DA says no more plea deals after skipping breath test, Mosley's mother says he was home the night of murders, Albany library will try again with smaller tax increase, two years for punching a man four times his age

Albany County DA David Soares says DWI suspects who refuse the breath test will no longer be offered plea deals for DWAI, a lesser charge. Asked by Fox23 whether the change in policy was a result of the James Miller case, Soares said: "I think, with respect to the last several cases that are very high-profile, it's just amplified the existence of that loophole." [TU] [Fox23]

Albany police chief Steve Krokoff said yesterday that spokesman James Miller was allowed to come back because of his experience with the department and his guilty plea to a misdemeanor. The APD released the dash cam vide of Miller's arrest. And Miller was apologizing on every local TV news outlet. [TU] [YNN] [YNN] [Fox23] [CBS6] [WNYT] [WTEN]

Michael Mosley's mother testified yesterday in her son's defense that he was home with her the night Arica Lynn Schneider and Samuel Holley were murdered. And she testified that Mosley hurt his hand snowboarding with his son. Prosecutors noted that weather reports indicated there was no snow on the ground that day. [Fox23] [TU] [Troy Record]

Two Momentive employees were airlifted to a hospital in Westchester County early yesterday morning after a flash fire at the plant in Waterford. The company says it's investigating the cause of the fire. Said a union rep: "We've been filing complaint after complaint about safety. Unfortunately, this was coming. I hope our issues will now be addressed. Everything can be prevented." And Waterford's supervisor accused the company of not communicating well enough about what was going on. [TU] [Fox23] [Troy Record] [YNN]

A coordinator for Albany County Stop-DWI program, who's required to live in the county for her job, apparently does not -- and has listed a string of addresses that would seem to have been misleading. [TU]

The Albany police officer who was found not guilty in criminal court of allegedly pointing a loaded gun at a co-worker has been found liable for civil assault. [TU]

The Albany library board has decided to put its budget up for a re-vote this July with a tax increase of about 15 percent (as opposed to the 25 percent in the original budget). The only polling location will be the main library on Washington Ave. [TU] [CBS6]

Lt. Governor Bob Duffy told mayors yesterday that a property tax cap would help prompt mandate reform, a priority for local municipalities. [TU]

The Cuomo admin is asking for a federal disaster declaration because of flooding in 26 counties -- including Saratoga, Washington and Warren. [Post-Star]

Flooding on the upper Hudson has delayed the start of the PCB dredging project again. [Saratogian]

The state Department of Education has ordered an end to the re-scoring of Regents exams that were just below the passing mark -- apparently many of these tests ended getting scores just high enough to pass. [NYT]

In its challenge of its property tax assessment, GlobalFoundries is arguing that the Malta fab should be valued at about half of what it was originally assessed. [Post-Star]

The Ferry Street Tunnel in Troy was closed for a few hours yesterday after the state Department of Transportation found loose patches of concrete. [Troy Record]

A consultancy's report concludes that the Cohoes and Watervliet fire departments could save $300k annually by consolidating. Officials say the report is short on details on how that would actually happen. [Troy Record] [TU]

The Route 9P bridge over Saratoga Lake is scheduled to re-open today. [Saratogian]

A 20-year-old Schenectady man was sentenced to two years in prison for punching an 87-year-old man in the face. [Daily Gazette]

Tech Valley High School's first class of seniors is set to graduate. [Daily Gazette]

Say Something!

We'd really like you to take part in the conversation here at All Over Albany. But we do have a few rules here. Don't worry, they're easy. The first: be kind. The second: treat everyone else with the same respect you'd like to see in return. Cool? Great, post away. Comments are moderated so it might take a little while for your comment to show up. Thanks for being patient.

The Scoop

Ever wish you had a smart, savvy friend with the inside line on what's happening around the Capital Region? You know, the kind of stuff that makes your life just a little bit better? Yeah, we do, too. That's why we created All Over Albany. Find out more.

Recently on All Over Albany

A quick recap of the week

Here are a few highlights from the past summer week on AOA: + We went architecture gawking in Albany's warehouse district, a neighborhood with a... (more)

Stuff to do this weekend

AOA's starting the weekend a little early. Happy Friday. A weekend, even in the rain, is still a weekend. Keep your umbrella handy and your... (more)

Cooking with Fire author at HLM

Author/historian/wood-fired foods expert Paula Marcoux will be at Healthy Living Market August 6 for a talk and demo. Marcoux's book, Cooking With Fire: From Roasting... (more)

Stephen at (his new) home

Stephen Colbert is taking over for David Letterman on The Late Show next year -- and New York State is helping along the transition with... (more)

Planning a Capital Region wedding: recap!

Over the last few months Lauren has been sharing her wedding planning process here at AOA. Well, guess what: She now's married and back from... (more)

Recent Comments

... It's heartening to see that the neighborhood is seeing early stages of revival - I think a lot of cities are starting to realize the potential and charm of historic warehouse and factory buildings. I'm sort of conflicted because although I want to see them all saved, I like the sort of gritty time-worn quality of peeling paint, dirty brick, and faded signage...

Stuff to do this weekend

...has 2 comments, most recently from CAOD

Planning a Capital Region wedding: recap!

...has 6 comments, most recently from Nicole

Stephen at (his new) home

...has 1 comment, most recently from Joe

Cherry Plain State Park

...has 9 comments, most recently from ethan

Info sessions on new CDTA smart cards and mobile payments

...has 3 comments, most recently from Lu