Morning Read, Upstate: Paterson’s Pension Battle, No Immediate Ethics Action

Legislative leaders say they're largely on the same page, but that the issue of government ethics enforcement won't be resolved until the fall.

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver offered his own proposal, and David Paterson said he would put his own legislation on the back burner.

Paterson vetoed a pension extender pushed by police and firefighter unions.

By doing this, Paterson is declaring war on some powerful labor interests, but winning praise from some fiscal conservatives.

Paterson is, after all, the least popular governor in the country.

The Times Union is reporting that this veto has stalled a deal to avoid public employee layoffs, offering state workers buyouts instead.

Assemblywoman Marge Markey is broadening the scope of a bill offering redress to sexual abuse victims to include public institutions.

The State Senate approved Andrew Cuomo's consolidation bill, and Paterson was "overshadowed."

Comptroller Tom DiNapoli wants his campaign to be publicly financed.

Representative John McHugh has about $170,000 in campaign cash, which could help a Republican candidate for his seat.

The Syracuse Post-Standard lauded McHugh's nomination as Army secretary, saying he is "well-prepared for the challenge."

State Senator Ruben Diaz Sr., an opponent of same-sex marriage, issued a strongly worded challenge to the bill's advocates.

Legislators passed a measure to give the University at Buffalo more autonomy.

Patricia Lynch is providing pro-bono lobbying services to the effort to ban text messaging while driving.

And below, here's a video of State Senator Craig Johnson explaining why he was the only Democrat to vote against government consolidation: Morning Read, Upstate: Paterson’s Pension Battle, No Immediate Ethics Action