State employee overtime at 5 year high, JCOPE wants Lopez report released, Spa City producer backs Tony nominated "Kinky Boots"

A report from Tom DiNapoli's office shows overtime among state employees reached a five year high in 2012, at $529 million. That's a $52 million increase in overtime spending from 2011. [TU][YNN]

Members of JCOPE want their report on the Vito Lopez harassment case released to the public, but a Staten Island DA conducting his own investigation into the case has a block on the report. If it isn't released soon, JCOPE says it will release the info on its own once a 90 day waiting period has expired. [NYT][Capitol Confidential]

Warren County officials trying to decide whether to get in the running for one of three casinos expected to locate in Upstate New York. A standing room only crowd gathered at Fort William Henry to learn what a casino might mean for them.Public opion seemed split on the issue, though the speakers were all pro casino.[WNYT][YNN][Saratogian]

Governor Cuomo has released an anti-corruption bill that would ban those convicted of bribery, as well as their firms or companies from doing business with the state. [News 10/AP]

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A staff member at Shenedahowa High School has been undergoing treatment for MRSA.[WNYT]

The trooper stabbed in an attack on the Empire State Plaza in March is back on the job. [WNYT]

The Vermont man who wore makeup to trial to conceal a tattoo that identified him as the suspect who threatened a cab driver at gunpoint in Troy will serve 10 years in prison for menacing. [TU][Record]

A section of Fuller Road beteen Tricentennial Circle and the Washington Avenue Extenion roundabout will close this Friday through May 13 for road reconstruction.[TU]

Angelo Mazzone has apologized for an incident last week where his staff tossed the owner of Jean Paul Salon from his new Tala restaurant and asked him not to return in an effort to placate the owners of Rumors salon. [TU]

The noise in Troy at 2:55 this afternoon will be RPI testing its alert system. [TU]

Gay rights supporters lobbied at the Capitol on Tuesday for a "post-marriage agenda" which includes the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act. [Capitol Confidential]

Also lobbying at the Capitol on Tueday, proponents of MMA[YNN]

A law passed on Tuesday by the NYS legislature will make it easier for people to act as guardians for elderly parents.[Capitol Confidential]

Fire destroyed a home on Keeler Drive in Albany on Tuesday night. [TU]

The Troy City Council is working to keep a porn shop from setting up on Fifth Avenue in the city, in a space near a schools, a Boys and Girls Club and The Snowman ice cream stand. [WNYT]

Joseph's House employee Emily Rossier will challenge Troy Councilman Gary Galuski for is 6th District seat.[Record]

Tenants of the historic Algonquin Building on Broadway in Saratoga have had leases terminated and been ordered to move out so the building can undergo renovation.[Saratogian]

Eight months after it was passed, a new state law goes into effect today that will require the public to be alerted within an hour of a sewage spill, so people can determine whether it is safe to be near the water. [TU]

A defense attorney for a man convicted of killing and burying a Catskill woman and her dog in 2009 wants the state to overturn the conviction, claiming police violated his clients right to have an attorney present when they interviewed him about the murder. [TU]

Assistant Saratoga Springs Police Chief Greg Veitch is expected to be named chief of police when Chris Cole regires later this month. [Saratogian]

A pit and her nine puppies, seized in a drug raid in Saratoga two weeks ago, are currently at the Saratoga County Animal Shelter and will be put up for adoption by May 11th if they arent claimed by the owner. [Saratogian]

Saratoga's Elliot Masie and Masie Prodctions are among the backers of Broadway's "Kinky Boots" which was nominated for 13 Tony Awards this week. [Saratogian]

The poop scooping racket is getting competitive in the Capital Region.[TU]

Malta officials are preparing to approve a kayak launch and the development of public access to the east side of Round Lake.[Gazette]

Saratoga's 150th anniversary celebration kicked off on Tuesday.[Saratogian]

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