Morning Read, Upstate: Brown’s E-mails, Senate Coup Week Five

Fred Dicker says that prominent non-white political figures are getting ready to endorse Andrew Cuomo.

Comptroller Tom DiNapoli tells Liz that the state budget “appears not to be holding together.”

In official emails, a Buffalo commissioner demanded employees work for the re-election campaign of Mayor Byron Brown.

Special sessions in the State Senate not that special in terms of what they accomplish.

David Paterson told the Daily News that he thinks Senator Pedro Espada Jr. deserves “respect,” as resistance to him taking the top job in the chamber softens.

Democrats and Republicans have agreed to take up a bill already passed by the State Assembly giving the mayor clear control of schools, according to State Senator Shirley Huntley.

Senator John Sampson steered pork barrel funding toward groups that had contributed to him.

The Times has good background on the issue here.

The dispute is showing Paterson’s lack of strength.

He told the Associated Press he’ll be on the road this week, making his case for action to people around the state.

Senator Tom Morahan, a Rockland County Republican, will not vote to legalize same-sex marriage.

Representative John McHugh, a Republican, is getting calls from around the country attacking him for voting for the cap-and-trade bill.

Representative Steve Israel is the New York delegation’s most prolific tweeter.

Welfare benefits are going up.

And below is Representative Pete King, a Long Island Republican, attacking Michael Jackson. “No one wants to stand up and say, ‘We don’t need Michael Jackson,'” King says.

Morning Read, Upstate: Brown’s E-mails, Senate Coup Week Five