Cuomo rails against "bloated" school district management, man dies in wreck right after buying motorcycle, woman accused of embezzling $100k from employer, sex ed -- opt-in or opt-out?

Andrew Cuomo continued his criticism of school districts for "bloated management." [TU]

Dan McCoy, chair of the Albany County legislature, formally announced he's running for county exec. Most of the county Democratic establishment has lined up behind him to replace Mike Breslin. [Troy Record] [TU]

Testimony at the Michael Mosley trial focused on the alleged state of Samuel Holley's drug business at the time of the murder (not good because of an alleged falling out with some bikers), and DNA evidence. [TU] [Troy Record]

Colonie police say a man who had just bought a new motorcycle died in a crash on Central Ave right after the driving the bike off the lot. [Fox23] [YNN]

Bethlehem police say a Delmar couple was arrested for allegedly having a greenhouse with 92 pot plants (map). Cue the shocked neighbor soundbite: "I had no idea. I'm surprised. This is a pretty quiet street, there's a lot of kids. I had no idea, I'm very surprised." [CBS6] [Fox23]

The Albany County sheriff's office says a New Scotland woman embezzled $100,000 from the carpentry company for which she worked. (The best line about this story, from CBS6's Chris White: "She was supposed to be keeping the books, but investigators said she was cooking them, too.") [Fox23] [CBS6]

Chris Gibson is pushing for a Defense Department nanotech research facility to be located at Albany Nanotech. [TU]

Albany police say man was injured during a shooting on North Pearl early this morning. [Fox23]

The man convicted of dragging a state trooper from his truck in Washington County, and then going on the lam in Rensselaer County for eight days, has been sentenced to five years in prison -- and faces deportation afterward. [TU]

The lawyer for Deborah Thompson, the Milton woman accused of stealing more than $25k from an elderly woman, said yesterday that Thompson's husband -- Milton supervisor Frank Thompson -- knew nothing of the alleged theft. A special prosecutor has been appointed for the case because the supervisor is on a committee that oversees the budget for the DA's office. [Saratogian] [Post-Star]

State Police said a corrections officer at the Hudson Correctional Facility aided the escape of two prisoners in April by making a false entry into a log book. The two inmates were picked up shortly after the escape. [YNN] [TU]

The Troy police have opened a new tip line: 270-5004. [TU]

The state Department of Transportation says the Route 9P bridge over Saratoga Lake is on schedule to be open by Memorial Day. [TU]

The SABIC plant in Selkirk was fined by the DEC for air pollution leaks. [TU]

Some people in Grafton are upset the town will be using aerial photography to check on whether people have built un-permitted structures on their land. [WNYT]

Among the topics that came up a Schenectady school board candidates forum: whether the district should switch from opt-in sex ed to opt-out. [Daily Gazette]

Walter Grishkot, organizer of the Adirondack Balloon Festival and longtime booster of the greater Glens Falls area, has passed away. [Post-Star]

Brother Aloysius Myers, a mainstay of Christian Brothers Academy for 52 years, has passed away. [TU]


""I had no idea. I'm surprised. This is a pretty quiet street, there's a lot of kids. I had no idea, I'm very surprised." [CBS6] [Fox23] "

Surprise! Normal, suburban folks smoke pot. I mean, we don't all grow 92 pot plants in our greenhouse, but we can dream about it, can't we?

"this is a pretty quiet street" - everyone knows that growing pot is usually a very loud operation.

Growing pot may hay been quiet, but fireworks and assault rifles usually aren't...

Sorry, but the folks in Grafton crack me up. How DARE they catch people who broke the law!? And then have the audacity to give them amnesty!

"That's my point. How would you feel if you had a family reunion and you wound up on Youtube?" (Using Google Earth)

And the best:

"I would also like to know when the Town of Grafton is going to start listening to our phone conversations in the name of the town budget."

@Barold: The whole quote is: "Detectives say they found 92 pot plants, a machete, two shotguns, a .22 caliber rifle, and a high capacity magazine for an assault rifle."

The later ones are a bit louder than plants. Then again, you can garden with a machete I guess.

Every garden I've ever been involved with eventually needed a machete. Desperately.

The assault rife is, in my opinion, slight overkill. Napalm would be much more effective.

The arrogance this governor displays whenever he attacks the education system in this state is simply astounding. Many of his claims and conclusions are simply not true and are unfounded - simply devised by looking at numbers and never having actually stepped foot in a NY school. Another bureaucrat making assumptions on a subject he has zero real experience with.

Continue to ridicule our schools and cut our funds Mr. Governor as you send your own two daughters to a private school in Massachusetts. What a joke.

The Schenectady school district needs to take a look in the mirror. Sex-ed opt out? Really? Sex ed in that district needs to be freaking mandatory.

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