Friend says man killed by police suffered from mental illness, unease over state worker buyouts, judge pleads guilty to DWAI, big year for apples

A family friend says the man shot and killed by Schenectady police this past weekend suffered from mental illness. The man's brother says the SPD should have used non-lethal force. [Daily Gazette $] [CapNews9]

Workers at GE Energy in Schenectady approved a new contract with the company that includes no layoffs for two years -- and clears the way for a new battery factory that could add 350 jobs. In return, the union is forgoing cost of living raises for the next two years. [WNYT] [CapNews9] [TU]

The Hudson River dredging project has started up again after tests indicated that PCB levels in the water had dropped below the set limit. The EPA is blaming fast-moving currents for the spike. Officials from some downstream communities say the EPA was slow to notify them of the test results. [Troy Record] [TU] [Post-Star]

New York State has finally paid the property taxes it owed on The Track -- almost $478k. The payment was six months late. Apparently the state is exempt from having to pay late fees. The state started paying property taxes on The Track after it took ownership of the property from NYRA. [Daily Gazette $] [Saratogian] [TU] [Post-Star]

Lack of information about the $20k retirement buyout is upsetting state workers. [TU]

The Green Island family court judge accused of trying to dodge a drunk driving checkpoint has pleaded guilty to driving while ability impaired. The violation is like a speeding ticket. [WNYT] [TU]

A lawsuit filed by a former high-profile cancer researcher at UAlbany alleges she was fired from two leadership positions because of her health problems -- among them, cancer. [TU]

The federal investigation into Saratoga businessman David Silipigno is focused on the possibility of fraud at his mortgage origination company. [TU]

The ambulance service contract negotiations in Saratoga have turned into a political squabble. [Saratogian]

There was a protest yesterday in Albany marking the fifth anniversary of the arrests of Mohammed Hossain and Yassin Aref -- the two Muslin men snagged by FBI sting that involved a fake terrorist plot. [CapNews9] [Troy Record]

All the rain this summer is setting up a big apple crop. It hasn't been so great for local grapes, though. [Saratogian] [Fox23]

Nicole Palmer -- who recently won the title Mrs. New York America -- is from Saratoga County -- and won the title after having reconstructive surgery on her face because of a dog bite. [TU]

The Hall of Springs stood in for the Kremlin yesterday -- with the help of a fog machine. [Saratogian]

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