Morning Read, Upstate: McHugh’s Concerns, Leaders’ Meeting Today

David Paterson is publicly ruminating about his staff.

The need for change is clear, seen yesterday in a dismal poll.

He's taking heat for giving his wife's staffer a raise.

Governor Andrew Cuomo seems like an inevitability, Fred LeBrun thinks.

Legislative leaders are meeting today to talk about how to spend stimulus funds. They've already agreed we have a $14 billion deficit.

For school districts, the money will be "an unexpected reprieve," the Press & Sun Bulletin thinks.

Barack Obama laid out a clear agenda in a speech to Congress while being optimistic about the tanking economy.

John McHugh thought Barack Obama's on reforming defense spending was "enormously troubling."

Eric Massa looks forward to helping him.

More Congressional reactions are here.

The Democrat & Chronicle liked his tone and cadence.

Jim Tedisco issued a hedging statement after the speech.

Maury Thompson sat down with Jim Tedisco and Scott Murphy to talk about the issues.

Advocates are looking for $12 million for juvenile justice.

Jonathan Lippman gets sworn in today.

Elected officials are still talking about high speed rail upstate.

Richard Brodsky wants to roll back power deregulation.

A resolution honoring plane crash victims gets political.

Upstate Medical Center spent $409,000 to lease space it didn't use.

And below, State Senator George Winner carries Republican water:

Morning Read, Upstate: McHugh’s Concerns, Leaders’ Meeting Today