State budget director indicates 2014/15 spending plan will hold steady, Albany man arrested 10 times in two years, planned "adult boutique" upsetting Troy residents, last call gets earlier in Warren County

Omni Development will discuss a feasibility study today on a proposed aquarium in downtown Albany. [YNN]

A letter from the NYS budget director to state commissioners indicates that next year's state budget will be a tight one -- holding to a 2 percent tax increase. The letter asks agency heads to submit flat budget requests for the next spending year. [TU]

The Albany man arrested for allegedly exposing himself to a pair of middle school girls on their way to school on Tuesday is a repeat offender who has been arrested ten times in the last two years. [YNN][WNYT]

Former Albany City Clerk John Marsolais has ended his conservative bid for Common Council President to accept a post as Albany County's next civil service chief.[TU]

State representatives and jail guards rallied at Mount McGregor Correctional Facility to announce a plan to fight the proposed closing of the prison. [TU][WNYT]

New York State apparently never submitted a bid on the multibillion-dollar computer chip fab "Project Azalea" because the Cuomo administration did not believe that the project was real.[TU]


Bars in Warren County will soon close at 3 am instead of 4 am.[WNYT]

Troy allowed its moratoriam on adult oriented businesses to expire in March, opening the way for a Schenectady woman to open an "adult boutique" pornography shop geared toward women, in a city neighborhood.

In the wake of a recent death from an illegal rock climb in Thacher State Park, officials have been reviewing a draft master plan that could allow climbing at Thacher and Thomson's Lake parks. [TU]

A building at 576 Clinton Street in Albany was torn down on Tuesday night , just hours after the city engineer evaluated the building and saw that the roof and second floor had collapsed down to the bottom. [WNYT][TU]

After a few years, data compiled by the Times Union shows that Albany's two charter high schools are showing mixed results that are not better than Albany High School .

The Averill Park school district is urging Governor Cuomo to get rid of the Gap Elimination Adjustment.

Rotterdam's proposed budget includes a controversial plan to outsource its paramedic and ambulance service.[TU]

A plan to renovate Troy's long-shuttered Quackenbush building to house the Tech Valley Center of Gravity makerspace is one of 85 projects being proposed for state funding by the Capital Region Economic Development Council. [Record]

A former Schenectady landlord will spend a week in the county jail for more than 200 state violations on property he owned in the city's Vale neighborhood. [TU]

The Rensselaer County Sheriff has hired a new chief of corrections to replace Ruth Vibert, who has filed a lawsuit claiming she was fired because she refused to commit "misconduct" at the direction of the sheriff.[Record]

A local call center has hired 600 customer care reps and is prepared to start answering questions about the Affordable Care Act.[TU]

In Schenectady, the question of how the city disciplines police officers is heading back to court.[Gazette]

The head of Pacifica Ventures, which produced Breaking Bad at its Albuquerque studios, is having a "love affair" with Schenectady. [Gazette]

The Theta Xi Fraternity House and the Searle Gardner & Company Collar & Cuff Factory building were nominated to the state and national Reisters of Historic Places.[Record]

Schenectady's old Van Curler Hotel Bar has been renovated and turned into a coffee bar for SCCC. [Gazette]

The College of Saint Rose has opened a Barrier-free apartment building for students with physical and mental challenges. [TU]

Volunteers from Catholic Charities and Home Depot are helping to repair a home in the hills of Grafton that was still suffering damage from Tropical Storm Irene.[TU]

"There's nothing like being kicked in the head or body for the first time," says a Mechanicville native pursuing a career as a Mixed Martial Arts fighter. [Saratogian]


"After a few years, data compiled by the Times Union shows that Albany's two charter high schools are showing mixed results that are not better than Albany High School. [TU]"

In other news, the TU reports that 18 schools in NYS were recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as National Blue Ribbon Schools, including a couple in the Capital Region.

It appears that no charter school in NYS made the list.

My only opposition to a film studio in Schenectady is that I will feel obligated to watch everything they make regardless of my actual interest in it just so I can go "I ate lunch there!" "I drive down that road!" "That's my friend's mom's house!" I watched The Place Beyond the Pines simply because Ryan Gosling robbed my bank.

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