Morning Read, Upstate: Does Anybody Have a Budget Plan?

Senator Giuliani?

Everyone against the Working Families Party.

Fred Dicker predicts the oppo in any campaign by George Pataki.

David Paterson is considering whether to sign a bill that would require hospitals to disclose nursing ratios.

Paterson said he wouldn't sign the ethics bill that failed in the legislature.

"This was the death of something I'd been thinking about for a quarter of a century," Eliot Spitzer aide Lloyd Constantine, who is writing a book about Spitzer's rise and fall, said.

"Hurricane Espada is going to turn this place upside down!" Senate Majority Leader Pedro Espada Jr. said on a farm.

The News points out that he never got a farm workers' rights bill to the floor, and calls Albany "rotten to the core."

State Senator Hiram Monserrate's trial starts today.

His conviction would seriously derail a deal to bridge a mid-year budget deficit.

Federal prosecutors are scrutinizing the SUNY Research Foundation.

Senate President Malcolm Smith said it wouldn't hurt the senate to wait another quarter before taking a crack at the budget deficit.

Ginger Otis got some ideas for cutting the state budget.

Peter Pollak says lawmakers and the governor have none.

Gannett hashed out New York lawmakers' positions on heath care reform.

A statewide ban on text-messaging while driving will make things more complicated in Westchester and Rockland counties.

A deal may be near to have John McHugh confirmed by the U.S. Senate.

Doug Hoffman's financial disclosure form might not be filed until after that special election.

Assemblywoman Dede Scozzafava will raise money in Verona Beach.

Chemung County's Tom Santulli will become the head of the Association of Counties.

Amtrak is back pushing Moynihan station.

New York may soon label highway exits based on mileage.

And below, State Senator Bill Perkins lauding the 100th birthday of Kwane Nkrumah:

Morning Read, Upstate: Does Anybody Have a Budget Plan?