Republicans appear to have taken back state Senate, shooting in night club on Pearl Street, bells ring after a ton of crap, UAlbany tops Siena in OT

It appears Republicans will take back control of the state Senate during the next session. The Republicans are claiming a 32-20 majority after a judge denied the request for a recount in a Long Island race. The new apparent organization of the legislatures has prompted speculation that Andrew Cuomo will now have an easier time pushing his budget plans with Republicans controlling the Senate. Dean Skelos -- the will apparently be the once-again majority leader -- basically said as much this weekend: "Cuomo and I are in synch ... His issue is going to getting Speaker Silver on board." [NYT] [State of Politics] [NYT] [NY Post]

A "source close to Cuomo" says the administration is planning an "austere" inaugural ceremony. [NY Post]

Last week while he urged the legislature to make cuts to close the current year budget gap, David Paterson was approving more than $16 million in state grants. [TU]

As the economy continues to scuffle, local counties are seeing big increases in the number of people relying on Medicaid and other public assistance. [Troy Record]

Albany police say two people were shot in the leg early Saturday morning in a Pearl Street night club (map). Police say there was one shooter. No arrests have been made. [Fox23] [WNYT] [WTEN]

Cornell's Restaurant in Schenectady was robbed at gunpoint late Sunday morning -- the second time in the last few months (map). The owner says she's angry because she feels like Schenectady police didn't do enough to follow-up on the original incident. [Daily Gazette] [Fox23 [TU]

Scott Murphy outspent Chris Gibson 2-1, but outside groups poured $1.7 million into the district to oppose Murphy. [TU]

A sewer pipe dating back to the 1800s started leaking sewage onto North Pearl Street in Albany on Friday -- and apparently had been dumping sewage in a nearby basement for months. [TU]

Federal data indicates 12,000 Capital Region households are in "food deserts." [TU]

Watervliet is hoping two former schools will be turned into luxury apartments. [TU]

The Shen middle school production of 13 was cancelled after district officials decided the material was inappropriate for middle schoolers. [Daily Gazette] [TU]

An Albany man removed more than ton of pigeon crap bucket-by-bucket from the St. Joseph's bell tower in an effort to get the bells working again. [TU]

A huge warehouse in Rotterdam holds 8 million artifacts from the New York State Museum's collection. [Daily Gazette]

About 20,000 people turned out for the Victorian Stroll in Troy. [Troy Record]

UAlbany's men's basketball team topped Siena 88-82 in overtime Saturday night at the TU Center. [TU]

Glens Falls is hoping some of the Jimmer brand will rub off on it during this week's BYU game at the Civic Center. [Post-Star]


"and apparently had been dumping sewage in a nearby basement for months"

Ewwww! While I can't pass judgment on the property owners, it's more than a little nasty to have raw sewage infiltrating your basement (for months). There needs to be better cooperation between insurers, property owners and mostly the city water and sewer department to resolve issues like this in a more timely manner. It is certainly NOT the property owner's fault that they happen to have a property that sits on top of a crumbling sewer pipe that's 150 years old - and the city won't do a thing about it even though THEY own them! Finances be damned, this represents a public health hazard, and ruins properties and lives.

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