Troy cited for not removing asbestos from former City Hall, UMass basketball players make emergency landing at ALB, NY may ban electronic cigarettes, Proctor's buys Muddy Cup

No mention of Schenectady in the president's State of the Union address, but lots of talk about innovation, similar to what we heard in the Electric City last week. Everyone is giving their post game today. Here's reaction to the speech from our legislators. [Record]

The State Labor Department issued three violations against the city of Troy for failing to remove asbestos from the former City Hall building before it began demolition. Mayor Tutunjian says the city has not violated any laws, since the demolition hasn't officially started yet, only "exploratory excavation." [Record] [YNN]

The UMass men's basketball team's plane made a emergency landing at Albany International yesterday after pilots noticed smoke in the cockpit. [TU]

New York may become the first state to ban electronic cigarettes. [WTEN}

Four Long Island residents were arrested in Latham and charged with Credit Card Fraud for allegedly charging food and a hotel stay to a California woman's account. They were found with a credit card scanning device that scans accounts and puts credit on gift cards. [TU]

The man who helped remove the windshield of the car that hit and killed Ryan Rossly in a hit and run in Saratoga last year, has been convicted of evidence tampering.[TU]

The Troy man charged with fatally shooting the father of four for embarrassing him in front of his friends allegedly confessed to the crime in a letter to prosecutors and asked for a plea deal. [TU]

The Clifton Park town board wants to curb the use of light up LED signs that have popped up around town. [TU]

In an effort to get her ex arrested, a Schenectady woman allegedly made three calls to police, falsely claiming the man planned to kill Mayor Brian Stratton. [TU]

An Ithaca dentist has announced he'll challenge Senator Kirsten Gillibrand in 2012. [YNN]

After twenty-five years, the head of the Albany Institute of History and Art will be stepping down. [TU]

Albany and Cohoes are clearing the streets today and tomorrow from 8-5. Don't park here. [TU]

Proctor's has purchased the Muddy Cup coffee shop in the lobby of the theater and will open up a shop of its own. [Gazette $]

The NYS DOT has a new free mobile ap that gives you real time traffic, transit, weather and emergency info. The 511 NY mobile ap works with the Blackberry, iPhone and Android. Don't use it while you're driving. [WTEN]

A Guilderland veterinarian is helping to save a bald eagle that flew through the windshield of a car near Binghamton yesterday.[Fox23]


My only exposure to electronic cigarettes was when Allison DuBois puffed away on one on "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" - however that episode led me to believe both electronic cigarettes and obnoxious psychic mediums should be outlawed

"The NYS DOT has a new free mobile app that gives you real time traffic, transit, weather and emergency info that works with the Blackberry, iPhone and Android. Don't use it while you're driving. [WTEN]"

For iPhone users searching the iTunes App Store: the app's name is "511NY Mobile App."

Since the WTEN article didn't say what the name of the DOT app is, it took a little while, but I found it. It's called "511NY Mobile App"-- on Android anyway. I imagine it will be similar for iPhone and Blackberry.

*Editors: Erp! We didn't put the name in either. Fixed. Thanks!

I think "ap" is usually spelled "app," unless you're Steve Ballmer....

"Proctors buys out Muddy Cup, promises better coffeehouse"

Nice. If it doesn't take 10+ minutes to prepare a single beverage, I'm sure the new place will have a lot more happy customers.

>>Just in time for the Lion King, Proctors has gotten rid of the biggest creator of complaints at the theater: the Muddy Cup.

curious -- what were the complaints? i personally think that whole lobby/"arcade" area at proctors is revolting. also, what's going on with the muddy cup on madison ave? it looks like it's not the muddy cup anymore but instead a coffee place with absolutely no name at all.

have not been inside yet. too bad the uncommon grounds does not open up on madison ave. still wishing for joe's to come back. the best deli in the whole world!

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