Former Schenectady man held in terror plot, Occupiers concerned arrests are becoming "redundant," man accussed of blinding girlfriend's baby, possible secret to long life: lager

A former Schenectady man was arrested in New York City this weekend for allegedly building pipe bombs and planning to attack members of the police force and postal service, as well as military personnel returning from active duty. Police say he's an Al-Qaida sympathizer. His family members at Mont Pleasant home where he used to live said he was easily influenced and got in with the wrong crowd. [TU] [YNN] [WYNT] [Daily Gazette]

An attorney who worked with Albany Count exec-elect Dan McCoy's transition team was given an $84,000 job with the county last month. [TU]

Kathy Jimino's budget for Rensselaer County funds all non-mandated services until April 1 -- if the budget doesn't find emergency funding by then, those services would be cut. [Troy Record]

Says one Occupy Albany protestor who's been arrested five times already for violating the curfew in Lafayette Park: "At some point it becomes kind of redundant." This comes after 48 people were arrested on Saturday night. The protestors are trying to make sure their message doesn't get lost in all the arrest news. The first group of protesters arrested for trespassing in Lafayette Park are due in court today.[TU] [Daily Gazette] [YNN] [TU]

With only 70 votes separating the candidates in the Schenectady mayoral race, Roger Hull, who is trailing Gary McCarthy, could ask the state Supreme Court to review ballots not counted. [TU]

An Averill Park man accused of shaking a baby hard enough to cause her to go blind has a history of violence, including killing an ex-girlfriend's cat and choking his girlfriend. Now the baby's father is seeking custody of her. [WNYT] [CBS6]

Police are looking for a man who they say kidnapped a teenage girl in Troy this weekend and then drove her to Schaigticoke, where she escaped. [YNN]

The issue of who is responsible for the 2005 Hadlock dam collapse in Fort Ann is still making its way through a series of court cases. [Saratogian]

A man was charged with DWI and other crimes after he crashed into another car in front of Albany City Hall as a police officer was watching on Saturday evening. [TU]

The Albany Common Council is moving to change the way the city's crossing guards are compensated -- mainly, to stop paying them for hours they don't actually work. [TU]

A Scotia man has been charged with sexually abusing two children under the age of 11. [Fox23]

Schenectady County refuses to certify a new bridge built last month in Duanesburg and the local fire and ambulance companies refuse to use it. [Daily Gazette]

A resident of the Albany County nursing home recently celebrated her 106th birthday -- and prefers lagers of light beers. [TU]

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Poor baby Lia. :(

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