State budget past deadline, middle school space crunch in Albany, local history in mural form

State budget past deadline
The deadline for an on-time state budget was the end of Friday -- but as of Monday morning, there was no budget:
+ Andrew Cuomo is proposing a resolution that would extend the current budget through May and keep the government running -- though state legislators would not be paid while its in effect. The legislature can approve the extender in full or reject it outright, there's no in between. [State of Politics] [Politico NY]
+ The budget process is apparently hung up on outside issues that have been folded into the budget, notably the proposal to raise the criminal age of responsibility. [NYT]

Albany shootings
Albany police say they're investigating two shootings over the weekend -- the shooting of a 61-year-old man in the South End Saturday evening (map), and the shooting of a 29-year-old man Sunday afternoon in Pine Hills (block map). APD said Sunday it didn't know if the two shootings were related. [APD x2]

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Albany bank robbery
Albany police say they're investigating the robbery of the SEFCU branch in Park South Saturday morning (map). APD says an an employee reported that a man approached the counter, displayed what appeared to a gun, and demanded money. [APD]

Troy raid
Troy police deployed a SWAT team to execute a search warrant for a handgun at a South Troy home (map) Saturday and said they found a fake gun -- TPD did make two arrests, one for alleged false impersonation and the other for alleged possession of drug paraphernalia. [Troy Record]

Acquittal in Schenectady murder case
A Schenectady man was found not guilty of all charges -- including first-degree murder -- in the shooting death of Taquan Foreman last May in Hamilton Hill. [Daily Gazette]

Schenectady County jail sexual harassment investigation
"Several people familiar with the matter" tell the Times Union a Schenectady County jail guard was suspended without pay for 90 days following a sexual harassment investigation. [TU]

Albany school space crunch
A look at the potential solutions being considered for the Albany school district's middle school space crunch. [TU]

Tedisco calls for resignation of state Education Commissioner
Jim Tedisco called for the resignation of state Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia because he said she didn't adequately condemn a class project in Oswego County that prompted students to argue the side of the Nazis in WWII Germany. [Daily Gazette]

Alain Kaloyeros
Sara Foss: "[T]here's something highly obnoxious about Kaloyeros' quest to get someone else to pay his legal bills." [Daily Gazette]

Another casino
The Oneida Indian Nation is planning to open a casino -- its third -- at a spot in Madison County near Syracuse. [Syracuse Post-Standard]

Universal Preservation Hall
A look at the renovation plans for Universal Preservation Hall in Saratoga Springs. [TU]

Powers Park concerts
There's a push to raise $13,000 in private money to continue the Powers Park concert series in Troy. [Troy Record]

ACC murals
Talking with the artist who designed the murals in the new Albany Capital Center. [TU+]

Colonie town clerk leaving
Popular Colonie town clerk Elizabeth DelTorto isn't running for re-election and will exit the office after 20 years. [TU]

Tim O'Brien
Tim O'Brien -- who wrote that article about the Colonie town clerk leaving -- is also leaving the TU after many years there as a reporter and guild president. [Albany Guild]

Stuff going on today

Downtown Albany Restaurant Week
Monday-Friday: Downtown Albany Restaurant Week continues. More than 15 restaurants are offering three-course meals for $20.17. As with any restaurant week, reservations are a good idea.

Roman Holiday
Proctors is showing the Audrey Hepburn-Gregory Peck classic Roman Holiday in the GE Theater. Monday various times -- $5

Chris Bohjalian
Monday: Best-selling novelist Chris Bohjalian will be at the Sage Troy campus for a talk about his work. There will be audience Q&A and a book signing following the talk. Monday 6:30 pm, Bush Memorial -- free

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