Morning Read, Upstate: Fighting For Helicopters

Law firms who contributed to Tom DiNapoli’s re-election campaign received $518 million to do business on behalf of the state pension fund.

Darren Dopp was fined $10,000 for his role in ‘Troopergate.’

Starting yesterday, low-level drug offenders can apply for reduced sentences.

State Senator Hiram Monserrate’s girlfriend was drunk the night of an alleged dispute between them, the girlfriend’s cousin testified.

Gail Collins says Charlie Rangel “just feels he’s too important to be bothered with the rules.”

Democrats want the Rangel probe to wrap up quickly.

Larry Sabato writes: “if state Attorney General Andrew Cuomo runs against him, Paterson is very probably doomed in the Democratic primary.”

The Post says Ray Harding’s cooperation with Cuomo is causing sleepless nights for some politicos.

George Marlin says Rudy Giuliani hasn’t sufficiently grasped the issues to run for governor.

In Rochester, the Robutrad case snared another former official.

The Times Union encourages Paterson to cut.

Lawmakers are fighting to continue building presidential helicopters in Owego.

Representative Maurice Hinchey said the program cancellation is “beyond illogical.”

Joe Biden will raise money for Representatives Scott Murphy and Mike McMahon.

Barack Obama will be at a fund-raiser for Bill Owens.

A key labor group endorsed Dede Scozzafava last night.

The Lottery’s ‘Sweet Millions’ game is getting off to a sluggish start.

But overall, Lottery revenues are up.

Candidates for Clifton Park town supervisor will debate Oct. 27.

The state issued millions in grants to study brownfield cleanup.

Chuck Schumer wants federal guidelines for food allergies.

It’s New York Farm Day in Washington.

The Saratoga racing meet was extended by four days.

And below is a web video Republicans made to attack Doug Hoffman:

Morning Read, Upstate: Fighting For Helicopters