Morning Blend: state cash, Saratoga rentals, fake helicopter pilots

New York State's Restore NY program announced it was dropping more than $13 million on projects around the region. Albany's getting $3.3 million to build a pair on buildings on New Scotland in the Park South neighborhood. Schnectady is getting $2.5 million to renovate the Center City Sports Complex. And Troy is getting the same amount to knock down city hall for river front development. [TU]

Colonie showed off its new system for videotaping interrogations in serious crimes. You might have thought that local law enforcement agencies are already doing that, but apparently they're not. APD chief James Tuffey says it's too expensive. [TU]

The state still hasn't worked out what's up with the New York racing franchise, but a real estate agent says that hasn't stopped the track season rental market from heating up in Saratoga. [Saratogian]

Thinking it might be cool to go around acting like you're a helicopter pilot for the state? Well, it turns out that's probably illegal. [CBS6]

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