Fight over reform of state care for people with developmental disabilities, power congestion said to cost Capital Region $100 million, this old house won't sell, man benches 900 pounds

The state's Office for People with Development Disabilities says it's making changes to better ensure the safety of people in state care -- but not fast enough, according to one critic. And a state Senate panel discussion on the topic scheduled for today has already turned into drama after another prominent critic was dis-invited -- and the re-invited. [TU] [NYT]

State attorney general Eric Schneiderman has chosen to pass on pursuing charges against former state wildlife pathologist Ward Stone based on the allegations in a recent state inspector general's report. [TU]

Democrat Angelo Santabarbara has officially tossed his hat into the ring for the 111th state Assembly seat (currently George Amedore, who's running for state Senate). If you're scoring at home, here's the scorecard for all the potential players for the three local state Assembly seats that will open in this year's election. [TU] [TU]

The drunken driving charge against a Schenectady police officer has been dismissed because protocol wasn't followed in giving a field sobriety tests to the off-duty officer. [TU]

The Saratoga County sheriff's department say it's identified the body found in the Mohawk River near the Rexford Bridge last week, and the death has been ruled a drowning. The man had a history of run-ins with the law. [Troy Record] [TU] [Daily Gazette]

A babysitter is being credited with saving twin one-year-olds from a house fire in Colonie Saturday (map). [WTEN]

Small beer brewers, such as Brown's, say a bill recently passed by the legislature will help them get better, wider distribution deals -- but distributors oppose the bill. [TU]

An energy consultant says power grid congestion costs the Capital Region $100 million a year in higher electricity prices. [Daily Gazette]

Three fire fighters suffered minor injuries while fighting a house fire near Central Park Saturday morning (map). Three people lived in the house. [TU] [Daily Gazette]

The alleged gang member accused of a drive-by shooting last August in Albany's West Hill neighborhood has been found guilty of attempted murder (map). [Fox23]

The Rensselaer County man who pleaded guilty to crashing into a utility pole, killing his son and son's girlfriend, while driving drunk was sentenced to 7-21 years in prison. [Troy Record]

The man convicted of tying up a 91-year-old Albany woman and stealing her life's savings was sentenced to 18 years in prison. [Fox23]

There's a gun buyback planned for Troy in May and June. [Troy Record]

The Troy Police Department is shifting resources from internal investigation to traffic enforcement. [Troy Record]

Troy's city council is adjusting a proposed law aimed at catching people who try to sell stolen items to second hand stores. [Troy Record]

The son of Saratoga County's administrator has been charged with allegedly taking part in a vandalism spree in Saratoga Springs. [Post-Star] [WNYT]

A company is floating a proposals for trash gasification plant along the Hudson River in Bethlehem. [TU]

CDTA will be trimming a handful of routes when schedules are adjusted toward the end of May. [TU] [CDTA]

Two 18-year-olds want to re-open the old Capitol Theatre in Ballston Spa -- it's been closed about 40 years. [TU]

Another victim of the Irene flooding: the docks along the seawall in Troy. [Troy Record]

The Yates House -- perhaps the oldest house in Schenectady -- has been taken off the market after more than a year because the owner couldn't find a buyer. [TU]

A 40-year-old Glens Falls man recently bench pressed 900 pounds. [WNYT]

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

Taking in The People's Art

Let's look at some art. That sounds like a good idea today. We got a chance this week to finally check out The People's Art... (more)

The @Hudson Park residential conversion in Albany gets planning OK

Another residential conversion -- this one will add 75 apartments to the Hudson/Park neighborhood -- got the OK from the Albany planning board Thursday evening.... (more)

Stuff to do this weekend

We do solemnly swear that we will faithfully execute the task of finding you stuff to do this weekend, and will, to the best of... (more)

Morning Blend

Inauguration Many "New York Republicans at the presidential inauguration festivities" articles: + Local state Senator George Amedore on Trump: "We need a fighter in Washington... (more)

Just down the road for Albany: paying for parking by license plate and mobile app

Mobile phones are re-centering the way we look at the world, becoming our primary connection to all sorts of aspects of our everyday lives: friends... (more)

Recent Comments

Bruce Fence Company came through for me in a big way last spring. Another local fence company gave me a price and a date and then faded away. (Perhaps a bigger job came along, but have the decency to call.) Needless, to say this failure to keep the date as promised created frustration with the neighbor on the other side of the fence. From my first telephone contact with Bruce to my first visit in their office and then through to completion of the job, every interaction was friendly and professional. The entire transaction went like clockwork.

Just down the road for Albany: paying for parking by license plate and mobile app

...has 4 comments, most recently from Mike

A good contractor for installing a fence?

...has 7 comments, most recently from Alf

The new plan for a big mixed-use development near Quackenbush Square in Albany

...has 13 comments, most recently from Stan

The @Hudson Park residential conversion in Albany gets planning OK

...has 2 comments, most recently from Stan

New online home for the Cohoes Mastodon

...has 1 comment, most recently from Tim