Cold snap, New York rail funds request stops short, low number of home foreclosures, surgical robot unveiled

Today's weather forecast includes a steep temperature drop, the possibility of strong wind gusts and some snow. [NWS]

Chuck Schumer says New York State is in line to get $151 million from the $6 billion the feds have pledged for high speed rail. Part of that money will go toward constructing a second track at the bottleneck between Rensselaer and Schenectady. It will also pay for signal upgrades and engineering studies. New York State had been hoping to get billions, not of this money. [Post-Star] [Daily Gazette $] [CBS6] [TU]

The state Department of Taxation and Finance is looking to step up its tax collection enforcement efforts. [TU]

Friends and family of Joe Bruno have been writing letters urging the judge presiding over his case to go easy on his sentencing. [TU]

Schenectady's sewer maintenance supervisor was the city's highest-paid employee in 2009 -- mostly because of overtime. [TU]

The Capital Region had one of the lowest home foreclosure rates in the country last year. [Daily Gazette $]

The Albany County Sheriff's Department reports that the number of heroin seizures was way up last year compared to 2008. [Troy Record]

Troy police say woman was stabbed in the neck yesterday evening in a downtown apartment (map). [TU]

Albany police say they've arrested two teens for allegedly hitting a man in the head repeatedly with a brick on Chestnut Street last week (map). The APD alleges the teens took $2 from the man. [APD]

Siro's bid to open year-round has hit a snag with Saratoga Springs' planning board. [Saratogian]

Albany Med now has a $2.2 million surgical robot. Controlled by surgeons, the device an make very small and precise movements during minimally invasive procedures. [Troy Record] [Fox23]

Comments

Why did the Chestnut St incident get absolutely no coverage in the press (TU just reprinted the APD's press release) or on the neighborhood association mailing lists?

Someone's basement window was kicked in on Hudson and the associations sent an email to the entire neighborhood. But someone gets beaten with a brick and it's glossed over.

This incident was literally feet away from Richard Conti's house.

@Erik: yeah, I was confused that I didn't hear about it until almost a week after it happened. I subscribe to the Center Square community bulletin and I don't remember getting one about that, though an update about the arrest was sent out.

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