Speeding crackdown on 787, congressional races get crowded and expensive, a challenger for Bruno, March really has been rainy, all sorts of college basketball

A crackdown on speeding along I-787 will start April 1. The target enforcement area will stretch four miles from Watervliet to Cohoes. [TU]

Democrat Darius Shahinfar officially announced that he's running for the 21st Congressional District, the seat Mike McNulty currently holds. That brings the count to five Democrats seeking the nomination (AOA's Local Congressional Race Scorecard). [Troy Record]

The race for New York's 20th Congressional District is shaping up to be one of the country's most expensive. Incumbent Democrat Kirsten Gillibrand has already raised more than $2.5 million. And Sandy Treadwell, who's running for the Republican nomination, has $1.24 million. [TU]

For the first time since 1995, it looks like Joe Bruno will have a challenger for his state senate seat. Brian Premo tells the NY Sun that Bruno "is not as well-liked as he would like to believe and as others in the political arena might presume." [NY Sun]

March is already on its way to local record levels for rainfall. [Daily Gazette]

The Chamber of Commerce decides to do something different this year, which apparently means no Summit in Tech Valley. [Business Review]

The Siena men are playing for the MAAC title tonight. The UAlbany men got bounced from their conference tournament by BU. And the St. Rose men got a #3 seed in the NCAA Division II tournament. [TU]


An alternative way to reduce accidents would be to equalize the speed limits on I-787, the Northway, and alternate Route 7.

One factor contributing to the number of accidents is the unexpected slow speed limit. There's no reason why I-787 and the Northway should be at a 55 mi/hr speed limit when they're Interstate-grade roads and can support 65 mi/hr speed limits. Conscientious drivers know the road is patrolled and know the speed limit and consequently drive 55. Oblivious drivers see red-and-blue shields and assume 65 (and then drive 75).

Alternate Route 7 was bumped up to 65 five years ago and a surprising number of vehicles still drive 55-60.

Patrols will only work so long as the patrols exist. Proper traffic engineering is a better solution, so long as the eventual goal is safety and not revenue collection.

Decent website. A tip of the cap to Mary Darcy. Classy lady.

As for the kid in perpetual puberty, well, if one cannot type something nice....

Meanwhile, you cite the New York Sun as a credible news source? Since when, exactly? Why not just link to Likud or the American Israel Public Affairs Committee? Same story from the original source. The New York Sun is strictly bottom-of-the-kitty-litter-box propaganda from the Dougie Feith-Richie Pearle crowd.

Why not link, instead, to the Washington Post story March 9 co-written by Pulitzer Prize winner Thomas Rich, author of "Fiasco," about Mr. Feith's new book? Seems Dougie has hired someone from AEI or Heritage to pen a 900-page tome that absolves the Neocons for any and all errors involving the planning for and conduct during the war in Iraq.

At least Mr. Rich has credibility. The Sun merely has Richard Mellon Scaife.

And you wondered why I couldn't type anything nice about the kid in perpetual puberty?

Today's Lesson:

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