Morning Read, Upstate: ‘You Don’t Commit Domestic Violence in a Pitch-Black Room’

Democrats–including both David Paterson and Andrew Cuomo–are gathered today in Buffalo.

Republicans yesterday picked Ed Cox to be their state chairman at a convention that was part wound-licking, part forward-looking pep-rally.

Cox said the party is “alive and we are energized.”

Cox said Rudy Giuliani–who did not attend the convention–would make a great governor or senator, walking back a more candid comment about his preference that Giuliani try for the Senate.

Karla Giraldo will likely take the stand today in the domestic violence trial of State Senator Hiram Monserrate.

“You don’t commit domestic violence in a pitch-black room,” Monserrate’s lawyer Joseph Tacopina said, saying a bloody fingerprint on the light switch (and other physical evidence) doesn’t hurt his case.

Tom DiNapoli thinks out-of-state students could bear to pay more SUNY tuition.

Senator and DSCC chair Bob Menendez said that Chuck Schumer will “drive” voters toward Kirsten Gillibrand “no matter who’s on top of the ticket.”

“Quite frankly, all of these people shouldn’t be in the majority,” State Senator Jeff Klein told The Capitol.  “I’d hate to have to be the judge, but they should really be in the minority. Because they’re really not ready to lead, they don’t understand how the legislative process works, that no matter who you are–majority leader, deputy majority leader–you have job to do. Go do it!”

Was Steve Pigeon ever granted immunity?

David Paterson spoke to factory workers in Wyoming County.

Paterson called a special election to replace John McHugh for Nov. 3, sparking concern that military voters may be disenfranchised.

Bill Owens talked about his record of creating jobs; Republicans dispute it.

Plans to drill for gas in a state park are facing opposition.

Greg Ball’s congressional campaign is in full swing–16 months before the election.

John Faso is pontificating more about health care costs.

The Buffalo building trades council backed Delaware North’s bid for Aqueduct development.

Norman Hsu was sentenced to 24 years in jail.

Neither Kirsten Gillibrand nor Chuck Schumer is a millionaire.

Health workers, mad about mandatory flu vaccines, rallied at the Capitol.

A doctor on Staten Island scammed $240,000 from Medicaid.

The Troy Library approved a new tax.

And below, David Paterson in Wyoming County announcing $1 million in funding for rail service:

Morning Read, Upstate: ‘You Don’t Commit Domestic Violence in a Pitch-Black Room’