Scrutiny of Paladino's policy positions, district fires bus driver after girl allegedly left on bus, woman crashes car into apartment, prodigy now potty trained

Carl Paladino is long on anger, but short on policy details -- especially when it comes to his pledge to cut the state's Medicaid program by 40 percent. [TU] [Buffalo News]

Some African-American leaders say Andrew Cuomo not done enough to reach out to minority voters. [TU] [NYT]

Andrew Cuomo and Carl Paladino said they support David Paterson's plan to lay off 2,000 state employees by the end of the year. [AP/Troy Record]

SUNY chancellor Nancy Zimpher says she's giving up her $90k housing allowance to pay for the $30k raises she gave to three top system officials. [TU]

A federal jury has found that three Troy police officers did not violate the civil rights of two men arrested in Menands in 2008. [Troy Record]

Harry Tutunjian and the Troy city council are squabbling over the proposed demolition of the former city hall building. [Troy Record]

The Albany school district says it's fired a bus driver after a six-year-old girl was left on his bus and ended up wandering onto Central Ave. [TU]

UAlbany's NanoCollege is being used as a blueprint for economic development across upstate New York. [TU]

If the Albany convention center comes together, a new bus station will arrive as a companion project. [TU]

UAlbany's school of public health has received two federal grants worth a total of $7.9 million.

After a count of absentee votes, incumbent Cathryn Doyle was still the winner in the Albany County surrogate court judge Democratic primary. [TU]

The state DEC says the moose it killed in Rensselaer County earlier this month actually was healthy -- and didn't need to be put down. [TU]

Troy police say three were people stabbed in North Central Friday night (map). Witnesses reported hearing a shot fired and police originally thought someone had been shot -- but the injury turned out to be a stab wound. [WTEN] [Troy Record] [Troy Record]

Albany police say a UAlbany student reported being mugged and assaulted at Western and Partridge early Saturday (map). [WTEN]

Scotia police say they've arrested two people for allegedly robbing an apartment at gunpoint late Sunday morning. [Fox23]

State police say an elderly woman crashed her car into an apartment building on Route 50 in the Town of Ballston Sunday afternoon. No major injuries were reported, but five people lived in the unlivable building (map). [CBS6] [Fox23]

A gas leak closed the Niskayuna Hannaford Sunday night. [CBS6]

The Lark Street BID estimates that 70,000 people attended LarkFest this year. [TU]

A new 33,000 square foot Muslim Community Center opened in Colonie this weekend. [TU]

Keith O'Dell, Jr -- the Gloversville pool prodigy -- is now potty trained. [TU]


The whole "kids left on the bus" thing has been perplexing me since I was a kid and everyone was told not to stay on the bus later. Did she fall asleep and no one woke her up? I just don't understand how someone who goes on a bus to go to school doesn't make it off of the bus.

@AJ: It reminded me of that kids book, From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler. Of course, in this case, she didn't end up hiding in a museum and solving the mystery of a statue that might have been sculpted by Michelangelo.

@Greg, that was one of my favorite books as a kid! I can think of far worse places to live than the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

As for the kid, I dunno, maybe she did fall asleep, or was reading or maybe just daydreaming. Fortunately she's okay.

70,000 at Larkfest... and someone vomited on my steps. I thought not having Moby was supposed to prevent that.

@Wafeil, well, I heard there were 80k last year, so 10k less is pretty substantial, even though the streets were still mobbed and ridiculous. I did notice there there was an overall more mellow vibe this year though. None of the bartenders I talked to had to bounce anyone.

Re: Paladino...I can get behind the concept of Laissez-faire to an extent. However, that is the only platform Paladino is running on that makes any sense whatsoever. He is a scary, hateful, bigoted person. He and Ahmadinejad should have tea.

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