New state Senate district includes part of Capital Region, Albany treasurer sounding like a mayoral candidate, Beverly's in Saratoga is closing

The state task force in charge of redistricting is planning a new state Senate district that will include parts of Albany and Schenectady counties, according to "an official briefed on draft maps." [TU]

The Supreme Court of the United States ruled yesterday that law enforcement agencies need a warrant before they can place a GPS tracker on a person's car. New York State's highest court made a similar ruling 2009 regarding a case in which State Police had placed a tracker on the car of a man was convicted of burglary in Latham. There was a similar situation involving the car of a state employee at the Department of Labor in Albany who was accused of filing false time sheets. That situation resulted in a civil suit filed by the NYCLU, which called yesterday's SCOTUS ruling "encouraging." [NYT] [TU] [AOA] [WNYT]

More than 500 people showed up for an anti-fracking rally inside the Legislative Office Building yesterday. The rally was part of a push for legislation that would ban the method of extracting natural gas in the state. [TU] [AP/Troy Record]

The city of Albany has agreed to pay $200k to settle a civil suit filed by the family a 17-year-old who was killed in 2007 when his car was struck by a woman fleeing police. [TU]

The head of the Saratoga Springs Housing Authority has responded to many of the allegations against him, arguing he did nothing wrong in hiring and promoting his children and addressing a bed bug problem. The housing authority has also hired a PR firm to help it respond to the allegations. [TU] [Saratogian]

Rotterdam Junction fire chief Shawn Taylor will be Paul Tonko's guest at tonight's State of the Union address. Taylor was picked the highlight efforts of first responders during Irene flooding -- and the continued need for help by people affected. [Fox23] [WTEN]

Sheldon Silver says state legislators deserve a pay raise. The legislature's base salary has been the same since 1999. [WNYT] [NY Post]

In a "response" to Jerry Jennings' state of the city address, Albany city treasurer Kathy Sheehan sounded a lot like someone who's considering a run for mayor. [TU]

Troy fire chief Thomas Garrett was the city's top earner last year, at just under $140k. Police investigator John Ericson was Schenectady's top earner last year, at more than $149k. [TU] [TU]

Schenectady mayor Gary McCarthy has proposed shutting off the water and halting trash pickup to properties when their owners fall two or more years behind on property taxes. [Daily Gazette]

Critics of a new proposed city of Albany process for issuing permits for live entertainment argue the proposal doesn't allow for adequate neighborhood input. [TU]

Albany police say they busted a string of loud parties in Pine Hills following tips and complaints from neighbors. [TU]

A man already deported three times for being in the country illegally has been arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting a girl in Washington County. [Post-Star]

The Watervliet Arsenal makes cannons for the Egyptian army. [Troy Record]

Beverly's Cafe in Saratoga Springs is closing after 22 years. [Saratogian]

Longtime local radio broadcaster Steve Fitz has died. He hosted the area's first local call-in show. [TU] [CBS6]

Comments

Who does Ed Spychalski's hair? Shemp?

Say Something!

We'd really like you to take part in the conversation here at All Over Albany. But we do have a few rules here. Don't worry, they're easy. The first: be kind. The second: treat everyone else with the same respect you'd like to see in return. Cool? Great, post away. Comments are moderated so it might take a little while for your comment to show up. Thanks for being patient.

What's All Over Albany?

All Over Albany is for interested and interesting people in New York's Capital Region. In other words, it's for you. It's kind of like having a smart, savvy friend who can help you find out what's up. Oh, and our friends call us AOA.

Search

Recently on All Over Albany

The Kenmore Hotel and Steuben Club, uproar on Elm Street, and other exciting tales of the Albany Planning Board

Exciting Tales of the Albany Planning Board is a program recorded before a live studio audience once a month in which the fates of multi-million... (more)

Seeking foregiveness

This area has a lot of public employees, so we suspect this will be of interest: You know that federal program that was supposed to... (more)

Fall foliage maps 2018

Fall officially starts Saturday. That means colorful foliage. That means maps about where to see colorful foliage. The map above is from I Love NY,... (more)

Local coding or 3-D printing classes for kids?

Tom emails: My 11 year-old son has expressed interest in computer coding (he's been doing some at code.org) and also 3-D printing. He's a very... (more)

Morning Blend

Percoco sentenced + Joe Percoco -- the former top advisor to Andrew Cuomo who was convicted of taking more than $300k in bribes from companies... (more)

Recent Comments

La Mexicana is a treasure. We always buy a few packages of the Chorizo and freeze them (after stopping in for tacos) -Great market and really cool restaurant.

A booming global industry, human blood, and an Albany strip mall

...has 14 comments, most recently from Alton Henson

A look around the Maiden House residential + retail conversion in downtown Albany

...has 11 comments, most recently from BS

Local coding or 3-D printing classes for kids?

...has 2 comments, most recently from Code Tutoring

Stuff to do this weekend

...has 2 comments, most recently from Sean

Yep, this summer was unusually hot

...has 2 comments, most recently from Ra