Morning Read, Upstate: Espada’s Taxes, Paterson’s Threat

Senator Pedro Espada Jr.'s Soundview Health Network owes $347,000 in back taxes; a Tax Department spokesman said "they do have

Senator Pedro Espada Jr.'s Soundview Health Network owes $347,000 in back taxes; a Tax Department spokesman said "they do have a history of this kind of thing."

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David Paterson, furious with an abortive extraordinary session of the State Senate, threatened to withhold senators' pay.

Senators did not take kindly to this. Eric Adams, a Brooklyn Democrat, accused the governor of "selling woof tickets."

Comptroller Tom DiNapoli said in Rochester that he had no plans to withhold the checks.

Republicans went to court seeking a restraining order against Democrat-designated Senate Secretary Angelo Aponte.

Meanwhile, Senator Dean Skelos, the conference leader, said that negotiations continue and that Paterson "looks silly."

Lawmakers believe that any bills the Senate passes will not be eligible to become law; Paterson of course denies this.

Senator Kevin Parker, an indicted Brooklyn Democrat, called Paterson a "coward" and told The Times, "He will not be returning as governor, I'm fairly sure."

Republicans said they will explore legal action against Parker for threatening one of their lawyers on the Senate floor.

The Post wants Paterson to go further by accelerating investigations against some members.

The Times Union lays out a roadmap for solving the Senate mess.

If no action is taken, New York City faces a "very messy" transition away from mayoral school control. Senator John Sampson, the Democratic conference leader, acknowledged school test scores have improved, but he remains opposed to the mayor's unimpeded power.

County leaders are still holding their breath, and hoping for Senate action on needed measures.

Mike Daly writes that Senate inaction caused a law toughening penalties for taxi grifters to languish.

Assemblyman Tony Seminerio was sentenced to 14 years in jail for taking bribes in office.

State Lottery officials believe they have the authority, without authorizing legislation, to start running video poker games.

Chuck Schumer asked the postal service not to move a mail sorting facility out of Glens Falls.

Representative John McHugh gets ready to talk about gays in the military.

And below, South Carolina Mark Sanford reminds us that yes, believe it or not, things can get weirder than they are here in New York:

Morning Read, Upstate: Espada’s Taxes, Paterson’s Threat