Western New York eyed for loss of House seats, police say students accused of racially motivated attack were drunk, police looking for another alleged big box store purse snatcher

After the Census Bureau reported yesterday that New York State will be losing two House seats, the talk is that the two seats will come from the western half of New York -- because the population in that part of the state is shrinking. The state legislature is in charge of drawing the districts -- and the fighting has already begun. [AOA] [NYT] [TU] [TU CapCon]

The campaign account David Paterson's been using to pay his legal fees (including his almost $1000/hour attorney) is almost empty. [NY Post]

Saratoga Springs police say the four Skidmore students accused of assaulting a man, in what police say was a racially-motivated attack, were intoxicated at the time of their arrest (they're all underage). Two of the students are members of the Skidmore basketball team. The students declined to comment after their arraignment yesterday. [Saratogian] [TU] [Post-Star]

The Troy man accused of being involved in a stolen car chase last year that resulted in one person dying and two others being seriously injured has pleaded guilty. He faces 9 years in prison. [Troy Record] [TU]

Albany police say a five-year-old got away from his daycare center yesterday morning by unlocking a door (map). He was found wandering the neighborhood in his Sponge Bob Squarepants pajamas. Police say he was only gone for about 10 minutes. The owner of the daycare reportedly said she didn't know the boy had wandered off. [TU] [WNYT] [YNN] [Fox23]

The new contract Saratoga County has reached with its 950 employees represented by CSEA includes a $600 bonus and ups the employees share of the health insurance premium to 25 percent. [Daily Gazette]

Some of the Rensselaer County employees who are slated to be laid off at the end of the year say they don't think their union was responsive enough as the threat of layoffs approached. [Troy Record]

A man says he was mugged on the sidewalk in downtown Troy Monday afternoon. [Troy Record]

Albany police say they've arrested a man for allegedly mugging a woman in a parking lot near the State Museum Monday night. [CBS6]

The Albany County sheriff's office say they arrested a man for allegedly firing a shotgun into a wall of his house in an attempt to scare his girlfriend. [Fox23]

There's another alleged big box store purse snatcher, this time in Wilton. East Greenbush police say they nabbed the woman who allegedly snatched a purse from the Walmart parking lot there a month ago. [Fox23] [Troy Record]

Saratoga County's youth court will stop running at the end of the his year because of a lack of a funding. [YNN]

The Troy Prep charter school's proposal to renovate a South Troy warehouse into a new school building was approved by the city's planning board. [Troy Record]

The Schenectady YWCA has worked out a plan to head off the foreclosure of its building for overdue sewer and water charges. [Daily Gazette]

Officials say they hope development of a new Target store on Route 50 will help eliminate "Glenville Lake." [Daily Gazette]

An ALB volunteer says some people have been going to the airport a day ahead of their flights so they can get the scoop on the pat down procedure. [TU]

Comments

I am deeply disturbed and concerned about the incident with the four Skidmore students, especially since two of them are athletes. I hope that Skidmore expels these young men. They don't deserve to be students there. I am so outraged that in the year 2010 we have young college students, who are supposed to be leading the way in tolerance and intelligence and acceptance, committing hate crimes. It's unacceptable. Someone I care about goes to Skidmore and I don't want her to be in an environment with these thugs - and that's what they are thugs! When you attack someone in a restaurant for no reason, causing that person to have to go to the hospital, you are a THUG. I am so thoroughly disgusted.

Say Something!

We'd really like you to take part in the conversation here at All Over Albany. But we do have a few rules here. Don't worry, they're easy. The first: be kind. The second: treat everyone else with the same respect you'd like to see in return. Cool? Great, post away. Comments are moderated so it might take a little while for your comment to show up. Thanks for being patient.

What's All Over Albany?

All Over Albany is for interested and interesting people in New York's Capital Region. In other words, it's for you. It's kind of like having a smart, savvy friend who can help you find out what's up. Oh, and our friends call us AOA.

Search

Recently on All Over Albany

In the year between women's marches, here's what people have been doing to change things

It was almost exactly one year to the day between the big rally in Albany's West Capitol Park to protest the inauguration of Donald Trump... (more)

Hops and deliberate inefficiency

As with many other places, New York has experiencing a craft beverage boom the last few years. So this article by Derek Thompson over at... (more)

Saratoga Frozen Springs Classic 2018

The Saratoga Frozen Springs Classic -- a "pond" hockey tournament -- returns Feburary 9-11 at Saratoga Spa State Park. (The games are on the outdoor... (more)

SPAC Country Megaticket 2018: Urban, Rascal Flatts, Aldean, Bentley, Bryan

Live Nation and SPAC have rolled together another "Country Megaticket" package of shows at the venue this summer: June 27: Keith Urban, with Kelsea Ballerini... (more)

"I mean, it's so vast. . . . It's one of our greatest assets."

Remarkable: The NYS Writers Institute has recordings from interviews and talks with every single writer who's appeared as part of the institute's visiting writers series.... (more)

Recent Comments

We ended up going with Thirsty Owl (Thanks, Christina!). In addition to being in a nice, central location (and in a really beautiful building), their pricing, responsiveness, and flexibility sold us!

Accordion Virtuosi of Russia at Troy Music Hall

...has 1 comment, most recently from Jamie

Photos from the 2018 Women's March in Albany

...has 2 comments, most recently from BS

A big step forward for the Quackenbush Center mixed-use project, and other exciting tales of the Albany Planning Board

...has 3 comments, most recently from theshakes

Albany now has a better sense of how many vacant buildings it has -- and a common starting point for taking on the problem

...has 9 comments, most recently from daleyplanit

Morning Blend for Jan 23

...has 1 comment, most recently from Tess