Patrick Hughes' Sentencing Delayed

Patrick Hughes, convicted of six charges range from a top count of Predatory Sexual Assault Against a Child, a class A Felony, three counts of rape and two counts of endangering a child, was scheduled to be sentenced on May 8th but, after hiring new counsel, his sentencing has been delayed until Tuesday, May 29th at 9AM.

This morning, Patrick Hughes wife appeared in front of Albany’s Family Court and, I understand, she confessed to “knowing” about her husband’s sexual escapades with her daughter about a year before the daughter ran away from home. I was told by someone close to the case that she told the girl’s aunt that she “would take care of it.” If you remember the testimony, that meshes exactly with the tale told by the daughter in court.

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The Infantes: Reunited

On Sunday, Mother's Day, I was digging through some junk and came upon an errant Hershey's Kiss, I wondered how it was left behind after I thought I had rid them from my house and then I thought about the Sheriff...and wondered of the signifigance of this one final Kiss. And then I knew.

While I’m usually saddened by a passing in the community, I must say, I felt a little peace in my heart when I realized there would be a party in heaven this week. Amaryllis (Amy) Alice Robinson Infante (91) wife of The Sheriff, died on Sunday, May 13th at her daughter’s house in Leicester, NY.

(I’ve been told that Ms. Infante wrote her own obituary so I’m going to leave much of it untouched.)

Amy is a fellow Texan, born in Amarillo, Texas on April 20, 1921 to Marvin Robinson and Ethel Sullivan. She had three brothers, John, Oval and CM and one sister, Helen Lee. Her grandparents emigrated from Ireland and settled as farmers on the Texas Panhandle. Her father was a railroad fireman and her Mother was a homemaker who was progressive for her time and was devoted to women and temperance issues. (Her mother even owned and drove a car in the 20s.)

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State of the Fisc...well, not really

The State of the Fisc was delivered tonight by the County Comptroller, Mike Conners who tells us….get this….”it’s going to be tight this year.” The actual report will be available on the website tomorrow and Mike didn’t want to kill trees so no one has a copy to follow along with the numbers he’s spouting off.

Oddly, the presentation that he’s standing in front of is more of a spreadsheet than the usual PowerPoint presentation with big numbers and grandiose bullet points we’re used to seeing. “Our tax items are 5.7 million,” he says. What the hell does that tell me? Here’s another gem, “this tells me, when Albany County catches a cold, Albany County gets pneumonia.”

Don’t mind me, just because I got the notification of this annual meeting 55 minutes before it was supposed to happen, just I can’t see the report and just because can’t figure out what the hell the Comptroller is talking about it doesn’t mean the County is in financial trouble…I’m sure the County is doing just fine financially because otherwise, the Comptroller would be boldly sharing that information with us.

Conners takes some of his time to make yet another case for the Nursing Home by claiming that we are shameful for not having enough beds and that “stay at home” care is much more expensive than Nursing Home care. He tells us that there are nearly 70,000 medicaid cases in the County…and I would have had the details on that for ya if the slide didn’t move to the next as soon as I tried to read the details. Lucky me, the next slide was full of details…it had one word…”Solutions.”

The Report didn’t get any better from there. Here’s the link to the report to be posted tomorrow…..read it if you’re brave enough.

[The Courthouse Cafe is serving up new Specialty of the House today and I've got a smile on my face. It's a Roast Beef and Cheddar on Ciabatta Bread with Carmelized onion and Horseradish Sauce...that comes with the regular sides...guess what I'm ordering. Also on the menu is the Turkey BLT wrap also with the regular sides.

The quiches of the day are the Lovely Lorraine (call ahead to reserve your delicious slice!) and Broccoli Cheddar. The Soups of the Day are Creamy Turkey Vegetable and Chicken Noodle. See ya at the Cafe!]

Vote "Enough"

I just came very close to blowing off my school/library vote because I'm running late and still have much to do before heading to court. But, then I thought about the Commies I spoke to in the Park at Tulip Festival and realized I had to vote and I had to vote NO on all budgets. Ya see, a NO vote delivers them last year's budget with no increase. Heck, the schools and libraries made it through the last budget okay and, at least for the library, they had a large increase last year. So, I'm flipping my not so secure vote and I'm voting NO because the schools and libraries already have enough.

On the Library Board trustees, I had previously pushed the pissant, Dan Curtis just because he's miserable and deserves to be on a miserable board and they can all be miserable together. I just can't pull a lever with that name attached to it still...he's got so much support from his union (ha!!) I'm sure he doesn't need my vote.

I will be voting for Arlene Way, Vince Quackenbush and Mary Ellen Piche....and the only one I'm thrilled about is Mary Ellen Piche.

Remember to fly your flags at half mast today...and remember Cornelius Hogeboom if you haven't got a fallen office of your own.

I voted at Hackett Middle School and they did not have thier Flag flying at half staff...I did inform them that they should have their flag flying at half staff in honor of our fallen law enforcement officers.

[The Courthouse Cafe is serving up new Specialty of the House today and I've got a smile on my face. It's a Roast Beef and Cheddar on Ciabatta Bread with Carmelized onion and Horseradish Sauce...that comes with the regular sides...guess what I'm ordering. Also on the menu is the Turkey BLT wrap also with the regular sides.

The quiches of the day are the Lovely Lorraine (call ahead to reserve your delicious slice!) and Broccoli Cheddar. The Soups of the Day are Creamy Turkey Vegetable and Chicken Noodle. See ya at the Cafe!]

State of the Fisc Tonight

Today 5/14 County Comptroller Michael F. Conners will be giving the 2012 State of the Fisc address at the County Courthouse at 6pm. The presentation will be available on our website tomorrow www.albanycounty.com/departments/comptroller. The presentation will discuss the fiscal state of Albany County for the 2011 year.

[The Courthouse Cafe is serving up new Specialty of the House today and I've got a smile on my face. It's a Roast Beef and Cheddar on Ciabatta Bread with Carmelized onion and Horseradish Sauce...that comes with the regular sides...guess what I'm ordering. Also on the menu is the Turkey BLT wrap also with the regular sides.

The quiches of the day are the Lovely Lorraine (call ahead to reserve your delicious slice!) and Broccoli Cheddar. The Soups of the Day are Creamy Turkey Vegetable and Chicken Noodle. See ya at the Cafe!]

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