Paterson says he never expected to be Gov, another person arrested for turtle bombing, chief suspended for slur, Schenectady overrun with kingergartners

Yesterday wasn't exactly a day of ringing support for David Paterson. Of Paterson's vow to run for governor in 2010, Sheldon Silver said, "I think, right now, I support him for governor." And at a Capitol leaders meeting, Senate leader John Sampson publicly doubted Paterson's estimate of a $3 billion midyear budget gap by saying his conference "doesn't believe in government by guesswork." Paterson says he'll be calling the legislature back at some point to address the gap. [AP/Troy Record] [PolitickerNY] [TU] [WTEN]

Paterson said yesterday in Syracuse that he never thought he'd be governor: "I did not sign up for this ... I wanted to be lieutenant governor. I had this grand plan that Hillary Clinton was going to become president. Maybe the governor would appoint me to the Senate." But he said he's still planning to run next year -- probably. [NYT] [NYDN]

The Schenectady County legislature has approved a county budget that will cut taxes a little more than two percent. Republicans -- who are in the minority -- criticized the cut as an election year ploy. [Daily Gazette $] [TU]

A group of Albany County legislators is proposing that the county build a new nursing home to replace the current facility. County exec Mike Breslin has been pushing to close the existing home in favor of placing residents in private facilities and in-home care. [TU]

A sixth person has been arrested in the alleged turtle bombing incident. He's been charged with animal torture. [CapNews9] [Fox23]

A former public defender has been found guilty of trading harder work for sexual favors from a client. The woman secretly recorded conversations with the attorney -- and those tapes were used during the trial. [TU] [AP/CapNews9]

The Bethlehem Town Board has suspended police chief Lou Corsi 10 days without pay because of his use of a racial slur during a phone conversation in 2006. [Fox23] [CBS6]

Former Troy High School basketball star Tiki Mayben has been arrested for cocaine possession. Mayben's future had once been really bright -- he had signed a scholarship to play hoops at Syracuse. But he failed to qualify academically, and has since spent time at a string of schools -- most recently Binghamton. [Troy Record] [CapNews9]

An Albany man was convicted for the 33rd time Wednesday. [TU]

Sandy Horowitz, who owns a bunch of prominent buildings in Troy, is behind on his taxes by more than $300k. [Troy Record] [TU]

RPI has confirmed that one of its students has the emerging H1N1 flu. The school is encouraging students who get the flu to stay away from other students or return home. [RPInsider] [TU]

The Schenectady School District is trying to deal with an unexpected influx of kindergartners. [TU]

Seventeen Dutch ships sailed up the Hudson to Albany Sunday as part of the quadricentennial celebration -- and it appears that no one had prepared for them. [WNYT]

The director of the The Other Guys Albany shoot says the scenes shot here will amount to about three minutes of the movie. [TU]

A Colonie middle school is trying to break the world record for the most people dribbling a basketball simultaneously. [TU]


"satisfied by the forfeiture of vacation pay" & "The statement also says that Corsi did not receive a stricter reprimand because the statement he made was not about a particular individual"

it's ok to use the "n" word as long as you don't say it about a particular individual?

Nice message the board is sending.

Ugh. How embarrassing about the Dutch boats. Way to drop the ball, Albany.

If you're going to build a nursing home - build it in downtown albany!!!!

Where do employees live? It's not on a conveneint busline now. Might as well capture the revenue generated by visators and employees spending time, and money downtown. The building should be sited where it's most beneficial to the surrounding community.

I'm going to email legislators and suggest it...

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