Democrats strike deal for control of state Senate, Schumer touting Gillibrand, longtime Saratoga sheriff gets challenger, wrong way driver causes four accidents, students organize for french fries

Note: the TU's site wasn't loading this morning.

Democrats in the state Senate have worked out a deal with the "Gang of Three" senators who were threatening to side with Republicans in the upcoming leadership vote. As part of the deal, Malcolm Smith will become head of the state Senate (president pro tem), but Pedro Espada will become majority leader (no, it usually doesn't get split like that). Also apparently part of the deal: the chamber won't bring up a vote on gay marriage, which one of the Gang of Three opposes. [NYT] [NYDN] [NYP]

Chuck Schumer is reportedly encouraging David Paterson to pick Kirsten Gillibrand to replace Hillary Clinton. [NYP]

The solider from Rensselaer County accused of killing two superiors in Iraq was found not guilty by a military jury yesterday at Ft. Bragg in North Carolina. The judge had to clear the courtroom after the verdict prompted yelling from the victims' families. [AP/Daily Gazette]

Police say bystanders flocked to the aid of the family hit by a pickup truck on State Street in Schenectady Wednesday. An SPD spokesperson says the accident scene was one of the worst he's ever seen, with little kids "lying in the street screaming for their mother." [Daily Gazette]

Michael DiGioacchino, a Schenectady County corrections officer who lives in Saratoga County, has announced he's running for Saratoga County sheriff in 2009. The current sheriff, James Bowen, has held that office since 1972. DiGioacchino says his plans for the county include tightening things up a the county jail, which he says he's heard is "a cakewalk or a country club." [Saratogian]

Police say a woman drove the wrong way on I-90 between Exits 2 and 3 early this morning, causing four separate accidents. They alcohol was involved. [CBS6]

Police say a man scammed an escort out of thousands of dollars -- and, um, services -- by posing as an investigator with the Albany County sheriff's office. Police say the man has been involved in a string of scams, dating back to a 1993 scheme in which he convinced people he was a member of the US Bobsled Team. [Daily Gazette]

The much-criticized plan for a roundabout on Erie Boulevard in Schenectady is going back to the drawing board -- and may come back without a roundabout. [Daily Gazette]

Consumer confidence in New York is up slightly, according to a Siena poll. [SRI]

UAlbany will be awarding Richard Bailey's degree to his parents at the winter commencement this weekend. [Daily Gazette]

The Schenectady municipal housing authority is hoping to save a bunch of money -- and cut down on a lot of pollution -- by replacing 6000 lights with CFLs. [Daily Gazette]

French fries are back on the menu at South Colonie elementary schools after one of the students, a fourth grader, organized a petition calling for their return. [TU]

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

Today's moment of summer

Ducky. Just ducky.... (more)

Eminent domain possibility in downtown Albany parcels

Mike DeMasi reports that the Albany IDA and Capitalize Albany are looking at the possibility of using eminent domain to acquire a bunch of parcels... (more)

CapSci workshop on talking about science with the public

The local org CapSci has a workshop August 25 at Siena that's focused on helping people become better communicators of science. Blurbage: As scientists, how... (more)

Old-school cooking and ice cream at Crailo

The Crailo State Historic Site in Rensselaer is hosting two food/cooking-themed events over the next two months: July 21: Summer Seasonals: Dutch hearth cooking and... (more)

What's up in the Neighborhood

Among the topics in this most recent spin around the Capital Region's online neighborhood: tipping, brunch on the farm, DMB weekend, local ice cream history,... (more)

Recent Comments

... Locally, I'd recommend, Truly Rhe in Troy, Ten Thousand Villages, and Sweater Venturer. TJ Maxx, Marshalls and Target also have a good selection.

Morning Blend for Jul 18

...has 2 comments, most recently from EMB

Gawking at the renovation of the long-vacant buildings on Broadway in Albany near the railroad overpass

...has 3 comments, most recently from EMB

Unicorn bikes for the bike share, a few ridership numbers for this season so far

...has 3 comments, most recently from Cait

What's up in the Neighborhood

...has 1 comment, most recently from Chuck Miller

Ghosts on a street that no longer exists

...has 6 comments, most recently from Paula