinking” insists the AG has yet to make up his mind about endorsing a successor prior to the Sept. 14 primary. (Former LG Stan Lundine, who’s backing Sean Coffey, says he doesn’t believe Cuomo will endorse at all).

Within Nassau County DA Kathleen Rice’s early record as a prosecutor at the Brooklyn DA’s office, there were three cases where defense attorneys and judges cited issues with Fourth Amendment rights, due process and prosecutorial conduct, Edward-Isaac Dovere reports.

Eric Dinallo says he still “occasionally” seeks the advice of his former boss, ex-Gov/AG Eliot Spitzer, on matters of law.

The Senate Democrats bowed to pressure from the RWDSU and returned $15,000 worth of campaign cash from Walmart.

Expelled ex-Sen. Hiram Monserrate (who has returned his Senate parking pass) says Queens voters should send him to the Assembly because he doesn’t need “training,” adding: “I can step right in and govern.”

“This is no time to retire; it’s time to help our president,” Rep. Charlie Rangel told his supporters.

“In a year in which little has seemed to rattle Mr. Rangel, who faces 13 charges of ethics violations and a public trial in the House, the son of his predecessor has clearly unnerved him,” writes Michael Barbaro.

Eight members of the NY House delegation are double dippers, receiving both their taxpayer-funded salaries and their pensions.

The Auburn Citizen thinks Rick Lazio needs to “come to his senses and make the time” to debate Carl Paladino.

The collection of taxes on Indian cigarette sales is scheduled to begin Wednesday. Will Paterson succeed where his predecessors failed?

Community Board 1 Chairperson Julie Menin stands by her “yes” vote on Park51, but thinks a good compromise would be to turn it into an inter-faith center.

“There is no doubt that the election season has had a major impact upon the nature of the discourse,” Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf said of the controversy over Park51.

Rauf also blamed a “tiny, vociferous minority” for the opposition to his project.

Five “myths” about mosques in the US.

NYC Public Advocate Bill de Blasio is putting the heat on the city’s worst landlords with a new Website.

Fred LeBrun thinks Albany County DA David Soares should bring perjury charges against the governor even though he’ll likely have a tough time proving them.

Sen. Daniel Squadron and Assemblyman Brian Kavanagh want New York chickens vaccinated against salmonella.

Sen. Darrel Aubertine challenged the independent petitions of his GOP opponent, Patricia Ritchie.

The Journal News created an eye-opening database of legislative expenses.

State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli will conduct a forensic audit of the MTA, saying its overtime is excessive.

The audit could lead to criminal charges.

The DN editorializes against the “shmear” tax on sliced bagels, calling it an “outrage.”

An Ithaca Journal reader wants Cuomo to clarify his position on the local watershed.

Former President Clinton is determined to keep off the 15 pounds he lost for his daughter’s wedding.

Voters prefer tall men when it comes to selecting an occupant for the Oval Office.

RIP Brian Snowdon.

The record for the world’s largest cannoli might have been shattered right here in New York.