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  • N.Y. Senate Talks Fail Miserably, Chaos Ensues (What the heck?)

    06/23/2009 3:25:10 PM PDT · by devane617 · 22 replies · 1,206+ views
    WCBSTV ^ | 06/23/2009
    Dems Refuse To Recognize Espada As President Pro Tem, Don't Stand For Pledge Of Allegiance During Special Session Republicans Fail To Take Podium, Pass Bills By Acclamation
  • Albany Democrats Lock Themselves in the Senate Chamber

    06/23/2009 12:08:05 PM PDT · by Chet 99 · 53 replies · 1,832+ views
    ALBANY — Senate Democrats entered the Senate chamber through a back hallway on Tuesday afternoon and locked themselves in, pulling off a sneak attack of sorts in the ongoing battle for control of the State Senate. The move took the Capitol by surprise, and left Republicans scrambling to plan their next procedural move. Republicans had planned to enter the chamber at 2 p.m. — an hour before the special session called by Gov. David A. Paterson was scheduled to begin. Who would be in the chamber first became a key question on Tuesday as Republicans and Democrats failed again to...
  • NY Tea Party Patriots March on Albany! Thread I

    06/11/2009 3:35:32 PM PDT · by xcamel · 24 replies · 1,555+ views
    AlbanyTeaParty ^ | 06/11/09 | self
    Calling all NY Freepers!! Liberty Starts Here Again! Much of the significant fighting early on in the Revolutionary War occurred in New York – Fort Ontario, Fort Ticonderoga, The Battle of Saratoga, The Battle of Long Island, Fort Stanwix, Manhattan, White Plains, and many more. With Liberty so imperiled today, our hope is that Liberty starts here again in New York. Our message to our representatives is simple: We're Voting the Ins Out! Tuesday, June 16th at high noon (12 – 3 pm) in East Capitol Park
  • Albany’s Madhouse

    06/10/2009 5:01:37 AM PDT · by StatenIsland · 9 replies · 455+ views
    NY Times ^ | 6/10/09 | Editorial
    By the time the dysfunctional body that passes for a Legislature in New York State gets through the 2009 session, calling someone an Albany reformer will be an insult. In a display of chutzpah that startled even old political hands, the Senate Republicans and two of the least-reputable Democrats in a deeply disreputable place brazenly declared themselves to be a reform coalition and staged a palace coup against the Democratic majority. We’re still puzzling out how these defections came about and what tawdry promises were made. But make no mistake: Reform and bipartisanship had nothing to do with it. Two...
  • Albany's Bozos are in the Dark

    06/10/2009 3:58:08 AM PDT · by StatenIsland · 13 replies · 1,233+ views
    NY Post ^ | 06/10/09 | Scott and Dicker
    ALBANY -- Confusion gripped the Capitol and the Senate chamber remained dark yesterday, as Democrats feverishly scrambled to regain control after a Republican coup knocked them out of the box. Deposed Senate leader Malcolm Smith (D-Queens) accused the Democratic mutineers of rank extortion and influence peddling. The fast-paced, never-before-seen developments at the Capitol yesterday included: * Senate business -- usually at a fever pitch in June -- ground to a halt yesterday while Democrats mulled legal action to delay a session scheduled for 3 p.m. today. * Rumors swirled that a handful of other Democratic lawmakers were preparing to defect...
  • No end to the State of Shame: Albany turns into madhouse

    06/09/2009 10:55:42 AM PDT · by neverdem · 33 replies · 1,456+ views
    NY Daily News ^ | June 9th 2009 | Masthead Editorial
    The State of Shame has descended into a state of shambles.Yesterday's coup d'etat revealed Albany for the madhouse it has become, with the lunatics firmly in charge of the asylum.All you need to know to size up the execrable events is that control of New York's Senate hinged on power-playing by one man who is under indictment for allegedly slashing his girlfriend's face and by a second man who supposedly represents the Bronx but lives in Westchester and is a recidivist ethics violator.Meanwhile, Republican boss Dean Skelos is only too happy to welcome turncoat Democrats Hiram Monserrate and Pedro Espada...
  • Two Dems defect to GOP in NYS.

    06/08/2009 1:29:17 PM PDT · by eleni121 · 198 replies · 13,205+ views
    NYTimes ^ | June 8 2009 | Peters and Hakim
    Updated, 4:15 p.m. | ALBANY – Democrats appeared to have lost their majority in the New York State Senate on Monday, in a stunning and sudden reversal of fortunes for a party that has controlled the chamber for barely five months.
  • Albany Tax Day Tea Party

    03/30/2009 4:17:44 PM PDT · by xcamel · 3 replies · 453+ views
    albanyteaparty ^ | recently | Wade Abbott
    On Wednesday, April 15, a rally will be held in Albany’s Riverfront Park at the Corning Preserve. From 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. citizens from throughout the capitol region will gather to peacefully but forcefully express their disgust with elected officials and where they are taking our country.
  • Cities suffering pain of loss (RC Diocese of Albany releases list of 33 parish closings)

    01/18/2009 4:19:43 AM PST · by NYer · 52 replies · 825+ views
    Times Union ^ | January 18, 2009 | Marc Parry
    ALBANY — Cities across the greater Capital Region will bear the brunt of a massive plan to close 33 worship sites throughout the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany, Bishop Howard Hubbard announced Saturday. Troy will be ground zero in an unprecedented consolidation the 14-county diocese is undertaking to cope with shifting demographics and a shortage of priests. Hubbard, despite lobbying to change the outcome, decided to close six of the Collar City's dozen Catholic churches. That is more than any other city. And the list of soon-to-be-shuttered Troy churches includes St. Peter's, the state's third-oldest Catholic parish.Elsewhere, St. Teresa of...
  • Diocese will have details of closings next weekend

    01/11/2009 6:32:09 AM PST · by NYer · 8 replies · 430+ views
    Times Union ^ | January 10, 2009 | MARC PARRY
    COHOES — Al Rigney knows the pain of closing a church. A decade ago, Rigney performed the grim ritual of boarding up the windows of St. Agnes, the big-steepled Cohoes landmark where he was confirmed and married. He gave up after a few. "I can't do any more," Rigney told a fellow window-boarder. "It hurts too much."The bundled-up 80-year-old spoke before the 12:10 p.m. Mass on Friday in a light wood pew at St. Bernard's, another historic treasure of this river city. It, too, may close in a new round of Albany Catholic Diocese parish consolidations that will be announced...
  • Diocese to close, merge worship sites (RC Diocese of Albany)

    01/08/2009 12:52:25 PM PST · by NYer · 22 replies · 816+ views
    Times Union ^ | January 8, 2009 | MARC PARRY
    COLONIE-- Roughly 20 percent of worship sites in the 164-parish Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany will close or merge in an unprecedented restructuring plan expected to be released this month, Bishop Howard Hubbard said Wednesday. But Hubbard said his decisions will largely hew to the recommendations of 38 local planning groups from across the 14-county diocese. Those panels of lay Catholics and priests analyzed parish resources and made suggestions to Hubbard in June as to which churches should merge or close."There will be some surprises," Hubbard said. "There will be some places that were recommended for closure that won't close....
  • Proposal Letter Reshaping NY State's Subsidy for AMD Chip Fab Plant [Vanity => Public Service]

    01/05/2009 5:02:34 PM PST · by Fitzy_888 · 3 replies · 965+ views
    FreeRepublic (right here) | (right now) | Citizens of NY
    Albert P. Carey, President and CEO Frito-Lay North America 7701 Legacy Drive Plano, Texas 75024 Dear Mr. Carey, I would like to make a proposal for Frito Lay to consider. Please bear with me as I 'Lays' the ground work. If your not aware, New York State is offering 1.2 Billion dollar subsidy for a chip fabrication plant to be located in Saratoga New York. We the citizens of New York, are led to believe this is an effort to bring new jobs to the State –roughly 1,400 jobs. The State has been in lengthy discussions with Advanced Micro Devices...
  • Farmers Panic About a ‘Cow Tax’ [greenhouse gas regulation......]

    12/01/2008 11:21:21 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 54 replies · 5,459+ views
    Farmers Panic About a ‘Cow Tax’ By Kate Galbraith Should their greenhouse gases be taxed? (Photo: Steve Ruark for The New York Times) The comment period for the Environmental Protection Agency’s exploration of greenhouse gas regulation ended last Friday, with farmers lobbying furiously against the notion of a “cow tax” on methane, a potent greenhouse gas emitted by livestock. The New York Farm Bureau issued a statement last week (PDF) saying it feared that a tax could reach $175 per cow, $87.50 per head of beef cattle and upward of $20 for each hog. Such a tax would represent a...
  • New York To Reduce State Truck Emissions ($20,000 Per Truck; Governor Wants 188 New Taxes & Fees)

    12/18/2008 3:38:00 PM PST · by Sammy67 · 23 replies · 1,212+ views
    Yahoo ^ | 11/25/08
    NY officials want older trucks fitted with emission-reducing equipment; cost put at $195M ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- New York is taking steps to reduce diesel emissions in its construction fleet. The Department of Environmental Conservation is floating proposed regulations requiring trucks made before 2007 to be fitted with emissions-reducing equipment and to use ultra-low-sulfur fuel by 2011. The new regulations would apply only to state-owned trucks or trucks used for state contract work. The DEC estimates it will cost $195 million to retrofit about 30,000 state trucks. The New York State
  • HEY CUOMO, IT'S TIME TO FIGHT

    12/18/2008 2:17:03 PM PST · by Sammy67 · 8 replies · 601+ views
    BobLonsberry.com ^ | 12/18/08 | BobLonsberry
    Hey, Cuomo, stand up and fight. I’m talking to Andrew Cuomo, the attorney general of New York. Stand up and fight. For the last two weeks, as the Caroline Kennedy coronation has been going on, the man whose career she is destroying has been silent. It’s as if he fell off the face of the earth. The story is that Caroline Kennedy has announced that she wants to be a U.S. senator from New York. She has no experience, no preparation, no training. She has never stood before the voters. She has never even visited vast stretches of the state...
  • Paterson: Tax First, Cut Later… Maybe

    12/17/2008 9:11:24 AM PST · by Sammy67 · 14 replies · 1,039+ views
    CanadaFreePress ^ | 12/17/08 | Bob Parks
    There’s no “change” when it comes to politics as usual in The Empire State, in fact the Emperor’s latest edict is not being well-received. Gov. Paterson’s proposed $121 billion budget hits New Yorkers in their iPods - and nickels-and-dimes them in lots of other places, too. Trying to close a $15.4 billion budget gap, Paterson called for 88 new fees and a host of other taxes, including an “iPod tax” that taxes the sale of downloaded music and other “digitally delivered entertainment services.” “We’re going to have to take some extreme measures,” Paterson said Tuesday after unveiling the slash-and-burn budget....
  • New York Governor's Soda Tax Proposal Draws Mixed Reviews

    12/16/2008 7:43:43 PM PST · by Sammy67 · 50 replies · 1,940+ views
    FoxNews ^ | 12/16/08 | Marrecca Fiore
    You drink diet soda, so you must be healthier. Right? That's what New York Gov. David Paterson is talking about with his proposal for an "obesity tax" — a 15 percent slap on non-diet sugary soft drinks. Think $1 for a Diet Coke, $1.15 for a Coke. There's just one problem: Studies have found links between drinking diet sodas and obesity and diabetes. A 2005 study at the University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio, and separate studies released in 2007 at the University of Alberta in Canada and the University of Massachusetts found that diet soda drinkers were...
  • Gov. David Paterson unveils dire New York State budget that includes new taxes, layoffs and cuts

    12/16/2008 5:23:56 PM PST · by Sammy67 · 73 replies · 2,927+ views
    DAILY NEWS ALBANY BUREAU ^ | 12/16/08 | KENNETH LOVETT and GLENN BLAIN
    ALBANY - Gov. Paterson released a $121 billion slash-and-burn budget Tuesday morning that slams New Yorkers with 88 new fees and taxes - even on their iPods. Calling the budget the "greatest economic and fiscal challenge of our lifetimes," Paterson acknowledged his spending plan cuts deep. But he said the pain must be shared to deal with the fallout from the Wall Street collapse. The budget will cost the city an estimated $650 million in aid. But it's the $4 billion in new fees and taxes that are sure to aggravate everyday New Yorkers, who would be
  • (NY) Governor Paterson proposes 'Obesity Tax,' a tax on non-diet sodas

    12/15/2008 9:52:33 AM PST · by presidio9 · 85 replies · 2,467+ views
    NY Daily News ^ | December 15, 2008 | GLENN BLAIN and KENNETH LOVETT
    A can of Coke could soon cost New Yorkers more than just calories. Gov. Paterson, as part of a $121 billion budget to be unveiled Tuesday, will propose an "obesity tax" of about 15% on nondiet drinks. This means a Diet Coke might sell for a $1 - even as the same size bottle of its calorie-rich alter ego would go for $1.15. Paterson's budget also calls for a 3% cut in education spending, a $620-a-year tuition hike at SUNY and a $600 increase at CUNY - and about $3.5 billion in health care cuts, a source said. The Democratic...
  • Gov. Paterson to sign the Indian tax bill (New York)

    12/14/2008 7:16:07 PM PST · by Sammy67 · 38 replies · 1,859+ views
    TimesUnion ^ | 12/14/08 | James M. Odat
    Gov. David Paterson is heading near Indian Country to sign a bill that would call for the state to collect taxes on sales by Indian retailers. Despite urgings by the Seneca Nation for the governor to veto the measure, he is traveling to Oneida County to sign the legislation in Utica on Monday
  • New taxes, cuts in budget plan Paterson sees $404M tax on non-diet soda; health care

    12/14/2008 6:59:50 PM PST · by Sammy67 · 33 replies · 1,657+ views
    TimesUnion ^ | 12/14/08 | JAMES M. ODATO
    New taxes, deep cuts to education and health care, and a restructuring of the state's economic development programs will be hallmarks of Gov. David Paterson's first budget plan to be released in two days, according to interviews of people briefed on components. The plan will come with a host of revenue raisers — increased taxes on hospitals and insurance policies, for instance — and at least one new assessment, a so-called obesity tax on non-diet soda to raise $404 million. The governor also is contemplating requiring new license plates to raise cash, reviving sales tax on clothing purchases, removing the...
  • There's gas in them thar hills (Rist to Groundwater delays natural gas drilling)

    12/06/2008 8:25:06 PM PST · by Coleus · 13 replies · 1,039+ views
    northjersey.com ^ | November 16, 2008 | MARY ESCH
    Advanced drilling techniques that blast millions of gallons of water into 400-million-year-old shale formations a mile underground are opening up "unconventional" gas fields touted as a key to the nation's energy future. The mother lode of these deposits, where natural gas is so tightly locked in deep rocks that it's costly and complicated to extract, is the Marcellus shale underlying the Appalachians. Geologists call the Marcellus a "super giant" gas field. Penn State geoscientist Terry Engelder believes it could supply the natural gas needs of the United States for 14 years. But as word spread over the past year that...
  • Proposal: Give City Employees 10 more days off (march of the commie morons)

    10/21/2008 8:33:03 AM PDT · by xcamel · 16 replies · 552+ views
    CBS6 ^ | October 20, 2008 - 9:44PM | RANDY SIMONS
    Albany Councilman Glen Casey wants to give some city employees an additional ten days off next year. The Catch: He doesn't want to pay them for it. "the idea is for all non union Albany city employees making $55,000 or more to have to take an additional ten days off next year. They would not get paid for it. I want to take what would be between $150,000 and $200,000 dollars in savings and give it to those employees making under 40,000 a raise" says Casey Casey pitched the idea to Council Members at Mondays meeting while they talked about...
  • I'D BE YOUR 'LOLLIPOP'; SLEAZY E-MAILS FROM MARRIED ASSEMBLYMAN TO TEEN INTERN (Dem/intern redux)

    08/21/2008 5:30:19 AM PDT · by Liz · 72 replies · 664+ views
    NY POST ^ | BRENDAN SCOTT, Post Correspondent
    SOME FAMILY MAN: Asse Sam Hoyt ALBANY - A married assemblyman got caught with his virtual pants down - busted by XXX-rated e-mails to a 19-year-old intern.....In one sex message Hoyt made it embarrassingly clear they shared not only an interest in the people's business, but in lusty sex and personal hygiene. Titled "what i wish," the Democratic assemblyman's list included: ". . . that i could be painting your toenails right now . . . that i could see you do that little cheerleader move . . . that i could be your human lollipop . . ....
  • Upstate priest sentenced for downloading child pornography

    07/04/2008 5:54:40 PM PDT · by Titus Quinctius Cincinnatus · 21 replies · 138+ views
    Newsday ^ | 10 June 2008 | Staff Writer
    A Roman Catholic priest from the Hudson Valley is going to federal prison for four years after pleading guilty to downloading child pornography. Raymond Ethier of Hudson was arrested in May 2007 for having videos and still images of minors engaged in sexual conducted on his home computer when he was the pastor of St. John Vianney.... The 51-year-old pleaded guilty in November to one count of possessing child pornography. He was sentenced Monday to 48 months in prison and 10 years of supervised release. He must also register with the state's sex offender registry and participate in a sex...
  • Truckers Call for Gas Tax Holiday, Question Global Warming Legislation

    06/21/2008 5:50:08 AM PDT · by libstripper · 18 replies · 161+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | June 21, 2008 | Matt Purple
    Truckers in Albany protested at the New York Capitol amidst concerns their industry would be hit hard by skyrocketing fuel prices and climate change legislation. About 100 truckers attended the demonstration, where they paraded big rigs past the Capitol building and blasted their horns. They’re specifically directing their anger at Democrat-controlled State Assembly for refusing a vote on a proposed gas tax holiday bill to suspend New York’s fuel tax through Labor Day. The truckers even invited Democratic Senate Majority Leader Joseph Bruno for a ride on one of their big rigs to lobby him.
  • Capital of New York to be shut down June 19th by massive trucker protest, GAS TAXES TOO HIGH

    06/17/2008 10:47:49 AM PDT · by 1Old Pro · 48 replies · 652+ views
    More info and contact info here: http://www.wrow.com/pages/pages.php?page=16
  • Albany DA to release Spitzer, aides testimony in probe (Eliot LIED? The legacy grows)

    06/07/2008 7:52:13 AM PDT · by Libloather · 23 replies · 198+ views
    WHEC ^ | 6/06/08
    Albany DA to release Spitzer, aides testimony in probePosted at: 06/06/2008 04:46:53 PM Albany County District Attorney P. David Soares says he will release the secret testimony of former Gov. Eliot Spitzer and his top aides in the dirty tricks probe that consumed much of Spitzer's abbreviated term. Soares will release thousands of pages of documents sought by several news organizations after the material is reviewed according to county policy. The testimony could show how involved Spitzer was in the work of two staffers who collected state police travel logs that showed Senate Republican leader Joseph Bruno - Spitzer's adversary...
  • Middle School Student Punished for Silent Protest Plot Against Abortion, Inspired to protest after

    04/25/2008 9:04:02 PM PDT · by Coleus · 28 replies · 444+ views
    Life Site News ^ | April 25, 2008 | Michael Baggot
    ALBUQUERQUE, NM, April 25, 2008 (LifeSiteNews.com) - "I want to save others from the same fate that I was almost put into," said 14-year-old Janelle Bushnell referring to a silent protest against abortion she has been punished for planning at her New Mexico middle school. Bushnell and a friend have been distributing flyers to fellow students at their James Monroe Middle School, encouraging them to wear red armbands and duct tape in protest of the scourge of abortion that has silenced the voices of so many of Bushnell's unborn peers. Bushnell was inspired to protest abortion after learning that her...
  • Code Pink, Marines Come Face to Face (in Berkeley)

    04/19/2008 6:14:14 PM PDT · by kristinn · 26 replies · 518+ views
    KGO-TV ^ | Saturday, April 19, 2008 | Pamela Tom
    About two dozen bikers descended upon the Code Pink headquarters in Albany Saturday. The bikers are former marines and say Code Pink's protests in front of the Marine recruiting office in Berkeley goes too far. The Marines Motorcycle Club roared into Albany for what turned out to be a rather quiet protest. The veterans obtained a two-hour permit to demonstrate in front of the Code Pink headquarters on Solano Avenue, but no one was home. Code Pink left a sign saying, "Sorry we missed you boys." "Since they're in our house, the Marines Recruiting Center, we're coming to their house...
  • Albany: New York State Amber Alert

    04/07/2008 4:42:50 PM PDT · by xcamel · 13 replies · 341+ views
    WIBV, others ^ | April 7, 2008 06:19 PM | Staff
    ALBANY, N.Y. (WIVB) - - The Albany Police Department has activated the New York State AMBER Alert and is investigating a confirmed child abduction that occurred at 41 North Allen Street , in Albany, NY at about 3:00 PM on 4/7/2008. The CHILD, Jose Estrada is a Hispanic male , approximately 6 years old with brown hair and brown eyes . He is approximately 3 feet 1 inch tall and weighs about 48 pounds. Jose was last seen wearing blue jeans, a mustard colored shirt and/or a plaid button down shirt, an orange jacket with blue sleeves, and black sneakers....
  • STATE POLICE 'SMEAR SQUAD' [NY State]

    03/31/2008 10:26:27 AM PDT · by Tirian · 21 replies · 1,044+ views
    The New York Post ^ | March 31, 2008 | Fredric U. Dicker
    March 31, 2008 ALBANY - The scandal-scarred State Police is suspected of harboring a renegade unit that for years has secretly compiled personal information on top New York officials - possibly including Gov. Paterson, The Post has learned. The governor got a whiff of the existence of such an illegal, politically directed operation after being told by several lawmakers that the State Police targeted them for unjustified traffic stops and "interfered in their personal lives," a senior Paterson aide told The Post yesterday. The explosive information - supplied to Paterson by both Democrats and Republicans - suggests that the Dirty...
  • Statehouses Often Look Like Frat Houses

    03/20/2008 3:11:56 PM PDT · by george76 · 7 replies · 425+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Mar. 20, 2008 | MICHAEL GORMLEY
    Of all the wisecracks heard in the marble halls of New York's Capitol after Gov. Eliot Spitzer's downfall in a call-girl scandal, one jest enlightened as much as it stung: Spitzer's got to be the only guy in Albany who PAYS for sex. It is an open secret that there is a lot of fooling around going on at the statehouse. And at other statehouses, too. In fact, Gov. David Paterson, in an extraordinary news conference on Tuesday, his first full day on the job after taking over from Spitzer, acknowledged he had had extramarital affairs with a number of...
  • Lawmen blow up liquor stills (Uncle Earl, Are you at it again?)

    03/15/2008 5:07:48 PM PDT · by devane617 · 62 replies · 1,760+ views
    WALB-TV ^ | 03/15/2008 | Alicia Eaken
    March 14, 2008 Echols County - A bootleg liquor operation in South Georgia has been put out of commission. Echols County Sheriff's Office discovered two moonshine stills Wednesday. Sheriff Randy Courson says they located the stills on the Wolf Bay Hunting Club Property just off of Highway 84. Together the stills produce about 130 gallons of liquor. They estimate they'd get $35.00 a gallon if sold. They say the stills are so dangerous and dirty that the best way to get rid of them is to blow them up. The GBI, DNR, and the Department of Revenue was brought in...
  • Eliot Spitzer: Bringing the Passion Back to Albany

    03/11/2008 1:51:03 PM PDT · by BJClinton · 12 replies · 556+ views
    Youtube via Observer.com ^ | 2006 election | Former Gov. Spitzer's 2006 campaign
    Video at link. "Bringing Some Passion Back to Albany" http://www.observer.com/2008/eliot-spitzer-bringing-passion-back-albany
  • Bishop's Column: Questions and answers on 'Called to be Church' (Albany)

    01/11/2008 3:47:28 PM PST · by NYer · 8 replies · 146+ views
    The Evangelist ^ | January 10, 2008
    Called to be Church, our pastoral planning process to ensure the viability and vitality of the Church of Albany in the early years of the 21st century, has been underway for 18 months. All 165 parishes in our diocese have been involved.Our 39 local planning groups, each comprised of participants from several parishes, have met many times. Members have gotten to know each other, familiarized themselves with pastoral activities in each other's parishes, and reviewed the mission of the Church in the areas of prayer and worship, evangelization, faith formation, Christian service and stewardship.They have increased their understanding of the...
  • CALLED TO BE CHURCH - Pastoral planning in home stretch (RC Diocese of Albany)

    01/04/2008 10:09:02 AM PST · by NYer · 8 replies · 50+ views
    The Evangelist ^ | January 3, 2008 | Kate Blain
    It's crunch time for "Called to be Church." After more than a year of meetings and discussions, local planning groups (LPGs) for every parish in the Albany Diocese will spend the first half of 2008 creating recommendations for their parishes' futures."Status quo is not an option," reads the manual for this phase of the process, sent by diocesan officials to each LPG.Time to chooseAll parishes, the manual notes, must come up with recommendations to close, merge or at least link their parishes with others:* A merger would mean that two or more parishes become one, sharing assets and liabilities;* linked...
  • Muslims upset prosecutor might become judge

    10/17/2007 4:56:22 PM PDT · by Pikamax · 24 replies · 107+ views
    News Channel 13 ^ | 10/17/07 | News Channel 13
    ALBANY - The prosecutor who sent two local Muslim men ensnared in an FBI terror sting to prison is on the short list for a federal judgeship. Many in the Capital District's growing Muslim community are outraged. Members of Albany's Muslim Solidarity Committee say they will do everything in their power to ensure Glenn Suddaby doesn't receive the nomination. The activists formed their group after the arrest and conviction of Mohammad Hossain, an Albany pizza shop owner, and Yassin Aref, an Albany imam. Despite grass roots opposition, Suddaby has at least one pretty big name supporter - U.S. Sen. Charles...
  • Pakistan protests over US sting

    08/09/2004 1:37:15 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 1 replies · 288+ views
    BBC News ^ | August 9, 2004
    Pakistan has protested to the United States over what it says was an FBI sting operation involving a fake plot to kill Pakistan's UN envoy. Islamabad called the operation bizarre and mind-boggling. A spokesman said it had endangered the life of Munir Akram, Pakistan's permanent envoy to the United Nations. Two men are being held in the US for allegedly laundering money for an agent posing as a militant who wanted to use a missile to kill Mr Akram. Pakistani foreign ministry spokesman Masood Khan asked why the US authorities had not picked an American "target" instead. "It is...
  • A message from Rome hits a nerve in Albany

    08/27/2007 10:12:02 AM PDT · by sidewalk · 15 replies · 396+ views
    Albany Times-Union ^ | August 27, 2007 | Marc Parry
    A message from Rome hits a nerve in Albany Diocese seeks to address concerns of non-Catholics over Vatican statement about "the true church" ALBANY -- An international controversy over Vatican statements on the primacy of the Catholic church has the Albany Catholic Diocese moving to prevent local fallout. The uproar revolved around a document that "reasserts the position that only Catholics make up the true church, while Protestants are merely 'Christian communities' and not churches 'in the proper sense,' " as Religion News Service summarized it. The document also spoke of "defects" in non-Catholic churches. The World Alliance of Reformed...
  • Missing Priest Found Dead

    08/22/2007 7:56:10 AM PDT · by NYer · 6 replies · 462+ views
    WGRZ ^ | August 22, 2007
    The body of a missing priest from St. Bonaventure University was found Monday night in the Kinzua Dam Reservoir. Father Greg Brennan vanished over the weekend while boating along the New York-Pennsylvania border. Two priests from St. Bonaventure identified Father Brennan's body. In a written statement, St. Bonaventure President Sister Margaret Carney said "Our hearts are broken, both personally and professionally here at St. Bonaventure and for all of the people in the Southern Tier whose lives Father Greg touched, especially his parishioners at St. Pacificus and all of the fire company members in Olean and Allegany to whom he...
  • Latin Masses draw Catholics to Troy (RC Diocese of Albany)

    07/21/2007 4:51:39 PM PDT · by NYer · 6 replies · 332+ views
    The Evangelist ^ | July 19, 2007 | Kate Blain
    "I love both Masses equally, the English and the Tridentine Latin," Rev. William Gorman said.That's a good thing: In one weekend, the administrator of St. Peter's and St. Paul's parishes in Troy might celebrate three Masses in English before a fourth in Latin at St. Peter's, the church in the Albany Diocese designated years ago by Bishop Howard J. Hubbard to host a Tridentine Mass.The Tridentine Mass is entirely in Latin. Altar servers are only males; communion is received on the tongue as congregants kneel at the altar rail. The priest celebrates the liturgy with his back to the people...
  • Tense relations [Hillary "The Hildebeast" Clinton campaign update]

    05/29/2007 8:49:56 AM PDT · by seanmerc · 25 replies · 1,449+ views
    The Washington Times, Inside Politics ^ | 29 May 2007 | Greg Pierce
    Tense relations " 'Serious tensions' exist between U.S. Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's Washington-based presidential campaign staff and those working on her campaign in New York," the New York Post's Fredric U. Dicker writes, citing "Democratic insiders." " 'Her New York crew is fighting . . . with her D.C. folks, and it's worse than the normal stuff, real serious tensions,' said a Democratic Party source. 'The New York folks are the ones who got her elected to begin with. They've done it and know what to do. The D.C. folks are the "geniuses" who do "national elections" and think everyone...
  • Dems shouldn't be playing it safe (Mario Cuomo Barf Alert!)

    05/14/2007 8:11:13 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies · 628+ views
    Vindy ^ | May 14, 2007 | Mario M. Cuomo
    The Bush administration has demonstrated an appalling incompetence in handling the machinery of government. It started a war under false pretenses, produced a fragmented economy, revealed contemptible callousness after Hurricane Katrina and has shown a shocking disrespect for the Bill of Rights and the balance of powers that are the heart and soul of our Constitution. The administration's failures were so plentiful and so blatant that all the Democrats needed to do to win control of Congress in the 2006 elections was to recount them loudly. The elections in 2008 will be a different matter. The burden of proof will...
  • Bishop Herzog Joins the Roman Catholic Church

    03/29/2007 1:08:13 PM PDT · by monkapotamus · 39 replies · 1,387+ views
    Latest News Bishop Herzog Joins the Roman Catholic Church 03/29/2007 The Rt. Rev. William H. Love, Bishop of Albany, has appealed for unity following news that his predecessor has entered into full communion with the Roman Catholic Church. The Rt. Rev. Daniel Herzog retired as Bishop of Albany Jan. 31. Bishop Love said he learned of Bishop Herzog’s decision in a letter dated March 19 which he received upon his return from the spring retreat of the House of Bishops. “The recent retirement and subsequent departure of both Bishop Dan [Herzog] and Bishop Dave [Bena] from The Episcopal Church can’t...
  • It's all about ME Church

    03/30/2007 10:19:49 AM PDT · by NYer · 11 replies · 367+ views
    Curt Jester ^ | March 30, 2007 | Jeff Miller
    Yesterday I joked that it was too bad we didn't' trade Bishop Hubbard for Bishop Herzog in the Diocese of Albany. Today I received the VOTF newsletter praising a new program by Bishop Hubbard "Called to BE Church." You know right off it VOTF is praising it that it is really not worthwhile and reading the program you can see exactly why the bishop is putting all his eggs in Pastoral Associates to run parishes because of their priest shortage. At the Called to BE Church page the Bishop has a document called The Mission of the Contemporary Parish [PDF]...
  • Clowns turn sad to tell of day Jesus suffered ("The Way of the Cross in the Company of Clowns")

    03/23/2007 10:03:00 AM PDT · by NYer · 32 replies · 491+ views
    The Evangelist ^ | March 15, 2007 | PAT PASTERNAK
    Twenty years ago, a few clowns decided to change from making people laugh to making them cry. With the help of a transitional deacon who had been nurturing the idea of a clown ministry, "The Way of the Cross in the Company of Clowns" was born.They perform around the Albany Diocese only during Lent, with a poignant look at the passion, death and Resurrection of Jesus, and during Advent, when they celebrate the birth of Jesus.First tries"People loved it," Jack Ablett said of the early performances. He and his wife Rita are among the original founders of the ministry at...
  • ALBANY: New Bishop Is Committed To Anglican Communion

    03/17/2007 6:43:12 AM PDT · by Huber · 1 replies · 151+ views
    www.virtueonline.org ^ | 3/15/2007 | By David W. Virtue
    Evangelism, Church Planting, Healing Ministries will be his Diocesan Priorities An Exclusive Interview with the Bishop of Albany, the Rt. Rev. William Love The great hymns of the church play gently in the background. "Fr. Bill," as he is affectionately known, is focused, concerned, prayerful and mindful that his life has just taken a major U turn. At 49, and one of the youngest bishops of the Episcopal House of Bishops, he has moved from a small town parish of less than 100 souls, high in the Adirondack Mountains, to a major metropolis, becoming bishop of a diocese that must...
  • Hundreds of flights grounded as snow storm hits US northeast

    03/16/2007 3:32:30 PM PDT · by NYer · 61 replies · 1,152+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | March 16, 2007
    Airlines were forced to cancel hundreds of flights in the northeast United States Friday as a winter storm closed in, bringing a grim mixture of snow, sleet and freezing rain. Up to 45 centimeters (18 inches) of snow were forecast to fall on Friday in upstate New York, while New York City was expecting 20 centimeters, said Kevin Lipton, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service. Much of the United States has experienced a milder than usual winter, with many in the northeast thinking spring had sprung early this week, but Lipton said the flurries were not unusual for the...
  • Hiatus worries (Albany RC) parish leaders (restoration Cathedral Immaculate Conception)

    02/08/2007 6:00:07 AM PST · by NYer · 9 replies · 428+ views
    Times Union ^ | February 5, 2007 | MARC PARRY
    ALBANY -- A renovation plan that could close the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception for two years or more has church leaders concerned about the survival of their parish. The parish's chief advisory council vented its frustration in a recent letter to the Albany Catholic Diocese. Church leaders, who saw copies of the plan at a recent meeting, assailed both specific ideas in the renovation proposal and the general way the plan was communicated."We certainly couldn't have felt more disenfranchised," they said in the Jan. 16 letter, distributed in church bulletins as recently as last week.The Rev. William Pape, rector...