State budget could be finished this week, Hudson among most polluted rivers, teller allegedly stole $95k from Trustco, man charged for drinking officer's water, woman celebrates 109th birthday

It looks like the state budget could be finished this week (the deadline is April 1). One of the remaining hold ups: details of the health insurance exchange required by federal healthcare overhaul. [AP/Troy Record] [TU]

Jack McEneny tells the Times Union that's he considering not running for re-election to the Assembly this year. [TU]

The Hudson River is the 24th most polluted river in the country, according to report by Environment New York. The biggest single source of pollution in the river: a paper plant in Glens Falls. [Saratogian] [TU]

More than a hundred people marched in a "Hoodies in the Hood" event in Albany Saturday protesting the killing of Trayvon Martin in Florida. Said an organizer to the crowd: "They think it's drama. We got drama for them. They think that this is sensationalism. Oh well, I'll get more sensationalistic. I'll give them whatever they need to hear so that they can understand that life has value, regardless of the color of your skin." [TU] [Fox23] [Daily Gazette]

A member of the Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk school board has declared himself a "sovereign citizen", a declaration that others have used in an attempt to exempt themselves from the government's laws (or taxes, apparently -- he owes tens of thousands in back taxes). [TU]

Albany County legislature chairman Shawn Morse on whether he's planning to primary Neil Breslin for the state Senate: "I'm not saying it's not an option to run for a bigger seat." [Troy Record]

The Republican committee in the town of Saratoga -- where Roy McDonald lives -- has endorsed county clerk Kathy Marchione over McDonald for the state Senate. [Saratogian]

The city of Schenectady has instituted new rules that include specific instructions about how the city's 600some vacant properties should be boarded up. [Daily Gazette]

The owner of the three dogs that mauled a Schenectady woman in 2010 has started her 30 day jail sentence. [TU]

State Police say they arrested a man in a Milton mobile home park Friday allegedly building fireworks in his home. Police had responded because the man had allegedly pointed a rifle at his wife during an argument. [Saratogian] [TU]

Albany police say a man has been arrested for allegedly stealing more than $95,000 from Trustco Bank while he worked there in 2010 and 2011. [APD press release, below]

A Schenectady man was charged with petit larceny for allegedly drinking the bottled water that belonged the police officer who was arresting him on DWI charges. [Daily Gazette]

The Albany County Sheriff's Office says a Delmar man killed himself by squatting on train tracks in New Scotland so that he would be hit by a train. [TU]

About 100 people marched in Troy's North Central neighborhood, where a 17-year-old was really killed in a drive-by, to protest the violence on the street there (residents also organized a neighborhood cleanup). A Troy church is working to start a gun buyback program. [Troy Record] [YNN] [Fox23]

Mechanicville and Stillwater officials are stoked about economic development potential of the intermodal railroad hub that's opened in Halfmoon. [Saratogian]

Racing has been suspended at the Saratoga racino until April 11 because of an infectious disease outbreak among horses there. [Saratogian]

The Schenectady Greenmarket is aiming to open a market in a food desert in the Bellevue neighborhood this summer. Also: Capital District Community Gardens is opening a gardening plot in Steinmetz Park (map). [Daily Gazette] [Daily Gazette] Earlier: Where the supermarkets are -- and aren't

Saratoga Springs mayor Scott Johnson says he hopes that a city-owned park on Saratoga Lake will be open by this summer. [Saratogian]

The National Weather Service in Albany is getting a new radar system that's being touted as the biggest upgrade since the arrival of the office's Doppler radar in the early 1990s. [Daily Gazette]

A Saratoga County woman celebrated her 109th birthday Saturday. One of the reasons Jennie Pattist might have lived so long: lots of homegrown veggies. [Daily Gazette] [Post-Star]

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APD: Man allegedly stole $95k from Trustco
Albany detectives arrested a 26 year old Lancaster Street man last Friday morning for stealing over $95,000 dollars while working as an employee for Trustco Bank.
Following a thorough investigation detectives arrested Jeffrey Roscoe of 794 Lancaster Street at the South Station. He was charged with Grand Larceny 2nd and Falsifying Business Records 1st.
Roscoe, who was the head teller at the 415 Whitehall Road branch, allegedly stole $95,454.00 dollars between February 1st, 2010 and December 15, 2011.
He is alleged to have made several false transactions over a period of time in order to withdraw money for himself. Once he withdrew the money he would then cancel the transaction to cover it up until a internal audit caught the scheme.
The money was stolen directly from the bank and at no point were any of the customer's personal accounts affected.
Roscoe became a suspect after an internal audit in December, 2011, turned up the discrepancy in his accounting. He was immediately suspended pending an internal and criminal investigation.
He was arraigned Friday in City Criminal Court and sent to the Albany County Jail on $15,000 bail.

Comments

I'm not surprised that Finch is the biggest polluter of the Hudson. I worked in Glens Falls for a few years and that town reeked. Most locals were used to it, but I would gag almost every day up there when I went outside - it smelled like rotten hot dogs. I had an apartment up in Queensbury and on hot summer nights you could smell it up there too.

Don't get me wrong, I love Glens Falls and Queensbury, but if they really want to revitalize that area they need to get rid of that odor.

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