Top Paterson aide didn't pay taxes, Barnes believes he was targeted, chip fab company to get new name, Little League bleachers stolen

David Paterson's top advisor, chief of staff Charle O'Byrne, admitted this weekend to not paying his federal or state taxes from 2001-2005 after the TU reported there were warrants out for his back taxes. O'Byrne says he neglected to pay because he was clinically depressed. O'Byrne was $200,000 behind his taxes. The Gov has said O'Byrne did disclose the problem, though it's unclear to what to extent. The conventional wisdom seems to be that O'Byrne won't lose his job over this. [AP] [TU] [TU] [NYT] [Newsday]

Albany County DA David Soares says he'll meet with Steve Barnes to talk about the attack on the food writer and his friend Friday night. According to the TU, Barnes believes he was specifically targeted. [TU]

Rensselaer County's proposed 2009 budget does not include a tax increase. County executive Kathleen Jimino says the county's expanding tax base made an increase unnecessary. [TU]

As many as 7,500 absentee ballots in Albany County did not correctly list David Soares as a candidate on the Independence Line in the district attorney race. The board of elections says it was a simple oversight and new ballots will be ready this week. [TU]

"Staggering" and unprecedented sums of money are being spent in the race for the 112th Assembly (Roy McDonald's seat). In this case, staggering is something just short of $1 million. [Daily Gazette]

The Town of Colonie is planning to log some land it owns in Saratoga County in order to raise money to help cover its budget gap. [TU]

The CEO of the AMD spin-off building the Luther Forest chip fab says the entity, now called The Foundry Co., will be changing its name sometime within the next three months. [Biz Review]

Schenectady police say an intergenerational fracas broke out when cops showed up at a house on Eastern Ave Friday night. Both a father and son were arrested for resisting arrest. Among the alleged antics: police say the son bit the hand of one of the cops. [Daily Gazette]

New York State is banning the sale of "bug bombs" to the general public. The pesticide foggers will still be available to licensed exterminators. [TU]

Somebody ripped off four sets of aluminum bleachers from a Little League field in Schenectady. The league says the bleachers cost $15,000. [Daily Gazette]

UAlbany's carillon played music on Friday for the first time since 1993. The carillon will also now be used as a warning system for campus safety. [Daily Gazette]

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