Morning Read, Upstate: Ravitch Affirmed, Paterson Defiant

The state's highest court upheld the appointment of Lt. Governor Richard Ravitch.

The move is a win for David Paterson, and one that surprised some inside his administration.

Now, the Times writes, Ravitch has to deal with the legislature.

"Now," Ravitch told reporters, "I know that my golf game's going to go to hell in a basket."

Paterson said he was not asked to step aside by the White House. He reiterated that he's not going anywhere.

Then he may or may not have taken a shot at Barack Obama.

Battered by the incident, all eyes will be on Paterson this morning at a leaders meeting.

Jacob Gershman says Paterson is a ghost, "no more frightening than Casper."

A new poll shows Paterson's approval rating has declined.

People are presuming Andrew Cuomo will be governor, and are thinking about who would replace him as attorney general.

Rick Lazio announced he will run for governor "until the end."

In Syracuse, he pledged to eat the sausage.

The Buffalo News thinks Paterson needed to create a better retirement incentive for state workers.

The Journal News says Paterson was doomed not for mishandling Caroline Kennedy, but because he didn't come up with enough spending cuts.

Prosecutors showed a video of State Senator Hiram Monserrate dragging his girlfriend out of an apartment building during his assault trial.

Here's the video.

NYPIRG's Neal Rosenstein is concerned that New York's voting machines aren't adequately prepared.

The state sued the Erie County jail, alleging substandard conditions.

Kay Stafford is stepping down from SUNY's board of trustees.

The Citizens Budget Commission wants more scrutiny of the New York Power Authority.

And below, here's an attack ad the National Republican Congressional Committee is running against Bill Owens in his race for the McHugh seat: Morning Read, Upstate: Ravitch Affirmed, Paterson Defiant