Saratoga man arrested for kidnapping, Senate approves org to protect developmentally disabled and mentally ill,no shirt or shoes or other clothes--no service

The Senate unanimously passed legislation Wednesday to approve the creation of the Justice Center for the Protection of People With Special Needs, to help protect vulnerable people who are mentally ill or have developmental disabilities and Assembly Democrats say they plan to pass the bill with a few changes. [NYT]

Under a new Cuomo administration proposal, executives who make more than $199,000 at human health care services and health care agencies funded by New York State will have to sign a waiver to justify their compensation. [TU]

In keeping with a pattern seen around New York State local school budget votes passed by some very wide margins.
Officials in Stillwater, the only Capital Region district whose budget didn't pass, are considering their next move.[NYT] [TU] [Saratogian]

A Saratoga Springs woman is facing public lewdness charges and could spend up to 90 days in jail for going shopping at Curtis Lumber and Stewarts, but leaving her clothes at home. [Saratogian] [TU]

A Saratoga man was arrested for allegedly kidnapping his girlfriend and their two sons with a gun and forcing them into the back of a stolen box truck. [Saratogian]

Whistle blowers are claiming that the town of East Greenbush has been putting raw sewage in the Hudson for about eleven years. [WNYT]

The Albany Common Council reviewed a map,last night, of 100 buildings that would be potential candidates for demolition if the council approves the mayors request to borrow $2 million for neighborhood revitalization. [TU]

The latest drama at NYRA: officials at the racing association say they hired Ellen McClain to replace fired president Charles Hayward because they were told by he Racing and Wagering Board that they had to fill empty positions, but officials on the board say they made no such request and claim it is too early in the investigation to know if the new board president had knowledge of the "takeout" scandal under investigation. The hirings prompted the state to threaten tor replace NYRA Officials in Saratoga are concerned the Governor Cuomo may be building a case to have NYRA's franchised revoked after the state ordered money earmarked for NYRA to be placed into an escrow account. [WNYT] [Fox 23] [Saratogian]

The vote to change Saratoga's last call from 4AM to 3AM may have been tabled this week, but the Public Safety Commissioner says the fight isn't over.[Saratogian]

The Troy city council is considering a proposal that would allow police to lock open cars parked in the city. [TU]

An independent audit found Rensselaer County finances are in good shape.
The county's "rainy day" surplus fund grew to 10.2 million after ending 2011 with a budget surplus. [Record] [TU]

Financial troublees in Schenectady may force the school district to borrow nearly $3.7 million to cover its operating expenses.

One of the two protestors arrested for lying down in front of the executive chamber at the Capitol during Tuesday's fracking protest is Joanne Farrell -- the substitute teacher concerned about finding work after State Ed flagged her file because of her repeated Occupy Albany arrests.[TU]

State police have suspended the search for a missing Greenwich teen who disappeared while collecting firewood near a campsite on Saturday, but his family is now offering a $20000 reward for information leading to his return.[News 10]

An Albany man was indicted on charges of predatory sexual assault for allegedly tying woman with dog leashes and sexually assaulting her in front of her children. [TU]

A Cohoes man was arrested and charged with reckless endangerment after his son called 911 to say he had poured gasoline inside their home and was threatening to ignite it . [Record] [TU]

An Albany man was arrested for harassment at Crossgates yesterday for allegedly grabbing a woman's foot at a bus stop. [News 10]

Bail was set at $250,000 for the Rotterdam man accused of paying another man to throw explosives at the home of the new boyfriend of his ex. [Gazette]

Guilderland's town board unanimously voted to ban hydrofracking in the town.[TU]

The IRS released a tax lien against Project Strive after Albany County made an $85,000 payment out of money it owed the Albany charity. [TU]

An advocacy group pressing for a law that would allow adoptees to get copies of their birth certificates when they turn 18 lobbied the capitol on Wednesday.[TU]

Farmers, chefs, businesses and food educators are planning to participate in Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution Day this Saturday. [Gazette]

A Clifton Park Afghan war vet who saved neighbors from a burning apartment building Easter morning was honored with Saratoga County's first Above and Beyond award.[TU]

Scotia's Laura LaFrate has made the finals on America's Next Top Model.[TU]

Shenendehowa Special Ed teacher Bryan Sawyer is a finalist for a top teacher honor on Live with Kelly.[Gazette]


As soon as I saw the headline yesterday about a man grabbing a woman's foot at Crossgates, I just knew exactly who it was before I even clicked on the story.

The same creepy guy used to harass me at the Albany Public Library's main branch back in 2008. He would tell me, "I want to make love to your feet." One time, he actually grabbed my foot and tried to rub it on a certain part of his anatomy. He would also try to follow me in the street and at the park.

I have to wonder how many women (and their feet) he's bothered in the past four years!

I know it's getting nice out, but... I would think that you would notice a lack of clothing. I guess I would be wrong. Maybe she figured that skyclad was a-ok... Who knows.

The best part about the naked lady story: "Surprisingly, mental health found no psychiatric issues whatsoever."

That IS surprising! And officially makes the story hysterical!

She's actually better looking than I expected. As best as one can tell from the surveillance video anyway.

Curtis Lumber and Stewarts you say? Add Dunkin Donuts and this naked woman has the Upstate Trifecta.

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