New Troy police chief emphasizes community policing, still no state budget, Cannon Building owner files for bankruptcy

Troy's new police chief says he's looking to emphasize community policing efforts across the department -- a re-organization that will draw responsibilities away from special units in department units. The local PBA president alleged the re-organization is actually retribution to a unit that he says is investigating alleged drug use by city employees. The PBA president says they're also concerned about overtime. [Troy Record] [TU] [CBS6] [WTEN] [YNN]

Police say a Schenectady woman used her car to hit another woman -- and the stroller carrying the woman's baby -- and then backed up to allegedly hit the woman again. [Fox23] [TU]

The Saratoga Springs man accused of stabbing his mother last year has pleaded guilty to all the charges against him. He's expected to get 15 years in prison. The man was originally found to be unfit for trial because of his psychological condition. [Post-Star] [TU] [Saratogian]

There is still no state budget. [YNN]

Neil Breslin says Pedro Espada should step down from his leadership post in order to "bring some dignity and respect back to the New York State Senate." [State of Politics]

The Warren County sheriff's office says a motel owner in Queensbury used almost $20k in food stamps to buy supplies for the free breakfasts at the motel. [Fox23] [TU]

The head of police union Council 82, a former Albany police officer, has filed a workers compensation claim against the city for hearing loss from on-the-job conditions that included sirens and breaking down doors. [TU]

Teacher attrition rates at local charter schools are higher than that of local school districts -- which is either good or bad, depending on who you're to talking to. [TU]

The Schenectady school district's budget includes an almost six percent increase in the tax levy. The board president blamed the state legislature for the "educational emergency" she says Schenectady and other districts are facing. [TU] [Fox23]

Schenectady school district superintendent Eric Ely posted a long letter defending his record on the district web site. The school board has apparently been looking into whether it can fire him. [SCSD] [TU]

The South Colonie school district budget cuts 22 teaching jobs. [TU]

The Troy school district's budget includes a 3.72 percent increase in the tax levy -- and an increase in a tax on utilities. [TU] [Troy Record]

The Ballston Spa school district's budget includes a 1.9 percent increase in the tax levy. [Saratogian]

The company that owns the Cannon Building -- and other properties in downtown Troy -- has filed for bankruptcy (the re-organization kind). [Troy Record]

Saratoga Springs police say they busted a man with $100,000 in steroids. They say he was making the steroids in a local hotel room. [TU] [Daily Gazette $]

State police say they chased a speeding car from I-90 into West Albany, where the suspects hopped out, ran and... stripped. [YNN] [TU]

Proctors has big plans for Schenectady's public access TV. [Daily Gazette $]

The St. Mary's in Troy and Ellis in Schenectady have two of the lowest rates of C-section deliveries in the state. [Troy Record] [TU]

HVCC officially opened its TEC-SMART campus at Luther Forest. Among the training programs there: skills for working at chip fabs. [Saratogian] [Post-Star]

The state Insurance Department has gotten rid of its voicemail system to save money. [TU]

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