Morning Read, Upstate: Hurricane Richard?

Richard Ravitch is clashing with Larry Schwartz and is making David Paterson uncomfortable, Fred Dicker's sources tell him.

The Southern Tier is still digesting the DEC's report for natural gas drilling in the Marcellus Shale.

Does Mike Reich, the workhorse of the Queens Democratic committee, live on Long Island?

The Times Union thinks David Paterson should move ahead with a plan for buyouts for state employees.

Republicans are attacking State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins.

Just how political is the state's Court of Appeals?

Chuck Schumer thinks the federal government should ban texting while driving.

He also thinks the public option for health care is not dead.

Representative Scott Murphy will campaign for Bill Owens, who he says has "got a lot of similarities to my background."

Owens did not attend a forum sponsored by tea partiers; the other two candidates did.

A columnist for the Valley News says Doug Hoffman has made the election to replace John McHugh "a genuine three-horse race."

Thousands of people walked over the Hudson this weekend.

You can meet Democratic candidates on Wednesday night in Vestal, if you happen to be in the area.

A school district might erect cell phone towers to raise money.

Tour guides will explain how the Capitol is haunted.

And below, Andrew Cuomo addresses law students at NYU (about 13 minutes in): Morning Read, Upstate: Hurricane Richard?