Morning Read, Upstate: The M.T.A. Bill Passes, The Senate Digitally Revamps

The M.T.A. bailout passed along party lines.

Suburban Republicans decried the bill because it calls for higher fees and contains a payroll tax they say will hurt jobs.

The Dalai Lama told lawmakers to have compassion.

He did not meet with David Paterson.

Former Comptroller Carl McCall's firm acted as an unlicensed placement agent before the state pension fund.

State leaders held a public meeting to talk about high property taxes.

Some local officials say the first step is to ease the burden of unfunded mandates.

The judge in State Senator Hiram Monserrate's assault case said a video of him and his alleged victim cannot be made public because it would "poison" the jury pool.

Finally, officially, hockey is returning to Glens Falls.

$120 million is becoming available for upstate economic development projects.

The State Senate will unveil a new web site today.

And below, a video of State Senator John Flanagan calling out Democrats from Long Island who voted to bail out the M.T.A.:

Morning Read, Upstate: The M.T.A. Bill Passes, The Senate Digitally Revamps