Legislature goes home with no budget deal, state worker buyout extended, all sorts of rumors about Rudy, student accused of lighting firecrackers in school cafeteria

The state legislature has gone home -- and there's no deal to fix the budget gap. David Paterson said he and the state Senate are still stuck on proposed cuts for health care and education funding. Some senators are floating a plan that would "spin up" money for this year's budget, which is apparently just another way of saying borrowing from next year's budget. It looks like the legislature will be back on Monday. [NYO] [TU] [Daily Politics] [Susan Arbetter] [NYO]

The Paterson Administration is extending the $20,000 state worker buyout. [TU]

Joe Bruno Trial: A Senate aide testified yesterday that Bruno allocated "member items" (you know, pork) to other senators based on political considerations (this was apparently something akin to actually acknowledging the elephant in the room). NYT has strung together bits of info from the trial that it argues provide "vivid and sometimes captivating detail how easily official duties and private business can overlap for lawmakers in Albany." [TU] [NYT]

One side effect of the Bruno trial: the Senate is apparently now short on computers. [NYO]

The Albany Convention Center Authority released plans and renderings for the facility this morning. [TU]

"People who have been told of the decision" say that Rudy Giuliani has decided to not run for governor. That prompted rumors that he's going to challenge Kirsten Gillibrand for the US Senate (and a new Marist poll indicates he has the edge on her right now). But a Giuliani spokesperson says the Senate rumors are "not true." [NYT] [NYDN] [Daily Politics] [Politico]

New York's highest court ruled yesterday that the state should recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states for the purposes of deciding government benefits. [NYT]

An inspector with the Albany County Sheriff's Office says the two prostitution operations recently busted in Colonie have connections to Chinese organized crime. [WNYT]

The Saratoga County DA says a Ballston Spa High School student exploded firecrackers in the school cafeteria yesterday morning, setting off a wave of panic at the school as people thought the sound was gunfire. The student has been charged with a felony. [Post-Star] [TU] [Fox23] [Saratogian]

Matthew Whalen's family says they plan to file an appeal with the state of the Lansingburgh School District's decision to not wipe his suspension from his permanent record. [Troy Record]

The amended Saratoga Springs budget proposal still includes a 7 percent tax increase and paid parking downtown. [Saratogian] [TU]

Watervliet's proposed budget includes a 2.9 percent tax increase. [Troy Record]

The redevelopment of the Dewitt Clinton could be closer after the owner's outstanding water bill was reduced. [TU]

This has been a big year for trail development in Saratoga County. [Post-Star]

An Albany couple recently celebrated its 75th wedding anniversary. [TU]


Excellent news about the trail being extended. This is a heavily used pathway and could use another couple miles to make it more useful for the bike riders.

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