Albany city hall will be open for first day of same-sex marriage, Cuomo and PEF at odds over contract, murder-suicide in Lake George, Giants not coming to UAlbany this year

Albany officials say the city clerk's office will be open on Sunday July 24 in order to issue marriage licenses on the day the Marriage Equality Act takes effect. Officials from other local municipalities -- including Troy, Watervliet and Cohoes -- have said they will not be open that day. Municipal clerks around the state are still waiting to get the proper forms and instruction from the state Department of Health. [TU] [Troy Record] [Poughkeepsie Journal]

The family of Rafael Nieves, Jr., a former Guilderland High School student, says the Army infantryman was killed in Afghanistan Sunday. [YNN]

Andrew Cuomo said Friday that his administration offered the same contract deal to PEF that it offered to CSEA, and now "it's up to them." Cuomo said "the fact that CSEA accepted the contract adds to the credibility of the offer that's not going to change" and PEF can accept the deal or have layoffs. PEF says Cuomo "must have been misinformed" because the offered contract "differs significantly." [TU] [Fox23] [State of Politics]

GlobalFoundries says it would like to build an R&D center, as well as a second chip fab, at Luther Forest if it can work out a deal with the state. It appears that New York is in competition with sites in Asia for the second fab. [TU] [TU]

Lake George police say a man fatally shot his ex-wife Saturday and then fatally shot himself in the head. Officials say what prompted the murder-suicide is unclear. (Odd sidebar: a Post-Star reporter was arrested for not leaving the scene of the shooting -- the paper says the reporter did nothing wrong and is "is only guilty of asking the officers questions about the incident.") [Post-Star] [TU] [Fox23] [Post-Star]

The Giants will not be training at UAlbany this summer because of the NFL lockout. The team's president says the Giants "have every intention of returning" to UAlbany in 2012. [TU] [Troy Record]

Billing errors turned up by the state Medicaid inspector general will cost the Albany school district $300k. [TU]

Well-regarded local school districts sometimes use private investigators to check up on students who are suspected of living outside the district. [Daily Gazette]

Saratoga Springs police say they busted seven people for allegedly being involved in a cocaine and crack ring at two housing projects. The seven month SSPD investigation was prompted by reports from a beat officer and/or tips from the public (reports differ). [Saratogian] [TU]

Albany police say three people were arrested Sunday morning at the Pearl Street Pub a man allegedly put a bouncer in a headlock and a scuffle ensued. [TU]

Food pantries in the region say demand is up -- but supplies are down because of the seasonal slowing of donation. [Post-Star]

How should motorcyclists use Albany's new pay-and-display parking meters? Good question. [TU]

The once-free private parking lot behind the former Borders in Saratoga is now charging $2/hour. (Related "scuttlebutt": Trader Joe's may be interested in the site.) [Post-Star] [Daily Gazette]

About 200 people showed up to see a "faith healer" in Cohoes on Sunday. [Troy Record]

The latest collar for ace Troy police dog Elza: a guy who allegedly stole a tip jar from a Chinese restaurant. [Troy Record]

The Troy Waterfront Farmers' Market will be at its new location along River Street and Monument Square through October. [Troy Record]

A rose variety named for Marylou Whitney was planted at Yaddo Sunday. Marylou was there wearing a shade of pink that matched the rose. [Saratogian] [Post-Star]

Comments

Andrew Cuomo said Friday that his administration offered the same contract deal to PEF that it offered to CSEA

Well that's not true. One notable difference is a much larger increase to health care costs -- this is a big sticking point becuase it's a permanent giveback, not temporary like wage freezes or furloughs.

"the fact that CSEA accepted the contract adds to the credibility of the offer that's not going to change"

CSEA accepted it but the membership hasn't voted yet. The fact that the proposed contract doesn't protect from layoffs at all (Cuomo's own pet SAGE commission just has to say layoffs are needed) is something a lot of people are worried about.

PEF can accept the deal or have layoffs.

Which they already have, during negotiations. So... who's being unreasonable?

PS: you can see the proposed CSEA agreement at the CSEA site (opens as a .pdf).

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