Here comes the stimulus money, APD says Bailey case isn't cold, jailhouse marriages, TV station's parent company files for bankruptcy, the flamingos are back

New York State is in line to get almost $25 billion in federal stimulus money, according to an analysis by the state. Among the many projects that could get funding in the state: high speed rail service from Buffalo to NYC. Local municipalities have also been getting their wish lists together. [AP/TU] [Troy Record]

The two candidates in the race for Kirsten Gillibrand's former House seat are in a race to see who can smear the other guy first. The mud boiled down: Jim Tedisco's campaign says Scott Murphy is a light-weight and tax dodger, Murphy's campaign says Tedisco is a career politician who's milked taxpayers for car costs. In a more positive direction, Murphy is hoping to get his wife's large extended family -- many of them Republicans -- to vote for him. And Tedisco is picks up his dogs' poop. Also: Kirsten Gillibrand and Paul Tonko were in Albany over the weekend to endorse Murphy (no, Albany is not in the 20th Congressional district). [TU] [TU] [Daily Gazette] [Daily Gazette] [Troy Record]

The Albany Police Department says the murder of UAlbany student Richard Bailey "is absolutely not a cold case." Bailey's father, a retired NYC cop, says he has faith in the APD's ability to find the murderer. [TU] [TU]

The vast majority of restaurants in Albany County did OK on county health inspections in 2008, according to a Times Union analysis. Among the few that didn't: Tandoor Palace on Lark Street, the Corner Food Court at the corner of Lark and Washington, and the Metro 20 Diner on Western. [TU]

Salaries for police chiefs around the region don't seem to have much connection to the size of the department or the population of the municipality. [Daily Gazette]

A handful of local unions had pension fund money invested with Bernie Madoff. [TU]

About 20 marriages have been performed at the Albany County jail since last February. [TU]

The parent company of the WTEN Channel 10 has filed for bankruptcy. [TU]

UAlbany says it saved more than $250,000 by turning down the heat and lights during the winter break. [Troy Record]

Schenectady County's ice rink has turned a profit for the third straight year. [Daily Gazette]

Local private country clubs say they're scraping as fewer people are renewing or starting memberships. Clubs all across the country are suffering, apparently. [Daily Gazette]

That "economic stimulus" award that RPI won for the cost-cutting measures that included the recent layoffs came with a $1000 prize. [Troy Record]

The pink flamingos returned to Schenectady's Stockade neighborhood this weekend. And this year there was also singing. [TU]


The pink flamingos are a fun and fabulous idea! This is a tradition more towns need. I've decided that I'm going to start doing that down here in DC. So everyone, when you hear that there were pink flamingos circling around the WWI memorial on Arbor Day, it wasn't me, okay?

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