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.

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