Morning Read, Upstate: Sweeney Charged With Felony, Gillibrand Galavants Upstate

Former representative John Sweeney now faces a felony D.W.I. charge.

One group that benefits from the budget: prison inmates.

That's possible because legislators don't fear voters, according to the Buffalo News.

Surprise! Andrew Cuomo is blasting the budget.

David Paterson still speaks with his father for advice daily.

Basil Paterson's influence killed a tax on health insurance that unions opposed.

Prominent Democrats are reportedly taking a fish-or-cut-bait-by-November approach to David Paterson's re-election campaign.

Red-light cameras should be coming soon to upstate cities, and bringing controversy.

Kirsten Gillibrand will be in Syracuse today, and eventually will hold constituent outreach at supermarkets.

On Tuesday, she'll be in the Southern Tier.

Susan Bruno left her job at the S.U.N.Y. research foundation.

Upstate jobs are moving away from urban centers.

The 20th Congressional race moves to the courts.

The issue of absentee military ballots will likely come up.

Consultant Roger Stone may have been spotted in Troy.

And below, here's a video of Majority Leader Malcolm Smith's thoughts on the passage of the state budget: