Obama visit to Schenectady rescheduled for Friday, Albany police sergeant accused of interferring with DWI stop, store accused of charging extra sales tax

Today is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

Update: Details on Obama's visit to Schenectady.

Barack Obama's visit to Schenectady has been rescheduled for this coming Friday. As in the previous plan, the President will tour the Schenectady GE site. [TU] [Daily Gazette]

Andrew Cuomo is reportedly threatening to shut down the state government if the next state budget doesn't include a $10 billion cut in spending. [NY Post]

Albany police say a sergeant has been suspended after he allegedly interfered in a DWI stop early Saturday morning. The off-duty sergeant allegedly arrived on the scene of the stop and instructed the suspect to not cooperate with the arresting officer. The suspect allegedly refused field sobriety tests and a breathalyzer. [CBS6] [TU] [Fox23]

A statement given to Troy police by the Price Chopper employee who was allegedly groped by a Troy police officer details the alleged incident. The officer was off-duty at the time -- but wearing his Troy police uniform, which the department says he wasn't approved to do. [TU] [Troy Record]

A man and dog died in an Albany house fire late Friday afternoon (map). The next morning, the man's wife suffered a heart attack. [TU] [TU]

A Schenectady city councilman says he opposes the "I am gay" billboards that have gone up around the Capital Region because "This kind of billboard is putting the stamp of approval on a gay lifestyle." [TU]

The head of Albany's parking authority is talking about the possibility of allowing residential parking permits to be sold. [TU]

Andrew Cuomo has picked Joan McDonald, a government official from Connecticut, to run the state Department of Transportation. [TU]

Jim Tedisco and Roy McDonald are pushing for the next state budget to restore Saratoga's cut of VLT revenue. [Daily Gazette]

Local school districts say a property tax cap will make already-difficult budgets that much harder to balance. [TU]

A total of $1.2 million in discretionary raises were given to UAlbany employees last month. [TU]

The widow of David Park, the Albany teacher who was shot and killed after he entered the wrong house during a party in a Buffalo suburb, has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the homeowner. [Buffalo News/TU]

Schenectady police say a man reported being shot early Sunday morning off Union Street (map) [Fox23]

The Troy fire department says a man accidentally set fire to his house Saturday while using a blowtorch to thaw frozen gutters. [Troy Record]

State police say a Troy man was stopped for DWIS -- that would be Driving While Intoxicated on a Snowmobile -- early Friday in Schaghticoke. [WNYT]

State police say a skier died at Windham Mountain Sunday morning after she hit a tree. The ski facility says the last death from an accident there was 15 years ago. [Fox23] [WTEN]

Three snowmobilers escaped unharmed after their snowmobiles fell through the ice on Lake George Sunday afternoon. [Post-Star]

The Abercrombie and Fitch in the Wilton Mall has apparently been charging shoppers 8.5 sales tax (as opposed to 7 percent) for months. [WNYT]

The Saratoga Springs Public Library is planning a self-checkout system that uses RFID tags. [Daily Gazette]

The reward for info about Diesel, the allegedly stolen boxer in North Greenbush -- is now up to $3,700. [Fox23]

Comments

We've intercepted chatter from civil rights leader Andrew Cuomo who has just made it perfectly clear to stateworker foot soldiers that you are all about as essential to keep around as that 10 billion dollar hole in the bottom of the S.S. Semi-homemade, that is, he wants closure. Be it as it may the capital region's private sector that unselfishly hire all laborers the state can no longer afford eagerly await for updated resume for consideration.

He sounds the alarm on a holiday because this is the precise moment when nobody pays attention.

Cuomo would rather shut down all government services than even suggest discontinuing the billions of dollars in annual tax rebates to Wall Street. Thanks again to all you Democrats who insist on blindly supporting your party's nominees every four years.

A Schenectady city councilman says he opposes the "I am gay" billboards that have gone up around the Capital Region because "This kind of billboard is putting the stamp of approval on a gay lifestyle."

Yes, Captain Homophobe, it does. That's the POINT.

"Local school districts say a property tax cap will make already-difficult budgets that much harder to balance. [TU]"

Advocates of tax cuts need to be honest about what they’re proposing: elimination and reduction of services and programs. Pretending that “mandate relief,” “tax caps,” and “right-sizing” will only reduce tax bills and not public services is disingenuous at best. We need to have a full and complete airing of the impact of tax cuts on public services and programs: who will benefit and who will be hurt? If not, what are the tax cut advocates hiding?

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