Median income levels down, convicted child molester will get to see his daughter in prison, man nabbed for alleged lewd check out at library, Pines crew had to save film by canoe

The median income in all four core counties of the Capital Region was down in 2010 compared to the year before, according to data from the Census -- and only Saratoga County had a median income level higher than 2006. The percentage of residents living in poverty in the city of Albany grew from 22.9 percent to 28.2 percent (though there are some caveats for those numbers). [TU] [TU]

The House of Representatives passed a bill that would provide new funding to FEMA -- though there's some doubt as to how it will match up with the Senate's preferred version of the legislation. The House bill had been voted down earlier this week, which prompted criticism from New York leaders -- including Andrew Cuomo -- who are looking to the federal government to help provide disaster recovery funding for Irene and Lee flooding. [NYT] [TU]

A man convicted of molesting eight boys in a Clifton Park classroom will get visitation with his young daughter in prison after the state Court of Appeals rejected an effort by his ex-wife to block the visits. [TU]

Some landowners around the state who have signed hydrofracking leases are reportedly now having second thoughts. [NYT]

Isaac Peterson, the man who pleaded guilty to holding people hostage in a downtown Albany apartment last December, has been sentenced to 20 years to life. [TU] [YNN]

Albany County acting sheriff Craig Apple says investigators are now looking into whether LuAnn Burgess, whose SUV struck and killed three women outside a Vorheesville church, was taking her prescription medication correctly. [TU]

The Saratoga County DA is offering immunity for "minor criminal conduct" to people who come forward with info about Alexander Grant, the college student who was found dead in a creek this past March. [Saratogian]

The family of Chad Finch, the man who was allegedly struck and killed by a truck driven by a former state trooper Brian Beardsley in Fulton County, says it will file a civil suit against the former trooper. A grand jury chose not to indict Beardsley, who left the scene of the alleged accident. [YNN] [TU]

Colonie police say they've arrested a man for allegedly taking upskirt photos at the Sanford Library (map). Lede of the day by the TU's Dayelin Roman: "A 49-year-old Watervliet man was arrested after he was caught checking out more than just books at the town library, police said." [Fox23] [TU]

Said Albany County judge Thomas Breslin to a man convicted of multiple drug crimes who pleaded for leniency by stating he's "tired of being locked up:" "I'm tired of people coming into this county selling drugs! Very tired." [TU]

Says Schenectady's top city attorney of the woman whose pit bulls allegedly mauled a woman in Hamilton Hill last month: "We want her to go to jail." [TU]

Ongoing local political drama: in Colonie, about the landfill; in Troy, about city hall. [TU] [Troy Record]

Noted: there are, in fact, Republicans in Green Island. [TU]

Doctors say the wet, humid fall has been hard on people with allergies. [TU]

A multi-million development in Loudonville is stuck because, among many reasons, neighbors don't want the complex turned into apartments. [WTEN]

Gift bags for the News and Documentary Emmy Awards will include whoopie pies from a Ballston Spa company. [Saratogian]

The Place Beyond the Pines director Derek Cianfrance says the Irene flooding in Schenectady prompted the crew to move film by canoe at one point. [WNYT]

Hugh Farley ended up with a speaking role in the The Place Beyond the Pines. ""I thought I'd be a stationary figure up there ... Then they handed me the script and I kind of gulped." [TU] [Daily Gazette]

Comments

> Colonie police say they've arrested a man for allegedly taking
> upskirt photos at the Sanford Library

Now besides this being, obviously, completely wrong, I'm curious as to why he was arrested for "felony second-degree unlawful surveillance". Granted, he should have been arrested for sure, but wouldn't that apply to any video recording in a public space? Googling that felony lead to Stephanie's law. For reference, Stephanie (Fuller) was videotaped by her landlord, one William Schultz. Without Stephanie's consent or knowledge, Schultz put a small video camera in the smoke-detector that faced her bed. The law attempts to clarify "unlawful surveillance". However, the first paragraph defines the applicability as: "'Place and time when a person has a reasonable expectation of privacy' means a place and time when a reasonable person would believe that he or she could fully disrobe in privacy".

In a library??

Just a few comments:
Obviously the man who was taking pictures with his camera without permission deserves to be punished, assuming that he is found guilty. But--and let's just try to imagine this--what charges could be brought against our own government for "unlawful surveillance?" Who would be tried and punished if found guilty? How far could it go? Perhaps "it" or "they" are too big to fail...Oh, and please don't limit your criticism to just the previous Presidential Administration, either...

As for the economy and growing problems, no shocker here. I recently read on Al Jazeera an op-ed that asked if anyone in any position of power in the United States and Europe (and presumably beyond) had any idea about what to do with the global economic situation.

Here is my guess: they have an idea about what to do--serve the elites who control them (Obama is a prime example) by cutting spending on things like education, continue to superficially regulate the financial sector, and insist that free trade will solve all of our woes--but don't yet have a way to soft-soap the publics which they nominally serve into peacefully acquiescing.

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