Paterson renews talk of layoffs, backstretch worker accused of stabbing, plans for solar energy facility, ice cream truck vote tonight

David Paterson renewed the possibility of state worker layoffs yesterday, saying the planning "is going to have to begin immediately." Said the governor: "Since the work force would not negotiate lag pay, which would have been a shared sacrifice for everyone, or a furlough, in which everybody would give a little, some unfortunate people who don't deserve it are going to get laid off and it burns me to have to say it because I don't think its fair to them." The state employee unions were annoyed. The head of PEF it was "unconscionable for the governor to continue scapegoating state employees" for the state's fiscal problems and the head of CSEA reiterated the unions' position that they have a binding no-layoffs agreement with the governor for this year. [TU] [WNYT] [PEF] [CSEA]

Rensselaer County DA Richard McNally said yesterday that a 16-year-old suspected of fatally stabbing a man in Troy's North Central neighborhood in June was expected to turn himself in today. [TU] [Troy Record]

Saratoga Springs police say a backstretch worker was arrested yesterday for allegedly stabbing another backstretch worker multiple times Saturday night near the Oklahoma Training Track. They say the man is in the country illegally from Guatemala. [TU] [Post-Star] [Saratogian]

The management of an apartment complex in Scotia denied allegations made by the state attorney general's office that the complex discriminates against potential renters who are African-American or have children. The AG's office says it has audio recordings of the allegedly discriminatory actions. [Daily Gazette] [TU] [YNN]

It sounds like fiscal conservatism will be one of the main themes of the election between Scott Murphy and Chris Gibson for the 20th Congressional District. [Troy Record]

A company is planning to build a $60 million solar energy facility in Coxsackie. [TU]

Alice Green, the head of the non-profit Center for Law and Justice in Albany, says is in danger of closing because of a budget crunch. [TU]

The Niskayuna planning board approved a developer's plan to move the 200-year-old Ingersoll home about 400 feet as part of the construction of a new shopping center on Balltown Road. [Daily Gazette] [CBS6] [TU]

The much-discussed and fought-over Saratoga Spring indoor rec center officially opens tonight (photos). [Daily Gazette] [Post-Star]

Albany police say the suspect they're looking for in a gas station armed robbery on Central is a man with a cane (map). [Fox23]

East Greenbush police say tips from the public helped law enforcement track down the man they allege robbed the TD Bank on 9 and 20 last week. [Troy Record]

Police say a man has been charged with BWI after he allegedly ran his boat aground near the Tri-City Yacht Club on the Hudson in Coeymans. [TU] [Fox23]

A member of Wilton's town ethics board says she's resigning because the board hasn't met once in the eight years she's been a member. [Post-Star]

The Niskayuna town board will vote tonight on whether there should be a month-long trial period allowing ice cream trucks to operate in the town. [TU]

Comments

Please, Niskayuna... you can have Troy's ice cream trucks! I swear, if I hear a Doppler-shifted The Entertainer one more time I'm going to go berserk.

If you're thinking of moving but can't quite decide which area of our lovely Capital District to choose, might I suggest Niskayuna? They seem to really have their act together. Need proof? Point One. Point Two. You can't make that stuff up.

Good for Nisky. Kind of says a lot when suburban developers compromise to save a semi historic building while at the same time a downtown albany based private club claimning to be steeped in history is chopping at the bit to destroy some.

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