New state Senate district includes part of Capital Region, Albany treasurer sounding like a mayoral candidate, Beverly's in Saratoga is closing

The state task force in charge of redistricting is planning a new state Senate district that will include parts of Albany and Schenectady counties, according to "an official briefed on draft maps." [TU]

The Supreme Court of the United States ruled yesterday that law enforcement agencies need a warrant before they can place a GPS tracker on a person's car. New York State's highest court made a similar ruling 2009 regarding a case in which State Police had placed a tracker on the car of a man was convicted of burglary in Latham. There was a similar situation involving the car of a state employee at the Department of Labor in Albany who was accused of filing false time sheets. That situation resulted in a civil suit filed by the NYCLU, which called yesterday's SCOTUS ruling "encouraging." [NYT] [TU] [AOA] [WNYT]

More than 500 people showed up for an anti-fracking rally inside the Legislative Office Building yesterday. The rally was part of a push for legislation that would ban the method of extracting natural gas in the state. [TU] [AP/Troy Record]

The city of Albany has agreed to pay $200k to settle a civil suit filed by the family a 17-year-old who was killed in 2007 when his car was struck by a woman fleeing police. [TU]

The head of the Saratoga Springs Housing Authority has responded to many of the allegations against him, arguing he did nothing wrong in hiring and promoting his children and addressing a bed bug problem. The housing authority has also hired a PR firm to help it respond to the allegations. [TU] [Saratogian]

Rotterdam Junction fire chief Shawn Taylor will be Paul Tonko's guest at tonight's State of the Union address. Taylor was picked the highlight efforts of first responders during Irene flooding -- and the continued need for help by people affected. [Fox23] [WTEN]

Sheldon Silver says state legislators deserve a pay raise. The legislature's base salary has been the same since 1999. [WNYT] [NY Post]

In a "response" to Jerry Jennings' state of the city address, Albany city treasurer Kathy Sheehan sounded a lot like someone who's considering a run for mayor. [TU]

Troy fire chief Thomas Garrett was the city's top earner last year, at just under $140k. Police investigator John Ericson was Schenectady's top earner last year, at more than $149k. [TU] [TU]

Schenectady mayor Gary McCarthy has proposed shutting off the water and halting trash pickup to properties when their owners fall two or more years behind on property taxes. [Daily Gazette]

Critics of a new proposed city of Albany process for issuing permits for live entertainment argue the proposal doesn't allow for adequate neighborhood input. [TU]

Albany police say they busted a string of loud parties in Pine Hills following tips and complaints from neighbors. [TU]

A man already deported three times for being in the country illegally has been arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting a girl in Washington County. [Post-Star]

The Watervliet Arsenal makes cannons for the Egyptian army. [Troy Record]

Beverly's Cafe in Saratoga Springs is closing after 22 years. [Saratogian]

Longtime local radio broadcaster Steve Fitz has died. He hosted the area's first local call-in show. [TU] [CBS6]

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