Mid-Morning Read, Upstate: Pataki for Senate, Tedisco Wants a ‘Real Stimulus’

Upstate mayors (but not Michael Bloomberg) will meet today with President Obama.

The state spent $500,000 on an non-seaworthy ferry to Governor’s Island.

Volunteer firefighters are looking to repeal a driver’s license loophole.

George Pataki is floated as a Republican candidate for Senate.

Blog commenters in Westchester range from “brilliant” to “you must be kidding” in their reaction.

Not such a great reception for the plan to tax paper tax returns.

The wiretaps of the Eliot Spitzer affair will be released.

After Andrew Cuomo travels to Buffalo, his efforts on health care reimbursement are praised by the Buffalo News.

A plan floating in the State Senate would let counties raise sales tax, up to four percent, without state approval.

Eric Massa says the stimulus package is “a risk,” but a necessary one.

Assemblyman Joel Miller blasts David Paterson’s proposed new taxes.

Paterson is moving toward releasing some prison inmates to save money.

Somehow, Erie County ended the year with a budget surplus.

Jim Tedisco and Scott Murphy still can’t agree on a debate date.

In a pitch to donors (below), Tedisco talks of the need for “a real stimulus package.”

Mid-Morning Read, Upstate: Pataki for Senate, Tedisco Wants a ‘Real Stimulus’