Budget session stalling before it starts, Albany ghost tickets stopped, murdered UAlbany student's parents call for info, Saints come out smoking

The Legislature is in town for the special budget session -- though it doesn't seem like anyone is very optimistic that anything will get done. The action -- or inaction -- started last night when Dean Skelos essentially threatened to have the Senate vote down all of Paterson's proposed cuts. Paterson was not happy, calling the move a "a political game." [TU] [NYT] [NYP]

A Siena poll reports that Paterson's approval rating is at highest point so far -- and New Yorkers would much rather see budget cuts than tax increases. [SRI] [TU]

Saratoga Springs city officials were at the Cap yesterday lobbying to keep their full allotment of VLT money, but they seem to think it's a losing cause. Among the obstacles: they don't have Joe Bruno pushing for them any more. [TU] [Saratogian]

After the TU reported that "ghost" (that is, no fine) tickets were being given out to police officers and other connected people in Albany, Jerry Jennings says he's stopped practice. The Common Council is upset and looking to investigate. [TU]

The parents of murdered UAlbany student Richard Bailey were in Albany yesterday to call for anyone with any information about the crime to step forward. The APD also released security video of a person they say they'd like to talk with. Police say they have no suspect and no motive in the case. [TU] [Daily Gazette] [Daily Gazette]

According to a report by the Chronicle of Higher Education, RPI's Shirley Jackson gets ">$1.3 million in compensation per year. Only three private research university presidents make more. [TU]

Goldman Sachs' round of layoffs included a group of employees here in the Capital Region. They say their names were announced over a loud speaker, they were handed a box for their stuff -- and escorted out of the building. [CBS6]

An 80-year-old Meals on Wheels volunteer was run over by her own car yesterday in Guilderland. She was in critical condition Monday night. [TU] [Daily Gazette]

The auction yesterday at the Van Dyke moved $140,000 worth of stuff -- including a grand piano for $8,000. The bulk of the proceeds came from the brewing equipment, which was sold to the new owners of the building for $70,000. [TU] [Daily Gazette]

The Saratoga Polo Association says it's still planning to build a luxury "polo retreat" on its grounds near Saratoga -- eventually. There are rumors the plan had stalled. [Daily Gazette]

Center Square restaurant Pinto and Hobbs has filed for bankruptcy. It's up for sale ($799,000) and will remain open. [Biz Review]

The Siena men's basketball team opened its season with a big 82-52 win over Boise State at home last night. [Daily Gazette]


Well, it's comforting to know that Jerry says he stopped the ghost tickets. That's good enough for me.

"press conference attended by four reporters in the flesh and several others teleconferenced in from a local wine bar"

When the governor throws a press conference and only four reporters show up, it's pretty funny. When it's know that several others are two blocks away but just arn't willing to leave their glass of chardonnay, it's hilarious.

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