Morning Read, Upstate: Somehow, Albany Took the Less Ethical Path

Remembering September 11, Barack Obama is calling for a national day of service.

The fate of Lieutenant Governor Richard Ravitch will be argued in court.

Juan Gonzalez reports State Senator Hiram Monserrate rejected a plea deal that would have let him keep his seat, and will face charges he beat up his girlfriend in court on Monday.

Ethics reform, the primary purpose of yesterday's special session of the State Senate, didn't get done.

There were two measures on the table. The more stringent one was defeated after Republicans voted against it, saying it contained a "poison pill" as it tried to create an enforcement unit for elections. Democrats then withdrew another, less stringent, bill which had more universal support.

A bill to incentivize winterization did pass.

And Jay Walder was confirmed as chairman of the M.T.A. (Some Republicans voted against him.)

Henry Wojtaszek quit his bid to lead the state Republican Party, leaving a clear path for Ed Cox and indicating something negative about Rudy Giuliani's level of influence in the party.

An email glitch said senators wouldn't be back until 2012.

Grocery stores are preparing to receive water bottles that soon will have a deposit.

Representative Eric Massa wants to see the details of Barack Obama's health care proposal.

Andrew Cuomo said David Mack must quit the boards of two state authorities.

George Pataki was on CNBC talking about Wall Street's future.

And below, State Senator Daniel Squadron extolling the virtues of the ethics bills that never passed:

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