Morning Read, Upstate: Shaw Faces a Senate Battle, Parker Loves Mixed Martial Arts

If, as expected, David Paterson appoints Marc Shaw to lead the M.T.A., there may be resistance in the State Senate.

In an analysis of Albany dysfunction, Assemblyman Richard Brodsky compares the State Senate to a catering committee at a junior prom.

State Senator Pedro Espada Jr. is the "Teflon pol," according to the Daily News, with cozy relations between his elected office and a nonprofit organization he runs. The piece also targets Assemblyman Peter Rivera.

Attorney General Andrew Cuomo has started investigating both of them.

As candidates consider challenging Kirsten Gillibrand, her would-be protector Chuck Schumer told at least one would-be challenger he'll sit on the sidelines, Liz reports.

The Post takes delight in pointing out that State Senator Kevin Parker supports legalizing mixed martial arts.

Assemblyman Anthony Seminerio gets no member items and no intern this session, since he's faces corruption charges.

Cuomo reached a settlement with six home heating-oil companies.

Rochester is postponing several capital projects.

Both sides of the same-sex marriage debate are getting ready to sound off again.

And below, Chuck Schumer talks about the possibility of Yahoo! setting up a new data center in Western New York:

Morning Read, Upstate: Shaw Faces a Senate Battle, Parker Loves Mixed Martial Arts