Special election probably headed to judge's hands, "tea party" draws thousands, car flips on 890, what keeps Schenectady's toilets working, no dogs allowed in Troy's dog park

The unofficial count from the New York State Board of Elections for the NY20 special election had Scott Murphy up 86 votes on Jim Tedisco at the end of yesterday. Saratoga County finished its counting yesterday -- and didn't provide the windfall of votes for which the Tedisco campaign had been hoping. It looks like the election's final count will be in the hands of a state Supreme Court judge as thousands of contested ballots will ultimately be included/kicked by his decisions. [NYS BoE] [TU] [Daily Gazette]

More than 2000 people showed up for the "Tax Day Tea Party" event at the Corning Preserve yesterday. Many of the people there seemed to just be generally upset about the state of government. Photosets of the event from Flickr users chimpmitten and the.bnut. [TU] [Troy Record] [Flickr] [Flickr]

The state AG's office filed more charges related to corruption in during term of former state comptroller Alan Hevesi. You've heard this story before -- politically connected friends are accused of getting huge kickbacks for not really doing anything. [TU]

It seems the rejected plans for the Saratoga City Center expansion were even uglier than the one approved. The rejected designs had nicknames such as "the bunker" and "Home Depot." [Post-Star] [Saratogian]

State police say they found more than a pound of cocaine, a gun and cash stashed in an Albany house during a bust Wednesday. They say the man arrested also had more than $400k stashed in a bank deposit box and his mom's house. [Troy Record] [Daily Gazette]

Two teens were injured when, police say, their speeding car flipped on I-890 in Rotterdam early yesterday morning. Both were taken to the hospital and both are expected to survive. [TU] [Daily Gazette]

The City of Albany is getting $5 million from the federal government to redevelop houses in Arbor Hill. [Daily Gazette]

Saratoga Springs commissioner of finance Ken Ivins says he's running for re-election this year. [Saratogian]

Local Salvation Army centers have stopped taking TVs because they say the sets don't sell and disposing of them is too expensive. [TU]

The Save Proctor's Theater! (that would be Proctor's in Troy) group on Facebook now has more than 1000 members. [Facebook] [TU]

Apparently the only thing that keeps Schenectady's toilets working during a heavy rain are some ancient pumps, sandbags and a guy in a rowboat. [Daily Gazette]

According to the letter of the law, no dogs are allowed in Troy's parks -- even the newly created dog park. [Troy Record]

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