Paterson: state employee layoffs coming, the "little miracle" of Schenectady, Lady Gaga calls Schumer and Gillibrand, family accused of jumping troopers

David Paterson says state employee layoffs will start before the end of this year because the early retirement incentive didn't result in large enough savings. CSEA and PEF were predictably irked. [TU] [YNN] [TU CapCon]

Paterson also said yesterday of Carl Paladino: "I don't think he is fit for public service." The media pressed Andrew Cuomo for his take on Paladino, but the Democratic nominee dodged. [AP/Post-Star] [NYT]

Meanwhile, Paladino's campaign manager says his candidate is "willing to put in whatever money it takes" to win the governor's race. And Republicans are wondering what Paladino's ascent means for the status of their state party. [Buffalo News] [TU]

The two candidates for state attorney general -- Eric Schneiderman (Democrat) and Dan Donovan (Republican) -- are already going at each other. [TU]

A TV spot for state Senate candidate Sue Savage (currently Schenectady County legislature chair) touting the "little miracle" of Schenectady is raising eyebrows. [TU CapCon] [TU]

Residents of Cambridge lined the streets for the procession carrying the body of Philip Charte, the Marine who was killed in Afghanistan. Said one person: "It's a dose of reality, and shows you what can really happen when you're at war." [YNN] [Post-Star]

Five people accused of neglecting a patient at the Northwoods nursing home in Troy and falsifying records have pleaded not guilty. The chain that owns the troubled nursing home has been sold to a Long Island company. [TU] [Daily Gazette]

Albany police say a woman was robbed at gunpoint on Madison Ave near Lark Wednesday night (map). [TU]

Troy police say a food delivery guy was attacked and robbed by a group of seven or eight Wednesday night. [Troy Record]

Law enforcement officials say a man being pursued as part of a prescription drugs investigation successfully fled police in a car and tossed a briefcase full of vials into the Mohawk along the way. [Daily Gazette]

Two men accused of possessing two pounds of marijuana in South Troy will probably go free after a judge ruled the evidence should be suppressed because police didn't follow the rules for a lawful search. [Troy Record]

The state has renewed the LaFarge cement plant's permit to emit mercury at current levels until 2013, when it will have to reduce the amount by almost half. [TU]

Colonie's town landfill director is settling a disciplinary action against him by retiring -- though his attorney says he did nothing wrong. [TU]

Ellis Medicine is planning to build an urgent care center in Clifton Park. Earlier this week, Saratoga Hospital and Albany Med announced they're planning their own urgent care facility in Malta. [Saratogian]

The owner of Ashville Game Farm in Greenwich says he's going to keep the zoo open, despite the pressures resulting a recent situation in which a lemur allegedly bit a child. [Post-Star]

Lady Gaga called Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand about Don't Ask, Don't Tell. [State of Politics]

Union College's frat parties have gone keg-free -- because of insurance. [Daily Gazette]

An org called Capital District Youth for Christ is planning to build a big indoor rock climbing facility in Halfmoon. [Daily Gazette]

Noted: the Pattons of East Chatham are a feisty bunch. [TU]

A former DMV 800 number is now... a phone sex line. [CBS6]

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