Thruway tolls increase, Albany schools to use lottery, the weekend in crime, the first baby of 2010

Thruway tolls went up five percent on Sunday, for both cash and EZ-Pass. State comptroller Tom DiNapoli criticized the increase, calling it "the last thing New Yorkers need now." [AP/Saratogian] [Fox23] [NYS OSC] [WNYT]

A 78-year-old woman was killed in Schenectady Saturday night after she was struck by a pick-up truck while crossing State Street near Proctors. The woman had been volunteering at the theater. The SPD says it's investigating the accident. [Daily Gazette $] [TU] [Fox23] [CapNews9]

Troy police say a man stole an idling SUV -- with two kids in it -- from outside a grocery store Friday morning. The TPD says the kids were found 45 minutes later, unharmed, along with the SUV. They say the suspect was arrested later that day. [Troy Record] [TU] [Troy Record]

Officials from the YMCA will be holding a meeting with the public this week to talk about what might be done to save the Washington Ave location in Albany. [Troy Record]

The Albany school district will be switching to a lottery system for filling slots in its pre-k programs. The old system was first-come-first-pick-wait-all-night. [TU]

The task force in charge of the search for candidates for Albany police chief has put together a two-page description for the position. [TU]

Schenectady police say a man was shot twice Friday night -- and then walked more than a mile to the hospital. [TU]

Albany police say a teen was stabbed eight times Friday morning (map). [WNYT]

The APD says two men were mugged on State Street near Washington Park Friday morning. Police say the victims were approached by a group of five men who asked for cigarette -- and then assaulted them. [Fox23] [Troy Record]

The Albany County sheriff's office says a woman suffered a compound leg fracture after she crashed while sledding at her home in New Scotland. (Yep, a compound fracture is the kind where the bone sticks out through the skin.) [WNYT]

A "a high-level source close to the White House" tells the NY Post that the Obama Administration is still against David Paterson running for governor this year. [NY Post]

Parts of Rensselaer County got almost a foot of snow yesterday. [Troy Record]

A new elementary school in Clifton Park is hoping to enroll students of international workers at facilities such as the Global Foundries chip fab. [Saratogian]

A guy in Malta has about 100,000 vinyl records. [TU]

The first 2010 Capital Region baby was a girl, born at Bellevue at 12:26 am New Year's Day. [TU] [Troy Record]


Obama needs to stay out of our business. Let us decide who we want our governor to be.

@ Grrr

Couldn't agree more. He also has commented that he wants Gillibrand to run unopposed. This isn't Chicago, why don't we just let democracy determine all of this.

Gillibrand running unopposed would not be surprising since the NYS GOP has such deep delusions that Rudy will be their saviour that pretty much every key election is practically unopposed as it is.

Jennings basically ran unopposed the last 2 elections.
Clinton basically ran unopposed in '06.
Spitzer won the election the day Pataki decided to not seek reelection.
McNulty pretty much ran unopposed all those years.

Then looking southward, you have Hinchey and his gerrymander where people are too scared to provide opposition and he actually HAS run unopposed. I thought the US was a democracy with open political voices...

Are you taking into account primaries and run-offs within parties? It is virtually unprecedented for a first-term President, one year into his tenure, to try and dictate so publicly who "can" or who "should" run for state offices.

Maybe Obama should worry more about his own political career and future. Remember too, he was very heavily involved in both the Virginia and New Jersey governor races this past year...0-2.

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