Cuomo proposes SUNY tuition increase, exotic dances ruled taxable, alleged one-handed bank robber nabbed

The Cuomo admin has introduced legislation that would allow all SUNY schools to raise tuition five percent a year for the next five years -- and it allows the large universities, including UAlbany, to tack another three percent onto that increase. Sheldon Silver has been the main obstacle in the legislature to allowing SUNY to raise tuition -- his office didn't comment on Cuomo's plan. Senate Republican spoke in favor of the plan. [State of Politics] [Cuomo admin] [TU] [NYT]

State agencies have been asked to submit lists of positions that could be eliminated in layoffs by Monday. CSEA's president called the threat of layoffs "obscene." [TU] [YNN]

Saratoga Springs public safety commissioner Richard Wirth said "everything is on the table" for possible disciplinary action against police chief Chris Cole following Cole's admission that he sexted from his city hall office. Wirth says Cole has been an "excellent" chief. [Post-Star] [Saratogian] [WNYT]

Clement Campana says his father will have to move out of his publicly subsidized apartment in Troy after his father was found to be $111 over the income limit. [TU] [Troy Record]

A state appeals court has ruled that exotic dances are not art, and as a result, a Latham strip club must pay sales tax. [TU] [Daily Gazette]

Bethlehem supervisor Sam Messina announced he's not running for re-election. Messina's party support had fallen apart (he ran on the Republican line last time -- and this year the Republicans picked... a Democrat). [YNN] [TU]

Niskayuna Republicans have picked Anthony Pennacchio to run for supervisor against Democrat incumbent Joseph Landry. [TU]

Rensselaer County exec Kathy Jimino on how the budget is shaping up for next year: "We're getting to the point where it's becoming impossible to cut across the board. There's no more fat at this time." [TU]

Albany County undersheriff Craig Apple, the current sheriff's pick to replace him, says a recording of him talking about police lying is "mudslinging." [TU]

The Albany County sheriff's office has been stopping vehicles on their way to the county jail in an effort to catch contraband. [Fox23]

Albany police say they're arrested the one-handed man who allegedly robbed the SEFCU bank on New Scotland Ave this week. The guy is currently on parole for... bank robbery. [TU] [Fox23]

Arrest report name of the day: Akbar Hemmingway. [Troy Record]

A building partially collapsed in Troy, injuring a teen. [Fox23] [WNYT]

A software company says it's moving to downtown Schenectady and will buy a building from Proctors and invest $4 million in renovating it. [WNYT] [Daily Gazette]

A planning study of Central Ave for Colonie recommends there should be no more motels built and billboards should be phased out. [TU]

The unclaimed remains of nine local veterans will be interred at Saratoga National Cemetery today. [Saratogian]

There's a push to make the Woodland Preserve, Schenectady's last spot of pine bush, a park. [Daily Gazette]


I am 100% in favor of the tuition hike proposal, PROVIDED that the money goes directly into the university's coffers. Not SUNY's coffers, mind you, but directly to the bottom line of the university itself. I understand Silver's concern, but the truth is these universities cannot offer a four star education (or even a three star education) if they have student faculty ratios of 40:1.

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