PEF accuses Cuomo off "walking away" from negotiations, animal abuser registry approved, Troy drops college requirement for new police officers, bee caused truck crash

PEF says there have been no new developments in its negotiations with the Cuomo admin -- and on Tuesday the union's president accused Andrew Cuomo of "just walking away from the negotiating table." PEF has been polling members about which concessions they might be willing to make. About 3,500 PEF members could be laid off without a contract deal. [TU] [State of Politics]

Supporters of the anti-gun violence program SNUG rallied near the Governor's Mansion yesterday in an effort shake loose funding for the program (map). The Cuomo admin has been silent on the matter -- and though Jerry Jennings says he thinks there will be money, but there are still no details. [WNYT] [TU]

The Albany County legislature unanimously approved the creation of a registry for animal abusers. The registry will include names, addresses, and photos of convicted abusers. The bill also includes a provision that requires anyone selling or giving away an animal to check the registry before handing over the animal. Supporters say the registry will help prevent abusers from abusing again. [YNN] [WTEN] [Fox23] [TU]

Albany International has moved its remaining manufacturing jobs in the area to Mexico -- and says it's "considering" it's options about its offices in Menands. [TU]

Health insurance companies are fighting to keep the state from disclosing the reasons they use to justify increases in premiums. [NYT]

More than 7,000 teachers in the state have been laid off this year, according to NYSUT estimates based on a survey of school superintendents. [AP/TU]

There is still no verdict in in the trial of Joseph McElheny, the Troy man accused of causing the death of his infant daughter. The jury says it's stuck on three of the nine counts in the case. Jurors have been deliberating for almost 27 hours -- and will be back again today. [TU] [YNN] [Troy Record]

Troy has dropped the recently instituted requirement that applicants for police officer jobs have at least 30 college credits or one year in the military. The TPD says the requirement would have made it too hard to recruit from other departments. [Troy Record] [TU]

The state Commission of Correction has ruled that the 2010 death of a woman in the Saratoga Springs jail was accidental. [Daily Gazette]

A Schenectady woman has filed a federal lawsuit alleging the FBI and Schenectady police illegally searched her home last year. [Daily Gazette]

Someone fatally shot a horse while she grazed in a Columbia County field this weekend. The family that owned the horse is offering a reward for information on the shooter. [WTEN] [TU]

Many of the 44 cats -- and one dog -- seized from a Rotterdam woman's home last week have already been or will be euthanized either because of their health or because there haven't been homes found for them. [TU]

Schenectady's Mont Pleasant Middle School was put on lockdown yesterday after shots were fired in Hamilton Hill (map). [TU]

The Texas man who sold fake insurance to the company that owned the Ethan Allen -- the cruise ship that sunk in 2005 on Lake George -- had sold numerous fake insurance policies around the country. [Daily Gazette]

Work has started on the renovation of the Chasan Building in downtown Troy. [TU]

Construction on the expanded Woodlawn parking deck in downtown Saratoga is expected to start early next year (map). [Saratogian]

A financial services company has donated a "jaws of life" machine to the Albany fire department. [Fox23]

The Saratoga Springs school district's superintendent is retiring. [Saratogian]

The company building a luxury apartment complex in Brunswick says 38 percent of the leases already signed are people moving from out of state. (Not mentioned: the number of pre-leases.) [Troy Record]

State Police say the truck driver who crashed his semi into a pond in Galway Monday told them he had been distracted by a bee. [TU]


"Bees! Bees in the car! Bees everywhere! God, they're huge and they're sting crazy!"

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Attention America: look at our new animal abuser registry. Please take note so we can nationalize this sucker.

Hahaha, @meierrain, I was thinking about the same thing.

@arielle, here here.

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