Morning Read, Upstate: Leaky Medicaid

“Whatever happens to me, I think I’m bringing a brand of governance to this state,” David Paterson told the (Pulitzer-prize winning) editorial board of the Glens Falls Post-Star during a visit to his office.

Rudy Giuliani said he will not pursue an elective office in 2010, and endorsed Rick Lazio for governor.

Giuliani cited the Olympics in Rio de Janiero as his excuse.

Republicans have a weak bench behind him.

Representative Pete King says he’s being urged to run.

The Senate health care bill would hurt community care clinics in New York City.

David Paterson and Michael Bloomberg are still ripping it.

Chuck Schumer is uncharacteristically quiet about this bill.

“It’s something I’ve been lobbying on from the beginning,” Kirsten Gillibrand said when confronted after a luncheon. Asked to elaborate, she said “we should set up an interview because it’s actually a much longer issue than I’d like to discuss in a one-minute walk.”

The Post dubs her “Jelly-brand.”

Barack Obama rejected criticism he should have been more involved with the bill.

The Times Union said the bill is “nothing to sneeze at, perhaps, but hardly something to swoon over, either.”

Audits by Comptroller Tom DiNapoli found $92 million in improper Medicaid expenditures.

That includes a $196,000 taxi bill.

The News calls it a “jaw-clenching example of taxpayer abuse.”

Republicans are challenging second-home voters in the Columbia County town of Taghkanic.

Senate Republican Leader Dean Skelos wrote in the Times Union that the Democrats’ absolute power has corrupted them.

Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb is pushing for a constitutional convention.

The Times is confident that New York would be named the most stoic state, if not the most happy.

The Champlain Bridge will be demolished Monday because it’s too cold today.

Rob Astorino is cleaning house in Westchester County.

Some of Nassau County DA Kathleen Rice’s staffers are moving to her campaign.

State Senator Bill Perkins said the sale of bonds for Atlantic Yards is illegal.

The North Country is now Democratic territory.

And below, Eric Schneiderman and Adriano Espaillat held a press conference with a recently exonerated man: Morning Read, Upstate: Leaky Medicaid