Question of kickbacks could affect Bruno case, car-train collision, "huge narcotics market" around Saratoga

Whether Joe Bruno will be let off the hook by yesterday's Supreme Court decisions could hinge on what's considered a kickback. The US attorney for Northern New York says the effect of the ruling on Bruno's case is "being carefully considered and will be addressed in future court filings." There were hints that prosecutors might argue that some of the payments Bruno received could qualify as a kickback. Said Bruno in a statement: "I have maintained my faith and trust in the justice system since the very start and the Supreme Court's decisions reaffirm that belief." [TU] [Troy Record] [NYT] [WTEN]

John Tinkler, the Troy man accused of causing the death of three-year-old Zoey Sandercox, was found guilty of second-degree manslaughter and endangering a child -- but was acquitted of a second-degree murder charge. He faces a possible 5-15 year sentence. [TU] [Troy Record] [YNN]

The Albany County sheriff's office say a car carrying two people was struck by a train this morning just off New Scotland Rd (photos) (map). The New Scotland fire chief says teens in the car had minor injuries after trying to beat the train at a crossing. [WNYt] [CBS6] [YNN]

Albany police say a man was stabbed last night on Myrtle Ave near Lincoln Park (map). Update: the APD says the address was actually 118 Morris Street, in Park South (map). [YNN] [Fox23] (Thanks, LG)

State Police say a trooper was injured at Fuller and Washington in Albany yesterday when his car was struck by another car. They say the trooper was stopped in the intersection with his emergency lights on to assist a large truck making a left-hand turn. [YNN] [WTEN]

The brother of the man originally arrested for the attack on Steve Barnes and a friend has been arrested after being indicted for allegedly being involved with the attack. [TU]

The Schenectady police have posted a guard at the hospital room of Shaune Daniels -- the 18 year old who was shot, along with his 11-year-old brother, this week in near Jerry Burrell Park. [Daily Gazette $]

Saratoga Springs police say they've arrested two men for allegedly selling crack cocaine. Says a SSPD sergeant: "There's a huge narcotics market out there." [Post-Star] [Saratogian]

The Colonie town board unanimously backed a one year ban on the construction of new motels. [TU]

The Albany board of zoning appeals has declared three multi-unit rental properties owned by the same landlord as nuisance properties. [TU]

Columbia Development says it will propose building 50 new housing units in Albany's Park South neighborhood. [TU]

A developer is planning to build 22 upscale apartments near Union College (map). [Daily Gazette $]

Rick Lazio made at least $1.825 million last year. [TU]

A part of Krumkill Rd in New Scotland closes today -- indefinitely -- because it's sliding into the Normanskill. [YNN]

Said the widow of Benjamin Osborn, the Queensbury soldier killed in Afghanistan, after his funeral yesterday: "He was the best person I ever met. I'm only finding out now how many other people felt the same way." [Post-Star] [TU]


"The New Scotland fire chief says teens in the car had minor injuries after trying to beat the train at a crossing."

Darwinism in action.

I grew up in Voorheesville and am very accustomed to the trains there. Yeah, if you get stuck at a crossing you may be there for 15 minutes or more because those freight trains are ridiculously long. However, if I have to choose between 15 minutes or death, the 15 minutes win. As a teen my friends and I never even attempted anything that insane. They're lucky they weren't killed.

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