10,000 mourn Shen students at vigil, Cuomo reserves comment on Senate power sharing arrangement, Siena Poll reports New Yorkers would put Cuomo back in Governors Mansion but Hillary in the White House

In an unprecedented move, the NYS Senate will operate with two conference leaders heading up the chamber instead of a single majority leader. Republican Dean Skelos will share the responsibility with Jeff Klein, leader of the five-member Democratic Independent Conference. Angry Democrats, who could have majority of Senate seats, are calling the deal between Republicans and the new IDC a "coup" and a power grab. A spokesperson for Andrew Cuomo says the issue is an internal legislative matter" and says the governor will withhold judgement until he sees how it will affect how the Senate funtctions. [AOA][WNYT][NYT][Capitol Confidential]

According to a new Siena poll, NY voters seem to be OK with the Senate leadership arrangement. That poll also shows New York voters would re-elect Andrew Cuomo governor, but would prefer Hillary Clinton as the next president.[Capitol Confidential] [NYT] [Capitol Tonight]

An estimated 10,000 people turned out at a candlight vigil on Tuesday for the two Shenendahowa students killed in a car crash over the weekend. A meeting between prosecutors and the families of the students who were victims of the crash has been indefinitely postponed. The other driver in the crash, 22-year-old Dennis Drue, has been identified as a Siena College student with a difficult and somewhat traumatic past. Prosecutors are waiting for toxicology test results before they determine the charges he'll face.[Gazette] [TU] [YNN][WNYT] [TU][YNN]

UAlbany School of Business Weekend MBA ad 2012 summer

The court battle over the 46th Senate seat continues as lawyers for Cecial Tkaczyk and George Amedore argue 887 disputed ballots. [WNYT][Capitol Confidential]

State Police are looking into a 38-year-old unsolved murder. They're offering a reward for information leading to the killer of Kathleen Kolodziej [WNYT] [TU]

The 26-year-old Mechanicville Marine killed in combat in Afghanistan this week will be buried with full honors. [TU]

A home health aide from Wilton will serve three to nine years in state prison for stealing more thatn $300,000 from an 82-year-old blind woman she was caring for. [TU]

The flu has arrived early in the Capital Region.[Gazette]

The president of the Ravena Coeymans Selkirk school district is one of two people petitioning to remove a school board member for allegedly not paying more than $56,000 in school taxes. [TU]

Green space, a "park district," and tax incentives for businesses are part of a proposal to redevelop and create an new identity for South Broadway in Saratoga.[Saratogian]

A decision on the long deliberated fate of the Winans-Crippen House on Franklin Street in Saratoga Springs is expected on Monday evening. The owner wants the home -- which is currently on the National Register of Historic Places -- demolished.[Saratogian]

The 20-year-old "ambassador" of the Albany Ronald McDonald house who talked his way into a job as a ticket taker at Regal Cinema in Colonie, just wanted to be treated "like a normal kid."[TU]

The Albany Bicycle Coalition will set up a ghost bike at Roosevelt and Manning Boulevard in memory of Paul Merges, killed last week wen he was dragged by a truck that was being chased by police . [TU]

Albany Molecular will get $50 million in state funding to open a drug discovery research and development center in Buffalo.[WNYT]

A U.S. District Judge has exonerated the former Troy Corporation Council David Mitchell of wrongdoing in a lawsuit by the city PBA president Bob Fitzgerald which claimed Mitchell and former Mayor Harry Tutujian deprived Fitzgerald of his rights when they placed him on paid administrative leave pending an internal investigation of his conduct. [Record]

Wagering was up 14 percent in New York State horse racing in the third quarter compared to the same period last year.[Saratogian]

The director of the Albany Institute of History and Art is stepping down after just over one year on the job. [TU]

Troy's Doyle Middle School, named for former assistant superintendent Kenneth Doyle, will be renamed Troy Middle School once renovations are completed.[Record]

Longtime Capital Region news director Don Decker -- the man who helped launch the careers of anchors like Ed Dauge and Liz Bishop and medical correspondant Dr. Tim Johnson, and countless other local news anchors and reporters -- has died.[Saratogian] [News 10]

New York State has more apple trees than it did a few years ago.[News10]

At least half the trees in Saratoga Springs are maples.[Gazette]

Comments

TEN THOUSAND people attended the vigil? That's amazing, incredible, and makes me so proud to live in this area.

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

Capitol Hauntings tours 2016

The popular Capitol Hauntings tours at the New York State Capitol start back up again next Monday, October 3 and run (weekdays) through Halloween. And... (more)

FilmColumbia 2016

The annual FilmColumbia film fest returns October 22-30. And again the festival will be showing films in both Chatham and Hudson. As usual, the festival... (more)

"These mountains are just getting pounded''

You might remember that recent appeal from the state Department of Enivoronmental Conservation for people to consider some of the less-popular hikes in the Adirondacks... (more)

Drawing: Tickets for Drink Albany 2016

The Capital Craft Beverage Trail is bringing back the Drink Albany event October 15 at Quackenbush Square in Albany. It's a celebration of the growing... (more)

Morning Blend

Cuomo on allegations against Percoco, Howe, Kaloyeros, developers Said Andrew Cuomo of the string of charges filed last week alleging corruption tied to his administration... (more)

Recent Comments

... Nano has been great for Albany and upstate, but the ends just don't justify the means. This was public money being steered in exchange for political donations and bribes. It didn't need to happen for those businesses to come here. (In fact we might have gotten better deals if it hadn't.) ...

Drawing: Tickets for Drink Albany 2016

...has 13 comments, most recently from Debi

Movies that filmed in -- or were set in -- the Capital Region

...has 25 comments, most recently from Karen

"These mountains are just getting pounded''

...has 1 comment, most recently from John

The week ahead

...has 1 comment, most recently from Dan Roesser

The Meade Brothers' daguerreian gallery

...has 3 comments, most recently from Bob