Morning Read, Upstate: Sampson Backs Charter School Increase

Basil Paterson said on NY1 that Cuomo’s challenge to Carl McCall left a “sour taste” in the minds of African-American voters.

Bill Hammond says 2009 was “God-awful,” and that the “b-team” of New York’s leaders made things worse.

Comptroller Tom DiNapoli is trying to pry open NYRA’s books.

The Post recalls Percy Sutton as a “trailblazer.”

The Times profiles Ed Mangano.

Senate Democratic Leader John Sampson is looking ahead to 2010, which he wants to be “boring.”

He said he supports raising the cap on charter schools.

Republicans in the chamber want an investigation into David Paterson’s State Police detail.

The union representing troopers attacked the governor.

Chris Collins was urged to run for governor by 15 Republican county chairmen.

Rep. Greg Meeks flew to the Caribbean on Allen Stanford’s dime.

It will be nearly impossible to get rid of water used to hydrofrack in the Southern Tier.

A coup in the State Senate is the Times Union’s #3 story of the year.

Jack McNulty, mayor of Green Island and Albany County sheriff, 87.

A Cattaraugus County judge was censured for forcefully lobbying for judicial pay raises.

The Shinnecock Tribe is preparing for prosperity running a casino.

Representatives Slaughter, Rangel and Lowey are old, but not going anywhere.

Representative Bill Owens went to Afghanistan.

A 20-foot tall snowman.

The Champlain Bridge was demolished.

Below, a video of the demolition:

Morning Read, Upstate: Sampson Backs Charter School Increase