Police say Albany shooting was accidental, Paterson says same-sex marriage bill will come up, more controversy for Tuffey, royalty coming to Albany

Police say the teen shot and killed Wednesday night in Albany appears to have been the victim of an accidental shooting. A teen -- a relative of the victim -- has been charged with second-degree manslaughter and third-degree criminal possession of a weapon. [TU] [CapNews9]

Charlie Mueller is trying to rally support for the Albany Gun Buyback. [Fox23]

New York State comptroller Tom DiNapoli says municipalities' will have to chip in more to the state's pension funds because of stock market losses. For example, the City of Albany's contribution is expected to increase $4.5 million. Many municipalities will probably have to raise taxes to cover the increase. The current situation is inverse of a decade ago when the rising stock market reduced towns' contributions significantly. [NYS Comptroller] [TU] [Troy Record]

Scott Murphy says he would not vote for the current version of the health care reform bill that's before the House -- but might with a few changes. Earlier this week MoveOn was leaning on Murphy to support a "public option" in the bill -- and now the National Republican Congressional Committee is robo-calling his district to attack that provision. [Post-Star] [PolitickerNY]

David Paterson say he anticipates that the same-sex marriage bill come up when/if he calls the legislature back for a special session to address the budget gap. [The Advocate via Daily Politics]

Soon-to-be-former Albany police chief James Tuffey is caught in another controversy -- this time over whether the city should be paying for his defense in a discrimination case. [WNYT]

The state's development agency is killing the much-criticized Empire Zone program -- and says it's working a replacement. [TU]

A Saratoga Springs couple has been indicted on charges they stole millions via mortgage fraud. Prosecutors allege the couple used the money to buy a bunch of properties -- including the now-burned-down Saratoga Winners. [CapNews9] [TU]

The two candidates running for Bethlehem supervisor seem to agree one a bunch of issues. [TU]

Police say a Latham woman made up a story about being stopped by an impostor cop in order to cover up an affair. [WTEN]

The crown prince and princess of the Netherlands will be visiting Albany next Tuesday. [TU]

The remains of a Civil War soldier from New York will be buried at Saratoga National Cemetery later this month. The remains were found by a hiker at the site of the Battle of Antietam in Maryland. Experts were able to identify the soldier as a New York because of his buttons. [TU] [Post-Star] [Saratogian]

Saratoga's going a little crazy for Rachel Alexandra. [Saratogian]

Capital News 9's Brian Taffe -- the host of Capital Tonight -- is leaving for a job in Philadelphia. [TU]




THANK HEAVENS (or, what followed 7 minutes of TERROR..)


"chip in due to stock market losses"
So because that pension fund has managers that are essentially robbing the fund with fees, everyone else needs to to their part to rectify this?
Horrible stuff, if you're in the position to be managing a NY pension fund, you should have enough experience to beat the market.
This is complete BS, the market on a whole is up huge from the March drop and saying they need more money from the population via taxes is fraud.

I liked Vince, er, E.J. McMahon's comment in the T.U.: "Do you think you can promise 300,000 people early retirement at three-quarters of their salaries and it's cheap?"

Uh, no. . . that would be expensive. Luckily, there aren't 300K folks getting an early retirement at 75% of their salaries. OSC says there are about 622K active employees in the system. Besides, you'd need to work for 40 years to get 75% of your final average salary. Numbness and depression set in around year 10, so 40 is a stretch.

Anyone who cares can check out the actual retirement benefits for most (read: Tier 4) state workers at: http://www.osc.state.ny.us/retire/publications/index.htm#ersmembers.

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