Cuomo transition underway, control of state Senate unclear, complaints about privacy in new voting setup, deer crashes through window of vet's office

The Cuomo administration transition is already underway. The governor-elect has said his administration would make a big push on many of its initiatives during its first six months. [NYT] [TU]

The makeup of the state Senate -- and who controls it -- won't be known until at least next week. It looks like Republicans could very well take the majority, or at least tie with the Democrats. [TU] [NYT]

Even though the smaller "third" parties got many more votes this year, only the Green Party was able to secure the 50k need for an automatic ballot spot. Warren Redlich and the Libertarians fell just short. [NYT] [TU]

Bob Reilly's lead on Jennifer Whalen for the 109th state Assembly district is 577 votes (unofficially) -- and the race will be settled by absentee ballots. [Troy Record]

Says Albany County elections commissioner Matthew Clyne: "No question there was more privacy with the lever machines." On the whole, optical scan voting seemed to go smoothly. [TU] [Saratogian]

Albany police say an off-duty Colonie police officer was stabbed seven times outside a bar near the intersection of Ontario and Madison last night (map). They say a friend of the officer was also stabbed. One report indicates the off-duty officer was trying to break up a fight. [TU] [Troy Record] [Fox23]

An analysis by NYPIRG's Bill Mahoney concludes that Republicans did better this year in a large majority of competitive state legislative districts, compared to two years ago. [Daily Politics]

Chris Gibson did very well in the northern part of the 20th Congressional District, areas that Scott Murphy won during the special election. [YNN]

The new members of the Albany school board: Alexandra Streznewski, Felicia Green, Edith Leet. [TU]

The bar owner indicted for allegedly organizing the attack on Steve Barnes took a plea deal in a separate case in which he was accused of not paying more than $191,000 in sales taxes. [Troy Record] [TU]

Waterford police say five people were arrested after a stabbing in a McDonald's parking lot yesterday afternoon (map). [Troy Record]

Waterford police say they arrested a man for alleging having a cache of weapons that included an AK-47. [WTEN]

The federal Energy Information Administration is projecting heating bills will be 14 percent higher in the northeast this winter for users of natural gas, heating oil and propane. [Post-Star]

The latest trend at local malls: pop-up stores. [TU]

Union College has installed three vertical wind turbines on campus. [TU]

Developers moved the Stanford Mansion in Niskayuna yesterday. (Story with timelapse video.) [Daily Gazette] [CBS6]

A deer crashed through the window of a veterinarian's office in Latham yesterday afternoon. [YNN]


I guess when you need to get to the vet, you REALLY need to get to the vet. No waiting for humans to take you. :)

I'll agree, there was less privacy voting this year as compared to the old machines, but I don't think that should be construed as a lack of privacy. I mean, the old machines with their 360 degree coverage always seemed a bit overkill to me, unless of course you have a tendency to vote in the nude.

"Even though the smaller "third" parties got many more votes this year..."

Yet still 95% voted for "Angry horse porn racist guy" and someone who helped create the subprime crisis. Why? Why would anyone vote for either of these people? Someone, please explain to me how either of these two is better than all of the "third party" candidates.

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