No jail time for pedestrian death, RPI mansion zoning app bounced, Ford and Gillibrand race for donors, Schenectady beckons to Stephen Colbert

The woman who pleaded guilty to hitting and killing a pedestrian -- and then temporarily driving away -- on Madison Ave in Albany a year ago was sentenced to probation, restitution and community service. The victim's family said justice was not served by the sentencing. The judge presiding over the case said the misdemeanor plea deal "on its face, does not look right." Prosecutors say the evidence didn't support a felony charge. [Troy Record] [WTEN] [TU] [Fox23]

Congress Street in Troy between 15th Street and Brunswick Ave will be closed today from 10 am - 4:30 pm for what the city says is the emergency demolition of a building (map). The city's engineer says the front wall of the former Industrial Tool and Die building "could rupture at any time." The building had already been slated for demo. (CBS6 says it will be streaming video of the demolition.) [@TroyMayor] [TU] [Troy Record] [CBS6]

Troy's Zoning Board of Appeals has bounced RPI's application for a height variance for the new president's mansion. [Troy Record]

David Paterson the vetoed the legislature's ethics reform package. The governor said the bill didn't go far enough. Legislative leaders are now talking about trying to override the veto. [TU] [NYDN] [NYT]

Kirsten Gillibrand and Harold Ford are racing to lock up the support of wealthy Wall Street donors. [NYT]

A few people are talking about potentially challenging the Scott Murphy in the 20th Congressional District. [TU]

The Schenectady 19-year-old accused of having sex with a 13-year-old was released from jail yesterday on time served. The judge overseeing the case said the involvement of the teens' mothers in the incident could be even more serious -- the mothers are accused of trying to sanction the encounter with a note. [CapNews9] [Daily Gazette $] [TU]

The Saratoga Springs city council got into a squabble over gas pumps last night -- one commissioner accused the DPW commission of trying to hold the pumps "hostage." [Saratogian] [Daily Gazette $]

It sounds like the Schenectady schools' attorney needs to set aside a day to pay bills. [TU]

A Cobleskill woman has been accused of embezzling almost $150k from a Rotterdam business. [WNYT]

Troy police say an elderly grocery store owner was knocked down a flight of steps while trying fend off a robbery Monday. [Troy Record]

EMS crews in Schuylerville, Malta, Albany, Colonie and Wilton are now equipped with therapeutic hypothermia kits for use on cardiac arrest patients. [Post-Star]

The "Deficit Hawk" -- an actual hawk -- made an appearance in the state legislature's chambers yesterday. [CapNews9]

Schenectady County chamber officials are encouraging Stephen Colbert to visit via helicopter. (Colbert had told Harold Ford that he should only visit Schenectady on a touch-and-go helicopter trip -- or maybe just by Google Maps.) [Daily Gazette $]

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