Monday’s Links Worth Following

  • After months of grueling roadtrips, endless harvest dinners and umpteen stump speeches, the politicians who lost Tuesday are upbeat as they resume more normal north country existences.
  • Some foot soldiers in the state Assembly are whispering about something that hasn’t been tried in 10 years — a long-shot attempt to dethrone Sheldon Silver as speaker.
  • In Cayuga County there are 34 municipal highway departments among towns, villages, the city of Auburn and Cayuga County. Those departments cost nearly $30 million to operate in the 2010 fiscal year, according to data compiled by The Citizen. Another $1 million was spent to pay the salaries of the superintendents and public works directors who manage those individual departments.
  • By keeping people on the job until the close of business on Dec. 31, the governor is adhering to the oft-mentioned memorandum of understanding his administration signed with PEF and the Civil Service Employees Association that guaranteed no layoffs in exchange for the unions’ support of a less-generous Tier V pension package going forward.
  • State regulators in New York say they may ask the legislature to give them the power to ban alcoholic energy drinks.
  • The woman stepped off Hadda Street into a pair of courier offices in Yemen’s capital. In FedEx and UPS storefronts tucked along shopping centers and travel agencies in San’a, she mailed two Hewlett-Packard printers to the United States..
  • Beef prices are up more than five percent from last year, jumping from an average retail price of $4.18 to $4.40 a pound
  • Walgreens has sued Wegmans. Why? The letter “W” of course. In a suit filed Oct. 27 in U.S. District Court in Virginia, the drugstore chain claims that the “W” in the Rochester-based grocer’s new logo is too similar to the “W” in the Walgreens logo.
  • Scientists say they have taken a big step toward displaying live video in three dimensions – a technology far beyond 3-D movies and more like the “Star Wars” scene where a ghostly Princess Leia image pleads, “Help me, Obi-Wan Kenobi.”
  • Gov. David Paterson is formally backing off his plans to bring the Legislature back to Albany on Nov. 15 for a lame duck special session,
  • Senate President Malcolm Smith admitted last night that the Democrats might be forced to negotiate with their GOP enemies on a power-sharing agreement so the house can function if recounting and legal fights in the three cliffhanger races that will determine control of the chamber (or perhaps deadlock it) drag on through January.