Local food pantries facing increased demand, search for car in fatal hit-and-run, stabbing outside Northern Lights, Occupy Albany shifting focus

Local food pantries are finding that they have to serve a larger demographic on a more regular basis because of increased unemployment and the number of emergencies the area has seen the past year. [TU]

Albany police are searching for a green Honda that allegedly hit and killed a man walking on Quail Street in Albany Saturday morning and then fled the scene. [WNYT] [WTEN]

The disputed ballots in the tight Schenectady mayoral race will be before a judge this morning. There are currently more than 100 contested ballots in the race. [YNN] [TU]

Rather than accept a bid from one of two companies to redo the state's troublesome Medicaid computer system, the state has instead extended the contract of the company that created an outdated, flawed system that cost the state millions in the first place. [TU]

Syracuse University has fired assistant basketball coach Bernie Fine after a third man reportedly stepped forward to accuse Fine of molesting him as a child. Head coach Jim Boeheim, who had earlier issued strong statements of support for Fine, called the firing "appropriate" and said "I deeply regret any statements I made that might have inhibited that from occurring or been insensitive to victims of abuse." [Syracuse Post-Standard] [Syracuse Post-Standard]

Albany police say a man was shot at the intersection of Lark and First streets in Albany Friday night. [Fox23]

A man was charged with assault for stabbing another man during a fight outside of Northern Lights. The victim, who was found at the nearby Cumberland Farms, was taken to Albany Med in stable condition. [Saratogian] [TU] [YNN]

A Schenectady man is accused of attempting to stab to death a man who stepped in to try to resolve a fight last month. [Daily Gazette]

Troy police are investigating shots fired in North Central early Sunday morning. [TU]

Occupy Albany protestors are turning their attention toward advocating for a new economic model, and protesting the expiration of the millionaire's tax. [TU]

Democrat Lee Kindlon will officially announce this week that he's running for Albany County DA. [TU]

James Tedisco is putting forth a bill that would require the state to account for the sale of all its old furniture, cars and electronics. [Troy Record]

Upstate New York has received a total of $17 million in highway and bridge funding to cope with the flooding that happened this summer and fall. [Fox23] [Troy Record]

Schenectady may cancel the contract with the company that runs its sewage treatment plant and run it itself, with most of the same employees, because it could save the city money. [Daily Gazette]

Rensselaer County will hold a meeting tonight to allow residents to give their input about the proposed budget. [YNN]

The Illium Café in Troy is planning a 1,200 foot expansion that will include a wine bar and tapas. [Troy Record]

People in Schenectady marveled at the arrival of the Holiday Train. [Daily Gazette]


So the Occupy folks are now unabashedly anarcho-communists?

Thats something, but it does take a special kind of idiocy to protest the economic model which has lifted billions around the world from poverty in favor of the economic model which has resulted in tyranny in every nation its been attempted.

Good luck, gang

Parecon sounds like an interesting academic exercise, but would be highly unlikely to meet any success outside of small communes.

The main problem with participatory decision-making is that, generally speaking, people are idiots. Just take a look at FoxNews, the TU blogs or my past comments on AoA.

They're an anarcho-syndicalist commune. They take it in turns to act as a sort-of executive officer for the week. But all the decisions of that officer have to be ratified at a special biweekly meeting by a simple majority, in the case of purely internal affairs, but by a two-thirds majority, in the case of more...

Right. Sorry. *g*

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