Paterson says state is running out of money, witness says investments were made to gain favor with Bruno, Murphy explains health care vote, Townsend Park makeover

Said David Paterson during his address to a joint session of the state legislature yesterday: "Frankly, we are running out of money." Of his plan to close the budget gap: "I will mortgage my political career on this plan, but I will not mortgage the fate of the State of New York." [TU] [NYO] [Daily Politics]

The legislature is scheduled to take up the budget gap in a special session today, but all the players can't agree on the size of the gap (estimates range from $2.9 billion to $4.1 billion). And Carl Kruger, the chair of the senate finance committee, disputed Paterson's assertion that the state is running out of money, saying: "There are huge pots of money that are available." After meeting with legislature staffers yesterday, Paterson's budget director said he was "more depressed than when I walked in." [TU] [CapNews9] [NYT]

Paterson has also called for same-sex marriage to be on the state Senate's agenda today, though it doesn't looks like that will not happen. By the way: Ruben Diaz Sr, maybe the state Senate's most prominent opponent to same-sex marriage, has two gay brothers and a lesbian granddaugther. [AP/Troy Record] [NYDN] [NYT]

A former union official, who's currently serving prison time, testified yesterday during the Joe Bruno trial that his former boss "felt that the more money we gave to [the investment firm Bruno worked for] the more help we were going to get from Sen. Bruno." (As you would imagine, Bruno's lawyers questioned this witness' credibility.) A state senator also testified that he was not sure he would have recommended that a union invest with Bruno's firm if he had known Bruno was involved. [TU] [Fox23] [Troy Record]

Scott Murphy appeared outside his office in Saratoga Springs yesterday to explain his "no" vote on the Congressional health care reform bill. He reiterated that the bill didn't do enough to contain costs -- and he said it also would have raised taxes on two large employers in his district. Murphy was apparently pressured to vote "yes" by House speaker Nancy Pelosi. And his vote has apparently not gone over well with labor unions that supported him during his special election. [Saratogian] [Post-Star] [Politico via Daily Politics] [NYO]

An expert from a private research firm alleges in the newest issue of Harper's Magazine that contamination at the old GE site in Ft. Edward is more extensive than acknowledged -- and has the potential to undo the dredging work done this summer. [Post-Star] [Post-Star]

The suspect in the May 30 Central Ave club shooting in Albany is asking the Albany County DA to present his case to a grand jury. He says he's innocent and has accused the DA's office of sitting on his case. [TU] [WNYT]

The suspect in the February strangling of a mother in Troy made a scene yesterday in court and fired his attorneys. [TU] [Troy Record]

Scotia police say a man attacked an elderly woman in her home, tied her up and robbed her and her husband. The police say the man is married to a woman who had been working as home health care aid caring for the woman's husband. [Fox23] [TU]

Troy police say they tasered an 18-year-old on Sunday after he resisted arrest. [Troy Record]

Flags at state government buildings will fly at half-staff Thursday in honor of Amy Seyboth Tirador, the Colonie soldier who recently died in Iraq. [CapNews9]

The Central Ave BID's efforts to makeover Albany's Townsend Park is catching some criticism. [TU]

A Saratoga County health official says the county has received 3,000 of the 35,000 doses of H1N1 vaccine it's ordered. Schenectady County is holding H1N1 shot clinics this week for priority groups. [CapNews9] [TU]

The next Saratoga Reads book will be The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows. [Saratogian]

Comments

Good for the Central Ave BID. For once they are doing something right. If what I hear is correct, over the last ten years or so they have ignored and/or made some ridiculous decisions about making the Central Ave/West End area better. Anyone care to discuss the FedEx plant that isn't building there because of a certain community center in the area? Or are there too many jokes to be made...

RE: Murphy: So, I, an individual, voted for Scott Murphy along with the owners of those businesses he is said to be protecting. They also voted as individuals. Yet, if it were up to Scott Murphy I would be left without health insurance so these companies (again, individual voters) can save money. Right! they just had the money to buy his vote, whereas I only had my measly democratic voice.

Just proves the point that the two parties are exactly the same; neither of them could care less about people...money money money is the name of this game. What will you do with all that money when you're dead? I heard there's a different kind of currency to get to/in heaven (or hell)...

Say Something!

We'd really like you to take part in the conversation here at All Over Albany. But we do have a few rules here. Don't worry, they're easy. The first: be kind. The second: treat everyone else with the same respect you'd like to see in return. Cool? Great, post away. Comments are moderated so it might take a little while for your comment to show up. Thanks for being patient.

The Scoop

Ever wish you had a smart, savvy friend with the inside line on what's happening around the Capital Region? You know, the kind of stuff that makes your life just a little bit better? Yeah, we do, too. That's why we created All Over Albany. Find out more.

Recently on All Over Albany

Today's moment of construction

We happened to be near the Albany convention center site Friday so we stopped by to gawk at the progress of the construction. And gawk... (more)

Warehouse District wine bar, new supermarket among plans up for review in Albany

A plan for a new wine bar in a space along Broadway in Albany's Warehouse District is among a group of notable projects on the... (more)

Stuff to do this weekend

Just in time for Valentine's Day -- or maybe President's Day -- winter has decided to make a return to the Capital Region. Temperatures could... (more)

Morning Blend

Colonie murder/suicide investigation State Police said Thursday that an investigation has concluded that Colonie Police Officer Israel Roman shot his wife, his 10-year-old son, then... (more)

Breaking down the Albany High School vote

Updated Friday morning with better maps. The vote on the reformulated $180 million plan to rebuild/expand Albany High School has gotten a lot of attention... (more)

Recent Comments

I voted yes, but I think there has to be a revote. if not, then the school board is saying that votes don't matter, all that matters is that we got what we wanted. I think that is a very dangerous road to go down. They need to do it right and make sure everyone who is eligible to vote has the opportunity to do so. There were enough problems to easily say that people were denied the opportunity to vote. We don't want that hanging over our heard during this important project.

Warehouse District wine bar, new supermarket among plans up for review in Albany

...has 4 comments, most recently from JayK

Checking out Blaze Pizza

...has 9 comments, most recently from derryX

Recommendations for cleaning services?

...has 6 comments, most recently from Kellen

Breaking down the Albany High School vote

...has 5 comments, most recently from Dave

What if tearing down I-787 could actually improve traffic?

...has 38 comments, most recently from JayK