Two men shot in Pine Hills, legislators propose new ethics oversight, alleged horse slasher pleads guilty, struck Saratoga pedestrians ticketed

Albany police say two men were shot on Ontario Street near St. Rose yesterday evening (map). They say how the shooting went down was unclear. The two men's injuries were not considered life threatening. St. Rose security said the campus was locked down temporarily while police searched for suspects. [CBS6] [TU] [CapNews9] [ASP]

The Troy police overtime was almost double the amount budgeted for last year. The city's highest paid employee last year was a police sergeant who made $140,738.10 -- almost half of that overtime. [Troy Record] [TU]

State legislative leaders introduced a package of ethics reforms that would create new watchdogs for the legislature, the executive branch and lobbyists. David Paterson said the plan isn't enough because it doesn't require legislators to disclose their outside business clients. A "top aide" said the governor won't sign the bill in its current form. [TU] [NYT] [Daily Politics]

Documents filed by Andrew Cuomo's office in state supreme court allege that Pedro Espada may have violated tax, election, labor law -- and committed fraud, too -- as head of a Bronx health care group. Espada called the investigation by the AG a "witch hunt driven by his political ambitions." [NYT] [TU]

The man accused of slashing and killing a horse in Rensselaer County a little more than a year ago pleaded guilty yesterday. He could get 3.5-7 years in prison. [TU] [Troy Record]

It looks like that new UAlbany dorm will not end being built on 11 acres of the Harriman State Office Campus, as neighbors had hoped. [TU]

William and Alissia Rivenburgh -- the million dollar lottery winners facing drug charges -- pleaded guilty yesterday. The couple was so short on money when arrested that they couldn't afford bail. (Earlier on AOA: Not so lucky?) [TU] [Daily Gazette $]

During a recording of his interrogation, Steven Raucci sounded calm and referred to himself in the third person. [Daily Gazette $] [TU]

Albany police say a man was stabbed near the intersection of Central and Washington yesterday evening (map). [CapNews9]

The Albany landfill is now accepting plastics numbered 3-7 for recycling. The landfill is aiming to eventually recycle 60 percent of its waste. [TU] [Fox23]

Said a parent at last night's meeting about discipline problems at Troy's Doyle Middle School: "The school is out of control and something needs to be done. It's a zoo and the animals are running the show." [Troy Record]

The APD says someone is passing himself off as a city fire inspector in an effort to scam small businesses. The latest business targeted was a Lark Street flower shop. [Troy Record] [Fox23]

The couple hit by a car while crossing Broadway in Saratoga on New Year's Eve has been ticketed for jaywalking. [Saratogian]

A Troy group, which includes RPI students, on a mission trip to Haiti is safe. [WNYT] [Troy Record]

GlobalFoundries has completed its acquisition of a Singaporean chip foundry. As a result, the Luther Forest chip fab will now be known as "Fab 8" (it had been Fab 2). [TU] [Saratogian]

RPI and the GE Global Research Center both offer their employees back-up child care. [WNYT]

A Latham woman is a finalist in the Pillsbury Bake-Off. [CapNews9]

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