Local counties won't get flood money from feds, fingers already pointed in DA race, pit bull ordred put down and another banished, horse betting on the Blackberry

It looks like local counties will not be getting money from FEMA for recovery after the flooding late last month. Apparently area wasn't damaged quite enough -- the region's tally of $18.2 million fell about $5 million short of FEMA's cut-off. The mayor Rensselaer, which suffered $3.5 million of damage, says he's "heart-sickened" over the situation. [TU] [Daily Gazette] [Troy Record]

One of the workers overcome by toxic fumes earlier this week in Schenectady has died. His co-worker's condition has been upgraded to good. [Daily Gazette]

The almost-race for Albany Count DA has already descended into finger pointing and cries about conflicts of interest. [TU]

Funding for the much argued about new Saratoga Springs police station was taken out of the city's capital budget during a closed-door meeting yesterday. [Daily Gazette]

A Troy City Court ordered a pit bull be put down after it and another dog killed a cat last week. The other dog involved was sent to live with the owner's brother in Clifton Park -- it's been forbidden from returning to the city. [Troy Record]

The amount of housing available in Saratoga County grew at the second-fastest rate in the state during the last eight years. [Biz Review]

The developer working to turn the Victory Mill into condos says the project has been moving slowly. [TU]

That huge chunk of concrete that blocked two lanes of 787 yesterday wasn't a septic tank as first reported, but rather a drainage culvert. [Daily Gazette]

NYRA will testing a system next week that will allow people to place bets from their Blackberry. If the systems checks out, it will be expanded to include other mobile devices such as the iPhone. [Daily Gazette]

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