Paterson's free tickets may cost 93 grand, Albany Crime Analysis Center opens, 90 cats rescued from condemned building, 2nd trial begins in Saratoga Winners arson,Seneca Indian Nation sues Paterson, Fresh Market opens in Latham

Five free NY Yankees tickets may end up costing Governor David Paterson $93,000 . Yesterday the Public Integrity Commission recommended its highest fine yet for Paterson, for allegedly wrongfully acquiring the free tickets. . The Governor did not show up for the Public Integrity Commission hearing yesterday, but his former top press aid, Peter Kauffmann was there. Kauffmann testified that he urged Paterson to pay for the tickets. The final decision on the civil penalty for Paterson won't be made until October. [TU] [YNN] [NYT]

A new Siena poll says that while Carl Paladino has closed the gap against Rick Lazio, they'd both still get pretty well thumped against Andrew Cuomo. [Capitol Confidential]

Surpise! Andrew Cuomo and Rick Lazio don't really get along so well. Here are some of the reasons why. [NYT]

The Seneca Indian Nation is suing Governor Paterson over cigarette taxes at Native American stores. [Capitol Confidential]

Governor Paterson wants to talk with the developers of the proposed Islamic Cultural Center near ground zero.

Albany County has a new crime fighting tool. The Albany Crime Analysis Center --a countywide database, open since April --was formally dedicated Tuesday. The database will help authorities share the latest information across municipal boundaries and track crime trends. [YNN]

In a rescue effort reminiscent of the Berlin Airlift, Albany animal control and volunteers violated condemned property laws to rescue 90 cats and two dogs from a condemned building on Orange Street back. They're now looking for homes for the animals. [TU] [WNYT]

A NYS parole officer was arraigned yesterday for allegedly raping a parolee. [CBS6]

The owner of Saratoga Winners, charged with burning down the club, is facing his second trial in the case. The jury began hearing arguments yesterday. [TU]

About 1,000 dead fish have washed up on the shore of a Rensselaer County pond. [TU]

More than 400 Saratoga County employees are now eligible for NY State's early retirement program.[Saratogian]

Saratoga Springs residents checked out their new voting machines on Tuesday [Saratogian]

The TV ads have started in the 20th congressional district campaign. [Post Star]

Schenectady's highest paid police officer of 2008 is expected to resign after agreeing to a plea bargain today on charges he . Patrolman Dwayne Johnson is expected to agree to a deal requiring him to pay restitution, but will not admit to the crime. [TU]

State police are trying to figure out what caused a motorcyclist to collide with a Sheriff's Department patrol car in Duanesburg yesterday. [YNN]

A North Greenbush woman helped police catch a con artist in California [WNYT]

The College of Saint Rose jumped 14 spots to 40th in the Best Regional Universities category in the U.S. News College Rankings. [U.S. News]

The new Fresh Market opens today on New Louden Road in Latham [CBS6]

One of a dozen remaining WWII B-17s is visiting the Empire State Aerosciences Museum at the Schenectady County Airport. [TU] [Daily Gazette $]

The Saint is 50 years old. [Fox 23]

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