Kaczmareks got "family plan" plea deal, early retirment incentives for state workers?, drug stores everywhere, bus fare price war

The attorney for former Schenectady police chief Greg Kaczmarek says prosecutors offered Kaczmarek and his wife the "family plan" plea deal in their drug cases -- and that Kaczmarek took a longer term in prison to shorten the term for his wife. As part of the deal, Greg Kaczmarek was sentenced to two years in prison -- but he could be out in 17 months with good behavior. [Daily Gazette] [TU]

The state legislature is reportedly working on a plan that would offer early retirement incentives to state workers as a way of trimming the state payroll. David Paterson says he's not on board with the plan. [AP/TU]

David Paterson is currently being treated like the "prom queen" as people lobby him about the decision of whom to appoint to Hillary Clinton's Senate seat. [NYT]

Albany police say a group of "backpack bandits" (the TU's phrase) may be responsible for a string of muggings around the city. The group may have been in involved in a reported robbery late Monday afternoon in a which a man says five muggers stopped his car, bashed him in the head with a gun, and stole $2000. [TU] [Troy Record]

Colonie was ranked the 10th safest large community in the US in an analysis of FBI crime data. Albany was ranked #264. [Daily Gazette]

Skidmore has instituted a hiring freeze and is looking to cut costs. The college says it's facing a $9 million budget deficit over the next two years. [Daily Gazette]

The Obama transition team will be holding two public comment meetings in the Capital Region on December 14. [Daily Gazette]

The Schenectady School District will probably be raising lunch prices by $1 in the January. Prices haven't gone up for 10 years and the district is now projected to take a $175,000 loss on lunches this school year. [Daily Gazette]

No, you haven't just been imagining that drug stores are popping up all over the Capital Region. [TU]

ALB is looking at the possibility of offering free wi-fi. The airport currently charges for it. The free service would be funded by advertising. [TU]

Price war! Spurred by the imminent arrival of Megabus, Adirondack and Greyhound have started offering some $1 bus fares from Albany to NYC. [Daily Gazette]

Comments

"in a which a man says five muggers stopped his car, bashed him in the head with a gun, and stole $2000."

The bigger question is why did the guy in the car have $2,000 in cash on him?

Does anyone else think that these "backpack bandits" are connected to the murder of SUNY Albany student, Richard Bailey? Scary.

Early retirement does not affect that many people, but "energy conservation" program does.

For example, UAlbany buildings will not have heat or ventilation for 2 weeks in winter:
http://www.albany.edu/facilities/intersessionenergy/

Please note that campus premises are not limited to classrooms. There are also research facilities as well as administration offices where people work year-round. And all these staff members are required to work from home (or library) or charge their holidays, or even go to unpaid leave.

Say Something!

We'd really like you to take part in the conversation here at All Over Albany. But we do have a few rules here. Don't worry, they're easy. The first: be kind. The second: treat everyone else with the same respect you'd like to see in return. Cool? Great, post away. Comments are moderated so it might take a little while for your comment to show up. Thanks for being patient.

What's All Over Albany?

All Over Albany is for interested and interesting people in New York's Capital Region. In other words, it's for you. It's kind of like having a smart, savvy friend who can help you find out what's up. Oh, and our friends call us AOA.

Search

Recently on All Over Albany

Albany now has a better sense of how many vacant buildings it has -- and a common starting point for taking on the problem

What's been clear: The city of Albany has a lot of vacant buildings. What's not been clear: Exactly which buildings are vacant, and what's the... (more)

Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats + The Head and the Heart at Brewery Ommegang

Another show this summer at Brewery Ommegang: Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats + The Head and the Heart on June 5. Tickets go on... (more)

The Decemberists at MASS MoCA

The Decemberists are set to play a show at MASS MoCA June 15. Tickets go on sale this Friday, January 19 -- they're $45 ahead... (more)

What's up in the Neighborhood

Among the topics in this most recent spin around the Capital Region's online neighborhood: the Van Rensselaer Skating Park, the old burying grounds, killed by... (more)

More simple joys of a snowy day

We get actual winter in this part of the world. It's cold. It snows. (Sometimes it snow a lot.) And this time of year can... (more)