New Yorkers want it both ways, long-range plan for Albany's garbage, threats against mayor allegedly a plot against ex-boyfriend, he wants to be a millionaire

nws radar east coast snowstorm 2011-01-27

It was that close.

The Capital Region just missed on the big storm that dumped snow along the East Coast -- including 15 inches in Central Park. [NYT]

In polls, New Yorkers say they'd like to balance the state budget through cuts instead of taxes -- but they don't seem too interested in actually making cuts. Andrew Cuomo is expected to reveal his budget next Tuesday. [TU] [TU CapCon]

The final draft of the long-range plan for Albany's (and many other communities') garbage includes an expansion of recycling, composting, and a new regional authority. [TU]

The president of Troy's city council has filed a complaint with the state attorney general's office against mayor Harry Tutunjian over the demolition of the old city hall. [Troy Record]

The Colonie man who police say met underage girls on Facebook and then raped two of them has taken a plea deal that includes 12-13 years in prison. Police say the man had friended more than 700 teens and young women. [YNN] [TU]

Former Albany bar owner Timothy Rankins was sentenced to six months in jail for sales tax evasion. Rankins was recently acquitted of a charge the he arranged the attack on Steve Barnes at Stuyvesant Plaza. [CBS6] [TU]

It appears the Saratoga County sheriff's deputy accused of breaking into his former ladyfriend's house will not be charged after the woman asked for the charges to be dropped. In a bit of a soap opera twist, the woman is the estranged wife of the Clifton Park supervisor. [Saratogian] [Post-Star] [TU]

A Washington County 12-year-old has been charged aggravated harassment after she was allegedly found with a notebook that included a "kill list" 62 classmates. [WTEN]

Troy police and the family of the RPI student who was found dead from a gunshot in his apartment in 2008 are at odds over how much information should be shared about the investigation. [TU]

Schenectady police say a woman reported a threat on the life of mayor Brian Stratton to multiple places yesterday -- allegedly in a plot to get back at a former boyfriend. [Fox23] [CBS6]

UAlbany president George Philip introduced a new strategic plan for the university yesterday -- it includes broad goals such as enhancing the quality of undergraduate education. As with the whole SUNY system, UAlbany has been scraping to get by -- it's lost $33 million in state funding over the last two years. There's a planned walkout by students today to protest recent cuts to humanities programs. [UAlbany] [TU] [Fox23]

Schenectady County officials introduce plans for the construction of a new $50 million county nursing home. The facility would be built right in front of the current Glendale Home (which would save open space and a popular sledding hill) (map). Said one resident of the current facility: "being here now is like being in a jail." [WNYT] [YNN] [Daily Gazette] [TU]

Saratoga Springs' top overtime earner last year was a night patrolman who pulled in more than $40k in OT. [TU]

CDTA is pushing for a 25 percent increase in parking fees at the Rensselaer train station. [WNYT]

An Albany common councilwoman is pushing for the city to cut down on the grace period afforded property owners for shoveling their sidewalks. [Fox23]

Farther afield: the state has seized control of Nassau County's finances because the Long Island county failed to balance its budget. [NYT]

A study concludes that many of New York State's returning veterans aren't getting mental health services that could help them. [YNN]

The Normanside Country Club in Bethlehem is facing possible foreclosure. [TU]

The Village of Green Island is looking to transition some of its fleet to use oil made from beef fat. [Troy Record]

A study released by a private college org concludes that private colleges in the Capital Region contribute $2.93 billion to the local economy. [TU]

A local filmmaker says he's close to lining up the funding for a movie based on the Miss Albany Diner called Grazing Miss Albany. [TU]

A Schenectady man will be appearing on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? (him, we're guessing) today and tomorrow. He's been trying to get on the show for 11 years. [TU] [Daily Gazette]

image: NWS


I'm rather annoyed about the parking increases at the train station. Parking there is already a large part of a ticket for me, whether I'm taking the Megabus ($20) or off peak Amtrak ($38). I understand it costs money to maintain a parking lot but has the cost of doing so gone up 25% in two years (since they last raised the price)? I very much doubt it. I suspect one of the biggest costs associated with the parking lots is having someone there to take my credit card when I'm pulling out.

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