Bruno sentencing scheduled for today, Paterson says lag pay could stop furloughs, fares flying lower after Southwest

Joe Bruno is scheduled to be sentenced today. If he's sent to prison, he'd be one of the oldest inmates in the federal prison system. [NYT]

Democratic state legislative leaders say they won't stop the proposed state worker furloughs. Hugh Farley says Republican senators plan to vote against the budget extender if it includes a furlough. Local assemblyman Bob Reilly -- a Democrat -- said he also said he would vote against it if it included furloughs. There are still a lot of questions about the details of the proposed furlough. The state labor department says furloughed employees wouldn't be eligible for unemployment. [NYDN] [AP/Daily Gazette $] [TU CapCon] [TU] [CBS6]

David Paterson said yesterday that the state worker unions could avoid the furloughs if they accept five days of lag pay. [TU CapCon]

By the way: there's still no budget. And the legislature has gone home. [YNN] [State of Politics]

The consultancy hired to help Troy site a new city hall has recommended either the former Verizon Building (currently serving as the temporary city hall) or the old Proctor's Theater. [TU]

The review panel for the Hudson River PCB dredging project appears to be leaning toward recommending a longer timeline. [TU]

One of the 74 State's lenders is moving to foreclose on the hotel. [TU]

There's more rumbling about the property tax assessment process in Schenectady. [Daily Gazette $]

It appears that Southwest has pushed down fare prices at ALB over the 10 years its flown out of the airport. [TU]

NYRA is pushing for the right to stream its races on its websites. [Saratogian]

Police say an investigation into alleged incident of domestic violence led them to file burglary charges against two former UAlbany football players. Police say a woman told them she had been assaulted by one of the players after she had danced on the stage with Flo Rida at Fountain Day. [TU] [Fox23]

Albany police say a young pregnant woman was stabbed three times by another woman yesterday afternoon. They say the women knew each other. [WTEN] [Fox23]

A former teacher at Troy High School alleges that she was discriminated against during recent layoffs because she took maternity leave. In 1995. [Troy Record]

A film slated to be shot in the Capital Region this summer tentatively stars Josh Hartnet, Ellen Burtstyn and the guy who played the military commander in Avatar. [TU]

Olympic speed skater Trevor Marsicano will be honored with a parade in Ballston Spa on Friday. [Post-Star]

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