Morning Read, Upstate: Ravitch Rejected, Senate Returning

After a court ruled Richard Ravitch's appointment unconstitutional, David Paterson offered to subject his lieutenant governor-designee to a confirmation vote in the State Senate.

The State Senate is mulling a return to Albany on September 10 to vote on an ethics bill.

"Ironic, isn't it?" one Senate Democrat told the Post.

At some point senators will conduct hearings into the non-collection of cigarette taxes from Indian reservations.

Representative Louise Slaughter said she won't hold town hall meetings about health care because they are "a way to disseminate misinformation."

A State Insurance Fund supervisor who vouched for a no-work employee filed for whistleblower protections.

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Delaware North Gaming did a survey, and submitted a bid for video slots at Aqueduct.

Andrew Cuomo accused three companies of defrauding immigrants.

Doug Hoffman is gaining more attention in his quest for Congress than Eric Sundwall did.

Family members of Pan Am Flight 103 victims are not happy the bomber was released from jail.

Representative Steve Israel wants to train school nurses as first responders to epidemics.

Kirsten Gillibrand will be in central New York today.

And below, protesters at a fund-raiser hosted by State Senator Dale Volker:

Morning Read, Upstate: Ravitch Rejected, Senate Returning