Morning Read, Upstate: ‘A Political Slush Fund’

“The reality is that I did not campaign to receive this office, but I am willing to manage it,” David Paterson said in Poughkeepsie last night. (Unsurprisingly, he stood by a payroll tax to fund the M.T.A.)

After State Senate Democrats took a large contribution from H.B.O., Angelo Aponte worked to broker a meeting between network officials and the M.T.A.

Paterson signed 60 bills and vetoed 18, including one that would have increased access to voting machines for the disabled that one group called “unconscionable.”

Another bill clears the way for the City of Elmira to sell a golf course.

Andrew Cuomo challenged the state legislature to tighten up the rules for doing business with the state pension fund.

A poll found 69 percent of voters don’t want to see Eliot Spitzer return to public office.

The same poll found George Pataki running ahead of Kirsten Gillibrand for the U.S. Senate.

Tom Reed, the Elmira mayor who is running for Congress, called the stimulus package “a political slush fund.”

Assemblywoman Dede Scozzafava was promised, by Republican leadership, a seat on the Armed Services Committee.

Local government payrolls were posted online here.

An upstate business group says the data should be scrutinized.

The same contractors implicated in the Deutsche Bank Fire are facing a suit over work they did for S.U.N.Y.

State tax revenues are still coming in lower than expected.

A controversy over “ghost tickets” likely made Albany City Treasurer Betty Barnette lose a primary.

Representatives Paul Tonko and Scott Murphy voted to yank funding for ACORN; Maurice Hinchey, Louise Slaughter, Eliot Engel, Jose Serrano, Joseph Crowley, Jerry Nadler, Yvette Clark, Charles Rangel, Gregory Meeks and Edolphus Towns did not.

State conservation officials are investigating a spill at a gas-drilling site.

Dwight D. Eisenhower was the last enlightened president. (Read: the last one to visit Troy while in office.)

And below, Erie County Executive Chris Collins announcing a funding increase for the visitor’s bureau:

Morning Read, Upstate: ‘A Political Slush Fund’