Cuomo proposes corruption crackdown legislation, Rensselaer County ordered to pay special prosecutor, Saratoga man loses part of ear in attack

After last week's bribery allegations against two New York State legislators, Andrew Cuomo has proposed the Public Trust Act, which would require officials to report corruption and help district attorneys prosecute public corruption cases. Cuomo also said he'll seek to make it a misdemeanor for an elected official who witnesses bribery to fail to report it. [TU][NYT]

Hollywood may already be working on this: "A legislator working for law enforcement as a mole." [NYT]

About 50 state data facilities will merge and operate out of the SUNY NanoCollege -- a move that is expected to save the state $100 million in rental space over 20 years. [TU]

A visiting Supreme Court judge has ordered Rensselaer County to pay special prosecturer Trey Smith more than $508,000 for part of his work in the Troy ballot fraud case, and is considering how much of the rest of Smith's bill should be paid. [Record]

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Kelly Kimrough, a 21-year veteran of the Albany police force, has announced he will run for the 4th ward seat on the Albany Common Council, which is being vacated by Barbara Smith.[TU]

After 41 years as the Saratoga County Sheriff -- and 48 in the department -- Saratoga County Sheriff James Bowen has announced he will not run for reelection in the fall. [TU]

The Nigro Companies, the developer turning the site of the former St. Patrick's Church in Watervliet into a Price Chopper, has announced that it will not be using parts of the church in its design. The old-with-the-new plan was a compromise proposed by the preservation group that has been working to save the church. According to company president John Nigro the architectural and engineering review of the plan showed it was not safe or economically feasible. [YNN] [Record] [TU]

A Saratoga Springs man lost part of his ear when a man he knew allegedly attacked him and slashed his face at a cookout at his home on the city's West Side on Tuesday night. The man accused of the attack is now in custody. [WNYT] [TU]

Saratoga County is hiring an extra clerk in an effort to keep up with a backlog of paperwork from gun permit requests. [Saratogian]

A pair of Albany teenagers are facing rape and sodomy charges for allegedly raping a 14-year-old girl and allegedly forcing a 17-year-old girl to perform oral sex.[TU]

A 59-year-old Troy man will spend 9 years in jail for the rape of a 13-year-old girl.[YNN]

A new plan that pairs sheriff's investigators with social services employees netted the arrest of a fugitive wanted for failing to register as a sex offender in Mississippi, when the man tried to apply for benefits in Fort Edward .[TU][YNN]

State Police divers searched the Hudson for Jaliek Rainwalker on Tuesday after receiving a tip, but did not find the boy.[YNN]

Someone broke into a popular Mechanicville diner on Easter Sunday and made off with thousands of dollars in cash.[TU]

Days before statewide testing of students in third to 8th grade, the Saratoga Springs Board of Education passed a non-binding resolution on Tuesday night urging the State Education Department to reduce its use of the standardized exams. [Saratogian]

The owner of a Troy-based porn shop is suing the city in State Supreme Court for $30 million, arguing his Fourth Street business was illegally shut down by the city in 2010. [TU]

The old mill along the Wynantskill on Pawling Avenue will be torn down this week.
Demolition will begin on Thursday after problems were discovered over the weekend when strong winds blew through the region. [TU] [WNYT]

The town of Saratoga has denied a request for tax breaks to a developer with a $24 million plan to convert the Victory Mill building into high-end apartments with a day care facility. [Saratogian]

South Glens Falls firefighters rescued a village man just moments before his home was destroyed by fire.[Saratogian]

The proposed state budget includes $4,000 earmarked for the Albany Rural Cemetery to bury the remains of 15 former slaves unearthed during a sewer project nearly six years ago, but the Catholic Diocese of Albany has offered to bury the remains in one of their cemeteries for free. [TU][Capitol Confidential]

A friend of the late Shenendehowa softball player Deanna Rivers is collecting baseball equipment for New Jersey kids who lost their homes in Superstorm Sandy.[TU]

Holy Names' 90-year-old French teacher was a messenger for the resistance during WWII German occupation of Paris.[TU]

Lake George honored its New York State Class C champion basketball team on Tuesday with a tickertape parade down Canada Street.[WNYT]

The cicadas are coming. The cicadas are coming.[TU]


"Saratoga County is hiring an extra clerk in an effort to keep up with a backlog of paperwork..."

Paperwork? I'm sorry, I thought this was the 21st century.

As any of the (probably thousands?) of state employees who read this blog could probably tell you, there's no shortage of paper in government.

I agree with Alex, my fiancee works for NYS and I've always worked in private industry. I get so frustrated when I hear about how the processes involve absolutely no software for forms or even pdf attachments to emails. Everything has to be faxed or mailed and extra copies shredded.

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