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]

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