Morning Read, Upstate: Paterson’s Girlfriend, Espada’s Son

David Paterson offered to restrict Richard Ravtich's role if Republicans dropped a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of his appointment, Dicker’s sources say.

Former State Senate staffer Jean Pierre claimed in a lawsuit that Indira Noel had a sexual relationship with Paterson when he was lieutenant governor.

The State Senate is paying $1.5 million to rent a building that they leave vacant.

State Senator Pedro Espada Jr. pulled strings to have his son put on the State Senate payroll, before he resigned.

The Times Union says State Senator Pedro Espada Jr. should follow his son out the door.

"I hate to call a man a liar, particularly one so unmistakably high on life," Andrea Peyser writes.

State Senator Ruben Diaz Sr. wants a nepotism probe–of everyone.

Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand won't be holding any town hall meetings on health care.

Neither will Representative Maurice Hinchey.

Environmental groups are attacking a process for rolling back regulations that Paterson ordered last week.

The candidates for mayor of Albany are bickering over abandoned buildings.

The Seneca Nation is investigating its former president, Maurice John, for misappropriating funds.

Gillibrand wants the Senate to act on the nomination of John McHugh.

Two Kansas senators holding up the nomination are standing firm.

Paterson wants tougher penalties for people who drive drunk with children in their cars.

The head of 'Unshackle Upstate' said in a speech that taxes are a major problem.

And below, Corey Ellis talking about Albany's abandoned buildings:

Morning Read, Upstate: Paterson’s Girlfriend, Espada’s Son