Momentive merging with Ohio company, relative few tickets for texting while driving, Albany native commands rescue of ship from pirates

Momentive Performance Materials, the big silicones manufacturer with a plant that employees 1000 people in Waterford and another 100 in Colonie, announced today that it's merging with an Ohio-based company. The company says it will maintain a "significant presence" in in the Capital Region. [TU] [Momentive]

Albany police radio broadcasts indicate at least one person was shot last night in West Hill (map). [TU]

Albany police say they've arrested two men who allegedly were involved in recent acts of public lewdness. They say one man was picked after exposing himself to a woman on Washington Ave Friday (map). And they allege the other man was exposed himself in two separate incidents in Arbor Hill at the end of August (map). [TU] [Fox23] [WTEN]

A Schenectady man convicted of almost strangling his then-12-year-old son to death was released on Friday -- after serving a little more than a year, as opposed to the eight year minimum he was facing -- because a judge reduced the charges against him from felonies to misdemeanors. [Daily Gazette]

The Albany County district attorney's office has filed a motion that seeks to uphold the Signature Pharmacy steroids indictment -- and responds to the recent criticism of the case from a federal judge. [TU] [earlier NYT]

New York law enforcement agencies have given out relatively few tickets for texting while driving -- and say the law is very hard to enforce. [Daily Gazette]

GE says it wants to follow the plan laid out in the final version phase 1 peer review report of the Hudson River PCB dredging project and continue dredging next year. [EPA] [Saratogian]

Kirsten Gillibrand is pushing for legislation that would require supermarkets to notify consumers about food recalls within 24 hours. [NYDN]

Albany County has decided to not replace the county Route 53 bridge over the train tracks in Bethlehem -- "Ben's Bridge" -- because it says the span's usage isn't enough to justify the cost (map). [TU]

Albany police say a 42-year-old woman stabbed a 34-year-old woman Saturday night near Hoffman Park (map). [CBS6]

Saratoga Springs police say a recent rash of vandalism now includes the Spirit of Life monument in Congress Park. [Saratogian]

An attorney for the church reportedly trying evict an 88-year-old woman from her home in Sand Lake says eviction is "the last thing" the church wants to do. [CBS6]

An Albany native was the commander of the Marine mission that rescued a ship by hijacked by pirates off the coast of Yemen Thursday. [TU]

The East Greenbush fire department still uses sirens to summon its volunteers. [Troy Record]

A 60something Delmar couple is planning to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro in December. With Martina Navratilova. [TU]

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