Proposed Albany budget includes 7 percent tax increase, state police say man tried to have pregnant woman stabbed, report says many Troy elevators not properly inspected

The proposed 2011 Albany city budget includes a 7 percent tax increase and numerous cuts -- including the elimination of 155 positions. The city is facing a $23 million budget gap. [City of Albany] [TU] [Fox23]

The proposed 2011 Troy city budget includes a 5.5 percent tax increase. The budget expects a 41 percent increased in pension contributions. [TU] [Troy Record]

State police have accused a Schenectady man of paying $500 -- and a pressure washer -- to an undercover officer in an alleged plot to abort his former girlfriend's pregnancy by having her stabbed in the stomach. They say the man appears to be the father of the child. [Daily Gazette] [TU] [CBS6]

Unexpected analogy: Carl Paladino as Harry Truman and Andrew Cuomo as Thomas Dewey. [AP/Post-Star]

Unnamed sources say Cuomo's campaign suffers from "paralysis by analysis" because Cuomo is a micromanager. [NYT]

UAlbany president George Philip has announced that the school will be cutting 160 positions by 2012 -- some of them through layoffs. It also appears to be headed toward eliminating its programs for classics, French, Italian, Russian, and theatre. [UAlbany] [TU]

A grand jury has concluded that the criminal charges filed against the boater who allegedly ran and killed a Troy man who was kayaking in Lake George this summer should be lowered to a noncriminal traffic ticket. [Post-Star]

Schenectady's police department has tasers -- it's just not sure whether it should use them. [TU]

New York State has received the third highest amount of stimulus funding in the country. [Troy Record]

A state comptroller's report concludes that half of Troy's elevators have not been properly inspected. [Troy Record]

The situation surrounding the future site of Troy's city hall is still unsettled. [Troy Record]

People who are not Susan Savage say that if there's been a "little miracle" in Schenectady, it's been a collaborative effort involving many people. [Daily Gazette]

The video camera "tracker" that's been following Assemblyman Tim Gordon on the campaign trail appears to be irking him considerably. [TU] [YouTube]

The Saratoga County DA says drug trafficking in the county is on the upswing. [Daily Gazette]

The informant used in the sting against the Yassin Aref and Mohammed Hossain was recently part of another FBI sting (in Newburgh) -- and Aref's and Hossain's attorneys are watching for details that could influence an appeal for the two Albany men. [TU]

SPAC's executive director says the arts org expects to at least break even for the sixth straight year. [Saratogian]

A state Supreme Court justice has issued a temporary restraining order halting the proposed move of the Stanford Home in Niskayuna. A developer wants to turn the site into a shopping and dining complex. [Daily Gazette] [TU]

The FBI has accused an Albany man of stealing a photograph from the agency's office on McCarty Ave in Albany. [TU]

The start of CDTA's rapid bus transit system along Route 5 (BusPlus) has been delayed until next spring. [Daily Gazette]

Home building is booming (relatively) in Halfmoon. [Daily Gazette]

The new Saratoga County animal shelter is now open. [Daily Gazette]

People crossing from New Jersey to New York on the Thruway skipped out on the tolls 1.7 million times last year. [Fox23]

All the rainfall last week contributed to record flows of water over the Cohoes Falls. [Troy Record]


> All the rainfall last week contributed to record flows of water
> over the Cohoes Falls.

theexileinny has some good photos of the falls going wild.

There was nowhere near record flows at Cohoes Falls in at least the last 147 years. In 1863 there was roughly 3.5x the amount of water going over the falls than there was last week. In both 2005 and 2006 there was roughly 1.5x as much water flowing over the falls than there was last week. Regardless, it was impressive!

with all that water flow, some have to consider, how safe the Cohoes Waterford bridge is. It has to take a beating.

How exactly did the negotiations go when that jerk was trying to get the undercover cop to stab his pregnant ex?

Jerk: "I'll pay you 500 to stab her in the stomach".

Cop: "Not enough dude. You're talking about murdering an unborn child".

Jerk: "But I'm out of money and I really need this done. *looks around room* Say, what if I throw in this nifty pressure washer?"

Cop: "Hmmm. Okay. Throw in the pressure washer along with the 500 and you have yourself a deal. *handshakes* Oh, and by the way, you're under arrest."

How To Print the City Budget:

1. Type on old IBM Selectric typewriter.
2. Print copies on the mimeograph machine discarded by my elementary school in 1976.
3. Photograph each individual page.
4. Scan the photographs.
5. Upload to nifty website, sit back, and pretend that competence isn't dead.

In other words, why can't we actually read it?

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