State Senate 46th will take weeks to sort out, Cuomo to ask for $30 billion for Sandy, Albany County planning for campus to help veterans

Sunday was Veterans Day, but the federal holiday is being observed today.

The winner of the 46th state Senate race probably won't be decided for weeks. The absentee ballot count won't start until November 19 -- and some counties won't start until after Thanksgiving. [TU] [Daily Gazette]

No matter which party ends up controlling the state Senate, Andrew Cuomo is in a position to win. [AP/Troy Record]

Cuomo is expected to the ask the feds for $30 billion in disaster aid for Sandy. [NYT]

Late Friday afternoon Gary McCarthy vetoed the budget passed the Schenectady city council. Now the council faces the choice of overriding the mayor's veto -- or letting his budget, which includes a 4.2 percent property tax rate increase, take effect. [Daily Gazette] [TU]

Albany police say man driving on Madison Ave ran a red light, hit a SUV crossing at Quail Street, and then the SUV rolled into the front windshield of a CDTA bus Sunday morning (map). Three people were treated at the hospital. [News10] [TU] [Fox23] [YNN]

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Rules recently adopted by the state Board of Elections will make it easier for outside groups to spend money on elections in the state without disclosures. [TU]

Says a political consultant of the retirements of Albany County's contingent of state Assembly members: "We just lost a ton of seniority." [Daily Gazette]

An attorney working for Columbia County and many towns has been billing a huge number of hours -- something of which the Times Union appears more skeptical than the municipalities. [TU]

Waterford's water commission has filed a $7.7 million suit against Halfmoon over a water contract. [Daily Gazette]

Frank Popolizio pleaded guilty to not paying almost $100,000 in back sales taxes from the now-closed Pentagon restaurant in Schenectady. [TU]

Albany County exec Dan McCoy is hoping to turn a former nursing home campus into a center to help veterans. The campus would be used by an org called Soldier On to help homeless veterans. [TU] [Troy Record]

Members of the 109th Airlift Wing at Stratton Air National Guard Base have been helping with Sandy recovery in the NYC area. [TU]

A veterinarian for the Mohawk Hudson Humane Society has accused two ethnic meat markets in Schenectady of keeping live animals in unsanitary conditions. [TU]

The former state archivist who pleaded guilty to stealing and selling artifacts from the State Archives is now running the bookstore at the Saratoga Military Museum. [TU]

Speculation: the mystery company reportedly scouting the Capital Region for a huge manufacturing project might not be a chip fab -- but rather electronics assembler Foxconn (the company that builds iPhones). [TU]

Not the typical fundraiser for Sandy relief: brick oven pizza from a truck in a backyard. [Daily Gazette]

Uncovered: the story of a 12-year-old from Albany who served during the Civil War. [Times Union]

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