Paterson putting cuts in budget extender, peace group kept out of parade, bat in the bedroom leads to rabies treatment, silly for Silly Bandz

David Paterson has included $385 million in healthcare cuts in the budget extender up for a vote by the legislature today (the hospital lobby says the cuts would reduce funding for hospitals in the Capital Region). A "source close to the administration" told the NY Post that the administration will continue to insert cuts into the up-or-down votes, adding "We're not afraid; we have a big pair of balls." [TU] [Daily Gazette $] [NY Post]

State Park Police says they were 17 arrests and 175 tickets given out at the Dave Matthews Band concerts this past weekend at SPAC. Law enforcement officials apparently followed through on the promise of stepped-up enforcement of alcohol rules at the park. [Saratogian] [Post-Star] [TU]

A DMB fan was struck and killed by a car while trying to cross Route 9 Friday night. [Saratogian]

Albany police say a teenager was shot multiple times Saturday night in West Hill (map). [Fox23]

The Saratogoa-Wilton Elks Lodge won't let the local chapter of Veterans for Peace carry a banner during the upcoming Flag Day parade. "If you want to protest the flag, you have 364 days a year to do it," a parade organizer told the TU. [Daily Gazette $] [TU]

Four people -- including two children -- died this weekend after a crash on Route 7 in Pittstown. State Police say it appears an SUV crossed the center line and hit a tractor trailer head-on. [Fox23] [Troy Record]

Albany County DA David Soares says his office "failed" when it offered a plea bargain to a former state official who tried to use his old state ID to get out of a speeding ticket. [TU]

Is the scoring on the state's math tests for elementary students too generous? [NY Post]

Republican Ted Danz -- of Family Danz Heating and Air Conditioning -- says he'll challenge Paul Tonko for 21st Congressional seat. Danz says he proposes to "go down to Washington and fire the people who aren't working." [TU] [YNN]

Republicans are hoping to make the federal budget an issue in Chris Gibson's challenge to Scott Murphy. [TU]

Schenectady County legislator Angelo Santabarbara, who recently switched from Republican to Democrat, has announced he's running for the state Assembly seat currently held by George Amedore. [TU]

Albany police say their investigating the mugging of a 19-year-old woman Saturday night in Pine Hills (map). [Fox23]

State police say a mobile phone signal led them to a man who had been missing in Columbia County for four days after an early morning car accident. [TU]

Schenectady released a plan for development along its waterfront. [Daily Gazette $]

Rotterdam is hoping to make over its Five Corners intersection. [Daily Gazette $]

A series of sinkholes closed Congress and Ferry streets in Troy Sunday. [Troy Record]

St. Mary's Catholic church celebrated its last Mass on Sunday. The church opened in 1843. [Troy Record] [TU]

A couple from Albany's Center Square neighborhood are getting preventative treatment for rabies after a bat that turned up in their bedroom tested positive. [WNYT]

The National Museum of Racing in Saratoga is on a list of the "20 Worst Charities in America." [Saratogian]

The speed limit on part of Balltown Road in Niskayuna is being lowered. [WTEN]

Saratoga Springs mayor Scott Johnson is among the investors buying Sperry's. [Saratogian]

SACC-TV has apparently had second thoughts about its move to Proctor's. [Daily Gazette $]

The Sage Colleges announced that the chair of its board of trustees has given the institution a $1.5 million gift. She also donated $500k in 2006. [Sage] [Troy Record]

Skidmore, Union and RPI -- all over $50k/year -- say they've tried to hold down increases in tuition and fees this year. [Daily Gazette $]

Perhaps because of the economy, municipal golf courses in the Capital Region are getting a lot of use. [TU]

Americade rolls into Lake George this week. [Post-Star]

Capital Region school kids are silly for Silly Bandz. [Daily Gazette $] [Saratogian]

Comments

Psshhh, that's no sinkhole. Get it right, Troy.

I lived in beautiful old apartment on Willett for about 7 years that was silly with bats. I probably caught upwards of 30 bats over those 7 years; at least a couple where at night post-slumber. What are the symptoms of rabies? Hopefully not excessive sarcasm, caffeine addiction, and mild anti-social behavior...

eek! I woke up to a bat in my room two weeks ago. Luckily the little sucker tested negative > I'm still keeping the broom handy.

Yikes! I live next to one of the Center Square churches, and we see bats zooming around all the time. Twice we've had one hanging on the ceiling of our porch. However, we usually take a "leave him alone" approach...not a "hit him with a bat and drown him" approach. Though, if it was in my bedroom I may feel differently...

In the above paragraph:

"The Saratogoa-Wilton Elks Lodge won't let the local chapter of Veterans for Peace carry a banner during the upcoming Flag Day parade. "If you want to protest the flag, you have 364 days a year to do it," a parade organizer told the TU. [Daily Gazette $] [TU]"

...there is no link to the TU article (if you hover over it, it highlights, but is not clickable). For anyone looking for the link, I believe this is it:

http://www.timesunion.com/AspStories/story.asp?storyID=937986&category=REGION

Editors: Fixed. Thanks. The link was in there, but the tag was broken.

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