Movement on state budget gap, Bruno trial jurors say they're stuck, Saratoga chiefs retiring, still no public release of plan for Harriman, police say guard was tied up during safe robbery

The state Assembly passed a deficit reduction bill during the middle of the night -- the bill falls short of making all the necessary cuts, though. The state Senate is scheduled to vote on a budget gap bill today. [NYO] [Daily Politics] [TU]

The Assembly also passed the same-sex marriage bill again. Who knows if the Senate will vote on the bill. [NYDN] [NYO]

Joe Bruno Trial: The jury said yesterday that it had reached a verdict on two counts (which ones and what verdict unknown) -- but was stuck on the six other counts. Judge Gary Sharpe then basically told them to keep trying. The Bruno camp appeared to be heartened by the development. [Troy Record] [NYT] [TU]

Saratoga Springs' police and fire chiefs announced yesterday that they're retiring. The chiefs say they hope their retirements will helps save the jobs of younger members of their departments slated for layoffs. Both chiefs make about $100k. [TU] [Saratogian] [Post-Star]

The SUNY central office says it will not be investigating allegations that SUNY Cobleskill allowed unqualified students into the school just so it could get their tuition money. The allegations are part of a suit filed by a former dean, who alleges that the school discriminated against African-American students from NYC by lowering its admission standards in order to balance its budget. [TU] [CapNews9]

The state agency that's overseeing the redevelopment of the Harriman State Office Campus continued its refusal to release the development plan, even after it announced early this week that it had picked a developer for the project. [TU]

The state Court of Appeals -- New York's highest court -- overturned the 2004 conviction of an Albany pediatric neurologist on charges that he sexually abused his patients. The court faulted a decision by a county judge to allow an expert witness for the prosecution to testify about pedophilia. The doctor is now up for a new trial. [CapNews9] [TU] [Fox23]

The Troy City Council passed a 2010 budget that includes a tax increase of 2.2 percent -- and a handful of jobs cuts, apparently to the chagrin of Harry Tutunjian. [Troy Record] [TU]

Republicans in the Rensselaer County legislature voted to re-instated retired legislator Bob Mirch yesterday so he could vote on the county budget. The budget, which passed 13-6, includes a three percent tax increase. [Troy Record] [TU]

Schenectady High School was locked down for an hour and a half yesterday after a student was allegedly stabbed in the leg by another student. [CapNews9] [TU]

Albany police say a man knocked over the Key Bank at Washington and Colvin yesterday (map). The APD says the suspect used a note and didn't show a weapon. [Troy Record] [CapNews9]

Police say an apparently elderly suspect tied up a guard and stole a safe from a Latham office building last night. [CBS6]

Critics of NYISO -- which manages the state's power grid -- say the org is "one of the worst run, most dysfunctional operations they've seen in decades of private sector employment." [TU]

It looks like the Schenectady Museum & Suites-Bueche Planetarium was the prospective buyer that caused the state to postpone the auction of the Schenectady Armory. [TU]

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