Ethics deal would require legislators to disclose outside income, police officer kicked by horse, thousand turn out for Schenectady movie audition, backhoe used to rescue kitten

The Three Men in the Room announced a deal on new state ethics laws late Friday afternoon. The "Clean Up Albany Act of 2011" would require legislators to disclose outside income, create of database of who's appearing before the state, could take away the pensions of officials convicted of felonies. It would also create a new commission to enforce ethics laws for the legislature, executive branch and lobbyists. Andrew Cuomo called the plan "tough and aggressive." The provision for disclosing outside income reportedly caused some rank-and-file members of the legislature to "freak out" as the deal was coming together Friday, with some telling leaders that they wouldn't run for re-election. [NYT] [TU] [AP/Troy Record] [Daily Politics] [State of Politics]

Of particular interest to local food businesses: the proposed ethics law would up the allowed value of meal given to legislators from the value of a cup of coffee to $15. [TU]

The SUNY board of trustees accepted the "voluntary separation" of John O'Connor from his job both as head of the SUNY Research Foundation and vice chancellor on Friday. (Remember, O'Connor had been the one accused of giving Susan Bruno an alleged no-show job.) Shortly after that announcement, the system released a report describing the billion dollar Research Foundation as "flawed at both the governance and operational levels." The state Commission on Public Integrity says it will continue to investigate O'Connor. [TU] [TU CapCon] [TU]

Roy McDonald continues to publicly say he's undecided on same-sex marriage legalization, despite lobbying efforts both overt and subtle. [Troy Record]

The plan for a parking permit system around the ESP in Albany is coming together. [TU]

The state Commission of Public Integrity ruled that Jeffrey A. Sachs, one of Andrew Cuomo's longtime friends who served on a commission aimed at reforming the state's Medicaid program, did not violate rules by contacting state officials on behalf of a hospital looking for more Medicaid money. [NYT]

A spokesperson for Mike Breslin says the Albany County exec will sign off on the proposed redistricting, despite the threat of a lawsuit from a civil rights lawyer over the number of majority-minority districts. [TU]

Republican Denise Sheehan is officially into the pool for Colonie town supervisor. Sheehan is a former state DEC commissioner and a Colonie native. [TU] [Troy Record]

The Saratoga Springs Democratic establishment has lined up behind Brent Wilkes as its pick to run for mayor. Wilkes has been active with Saratoga Citizen, the charter reform group that's been trying to change the city's former of government. [Saratogian] [TU]

Hundreds of people attended the funeral of Jahvion Perez, the Troy six-year-old killed in a hit-and-run accident. Roy Sanders, the alleged driver, has been indicted. [WNYT] [WTEN]

Vincent Harris, who served 37 years in prison for a murder at a Rensselaer night club and had vowed that he was a changed man, was recently arrested as the alleged wheelman in a burglary in Schodack. [Daily Gazette] [TU]

Albany police say an officer was kicked in the head, and another was stepped on, by a police horse Thursday night during a scuffle on Pearl Street (map). [TU] [WTEN]

The four people accused of being involved with 60 home burglaries around the Capital Region have pleaded guilty. [TU]

The pastor at Mater Christi Catholic Church in Albany told parishoners Sunday that a safe containing collections from three masses the previous weekend had been stolen from church offices (map). [Fox23]

North Greenbush police say a man was caught on video stealing flower planters from a school. [WNYT]

About 2,000 people showed up for the Schenectady casting call for the The Place Beyond the Pines, the Ryan Gosling-Bradley Cooper movie scheduled to shoot in Schenectady this summer. A lucky few might get robbed (on screen) by Gosling. [Fox23] [YNN]

Howe Caverns is adding new attractions with the hope it can be more than just a one-day destination. [TU]

Americade -- with its 50,000 motorcycles -- is this week in Lake George. [Saratogian]

A charter school in Troy with four open teaching positions had 55 candidates show up for a speed-interviewing session recently. [Daily Gazette]

An Albany couple was married by an Elvis impersonator at the Lake George Elvis Festival this past weekend. [Post-Star]

A Saratoga Springs funeral home is commemorating its 150th year in business. [Post-Star]

The fox rescued from the ice on the Hudson this past winter was released back in to the wild this Friday. [TU]

Thanks to the efforts of a neighbor and a city crew with a backhoe, a kitten was rescued from a drainpipe in Albany's West Hill neighborhood Sunday (map). [TU]

Comments

"could take away the pensions of officials convicted of felonies" - why isn't it a given that officials convicted of felonies would lose their pensions? as for some legislators freaking out and saying they won't run for re-election if they have to disclose other sources of income. good riddance! the culture of corruption in this city and state is so disgusting. we need to napalm the entire lot and start from scratch. this morning's article in the NYT about O.D. Heck and the murder and abuse of the developmentally disabled there (not to mention the $2.5 billion that place rakes in from state and federal government yet spends not even half of that on the residents) has pushed me over the edge. how do you not get charged with murder when you kill a disabled child on purpose? how do you only get put on administrative leave when you brag on facebook about beating retards? our city and state are SERIOUSLY sick and this deep, deep, condoned and accepted sickness needs to be excised at the root. our local and state government is diseased beyond repair.

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