Morning Read, Upstate: Parsing the 20th Poll, Tonko’s Newest Office, Stengel

Barack Obama’s proposed budget could mean rehabilitating abandoned homes in Buffalo.

A look at how western New York school districts used the stimulus to dodge the budget bullet.

State Senator Betty little pushes for a school consolidation that is not very popular.

Jim Tedisco leads his opponent Scott Murphy in a poll released yesterday.

But one in five likely voters are still undecided, it found.

A political observer said given Murphy’s lower profile, that’s a pretty close poll.

Bob Conner wonders if Tedisco is being overconfident.

New York’s IDAs are borrowing more to make fewer jobs, a report finds.

Is Eric Massa a hypocrite for now taking PAC money?

Richard David, a former deputy mayor, is running for mayor of Binghamton.

Paul Tonko will have an office in Schenectady City Hall.

A bill in the State Assembly would require prosecutors to consider any crime by a man against a woman as a potential hate crime.

And below, here’s a video from the Senate rules reform committee, which seeks public input:

Morning Read, Upstate: Parsing the 20th Poll, Tonko’s Newest Office, Stengel