Morning Read, Upstate: Ravitch Blocked

Supreme Court Justice William LaMarca issued an injunction that will prevent Richard Ravitch from acting as lieutenant governor until a hearing in August.

LaMarca wrote that Republicans bringing the suit established a "likelihood of success." David Paterson's spokesman vowed an appeal.

Colin Powell brought motivation, traffic jams, to Albany.

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, in an anti-obesity initiative, released a study showing that upstaters are more svelte than downstaters.

National Republicans will start running ads that Darrel Aubertine won't like.

There are other attacks in the district, including against one Assemblywoman DeDe Scozzafava, alleging her brother's business has failed to pay taxes. She was endorsed by the Jefferson County Republican Committee.

State G.O.P. Chairman Joe Mondello admitted that a land deal that benefited his daughter looks "suspicious."

A bill granting more oversight of public authorities is on Paterson's desk.

Some labor unions are grumbling about Paterson's 2010 prospects.

The Post picked up the man-cave story.

Assemblywoman Ann-Margaret Carrozza missed 65 percent of the legislative session, blaming "personal issues."

Former Senate Majority Leader Joe Bruno accused prosecutors of misconduct.

Andrew Cuomo is still touting government consolidation, in the Hudson Valley.

Racing officials say improvements at Saratoga race track are tied to video slot machines in Queens.

Representative Eric Massa has concerns about the current health care restructuring legislation.

And below, pollster Steve Greenberg explains the popularity of the State Senate, David Paterson and Richard Ravitch:

Morning Read, Upstate: Ravitch Blocked