Paterson attacks rumors, police say listening system reported gunshots first, county sending out prescription discount cards

In an interview with the AP, David Paterson defended himself against the still-unknown accusations that may or may not be included a New York Times article that may or may not be published. The frenzy of anticipation has led outlets to print all sorts of rumors. Rick Lazio called out the NYT yesterday in a letter, writing that if it doesn't have a story, it has "a moral obligation to stop the drama and the psychological warfare" on the governor. Neither NYT officials or reporters are commenting. And now some are saying Paterson might even come out ahead in all this. [AP/Post-Star] [NY Post] [Daily Politics] [Fox23] [NYO]

The bid to override David Paterson's veto of the ethics reform bill failed yesterday in the state Senate. Twenty-five Republicans and one Democratic voted to sustain the veto. Hugh Farley and Roy McDonald both voted to override. [TU] [NYT] [Daily Politics]

Troy police say a man was shot in North Central Friday night -- and they first heard about the shooting via the city's ShotSpotter system. The TPD says the system alerted officials 10 minutes before the first call related to the incident. [TU] [Troy Record] [WTEN]

A 19-year-old from Troy has been arrested for allegedly shooting an 18-year-old last week in north Albany. [TU]

During his State of the City address, Schenectady mayor Brian Stratton said last night that the city is freezing hiring and cutting other expenditures in an attempt to cover an upcoming $12.8 million budget gap. The city council also voted yesterday to move toward freeing itself from being responsible for taxes not paid to the school district. [WTEN] [Daily Gazette $] [CBS6] [Daily Gazette $]

The construction company that's building the GlobalFoundries chip fab at Luther Forest is moving its headquarters to the Watervliet Arsenal. Also: ATIC, the investment company funded by the government of Abu Dhabi, now owns 66 percent of GloFo. [TU] [Post-Star]

Two Ballston Spa teens were charged with felonies over the weekend for sending explicit text message pics. [WNYT]

A state supreme court judge has bounced the the lawsuit filed by an environmental group in an effort to stop expansion of the Albany landfill. [TU]

The feds have charged a Menands investment broker with felony securities fraud. The feds allege that his investment group was part of a Madoff-like scheme that involved more than 200 people and investments of $5.5 million. [Fox23] [TU] [CapNews9]

The Albany school district's interim superintendent says layoffs could start as early as March 1. [WNYT]

The state police superintendent told state legislators yesterday that every trooper car needs an automatic rifle because situations like last year's I-90 shootout. [WTEN]

A bill in the state Senate would allow medical professionals to administer the HPV vaccine to minors without parental consent. [TU]

Albany County is sending out prescription drug discount cards to every household in the county. Officials say the cards should provide a wide range of discounts (even on pet prescriptions) -- though the executive director for the Pharmacists Society of the State of New York calls them "a laugh." [WNYT] [TU] [CapNews9] [Troy Record]

The Rotterdam EMS is in trouble with the IRS. [Daily Gazette]

A manager for the Times Union allegedly threatened to have the paper investigate her arrest after was she was picked up in Waterford on suspicion of DWI. [TU]

A TV producer who lives in Saratoga will be a big part of NBC's coverage of the Olympics. [Saratogian]


I have a serious case of scandal fatigue.

Ah, 18. You're officially an adult, even if you're in a church youth group (I'm guessing for teens). As someone who went to high school, I think the extent of this prosecution is on the extreme side for teen sexting.

I'm sure Murphy's quotes were pulled to support the story, but he goes all gung-ho on prosecuting this kid for sexting, and then the other quote is essentially calling sexting a stupid accident.

I loved the story about the TU employee getting a DWI, then threatening the cops with some sort of investigation. I also loved that the TU did not pull any punches when running the full story. People who drink and drive should not get special treatment from their employers, no matter who they are. What makes her think she's above the law?

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