State finances hit by Wall Street meltdown, health plan accuses competitor of stealing, early SPUI construction starts, the luckiest place in the Capital Region

David Paterson says the recent investment bank meltdown on Wall Street will cost the state $1 billion in tax revenue, more or less wiping out the gains made by last month's budget-cutting special legislative session. The Gov says further budget cuts -- possibly into aid for hospitals and schools -- may be necessary. [Newsday]

Yesterday's debate between Paul Tonko and Jim Buhrmaster for the 21st Congressional District (McNulty's seat) was something less than friendly. The issues covered ranged from energy to universal health care to spending. [TU] [Daily Gazette]

Albany police say an officer shot a suspect last night in West Hill after the suspect pointed a gun at the officer. [TU]

CDPHP has filed a lawsuit against MVP alleging that a former employee, who now works for MVP, illegally took sensitive company information with him to his new job. CDPHP is suing for $10 million in damages. [TU] [Daily Gazette]

The early stages of construction on the Exit 6 SPUI in Latham have started. The overpass itself won't be replaced until 2010. [TU]

Capital District Community Gardens says demand for space in its Schenectady plots has exceeded supply, something the org's executive directors says she's never seen. [Daily Gazette]

A student-painted mural depicting Columbia High School Blue Devil mascot on an overpass in East Greenbush has been removed after complaints it offended religious beliefs. [Troy Record]

Stillwater might be the luckiest place in the Capital Region. Four people there have won at least $1 million in the lottery over the past year. The latest winner, a Cracker Barrell employee, says he's keeping his job. [TU] [Daily Gazette]

Billy Fuccillo, the HUGE! car guy, was until recently the biggest Hyundai dealer in the world. He also has his own jet, owns a 10,000 square foot home on the Sea of Cortez, and says he hates politics. [TU]


I used to live in Rensselear county, in the general are aof that CHS overpass, for years. Considering all of the other things I've seen painted under there, the blue devil mascot is tame. I truly believe that what people do in thier own bedrooms is their private business, unless it's spray painted in two foot letters to humorous effect.

I clicked on that Blue Devil link, but it wouldn't load. So, I hit refresh but it still didn't load. So, I hit refresh again and took a jog through the Albany Pine Bush and climbed a tree and watched the sun slowly move across the sky and read a book and strolled on over to Washington Park and skipped some stones in the lake and came home and sat on the couch and watched an entire season of "24" and then came back to my computer and it still hadn't loaded. Hmm. I wonder if I should restart my browser.


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