Saratoga police say they're still investigating McCormick cold case, push for greater fines for unshoveled sidewalks, tough guys don't eat cupcakes

Saratoga Springs police say they're not declaring the deceased man whose name surfaced this week as a "person of interest" in the Tammie McCormick cold case as a killer. They say the investigation has taken them to western New York and out of state, and it's still ongoing. They say they didn't want to release the man's name because they feared it could jeopardize the investigation. [Saratogian] [WNYT] [TU] [Daily Gazette]

A Saratoga Springs police officer resigned yesterday after the department started an investigation into allegations officer had used police records to identify the cars of his ex-girlfriend's friends so he could pull them over and ticket them. The officer was charged with misdemeanor stalking of the former girlfriend last summer. [Saratogian] [WNYT] [TU] [Post-Star]

Andrew Cuomo continued his campaign against public school bureaucracies yesterday. Bob Duffy picked up the ball during a legislative budget hearing, arguing "so much" of the money spent on education in the state "gets invested in areas that do not touch the lives of children." [CBS6] [TU]

State comptroller says the Cuomo admin's proposed budget includes $4 billion in unspecified "placeholder" savings. [State of Politics]

The Cuomo budget includes a measure that would give the executive branch wide ranging investigative powers over the financial industry. [NYT]

A property developer was awarded $40k in damages after a contractor working for the city of Albany made a demolition mistake in 2007 that resulted in the developer's Sherman Street property also having to be razed. (The demolition contractor is the same company currently knocking down Troy's old city hall.) [TU] [Troy Record]

The Cuomo admin's Medicaid redesign panel has submitted 49 proposals for saving money on the $53 billion program. [NYT] [NYS DOH]

The Obama admin's proposed budget includes $20 million for a new Army Reserve facility in Niskayuna (map). If the funding makes it through the budgeting process, construction might not start for another few years. [Daily Gazette] [TU]

The Troy teen accused of killing a man on Father's Day last year in North Central has taken a plea deal that includes 15 years in prison. Five other people face charges for the incident, which police say was gang-related. [Troy Record] [TU]

Colonie police released a video still of the man they're searching for in the Central Ave bowling shooting. [Troy Record]

Troy police say a family with children had been living in "extremely disturbing" conditions, with six dogs and a dozen cats. [CBS6]

Kirsten Gillibrand is pushing a bill that would allow tax payers to deduct mortgage interest without itemizing deductions. [Fox23]

The city of Albany's DGS commissioner says he supports more aggressive fines for property owners who don't shovel walks, but questions whether the city has enough workers to clear the walks of scofflaws. [TU]

Rotterdam's town clerk has been on medical leave since April 2010 -- but is still being paid her full salary, and apparently will continue be so as long as she works one day a year. [CBS6]

There's now a "NanoHealth and Safety Center" at the Albany Nanotech, that will focus on issues related to the safety of nanoscale materials. The center could eventually include as many as 100 jobs. [UAlbany CNSE] [TU] [YNN]

The Bethlehem town board approved the plan for a new mobile phone tower near a couple of schools. Some residents had opposed the tower over concerns about possible health effects and property value declines. [YNN] [WNYT]

The Colonie man who was fined by the state Canal Corp for mowing the grass on his property along the water says he's going to do it again this year -- and he says if they want to collect the fine, they can sue him. [Troy Record]

The organizer of Americade is again threatening to move the motorcycle festival after the state DEC raised the fee for renting the Million Dollar Beach parking lot -- again. [Post-Star]

The proposed plan for the Lillian's parking lot on Broadway in Saratoga Springs includes a four story mixed-use building and a parking garage. [Post-Star]

The Ryan Gosling film set in Schenectady doesn't appear to actually be shooting in Schenectady. [TU]

The one item that hasn't gone over well at the Mazzone-operated GlobalFoundries cafeteria: cupcakes. [TU]

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