Morning Read, Upstate: Now It’s the Senate’s Turn

The Assembly voted on a $2.8 billion plan to address the state’s mid-year budget deficit. It passed.

The plan contains about $600 million of cuts, most of them administrative. The rest of the revenue is drawn from executive actions, fund transfers, a tax amnesty and a stimulus “spin-up.”

This does not cover the entire deficit.

The State Senate did not pull the all-nighter, with members blasting David Paterson for appearing at a forum in Brooklyn.

State Senator Antoine Thompson had left town for a fund-raiser, which was not helpful.

The bill doesn’t contain much in the way of real cuts, prompting the Times Union to ask, “that’s it?”

David Paterson said he’ll sign it anyway.

Assembly members passed legislation creating a new, less-generous pension tier.

Bill Hammond wrote yesterday about the need to do exactly that.

The Assembly once again passed a bill to legalize same-sex marriage, and State Senator Tom Duane said, “I remain very optimistic” that it will pass in the Senate.

The jury in the Bruno trial is deadlocked on six of the eight counts against him.

Jurors return to court today.

“I’m feeling very upbeat, very optimistic from what I am seeing and hearing,” Bruno said. “We are hoping and praying that this gets resolved in a very positive way, sooner rather than later.”

Andrew Cuomo wants other social networking sites to crack down.

The Post says Tom Suozzi will not be the last casualty of political backlash.

Empire State Development Corporation won’t disclose its plan to develop the Harriman Campus.

A Bob Mirch reprise.

Peace activists rallied at West Point as Barack Obama spoke.

Peter Kiernan interviewed Erie County election commissioners.

The New York Power Authority wants to put windmills in the Great Lakes.

Hudson Valley business leaders are still mad at Jay Walder about the M.T.A. payroll tax.

“Solving the MTA problem was appropriate,” Walder told them. “I think it was absolutely necessary and appropriate to support the MTA.” Morning Read, Upstate: Now It’s the Senate’s Turn