Dean Skelos said to be on the way out of state Senate leadership, the former KGB agent in Schaghticoke, the snow that won't quit

Dean Skelos
"GOP sources" tell the Buffalo News that Dean Skelos will be out as state Senate majority leader today -- either by a vote of his conference, and or by his own decision. The behind-the-scenes scramble to succeed him has been in progress for days. [Buffalo News] [Capital]

More tangents of the Skelos story:
+ A look at the widespread influence exerted by Glenwood Management, the real estate developer that popped up in both the Skelos and Sheldon Silver cases, and how it's used the LLC loophole to become a top campaign contributor in the state. [TU]
+ Do the state's legislative leaders have too much power. [TU]
+ A survey of the many state Senate Republicans -- as well as lobbyists -- with second homes along a section of of the Florida coast. [NYDN]

Making bail (or not)
The Daily Gazette's Kathleen Moore looked into how even small amounts of bail can end up keeping people in jail -- a situation that even law enforcement officials says isn't necessarily helpful -- and how that can end up having longterm consequences. [Daily Gazette]

The odd story of the IT specialist who worked for multiple utility entities in New York who was also a KGB agent, and then became a consultant for the FBI and National Security Administration. The man now works for NYISO in North Greenbush and lives in Schaghticoke. [Capital] [TU]

Brendon Glenn
The family of Brendon Glenn, the former Troy resident who was shot and killed by police in Los Angeles last week, have hired E. Stewart Jones to represent them in a wrongful death suit. [Troy Record] [LA Times] [TU]

Gun violence
A look at some local programs working to proactively stem gun violence. [TU]

Jay Street fire
Lawsuits -- and filed and potentially filed -- continue to spin out of the Jay Street fire situation. [Daily Gazette x2]

Hudson River dredging
After speaking at Siena's commencement this weekend GE CEO Jeffrey Immelt said the company expects this to be the last summer of the Hudson River PCB dredging project. (An EPA official indicated last week that more dredging could be required.) [TU x2]

Blight fight
Amsterdam, Gloversville, Schenectady and Troy and working with UAlbany's Center for Technology in Government to develop a shared system for code enforcement. [Daily Gazette]

In the pool for Bethlehem supervisor
A profile of Jim Foster, a 32-year-old Republican who's returned to Bethlehem to challenge incumbent Democrat John Clarkson for supervisor. [TU]

An issue highlighted by a fire in Latham last week: solar panels on the roof of the building got in the way of firefighters' efforts to put out the fire. [WNYT]

Snow in May
The massive snow pile at ALB that just won't quit. [News10] [TWCN]

Stuff going on today (May 11)

Annie Hall
Monday: The AFI 100 series at Proctors is screening Annie Hall, Woody's Allen's influential romantic comedy. Monday various times - $5

Monday: The Palace's movie series is showing From Russia With Love, which has Sean Connery in the role of James Bond. Monday 7 pm - $5

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