Morning Read, Upstate: Special Session Stumble

David Paterson compared Albany’s political climate–he’s feuding with legislators–to Bosnia or Iran.

Some State Senate Democrats don’t want to attend a joint session Paterson called for Monday.

“I don’t see the reason why we have to come back and listen to a speech,” State Senator Jeff Klein said. “The time for speeches are over. We need action.”

The agenda for Tuesday’s special session includes same-sex marriage.

And tougher penalties for drunk drivers.

“Extraordinary it will be,” the News says.

Paterson’s campaign will start airing two television spots.

Former Majority Leader Joe Bruno arranged state grants for groups that invested with the firm that employed him.

Norman Seabrook testified about what benefit investing with Bruno had for the Correction Officers Benevolent Association.

State Senator Neil Breslin wants disclosure of legal defense funds.

It’s a slap at Hiram Monserrate.

Frank MacKay invited Dede Scozzafava to join the Independence Party.

Representative-elect Bill Owens will meet with Barack Obama and Nancy Pelosi today.

Dan Janison says this year’s elections show voters dissatisfied with incumbents.

Paul Windells III says Ed Cox should get credit for the Republican resurgence.

The Times Union says the DEC was right to extend the comment period on Marcellus Shale drilling.

A forum on the subject in Ithaca was packed.

Representative Eric Massa will vote against the health care bill; other upstate Democrats are undecided.

Richard Nathan is retiring from the Rockefeller Institute.

Henry Wojtaszek is stepping down as Niagara County Republican chairman.

Kevin Plunkett will lead Rob Astorino’s transition team.

A ferry near the Champlain bridge is moving forward.

Hudson Valley state senators think Connecticut should pay the M.T.A. payroll tax.

Judith Enck will become an E.P.A. regional director.

And below, video of State Senator Eric Schneiderman talking about an insurance loophole:

Morning Read, Upstate: Special Session Stumble