Winter storm will mostly miss us, Ellis to run for Albany mayor, Porco's lawyers appealing conviction, alternate side parking grace period proposed, Saratoga Rec Center saga continues, Siro's for sale

It looks like the storm moving up the East Coast today will mostly miss us here in the Capital Region. Snow accumulation is projected to top out at around 4 inches, but it will be cold -- with temps around 20. Noted: March is still winter. [NWS] [TU]

The Saratoga County DA says terrorism charges are being prepared in Schenectady County against Steven Raucci, the Schenectady School District employee accused of arson. [Daily Gazette]

Albany Common Councilman Corey Ellis is expected to announce today that he's running for mayor. Council president Shawn Morris is also expected to announce soon that she's officially in the running. [Facebook event page] [TU]

Scott Murphy will be on the Independence Party line for the upcoming special election to fill Kirsten Gillibrand's old House seat -- the first time a Democrat has been on the line in the district. In other Murphy news: he says he's good at simple arithmetic. And in case you hadn't heard: his wife has a bid family. [Daily Politics] [Post-Star] [Post-Star]

Jim Tedisco, Murphy's opponent in the special election, says it shouldn't matter that he doesn't actually live in the Congressional district that he wants to represent. [AP/TU]

The man who police say threatened them with a knife at the scene of the murder in Troy last week has previously served time on assault and unlawful imprisonment charges -- as of Friday he still wasn't officially tagged as a suspect, though. Troy police have called in the State Police to help out with forensics at the "gruesome" murder scene. [TU] [Troy Record]

Christopher Porco's attorneys have filed an appeal seeking to overturn his conviction. The appeal focuses on the nod that police say his mother gave when asked if he had been involved in the attack. Porco is currently serving 46 years to life in prison. [TU]

A spokesman for David Paterson says the Gov will be reimbursing the state for his entourage's trip to the inaugural. Paterson's people reportedly spend $23k on the trip. [TU]

Albany Common Councilman President Pro Tempore Richard Conti will be proposing an ordinance tonight that would institute a 30 minute grace period before and after the alternate side parking switch around Center Square. As AOA found out last summer, under the current rules 6 pm means 6 pm. [TU] [AOA]

The saga of Saratoga Springs' South Side Recreation Center continues. The state Department of Labor says the city violated state law during the bidding process because it didn't put each part of the construction project out for individual bid. As a result, the project has to come to a complete stop. Saratoga County Democratic chairman -- and New York Pipe Trades official -- Larry Bulman dropped the dime on the city and its Republican administration. He says the complaint was not politically motivated. [TU] [Saratogian] [Saratogian] [Post-Star]

Texting while driving is now illegal in Schenectady County -- the ban took effect Sunday. The fine for getting caught is $150. [Daily Gazette]

An attorney for Albany County has recommended that the county not try to enforce its sex offender residency law because the law is pre-empted by state law. [TU]

A preservation group is trying to save the Victorian house at 66 Franklin St in Saratoga Springs. The owner says it would cost too much to fix the house and wants to knock it down. The chairman of the city's Design Review Commission says the city needs to find a way to head off these save-it/tear-it-down situations. [Daily Gazette] [Saratogian]

UAlbany police say a student was robbed at knife point early Sunday in the academic podium area of the uptown campus. [Fox23]

Rensselaer police say a man bit two officers -- one through the officer's boot -- while handcuffed early Sunday. [WNYT]

A tractor trailer rolled over on the on-ramp at I-87 North and Schoolhouse Rd (just off Western) in Albany yesterday. The wreck closed the ramp for hours because the truck's cargo -- french fries -- had to be unloaded by hand. [CBS6]

A Saratoga horse breeder and sales agent says horse prices are down 40-45 percent. [Post-Star]

Siro's Restaurant in Saratoga Springs is up for sale. The listing price: $3.1 million. [Daily Gazette] [RealtyUSA]


Clearing the French fry truck accident would have been faster if the authorities had collided a truck full of boiling oil and a malt vinegar tanker nearby.

Read the town charter, boy: 'If foodstuff should touch the ground, said foodstuff shall be turned over to the village idiot.' Since I don't see him around, start shoveling!

The fries were just trying to escape. They truly are freedom fries.

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