Morning Read, Upstate: Paterson v. Teachers

A disgruntled Long Islander was charged with threatening to kill Andrew Cuomo.

Education groups sued David Paterson for stalling payments that Paterson says the state doesn’t have the money to give.

“This is a terrible day in New York’s history,” said NYSUT’s Alan Lubin.

“They’re saying, ‘We’re not special interests, we’re extra special. We’re supposed to get all the money and everybody else can just divide up the crumbs,’” Paterson responded. “It’s clear to me they don’t care about anybody but themselves.”

This suit doesn’t include Paterson’s proposed stalling of municipal-aid payments.

The M.T.A. adopted its emergency budget, complete with service cuts.

Student Metrocard funding was already cut in the deficit plan adopted earlier this month.

Mike Daly says congestion pricing would have prevented this, and blames Sheldon Silver.

The News is unhappy a judged ruled against the M.T.A. in arbitration.

The Post says city councilors are hypocrites for blasting the M.T.A. while voting against developing the Kingsbridge Armory.

Dean Skelos isn’t biting on a proposal to give some of his Republican state senators committee chairmanships.

Paterson’s aides won’t release an ethics opinion which supposedly cleared Richard Ravitch to solicit donations for outside consultants.

The Post hopes the Working Families Party goes down.

Chuck Schumer apologized to a flight attendant he muttered was a bitch.

Richard Daines got the H1N1 shot.

Sandy Frucher argues the merits of O.T.B.

The Times Union wonders what will finally change New York’s youth prisons.

Holiday jam from the Spitzers.

Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb wants a “people’s” constitutional convention.

The Crystal Ball says Representative Mike Arcuri is New York’s only Blue Dog.

A federal judge is not pleased with the Erie County detention facility.

Chuck Pohanka of Suffolk County wants to take over the Working Families Party.

And below, a news report about Chuck Schumer’s air profanity: