Federal aid headed for local school districts, indicators of domestic violence up, state moving some employees out of downtown Albany

Capital Region school districts are in line to get about $44 million from the $26 billion package of aid for states passed by the House of Representatives passed yesterday. Before the money reaches districts, the state legislature has to decide how to distribute it. And local districts say it's unclear whether the money will arrive in time to save the jobs of laid off teachers. [Schumer press release] [NYT] [State of Politics] [Daily Gazette]

The federal aid bill has become a topic in the the race between Scott Murphy and Chris Gibson for the 20th Congressional District. Murphy praised the bill for helping school districts and Medicaid while closing what he called tax loopholes. Gibson called the bill "new spending we simply cannot afford." [Post-Star] [TU] [Gibson email press release]

Genting's Aqueduct racino bid has gotten the OK from the state Senate. Sheldon Silver still has to OK the deal before it moves forward. Money from the deal would be used to prop up NYRA, which operates Saratoga. [Saratogian] [TU]

State officials say indicators of domestic violence have continued to increase for the third year in a row. There were 89 people killed by intimate partners last year, according to a state report. [NYS DCJS] [Daily Gazette]

The Troy neighborhoods up for residential parking permit consideration are downtown, Beman Park and Hillside. [TU]

Albany County has notified three bakeries that they were found to be in violation of the trans-fat ban. [TU]

Former state legislator and state parole board member Chris Ortloff was sentenced to 12 years in prison. He had previously pleaded guilty to trying to arrange a sexual encounter with a young girl in Colonie (it was part of a sting). Sources recently told the TU that authorities allegedly found evidence indicating Ortloff also had other extraordinarily disgusting plans. [Daily Gazette] [YNN] [TU]

Reversing previous efforts, the state has been transferring employees out of downtown Albany back to the Harriman office campus. [TU]

The Rensselaer County legislature has approved an early retirement plan for county employees. [Troy Record]

Carl Paladino has filed a pile of signatures in his effort to create a new line on state ballots for the Taxpayers Party. [TU]

A Rensselaer man was sentenced to six months in jail for running over a woman with his car. [Troy Record]

Colonie police record allege that a suspended Albany cop was found in a parked truck with a woman wanted on drug charges. [TU]

A big fire consumed the Rotterdam strip mall that included the Four Corners pizzeria yesterday. Firefighters say the building is a total loss. The owners of the pizzeria say they're hoping to reopen. [Daily Gazette] [YNN] [TU]

CDTA is pushing vanpooling. [YNN]

The new roundabout on Maxwell Road in Colonie has people going around and around. [TU]

A tomato grows in Scotia. Earlier on AOA: A tomato plant grows in Albany. [Daily Gazette]


I find it increasingly frustrating that the state insists on moving workers out of downtown. I would like a downtown that thrives after 5, not becomes a ghost town.
And Ortloff? Sick. Just sick.

Moving state workers back to the harriman campus? Bad move, Patterson. Eliminate alternative transportation options, reduce tax base, and blatenly go in the opposite direction from what the expensive Harriman redevelopment plan suggested?

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