Mid-Morning Read: Budget Fallout and Caroline Upstate

Fred Dicker says David Paterson's budget is surprising for its "lack of creativity."

The Times Union editorial board urges the legislature to pass the budget by March 1.

"The legislative response was predictable," Tom Precious writes. "Democratic leaders stood by their governor but left open the door for changes."

Some low-security prisons—and youth centers—are slated for closure.

Here's who wins and who loses
under the budget, according to the D&C Albany bureau chief.

It appears that the Caribbean trips taken by Charlie Rangel and other members of Congress violate House ethics rules.

Paterson defends his budget in a Daily News op-ed (although the link to the full piece appears to be broken).

Last November, when Bruce Ratner told Frank Gehry to stop working on Atlantic Yards, Gehry laid off dozens.

Caroline Kennedy will be in Syracuse today.

She's up for a true upstate experience.

Buffalo Pundit says the Senate appointment "should have a sheen of meritocracy."

Labor groups are lining up behind Malcolm Smith.

Vito Fossella owes his campaign $136,000 in legal fees.

Somewhat out of the blue, Jeff Zeleny reports that former Iowa governor Tom Vilsack will be secretary of agriculture under Obama.

And below, John F. Kennedy, in 1954, discusses a future for his children (who hadn't been born) in politics.