Most school budgets pass -- Albany library budget maybe not, financial backers push Republicans on same-sex marriage, Joe Bruno sighting, measles case at RPI

Almost all of the local school budgets passed (as did 93 percent statewide). Those that didn't: Berne-Knox-Westerlo, Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk, and Averill Park. The result in Rensselaer is unclear. [TU] [State of Politics] [Daily Gazette] [Troy Record] [TU]

The Albany school district's budget passed by fewer than 200 votes. Records obtained by the Times Union via FOIL revealed that the anonymous direct mail campaign against the budget was sponsored by a group with ties to the city's charter schools. [Daily Gazette] [TU]

As of Wednesday morning, it appears the Albany library budget -- which included a 25 percent tax increase -- had failed to pass by 28 votes. [TU]

Potential new source of school revenue: ads on school buses. [YNN]

Mike Bloomberg was at the state Capitol yesterday lobbying Republican senators to support the legalization of same-sex marriage. Bloomberg has been big financial backer of state Republicans -- and donors are starting to line up to support Republicans who are in favor of marriage equality. [NYT] [TU]

Sheldon Silver has re-introduced the "Millionaire's Tax" -- this time as an actual millionaire's tax. [NYT] [State of Politics]

Schenectady police have identified the body found in Mohawk this week. [TU]

Milton supervisor Frank Thompson insisted yesterday that he didn't know anything about his wife's alleged theft of as much as $38k from an elderly woman. The town's Republican committee had decided to back a different candidate for his seat, though. [Daily Gazette] [TU]

There was a Joe Bruno sighting last night. [YNN]

State Police say a Troy tow truck operator who had a contract with the city has been over-charging car owners for towing and car storage. [Fox23]

State Police say they've nabbed two men for allegedly being involved in a series of convenience store burglaries around the Capital Region in which thousands of dollars worth of cigarettes were taken. [TU]

The state Department of Health has confirmed that there's been a case of measles at RPI and released a list of sites where people might have been exposed. [Troy Record]

Troy officials says complaints about student behavior in the city's Beman Park and Hillside neighborhoods increased greatly after the kegs and eggs riot in Albany. [TU]

The federal Department of the Interior has released a national plan for dealing with White Nose Syndrome, the fungal infection first found in the greater Capital Region that's been killing off bat populations. [AP/Troy Record]

A steer that had been on the loose in Saratoga County was finally captured with the help of a Texas cowboy.

Farther afield: police were called to pick up a three-foot-long alligator in Jamestown, in western New York. [AP/CBS6]

Comments

Wow. The education and future lives of too many kids are at stake for the leaders of the city's public and charter schools to be fighting like vindictive squabbling childish brats.

Honestly! Why the heck are these yahoos spending their time, energy, and resources finger pointing and fighting when they should be spending their time, energy, and resources fighting FOR kids futures!

-ok, sorry, I think I got it all out now.

"The Albany school district's budget passed by fewer than 200 votes. Records obtained by the Times Union via FOIL revealed that the anonymous direct mail campaign against the budget was sponsored by a group with ties to the city's charter schools. [Daily Gazette] [TU]"

More underhanded sleaze from charter school supporters. Just disgusting.

"At the urging of Councilman Bill Dunne, the committee chairman, RPI agreed to share information with the police department regarding off-campus properties that are identified as sources of illicit student activities."

To me, that reads that either RPI is taking way too much time tracking individual student's actions, or this is just a way to target fraternity houses.

I don't care about charter schools, and I don't care about public schools or teachers unions..what I care about is educational outcomes. The onyl way the system is going to generate the kind of educational outcomes we need is via huge concessions from the teachers union. I don't see the teachers union doing that willingly, because they've got their golden goose.

Until bad teachers can get fired, and good ones get paid more, I will vote "NO" on every school budget that comes in front of me

My husband answered a phone "Albany School Budget" poll. Unfortunately for the pollster my husband's not stupid and when he realized she was with the charter schools started grilling her on the merits of charter vs public. And all she could fall back on was that her grandchildren were in the charter schools and had nothing else to fall back on. I have tremendous distaste for programs that give public money to private enterprises. And so does my public school teacher husband.

The library defeat is a bummer. It was publicized as a "25% increase" which I am afraid some people thought was a 25% increase in their tax bill. In reality it would be an increase of $32 per $100,000 assessed value. (Roughly the cost of two paperbacks from Amazon.)

The new libraries are gorgeous and the usage is way up. How can that not be worth $32 a year (or even $96 a year if your house is assessed at $300,000)?

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

They look so fidgety at full speed -- but at half speed, they're graceful and kind of peaceful.... (more)

Blackened Fish Po'Boy at Hooked Seafood Co.

Some people say the Capital Region food scene is behind the times, a decade behind the trends in major metropolitan areas like New York City... (more)

They put a tree atop the new Albany convention center building... why?

The Albany Capital Center isn't set to open until March of next year, but officials celebrated the completion of the structural framework of the... (more)

More time to swim

The Cuomo admin announced Tuesday it's extending the open hours for the Victoria Pool at Saratoga Spa State Park and the beaches at Thompson's Lake,... (more)

Finding the History of Your House at SCHS

This area has a lot of old homes, which have had many residents, who in turn have many stories. An event at the Schenectady County... (more)

Recent Comments

... If anything, the city could be criticized for NOT influencing the construction or requirements to construct affordable housing into larger market rate projects. Take that one step further - affordable housing requirements on development aren't even considered as part of the city's first comprehensive zoning code overhaul since 1968.

A large chunk of the Harriman State Office Campus is for sale

...has 10 comments, most recently from Ellen

A few bits about a planned new Albany Med building, new residential construction, and other projects around Albany

...has 7 comments, most recently from Ellen

What's new? Apartments.

...has 4 comments, most recently from anon

Suggestions for a tile installer (including one who might not mind an assistant)?

...has 5 comments, most recently from Jamie

Finding the History of Your House at SCHS

...has 1 comment, most recently from Otis Maxwell