Race for governor re-organizes around Paladino, questions about design of new ballot in Albany County, the $800k laptop

It appears that relatively large turnout upstate pushed Carl Paladino to his big win over Rick Lazio in the Republican gubernatorial primary. Democrats and the Cuomo campaign are already trying to define Paladino as a "wacko." And a pundit described a potential Paladino governorship as the state "moving from dysfunction to psychosis." Paladino -- with his black belt duck -- doesn't seem worried about what people are saying. [TU] [NYT] [Buffalo News] [NYT]

There was an usually high number of write-in votes cast in Albany County on primary day -- and it sounds like ballot design could be the reason. (See Terry's comment here on AOA about what might have been the problem.) [TU] [AOA]

Three top SUNY officials have gotten $30,000 raises -- along with other benefits, even as other system employees are being forced to take furlough days. [TU]

Global Foundries is slated to get another chip in Abu Dhabi -- which the company says is a good thing for the Malta fab. [WSJ/Post-Star] [TU]

Saratoga Hospital and Albany Med say they're teaming up to open an urgent care facility in Malta near Northway Exit 12. The facility would be open 24/7. They're aiming to open in 2012. [Daily Gazette] [YNN] [TU]

The City of Troy and the Albany and the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany are in a dispute over whether the diocese should have to pay property tax on closed churches in the city. [Troy Record]

Though they're both from New York City, the two candidates for attorney general -- Democrat Eric Schneiderman and Republican Dan Donovan -- have taken contrasting career paths (you know, aside from being lawyers and running for AG). [TU]

Incumbent Democratic state Assemblyman Bob Reilly will face Republican Jennifer Whalen in the general election. [TU]

Rotterdam is debating whether to switch from a non-profit ambulance service to a private company. [Daily Gazette]

Albany police say they're investigating a hit-and-run Wednesday evening involving a child (map). [Fox23]

Two Troy police officers rescued a woman who can't walk from a fire Wednesday. [Troy Record]

Noted: self-serve at a gas station does not mean removing your "pump" from your pants and waving it at the customers. [CBS6]

The former Planned Parenthood buildings on Lark Street are being eyed as a prime development opportunity. [TU]

A $1.8 million pedestrian bridge has opened in Albany's Arbor Hill neighborhood so elementary students don't have to cross Manning Boulevard. [TU]

Siena is starting a business incubator. [TU]

Attendance at Capital Region state parks was up 17 percent this summer compared to last, according to the state parks office. [Daily Gazette]

Attendance for the Phildelphia Orchestra at SPAC was up 21 percent this summer compared to last. Ballet attendance was about the same as last year. [Saratogian] [Daily Gazette]

Waterford's new $225k docks at the point where the Erie Canal and Mohawk River converge recently floated away (they were recovered). [Troy Record]

The president of NXIVM, the "executive success program" based in Colonie, is suing Continental Airlines for $792,500 for losing her laptop. [Daily Gazette]


No one needs to paint Paladino as a wacko - he does just fine himself. He wants to send welfare recipients to prison (because you know, being poor is a crime). He thinks poor people don't know anything about personal hygiene. He talks A LOT - says he's going to slash spending by 20% and taxes by 10% which all sounds great but REALISTICALLY how is he going to do that? My guess is he takes away funding that goes to any program that serves the poor and leaves everyone but the rich and the businesses twisting in the wind. How is that is any different from what's happening now? I can't even imagine the horrors this man will bring to this state if he is elected Governor. I'm mad as hell, too, but not willing to elect an unstable, classist, racist psycho thinking that will help the situation!

Rotterdam is debating whether to switch from a non-profit ambulance service to a private company. [Daily Gazette]

Non-Profit and Private are not mutually exclusive...

Maybe... a pedestrian bridge? :)

A $1.8 million pedestrian has opened

Or just a very expensive pedestrian.... :)

Editors: A bridge it is. Thanks for catching that.

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