Reaction to State of the State, rally in downtown Albany, more weird twists in Kathina trial, sewage might have ended up in vegetable compost, pet deer attacks man

Elected state leaders praised David Paterson for being direct about the state's situation in yesterday's State of the State speech. (They also apparently envy his memory.) But some said the speech was short on specifics. (The Record has put together an extensive compilation of reaction from interest groups and local elected leaders.) [Fox23] [Troy Record] [CapNews9] [Troy Record]

About 4,000 people got together in downtown Albany before the speech for a protest organized by the civil service unions. They turned out to oppose Paterson's proposed budget -- to the sounds of Twisted Sister. [Troy Record] [NYT]

After control of the state Senate passed to the Democrats yesterday, Dean Skelos' name was scratched off the door of the majority's office space. [Daily Politics] [TU]

Paterson's proposals for more research into renewable energy and efficiency could benefit the Capital Region. [Daily Gazette]

Another prosecution witness in the trial of Jermayne Timmons, the teen accused of firing the shot that killed Kathina Thomas, has testified that he had lied during his earlier testimony. The 15-year-old witness said on the stand yesterday that his dad told him to tell police he saw Timmons fire the shot. More weirdness: police arrested a man for harassing Thomas' mother at the trial and acting as if he was a member of her family. [TU] [TU] [Fox23]

A memo from Saratoga Springs' settlement with the state DEC over a string of environmental violations reports that raw sewage was spread at the city's compost facility -- which might have posed health hazards for the compost's use on vegetable gardens. The settlement has led to more squabbling between former city officials. [TU] [Saratogian] [Daily Gazette]

A clerk with the state Department of Health pleaded guilty yesterday to embezzling $40,000 from CSEA, for which she was a treasurer. [TU]

About 20 percent of the churches in the Albany Catholic Diocese are slated to be closed or merged, according to Bishop Howard Hubbard. There's speculation that six churches in Troy are on the list. [TU] [CapNews9]

A developer and the Schenectady zoning board are fighting over whether a new Wallgreen's should be allowed to go up in "a sea of asphalt." [Daily Gazette]

The Troy Library says a budget crunch is forcing it to close two branches. [Troy Record]

There were 159 patents awarded to people living in Albany during the last quarter of last year, according to an intellectual property law firm. [Biz Review]

A snowy owl that had taken up residence in downtown Albany, to the great interest of office workers, was killed this week by a parasite. [TU]

Police say a man was attacked by his pet deer this week in Rensselaer County. [Fox23]

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

Farewell, Hello Pretty City

After 16 years, two radio stations, and one move across the continent, Laura Glazer announced this week that she's ending the local radio show Hello... (more)

The 30-year-old Dinosaur

Dinosaur Bar-B-Que is now 30 years old. And, Teri Weaver reports, as of last week its co-founder, John Stage, is once again the majority owner... (more)

Cider donuts, quietly

Autumnal cooking zen: Take a moment to watch as Cooper Nelson quietly makes cider donuts in his Delmar kitchen for his Silently Cooking YouTube channel.... (more)

Young the Giant at The Palace

The pop rock band Young the Giant is set for a show at The Palace January 30. Tickets go on sale this Friday, October 26... (more)

The saga of the Western Ave apartment project and more exciting tales of the Albany Planning Board

Exciting Tales of the Albany Planning Board is a program recorded before a live studio audience once a month in which the fates of multi-million... (more)

Recent Comments

A few different things that make me feel fancy: dinner and drinks at Peck's Arcade in Troy, drinks at the Speakeasy in Albany and catching a show at Proctor's in Schenectady. And one more out there -- going to a farm to table dinner at Dancing Ewe farm in Granville, NY (what a beautiful setting and absolutely delicious food and wine).

Drawing: Tickets for Troy Prom -- a prom for adults -- at Takk House

...has 37 comments, most recently from l.t.h.

Farewell, Hello Pretty City

...has 1 comment, most recently from ravioliollie

Young the Giant at The Palace

...has 1 comment, most recently from Ron

Debbie's Kitchen has returned

...has 3 comments, most recently from Lorraine Chesin

Gawking at the new Schenectady train station

...has 6 comments, most recently from Jack