Morning Read, Upstate: The Coup Breeds Inaction, The Assembly Passes Mayoral Control

Dean Skelos affirmed State Senator Pedro Espada Jr.’s right to vote twice … while Espada was in earshot.
“On its face, the constitution does not rule out two votes,” Bob Ward, a government expert, said.
Espada took a swipe at State Senator Malcolm Smith, a fellow Democrat, accusing him of sending state funds to a school where his out-of-wedlock daughter goes.
And a grand jury has been convened to investigate Espada.
The Senate stalemate has imperiled member-item funding for other community groups.
It means a measure tightening regulations for young drivers and banning text messages while driving may not be acted on.

Morning Read, Upstate: The Coup Breeds Inaction, The Assembly Passes Mayoral Control