APD searching possible Bailey murder witness, school districts says cuts will be hard to cover, union says layoffs will endanger public safety, bike registration proposed

Albany police are looking for what they hope is another witness to the murder of UAlbany student Richard Bailey. The APD says a white Volvo drove by the scene at S. Lake and Yates at about the same time Bailey was shot. The commander who's in charge of the department's detectives says the Bailey investigation is still a "very, very active investigation." [TU]

Local school districts say it would be difficult to cover the hole left David Paterson's proposed mid-year cuts in state aid to schools. [TU]

Democrat Doug Wait has been declared the winner in the race for Saratoga Springs city court judge. Wait topped Republican Matt Dorsey by a margin of 333 votes after all the absentee ballots were counted -- a margin made up mostly of votes from Skidmore's precinct. Wait is the first Democrat to ever be elected to the position in Saratoga Springs. [TU] [Daily Gazette] [Saratogian]

The state Department of Transportation says it will close the Route 9P bridge across Saratoga Lake for 9 months starting in the Fall of 2010 so a new bridge can be built in its place. Closing the bridge -- as opposed to building next to it -- will save the project $5 million. Local business owners say closing the bridge will severely hurt their businesses. [TU] [Daily Gazette] [Saratogian]

The union that represents many of the workers at the Momentive Performance Materials plant in Waterford says planned lay-offs could endanger public safety. A union official says workers slated to be let go have training in handling hazards chemicals -- and their replacements will be contractors who don't have the necessary training. The company says all employees will receive appropriate training. [TU] [Daily Gazette]

Hillary Clinton's in Albany today to speak at a public transit conference. [AP/CBS6]

A group of businesses in downtown Troy is opposing the creation of a business improvement district in the neighborhood. They say it's not fair to impose the 5 percent tax on property owners. BID supporters say the tax is the only way to adequately fund the effort. [Troy Record]

Not one horse was put down at the The Track this past season because of injury, giving Saratoga the best safety record in country. Some people in the racing industry says results are an indication that dirt tracks aren't necessarily any more dangerous than more expensive synthetic tracks. [Saratogian] [Daily Gazette]

The Schenectady school superintendent says it's hard for local schools to find nurses because other nursing jobs pay so much better. [Fox23]

Albany Common Councilman James Scalzo has proposed that city require the registration of all bicycles sold in the city. He says registration will help stop what he describes as an "astronomical" rise in bike thefts. [TU]

The video of the Saratoga formal wear horse vandals has been watched more than 50,000 times on the TU's website. [TU]


About freaking time we had a Bailey update. Even though they say the investigation is active, it doesn't seem like they have a whole lot to go on. I better not start hearing the words "jack the ripper" or "grassy knowl". So help me god. I hope these folks are found and the judge throws the book at them. Literally. Like, a million times.

Yay, more laws. That's exactly what Albany needs... Come on now, can't this councilman think of a better way to help people keep their bicycles from getting stolen than mandating something that is going to cost people time and money? Did he stop and think of the affect this is going to have on poor people?
I could see having an optional registration process, but not something that's mandated.
What's next, we'll have to get our bikes inspected and have licenses to ride them? *sigh*

I found it interesting that all bicycles are registered in Tokyo. There are also specific areas that bikes are to be locked up, and locking your bike anywhere else results in a ticket. It might seem silly to have laws for things like this, but Tokyo is an amazingly clean and accessible city, all the more surprising since if you dropped all five boroughs into it they'd be lost forever, it's that vast.

Also, HTML fail in paragraph 9.

[Editors: we fixed the broken tag. Thanks for the heads-up.]

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