Albany legislature confirms Marcelle as county attorney, Immelt says GE Schenectady is on "upswing," Cuomo says it's not love but tension, Amazing Wok building former home of Nuremberg prosecutor

Albany County legislators confirmed Thomas Marcelle as county attorney last night, in spite of protests from people concerned about Marcelle's connection with a conservative Christian group.[TU]

GE CEO Jeffrey Immelt says the Schenectady plant is on an upswing and the corporate labs in Niskayuna are at a "highpoint."[TU]

Andrew Cuomo says his relationship with the legislature is not based on love, but on tension [State of Politics] [via Capitol Pressroom]

The company that administers the GED exam is hiking its rates, prompting the state to
search for other ways for New Yorkers to obtain high school equivalency degrees. [TU]

Police around the state have given out about 7,500 tickets for texting while driving since the law was instituted in July. The federal National Traffic Safety Board is pushing for a ban on the use of all personal electronic devices in cars. [AP/Troy Record] [YNN]

A Lake George man is facing charges for allegedly choking his wife to the point of unconsciousness and pouring dish soap into the mouth of their four year old son. [WNYT]

State Police say a Nassau man was drunk and in possession of Xanax and marijuana when he was arrested for chocking another man through a car window, leading police on a chase and trying to hit a trooper on Saturday night. [TU]

An Albany man could spend up to a year in jail after his ex-girlfriend led police to an unlicensed gun he kept in his home. [APD, press release below]

A Troy man will be spending up to ten years in prison on child pornography charges. [Record]

A former inmate at the Rensselaer county jail who was beaten by a guard in 2009 is filing a federal lawsuit against the county alleging that beatings and civil rights violations are common at the facility and that the county has not addressed the issue. [TU]

Sixty-nine people voted in a special election last month in a North Colonie School Board race, but records show only 42 showed up for the vote. The district has asked the state commissioner of education to review the results. [TU]

Schenectady police won't charge the director of Animal Protective Foundation for leaving two pit bull puppies in the police department lobby Friday. [TU]

Police say 57-year-old Margaret Keeler Dunn was killed on Sunday night when her car veered off Route 9W and hit a tree. [TU]

Police believe a medical emergency may have caused a driver to cross into oncoming traffic, causing a two car crash on the Northway yesterday. [Saratogian]

The Washington County man who allegedly taped a dog's paws together and left him near the side of a road will answer to animal cruelty charges in court today. [YNN]

New York State has awarded another $650,000 in grants to help communities recover from Irene and Lee. [CBS6]

About $15 million in improvements are planned for Albany International Airport. [Fox 23]

A popular Lake George road will be the first heavily trafficked street tto be paved with eco friendsy porous asphalt, which will protect the lake from runoff contaminated by vehicles. [Daily Gazette]

An effort is underway to place a plaque on the Lark Street building that was once home to Nuremburg trial prosecutor and one time Albany Law student Robert Jackson. The building at 267 Lark now houses the Amazing Wok. [TU]

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APD Press Release

Albany Police arrested a 31 year old Lancaster Street resident this past Saturday for gun possession after officers found a .9mm handgun in a dresser drawer while assisting his ex-girlfriend in retrieving her belongings from their residence.

Officers escorted Mathieu Primeau's ex-girlfriend to 870 Lancaster Street at 4:30 p.m. after she went to the Albany Police Center Station asking for police assistance in getting some items out of the apartment that she and Primeau once shared. While at the residence, information was received that Primeau had a handgun in his dresser drawer and did not have a permit in New York State.

Officers received consent to search the dresser drawer and located a Luger High-Point .9mm handgun and a magazine loaded with eight rounds of ammunition.

Primeau was arrested at the scene and charged with Criminal Possession of a Weapon 4th degree. He was arraigned in Albany City Criminal Court Sunday morning.

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