Anti/pro SAFE Act rallies draw thousands to ESP and Capitol, Cuomo brings baseball bat to "grand slam" budget signing, Capital Region unemployment drops, Lincoln or not?

Thousands of people -- including both anti and pro SAFE Act -- were at the ESP and Capitol Tuesday. Among the speakers at the rally against the gun control law: Donald Trump and Rob Astorino, the Westchester County exec who's running for the Republican nomination for governor.[WNYT][TU][AOA]

Former Republican gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino told the crowd of gun enthusiasts at Tuesday's rally: "Rob Astorino is a good man, but we need someone who is going to get elected." Astorino says he doesn't need endorsements from Paladino or Donald Trump. [TU][State of Politics]

Andrew Cuomo brought a baseball bat with him when he signed the state budget bils Tuesday, and called the document a "grand slam." Astorino said the budget may have been on time, but it didn't address the cause of high property taxes. [WNYT][TU]

A hike in state aid means Troy's city school district can bring its proposed $106.8 million budget under the state tax cap.[TU]

Albany County has submitted an application to the the Empire State Development Corporation to create application for a land bank to combat blight by acquiring properties from the county foreclosure list for development. Albany County exec Dan McCoy says the county is committing $1 million to the bank over the next two years. [TU][WNYT][McCoy admin]

The director of operations for the inspector general's office of the State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision has been put on administrative leave while an investigation is conducted into allegations of sexual harassment complaints. [TU]

A firefighter from Bethlehem is being held without bail for allegedly having an sexually explicit online relationship with someone he thought was a 13-year-old girl. [TU]

The Troy man accused of creating child pornography will be extradited from Florida and arraigned in federal court in Albany. [Record]

Fingerprints on a toilet seat left up in the apartment where an 82-year-old nun lived alone helped lead police to her murderer, who recently pleaded guilty. [TU]

Saying he is "a defense attorney and not a security guard." the attorney for Glendon Scott Crawford, one of two men alleged to have conspired to build an x-ray weapon, is fighting an effort by federal prosecutors to keep his client from reviewing evidence against him without the attorney present. [TU]

A Greenfield woman who ran a meth lab in a trailer park will spend four years in prison after pleading guilty to drug charges in Saratoga County Court. [Gazette]

Police arrested a father and his 15-year-old son for attacking another person with a baseball bat and a knife. [Gazette]

A 7-year-old boy was taken to the hospital with non life threatening injuries after he was hit by a caron Eastern Avenue in Schenectady. [Gazette]

Closing arguments are expected today in the trial of the Stephentown man charged with DWI, aggravated vehicular manslaughter and vehicular homicide in the 2012 car crash that killed his best friend. [TU]

The unemployment rate in the Capital Region was 6.5 percent in February, down from 7.5 percent during the same month last year. [TU]]

Nearly 134,000 New Yorkers enrolled in health insurance plans via the state's online market over the last week, and more than 856,000 have enrolled in plans in NY overall. [TU][News 10]

More than 10 Saratoga Springs residents thanked the city council for passing an anti-casino vote in March --
just one day after Monday's state Gaming Facility Location Board said community support would be a requirement for applying for a casino license. [TU]

A collision between a car and a Price Chopper tractor-trailer on Tuesday night in Malta sent the car driver to the hospital. [Saratogian]

Water seeped into underground cables this week, ttemporarily interrupting 911 service in parts of Saratoga County.[TU]

An oil spill temporarily shut down part of I-890 near Schenectady County Community College on Tuesday. [TU]

An RPI fraternity is handing out grants of up to $1,000 to homeowners, landlords, nonprofits and business owners in the Mount Ida neighborhood for home improvement, historic restoration, neighborhood beautification, maintaining green spaces and not-for -profit programs that serve the neighborhood. [TU]

Firefighters rescued a turtle from a burning home in Brunswick on Tuesday.[WNYT]

A Queensbury wedding photographer and painting contractor has spent thousands of dollars trying to prove a silver-coated metallic plate daguerreotype he bought at a flea market from a vendor who claims it came from Virginia is an image of Abraham Lincoln. [TU]

Contrary to a Facebook April 1st message, Price Chopper will continue to accept pennies. [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.

What's All Over Albany?

All Over Albany is for interested and interesting people in New York's Capital Region. In other words, it's for you. It's kind of like having a smart, savvy friend who can help you find out what's up. Oh, and our friends call us AOA.


Recently on All Over Albany

An opinion on blood plasma centers, methadone clinics, a large logo, and other exciting tales of the Albany Planning Board

Exciting Tales of the Albany Planning Board is a program recorded before a live studio audience once a month in which the fates of multi-million... (more)

Exploring Washington County

The rural, rolling hills of Washington County are just about an hour northeast of Albany on a scenic ride along Route 40. The county is... (more)

Morning Blend

Next Albany police chief + Kathy Sheehan has appointed Eric Hawkins to be the next Albany police chief. He's currently the police chief in Southfield,... (more)

The Cornplanter pipe tomahawk

We got a chance this week to stop in the State Museum and see an interesting artifact that's newly on display, Cornplanter's Pipe Tomahawk. The... (more)

Stuff to do this weekend

We're in the thick of the summer now. Long days, lemonade, blueberries, ice cream, and a bounty of stuff to do. We collected a few... (more)

Recent Comments

... The theft itself of this important Native American artifact is an important part of its story. It's really a miracle that almost 70 years later that the Cornplanter pipe tomahawk ended up back at the State Museum, instead of remaining in someone's secret, private collection acquired illicitly, or even worse, not cared for professionally and therefore damaged, destroyed, or lost forever.

Exploring Washington County

...has 2 comments, most recently from Katie

Scanning that New York State Department of Health report that argues the case for legalizing recreational marijuana

...has 12 comments, most recently from Megan m

The Cornplanter pipe tomahawk

...has 2 comments, most recently from Ed

Morning Blend for Jul 20

...has 1 comment, most recently from Amy

Local places to buy head scarves?

...has 2 comments, most recently from Summer