Fight over DNA sample in Troy ballot fraud investigation, as many as 500 turn out for Dino jobs, Green Island mayor takes War on Crows into her own hands

Seven of the nine people who have been asked for DNA samples as part of the investigation of the alleged Troy ballot fraud have said they'll turn over sample. The attorney for Michael LoPorto says the city councilman will fight the request -- and the attorney for city clerk William McInerney says his client hasn't decided, yet. [Troy Record] [TU]

Whether because of anti-incumbent sentiment or something else, an unusually large amount of money is being spent on primaries in New York State this year. [TU]

Raymond Van Clief, accused of fatally shooting a man in Schenectady's Hamilton Hill neighborhood this past December and then waiting for police to arrive on the scene, will get 23 years in prison as part of a plea deal. [TU]

The two brothers who pleaded guilty to the fatal Aquarius bar shooting last year in Schenectady each got 18 years to life. [Daily Gazette]

A mosque in Hudson was vandalized with an ethnic slur. [Fox23]

Scott Murphy won't say whether he'll vote for Nancy Pelosi as Speaker of the House if he's re-elected. [State of Politics]

The City of Albany will be using $1 million in stimulus money to fund a look at how the city can save money on energy. [TU]

The New York State Theater Institute in Troy has a fall season lined up -- but it doesn't currently have enough money for the spring. NYSTI's future has been uncertain since the state inspector general alleged earlier this year that there had been more than $1 million of improper spending at the org -- and the longtime director subsequently retired. [Troy Record] [TU]

A local landscaping company ended up in the weeds after the state didn't follow through on a deal. [TU]

Albany police say a downstate man tried to stab a woman at a funeral on Clinton Ave. [Fox23]

An anonymous neighbor tells the Record that he/she heard four shots fired when a man was shot in the leg Monday night in Schodack. [Troy Record]

The manager of the not-yet-open Dinosaur Bar-B-Que says as many as 500 people showed up during two days of initial interviews for jobs at the restaurant. [Daily Gazette]

Neighbors, irked about the noise, say a Rotterdam man is running a racetrack for motorcycles and ATV's on his property. [Daily Gazette]

Troy's new firefighting boat can spray a stream of water up to 75 feet. [TU]

The Saratoga harness track now has its own online betting site. [Daily Gazette]

Saratoga Springs police say there's been a rash of car hood ornament thefts. [Saratogian]

Altamont police say someone stole a 300-pound fiberglass statue from the front of a restaurant. [Fox23]

Green Island's secret weapon in the War on Crows: mayor Ellen McNulty-Ryan and her pyrotechnic pistol. [Troy Record]

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