$61 million in state funds will help local governments recover from flood, residential parking for downtown Albany expected to pass, Levinson Ali film shooting in Albany, Scotia woman makes the next Top Model cut

Andrew Cuomo vetoed 122 items in the the state's $132 billion spending plan. He says the items, totaling about $640,000 in spending were "legislative pork" that slipped by in the voting process, but a speaker for Sheldon Silver's office says they're "not even bacon bits". [TU] [YNN] [Buffalo News]

Cuomo visited a Middleburgh firehouse to announce that New York State has put aside $61 million to help cover local governments share of rebuilding costs from tropical storms Irene and Lee. Cuomo said the money is for repair costs not covered by Fema. [Gazette] [TU]

A group of wealthy people, including one of the founders of Facebook and George Soros' son, are pledging to spend up to $1million to push campaign finance reform efforts in New York. [NYT]

Downtown Albany's residential parking permit system is expected to become law on Monday night but it will take a little time to put it in place. [TU]

The Desmond Hotel is getting criticism for its handling of a security breach that allowed a hacker to gain access to the credit card information of guests. [News 10]

A Troy judge convicted a former Albany cop and DARE officer for the repeated sexual abuse of a 16 year old boy. Paul Pierce faces up to four years in prison and is still facing a similar charges in Warren County involving the same boy and the boys 16-year-old sister. [TU]

After racking up more than $60,000 in legal bills, former Troy City Councilman Michael LoPorto is asking Rensselaer County for a public defender for his retrial. [TU]

Three Saratoga County men are facing charges for allegedly illegally disposing of some low-level radioactive waste. The material, used for calibration, came from the now closed Mary McClellan Hospital, where one of the men, Edward Kenelly, now a contractor who calibrates and tests radiological equipment was formerly employed. The men are charged with burying the material in the basement of Kenelly's Halfmoon residence. DEC testing revealed there was no immediate health threat to the property owner or neighbors. [TU] [Saratogian] [Post Star] [Gazette]

GE and SI Group will pay for the construction of an on-site facility to pump and treat chemical-laden water seeping from the site of the Dewey Loeffel Landfill, as part of a $10 million preliminary agreement reached with the EPA this week to clean up PCBs at the site. [Record] [TU]

Fire officials say a fire in a vacant Troy residence on Wednesday evening is being considered suspicious.[TU]

A state appellate court unanimously denied the appeal of a Saratoga man serving a 15-year sentence for repeatedly stabbing his mother. [Saratogian]

A man armed with a 12 gauge shotgun was tasered by East Greenbush policeWednesday in the parking lot of the Dunkin' Donuts where his estranged wife was working. [TU]

A pair of Schenectady residents are facing drug charges after complaints of drug deals at their home led to a search by Sheriff's deputies.[TU]

A Schenectady man will spend up to four years in prison for masturbating in the Colonie Barnes and Noble. The man was convicted of burglary earlier this year because he'd been banned from the store for similar offenses in the past. [TU]

Burlington Coat Factory will close its Latham Circle Mall store next month. [TU]

Cascade Tissue, owner of a paper mill in Halfmoon, has donated $8,000 to the Saratoga County Animal Shelter to offset the adoption costs for the 135 cats rescued in the recent animal hoarding case.[Gazette]

Saratoga will extend the racing season to September 15th this year with a new Steeplechase Festival.[Saratogian]

A retired postal worker from Albany will be recognized by the French Legion of Honor for his heroism in WWII [Record]

Part of a Barry Levinson/HBO movie about Muhammad Ali's efforts to avoid the draft will be filmed in Albany. The film, which will star Christopher Plummer, Frank Langella, and Danny Glover, is seeking local extras.[TU] [Fox 23]

Saratoga's Oklahoma Training Track is open for the season. Why is it called the Oklahoma Track, anyway? [YNN] [AOA]

Two Capital Region survivors of The Titanic are buried in Albany Rural Cemetery. [TU]

Scotia's Laura LaFrate made it through another round on America's Next Top Model. [TU]

Comments

Residential permits would be available for $25 each and need to be renewed annually.

And just like that, I begin looking into residency outside of Center Square, where I've lived for 6 years and had no previous plans to leave.

$25/a year is surely less expensive than a couple parking tickets/year, right?

When I lived in Center Square for a couple years, I had a 9-5 job outside of the area that made it a rare thing if I got a ticket - and even if I did, it was usually because I took a sick day or something came up that made me completely forget about moving my car.

Needless to say, $25/year was way less than what I paid in the occasional ticket.

When can we officially declare the Latham Circle Mall officially dead? Or has that point already been past?

Also, Laura LaFrate is rocking it on ANTM. I see her making at least the top three, possibly winning.

$25 is NOTHING, especially if it saves us some headaches. I'm eager to see how this all works out.

I can't imagine picking up and moving because of a charge of about $2 per month that would give me better access to parking near my home. But that's just me.

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