Graduations, school budget increases, discounts on heroin, bickering in Troy, dress codes at The Track

UAlbany, RPI, Skidmore and Siena all held gradations this past weekend. [TU] [TU] [Saratogian] [Troy Record]

Stillwater police have accused a Watervliet man of holding a woman captive for three weeks. [WNYT]

On average, proposed school budgets in the Capital Region are up more than 6 percent from last year. Proposed property tax increases aren't quite as high, though, because some of the new spending is being offset by money from the state. The vote on school district budgets is tomorrow. [TU]

The Schenectady drug operation that allegedly involved the former police chief's wife continues to provide story fodder. The latest details: dealers worked on schedules and argued whether it was fair that one dealer got one of the ring's phones every weekend, sales locations changed frequently, and you had to buy five bags of heroin to get a discount. [Daily Gazette]

A developer says the seemingly constant fighting between Troy mayor Harry Tutunjian and the city council is hurting economic development in the city. The developer says government officials need to start acting like "gentlemen." (No, there aren't any women on the Troy City Council.) [Troy Record]

Apparently any reference to 9/11 is off-limits when making a custom New York license plate. References to Osama Bin Laden are also a no-no. [TU]

Dress codes at The Track might be easing. A little. The new rules will be announced in June. [Daily Gazette]

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In Albany, 2007-2008 needs to go down in history as the only school year where there was a contingency budget. I'm rooting for those "yes" voters to outnumber the nay-sayers. Sure there are problems in the schools, but they won't be solved voting down the budget. Sure, it's a tax increase, but a small one -- and in dollars paid, won't be much different than another contingency budget...which this community really does not deserve.

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