Cuomo admin reportedly planning layoffs for July, driver in Troy hit-and-run pleads guilty, another bust for Elza, more trouble at Troy co-op?

This just in: it's hot. Wednesday's high temp was 93, which tied the record for the date (normal high temp: 76). Thursday's forecast: highs near 90 with a chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon. (Here are a few hail pics from Wednesday's storms.) [NWS] [NWS] [AOA]

The Cuomo admin is planning to start the first round of state employee layoffs on July 15, according to a memo obtained by the Times Union. The admin and the unions have yet to reach a deal on a new contract, and Cuomo has said 9,800 layoffs could be necessary without cost-savings from a new contract. [TU]

The Cuomo admin also released legislation that would create a new pension tier for new state employees (we're up to Tier VI if you're counting at home). Among the provisions: increasing the retirement age from 62 to 65, ending early retirement, and excluding overtime from the calculation determining average salary. The bill would not shift the system toward a 401(k)-type of plan. The admin says the plan would save the state $93 billion over 30 years. Advocacy groups for local municipalities gave the plan a thumbs up. The state employee unions were annoyed -- the words "grandstanding" and "draconian" were both used. [Cuomo admin] [NYT] [TU] [State of Politics]

Roy Sanders, the man who drove the pickup truck that hit Jahvion Perez in Troy, pleaded guilty at his arraignment yesterday. Sanders told the judge that no one had coerced him into pleading guilty, but the mother of his children told the media they had been threatened. [Troy Record] [WNYT]

Chris Gibson yesterday in Saratoga on his support for the Ryan plan to restructure Medicare: "Our proposal does not kill Medicare. The status quo kills Medicare." He also talked about economic development. And on Anthony Weiner: "I think all Americans feel let down. He's certainly going to face accountability with the ethics committee investigation that's going on. But ultimately, his accountability is going to come with his constituents, his family and his own conscience." [Daily Gazette] [Saratogian] [WNYT]

Albany police say the New World Bistro Bar car crash was the result of a fight over a woman. One of the restaurant's owners says crash sounded like an explosion. Said chef Ric Orlando of what prompted the crash: "Love triangles aren't secret to anybody. They happen all over the world and in the weirdest places. We just happened to be closeby to a little romantic conflict." The restaurant was back open last night. [AOA] [Fox23] [YNN] [NWBB]

Mark down another bust for Elza, Troy's police dog. The TPD says she helped them identify a shipment that allegedly included five pounds of pot. They arrested a man in the Hill neighborhood for allegedly trying to receive the shipment. [Troy Record] [YNN] [TU]

A retroactive pay increase will bring the average administrator's salary in the Shen school district to $117,770. [TU]

The Troy food co-op is asking members to chip in $50 because of financial problems. [TU]

A teacher at St. Thomas in Delmar is retiring after 52 years as a teacher. [TU]

Comments

"The Cuomo admin also released legislation that would create a new pension tier for new state employees (we're up to Tier VI if you're counting at home)."

I understand that a subsequent Tier VII will include indentured servitude as an option for State employment....

@ Bob, Oh puhhlease. State workers have had it good for a long time. Sorry I can't continue to shell out my $$$ to pay ou the billions to bloated pensions, I'm tapped.

Bob, Tiers I-VI have turned new york taxpayers into indentured servants via the outrageous taxes in this state, so I guess what goes around comes around...

@Phil, ike: while you two are obviously frustrated, the fact remains that public employees' total compensation is already less than that of private employees when controlling for differences in educational levels. Reducing public employee pension benefits will result in new hires being compensated even less in comparison.

While some folks may applaud the devaluing of the public sector, such devaluing will only end badly for us all, both private sector and public sector.

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

About buying a fresh-cut Christmas tree...

We got a question from Nate about locally-owned tree farms in the Capital Region. It's getting a little late in the season, but we figured... (more)

Where to take a couples massage class?

Jessica asks: My husband has requested a couples massage class for Christmas, but I'm having trouble finding one through the internet. Most searches only point... (more)

Holiday gifts: Jammella Anderson

Gifts and giving are on most everyone's mind this month. So we're again asking people to share some thoughts on presents, past and present, charities... (more)

Moe. at The Palace

The band Moe. is set to return to The Palace February 23 and 24. Tickets go on sale this Friday, December 15 -- they're $35... (more)

Icy, Snowy Apocalypse Watch

Is this winter ready to be a proper winter? Because it's not yet mid December and already the Icy, Snowy Apocalypse Watch is making an... (more)

Recent Comments

[T]he outdoor speakers are even more obnoxious than the video boards, if that's possible. An insult to the taxpayers of Albany County, and to people who live or work in the neighborhood.

Where to take a couples massage class?

...has 2 comments, most recently from Balance Massage

Where to cut your own Christmas tree 2012

...has 9 comments, most recently from MB

Icy, Snowy Apocalypse Watch

...has 2 comments, most recently from Daleyplanit

Ideas for interesting indoor spots for family photos?

...has 5 comments, most recently from Jessica R W

A good snow removal service in Albany?

...has 1 comment, most recently from Carolyn