Federal prosecutors aim for new trial for Bruno, state's high court hears case about golf etiquette, Troy taking bids for city hall demo, again no skating at ESP

Federal prosecutors said in a letter to Joe Bruno's attorney that recent Supreme Court rulings make a reversal of Bruno's conviction "appropriate." But they also indicated they could attempt to re-try Bruno, arguing there's enough evidence to convict him -- even under the new interpretation by the Supremes. The feds are asking Bruno to drop his appeal and head straight to a new trial -- a move Bruno's camp has already turned down. [State of Politics] [NY Post] [TU] [NYT] [Troy Record] [WTEN]

An Indian tribe from Wisconsin is reportedly close to deal with the state to open a full-fledged casino in the Catskills. The deal could mean hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue each year for the state. [NYT] [TU]

More than 200 state DEC employees have received letters warning of potential layoffs. [TU]

Saratoga County DA James Murphy has turned down the role of special prosecutor in the Signature Pharmacy steroids case. An Albany County court judge had tried to appoint Murphy to the role after disqualifying Albany County DA David Soares. [YNN] [TU]

The state Court of Appeals heard a case yesterday in which the question was whether a golfer should be liable if he doesn't yell "fore" before taking a shot and the ball hits someone. Oral arguments yesterday included a discussion of what constitutes a shank. [TU] [WNYT]

The state labor department reports that 84 county jail inmates from around the state were illegally collecting unemployment benefits. [NYS DoL]

The City of Troy is seeking demolition bids for the old city hall. There's still some dispute about whether the building will be taken down. [Troy Record] [TU]

The amount budgeted in Schenectady for fire chief overtime next year has raised questions about pension padding. [TU]

Schenectady police say they've arrested three men following a stabbing in Hamilton Hill Tuesday evening (map). [TU] [Fox23]

County Waste showed off its new "single stream" recycling center near the Port of Albany yesterday. To sort the recyclables, the facility uses some of the same sort of optical scanners used by the Hubble Telescope. [YNN] [TU]

Demolition has begun on the old Cohoes Theater, which apparently was beyond the point where it could be rehabbed. [Troy Record]

Fish somehow ended up in the reflecting pools at the ESP. [TU]

For the third straight year, there will be no ice skating at the ESP. [CBS6]


You know those fish. They'll just flock to any body of water they can get to.

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