Priest convicted of rape, SUNY chancellor calls for tuition increases, hoping to catch the wave of Jimmermania

Gary Mercure, a Catholic priest from the Albany Diocese, was found guilty of raping two boys in Berkshire County in the 1980s. Mercure was also accused of abusing the boys in Warren County, but the statute of limitations had run out in New York -- so prosecutors referred the case to Berkshire County, where Mercure was accused of rape during trips to Western Massachusetts. Mercure spent time at a handful of parishes around the Capital Region. The diocese removed him from service in 2008. [TU] [Troy Record] [Berkshire Eagle/Post-Star] [CBS6] [YNN]

Robert Schunk, the Albany police officer accused of domestic violence, was found not guilty on all count against him in Albany County court. He still faces charges in Saratoga County. [TU] [WNYT]

During her recent parole hearing, Marybeth Tinning -- the Schenectady woman convicted of killing one of her children, and suspected of killing seven others -- said she was "a very damaged and just a messed up person." Of her time in prison, she said: "I have tried to become a better person while I was here, trying to be able to stand on my own and ask for help when I need it, others when they need it." [TU] [Daily Gazette]

SUNY chancellor Nancy Zimpher yesterday called for modest and predictable tuition increases for the system. She told legislators: ""What we're trying to do is level out the expectation for the cost of college so that people can be painful so they aren't a freshman at one point price and at the sophomore year they have a huge hike in tuition..." [NYT] [YNN]

The owner of a car that was allegedly wrecked after a Rensselaer police cruiser crashed into it says the department told him the officer had fallen asleep at the wheel. [WTEN]

There's chatter that Albany County exec Mike Breslin could be joining the Cuomo administration. [TU Local Politics]

A government watchdog group say Chris Gibson, and other Congressional reps who sleep in their office, should be paying taxes on the fair market value of their office stays. [Daily Gazette]

David Paterson on his post-gubernatorial life: "I wake up in the morning and I don't have to to wonder what went wrong that is going to get blamed on me." [NYDN]

The amount bet in-state for New York horse racing was basically flat in 2010 compared to the year before. The amount bet at the Capital District OTB was down about six percent last year. [Saratogian] [TU]

Albany's planning board has rejected an application by a Mormon congregation to demolish the former St. Teresa middle school on New Scotland Ave in order to build a new church. [TU]

State police say an Albany man was pulled over in Bethlehem last night with $50k worth of cocaine. [CBS6]

Facing a budget crunch, the North Colonie school district is considering closing the Maplewood elementary school, the roots of which go back to before 1897. [TU]

Warren County is hoping to ride the wave of Jimmermania. [Post-Star]

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.

The Scoop

Ever wish you had a smart, savvy friend with the inside line on what's happening around the Capital Region? You know, the kind of stuff that makes your life just a little bit better? Yeah, we do, too. That's why we created All Over Albany. Find out more.

Recently on All Over Albany

This week was brought to you by

This week was brought to you by checklists, arteries, expressions of love and extraordinarily fluffy snow. It was also brought to you by AOA advertisers... (more)

A quick recap of the week

Here are a few highlights from the past short week on AOA: + The Best Dozen took Daniel to Hannaford and, well, we think all... (more)

Today's moment of winter

A cold, blustery afternoon at Capital Hills. (Otto didn't seem to mind. Of course, he was also wearing a fantastic fur coat.)... (more)

"One hand washes the other, and everyone winds up dirty."

Over at WNYC, Andrea Bernstein looks into the slush funds -- some $200 million, unaccounted for publicly -- that the governor, state Senate majority leader,... (more)

The Capital Region's vehicle arteries

Map gawking: Check out this map of traffic volumes on major roads around the Capital Region. It's like an angiogram of the area's vehicle arteries.... (more)

Recent Comments

All of these articles make me stabby. I don't think the condescending tone is so faint. It's more like, "Isn't it amazing that people managed to live in this uncultured place before we discovered it and caused a demand for artisanal cheese?" ...

How much snow is that much snow?

...has 2 comments, most recently from Randal Putnam

It won't be the site of the Albany convention center, so what will it be?

...has 12 comments, most recently from Anthony

A check list for Upstate Place/Rust Belt City is the new Brooklyn articles

...has 18 comments, most recently from JC Delettrez

Day trip: Glens Falls

...has 14 comments, most recently from Peggy

The Capital Region's vehicle arteries

...has 2 comments, most recently from Jay