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Tuesday, November 30

Front page: 11.30.10 - Council to meet for one last chance to pass a budget, state still consideting NYC OTB bailout

Good morning! For those who weren't at last night's City Council meeting (appx. 25,975 of you), the council did not vote on a budget. Check out my full coverage of the meeting here and recap the meeting live at the new City Desk Twitter page.

How do you all feel about the tweeting? Saratoga Springs Supervisor Matthew Veitch seemed to like it, he clicked to follow the page at some point last night.

The council will meet tonight at 7 p.m. for their last chance to pass a budget. If they do not pass it tonight, the originally proposed 8.48 percent tax increase and labor cuts will be enacted by default.

Check back here later today for video from last night's meeting.

In state news; yesterday's state legislative extraordinary session ended yesterday without budget deficit closing measures in place. The Assembly did manage to pass a moratorium on hydrofracking, at around 1 a.m. [WXXI, TU, Ithaca Journal]

Also unresolved, the NYC OTB bailout, which was still under consideration by the Assembly well into this morning, but will likely not receive Senate support. [Saratogian, Bloodhorse, TU/CapCon]

In local gov't; Troy's Police Chief is denying charges he fudged expense reports in order to receive more overtime funding in next year's budget. [The Record]

The Ballston Spa Planning Board has approved construction of the Guardian House for female veterans, a project spearheaded by Saratoga Springs Supervisor Joanne Yepsen. [Gazette]

Finally, a situation, well The Situation, had some help writing his new book from Spa City native Chris Millis, who will be signing copies of the bio later this week.

In case you missed it last week, here is The Situation and Bristol Palin discussing safe sex...


Anonymous Saratoga Taxpayer said...

Mayor Johnson is correct. There is more to cut from the budget. If the DPW guy would concentrate on his department rather than what the other departments are or are not cutting there would be no tax increase at all this year.

November 30, 2010 at 9:15 AM 

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