Paterson worries about post-office life, possibility of state worker pay free raised, zoo sounds like it's been a zoo, mysterious green mist in Colonie, warning about foxes with distemper in Troy

David Paterson says he's concerned about how he'll make a living -- and how he'll generally get around -- after he leaves office. [NYT]

There's talk about the possibility of a pay freeze for state employees. [AP/Post-Star]

There's growing pressure for the City of Albany to cut back on the health benefits provided to police and fire department retirees. [TU]

Rules issued by the EPA for the next phase of the Hudson River PCB dredging project are aiming for more precise dredging and fewer re-supsended PCBs. If GE agrees to the rules, the project starts up again in May. [TU] [Daily Gazette]

Albany police say man was shot multiple times Saturday night on Elk Street (map). The APD says the shooting appears to not be random and they're looking for two suspects. [Fox23] [CBS6]

Luke McDermott, a Marine from Westerlo, returned to a big welcome at ALB this weekend. McDermott lost parts of two legs during a roadside explosion in Afghanistan this past summer. [YNN] [Fox23]

A Latham man was sentenced to more than 21 years in prison after he pleaded guilty to drugging two girls with Ambien and then taking sexually explicit photos of them -- and then distributing the photos. [WTEN] [TU]

Saratoga Springs police say four people were charged after a racially-motived incident on North Broadway early Saturday morning (map). [Saratogian]

The owner of the Ashville Game Farm in Greenwich has been indicted on a handful of charges related a ring tail lemur biting a boy this past summer. In another alleged incident, a child was "attacked, dragged down to the ground and bitten by a pig." Also, multiple alligators have allegedly escaped from the facility. [Saratogian] [Daily Gazette] [TU]

The teen accused of setting fire to a Delmar house in August in an attempt to cover up a credit card theft has pleaded guilty. [TU]

In the year since Leandra's Law took effect (which makes it a felony to drive drunk with a child in the car), 53 people have been arrested under it in the Capital Region. [WTEN]

State police are testing Tasers as a replacement for pepper spray and batons. [TU]

Troy police say there's been an outbreak of distemper in foxes around the city. While not a direct threat to humans, distemper is often deadly in domestic dogs and cats. A Lansingburgh man, who was bitten by a distemper infected fox recently, said it was "cool" to the see the fox, but "then he was like 'RARRRRR' and had my leg and I am saying 'get him off me, get him off me'." [TU] [Fox23]

One complication in the dispute over whether the Delaware Ave post office in Albany will be closed: is the post office really a post office? [TU]

The Golden Goal soccer complex Fort Ann, one of the investment projects Scott Murphy touted in his run for Congress, went bankrupt and has been sold. [TU]

There's been a baby boom in Schenectady. [Daily Gazette]

The latest in apparently annoying roadside signs: bright LED displays that scroll, flash and or are animated. [Daily Gazette]

Pfeil Hardware in downtown Troy celebrated its one year anniversary, and the business seems to be doing well. [Troy Record]

A Troy city worker recently crawled through catch basin downtown to recover a cherished ring that had been dropped by a woman on the sidewalk. [Troy Record]

A Saratoga Springs native recently won more than $100k on Wheel of Fortune.

A mysterious green mist hung over part of Maxwell Road in Colonie Saturday afternoon. [TU]

A flash mob sang the "Hallelujah" chorus from Handel's "Messiah" in the food court at Crossgates Sunday afternoon. [TU]

Comments

Anyone have video of the Crossgates flash mob? It must be out there somewhere...

@Paul: I was thinking the same thing, but I haven't been able to find it after hunting through YouTube and Vimeo.

The flash mob can be seen here.
http://www.timesunion.com/local/article/Hallelujah-Crossgates-corrals-a-chorus-909966.php
Loved it!

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