Morning Read, Upstate: New York is Broke and Broken

“Scandal and irresponsibility have been Albany’s creed for decades. This year, the gang added another outrage to the list: complete fiscal incompetence,” writes the Times. “The only solace is this: The entire Legislature is up for re-election in 2010. And unless there is a sudden turnaround – and, so far, we see few signs of it – New Yorkers have no choice but to vote out all the lawmakers and start over.”

New York’s bank account reached a record low balance.

“New York State is officially living paycheck to paycheck,” said Comptroller Tom DiNapoli. “The state is starting the new year by scrambling to make payments and juggle money.”

Education groups have postponed their lawsuit against David Paterson.

The State Senate Inquisition Panel pondering the fate of Hiram Monserrate will likely recommend expelling him from the chamber, as an option.

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver thinks Andrew Cuomo will run for governor.

Roberto Perez interviewed Assemblyman Jeff Aubry.

The News calls for action on a farm workers bill of rights.

David Paterson went out for diet Coke-fueled staff party.

Paterson’s transportation commissioner black-balled the M.T.A.’s capital plan.

NYRA will turn over records to Tom DiNapoli.

Even though it’s threatened to shut down, NYRA is still selling season passes.

Errol Louis writes about the contract for new voting machines in New York.

Rush Limbaugh was hospitalized on Hawaii.

The EPA, too, wants to put the brakes on Marcellus Shale drilling.

Chuck Schumer rallied with Penn National workers.

Rob Astorino is putting his team in place.

New laws–including a new pension tier–take effect tomorrow.

Representative Bill Owens met Hamid Karzai.

And below, Representative Eric Massa on MSNBC last night: