Feds want to send Bruno away for 8 years, Martland to challenge Breslin, burglars stole while homeowners slept, Paladino forwards because he cares?

Federal prosecutors have recommended that Joe Bruno be sentenced to eight years in prison because, in their view, "the nature and circumstances of this offense are particularly egregious." Bruno's attorneys have asked for no prison time and a fine. The judge in Bruno case could issue a sentence ranging from no jail time to up to 10 years. Sentencing is scheduled for May 6. [TU] [NYT] [AP/Saratogian] [Daily Gazette $]

In an op/ed for NYT, David Paterson criticized proposals for the state to borrow money to solve the budget gap: "It only imposes a burden on future generations without a corresponding benefit." The budget fix worked up by lieutenant governor Richard Ravitch includes $2 billion in... borrowing. [NYT]

Roy McDonald called the state's cutoff of funding to construction project such as the Exit 6 SPUI "dangerous" and "financially stupid." McDonald is also proposing that NYRA be allowed to borrow $17 million against the money it's scheduled to get from the (proposed, possible, theorized, maybe someday) Aqueduct racino deal. [Saratogian] [Saratogian]

Luke Martland has officially announced that he's challenging Neil Breslin for the Democratic nomination for the 46th state Senate district. Said Martland in a statement: "Someone has to stand up and say 'enough,' and fight to end the dysfunction, corruption and incompetence that is crippling New York. I am running because I decided to stand up and say 'enough.'" At an event on Sunday, he criticized Breslin for having "done nothing to stop the politics-as-usual, pay-to-play ethical corruption and dysfunction." [Martland press release] [Martland press release] [TU]

Warren Redlich, an attorney from Guilderland, has been nominated as the Libertarian party candidate for governor. [TU]

According to the SEC complaint against Albany-based investment firm McGinn Smith and Co., president David Smith allegedly wrote in an email to an investor: "We purposefully make the accounting confusing so that you never really know where you are. Not as devious as Bernie M, but fairly efficient." [Daily Gazette $]

Saratoga supervisor Joanne Yepsen is expected to announce this week that she'll challenge Roy McDonald for the 43rd state Senate district. [State of Politics]

The two police officers assigned to cover Caroline Street during early morning hours after St. Patrick's Day this year were at the police station booking suspects when the bars closed -- that's around the same time Ryan Rossley was hit and killed. [TU]

The attorney for Jermayne Timmons, the teen convicted of firing the shot that killed Kathina Thomas, is appealing one of the counts on which Timmons was convicted. Timmons' attorney is arguing the conviction should be reversed because the prosecution never proved that the shot from Timmons' gun killed Thomas. [YNN] [TU]

A Rensselaer County legislator is alleging mail fraud in the campaign over whether politicians there should be allowed to hold town and county seats at the same time. [Troy Record]

Prompted by recent moves by Facebook, Chuck Schumer says the FTC should set guidelines for how social network sites share personal info. [AP/CBS6]

The Waterford-Halfmoon school district budget would increase taxes by 1.4 percent. (A broader roundup of school budgets from the Troy Record.) [Daily Gazette $] [Troy Record]

A non-profit is proposing to build a halfway house for federal prisoners in Rotterdam. [Daily Gazette $]

Albany police say a man was jumped, knocked out and his sneakers and mobile phone stolen early Sunday on South Pearl Street (map). [Fox23] [WNYT] [YNN]

Albany police say a two attackers threw beer in a man's face, knocked him out and stole his wallet early Saturday at Lark and Washington (map). [Fox23] [WNYT]

Rotterdam police say they're investigating a string a burglaries in the town's Coldbrook section this weekend (map). They say the homeowners were asleep upstairs during all the burglaries. [YNN] [Fox23] [WTEN]

Carl Paladino forwarded all those offensive emails because... he cares? [Buffalo News]

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