Morning Read, Upstate: The Slimming of Albany

Three lobbying groups face fines for offering lawmakers refreshments worth more than a cup of coffee.

“If this stays in effect it will put Albany lawmakers on a Slim-Fast diet,” said NYPIRG’s Blair Horner.

Retailers around New York were surprised to learn they have to pay a $50 fee if they collect sales tax.

Republicans organized a protest against new DMV fees that took effect yesterday.

New York City OTB’s bankruptcy restructuring was approved.

The entity still has 87 cars.

David Paterson said a decision on who will run video gaming at Aqueduct raceway will come soon.

Rumors of a 2010 run by Eliot Spitzer are untrue, the former governor and many others told Newsday.

Spitzer is, however, working as an adjunct professor at City College.

The Working Families Party thinks swine flu shows the need for paid sick leave.

Assemblywoman Dede Scozzafava has at least $1 million of stock in her brother’s company.

Representative John Hall says the federal stimulus package saved jobs at public schools.

Assemblywoman Sandra Galef wants to ban smoking on playgrounds.

Federal aid will go to storm-ravaged communities in western New York.

An audit found state agencies have been slow to implement green initiatives.

A new law requires people to wear life jackets on small boats during fall and winter.

James Tuffey, Albany’s controversial police chief, resigned.

And below, a video from Bloomberg of AIG’s CEO saying Andrew Cuomo “doesn’t deserve to be in government:”

Morning Read, Upstate: The Slimming of Albany