Investigation into Clifton Park plane crash, Albany bar owners fighting cabaret licensing, land bank proposed for Albany County, rogue pig apprehended

Investigators from the federal National Transportation Safety Board say it may be a year before there's an official conclusion about what caused a small plane to crash in Clifton Park this week. Investigators were at the scene yesterday collecting evidence. They say they're hoping some electronic instruments include data that will help them understand what happened. The wreckage of the plan is being transported to a facility in Connecticut for further study. Walter Uccellini -- founder of the Troy-based United Group development company -- died in the crash, and the other man aboard -- James Quinn -- is still hospitalized. [Daily Gazette] [Saratogian] [YNN] [Fox23] [Fox23]

Albany bar owners say they're planning to fight the city's cabaret licensing system after a batch of new permits required bars to stop live entertainment at 2 am. [TU]

People living near that large fire at chemical recycling company in Columbia County earlier this month are still uneasy about the possibly toxic after effects. The DEC says tests of the soot have been negative for PCBs. As for getting the word out about evacuations: "Plain and simple, there's no other way to put it, we dropped the ball," said a Columbia County Sheriff's Office lieutenant. Representatives from the company -- TCI -- did not attend the meeting. [TU] [Fox23] [WNYT] [News10]

Troy mayor Lou Rosamilia says the the police department's Street Crimes Unit "has not, and will not, be reinstated." (Supporters of the unit have been calling for it again because of the string of suspicious fires.) [Troy Record] [WNYT]

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A top Cuomo aide says it's hard to find people for jobs like state inspector general (still not filled after six months) because "salaries are not competitive with private sector comparisons and Albany's reputation over the past years is not inviting." [TU]

Many of the jobs lost in the Capital Region over the last year have been in local public education. [TU]

About 300 Republicans in the Ballston Spa didn't get to vote in the Congressional primary because the race was left off their ballots by Saratoga County in the rush to get ready. [State of Politics]

A group of community leaders has proposed the creation of a "land bank" for Albany County to deal with foreclosed properties. [TU]

Latest drama with the Saratoga Springs Housing Authority: whether the org should present salary info to the city council or present salary info to the city council "for its approval." [Saratogian]

A group of Schenectady non-profits are facing foreclosure after 1) the didn't renew their non-profit status and 2) their tax liens were sold to a private company. [YNN]

The re-trial of Edward McDonough in the Troy ballot fraud case is scheduled for November. [Troy Record]

A Troy man who pleaded guilty to intentionally running over a guy with a car has been sentenced to 5.5 years in prison. [TU]

A Schenectady man has been arrested after his dog allegedly bit two people. [Daily Gazette]

A Troy-based psychotherapist has helped train thousands of Army chaplains in how to minister to soldiers with PTSD. [TU]

At issue in Schroon Lake: was that poop or algae floating in the water? [Post-Star]

A pipe band from Scotia and Glenville placed first in the novice juvenile division at the World Pipe Band Championships in Scotland. [Daily Gazette]

A "masters" crew team (people in their 50s) from Saratoga won a national championship this past weekend. [Saratogian]

Even famous people ask where the bathroom is at The Track. [Saratogian]

Police from Troy, Green Island, and Schodack were involved in apprehending a "rogue" pig Thursday. [Fox23]


"some pig"

Earlier this week I saw a sign on a sometimes-vacant building on Route 9H (up the road from TCI) with a small sign that said "TCI Claims". I don't have any info beyond that or if it is what it appears to be.

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