Silver claims a Dicker set-up; Skelos talks about joints and ears

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City Hall

John Liu found an extra $100 million in Michael Bloomberg's budget, which could now be used to offset some of the cuts the mayor proposed. [Associated Press]

A fun picture of Christine Quinn and Nancy Pelosi. [Hunter Walker]

Albany

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"Fred set me up": Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver was caught on a hot mic talking to Governor Andrew Cuomo about a recent story by Post's state editor Fred Dicker. [Jimmy Vielkind]

The video. [Times Union]

Republican Senate Leader Dean Skelos said a decriminalization measure would allow people to walk around with "10 joints in each ear." [Nick Reisman]

Cuomo's spokesman takes him literally. [Twitter]

The Times follows up on the Journal's story of Genting lobbying Cuomo at a fund-raiser that was not on Cuomo's schedule. [Danny Hakim]

Policing the Police

The Human Rights Coalition gave Michael Bloomberg its National Ally award last year, and is protesting him this year. [Steven Thrasher]

The first lawsuit over the NYPD's surveillance of Muslims was filed in New Jersey. [Brigid Bergin]

NY-06

Grace Meng's ties to Michael Nussbaum are "a rare blemish," a reporter says. [Colby Hamilton]

NY-13

Clyde Williams is thankful Bill Clinton is staying neutral in the race. [Alison Gendar]

Rep. Charlie Rangel's opponents could eat away at his Harlem base, or dilute the opposition vote. [Josh Lederman]

Adriano Espaillat comparing himself to Jackie Robinson doesn't quite work, a reporter argues. [Adam Wisnieski]