State Senate frozen with no end in sight, local orgs lack pandemic plans, abandoned high-end homes in Saratoga, DEC hoping for hot turtle action

The state Senate is basically frozen right now. Yesterday a judge dismissed the Democrats' suit seeking to void last week's takeover by the Republicans + Pedro Espada. The Republicans claimed victory and tried to go into session -- but with only 31 senators present, they couldn't form a quorum. [NYT] [Daily Politics]

David Paterson again called on the Senate to work out some sort of power sharing deal, perhaps bringing someone such as former chief judge Judith Kaye to preside over the chamber. He also said the line of succession to the governorship is in dispute. [TU]

If the state Senate ever does back into session, Espada is arguing that he should have two votes -- his regular vote plus one as acting lieutenant governor. Apparently there's no precedent for that, though. [NYP]

By the way: the Assembly has been working while all this has been going on. [Daily Politics]

The Schenectady schools budget was voted down again. District officials say they'll now have to adopt a contingency budget that includes a 15 percent increase in the tax levy -- though that might conflict with the state Education Department's rules. [TU] [Daily Gazette]

A report from a DC-based think tank concludes that the Capital Region's economy has actually done OK lately. [TU]

A handful of high-end homes -- worth more than $500k -- have been abandoned in Saratoga. [Post-Star]

State police say autopsies indicate the three people in the Mohawk plane crash died of drowning -- not trauma from the crash. [Troy Record]

Some local companies and orgs do have pandemic plans -- but many do not, including the City of Schenectady. [Daily Gazette]

State park police say they arrested 34 people and ticketed a bunch more during last weekend's two Dave Matthews Band shows at SPAC. Among the nabbed: a Cohoes guy named... David Matthews. [TU] [Saratogian] [Post-Star]

The City of Troy is looking to sell the Uncle Sam Parking Garage at Fulton and Third (map). [Troy Record]

The DEC is hoping a group of endangered turtles it's released at Five Rivers will settle down and start turtle families. [TU]

An American flag from a classroom in Saratoga Springs High School will be on the next space shuttle launched (it was scheduled to go up today, but was delayed). [Post-Star]

Basketball star Taran Buie -- who helped Bishop Maginn win the 2008 state title -- has announced he's transferring to a high school in State College, Pennsylvania. Buie is one of the nation's highest-rated high school players. He's already committed to Penn State, where his brother, Talor Battle, plays. [TU] [ESPN] [NYT]

The newest member of the local chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution: 98-year-old Bertha Gordinier of Malta. [Daily Gazette]

Comments

I just cannot believe the audacity of Espada. When will enough be enough?! Why won't anybody DO SOMETHING?
Side note: Monserrate and Espada both enjoyed some cushy seats at the Mets/Yankees subway series this weekend.

@Summer - I agree completely. It's all about money & power. It shouldn't surprise me, but it does frustrate me!

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

Here's the proposed design for the Albany Skyway

Over the years thousands of people have driven along the off-ramp leading to Clinton Ave in downtown Albany that's in line to become the Albany... (more)

Wye Oak at Helsinki Hudson

Indie rock duo Wye Oak will be at Helsinki Hudson October 8 for a show. Tickets are on sale now -- they're $25 for general... (more)

Opalka Gallery 2018 fall season

The next season at the Opalka Gallery on the Sage Albany campus starts up at the end of August. And it includes all sorts of... (more)

"It almost felt like liquid hyperbole."

NY Mag's Grub Street has pulled the together the definitive (only?) oral history of the rise and fall of Four Loko in New York. [Grub... (more)

The first Albany Book Festival will be at UAlbany this fall and the lineup is stacked with notable authors

The New York State Writers Institute has the first Albany Book Festival set for September 29 on the UAlbany campus. And holy moly is the... (more)

Recent Comments

... As a resident of Hudson-Park, I can attest that Albany is in need of a multi-function event space that can host galas, weddings and chill live music performances in the vein of Saratoga's Cafe Lena (@Carolee), Revolution Hall at Brown's Brewing in Troy, or The Colony in Woodstock. ...and if another person complains about the lack of free parking in a neighborhood built for walking, I'm going to need to take a Xanax.

The first Albany Book Festival will be at UAlbany this fall and the lineup is stacked with notable authors

...has 2 comments, most recently from Anne

Summertime outdoor theater venues or series?

...has 1 comment, most recently from Jamie

Gawking at another city's elevated linear park

...has 2 comments, most recently from Bob T

Follow up: The Dutch Udder

...has 5 comments, most recently from Peter

Where to donate a virtually new mattress?

...has 15 comments, most recently from ken