Local Congressmen say they oppose SOPA, family files notice of suit in Latham gym death, Saratoga resident was a Tuskegee airman

Both Paul Tonko and Chris Gibson say they oppose SOPA, the proposed anti-piracy legislation that prompted online protests yesterday at websites such as Wikipedia. Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, both co-sponsors of the bill, released a statement: "We will continue to work with our colleagues to ensure a proper balance between stopping the theft of intellectual property and copyright infringement, and doing so without the unintended consequence of stifling or censoring the internet, which we strongly oppose." [Troy Record] [NYDN]

Jerry Jennings says he's "had some discussions with people about us having a [casino gambling] presence here," and revenue from such an operation could help fund the planned convention center in downtown Albany. [TU]

The Albany school district's business superintendent on the effect of lower-than-expect state aid for the district in Andrew Cuomo's proposed state budget: ""It's going to be harder than it ever was in history. We have to pull a rabbit out of the hat for the fourth year in a row." [TU]

Andrew Cuomo signed an executive order yesterday that places a $199,000 limit on the amount of state money that can be used to fund the salaries of executives at organizations that contract with the state to provide health or other similar services. The order also directs that 75 percent of public money must be used for services and not administration. [Cuomo admin] [NYT] [TU]

The mother of the Chad Brothers, who died following the incident at the Latham Gold's Gym, has filed notice that she intends to sue the town of Colonie and its police department. The notice alleges police "negligently and carelessly utilized excessive and unjustified force" in subduing Brothers. [Fox23] [TU]

The Saratoga Springs city council voted in favor of having the city fire department take over ambulance service in the city. The department was already providing EMS coverage. The department could start transporting people to the hospital in the next few weeks. Providing the service could generate about $500k in revenue for the city. [Daily Gazette] [YNN] [Saratogian] [TU]

A Schenectady has filed suit against the city and its police department alleging officers used excessive force after he fled a traffic stop last January. [Daily Gazette]

Schenectady's public safety commissioner says the city is still trying fire the Schenectady police officer recently found not guilty of assaulting his fiance. [Daily Gazette]

Some members of the Schenectady city council are irked the department wants to buy large SUVs so on-call evidence technicians who live in Saratoga County can make it in to work in the snow. [Daily Gazette]

The convicted sex offender accused of raping a woman in the bathroom of a KFC in Wilton last year was found not guilty by a jury. [Daily Gazette]

Bethlehem police say they've recovered a body from the Normanskill. It appears the man committed suicide by jumping from bridge overhead. [WNYT] [CBS6]

A class action suit has been filed against the Great Escape over the norovirus outbreak there in 2008. The suit alleges 600 people were sickened. [Saratogian] [Post-Star]

The ShopRite proposed for Colonie would include as many as 16 gas pumps. [Fox23]

Christian Brothers Academy has dropped its requirement that all student participate in junior ROTC, in an attempt to increase enrollment. The decision has drawn criticism from some alumni and parents. [Fox23] [TU] [WTEN]

Price Chopper has recalled "Coyote Joe's" shredded cheese because it might contain plastic. [Price Chopper]

Terry Peters of Schuylerville, you just won almost $94k playing the penny slots at the racino, what are you doing the rest of today? "I'm going back to work on my farm." [Saratogian]

A Saratoga Springs resident was a Tuskegee airman. [Saratogian]


Guy trespasses on bridge and falls off (when will we know if he was drunk? Where is the ME's report?!) Another guy gets high on angel dust and takes steroids dies after police taze him, attempting to protect others, after he destroys gym equipment and resists arrest.

And yet.... the families blame the bridge and the cops for these deaths.

Get a grip folks. Personal accountability is dead and buried, and the rest of us are paying for it. One has to wonder if these same people complain about paying taxes. Ugh, this disgusts me.

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