"Governor Gumby" says he's flexible on pension reform, Federal judge takes control of legislative redistricting, teen chased for speeding before hit and run, another Albany bleach attack handwriting expert "virtually certain" some Troy ballots forged

Andrew Cuomo says he's flexible --like Gumby on pension reform. Cuomo made the reference while urging New York's mayors to contact their legislators to express support for his pension reform plan. Comptroller Tom DiNapoli also spoke to the mayor's conference about Cuomo's proposed tier VI pension reform-- telling the mayors the plan wouldn't save NY enough money and could could leave future retirees with very little.[Daily News] [Bloomberg] [WNYT]

Cities across NY are borrowing $750 million dollars from the state's pension system to finance their contributions to --- the state's pension system.[NYT]

Legislators couldn't agree on where lines should be drawn for New York's new congressional districts, so now a federal judge will decide. [TU]

Albany police are looking into the third bleach attack in a month. A 15 year old boy allegedly threw bleach in the eyes of his 15 year old girlfriend on Third Street in Albany. [YNN] [TU]

The trial of Matthew Slocum, the Fort Edward man charged with killing his mother, her husband and her husband's son and setting their home on fire last summer, is underway. Jury selection began yesterday after the judge rejected a defense request to postpone the trial. [TU] [YNN]

The Troy man accused of sexually abusing five teenage boys pleaded not guilty yesterday.
[Fox 23]

A handwriting expert testified yesterday in the Troy ballot fraud case. Former FBI agent and current forensic scientist Alan Robillard said he was "virtually certain" that some of the 2009 ballot applications in question were forged. [Record] [TU]

The Ballston Spa teen who crashed his pick up truck last month, killing his 17 year old passenger, has been indicted for manslaughter. [TU] [Saratogian]

An assistant volunteer fire chief from Malta faces DWI charges after he allegedly hitting a car in oncoming traffic, then fleeing the scene in a department vehicle. [TU]

A Malta man who served several years in prison on Sodomy charges has
pleaded guilty to the rape of an underaged girl last summer. [Saratogian]

The City Council seat vacated by Schenectady Mayor Gary McCarthy is still vacant after a vote last night. The council was expected to vote in candidate John Mootooveren but in a surprise move, the votes were split between two candidates.[TU]

The Albany Best Western on Western Ave has again tested positive for legionella, the bacteria that causes legionnaires' disease. [WNYT]

Less than a week after a Saratoga Springs man was rescued from the summit of Mount Marcy, Forrest rangers rescued three more people from the Adirondack high peaks in separate incidents over the weekend. [TU]

Tourism is up in the Spa City. [Gazette]

You can no longer wake up with The Wolf. [TU]

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