Attorney calls ESP man cave allegations overblown, SPAC ticket surchage floated, Tedisco proposes "Madoff Bill," DEC building urinals criticized for backsplash

An attorney for one of the men accused of setting up a "man cave" in the ESP for smoking pot instead described the space as "a break room" and called the allegations "overblown." One of the accused men has a criminal record -- and there are some questions about whether the state knew that before hiring him. [TU] [CBS6]

The Albany Common Council has passed a resolution that calls on public agencies to not ask a person about his/her immigration status if that person is "not posing a threat." The resolution is non-binding. [TU] [CBS6] [Fox23]

Saratoga Springs' finance commissioner has floated the idea of tacking on a $2 surcharge to rock and pop concert tickets at SPAC. The fee could bring in as much as $500k. SPAC's executive director said the venue is "firmly opposed" to the proposed fee and called it "an onerous tax." [Daily Gazette] [TU] [Saratogian]

The Troy Fire Department says mayor Harry Tutunjian has asked it to tour the RPI campus -- EMPAC in particular -- to get a better sense of the layout of campus buildings. The TFD has been lobbying for RPI to pay a public safety fee to fund additional fire coverage of the campus. [TU]

A water main break in North Greenbush has prompted a boil water advisory in areas including North Greenbush, East Greenbush and Rensselaer. Rensslaer is asking residents not to use any unnecessary water. [TU] [CBS6] [CapNews9]

Jim Tedisco has proposed a bill that would require wealthy convicts to pay for their prison stays. He's calling it "The Madoff Bill." [Saratogian] [CapNews9]

A specialist with the Cornell Cooperative Extension says the tomato blight is "going crazy" because of all the damp weather. [TU]

The psychologist who now owns the Schenectady B&B that once hosted swingers parties says people still show up on weekends looking for a good time. The house is now a mental health practice. [Daily Gazette]

Saratoga County tourism officials say summer tourism business will probably be off five percent this year. [Daily Gazette]

The Round Lake Bypass is scheduled to open today. [Daily Gazette]

Shepard's Park Beach, one of the public beaches closed after a sewage spill in Lake George, is still not open. Officials say they're now hoping for Friday. [Daily Gazette] [Saratogian]

State workers in the DEC building say the waterless urinals there aren't getting the job done -- it seems backsplash is a problem. [TU]


RE: DEC Waterless urinals

He also suggested that "certain individuals may come up short," as an explanation for the complaint about puddles.

I never thought I'd see a small penis joke in the Times Union...

I pee in those urinals everyday and they are that bad. But front page of the TU (above the fold) material? Most definitely not.

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