Snow and rain on the way, Bethlehem bids on bankrupt country club, Stewart's sales top $1 billion again, incubator idea pitched for Kiernan Plaza

There's snow moving in tonight, with accumulation of a few inches possible -- and a few more inches tomorrow. Temps are predicted to be relatively warm, though, so the snow is expected to switch over to rain. If it doesn't, accumulations will be higher. Whatever happens, Friday just looks generally wet and sloppy. [NWS]

The Cuomo admin is expected to propose a yearly cap on Medicaid increases that would prompt millions in cuts at hospitals, nursing homes and other health care outlets. [NYT]

Albany Med will pay $4.5 million as part of a settlement in a lawsuit that alleged the medical center and a group of other regional hospitals had conspired to fix wages for nurses. AMC says it denies any wrongdoing and settled to "limit the expense and distraction of additional court proceedings." Three other hospitals had settled in 2009. The suit against Ellis is still pending. [Daily Gazette] [YNN] [TU] [WTEN]

Bethlehem town leaders announced during last night's town board meeting that they have submitted a bid in for the bankrupt Normanside Country Club. The town supervisor says it's their desire to "operate it as a public course at break even or better." The town board says it won't release how much it bid -- or how board members voted -- until the bank-administered bidding process is over because with such disclosure "there is a substantial possibility that the cost of any town acquisition would have rapidly increased." That led to frustration among critics at the meeting. [YNN] [TU] [Fox23] [WNYT] [Spotlight]

North Greenbush's former town comptroller criticized the recent audit that reported a $3 million account had been opened without the town board's consent or knowledge -- and said he was never given a chance to respond. A councilman says the town will be pursuing a "a more in-depth forensic audit." [Troy Record] [TU]

Adrian Parbhudial, the Schenectady man accused of firing on officers as they raided at home on Maple Ave last year, was convicted of attempted aggravated murder. The raid was connected to an investigation into a murder for which three of Parbhudial's relatives are now charged. [Daily Gazette] [TU]

Another man has pleaded guilty to being involved with the gang murder in Troy's North Central neighborhood on Father's Day last year. [Troy Record]

The Albany man accused of making harassing phone calls to families in his uptown neighborhood has been indicted on 11 counts of felony hate crimes. The man is an attorney with the state Department of Civil Service. His attorney says he will plead not guilty. [TU] [CBS6] [YNN]

Christian Mesley, the head of the Albany police officer's union, is stepping down -- but he will continue to serve as president of the union's umbrella group. The union recently survived a narrow vote by the rank and file to decertify -- but Mesley says he's making the change so that he can focus more on state-level union issues. [CBS6] [TU]

The Schenectady city council is reportedly close to approving a cable TV franchise for Verizon's FiOS service. [TU]

An Albany common councilman is pushing legislation that would fine property owners who don't dig out fire hydrants on their property after a snow storm. [CBS6]

Stewart's reported it had sales of $1.4 billion last year. [Saratogian]

Saratoga Springs' planning board approved the Beaver Pond Village development. [Saratogian]

Idea pitched for the currently-vacant Kiernan Plaza in downtown Albany: business incubator. [Daily Gazette]

Proctors says the month-long run of The Lion King is nearly sold out -- almost 80,000 tickets. [TU]

Comments

Am I the only person who thinks Proctors' method of selling tickets online is a scam? They claim tickets to the Lion King start as low as $20... but the only way to view available seats is to select a seating area and click 'Find Best Seats'. This returns the most expensive seats in the area you've selected. Even the 'best' seats in the 'worst' seating areas are $80+. The only way to see if there are cheaper seats available is for the more expensive ones to be sold out. Or, you can click 'Next Available Seat' literally hundreds of times... potentially tens of thousands if you are looking across the entire month of showtimes.

Every other ticket site on the internet uses the method of displaying the ticket price levels, which you can select from, and you're then either assigned a seat in that price level or you get to chose your seat in that price level.

I realize a lot of the cheaper seats are probably sold out already. That's not the issue. It's that you have no way to select anything but the most expensive tickets when buying online. There are website usability problems and then there are scams. I think this falls into the latter.

I know that last comment seemed random, but it was the link at the end of this post that made me check Proctors' site for tickets and reminded me how much I hate their website!

Paul, just pick up the phone and call the box office. There's no scam in speaking to a live person.

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