Stabbed Troy teen was to testify at trial, overtime for state workers stopped, student says he was suspended for wearing rosary, hoarding case in Troy, Sandra Lee's a hugger

The school boards in Schenectady, Troy and Cohoes are trying to figure what path to take after their budgets were voted down. The two new members of the Schenectady board are pushing for more cuts. [TU] [TU] [Troy Record] [Daily Gazette $]

Troy police say the teen stabbed outside the Boys & Girls Club this week had been subpoenaed to testify in the Ariel Myers trial -- and the hit doesn't appear random. The Rensselaer County DA and Myers' public defender are continuing to squabble over who's responsible for the mistrial in the case. [Fox23] [Troy Record] [WTEN]

In a bid to save money, David Paterson has stopped state agencies from paying overtime. [NYDN]

The Paterson administration is now pitching the soda tax with a twist -- the elimination of sales tax on diet soda and bottled water. [NYT]

Rick Lazio has picked Gregory Edwards, the Chataqua County exec, as his potential running mate for lieutenant governor. [NYT]

Carl Paladino started an Erie Canal campaign tour yesterday in Albany. Paladino said if he doesn't win the Republican or Conservative nominations, he'll form his own party to run for governor. [TU] [State of Politics]

Army investigators have reportedly turned up fingerprints and DNA on the gun that killed Colonie soldier Amy Seyboth Tirador. The military has said that Seyboth Tirador's death was a suicide, but her family has argued it was murder. [TU]

A Catholic priest who's served at a handful of parishes in the Capital Region pleaded guilty last week to abusing two young boys in Delaware County. [TU]

A former Albany police officer was sentenced to 30 months in prison after pleading guilty to a child pornography charge. [WNYT]

The price of an average domestic airfare at ALB was 28th highest among big airports during the last quarter of 2009, according to a report from the federal Department of Transportation. A spokesman for the airport says the average per mile cost of airfare here ranked much lower. [US DOT] [TU]

A Schenectady middle school student says he was suspended for wearing rosary beads at school after being told not to by the principal. [Fox23]

Saratoga County reports that sales tax collections are up about 10 percent during the first quarter of this year compared to same period last year. [Post-Star]

Assemblyman George Amedore, a Republican, is feuding with Rotterdam Republicans. [Daily Gazette $]

An illegal immigrant who had been living in Clifton Park was recently sentenced to be deported back to Mexico -- for the fifth time. [Saratogian]

Troy city officials say a Belle Ave home was declared unfit because of hoarding. [Troy Record]

An Albany Academies student won a prize at the Intel science competition. [TU]

It seems that Sandra Lee is a hugger. [State of Politics] Earlier: New York's next First Lady-friend?


Hey, Paladino, instead of wasting $10m on a frivolous campaign bid for governor, why not use that money to help fund the completion of the Erie Canalway trail - and do something NYers need!?

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