Investigation continues into Poestenkill shootings, two-thirds of Albany city payroll goes to non-residents, Paterson turns to kabbalah, another cupcake truck

The son of the man who shot two people and then himself in Poestenkill this week had called 911 after a talking with his father on the phone shortly before the incident -- but by the time the call was transferred to Rensselaer County, it was too late. The Rensselaer County sheriff says investigators are looking into whether Robert Pryor Sr. was suffering from mental health problems. Pryor's cousin says he was on a lot medication for various health problems. The two people Pryor shot are still hospitalized. [TU] [Fox23] [Troy Record] [YNN]

One of the rejected bidders for the Aqueduct racino contract has been granted a restraining order that could hold up the already drawn-out process. State lottery officials say they'll continue to push the process forward until they're officially served with the order. Money from the Aqueduct deal will be used to prop up NYRA, the org that operates the Saratoga Race Course. [TU] [Daily Politics] [Saratogian]

Schenectady police say they've arrested a 17-year-old for the double shooting near Jerry Burrell Park last month. The victims in the shooting were brothers, age 18 and 11. [Daily Gazette] [WTEN]

Rensselaer County's 911 dispatch center was damaged by lightning Tuesday. A Troy Police Department mobile command center has been helping keep the center fully operational. [Troy Record] [WNYT]

Almost 2/3 of the Albany city payroll goes to employees who live outside the city, according to a report from the city treasurer. [Troy Record]

Four of New York State's youth prisons have been placed under federal oversight as part of a settlement over accusations of continued problems at the facilities. Two of the facilities are in Johnstown (map). [NYT] [YNN]

Gail Goode, an attorney from NYC, has filed almost three times the number of signatures needed for her to challenge Kirsten Gillibrand in the Democratic primary for US Senate. [WTEN]

The Albany school board voted unanimously to close Harriet Gibbons High School, despite passionate opposition from alumni. [WTEN] [WNYT]

The Schenectady school district, now operating under interim superintendent John Yagielski, will hold a series of forums for community members to express their concerns about the district. Yagielski also says the district's budget is not currently itemized and will be broken down for further analysis. [Daily Gazette] [Daily Gazette]

An Albany has pleaded guilty in the fatal stabbing of a man on Craig Street in Schenectady last summer. As part of his plea, the man acknowledged the stabbing, but said he wasn't trying to kill the victim. [Daily Gazette] [TU]

Schenectady police say they've made a third arrest in the double fatal shooting on Hulett Street in March. [WTEN]

The Albany woman who refused to testify against a man with alleged gang ties took the stand yesterday -- and the man was convicted. [TU]

Joe Bruno's campaign committee has spent at least $1.29 on his legal defense, according to an analysis by NYPIRG. His campaign account is now empty. [State of Politics] [Buffalo News]

Apparently "[taking] all the help he can get," David Paterson has started wearing a red kabbalah bracelet. [NYDN]

The owner of CoccaDots Bakery says she'll be trying to get out from under Albany County's trans-fat ban by using a cupcake truck to sell in other counties. [Fox23]


I have little doubt that Joe Bruno spent at least a $1,29 on his defense. Heck, it wouldn't surprise me if he spent a million times that amount!

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