Grad student accused of having dangerous chemicals says he had nothing to hide, trial starts in Bailey murder, Soares sued for $75 million, did Cuomo eat a piece of New York?
Jason Sanchez, the RPI grad student arrested last week after Bethlehem police said they found dangerous chemicals in his apartment's basement, took the Times Union on a shopping trip to Lowe's to demonstrate that he had "nothing to hide" and that the chemicals were easily obtainable. [TU]
The Albany County legislature approved a budget that includes a five percent property tax increase and 33 layoffs. Legislators also approved a bill that would move the ball forward on building a new county nursing home (county exec Mike Breslin has been opposed to building a new facility). [TU] [Fox23]
The union that reps Albany police officers has gone to court against the city to protest a shift in work schedules related to the department's new community policing initiative. Officers were scheduled to start walking new beats this Friday. [TU] [CBS6]
Albany police say a UAlbany student was raped by an unknown attacker early Sunday morning on Quail Street (map). An APD spokesman says there's "not enough to go on" to believe this attack is connected to last week's rape on Dove Street. He also urged people to be cautious: "Trying to reinforce, 3:30 in the morning, 21-year-old female should not be out walking alone." [CBS6] [WNYT] [TU] [YNN] [Fox23] [YNN]
David Paterson says he blames the setup of New York State government -- especially the "Three Men in a Room" concept -- for the state's dysfunction. [Buffalo News]
The state Senate is scheduled to take up legislation today that would prop up NYC OTB -- though it looks like there won't be any action on it. (Revenue from NYC OTB theoretically helps support horse racing in the state, including at Saratoga.) [TU] [Daily Politics]
The pharmacists targeted in the Signature Pharmacies steroids case have sued Albany County DA David Soares for $75 million. [AP/WSJ]
A grand jury will hear the case of alleged voter fraud against two Troy Democratic party officials. [Troy Record]
A US District Court judge recently ruled there's enough evidence for the case to proceed against two state troopers accused of busting up a guy's face outside the Bayou Cafe in downtown Albany in 2006 -- and then trying to cover it up. [TU]
The Troy Police Department says it's changed the ways it handles complaints from citizens. [Troy Record]
Boardings at ALB are down about five percent this year through October compared to the same period last year.
A drop in greenhouse gas emissions has apparently led to a glut of pollution credits issued by the multi-state Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative. [TU]
The Bethlehem school district is thinking about selling its district headquarters and consolidating and closing an elementary school to cover projected budget gaps in the future. [TU]
Friendly's is using the Capital Region as a test market for overhauls of its locations -- and is randomly giving out $1,000 to people in the process. [Troy Record]
Christmas trees from a farm in Charlton are headed to military families in places such as Iraq and Afghanistan. [Troy Record]
Though it can't be confirmed, Andrew Cuomo may have eaten a piece of New York State yesterday. [State of Politics]
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