Questions about moving Saratoga bar closing time, council votes down prayer before meetings, state high-speed rail program off the tracks, Funny Cide turns 10

There's some question as to whether Saratoga Springs could legally move the bar closing time to 2 am. Business owners don't seem to be too keen on the idea, either. [Saratogian] [Post-Star]

Albany police say a man arrested last week for allegedly possessing heroin has a rap sheet 58 pages long. Since 1974 the man the has faced 123 charges and been convicted 48 times. [TU] [Troy Record]

A non-governmental oversight body has accused Albany brokerage firm McGinn, Smith & Co. of securities fraud. The org alleges that the firm sold fraudulent securities connected to companies managed by the firm's president. [TU] [Daily Gazette $]

Congratulations, Charlton -- you have the Capital Region's highest census response rate. (The census is publishing this data on the web.) [TU]

The Albany Common Council voted down the prayer-before-meetings measure. [TU]

There's still no state budget. [YNN]

The four candidates (announced and not) for governor have pledged to support independent, nonpartisan redistricting for legislative and Congressional districts. (Our favorite gerrymandered New York district: NY Senate 51 -- or, as NYPIRG's Blair Horner calls it, "Lincoln riding a vacuum cleaner".) The group pushing for the pledge was organized by Ed Koch. [NYT] [NYT] [Daily Politics]

Carl Paladino: "I'm not a racist." And if don't believe him... ask his daughter. [Daily Politics] [Daily Politics]

Sam Hoyt, a state assemblyman and high-speed rail advocate, says the state's high-speed rail program is faltering. The state's high-speed rail director recently resigned, reportedly because she was upset about Paterson administration "lies." [TU] [NY Post]

Four local CSEA members have filed suit against the union over the Steven Raucci situation. [Daily Gazette $]

The North Colonie school district budget would increase taxes 3.6 percent. [TU]

Skidmore is trying to keep a lid on any 420 Day festivities. [Daily Gazette $]

The Watervliet Arsenal has ended its production run of "up-armor" for US military vehicles. The arsenal produced 21,000 of the kits. [Troy Record] [WNYT]

The owner of Beverly's in Saratoga has been arrested on child pornography charges. [Saratogian]

What is that blue liquid in Lake George? [CBS6]

Ronald Moore pleaded not guilty to charges from his arrest for allegedly driving drunk Sunday morning. Colonie police say Moore had a blood alcohol level of .12 (the legal limit is .08). Moore reportedly told police Sunday morning that he had had one beer at Dapp's. [TU] [WTEN] [Daily Gazette $]

BYU will play Vermont in men's basketball this December in Glens Falls -- if BYU star (and Glens Falls native) Jimmer Fredette doesn't go to the NBA. [Post-Star]

Today is Funny Cide's 10th birthday. [Saratogian]


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