Court to consider whether gang members can be charged with terrorism, Troy city hall moving, more residential plan for downtown Troy, 47 years as a Great Dane

New York's highest court -- the Court of Appeals -- will hear a case today in which it will consider whether gang members can be charged with terrorism. [AP/Troy Record]

Sales tax revenues in Albany, Saratoga, and Rensselaer counties are all on path to be up this year. [TU]

Many local school districts still have not submitted their teacher evaluation plans to the state. But some districts have submitted their plans -- and have even had their plans approved (example: Albany). [Daily Gazette] [Cuomo admin]

The Albany County Sheriff's Office inspector who appears to have moved to Florida -- but is still on the department's payroll -- has been asked to sign an affidavit that he still lives in Albany County. [TU]

A Schenectady County prosecutor says a Schenectady police surveillance camera "caught significant portions of what happened" during the fatal shooting in Hamilton Hill on Friday. [Daily Gazette]

The New York Civil Liberties Union says it opposes the (re)proposed Albany County pawn shop law because the requirement that sellers collect info on buyers is "an invasion of privacy." [TU]

Albany police say a man was stabbed in front of the Stewart's at Washington Ave and Quail Street Monday night (map). (Earlier: APD said an elderly man was assaulted at the same location in September.) Update: APD press release says the man reported being stabbed at Quail and State (map), and was found in front of the Stewart's. [News10] [AOA]

UAlbany police say three men entered a dorm room on the UAlbany uptown campus and "forcibly" stole electronics from the students living there. [TU]

Peter Lavenia -- the Green Party challenger to Neil Breslin for the state Senate -- says he supports proportional representation. [WNYT]

Troy city hall's new location -- in the Hedley Building -- opens for business today (map). The city will be moving operations from its current location -- the former Verizon building on 6th Street -- over the next weeks. [WNYT] [YNN]

The town of Ballston's proposed budget includes no townwide tax for the 13th consecutive year. It also cuts the salaries of the supervisor and town board members in half. [Daily Gazette] [Saratogian]

A study of merger options for the village of Hoosick Falls and town of Hoosick concludes that merging would save villagers money -- but raise taxes for residents of the town. [TU]

A group of parents is opposing a Saratoga Springs school district policy restricts outdoor recess during the winter. [TU]

Almost a quarter of downtown Albany's office space is vacant, according to figures from a commercial real estate firm. [TU]

Bonacio Construction says it's looking to eventually convert parts of the River Triangle and Dauchy buildings into residential space -- and the Arts Center of the Capital Region is considering developing its upper floors, perhaps for residential. Updated to note the Arts Center's possible plans are not limited to residential. [Troy Record]

A $10 million mixed-use development -- restaurant, office, residential -- has been approved for a site on Route 50 in Glenville (map). [Daily Gazette]

A Canadian company says it can store 39 million gallons of de-icing fluid at its new facility on the Hudson in Glenmont. [TU]

The first-ever Fasig Tipton fall thoroughbred sale is this week in Saratoga. [YNN]

The Italian American Community Center in Troy's Little Italy neighborhood is up for sale because the org says it hasn't been able to attract enough younger members to keep it going. [WNYT]

Damien the Great Dane -- UAlbany's mascot -- is 47 years old, though he points out that's only 7 years in dog years. [Troy Record]

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