Morning Read, Upstate: The 12th Day of Senate Coup

Negotiations over the leadership of the State Senate almost devolved into blows between Jeff Klein and Pedro Espada Jr.

Both sides of the fight seem to have figured out a way to get paid. David Paterson says he “doesn’t see why” they should.

Democrats balked from their attempt to legally restrain Espada. Separately, he said he was being unfairly attacked based on his ethnicity.

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver isn’t keen to revisit mayoral school control.

The News laments that running the State Senate this week cost about $1.78 million.

Republicans play a regionalist card.

Investigations are looking at Responsible New York, including backer Tom Golisano and aide Steve Pigeon.

The tally of inaction continues to be rolled out: $170 million for Westchester County, $45 million for Rockland County. The head of the County Executives Association said, “The longer this goes on, the less optimistic I am.”

State Senator Daniel Squadron offers this take.

Meanwhile, the Assembly is chugging along, banning the sale of Tasmanian forest kangaroos and other important business.

But despite ongoing lobbying, a bill dealing with clergy sex abuse has not come up.

In Monroe County, a firm doing county business was also directed to do work for Republicans on the clock.

Chuck Schumer proposed making local property taxes deductible on federal income tax returns.

Kirsten Gillibrand wants to repeal the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy.

And below, a video of State Senator Bill Larkin telling his colleagues they should be ashamed for not coming to the Senate floor, invoking his status as a World War II veteran:

Morning Read, Upstate: The 12th Day of Senate Coup