Morning Read, Upstate: Giuliani Out, Backing Lazio

Rudy Giuliani will endorse Rick Lazio for governor today.

Giuliani will also announce he won’t run for office–passing up the U.S. Senate–in 2010.

(Lazio announced Giuliani’s move at a party in suburban Buffalo.)

This is going to make things much easier for Kirsten Gillibrand.

“Giuliani’s decision likely marks the end of his own electoral career,” writes Maggie Haberman.

The Times urged the Senate to pass its health care bill.

It isn’t all that great for New York, David Paterson and Michael Bloomberg say.

But with a “cornhusker kickback,” Nebraska does quite well.

“What are we, chopped liver?” Asks the News.

The Post blames Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand for not doing more.

Your property taxes will probably go up when the stimulus money runs out.

“If there were a National Happy League, we’d be the New Jersey Nets,” writes Clyde Haberman, after a survey found New Yorkers are the least happy people. “We’re No. 51 out of 51. The District of Columbia was included in the list as if it were a state. It made it all the way to No. 37 despite the handicap of having Congress in its midst. At least New Yorkers can take comfort in knowing that their immediate neighbors in Connecticut (No. 50) and New Jersey (No. 49) are not appreciably happier.”

Former Judge Tom Spargo was sentenced to two years in prison.

David Paterson smacked down the superintendent of Shenendehowa Schools.

Education groups are mad about costly renovations at the Capitol.

Bill Lynch will pay to be overseen by Greenberg Traurig.

An Albany gynecologist was charged under Leandra’s Law.

Sharks are circling Assemblywoman Ann-Margaret Carrozza.

Environmentalists are sad the state is raiding dedicated environmental funds.

John Hall is open to a health care bill without a public option.

Tom DiNapoli said schools will face a $2 billion funding cliff.

Oneida County Republicans endorsed Lazio for governor.

And below, Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown announced stadium renovations:

Morning Read, Upstate: Giuliani Out, Backing Lazio