Morning Read, Upstate: R.I.P. Minarik, Member-Item Olive Branch

Stephen Minarik, 49, former state Republican chairman.
Senate Democrats want an M.T.A bailout; Senate Republicans want money for roads.
Support for David Paterson among black voters has softened.
Jim Odato outlines the mergers and hikes Paterson proposed but didn’t implement.
State Senator David Valesky offered to share member-item wealth with some neighboring senators. They declined.
Upstaters want Paterson to release $120 million in economic development funding set aside for projects in the region.
State elected officials owe nearly $1.7 million in campaign-finance fines.
Alan Van Capelle says same-sex marriage advocates are “closer than many people think” to lining up the needed votes in the State Senate.