Morning Read, Upstate: The First Debate, Dreaming of High-Speed Rail

David Paterson is at a record low in the polls.

“Some” suggest to Fred Dicker that Paterson may have been demeaning the governor’s office by posing for a photo for Runners World.

Paterson may be trying to replace June O’Neill with a new head of the state Democratic Party.

Richard Brodsky says changing the way we bid for electricity could save $2 billion a year.

A village election in Saratoga County will serve as a referendum on the existence of the village.

The inspector general is probing the state agency where an employee was paid $94,000 to do nothing.

After their first debate, both Scott Murphy and Jim Tedisco claim victory.

They agreed that Social Security must be protected.

The federal government is taking a close look at high-speed train service to Buffalo.

Finally, says columnist Sean Kirst.

The state pension fund lost 20 percent in the economic downturn.

A report suggests the state could save $48.5 billion in 30 years if it raised the retirement age and made government workers contribute more.

An audit finds the state misspent $28 million in Medicaid funds.

And below, video of good government groups unveiling a study they say indicates racial bias in the state budget:

Morning Read, Upstate: The First Debate, Dreaming of High-Speed Rail