Legislature back for special session, Clifton Park residents want dog park to themselves, charter high school opens, woman wins $1 million from scratch-off, Crazy Legs buffaloed in hot dog eating contest

The State Legislature is back today for its special "holy moly, the state is going broke" session. There isn't a whole lot of consensus about how to make cuts, though. [TU]

The Route 9P bridge that goes over Saratoga Lake has been narrowed to one lane after inspectors found that two of the bridge's floor beams had been falling apart. Repairs are expected to take two weeks. [TU]

Judging from the comments made at a public hearing last night, it sounds like Clifton Park residents aren't so keen about sharing their dog park with people not from Clifton Park. [Daily Gazette]

The City of Troy would like turn the site of the Rensselaer Iron Works, which burned down earlier this year, into a park. It would use pieces of the old iron works in the landscape and call the place Artifact Park. The city needs about $300,000 from the state to make it happen. [TU]

The Green Tech Charter School opened this week in Albany. Green Tech is an all-boys, college prep school. It's only the nation's third all-boys charter school. [TU]

SCCC expects its enrollment to hit an all-time high this Fall. Officials are projecting enrollment of more than 5000 full and part-time students. [Daily Gazette]

A guy is suing the Saratoga County Animal Shelter after a dog he was thinking about adopting "viciously" bit him. [Daily Gazette]

A retired Stillwater woman won $1 million playing a scratch-off lottery card. She plans to use the $50k a year (before taxes) to pay her mother's heating oil bill and take a cruise to Alaska. [Saratogian]

You know all those places where you could go prep a family meal and then take it home to cook it? No? Never heard about it? Never tried one? Apparently neither did anyone else. [TU]

"Buffalo" Jim Reeves was the winner of yesterday's Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest at The Track. The Central New York math teacher gulped 23.25 hot dogs in 10 minutes to edge out the favorite, Jason "Crazy Legs" Conti. [Saratogian]

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