Police say home invasions linked to drugs and gambling, Cuomo could wait until April, a familiar robbery attempt

The Albany Police Department said yesterday that the shooting of two men in a Pine Hills apartment last week appears to be connected to sales of pot. The APD said there have been 23 reported "home invasions" in the city over the last year and "illegal activity such as drug sales or gambling." [APD]

An Albany common councilman is proposing a law that would require new city employees to live in the city. The rule wouldn't apply to police and firefighters. [TU] [CBS6]

The Schenectady County DA is backing efforts to keep emails related to the Steven Raucci case from being made public. [Daily Gazette $]

Both houses of the state legislature passed a package of ethics reforms -- and shortly thereafter, David Paterson vowed to veto the bill. The governor says the package doesn't go far enough. [NYT] [Daily Politics] [TU]

"Insiders in the Cuomo camp" say Andrew Cuomo has decided to run for governor -- but might not formally announce until as late as April. [NYT]

Bruce Blakeman, the only Republican to officially announce a challenge to Kirsten Gillibrand for the US Senate, was in Albany yesterday trying to drum up attention. Among his tactics: donuts for the Capitol press corps. [TU] [NYT]

The state AG's office announced that it's suing four telemarketing companies for allegedly using lies and harassment to get people to donate money. One of the accused companies was allegedly run out of a "call center" in the basement of a house in Colonie. The man who allegedly ran the operation in Colonie yesterday denied the charges. [NYT] [TU] [CapNews9]

After news surfaced that it was the victim of an alleged scammer who purportedly was trying to buy the business, the Cappiello cheese company says it's actually looking for investors to help it expand. [Daily Gazette $] [TU]

A provision in the Paterson budget plan would allow the Saratoga racino to stay open 24/7. [Daily Gazette $]

Police say they arrested a man for allegedly trying to steal Xanax from a Saratoga pharmacy after an employee recognized the man... from the last time he tried to rob the pharmacy. [WTEN] [Saratogian]

There's a big organic farming and gardening conference in Saratoga this weekend. [Post-Star]

The state tournament for high school basketball is moving from Glens Falls to Albany next year. [Post-Star]


My house got burglarized last week and it wasn't related to either drugs or gambling. I think it's horrible that the APD generalized the crimes as they did in their press release. IMHO, it's an attempt to give community members a false sense of security, and it's wrong.

@Stu - Burglarized while you were out or Invaded while you were home? I've always assumed that victims of home-invasions were not random, but targeted because of some type of activity.

@ slilly - while i was out. i live in a semi bad area, so i'm always cautious to keep my blinds drawn so people can't see my stuff, try to eliminate people thinking i had anything worth stealing...but none the less, someone broke in and took some electronics (the type of stuff that most likely only kids would steal). to APD's credit, they seemed to do a thorough job gathering evidence, the got some finger prints and took pictures of foot prints left in the snow. it just sucks getting broken into. even worse, it sucks living in an area where it seems like many people could care less about the consequences of their actions.

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