Elsewhere: Diana Taylor ‘Really Wanted’ Senate Run; Budget Impasse Ending

The Senate passed an education, labor and family assistance budget, cuts included.

There is still a rift with the Assembly over SUNY/CUNY tuition.

SUNY really wants freedom to set its own tuition.

With a budget mostly done, Greg David thinks Paterson, a “weak and usually ineffectual governor,” had some big wins. 

Diana Taylor explained why she pondered and decided against a Senate, saying it would be “really complicated” with Bloomberg as mayor.

Ydanis Rodriguez allegedly assaulted a Council staffer, Maggie writes. 

Dan Donovan has picked up a campaign manager: Marcus Reese, former RNC official.

Andrew Cuomo was critical of the Legislature’s take on the budget, saying its view on FMAP is “not responsible.”

Robert Duffy didn’t go as far.

Betsy Gottbaum for Eric Schneiderman.

Fifteen other states also have laws that prohibit grocery stores from selling wine.

Errol Louis seems to suspect lobbyists in the Aqueduct deal are behind Gregory Meek’s woes. 

Rick Lazio wants 12-year term limits in Albany.

Montel Williams wants medical marijuana.

The City Council’s earmark list for the next year is here.

Joel Klein and the UFT are fighting again (over when school should start).

Tony Avella, campaigning against Frank Padavan, attacked Padavan for campaigning, not working on the budget.

Sean Coffey had a fundraiser with Al Franken over the weekend.

A lawsuit that challenges Bloomberg’s planned housing development at Broadway Triangle is advancing.

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