Albany and Schenectady schools get millions intended for fixes, bandage reportedly found in ice cream, make sure to warm up before sprinting toward the stars

The state Education Department announced yesterday that the Albany and Schenectady school districts will be getting millions in funding to improve "persistently lowest achieving" schools. The Albany school district will be getting $3.3 million to put toward implementing the "transformation" model at Albany High School and Hackett Middle School -- the district's superintendent says it's focusing on a new teacher evaluation system and "changing the way instruction is delivered." The Schenectady school district is getting $2 million for it high school -- its superintendent says the district's efforts will include identifying students are struggling in earlier grades. [NYSED] [TU] [Daily Gazette]

The state legislative task force in charge of drawing legislative districts says it will be counting prison inmates with the communities from which they came -- not the communities in which they're imprisoned (this issue has been the subject of a lawsuit). Also: Albany common councilman Anton Konev testified before the task force, arguing that the city of Albany should be covered by just one Assembly district, instead of its current two. [TU] [YNN] [TU]

The Troy city council voted 7-1 in favor of borrowing $2.2 million to convert the Dauchy Building into a new city hall. Though it may have been a vote of principle more than a step toward action. [TU] [Troy Record]

Green Island police say a 29-year-old woman drove her teen nieces to a park so they could fight another teen girl with whom they had been feuding on Facebook. Police allege the woman also encouraged them to fight at the scene and then jumped in herself. Is there mobile phone video? Of course. Cue the video of the girls fighting? Of course. [TU] [Fox23] [WNYT]

A woman says she found a bandage in ice cream she was served at a newsstand in downtown Albany. (Be sure to read the quote at the end.) [TU]

The Cuomo administration has been turning seats on state commissions that previously included six-figure salaries for just a few days of work into per-diem-only positions. [TU]

Andrew Cuomo signed legislation that makes being a spectator at an animal fighting event a misdemeanor. [AP/Fox23]

That interstate steroids case with which Albany County DA David Soares has been involved with the prosecution is game on again after a appellate court ruling. [TU]

The husband of Albany County legislator Wanda Willingham has been getting social services payments to take care of their grandchildren -- an arrangement that reported has "raised eyebrows," but appears to be legal. [TU]

Saratoga Springs police say they're stepping up patrols and asking people to keep an eye out because of two sexual assaults over the last two weekends. [Saratogian]

The Raucci emails appear to support the idea that Schenectady school district officials got significant help from Steven Raucci on union issues (Raucci was both a supervisor and head of the union unit). [Daily Gazette]

The state has given the OK for the new Saratoga Hospital/Albany Medical Center urgent care facility at Exit 12 in Saratoga County. [Saratogian]

Noted: the statements of career criminals should be read with skepticism. [TU]

A web development company is buying the former St. Theresa's Catholic church in Albany's New Scotland neighborhood to use as office and residential space. [TU]

How did Marylou Whitney end up paying $100k for a $3k dinner? She was bidding against her husband. [Saratogian] [Daily Gazette]

A woman twisted her ankle yesterday while getting caught in a crowd rushing to gawk at Ryan Gosling and Eva Mendes in Scotia. [Daily Gazette]

Comments

The payoff (the final quote) on that bandaid story is outstanding.

yes, yes, "getting caught", right.

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

Today's moment of summer

It was nice to have blue skies again. And that breeze... a little cool for July, but we'll take it.... (more)

Different event layout for this year's ESP fireworks

As usual, the big fireworks display on the Fourth of July is at the Empire State Plaza. But because of construction at the State Museum... (more)

Not flagged for taxes

Filed under "One of the no doubt many things we didn't know about NYS tax law": US flags, as well as many other types of... (more)

Neighborhood highlights

A few months back as part of an AOA birthday week drawing asked people to name something that's a highlight o f their neighborhood. And... (more)

Restricted public access at Kaaterskill Falls this summer

The state Department of Conservation announced this week that it will be restricting public access to Kaaterskill Falls in Greene County starting July 6 and... (more)

Recent Comments

But where else would it go? We need a roadway connecting those areas somewhere or else downtown businesses are doomed. Whats' the alternative, demolishing downtown to put a highway there? I don't think so. 787 is here to stay. I think we need to look at lower hanging fruit solutions and make the best of what we have. ...

State Museum to get large makeover

...has 16 comments, most recently from -B

Neighborhood highlights

...has 2 comments, most recently from Brew

A look at the latest plan for the 1 Monument Square project in Troy

...has 18 comments, most recently from Cmaxby

Capital Cobblestone Project

...has 2 comments, most recently from Rob

Pick your own strawberry season 2015

...has 12 comments, most recently from Ellen Parlee