Opposition to proposed new Price Chopper in Watervliet, police say intruders shot dog, public bath completely stripped of copper, he saw her skating and said he'd marry her

Almost 200 people showed up for a meeting in Watervliet last night about the proposed demolition of the former St. Patrick's church in order to build a new Price Chopper. Golub CEO Jerel Golub told the crowd the company has been wanting to build to a larger, modern supermarket in the city, but it hadn't been able to find another suitable location. Among the concerns expressed by residents: traffic, noise, light pollution, and lower property values. One woman said she'd stop shopping at Chopper if the company built on the site -- and turned in her AdvantEdge card to Golub. [Troy Record] [WTEN] [YNN] [TU]

Economic indicators viewed as positive: there's been an upswing in in home sales and the number of jobs in the area. [Daily Gazette] [TU]

State attorney general Eric Schneiderman has filed suit against Sprint, alleging the mobile phone carrier underpaid its taxes by more than $100 million over seven years. In the case of Albany County, the AG says the county lost out on more than $500k in tax revenue because of the alleged underpayment. [NYS AG] [TU]

Neil Breslin is officially back into the pool for re-election to the state Senate. Albany County legislature chair Shawn Morse is continuing to circle the race. [Troy Record] [TU]

The Schenectady woman accused of setting a fire in an apartment next to where her children were staying has pleaded guilty to arson. [TU]

A North Colonie student was arrested after allegedly trying to sell a pellet gun to another student. Police the student never showed the gun and never threatened anyone. [YNN] [Fox23] [WNYT]

Noted: you might be able to use urine to wash gun powder residue off your hands. [TU]

Also noted: you can be charged with DWI for driving a golf car drunk. [Post-Star]

Troy police say they're investigating a case in which three masked men breaking into a North Central home apparently shot the pit bull living there after it expressed its extreme displeasure with their presence (map). The dog was taken to the emergency vet, but had to be euthanized because of its injuries. [Troy Record] [WTEN]

Someone stripped all the copper piping from the closed Public Bath No. 2 in Albany's South End -- which ended up cutting off the water to a nearby community center. [TU] Earlier: A hot commodity

The parent company of the mixed-martial arts series UFC has donated almost $93k to Andrew Cuomo's campaign fund over the last four years. [NYT]

Saratoga County officials seem to be breathing a bit easier because of projections that have the county to come in under budget this year. The county continues to have the lowest property tax rate in the state -- lower than its own rate in the early 80s. [Post-Star] [Daily Gazette] [Saratogian]

The expansion of the Saratoga Springs City Center is credited with bumping up the county's hotel occupancy rate. [Daily Gazette]

A proposal to build a $650k rec center in Niskayuna has people fired up. There's already been a threat of a law suit. [Daily Gazette] [TU]

Bethlehem buys 365 million gallons of water a year from the city of Albany -- even though the town doesn't need it. [TU]

The tax levy in the proposed Schenectady school district is down, but taxes will probably go up because of lower property assessments. [Daily Gazette]

The EPA gave Green Island-based Ecovative Design an award in recognition of the eco-friendly packing material the company grows from mushrooms. [Troy Record]

The organizers of the Camp Bisco festival are proposing a slate of changes to lessen the impact of the music event on the surrounding area. [Daily Gazette]

Three planes from the Intrepid in NYC are headed for the Aerosciences Museum in Glenville in order to make room for the space shuttle Enterprise. How do you move three such planes: very slowly. [Daily Gazette] [TU]

The Colonie town board was expected to award the contract for the town golf course's restaurant to the owner of Beff's. [TU]

An artists' co-op in Ballston Spa says someone absconded with its 7.5-foot-long ceramic shark. [Fox23]

A moose is continuing to hang around Wynantskill. And the DEC says it's looking into two moose sightings on the east side of Troy. [Fox23] [YNN]

New in downtown Saratoga: Saratoga Paint & Sip Studio, a combination wine bar/painting studio. [Saratogian]

How a Latham couple celebrating its 70th anniversary met: he saw her skating at Guptill's. [TU]

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