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]


"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:

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.

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