Cuomo says "time is getting short" on negotiations with state employee unions, concerns about UAlbany slipping to second-tier status, Chipotle for Niskayuna

thunderstorm radar 2011-04-28

The thunderstorms that rumbled through the area this morning.

Today's forecast: showers and thunderstorms, cloudy, highs around 75. [NWS]

Andrew Cuomo on negotiations with state employee unions, and possible layoffs: "We're in the middle of those conversations now, and we don't have any conclusion at this time. But time is getting short ... and the decision will be coming shortly." [TU]

Cuomo on the proposed two percent property tax cap: "The answer can't always be: more money, more money, more money. And if you say 'here's more money,' do you know what a school district is going to say? Do you know what a government is going to say? Do you know what a person is going to say? 'Give me more money!'" Critics say a cap won't work if it's not also coupled with mandate reform that would stem rising costs for local governments. [Fox23] [YNN]

NYT's Thomas Kaplan on yesterday's Cuomo admin cabinet meeting: "In a bizarre spectacle even by Albany standards, the governor's cabinet members emerged one at a time from Mr. Cuomo's ceremonial office into a scrum of television cameras. Each time, they refused to discuss the meeting. And then, as if reading from the same Hallmark greeting card, they praised Mr. Cuomo." Brian Stratton's post-meeting explanation: "Everybody's happy." [NYT] [NYDN]

The state Department of Taxation and Finance has issued guidelines in an attempt to clear up the ever-confusing issue of whether a bagel (or other food) should be taxed. [TU]

Capital Region officials are irked that UAlbany wasn't invited to a higher education summit being organized by the Cuomo admin in May. The conference will focus on a plan that could give the University at Buffalo more freedom to set tuition and develop public-private collaborations -- and the worry is that if UAlbany is left out of such a deal, it could slip to second-tier status in the state. [TU] [YNN] [WNYT]

The plans to reduce the size of the Albany common council appear to have strong opposition in minority communities. [TU]

A pond dam in Saratoga collapsed, allowing the pond's contents to wash into the water supply for the city. A city official says there's no threat to public health. [Fox23] [Saratogian]

PETA is raising concerns that an elephant being brought to the area by the Ringling Bros and Barnum and Bailey circus has tuberculosis -- but experts say there's little reason to worry. [TU]

Members of the Albany police department's neighborhood engagement unit have now been trained to patrol their beats on bikes. [Fox23]

The Colonie police department traded two patrol cars for a school bus from the South Colonie school district. [YNN]

An October arrest in Troy will be featured on a reality show tonight on A&E. [Troy Record]

A bank has put up money for a first-time homebuyer program in Schenectady. [YNN]

Planning documents indicate that a Chipotle is in the works for the Mansion Square development in Niskayuna. [Daily Gazette]

A company is using ground scanning radar to look for unmarked graves in a portion of Schenectady's Vale Cemetery. [Daily Gazette]

Two Albany woman are going to London for the royal wedding -- they haven't been invited, there's just going to be near the hubbub. [Daily Gazette]

image: National Weather Service

Comments

"Two Albany woman are going to London for the royal wedding -- they haven't been invited, there's just going to be near the hubbub."

Two uninteresting losers from the area who obviously have nothing going on in their own lives go to london because they watch too much Entertainment Tonight, story at 11

Are things really so boring here that we need newspaper stories about a new Chipotle opening? I thought the Times Union had already cornered that beat. Sheesh.

"concerns about UAlbany slipping to second-tier status"

Closing the barn door after the horse ran out. The death of Kermit Hall was the end of the last solid chance they had to come back.

"Two uninteresting losers from the area who obviously have nothing going on in their own lives go to london because they watch too much Entertainment Tonight, story at 11"

Methinks the story is about a commenter from the area who obviously has nothing going on in his own life because he comments on uninteresting losers who have nothing going on in their own lives. Film at 11.

"concerns about UAlbany slipping to second-tier status"

A second tier for UAlbany would be a huge improvement!
In science programs UAlbany is not even in top 100 (out of 180)

If we all understood that there is no "I" in negotations we would all come to better agreements. Excellent subliminal suggestion AOA!

Editors: Erp. Fixed. Thanks.

I understand that some headlines are ridiculous, but the news can be depressing enough without reading unnecessarily mean-spirited comments.

Say Something!

We'd really like you to take part in the conversation here at All Over Albany. But we do have a few rules here. Don't worry, they're easy. The first: be kind. The second: treat everyone else with the same respect you'd like to see in return. Cool? Great, post away. Comments are moderated so it might take a little while for your comment to show up. Thanks for being patient.

The Scoop

Ever wish you had a smart, savvy friend with the inside line on what's happening around the Capital Region? You know, the kind of stuff that makes your life just a little bit better? Yeah, we do, too. That's why we created All Over Albany. Find out more.

Recently on All Over Albany

10x10: Casinos, John Oliver, new spots

A while back we did a thing where wrote 10 reviews/comments in no more than 10 words each. People seemed to like it, and it... (more)

Holiday gifts: Deanna Fox

Gifts and giving are on most everyone's mind this month. So we thought we'd ask a few people to share some thoughts on presents, past... (more)

NY Thruway Guide

Might be worth a look: NY Thruway Guide, an iPhone app that's pretty much what it sounds like. It provides access to the lineup of... (more)

Stuff to do this weekend

There's lots going on the the Capital Region this weekend -- both holiday and non-holiday. So if you're looking to take a break from all... (more)

Morning Blend

The body of 5-year-old Kenneth White was found by a K-9 unit near the home where he had been staying in East Berne, according to... (more)

Recent Comments

... I tend to ask questions that make the person think about what they just said. I ask it sweetly and in a tone that notes confusion on my part. I have been called honey in the office and asked the person, " Can I ask what you mean when you call me honey? Because you don't call John honey." It calls out that he's treating you differently for being a woman. If he still doesn't get it, you can be more direct: "I appreciate that you respect my work and treat me equally, but I wouldn't want others to think otherwise based on how you address me."

Local food gifts

...has 10 comments, most recently from Carolyn

Capital Region high school graduation rates 2014

...has 2 comments, most recently from Greg

NY Thruway Guide

...has 1 comment, most recently from Rob

Good neighborhood holiday light displays?

...has 4 comments, most recently from MikeH

Where to get latkes?

...has 14 comments, most recently from Susan Anthony Brownell