Long will face Gillibrand in November, PEF president voted out, Guilderland library expansion denied, samaritan replaces stolen bike

Republican Wendy Long , a Manhattan attorney, will challenge Kristin Gillibrand for the U.S. Senate in the fall. Long defeated Nassau County comptroller George Maragos and U.S. Representative Bob Turner in Tuesday's Republican primary. [YNN] [TU]

In the 19th Congressional district Democrat Julian Schreibman will challenge Chris Gibson for his seat in the fall. [YNN]

After the Public Employees Federation agreed to a contract last year that included no raises and other concessions to Cuomo administration to avoid 3,500 layoffs, PEF president Ken Brynien lost his reelection bid to Susan Kent yesterday by less than 1,200 votes. Only about 16,000 of the eligible 51,000 members voted.[TU] [YNN] [Fox 23]

Voters in Guilderland defeated a $12.95 million proposal to expand the library by a margin of 3 to 1. A record 25.8 percent of voters weighed in on the issue.[YNN] [TU]

State police say an Averill Park man was under the influence of drugs when he drove 103 mph through a work zone in Halfmoon. Ryan K. Spiak was arrested after he crashed his car in Troy and tried to flee on foot. [TU] [WNYT]

Damaging our faith in human nature: Troy police have arrested one of four men who threatened a 13-year-old Rensselaer boy and stole his new bicycle.
Restoring our faith in human nature: Adam Coonradt, who helped the boy when he saw him crying by the side of the road, delivered him a new bike last night. [TU] [Record]

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Cash for gold dealers in Albany County are bristling over a proposed Albany County law cash that would require them to record all purchases or exchanges in a county database in an effort to recover stolen property. [YNN]

Police are looking for a man who robbed a Brunswick Stewarts after claiming he had a bomb. [TU]

The level 2 sex offender convicted of murdering and robbing a 73 year old woman in Hudson last year was sentenced to 20 years to life in prison.
[YNN] [TU]

In opening statements Tuesday, prosecutors in the attempted murder trial of Lydia Ann Salce claim the Saratoga County woman repeatedly stabbed her husband in the back, while the defense claimed she was acting in self defense. [TU]

A Troy man claims he was beaten by city police after an argument with a police officer that began on Facebook. [WNYT]

A North Carolina woman was arrested for sending $3 million in marijuana from Vancouver, British Columbia to a truck stop in Wilton. [CBS 6]

Five years after thieves made off with $48,000 in electronics from Rex TV shop in Wilton, police solved the case. [Saratogian]

After five DWI convictions, a Ballston Spa woman still had a valid drivers license when she was pulled over for her sixth offense. [Saratogian]

A self employed contractor was arrested for the third time in less than two weeks for stealing from yet another house where he was employed.[TU]

After police searched for three hour search for a thief with a gun, reportedly sited in a Queensbury parking lot, the subcontractor who reported the incident admitted that he made it up. [Post Star]

The final report in the death of an inmate in the Schenectady County jail shows Ellis Hospital was responsible for "medical misconduct" for releasing the woman from the hospital without treating her drug induced psychosis. [TU]

Texas energy company Aloterra will work with Schoharie county farmers to grow miscanthus -- used to make heat, electricity and consumer products. [YNN]

A fourth person is facing charges in connection with the Rotterdam case where explosives were used to vandalize the property of a woman's boyfriend. Michael Garry, who is already behind bars on drug charges, is alleged to have planted an explosive device that shattered the window of the victim's pick-up truck. [TU]

A 93 year old Queensbury woman was ticketed for driving an unregistered vehicle and having an expired drivers license after she drove a car into the wall of a Stewart's and the plate glass window of the hair salon next door. [TU]

A recent state supreme court decision to allow corporations and unions to make unlimited contributions to campaigns is galvanizing campaign reform proponents who plan to take the cause to the legislature. [YNN]

The NYS Court of Appeals has ruled that small city school districts have the right to sue the state for underfunding districts, and causing a hike in school tax rates. The decision stems from a 2008 case brought by the Association of Small City's - representing 13 districts including Albany and Troy. [TU]

In an effort to spare a 12-year-old boy a painful series of rabies shots, authorities in Malta are looking for the pit bull who bit him last week. [Record]

New York paid $1.9 million in late fees to vendors last fiscal year. [Record]

FEMA is offering to pay for new folding flood control gates along the NYS canal system to avoid the kind of damage caused by flooding in last year's tropical storms.
[News 10]

A car struck and killed a 50 pound bear cub on Route 2 near the Brunswick /Grafton border on Tuesday night. [TU]

Authorities removed 60 of the 90 cats found in a one bedroom apartment in Schenectady on Tuesday - they didn't have enough shelter space for the thirty left behind. [News 10]

The rebuilding of Erie Blvd is snarling traffic in Schenectady [Gazette]

SAT and ACT exams are no longer required for admission to The College of Saint Rose. [Gazette]

George R. Hearst, Chairman of Hearst Corporation, which owns the Times Union, passed away in California on Tuesday from complications of a stroke.[TU]

Fewer herring are making the journey up the Hudson to spawn. [Gazette]

Plans are in the works to double the size of Yaddo's art studio building and add housing for artists for the first time since the 1980s. [Saratogian]

A little guide horse drew a big crowd at Albany International Airport. [Fox 23]

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