Paterson annoyed by Senate chatter, horse found murdered, mortgage rates way down, shoe repair business way up

David Paterson says the chatter about who will get Hillary Clinton's Senate seat has "reached a new high and new low in areas of gossip, speculation, mind-reading." A Q poll reports that the public thinks Paterson will appoint Caroline Kennedy -- a conclusion that apparently frustrates the Gov. [TU] [Quinnipiac] [NYT]

The attorneys for a Troy man accused of killing his infant son in September say charges against their client should be dropped because the child named in the indictment is actually the deceased infant's twin brother -- who's still alive. [TU]

The chairman of CDTA's board says he realizes the 50 cent fare hike will be difficult for some people, but the transit org had "no other alternatives." [TU] [Daily Gazette]

A horse in Hoosick Falls was found dead this week, its throat slashed during what appears to have been an attempted robbery. [Troy Record]

Local mortgage rates have dropped to as low as 4.625 percent lately (they've since gone back up a bit). While that seems to be spurring people to refinance, it doesn't appear to be translating into actual home sales. [Daily Gazette] [TU]

The renovation of SPAC's facade will not happen next year because of the state budget crunch. Funds for the ongoing renovation of the venue were frozen two weeks ago. [TU] [Daily Gazette]

The APD say the total number of cars towed during in the Albany snow emergency -- 342 -- was lower than normal partly because police issued warnings to people this time around. [TU]

The Sagamore is shutting down for the next three months and temporarily laying off as many as 200 workers. The resort has typically opened on weekends during the winter. [Post-Star] [Saratogian] [Biz Review]

Local shoe repair shops say business has been on an upswing during the economic downturn. [TU]

The cost of renting the Hall of Springs is going up next year -- whether it should go up in 2010 is a point of disagreement among Saratoga Springs commissioners. [Daily Gazette]

Traffic around Crossgates was reportedly gridlocked for hours on Monday. Things seemed to be running a bit more smoothly on Tuesday, though. [TU] [Fox23]

Comments

The traffic around Crossgates wouldn't be that bad if people stopped trying to take the ramp in from I-87. There is a huge flashing sign that says the ramp is full and to use one of the entrances on Route 20 but people still insist on cutting in there and sitting there for whatever reason. It's much less frustrating and time consuming to use Route 20. But, ya know, we wouldn't be New York if we actually read and obeyed traffic signs, no would we?

I love horses and am sad about the senseless murder of one of these majestic creatures, but didn't the robber realize horses never carry cash?

The horse story really boggles my mind. What the hell is the motive? What is really worth stealing from a barn? I just don't get it. My sympathies go out to Miss Feathers.

@Emma:

Hear, hear. I actually was at Crossgates when this gridlock was happening, and I didn't actually experience any of it. I took the Route 20 entrance and swung into the first spot I saw. Total time in traffic: under a minute. The lineup of cars traveling the other way around the ring road, however, was tremendous.

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