Loss of public sector jobs holds back local economy, youth club director accused of rape, problems for a winter carnival during the non-winter, sir -- is that a cattle prod?

The Capital Region's job market has been slow to bounce back from the recession in large part because of a loss of public sector jobs, according to a state comptroller report out this week. [TU]

State inspector general Ellen Biben has been picked to head the state's new Joint Commission on Public Ethics. Her selection came during a closed-door meeting and was only officially confirmed publicly two days later after it was reported by the New York Times. Biben has close ties to Andrew Cuomo and her selection has prompted questions about the independence of the new panel. A Cuomo spokesman argued Biben is "the most successful public integrity prosecutor in modern political history." [TU] [NYT] [YNN] [State of Politics] [AP/Troy Record]

A couple of voters witnesses in the Troy ballot fraud trial testified they never saw the absentee ballots that were allagedly intended for them. [Troy Record]

There were six cases of Legionnaire's disease connected to the Best Western hotel near UAlbany, according to the state Department of Health (map). DOH says there were higher than normal levels of the bacteria that cause the disease in the hotel's water system. The hotel says it's fully cooperating with DOH. [Daily Gazette] [TU] [WTEN]

The director of Boys and Girls Club in Schenectady was arrested for allegedly raping a 14-year-old girl. Police say the alleged crime happened years ago and was not isolated. [Daily Gazette] [TU]

The case of a missing three-month-old baby in Schenectady has been complicated by an assertion by the woman who authorities say is the mother that she's not the mother. [Daily Gazette]

Troy mayor Lou Rosamilia emphasized cooperation in his first State of the City address. He also announced that "school resource officers" from the TPD would be returning to city schools full time again. [TU] [Troy Record]

The Troy city council's finance committee approved the city's settlement with the Sanctuary for Independent Media. [Troy Record]

Part of the Saratoga Springs Fire Department's takeover of the primary EMS role in the city: higher fees. The SSPD takes starts the service today. [Daily Gazette] [Saratogian]

For the second time in three months, SCCC president Quintin Bullock is a finalist for another job. [Daily Gazette]

A public housing resident in North Albany says her unit is a "death trap" because of mold. [WNYT]

The organizers of this weekend's Lake George winter carnival have brought in snow machines because of the lack of snow and ice. Longtime residents of the village say they can't remember a winter so un-wintery. [YNN] [TU]

There's a plan to start rehabbing one of the burned out rowhouses on Madison Place in Albany (map). [TU]

The Saratoga Diner on South Broadway has closed. [TU]

A passenger booked a flight from Baltimore to Albany was apprehended by the TSA at BWI because he allegedly had a cattle prod in his carry-on. [WNYT]

Unexpected source of revenue for the town of Queensbury: cremations. [Post-Star]

Comments

And in regional news from the "You Just Can't Make This Up Department" in Vermont:

"A prison inmate who makes stationery and license plates pulled a fast one on state police by adding the image of a pig to the state decal on their cruisers." (TU)

I kinda like the revised state emblem. It very Vermont-like.

http://www.timesunion.com/news/article/Inmate-adds-pig-image-to-Vt-police-cruiser-decals-2984962.php#ixzz1lKmUNVb3

@Bob - that's clever.

The City of Troy should not use taxpayers money to bail out a garbage man Bob of Florida, formerly of Troy, NY!

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.

The Scoop

Ever wish you had a smart, savvy friend with the inside line on what's happening around the Capital Region? You know, the kind of stuff that makes your life just a little bit better? Yeah, we do, too. That's why we created All Over Albany. Find out more.

Recently on All Over Albany

A call for early voting and other ways to make it easier to vote in New York State

Given that the United States republic is more than two centuries old, it's remarkable that we still struggle with the mechanics of one of the... (more)

Schedule for drinks-and-art series at the Arts Center extended

he Arts Center of the Capital Region is extending its popular "Social Media" drinks-and-art series with a new schedule of dates in the next year.... (more)

What's up in the Neighborhood

Among the topics in this most recent spin around the Capital Region's online neighborhood: River Street, burial grounds, dangerous occupations, not-broken homes, trains, the Victory... (more)

Phoenicians Mediterranean Palace

The new Phoenicians Mediterranean Palace recently opened on Fuller Road in Colonie. It's the successor to the Phoenicians Restaurant on Central Ave -- and it's... (more)

Not guilty plea in Alkaramla case, Rocks suspect connected to Bloods, longtime journalist/columnist Marv Cermak dies at 84

Not guilty plea in Alkaramla case The late Noel Alkaramla's former stepfather pleaded not guilty to second degree murder and other charges connected to her... (more)

Recent Comments

I grew up in the Utica area and moved out here in 1998. It really is funny how different the cultures are less than 100 miles away. It's more laid back in the Utica/Syracuse area, and the culture is much more "country" whereas Albany and a lot of the are around it is much more fast paced and has more of a NYC influence. Both are nice places to live, but definitely different vibes.

Giving ALDI a try

...has 15 comments, most recently from chrisck

Milk delivery options in the Capital Region

...has 43 comments, most recently from AS

Phoenicians Mediterranean Palace

...has 4 comments, most recently from David & Judi Michela

Today's moment of perspective

...has 3 comments, most recently from Jordan

What if Albany is upstate, but not "Upstate"?

...has 6 comments, most recently from JOTeepe