Seventeen arrested at Capitol, state Senator goes shopping for gun accessories, Sage to continue mission of NYSTI

brighter choice sheehan sign

City's lesson for school: that sign is too big.

A Cuomo admin official said yesterday that planning for state employee layoffs would begin if a deal isn't reached with unions by April 1. [TU]

State police say seventeen protesters were arrested at the Capitol yesterday for blocking an entrance to the building. A group of about 150 were protesting budget cuts and the end of the "millionaire's tax." It appears that getting arrested might have been part of the plan. [AP/Post-Star] [TU] [Fox23]

Critics of Andrew Cuomo's proposal for new statewide teacher evaluations say the actual legislation wouldn't repeal the "last in, first out" rules as Cuomo seemed to promise. [NYT]

It appears the Cuomo administration traded a medical practice damages cap for hospitals' support on the Medicaid redesign -- and the state's trial lawyers are lining up for a fight. [NYT]

State Senator Eric Adams is pushing for a state ban on gun clips that hold more than 10 rounds. A loophole allows larger clips to be sold in the sate -- and to demonstrate, Adams bought such a clip in Rensselaer this week and brought it, along with an assault rifle, to the Capitol. [TU] [YNN] [NYDN] [Fox23]

During his talk last night at UAlbany Bill Clinton emphasized what the privilege that education represents, and the interconnected nature of the modern world. (photos) (video clip) (tweets) [TU] [Troy Record]

The city of Albany says the large signs criticizing city treasurer Kathy Sheehan that the Brighter Choice Foundation hung on some of its school buildings violate city code and must be taken down. (photo above) [TU]

Philip Riback, the Slingerlands doctor whose 2004 conviction for abusing pediatric patients in Colonie was overturned on appeal, was sentenced to time served and probation for the new plea deal he took this past January. Said the judge at the sentencing: "Those boys have been irrevocably harmed by your selfish, perverse and criminal conduct. And you have benefited from your harmful actions because of the passage of time and in many cases ... the boys' reluctance to once again live through their experience in a public trial." [AP/Troy Record] [TU]

Soon-to-be Schenectady acting mayor Gary McCarthy says he will revive the residency requirement for new city employees. [TU]

Saratoga Springs' sales tax revenue was up more than eight percent last year compared to the year before. [Saratogian]

Some Troy parents are upset about a plan to remove police officers from the public schools. [Troy Record]

Malta had more fatal or serious traffic accidents per road mile last year than any other town in Saratoga County, according to an analysis by members of a volunteer firefighter company. [Daily Gazette]

Water continues to be an ongoing issue for the GlobalFoundries fab. [Saratogian]

The body of Diesel -- the North Greenbush dog whose disappearance was considered suspicious, and for whom there was a $3000 reward -- has been found in a pond in his owners' backyard. [Troy Record]

Guilderland is one step closer to getting FiOS TV. [TU]

The Sage Colleges say they will continue the mission of the now-closed NYSTI with a new theater institute. The school has hired the former interim artistic director of NYSTI to work on the project. [Sage] [Troy Record]


"The school has hired the former interim artistic director of NYSTI to work on the project."

They probably should have found someone NOT marred by scandal...

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