Former judge sentenced to prison, Paterson criticizes Shen superintendent, NYRA president says racing at Saratoga threatened, the 25-pound chocolate Santa

Former state Supreme Court judge Thomas Spargo, whose chambers were in Albany, was sentenced to more than two years in prison yesterday for trying to shake down attorneys. Spargo's attorney had argued for no jail time, but Judge Gary Sharpe said, "We can't ignore what happened here." (And, yep, Sharpe is also the judge in the Joe Bruno case.) [Daily Gazette $] [Troy Record] [TU]

New York State comptroller Tom DiNapoli said yesterday that the state's school districts will face a $2 billion funding gap when federal stimulus money runs out in 2011. He says that could mean a property tax increase of 8 percent. [NYS OSC] [TU]

David Paterson criticized Shen schools superintendent Oliver Robinson yesterday for Robinson's "complaining" (Paterson's word) about delayed state aid to schools. Paterson said he didn't know why Robinson was complaining about $180,000 when Shen has $3.8 million in reserve. [TU] [Daily Gazette $]

Rudy Giuliani is expected to announce today that he won't run for office in 2010 -- not even US Senate. He's expected to endorse Rick Lazio for governor. [NYDN] [NYT] [AP/TU]

The first person in Albany County charged under a new state law that makes it a felony to drive drunk with a child in the car is an obstetrician from Vorheesville. Guilderland police say she was pulled over on Route 155 Saturday night. The child in the car belongs to a colleague, who was also riding in the car. [TU] [CapNews9] [Fox23] [WTEN]

NYRA's president says racing at Saratoga could be in jeopardy if the state doesn't pick a winning bidder for the racino contract at Aqueduct soon. [TU] [Saratogian]

The City of Albany has agreed to turn over thousands of voided parking tickets to the Times Union. The paper had sued the city for the tickets after the its FOIL request was turned down. [TU]

The Albany Common Council approved a measure that makes it illegal to keep a commercial vehicle idling for more than five minutes. The council also approved a resolution condemning the MTV show Jersey Shore. [TU] [Fox23]

An Albany common councilman says he'll introduce a measure next year that would require most new city employees to live in the city. [CBS6]

Cohoes police say they arrested an elderly man after he allegedly tried to steal a car with a toddler in the back. [Troy Record]

Momentive Performance Materials is rolling back a pay cut for its salaried employees -- but not for its hourly workers. [Troy Record]

Waterford police say a man stopped for DWI this past weekend registered a blood alcohol level almost three times the legal limit. [CBS6]

Colonie High School is letting out 20 minutes earlier this week so buses can avoid the traffic around Colonie Center. [TU]

In an attempt to save money the state Division of Budget will not be providing printed copies of the 2010 state budget. [NYO]

If you're in search of a 25-pound chocolate Santa, try Wilton. [Saratogian]


I guess the obstetrician will lose her license to practice medicine if she is convicted of a felony. Maybe that will stop some other docs from drinking and driving with children in the car, one can hope...

Shouldn't the Governor of New York, be referred to as such on first reference, not as simply "David Paterson".
I know you're not a newspaper, but still...

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.

What's All Over Albany?

All Over Albany is for interested and interesting people in New York's Capital Region. In other words, it's for you. It's kind of like having a smart, savvy friend who can help you find out what's up. Oh, and our friends call us AOA.


Recently on All Over Albany

Approval for another big apartment project, Warehouse District reuse, Pine Hills demos, and more exciting tales of the Albany planning board

Exciting Tales of the Albany Planning Board is a program recorded before a live studio audience once a month in which the fates of multi-million... (more)

Flowers from the Netherlands, then

Decorative arts break: The earthenware tiles above are from the collection of the Albany Institute -- they date to around 1625 and they were made... (more)

Chuck Schumer is supporting marijuana decriminalization (and thinks legalization in states has worked out pretty well)

Chuck Schumer says he'll be introducing legislation for decriminalizing marijuana on the federal level, which would allow states to decide on the legality of recreational... (more)

History days at Cherry Hill and Ten Broeck Mansion

Historic Cherry Hill and the Ten Broeck Mansion in Albany are again hosting early May history days, this time on May 6: Historic Cherry Hill:... (more)

Morning Blend

Cities and trash + The city of Albany is apparently behind schedule on mapping out a plan for how to handle its trash after the... (more)

Recent Comments

... Also I would try a Tux shop. They do measurements for other tux shops all the time (for free), it's an industry courtesy. Waldorf Tux shop (Lark St) is an independently owned, "old school" tux shop--real sense of proper fitting---not just taking the "closest size" from the rack. ...

Chuck Schumer is supporting marijuana decriminalization (and thinks legalization in states has worked out pretty well)

...has 1 comment, most recently from ace

Where to donate a virtually new mattress?

...has 10 comments, most recently from EMB

Stuff to do this weekend

...has 1 comment, most recently from Audrey

A look around the new Cafe Madison

...has 2 comments, most recently from mg

The new season of the CDPHP Cycle bike share has started up

...has 4 comments, most recently from Paul