Porco to get appeal before state's highest court, questions about Albany's gang prevention program, elderly women busted for allegedly growing pot

Christopher Porco has been granted an opportunity to appeal his conviction to the Court of Appeals, the state's highest court. The appeal centers on the head nod prosecutors say Porco's mother gave indicating he had been the person who assaulted her and killed her husband (Joan Porco has since said she believes her son did not the commit the crime). Porco's attorneys have argued the nod should be inadmissible. There are conflicting opinions on whether disallowing the nod would have affected the case. It could be seven months before oral arguments are heard in the appeal. [TU] [Daily Gazette] [YNN] [YNN] [Fox23] [Troy Record]

Leaders of the state Republican Party have asked Rick Lazio to not run for governor on the Conservative Party line. [TU]

New York State currently pays Carl Paladino's companies about $5 million/year in rent for offices in Buffalo -- and Paladino says, if he's elected governor, he'll push for lower rents (the businesses would have to be turned over to a trust). [TU]

Local African-American community leaders protested Paladino's racist and sexist email forwards. [CBS6]

Albany common council members pressed Faye Andrews, the city's Youth and Workforce Services Commissioner, for evidence that the efforts of city gang prevention specialist Ron "Cook" Barrett have been successful. (Barrett has been on administrative leave after the the TU reported he had been using sick time to take outside speaking gigs.) They didn't get many answers -- and a few council members openly doubted Barrett's work. [TU] [CBS6] [WTEN]

Another teen has been indicted for the fatal double shooting in March on Hulett Street in Schenectady. [Daily Gazette]

Bloody palm prints may play a role in the case against Michael Mosley, the Averill Park man accused of killing Arica Lynn Schneider and Samuel Holley. [TU]

The state's Public Service Commission is recommending approval of a high voltage power line that would run through Schenectady and Saratoga counties and would help supply the GlobalFoundries fab in Malta. [Daily Gazette]

A state-wide org has named Colonie's EMS as the agency of the year -- even as its longtime director was being forced out. [TU]

Troy police say a man's apartment was robbed at gunpoint Friday night -- and the robbers made off with... $1. [Troy Record]

Troy police say another food delivery person was jumped while delivering to the Corliss Park Apartments. [Troy Record]

The design of the planned addition to the Schenectady County Public Library is drawing negative reviews. [Daily Gazette]

Niskayuna High School's new wing includes an art installation by alumnus David Opdyke. [Daily Gazette]

The Columbia County sheriff's office says two women -- ages 73 and 68 -- have been arrested for allegedly growing pot. [TU]


"New York State currently pays Carl Paladino's companies about $5 million/year in rent for offices in Buffalo -- and Paladino says, if he's elected governor, he'll push for lower rents (the businesses would have to be turned over to a trust). [TU]"

The NY Times reported on September 7 that "In 2002, for example, the administration of Gov. George E. Pataki deemed one of Mr. Paladino’s companies eligible for tax incentives under a program intended to encourage economic development. The tax incentives coincided with 10 donations totaling $33,000 that Mr. Paladino made to Mr. Pataki’s re-election campaign that year through seven corporate entities tied to the businessman, according to a review of state records. The donations were made before and after tax incentives were granted."

Yet Paladino runs on on platform of "I believe in fundamental ethics reform, but I also believe in simple truths: Don't steal. Don't lie. Don't let contributors and lobbyists influence your votes. Don't use taxpayer resources to fund your campaign. In other words, do the right thing. How hard is that?"

I don't know, Carl. How hard is it?

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