NY budget could happen this week -- or not, state spending plan includes $12.5 M for Albany, Shen voters reject proposed land sale, Sotomayor speaks at Sage and UAlbany

Budget agreement on the horizon
+ An agreement on raising the age of criminal responsibility ended a legislative deadlock over the state budget. Following the agreement, a half dozen bills were passed on Tuesday night and it's possible that a full spending plan could be passed by the end of the week. Earlier this week, legislators approved a budget extension measure -- and Andrew Cuomo says waiting until after the Easter break is fine, but Carl Heastie says he wants a spending plan passed before the break. [NYT][TWCN][WNYT][Politico][TU]

+ One of the bills introduced on Tuesday includes $12.5 million in aid for Albany -- and the money is not a "spin-up" payment on the Empire State PILOT. [TU]

Clifton Park land sale rejected by voters
Shen school district voters overwhelmingly rejected the district proposal pto sell 32 undeveloped acres of land to BBL Construction. Tuesday's final vote count was 5,442 to 2,323 against selling the land. [Gazette][Saratogian]

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Gasoline barge runs aground en route to Albany
Andrew Cuomo's office is calling for an investigation into why an Albany bound barge carrying 60,000 of gasoline to Albany, got stuck on a stone channel marker near Catskill on Tuesday.. The barge was eventually freed and so far no leaks have been detected. [Gazette][TU][News 10]

Sonia Sotomayor
Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor continued her speaking tour of the Capital Region on Tuesday at Russel Sage College in Troy and at UAlbany.[Record][TU]

Pascuzzi sentenced in DWI
Tyler Pascuzzi was sentenced to 8 1/3 to 25 years in prison in connection with a deadly high-speed crash that claimed two lives in 2014. [TU]

Sex offender confesses to second rape
A sex offender convicted of raping a 14-year-old girl has now confessed to raping a 13-year-old girl in Glenville and Rotterdam in the summer of 2015.
[Gazette]

BMX president facing child porn charges
The president of the Tri-City BMX club in Rotterdam is facing felony charges of possessing and promoting child pornography. [Gazette]

Banned for life
An Albany man who has apparently been banned from Rivers Casino for life, was arrested on trespassing charges Sunday when he tried to visit the facility. [Gazette]

Bethlehem supervisor
After six years of service, Bethlehem supervisor John Clarkson says he will not seek another term. [TU]

Amtrak
A NJ Transit derailment earlier this week is causing Amtrak delays that may affect some commutes to and from the Capital Region.[TU]

30 years since Thruway bridge collapse
Memories of the deadly Thruway bridge collapse 30 years ago. [Gazette]

Foreclosure may help Mullany House
A foreclosure on an historic Troy property may help historians expand the Kate Mullany House. [TU]

The psychology of cleaning up dog poop
Paul Grondahl's chat with a psychologist about human behavior when it comes to cleaning up after dogs. [TU]


Stuff going on today

Downtown Albany Restaurant Week
Today-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.

The Sound of Music
Today-Sunday: A touring production of the stage musical The Sound of Music is at Proctors. The Broadway musical features music by Richard Rodgers and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein. (And it was from the 1959 musical that the hugely famous film was adapted.) Tuesday-Sunday various times -- $20 and up

Startup Tech Valley
The Startup Tech Valley series returns, this time in the GE Theater at Proctors. A handful of local startups will be giving short presentations about what they're working on. Wednesday 6 pm -- free (registration requested)

Celtic Woman
Celtic Woman at The Palace
"[S]howcases the angelic voices of Susan McFadden, Máiréad Carlin, Éabha McMahon and introduces the breathtaking new Celtic violinist Tara McNeill." 7 pm -- $42 and up

Comments

Regarding Paul Grondahl's chat with the psychologist about people picking up their dogs' poop, the psychologist mentions that she never sees poop at The Crossings. I don't know which path she takes at The Crossings, but that place is full of poop, particularly in the front area around the pond. It's often right in the middle of the sidewalk, too, making it difficult for runners to avoid stepping in. No matter which park or neighborhood - CLEAN UP AFTER YOUR DOGS!!!!

A lot of the poop at The Crossings Park is from geese.

Goose poop looks very different than dog poop, and there is plenty of both. The goose poop is primarily on the path near the fence separating the park from the farm. The dog poop is on all the paths.

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