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]


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?

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