Storm causes downed trees, outages and flooding, Assembly members call for Sliver's resignation, rape defendant blames alcohol and cold medicine, local spellers head to nationals

Crews are cleaning up debris, downed trees, and wires after last night's storms. Wind speeds reached almost 60 mph and rain caused flooding in parts of the Capital Region. Thousands of National Grid customers lost power and a number of schools around the Capital Region are closed today. [YNN] [TU] [Troy Record] [WNYT]

A witness in the trial of Brandon Warrington, the man charged with the beating death of his girlfriend's five-year-old son, testified on Wednesday that he saw a dark bruise on the boy's forehead a day or two before he was hospitalized and said he told Warrington and the boy's mother that the child should go to the hospital. The jury also heard testimony from a witness who said he saw Warrington throw the child on a bed in a rough manner and say "Boys can handle it, boys can take it."[YNN][Post Star]

Another pedestrian was hit by a car on Hoosick Street in Troy on Wednesday, near the site of several recent serious vehicle/pedestrian accidents. Earlier this month the DOT and the city of Troy announced $100,000 of projects to make the roadway safer for pedestrians. [TU][Record][YNN]

Troy detectives are investigating the stabbing of a 12-year-old boy at a 4th Street residence. The boy's injury is described as serious, but not fatal. [Troy PD Press Release]

Albany police are searching for the person who stabbed a 24-year-old man in the abdomen on Monday night. [TU]

The case of the state worker who was fired after the State Police put a GPS device on his car to confirm that he was skipping work will be heard by New York's highest court next week. [WNYT]

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CSEA is launching an ad campaign bashing Andrew Cuomo's proposal for tax free zones surrounding state universities.[TU]

A federal lawsuit filed by the parents of a girl whose medical records were accessed by nurses at Rensselear County jail after she was bitten by a dog belonging to a deputy, alleges that sheriff Jack Mahar was aware that jail employees were accessing confidential medial records of officers who missed work due to injury or illness. [TU]

A Democratic Assemblywoman is calling for Sheldon Silver's resignation for what she describes as "egregious behavior" in crafting a settlement to silence accusations against Vito Lopez. Seven Republican Assembly members also called on Silver to resign.[WSJ][Capitol Confidential]

Hazmat crews and EPA and DEC agents in protective suits and gas masks were spotted near the Hilton Center Complex at the Rensselaer Industrial Park on Wednesday. Spokespeople for the agencies did not disclose why the crews were there, but the building owner has been cited in the past for violating the Clean Air Act and Superfund laws for removing asbestos from the building. [YNN][WNYT][TU]

The suspect in an alleged kidnapping and rape in Saratoga took the stand on Wednesday, blaming his behavior on hallucinations brought about by a bad reaction to alcohol -- specifically two cups of cough syrup, beer and tequila. [Saratogian]

Police have arrested a Mexican man living in New York City for allegedly sexually abusing a teenage relative in Hudson Falls. [TU]

Prosecutors say they're firm about making Annie George forfeit the Llenroc mansion when she is sentenced in July for harboring an illegal alien. [Saratogian]

Troy's Democratic Party has endorsed a full slate of candidates for the fall City Council race. Councilman Kevin McGrath, who was acquitted in the Troy ballot fraud scandal, has decided not to run again. [TU]

Some Schenectady teachers got tenure and pink slips in the same month. [Gazette]

A new performance venue planned for the racino expansion may increase competition among existing performance venues.[Gazette]

The Lincoln Avenue sink holes that opened in Troy last weekend have been repaired and the road has reopened.[Record]

The Watervliet Arsenal has cancelled many of its 225th anniversary plans because of the federal government sequestration.[Record]

Peter Martin, the interim Saratoga County clerk who replaced Kathy Marchione when she was elected to the state Senate, has announced his intention to run for the Saratoga County Board of Supervisors.[Saratogian]

The FCC has approved the sale of WNYA (My 4 Albany) to WNYT. [WNYT]

After two years in Springfield, the MAAC basketball tournament will return to the TU Center from 2015 though 2017.[TU]

Two local spellers are headed to the national spelling bee championship.[TU]

You feed them, you raise them, then you throw them in the water. [WNYT]

The Victoria Pool may open as early as this weekend.[Gazette]

Giant toeshoes are joining the horses on broadway in Saratoga .[Gazette]
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Troy PD Press Release -- Stabbing
At approximately 4:45 pm this afternoon Troy Police Patrols were dispatched to the area of 4th Street between Congress and State Streets for a reported stabbing. Upon arrival, a 12 year old male victim was discovered within the residence at #115 4th Street; transported to Albany Med by Troy EMS. Injury is serious but preliminary evaluation shows it likely to be non-life threatening.
 
Troy Detectives are on the scene and are developing suspect information. No arrests at this time and no suspect description for release.

Comments

I'm am very disappointed in my fellow Democrats, that only two have publicly called Speaker Silver out on his egregious management of the recent sexual misconduct scandals and have asked for him to resign. This is a continuation of similar mismanagement that he apologized for back in 2006, promising reforms that would eliminate the culture of sexual predation by Assembly members against staffers, primarily women. 6 years later, he’s mismanaged the situation again, and 4 more women (that we know of) have been the collateral damage of Speaker Silver’s refusal to do the appropriate thing and refer any matter of sexual misconduct to the Assembly Ethics Committee or better, offer the sound advice to the victims to go to the police. Instead, over his 20 year career, he has preferred the method of shutting victims up through private settlements (6 or 7 now) and forced them to remain silent on the sexual misconduct they had to bear, rather than shed light on the perpetrators through an open process.

I don’t know if Speaker Silver is just tone death on this issue time and again, or whether there is a great Machiavellian drive behind it to protect himself and/or the Assembly from bad press, but in the end he’s had several chances to demonstrate sound leadership on this issue and slipped each time.

Us Democrats must stop hiding behind the process (“Oh, we can’t have him resign, there is too little time and so much work to do”) and stand up to let women in the Assembly, and the state as a whole, know that such management of sexual misconduct situations cannot stand (especially on multiple occasions) and we will not keep them exposed to such leadership at the hands of a “process.”

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