Race for governor getting dirty, Albany school taxes up 10 percent, search continues for Saratoga woman, summer was hotter and drier than normal

The race for governor has already turned into a bit of mud fight, with dueling photoshopped images of the candidates. Carl Paladino's current strategy seems aimed at annoying Andrew Cuomo into responding -- and Cuomo is reportedly wondering if he can just call Paladino an ---hole. [Daily Politics] [TU] [NYDN]

Noted: Paladino loved the The English Patient and has a soft spot for Kristin Scott Thomas. [NYT]

The biggest potential roadblock to reforming New York State's $50 billion Medicaid program? The legislature. [TU]

Voters in the Albany school district approved a tax levy increase of 3.87 this year. But when school tax bills went out this mont, the district's tax rate went up 10 percent. [TU] [Fox23]

The Albany Common Council has given the final go-ahead to the Albany Med expansion project, which will now keep Myrtle Ave open during construction. The medical center's expansion is expected to include 1,000 new jobs. [TU]

Schenectady mayor Brian Stratton is pushing ahead with a study of the possibility of consolidating police services in Schenectady County. A research group from Columbia University will take up the project. It sounds like officials from Niskayuna -- including county legislature chair Susan Savage -- aren't so happy about the idea. [CBS6] [Daily Gazette] [TU]

David Paterson signed a bill that allows unmarried couples -- including same-sex couples -- to adopt a child in New York. [AP/CBS6]

Sales tax revenue in Saratoga County this year is up 9.2 percent over last year. [Daily Gazette]

Warren Redlich -- the Libertarian candidate for governor -- says it's none of the Commission on Public Integrity's business what his wife and kids' names are. [Daily Politics]

CSEA has filed a complaint over David Paterson's vow to start state employee layoffs by the end of this year. [Daily Politics]

Saratoga Springs police say they're continuing the search for 69-year-old Ellie Adams, who was last seen September 12. The SSPD says it hasn't ruled foul play out. [Saratogian] [TU] [Post-Star]

The local doctor who allegedly had "a bathtub full of prescription drugs" at his home is still practicing after pleading guilty to marijuana possession earlier this year. [TU]

A Troy man is suing more than 20 public entities for almost $2.5 billion over a series of arrests. [Troy Record]

Albany police say a fight between two women in West Hill ended up with two people stabbed (map). [TU]

This past summer was a bit warmer and a bit drier than normal. [TU]

Two Price Chopper employees and an off-duty firefighter are being credited with using CPR and an in-store defibrillator to revive a woman who had a heart attack in the Niskayuna Choppper. [TU]

A Schenectady woman is planning to donate one of her kidneys to a person she's never met -- and maybe never will. [Daily Gazette]

Indian markets are popping up all over Colonie. [TU]

An 87-year-old Saratoga farmer on the 300-year-old house she lives in: "There's no 2-by-4s. It's trees with bark on them." [Saratogian]


Listening to Carl Paladino reminds me of an old Sicilian proverb: "C'era beddu lu pitrusini c'ii lu 'attue ci piscia". " It wasn't such beautiful parsley in the first place and then the cat went and peed on it". Meaning - things just go from bad to worse.

@Jeff: Heh. Maybe it's new one, instead.

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