Paterson to propose budget today, questions about APD chief salary, protest planned for Bruno fundraiser, the "conscious" candy machine

David Paterson is scheduled to release his 2010-2011 budget proposal today.

Last night's special session of the legislature didn't include action on the proposal to increase the state's cap on the number of charter schools (though senators did find time to squabble over parliamentary procedure). The state has until 4:30 today to file its application for $700 million in federal funding -- and removal of the charter school cap is seen as a key part of that application. [AP/Post-Star] [TU] [Fox23] [TU]

Jerry Jennings is hoping to a close a gap in the next Albany budget by getting the state to advance almost $40 million in PILOT money for the ESP. [TU]

As Albany searches for a new police chief, the question has come up: does the job pay enough? [TU]

The heads of both the Albany and Saratoga Democratic parties say they're worried that David Paterson's planned gubernatorial campaign could bring down other Democratic candidates on the November ballot. [TU]

There's a fundraiser for Joe Bruno's legal defense fund tonight at the Desmond -- and there's also a protest planned for outside the fundraiser. Bruno has apparently burned through his leftover campaign cash paying for his legal defense. [Daily Politics] [Post-Star] [Daily Politics]

The Schenectady Fire Department says it had to rescue six people from the third floor of an apartment building using a ladder yesterday. The SFD says a four-year-old playing with a lighter started the fire. [Fox23] [TU]

Troy police investigated four incidents of reported gunfire over the weekend -- but didn't find any victims. [Troy Record]

The Troy man who was shot in the head last fall while trying to disburse a group of teens is still in the hospital. [TU]

Robert Henry, the man who was extradited from Troy to Tennessee last year after it turned up he was a fugitive, will soon be up for parole. [Troy Record]

The rash of car break-ins in Colonie continues. [Fox23]

Schenectady is getting more than four miles of new/imporoved bike path. [TU]

A plan to build new sidewalks and bike paths in Colonie is stuck. [TU]

Former Albany common councilman and mayoral candidate Corey Ellis has landed a job with the state Department of Labor. [TU]

A Saratoga woman has created a line of "Conscious Candy" vending machines. [Saratogian]

In case you missed it over the long weekend:

Rensselaer police say they found a teen shot in the leg on the Dunn Memorial Bridge early Sunday. They say the teens says the shooting was the continuation of fight from earlier in the night. [TU] [WNYT]

The TU's Brendan Lyons reports that a downtown Albany nightclub owner has "unique ties" to city officials and cops. The story also includes mention of the assault on Steve Barnes. [TU]

A state board delayed for another month its decision on whether the New Covenant charter school in Albany will have its chartered renewed. [CapNews9]

The first Republican to officially declare a challenge to Kirsten Gillibrand for the US Senate is Long Islander Bruce Blakeman. [CapNews9]

Nelson Costello, the man who pleaded guilty to killing David Bacon 40 years ago in Waterford, was sentenced to 5-17 years in prison. [CapNews9]

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