Mayor says Albany faces "financial tsunami," ESP man caver gets a year in jail, Skidmore moves into new Zankel Center

During his state of the city speech last night, Jerry Jennings said Albany is facing the possibility of a "a financial tsunami" in 2011. The mayor said the city will be bringing in outside financial consultants to help develop a plan. He also continued his call for "appropriate equitable state aid" to the city. [WTEN] [TU] [CapNews9]

The janitor who pleaded guilty in the ESP Man Cave case was sentenced to a year in jail and scolded for bringing "contempt and ridicule" on state workers. [CapNews9] [TU]

Parts of the Cannon Building on Monument Square in Troy have re-opened after the building inspectors shut it down for code violations. Harry Tutunjian tweeted yesterday that the building is still without water. [TU] [@TroyMayor]

The new president of the Schenectady city council is calling for voters to dump the city's school board members in the spring elections. [TU]

New York State Republicans don't appear to be all that fired up about Rick Lazio and his run for governor. [NYT]

The Global Foundries chip fab project has prompted Saratoga County to look at the way it distributes sales tax revenue. [Post-Star] [Saratogian]

The bankruptcy of one of Arbor Hill's biggest property owners has led to more blight in the neighborhood. [TU]

Schenectady police say a teen was hit by a car while crossing Erie Blvd Monday morning. The teen was airlifted to Albany Med. Police say it appears the driver had the green light. [CBS6] [TU] [CapNews9]

Said a man arrested a Troy church New Year's Eve for making a scene: "I'm a lunatic, I'll admit to that." [Troy Record]

Skidmore's music department moved into the new $32.5 million Zankel Center yesterday. Among the items moved: a $100,000 grand piano. [Saratogian] [Post-Star]

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