Morning Read, Upstate: Joseph Tacopina, Magician?

A poll shows the majority of New Yorkers wish the White House hadn't meddled. David Paterson said the Shinnecock nation

A poll shows the majority of New Yorkers wish the White House hadn't meddled.

David Paterson said the Shinnecock nation should be recognized, bringing us closer to another casino.

"There have been a lot of things said about Governor Paterson in the media," said Randy King, the chairman of the tribe. "Politics is a rough business. To us, he's a man of principle."

Representative Greg Meeks insists he never was asked to be a messenger by either Barack Obama or Andrew Cuomo.

"The president hasn't advised me on what I should do, nor has he told me I shouldn't run," Rudy Giuliani told reporters. "So I'm free and clear to make my own decision."

"You have to remember one thing," State Senator Carl Kruger said. "Barack Obama may be the president of the United States, but he's a product of Chicago politics. If you cause him a problem or interfere with his grand plan, don't stand near an open window when he's in the room."

The emergency room doctor who treated Hiram Monserrate's girlfriend testified against Monserrate.

Monserrate's girlfriend told the doctor she had fought with him, and she was not injured in an accident.

Joanna Molloy writes that Joseph Tacopina, Monserrate's "legal Houdini," is "the kind of lawyer who makes you want to get into trouble so he can defend you."

More state workers are pressuring the Paterson administration to let them take a buyout.

Casey Seiler says that Andrew Cuomo must know how David Paterson feels, to be pressured to drop out of a race.

State senators will hold a hearing on the collection of cigarette taxes from Indian reservations.

There's some fatigue among Democratic donors.

The M.T.A. wants you to be able to use your credit card to pay for trips by 2014.

Big Russ, 85.

And below, David Paterson talking to Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor: Morning Read, Upstate: Joseph Tacopina, Magician?