Morning Read, Upstate: Owens Gets Nod, Paterson Gets Skepticism

Marginal Democrats are worried that David Paterson might drag down the ticket.

Hank Sheinkopf thinks Paterson can still stave off Andrew Cuomo, but only if he’s willing to make more enemies.

The son of State Senator Pedro Espada Jr. was hired to a $120,000-a-year job as deputy director of intergovernmental relations in the chamber.

A blogger on the Albany Project says it would be better for Democrats to be in the minority than deal with Espada.

Democrats settled on Bill Owens as their candidate to replace John McHugh in Congress.

Owens is a registered independent, an attorney in private practice and formerly the counsel to Republican State Senator Ronald Stafford.

One of the finalists likened the selection process to a Supreme Court confirmation hearing.

Paterson unveiled an energy plan that includes drilling in the Marcellus Shale.

Tom DiNapoli says that New York is $80 billion shy of funding infrastructure.

Andrew Cuomo cracked down on car dealers stretching the cash-for-clunkers program.

Three city council members are alleging a “pattern of obstruction” by Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown.

Henry Blodget interviewed Eliot Spitzer, introducing him as “the man who destroyed my Wall Street career.”

Representative Scott Murphy talked about health care, reasonably amicably.

Representative Paul Tonko did the same, without protesters.

Representative Eric Massa is facing tough questions about not supporting the health care bill.

Michael Bloomberg is cold to a welfare bonus plan.

The Working Families Party is justifying its campaign operation.

And below, video of Massa talking about healthcare:

Morning Read, Upstate: Owens Gets Nod, Paterson Gets Skepticism