First homicide of the year in Albany, Cuomo at home at the Executive Mansion, Bethlehem residents upset about cell tower, will Buddhists return to Amsterdam?

Albany police say a man was killed after being stabbed in the stomach during a 50th birthday party at a private club in Arbor Hill early Sunday morning (map). Another man was hospitalized after being stabbed in the head. The APD hasn't reported any arrests and says it's investigating. It's the city's first homicide of 2011. [YNN] [TU] [Troy Record] [WTEN] [Fox23]

Colonie police say there was a shooting at a bowling alley on Central Ave just past midnight Monday morning (map). They say it appears there was a fight during a party and a man was shot in the chest. Police say they're still looking for the shooter. [YNN] [Fox23] [WNYT]

New York State's chief judge is expected to announce new rules this week that would bar judges from hearing cases in which the lawyers have made significant contributions to their campaigns. [NYT]

Some of the interests affected by the budget increase formulas Andrew Cuomo has framed as a "sham," say the budgeting was neither secret nor imprudent. [AP/Troy Record]

Dean Skelos' response to whether the Republican majority in the state Senate will support independent re-districting: "We'll see what happens." [AP/Troy Record]

Andrew Cuomo seems happy to be living in the Executive Mansion -- and in Albany itself -- again. [TU]

The apparent consensus on Brian Stratton's tenure as mayor of Schenectady: he successfully took on the police force, and got the city's finances back on track. [Daily Gazette]

Many of the members of the Buddhist group that had pledged to invest as much as $1 billion in Amsterdam have left, and it's unclear whether they're coming back. [TU]

The go-to move for many local school districts facing a budget crunch: close a school. [Troy Record]

Albany County distributes sales tax revenues to towns and cities according to population, which could mean less funding for Albany, Watervliet and Cohoes. [TU]

Some Bethlehem residents are continuing to oppose the construction of a new cell phone tower near an elementary school and the high school, out of concern for property values and potential health risks (map). The town board votes on the project on Tuesday. [Fox23] [TU] [WNYT]

Watervliet expects to save $65k this year thanks to energy generated by solar panels on city buildings. [TU]

Troy police say they've arrested a man for an alleged stabbing Friday night (map). [Fox23]

Albany police say a man is facing a felony assault charge after he was allegedly caught on tape assaulting a Walmart security guard at the Washington Ave Ext store. [Fox23]

All of Troy's police officers now have flashlights that affix to their guns. [Troy Record]

The State Liquor Authority suspended the license of long-time student bar Sadie Klutz in Albany. [TU]


Even less money for the Albany budget, and so much of it ends up going out to the suburbs in the pocket of commuting workers anyway. Awesome.

Gotta love the paranoia of people concerned over cell phone radiation when several peer-reviewed studies have demonstrated that there is no link between cancer and cell phone radiation.

The eyesore part I can understand.

mr slow loris- and add on top of it that the Governor, who "seems happy" to be in Albany wants to slash the State workforce. That should have a nice effect on the amount of tax revenue we get.

Olivia, talk to me in 20 years when a sudden rash of brain tumors has folks dropping like flies all because they had to have their binky with them 24/7. I'm sure some folks keep it under their pillow while they sleep (in case of emergency you know).

I'll stick to my rotary land line: nothing to loose, cheap, never breaks down, doesn't need a battery and is inoperable by children under the age of 25.

Hey, -R, you're coming off as a little bit of an ageist on here.

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