Paterson says he never promised to not lay off state workers, Paladino into the pool for governor, police officers suspended, local family going to White House for Easter egg roll

David Paterson on the deal he struck with the state worker unions last year to trade the new, cheaper pension tier for a no-layoffs pledge: "I never promised I would not lay anyone off." Appearing at an Easter egg hunt in Albany Sunday, the governor said: "it's time for everyone to make a sacrifice." [TU] [WNYT]

Buffalo-area real estate developer Carl Paladino is scheduled to announce this afternoon that he's running for governor as a Republican. He says he's willing to spend $10 million of his own money on the campaign. If he elected, he said: "I will chop and I will chop their budget until they stop their nonsense." The Buffalo news describes Paladino as "outspoken" and "a man of contradictions." [YNN] [AP/Troy Record] [AP/Troy Record] [Buffalo News]

An employee of the state Department of Labor has apparently been assigned to sit at home and call into the office twice a day -- at a salary of $115k/year. [TU]

A Rotterdam family has reached a $5.2 million settlement with two obstetricians and Albany Med over a mother's death following a Caesarean section. The family's attorney said the death was caused by a "cascade of errors." As part of the settlement, Albany Med is funding a 20-year lecture series on patient safety and is investing in equipment for additional training. More than a third of births in New York State are via C-section. [Daily Gazette $] [WTEN] [TU] [TU]

The 12-year-old girl authorities said was forced by her mother to climb through pet doors to assist in robberies, in her victim impact statement: "Tell my mom that I will never forgive her." [TU]

David Paterson was one of the governors who received a threatening letter from the "Guardians of Free Republics." [Fox23] [Christian Science Monitor]

Green Island firefighters pulled an unconscious six-year-old boy from a house fire Friday. They boy was taken to the Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse for treatment. The firefighter who found the boy credited a group effort for saving the boy from the heat and thick black smoke. [WTEN] [Troy Record] [TU]

A Schenectady police sergeant has been suspended for letting suspended officer John Lewis drive home after one his alleged incidents of DWI. [Daily Gazette $]

An Albany cop has been suspended after he was arrested for allegedly harassing his ladyfriend at her home in Halfmoon over the weekend. The officer's ladyfriend herself was arrested Saturday for allegedly trashing the cop's house. [TU] [WNYT]

The attorney for a man injured during a fight on Pearl Street in Albany in 2006 alleges that state troopers tampered with surveillance video of the incident. [TU]

Albany police say a car intentionally ran down a guy on a bike at Central and Ontario early Saturday morning. The hit-and-run (literally, police the people allegedly in the car ran away on foot after hitting the bike) apparently followed some sort of dispute. [Fox23] [WTEN] [TU]

Yassin Aref, one of the two Albany men convicted of being connected to a fake terrorism plot, is the lead plaintiff in a suit protesting the conditions at federal prisons in Illinois and Indiana. [Daily Gazette $]

Police say a woman drove drunk last week through the Glenville scene of an investigation into an alleged case of... drunken driving. [WTEN]

The River Rats played their last home game in Albany. [Fox23]

Movie producers say Schenectady's a bargain. [Daily Gazette $]

A Glenville family is taking part in this year's White House Easter egg roll. [Daily Gazette $]


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