Morning Read, Upstate: Espada’s Son Resigns, Paterson Gets Tough on Drunk Drivers

Pedro G. Espada will resign from a $120,000-a-year job in the State Senate, amid public scrutiny and a probe by Andrew Cuomo.

It looks like he hadn’t been showing up to work, anyway.

David Paterson will introduce legislation making it a felony to drive drunk with a kid in the car.

“Hiring someone that got the boot from the governor’s office just confirms that the Senate is in a race to the bottom,” said one staffer in the chamber on the hiring of Khari Edwards as a “special assistant.”

More state workers are eligible to take a $20,000 buyout.

“I was in Albany for seven years as health commissioner and I never knew West Hill existed,” said Anotonia Novello, 64, who grew up comfortably middle-class in Puerto Rico and is also the former U.S. Surgeon General. She receives no pay and works from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays and from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays as part of community service required under a plea deal for treating state employees like servants.

Delta Airlines will expand operations at LaGuardia airport.

How much money will the North Country special election cost?

Paterson sent the National Guard to western New York in the wake of severe storms.

The state will offer rebuilding aid, and lobby the federal government to do so as well.

Representative Eric Massa’s presumed Republican opponent said anti health care demonstrations are not organized.

Representative Scott Murphy said insuring more Americans would cut down on costs in the system overall.

People are lobbying Representative Louise Slaughter to support a public option.

The debate over putting wine in grocery stores continues.

Bob Conner says the state may want a convention center in Albany more than some county legislators.

And below, video from a protest outside Representative Brian Higgins’ fund-raiser last night:

Morning Read, Upstate: Espada’s Son Resigns, Paterson Gets Tough on Drunk Drivers