Elsewhere: Felder.

Sheldon Silver reacts to David Paterson’s ethics thoughts.

Senator Dan Squadron is cool to Paterson’s plan.

Chris Cox for Congress?

Michelle Goldstein is going to Washington.

State retirement checks got lost in the mail.

New York is still low on cash.

Paterson’s ethics proposal would clip Tom DiNapoli.

Tourists still love New York.

New York City picked ES&S.

Dean Skelos e-mails.

Assemblyman Jack McEneny is engaged.

Michael Mulgrew heats up the friction with Michael Bloomberg, with a lawsuit.

Queens Courier Person of the Year: Mary Pappas.

The AP moves a story about John Liu hiring Simcha Felder.

The real question now: Who hires Felder’s (talented!) spokesman, Eric Kuo?

Republicans are hopeful about  Felder’s vacancy. “We must find a strong candidate that can win in a Special Election expected to be held in March. This is how Councilman Ulrich got a foothold in Queens.”

Yehuda Drudgesein breaks news of Felder’s vacancy, at 4:28 p.m.

Liz Benjamin looks at how this Liu benefits, politically.

Joe Lazar tells Courntey Gross he’s running for Felder’s seat.

And below, Chuck Schumer talked about airport security in Buffalo: