New Scotland says no to big boxes, tough spring for allergy sufferers, spud gun cop quits, Jennings sleeps fast

The Town of New Scotland has passed a moratorium on construction of commercial projects larger than 30,000 square feet. A developer had planned to build a big box strip mall (rumored to include a Target) at the intersection of Rt 85 and 85A. [TU]

This is the worst spring in five years for people with pollen allergies. [TU]

The state Department of Transportation is now offering local traffic camera updates for mobile phones -- and urging people not to check them while actually driving. [Daily Gazette]

The Glenville cop who used a potato gun to shoot out a street light has has quit the force after pleading guilty to three spud-gun-related misdemeanors. [Daily Gazette]

Rensselaer County is looking to settle a dispute with Price Chopper over item pricing. The county says the supermarket has rung up $39,000 in fines for not following a law that stipulates that certain items should be invidvidually tagged with a price. [Troy Record]

The first block of renovated apartments in Albany's Park South neighborhood will soon be up for rent. The units, a block and a half from Washington Park, have been tagged as "affordable housing." [TU] [WNYT]

Just in case you had wondered, no, Jerry Jennings says he isn't planning a run for Congress. As he told the Rotarians, "I sleep faster than they [Congress] work there." [TU]

A man reportedly robbed a gas station in Schenectady last night and then took off... on a bike. The suspect is said to have been wearing a gray hooded sweat shirt, black T-shirt, jeans, Timberlands and -- it seems -- no helmet. [TU]


Those darn robbers and their darn BMX bikes!! If only there was a way for police to travel faster than a bike. Maybe someday there will motorized vehicles- like a wagon where people can ride. And it can be powered by an engine. I know, I know, stuff of science fiction. That's why people call me a dreamer.

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