Owner of Lark Tavern says she'll rebuild, Paterson tells NYSTI board to resign, family says strangers saved father from burning wreck, raccoon knocks out power

Joe Bruno was sentenced to two years in federal prison, with three years of post-release supervision and $280,000 in restitution. He's allowed to stay out on bail until the Supreme Court rules on theft of honest services cases before it. (A speed-read all the coverage.) [AOA]

Investigators are still looking into what started the fire at the Lark Tavern. Firefighters say the fire started in a back kitchen prep area. Albany's fire chief credited the building's 1877 construction for holding up to the fire. The kitchen and bar apparently can be saved, but everything else was ruined. Tess Collins says she's planning to rebuild: "A lot of the things that people came in here to see have been ruined, but we'll make something else that's just as cool." The community is rallying support for Collins and her staff. Matt Baumgartner reports that the Lark Tavern Fire Fund has already raised more than $10,000. [WTEN] [WNYT] [Fox23] [CBS6] [YNN] [TU] [Friday Puppy]

David Paterson is threatening to (maybe) keep the legislature in special session until it passes a budget. [Daily Politics]

Paterson sent a letter to the NYSTI board telling the members to resign -- or he'll fire them. [TU] [Daily Gazette $]

Chris Gibson, the Republican challenging Scott Murphy for the NY 20th Congressional District, says the Department of Homeland Security should be eliminated. [TU]

The Colonie man accused of speeding through a stop sign and colliding with a friend's car in a fatal crash this past March has been charged with charged with criminally negligent homicide, reckless driving and DWAI. [YNN] [Fox23]

Ken Green, the former head of the Saratoga Economic Development Corp, has pleaded guilty to felony DWI yesterday and as part of the deal will spend 20 weekends in jail. He'll be required to report Friday evenings and be released Monday mornings. [TU] [Saratogian] [Post-Star]

The 78-year-old woman who drove drunk and crashed into a daycare center in Albany last year has been sentenced to 2-7 years in prison. [Fox23] [YNN]

Guilderland police say a drunk volunteer firefighter clipped a cop with his car while heading to a fire. [TU]

Chuck Schumer says the planned second track railroad track between the Rensselaer train station and Schenectady is stuck because of a disagreement between the state and CSX. [WTEN]

Chuck Schumer is pushing for federal money to help apple growers plant trees for in-demand honeycrisp and gala apples. [Post-Star]

The websites for both the Saratogian and the Troy Record apparently were spreading viruses via a malicious ad yesterday (the two papers are owned by the same parent company). Some computers at Skidmore were apparently affected by the virus. [Saratogian] [Troy Record] [Post-Star]

National Grid says a raccoon got into a substation and knocked out power to more than 6k customers in Albany County last night. [CBS6]

The family of a Clifton Park man says two strangers stopped to pull the 85-year-old man out of the burning wreckage of car accident. [Fox23]

Say Something!

We'd really like you to take part in the conversation here at All Over Albany. But we do have a few rules here. Don't worry, they're easy. The first: be kind. The second: treat everyone else with the same respect you'd like to see in return. Cool? Great, post away. Comments are moderated so it might take a little while for your comment to show up. Thanks for being patient.

What's All Over Albany?

All Over Albany is for interested and interesting people in New York's Capital Region. In other words, it's for you. It's kind of like having a smart, savvy friend who can help you find out what's up. Oh, and our friends call us AOA.

Search

Recently on All Over Albany

The week ahead

Here are a few things to keep in mind, look forward to, or keep busy with this week, from the weather (steamy), to the track,... (more)

An opinion on blood plasma centers, methadone clinics, a large logo, and other exciting tales of the Albany Planning Board

Exciting Tales of the Albany Planning Board is a program recorded before a live studio audience once a month in which the fates of multi-million... (more)

Exploring Washington County

The rural, rolling hills of Washington County are just about an hour northeast of Albany on a scenic ride along Route 40. The county is... (more)

Morning Blend

Next Albany police chief + Kathy Sheehan has appointed Eric Hawkins to be the next Albany police chief. He's currently the police chief in Southfield,... (more)

The Cornplanter pipe tomahawk

We got a chance this week to stop in the State Museum and see an interesting artifact that's newly on display, Cornplanter's Pipe Tomahawk. The... (more)

Recent Comments

... The theft itself of this important Native American artifact is an important part of its story. It's really a miracle that almost 70 years later that the Cornplanter pipe tomahawk ended up back at the State Museum, instead of remaining in someone's secret, private collection acquired illicitly, or even worse, not cared for professionally and therefore damaged, destroyed, or lost forever.

Exploring Washington County

...has 2 comments, most recently from Katie

Scanning that New York State Department of Health report that argues the case for legalizing recreational marijuana

...has 12 comments, most recently from Megan m

The Cornplanter pipe tomahawk

...has 2 comments, most recently from Ed

Morning Blend for Jul 20

...has 1 comment, most recently from Amy

Local places to buy head scarves?

...has 2 comments, most recently from Summer