Still no budget, town supervisor accused of arson, Sweeney goes to jail early, RPI construction is a blast, lottery winner tired of being told he's a fool

There is still no state budget. There is squabbling, though. And legislators have gone home. Said David Paterson: "We're going to have to exert a greater effort to get this budget done." [TU] [Fox23] [WTEN] [YNN]

State leaders couldn't work out a plan to save New York City OTB -- and the betting operation could close on Sunday. NYRA, which runs the Saratoga track, is funded in part by NYC OTB -- and businesses in Saratoga say they're starting to worry about this year's season. [Daily Politics] [YNN] [TU] [Post-Star]

One measure that legislators have found time to work on: a bill that would regulate the sale of returned underwear. [CBS6]

Henry Traver, the Coeymans town supervisor, was arrested yesterday on the charge that he burned down his own house in 2008. The Albany County DA's office says the house wasn't insured and Traver never filed a claim. An investigator said there had been no apparent motive at the time -- but an unnamed person stepped forward with info this week (a "source" tells WNYT it may have been... Traver). Traver's only been supervisor for three months. [WTEN] [YNN] [TU] [CBS6] [WNYT] [Fox23]

John Sweeney reported to the Saratoga County jail yesterday to start serving his 30-day term for DWI. Sweeney wasn't due to report until at least next week after his scheduled sentencing. Sweeney's attorney says the former Congressman wanted to get on with his life. With good behavior, Sweeney could be out in 20 days. [TU] [Saratogian] [WNYT] [CBS6]

Republican David Malpass officially announced he's into the pool of challengers to Kirsten Gillibrand. The race for the US Senate seat is attracting a lot of money -- most of it going to Gillibrand. George Pataki told the WSJ that he will not run against KG. [NYDN] [Daily Politics] [WSJ]

Scott Murphy is proposing legislation that would lay out a road map for balancing the federal budget. [Post-Star]

Schenectady schools superintendent Eric Ely told last night's school board meeting that he's looking for a new job both because he wants to leave and feels that he has to. [Fox23]

A passenger in the car that allegedly hit and killed Ryan Rossley in downtown Saratoga in March has been charged with evidence tampering. Prosecutors allege that the man helped replace the damaged windshield on the car. [Saratogian] [Post-Star]

When school board budgets go up for a vote, voters often don't know how much the new budgets will increase their taxes. [TU]

SEFCU is moving some of its offices to downtown Schenectady. [TU]

RPI has begun blasting for the construction of its new president's residence. The City of Troy says it's monitoring the blasts. [Troy Record] [CBS6]

The Fasig Tipton facility in Saratoga is getting a big makeover. [Saratogian]

Residents from Albany's Pine Hills neighborhood pushed for the Board of Zoning Appeals to crack down on a landlord whose South Allen Ave apartment house that allegedly includes raucous parties, blowing trash and offers of pot over the fence. [TU]

Said the Schenectady man who won $1 million in the lottery and then ended up in jail for dealing drugs: "I'm tired of hearing everybody say 'You had this and you're a fool." [Daily Gazette $]

Earlier on AOA: Not so lucky


How can any NYS politician think they will be re-elected? Ever?

How can they possibly be SO out of touch with reality? With the needs of their constituents?

I wish NYS wasn't such good fodder for SNL's 'Really!?! With Seth and Amy''

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