PEF approves contract, drugs allegedly found in Gold's Gym man's home, sheriff's candidate accused of ticket fixing

Andrew Cuomo on why the PEF membership approved the revised contract: "Cooler heads prevailed. You bring down the heat, bring down the partisanship, bring down the rhetoric and have a dialogue." About 3,500 who had received layoff notices will now keep their jobs. More than 70 percent of PEF members voted to approve the contract. [AOA] [State of Politics] [TU] [Daily Gazette]

"Three people with knowledge of the matter" say that what appeared to be cocaine and steroids were found in Gold's Gym man's Troy apartment. [TU]

Rensselaer County Sheriff candidate Gary Gordon was heard on phone conversations seeming to make deals to fix tickets for relatives of officials. Sitting sheriff Jack Mahar has asked the governor's office to have the state attorney general's office investigate the calls. [TU] [Troy Record] [YNN]

A number of people associated with the Troy voter fraud scandal testified before a grand jury yesterday. [Troy Record]

The Troy City Council voted unanimously to create a new ethics commission with more teeth than the current ethics board. [Troy Record]

As public school pay is slowly climbing, some South Colonie School district employees are on the list of those top paid in the state. [TU]

The Schenectady Police Department will get 20 new Tasers, nearly doubling the amount the department has. [Daily Gazette]

The Saratoga County man who is charged with the attempted abduction of a woman from a Stewart's last month now faces new charges involving a December 2010 break-in. He is being held in Saratoga County Jail on $50,000 bail. [Fox23] [Saratogian]

An Albany man left his car running, leading police to find stolen license plates and several baggies of pot. [YNN] [TU]

Occupy Albany protestors are hoping local people will take part in a national action to move their money from big banks to not-for-profit credit unions. [Fox23]

The radioactive cleanup at Knolls Atomic Laboratory will not be done by the end of this year, as was promised. [TU]

The Schenectady Fire Department will finally get self-rescue equipment to help firefighters out of windows, instead of waiting to be rescued or just jumping. [Daily Gazette]

Malta's new automatic CPR equipment helped save a town woman's life. [Saratogian]

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