Four finalists for Albany police chief, apparent murder suicide in Columbia County, RPI refinancing almost hundreds of millions in debt, the next Siena basketball coach

The Albany police chief search committee has submitted the names of four finalists to Jerry Jennings. APD depty chief Steve Krokoff, who's been heading up the department, is among the finalists. Jennings says he will interview the four finalists during the next few weeks. He'll then submit his pick for confirmation by the common council. [CBS6] [TU] [Fox23] [YNN]

There's still no state budget. Senate Democrats offered a plan for reforming the process, which prompted Republicans to point out that maybe they should focus on the late budget first. David Paterson is now saying legislative leaders won't meet with him. And there was a six-foot-tall beaver roaming the halls of the capitol. [Daily Politics] [YNN] [TU] [Daily Politics] [TU CapCon]

Apparently some public employee union locals are willing to forgo this year's raise. [AP/TU]

Police say it appears a father killed his five-year-old son and then himself in southern Columbia County. [CBS6] [TU]

A man's body was found in the Hudson River near Hudson yesterday. [Fox23]

Schenectady police say a man was shot in the foot during an incident in which several shots were fired last night near Central Park (map) [WTEN] [TU]

New York City OTB is teetering on the edge of closure, which could threaten the season at Saratoga. [Saratogian]

Siena is expected to announce today that it's hired assistant Mitch Buonaguro to be its next basketball coach. [TU] [WNYT]

RPI wants to refinance $746 million in debt. [TU]

The extended home buyer tax credit doesn't seem to be prompting a whole lot of activity in the Capital Region. [TU]

Schenectady schools superintendent Eric Ely didn't get the job in Erie, Pennsylvania. [Daily Gazette $]

A man has been charged with buying at least some of the beer for the minors who allegedly trashed that house in North Greenbush. [Troy Record]

Saratoga Springs police say a man was arrested after throwing a dozen fluorescent light tubes out of his second story window onto the sidewalk along Broadway yesterday afternoon. [Saratogian]

The Troy public library raised $189,000 by selling two statues. [TU]

The Town of Clifton Park is thinking about buying a golf course. [Daily Gazette $]

An oncoming train had to be stopped in Clifton Park yesterday because a kid got his bike stuck on the tracks. [Saratogian]

New Yorkers submitted most checklists for this year's Great Backyard Bird Count. [Daily Gazette $]

The historic Cherry Hill Mansion in Albany has been freezing parts of its collection in attempt to kill off moths and beetles. [WNYT]

Yesterday was the annual trout stocking of Geyser Creek in Spa State Park. [Saratogian]


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As a union member I would accept a suspension of my yearly raise, too.

The fundamental concept of labor unions is the hsared struggle. We
all work together to protect the least among us, and the common good.
When we have a financial crisis and layoffs are on the table, it makes
sense that all of us should make a small sacrifice so that a few of us
don't make a large one.

On the other side, I understand the contractual issues at work.
Unionized employees have a contract, and the state is threatening to
break it's side of the deal. If that happened in the private sector,
the employer would be smacked with lawsuits soooo hard. While I,
personally, wouldn't mind foregoing something that I'm contractually
obligated to, it creates a "slippery slope" and we don't know where
the legislators will stop once they know they can bully the unions
into rewriting their contracts.

It's a tough situation. I don't want to see hardworking public
servants lose their jobs, and I want the New York State to be solvent.

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