Leaders at odds over landfill deal, totem pole given temporary extension, accused deacon still in post at church, 105 years and 87 seasons at The Track

It's the first day of August.

Jerry Jennings is apparently irked about the deal to privatize the Colonie landfill because he says it will make it harder to form regional garbage consortium. "We're doing what's best for the taxpayers of Colonie," says town supervisor Paula Mahan of the potentially $100 million deal that would wipe away the town's budget deficit. [TU] [WNYT]

Democrat Lou Rosamilia officially announced he's into the pool for Troy mayor. Rosamilia is the Democratic replacement candidate for Clement Campana, who left the race because of allegations related to a few different scandals. [Troy Record] [TU]

Former NYSTI head Patricia Snyder has settled her case of alleged nepotism and misuse of taxpayer funds with the state attorney general's office by paying $200,000. Snyder neither admits nor denies guilt as part of the settlement. [Troy Record] [WTEN] [TU]

The people with the totem pole on Jefferson Street in Albany have been given an extension of 30 days to make their case for why they should be able to keep the pole. Said Jerry Jennings of the situation: "We can't just say, 'They're nice people' and let it go ... There's a process." [Fox23] [TU]

The deacon accused of sexual misconduct with two boys at an Albany church is still in his post at the church, even though he's been suspended from his day job. [TU]

Saratoga Springs police say they think the same person is behind two sexual assaults that have taken place on the city's west side recently. [Saratogian]

Troy police are urging Lansingburgh residents to keep an eye out after a rash of 40 break-ins over the past two months. [Fox23]

Albany police say the teen recently accused of snatching an elderly woman's purse on Yates Street was turned in... by his parents. [Fox23]

Saratoga Springs police say they recently busted an alleged pot ring that was bringing in as much as 75 pounds of pot per week to the Capital Region. [TU]

East Greenbush police say the kidnapping reported last week at a McDonald's was a prank. [TU]

The Place Beyond the Pines shoot in Scotia has been good for nearby businesses -- unless it's been bad. [CBS6] [Daily Gazette]

Among those donating to Roy McDonald's campaign fund following his vote on the Marriage Equality Act: David Hyde Pierce and his husband. [State of Politics]

Local business leaders are trying to get more connections from ALB to major hubs. [TU]

The number of second homes in Saratoga is way up over the last decade, according to Census data. This year, real estate companies report that demand for rentals is also up. [TU] [Saratogian]

Nearby road construction resulted in oil spilling into Lake Desolation in Saratoga County recently. That didn't seem to be keeping people out of the water, though. [WNYT] [WNYT]

Schenectady has a "do not solicit" list, similar to the do-not-call list, for people who don't want to be bother by door-to-door solicitors. [TU]

HSBC has reached a deal to sell 195 of branches, many of them in upstate New York, to First Niagara. [CBS6]

The owner of the Daily Gazette is investing in Cornell's to keep the more than 60-year-old restaurant afloat. [TU]

Albany resident Rose Vener, who attended every meet at the Saratoga Race Course from 1921 to 2008, passed away this past weekend at the age of 105. [TU]

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