School superintendent cap would affect about half of districts, Schenectady fires another cop, performances now free of popcorn noises
Andrew Cuomo released his proposal to cap the salaries of school district superintendents. The size of the cap would slide according to the district's enrollment. About half of the current superintendents in the state would be affected if the cap is approved. It would save about $15 million total. Said Shen superintendent Oliver Robinson ($198,689 in 2009, according to SeeThroughNY) in response to the proposal: "I put 150 percent of my job, my time, my effort into my job, and I don't apologize for that because I was hired to do that, and quite frankly I think should be appropriately compensated for that." [NYT] [Daily Politics] [TU] [AP/Troy Record] [YNN]
Jerry Jennings on a property tax cap: "Two percent would allow us to raise two million dollars more, when I'm facing a 20 million dollar deficit next year. I've used most of my surplus last year. We eliminated about 150 positions last year. We're talking, probably, 250-300 positions in order to balance a budget with a tax cap." [WNYT]
Brian Stratton announced that Schenectady has fired another police officer. The termination process against Darren Lawrence started after a 2006 incident in Colonie where he was accused of driving drunk and crashing a car (he was acquitted of the criminal charges). He was then allegedly involved in a bar fight in 2008. [TU] [YNN] [Daily Gazette] [Fox23]
The Town of Bethlehem's bid for the Normanside Country club was not successful. The bank that controls the property won't say who was the winning bidder. And the town won't say how much it bid in case it gets another chance at the property. [YNN] [Fox23] [TU]
The UAlbany student association says the final fee for Bill Clinton's appearance this week hasn't been nailed yet. The former president often gets more than $100k for a speech. [Daily Gazette] [Washington Post]
A letter signed by a group of elected Democrats across the state -- including Albany common council members Leah Golby and Cathey Fahey -- criticizing Andrew Cuomo's proposed cuts to education and health care funding caused a small stir yesterday. The head of the state Democratic Party of the letter: "I looked at the list and recognize only some of the names and I am the Executive Director of the Democratic Party." Golby responded: "It's not about name recognition, Mr. King. It is about the needs of the people I represent..." [Fox23] [State of Politics] [State of Politics]
People with free E-ZPass from the state Thruway Authority rack up $569k/year in uncollected tolls -- though the authority isn't exactly sure how those people are using the passes. [WNYT]
The Bethlehem highway department employee who made about a third of his almost $98k in salary last year is the son of the highway superintendent. [TU]
The owners of Savannah's/The Dublin Underground have been indicted for allegedly assaulting a man at the downtown Albany club. [TU]
The Colonie woman accused of taking $95k in improper welfare benefits allegedly told investigators she didn't know she had to declare $50k in savings and the more than $2k/month she was making off the books. [TU]
Former state health commission Richard Daines has passed away. He was 60. A spokesperson say it appears he suffered a heart or stroke while he was taking down Christmas decorations at his family farm in Dutchess County. [TU] [NYT]
Headline of the day: "Fracking to-do-list tops environmentalists' agendas"
Noted: Proctors doesn't sell popcorn during live performances because the sound of munching it is distracting. [Marv Cermak]
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