State Senate back to squabbling, gun violence team coming together, Troy shoot and kill dog, seniors say vultures weird them out

Yesterday's state Senate session fizzled as Democrats and Republicans fought over a new system for policing ethics. Democrats blamed Republicans for being obstinate and Republicans said Democrats were trying to design the system to their advantage. [TU] [NYT]

The squabble over ethics reform kept other issues off the Senate plate -- including the bill that would create a residential parking permit system for Albany. [PolitickerNY]

The implementation team for Albany's Gun Violence Task Force is coming together -- both the Common Council and Jerry Jennings announced their picks yesterday. The school district and the police department have yet to announce their selections. [TU] [CapNews9]

Two Schenectady women have been charged after police say they signed a contract to allow a 19-year-old guy to date a 13-year-old girl. [Fox23]

The Court of Appeals -- New York's highest court -- will start hearing arguments today in the case that will decide whether David Paterson has the power to appoint Richard Ravitch lieutenant governor. Lower courts have ruled that Ravitch's appointment is unconstitutional. [NYT] [TU]

Paterson says the state will mandate that all health plans cover the cost of flu shots for children. In this case, that means people 19 and younger. [Troy Record] [CapNews9]

Albany County executive Mike Breslin has proposed closing the county nursing home. Breslin says the facility is costing the county $18 million a year and it's in need of replacement. He says funding for the facility would be better spent on providing more options for are in seniors' own homes. The county legislature appears to oppose the plan -- one member vowed to "got to the mattresses" in support of a new nursing home. [WNYT] [CapNew9] [WNYT] [TU]

Albany police say a man was seriously injured after an elevator pinned him to the ceiling of a parking garage downtown. The man was riding a type of open elevator called a "man lift." OSHA is investigating. [CapNews9] [TU] [Fox23]

Troy police shot and killed a dog yesterday. The owner had let the dog out the back door when police showed up looking for a wanted man -- but she didn't realize there were also cops in the backyard. The TPD says the dog "became vicious" when approached by the officers, who felt they were in danger. The police were looking for the owner's brother-in-law, who she says doesn't live at the house. [TU] [Troy Record] [Fox23] [CBS6]

Residents of a retirement community on Washington Ave Ext say they're disturbed by the flock of turkey vultures that descends upon the facility every day. [TU]


It looks liek the gun violence task force is a list of capable all-stars. I'm a little wierded out it took five years to put totgether this team, but eh, it's going to get off the ground.

That is REALLY messed up about the dog shooting in Troy. I've got a Golden Retriever, whose SO excited to greet I sometimes put him in the yard when guests come over. If the cops came to my door I'd do the same. He would certainly see officrs in the yard as playmates and jump up. I can only speculate, but the situation here doesn't sit right with me. Cops on a bench warrant, coming to the house repeatedly, not finding there guy and then "oops! shot your dog!" Shouldn't the cops have already KNOWN there were dogs living there? Guys, you had men on the roof!

I'd definately hire an attorney on that one.

Please please please please implement a parking permit system! It is ridiculous how clogged the streets get on work days compared to the weekends. Residential parking is made for residents, if you are parking for business (as in, you make money there) then you should be paying to park. Essentially: GET OFF MY LAWN!

If we can't get parking permits, how come people at the Armory on Washington can park on the sidewalk?!

County closing one place, and turkey vultures coming to another retirement home? Geez, can it get more omnious?!

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