State leaders say there's a tax cap deal, Miller returning to work with APD, GloFo challenging property tax assessment, would you buy a car from Al Jurczynski?

The Three Men in the Room announced that there's a tentative deal on a property tax cap. The two percent cap includes exceptions for some pension costs and capital projects. What seems to have prompted Sheldon Silver to move forward on the cap in the Assembly was a deal to link the cap with an extension of rent control regulations. Dean Skelos said a sunset provision for the cap is still not worked out. Said Andrew Cuomo of the cap: "I think when you put the budget together with a property tax cap in this state, it's going to be a game-changer and it's going to change the trajectory of this state." Interest group reaction roundup. [NYT] [TU] [Daily Politics] [Daily Politics] [State of Politics] [State of Politics] [Daily Politics]

Mosely trial: Michael Mosley's attorney cross-examined the prosecution's blood stain expert witness for almost 4.5 hours in an attempt to poke holes in the expert's polished, TV-like presentation. The final prosecution was Mosley's former boss, who testified that Mosley took six days off from work sick following the date of the murders. He said Mosley returned to work with cuts and bruises on his hands -- and a doctor's note. [Troy Record] [TU] [TU] [Fox23]

The Albany Police Department announced that suspended spokesman James Miller will be back on the job this Friday. Miller will lose his designation as a detective. And though he's returning as spokesman, his duties will including training a replacement. He told WGY that he plans to retire from the department at the end of February 2012. Miller pleaded guilty to DWAI and internal administrative charges. [Troy Record] [TU] [Fox23] [WGY] [CBS6]

Fulton County: a state trooper accused of fatally hitting a pedestrian with his car in Broadalbin and then leaving the scene of the accident has turned himself in. He's been charged with leaving the scene of a fatal accident, and has been suspended. Fulton County law enforcement officials say an autopsy concluded the man had been run over by a vehicle -- and his blood and tissue were on the undercarriage of the trooper's personal pickup. [Fox23] [TU] [YNN] [Daily Gazette]

Farther afield: Democrat Kathy Hochul won the special election in New York's 26th House district, a Republican-leaning district in western New York. (Chris Lee had held that seat until the shirtless photos incident.) Her victory is being used to spin all sorts of supposed implications about national politics. [Buffalo News] [NYT]

Former state DEC commissioner Denise Sheehan, a Republican, says she will run for Colonie supervisor. (And Jennifer Whalen is not running.) [TU] [TU]

The Averill Park school board voted to accept a contingency budget that's slightly smaller tax levy increase than the budget that was rejected by voters. [Troy Record]

The collapse of an RPI-owned vacant building has given the school and the Troy fire department another opportunity to disagree with each other. [Troy Record]

Colonie police said a man shot and killed himself after a short standoff with the SWAT team, which tried to convince him not to do it (map). Neighbors had been asked to stay inside during the standoff. [Troy Record] [TU] [Fox23]

GlobalFoundries has appealed the $400 million assessment on the in-construction Luther Forest chip fab. [Daily Gazette]

If the Conklingville Dam failed and people had to run for their lives -- how exactly would they hear about that? [Post-Star]

A Glens Falls woman has been accused of stealing $64,000 from a church. [Post-Star]

A couple of prominent downtown Troy restaurant spots have new tenants. [TU]

The geyser in Spa State Park has been unclogged. [Saratogian]

Olympic speed skater Trevor Marsicano has been training on roller blades on a loop in a Milton subdivision. [Post-Star]

Former Schenectady mayor Al Jurczynski is training to be a car salesman. [Daily Gazette]


"For my particular background, this job is custom-made for me.”

of course it is... Schenectady mayor to USED car salesman.

"The two percent cap includes exceptions for some pension costs and capital projects."

Translation: exempts those expenses that are some of the bgigest reasons behind tax increases. Also, money is fungible, so whatever money was budgeted for "pension costs and capital projects" will now just be used for some other item on the wishlist, and that could be paid via in an annual tax increase for the entire amount needed. JOKE JOKE JOKE

Last, best chance to save upstate new york just went down the shitter...last one out please turn off the lights.

I don't know who that Jurczynski fellow is but he looks like someone I'd like to make cry during a good haggle.

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