Cuomo investigation of Espada continues, turmoil in Troy over alleged drug investigation, indictment for shooting death near governor's mansion, Dino delayed

Andrew Cuomo has subpoenaed the state Senate for work records from members of Pedro Espada's staff. Said Cuomo: "We want to know where these people worked and when." "Sources" say the AG's office is trying to determine if Espada staffers were double dipping by working for both the Senate and Espada's Soundview health care org at the same time. [TU] [NYDN] [NY Post]

Economic indicator: the amount spent on lobbying at the state Capitol fell last year -- by 3.5 percent. That almost never happens. [TU] [NYT City Room]

Troy officials say they plan to bring in outside investigators to look into allegations of drug use by city employees. Harry Tutunjian said Troy PBA president Robert Fitzgerald's public disclosure this week of an ongoing investigation "warrants review." Fitzgerald says the investigation is "far and wide known throughout the City of Troy." Police chief John Tedesco says he can't confirm or deny the investigation. [Fox23] [Troy Record] [YNN] [WNYT]

When confronted with criticism at at school board candidates forum last night, Schenectady school district president Maxine Brisport blamed former president Jeff Janiszewski for creating the current "situation" at the district. [Daily Gazette $]

Chuck Schumer -- long a advocate for Wall Street -- has been relatively quiet (well, quiet for him) about the proposed crackdown on investment firms. [NYT]

A man has been indicted for the shooting death near the governor's mansion last fall. [TU]

Albany police say a man ripped the jewelry off an elderly woman at her Elm Street home last Saturday (map). [APD]

On the list of "heavy hitter" outstanding Saratoga Springs parking tickets: Uncommon Grounds. [Saratogian] [TU] *

A former Albany County prosecutor was disbarred yesterday for misconduct that allegedly included telling a client his divorce was finalized -- even though it wasn't. [TU]

Saratoga Springs police say Ken Green, the former head of the Saratoga Economic Development Corporation, was arrested for aggravated DWI yesterday afternoon. He was also charged with having a child in the car. Green resigned his post with SEDC in 2007 after a previous DWI arrest. He's credited with having helped start development at the Luther Forest tech campus. [TU] [Saratogian] [Daily Gazette $]

The alleged leader of a burglary sprees that hit as many as 100 homes in 2008 has pleaded guilty. [Daily Gazette $]

State police say the busted an elderly Green Island woman for allegedly having more than 450 cartons of bootleg cigarettes. [TU]

After finding out about his DWI arrest in the Capital Region in February, the NBA's Miami Heat have told former Siena star Kenny Hasbrouck to not suit up for its next two games. [AP/WTEN]

The company hired to conduct the city-wide reassessment in Troy says it will probably gain access to only about 30 percent of homes. [Troy Record]

The trees will be replaced on the reconstructed 19th Street in Watervliet (map). [TU]

There are now bike racks at Saratoga Springs' Maple Ave Middle School and its three elementary schools. The district had previously banned biking to school. [Saratogian]

The opening of the Dinosaur Bar-B-Que in Troy has been delayed until September. [TU Places and Spaces]

A guy in Rotterdam has a Ford electric pick-up truck -- one of a few remaining from a small batch made in 2000. [YNN] [Daily Gazette $]

(By the way: the slug on that Gazette story [from the url]: it's electric boogie woogie woogie)

* Disclosure: As anyone who reads AOA regularly knows, we work at UG all the time. And we've given away UG gift cards.

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No Dinosaur until September? NOOO!

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