Morning Read, Upstate: Cigarette Taxes on Reservations?

Andrew Cuomo sided with three Long Island towns when he refused to defend the state’s fishing license program.

David Paterson wants to warn legislators, in a joint session, about the state’s fiscal situation.

There are bills coming due in December.

Proposed cuts could lead to tax hikes in Syracuse and Auburn.

The News says legislators have to go along with the governor’s plan.

He’s also hoping for action on other issues, including same-sex marriage, in coming weeks.

State officials are focusing on collecting sales tax on Indian reservations.

The Post says is would be “a sign of leadership” if Paterson can successfully collect cigarette taxes from Indian reservations.

Republicans aren’t wild about talk of a soda tax revival.

Paterson is still declining to say whether he thinks Hiram Monserrate should resign.

The Times Union says the case of Hiram Monserrate shows that the State Senate needs a new ethics review process.

The Paterson administration is concerned that Medicare costs will rise if health care is tweaked.

Charlie Urstadt thinks New York City should spend a buck and buy back Battery Park City.

Chris Collins’ proposed budget would allow him to unilateral mid-year tweaking power.

Essex County is officially a disaster.

Chuck Schumer wants more money for infrastructure.

And below, Representative Eric Massa talks about health care: