Gillibrand breaks with party on debt ceiling vote, cash crunch at Brighter Choice, traffic stop nabs driver with 40 license suspensions, 11-year-old competing for world championship - in Pokemon

Kirsten Gillibrand was one of only six Democratic US Senators to vote against the debt-ceiling bill. In Saratoga, a crowd including both supporters and opponents of Chris Gibson's "yes" vote on the deal had "a discussion" (the kind with signs and chanting). Earlier: What local Congressional reps said about the debt ceiling deal. [NYT] [Post-Star]

There's apparently some concern among state employees that the no-layoff deals struck by CSEA and PEF could be circumvented by "reorganizing" state agencies. [TU]

The family of the woman who died recently at the Albany County jail while awaiting deportation alleges she was not given the proper medication to manage a heart condition. [TU]

The latest Troy Record/Gramercy poll for the Troy mayor's race has Republican Carmella Mantello up on new Democratic candidate Lou Rosamilia 53-47. [Troy Record]

Andrew Cuomo signed a bill yesterday that will allow the State Museum to be open on Sundays (in exchange for closing on another day of the week). A law dating back to the 19th century had required the museum to be open during normal business hours every weekday. [Cuomo admin] [Daily Gazette]

The family of the the 13-year-old who drowned in backyard pool in Colonie this past weekend says the girl had been playing a game to see who could hold their breath the longest underwater. [TU]

National Grid's electricity rates for residential customers could drop as much as 8 percent next year because of the expiration of a fee. [TU]

The Brighter Choice charter schools are short on money -- though the reason for the crunch is in dispute. [TU]

The judge who heard the case about whether the Schenectady school district should release the Steven Raucci emails to the Times Union and Daily Gazette had officiated at Raucci's wedding -- and didn't disclose that fact. [Daily Gazette]

Joseph McInerney --the brother of the former Troy city clerk William McInerney, who resigned amid allegations of being involved with the Troy ballot fraud case -- recently pleaded guilty to stealing thousand of dollars from the Schodack Democratic Party. [Troy Record]

Guilderland police have arrested a woman they allege had sexually abused an 11-year-old. The woman claims to be some sort of reverend, but police say they can't confirm that. [Fox23] [TU]

A Schenectady County corrections officer has been placed on leave because of allegations he groped women on the jail's medical staff. [TU]

Waterford police say a driver pulled over on Monday had 40 suspensions on his license -- and had been stopped 49 times since 1989. [TU] [WNYT]

The Albany County sheriff's office says a man arrested for allegedly dealing coke in the parking lot at Latham Farms had hidden drugs in a Pepsi bottle made to look like it was full of soda (check out the photo). [TU]

A mile of newly-paved road will be torn up to fix the situation that included an oily-substance leaking into Lake Desolation. [TU]

Watervliet is developing plans to build an "anaerobic digester" to break down organic waste in order to produce energy. [TU]

Clifton Park's town board voted to buy 41 acres that include access to the Mohawk. The land will eventually be opened for public access. [TU] [Daily Gazette]

Saratoga Springs has yet to settle on a site for the 9/11 memorial sculpture that was intended for the spot in front of the City Center, but ended up being too big. [Saratogian]

East Greenbush 11-year-old Aaron Clarke will be competing at the Pokemon Trading Card Game World Championships later this month. [Troy Record]


Well, the Republicans have gotten their wish: with the recent tax cuts they’ve placed dollars in the pockets of their wealthy patrons. With the deep spending cuts at the worst time possible, they’ve ensured the economy will continue to stagnate under President Obama, providing an obstacle to his re-election.

And the middle class loses.

And by "...she was given the proper medication..."

you meant "insufficient".

Editors: Correct. A "not" somehow didn't make it in there. Fixed. Thank you.

It also cracks me up that someone named a body of water "Lake Desolation" and now there's an oil slick in it.

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