Paterson criticizes judge for blocking furloughs, school board member defends Facebook photos, kidnappers called "as low as it gets," 50 years of Caffe Lena

David Paterson criticized US District Judge Lawrence Kahn's decision to grant a temporary restraining order blocking the state worker furloughs. And he accused Kahn of hindering his ability to act as CEO of the state. [State of Politics] [WTEN]

Jimmy Vielkind calls Neil Breslin's anti-furlough resolution a "classic political defense for a legislator stuck between a rock and a hard place" (Breslin voted for the budget extender). Jack McEneny told WNYT he voted for the furlough-including extender because "I felt in confidence the courts would reverse it." [TU] [WNYT]

Paterson says he won't take a pay cut this year, but a furlough... [NYT City Room]

So why is the budget process stuck? Perhaps because the legislature is bad at playing tennis. [YNN]

The state's 2007 ticket scalping law is about to expire -- which could mean no more sites like StubHub in New York. [NYDN]

The TU reports that the Facebook page for a 23-year-old Averill Park school board member includes photos of keg stands and other potentially objectionable content. The man told CBS6: "Every meeting I come to I'm clear-headed and what I do on the weekends to socialize with my friends has nothing to do with my fiscal responsibility." [TU] [CBS6]

The two men accused of kidnapping and torturing an Albany woman because her brother stole a safe from them have been sentenced to 22 years in prison. Said Albany County judge Thomas Breslin: "You two are about as low as it gets." [Troy Record] [TU]

Ana Monteiro, the former fiancee of fallen Albany community leader Aaron Dare, was sentenced to 6-20 years in prison for her role in Dare's mortgage fraud schemes. Albany County Judge Thomas Breslin called her "a willing pawn." [Fox23] [TU]

Donald Harder III, the former Saratoga sheriff's deputy who pleaded guilty to menacing and sexual abuse of women while he had been on the job, was sentenced to six months in jail. And he doesn't have to register as a sex offender. [Saratogian] [TU]

Four people have been indicted for the fatal shooting on Maple Ave in Schenectady in February. The shooting appears to have been the result of a feud between two groups. [Fox23] [TU]

The Harvard School of Public Health is conducting a study of mercury exposure around the LaFarge cement plant in Ravena. [TU]

Contingency budgets for school districts this year will have a zero percent limit on spending increases. [Daily Gazette $]

CDTA has reorganized its routes in Schenectady. It says the changes are the most significant in decades. [YNN] [Daily Gazette $]

It appears the Riggis are moving ahead with plans to knock down the Wayland House at 23 Greenfield Ave in Saratoga Springs. Historic preservationists had been trying to block demolition of the house. A back section of the property has already been taken down. [Saratogian] [TU] [Post-Star]

Frost has damaged some local apple and strawberry crops -- and grapes in the Hudson Valley. [Daily Gazette $] [YNN]

The Thruway's first high-speed E-ZPass lanes open at the Woodbury toll plaza today. [AP/CBS6]

There's now a memorial for Troy police officers who were killed in the line of duty. [Troy Record]

Menges & Curtis in Saratoga is giving up its traditional prescription business. [Saratogian]

This weekend marks the 50th anniversary of Caffe Lena. [Post-Star]



"And he accused Kahn of hindering his ability act as CEO of the state."

"It says the chances are the most significant in decades."

Editors: Fixed. Thank you for participating in collaborative copyediting.

Alex wrote: Ahem..."And he accused Kahn of hindering his ability act as CEO of the state." "It says the chances are the most significant in decades." (Editors: Fixed. Thank you for participating in collaborative copyediting.)

Actually, I think "ability act" fits better and is more informative.

Seriously Alex? That's the second time in a week you've commented solely to nitpick over grammar. That's obnoxious.

If you notice a typo or grammatical error you don't have to gloat about it publicly; you can write to the editor privately. Most people, including the AOA editors, appreciate the catch.

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