Deal reportedly in place to open parks, GloFo says fab worth much less on open market, former RPI employee arrested for alleged embezzlement, "an old-fashioned scorcher"

David Paterson and the legislature have apparently reached a deal that would allow the closed state parks to open in time for this weekend. David Paterson said this morning on a radio show that the deal still involves a cut to the state's Environmental Protection Fund. [Buffalo News] [Daily Politics]

US District Court Judge Lawrence Kahn heard arguments yesterday in the challenge to the state worker furloughs. The judge said he expected to have a decision "in the next few days." [State of Politics] [NYT]

SUNY System Administration has announced that it will be furloughing management/confidential employees. [CBS6]

In talking about Robert Duffy, his pick for lieutenant governor, Andrew Cuomo said: "We're going to be tangling with public employee unions going forward." [NY Post]

In its challenge to the tentative property assessment of the Luther Forest chip fab, GlobalFoundries is arguing that it could sell the facility for only a small percentage of the money spent so far on its construction. If the fab is assessed at the level for which GloFo is pushing, it would mean about $2 million less in property tax revenue for the surrounding municipalities and school districts. [Post-Star] [TU] [Saratogian]

The two Albany teens accused of stabbing another teen to death on Myrtle Ave last fall were acquitted yesterday. Their attorney had argued the stabbing was self-defense. [WNYT] [TU]

An Albany police officer has been suspended after he was arrested following a reported domestic incident at his home. The officer's girlfriend reportedly told police she had exaggerated the details of the incident. [CBS6] [TU]

State Democrats have decided to have a five-way primary to pick their attorney general candidate. [NYT]

Jim Tedisco has a Democratic challenger for 110th state Assembly seat. [Post-Star]

A former RPI employee has been arrested for allegedly running up a $100k personal tab on her institute purchasing card. She's been charged with second-degree grand larceny. The school recently suspended the use of purchasing cards by faculty and staff as it comes up with new safeguards for the system. [TU] [Troy Record] [internal email forwarded to AOA]

A Troy city councilman is threatening to cut the lock on the closed dog park in Beman Park if the city doesn't move the dog park issue forward. [Troy Record]

A Troy city councilman has accused RPI of being a "slumlord" for its handling of the old Proctor's Theater. [Troy Record]

The Schenectady school board will send voters a smaller school district budget for a re-vote. Rensselaer and Berne-Knox-Westerlo are both going contingency. [TU] [TU] [TU]

A Schenectady Fire Department emergency vehicle hit a car while responding to a call yesterday. As it happens, the fire that prompted the call had been started when frying oil had been left on a stove during a power outage caught fire when the power came back on. [Fox23] [Daily Gazette $]

OGS has been pulling back on the air conditioning in state offices in an attempt to save money. [TU]

The latest scourge to afflict our schools: SillyBandz. [TU]

Yesterday's high temp of 94 matched the record set in 1914. Or, as one meteorologist said, "It's what you'd call an old-fashioned scorcher." [Daily Gazette $] [Troy Record]

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