Commission: Bruno's daughter had no-show job, Schenectady's roads in bad shape, use of "Schenectadoid" apparently on the decline

The state Commission on Public Integrity alleges that John O'Connor, the head of the SUNY Research Foundation, set up a no-show job for Joe Bruno's daughter, Susan -- she left the job in 2009, a few months after a Times Union story about the situation. O'Connor's attorney released a statement saying the commission has "eviscerated its reputation by leaking information to the press and failing to safeguard the rights of those under its jurisdiction." [Daily Politics] [TU] [State of Politics]

Andrew Cuomo continues his public campaign to poke the legislature into doing what he wants. Said Sheldon Silver of Cuomo's campaign: "Members [of the legislature] would like to get things done rather than listen to speeches." [TU] [NYDN]

Cuomo says the state should make more use of test scores to evaluate teacher performance -- the chair of the state board of regents says she agrees. The teachers unions aren't happy about that. [Cuomo admin] [NYS Board of Regents] [TU]

Recently released Albany police department documents about the chase that preceded a fatal crash in 2007 indicate officers may have continued to chase the suspect after being told stop the chase. [TU]

Ruben Diaz Sr -- a state senator and one of the most outspoken opponents of legalizing same-sex marriage in the state -- has a granddaughter who's a lesbian and counter-protested against her grandfather Sunday. [NYT]

A survey of Schenectady's roads by the city engineer indicates they're in bad shape -- and about to get a lot worse. [Daily Gazette]

ADA question to Samuel Holley's brother Friday during the trial of Michael Mosley: "Where did you see blood?" Answer: "Everywhere, really." [Troy Record]

Schenectady police say a man was chased through downtown Schenectady Sunday afternoon before, a witness says, being arrested in the Proctors arcade. [TU]

The implements involved in alleged assault and attempted break-in in Albany, according to police: a brick, a 2x4, a dagger. [TU]

There's an arrest warrant out for the telephone book cover famous wildlife-removal contractor Adirondack Dundee (Craig Coon), for allegedly scurrying off before finishing a string of jobs. [TU]

A bird-feeder-snatching bear was busted in Selkirk using a motion-activated camera. [WNYT]

Apparent sign that Union College students have taken a warmer view of Schenectady: a reported decrease in the usage of the word "Schenectadoid." [Daily Gazette]

The last full-fledged farm in Halfmoon is an apple orchard that dates back to 1896. [Saratogian]

A surgeon at Samaritan Hospital in Troy arranged for a nun from Ghana to come her for a knee transplant. [WNYT]

Comments

The Schenectady roads are awful. Union and Erie are especially bad, although some patches have been made. They both need some major work, but I dread the traffic issues when it happens.

Basing teacher performance only on test scores is an idea only someone who has no idea what it means to teach could have. With each budget cut classroom size grows. I'd like to see Cuomo teach a group of 30 students on outdated text books and technology and then base his pay on it.

Well said KatherineSass....

Basing teacher performance on the scores of kids who don't come to school and who get no support from home is absurd. While I agree that we need to limit spending and cut our budget, you would think education would be on the bottom of the list of areas to cut. Higher drop-out rates equate to more people being on assisted living, higher crime rates, and a less-educated work force. I would love to see where our State's money is really going. And, again, our Governor sends his own daughters to a private school in Mass. Out of touch?

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

Today's moment of summer

Considering how dry it's been, it's kind of hard to get upset about getting caught under a tree during the pop-up shower Thursday afternoon. And... (more)

The Capital Region's largest private employers*

Tucked in that request for proposals for the sale of part of the Harriman State Office Campus in Albany was an interesting list: The largest... (more)

How the train station ended up where it is now

The fact that Albany's train station is over the river in Rensselaer is one of those things that prompts a lot of "What... why... huh?"... (more)

Weekend Destination: Thousand Islands

Why: nature, water sports, romance How far: 3.5 hours The origin of Thousand Island dressing can be controversial, but legend has it that it was... (more)

A peek at our possible future climate

We've had an unusually dry summer so far, and it's been somewhat hotter than usual, too. And while any one year isn't necessarily a sign... (more)

Recent Comments

Seconding the above. Albany Youth Soccer. I played for many years with this organization. Absolutely excellent experience. Good mix of fun and hard work. Very diverse group of kids and coaches. Well organized. Many other kids I knew growing up in Albany played as well. In my opinion this is the integral kids sports experience.

Weekend Destination: Thousand Islands

...has 3 comments, most recently from Ryan H

A few more bits about the potential sale of a chunk of the Harriman State Office Campus

...has 3 comments, most recently from Rebecca

Morning Blend for Jul 28

...has 1 comment, most recently from ace

Suggestions for youth soccer programs?

...has 8 comments, most recently from Stan

Behold, the white squirrels at play

...has 23 comments, most recently from Tracy