Mid-Morning Read: Flight 3407

Forty-nine people are presumed dead after a plane crash in suburban Buffalo.

The Brunomobile, which cost state taxpayers $50,000, was acquired after Joe Bruno's access to state aircraft was restricted.

That's one of many “gross excesses” that the Daily News counts against the legislature.

The second count against the legislature, writes the News is the “undignified racial circus” surrounding Jonathan Lippman’s confirmation as chief judge.

Hillary Clinton will speak at Barnard commencement this year.

Anthony Weiner and Bill Thompson raked in money from LLC’s before the practice was banned.

In the comments section, readers debate if Republican county chairs will let Michael Bloomberg run in their primary.

Also in the comments section, Art suggests a primary challenge for State Senator Marty Golden because of his support for Bloomberg.

David Paterson spent almost $20,000 on his inauguration trip.

At a speech at SUNY Morrisville, Paterson backed off his proposed soda tax.

Staten Island Borough President Jim Molinaro got the Conservative Party nod for re-election.

State lawmakers will have a lot more money to spend.

Schools have dodged the bullet this time.

Students and teachers were in Washington yesterday to lobby for funding.

There will still be fights over how to spend health care funds, but the most vicious TV ad is going off the air.

Businesses in the suburbs are raising eyebrows about the Ravitch plan for a "mobility tax."

The state labor department touts a program to reduce hours instead of laying off workers.

Andrew Cuomo’s stump speech on local government comes to Rochester.

According to his mother in law, Scott Murphy does dishes.

The Queens Chronicle suggests voting for your favorite candidate.

Frank Padavan gets an unflattering headline in the Queens Tribune.

William Alatriste has some nice photos of council members here.

And here's video of Malcolm Smith saying that his conference is indeed ready for prime time.