Pile up on Northway, guilty plea in fatal hit-and-run, dispute over what's a new tax, fatal Albany fire ruled not suspicious

A Saturday night wreck on the Northway near Wilton involved as many as 40 vehicles and shut down the Northway. Fifteen people were taken to the hospital, though apparently there were no major injuries. A snow squall appears to have been part of what caused the crash. [Saratogian] [Daily Gazette] [News10] [Post-Star] [TU]

Ian Eckardt-Rigberg -- accused of a hit-and-run that killed a pedestrian in Arbor Hill in 2011 -- has taken a plea deal that includes 3.5-10 years in prison. [TU] [Fox23]

Joey Paul -- accused of fatally shooting her boyfriend in a Schuylerville apartment last summer -- has pleaded not guilty. Said her attorney: "She didn't shoot this guy on purpose." Paul is accused of firing a single shot from an AK-47. [Saratogian] [Daily Gazette] [TU]

A recent rash of crime in Lansingburgh has prompted wariness from longtime residents, community involvement, and the occasional Facebook fight. [Troy Record]

UAlbany School of Business Weekend MBA ad 2012 summer

The Cuomo admin's assertion that its proposed budget includes no new taxes is being disputed. [TU]

New York State is in line to lose more than a $1 billion a year in federal money as the Cuomo administration is going back and forth with the federal government over the state's long record of exploiting Medicaid's funding formula for people with development disabilities. [TU]

The org that runs Schenectady's Head Start program has to reapply for its federal grant because a bus driver left a child on a bus last year. [Daily Gazette]

A state comptroller's audit concludes that Empire BlueCross BlueShield -- which administers the hospitalization portion of the Empire Plan -- has ended up paying hospitals huge mark-ups on certain items because its contract didn't have reimbursement limits.

The Times Union reports that a state comptroller's report "that has not been made public" alleges that a Brooklyn Assemblyman falsified state travel form in order to collect $67,000 in improper reimbursements. [TU]

A Latham man has been accused of stealing the car of the person who stopped on the Northway to help him Saturday night. [Saratogian]

The shooter in what was described as a gang-related retaliation fatal hit in the Albany South End in November 2011 has taken plea deal that includes 15 years in prison. [TU]

The man shot in the Daily Gazette lobby in October 2011 after he went at police officers with a knife has been sentenced to 2.5 years in prison. [Daily Gazette]

A father-son duo from Albany have been sentenced to two years in prison and millions in restitution for their role in a mortgage scam. [TU]

Albany's fire chief on the fatal Arcadia Ave fire: "We looked at the path of the fire, the pattern of the fire. There is nothing to determine that it is suspicious." [TU]

A house fire in Albany's Buckingham Pond neighborhood rekindled after the fire department left Saturday night (map). The house was demolished. [News10] [TU]

Renssealer County's two highest-paid employees last year were psychiatrists who work for the county's mental health department. [TU]

A job fair at Albany NanoTech drew more than 800 people. The capacity crowd turnout has the org planning another job fair. [Daily Gazette] [TU]

Twenty people were laid off at Sematech in a move the chip consortium says is a "restructuring." [TU]

Organizer's for Jack's Place -- a Ronald McDonald House-type residence for the parents of kids at Sunnyview -- say they've finally found a house (the search has included a bit of drama after residents of the GE Realty Plot opposed the first choice site). [TU]

The Beech-Nut signs are gone from Canajoharie. [Daily Gazette]

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

A quick recap of the week

Here are a few highlights from the past summer week on AOA: + We went architecture gawking in Albany's warehouse district, a neighborhood with a... (more)

Stuff to do this weekend

AOA's starting the weekend a little early. Happy Friday. A weekend, even in the rain, is still a weekend. Keep your umbrella handy and your... (more)

Cooking with Fire author at HLM

Author/historian/wood-fired foods expert Paula Marcoux will be at Healthy Living Market August 6 for a talk and demo. Marcoux's book, Cooking With Fire: From Roasting... (more)

Stephen at (his new) home

Stephen Colbert is taking over for David Letterman on The Late Show next year -- and New York State is helping along the transition with... (more)

Planning a Capital Region wedding: recap!

Over the last few months Lauren has been sharing her wedding planning process here at AOA. Well, guess what: She now's married and back from... (more)

Recent Comments

... It's heartening to see that the neighborhood is seeing early stages of revival - I think a lot of cities are starting to realize the potential and charm of historic warehouse and factory buildings. I'm sort of conflicted because although I want to see them all saved, I like the sort of gritty time-worn quality of peeling paint, dirty brick, and faded signage...

Stuff to do this weekend

...has 2 comments, most recently from CAOD

Planning a Capital Region wedding: recap!

...has 6 comments, most recently from Nicole

Stephen at (his new) home

...has 1 comment, most recently from Joe

Cherry Plain State Park

...has 9 comments, most recently from ethan

Info sessions on new CDTA smart cards and mobile payments

...has 3 comments, most recently from Lu