State Senate portions pork in the middle of the night, more investment at Albany Nanotech, questions about near-drowning in Troy, common councilman owes back taxes

The state Senate was in session until 3 am this morning. It ended up passing a package of rules reforms for the chamber, including new guidelines for the distribution of pork and staff funding. The session was anything but smooth -- and the long delay prompted a few senators to leave. [Daily Politics] [TU] [Daily Politics]

Hiram Monserrate -- one of the state senators in the middle of the recent mess -- has been restored to his position as chair of Consumer Protection Committee and given his $12,500 stipend. Monserrate's chairmanship was taken away earlier this year after he was charged with slashing his girlfriend. [TU]

David Paterson's 2010 gubernatorial campaign racked up a $1000 bill for a campaign meeting at a bar in Jersey City. [NYT]

New York State announced that it will be spending $50 million on a "packaging" facility for computer chips at Albany Nanotech -- IBM is also part of the project and it will be putting up $75 million. Also part of the announcement: a new facility at SUNY IT (near Utica) that will work with Albany Nanotech. [Biz Review] [TU]

Robert Henry, the Troy man who allegedly escaped from a Tennessee prison 29 years ago (he say he was pardoned), has been taken back into custody after Tennessee requested extradition. Henry's lawyer is trying to delay his client's return to the state. [TU] [Troy Record]

An investigation by the State Liquor Authority alleges that employees of a Central Ave bar tried to cover up evidence related to a shooting there in May. [TU]

A trio of teen witnesses is disputing the official account of the events surrounding the near-drowning of a girl at a Troy pool. [TU]

Albany Common Councilman James Scalzo owes more than $12k in back taxes. Scalzo says he's been in the process of paying off a mountain of back taxes related to the failure of two restaurants he owned (one of them was the old Quintessence). [Albany Citizen One] [TU]

The plan for funding the expansion of the Albany landfill has been adjusted. [TU]

A state Supreme Court judge has ruled that the disciplinary hearings for Schenectady cops cannot be open to the public. Schenectady's public safety commissioner says the city will appeal. The city is trying to fire four cops. [Daily Gazette] [TU]

Albany police say a man shot at an officer last night in West Hill (map). [TU]

Police say man lead them on a high-speed chase from Delmar into Albany Tuesday night. A witness reports the man crashed his car into both a porch and a telephone pole. [TU] [@jfoxny]

The transfer of Troy City Hall to the old Verizon building could be be delayed until September. [Troy Record]

The charges filed against the Malta teen after a post-baseball game scuffle have been dropped. [Saratogian]

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