Murphy-Gibson and Gillibrand-DioGuardi debates, DEC commissioner fired, APD adopts neighborhood policing plan, squabble over Troy Facebook page

Among the topics covered in the debate between Scott Murphy and Chris Gibson: health care reform, the economy, energy policy, taxes, the Hudson River dredging project and Don't Ask, Don't Tell. [Post-Star] [Troy Record] [TU]

In the debate between Kirsten Gillibrand and Joe DioGuardio, the challenger said Gillibrand has "flunked" her two-year tryout for the job. Live blog: one, two, lightning round, three. [Troy Record] [State of Politics x4]

Andrew Cuomo released his "urban agenda." The 200something page pdf is posted on his website. [TU] [Cuomo campaign]

People in Buffalo on Carl Paladino now: yeah, maybe not so much. [NYT]

The Paterson administration has fired DEC commissioner Pete Grannis over a leaked budget memo that was critical of cuts at the agency. Grannis says the memo was leaked without his knowledge and that administration wouldn't let him meet with Paterson before he was axed. [AP/Post-Star] [TU]

The Albany Police Department has a new plan for community policing. The "Neighborhood Engagement Unit" includes beat cops for neighborhoods. [TU] [Fox23]

Albany County exec Mike Breslin and the county legislature are still at odds over whether the county nursing home should be shut down or re-built. Breslin's proposed county budget assumes the facility will be closed by the end of next year. A handful of the nursing home's residents spoke against the plan yesterday. [TU] [Troy Record] [WTEN]

It appears the Schenectady "curb fee" is a no-go. Brian Stratton says the idea wouldn't have generated enough revenue to make it worth pursuing. [TU] [Daily Gazette]

Schenectady's fire chief says the proposed cuts to his department are "insane" and "ludicrous." [WNYT]

Neil Breslin was pulled over by a state trooper in downtown Albany Tuesday night and passed a field sobriety test, according to a spokesman. Breslin was pulled over for flashing his lights at someone who cut him off, the spokesman said. There had been a lot of rumor circulating about the stop -- and Breslin apparently was trying to avoid the media. [WTEN] [TU] [State of Politics]

A Troy city councilman and the Tutunjian administration are fighting over who should have control of the "Troy, NY" Facebook page. [Troy Record]

Albany police say a man crashed a roller derby team's practice and assaulted a woman Wednesday evening. They say the man had apparently traveled from Georgia in search of a different woman. (It appears the roller derby was the Albany All Stars -- they practice in a space on Thatcher Street.) [YNN] [TU]

Says Rensselaer County DA Richard McNally of the 65-year-old Poestenkill man who pleaded guilty to charges related to a stash of explosives and more than 5 pounds of cocaine: "This is some guy who looks like your kind old grandfather who one day just decided he could make money selling cocaine." [Troy Record archive] [TU]

An EMS vehicle stolen in southern Vermont ended up in downtown Albany. [WTEN] [TU]

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany is challenging Troy's attempt to charge taxes on a group of now-closed churches. [TU]

That home heating system "coverage plan" that National Grid appears to be selling (we got one of the mailers, too)? Not being sold by National Grid. [TU]

A very high-tech tool is being used in the construction of the GlobalFoundries fab: beach balls. [Daily Gazette]

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