New York needs a new senator, driver hit by trains charged with misdemeanor, ESP skating rink on ice?, Reilly has headlock on UFC, Troy officials fight over door lock, Garcia's closes

Hillary Clinton will be introduced as Barack Obama's nominee for Secretary of State today. That means, of course, that New York will need a new US senator (David Paterson gets to make the pick). Of interest: it came out this past weekend that Clinton had been offered the chair of the powerful Senate Appropriations Committee, which would have allowed her to direct loads of pork to NY. [NYT] [NYDN]

The man driving the SUV that was struck by two trains last week in New Scotland has been charged with a misdemeanor for not stopping at the rail crossing. Officials say a review of video and black boxes from the trains indicates the train operators did nothing wrong. [TU]

A 17-year-old was shot Friday night in the area of Clinton and Lark in Albany. Police say the shooter caught the young man in the face with a shotgun. [TU] [Troy Record]

Vandals spray-painted more than 50 cars in Lansingburgh Friday night. Residents say vandalism in the neighborhood is out of control. [Troy Record] [TU]

The skating rink at the ESP may not open this year because of the state's efforts to cut costs. [TU]

A Thanksgiving day sewage backup has closed the Salvation Army building in Saratoga during one of its busiest seasons. [Daily Gazette]

Local state Assemblyman Bob Reilly is one of the main obstacles to Ultimate Fighting being sanctioned in New York State. Arena operators are pushing to have the sport approved because they say it will be a strong draw. [TU]

Harry Tutunjian and the Troy City Council are now arguing over whether a door lock should have been replaced. [Troy Record]

Local prices for real Christmas trees are ranging from $60 (in the cities) to $25 (way out in the country). [Daily Gazette]

The average asking price for apartment rents was up almost two percent during the last six months, according to a consultancy survey. But the asking price per square foot stayed the same. [Biz Review]

Security guards at the Wilton Mall will now be motoring around the shopping complex on Segways. [Saratoga]

Schenectady's Center City complex, described by a former city official as "a black hole since it was built," is being redeveloped from the inside out. [Daily Gazette]

Garcia's, the mexican restaurant on Central in Colonie, has closed. [TU]

Six hundred people couples have been married at Howe Caverns. Wedding #600 was this past weekend -- the groom had wanted to get married there after seeing a subterranean wedding as a child. The general manager says the most memorable Howe Caverns wedding involved a wedding party dressed as clowns. [Saratogian] [TU]

A 92-year-old crossing guard in Albany's Pine Hills neighborhood says she's not hanging up the reflective vest anytime soon. [TU]

Comments

Shouldn't that be "Twelve hundred people..."? That, or extremely egotistical individuals get married at Howe Caverns.

And wouldn't it be sort of hypocritical to support the divulging of pork simply because we'd benefit more than most? On a related note, and I understand it's campaign rhetoric, but isn't the next president going to challenge the practice on "day one"?

The ESP Ice Rink story is interesting, considering they're already setting it up. I think it's ironic that they'd set it up, then stop and tear it down. Sounds a little deconstructive in both aspects.

Yeah right. Obama is a tool of the corporations just like Bush. There will be pork. Lots of it. We would have benefited from Hillary engaging in the corrupt practice of shoveling money our way.

@Kari: You expected any less from NYS/Albany City/Albany County government? That's an all-star team of logic fail.

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