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  • Berkeley Man Dies After #BlackLivesMatter Protesters Delay Paramedics

    02/06/2015 10:00:05 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | February 6, 2015 | Alex Griswold
    A Berkeley, California man died last December after paramedics were delayed nearly an hour because of an unruly protest against police brutality, recently released records show. Berkleyside, a self-described “independent news site” serving the Berkeley area, reports that the 62-year-old Alvin Henry Jones Jr. would have normally received treatment in minutes. However, due to a nearby #BlackLivesMatters protest, paramedics were instead ordered to go to a local fire station and await a police escort before attempting to rescue Jones. It took 52 minutes to get Jones to a hospital, after which he died two days later. Paperwork filed by the...
  • New York Assembly facing historic change in leadership

    01/31/2015 10:11:49 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 31, 2015 5:59 PM EST | David Klepper and Michael Virtanen
    The contest to succeed longtime New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver was supposed to be an open process, giving lawmakers two weeks to mull their options. Instead, it's looking increasingly likely that the decision will be made before Silver’s resignation from the post takes effect Monday night, an outcome that would dash the hopes of some lawmakers and reformers who pushed for a departure from Albany’s usual backroom politics.Assemblyman Carl Heastie of the Bronx has emerged as the clear favorite from a field that just a few days ago featured five contenders. Three of them quickly backed out and threw...
  • Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver: New York’s biggest Dem powerbroker will be arrested today

    01/22/2015 7:28:03 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    Hotair ^ | 01/22/2015 | Jazz Shaw
    I will apologize in advance to our readers if this looks like coverage of a “local story” but it actually may be a harbinger for the kind of state and local level change which is required for real progress in America. The New York Times is reporting that today an arrest will be made in Albany, the state’s capital. The suspect is question is none other than the Speaker of the state Assembly, Sheldon Silver. Federal authorities are expected to arrest Sheldon Silver, the powerful speaker of the New York State Assembly, on corruption charges on Thursday, people with...
  • Sheldon Silver, New York Assembly Speaker, Faces Arrest on Corruption Charges

    01/21/2015 9:19:46 PM PST · by iowamark · 31 replies
    Federal authorities are expected to arrest Sheldon Silver, the powerful speaker of the New York State Assembly, on corruption charges on Thursday, people with knowledge of the matter said, in a case that is likely to throw Albany into disarray. The investigation that led to the expected charges against Mr. Silver, a Democrat from the Lower East Side of Manhattan who has served as speaker for more than two decades, began after Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo in March abruptly shut down an anticorruption commission he had created in 2013. Details of the specific charges to be brought against Mr. Silver...
  • ALBANY: Sheldon Silver to be arrested (Dimocrat accidentally nailed by Cuomo)

    01/22/2015 6:14:23 AM PST · by Liz · 7 replies
    nypost,.com ^ | 1/22/15 | Joe Tacopino
    Feds subpoenaed Manhattan Democrat Silver's records in a probe of undocumented payments he received from a law firm. He is reportedly to be charged via an investigation sparked when Gov. Cuomo abruptly shut down his 2013 anticorruption commission.....Silver's arrest was related to money he received from a small real-estate tax law firm that Silver failed to list on his official financial-disclosure form. The FBI and Manhattan US Atty's office are looking into exactly what Silver did to earn the money. Silver is a personal-injury lawyer associated with the high-profile law firm Weitz and Luxenberg. Goldberg & Iryami, w/ only two...
  • Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver (NY) in federal custody in Manhattan on corruption charges

    01/22/2015 5:53:58 AM PST · by C19fan · 40 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | January 22, 2015 | Kenneth Lovett and John Marzulli
    Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver was taken into custody Thursday in Manhattan on corruption charges, The Daily News has learned. The impending arrest of Silver, who has been one of the most powerful men in Albany for more than two decades, was first reported overnight by The New York Times. While it’s unclear exactly what charges Silver could be facing, The Times reported the rap is linked to payments the powerful Manhattan Democrat received from New York City lawfrim Goldberg & Iryami that he did not disclose publicly, as required by law.
  • Syracuse mayor appoints Nation of Islam leader to city’s school board [ New York]

    01/09/2015 6:41:57 PM PST · by george76 · 36 replies
    EAGnews ^ | January 9, 2015 | Victor Skinner
    Syracuse’s Nation of Islam representative Mark Muhammad will join the city’s school board at the mayor’s request ... Muhammad’s ties to the Nation of Islam – he’s Louis Farrakhan’s local representative – that have some questioning how the group’s radical views on education and race will play into his new role. And it doesn’t appear that they will get any easy answers. A Post-Standard reporter questioned Muhammad about his affiliation with the Nation of Islam, and how the group’s beliefs, such as the needed segregation of black and white students, will guide his leadership. ... he doesn’t want the public...
  • New York top court OKs local gas-drilling bans

    06/30/2014 7:36:58 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 30, 2014 10:20 AM EDT | Michael Hill
    New York’s top court handed a victory to opponents of hydraulic fracturing for natural gas Monday by affirming the right of municipalities to ban the practice within their borders. The state Court of Appeals affirmed a midlevel appeals court ruling from last year that said the state oil and gas law doesn’t trump the authority of local governments to control land use through zoning. […] The court in a 5-2 decision stressed that it did not consider the merits of fracking, but only the “home rule” authority of municipalities to regulate their land use. The court said the towns of...
  • New Albany bishop leads 1,000 in Walk for Life around state capitol

    06/28/2014 6:42:16 AM PDT · by NYer · 12 replies
    Life Site News ^ | June 27, 2014 | Dustin Siggins
    Bishop Edward Scharfenberger leads Albany's Walk for Life. (Photo creidt: Michael Schweigert / Citizens Concerned for Human Life) ALBANY, NY – Albany’s new bishop led about 1,000 pro-life activists in a Walk for Life around New York’s state capitol building June 17. Catholics from the diocese, which had been directed for nearly four decades by a bishop known for his progressivism, see the new bishop as a “springboard of new energy” for the pro-life movement in the city. “It's just wonderful to have someone in our corner who is committed to the cause." Organized by local Catholics Jason and...
  • NYC Rev. Msgr Edward Scharfenberger ordained 10th bishop of Catholic Diocese of Albany

    04/10/2014 3:16:29 PM PDT · by NYer · 21 replies
    The Republic ^ | April 10, 2014
    ALBANY, New York — The cathedral filled with applause as New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan placed the bishop's miter on the head of the Rev. Monsignor Edward Scharfenberger, ordained Thursday as the 10th bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Albany.Hundreds of white-robed priests and 34 bishops from across New York and New England participated in the Ordination Mass at the red-stone neo-Gothic Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception near Albany's capitol complex.Scharfenberger, 65, of New York City, was appointed by Pope Francis to succeed Bishop Howard Hubbard, who was the longest-tenured bishop of a single diocese in the nation when...
  • Andrew Cuomo, the Catholic Anti-Catholic

    04/09/2014 2:59:05 PM PDT · by NYer · 49 replies
    The Catholic Thing ^ | April 9, 2014 | George J. Marlin
    When Andrew Cuomo was running for governor in 2010, he claimed time and again that he wanted to represent and fight for all the people of New York – all, that is, except Catholics.Since taking office in 2011, Cuomo, who was baptized a Catholic, graduated from Archbishop Molloy H.S. in Queens County and Fordham University, has been hell-bent on offending Catholics and dismissing their beliefs in the public square.Cuomo’s first assault was on Catholic teaching that marriage is between a man and a woman. He was embarrassed that his state had been “surpassed by many other countries which have legalized...
  • NY Legislature Attacking Facial Scrubs… And They’re Probably Right To Do So!

    02/12/2014 9:30:17 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 3 replies
    Political Outcast ^ | February 12, 2014 | Mark Horne
    I say “probably” because I haven’t had time to research the factual claims behind the legislation. But if anyone thinks conservatives are against all government action, then this might be a time to set the record straight. If the facts are correct then I think if is quite likely that the NY legislature is doing exactly what it needs to do. In that case, I hope other states, or even the Federal Government follows their example. Here is’s summary:
  • Do You Want Mandated Psych Testing for Your 5-Year OId? NY Does!

    01/16/2014 11:46:39 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 44 replies
    The Independent Sentinel ^ | January 15, 2014 | Sara Noble
    Now they want to psych test your little children. What is New York going to do with that information?A bill introduced by State Senator Margaret Markey, A8186-2013, calls for an amendment to education law to mandate psychological screenings for students in public schools as part of the required health certificate.The law reads that a mandatory health certificate “shall also state that a psychological examination was performed and that the child is mentally fit to permit attendance at school.”That’s not all. The bill further reads: “Each such certificate shall also state the student’s body mass index (BMI) and weight status category.”What...
  • Obama leaves the bubble and hits the road

    08/25/2013 10:09:15 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 24, 2013 12:28 PM EDT | Julie Pace
    It’s the curse—or maybe the blessing—of living in a place that doesn’t make or break presidential elections: The president and those running for the job just don’t come around very often. So President Barack Obama’s two-day bus tour this week through swaths of western and central New York, a state that reliably backs Democrats in presidential elections, set the region abuzz. … Bus tours have long been standard fare in presidential campaigns. But Obama has occasionally hit the open road outside of the campaign cycles, boarding his black Secret Service-approved motor coach in search of an escape from the insular...
  • Albany 'Justice for Trayvon' attendees call for discussions about race

    07/22/2013 5:31:39 AM PDT · by kevcol · 57 replies
    The Record ^ | July 21, 2013 | Charles Sweeney
    The Albany protest, staged outside the Federal Courthouse on Broadway, drew some 200 people, many of whom carried signs and chanted the slogan ‘no justice no peace.’.... .. Zimmerman was acquitted of murder and manslaughter by a Florida jury, largely due to the circumstances under which prosecutors were bound by Florida’s controversial ‘stand your ground’ laws, which sanction and expand the use of deadly force in cases of so-called self-defense. Martin had been walking along a street in Sanford, Florida; in an area patrolled by neighborhood volunteer Zimmerman. The two became engaged in confrontation, the details of which remain...
  • With no malt houses in New York, Hawley's new venture to fill unique niche at the right time

    You can't brew beer without malt, which is something Ted Hawley thinks legislators forgot about when they passed a farm brewing bill last year that will eventually require ales and lagers labeled "New York Beer" to contain 90 percent locally grown ingredients. "They just thought they could grow barley in New York," Hawley said. "They didn't know there was another step, which is malting. It has to be malted before you use it in a brew. So it was kind of interesting that they put this huge amount of effort into requiring 90 percent ingredients from New York, but there's...
  • Pro Gun march on Albany, NY - May 21

    05/20/2013 4:35:46 PM PDT · by Leo Carpathian · 3 replies
    Email | 5/20/2013 | Al Bel
    Fantastic Historic Civic Action May 21 If you deem this worthy – spread the words We are On the March for real. Look at all the stuff we are achieving – there are too many action items to mention here but we know there are many – such a rewarding feeling. We have rallied in more places and with more people on one issue than ever before. We now have bad governance in fear of “We the People”. We are making a DEMAND for a vote and have at least 300,000 signatures to back it up. We have put them...
  • Cops: Sno Cone Joe stalked Mr. Ding-A-Ling

    05/04/2013 3:02:32 PM PDT · by occamrzr06 · 9 replies
    Times Union - Albany ^ | May 2, 2013 | Bryan Fitzgerald
    The Mr. Ding-A-Ling truck hadn't been rolling through the streets here for more than a week before Joshua Malatino made his message clear: There ain't enough Fudgsicles in this city for the both of us. Read more:
  • Albany Police Officers Union demand repeal of gun law. (AFSCME, AFI-CIO)

    04/17/2013 2:15:17 PM PDT · by Leo Carpathian · 19 replies
    Email | 4/15/2013 | Thomas Mahar
    Albany Police Officers Union, local 2841, “We respectfully demand that you do the right thing and repeal the law.” FROM: Albany Police Officers Union, local 2841, Council 82, AFSCME, AFI-CIO, P.O BOX 6567, ALBANY, NEW YORK 12206 (518) 438-9422 To: Andrew M. Cuomo / Dean G. Skelos / Neil D. Breslin / John T- McDonald III / Phil Steck / Sheldon Silver / Jeffrey D. Klein / Cecilia Tkaczyk / Patricia Fahy Note; see the formal list of people this letter went to at the bottom. April 15,2013 Honorable Ladies and Gentlemen: The Albany Police Officers Union condemns and opposes...
  • NY teacher who gave ‘Jews are evil’ assignment suspended

    04/14/2013 6:47:46 AM PDT · by SJackson · 76 replies
    JTA ^ | April 14, 2013
    (JTA) -- A New York teacher who assigned her students to write a persuasive essay on why Jews are evil has been placed on leave and will be disciplined. The teacher, who has not been named, was placed on leave from her job at Albany High School on Friday, and could face a reprimand or firing, according to the Albany Times Union. School Superintendent Marguerite Vanden Wyngaard said in a news conference on Friday, where she appeared with members of the Anti-Defamation League and Jewish Federation, that the teacher will be disciplined by the school district and might not return...
  • NY school district apologizes for asking students to ‘argue Jews are evil’

    04/13/2013 2:10:18 PM PDT · by tobyhill · 38 replies
    examiner ^ | 4/13/2013 | BY: HOWARD PORTNOY
    Try to imagine a high school tasking its students with making a logical argument to support the proposition that black people are evil. If you find that thought experiment too perverse even to imagine, substitute Jews for blacks, and there’s no need to use your imagination at all. It really happened, at a school in upstate New York. The Epoch Times reports that Superintendent Marguerite Vanden Wyngaard of the Albany School District apologized Friday for a writing assignment that asked students to “argue Jews are evil” while making a persuasive argument blaming them for the problems of Nazi Germany. Wyngaard...
  • Lawmaker to investigate gun seizure ( Buffalo, NY )

    04/12/2013 11:18:27 PM PDT · by george76 · 27 replies
    WIVB ^ | 12 Apr 2013 | Eli George
    AMHERST, N.Y. - A state lawmaker is calling for an investigation into how an Amherst man's guns were taken away by mistake. State Assemblyman Ray Walter says when he saw the news coverage of David Lewis' case, he knew immediately something was "seriously wrong." Walter wants some answers, when he meets face-to-face with the State Police Superintendent in Albany next Tuesday. Lewis said, "It's been very embarrassing. I feel like I've been let down, and my privacy's been invaded." Lewis was forced to turn in his seven handguns and stripped of his pistol permit. After State Police in Albany identified...
  • Students Asked to ‘Argue That Jews Are Evil’ and Prove Nazi Loyalty in Assignment Linked to Common

    04/12/2013 5:50:55 PM PDT · by Nachum · 24 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 4/13/13 | Tiffany Gabbay
    Students in some Albany High School English classes were asked to participate in the unthinkable this week as part of a persuasive writing assignment. The objective? Prove why Jews are evil and convince the teacher of their loyalty to the Third Reich in five paragraphs or less. “You must argue that Jews are evil, and use solid rationale from government propaganda to convince me of your loyalty to the Third Reich!” read the description on the assignment, which the school superintendent said reflects the kind of sophisticated writing expected of students under the new Common Core standards and was meant...
  • Mayor Bloomberg Tees Off, Hints Gov. Cuomo Partly To Blame For Albany Circus Hizzoner Says

    04/05/2013 4:51:41 PM PDT · by Nachum · 9 replies
    New York, CBS, Local ^ | 4/5/13 | CBS
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — It was the ultimate putdown of state lawmakers caught in the corruption spotlight. Mayor Michael Bloomberg said they’re not qualified to get real jobs. The circus has returned to Albany. The man known in some parts as “El Bloombito” took out his rapier to cut state lawmakers down to size with a jab only a self-made billionaire could fire off, CBS 2′s Marcia Kramer reported Friday. “The average legislator who has to make policy on things that influence our lives, our kids’ lives, our future, would they ever get a job in the private sector making...
  • Woman killed, child raped in NY mall carjacking

    03/15/2013 7:33:17 PM PDT · by 11th_VA · 74 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 15 March 2013 | By GEORGE M. WALSH | Associated Press
    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A man previously charged with having child pornography cut an electronic monitoring device off his ankle before carjacking a woman, fatally stabbing her and raping her 10-year-old daughter, authorities said. David J. Renz abducted the school librarian and her daughter as they left a gymnastics class at a mall in the Syracuse suburb of Clay, about 150 miles west of Albany, on Thursday night, state police said Friday. Renz bound both victims, raped the girl and drove a short distance to a spot where the girl escaped and was found by a passing motorist, troopers said....
  • OBAMA to bus people in to protest NRA in Albany… Is This Even Legal?

    02/24/2013 10:20:01 AM PST · by Nachum · 43 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | 2/24/13 | Jim Hoft
    The never-ending campaign… The Obama campaign is going to bus people in for a protest in Albany. The campaign put a post up on its website advertising the event. Via Free Republic:
  • QUAERITUR: Diocese asking everyone at Mass to extend arms and “bless” the priest

    10/31/2012 2:39:56 PM PDT · by NYer · 7 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | October 31, 2012 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    From a reader: Diocese of Albany is asking all Mass attendees to participate in ritual of extending our arms and praying and blessing the priest who just said Mass. Part of their “Called by Name” vocations pitch. I didn’t hold up my arm, I folded my hands & prayed for the priest. Not comfortable. Am I uncharitable? Goodness gracious. Quousque tandem?Some dioceses did this “Called by Name” program some thirty years ago. If I am not mistaken, a large number of names of potential priestly vocations were identified this way. Most of them were from relatively conservative backgrounds. But in...
  • The Bloody Fingernails of David Soares [Albany County District Attorney]

    03/28/2012 2:55:43 PM PDT · by Fitzy_888 · 3 replies
    Soares Spot ^ | March 26, 2012 | Prudently Anonymous
    Everybody knows we like to laugh it up here on SoaresSpot on any number of different topics. But this is not one of those times. What I'm about to write below compels nothing other than sober awareness for Albany County voters. That's because there is no funny or jovial element to this story, no appropriately humorous images or photoshopping--absolutely nothing about this incident can be processed and construed that way. Notwithstanding our comprehensive absence of faith in everything about David Soares, this is truly stunning--even for him. In my lap I've this package somebody sent my way the other day....
  • Steve Israel:: Cuomo, legislators lied to us, cut deal

    03/16/2012 4:13:32 PM PDT · by SJackson · 4 replies
    Times Herald-Record ^ | 03/16/12 | Steve Israel
    Governor Cuomo caved. Our lawmakers lied. After more than a year of fresh air in Albany — led by a governor who passed gay marriage, reformed ethics laws and capped property taxes — the state capitol again stinks. After midnight on Thursday, and behind closed doors, the proverbial three men in a room — Cuomo, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos — cut a deal carving legislative election districts that virtually assures the lawmakers who approved it will be running things for years. Instead of forming an independent panel to create districts that actually represent the...
  • Video: New York Senator to Occupy Albany - 'Getting a Job Would Be a Good Idea'

    02/07/2012 4:58:55 AM PST · by rustyweiss74 · 3 replies
    Mental Recession ^ | 02/07/2012 | Rusty
    Why would you assume that people with the ability to constantly interrupt government workers mid-day, and with the ability to camp out in a park for months at a time, wouldn't have jobs? Occupy Albany got their much needed dose of media attention (video below) this morning when they interrupted budget talks in the capital. The attention-whoring featured the usual slapstick, including mic checks and the repetition of short phrases (because saying it twice makes it seem more intelligent), but the interview after the incident was where the real entertainment came through. When asked about the interruption and the tactics...
  • Albany Police Chief Shames Councilmen For Support Of Occupy

    01/10/2012 7:16:00 PM PST · by SWAMPSNIPER · 4 replies
    BREITBART TV ^ | Jan 10,2012 | swampsniper
    Police chief takes on city council.
  • Chief takes on council critics (Chief Blasts OWS Supporting Council.)

    01/10/2012 5:03:10 AM PST · by willamedwardwallace · 7 replies
    Time Union ^ | 1-6-2012 | JORDAN CARLEO-EVANGELIST
    ALBANY — Police Chief Steven Krokoff roared to the defense of his department Thursday night, singling out city lawmakers by name in a blistering speech as he accused two of being "too weak to stand for the truth" and capitalizing on recent traumas for their own political gain. The normally mild-mannered chief's scorching offensive, which he began by citing the number of officers injured in the line of duty in each of the last two years, seemed to stun some members of the Common Council, who had summoned Krokoff before them to explain his department's actions during the Dec. 22...
  • Albany Police Chief on Occupy [want-a-be community maven police chief finally fight-in back]

    01/05/2012 10:46:15 PM PST · by Fitzy_888 · 7 replies
    Fox 23 ^ | Torie Wells
    "On Thursday, the 22nd, I was pepper sprayed. I was grabbed by the back of the neck and thrown to the ground by police officers," said Colin Donnaruma, an Occupy Albany member. We have heard stories like that since the December day occupiers were told it was time to leave Academy Park. The Albany Police Chief and City answered questions about what they say happened leading up to the police and protester clash. "The initial police presence was minimal because I did not want to create a confrontational atmosphere. As more protesters arrived at the park and the crowd began...
  • Occupier targets police officer

    01/03/2012 2:35:01 PM PST · by Fitzy_888 · 30 replies
    Fox 23 News ^ | 12/30/2011 | Reported by: Paul Merrill
    The wanted poster asks for Albany Police Officer Richard Gorleski's address, phone numbers, and email address as well as a map to his home and a picture of it. Occupy Albany member Bradley Russell admits he made the poster and posted it on Facebook. "I have made no threats and I don't want any threats made," Russell tells FOX23 News. "I have no intention of going after this man. On the other hand, if a peaceful drum circle were to show up at his house one day and protest his actions individually [...] I think that would be a legitimate...
  • Mayor, police chief defend action to dismantle Occupy Albany (NY)

    12/23/2011 2:58:21 PM PST · by NYer · 5 replies
    Times Union ^ | December 23, 2011 | JORDAN CARLEO-EVANGELIST
    Under the watchful eye of the Albany Police, members of the Albany Department of General Services remove the tents and anything related to the encampment of Occupy Albany from Academy Park in Albany, N.Y. Dec. 22, 2011. Read more: ALBANY — Mayor Jerry Jennings on Friday morning defended the city's dismantling of the Occupy Albany encampment, saying he believes police officers showed restraint and that the protesters forced they city's hand."There was no legal ambush," Jennings said Friday morning on his weekly radio show on Talk 1300. "Everybody that was involved in this knew that the deadline was the...
  • A permanent occupation? (Occupy Albany protesters planning to build on site)

    10/31/2011 11:48:22 AM PDT · by NYer · 28 replies
    Times Union ^ | October 31, 2011 | Jimmy Velkind
    Soojee Eckhardt-Rigberg of Albany plays with her dog Obi near her tent (not shown) on snow remaining from the previous night's surprise snowstorm, at the Occupy Albany encampment in Academy Park on Sunday Oct. 30, 2011 in Albany, NY. She has been camped there since last Friday, the first day of the protest. (Philip Kamrass / Times Union ) ALBANY -- They have tents and propane space heaters, but demonstrators at Occupy Albany are considering more permanent shelter: either a walled canvas tent or a wooden yurt, complete with a stove."I think yesterday showed us it's going to get quite...
  • Wild party not Trinity's doing [4 stabbed, gun fire, at "stop-the-violence" party]

    08/31/2011 7:48:29 PM PDT · by Fitzy_888 · 5 replies
    Albany TU ^ | Tuesday, August 30, 2011 | JORDAN CARLEO-EVANGELIST Staff writer
    ALBANY -- A "rogue" now-former security guard at the Trinity Alliance was behind a large party that erupted into a brawl and ended early Saturday with four young men stabbed, a Trinity official said. Trinity CEO Harris Oberlander said the so-called stop-the-violence party -- which was advertised on fliers and on Facebook using the organization's former name, the Trinity Institution -- was "totally, totally a fraudulent operation that had nothing to do with any of us." Oberlander said the party organizer, whom he declined to name but said had worked at Trinity for more than a year, has been fired...
  • CONFIDENTIAL: Sexual Harassment Investigation [Dem Legislator’s husband a childcare provider.]

    08/17/2011 5:20:00 PM PDT · by Fitzy_888 · 8 replies
    Google Documents ^ | NA | AMTRAK Dispute Resolution
    See scanned documents detailing the Elijah Willingham Sexual Harassment Claim (Google Documents):
  • Lawmaker's child care deal draws critics

    08/10/2011 7:35:00 PM PDT · by Fitzy_888 · 4 replies
    Albany TU ^ | Friday, August 5, 2011 | By CAROL DEMARE Staff writer
    ALBANY -- The husband of County Legislator Wanda Willingham was paid more than $45,000 over three years by the county Social Services Department to care for the couple's grandchildren through a program that helps working mothers. But, while it is legal, the arrangement has raised eyebrows. Willingham is chairwoman of the Legislature's Social Services Committee, which in December approved an annual payment of $233,000 from the county to the Capital District Child Care Council. The council provides registration, training, investigations and approves child care providers for county Social Services. Elijah Willingham, the lawmaker's husband, was approved by the council and...
  • Bishop Hubbard to Celebrate Mass for Dissenting Gay/Lesbian Group (Catholic Caucus)

    07/28/2011 12:21:10 PM PDT · by NYer · 21 replies
    Catholic Vote ^ | July 27, 2011 | Thomas Peters
    What a difference a bishop makes.When the “Catholic” Association for Lesbian & Gay Ministry attempted to hold a fundraiser in a St. Paul-Minneapolis parish several months ago, Archbishop Niensted quickly put a stop to it.When the same “Catholic” Association for Lesbian & Gay Ministry (CALGM) announces it will host its national conference in Albany, NY, Bishop Howard Hubbard agrees to celebrate Mass for them.Bishop Hubbard turns 75 in a little over two years, but he seems intent on continuing to inflict pastoral damage on his diocese until he retires.This is the same bishop who has publicly praised and gave Communion...
  • NO CHICKS ALLOWED! (…and no cocks either!)

    05/14/2011 1:18:57 PM PDT · by Fitzy_888 · 66 replies
    Albany Times Union ^ | May 14, 2011 | Greg Aidala
    Albany Mayor Jerry Jennings once again stretched his wings of power and vetoed a bill that would have allowed Albany homeowners the privilege to raise and house chickens (and definitely no roosters) in their backyards. (...) What I found amusing about Mayor Jennings argument is that he called the proposal “a flawed and “piecemeal approach” to the broader issue of urban agriculture.” Of course it’s a piecemeal approach, you first put the pieces together and then you enjoy a meal after the chickens are mature. What really is the concern here? A fear that residents are going to raise so...
  • Albany, Georgia Woman Fights Off Burglars With Firearm

    01/08/2011 6:59:35 AM PST · by georgiamane · 7 replies
    WALB News ^ | 1-6-11 | WALB News
    Albany, GA Woman Fights Off Burglars With Firearm
  • Andrew Cuomo Sworn in as New York's 56th Governor

    01/01/2011 2:13:17 PM PST · by NYer · 27 replies
    WGRZ ^ | January 1, 2011 | NICK REISMAN & JOSEPH SPECTOR
    Andrew Cuomo is sworn in as New York's 56th Governor ALBANY -- Andrew Cuomo was sworn in as New York's 56th governor Friday night, taking the oath of office in a private ceremony at the Executive Mansion. The event was an emotional return for Cuomo and his family, who occupied the mansion during the 12 years his father, Mario, served as governor from 1983 through 1994.It was also a pinnacle moment in the long political career for Cuomo, 53, who ran his father's first campaign in 1982 and long sought to hold the seat himself one day. Mario; Andrew's mother,...

    09/20/2010 8:13:46 AM PDT · by raccoonradio · 26 replies
    WGY ^ | 9/20/10 | WGY
    LATHAM, NY - News/Talk WGY-AM, New York State’s first radio station, today is making an historic change in its operations by adding a 24-hour simulcast on FM radio at 103.1 FM. “810 WGY has one of the strongest signals in the country, powering our highly-rated News-Talk giant,” said Kristen Delaney, Vice President and Market Manager of Clear Channel Radio Albany. “We are expecting significant ratings growth by simulcasting on 103.1, which has changed its call letters from WHRL to WGY-FM.” “The decision to simulcast our 24-hour news/talk format on the FM will open up our content to an even wider...
  • Indian tribe protests cigarette taxes

    09/16/2010 10:48:19 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 48 replies
    United Press International (UPI) ^ | September 16, 2010 | United Press International
    TUSCARORA INDIAN NATION, N.Y., Sept. 16 (UPI) -- An American Indian tribe told motorists it may collect tolls from cars to protest a court decision giving New York the right to tax the tribe's cigarette sales. "It's not just about taxes," a member of the Tuscarora tribe told The Buffalo (N.Y.) News. "This is about our freedom and our human rights. We're supposed to be a sovereign nation, and yet the state keeps trying to tax us." Several dozen members of the Iroquoian-language-family tribe carrying signs and flags stopped passing cars on a two-lane state highway and handed fliers to...
  • 'Nanny state,' or looking out for public? [NY => hyper-regulation!]

    08/23/2010 3:25:30 PM PDT · by Fitzy_888 · 1 replies
    Albany TU ^ | Monday, August 23, 2010 | By CAROL DEMARE Staff Writer
    ALBANY -- The Democrats who run the Albany County Legislature like to pass local laws. Critics, often Republicans, say they tend to trample the rights of individuals and private enterprise -- and are yet another intrusion into the lives of citizens. All but eight of Albany's 39 county lawmakers are Democrats. The legislature's penchant for local laws is likely linked to the dominance by the party that lends itself to a governing style of protecting constituents. Across the aisle, Minority Leader Christine Benedict and the other six Republicans and single Conservative have opposed most of the three dozen local laws...
  • Conn. strikes back

    07/25/2010 3:47:20 AM PDT · by Scanian · 22 replies · 1+ views
    NY Post ^ | July 25, 2010 | Editorial
    Connecticut Gov. Jodi Rell is going to war, it seems, in an effort to lure New York hedge funds to her state. Who can blame her? Albany, after all, attacked first — by moving to wrest millions in tax revenue from her state and New Jersey. In the end, alas, New York might turn out to be the big loser. As The Post noted Thursday, Rell’s rolling out the red carpet for hedge-fund bigwigs, offering to meet them over dinner at a fancy Darien steakhouse. She wants to discuss “Connecticut’s advantages” — particularly in the face of Albany’s plan to...
  • Of priests and possible priests to be

    06/18/2010 12:24:18 PM PDT · by NYer · 16 replies · 187+ views
    osv ^ | June 14, 2010 | Mary DeTurris Poust
    For the past nine months I’ve been working with eight Boy Scouts from my parish, including my own 13-year-old son, toward the completion of their Ad Altare Dei medal, a fairly rigorous religious program for Catholic Scouts that requires them to study the seven sacraments one by one. Service projects and prayers, Powerpoints and collages are all part of the “homework” that has to be done before they conclude with a weekend retreat. I recently helped the boys with the Holy Orders chapter and thought it would be a good experience for them to attend an actual ordination. So this...
  • Alert: Urgent! Oppose Reproductive Health Act. Possible action by Friday. (New York State)

    06/19/2010 11:31:47 PM PDT · by Sun · 2 replies · 84+ views
    Alert: Urgent! Oppose Reproductive Health Act. Possible action by Friday. The Reproductive Health Act would define abortion as a ?fundamental right,? making it impermissible to regulate it, even for minors and even very late in pregnancy. Do what: Contact your Senator and Assemblyperson in Albany. When: Immediately ? Monday! The current session would normally be expected to end on June 28, and if this bill is to see action it would be this week. If a budget is not passed, the session will be extended in some way, but we cannot count on that. Why now: The Democrat leadership may...
  • Bishop Hubbard ordains five to priesthood

    06/18/2010 12:47:42 PM PDT · by NYer · 9 replies · 191+ views
    The Record ^ | June 13, 2010 | Cecelia Martinez
    ALBANY – Bishop Howard Hubbard ordained the largest group of new priests since 1984 at a ceremony Saturday at the newly reopened Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. The five priests ordained include Rendell Torres, 39, a Los Angeles native now residing at Our Lady of Victory Rectory in Troy. “Although as a child I considered the priesthood, as an adult I was reawakened to my priestly vocation when a long-term relationship with a girlfriend was at its romantic peak,” said Torres, who considered marrying his girlfriend before returning to his calling. “I never felt as peaceful as I do preparing...