Troy city council passes smoking ban, Raucci's pension frozen, roundabout proposed for end of Green Island Bridge, maybe he wasn't a Titanic survivor

The Troy city council passed an ordinance banning smoking in city-owned playgrounds, pools, and other places children gather. The ordinance pass by a 5-4 vote after much discussion. [Troy Record] [WNYT] [News10]

A state appellate court has ruled that Steven Raucci's pension is not exempt from a state law that prohibits criminals from profiting off publicity from their crimes. The ruling opens the way for Raucci's pension to be frozen, and his victims to potentially get access to the money if they win lawsuits against him. [TU] [Daily Gazette]

Marci Webber, the Nassau woman who killed her young daughter while visiting family near Chicago in 2010, was found not guilty by reason of insanity this week. Webber apparently had become gripped by severe paranoia and killed her daughter because she thought she'd otherwise fall victim to sex traffickers. [TU] [Chicago Tribune]

The assault case against former Albany County prosecutor William Conboy III has been dismissed after his wife, a top aide for Neil Breslin, refused to appear at trial -- and a recording surfaced in which it appears she threatens to frame him. [TU]

The state Assembly passed a bill this week that would require anyone under the age of 18 to get parental consent for piercing. [TU]

An environmental org argues that the state's billion dollar Brownfield Cleanup Program has spent too much money on tax credits for construction -- and not enough on cleaning up pollution. [TU]

The state Court of Appeals -- the state's highest court -- has ruled that an HIV-infected man's saliva could not be considered a deadly weapon during his trial for biting a police officer. [AP/TU]

The Milton town highway superintendent who pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor as part of a cocaine bust has been sentenced to probation and will probably keep his job with the town. [Saratogian]

The East Greenbush part time town justice ordered off the bench by the state Commission on Judicial Conduct for fixing speeding tickets has resigned -- and applied for a job as a law clerk in Rensselaer County court. [TU]

A Schenectady woman -- part of a mother-daughter team that allegedly stole wrapped presents from houses just before Christmas -- has pleaded guilty. [Daily Gazette]

Saratoga County -- Halfmoon, specifically -- leads the Capital Region in new home construction this year. [Daily Gazette]

The state is putting the Schenectady Armory up for auction in July. [Daily Gazette]

The architect for Socha Plaza on Route 50 in Glenville says he hopes the mixed-use development "raises the bar" for the town (there's a rendering at that link). [Daily Gazette]

A roundabout has been proposed for the intersection on the western side (the Green Island side) of the Green Island Bridge (map). [Troy Record]

Rensselaer County has a new dairy princess. [TU]

One of the two Titanic survivors buried in Albany Rural Cemetery might not actually be a Titanic survivor. [TU]

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