Morning Read, Upstate: Mayoral Control Passes, Paterson is Questioned for a Staff Hire

David Paterson hired a “longtime friend” to work in the state’s Washington office.

Gabrielle Turner will earn $88,000 a year. She was hired July 20.

The State Senate voted 47-8 to reauthorize mayoral control of New York City’s schools. The body also approved several amendments.

“The boat has been lifted for all children,” State Senator Marty Golden, a Brooklyn Republican, said.

State Senator Ruben Diaz Sr. predicted he would be called a “monkey” by editorial writers for voting no.

Ahmed Diomande has been elevated to the chamber’s finance secretary.

Some Democrats in the Senate are questioning whether David Paterson is accurately estimating the state’s deficit.

Comptroller Tom DiNapoli is warning that the fiscal situation for towns is growing dire.

“Political mastermind” Steve Pigeon launched two new political action committees for State Senator Pedro Espada Jr.

The state is moving to close some central New York roads to truck traffic.

Everyone is still waiting for John McHugh’s confirmation vote.

Assemblywoman Dede Scozzafava, who is running against him, is prompting questions about what it means to be a Republican.

Brian McGrath’s Congressional campaign has a Web site.

Dennis Rosen was confirmed as the head of the State Liquor Authority.

SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher continued her tour of the state.

And below, Senate Minority Leader Dean Skelos rages against the tax increases to bridge the state’s budget deficit:

Morning Read, Upstate: Mayoral Control Passes, Paterson is Questioned for a Staff Hire