Education groups sue over state aid, Schumer apologizes to flight attendant, police say stolen Timberlands kicked off chase, Albany councilman calls for cancellation of "Jersey Shore"

A coalition of education groups -- headed by NYSUT -- filed suit against David Paterson yesterday in attempt to eliminate the delay in education aid payments. The coalition argues that Paterson has overstepped his authority -- and the uncertainty created the action is making budgeting difficult. Paterson accused the coalition of trying to be "extra special" interest groups. [TU] [NYT] [Fox23] [Daily Politics]

Saratoga Springs' finance commissioner says the city may have to borrow money to cover the gap created by delayed state aid payments. [Saratogian]

Democrats in the Rensselaer County legislature says three incoming Republicans should not be allowed to serve in both the county legislature and their town boards. One of the incoming Republicans called the practice "totally legal." [TU] [Troy Record]

Richard Daines, New York's health commissioner, got an H1N1 shot during a photo opp yesterday. Even though flu activity in the state is decling, Daines called the flu a "tricky virus" and urged people to still get vaccinated. [CapNews9] [TU] [Fox23]

Chuck Schumer apologized yesterday for calling a flight attendant a "bitch" after she told him to stop talking on his mobile phone. Kirsten Gillibrand was sitting next to him on the plane (and apparently did end her call) and Republicans are now criticizing her for not publicly condemning Schumer's actions. [NYDN] [Politico] [NYT] [Daily Politics]

A company that makes concrete-reinforcing steel is taking over the former Super Steel plant in Scotia. It got some tax breaks as an incentive to make the move. [TU] [Daily Gazette $] [CapNews9]

The Troy school superintendent says the district needs to "develop long-term, systemic reform" to improve student behavior at Doyle Middle School. [Troy Record]

The master plan for Spa State Park was released yesterday. The plan includes a fenced-in dog park, which isn't going over well with dog owners. [NYS Parks] [Saratogian] [Post-Star]

It looks like the Bethlehem town council will be passing a noise ordinance that will restrict activities such as leaf blowing. [TU]

The trial of the former doctor accused of torching Saratoga Winners has started. [TU]

The East Greenbush school district has fired a gym teacher/soccer coach charged with inappropriately touching a student and making a racial remark to another. [TU]

An incoming Albany common councilman says he's concerned that changes to CTDA routes seem to be affecting the city's "lower" wards disproportionately. [CapNews9]

East Greenbush police have accused two men of ripping off $900-worth of Timberlands from a shoe store on Columbia Turnpike and then fleeing to Albany, where they were picked up on Lark Street. [CapNews9] [WTEN]

The smoke from a large house fire in New Scotland could reportedly been seen from miles away late yesterday afternoon. [WNYT]

Tuition will not increase at Sage next year. [TU]

Albany common councilman James Sano is proposing a resolution that calls for the cancellation of the MTV show "Jersey Shore." [TU]

Comments

Isn't that reassuring? We're in the midst of one of the most turbulent times in our State's history and our councilmen are wasting time with what MTV is running? Are you kidding me? No wonder our gov't gets absolutely nothing accomplished!

For serious?

Chuck calls the flight attendant a bitch and KIRSTEN is somehow responsible for his actions?

Whatever. That has nothing to do with feminism.

@abby: I'm with you. It's just another example of bipartisan hair-pulling, and I'm sick to death of it.

Abby and Summer, I'm with you on that.

didn't our former VP tell a reporter to go have sexual intercourse with himself once? Seriously, get a grip, GOPPERS, people get mad, they say stupid stuff. This morning I called a freind a female body part because he declined a free ticket to a Bills game citing "cold weather." Doesn't mean I'm a bad person... does it?!

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