Stern message for kegs and eggs rioters, Albany man accused of grusome plot, Carl Kruger made to sit in the corner

More than 40 people have now been charged in connection to the kegs and eggs riot. And the incident prompted a stern response from law enforcement officials DA David Soares said more arrests are coming, and promised "who felt or believe now that you've gotten away with something": "The pain is forthcoming, you will be held responsible." UAlbany president George Philip issued a letter apologizing for students' conduct and said the school would help law enforcement identify students in the videos. A UAlbany spokesman says the school also won't wait to discipline students who were involved. (There's a neighborhood cleanup being organized for Friday.) [TU] [Fox23] [CBS6] [YNN] [TU] [Daily Gazette]

Earlier: Scanning reaction to the kegs and eggs riot.

Albany police have arrested a Center Square man for allegedly trying to ransom his wife to her family for $100,000 this past weekend (map). The ransom attempt allegedly followed a gruesome attack on the woman that involved him slamming her head into concrete, pouring bleach on her, and choking her. The woman is in critical condition. As police approached the man, he allegedly said: "I guess I'm going to have to switch over to the dark side." [CBS6] [TU] [Troy Record] [WNYT]

In the face of the ongoing nuclear energy emergency in Japan, Chris Gibson says he still supports the construction of a new nuclear plant in his district. He told the media in a conference call: "We have to understand what happened in Japan and incorporate it into what we build." Scientists say the threat of earthquakes here is not big enough to endanger a nuclear plant (probably). There are already three small nuclear reactors in the Capital Region. [NYT] [Post-Star] [Saratogian] [Saratogian] [Daily Gazette]

The state Assembly and Senate have released their official responses to the Cuomo administration's proposed budget -- and they're largely similar to Cuomo plan, though they call for more education spending and the Assembly is pushing to extend the income tax surcharge on people making more than a million. [YNN] [TU]

The Republican-controlled state Senate has begun the process to reform redistricting in the state by amending the state constitution... in 2022. Democrats accused the Republicans of trying to delay the process. And the debate has now become animated. [TU] [AP/Troy Record] [State of Politics]

Carl Kruger, the state Senator charged with corruption by the feds, was back at the Capitol yesterday, apparently to gasps. Kruger was made to literally sit in the corner. [NYT] [State of Politics]

In his last state of the city address, Schenectady mayor Brian Stratton pushed for consolidation in Schenectady County. Albany County exec Mike Breslin called struck a similar note in his state of the county speech. [TU] [Troy Record]

Saratoga County DA James Murphy is pushing for treat Jeffery Hampshire, the man convicted of tampering with evidence in the fatal Henry Street hit and run, as "a persistent felony offender" -- that could open the way for Hampshire, who has priors, to serve 25 years prison. [Post-Star] [Saratogian]

One of the cuts that was reportedly on the table for the Mechanicville school district as it tries to close its budget gap: no more kindergarten. [Fox23]

Troy police officers will stay in Troy public schools until the end of this school year. [Troy Record]

Two Schodack school district buses carrying elementary school students to a performance at the Palace bumped into each other -- 12 students were take to the hospital with minor injuries. [TU] [Troy Record]

Colonie has managed to get more from wireless phone firms in new contracts for putting cellphone antennae on town property. [TU]


Comments

I am embarrassed to have military industrial complex middle manager come representative Gibson as my voice in Washington. He has shown who he truly takes his marching orders from. By not backing down on his nuclear development plans in the 20th, he has sold his constituents down the river with only 2 months of office. Japanese threats continue to escalate yet he's confident enough to boldly say, "We're not looking at building your father's nuclear power plant". We know who your corporate handlers are, Congressman. But never forget when you joined the military you took an oath to protect our citizens. Go ask some old ladies from Brunswick how the Fallout of 53 produced ‘disparate impact’ on their bodies.

http://poststar.com/news/local/article_ac1a07cc-4e8f-11e0-9d48-001cc4c002e0.html

http://www.nytimes.com/2003/04/18/nyregion/book-examines-nevada-test-that-left-fallout-in-troy-ny.html?pagewanted=all&src=pm

@ Jeff S:

I am not in that district, but as an area resident that would likely be affected by a nuclear malfunction at such a plant I support its construction. (I am also a liberal, so ideology is not at question, FYI.)

We have had 3 smaller reactors in the immediate area dating back to the 1950s; hell, "Clifton Knolls" and "Country Knolls" in Clifton Park, where I grew up, are named after KAPL! We are inland enough that tsunamis are not a factor, and in an area that is relatively geologically stable. I think at issue in Japan is the fact that nowhere on the Pacific Rim/Ring of Fire is "safe enough" for reactors. There will always be earthquakes and monster waves there.

Not here though. And power is only going to get more expensive in the future as population and demand rise. Well-designed reactors can absolutely have a safe operational life - remember, it's only because of the disasters in Japan that those are malfunctioning - and, they are old enough that the design spec life is actually elapsed. The fault lies with the power company that operates them, and the "fourth largest earthquake in over a hundred years", not the design.

My mother grew up in Brunswick and has a thyroid condition. My father was exposed to radiation at KAPL in the 80's (though the corresponding medical records have conveniently gone missing/covered up). My position on nuclear is personal, my evidence is anecdotal, and I am not lead blindly by NIMBY-paranoia dogma. Take a look at what a mess West Milton has become now that the Navy calls so many of the day to day shots. Military mentality and atomic energy policy do not mix.

Don Rittner, in his TU blog, provides some info on NYS earthquakes:

"Historically there have been six quakes in New York that registered over 5.0.  Four of these occurred upstate in 1837 (5.0), 1931 (5.0), 1944 (5.9), and 1983 (5.3).  One in the western part of the state happened in 1929 (5.8) and the one in Long Island in 1884 (5.6)."
http://blog.timesunion.com/rittner/shake-rattle-and-roll/1375/

When Alex writes that "the fault lies with the power company that operates them, and the "fourth largest earthquake in over a hundred years", not the design," somehow I'm just not comforted.

To the kegs-n-eggs rioters that haven't been caught yet, you might as well just turn yourself in. You've got law enforcement AND the school administration looking at the videos YOU SHOT to identify you. (I work with advisors at an area college..they're great at what they do, and they know their students faces and names). How dumb can you be? At least if you're going to break the law, don't videotape it and put it on youtube.

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