Morning Read, Upstate: M.T.A. Pile-On, Guardrails More Rusty Than Rustic

Malcolm Smith got slapped around after presenting his M.T.A. plan.
The Daily News says it was half-baked at best.
In a strongly worded editorial, the Buffalo News asks why legislators have abandoned “even the pretense” of an open budget process.
The federal transportation secretary is “excited” about high-speed rail in upstate New York.
Jim Tedisco and Ruben Diaz Sr. addressed social conservatives at the Capitol.
The Children’s Home of Jefferson County participated in a golf fund-raiser for State Senator Darrel Aubertine. The feds say this is a no-no.
State Senator Roy McDonald wants stimulus money for projects needed because of P.