Deal closes this year's state budget gap, Waterford site "a significant threat," quadriplegic bookie going to prison, ducks love french fries

A deal to close the $1.6 billion gap in the state's budget for this fiscal year passed both houses of the Legislature last night. The plan makes up the money by trimming a number of items, "sweeping" money from various accounts and raising a tax on health insurers. The current Three Men in a Room (Paterson, Silver, Smith) put the deal together behind closed doors -- and it was voted on by legislators before they had much of a chance to read it. Republican Senate minority leader Dean Skelos criticized the process, "Don't just push us out the door, shut the door and have three Democrats in a room from New York City make a determination on the economic policy of the state." The state still faces a $13 billion gap in next year's budget. [TU] [NYT] [CapNews9] [NYDN]

Both national Republican and Democratic parties are expected to focus on the special election to fill Kirsten Gillibrand's former seat in the House. Jim Tedisco officially began his campaign yesterday with a flurry of basketball metaphors. [Daily Gazette] [Saratogian]

The state Department of Environmental Conservation recently told Waterford that a site in the town "presents a significant threat to the environment and public health." The site, on which an old barrel cleaning business once operated, had been identified as dangerous years ago -- but a miscommunication between the federal EPA and the state DEC led to an 8-year delay in further testing. [Troy Record]

An anonymous source tells the TU there may have been an accomplice involved with the that 40-year-old murder case -- but the statute of limitations on the crime have expired. State police arrested a 62-year-old man last week after a tip re-opened the case last year. As the Saratoga County DA's office prepares for the case, it's been studying old cases because the man would have to be prosecuted under the laws in place four decades ago. [TU] [Daily Gazette]

The Schenectady School District and the state Education Department have been squabbling over how violent events at Schenectady High School should be classified. The state says incidents such as a student threatening a dean with a knife should have been marked as more serious than they were. Last year the state tagged Schenectady High as a "persistently dangerous" school. [Daily Gazette]

The man convicted of being one of the ringleaders of a multi-million dollar upstate sports gambling ring was sentenced yesterday to one to three years in prison. George Bedigian had been convicted numerous times before but escaped jail time because he's a quadriplegic and the costs of locking up were deemed too high. [TU]

It seems that police officers from Bethlehem and Schenectady haven't been entirely cooperative in the investigation into an Albany detective accused of drunk driving. [TU]

Maxine Fantroy-Ford, the principal at Albany High School, will be transferring to an elementary school at the end of this school year. Albany High was forced to skip its first two days of this school year because of scheduling problems. [TU]

The Troy school superintendent says he will forgo his scheduled raise this year because the district is scraping to cover a budget gap. The superintendent's salary would have increased $6,500 to a total of $192,820. [Troy Record] [TU]

John DeJohn, who owns three restaurants on Lark Street, won his arbitration case against the Lark Street BID over $1,800 the BID said he owed. The BID said DeJohn refused to pay because of a dispute over a Larkfest stage. DeJohn says he didn't pay because the BID is poorly run. [TU]

Schenectady's Upper Union Street is getting a $2.4 million face lift that one business owner says will make it "more like Saratoga." [Daily Gazette]

Local roofing companies say they've been deluged with calls from people needing help clearing snow and ice dams off their roofs. [Saratogian]

The NY Buzz world team tennis club -- which once played in Schenectady Central Park and then the Washington Ave Armory in Albany -- will be playing this year's season in UAlbany's SEFCU Arena. [Biz Review]

Dozen of ducks have decided to make downtown Saratoga Springs their winter home -- and it seems that they're big fans of Wendy's french fries. [Saratogian]

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

Steve Martin + Martin Short at Proctors

Humorous people Steve Martin and Martin Short will be at Proctors February 17 for a show together. Tickets go on sale this Friday, October 19... (more)

Umphrey's McGee / Experience Hendrix at The Palace

Two shows announced for The Palace today... Umphrey's McGee The jam / prog rock band Umphrey's McGee is set to play a show at The... (more)

Drawing: Historic Haunted Pub Crawl of Downtown Albany

The Historic Haunted Pub Crawl of Downtown Albany have returned this month. And we have a pair of tickets to give away -- maybe to... (more)

Morning Blend

Schoharie limousine crash + Sifting through the life and business dealings of Shahed Hussain, the owner of Prestige Limo who worked as an undercover informant... (more)

The week ahead

Here are a few things to keep in mind, look forward to, or keep busy with this week, from the weather (fall), to haunts, to... (more)

Recent Comments

When I was a new mom I tried lots of different activities. My two favorites were the public library programming. There are a ton of story hours in the area. You could hit one every day of the week and you see a lot of familiar faces after a few weeks and get to know the other parents. They are at a variety of times which helped for the constantly changing nap schedule. ...

Dominoes as an art -- and a job

...has 2 comments, most recently from Lisa Barone

Drawing: Historic Haunted Pub Crawl of Downtown Albany

...has 17 comments, most recently from LDP

A look around Bard & Baker, the new board game cafe in downtown Troy

...has 3 comments, most recently from Julian Hutton

Stuff to do this weekend

...has 3 comments, most recently from CF

Morning Blend for Oct 12

...has 1 comment, most recently from ravioliollie