It's hot, Sanders says he's sorry about fatal hit-and-run, Tedisco and Reilly at odds over MMA, police searching for alleged bank robber who's missing part of an arm

The forecasted high for today is 95. [NWS]

There are more details about the bill that would reform state ethics rules -- and questions about odd provisions in the bill. [TU] [NYT]

The state Conservative Party is trying to flex its (small, but influential) muscles against legalizing same-sex marriage. [State of Politics]

Update: Sanders pleaded guilty today at his arraignment (no, that doesn't often happen). | Roy Sanders, the man accused of being the driver in the hit-and-run that killed Jahvion Perez, in an interview with Fox23: "I'm sorry that their little boy had to go like that. If I could take it back, I would. I swear I would. And God knows it was only an accident, and I'm so sorry." Both Sanders and his parents say he didn't stop after the accident because people were throwing stuff at him. [TU] [Fox23] [WNYT]

Turning the former Cinema Arts theater into a meeting space for a new Troy city hall at the Dauchy Building is now apparently off the table for the moment after Tuesday's city council meeting. Earlier in the day, Republican mayoral candidate Carmella Mantello again said the city shouldn't take over the space on River Street because it could become taxable prime real estate. [Troy Record] [Troy Record]

Jim Tedisco and Bob Reilly are at odds over mixed-martial arts legalization. (So... cage match?) [Daily Gazette]

An attorney for Michael LoPorto, one of the people under indictment in the alleged Troy voter fraud case, says he's received word from the special prosecutor that a handwriting expert concluded LoPorto's handwriting is not on the absentee ballots. [TU]

A Schenectady County judge Karen Drago during the sentencing of the woman who pleaded guilty to child endangerment after her child was found to be malnourished because of a medical condition: "It is most troubling to the court that the system is so beset with archaic thinking that it appears to be only the mother's responsibility to render medical care for the child [and not the father's, too]." [TU]

Rotterdam supervisor Frank Del Gallo, dumped by town Democrats for their spot on this year's ballot, says he'll run under a new party. [Daily Gazette]

There was inter-family shouting yesterday at the arraignment of the two men charged with the 1994 murder of Rosemary Crosier in Troy. [Troy Record]

Albany police say another food delivery man was robbed at riflepoint in Arbor Hill Monday night (map). The APD says it's not sure if this robbery is connected to a similar one last week. [Fox23] [TU]

Albany police say they're investigating a robbery at the SEFCU on New Scotland Ave Tuesday afternoon. They say the man asked for money and didn't show a weapon -- and the alleged robber is missing part of one arm. [Fox23] [CBS6] [YNN]

One of the members of the group opening a Bombers franchise in Troy at King/Federal/River streets says the building owner plans to knock down nearby buildings on the rundown block. [Troy Record]

The 9/11 memorial sculpture planned to be unveiled outside the Saratoga City Center this fall is still about $50k short on funding. [Saratogian]

A Niskayuna man has more than a thousand board games. [Fox23]

The waterfalls on the side of the ESP have been turned back on after it was decided the $4.50/hour it takes to run them was worth it. [TU]


Bank robbery suspect known to go by the alias "Righty."

From The Record article re: Bombers linked above:

>>Donald Boyajian, an attorney with the well-known Dreyer Boyajian firm, owns 2 King St. According to Dzembo, Boyajian plans to tear down the buildings nearby, including 4 King St., but it is not yet known what will become of the property. She said it could become a parking lot.

This is infuriating. We. Don't. Need. Any. More. Parking. Lots. In. Downtown. Troy.

Take a look at Troy in Google Earth and behold the vast amounts of surface parking lots in this city (then throw in the parking garages and the street parking).

If people want more parking in that area then they should work with the city to establish diagonal parking along the adjacent streets (including Federal St. which is so insanely wide that you can only safely cross it on foot by going under the Green Island Bridge).

If these folks want to knock down old buildings and replace them with BETTER buildings, with good urbanism, then bravo!

On the other hand, if they knock down buildings for a surface parking lot then they are literally knocking the front teeth out Troy.

This whole drive and park everywhere scene is soooo OVER. I just got back from the Congress for the New Urbanism in Madison, WI. Those are developers, architects and planners who actually know what they're doing. I also talked with lots of folks running car-pooling, car-sharing and bike sharing businesses. That what's coming down the pike, not a french-fry oil powered SUV.

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