Occupy Albany in for the long haul at Cuomoville, some groups want a no vote on the PEF contract, guy gets 15 minutes for making Altoids flashlight

With no arrests planned, Occupy Albany is planning to stay for the long-term. Meanwhile, some protesters have dubbed Occupy Albany "Cuomoville." [YNN] [YNN] [TU]

The Office for People with Developmental Disabilities is trying to fire 130 people for abuse or neglect of clients. [TU]

While the PEF president is urging the membership to approve the new contract, some splinter groups are campaigning for a "no" vote. [YNN]

A new report on a crash last winter between a state trooper car and a cab contradicts many of the details the troopers gave of the incident. [TU]

Troy redevelopment plans include moving many RPI employees downtown. [Troy Record] [TU]

Two Albany men have been linked to two-year-old crimes using DNA technology. [YNN]

A Rotterdam dentist received six months in jail for fondling his teenage patients. [Daily Gazette]

The case of whether Nite Moves in Latham should pay sales tax on the work of its exotic dancers is going before the state Court of Appeals. [TU]

Local developers are frequent contributors to local politicians' campaigns. [TU]

It took police two hours to find a pair of hikers lost in the Plotterkill Preserve in Rotterdam. [Fox23]

Ace Troy police dog Elza bit an officer in the process of catching a suspect. [TU]

A Union College student was a guest on the Anderson Cooper show after making a flashlight out of an Altoids tin. [Daily Gazette]


the state police lied? how odd.

Sure, the Troopers ran a red light - but the cab they hit was doing at LEAST 10mph above the speed limit and the only people injured in the crash were not buckled up. C'mon, people, it's 2011.

I think it would be fair for insurance companies to stipulate if you're not buckled up in a crash, then you claim is denied. Stupidity should be painful.

it only costs a few grand to bribe local officials? i've suddenly got an idea for how occupy albany could make a difference.

Keeping my fingers crossed that the PEF contract passes. The main sticking point is the increase in health insurance costs. These costs will go up whether we like it or not. It is simply not possible to offer health insurance at the current cost.

If the PEF Proud people feel they are getting a bum deal, they should go to work in the private sector. Those of us who voted for the contract will be happy to stay at our jobs and pay more for health insurance.

you should all quit your jobs and go to the occupation

I don't know about the rest of you, but I'm getting anywhere from 4-6 calls per week from the PEF President urging me to vote for the contract. Here is the letter I sent him in reply:

to KBrynien@pef.org

While I appreciate that you are trying to reach out to your membership on your upcoming contract vote, calling my house 4 to 6 times a week is of no value, a waste of your members money, and my time.

I am not a member of PEF, nor is there any chance of me ever being a member of PEF, nor of anyone else in this household. We are extraordinarily tired of the phone calls disturbing us and filling up our voice mail. Please, for the love of all that is holy, STOP CALLING US!

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