Morning Read, Upstate: The Marcellus Shale Rush is On

David Paterson and legislative leaders reached an agreement on a bill giving more oversight for public authorities. New York officials

David Paterson and legislative leaders reached an agreement on a bill giving more oversight for public authorities.

New York officials have started to open up the Marcellus Shale for gas drilling.

Landowners and drillers are gearing up for a boom.

A memo between Paterson and public employees unions promised no layoffs if Tier V is enacted, and asked unions not to oppose it.

Due to corruption and lack of resources, the State Liquor Authority "jeopardizes public health and safety and exacerbates the economic crisis currently plaguing New York."

Dennis Rosen, the authority's new head, said it has taken "a number of significant steps in the right direction."

George Pataki returned to the Capitol yesterday for the unveiling of his official portrait.

The portrait, by Andrew Lattimore, is the first to be set with an outdoor backdrop.

The News says the State Senate is irresponsible.

The mob has infiltrated the New York City Buildings Department.

Will the state assume control of the Walkway over the Hudson?

A new poll shows Assemblywoman Dede Scozzafava leading the race to replace John McHugh.

Doug Hoffman, the Conservative Party's nominee, polled at 16 percent.

The race is considered "wide open."

Chris Collins is not raising taxes.

Representative John Boehner called the public option a "garlic milkshake."

The Times thinks SUNY needs to clean up Binghamton.

Andrew Cuomo and Byron Brown are friends.

Hydroponics are booming in the Finger Lakes.

And below, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand at a climate change rally:

Morning Read, Upstate: The Marcellus Shale Rush is On