Suspended Schenectady cop arrested again, Cuomo to declare in March?, man arrested for 65th time, local pilot flies supply missions to Haiti

Suspended Schenectady police officer John Lewis has been arrested. Again. It's his sixth arrest in the last two years. In this most recent case, he's accused of causing a car accident in the Ellis Hospital parking lot after he allegedly left the emergency department drunk. The SPD first tried to fire Lewis in 1998 for allegedly using a racial slur. The department's waiting for a decision on its most recent attempt to terminate him. [WNYT] [Daily Gazette $] [TU] [Fox23] [CBS6]

A "source close to [Andrew] Cuomo" tells the Daily News that Andrew Cuomo will officially announce he's running for governor in March. David Paterson's campaign manager says "it's clear Mr. Cuomo is running for governor." [NYDN] [NYDN]

David Paterson is apparently going to try again to get the state worker unions to give up their raises this year. [TU]

Colonie assemblyman -- and outspoken MMA critic -- Bob Reilly says he's willing to support a compromise bill that would legalize ultimate fighting in the state if certain restrictions were placed on the sport. [TU]

UAlbany cancelled a cage fighting match scheduled for the SEFCU Arena this past weekend after a state commission said the event appeared to violate state law. [@albstudentpress] [Daily Gazette $]

David Paterson is proposing legislation that would curb pharmaceutical marketing to doctors. [AP/Post-Star]

The governor has barred state troopers from the Governor's Mansion when his family is there. [NYDN]

Surprise (or not): state legislators aren't very forthcoming about how much money -- and from what sources -- they make in their outside jobs. [TU]

Scott Murphy says he'd like to see Congress break up the health care reform bill into smaller parts. [TU]

Filings in the Albany office of US Bankruptcy court were up 16 percent in 2009, compared to 2008 -- and 41 percent from 2007. [Post-Star]

The NLRB has ruled that Momentive Performance Materials violated its union contract when it cut employees' pay by 25 percent last year. That could mean the company will be on the hook for about $6 million in back pay. [Saratogian] [TU]

The City of Albany has settled a suit in which a woman alleged she was dragged from a police van while she was having an epileptic seizure in 2005. [TU]

Harry Tutunjian says Troy handled 139 nuisance abatement cases in 2009. Twenty-eight of the cases involved evictions for narcotics. [CapNews9] [Troy Record]

A special prosecutor has been named for John Sweeney's DWI case. [Saratogian]

Police say a man arrested in Waterford Friday has now been arrested 65 times. [Saratogian]

A state Supreme Court judge ruled that three people elected to the Rensselaer County legislature this past November can't also sit on their town boards. Such double office holding had gone unchallenged in the past. [TU] [Troy Record]

State police say a Columbia County dairy farmer killed 51 of his cows and then shot himself last Thursday. It appears the man killed only the members of his herd that needed to be milked twice a day. [WTEN] [TU]

Twenty-six dogs from an overcrowded shelter in South Carolina were flown into Albany this past weekend. They'll be up for adoption from shelters in New York and Vermont. [TU] [Fox23]

Local disaster response agencies say facilities for evacuated pets are now part of their plans. [TU]

An Albany man has been flying his private plane on supply missions to Haiti. He was part of an effort to transport doctors, food, water and baby formula to a part of the country that's cut off from the capital. [TU] [WNYT] [Saratogian]

Comments

Daily Gazette = out of their mind. NYTimes they ain't.

Perhaps Paterson should consider doing what Utah did - going to a 4 day work week (still getting 40 hours as workers worked 8-6). Saved tons of money on operating costs.

http://johannhari.com/2010/01/08/there-is-an-alternative-to-our-unhealthy-culture-of-overwork

@ xina

Interesting suggestion. Some school systems have done that as well. They have made there school days longer by an hour or so and have taken every-other Friday off.

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