New PEF contract goes to membership, Albany High School might move, Porco appeal denied,

The new PEF contract has been approved by union's board and will now go to the membership for a vote. If this contract is not approved, layoffs will go forward. [YNN] [Saratogian] [TU]

There is a plan to move Albany High to the Harriman state office campus, and tear down the old high school for a new college dorm project. [TU]

The Albany City Council has passed a ban on hydrofracking in the city. The ban passed 8-5, which leaves it vulnerable to a veto. [YNN] [Fox23] [TU]

The state Court of Appeals -- New York's highest court -- has upheld Christopher Porco's conviction. It ruled Porco's 6th Amendment rights were not violated by the admission of the Joan Porco's head nod, and "overwhelming evidence placed defendant at the family home." [TU] [Daily Gazette] [NYS Court of Appeals]

A driver fleeing from police in Albany hit a car and then crashed into a bus shelter in Albany that had a person in it. Both the driver and the person in the shelter were taken to the hospital. The shelter was badly damaged. [YNN] [TU] [@JCEvangelist_TU]

A vet who crashed into the Stratton Medical Center security guard shack yesterday had a self-inflicted stab wound to the chest. [TU]

The Troy mayoral candidates met last night and discussed raising revenues and attracting new businesses to the city. [Troy Record]

The Rensselaer County DA's office is deciding whether to retry Joseph McElheny on child endangerment charges. [Fox23]

For the fourth year in a row, North Greenbush does not plan to raise taxes. [Troy Record]

Ten years after it was shot by a hunter in the town of Day, researchers have determined that a young male wolf was completely wild and could indicate that wolves are on their way back in New York. [TU]

The Humane Society of the Capital Region is hoping to collect data on stray and abandoned animals throughout the area. [TU]

Since the Schenectady Rose Garden is barely transitioning itself toward winter, volunteers have to help. [Daily Gazette]

Comments

Having a high school, especially a large one, on the Harriman Campus would be awful for people who work there. High schoolers and their drama manages to spread off the designated school property quite easily. Having spent a year living across from another large high school, I've had my fill of being woken up by screaming, music, and other BS.

At the moment Harriman is quite peaceful, and a school will do nothing to maintain that. Perhaps there are also plans to move the workers currently at the campus.

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