Morning Read, Upstate: Talk of 2010, A Timeline in the 23rd

David Paterson says people should be focusing on government, not his poll numbers.

Former State Senator Olga Mendez died at 82.

Andrew Cuomo got 15 companies to sign onto his wind industry code of ethics.

He said, when asked about his political plans vis-à-vis David Paterson, that "next year will be a political year, and we'll deal with it then."

M.T.A. Chief Jay Walder has a nice golden parachute, should he need it.

Representative John McHugh's confirmation hearing is today.

Democrats will select a candidate to replace John McHugh in Congress on August 10.

A good round-up of the candidates is here.

The Independence Party has endorsed Assemblywoman Dede Scozzafava, who is the Republican candidate.

David Paterson signed a bill in Utica expanding tax credits for historic rehabilitation and signed a bill in Rochester allowing children to stay on their parents health insurance through age 30.

Mike Mulgrew is officially taking over the United Federation of Teachers.

Buffalo Pundit thinks we should have a constitutional convention.

In the Albany mayor's race, Corey Ellis is challenging Valerie Faust's signatures.

Assemblywoman Jane Corwin is using her $9,000 state stipend to fund scholarships in her district.

Monroe County Legislator Dan Quatro gets caught on a live mic.

And below, demonstrators from MoveOn.org lauding Kirsten Gillibrand outside her New York office for her support of the Clean Air Act, and Gillibrand spokesman Glen Caplin thanking them on her behalf: