It's primary day, documents show comptroller's office helped draft Lopez harrassment settlement, report shows problems with NYS sex ed, wayward pig slows morning Northway commute

It's primary day. Here's a look at races in the Capital Region. [TU] [Record]

The State Comptroller's office has played down its involvement with the sexual harassment settlement package paid to the victims of Vito Lopez, but a lawyer for Sheldon Silver says documents obtained through the Freedom of Information Act show that the office helped to write the settlement. Attorney William Collins says the documents show the State Comptroller's office wanted to discuss the size of the pre-litigation settlement paid to two women who charged Assemblyman Vito Lopez with sexual harassment so they could "feel comfortable" with the size of the settlement.
[NYT] [TU]

Marguerite Vanden Wyngaard was sworn in as Albany's new school superintendent yesterday. Vanden Wyngaard,told a crowd at Hackett Middle School that she came to Albany because the student's have academic challenges and "it's what I'm called to do." She says she wants to raise Abany's 50% graduation rate to 90%. [TU] [YNN] [WNYT]

A former Ballston Spa elementary school music teacher will spend more than five years in federal prison after admitting that he downloaded child porn from the internet and videotaped some of his own students.[TU] [Saratogian]

A new report by the NYCLU claims sex education in New York schools is filled with bias, inaccuracy and misleading information. [TU]

Kathy Marchione plans to continue her race for the 43rd Senate seat, regardless of whether she wins tonight's Republican primary. [Capitol Confidential] [Saratogian]

Jason Cuthbert, the Schenectady budget analyst who publicly claimed Mayor Gary McCarthy was not demanding a large enough slice of sales tax from the county ,was fired on Wednesday.[TU]

East Greenbush Central School district has opted not to give students and teachers a day off for Yom Kippur this year, which has some parents upset. [TU] [YNN]

Police in Schodck have arrested the man they believe is responsible for a hit and runthat injured a 17-year-old earlier this week. [YNN]

Authorities are looking for the cause of a fire in a North Allen building in Albany that destroyed a hair salon and left six people homeless. [TU]

Troy's Armenian community is upset that the city is considering a less prominent place on the waterfront for the monument to the Armenian genocide that was promised to them under the Tutunjian administration. [TU]

Since August 20th, the APD has arrested 13 people in the city for being part of underage drinking parties.[YNN]

Newly installed traffic sensors, nicknamed "hockey pucks" are being installed on Wolf Road in an effort to help adjust the length of time for traffic signals and improve the flow of traffic. [WNYT]

Silicon Valley entrepreneur Victor Hwang spoke to business leaders in Saratoga on Wednesday, emphasizing the need for a culture of trust and collaboration in today's economy. [Saratogian]

Chuck Shumer's new three-pronged strategy to boost milk production for the Greek yogurt industry includes putting yogurt in school lunch programs. [Saratogian]

Schenectady County Community College officially opened its new $3.9 million music wing on Wednesday. [TU]

$135,000 in improvements including better lighting and sidewalks are coming to downtown Schenectady by the end of October. [Gazette]

Gas prices in the Capital Region are up 23 cents since last month.[Fox 23]

Backups on the Northway near Exit 11 this morning are not road construction related - State Police are trying to corral a large wayward pig wandering along the highway. [TU]

Cannoballs dating back to the mid 1700s and other artifacts found on an archeological dig in Schenecady's Stocakade will be displayed at SCCC. [Gazette]


"State Police are trying to corral a large wayward pig wandering along the highway. [TU]"

I like the carefully-worded last sentence in the TU article: "How the pig got loose and where it came from was not immediately clear."

I'm as Atheist as you can get, and I'm upset about EG's decision to stay open on Yom Kippur. If Christmas and Easter are worth closing for, this high holy day should be worth it too.

Perhaps all SDs should just give a bulk amount of a la carte days off, and then people can use them as they see fit. LOL, I know, I dream.

"Molloy said, 'That's not fair. They shouldn't relate what we do on our off-time to, like, our academics.'"

See, if someone that wasn't a college student had been quoted the reporter would have edited out the "like," seeing as how it's a verbal tic and not actually part of the content. That's cool, though.

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