State of the State today, hundreds show up for save-the-Y meeting, Some Girls "in jeopardy," Murphy says he was "clotheslined" in the House

David Paterson is scheduled to deliver his State of the State address this afternoon at 1 pm (webcast). He's expected to propose a set of reforms aimed at fighting political corruption. Among the proposals: terms limits for legislators and a requirement that legislators disclose their outside income. [NYT] [TU]

The executive director of the Capital District YMCA said last night at a community meeting that the Washington Ave location -- which is on the verge of closing -- lost almost $400k last year. He said the location currently has 1800 memberships -- and, to stay open, needs 2500 by April and 3500 by the end of the year. About 400 people showed up for the meeting. [TU] [@sebastienbarre] [ACO]

The Duanesburg Central School District announced yesterday that almost $3 million had been stolen from its accounts electronically last month. The district says about $2.5 million has been recovered. The theft came to light after the district's bank flagged a transaction to an overseas bank account. A district official says they thought they had "the proper safeguards in place" to prevent such a crime. The FBI and state police are investigating. The district says it does not believe the theft was an inside job. The district has a budget of $15 million. [Daily Gazette $] [CapNews9] [CBS6] [WTEN] [Fox23] [TU] [WNYT]

After years of planning, the Albany Police Department recently installed cameras in its patrol cars. Here's press release explaining how the system works. [TU] [APD]

There was a "People's State of the State" rally outside the Capitol yesterday, at which NYPIRG's Blair Horner said there's a "political crime wave" in the Capitol. Advocates for the poor also called for increasing the minimum wage to $10/hour. [Troy Record] [CapNews9]

City policy in Saratoga Springs requires that two drivers occupy vehicles involved in snow removal -- a provision that public works commissioner says has become unworkable because of job cuts. [Saratogian]

The president of the Troy City Council says the body will hold up the proposed sale of the city's Uncle Sam parking garage. The garage was to be sold for $2.15 million. [Troy Record] [TU]

The Albany School District is looking at making changes to better compete with the city's charter schools. [TU]

Jack Cunnigham, who was just voted out as Bethlehem supervisor, is becoming the the public works commissioner in Colonie. [TU]

Schenectady police say a crossing guard may have been asleep on the job Monday morning. [Daily Gazette $]

Troy police say a robbery Monday afternoon set off a car chase between the victim and the alleged mugger. [Troy Record]

A man in Rensselaer County is accused of trying run down another man with a snow plow. [TU]

Preservationists says state funding cuts are endangering the state's collection of Civil War battle flags. [Saratogian]

The owners of Some Girls Boutique in Troy say the recent code problems with the Cannon Building have put their business "in jeopardy." [Troy Record]

Scott Murphy says he was "clotheslined" by a police officer while walking into the House chamber at the US Capitol because the officer didn't recognize him. [Saratogian]


@anyone at the Y meeting Metroland wrote a scathing article about how CD Y had pretty much already made up their mind to close the facility and didn't really seem interested in saving it. I love Metroland, but I don't exactly look to them for objective reporting. What was the sense from people who were there?

RE: State of the State

Why, oh why did I not read this when I woke up this morning late from a headache to drive into work and not be able to park ANYWHERE near the Plaza (where I work) b/c EVERYTHING was reserved. I had no idea why! DOH!! If I read AOA in the AM, when I'm at home (by chance) maybe I'd know these things. I deserved that!

Can anybody provide me with some background on the current Uncle Sam Parking Garage lease? Sounds like an insanely sweet deal for the tenant. Also sounds like the ten-years worth of unilateral options prevents the City from simply borrowing against the garage's future earnings.

I live across the corner from that garage, so this matters to me. What's the lowdown on that lease?


@jackers: I think I saw some people from Metroland there last night (Ali H taking some notes), stay tuned. Brown tried to send a message of "urgency" by announcing the Y could close. Not that he wanted to close it, or that it was already decided. A lot of community leaders spoke that night, expressing how much they rely on the Y, and that they want to help. Brown said he would cooperate with them. I was a little surprised how much he put on the community's shoulders to save the Y; besides lowering the price, I didn't see much of a plan on his side, so everybody will have to get creative. The YMCA organization itself has been around for a while, there is no way this kind of situation has not happened to a urban Y before, somewhere else in the country: if there is a record of such an event, maybe we could learn about what they tried to do, what worked, and what didn't.

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