It's Election Day, Cuomo leaning on utilities to restore power, man accused of shooting dog, too many bear cubs

Today is Election Day. Find out where to vote.

Andrew Cuomo signed an executive order allowing people in disaster-area counties to vote at any polling location -- the catch is that they'll only be allowed to vote for President, US Senate, and any other office that appears on both their home polling location's ballot and the ballot of the location at which they're voting. Explained the governor of the rules for "down ballot" voting: "If you vote in a different Assembly district, your vote will not count. If you vote in a different Senate district, your vote will not count." [Cuomo admin] [State of Politics] [TU]

Cuomo in urging utility companies to more quickly restore power knocked out by Sandy: "These utilities ... were not created in the Bible... They aren't in the Old Testament and they aren't in the New Testament. ... These are not God-given monopolies." And from the Cuomo admin's Twitter feed: "We give utilities a charter to perform a service, BUT you have to perform a service, if you don't, we'll find another provider." [TU] [@NYGovCuomo]

Local emergency services crews continue to bring back stories of the Sandy devastation after being deployed to help out downstate. [Troy Record] [YNN]

Local effects of the Sandy aftermath: local disaster restoration companies have headed south to meet tremendous demand for restoration services, and local hotels have been lodging people displaced by the storm. [TU] [YNN]

The big issue in Saratoga Springs today: a vote on whether to change the city's form of government. [Saratogian]

The Sararoga Springs city council approved a budget in a 3-2 vote that increases spending more than 6 percent, but lowers the tax rate slightly. [Saratogian] [TU] [Daily Gazette]

At issue in Troy: whether the city should hire a public safety commissioner. Republicans on the city council are accusing the Democratic majority of trying to use the proposed position to exert control over the Troy PD. [TU] [Troy Record]

Albany County, the city of Albany, and the Albany school district are at odds over an unpaid $250,000 tax bill leftover from the county's family court building in Albany. [TU]

Rosemary Nichols, the suspended Watervliet official who has publicly opposed the demolition of St. Patrick's Church to make way for a new Price Chopper, has been fired -- she says as retaliation for her opposition to the project. [TU]

The city of Schenectady has been stuck with a $39,500 demolition bill after a plan to help out a developer backfired. [Daily Gazette]

Though the topic often comes up in how school districts can save money, just four school districts in New York State have merged during the last 10 years. [TU]

A Saratoga Springs man was sentenced to five years in prison after pleading guilty two being involved with two separate car crashes -- one of which involved him yanking the steering wheel from the passenger seat. [Saratogian] [TU]

Albany police say they've arrested three people for a South End convenience store robbery last month in which the victim says the men hit him with a handgun and a bottle, dragged him to the back of the store, and stole cash (map). [APD]

East Greenbush police say a man was arrested after neighbors accused him of shooting their dog. EGPD says the dog was treated and released in stable condition. [EGPD]

One company bought 25 of the properties recently auctioned by Schenectady County. [Daily Gazette]

GE says it's hired 200 people this year at its turbine plant in Schenectady. The company has developed a new natural gas-fired power plant system intended to work alongside renewable energy sources. [TU] [Daily Gazette]

Sal DiCarlo -- the founder of the strip club DiCarlo's on Central Ave in Colonie -- has died. [TU]

Biologist say a bumper crop of bear cubs last spring has resulted in many cubs wandering into contact with people -- and many of the cubs probably won't make it through the winter. [Post-Star]


APD: Robbery Arrests

Albany detectives have arrested three city residents for robbing a convenience store last month on South Pearl Street.
The following were charged with Robbery 2nd following an investigation by detectives.
+ Samba Diallo, 21, of 44 Ontario Street
+ Deng Mathayo, 21, of 63 Partridge Street
+ Ashraf Abdallah, 24, of 74 North Lake Avenue
On October 29, 2012 at approximately 7:00 p.m., officers responded to Moura's Discount Grocery, 381 South Pearl Street for a report of a robbery. When officers arrived, the victim told them that three men had entered the store and demanded cash. He states that one of the suspects was armed with what appeared to be a black handgun. The men then struck the victim in the head with the handgun and a glass bottle before dragging him to the back of the store. The suspects tied the victim up in the back of the store and fled with an undisclosed amount of cash and merchandise.
The victim was treated at the scene by firefighters and transported at Albany Medical Center Hospital. He was treated and released.
All three men have been arraigned in the Albany City Criminal Court and remanded to the Albany County Jail.

EGPD: Peo. v. Dallass Enapay

Police responded to a 911 call about 12:45 PM from a housewife who had just seen her neighbor shoot her dog. She told police that she saw the man who lives in the adjoining house, standing at a open window, pointing a gun out the window and then shoot her dog. The dog was in a section of woods between the two houses.
The woman heard the dog yelping and rushed to find it bleeding and in serious pain. She continued to use her cell phone to direct police to the exact location of the shooter.
Dallass Enapay, 48, of Elliot Road, quickly surrendered when police arrived at his residence, where he was taken into custody. Police recovered two pellet caliber guns plus a 20 gauge shotgun, a 9 mm rifle and an AR15 rifle from his residence.
The injured animal, a 4 year old Irish Terrier named "Bridger" was taken with a police escort to a local veterinary hospital and treated for two pellet gun puncture wounds, one at the right scrotum and another in his left thigh.
After being treated this afternoon, the animal was released to his owner in stable condition, to be observed at home and re-examined tomorrow.
Enapay was charged with Aggravated Cruelty to Animals, Criminal Mischief and Unlawful use of a Weapon. He was arraigned late Monday afternoon before East Greenbush Town Judge Kevin Engle and was served with a Temporary Order of Protection which bars him from having any contact with the victim. Enapay was placed on Probation Day-Reporting until his court case is continued on November 19, 2012.


[Cuomo in urging utility companies to more quickly restore power knocked out by Sandy: "These utilities ... were not created in the Bible... They aren't in the Old Testament and they aren't in the New Testament. ... These are not God-given monopolies."]

This quote got me thinking about how the Governor may think of his own administration:

The Beginning (as envisioned by Governor Cuomo)

In the beginning Cuomo created the New New York. Now the State was no longer formless and empty, darkness was no longer over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of The Father was hovering over the Empire.

And Cuomo said, “Let there be transparency,” and there was transparency. Cuomo saw that the transparency was good, and he separated the light from the darkness. Cuomo called the transparency the "Joint Commission on Public Ethics," and the darkness he called “the Senate Democrats.” And there was evening in the Mansion, and there was morning in Mount Kisco—Day One.

And Cuomo said, “Let there be a vault to separate spending from revenue.” So Cuomo made the vault and separated the spending under the vault from the revenue above it. And it was so. Cuomo called the vault “Tax Cap.” And there was evening in Mount Kisco, and there was morning on vacation in Saranac Lake—Day Two.

And Cuomo said, “Let the budgets under the Legislature be gathered to one place, and let deficits disappear.” And it was so. Cuomo called his creation “Budget Proposal,” and the gathered budgets he called “Balanced.” And Cuomo saw that it was good.

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