Rudy leaning toward run for governor, attorney accused of ripping off clients, Giants could be leaving for good, Rachel Alexandra will race at Saratoga, fire truck for sale

People "close" to Rudy Giuliani say the former NYC mayor is leaning toward a run for governor. Giuliani has apparently told "associates" that he'll make up his mind within the next two months. Giuliani trails Andrew Cuomo 53-40 in a hypothetical gubernatorial matchup, according to the latest Siena poll. [NYDN] [NYT] [AOA]

The head of the state Republican Party is stepping down. Giuliani apparently was one of the people who pushed him out, which is another reason observers think Rudy is planning a run for governor. [Daily Politics] [NYT]

The federal Department of Justice says New York State's four juvenile prisons routinely use excessive force on their residents. That approach has led to an "alarming" number of injuries, according to the DOJ report. [NYT] [TU]

A Saratoga Springs attorney was arrested yesterday on charges that he ripped off more than $400k from clients. Police say he took the money as part of two real estate transactions. The attorney has pled not guilty. [TU] [Saratogian] [Fox23]

A Colonie lawyer says he was fired from his job with state Senate Democrats after decided to run for town justice on the Republican ticket. [TU]

Some contractors says stimulus projects in New York State are being held up because they aren't enough minority and women-owned businesses to do sub-contracting -- and the state won't grant waivers for the requirement. [TU]

Chuck Schumer was in Cohoes yesterday calling for federal regulators to get out of the way so that the Green Island Power Authority can run a hydropower plant near the Cohoes Falls. A private company was granted a license for the site in 2007. [TU] [Troy Record]

Wholesalers say New York's "Bigger, Better Bottle Bill" will mean higher prices for consumers. [Daily Gazette $]

The Giants' training camp contract with UAlbany is up this year and the team's president says no decision has been made on whether they'll be back. The Giants say they'd like to be able to practice at an indoor field when it rains -- their new training complex in New Jersey includes such capacity. [TU] [WNYT]

State police say an Albany man has been charged with boating while intoxicated after he and three friends crashed 20 feet into the shoreline at Schroon Lake this past weekend. [TU] [CBS6]

Two Schenectady County Sheriff's Department police dogs had been rescued from a burning police vehicle in Scotia last week. [CBS6]

Rachel Alexandra -- widely regarded as the top horse right now -- will race at Saratoga in the Woodward on September 5. There had been some speculation that Rachel Alexandra would take part in the Travers. [Post-Star] [CapNews9]

If you're looking for a fire truck, the Fuller Road Fire Department is selling an older one for $7,500. [Marv Cermak]

Comments

I never did get why Giuliani would think he could run for governor. His only claim to fame is the fact that he happened to be mayor on 9/11. Before that, people couldn't stand him. Now suddenly he's something special? I don't think that riding on the coat tails of Osama Bin Laden's assault on the US is exactly a good selling point in a governor's race. And being the side show for the Zig Ziglar cross-country motivational bonanza? Even worse.

@Jon: I disagree with your sentiment that Giuliani was largely unpopular before 9/11. Sure, he had his critics, but he was also lauded for cleaning up a city that was edging toward "total dump" status.

Obviously a candidate's credibility and popularity are important in an election, but the real question we should be asking is, how does Giuliani look in short-shorts?

@Alice: you tell me. ;)

The famous picture of Giuliani running during 9/11, is of him RUNNING AWAY from the disaster, not TO it, as he would like everybody to believe.

When he was running for president, he could not find a SINGLE member of the NYPD, or FDNY that would speak in his favor, or else you would have seen that guy paraded around at every campaign stop.

Giuliani? His own FAMILY said they wouldn't vote for him.

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