Another attempt at finishing state budget, ALB fares highest in state, police say kids tried to mug man using BB gun, woman credits "hot sex" for longevity

The legislature is back today in an attempt to finish off the budget -- and state Senate Democrats say they'll have all their members in attendance this time. Legislators are now blaming David Paterson for holding things up. [AP/Fox23] [State of Politics] [YNN]

Despite the stuck budget, legislators have found time to play golf and raise money. [NY Post]

State police major Charles Day, the head of David Paterson's security detail, is being transferred to the state police's traffic services division. Day was criticized in the Kaye report on David Johnson situation. [NYDN]

David Paterson signed a bill yesterday that bans the use of the chemical BPA in plastic baby bottles, sippy cups, pacifiers and straws. He vetoed a bill that would have required sippy cups to come with warning labels about tooth decay. [TU] [AP/WNYT]

Albany police say they're investigating a reports of racist, threatening phone calls to families. Last week an Albany family said someone was faking caller ID to make threatening calls. [WNYT] [WTEN]

The Albany International Airport had the highest average fare of any major airport in New York State during the first quarter of this year, according to data from the federal Department of Transportation. The average fare at ALB was up 14.6 percent over the last year. [TU] [USDOT]

State pension fund investment in countries such as Iran has become an issue in the state comptroller race. [TU]

Albany Med, the Capital Region's largest private employer, say it's lifting its hiring freeze. The medical center credits a federal hiring incentive program for prompting the move. Chuck Schumer is pushing for an extension of the program. [TU] [Daily Gazette] [Troy Record]

The Watervliet man accused of killing his child and former girlfriend in southern New York has pleaded not guilty. [TU]

Saratoga Springs police say they arrested 52-year-old woman for an alleged seven store shoplifting spree in downtown Saratoga yesterday. She allegedly boosted more than $1,700 of merchandise. The police credited the arrest to cooperation between beat officers and the stores. [TU] [Saratogian] [Post-Star]

Troy police say a group of kids -- 10 and 16 years of age -- shot a man 10 times with a BB gun after he wouldn't cough up his cash. [Troy Record]

Bling in the thing in a trademark infringement lawsuit that involves the state Division of the Lottery and one its scratch-off games. [Daily Gazette]

A mural going up on the side of a building in downtown Troy has prompted a conversation over what constitutes public art. [Troy Record]

A huge section of a tree crashed down on two houses in North Troy, for no apparent reason. [Fox23]

Albany common councilman Dominick Calsolaro is pushing for a rule requiring dogs to be leashed in the city's Hoffman Park. [WTEN]

A Ballston Spa woman celebrated her 108th birthday yesterday. Among her longevity secrets: a cocktail called "Hot Sex," which includes ginger liqueur, cream, chocolate and ginseng. [TU] [Saratogian]


"Despite the stuck budget, legislators have found time to play golf..." Let them eat cake.

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