Morning Read, Upstate: Smith and Paterson’s Fallout, High-Speed Rail Might Stop Short

Fred Dicker reports that Malcolm Smith and David Paterson aren’t really getting along.

Smith and his pastor, former representative and Rev. Floyd Flake,  differ on same-sex marriage.

Paterson, in trying to make a comeback, is doing it without the Working Families Party.

Former Senate Majority Leader Joe Bruno knew an indictment was on the horizon when he resigned last summer.

A payroll tax on schools—likely a part of an M.T.A. bailout deal—causes uncertainty as districts draft their budgets.

Former State Senator John Marchi, who pushed Staten Island to secede from New York City, has died at age 87.

Divisions among local Republicans may have doomed the congressional bid of Assemblyman Jim Tedisco.

The Times Union‘s lesson from the race: overhaul election laws.

State agency commissioners aren’t wild about doing more with less.

The G.A.O. wants New York to start spending stimulus cash, A.S.A.P.

High-speed rail may not make it to Niagara Falls.

The expanded bottle law is a boon to collectors and a burden on distributors.

The Court of Appeals will weigh the constitutionality of Rochester’s teen curfew.

A little on the late side, a tea party was held in left-leaning Ithaca.

Legislators rejected a soda tax, but are considering a ban on trans fats and other anti-junk food measures.

And below, A.C.L.U. President Susan Herman talks about torture: