Paterson addressing budget gap by himself, Porco appeal expected today, glut of apples this year, Salvo has to hire bell ringers

David Paterson said yesterday that he's decided to act unilaterally to save the state $1.6 billion through a series of cuts, transfers and accounting maneuvers. He also continued to blame the state Senate for the lack of progress on a deal that would close the state's $3+ budget gap. Paterson might also be considering declaring a "fiscal emergency," a move floated by John Faso. The legislature is expected to be back for a another budget gap special session today. The state is projected to have just $36 million in cash by the end of the year (the state comptroller says even less). [NYO] [Daily Politics] [NYDN] [TU] [CapNews9] [NYT] [NY Post]

Joe Bruno Trial: Jury is back for deliberations today after a break for the holiday. [CapNews9]

Christopher Porco's appeal is expected to be heard today before a state appellate court in Brooklyn. Porco's attorney recently said prosecutors in the case "took a blow torch to the constitution." [CBS6] [CapNews9]

Kirsten Gillibrand, in the area to announce an initiative aimed at protecting seniors against fraud, said the Army has not been forthcoming about details surrounding the death of Colonie soldier Amy Seyboth Tirador. [WNYT] [TU]

Harry Tutunjian says taxes in Troy could increase by 10 percent next year, if the state doesn't allow cities to amortize pension contributions. [Troy Record]

The feds are suing the owner of a Rensselaer County Dunkin' Donuts over allegations a former manager there sexually harassed the shop's teenage workers. [TU] [Troy Record]

The City of Albany is planning to use federal stimulus money for building demolition. [TU]

SCCC has decided to suspend its plans to build a dorm. [TU]

Black Friday: The line outside a Crossgates electronics store stretched all the way to the mall's ring road at 4:30 am. The manager of a Wilton store said people had been camped out the night before. And the local Toys R Us was apparently double charging some customers. [TU] [Saratogian] [WTEN]

This weekend's winds gusted as hard as 53 mph. [TU]

There's a glut of apples in New York State this year. [AP/TU]

It sounds like the Phish concerts this past weekend were good for downtown Albany businesses -- if not scalpers. [Fox23] [WNYT]

Short on volunteers, the Salvation Army of Saratoga County has hired people to ring bells this year. [Saratogian]

A sports bar for kids has opened in Clifton Park. [TU]

The roof on the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Albany had been leaking so badly that a a ceiling-to-floor icicle would form inside the church each winter. [TU]


Those Best Buy shoppers were pretty stupid -- the deals could all be found online for the same prices and with free shipping. Someone waited in line from 1pm on Thursday? Sheesh. I hope all that standing and waiting in the cold did enough damage to keep them from reproducing.

Idiocy aside, the line didn't need to stretch all the way to the road. Why not use ropes to provide a theme park-style maze of a waiting line right in front of the store? I'm sure it would've been much warmer with everyone huddled together.

Kirsten Gillibrand, in the area to hang out at the Lark Tavern Saturday night...

@Ellsass - because an organized maze would be less newsworthy than it stretching to the road, obviously :)

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