Morning Read, Upstate: Senate Inches Toward Deal, Parker Blasts Away

Still in a leadership stalemate, state senators unite against David Paterson.

Leaders on both sides insist they are edging toward an agreement. The rhetoric has softened.

"You cannot have an honest dialogue with shields and swords raised and pointed at each other. We've gotten to the point where we're relaxed with each other to really start a negotiation in earnest," State Senator Pedro Espada Jr. said.

And then State Senator Kevin Parker said they don't need a "coke-snorting, staff-banging governor to lecture us about behavior in government." He apologized at 11:58 p.m.

Paterson in turn said he is withholding legislators' travel expenses.

The News says Comptroller Tom DiNapoli should also withhold senators' pay.

And an intrepid News intern attempted to deliver boxes of cards urging, "don't pay the bums!"

Doing "the people's business" has become Paterson's catchphrase, if one with a diffuse meaning.

State senators want the Assembly to come back to Albany, too. The Assembly doesn't really like that idea.

The Post lauds another probe of Representative Charlie Rangel.

"In all likelihood, one of the three of us will be the next elected governor of New York," Rick Lazio wrote in a letter to Rudy Giuliani and David Paterson. "We should come together in the spirit of bipartisanship to change the way our government works. It's the right thing to do."

Legislation to allow same-sex marriage has basically been sidelined by all of this.

Michael Bloomberg warned of how bad the school system would get if he didn't retain mayoral control.

Paterson signed Andrew Cuomo's local government consolidation bill, and mayors on Long Island are angry.

There are some doubts that State Lottery officials could start running electronic card games without legislative approval.

Public money can now go to egg donors who are supporting stem cell research.

And below, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand advocates better health care: