Paterson: cut another $2 billlion, Gillibrand votes no again, two Broadway shops closing in Saratoga, pumpkin prices up, tapas in Cohoes

David Paterson says he will call the state Legislature back after the November election so they can work on making another $2 billion in cuts from the current budget. At a leaders meeting on Friday, Paterson said the Leg doesn't understand how bad the situation is, to which Dean Skelos said: "I don't need to be lectured." [NYT]

Kirsten Gillibrand voted against the Wall Street bailout bill again on Friday -- her second no vote on it. She said the plan was "could be dangerous." Mike McNulty voted "yes" on it for the second time. [TU] [CapNews9]

National Grid says natural gas prices will be up 11 percent this winter. [TU]

Many of Schenectady County's top managers are getting a raise in next year's proposed budget. That's not going over well with some people because the budget also includes a 13 percent tax hike. [Daily Gazette]

RPI got an $18.5 million grant to do research on lighting technology, specifically LEDs. [TU]

Business owners along Erie Boulevard in Schenectady are continuing to fight plans to make over the thoroughfare. They say the plan is aimed at getting rid of them in favor of office park type businesses. Mayor Brian Stratton says that's not so. [TU]

There's a movement in Albany's Pine Hills neighborhood to have Madison Ave remade into a two lane street with a turn lane and bike lanes between South Allen and Lark. [TU]

Designers Studio, a shop on Broadway in Saratoga, is closing after potential buyers couldn't get financing. The shop has been open for 25 years -- the current owner is retiring. Another Broadway shop, Silver and Stones, is also closing [Saratogian]

Local pumpkin growers say this has been a good year for the crop, but prices are still up 10 to 20 percent. [Daily Gazette]

As it happens, the state DOT can charge you for wrecking a guard rail -- even if you weren't the one who actually hit the rail. [TU]

Is there a renaissance on Remsen Street in Cohoes? Well, it is getting a tapas bar. [TU]


It's great to see a town like Cohoes start to spruce up. All it needs now is some sort of venue. I'm sure it has museums and parks, right? Maybe I'll head up there one Sunday when my boyfriend leaves me be for football.

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