Five reasons why the GOP VP rumor du jour – Gen. David Petraeuscan’t happen.

JCOPE Commissioner Ravi Batra is co-hosting a fund-raiser for Democratic congressional hopeful Michael Murphy that will be headlined by House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer.

Former Gov. George Pataki will endorse US Senate hopeful Wendy Long tomorrow at the Sheraton New York Towers, 10:30 am. State GOP Chairman Ed Cox will be on hand, too. (No link).

“The Tappan Zee Bridge should not be a bridge for only the rich,” said Greenburgh Town Supervisor Paul Feiner, who is organizing a lobbying effort to oppose the proposed $14 toll to fund a new span.

Not everyone is thrilled with the state’s recent purchase of 69,000 acres of forever wild land in the Adirondacks.

New York pols have Olympic fever.

Former President Carter will address the Democratic National Convention by video.

According to the Northeast Regional Climate Center at Cornell University, the average temperature in the 12-state region was 49.9 degrees from January through July. That’s the warmest seven-month period since 1895, the year systematic record keeping began.

In January, James R. Silkena will become the first New Yorker in 25 years to head the 400,000-member American Bar Association.

The Daily News is overhauling its gossip coverage.

Democratic donor/gadfly Bill Samuels is raising campaign cash for District Leader Lincoln Restler, who is a thorn in the side of Assemblyman/Brooklyn Democratic boss Vito Lopez.

Bruce Gyory writes: “For Republican control of the House to be in jeopardy, New York must become the contest’s epicenter.”

Cuomo insisted the DEC hasn’t yet finished its final fracking report.

The report is already several thousand pages long – and counting.

Blake Zeff explains the difference between Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and a birther.

The latest Obama campaign contest offers supporters an opportunity to attend an event with basketball stars Carmelo Anthony, Patrick Ewing, and Michael Jordan.

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver was in Chicago today to accept the William M. Bulger Excellence in State Leadership Award from the National Conference of State Legislatures.

George Romney had a card from McDonald’s founder Ray Kroc that entitled him to a lifetime of a hamburger, a shake and French fries – and he took advantage of that almost daily.

RIP veteran movie critic and former Columbia J-School Prof. Judith Crist.