Cuomo could appoint special prosecutor for Occupy Albany, state budget gap is growing, Albany airport scanners won't be able to see you naked

Occupy Albany protestors were arrested for a third night (tweet-by-tweet by @InnaePark), and the state could appoint state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman as a special prosecutor to supersede Albany County DA David Soares, who has refused to prosecute protestors. This news comes as Occupy Wall Street has been raided and cleared. [YNN] [TU] [YNN] [TU]

The state Division of the Budget says the current year budget gap has grown to $350 million due to a drop in tax collections. Andrew Cuomo says he's considering options and may call the legislature back to address the gap. [AP/YNN] [TU]

The Capital Region Economic Development Council's strategic plan aims to make the area a "destination of choice" by creating coalitions that help industries work together and share resources. Also: there's proposed funding for waterfront development in Troy and Rensselaer. [CREDC] [YNN] [TU]

Jerry Jennings is pledging to hire five more firefighters, a move that could reduce the need for overtime in the department. The Albany firefighters union was outside city hall last night protesting the Common Council's refusal to increase the fire overtime budget by $300,000. [TU] [YNN]

Newly re-elected Clifton Park town supervisor Phil Barrett convinced the town to make his position full time, boosting his salary from $21,000 to $90,000. Barrett is leaving his job at KeyBank to work for the town full time. [TU] [Daily Gazette]

Only 77 votes separate Schenectady mayoral candidates Gary McCarthy and Roger Hull. The two are both going to court over the process of counting absentee ballots. [YNN]

The Saratoga County Industrial Development Agency is planning to release a study today that will look at the economic impact of the Saratoga Race Track on a nine county region. A study five years ago concluded the impact was about $214 million. [Fox23] [Daily Gazette]

Capital District Community Gardens has temporarily pulled its proposal for a 12-foot tall greenhouse in Troy because of resistance from the city's planning board. [Troy Record]

Police managed to coax down a Schenectady teen who had climbed onto an overpass and was threatening to jump onto I-890. [TU]

The brother of a Schenectady man shot to death over the weekend was charged in another shooting that happened the next day. The man was charged with attempted murder, possession of a weapon and reckless endangerment. [TU] [YNN] [Daily Gazette]

A man was arrested for breaking into cars in Albany with a pick-axe. [YNN]

The USPS is closing the Alplaus post office not because it's losing money -- it actually made money last year -- but because of a contract settlement with the postal workers union. [TU]

The Albany International Airport will now use updated imaging software that creates the same body line image for all people, so that they can't see what any individual looks like naked. [Fox23]

Comments

Between the Flowershop, "can I get a little help here?" guy and the pick axe car thief, I'm encouraged that Albanians are mixing it up a bit in their crimes. The politicians have always been creative in their crimes, its time for the people to join in the fun.

Uh, I think you might want to investigate the claim that the new software installed on the millimeter wave scanners at the airport "can't see what any individual looks like naked".

The machine will still capture very detailed images of the body using millimeter precision, but the "image" visible to the TSA agent will not be as explicit. So what?

The "naked image" will still be there in the machine, somewhere, and then it will be stored in a database.

You seem like intelligent folks. Please dig a bit deeper.

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