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Albany Common Councilman, and mayoral candidate, Corey Ellis sent this press release out yesterday. Sorry for the delay. I was busy!
Ellis took the opportunity of Earth Day to blast the mayor's management of the nearly full Rapp Road landfill.
Here is my article on the Tax Day Tea Party in Albany. Wow. Some lively characters at that big afternoon of zany.
There is some confusion about the number of people who turned out: According Al Roney and Fox News, "more than 2,000 people" turned out for the bitch-fest, whereas I reported the number at a humble "well more than 1,000." Not to be out-done, the Times Union reported that there were more than 2,500 people(!!!). Holy shit!
I am sticking by my number (until I am proven absolutely wrong). As far as I know, the Hudson Amphitheater at Corning Preserve seats about 800, and according to the Albany City Web site, the venue can host more than 1,000 people, a number that probably includes for the loungers and late-comers who sit on the grass.
Regardless of the number, it was an impressive crowd. I'll give them that. Yee-haw.
How excited were you when you heard that the freaking Dalai Lama was going to be coming to Albany? Then, how disappointed were you when you read that the Dalai Lama had canceled his visit to Albany due to the controversy surrounding an organization that you'd probably never heard of? Well cheer up all you Dalai Lama fans, cause it looks like you might be back in luck: I just received an e-mail from Keith Raniere, the "conceptual founder" of the World Ethical Foundations Consortium and founder of NXIVM, and he is claiming that the Dalai Lama is BACK ON.
According to Raniere:
According to the Times Union Center's Web site, Ringling Bros. Circus opens on May 6, so where is Raniere planning to hold his event? Dunno, yet. The Dalai Lama's own site still has no mention of any visit to Albany. Will the WEFC be renting space on SUNY campus again? Why did the Dalai Lama change his mind? I have asked Raniere these questions, so I guess we might find out in the next few days.
Word came down yesterday that Hearst, the corporation that owns the Times Union, has canceled its contract--the collective bargaining agreement--with the guild. The guild responded with a protest.
You can read the finer points here.
George Hearst, the TU's publisher, wrote in a full-page ad in today's paper that the company "took this step only after making every effort to reach an agreement at the bargaining table. Central to both management and Guild bargaining representatives are the issues of seniority and the ability to outsource," which is all true. The union reps don't want to see seniority language stripped from their contract, for fear that the management would fire people based on whims and the bottom line. Also, the guild worries that the company plans to outsource key production responsibilities to the detriment of the paper. The management argues that all it wants is "flexibility."
Old Brass Balls O'Brien, guild president, says that the union will be engaging in multiple campaigns to force concessions from Hearst, including a circulation boycott and a request to TU advertisers to pull their ads. They hope to hit the company where it will hurt the most. Should be interesting, considering that Hearst broke the back of the San Fransisco union not long ago, and doesn't appear to be shying away from a fight here in Albany.
We just received word from Troy super-cop/PR machine David Dean:
Yesterday, Thursday April 9th 2009 at about 3 pm Troy Police arrested John A. Cramer, 30 years old , 6 feet tall, 210 lbs,from 142 Main Street in Cohoes after an investigation into victims being accosted in North Troy. Cramer works for Jay Molding of 7 Bridge Ave in Cohoes NY. In one incident he is accused of exposing his penis and masturbating near a high school. Cramer gave Troy Detectives a statement as to his criminal activity. In one incident Cramer admits to touching one of his victims on the breast and he also admits to touching one victim on the buttocks in another incident. Cramer has also been charged in Cohoes in similar incidents.
Cramer’s known victims range from age 16 through 19. Cramer was convicted of Public Lewdness and Harassment 2nd degree in Cohoes in July of 2008.
The Troy Police Department is encouraging anyone victimized by Cramer to come forward and report any such criminal activity to the Troy Police Detectives at 270-4426.
This investigation is ongoing.