Morning Read, Upstate: Sander’s Exit, Gillibrand and Schumer

M.T.A. CEO Elliot Sander said he was "disappointed" to leave his "dream job" in a shakeup.

His departure was announced the day after a $2.26 billion bailout was passed by the state legislature, and called for the consolidation of Sander's job.

Some Hudson Valley businesses are mad about a payroll tax at the heart of that bailout.

Andrew Cuomo's next target: debt settlement companies.

Barack Obama's budget would cut a $24 million program from upstate New York counties.

Chuck Schumer has taken his junior counterpart, Kirsten Gillibrand, under his wing.

The Star-Gazette writes about Gillibrand's person on the ground in Elmira.

Representative Scott Murphy wants to crack down on businesses exploiting tax loopholes.

Eliot Spitzer appeared publicly with his wife Silda for the first time since his fall from the governor's mansion.

Casey Seiler writes about Assemblyman Richard Brodsky's crusade against public giveaways to the New York Yankees.

The Rochester Genessee Regional Transportation Authority is waiting for city council approval before invoking eminent domain for the Renaissance Square project.

Oneida County is set to announce a pact with the Oneida tribe over land rights and taxation.

Assemblyman Greg Ball officially declares he will run for Congress.

And below, the inimitable State Senator Ruben Diaz Sr. explains his M.T.A. vote, and how he influenced the overall bill:

Morning Read, Upstate: Sander’s Exit, Gillibrand and Schumer