Democrats stuck on Espada, unemployment up slightly, influenza still kicking thanks to H1N1, snake head case has gone cold, Dinosaur looking for Troy incentives

The state Senate: still borked. Republicans and Democrats were working on a deal yesterday to share power, but the Democrats reportedly backed out because they didn't want to accept Pedro Espada as Senate president pro tem.

Democrats have been attacking Espada in robocalls to voters in Republican districts. Espada says the calls are "playing the Latino race card." The calls don't mention Espada's ethnicity -- they described him as "indicted Democrat from the Bronx." [CapNews9] [Troy Record]

The state Department of Labor reports that unemployment in the Capital Region basically held steady in May at 6.8 percent (it was up .1 percent). But the unemployment rate was way up compared to the same month last year (4.7 percent). The region's unemployment rate is still lower than that of the state (8.2 percent) or country (9.4 percent.). [NYS DoL] [TU] [NYS DoL]

An investigator with the Albany County DA's office says the checkpoints set up to catch DWI after Alive at Five this week snagged a whole bunch of other violations, including "drugs, warrant arrests, unregistered, uninspected, switched plates." [CBS6]

June is usually a slow month for influenza, but the state Department of Health says the flu is still active in many parts of the state -- in large part because of the emerging H1N1 strain (this is true across the country, too). [TU] [CDC]

The Wilton house that police say was involved in that big pot bust this week is more like something out of Weeds than The Wire. And get this: the former mountain biking star who was snagged in the bust used to compete wearing a dead piranha and the ashes of her black lab. [Post-Star] [Saratogian] [TU]

State Park Police say crowds for SPAC shows such as Dave Matthews Band are too big. And they also want tasers to help them keep the "combative" crowds in check. [TU]

The Schenectady Police Department is catching up on its usually high backlog of outstanding warrants -- slowly. [Daily Gazette]

The state Public Service Commission has concluded that National Grid and NYSEG could have done a better job during last December's ice storm. [Daily Gazette]

The TU's publisher says the paper could lay off as many as 45 people. [Daily Gazette]

The Friday's snake head case has gone cold. [TU]

A luxury apartment complex has been proposed for Weibel Ave in Saratoga (map). [Daily Gazette]

NYRA has big plans for improvements at the Saratoga Race Course -- if it can get VLTs at Aqueduct. [Saratogian]

The Dinosaur Bar-B-Que is looking to score some incentives for its possible renovation of the old Fresno's location in Troy. [Troy Record]

The Albany High music teacher who was slated to be transfered will now stay at the school. Students, parents and alumni had protested the move. [TU]

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

Five takeaways from the start of the fifth major effort to redevelop 1 Monument Square

Monday night the city of Troy had a public workshop to kick off the fifth major attempt to redevelop the 1 Monument Square site. Yep,... (more)

Buffalo, one of 52 places

The New York Times "52 Places Traveler" series makes a stop in Buffalo. Writes Jada Yuan: "... Buffalo went from a place I didn't think... (more)

South End Healthy Market

The South End Healthy Market opens its 2018 season Saturday, June 30 from 10 am to 3 pm at a new location, the the lawn... (more)

Freedom Park 2018 concert series lineup

The popular series of free concerts at Freedom Park in Scotia starts this Wednesday. As usual, the season includes big lineup with multiple concerts each... (more)

There's a workshop coming up in Albany about how to apply for a slice of state grant money for your project

For the last several years the state has distributed millions of dollars to projects around the state via the Regional Economic Development Council (REDC) process... (more)

Recent Comments

Elm St between Eagle and Phillip. Beautiful, colorful, Italianate row houses directly down the hill from the Executive Mansion.

Morning Blend for Jun 19

...has 3 comments, most recently from Greg

Solid Sound 2019

...has 2 comments, most recently from Greg

The ValleyCats open the 2018 season this weekend at The Joe

...has 1 comment, most recently from Kayla

Big lift

...has 2 comments, most recently from ravioliollie

Weekend Destination: Quebec City

...has 2 comments, most recently from Mary M