Colonie facing a lot of red ink, smoking ban proposed around hospitals, Schenectady looking at slick solution for graffiti, chowderfest winners

Auditors for the Town of Colonie report the town is facing a $19.5 million deficit -- that's even bigger than the previous estimates that prompted finger wagging by the state. Town supervisor Paula Mahan says the town is still looking to collect a one-time deficit reduction tax next year. A plan to do that earlier this year was blocked by the state legislature. [TU]

John McCain said last night on 60 Minutes that Andrew Cuomo, who's currently the New York attorney general, would make a good head of the federal Securities and Exchange Commission. [Daily Politics]

Capital Region colleges say they're seeing jumps in enrollment and financial aid requests, possibly because of the state of the economy. [Daily Gazette]

An Albany common council member says he's going to propose a ban on smoking within 100 feet of hospitals. It's not the health effects that have him bothered -- it's the litter. [TU]

David Soares' office is at odds with the DA's office in Onondaga County (Syracuse) over the alleged "kingpin" of an upstate gambling ring. Part of the rub: the accused is a quadriplegic and the potential cost of covering his care has kept him out of jail in Syracuse -- that might not be the case here in Albany. [TU]

It looks like the ethanol plant proposed for the Port of Albany is moving forward. The plant may not just be using corn to produce the fuel, though. There's now talk it could process everything from molasses to cellulose. [TU]

Bee keepers are upset with a New York State plan to expand its hive inspection program. They're worried information collected by the program could be used by bee rustlers. [TU]

The City of Schenectady is looking into widespread use of anti-graffiti paint. The stuff is apparently so smooth that spray paint won't stick to it. [Daily Gazette]

The Shen School District is charging "secondary" parents $2.50 a month to get copies of their kids' report cards and other communication mailed by the school. [TU]

The Albany Pump Station took the judge's title at the Troy Chowderfest over the weekend. Yanni's Restaurant won the people's choice category. Perhaps because of the Troy Pig Out sample controversy, the participant's in this fest were required to show up with at 30 gallons of chowder. [Troy Record]


How about a law allowing people to slash tires of anyone seen throwing burning cigarettes out their windows?

Sometimes I jog past the AMC campus and I can't recover from all the smoke and dodging of the cigarettes and sheer number of bodies standing and smoking. It's terribly ironic that a place built to better your health makes mine worse while I'm exercising to make my health better. I almost got hit by a car while running on the other side of the street to avoid the smokers- construction has the sidewalk closed. Basically- AMC is a death trap.

Katherine, Bravo for jogging and putting up with such disgusting and horrible obstacles! I am in awe of your self-discipline. I don't move very fast these days, unless someone says the magic words: "Krispy Kreme is closing in ten minutes". In which case, I'm out the door like a fireman.

A firewoman, Pantaloons, a firewoman: don't ruin it for your fan(s).

That's right. Make no mistake. I am all woman. Despite what my doctor will lead you to believe.

Pantaloons, if I didn't know any better I would say you were taking a piss. :)

Say Something!

We'd really like you to take part in the conversation here at All Over Albany. But we do have a few rules here. Don't worry, they're easy. The first: be kind. The second: treat everyone else with the same respect you'd like to see in return. Cool? Great, post away. Comments are moderated so it might take a little while for your comment to show up. Thanks for being patient.

What's All Over Albany?

All Over Albany is for interested and interesting people in New York's Capital Region. In other words, it's for you. It's kind of like having a smart, savvy friend who can help you find out what's up. Oh, and our friends call us AOA.


Recently on All Over Albany

Today's moment of bird

Margaret sent along this pic: "I saw this on Lark Street [Tuesday] between Clinton and Sheridan streets. Awesome urban hunter. Poor squirrel." We've been surprised... (more)

A year later I'm still using a bike to get around town -- here are a few thoughts about how that's worked out

About this time last year I shared how I ended up becoming a person who uses a bike as one of my primary ways of... (more)

1000 miles on an e-bike

Check out this interesting post written by UAlbany climate scientist Brian Rose about using an e-bike to commute between Delmar and the UAlbany campus. He... (more)

Now is a good time to get a flu shot

So, now is a good time to get a flu shot. Maybe seem a little early? It's not, really. And even if it was, getting... (more)

What's up in the Neighborhood

Among the topics in this most recent spin around the Capital Region's online neighborhood: Townsend Park, maple syrup bootlegging, college visits, launching into a new... (more)

Recent Comments

Giving out odd candy like Charleston Chews and Mallow Cups to confused trick or treaters and hoping that they try them and learn that they're awesome.

A year later I'm still using a bike to get around town -- here are a few thoughts about how that's worked out

...has 3 comments, most recently from Justin

Drawing: Historic Haunted Pub Crawl of Downtown Albany

...has 48 comments, most recently from acw

Today's moment of mural

...has 2 comments, most recently from Marie

Riding the trolley -- everywhere

...has 18 comments, most recently from Jason

Where to buy Mexican-style chorizo?

...has 12 comments, most recently from Lily