Plotting and scheming in the state Senate, vote on landfill delayed, Lake George beaches closed, bowling-spectator cop promoted

Today's forecast includes the possibility of severe weather this afternoon and evening. The chance of rain is 80 percent and conditions could include "penny size hail or greater and wind gusts 58 mph or stronger." [NWS] [NWS]

Monday in the state Senate: lots of talking and plotting, but little action. An Assemblyman and a few good government groups are saying that David Paterson could fix the situation by simply appointing a lieutenant governor, and thus giving the Senate a tie breaker. Republicans -- and AG Andrew Cuomo -- say Paterson can't do that. [TU] [NYDN] [Daily Politics]

On a different front, one of the senators has sued the Assembly in an attempt to get it to accept the bills "passed" by the Senate during last week's V8 quorum -- though David Paterson has said he won't the sign the bills even if the Assembly accepts them. [Daily Politics]

Another potential solution that bubbled to the surface yesterday was the idea of co-leadership of the Senate. But it seems the Democrats can't agree with each other, nevermind the Republicans, because many now despise Pedro Espada. And speaking of Espada, he was apparently plotting with the "four amigos" yesterday over lunch at Bongiourno's. [TU] [Daily Politics] [Daily Politics]

The Albany Common Council delayed its vote on the bonds that would fund the landfill expansion. Apparently there's some question as to whether there are enough vote to approve the debt. The landfill could be full as soon as the end of this year. [TU]

The beaches along the south end of Lake George have been closed because of a sewage leak Sunday. The beaches will be closed until Wednesday at least, when the state will re-test water quality. [TU] [Post-Star]

The City of Schenectady is formally moving forward with plans to acquire -- or claim -- the property that includes the adult bookshop on Erie Blvd. The city says the land will be used to improve traffic flow on the re-designed street. The owner of the store says he's being targeted because of the type of business he runs. [TU] [Daily Gazette] [Fox23]

An bridge in Bethlehem is being closed because inspectors found corrosion on critical parts of the structure. [WNYT]

The Schenectady cop caught watching his son bowl in Scotia while he was supposed to be on patrol has been promoted. [Marv Cermak]

A Malta company that makes car floor mats is laying off 36 people. [Saratogian]

Albany County's sheriff reports that DWI checkpoints set up around the county last week found twice as many designated drivers as drunk drivers. [TU]

Comments

Can't we just impeach one senator, any senator, for not doing his/her job? This passed ridiculous weeks ago and has moved on to insane.

Heck, just *arrest* one of them for 24 hours. For charity of course. They can draw lots for the honor.

If we all paid our taxes the way these bozos get their jobs done, you better believe they'd be fixing it pronto.

"penny sized hail or greater" I heard the forecast up North in Quebec is even worse. They're calling for loonie sized hail. Isn't that crazy?

@Jackers: Duck!

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